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Be perfect? Get Real! Perfection underlies reality.

Rick Stewart, C.S., Dresden, Germany
Posted Monday, September 17th, 2012

[Be perfect? Get Real! "Perfection underlies reality." (S-25) MBE]
CedarS Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on 
"Reality" for September 23, 2012 
By Rick Stewart, C.S. of Dresden, Germany 
49 351 312 4736 rickstewartcs@aol.com
 
[These application ideas from a past CedarS Camps' Resident Christian Science Practitioner are provided primarily to help CedarS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and demonstrate the great value of study and application of the Christian Science Bible lessons daily throughout the year, not just at camp! You can sign up to have them emailed to you free -- by Monday each week in English; or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION: in French, thanks to Pascal & Marie-Helene; in German, thanks to Helga and Manfred; or in Spanish, thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio. (Portuguese is also available and officially coming soon!) YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP for weekly emails from past CedarS staff of fun approaches & possible ways to teach lesson ideas to older and to younger Sunday School classes at www.cedarscamps.org/newsletters  Enjoy! Warren Huff, CedarS Director & editor of these notes with bracketed additions.]
 
 Have you ever heard someone declare, "Get real, man."  It's a way of asking someone to do a little reality check, to stop living in a fantasy world.  Well, this week's Bible Lesson on Reality talks a lot about perfection and the "way" of perfection.  Many people in the world when they hear talk about perfection as a fact of life might very quickly utter the phrase, "Get real!" [We can confidently encourage one another to "Get Real" with the divine Reality that naturally comes when we see and live in accord with Spirit, God.]
 
Well, let's have fun discovering in this week's Bible Lesson the secret of how to bring this "way of perfection" into our lives.  It all comes down to the presence of "the Spirit" that enables anyone to see the "perfection" that is all around.  With the Spirit we can see this reality, without it, we also might find ourselves [sarcastically] saying, Get real.  This week with the Spirit we are going to be seeing perfectly, and we are going to be seeing reality.
 
Golden Text  2 Samuel 22:31,33  "As for God, His way is perfect; . . . And He makes my way perfect."  This beautiful statement about perfection gives us the keynote for our Lesson.  It is from a hymn, a song, a psalm written by David.  It also appears in the Book of Psalms, Ps. 18.
 
(The place of music in inspiring, calming, healing, encouraging obviously goes way back.  This song of David's would be about 3,000 years, a real "oldie" in today's radio terms.  But a reminder that music has always inspired.  Something to note: starting, Sunday, September 16, a source of inspiring music that has been a pioneer in internet radio, Mark Mohlenbrock's "Healing Music" radio is available free of charge 24/7.  Here is the link to happy listening, inspiration, and the discovery of a way of perfection:  http://www.live365.com/stations/prayerfulliving?play=1
 
Responsive Reading:
The Responsive Reading this week is from Psalm 119, the longest Psalm and actually the longest chapter in the Bible.  The citations chosen powerfully introduce us to the absolute perfection discovered in God's law and in His way.  So we are introduced to the key concept emphasized throughout this Bible lesson, the "perfect" way of reality.
 
Although the author of this Psalm is not identified, many believe because of its style that it is another one of David's compositions. Just like Warren Huff, our CedarS Camp executive director, David loved to write using acrostics [to make truths easier to remember].  The structure of  Psalm 119, in which the first letters of the verses follow an alphabetical acrostic, is found only in psalms  attributed to King David.
 
The whole spirit of this Psalm is to glorify the perfection of God's law.  According to a well-known Bible Commentary from Matthew Henry, there are 10 aspects of the revelation of God's law that the author identifies:   "1. God's law; this is enacted by him as our Sovereign. 2. His way; this is the rule of his providence. 3. His testimonies; they are solemnly declared to the world. 4. His commandments; given with authority. 5. His precepts; not left as indifferent matters to us. 6. His word, or saying; it is the declaration of his mind. 7. His judgments; framed in infinite wisdom. 8. His righteousness; it is the rule and standard of what is right. 9. His statutes; they are always binding. 10. His truth or faithfulness; it is eternal truth, it shall endure forever."
 Section 1 -   Perfect reality seen through the Spirit of God
The wonderful Bible verses and citations from Science Health in this section make it perfectly clear that we see perfect reality when we see with spiritual sense.  The material senses cannot reveal perfect health, harmony or reality.  "Eye hath not seen..." (B-3) "The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth."  (S-2)
 
The Prophet Jeremiah wrote: "For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord;" (B-2)  This statement sure stood out to me.  I have been praying about seeing a wound healed and have been tempted to see lots of reasons why it might not be healing.  As I read this I realized, "Hey this is not about me, and why I can't be healed, this is about God!  There are not lots of material elements and history to take into account here; there is only divine fact, reality."
 
