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"Find all being one" (Hymn 157)

Dan Carnesciali C.S., St. Louis, MO
Posted Monday, October 11th, 2010

"Find all being one"-since "day by day the understanding of our oneness shall increase". Hymn 157]
CedarS Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:
"Doctrine of Atonement" for October 17, 2010
by Dan Carnesciali, CS, of St. Louis, MO 
[with bracketed italics by Warren Huff]
 
[Editor's Note: The following application ideas for this week, and the Possible Sunday School Topics that follow, are offered primarily to help CEDARS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and demonstrate the great value of daily study and application of the Christian Science Bible lessons year-round, not just at camp! You can sign up to have them emailed to you free -- in English by Monday each week, or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION in French thanks to Pascal or Denise, in German thanks to Helga or in Spanish thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio. YOU CAN SIGN UP at www.cedarscamps.org/newsletters]
 
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!]
 
Golden Text:
"Thank God!  Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you." (New Living Translation
"Thank God you've started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!" (The Message)
"Now that you have been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness." (Common English Bible or CEB)
 
Responsive Reading:
 "... you who were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ." (CEB)
 "Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us. He canceled the detailed rules of the Law so that he could create one new person out of the two groups, making peace" (CEB
Jesus' sacrifice brought together Jew and Gentile (non-Jew). His sacrifice unites Christian and Jew. 
"He reconciled them both as one body to God by the cross, which ended the hostility to God." (CEB
Jesus' sacrifice on the cross brought all together as one in Christ, and ended the hatred of Christ, or hostility to God. 
[Cherish the nigh-ness and now-ness of the newness of Love that Jesus' crucifixion continues to give us moment by moment. "The ‘one far-off divine event' is now, and that event is Love." Christian Science Hymnal 391:4]

Section 1 - Celebrate Atonement
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year in Judaism. It completes the annual High Holy Days (Days of Awe). This day is essentially one's last chance to demonstrate repentance and make amends. Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God, not for sins against another person. The holiday (holy day) ends with the blowing of a long blast on the shofar, a long ram's horn. (B-1)   (http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday4.htm) Here's a video of a shofar being blown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLkrKXFG1UA&feature=related
 
The passage from Deuteronomy 32 (B-3) is called the Song of Moses because it is in the style of Moses' teaching. Paraphrased, "Be still and listen to the words from My (God's) mouth. My teaching will come and settle as dew, and nourish the grass. Publish the name of the Lord." A name means one's nature. What better way to publish the nature of God than through your life.  As St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words." 
 
"For this reason I kneel before the Father,from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name (nature). I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being." (B-4 NIV)
"We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all." (B-5 NLT)
We are equal in God's sight. We are part of His family. What fun to celebrate God's oneness and allness: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!" (S-1 NIV)
[On the weekend after CedarS 2011 Family Camp, August 19-22, we will follow God's instruction in Leviticus 25:10-13 (after B-1) by hosting a holy celebration for CedarS 50th "Jubilee" year of fun family togetherness and loving service to the Movement. Thank you for supporting this by attending and/or helping others to attend.] 

Section 2 - Enslaved? or Free? [from anxiety, worry, pressure, ... *]
"Christ has set us free to live a free life.  So take your stand!  Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.... When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit.... My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness.... Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives." (B-7 The Message
 
Don't be conformed to the world; be transformed. Meaning, watch out that you don't settle in and get comfortable with where the world is going. Be ready for change. Be ready to change.  Resentment and resistance are not part of your thought. (Whether you admit it or not) all are one in Christ. (B-8)  
* [Tuesday's chat on spirituality.com is "A way out of anxiety" -- with Janet Kennedy, C.S.B.: Tues., Oct. 12, 2010, 2-3 pm EDT. 
J.B. Phillips translates Romans 12:2 (B-8): "Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould." I love to avoid feeling squeezed by the world mortal-man-mold when daily affirming that there is nothing more stress-free and pressure-free than me as God's reflection. You are invited to spiritually "lather up" each day with DIAL - "Divine Image And Likeness" (as in S-4, S-6, S-26). This spiritual identification work allows us then to confidently "act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being" (S&H 264:11) and to happily "live under the constant pressure...  to come out from the material world and be separate." (S-13: 451:2)]
 
Section 3 - Focus!
Don't let the Bible Lesson be boring. Mix it up. Sometimes read all the Bible passages in a row. Keep it fresh. After you read a section, challenge yourself to recall what the section was about, even if it's just one thought. Rephrase verses in language that speaks to you, or that you would share with a friend (without reading the passage to them).  Read different translations. You can check out many translations on blueletterbible.org and biblegateway.com. Start a Bible study group, or attend one that is already organized. Try a study Bible. They have commentary at the bottom and feature helpful maps.  Study Bibles were in common use by Christian Scientists in the early 1900s. Read around the citation; read the whole chapter.
 
