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Lesson Application Ideas From 2015
- See and Know God! No blind faith needed.
Monday, December 28th, 2015
This is a great post-Christmas gift to us, this Bible lesson that confirms that a deeper understanding of God's changeless nature of good is always bestowing on man the best gifts. We are called upon to understand God intelligently, with pure hearts, straining out the clouds of material sense that have us thinking of...
- Embrace the Knowledge of Christ this Christmas — Bear Witness to Peace and Healing!
Monday, December 21st, 2015
I enjoyed considering this week’s lesson on Christian Science in the context of the celebration of Christmas. Mrs. Eddy writes, “Christian Science and Christianity are one.” (S&H 372: 17-18) This lesson gives us the opportunity to see the truth of this statement. Christian Science could be thought of as “the...
- Rejoice in Our Creator—fully convinced He is the only creative power!
Monday, December 14th, 2015
In the Responsive Reading there are multiple verses underscoring God’s supreme majesty. God is “first and last.” He calls the universe into being, and governs it. There are no random acts of chance in God’s universe because everything is in perfect order. There is no creative power beside God. He orders...
- Behold God preserving all the sweetness of His creation, including yours!
Monday, December 7th, 2015
From a spiritual perspective, the fruits of Life sourced in God, are also very sweet. And this sweetness is preserved as we learn how to put our full faith in God as the one and only preserver of Life harmonious. When the cold winds of mortality and hate threaten to destroy or disrupt this Life harmonious, we turn to...
- Tune out the noise to hear and feel the peace of the allness of God...
Monday, November 30th, 2015
As we deepen our understanding of God as the only source of all creation, the only cause, we leap past so much that would cause us to doubt and fear. We can begin, through this understanding, to experience the powerful harmony of the kingdom of God within. We move forward knowing that God has naturally established...
- Be awake to freedom, alive to good, alert to bad, & enthusiastic to let your light shine!
Monday, November 23rd, 2015
As we wear the armor of light, of Life, no darkness can touch us because dark cannot attach to light. It just doesn’t work. The light is our sure defense, and we keep our light shining by being alive to good, awake to truth, alert to temptation, and enthusiastic about healing.
- Thanksgiving BONUS: See the goodness of God & be filled with thankfulness inevitably!
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
The foundation of this year’s Thanksgiving lesson centers around the definition of "good" found in the glossary of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy.
- Throw out of your temple (concept of body & church) what needs to be removed!
Monday, November 16th, 2015
The Golden Text beautifully sets the tone for this Lesson. And, I got a clearer sense of it as I checked out other translations and Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: The Hebrew word translated as “boast” is halal and it can be rendered “to shine; to celebrate; sing praise.” Other translations read: “I...
- Overcome the Flesh—Think and Live in the Spirit!
Monday, November 9th, 2015
To learn our lesson, we need to “put off the old man… and be renewed in the spirit” of our mind.” To what degree are you putting off the old man? Putting off the old allows us to put on the new man “which is created by God in righteousness and true holiness.” The passage indicates that since God is the...
- Choose to wake up from the Adam dream!
Monday, November 2nd, 2015
May 1977 ... was the month when I officially committed myself, to the best of my ability, to follow the Golden Text in this week's Christian Science Bible Lesson, “...choose you this day whom ye will serve;” Joshua 24:15 This week's Bible Lesson clearly teaches us how to make the right choices.
- Move up to a higher sense of self as blessed in a way that precludes the desire to sin.
Monday, October 26th, 2015
Follow the word "everlasting" in the Golden Text this week. See how it is connected not to "punishment", but rather to "good", "mercy", "life". This is the heritage that God has given us, not one of punishment. Where does this seeming punishment come from? Well, it comes from the sin itself. If it seems that you are...
- Happy Halloween from Moses! Bonus Edition!
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
In time-travels to past Halloweens I’ve seen Americans open their doors to many frightful and grisly characters (and some lovely and funny ones too). You who welcome these characters at the end of October seem to know that an illusion is being presented by children who are “presently restored…” to normal...
- Watch what you buy into! Choose & live-out salvation & freedom in Spirit—now!
Monday, October 19th, 2015
The concept of “probation after death” can be thought of much more broadly than the traditional sense of what happens after someone passes on from this earth. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, to be dead is to be “no longer alive.” That can apply to anything that no longer seems relevant or...
