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Lesson Application Ideas From 2012
- Exercise Your Understanding of God & Demonstrate His Power
Monday, December 31st, 2012
Do you think God hears your prayers? The Golden Text says He does. This statement, while comforting, can also be a bit misleading. The traditional way of thinking is that man has a need, he prays to God for a solution or help, God then hears the request and answers it...or not. This is really not how it works...
- Give "convincing proof" of our divine gift!
Monday, December 24th, 2012
Many of us have found ourselves in tough situations in which we need to lean on something bigger than we are. The fact that we know that we can do this… that there is an omnipotent source of comfort and strength available to us… is the greatest gift we have. This idea is stated simply in the Golden Text:...
- Cherish Christ Jesus & "our fondest earthly hopes"
Monday, December 17th, 2012
Christmas? How do we best observe and celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus? For me that is simply a deep, thorough, and inspiring study of the Bible Lesson, Christ Jesus. I am having fun with all the festivities and celebrations that take place at this time of year here in Germany, but with a focus on the Gospel...
- Have fun applauding God all week!
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Christmas day is coming and the year is almost over. Every December, the subject of the Bible Lesson about atomic force asks us to ponder whether the universe has progressed from mindless dust into a beautiful, complex, and varied expression of life, and if the power behind this is due to some inherent power of...
- Rejoice in Your Oneness with Love that Continually Preserves You!
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
God preserves us (maintains us in our original state) continually (without intermission, always.) It is Gods lovingkindness and truth that preserves us as nothing else can. Popular belief would suggest we are preserved (kept safe) by such things as a healthy diet, good genes, strong vehicles, our government, or even...
- Find Results by Beginning from the Right Premise.
Monday, November 26th, 2012
Whereas some of our Lesson-Sermons ask questions, even though they may be rhetorical, this Lesson begins from a statement. It doesnt ask, Who?, or What, or How did the universe come to be? It simply begins with the premise that Godand only Godis both cause and creator of all that exists. This Creator, this Cause, is...
- Trust God to silence evil lies & heal polarization. See PS
Saturday, November 24th, 2012
This is my absolute favorite Bible Lesson of all 26 subjects we study. It always delivers great tips as to how to discover more good in our lives. And it always equips us with ways to silence all of evil's suggestions and lies. This week is no exception!! We are given very simple rules, hints, directions as to how we...
- Remember "Thine is the glory for which we play!"
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
As we gather this season with our families, churches and communities to ponder and share gratitude, let us remember where these blessings came from. All good comes from God. Everything that is good, that we have seen in our lives, originated from and is a blessing from God to his highest ideas.
- Take off the brakes & take on what you are called to do!
Monday, November 12th, 2012
Every day your identity and your understanding of your destiny unfolds. This is where Soul comes in. Your true identity is an expression of God, Soul. Uniqueness, understanding, wholeness, creativity spring from Soul. If you wonder, Who am I, what am I supposed to do? listen with your heart. On issues like this...
- Do NOT be fooled by the distorted view of mortal sense. You have always been and will always be...
Monday, November 5th, 2012
As you read this lesson, remember that the sense of mortality involves limitation, decay, death. The reality of Immortality is limitless, indestructible, life. No matter how much you appear to be mortal.... no matter how real mortal pain or pleasure seems... Gods creation (including you) is immortal. Gods creation is...
- Choose Wisely to Dwell in the Kingdom!
Monday, October 29th, 2012
Where art thou? For most of us, this question, found in the Golden Text, conjures a sense of self-examination. Many theologians find in this question evidence of Gods great love for His creation. John Wesley calls it Gods gracious pursuitthe call to begin the process of bringing man back into obedience. It leads to...
- Freely Spread Everlasting Blessings!
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
This Bible Lesson is not about how God is going to punish some of us for eternity. This Lesson is designed to help us understand more of Gods saving and eternal Love. Does God select some to be saved and others to be condemned to suffer in eternity? Many Christian denominations have historically taught that...
- Grow faith that can tackle anything, moving doubt-made mountains
Sunday, October 14th, 2012
When we are in a prayerful space, where our thoughts are quiet, we can commune with God. You can do this by quieting your thought, by letting go of thoughts about what you need to do, what you should have done, what someone else has done or should have done. In that calm mental space, feel connected with God. Connect...
- Demonstrate your at-one-ment with God through love and grace!
Monday, October 8th, 2012
As you study this weeks lesson, realize how uncomplicated the subject really is. Think about it simply as the teachings (the Latin origin of doctrine) of how to experience your oneness (at-one-ment) with God. Enjoy!