God believes in us. God is dynamic. God fills our lives with joy and hope. How could God not see you full of hope and joy? (B-10) God is just.  God recognizes your work and your love. God appreciates you. God looks at you and sees God [--and the Divine Image And Likeness]Do you see what is going on? God is encouraging you. Stop for a minute and imagine if God were not encouraging you. God wouldn't be seeing the real you. God would be seeing something less than God. God would be believing the lie of separation. 
 
Jesus went before us into the holy of holies, into reality before us. (B-11) "Whoever continues in this teaching has both the Father and His Son." (B-13 CEB) If you continue in this teaching you have the Source and its infinite expression.  You understand reality. Hmm, if Jesus is God's son and you are a child of God, what is your relationship with Jesus? (B-13)
 
Section 4 - Christ Overcomes Separation
New Testament books by Paul were originally letters from Paul. He wrote I Corinthians in 54CE [that is, 54AD] to the church in Corinth while he was in the city of Ephesus. This makes it one of the very earliest New Testament books. The church in Corinth was largely Gentile. At this time, there wasn't one big building where the Christians met for church. There were smaller groups that met for house church and would occasionally come together for a meeting as an ekklesia (Greek for assembly, church) for a common meal, fellowship and worship. The Corinthian congregation had a lot of disputes that they hoped the apostle Paul would help them resolve. Subjects that he addresses in I Corinthians are lawsuits among believers, sexual immorality, marriage, treatment of poor, how to support widows and whether the poor can eat food offered to idols. The verse in the lesson is part of a conversation about judging and fellowship. Chapter 8 grapples with whether it is right for those who have money to eat big meals at church, and then tell those who are poor (starving) that they should not eat the food offered in ceremonies to idols. (Harper Collins Study Bible)  When he makes the statement in verse 6 that there is one God the Father, and all things come from him and we belong to him, it is part of his response whether it is morally OK for the poor to eat the food offered to idols. (B-14) The verse that follows says, "But not everybody knows this (that God is the only God). Some are eating this food as though it really is food sacrificed to a real idol, because they were used to idol worship until now." (I Cor 8:7 CEB)
 
When the word doctrine appears in the lesson, it means teaching, official teaching. The theologians at the temple were amazed at Jesus' teaching and his authority. Jesus' authority and confidence came from his connection to the Holy Spirit. (B-15) The scribes and the Pharisees sat in Moses' seat. That is they "claimed" to have the authority of Moses because they believed that they were chosen by God. We should all recognize how our ability and our confidence come from our connection to the Source, Soul. Everyone has that same connection. That is an important part of following Jesus. This passage speaks out against the heavy burdens that the religious authorities put on the people. Rather than bringing people close to God, the authorities were proud of how righteous they were. They also burdened the people with taxes on produce, including herbs. (B-16 MyBibleLesson.com)
 
Section 5 - Healed [and whole]
The story of the woman's healing is remarkable. In ancient times any flow of bodily fluids was taboo. Her bloody flow made her constantly unclean and untouchable. Since impurity was considered contagious, she was socially ostracized.  That means she was cut off from her friends, family, and faith community.  (Rather than support her, they didn't want to become impure by contact with her.) (Harper Collins Study Bible) What a brave woman she was to venture out in public and touch Jesus. This violated Jewish purity laws and supposedly made Jesus unclean. Ah, but Jesus knew that Christ, the dynamic presence of God, healed her impurity. Christ made her whole mentally and physically [bringing "to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies." (S&H 162:4)]
 
[In "Luke the Researcher" Cobbey Crisler comments on this healing in Luke 8 (B-18): "Jesus refuses to allow that woman to walk away from the scene thinking that physical contact with his robe had anything to do with the healing. He says, again, ‘Your faith hath made thee whole.' The word whole and heal in Anglo-Saxon have the identical root. It implies that disease is something less than wholeness, that it is a fragmentation of our being. Healing is the condition of being made whole."]

