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Lesson Application Ideas From 2010
- Experience the Supremacy of Gods Goodness
Monday, December 27th, 2010
In the Golden Text of this weeks Lesson Sermon, those that stand in the house of the Lord were just that. These were singers who sang praises to God in the temple throughout the night, while everyone else slept. If youve ever been up alone in the night praying, you know the special feeling this bringsit is a solemn...
- GIVE spiritual presents freely to feel the Christ presence!
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Lets let the light of the universal Comforter shine on you and me, speak and act on our behalf, heal us, and be reflected [in a loving, peaceful presence] in all that we do. [Then we will be giving and re-giftingthe greatest gift in the world --the spiritual present of Christ 's presence!]
- Let pressure yield to the peaceful presence of Christ!
Monday, December 13th, 2010
Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands. Thats simple. We can do that. However, if we sing a song the same way every time or pray the same way every time we get in a rut. [Steering clear of thoughtless tradition for traditions sake is easier when we remember that a rut is just a grave with the ends kicked out. Let...
- See the Safe Man/ See Man Safe!
Monday, December 6th, 2010
The Golden Text in this weeks lesson immediately confronts the common theological belief that God created man and then cut him loose to make his own mistakes and follow his free will. The Bible clearly states here that thou preservest them all; There is no sense here that man is abandoned to find his own way in the...
- Break Free from the Confines of Material Supposition!
Monday, November 29th, 2010
Material science may believe that matter has always existed and that it formed into planets and evolved life on its own. In the Golden Text we find the statement that denies the belief that matter has always existed. Here, everything finds its existence and cause in God. Rather than material elements pre-existing...
- Stop just quoting the dead letter! Live its healing spirit!
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
I have to say over many years this has become one of my absolute favorite Bible Lessons. It is always guaranteed to give you great ideas about defeating evil, and seeing Good triumph. And it always offered a great wakeup call against the hypnotism of mortal thinking that tries to lullaby us to sleep every day...
- Feed the famished affections* with grace, gratitude and praise!
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
The Golden Text is mostly comprised of a sermon given by David. He was so overwhelmed with gratitude at this moment that these words came out at a feast and celebration. David credits God for creating and being all good and is simply grateful to be able to see and express that good. In this time of Thanksgiving it...
- Smile and be healthy and prosperous in every way!
Monday, November 15th, 2010
Are you in control? Are you healthy? Are you happy? Are you miserable? Have you been saved? What is soul? What is Soul? What is body? These are important questions and they are questions that this weeks Christian Science Bible Lesson explores. We generally work in the paradigms (patterns of thought) that have been...
- Attention Immortals: For your eyes only!
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
This lesson is a beautiful, pure illustration of the joy and freedom we can experience and give to others when were striving to fully demonstrate the purity of Gods man. Well see if mortals and immortals are both realwhat do you think?! Actually, reading the Lesson through this morning ushered in a healing for me...
- Walk Your Immortal Talk!
Monday, November 8th, 2010
Key Met additions coming tomorrow!
- Live Dust-Free!
Monday, November 1st, 2010
At CedarS Camps we do our best to keep our living spaces and our swimming pool clean, so we leave our shoes outside the door, and rinse off before entering the pool. In the Golden Text, were told to shake off the dust. Often in the Bible, sitting in the dust is a sign of mourning or repentance, as when Job sat in...
- Trick? (Sinners in the hands of an angry God) or Treatment!
Monday, October 25th, 2010
Mary Baker Eddy sure chose some humdingers for Bible Lesson subjects, didnt she? But she did so with good reason. As a young girl she had been required to repeat the Westminster Catechism every Sunday. This form of systematic instruction included memorized statements of Calvinistic doctrine and had been written and...
- Stop the Bullying of Deadlines, Dead-end relationships! Have a Perfect Day!
Monday, October 18th, 2010
This weeks Bible Lesson shows us that a victory over materiality and death in all its forms can be ours right here and now! Jesus triumphed over every limitation or claim of matter. He even overcame death through his resurrection and ascension! He sure didnt allow himself to be bullied by the materiality of the...
- "Find all being one" (Hymn 157)
Monday, October 11th, 2010
We come together in Sunday School and in Church as well as at camp to experience God and to apply his laws in ways we cannot do alone. The Doctrine of Atonement lesson talks to us about our inseparability from what is real (good). We are never alone! [Rather, we are always all-one!]
- Destroy dragons to allow your real existence as a child of God to come to light.