- Face down every "Enemy" with the Power of Good!
Monday, October 1st, 2012
Would you say you have enemies? Most of us would assume that this question is asking whether there are any people who are actively working against you. But what other enemies are there? Three may be coming to your thought right now...Thats right: sin, disease, and death. While the world is, for the most part...
- Let your light shine on UNREALITY to reveal reality!
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Jesus told us to let our light shine. In the context of this weeks Bible Lesson on Unreality, this can mean that our purpose is to let our light shine on things that are unreal to reveal true reality and goodness. One of my favorite ways to understand the concept of discovering reality and letting our light shine to...
- Be perfect? Get Real! Perfection underlies reality.
Monday, September 17th, 2012
Have you ever heard someone declare, Get real, man. Its a way of asking someone to do a little reality check, to stop living in a fantasy world. Well, this weeks Bible Lesson on Reality talks a lot about perfection and the way of perfection. Many people in the world when they hear talk about perfection as a fact...
- Keep yourself unlimited, divinely guided and spiritually fit today!
Monday, September 10th, 2012
Change is all around us. So we shouldnt resist it, we should embrace it. For example, vacation time is over. School has started back up. The heat of summer is yielding to fall. It wouldnt make any sense to resist these changes, would it? This week lets be willing to adopt change by letting go of our preconceptions...
- Give of God's Abundant Riches
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
What are we really talking about when we talk about substance? Websters dictionary of 1828 defines substance as that which really is or exists; the essential part; something real. It comes from the Latin, substans, prp. of substare "stand firm, be under or present," from sub "up to, under" + stare "to stand." Putting...
- Learn ALL about yourself!
Monday, August 27th, 2012
n this weeks lesson on Man, you can learn a lot about yourself. This is true because anytime you see the word man in Science and Health you can substitute in your name. The sentence, Man is the expression of Gods being, for example, can read, [You are] the expression of Gods being. [S3, see Warrens P.S.] This idea...
- Find a Best Friend in Christ Jesus!
Monday, August 20th, 2012
There are lots of ways we usually think about Christ Jesus. Lord and Master. Messiah. Savior. The Son of God. Wayshower. But this weeks Christian Science Bible Lesson alerted me to a whole new view of our Savior, Christ Jesus. Maybe you noticed Jesus words as quoted in the Responsive Reading, Ye are my friends John...
- Be the "carefree" reflection of Mind, "perfect for all to see. (Hymn 453)
Monday, August 13th, 2012
The athletes at the Olympics taught us a lot of wonderful lessons the last two weeks. They have inspired us with great performances. Some of amazing performances were never recognized on the medal podium. Consider the inspirational story of Oscar Pastorius, a runner from South Africa. He competed in the Olympics even...
- Make the mental journey from sense to Soul!
Monday, August 6th, 2012
A favorite hymn (#64) speaks of the pathway that leads from sense to Soul. This lesson, tying together the connection of King David and Christ Jesus, illustrates how we can make -- and must make -- that mental journey from material sense (a false sense of soul with its ups and downs) to the harmony and dominion of...
- Find True Liberty and Spiritual Freedom-- "Peace and Joy and Power"
Monday, July 30th, 2012
This weeks Lesson is centered on a theme that has been woven into Lessons throughout the summerliberty. This Lesson explores true liberty and its effects on our experience. Golden Text To Paul, the letter of the law constricted spiritual activity, and discouraged new ideas. The good news of Christianity allows...
- Live the Always-Victorious Life of Love!
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Probably a pretty familiar passage for you. It is so great to have so many ways of looking at this passage from hymn 458, to Henry Drummonds The Greatest Thing in the World, to the different Bible translations (as were provided with here and in B22). Lets look throughout the Lesson to see how each set of verses...
- Find & Live Your True Freedom
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Complete freedom, there is nothing quite like it. And what we will discover through this weeks Bible Lesson is that Truth, God is the only source for all true freedom. In this lesson we will learn how a better understanding of God can give us a freedom that defeats all forms of imprisonment. What would you want to do...
- Drink in & breathe in Life more freely!
Sunday, July 8th, 2012
Think of this weeks Bible lesson and of CedarS metaphysical article like a big, fresh breath [of Life at its best, or a thirst-quenching drink of the same.] Were going to get to know Life better and live more freely.
- Love and heal as you eat the bread of Christ and drink of Christs cup!
