Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 Roundtable

Joy and Gratitude Are Essential Elements of Healing

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: God

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Morning Prayers

Independence. A man has no right to do wrong. His right is to do and think right. Independence consists in his liberty and right to do right.

Neither mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, esoteric magic nor wicked mental or audible arguments can affect me. God governs me. Justice, Truth, Love, govern us, and nothing else can or does affect us in the least. Then have faith in God. Know that faith as a grain of mustard seed can remove mountains, and have no faith in evil. Know that it cannot do anything, that it is nothing. Know that God is all.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 161, 74

Discussion points

197 — WATCH lest you seek the power of God with an inferior, or human motive. We should fear to continue to engage the services of the universal Blesser of mankind, merely to remove our warts and to pay our bills.

As one grows in understanding, he should realize that the blessings he receives from God come as legitimate commissions, earned through a successful effort to spiritualize his own thought, and to reflect more and more good to all humanity. He should realize that a motive satisfactory to God must accompany every demonstration, in order to make it scientifically effective.

When a mature student seeks to reflect the power of God, as he should do constantly, he should have a lofty motive for claiming his spiritual rights. The mortal purpose is unselfed, as Mrs. Eddy tells us it should be, only as one desires to help mankind, and to show forth the glory of God, with no thought of personal rewards.

An inferior motive tends to nullify the effectiveness of scientific demonstration. One helpful definition of the fear of the Lord would be to fear lest one seek His power with any motive but to do good to all, a love for all, and a desire to bless all.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: I Corinthians 2 : 5

“Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

“No Big Power Veto “, from 1948 Association Address, by Herbert E. Rieke

Too soon we cannot turn from disease in the body to find disease in the mortal mind, and its cure, in working for God.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 343: 5

Proverbs, 17:22 reads, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

The student of Christian Science must first separate the tares from the wheat; discern between the thought, motive, and act superinduced by the wrong motive or the true—the God-given intent and volition—arrest the former, and obey the latter. This will place him on the safe side of practice. We always know where to look for the real Scientist, and always find him there. I agree with Rev. Dr. Talmage, that “there are wit, humor, and enduring vivacity among God’s people.”

— from “Obedience” in, Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 117 : 4-12

“Where Is Your Faith?”, from Christian Science Journal, May 1916, by Louise Knight Wheatley

“The Democracy of Mind”, from Christian Science Sentinel, March 19, 1921 by Clarisse Hale

We are not indifferent to forms of government, but we support the best in each. A church to be universal in many things be neutral about forms of government and at the same time support what is right to support. When all men are one in the Church of Christ, the perfection of life and the perfection of government under the application of the Golden rule will come. It will all be simple, natural, without clash or combat, all over the world in a divine brotherhood.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

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