- Purify Your Heart and Be Reconciled to God
Monday, October 12th, 2015
To truly atone for sin, and be reconciled with God change must be from the heart—from the very core of our being. This is what Jesus exemplified and what we aspire to. The Pharisees were content with a list of rules, but they were rarely heartfelt. Jesus advanced religious observance from mere adherence to the...
- Go to The source... God is the only source for all Good.
Monday, October 5th, 2015
Remember God is the Source of all existence. And Jesus encourages us that believing in him, we are believing in “him that sent me.” (B-15, John 12:44) Nowadays you sometimes hear someone say a little phrase, “Do the math.” Well, you could also say “add up the facts.” It is possible for each of us to...
- Share only “The real… constantly accentuating harmony in word and deed”!
Monday, September 28th, 2015
The fact that there is only one God—all good—always present—always acting and knowing—gives this week's Bible lesson a structure of integrity to build upon. This is our Golden Text, and for good reason. If we can grasp even a little of the reality of God as the source of all life, goodness, power and...
- Stop Forgetting Everything About Reality!
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
This week let’s heal a sense of amnesia or memory loss about who we are in REALITY! I’ll never forget what Grace Wasson said in a Christian Science lecture over a half century ago: “Where there’s loving attention, memory is inevitable!” The fourth Commandment instructs us to “Remember the sabbath day, to...
- Prove that Matter Just Doesn't Matter!
Monday, September 14th, 2015
This week's lesson does a fantastic job of clearly stating from the get-go that when we say Yea to God, and only God, we are clearing the mental storehouse of worthless material and filling it with things/thoughts of real value!
- Find Substance meeting every need, even at the 11th hour!
Monday, September 7th, 2015
The Golden Text points us to the importance of giving God his due. Here is the original version of that verse from the King James Version and then a couple of alternatives. Also note how helpful it is to think of Tithes as Mrs. Eddy presents it in the Glossary of Science and Health.
- Expose & reverse the lies of man's vulnerability to the lure of personality, the ills of genetics...
Monday, August 31st, 2015
The Bible opens with the story of creation, including the creation of man. It is a story of spiritual creation, for while there is light, it first appears without material source, plants and animals are created without seed or predecessor, and man is made after the likeness of Spirit itself. This lesson on Man opens...
- Follow and love Christ Jesus more each day!
Monday, August 24th, 2015
In last week's Lesson Paul proclaimed “we have the mind of Christ.” (I Cor. 2:16). This is a wonderful segue into this week’s lesson on “Christ Jesus” which ends with our solemn pledge “to watch and pray for that mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus”. (S28, 497:24)
- Discover your God-given intelligence as you ask God for wisdom!
Monday, August 17th, 2015
What great timing for this lesson on Mind! Many are already back in school. Others are getting ready for the start of a new year. What a wonderful time for all of us (whether we have anything to do with the academic scene or not) to affirm the source of all wisdom and intelligence to be God — omniscient Mind. As...
- Seek and share Soul's infinite resources!
Monday, August 10th, 2015
If you were to stand in front of a mirror, you would see yourself and know that your reflection is there. If you were to close your eyes and still know with confidence that your reflection was still there, you would be transitioning your thought from knowing that your reflection is there to understanding that your...
- Put on Spirit's smile! Shine your joyous conviction that facts always win over fables!
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Put on Spirit's smile and shine out to all your joyous conviction that facts always win over fables, that “ALL things work together for good to them that love God”! (RR, Romans 8:28)]
- Put Love 1st to make Love last! Be at one with Love! Leave behind a personal sense of self!
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Do you know what a keynote is? In the musical world it would be the tonal center of a piece of music. The rest of the chords and melodies in that piece would be founded on that tonic note, even when the key might change temporarily, or modulate, as they say. Modulation is a way of expanding on a musical theme or...
- Walk with the might of the light of Truth!
Monday, July 20th, 2015
John demonstrated that it is possible to see and experience this Holy City here and now — in our present state of consciousness. This is the message of the Lord’s Prayer and its spiritual interpretation: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven … Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God...
- Drink freely the Life-giving Waters
Monday, July 13th, 2015
Throughout the Scriptures water symbolizes a number of concepts. Water can symbolize life, purification, cleansing, healing, blessing, sanctification, baptism, illumination, regeneration, new birth, redemption, or salvation. The words of the Golden Text are an invitation to anyone who desires it to partake fully and...
- Live the Sacraments every day!