Monday, October 4th, 2010
If we had asked just about anyone before the days of Christopher Columbus if the world was flat, they would have said, Of course! So it is these days when we approach the question, Are sin, disease, and death real? Most folks will answer that question with a resounding yes! There are plenty of times in life when...
- Do not fall for any un-God-like counterfeit!
Monday, September 27th, 2010
This weeks Bible Lesson teaches us that when we stick with the one Cause, God, we will have all things good, health-giving, and harmonious. The most successful method used by professionals whose job it is to detect counterfeit money and stop counterfeiters is to study the real [so attentively that they know it by...
- Follow a Complete Guide to Spiritual Seeing or How to be a Modern-Day Prophet!
Monday, September 20th, 2010
What a complete (seven sections) and insight-full Bible Lesson we have this week. We can learn from the pros (prophets) how to see what God sees and what God would have us see. Or as my friend, David Pickersgill, from Leeds, England put it, "Rick, this lesson for me is like a workbook on how to be a spiritual seer...
- Overcome each Limit and Regret!
Monday, September 13th, 2010
This week we are looking for new views and new understanding. What if nothing in your thought ever changed? Then it would be stagnant and unproductive. God is singing a new song, always making things new. Spirit is dynamic, always unfolding the wonder of Creation in new ways. God, Your creation is wonderful (full of...
- Rejoice in God's Glory, True Substance!
Monday, September 6th, 2010
Until this weeks Bible Lesson I cannot honestly say that I have ever thought very deeply about Gods glory. I sang about glory in songs, Glory, glory, hallelujah. I read about glorifying God and thought about it being a form of praising God. But glory as significant to understanding God? And then because of this...
- Experience the Blessings of God!
Monday, August 30th, 2010
Human experience often appears as anything but blessed. But men of faith continually remind us of that original blessed state. The passages from Psalm 115 are an example of this. They refer to abundant evidence of Gods blessing in the past, and show expectation of more blessings in the future. Nineteenth Century...
- Live out the Golden Mindset of Christ Now! Be Merciful, Just, Pure
Monday, August 23rd, 2010
This weeks lesson is a step-by-step guide, through Jesus example and parables, on how to live in the kingdom of heaven here and now. Jesus stated the kingdom of God is within you ... indicating that the kingdom is spiritual and internal, rather than physical and external (Luke 17:21 NIV Study Bible). We dont wait...
- Mind Heals! Reject Idolatry!
Monday, August 16th, 2010
This lesson reveals that all is Mind, and teaches us how to rely on Mind for healing. Start with Mind as all. Reject the serpents suggestions of life in matter (knowledge of good and evil.) Give full allegiance to God, turning completely from theidolatry of matter. Reject fear. See Mind as the source of all movement...
- Rejoice! You are Governed by God! You are the Reflection of Soul!
Monday, August 9th, 2010
Gods man is the expression of radiant Soul! Nothing can separate us from the harmonious government of God, any more than something can separate a ray of light from the sun. This lesson reveals the freedom that comes from recognizing the might of God to deliver us from every trial that we may face, and to do with...
- Let the Spirit: Move you! Bless, Purify, Renew, Transform & Liberate you!
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
The Holy Spirit moves us in ways we dont expect. We feel the power and presence of Spirit and know God. Something doesnt have to be physically solid to be real. Take Love for example. You know the touch of Love and it isnt physically solid. The Holy Spirit moves and shows up in surprising ways humanly, but it is the...
- Count on the Shepherds Love to Always Meet Your Needs!
Monday, July 26th, 2010
The Golden Text, I am the Lord that healeth thee is the final phrase of Gods promise to the Israelites. It stated the provision that if they would obey His Commandments, they would suffer none of the diseases brought upon the Egyptians. While Gods promise is perpetual, it is significant that the promise of healing...
- Let Truth, God, lead, teach, heal you and show you who you really are.
Monday, July 19th, 2010
ye shall know the Truth and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 A good preparation to be a follower of Christ Jesus and a healer is learning to identify yourself with Truth and let go of the lie, error. But please dont give up on yourself if it takes a little while to learn that. I was telling a friend recently...
- Choose Life! Receive the blessings God is pouring forth!
Monday, July 12th, 2010
This weeks lesson teaches that life is sustained by God -- by Life itself -- and is endless! God is continually bestowing bountiful blessings on His creation. Elijah fully demonstrated the sustainability of Life (CedarS metaphysical theme this summer) that comes through adherence to Gods law. Lifes fullness is...
