Sunday, June 12th, 2022 Roundtable

Who would dare to defy the armies of the living God?!

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: God the Preserver of Man

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Morning Prayers

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST’S PRAYER – There is no matter and no mortal mind. God is All-in-all. All is harmony, health, holiness. This is the prayer ‘unceasing’ to be used on all occasions and at all times. It lays the axe at the root of unreality, materiality (that forbidden tree) and cuts it down. Preserve a sacred silence on this subject of prayer. (Signed, Author of S. & H.)

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Discussion points

457 — WATCH that you be like Gideon with his band, who blew the trumpet before he had his struggle with error — before the manifestation of his victory appeared. When he directed his band to blow the trumpet, that was the indication from the metaphysical standpoint that the battle was already won, which is the position one must always take in demonstration. Once our Leader declared, “I have always known that victory is as certain now as it will be a century hence.” In all we do we must start with the realization of a completed demonstration. Miscellany, 242, shows this point.

If the Bible statement is true, “Before they call I will answer,” then the solution for each problem must be at hand before the problem comes, and we must realize this fact.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 16 : 1

“Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.”




“Golden Psalms” (defined by the word Michtam in the titles).

Psalm 16: TITLE. Michtam Of David. This is usually understood to mean THE Golden Psalm, and such a title is most appropriate, for the matter is as the most fine gold. Ainsworth calls it “David’s jewel, or notable song.” Dr. Hawker, who is always alive to passages full of savour, devoutly cries, “Some have rendered it precious, others golden, and others, precious jewel;”

… We have not met with the term Michtam before, but if spared to write upon Psalms 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60, we shall see it again, and shall observe that like the present these psalms, although they begin with prayer, and imply trouble, abound in holy confidence and close with songs of assurance as to ultimate safety and joy.

Psalm 56: This is the second golden Psalm, we had the first in Psalm 16, to which this Psalm has a great likeness, especially in its close, for it ends in the joyful presence. A golden mystery, the gracious secret of the life of faith is in both these Psalms most sweetly unveiled, and a pillar is set up because of God’s truth. When the Philistines took him in Gath. He was like a dove in strangers’ hands, and on his escape he records his gratitude.

DIVISION. In Ps 56:1-2, he pours out his complaint; in Ps 56:3-4 he declares his confidence in God; in Ps 56:5-6 he returns to his complaining, but pleads in earnest hope in Ps 56:7-9, and sings a grateful song from Ps 56:10 to the close.

— Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David Bible Commentary




You are scientifically correct in your statement about yourself. You can never demonstrate spirituality until you declare yourself to be immortal and understand that you are so. Christian Science is absolute; it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom.

Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration. By this I do not mean that mortals are the children of God, — far from it. In practising Christian Science you must state its Principle correctly, or you forfeit your ability to demonstrate it.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 242




No evidence before the material senses can close my eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 277




If you encounter fear on a case, just know that it doesn’t matter. Fear cannot do a thing, so it makes no difference if you are afraid or not. You can accomplish your purpose and make your demonstration, even if you are afraid. You can approach your problem with the knowledge that God will always protect you. Keep marching on, knowing the Truth, if your knees are shaking. (Told about a man calling Mr. Young once when he had a seemingly bad contagious case and his knees were shaking. Mr. Young said, “Your mind is not in your knees.”)

— from 1937 College by Bicknell Young




Do we not all understand cowardice never conquers? To get rid of temptation of any sort or to get out of a difficulty, we are not passive and let the wrong rule the right, but we struggle and thus conquer.

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




Vancouver, B. C., Canada (First Church).—Paul Stark Seeley, lecturer; introduced by William H. George, who said in part:—

Christian Scientists have become such only because they have found a demonstrable, satisfying understanding of God in this teaching which has been their help in time of trouble. Our greatest need is really to acquaint ourselves with God. There is a human yearning, a hungering however faint in the consciousness of each one, to know God. This is not surprising, for the Bible records God as saying, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” What do we need to be saved from if God is All and there is none else beside Him? Only from ignorance of God and the effects of that ignorance. Since God is All-in-all, He must be the very source of wisdom, intelligence, health, strength, and life. Jesus the Christ summed up the result of really knowing God in these words: “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Christian Science is acquainting its adherents with God by giving them a provable understanding of Him; and because of this it may rightly be called the grandest discovery of modern times.