Monday, July 6th, 2015
Hi CedarS campers, counselors, staff, and CedarS family of friends around the world! We are about to learn a little more about how we can have more good, peace and joy in our lives through the Christian Science Bible Lesson on Sacrament. Want to join us?
- Welcome in God’s joy, love, intelligence and divine energy!
Monday, June 29th, 2015
What is God? Answer for yourself in your own words. Mrs. Eddy asks this very question and answers it on p.465:8 of Science and Health. She also says in the same book on p. 256:16 “The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?”...
- Comfort others as God comforts you … and heal!
Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Jesus promised that another Comforter would come to humanity— to lead them out of darkness, as he had been sent from God to do. That Comforter — the Holy Ghost — has come in the form of an ever-available Science — known today as Christian Science. This Comforter is a constant, ever-present Principle that is...
- Acknowledge God as the Only Power
Monday, June 15th, 2015
What brought the universe into being? Did it happen spontaneously in a big bang? What keeps it going? Will it eventually collapse back on itself? These questions continue to motivate both religion and physics. Humans have the irresistible urge to know how things work, and then to do their best to use that knowledge...
- Rely on God to preserve, protect, and keep you safe, forever!
Monday, June 8th, 2015
...this lesson and this Met have wonderful angel messages just for you. God is taking care of you and bringing you to Him, eternally. Keeping you safe. Cherishing you. God shelters you just like a mother bird cares for her little ones. Under Her/His wings you are sheltered, shaded, shielded from all evil and...
- Firmly refuse to entertain suggestions of evil to have quick, remarkable healing!
Monday, June 1st, 2015
The Golden Text is the foundation for uncovering the core of our lesson this week: getting a deeper understanding of God as the only source of creation—a creation that is wholly good. It is echoed and amplified in the final section to include the wisdom that guided this magnificent creation and renews “the face...
- Denounce & find freedom from loving or fearing anything opposed to God!
Monday, May 25th, 2015
No matter how attractive, scary or overwhelming the situation around us may seem, we do not HAVE to be afraid. God's saving power is always present. Interestingly, the word 'patiently' in the RR, in its primitive Hebrew root, includes the idea of twisting (or braiding) and I love this because it tells me that when...
- Recognize your dwelling place with God — independent of and unrestricted by a material body!
Monday, May 18th, 2015
“Ye are the temple of the living God.” This theme, running throughout the Lesson, becomes clearer as we look at the entire verse. Consider it from the New Living Bible: “And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: ‘I will live in them...
- “Dress” for Success! (And work-out the spiritual for it!) PS#3
Monday, May 11th, 2015
What are you wearing? Why are you wearing it? What we wear can indicate something about our attitude, our job, or status. They say we should dress for the job we want to have. Doing so shows our desire to advance in our field. Sometimes appearance can be deceptive, but whatever the motive, appearance always makes...
- May the Force of Genesis 1 light be with you!
Monday, May 4th, 2015
I love that call of Isaiah; it always makes me think of the second account of creation given in the Bible from Genesis 2 as simply needing to be shaken off. Even though there is already a clear account given in Genesis 1 where God creates man in His image and likeness, Genesis 2 starts out with the man supposedly...
- Leave hollow & short-lived fun for the everlasting joy & “superabundance of being”!
Monday, April 27th, 2015
What I love about this lesson is that it takes the premise—that we are sinners that may need punishment—and turns it on its end. Man is made as the sinless reflection of God. The fact that it appears that we sin is just that—an appearance, and not reality. This makes it possible for man to overcome any number...
- Dwell in the conscious of Life, and lose all consciousness of death!
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Search as we may… we’re never going to find sustainable life in matter (in a limited sense of life that has a beginning and has an ending and is dependent on earthly circumstances for survival.) This week’s lesson teaches us that GOD is Life — that we live the Life that cannot die as we view Life as Jesus did...
- Be Holy and Be Saved!
Monday, April 13th, 2015
Are you saved? Do you think you need saving? To many, the opportunity of being saved is exclusive, and often has to do with accepting a particular doctrinal point, making a statement of faith, and going through a ceremony to signify your intention to maintain loyalty to your declaration. Anyone unsaved is presumed...
- Watch for God, Good, as Jesus taught to shut the door to evil!
Monday, April 6th, 2015
Golden Text: Mark 13:37 what “...what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”“Watching” - Keen observation, attentiveness, alertness, and vigilance are qualities of thought that Jesus encouraged in his followers. Like the early Bible writers, our Master reminded us to not only keep our eyes and hearts open to...