- Be Saved from the Slavery of Sin and Dedicate Yourself to God!
Monday, July 5th, 2010
We are special to God. He rejoices over us and expects that we will find Him special too and worship Him. What is a sacrament? In most Christian faiths, a sacrament is a rite, which is a formal or ceremonial act. Christian Science doesnt observe rites, but it observes the concepts behind some of the rites celebrated...
- Find Your Liberty through a Deeper Understanding of God
Monday, June 28th, 2010
Liberty is a basic desire for all people. Untold numbers have laid their lives on the line for it. If not the exact words, the spirit of the appeal, Let my people go has echoed throughout the centuries. This week the United States celebrates 234 years of freedom. In other parts of the world the battle for freedom and...
- He's got the whole world in His hand, including you, me and Christian Science!
Monday, June 21st, 2010
Isn't it cool to remember that the same thing that kept the works of Christ Jesus in Gods hand also keeps you and all that you do in Gods hand. Being kept means being taken care of, protected, cherished, preserved. And you will find that throughout the Bible the hand of God, has great significance. The right hand...
- Have a Heavenly Fathers Day-- See Miracles!
Monday, June 14th, 2010
We have to start from the right basis if were going to reach the right conclusions. God is the source of all things. The universe is evolved from Mind. Matter has nothing to do with reality. And, Mind knows no limits. Exercise the authority of Mind and then expect to see miracles -- that which is divinely natural!...
- Claim indestructibility for one and all!
Monday, June 7th, 2010
This week we are going to learn about God as our Protector and our Deliverer. Last week we heard that God is the only cause and effect. If God is the only cause and effect, then nothing else can be, right? That means the following are neither a cause nor effect: falling off a bicycle, being stung by a bee, someone...
- Answer the Big Questions by Understanding God as Cause
Sunday, May 30th, 2010
An old Moody Blues song begins, Why do we never get an answer when were knocking at the door? From the precocious toddler and challenging teenager to scientific researchers in every discipline, everyone wants to figure out how and why things are, and what might happen in the future. Traditional theology has often...
- Let God--not enemies--control your every thought and move!
Monday, May 24th, 2010
Although we may not be in the practice of consulting with those who have passed on to foretell the future, perhaps we are glued to stock market feeds online, to see what our financial future may be. [Or, we may consult almost obsessively with the living dead with the body-worship or carnal-mindedness that Paul defines...
- Find Home even in a Black Hole through the reflected light of Soul!
Monday, May 17th, 2010
How important is it to understand Soul and Body? Well, it has a lot to do with understanding who you are, so that is pretty important indeed. Mary Baker Eddy knew the ongoing religious debates about Soul were often based on a mistaken view of what Soul really is. And she likens this mistake to a famous mistake in...
- Accept ONLY the Immortal Being of Gods Revealing -- Set the World Free!
Monday, May 10th, 2010
Although the subject of the lesson is Mortals and Immortals, we need to understand -- and operate from the basis -- that all creation is immortal -- made in the image of God. What appears as mortal (limited, subject to destruction, exhaustion and death) is but a temporary, false view of things -- a drama -- that is...
- Accept Christ and Unfallen Man Benefits!
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Accept Christ and Unfallen Man -- and your universal Health Benefits coming w/ that I.D.! Our prayers are effective because they bring us into alignment with God's grace. It's God's grace that heals us. His grace is the healing power. When you feel low, like you have been stepped on, you have a choice. If you don't...
- Lost? Repent to Find Rescue in Everlasting Salvation!
Monday, April 26th, 2010
We are all in need of salvation - of being saved from fear, doubt, sensuality, greed, sin, disease, and death. In short, we need to be rescued from the belief that we are lost and on our own - separated from God. ... The gospel includes a baptism that initiates a permanent change in the way we do things. Allowing this...
- Do not be afraid, shine in the reflected light of Life, now.
Monday, April 19th, 2010
In a quick Google search of definitions for the word probation, I found the first one offered very interesting. * a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership If you read last weeks Bible Lesson you read in Section 2 of how Jesus...
- Follow Jesus Example to Prove that One with God is a Monopoly!
Monday, April 12th, 2010
This lesson helps us understand what is involved in realizing our at-one-ment with God and securing a full salvation. As you read it, look at the promises presented and the necessary requirements to receive these promises. Then, realize the JOY of fulfilling those requirements and rededicate yourself to demonstrating...
- Wake up! Boldly challenge the accepted reality of sin, sickness and death!