A healing from my childhood has been coming to thought recently as various news media broadcast and magnify so-called dangers to health in our environment.  I grew up in Leesburg, Florida.  Our backyard bordered a beautiful little pond.  We fished, swam, and played all around this pond.  This pond was a great blessing on  those very hot Florida summer days.  Especially since at that time there was very little air-conditioning in the homes in Florida.  We were constantly in the water and often up to our thighs in deep, dark black mud.  For us it was an adventure land, and we loved it.
 
One afternoon as I made my way through some knee-deep, black oozy mud, I stepped barefoot on a piece of glass or something sharp.  I deeply cut one of my big toes at the joint where it joined my foot.  I climbed out of the mud, swam across the pond to the shore and walked home.  I went to Christian Science Sunday School every Sunday, so I knew how to pray and I began to pray immediately, but the tears did pour out.  As I came inside my mom came to my comfort.  She also began to pray, cleaned the wound and bandaged it up with some soft cotton and put a big clean, white cotton sock on my foot.  My mom was a full time Christian Science practitioner.  Every day she helped people be healed through her prayers, so she was ready.  She suggested I just stay quiet in the living room and do some drawing.  Since the Christian Science treatment had begun immediately, and the wound was cleaned and dressed, there was no discussion of any medical treatment.  There were no stitches, there was no shot, and there was no more pain.  The prayerful treatment had been effective.  And how effective?  Perfectly.  One hour after the cut I felt all was well.  I asked my mom if I could go back outside and play.  She allowed me to go outside.  My friends asked how I was when they noticed the big sock.  I told them I was fine.  And that night when mom was going to change the bandaging, guess what, the cut was closed and almost completely healed.
 
"...I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord;" (B-2)
 
Section 2 - Perfect God.
I still remember when my Sunday School teacher, Lonita Jones, asked me to memorize this Bible verse, (B-8), II Chronicles 29:11, "Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. "
For me, Science and Health citation, (S-7) emphasizes the agreement of this Science with Judaic unfoldments about God, "Christian  Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory." (Science and Health, 262:5-7)
 
Our tradition in learning about God patterns the Jewish tradition.  What we want to learn about God, we find by getting to know the "Word of God".   This section of the Lesson and the whole book of Chronicles were both designed to present moral and religious truth, to teach about God and His perfect Law.  Chronicles is the last book in the Hebrew Bible and is sort of a history with an emphasis on moral truth and law.  Perhaps we might think of this in terms not of denominational teaching but of the unfoldment of a Science that interprets God to man.  This line of light and those who follow it are joined over centuries, geography, and culture.
 
One of my first glimpses of the universal unfoldments about God was through a series of conversations with a Chinese translator.  He and I were in the South American country of Guyana.  For several evenings we shared long conversations.  He was there for eight months.  I was there only for four days.
 
In our first conversation we discovered we both shared a belief in the importance of faithfulness in marriage. This had come to him from his traditional Chinese teaching.  Even though he was a citizen of what I thought of as "Communist China," he was very familiar with the teachings of Confucius.  And he told me faithfulness to the marriage covenant was so important. Although I was still single at the time, I told him I agreed with him completely. 
 
Later he told me that he wanted to purchase a book that would help him truly understand the English language.  He called the book as I understood it, the "Howlee Bauble."  At first I understood it as a Chinese text about English.  And then it dawned on me that he was speaking of the "Holy Bible." At that point I ran upstairs to my room and picked up my books, The Bible and Science and Health.  I came back down and presented him a present of what I told him was just as he said the "most important book in the English language."  But I also told him why I loved the other book, because it enabled me to understand the Holy Bible.
 
For me this is all part of the ongoing, universal unfoldment of the true nature of God irrespective of time, geography, or human culture.
 
