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Lesson Application Ideas From 2013

  • Demonstrate the Power of Understanding God’s Name.
    Monday, December 30th, 2013
    “What’s in a name?” writes Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II). When it comes to God, quite a lot. [See P.S.] In both Hebrew and Greek, the word rendered “name” in the Bible means, “a mark of individuality, authority, or character” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible). Strong’s...
  • Celebrate the gift of the Christ light & freely share the comfort it radiates!
    Monday, December 23rd, 2013
    May your celebration of Christmas be filled with the healing vitality and light of the Christ! This divine light is always shining to show us the sure way to totally overcome the supposed pull of selfishness, impurity, sadness, weakness, sickness, mortality… The lasting value and brilliance of the Science of the...
  • Celebrate Christmas in a Universe subject to the divine “powers that be.”
    Monday, December 16th, 2013
    This week's Bible Lesson not only documents God's infinite creative power, but also His tender, ongoing care. And how very important this is at this time of year. For many people the Christmas season is one of the few times of year when they actually attend church. And others may not even attend church but they find...
  • Be preserved eternally in unity. Experience the abundance & wholeness of your true being!
    Monday, December 9th, 2013
    This lesson looks in an unusual way at how God, Love, preserves man. It reveals a view of our nature as a whole, complete creation that includes a variety of people, cultures, differences, beliefs, all dwelling in unity, peace. We are without conflict, war, destruction (the opposite of preservation). We are a...
  • Drop all burdens; Pray with “No Opposing Element”; Live a “thank you” to God for being the...
    Monday, December 2nd, 2013
    Hope you all had a great holiday! This lesson provides a wonderful foundation for keeping that holiday spirit forever! This lesson of God the Only Cause and Creator is filled with the explanation why gratitude is always necessary. On page 60 of the Christian Science Church Manual it reads, “Gratitude and love...
  • Know Who You Really Are and Be Free from Deception
    Monday, November 25th, 2013
    In two of the last three previous Lessons, we’ve had references to Eve being beguiled by the serpent. Beguile is another way of saying deceive. This week’s Lesson focuses on how to avoid being deceived. According to The Student’s Reference Dictionary, to deceive means simply “to mislead the mind; to cause to...
  • Embrace Thanks-giving Blessings--A 2013 Bonus especially for you!
    Monday, November 25th, 2013
    This lesson begins with the highest focus: giving thanks to God. Thanksgiving can be a wonderful blessing. Families and friends take the time to gather to break bread, give thanks, and appreciate one another. Unfortunately it can also be a trying and/or lonely time. We should never let mortal mind try to take away...
  • No body can separate you from Soul’s spotless integrity, and eternal Life!
    Monday, November 18th, 2013
    Late fall in Germany can be rather bleak. Most of the leaves are off the trees, the weather is often damp, cool, (or cold), often gray and overcast during the day; and it is dark by 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. Ugh! It can be quite similar in the entire northern hemisphere. And many folks find it to be a depressing time. So...
  • Boldly act like the children of light that God made you to be
    Sunday, November 10th, 2013
    Last week's lesson gave us a couple different views of creation, a true one and a false one. This week's lesson on mortals and immortals gives us an even more rarified view of man as a creation of light, of understanding. Existence/being is light/understanding. This light is God's Christ, shining through our pure...
  • Reject the Adam name tag! Stay in the Christ-light & live!
    Monday, November 4th, 2013
    The choice seems pretty clear... Accept an erroneous mortal, material model of man as the offspring of Adam, made of dust – and death is a constant threat. But, choose the Christ model of Truth – man made as the son of God... made in the image of God... and eternal life is the sure result... God has blessed...
  • Feel the Loving Embrace of the "Everlasting Arms"!
    Monday, October 28th, 2013
    God is always there to embrace us and lift us up. Quite a bit of this Lesson deals with those who need lifting up in one way or another. The title, “Everlasting Punishment” addresses the old theological belief that sinners face eternal punishment, which leaves us with the impression that God is capable of doing us...
  • Invest Fully in "Pura Vida" – a Life worth living!
    Monday, October 21st, 2013
    Although the Spanish phrase, “pura vida” literally means pure life, I love the way it is used in one of my favorite countries, Costa Rica. I first visited Costa Rica in 1987 to give a Christian Science lecture. And I later returned two times on surfing trips. Each visit was filled with that uniquely Costa Rican...
  • Feel at-one with Love to put the past behind you!
    Sunday, October 13th, 2013
    The idea of atonement is a special one. In the Jewish tradition it is associated with their most holy day, Yom Kippur which is their "day of atonement". During this time they contemplate and pray for forgiveness for transgressions, seeking pardon. The Hebrew word for this is "Kaphoreth" and is connected to...
