Sunday, October 16th, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

To us is spoken the command, ‘My child, give me thy heart;’ while it is ours to answer: Search me, oh God, and know my heart; Try me and know my thoughts; And see if there be any wicked way in me. We are called to lay ourselves daily, hourly, upon the altar of selfsacrifice, of utter dependence upon God, glorying in each awful trial, rejoicing in each draught from that cup which fits us to become participants with Jesus of his martyrdom and victory. This power is given us in the same extent as we entertain the sense of the Spirit which enriched him, and we come into the fullness of demonstration as we have the same Mind which was in Christ Jesus.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 143

Discussion points

117 — WATCH lest you permit error to make your thought stiff and rigid, when it must learn to be plastic and flexible under the Father’s hand, so that all that is human may yield to the divine.

After clay hardens, the potter can no longer mold it. When water freezes, it can be struck with a hammer. If it should melt just before the blow fell, however, the hammer would have nothing to strike. The conclusion is that when you permit thought to become fixed and rigid, your state of mind not only prevents God from guiding you, but gives error something in your thought which it can hammer.

Therefore, the very attitude of mind that yields to the Father at every point and declares, “Not my will, but Thine be done,” is a protection against the hammering of error. Mrs. Eddy knew how to bend to the blast, or melt before error’s onslaught, since, in order to be guided by God, she had to be flexible. In stating how she was able to endure, she once said, “When the footsteps upon me, I bend as does the grass, and when it is lifted, I come up as naturally.’’ This very ability to melt or bend under the blows of error, was the result of her humble desire and effort to be guided by the Father in all she thought, said and did.

Jesus admonishes us to turn the other cheek. In other words, when error strikes at you, do not stiffen and resist, but bend to it, as the Master did at the crucifixion, when he implied that they could do with his flesh as they saw fit, but he would watch that they did not rob him of God, nor of the loving humble thought through which God guided him.

Our effort should be to resist error in cause rather than in effect. When we resist error in effect, we do it through fear, and the result is a stiffening because the evil seems real. When we resist error in cause, we resist the temptation to believe in its reality.

If you were on a boat and you saw it about to crash into an iceberg, you would stiffen against that which seemed very real and solid. But if you discovered suddenly that the iceberg was merely a fog bank, you would relax and pass through it unharmed. The right resistance in this case would not be against the iceberg, but against the temptation to believe it to be an iceberg.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Revelation 12 : 10

“Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ.”

Three times a day, I retire to seek the divine blessing on the sick and sorrowing, with my face toward the Jerusalem of Love and Truth, in silent prayer to the Father which “seeth in secret,” and with childlike confidence that He will reward “openly.” In the midst of depressing care and labor I turn constantly to divine Love for guidance, and find rest. It affords me great joy to be able to attest to the truth of Jesus’ words. Love makes all burdens light, it giveth a peace that passeth understanding, and with “signs following.”

From Miscellaneous Writings,
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 571: 15-21

by Mary Baker Eddy, page 133

Article “Oneness” Collected Writings by Bicknell Young

“Rejoicing in Protection Adequate” from, The Christian Science Journal, February 1918, by William P. McKenzie

We’ve learned to pray daily with the following powerful statements given to us by Christ Jesus from the book of John: “I and my Father are one” (John 10: 30 ), “The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works” (John 14: 10), and “The Father hath not left me alone” (John 8: 29)…(read more by clicking on link below.)

Forum posts — Doctrine of Atonement — October 16th, 2022

Prophet and apostle have glorified God in secret prayer, and He has rewarded them openly. Prayer can neither change God, nor bring His designs into mortal modes; but it can and does change our modes and our false sense of Life, Love, and Truth, uplifting us to Him. Such prayer humiliates, purifies, and quickens activity, in the direction that is unerring.

True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of all, it shows us what God is. Advancing in this light, we reflect it; and this light reveals the pure Mind-pictures, in silent prayer, even as photography grasps the solar light to portray the face of pleasant thought. What but silent prayer can meet the demand, “Pray without ceasing”?

— from No and Yes by Mary Baker Eddy, page 39 : 17-18

The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner’s part.

From — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 23

A treatment is representative of the character, scope, and correctness of your general understanding. How important then, to declare that the patient is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a suggestion or claim that man is material and is sick. Do not be afraid to believe the belief of a personal patient out of your treatment. In the same way and for the same reason that you would leave out of your treatment the belief of a mental practitioner, who could fight back, you must leave out of the treatment the belief of a man or woman who can be sick. Do not get the notion that you have got some wonderful thing to do which you feel you cannot do. A Christian Science treatment has nothing to do with you because it is simply the utterance of truth concerning God, Life, man, body, substance, presence, law, power and action, and a calm and peaceful announcement that error is unreal and is without substance, law, power or presence. The simpler a treatment, the better. There is no need of a labored treatment. I have heard the statement “She handles error without gloves.” “She goes for it hammer and tongs.” If error could talk about it, it would probably say: “I do not care a particle for that kind of a treatment. That kind of a treatment means that I am real and must be hammered, and that is all I pretend to be. The only treatment that I am afraid of is the one that makes nothing of me — not enough to hammer. I am afraid of the destructive calm of the one who knows that I am nothing.

— from Lectures and Articles on Christian Science by Edward kimball

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