Can you imagine what it would feel like to finally not be an outcast after 12 years of such alienated loneliness? God is not stale, nor ignorant, passive, or tolerant (of evil). Anything unlike God-good and God's Christ is sought out by God and Christ and annihilated.   We must gain this dynamic sense of God. (B-18)
 
"Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love." (S-18) Christ rolls away the stone, and reveals hope and faith as real and present for us, too.
 
Section 6 - Jesus' Sacrifice
Jesus challenged the chief priests' authority and was sacrificed. Think about how often he regularly challenged the authority of Rome.  He spoke of the kingdom (empire is the better translation) of God, and how this empire existed right now to be enjoyed by all.  That was a direct challenge to Roman authority. Only the very elite could enjoy the fruits of the empire.  95% of the population lived a life of poverty and couldn't dream of being blessed. (B-21) Paul talks about how Christ Jesus died for us and how we received atonement through him. (B-23) 
 
What are the core teachings of Christian Science? The tenets (doctrines, teachings held as true by the group) are found on page 497 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Four of the six tenets of Christian Science use the word "acknowledge". To acknowledge means to admit something is real or true, to recognize something as fact. In this week's lesson, our 2nd tenet says that we acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. So, we are monotheists. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ. (The 23rd citation from the Bible is deep. It is central to Christian Science theology about the doctrine of atonement.) We believe in one God and one Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit and the divine Comforter. And, we believe that God's man is made in God's image and likeness. All of these beliefs are from the Bible. 
 
Tenets 4 and 5 talk about how we regard Jesus and Christ. We accept that Jesus is the Way-shower. Mary Baker Eddy talks about adoring (not just appreciating) Jesus in Science and Health. She says that Jesus' crucifixion uplifts our faith and our understanding of eternal life. The crucifixion helps us understand what love is. It's that type of sacrifice. It helps us understand the allness of Soul, Spirit and the nothingness of matter. (S-26)  Given how central Jesus and the crucifixion are to some of the tenets, you would think Jesus would be mentioned and thanked often at testimony meetings. He proved that there is no separation from Life and Love. He proved that there is no life in matter.  Because of his sacrifice, we know we are blessed. We are the sons and daughters of Love. (S-29)
 
To review, the doctrine of atonement talks to us about our inseparability from God-good. Jesus' sacrifice on the cross brought all together as one in Christ, and ended the hatred of Christ, or hostility to God. "We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all." (Eph. 4:4-6 NLT)

Possible Sunday School Topics
by Merrill Boudreaux [w/ bracketed italics by Warren Huff]
for the Christian Science Bible Lesson: "Doctrine of Atonement" for 10-17-10
 
P.S.S.T. - Golden Text - What is a doctrine? (Look up the definition) perhaps -- collective teachings. As Christians what are the doctrinal texts provided to us? Old Testament, New Testament (Combined = the Bible). Pause for gratitude at having these texts available to us. [Also check out in citation S29 "the doctrine of Christian Science".]
 
P.S.S.T. -  Responsive Reading -  To whom was Paul writing his letter? (The young church at Ephesus). What is enmity? (Look up the definition). A feeling or condition of hostility, hatred, ill will, animosity, antagonism. Read the translations of this passage provided below from The New Testament in Modern English* by J.B. Phillips and from the New Revised Standard Version** of the Bible. In both translations there is apparent separation of people, a breaking down of the dividing wall, and abolition of old laws or doctrines and a coming together in peace based on the foundation of the Old Testament commandments, the prophets and the apostles. This is a uniting statement reminding the Ephesians that they are united with every other Christian and that their foundation is God revealed through Jesus Christ. There is richness in these texts to ask students about what would have divided the Christian Ephesians from those who might have worshipped in Ephesus at the temples of Artemis or Diana. What about today? What are the groups or citizens of the world who are divided? What unites us so we can declare our oneness as part of the same household? What is that household? Not only Jesus Christ, the man, being the unifier, but the Christ. Look up Jesus in S&H 589:16 and Christ on 583:10.
 