Section 3 - Perfect God, perfect man.
Citation B-10 reminds us "Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." (Psalms 100:3)
Citation S-9 makes our perfection a logical extension of God being our Maker: " The Science of being reveals man as perfect,  even as the Father is perfect,..." (Science and Health, 302:19)
 
Perfect man?  Can't you just hear someone saying, "Get real, nobody's perfect."  And here comes this Science of Perfection, this view of reality based on a perfect God. It is not human perfectability the Scriptures reveal, but the revelation of "his people."  Not a political, cultural, geographical claim to being God's people, but as our Master states in the Sermon on the Mount, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (B-13, Matthew 5:48) Man's perfect only as he reflects God's perfection.
 
I remember a special Christian Science lecture during my college years.  Kay Kyser, C.S.B., from North Carolina visited Gainesville, Florida.  The audience laughed and smiled its way through a powerful Christian Science lecture that left me with a firm statement to always hang on to, "Ye be perfect."  Mr. Kyser humorously and profoundly illustrated that in full accord with the Master's teachings, man in truth is perfect, as a reflection of his Father-Mother God.
 
I'll never forget one of his stories. As I remember it he told of a young mother who was frustrated and felt like she was a complete failure.  One day as she worked in the kitchen a glass pot went crashing to the floor, shattering.  In exasperation she exclaimed, " I am such a flop."  Her little boy had just learned a special truth in Sunday School and went to her rescue.  He grabbed his momma's finger and told her with authority, "Fear not little flop, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."  (See: Luke 12:32 for the accurate quote.)  The little guy had the verse almost just right, but his innocent mistake turned his mom's tears into laughter and joy.  The mesmerism, the depression was broken.  His momma was healed.
 
I love the enabling power this brings to our prayers and practice.  Healing is not based on personal qualification, but rather on the divine fact that man's perfection becomes evident because God made him perfect.  Perfect God - perfect man.
 
What a great benediction and universal truth our Master, Christ Jesus, gave to us with the firm statement, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (B-13 Matthew 5:48).  Isn't that also a firm foundation for his wonderful works of healing and your wonderful works of healing?  If that little guy could do it, you can do it too!
 
For an interesting biography of Kay Kyser, C.S.B. perhaps America's first rapper and a remarkable Christian Scientist see: http://kaykyserchristianscienceassoc.org/biography/
 
Section 4 - Perfect seeing - seeing Perfection.
My mom loved the healing of Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus that is in this section. (B-15)  I remember her once referring one of my aunts to the healing of the beggar in the Lesson.  I believe Aunt Betty Lou was serving as a Reader in her Branch Church at the time.  Betty Lou called back and told my mom, "Glatha, I think you made a mistake.  There is no healing of a beggar in the lesson.  Jesus healed a blind man."  Then mom pointed out to her younger sister, "And the blind man, what did he have to do to make a living?  He had to beg.  But through his faith in reaching out to Jesus, his eyesight was restored."   (B-15) "And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."
 
Here is our old friend, Psalm 119 one more time in this section, (B-14),  Psalms 119:12, 18
"Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.   Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of thy law."
 
What allows us to walk in the "way," the way of perfection, the way of the Master?  Seeing the perfection, the reality found in the divine Truth of a perfect God and perfect man.
 
Section 5 - The "way" beyond the material senses.
The limiting nature of the material senses is illustrated everyday.  As Paul puts it, "For now we see through a glass, darkly." (B-16)  But what we learn in metaphysics is the method of our Master and his followers, the way to see spiritually.  As we see the Apostle Paul illustrate in (B-18) Acts 14:8-10 "And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,  Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked."
 
How in the world did Paul do that?  And without physical therapy, stretching, strengthening.  There was no joint replacement, no surgery.  There was only the attention to thought.  Certainly Paul shared what he always shared, the story of "the way" of the Master, the revelation of divine power in the life and ministry of Christ Jesus. This man simply listened to Paul's preaching and responded.  The wonderful result was that he was able to "leap and walk."  Wow.
 
As our Leader puts it in one of the citations from this section, (S-24) "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts."
 
 (Sunday School teachers do not hesitate to ask your students to learn quotes from the Bible and Science and Health.  It equips them for life and a healing practice.  This particular quote became one of my favorites when I visited an older Sunday School class.  The assignment was to memorize this statement.  Thanks to my brother Scott's Sunday School teacher, Dorothy Bierly, I have been able to use this truth over and over and over again throughout my life.)
 
Section 6 - Perfection is Do-able !
 