  • Don’t be fooled by mirages claiming reality, life, truth, intelligence…]
    Sunday, October 6th, 2013
    Golden Text: Are we going to live with error (i.e. sin, disease, and death?) No way! Instead, recognize them as simply darkness – unfruitful, and untrue. Then, expose that darkness to the light. Just put it out there – and let divine light (Christ, Truth) destroy it!
  • "Touch the fringes of eternity", not of unreality!
    Saturday, September 28th, 2013
    This lesson is a POWERHOUSE statement of the protection we have from spiritual reality, and the powerlessness nature of unreality. In this week's lesson you will read a lot about judgment and law. Those are two things that come from God, and God alone. Looking somewhere else or doubting that God is giving righteous...
  • Get Real! Welcome to the kingdom of heaven!
    Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
    A question that was posed at the very beginning of a talk at Principia College in which the speaker shared some thoughts about how students might pray about the transition to the “real world” has really shifted my thinking about these experiences: What do you consider reality? Arresting isn’t it?!? What do...
  • Allow Yourself No Idle or Idol Thoughts
    Monday, September 16th, 2013
    How about joining me in a little challenge for the week? How about if we start thinking about Church and Sunday School really early this week? Let’s not wait until Sunday morning, but let’s get started preparing for an incredible Church and Sunday School experience right now! This may lead to the most exciting...
  • Give gratitude for Spirit’s substance! Walk Your Talk!
    Monday, September 9th, 2013
    This passage from Proverbs can serve as a humbling reminder that to truly honor God demands [giving of our] substance and our “firstfruits.” Another way to think about that is that mere “lip service” doesn’t do the trick. It is a necessity to honor God; and we must do so by showing our sincerity by living...
  • Be made new by seeing God’s creation in its true light!
    Sunday, September 1st, 2013
    You know how deceiving it can be to look at things in the dark, or in a distorted mirror? Turn on a light and everything looks totally different – things are seen from an entirely new perspective. This lesson shows us that we can’t see ourselves (and our surroundings) clearly unless we see them in the light of...
  • Use Jesus' Map of Grace & Love to Boldly Do Right & Fear Not!
    Monday, August 26th, 2013
    This week's Bible lesson on Christ Jesus, our Master, gives us a precious opportunity to discover more of the path he laid out for us and a number of ways we can follow it. A beautiful daily “road trip” is set before us; it is full of roadside wonders and calls for us to embrace the qualities that Jesus embodied...
  • Get Rid of 1st Day Jitters! Mind is already there!
    Monday, August 19th, 2013
    This week’s Bible Lesson is just great for the start of new adventures. Maybe the start of school, even your very first school year! Or maybe starting middle school, high school or university. Or the start of a brand new job. Or even the start of your Christian Science healing practice! Whatever your new...
  • Seek Happiness in Soul to more readily attain & retain it!
    Monday, August 12th, 2013
    This week's lesson on Soul can help us drop our limited sense of self as we understand God's nature as Soul. This nature would never confine us to finding happiness in a limited mortal sense of mind, never keep us trapped in the realm of a mind that is separate from Mind and possessing a will of its own, never bind...
  • Practice walking in the light of Spirit... Eat the fruits of Spirit!
    Monday, August 5th, 2013
    As we read this Lesson, let’s think about Spirit in terms of light, and how to practice staying in that light. God puts light in our hearts – our consciousness – to guide us. And, even though we don’t find Spirit (light) in the stuff around us – or in psychology – we do find it by honestly looking at the...
  • Learn to Live in Love!
    Monday, July 29th, 2013
    In his memoirs, William Rathvon records that late Christmas Day of 1909, Mrs. Eddy called him to her bedside. She said, “Do you know by what it is that I heal the sick?” [He] replied, “Through your knowledge of God.” She said, “No, that’s not it.” “What is it then?” [he] asked. She replied, “By...
  • Simply and Wholeheartedly Obey!
    Monday, July 22nd, 2013
    [In winning ways] our Bible Lesson this week [and CedarS Bible Lands Park (BLP) and “BLP Rangers” every week] present a group of Bible characters who learned how to obey. These individuals discovered the great value of obeying God’s directions. Since you are reading this Bible Lesson aren’t you just like...
  • Enjoy a special gift for you!
    Saturday, July 20th, 2013
    Here’s a special gift as of today for you, dear CedarS Met subscribers!
  • Stop ruminating! Live to give!
    Monday, July 15th, 2013
    This week's Bible Lesson on Life covers a lot of ground. Being fearless, understanding what you're doing, claiming your dominion over un-Godlike qualities... And the thing is, this Lesson isn't just for reading. Of course no Bible Lesson is just for perusing – we need to prove our understanding by demonstration, and...
