Sunday, August 5th, 2018 Roundtable

Rise In the Strength of Spirit

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Spirit

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Morning Prayers

Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171

We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279: 27-2

Discussion points

Golden Text — “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” — Isaiah 40 : 31

Forum post — Our source of strength by Bruce from NJ

“You can be too big for God to use, but you cannot be too small.” — Nelle Reagan (Ronald’s mother)

Mrs. Eddy once … said, “As Mary Baker Eddy I am the weakest of mortals. As the Discoverer of Christian Science I am the bone and sinew of the world.

— from Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy by James F. Gilman, page iv

Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

— citation 15 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 393 : 8-15

Meanings of “Vitiate” given: weaken, to render useless, invalidate

Luanne from NY talked about building her pottery shop, and how it was only possible by “rising in the strength of Spirit” to overcome her human doubts and gender stereotypes.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretsky

65 — WATCH lest the fear of making mistakes causes you to stand still and do nothing, when the demand is for action. What harm comes from mistakes, when one’s motives and desires are right? What if you do seem to get into trouble? If you make a mistake in an honest effort to follow God’s guidance, that were better than the timid stagnation of one who, because he is afraid, does nothing.

Mrs. Eddy said, “There have been times in working out a problem, when I have not known just what step to take, and finding it necessary to make a move of some sort, I have taken a step as nearly as I could in the right direction. Perhaps I would find out shortly that it was wrong, but this step gave me a new point of view that I would not have had, had I not taken it as I did. I would not condemn myself, therefore, for what seemed to be a mistake, but would include it as part of the working out of the problem.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Talked about not attaching or identifying yourself or others with a mistake.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison

Man’s spiritual individuality is never wrong.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 491

Forum post — Pray in Spirit by Chardelle from PA, and responses from Parthens and Gary

Meanings of “Desideratum” given: something that is needed. Essential. Necessary.

Wash your slate clean each day so God can work thru you

Question. — What is man?
Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 475

There is another heart in us that needs to be changed; namely, the human affections. Changed from selfishness to benevolence and love for God and man; changed so as to have but one God and to love Him supremely, and our brother man as ourselves. This change of heart will have its effect physically as well as spiritually, and heal disease sooner than burnt offerings or drugs. It is a good thing to mentally remind yourself daily that God is the only law-maker for man, morally, spiritually, and physically.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 79

Do you believe in change of heart?
We do believe, and understand — which is more — that there must be a change from human affections, desires, and aims, to the divine standard, “Be ye therefore perfect;” also, that there must be a change from the belief that the heart is matter and sustains life, to the understanding that God is our Life, that we exist in Mind, live thereby, and have being. This change of heart would deliver man from heart-disease, and advance Christianity a hundredfold. The human affections need to be changed from self to benevolence and love for God and man; changed to having but one God and loving Him supremely, and helping our brother man.
This change of heart is essential to Christianity, and will have its effect physically as well as spiritually, healing disease. Burnt offerings and drugs, God does not require.

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 50

There is only one heart; that is the great heart of divine Love. It is beating for all mankind and it is beating for you.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 109

Carol quoted a practitioner “You are not alive because your heart is beating, your heart is beating because you are alive”

“A new heart also will I give you” Ezekiel 36:26, and Moffatt’s translation: “I will put a new Spirit in you, I will take away your hard nature and give you a nature that can be touched.”

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.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “blue book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 143

Question. — What is the scientific statement of being?
Answer. — There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 468

If you will admit, with me, that matter is neither substance, intelligence, nor Life, you may have all that is left of it;

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 74-75

Forum post — Meaning of bloodguiltiness by Barbara from PA, and response from Jeremy

Keep a little note book for quotes to remember who and what you are.

Man is the embodiment of right ideas.

— from 1937 College, by Bicknell Young, page 39

Forum post — Fear to offend God by Lynda from PA

We can’t fear and love God at the same time

Final Readings

The blood of Christ speaketh better things than that of Abel. The real atonement — so infinitely beyond the heathen conception that God requires human blood to propitiate His justice and bring His mercy — needs to be understood. The real blood or Life of Spirit is not yet discerned. Love bruised and bleeding, yet mounting to the throne of glory in purity and peace, over the steps of uplifted humanity, — this is the deep significance of the blood of Christ. Nameless woe, everlasting victories, are the blood, the vital currents of Christ Jesus’ life, purchasing the freedom of mortals from sin and death.

This blood of Jesus is everything to human hope and faith. Without it, how poor the precedents of Christianity! What manner of Science were Christian Science without the power to demonstrate the Principle of such Life; and what hope have mortals but through deep humility and adoration to reach the understanding of this Principle! When human struggles cease, and mortals yield lovingly to the purpose of divine Love, there will be no more sickness, sorrow, sin, and death. He who pointed the way of Life conquered also the drear subtlety of death. It was not to appease the wrath of God, but to show the allness of Love and the nothingness of hate, sin, and death, that Jesus suffered. He lived that we also might live. He suffered, to show mortals the awful price paid by sin, and how to avoid paying it. He atoned for the terrible unreality of a supposed existence apart from God. He suffered because of the shocking human idolatry that presupposes Life, substance, Soul, and intelligence in matter,—which is the antipode of God, and yet governs mankind. The glorious truth of being — namely, that God is the only Mind, Life, substance, Soul — needs no reconciliation with God, for it is one with Him now and forever.

— from No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 34:18 to page 35:23

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