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Stop evaluating yourself or others as matter!

Dan Carnesciali C.S., St. Louis, MO
Posted Monday, March 14th, 2011

[Stop evaluating yourself or others as matter!]
CedarS Met
aphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson Sermon on "Matter" for March 20, 2011
by Dan Carnesciali, CS, St. Louis, MO (314.374.5616/dancarne@gmail.com)
[with bracketed italics by Warren Huff]

[Editor's Note: The following application ideas for this week, and the Possible Sunday School Topics that will 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, 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]

Jesus came to show us the Father. Our Father-Mother does not live in matter and neither do we. Everything we truly are, we are as the reflections of Spirit. Yet Jesus came to let us know that we can triumph over life and death in matter. 
 
Golden Text[Stop evaluating yourself or others as matter!]
In the verses surrounding the Golden Text, Paul shares how his thought about Jesus changed. He said, "So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now!" (GT, II Cor 5:16 New Living Translation-NLT). To really know someone is to see them as God sees them. God looks at us, His idea, and sees freedom, wholeness, greatness, meekness, liveliness and health.
 
Responsive Reading:
We are no longer servants, but sons and daughters. As sons and daughters, we are heirs of God through Christ. As spiritual ideas we are free. As flesh we are subject to the flesh. Flesh is doomed. It confuses pleasure with joy and suffers as a result. It seeks fulfillment outside of God, who is infinite. But, there is no such a thing as beyond infinite. It's a myth. Look at the list of the works of the flesh according to Paul: "...be guided by the Spirit and you won't carry out your selfish desires... The actions that are produced by selfish motives are obvious, since they include sexual immorality, moral corruption, doing whatever feels good, idolatry, drug use and casting spells, hate, fighting, obsession, losing your temper, competitive opposition, conflict, selfishness, group rivalry, jealousy, drunkenness, partying, and other things like that" (RR, Galatians 5:16,19-21 Common English Bible-CEB). When we engage in anger, conflict, competitive opposition, hate, fighting and losing our temper, we are not in a good place (mentally). A few months ago, I got impatient while driving and felt justified in being angry. But, I didn't like being out of control. This was unusual.  I told God I was sorry and promised that I would not act like that again. If something needs to go, God is helping you. "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Gal 5:16).
 
Section 1- Prayers as Powerful as Jackhammers
As the Gospel of St. John declares, God is Spirit. The ancient Greek word "pneuma" is the word translated as Spirit. Pneuma means breath or wind. Pneuma is also the powerful influence which fills us and governs us. Have you ever been to an auto shop where they quickly take off stubborn bolts with a noisy tool? They are using a pneumatic impact wrench.  It is capable of huge amounts of torque (twisting force). So, when you pray, pick up your spiritual pneumatic wrench and bust off those rusty parts. (The Hebrew word translated as "sick" means "rusty".) If that's not enough power, how about a pneumatic jack-hammer? You know, the ones that cut right through concrete (B-1). You might have noticed that Isa. 45:18 is the basis for the words of Hymn 444 from the Christian Science Hymnal Supplement -- "I am the Lord, there is none else. There is no God beside me." What is the opposite of Truth?  Error? Actually, no. Truth has no opposite.  Good has no opposite. Spirit has no opposite (S-2).
 
Section 2- You Look Radiant in That Divine Light!
You can't miss that this section is all about light. Light reveals and makes things clearer. Sometimes it reveals how beautiful something is. "At the beginning God expressed himself....  All creation took place through him, and none took place without him" (B-4, John 1:1,3 JB Phillips Translation). "What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people" (B-4, John 1:4 CEB).  When you are feeling dark or in the dark, how do you find the light we are looking for? What you are seeking, Christ, is already within you. Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is within you. When you look with God's eyes, you see things as God does. You see joy in people when they are sad. You see wholeness in people when they see sickness. Perhaps that's what was taking place for the psalmist. "But I will see you, because I have done no wrong; and when I awake, your presence will fill me with joy" (B-6, Ps 17:15 Today's English Version). "Which institutes (sets up) Life, -- matter or Mind?" (S-4). To God's eyes, were you ever born into matter?
 
