Sunday, November 18th, 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

449 – WATCH that you bear in mind that God is not separate from the blessings He bestows, in the sense that His expression carries His qualities. On this basis we declare that God never sends man gifts; He always brings them.

We cannot believe that any part of His expression lacks any of His qualities. Food as spiritual nutriment designed to support man, cannot be separated from God’s love and care; hence it cannot produce suffering or death. Neither does it sustain man of itself; it must be considered to be the expression of God’s love.

— Watching Point 449 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “The righteous are bold as a lion” — Proverbs 28:1

Responsive Reading: Psalm 1: 1-6
1. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1: 1-6 from the Amplified Bible
1 [a]Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of [b]scoffers (ridiculers).
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].
4 The wicked [those who live in disobedience to God’s law] are not so,
But they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows and fully approves the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked shall perish.

Psalm 1:1 This has been called “The Preface Psalm” because in some respects it introduces the complete book of Psalms as a godly message. It opens with a benediction, “Blessed,” as does the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:3).
Psalm 1:1 I.e. shallow thinkers who are quick to mock or disdain.

Mortals have a modus of their own, undirected and unsustained by God.

— Citation 4 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 212: 17-18

Forum post — Moral Courage by Lynda from PA

Forum post — The Courage of the Midwives by Elizabeth from GA

Forum post — Joseph’s legacy by Mike from NY

Forum post — wait on the Lord by Barbara from PA

Forum post — …whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord by Jeremy from NJ

The facts of divine Science should be admitted, — although the evidence as to these facts is not supported by evil, by matter, or by material sense, — because the evidence that God and man coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. Man is, and forever has been, God’s reflection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence.

— Citation 8 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 471: 13-19

Forum post — Nor Be Afraid of Them by Mrs. Roberts

Final Readings

Unity Watch from Thursday, November 15th, 2018

“David, wielding his sling and stone, unerringly reached causation [animal magnetism], the simplicity of which was concealed beneath the great mass of effect [named Goliath].” (emphasis added)

from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps, by Gilbert Carpenter, page 499

And so David defeated the Goliath of animal magnetism with one small stone — the powerful stone of Truth! That same animal magnetism is behind the Goliaths that seem to be parading before our eyes today, and is just as vulnerable. You, evil, error, animal magnetism, are a lie, a fake, a fraud! You have no face, no name, and no organization to operate through. You have tried to cast a cloud of darkness over this nation, this world, and you have failed — and you know it! And I know you know it! As you were soundly defeated and destroyed by David, by Jesus, and by Mrs. Eddy, so you are defeated now! Truth is just as effective today, and just as victorious! “Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.” (S&H, p. 243)

“There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God”!!

from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 228

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