What a wonderful conclusion to a lesson equipping us to walk the way of perfection.  Not a way of personal sense and personal accomplishment, but the way of divine perfection expressed throughout creation.  Do we have to reach the ultimate of spiritual perfection in a might leap?  Absolutely not.  That is why we have these wonderful encouraging spiritual truths that God has given to us for ages.  And we have wonderful examples in the lives of the Master, his disciples, the prophets, Mrs. Eddy, early Christian Scientists, our Sunday School teachers, and spiritually minded friends around the world. 
 
Our little girl, Martha, is almost a year old.  Everyday she makes incredible progress in moving herself around the house.  We really have to keep an eye on her.  She is not walking yet, but almost.  But does she stay still and just wait till she can walk.  She is constantly trying, reaching, exploring her capabilities.  And  I guarantee you it won't be long now before one of the other kids yells out, "Papa, look Martha walked across the room."
 
What about your spiritual walk?  You healing practice?  Your sharing at the work place?  Your praying for your class mates?  Your own steps of spiritual progress?  Are you striving, reaching, exploring a little more each day?
 
This Bible lesson is the perfect starting block.  Back when I was a competitive swimmer and coach I remember a day when I realized something.  Unless you are willing to dive off of that starting block you will never win a race, or actually you will never even get to the other side of the pool.  It takes that willingness to try, the willingness to do.
 
 The same with this wonderfully exciting "way of perfection."  You certainly may not be ready to see yourself as perfect at this moment, but you know since God made you perfect and keeps you perfect there will come a time when you will see that perfection for yourself and others.  But we all have to "Get real."  We have to be willing to leave fantasy behind and see the reality that is present.  But it is not the reality of matter we will discover, but the spiritual reality of all creation.  And the fantasies we leave behind will be the limiting views of mortal sense.
 
This Week's "My Bible Lesson" quotes citation (B-21) from the Good News Translation:
 James 1:25  "If you look closely  into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice-you will be blessed by God in what you do." James 1:25- Good News Translation
 
That is a "way" worth following.


 
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 [Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 11-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians.  (Ask and look for "Possible Sunday School Topics "and "Possible Younger Class Lessons" in subsequent emails.) 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 "and Sunday School ideas 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.]
 
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Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;
"Reality" for 9-23-12
By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri steven.henn@gmail.com

[Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST-Golden Text (GT) - What does ‘perfect' mean?  Look it up with your students to cover the various meanings and connotations of the word.  How does God go about making our way perfect?
 
PSST - Responsive Reading:  There are seven references to law in the Responsive Reading.  What is God's law?  How does it apply to our lives on a daily basis? (Consider refreshing your students on the 10 Commandments, Jesus' Two Great Commandments, Jesus' new commandment in John 13:34, the Beatitudes. These first lessons cannot be visited too often)
 
PSST - Section 1: How do we find God - if eye, ear, and heart of man cannot detect Him? What does it mean to look ‘deep into realism'? What is the outward appearance that we are not to accept? What is the ‘leading factor' in divine Science?
 
PSST - Section 2: What is true about God's kingdom and creation? How does this give us a better sense of this week's subject, reality?  What is the foundation of this reality - from what premise must we begin our understanding of reality?
 
PSST - Section 3: Expand on your conversation regarding the Golden Text - what does it mean to be perfect?  On what does our perfection rest?  (Expand, also, on your conversation of the first lessons - take time to read the areas of the Sermon on the Mount that are before and after the citations in the lesson today - give students a sense of what the whole sermon is about and how it relates to this week's subject)
 
PSST - Section 4: Investigate Bartimaeus's experience closely. What does it mean for him to cast away his garment?  How is it that Jesus knows his (Bartimaeus's) faith is great enough to heal? How do we ‘work out our own salvation' - how does Christ fit into this working?
 
PSST - Section 5: What makes up the new man that we are to put on? What can we do on a daily basis to ‘unlimit' our thought - put it on an unlimited basis, rather than the limited, finite basis of mortal thought?
 