  • Put Your Whole Self in to Walking Humbly with God!
    Monday, July 8th, 2013
    The Latin origin of the word sacrament involves a sense of obligation. And part of the definition in Webster’s 1828 dictionary reads a ceremony by which “obligations to him [Christ] are renewed and ratified.” Our obligation to God and His Christ (light and truth) is summed up in the Golden Text and elaborated...
  • Rejoice that with God all things are possible!
    Monday, July 1st, 2013
    Is anything too hard for God? Do you find yourself ever looking at the human situation and thinking or saying things like, “Impossible!” “No Way” “It can’t be done” “It’s too late.” Maybe from a limited human standpoint it may be impossible to see our way out of some situations, but God isn’t...
  • Share the gift of Christian Science!
    Monday, June 24th, 2013
    This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson gives us the opportunity to dive in deeper with our understanding of Christian Science as the law of God, good, and might even give us a little nudge to take further steps towards making it our own in following Christ Jesus, rejoicing in spiritual leaven, healing the sick...
  • See Creation as Spiritual!
    Monday, June 17th, 2013
    We will discover how Mind, i.e. “wisdom” and “understanding,” has unfolded this incredible universe. As I first read the Bible Lesson, I thought of people over the years that have asked me, “But what about all that I see before my eyes? Are you saying it just doesn’t exist?” Often these were...
  • Close the lion's mouth today!
    Monday, June 10th, 2013
    The Golden Text for this week's lesson sets out the facts: God is in the preserving and protecting business for all of His creation! There is nothing here to indicate that God sometimes relinquishes control of His creation to chance (a big flood/tornado/earthquake), to other people (mean or envious co-workers...
  • See -- and consider -- the works of God...
    Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    It’s tempting to think we’re capable of creating something on our own... whether it is a child, an art form, or a solution to a problem. But, we’re never the source, because we aren’t God... the “only cause and creator.” Realizing this never lessens our creative expression, but expands it. Understanding...
  • Find Safety within the Walls of our Strong City!
    Monday, May 27th, 2013
    One thing to be careful about when talking about defending ourselves against evil is to remember that however cunning or formidable evil seems to be, the fact remains that God is the only power. Our strong city, our temple, our consciousness derives its stability from the one and only God (B1). The Psalmist...
  • Live by Soul's Specs
    Monday, May 20th, 2013
    If my comparison of this week’s lesson to the Three Little Pigs story seems a little far-fetched then I invite you to read I Corinthians, Chapter 3. This chapter from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth is a wonderful commentary on good building practices and also the source for our Golden Text...
  • Give Gratitude for Everything About Reality and Immortality!
    Monday, May 13th, 2013
    What shapes us? Hopes or ideals for the future, past experiences, present circumstances? Are our lives stable, or do we essentially have to hope for “the luck of the draw”? This week's Bible Lesson gives some glorious insights into who we are.
  • Don't fall for any Fallen Man Premise!
    Saturday, May 4th, 2013
    Regardless of how convincing the testimony of the physical senses, we must stand firm and reason rightly from the basis of perfect God and perfect man. This confident reasoning reverses the lie that springs from the myth of mortal creation. Man is the offspring of God alone. Fallen man is a misunderstanding; and we...
  • Recognize Your Need for Redemption and Feel God’s Tender Mercies
    Monday, April 29th, 2013
    How do you feel about your prospects for entering the kingdom of heaven? In last week’s Lesson we learned that we can’t be sinners here, and expect to get a free pass to eternal bliss. But many Christian Scientists will point out that Mrs. Eddy says we’re not sinners because we’re spiritual. Nobody likes...
  • Keep "Raising the Bar"... and Dead-end thoughts and deeds!
    Monday, April 22nd, 2013
    Well, “Probation After Death,” does sound a little frightening. But just remember that Mrs. Eddy chose several Bible Lesson subjects that were actually intended to refute several dogmatic or doctrinal beliefs regarding God and our relationship to Him. And this is one of those subjects. So it might sound...
  • Share the Fun of Being At-One!
    Monday, April 15th, 2013
    In Mary Baker Eddy’s autobiography called Retrospection and Introspection, we read the following: “Sin was, and is, the lying supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are both material and spiritual, and yet are separate from God.” (pg 67) First, sin is a lying supposition that life, substance and...
  • Answer NO... and Know Why!
    Monday, April 8th, 2013
    As students of the Christian Science Bible Lesson, we are reminded twice each year to carefully consider the question, “ARE sin, disease, and death real? In actuality we’re challenged by that question many times each day. The physical senses constantly bombard us with testimony that would say that this triad of...
  • Choose to rise up from unreality, serve God alone, and be free!