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
Consider this week how you can best show your dedication - your faithfulness - to Christ. What does it really mean to eat the bread (the body of Christ) and drink of the cup (the blood of Christ?) Do you do the right thing out of habit, or because you know it is what is expected? Or are those right things that you do...
- Find Peace in Understanding God
Monday, June 25th, 2012
Peace. What a wonderful feeling. Peace is often viewed as quietness, stillness, tranquility, freedom from conflict, agitation, fear, or anxiety. Whatever definition one gives peace, it is definitely a state of being that is highly desired. How is peace achieved? Some find peace in solitude, or attempt to simulate it...
- Make the Great Discovery Your Own! Live what you learn!
Monday, June 18th, 2012
In the Bible Lesson we read of several people who have discovered the great adventure, the dominion, the blessing that comes from living in the law of the Lord. Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and Mary Baker Eddy all discovered how vital it is to live with delight in the law of the Lord, the laws of...
- Thrive in our beautiful, Big Universe!
Monday, June 11th, 2012
How beautiful Earth is. How beautiful life is. But how did the earth get here? How did life appear? The Hubble Space telescope is able to pull in light that is believed to be almost from the beginning of the universe. That light has been travelling for 13,000,000,000 (billion) years. Physicists are exploring the...
- Stick to the Facts - Realize Your Safety as Loves Inseparable Idea
Monday, June 4th, 2012
As you read the lesson, pay attention to the facts. See how sticking to these facts means safe passage through, and deliverance from, the trials of false belief - no matter what form they may take. Regardless of where your experience is taking you at the moment - whether you are coming, going, or staying in one place...
- Find True Sanctuary in Church
Monday, May 28th, 2012
This week we're considering "cause" from the standpoint of church. In the large sense, God is the sole Cause of all that really exists, but we should also remember that God is the sole Cause of our "cause"-our church. By definition God is the cause that impelled church into existence and operation and continues it...
- Keep It Simple, Son (or Daughter)!
Monday, May 21st, 2012
Since the goal of studying the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson is always a better understanding of God and our relationship to Him then the simplicity we are talking about involves Gods allness and oneness. It is holding to the no other gods before me facts of Life. It is not being confused by promises of secret...
- 7 Tips for a Beautiful, Strong, and Healthy Body!
Monday, May 14th, 2012
7 Tips for a Beautiful, Strong and Healthy Body! may sound like the cover article for Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, or Sports Illustrated Magazine. But, no, this is a theme of this weeks lesson on Soul and Body. Soul is the quality that brings color to the universe. It brightens, beautifies, and individualizes. In a world...
- CedarS Founder Ruth Huff continues to "graze" and grow in divinely green pastures
Sunday, May 13th, 2012
We invite you to join as a family in going to God on this Mothers Day and beyond to meet with and daily celebrate Ruth Huff, my amazing mom who (at 98) just recently changed her address as she would say. As Mary Baker Eddy says: "Where God is we can meet, and where God is we can neverpart" (My 131:20-21).
- Do NOT be Satisfied with a Distorted View... See Things Clearly and Live!
Monday, May 7th, 2012
t may seem like a big leap to give up the commonly held concepts relating to a life cycle as beginning with birth, maturing, and finally ending in death. But, well never get the clear view if we continue to gather our evidence from the five physical senses and judge according to outward appearances. This lesson...
- Wake Up and Let the Serpent Bite the Dust!
Monday, April 30th, 2012
This Lesson is so loaded with meaning, that it is impractical to think we can stuff it all into a few short pages. Even the amended research Ive found on the citations in the Bible is double of what I usually start with. In describing one of the citations from the Lesson, one of the commentators I find helpful, Adam...
- Take each step with courage, cared for, watched over, beloved and protected
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
We have been given a wonderful gift in this Bible Lesson in what having one God, loving one Father-Mother, really means. The symbol of a shepherd is one that is often used for God, and certainly a relatable and comforting symbol regardless of if you have ever seen a sheep or not. Lets see some of the ways that we are...
- Hope and work for Life eternal through your daily demonstrations!
Monday, April 16th, 2012
The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, knew that many Christian denominations debated and argued over what happens after death. In her day there was a lively discussion about the concept of probation after death, just like the various schools of Judaism had debated if there was actually a...
- Express the divine Love of spiritual at-one-ment!
Monday, April 9th, 2012
Spring is a wonderful time of renewal. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, its that time of year. For many of us, its time to dust off the running shoes, the tennis racket, or bicycle. Its also a season for spiritual renewal [--that Happy New Year time within us as Christians.] What is the essence of Easter...
