Sunday, September 8th, 2019 Roundtable
The Nobility of Man
This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Man
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He who hath made thee whole, Will keep thee day by day;
He who hath spoken to thy soul, Hath many things to say;
He who hath gently taught,
Yet more will make thee know; He who hath wonders wrought, Still greater things will show,
He loveth always — faileth never; Then rest in Him today — forever.
— from “Addendum” in Collectnea by Mary Baker Eddy, page 15
27 — WATCH lest you believe that you are trying to perfect yourself, rather than to make a channel of yourself through which the perfect idea of man may be expressed. There is a distinction between trying to make a perfect man of yourself, and trying to express the perfect man through yourself. There is a difference between washing a window because you like to see the glass clean, or because you desire to have the light shine through perfectly.
— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
Golden Text — “All things work together for good to them that love God.” — I Romans 8 : 28
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
— John 5 : 30 from the Kings James Bible
Grace is “the free unmerited love and favor of God; the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from Him; the divine influence in renewing the heart and restraining from sin.”
Preserve: To keep or save from injury or destruction; to defend from evil. To uphold; to sustain. To save from decay; to keep in a sound state; To keep or defend from corruption; as, to preserve youth from vice.
— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity. The mounting sense gathers fresh forms and strange fire from the ashes of dissolving self, and drops the world.
— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 1
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
— II Corinthians 12 : 9 from citation 9 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson
Just one more point must be touched upon out of many that there is not time to consider. It should be evident to a careful observer that no real character can be achieved where there is a lack of genuine, true humility. Humility is a virtue which but few have any right perception regarding. It is associated with weakness, instead of strength, so that it too frequently appears as servility,— a sort of despicable quality, such as Dickens has caricatured in his “Uriah Heep.” But this is not humility; for genuine humility is freedom from all sense of false pride, and mad ambition, maintaining at all times, a calm, steady equipoise of temper and mind. It is that quality which enables one to know himself, and never allows its possessor to be thrown off his guard, or balance.
— from “Character” in The Christian Science Journal, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 213. Outline of a discourse preached in Chickering Hall Boston Mass., by the Pastor of the Church of Christ, Scientist.
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.”
— Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy
I don’t care what mortal sense has done; I don’t care how it has beat me, and worked me, and insulted me, wronged me and lied to me, and tortured me. It is all past and it is a dream. I have found Love at last. I can lie down in the Father’s arms and be at peace. I love God supremely. Mortal sense has done its worst. I have passed through the Red Sea and under the rod, and been nailed to the cross, and still I am God’s own child, hid with Christ in His arms, safe in green pastures. Life, Truth and Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul-all these express God. My dear ones, when, oh! when, will you realize what these mean?
— from Essays and Other Footprints, the “red book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 80
Physical torture affords but a slight illustration of the pangs which come to one upon whom the world of sense falls with its leaden weight in the endeavor to crush out of a career its divine destiny.
— from No and Yes by Mary Baker Eddy, page 34
Career: A course; a race, or running; general course of action or movement; procedure; course of proceeding.
— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Brood o’er us with Thy shelt’ring wing,
’Neath which our spirits blend
Like brother birds, that soar and sing,
And on the same branch bend.
The arrow that doth wound the dove
Darts not from those who watch and love.
If thou the bending reed wouldst break
By thought or word unkind,
Pray that his spirit you partake,
Who loved and healed mankind:
Seek holy thoughts and heavenly strain,
That make men one in love remain.
Learn, too, that wisdom’s rod is given
For faith to kiss, and know;
That greetings glorious from high heaven,
Whence joys supernal flow,
Come from that Love, divinely near,
Which chastens pride and earth-born fear,
Through God, who gave that word of might
Which swelled creation’s lay:
“Let there be light, and there was light.”
What chased the clouds away?
’Twas Love whose finger traced aloud
A bow of promise on the cloud.
Thou to whose power our hope we give,
Free us from human strife.
Fed by Thy love divine we live,
For Love alone is Life;
And life most sweet, as heart to heart
Speaks kindly when we meet and part.
— The Words to this Hymn are by Mary Baker Eddy, Hymn 30 from the Christian Science Hymnal
Comparisons are odorous.
— Forum Post Unfallen and Eternal. by Parthens
Article — Miscellaneous Articles by Andrew Hartsook
Rules for overcoming animal magnetism:
1. See what it is trying to do.
2. Know that it cannot do it.
3. See that it is not done.
— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “blue book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 120
It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.
— Horace Greeley
I reluctantly foresee great danger threatening our nation,—imperialism, monopoly, and a lax system of religion. But the spirit of humanity, ethics, and Christianity sown broadcast—all concomitants of Christian Science—is taking strong hold of the public thought throughout our beloved country and in foreign lands, and is tending to counteract the trend of mad ambition.
— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 129
Sunday Services on July Fourth
The great theme so deeply and solemnly expounded by the preacher, has been exemplified in all ages, but chiefly in the great crises of nations or of the human race. It is then that supreme devotion to Principle has especially been called for and manifested. It is then that we learn a little more of the nothingness of evil, and more of the divine energies of good, and strive valiantly for the liberty of the sons of God.
The day we celebrate reminds us of the heroes and heroines who counted not their own lives dear to them, when they sought the New England shores, not as the flying nor as conquerors, but, steadfast in faith and love, to build upon the rock of Christ, the true idea of God—the supremacy of Spirit and the nothingness of matter. When first the Pilgrims planted their feet on Plymouth Rock, frozen ritual and creed should forever have melted away in the fire of love which came down from heaven. The Pilgrims came to establish a nation in true freedom, in the rights of conscience.
But what of ourselves, and our times and obligations? Are we duly aware of our own great opportunities and responsibilities? Are we prepared to meet and improve them, to act up to the acme of divine energy wherewith we are armored?
Never was there a more solemn and imperious call than God makes to us all, right here, for fervent devotion and an absolute consecration to the greatest and holiest of all causes. The hour is come. The great battle of Armageddon is upon us. The powers of evil are leagued together in secret conspiracy against the Lord and against His Christ, as expressed and operative in Christian Science. Large numbers, in desperate malice, are engaged day and night in organizing action against us. Their feeling and purpose are deadly, and they have sworn enmity against the lives of our standard-bearers.
What will you do about it? Will you be equally in earnest for the truth? Will you doff your lavender-kid zeal, and become real and consecrated warriors? Will you give yourselves wholly and irrevocably to the great work of establishing the truth, the gospel, and the Science which are necessary to the salvation of the world from error, sin, disease, and death? Answer at once and practically, and answer aright!
— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 176-177