    Monday, April 1st, 2013
    In the Responsive Reading (R.R.), the psalmist rejoices that the law of God is a fixed fact, a proven reliable source of inspiration, protection, and guidance. The closer he adheres to the law, the greater his spiritual knowledge becomes. All CedarS campers know how important it is to have a light with them in a...
  • Don't be fooled on April 1st, or any day!
    Monday, April 1st, 2013
    Did you know that the first "April Fools" were called this name in 1582? They were being ridiculed by the general French populace because these "April Fools" continued to celebrate New Year Day on April 1st instead of on January 1st as ordered by King Charles IX with his newly imposed Gregorian calendar...
  • Be Risen with Christ to the Reality & Newness of Life!
    Sunday, March 24th, 2013
    As I’ve been reading this lesson, I kept thinking of a wonderful article on Christian Science from the March 25, 2005 Christian Science Monitor. It’s titled, ‘My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?’ and gives a brilliant lens through which to consider the familiar resurrection story. You and I know that Christ...
  • "Like" Spirit's realm, NOT matter's mythical monopoly!
    Monday, March 18th, 2013
    I have always loved this clear identification that God loves to give good things to His children. And I began to understand even more of the significance of this exchange with this week’s Bible Lesson on the subject of “Matter.” In this Lesson the question is clearly answered, “Who is the power on the...
  • Meditate most on infinite substance...
    Monday, March 11th, 2013
    In Miscellaneous Writings, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, says the following: “He advances most in divine Science who meditates most on infinite spiritual substance and intelligence.” (pg 309) How wonderful it is that we have the opportunity to do so with this week’s...
  • Live Complete as the perfect image & likeness of a perfect God!
    Monday, March 4th, 2013
    Just as a sunbeam expresses, and has all the attributes of, the sun, so man expresses, and has all the attributes of, God. To understand sunlight, you must understand the sun… and how a sunbeam is like the sun. Similarly, to understand man, you have to understand God, and how man is like God. As you study this...
  • Continue in Christ Jesus' Word and Be Free!
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    If I ever find myself being undisciplined, and blurting out something like, “It looks like we’re stuck,” my wife immediately retorts, “We’re never stuck!” The Golden Text promises that freedom from all bondage—from bad relationships, jobs, neighborhoods, financial binds, moral dilemmas, sin...
  • Trust Mind.
    Monday, February 18th, 2013
    How will I know what to do? What should I do now? What is my next step? Did I do the right thing? Oh no, what have I done, help. Guess what? Studying this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson will help. These questions and this yearning is certainly not new, and it is certainly not just you. For...
  • Be Soul's Torchbearer! Don't go with the flow!
    Monday, February 11th, 2013
    CedarS torchbearer pledge complements the lesson on Soul because it reminds us to resist “group think” by listening for God, and by speaking and acting in a straightforward and Christ-like manner. Soul governs our identity, maintains our individuality, and—like CedarS torchbearer pledge—protects us from...
  • Shine with Spirit's reflected light!
    Monday, February 4th, 2013
    As I studied this lesson on Spirit, I was struck by all the references to light and illumination, but also by the many references to the “spirit of God” or the “spirit of the Lord.” We often think of Spirit (or of that which is spiritual) in contrast to matter (or that which is material.) But, I have found...
  • Happy Groundhog Day!
    Friday, February 1st, 2013
    Remember YOU will never see your own shadow or be fearful, as long as you face the sun (Son)! And that, "It matters not what be thy lot, so Love doth guide; For storm or shine, pure peace is thine, whate'er betide" Hymn 160 "Satisfied"
  • Live the "Real Thing" & Never Fail!
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    “Love never fails” says the Golden Text. Why does love never fail? As nineteenth century theologian Albert Barnes explains it, it’s because it is always available to us, we can exercise it in any situation, it can be adapted to every circumstance, it will be useful in every environment, and wherever we may...
  • Remain Teachable to be Truth-full!
    Monday, January 21st, 2013
    In this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Truth” I have been taught some great new things. I love learning about God. And I am always thrilled when my children learn something new about God. As in this promise from Isaiah 54:13 “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be...
  • Use Your Key to Eternal Life!
    Monday, January 14th, 2013
    One way to see this week’s lesson is as a direct refutation of the claims of mortality and purposeless existence. With an understanding of eternal Life, we find greater meaning, satisfying purpose, constant progress, growing joy, and enduring comfort. Here’s another translation of this: “this is the way to...
  • Feel God's Grace and Respond!
    Monday, January 7th, 2013
    Until now I had never thought about grace when I thought about Sacrament. But, the Golden Text speaks of the “grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost.” And a similar message is echoed in the last citation of the Bible which promises that God is able to make all...

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