- Celebrate Christ's Victory over Sin, Disease and Death
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
The combination of fun-filled practice and role modeling that helps us become strong counselors and succeed in our careers is also an ideal way to become strong healers. And the best role model we have for healing is Christ Jesus. The work that Jesus did on the cross demonstrated Life and sealed Christ's victory...
- Don't be Fooled by the Darkness
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Coincidentally, this Lesson will be read in churches on what is known to the Western World as April Fools day. While its origins are uncertain, according to it is a day which includes sending someone on a fools errand, looking for things that don't exist... and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things. The...
- Remember Perfection Underlies Reality. MBE
Monday, March 19th, 2012
How many times have you heard the remark, Well, nobodys perfect. We use it as a comment to explain a failure or mistake. Many people would even argue perfection is an impossibility. So is perfection simply an unattainable goal or state? Does perfection actually exist somewhere, somehow? Well, I would argue, Yes...
- Do not put matter idols in the place of God. They are not up to the job!
Monday, March 12th, 2012
Mans understanding of matter has been evolving. The idea that matter is built from little building blocks was first proposed by Greek philosophers about 480 BCE. So, what is matter? Here is the simple definition of matter from McGraw-Hill's Access Science: Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online: Matter may be...
- Understand the Substance that Heals!
Monday, March 5th, 2012
This weeks Bible lesson describes some of the many ways in which God, as the true substance of the universe, expresses Himself. A better understanding of substance brings about healing in every facet of our lives. Each section of the lesson asks us to think more deeply about what is truly substantial, and to look...
- Cherish the Perfect Model of the Real Man [--the new You!]
Monday, February 27th, 2012
How do you view yourself? Do you ever find yourself complaining about your situation? Do you ever feel that your assets are inadequate? Youre not good enough? Pretty or handsome enough? Strong enough? Healthy enough? Are you tempted to be a glass half-empty kind of a person? If we look at it honestly there are...
- Rejoice in the "Empowe(her)ment" of Christ, WOW!
Monday, February 20th, 2012
WOW !!!! Women on Watch, maintaining our Masters church. If any of you know our beloved and much appreciated newsletter editor, Warren Huff, Executive Director, of CedarS, you know how much he loves acronyms. (A word formed from the initial letters of other words.) Warren always has a wonderful list of acronyms...
- Experience no fear in the power & love of a sound Mind!
Monday, February 13th, 2012
Think of your favorite place to be and how that makes you feel. For me, its a series of challenging hiking trails through a forest in a nearby state park. I get wonderful spiritual insights running trails through those woods. Last week, as I aggressively ran up hills I was breathing hard. I realized that breath was...
- Journey with Joy from sense to Soul!
Monday, February 6th, 2012
One way to look at this weeks Bible lesson is as a map for our journey from sense to Soul (see Hymn #64, printed below). While were on this journey, we will leave behind the baggage of sin, disease, death-like thoughts that seem to weigh us down, and see more and more clearly that our eternal lives are divinely...
- Find the Power through the Spirit! [that IS in you!]
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Is it in you? This popular sports drink slogan caps off ads in which sports figures literally glow with the product as they perform strenuous feats of athleticism, inferring that the drink supplies the energy and endurance for peak performance. To say nothing of the hours of actual practice that produce super-star...
- Cherish a Love Song meant for you!
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
[Try cherishing the 23rd Psalm as a precious Love Song written especially for you. This week the Bible Lesson Committee has given you the priceless gift of showing you, section by section, how Divine Love is your Good Shepherd who delights in having a divinely intimate relationship with you that will keep you covered...
- Think Truth!!
Monday, January 16th, 2012
if you would like to rise above the testimony of a kaput life, I highly recommend this weeks Bible Lesson and I encourage you to, Think Truth! [To see another present day analogy of how to avoid wipe-outs on the slopes of life and rise from them, click here to see a fun Daily Lift video "parable" by Susie Jostyn, CS]
- Celebrate Life without struggle today!
Monday, January 9th, 2012
This is the time of year for new beginnings. Relax. Rejoice! Renew! This is the gentle answer that came in prayer when I was praying for a family member who had been injured. I had asked God the questions, How shall I pray? followed by, What do You want me to pray? Relax. Rejoice! Renew! Rather than being afraid...
- Share the Cup of Salvation!
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
The Bible is full of symbols and metaphors, and in her writings, Mary Baker Eddy teaches students of Christian Science how to look far beyond a literal interpretation to find the deeper spiritual meaning of the Scriptures. Many of the metaphors in the Bible are really object lessons the spiritual lessons available...