PSST - Section 6: Now go out and do it!  It's been fun talking about all of these great ideas - what does it take, now, for our students (and us) to go out and be perfect, live in reality, live the ‘life that approaches the supreme good'? How can we make the ideas of this lesson practical to our daily living?
[PYCL:  Perfectly Real You Are!.]
CedarS Possible Younger Class Lessons and Possible Sunday School Topics for:  
"Reality-"

The Christian Science Bible Lesson for September 23, 2012
by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041 [Bracketed titles by Warren Huff,
 
What does it mean to be "perfect" and what does perfection have to do with reality? This week's lesson focuses on perfection so it's worth looking into that term. Many may think that perfection means something much more akin to being a human without flaws. But just as we looked a week or two ago at how to write a description of someone without using any physical attributes, perfection in Spirit is marked by a total absence of matter. How do we evaluate perfection in ourselves? What answers can we find in this week's lesson? Obviously we look to God for perfection, but how does that relate to man, to each of us? Is perfection "too hard"? (It is if we think of it in terms of healing that takes huge human effort, is our personal responsibility, and is the transformation of sick or injured matter into well matter!). Those are a few indications that we are not starting from the basis of spiritual perfection. In the my bible lesson they share a translation of part of citation B9: "But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow."(the Living Bible). This is followed by citation S4 "To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is." These parallel statements help us to sort what comes to our senses based on whether it is simply good or not. If it's good, well then, it is from God. If it's not, then it's based on material sense. Of course this takes some discernment and practice, but we have all of God's laws and precepts from the Bible to rely on (See the G.T and the R.R.)!
 
The little ones may enjoy a little flashlight exercise after discussing perfection. You can look at the above translation of citation B9. I love the way it indicates that God's light is without change or shadow. I had never thought about that idea of shadow in that way. It would mean that His "light" or Truth can't have any obstacles that block it or keep them from "shining" on our path. That would mean that His "light" comes from every direction, so to speak. Unlike the sun, which generally casts shadows depending on the angle in which it is positioned, God's goodness is approaching us from everywhere, it is inescapable. It is as if you are enveloped in a ball of light. You could talk about this and give each kid a flashlight. Illustrate the idea of shadows and how they work, and then use the flashlights together from all directions to illustrate the idea that God's goodness or "light" comes from everywhere. Even if a shadow appears in this exercise, you can show how it can be immediately eliminated and talk about how that is the way we get rid of fear, of pain or of sickness. We "shine" our light of Truth, of what we know is real and true about God and about ourselves to make us see that sickness and pain or sadness can't be real, can't be a permanent part of our life.
 
I've noticed a broader awareness in our movement of how we are included in the greater Christian community. Rather than operating as an isolated sect of Christianity that is not well understood, we can begin to help our children see our place in Christianity so that they feel a more natural part of Christianity as a whole. In light of this I see citation S8 as an interesting passage to look at together. I've never noticed the details of this sentence. It is Science, she says, that "...will declare God aright...", but then she includes all of Christianity in demonstrating this true understanding of God! And this understanding will bring healing. What does it mean to "declare God aright"? That may seem obvious to you but probably not to them. Can they make a list of what that might mean? Other than qualities that a Scientific description of God might include, can they think of what constitutes a "declaration". Does this mean stating something? Might this mean by our actions we define our understanding of God as well? What actions might we use to "declare God aright"?
 
In the third section we delve into the perfection of man. Look at citation S12 and talk about the "perfect model". Have them imagine being an artist of some sort, painter or sculptor, for example. If they were making a painting or sculpture, they would almost certainly be either looking at something that they were using as a model, or they would have something pictured in their thought that they could refer to. If they have no "model" in their thought, what will their art look like? Will they be able to start it? It's like writing a story or a letter without having anything in mind to say. If we want to experience perfection we must hold a perfect model in our thought. What might that model include? See what they think of. In line with this is the statement in citation S18 where M.B.E. refers us to how we can use truthful arguments and "entertain" a spirit of Truth and Love to heal. This seems similar to the question we asked earlier about declaring God aright. There is an element of action or demonstration to this act of holding the perfect model in thought or entertaining the spirit of Truth and Love. Talk about how this can be an active rather than just a "thought" activity.
 
Look at the story of the lame man that Paul healed (5th section). Why is this particular account under the heading of Reality? Perhaps it is in part because this is such a humanly impossible act of healing. Even if a man could have a healing of lameness that he was born with, how could he immediately "leap" up and walk? The belief is that man has muscles that have to be used in order to support us or to be active. This man had never used his muscles. So they would have atrophied. It should have taken months of rehabilitation and exercise to make those muscles support his weight, much less allow him to leap and walk! This is an example of how we truly are not reliant on the so-called laws of matter to express strength, health and freedom. When Paul healed that man, he began from the basis of perfection, not of making useless legs suddenly useful, but of recognizing that that man was made spiritually perfect, never for a moment limited by matter. He didn't need matter's cooperation for this healing, just the recognition of God's laws of reality, the reality of man's perfection.
 
Have a great Sunday!
 

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