Section 3 - Blindness, Matter's Misconception
"Take a good look at my servant.  I'm backing him to the hilt.  He's the one I chose, and I couldn't be more pleased with him.  I've bathed him with my Spirit, my life.  He'll set everything right among the nations" (B-7, Isa 42:1 The Message). Separation is what seems to deprive us from feeling God's approval. In the Glossary of Science and Health, the definitions of "Mind" and "I, or Ego" state that there is only "one/only I, or Us" (S&H 591 & 588). "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought" (S&H 495:14-16). Notice that we are to cling to God and His idea collectively. Cling to the inseparable relationship of God and His idea. Sickness, including blindness, is a state of mistaken identity. Your real identity is God's offspring. That makes you the offspring of Love and Life. That makes you wholly independent of matter and matter's limitations. Perfection is your current state of reality. What is preventing you from realizing this? Is perfection something to be realized when you have realized more? (Getting you to buy into that is an old, old trick.) Jesus came to open the blind eyes, to free the prisoners (B-7). He said, "I am the Light of the world.  So if you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, for living light will flood your path" (B-9, John 8:12 The Living Bible). It is not difficult to agree that Jesus is the light of the world. But, listen to what he saw in you. He said, "You are the light of the world" (Matt 5:14 CEB). If he saw that in you, maybe you can see it yourself. The quickest way to see clearly, to see what is going on, is to see what Mind is seeing. When a material misconception is being removed it reveals your natural beauty and untouched perfection. It is always there. It has always been there. It will always be there. (Look up the "great truth" on page 200:16 of Science and Health). Blindness is a material misconception, not a reality. Attempting to change the body is a dead end. Rather than changing matter, change thought. As the misconception falls away, healing is revealed.
 
Section 4 - False Images
Ancient cultures carved statues of their gods.  These carved statues are "graven images." In the Old Testament, there were peoples who worshipped many gods. They set up statues of their gods, made images of their gods in clay, performed ceremonies around them, and talked to these god images. But, the Hebrews worshipped just one God. Surrounded by cultures that worshipped many gods, they declared that their God was greater than all gods. As you know from the Exodus story, this transition to worshipping one God was not easy and did not take place in a day. When Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments from God, the Hebrews were down below making graven images and having a big party. Moses got angry and destroyed the first set of tablets the Ten Commandments were on.   At the higher, holier atmosphere of Mt. Sinai, Moses communed with God and received divine wisdom. The Ten Commandments don't limit us. They actually free us. They help us to stay on track and help us avoid wandering around in the desert (B-12, B-2). Like the Hebrews, we are always facing temptations to abandon the Ten Commandments. Matter (bodily thinking) tempts you to abandon God and give matter authority. Matter says, "It's obvious, I am the law-giver. You can't escape health laws. Bow down to me." But, like carved statues, matter doesn't have intelligence to talk. You are safe. Every day that you pray, you are taking your medicine. You are taking divine medicine [--"the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies" -- from the inside out (S&H 162:4)]. Mrs. Eddy says that, "The medicine of Science is divine Mind;.." (S&H, pg.104:19).  Why give power to anything but God? Let us step aside and let Love have our day. This means leaving our ego [--edging God out--] at the door and going into the inner room that Jesus and Mrs. Eddy talk about, and shut the door. In that space, we see what Mind is seeing about us and about the world. With no other mind (ego), we have no existence or consciousness outside of Life and in matter (S-14). Where does Christian Science deliver its chief blow? See citation 12 from Science and Health (p.535). 
 
Section 5 - Healing
"But my enemies say nothing but evil about me. ‘How soon will he die and be forgotten?' they ask. ‘Whatever he has, it is fatal,' they say. ‘He will never get out of that bed!' (B-15, Ps 41:5,8 NLT).  When the Bible talks about the right hand of the Lord (God), it is talking about God's strength, dominion and power. (It's odd that almost every translation has it as the right hand of God.) All the power there is, is on your side. In fact, God has all the power there is, so there is no power left over for evil! So, if there is literally no power left over, what would you be afraid of? (B-16) "Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit" (S-18).  The word healing means different things to different people. To some it is physical healing. Others take a view that the call for healing is a call for spiritualization of thought, a transformation of thought and character.  Others feel that the healing of sin is most important in Christianity. When Mrs. Eddy first discovered Christian Science, she called it "Moral Science" because it restored people to a moral (ethical, honest, correct) condition. "What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds" (S&H 4:3-5). It sounds like there is a need to be more like Jesus.
 