*The New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips  Eph. 2: 13-20 "But now, in Christ Jesus, you who were once far off are brought near through the shedding of Christ's blood. For Christ is our living peace. He has made us both one by breaking down the barrier and enmity which lay between us. By his sacrifice he removed the hostility of the Law, with all its commandments and rules, and made in himself out of the two, Jew and gentile, one new man, thus producing peace. For he reconciled both to God by the sacrifice of one body on the cross, and by his act killed the enmity between them. Then he came and brought the good news of peace to you who were far from God and to us who were near. And it is through him that both of us now can approach the Father in the one Spirit. So you are no longer outsiders or aliens, but fellow-citizens with every other Christian -- you belong now to the household of God. Firmly beneath you is the foundation, God's messengers and prophets, the corner-stone being Christ Jesus himself."
 
**The New Revised Standard Version:   Eph. 2: 13-20 "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace. And might reconcile both groups to God in one body ‘through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it'. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone."
 
P.S.S.T. - Section 1 - What is the doctrine referred to in citation B3? Perhaps a hint would be that this is the fifth book of the Bible and the last one of the first five books called the Pentateuch, so could be referring to the doctrine or teachings included in these five books. The main theme being Oneness, one God, Father-Mother of us all. See citations S1 and S4.   What is the result of following that doctrine? B3
[You may want to explore how the Ephesians 4:4-6 citation (B5) seems to be the key for the rest of the lesson: one body (Section 2); one hope (Section 3); one Lord (Section 4); one faith (Section 5); one God above all and through all and in you all. (Section 6)]
 
P.S.S.T. - Section 2 - ["one body" theme from B5 in citations B7, B8, B9, S7, S8]
More doctrine: what are the teaching statements in citation B7? Stand fast, wait for the hope, walk in the Spirit, live in the Spirit. How about in citation B8? Present your bodies... be not conformed... be ye transformed. The result in citation B9? Peace of God rule in your hearts, called...one body, be thankful. The primary doctrine or teaching is all about oneness. See citations S6 & S7.
 
P.S.S.T. - Section 3 - ["one hope" theme from B5 in citations B12, S11, S12, S13]
Look at citation B13. What is the doctrine of Christ? Would that be the teachings of Christ Jesus as well as the definition of Christ in S&H 583: 10? Ask students to list some of the teachings of Jesus and using Concord or a concordance to the Bible look up these teachings. Which of these teachings are divisive and hope-killing? Which are unifying and hope-giving?
 
P.S.S.T. - Section 4 - ["one Lord" theme from B5 in citations B14, B16, S17]
In this section Jesus moves from teaching doctrine to revealing divine Principles. What do you suppose he taught when he went into the synagogue in citations B15 and B16? See also citation S16 to see the one God from whom came the doctrine Jesus taught.
 
P.S.S.T. - Section 5 - ["one faith" theme from B5 in citations B17, B18, B19, S18, S20, S23]
In this section Jesus demonstrates his understanding of the doctrine of at-one-ment and the prayer of faith. How was it demonstrated in citation B18? Is the doctrine of at-one-ment still relevant to us? If so, how can we demonstrate it? Ask students to quietly write out a prayer for some problem in the world based on the doctrine of Oneness of God with man or all mankind and all ideas in the universe at-one with God.
 
P.S.S.T. - Section 6 - [one Christ showing "one God above all and through all and in you all." theme from B5 in citations B20, B23, B24, S24, S25, S26, S28, S29]
In citation B24, of what do we receive more based on welcoming in or imbibing (taking in) the Christ as the unifying doctrine of "God and us is one"? What is grace? (Look up the definition) Ask students to describe someone they know who is imbued with grace. What is the doctrine of CS? See citation S29. This is a great passage to memorize regarding unity, oneness.

PS So sorry that technical and scheduling difficulties delayed the below PSST for last week's lesson.  Amy and Tom inserted great ideas and links to cool resources that hopefully will still prove to be helpful to you and your classes.

PSST for "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?" for October 4-10, 2010
by Amy and Tom Evans, St. Louis, MO

Of course not! We are daily confronted with this question. Don't forget the right answer. Name some subtle ways in which this question is posed to you each day (Fatigue at school, jealousy towards a peer, a sneeze...).

