Sunday, December 15th, 2019 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

May this little sanctum be preserved sacred to the memory of this pure purpose, and subserve it. Let the Bible and the Christian Science textbook preach the gospel which heals the sick and enlightens the people’s sense of Christian Science. This ministry, reaching the physical, moral, and spiritual needs of humanity, will, in the name of Almighty God, speak the truth that to-day, as in olden time, is found able to heal both sin and disease.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 147

Discussion points

61 — WATCH that you free your treatment from all limitation, by realizing that it is the Word of God that goeth forth to do His will; that it is omnipotence, and in no way limited in its effect by being put forth by yourself — one who appears still to be a sinful mortal. Realize that the moment it leaves you, it is in God’s care and its effect is instant and successful.

Mrs. Eddy once declared, “My treatment is not afraid. A Christian Science treatment dissipates all the supposititious presence, power, and law of fear… Treat to know with each treatment, ‘This treatment is effectual, a good treatment, and nothing can reverse it.’”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” — Matthew 5 : 8

Pure: Genuine; real; true; incorrupt; unadulterated; free from moral defilement.

Defilement: Corruption of morals, principles or character.

Corrupt: To change from good to bad; to deprave the heart, mind, will, understanding, taste, principles.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Forum post — Like Produces Like by Parthens

Book — “Christian Science versus Spiritualism” Chapter 4 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.

— Citation 1 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 232 : 7-8

3. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.

— Psalm 24 : 1-6 from the Responsive Reading portion of this week’s Lesson

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

— Genesis 6 from citation 5 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science. The triumphs of Christian Science are recorded in the destruction of error and evil, from which are propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.

— Citation 9 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 272 : 19-27

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

— Psalm 111: 10 from the King James Bible

Early in December, 1891, she (Mary Baker Eddy) herself was led to a beautiful tract of land on the out­ skirts of Concord, which she purchased. She named her home “Pleasant View”; and in writ­ing to Mr. Knapp about it, she said that she had longed for a home by the seaside, but instead God had prepared it on a hillside. She wrote, “My house here stands upon a very sightly hill, and the sides remind me of the Galilean slopes where my brother walked, and wept, and prayed.”

Memoirs of Ira O. Knapp by Bliss Knapp, page 51

Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.

— Citation 4 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 183 : 21-25

Final Readings

The spiritual sense of Life and its grand pursuits is of itself a bliss, health-giving and joy-inspiring. This sense of Life illumes our pathway with the radiance of divine Love; heals man spontaneously, morally and physically,—exhaling the aroma of Jesus’ own words, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

— Excerpt from “The New Birth” in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 15

Article — “The New Birth” from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy

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