Monday, April 5th, 2010
Some emphasize using Christian Science to achieve healing. Mary Baker Eddy never talks about using Christian Science. Her emphasis is on unfoldment and spiritual understanding. [Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion; Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation...
- Bask in the Glory of Easter!
Monday, March 29th, 2010
When the older campers at CedarS go into the caves, they spend some time with the lights out in total darkness. Once in a while, they might try to explore a particularly safe area of the cave in the dark, moving along slowly on hands and knees trying to be aware of their surroundings and each other without the benefit...
- Rise to the realm of reality!
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
A Fathers welcomed invitation, Do you want to go up on my shoulders Lots of my inspirational perspective at the moment seems to be shaped from the perspective of little ones eyes. (Could be because of who I spend most of my time with). Anyway can you remember the times when you wanted to see the parade passing by...
- Build Strong! Choose a Foundation of Unfailing Spirit Rather than Crumbling Matter!
Monday, March 15th, 2010
We are all in the building business -- building lives that fully represent Gods design. It takes courage to reject popular opinions regarding the basis from which were going to build. But, building according to Gods specifications, we know we are on solid ground and nothing can shake us! Christ Jesus showed us how...
- Discover the substance of your being is intact in God NOW!
Monday, March 8th, 2010
The Christian Science Bible Lesson [and the new TMCYouth Question of the week about it] are great discovery tools to help you discover the substance of your being. To God, without trying to change, you are what you need to be. God knows nothing else. This true nature of Gods universe is unfolding to you today.
- Discover Your Perfect Selfhood!
Monday, March 1st, 2010
The Golden Text actually begins with where we intend to end upman in Gods image and likeness. This is man in his true, perfect, spiritual state. In Christian Science we are taught that Truth destroys erroneous lies and that the Truth makes us free. Were also aware that if we have error in the premise of our...
- Get ready for the "Greater Works"!
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
"Greater work"? It is not like we are in a contest with Christ Jesus to somehow be better than he was, or to do more than he did. Remember Mrs. Eddy writes, (S-4), in a paragraph about the Sonship of Jesus, "He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah..." Our Savior, you might say, is like my grade school...
- Have the Mind of Christ--the Mind of Love! Make an Infinite Difference!
Monday, February 15th, 2010
What are we really praying for when we ask that the mind of Christ Jesus be our mind? Have you ever looked at the context? Paul is urging the church in Philippi to approach all they do as Jesus would approach itloving one another and acknowledging God as the source of all things good. According to The Interpreters...
- Find yourself in Soul!
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
This week we are going to break through the dream of self selfishness, self-love, self-hatred, self-focus. There is only one true Self or Soul. We will see how God is pleased with His/Her whole creation, and so is pleased with you.
- Prepare the Soil for a Fruitful Yield!
Monday, February 1st, 2010
The Twentieth Century New Testament renders the Golden Text, "for the outcome of life in the Light may be seen in every form of goodness, righteousness, and sincerity." It's really nice to think of the "fruit of the Spirit" as "the outcome of life in the Light." Just as the light coaxes the seed to sprout, so the...
- Cherish your tender relationship with Divine Love:
Monday, January 25th, 2010
Ah, love. Poets, musicians, artists, filmmakers, philosophers, theologians, and just about everybody else has been trying to define love for a long, long time. The Bible and Mrs. Eddy help readers to understand that God is Love that indeed God is our ever-present, all-powerful, all-wise Father-Mother. The ancient...
- Yearn to Learn the Truth as if you were in Flight School Training!
Monday, January 18th, 2010
Okay Campers, buckle up. Have you ever thought of CedarS as a flight school? You could think of your adventures at CedarS as teaching you to fly above the clouds of error. And when you fly above the clouds of error, you get closer to the Truth. At CedarS we learn to demonstrate the Truth everyday and in every...
- Follow the Map--Live According to the Plan of God--Live Life to the Fullest!
Monday, January 11th, 2010
Is living life to the fullest about accumulating stuff, or pushing an agenda, or worrying about how everything is going to get done, or struggling to get through a difficult situation? OR is living a full life really about striving to live in accord with Gods Word--and, thus receiving Gods gift of abundant, eternal...
- Be a role model for consecration to good! Be dry cleaned by submergence in spiritual sense!
Monday, January 4th, 2010
Jesus and his followers that they lived and worshipped in 1st century Greco-Roman times. In the 6th section of this weeks Bible Lesson, there is a quote that is a good focus for studying the whole lesson. First in the list of Christian duties, [Jesus] taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love. He...