Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 Roundtable

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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

401 — WATCH lest you feel aggrieved, when God does not remove the hard places from your experience as rapidly as you feel He should. An Irishman came to America to learn farming. When he returned home to Ireland he followed out what he had learned and carefully removed all the boulders from his fields. Then a cloudburst such as we seldom have in this country, washed his topsoil away. So he had to put the boulders back since he found that they served to hold the soil.

God knows the value of our “hard” experiences. We are called to take advantage of them, and not to grumble over them. We must use them to strengthen our ability to hold to God under pressure. Knowing may be defined as scientific reasons put under the pressure of hard experiences, and still remaining scientific. Resistance requires mental muscle.

— Watching Point 401 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors of all sorts tend in this direction. Your true course is to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone are real and harmonious.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 419

Forum post — Mesmerism, Animal Magnetism Denounced by Chardelle from PA

Forum post — Thought Mastery by Parthens

BELOVED Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.

from “What Our Leader Says” in Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210

Golden Text — “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” — Psalm 91: 13

Forum post — Tread and Trample by Betty from CA

Forum post — Warfare in Science by Lynda from PA

Final Readings

“You are the one that demonstrates all good with you. As Mrs. Eddy has said, ‘Nobody but yourself can destroy a single belief of yours.’ Declare, ‘I have dominion through Him over the world, the flesh and the devil (evil). I cannot be overthrown for He is not only omnipotent but omnipresent. My life is in Him. No power can bind me. God is the only life. God is the only substance. Love is the only cause. Harmony is the only law and now is the only time.’ God can do no more for you than He has already done, having given you all good. You have to turn unreservedly to the allness of Mind and see exactly what you are confronted with, merely a malicious argument – nothing to do with matter, person, place, or thing – and then handle it accordingly. You will be amazed at the results, when you stop running after that ‘ one’ and really begin to see, why, it hasn’t anything to do with life, truth, intelligence, or substance in matter. It is pure hypnotic suggestion and nothing else, and it is that I have got to handle.It is that I have to understand – that ‘there is no malignant animal magnetism to prevent me from reflecting light’; ‘there is no mental malpractice, no hypnotism to harm me’ – that these things are all simply lies – they are the negation of the actual fact of what God is declaring all the time: ‘ I am All-in-all. I am your Mind. Every thought goes from Me to you and returns to Me, and there is no malicious mind that can in any way talk to you at all. You have got to see that, and do see it, because that is the only way you are going to overcome what seems to you to be this condition that is confronting you, no matter what it appears to be. ’Mind is the only source of power, therefore those who have turned to the fountain head of being for the solution of any problem have brought such titanic force into intelligent activity that the results may seem incredible.’”

from “The False Prophet” Clear, Correct Teaching, by Herbert Eustace, page 937-938 (bottom numbers)

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