Section 6 - Success in Healing
When God gives you a mission, a calling, would He give you that mission without giving you what you need to achieve it? If God has put it in your heart to play basketball, would he not give you the ability to play and the right frame of mind to be an excellent player? (B-18) We can thank God for giving us desire and what is necessary to be successful in our calling (B-19). Divine Spirit made you. Spirit is expressing Herself through you. Spirit is not using the medium of matter, but Spirit breathes divine influence and power through you. Spirit looks at you and says, "There I AM" (B-20). Numerous Bible passages repeatedly praise God for His provision, love, power, care, etc. This praise and thanks is really the activity of divine Soul recognizing itself. Praising God establishes a healing environment. It brings you closer to who God really is.  Before praying, take 5-10 minutes to praise God and thank God. Addressing her students in 1885, Mary Baker Eddy said, "...the grand secret of all your success is in your Christianity. Just in proportion as mortal sense is hushed, just in that proportion will healing be done." (Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer pg.115 [Amplified edition p.135]). ["Spirit will form you anew" (S-19) is put to music in Supplement Hymn 453.]
 
Section 7 - Take a Bite Out of Crime
It is believed that in this first passage Ezekiel was prophesying the destruction of ancient Jerusalem by an invading army. When crime or the fear of crime threatens us, we can pray. Years ago a very bad criminal escaped from jail in the city we were living in and I was concerned for my young family. I know a lot of people prayed about this situation. When I turned my heart to God I heard God say that Truth arrests error, meaning God stops error. After a few hours, the man was apprehended without incident. (He was protected from doing more harm.)  Of course I was glad for God's care, but this thought that Truth arrests error has stuck with me. God is not passive, sitting on the sidelines, letting error have its way.  God's law and God's power are for good (B-21). When you see what Mind sees and hears, you are seeing reality. It doesn't take a long time to see as God sees as long as it is your true intent. When you move mentally to what God is seeing, obstacles to healing fade away. "Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding" (S-24).
 
Section 8 - Hope for Japan
"The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea" (B-23). "We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake,  Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains" (B-24, Ps46:2,3 The Message). Earthquakes have struck a devastating blow to Japan. Our hearts go out to those that are suffering and appear without hope. Let's pray. This situation is not too big to pray about. Let's guard against the subtle feeling that prayer cannot make a real difference. In 2004, there was an earthquake in Asia followed by tsunamis (powerful waves). The country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was devastated by a tsunami. Foreign aid was heavily restricted by the military junta that ruled the country. This seemed a cruel paradox to me, so I prayed. (I prayed for the victims and the military leaders.) Weeks later a friend called to ask me if I was still praying. Honestly, no, I wasn't. She reminded me to keep praying for the people of Myanmar because a severe outbreak of disease was predicted due to unsanitary conditions. It was a wakeup call to pray and keep praying. Lots of people prayed. The next thing I heard about the situation in Myanmar was that health officials were puzzled because the expected outbreak had not occurred. Refuse to get talked out of praying or of believing that prayer can meet the need. Don't stop praying until the need is taken care of. Do not give up hope. 
 
"O then give thanks to God on high, Who life to all is giving; The hosts of death before Him fly, In Him we all are living. Then let us know no fear, Our King is ever near; Our stay and fortress strong, Our strength, our hope, our song; His kingdom is forever" (Hymn 10, Christian Science Hymnal).
 

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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


Possible Sunday School Topics by Merrill Boudreaux (St. Louis, MO)
for the Christian Science Bible Lesson: "MATTER" March 20, 2011
[with bracketed italics by Warren Huff]
 
P.S.S.T. Golden Text: Let us consider together our relationships as the family of God, or Good. How shall we know each other? There is a good memorization opportunity from Malachi 2:10(to 2nd ?), "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?"
 
P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading: Ask students to look to the Responsive Reading to define their individual relationship to God as Father-Mother. Then ask them to state the definition again as their individual relationship to Good. What are the laws stated about this relationship? What are the fruits of this relationship?
 
P.S.S.T. Section 1: How many Gods are there? What do the words omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient mean? If God is these, then Good is also these.
 
P.S.S.T. Section 2: What was present in the beginning from which everything was made? Good. What, therefore, is the result? Ask students, have you seen God face-to-face? Have you seen Good expressed? Is seeing Good around you and in others an indicator of the nature of God? What about the nature of your brother/sister manifestation, then?
 