- Have a Happy Easter with proofs of matter’s unreality!
Monday, March 30th, 2015
There is probably no more gruesome story in the Bible than the crucifixion of Jesus. His great love for God and man, the powerful healing and restoration of broken lives and bodies that he bestowed, eventually was met with envy, shame and hatred, which led to his crucifixion. If you’ve ever had a mighty struggle...
- Give up chronic disabilities & horizontal history for instant healing & no convalescence!
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
This week's Bible Lesson is sort of like an in-depth illustration of the first tenet, found on page 497 of Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. She writes, "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life." The Word of God is light –...
- Stop Playing Tug-of-war with Matter!
Monday, March 16th, 2015
As I studied the lesson for this week, I notice how often the contrasts between Spirit and matter were emphasized. Spirit and matter are opposites, and, trying to work equally with opposites can be like trying to win a tug-of-war contest. Pulling equally on either end of the rope, neither team wins, and exhausting...
- Give and Receive Abundantly
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
What do you value? How much is sufficient? There’s a lot of concern today about “portions.” What portion of my income should I save for the future? How large or small should a portion of a particular food be? How much of my time should be apportioned for work, sleep, exercise, recreation, worship, etc.? The...
- Discover "practically perfect" moments throughout your life!
Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Oh boy, this week's Bible Lesson is going to tell us all about how to be perfect. " Who? Me? Perfect? C'mon, I know how far I am from perfect. Actually I know how far I am from pretty good." And of course, even if you might be ready to see yourself as close to perfect, aren't there lots of people ready to tell you...
- Demonstrate the continued power & presence of the Christ today!
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Christian Science is singular among Christian faiths in its understanding of Jesus and the Christ. The distinction that Mrs. Eddy makes between Jesus, being the highest human representative of the Christ, coming to man in a way that we can understand; and Christ, as God’s ideal, without flesh—the practical way...
- Stop commuting between opposites to be in your right mind!
Monday, February 16th, 2015
As the Golden Text assures us, Mind knows just what we need at all times — before and better than we even know ourselves! Why and how is that? Because, as this Lesson brings out, God is the only Mind and knows all things. And, as we acknowledge this Mind and recognize our oneness with this Mind, we are guided...
- Change Your Tune through the Understanding of Soul!
Monday, February 9th, 2015
In the Golden Text, the psalmist’s song magnifies God rather than the problems facing him. Not all of the psalms start out hopeful. Some are downright depressing, but somehow they work their way back to glorifying God even in the midst of a challenge. In our lives undesirable themes often recur. These tunes...
- Worship your Father in Spirit and in Truth!
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
With the help of this lesson we will engage with our world in understanding, discernment, and healing. We will rise above hate, misjudgment, and prejudicial views and with the help of the Christ, learn how to better worship God in spirit and truth. And with that we will be healthier, happier, and more in harmony...
- BONUS Met: Happy Groundhog Day on February 2nd!
Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Those who seem to wake up day after day to the same nightmarish conditions, no matter how hard they pray, need despair no longer! When so-called involuntary conditions beyond your control seem to be "socked in" forever, it may help to remember the situation that Bill Murray faced in the movie, "Groundhog Day." No...
- Look for Love’s gifts of “might, immortality and goodness”!
Monday, January 26th, 2015
Love has given us many gifts. Check these out in citation S4. She has given even “…to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud.” Look for these gifts of Love (might, immortality and goodness) in the rest of the lesson!
- Get ready for some great demonstrations of Truth!
Monday, January 19th, 2015
This Golden Text lets us know we are going to hear about the Word of God in this lesson and "works" "done in truth." So let's get ready for some great demonstrations! This Responsive Reading serves as a key introduction to the ideas in this lesson. Its choice of the two chapters from the Gospel of John, chapter 7...
- Revere (recognize with deep gratitude) the all-power & goodness of Life!
Monday, January 12th, 2015
Learning about God as Life and Christ as Life's highest expression, we learn about man's immortality. “Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth.” Before this material sense of creation, man, as spiritual idea already existed. As such, we are His daily “delight”. These ideas from...
- Respond to your calling—Join in Holy Communion (Participation) with Christ
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
My goal, as I write, is to glean fresh insights on this subject of Sacrament in order to keep it fresh and practical. The dictionary on my computer says that sacrament has been “regarded as an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual divine grace.” I liked that because, to me, it is important to see that...