“The Lectures” from Christian Science Sentinel, March 17, 1917, contributions from Lester D. Ehmke, Mrs. Hay, William H. George, Alton H. Perkins, Frank D. Adams, Rollin J. Wilson




A reply in this article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany My. 281:15-282:16

[In response to a telegram received by Mrs. Eddy from the Boston Globe, she made the following statement, which appeared in the Globe of August 30, together with the views expressed by other prominent and representative Americans. The telegram and Mrs. Eddy’s reply follow.—EDITOR.]

The Globe’s Telegram: Official announcement of peace between Russia and Japan seems to offer an appropriate occasion for the expression of congratulations and views by representative persons. Will you do us the kindness to wire a sentiment on some phase of the subject, on the ending of the war, the effect on the two parties to the treaty of Portsmouth, the influence which President Roosevelt has exerted for peace or the advancement of the cause of arbitration.

Mrs. Eddy’s Reply:

Concord, N. H., August 29, 1905. To the Editor of the Globe.

War will end when nations are ripe for progress. The treaty of Portsmouth is not an executive power although its purpose is good-will towards men. The government of a nation is its peacemaker or breaker.

I believe strictly in the Monroe doctrine, in our Constitution, and in the laws of God. While I admire the faith and friendship of our chief executive in and for all nations, my hope must still rest in God, and the Scriptural injunction,—”Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

The Douma recently adopted in Russia is no uncertain ray of dawn. Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, nations are helped onward toward justice, righteousness, and peace, which are the landmarks of prosperity. In order to apprehend more we must practise what we already know of the Golden Rule that is to all mankind a light emitting light.

Mary Baker G. Eddy.

“Practise the Golden Rule” from Christian Science Senitnel, September 2, 1905 by Editor with contributions from Mary Baker G. Eddy




Forum posts — God the Preserver of Man — June 12th, 2022




It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.

— from Horace Greeley




Final Readings

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Morning Prayers

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST’S PRAYER – There is no matter and no mortal mind. God is All-in-all. All is harmony, health, holiness. This is the prayer ‘unceasing’ to be used on all occasions and at all times. It lays the axe at the root of unreality, materiality (that forbidden tree) and cuts it down. Preserve a sacred silence on this subject of prayer. (Signed, Author of S. & H.)

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Discussion points

457 — WATCH that you be like Gideon with his band, who blew the trumpet before he had his struggle with error — before the manifestation of his victory appeared. When he directed his band to blow the trumpet, that was the indication from the metaphysical standpoint that the battle was already won, which is the position one must always take in demonstration. Once our Leader declared, “I have always known that victory is as certain now as it will be a century hence.” In all we do we must start with the realization of a completed demonstration. Miscellany, 242, shows this point.

If the Bible statement is true, “Before they call I will answer,” then the solution for each problem must be at hand before the problem comes, and we must realize this fact.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 16 : 1

“Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.”




“Golden Psalms” (defined by the word Michtam in the titles).

Psalm 16: TITLE. Michtam Of David. This is usually understood to mean THE Golden Psalm, and such a title is most appropriate, for the matter is as the most fine gold. Ainsworth calls it “David’s jewel, or notable song.” Dr. Hawker, who is always alive to passages full of savour, devoutly cries, “Some have rendered it precious, others golden, and others, precious jewel;”

… We have not met with the term Michtam before, but if spared to write upon Psalms 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60, we shall see it again, and shall observe that like the present these psalms, although they begin with prayer, and imply trouble, abound in holy confidence and close with songs of assurance as to ultimate safety and joy.

Psalm 56: This is the second golden Psalm, we had the first in Psalm 16, to which this Psalm has a great likeness, especially in its close, for it ends in the joyful presence. A golden mystery, the gracious secret of the life of faith is in both these Psalms most sweetly unveiled, and a pillar is set up because of God’s truth. When the Philistines took him in Gath. He was like a dove in strangers’ hands, and on his escape he records his gratitude.