P.S.S.T. Section 3: What is the relationship Jesus had with others as stated in the Bible portion of this section? How did Jesus identify himself? What did this light allow him to see/behold? What did this light allow others to see/behold? What does this light allow us to see/behold? Are we grateful we have such a relative?
 
P.S.S.T. Section 4: What is our relationship to the Divine Mind? B-14 & S-14. If we are Mind's relatives, how do we see or express that? Intelligence, wisdom, alertness, alacrity, ability to choose the right path or approach to our studies, when choosing friends, and the demonstration of many talents. [Many Sunday School students and teachers have enjoyed the light-hearted learning of the "first lessons" in Mrs. Eddy's Sunday School curriculum (Manual 62) as written and narrated by Bible scholar Barry Huff and portrayed graphically by Katie Flynn in the graphic versions of the 1st Commandment and 2nd Commandment featured in this section (B12).]
 
P.S.S.T. Section 5: Here is an opportunity to discuss enemies and bullies. What are they? From where do they come? Do we have to put up with them? How do citations B-17 and S-15 lead us? The basis for enemies and bullies is the belief in a mortal mind aided by the physical senses to reinforce mortal mind's claims. Ask students, how many minds are there? What is the nature of that Mind? See citations S-17 & S-18. Whose relative are you? Mind's? Or, mortal mind's?
 
P.S.S.T. Section 6: Gratitude time. Ask students to share examples of when their relative, Mind, came to visit. How did they prepare for Mind's arrival; what did they have to clean out of their house, consciousness? What gifts did Mind bring to the visit? Did Mind take those gifts away when Mind left (as if it were ever possible for Mind to leave once in residence)? Mind's gifts are permanent. What a wonderful gift-giving relative.
 
P.S.S.T. Section 7: What is stated in citation B-22 verse 8 as to how we should judge our relatives? What is the result when we do so? See S-24. "...those who discern Christian Science..."
 
P.S.S.T. Section 8: Be not afraid of so-called enemies. Use citation B-24 as a prayer to silence fear. Explain fear as an acronym: F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real. [Or Forgetting Everything About Reality] Remember the light of the world in Section 3? How can you use the light of the Christ to see the true nature of our relatives? By the way, they are all our relatives, "...to earth's remotest border..." -- see Hymn 329. See also the definition of "Christ" in Science & Health, p.583:10. 
     Students may be familiar with the statement: "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (S&H 494:10-11). How does Divine Love, our Good relative, do that? Good does that in, as, and through us, Good's relatives. Are you ready? It is time for us as Divine Love's, Good's, relatives, to do what is called for in the Golden Text: "...henceforth know we no man after the flesh:...."


[PCYL: Conduct a trial! Do a jig! Make bread! Remove the stink!--& the mask! Have fun!!]  
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible lesson on "Matter" for 3-20-11
by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO --email: kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com (314) 406-0041
[with bracketed italics by Warren Huff, Editor and CedarS Camps Director]
 
[PCYL Concept #1: Conduct a trial! -- followed by a little jig!]
I see this lesson [especially Sections 5-7] as really giving us lots of thoughts on law, and all the ideas that are connected with a good legal system: freedom, guilt, pleas, crime, Divine justice, prison house, and of course you have the first and second commandment, always a good jumping off point for a lesson with young people!  Try looking through the lesson for all the references that pertain to law and prepare a trial for the class. This would be something for the slightly older group, first and second grade and maybe third might not be quite ready for this but you will have to gauge your own class. Set up a trial. Have everyone play all the roles, since it's a great exercise (and since many Sunday Schools won't have enough kids!). Briefly explain in simple terms how a criminal trial might work. Mrs. Eddy's trial [in Science and Health, pages 430-442] is a bit big and complex for this circumstance unless you want to do this over more than one Sunday lesson. Choose something together to be "free" of: bullying or mean gossip, contagious disease, fear sadness, anger etc. The more this comes from the student and isn't too hypothetical, the better. Then give them a few minutes to come up with a defense. You can help but try to let them do as much as possible.
First: It's important to start by pleading "not guilty!" (S16)
Second: Defense can lay out the best argument for the defendant's innocence.  Here you can help with hints like: "what laws govern the man of God's making" ? Try to think of open-ended questions that spur more of their own thought.  We know that matter and our material senses have lied, and always lie.  The jury can't trust what matter says!--You can help direct them to come up with some good "defensive" statements.  For example, if you are defending against sadness-find one or two statements about happiness in Science and Health. This is a good activity for everyone to help with.
Third: Prosecution can briefly state her/his case.  Why freedom is not the defendant's right...contagion is obviously a law, etc.  Or, everyone is sad sometimes; and there's nothing you can do about it.  "God is great and awesome and all that-but obviously He's not all-powerful or all-good. There must be other powers or "Gods out there."  (What commandments are being broken here?)  Make sure you don't let this part get out of control.  You know how sometimes we get focused on the lie and it can seem even more "real" or with kids they can think this part is more intriguing (can't we all)!  This is kind of what the lesson helps reveal, isn't it?
Fourth: Defense gets to answer any [and all] claims here. [It's time to "meet the intimation (suggestion that something is likely to happen) with a protest." (S16, S&H 391:18)]
Fifth: Jury can "deliberate" [consider, evaluate, examine, discuss] why is this person truly free? Why is everyone truly free?  We only seem like we are subject to matter laws! [The verdict will ring throughout your mental courtroom: "Christ, the judge will say, "Thou art whole!" (S18) At this point a joyful victory-dance is encouraged, but optional. B17, "You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance;" Ps. 30:11 Good News Translation ]

