Sunday, October 23rd, 2022 Roundtable

Death Is Not To be Feared, But To Be Overcome

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Probation After Death

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Morning Prayers

God is All, and in all: that finishes the question of a good and a bad side to existence. Truth is the real; error is the unreal. You will gather the importance of this saying, when sorrow seems to come, if you will look on the bright side; for sorrow endureth but for the night, and joy cometh with the light. Then will your sorrow be a dream, and your waking the reality, even the triumph of Soul over sense. If you wish to be happy, argue with yourself on the side of happiness; take the side you wish to carry, and be careful not to talk on both sides, or to argue stronger for sorrow than for joy. You are the attorney for the case, and will win or lose according to your plea.

— from Christian Healing, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10

Probation, progress, goes on, until there is no life, substance, or intelligence in matter.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 195

Discussion points

416 — WATCH lest, in your zeal to go forward and to do God’s work, you use human will without subordinating it to Truth. The way to build through spiritual power and to build up confidence in spiritual power, is first to know that of yourself you can do nothing. Then you must realize that because the power of God is with you, you can do all things; that nothing can stay its hand; that it is always successful; and that there is no conceivable collection of falsity that can stand before it.

If you do not start with this realization, you are apt to use the human will alone. If, when the need comes to exercise spiritual power, you start right in without this proper preliminary of realizing that of yourself you can do nothing, — without this deflation of self — and that what you are carrying to the problem is wholly the power of God, the power that holds the universe as you would hold a rubber ball, you are not subordinating the power of the human will to Truth. You must not start to build until you get the right thing to build. First realize the power that you represent — the infinite law of which you are the custodian — and then take that to the problem.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” — Revelation 2 : 7

It is the capacity every man possesses to act in harmony with divine power and this is to preserve a scientific sense of being. Nothing is truth but the absolute. We do not know anything. Mind is the only source of power. Thought is the only force. Therefore those who have turned to the fountainhead of being for the solution of any problem, have brought such titanic force into intelligent activity that the results may seem incredible.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 217

Never discuss the so-called laws of matter, food or raiment; rule out of mind sickness, sin and death, give not error all your thoughts;

— from Science and Health, 1875, First Edition, by Mary Baker Eddy

Article “Standing with God” Collected Writings by Bicknell Young

Grace, being Spirit, the influence of God operating in man to strengthen and to regenerate (to implant holy affections in the heart — a virtue of Divine origin).

— From 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Final Readings

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