PSST for the Golden Text
"I will not fear what flesh can do unto me." Wow, that's bold! What is behind this trust in God? What pact exists between people and our Father-Mother God which allows us to trust Her so fully? What simple commands can you apply to a situation which allow you to say without doubt that God is in control and protecting you?

PSST for Responsive Reading
What is it like to "walk before God in the light of the living"? Is that the way you always walk/act? Are there any requirements to live your life that way? Does it require a great deal of effort to follow God's bright light? Are there physical light waves coming from God or is this a light of understanding? Are you creating any light or witnessing God's provision in your life? Here is a little flash video from a former CedarS Counselor, David Bates, on TMC Youth to get you thinking about light-like ideas to banish the darkness of sin, disease, and death.

PSST for Section 1
B3 God is a transforming power. How has divine Mind touched your life this week, today? Are you paying attention? Do you ever get so caught up in the sorrow that you are not open to the good? How do we get rid of the "sackcloth" attitude? (Teachers, explain what sackcloth is, how it was always used to mourn publicly and attract attention to one's sense of loss read more). How does our reliance on God turn us from sorry to joy?
S3 Do you think of Divine Mind as your best friend? Is this surprising? What kinds of things does your BFF do for you? How do you feel supported by your best friend? What does it mean for God, Mind, to be your best friend? How do you think about God? How do you talk about God? Do you always say "Him, Father, God..."? How do you hear others describe God?  Is there an "official" Christian Science way to talk about God?

PSST for Section 2
When B6 says that "God created man in his own image," what do you think the image of God is? What does it look and act like? The first "but" in the Bible appears in B7, the second chapter of Genesis. What does that mean to you? What does the word but signify? What happens before "but"? Think about the definition of knowledge in S6. What is true knowledge? What kind of knowledge are we seeking? What is the difference between knowledge and understanding?

PSST for Section 3
The serpent in the Garden of Eden was described as more subtle than any other creature. How do we guard against subtlety? How is sin subtle? How do you make sure that you aren't being fooled by subtle thoughts that are completely unlike you? Think about S14. How do you change your course and do right when you've been doing wrong? Think of someone else you has done that. What needs to change in order to turn away from doing wrong and immediately doing good? Do you think it's possible? What laws can we declare to be unsound and unable to govern us?

PSST for Section 4
What does in mean in B15 when it says "I have found a ransom"? How does God protect and preserve us from "going into the pit"? What is the pit that Job is describing? Why don't we need to be concerned or afraid of it? S17 states that the "same power which heals sin also heals sickness." Why is this? Is there are difference between lies? When you see through the nothingness of one lie, is it difficult to see through the nothingness of another lie? The following tmcyouth video challenges us to think differently about sin, disease, death, and evil. What stands out to you in it?

PSST for Section 5
What are some ways that we are preserved by God? Give an example of how you have trusted God completely, without any idea of how He would lead you. What do you think Paul means when he says that the "last enemy to be destroyed is death" (B19)? How have you witnessed the destruction of death? What kind of dying thoughts can you get rid of, and keep out of your experience? Look at S21. Think about the importance of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Why do we value those events? What do most religions recognize as the significance of the crucifixion (hint: think about sin)? In Christian Science, we go one step further and recognize the significance of the resurrection. What did Jesus prove the nothingness of with his resurrection? How does this make Christian Science unique from other religions?

PSST for Section 6
How many times is the word salvation found in this section? What is salvation and why is it important to us? When John refers to a "wonder in heaven" in B22, is he talking about the kingdom of heaven that Jesus spoke of? How is the tree described in B24 different from the tree in the garden of Eden? Is there a choice of fruit for you to select from? Good or evil? Do we really choose? Is the right (moral, uplifted) choice always clear? How is the red dragon "ripe for destruction" (S27)? What does that mean? Apply this to your own life. Think about the talking serpent in Genesis 2. How is it different from the great red dragon in Revelation? Is there a difference between 1 x 0 and 1,000,000 x 0? How does man's existence (S29) come to light? What is this light? What does real existence look like?

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[Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 10-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians. (To keep the flow of the practitioner's ideas intact and to allow for more selective printing "Possible Sunday School Topics" come in a subsequent email.) These weekly offerings are intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff.Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "mets" are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-24) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-30). The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist. The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one. We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]

Enjoy!
Warren Huff, Executive Director   director@cedarscamps.org]

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