This whole thing has to be fairly intuitively followed.  If it doesn't seem to go anywhere, don't do it!  Be ready to move on to something more productive!!
 
[PCYL Concept #2: Watch the bread of life rise before your eyes!]
The "chemicalization" by which yeast raises flour into bread is similar to the "moral chemicalization" by which "those who discern Christian Science hold crime in check"... (S24, S&H 96:21, 31) The Bible refers to yeast as leaven.  This leaven not only raises up the flour and water, but it chemically changes the property of the ingredients into a whole new thing.  And ultimately, with a bit of heat, into bread!  With the slightly older groups look at the Bible passage about leaven and Mrs. Eddy's passage as well.  Also read citations S24 and S21 together.  For the littler kids bring in some yeast.  Let them touch some, smell** and even taste a tiny bit. Bring a cup of flour with a little sugar in it in a Tupperware container.  Have them add the yeast after talking about what it does and then go together to get some warm (nearly hot!) water from a faucet in church.  Have them each stir a little and talk about how the yeast transforms the flour and water. You can talk about the yeast; it's so small!  It's so unassuming!  It doesn't look powerful!  But by the end of class they should be able to see that it has bubbled up the dough. If you add only enough water to make a "ball" of dough (not a gooey mass) it should have risen enough to notice by the end of class, as long as you make it right at the beginning and set it in a warm place.  But if it's a gooey mass, don't worry; they should be able to at least see the bubbles of the yeast at work!  Bring in some bread for them to try at the end (doesn't have to be home-made!) so they can understand what it ends up as.  You can branch out in all sorts of powerful ways with the ideas of what the yeast and the flour represent.  How are each of them "raising" the world around them, in their families, their classrooms, etc.
 
**[PCYL Concept #3: Discuss how perfumes may mask odors-while Christ removes them and their cause!]
[When kids smell the natural yeast and bread aromas, you could bring out the "perfume" passage (citation B18) where Paul says: "God helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume." II Cor. 2:14-Contemporary English Version You could also bring to class either a bottle of perfume or an air freshener and discuss how they can mask bad odors, while the Christ can remove the stinking lies about the lie of life in matter-the cause of the stink.]

[PCYL Concept #4: Remove the mask too!-lest we skip over gems buried in Section 3]
[You could also bring to class a mask or two and discuss how we are not fooled by them at Halloween. No matter how a lie parades as truth, we don't buy it. As citation B10, says: "For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known." Luke 12:2 "When will error ... be unmasked?" (S8, S&H 205:7)]
 
[PCYL Concept #5:] Have fun!!
These subjects about matter can get complicated if we let them. It's important to remember that the word of Christ is simple and powerful, like the yeast it may not "look" like much but has the power to transform the universe (and a small bowl of flour)!  Don't let any discussion get heavy and bogged down in matter focus-you can even address this tendency!
["We expect to make camping at CedarS (and SS classes) FUN!" This is CedarS 5th fundamental, based on the concept: "If you are not having fun practicing Christian Science, you are NOT practicing Christian Science." As Jesus commanded: "Rejoice and be exceeding glad" (Matt. 5:12); and, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)]
 
 
 

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