DIVISION. In Ps 56:1-2, he pours out his complaint; in Ps 56:3-4 he declares his confidence in God; in Ps 56:5-6 he returns to his complaining, but pleads in earnest hope in Ps 56:7-9, and sings a grateful song from Ps 56:10 to the close.

— Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David Bible Commentary




You are scientifically correct in your statement about yourself. You can never demonstrate spirituality until you declare yourself to be immortal and understand that you are so. Christian Science is absolute; it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom.

Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration. By this I do not mean that mortals are the children of God, — far from it. In practising Christian Science you must state its Principle correctly, or you forfeit your ability to demonstrate it.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 242




No evidence before the material senses can close my eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 277




If you encounter fear on a case, just know that it doesn’t matter. Fear cannot do a thing, so it makes no difference if you are afraid or not. You can accomplish your purpose and make your demonstration, even if you are afraid. You can approach your problem with the knowledge that God will always protect you. Keep marching on, knowing the Truth, if your knees are shaking. (Told about a man calling Mr. Young once when he had a seemingly bad contagious case and his knees were shaking. Mr. Young said, “Your mind is not in your knees.”)

— from 1937 College by Bicknell Young




Do we not all understand cowardice never conquers? To get rid of temptation of any sort or to get out of a difficulty, we are not passive and let the wrong rule the right, but we struggle and thus conquer.

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




Vancouver, B. C., Canada (First Church).—Paul Stark Seeley, lecturer; introduced by William H. George, who said in part:—

Christian Scientists have become such only because they have found a demonstrable, satisfying understanding of God in this teaching which has been their help in time of trouble. Our greatest need is really to acquaint ourselves with God. There is a human yearning, a hungering however faint in the consciousness of each one, to know God. This is not surprising, for the Bible records God as saying, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” What do we need to be saved from if God is All and there is none else beside Him? Only from ignorance of God and the effects of that ignorance. Since God is All-in-all, He must be the very source of wisdom, intelligence, health, strength, and life. Jesus the Christ summed up the result of really knowing God in these words: “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Christian Science is acquainting its adherents with God by giving them a provable understanding of Him; and because of this it may rightly be called the grandest discovery of modern times.

“The Lectures” from Christian Science Sentinel, March 17, 1917, contributions from Lester D. Ehmke, Mrs. Hay, William H. George, Alton H. Perkins, Frank D. Adams, Rollin J. Wilson




A reply in this article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany My. 281:15-282:16

[In response to a telegram received by Mrs. Eddy from the Boston Globe, she made the following statement, which appeared in the Globe of August 30, together with the views expressed by other prominent and representative Americans. The telegram and Mrs. Eddy’s reply follow.—EDITOR.]

The Globe’s Telegram: Official announcement of peace between Russia and Japan seems to offer an appropriate occasion for the expression of congratulations and views by representative persons. Will you do us the kindness to wire a sentiment on some phase of the subject, on the ending of the war, the effect on the two parties to the treaty of Portsmouth, the influence which President Roosevelt has exerted for peace or the advancement of the cause of arbitration.

Mrs. Eddy’s Reply:

Concord, N. H., August 29, 1905. To the Editor of the Globe.

War will end when nations are ripe for progress. The treaty of Portsmouth is not an executive power although its purpose is good-will towards men. The government of a nation is its peacemaker or breaker.

I believe strictly in the Monroe doctrine, in our Constitution, and in the laws of God. While I admire the faith and friendship of our chief executive in and for all nations, my hope must still rest in God, and the Scriptural injunction,—”Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

The Douma recently adopted in Russia is no uncertain ray of dawn. Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, nations are helped onward toward justice, righteousness, and peace, which are the landmarks of prosperity. In order to apprehend more we must practise what we already know of the Golden Rule that is to all mankind a light emitting light.

Mary Baker G. Eddy.

“Practise the Golden Rule” from Christian Science Senitnel, September 2, 1905 by Editor with contributions from Mary Baker G. Eddy




Forum posts — God the Preserver of Man — June 12th, 2022




It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.

— from Horace Greeley




Final Readings




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