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PSST - PSST: Let each Commandment speak to you! (1) Be willing to be baptized this week! (4)

Aubrey McMullin, CS Godrey, IL

[PSST: Making the 3rd time a blessing! Let each Commandment speak to you! (1) Be willing to be baptized this week! (4)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

for Sunday, February 14, 2016 on

SOUL”

by Aubrey McMullin, C.S., Godfrey, Illinois
(618) 578-9407 aubrey.mcmullin3@gmail.com

[See Warren’s P.S. apology and explanation to make 3rd sending a Valentine’s Day blessing!]

PSST Golden Text & Responsive Reading: What a group of demands in our Golden Text and Responsive Reading this week!! ARISE! SHINE! This light burns within us and pours forth like an overflowing cup of inspiration! You are the light of the world! One that cannot be hidden! What a wonderful promise! These verses shared in the beginning of the lesson are there to remind us that when we pray daily and consciously recognize that God is the true source of prosperity, we are contributing to the elimination of worldwide challenges! Let's see the true idea of everything as spiritual activity governed by God! What will you choose to see as your light today and every day? How will you let it shine? Hymn 12:3 “In Thine own image we may see Man pure and upright, whole and free. And ever through our work shall shine that light whose glory, Lord, is Thine.” What is the work we will be doing as we let God's light shine through?

PSST Section 1: The Ten Commandments are a great topic for this section of the lesson. Something I have asked my 10th grade Sunday School Students in regards to the Ten Commandments is, “why do you think the first Commandment comes first? Do you think it is possible to disobey any of the following nine if you truly obey the first?” This usually gets them thinking about what the first Commandment is really requiring of us and brings about great discussion! Each commandment has a specific purpose. Imagine spending forty days and forty nights without eating or drinking anything in order to really listen to God and to prepare the Commandments for the children of Israel! What dedication!! How can we respect the dedication and patience and obedience that Moses demonstrated when writing the Ten Commandments down? There is a great article that was written in 2002 by Rebecca Odegaard, appearing in the April 2002 issue of The Christian Science Journal, titled “Ten Good Lawyers”. It is one I love to turn to every once in a while when looking for fresh inspiration about each Commandment. How does each Commandment speak to you? What makes it special?

PSST Section 2: One of my favorite books when I was younger (and still now!) is Old Turtle by Douglas Wood. It is about a long time ago when animals, rocks, waters, and trees of the earth had an argument about God, asking if He was a wind who was never still or if He was a rock that never moved, or if He was high above or here among us. Quietly (and I love the emphasis on how Old Turtle answered) Old Turtle answered that God is all of those things! I am always reminded of this book when I read 1 Kings 19:11-12, “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: an rafter the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” What are some challenges that might be our wind, earthquake, or fire? What in turn is our still small voice? How do we know God is present? How do we trust this knowledge? “The 'still, small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe's remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, 'as when a lion roareth.' It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear" Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 559: 8-12). All we must do is listen for the still, small voice.

PSST Section 3: I absolutely LOVE Matthew 9:35. It is one of my all-time favorites! To me it shows that “every sickness and every disease” has already been healed in “all the cities and villages” by Jesus, and our duties as students of Christian Science is to demonstrate the “every” and "all” of this verse! How are we demonstrating the “every" and “all” in our daily lives? Mrs. Eddy asked us on page 9 of the textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Do we pursue the old selfishness, satisfied with having prayed for something better, though we give no evidence of the sincerity of our requests by living consistently with our prayer?” Nothing but righteous prayer, lived and practiced, can bring a sense of harmony, and if we desire peace and joy, the door of understanding will be opened and kept so in order to receive the answers to our prayers! The living and practicing of this prayer is our demonstration of the “every" and “all" of Matthew 9:35! The living and practicing of righteous prayer is the “preaching the gospel of the kingdom" that Matthew 9:35 talks about as well! What a wonderful verse to start off a section! “The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 307:25-16.

PSST Section 4: Are you prepared to see significant change? When we begin to truly understand the truth of God and man, that God is Love and the only power and that the man God made is the image and likeness of Him, reflecting this Love and divine nature, we can see the remarkable effect that it has on us. It heals and transforms our lives! Just take a look at Saul! He was on his way to persecute Christians when he was suddenly turned from his course and thoroughly won over by the Christ, Soul, so much so that his desires and appearance and life changed dramatically! Our transformations might not feel as dramatic as the Saul/Paul experience, but as we yield to the Christ and become more Christ-like, we experience a change much like his and are baptized in Truth, allowing the material perceptions to fall away much like the scales fell from Saul's eyes. Mrs. Eddy says in Miscellaneous Writings, “holding the right idea of man in my mind, I can improve my own, and other people's individuality, health, and morals; whereas, the opposite image of man, a sinner, kept constantly in mind, can no more improve health or morals, than holding thought he form of a boa-constrictor can aid an artist in painting a landscape" (p. 62). So, what thought-model will we be holding? How will we be baptized this week?

PSST Section 5: The moon is under our feet! On pages 560-561 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy gives her spiritual interpretation of Revelation 12:1: “The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet.” The moon stands for matter, and being “under your feet" means that you have dominion over the belief of being material! What gets better is that the “great red dragon" refers to whatever material belief is appearing! Just a couple of days ago I took a rather large fall while walking the dog, and I was given the opportunity to demonstrate that the moon is under my feet! We are well above each and every material belief because the moon is under our feet! Because we are "clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth!” How will you be letting your light shine today? How will you be demonstrating that the moon is under your feet?

[Warren’s P.S.: I send my apologies (that after a week short on sleep and long on travel), I somehow failed to SAVE my late-night posting of all 5 of Aubrey’s PSSTs before sending it AGAIN! I made triply sure to be SAVED from this sin (“missing the mark” in Greek) before sharing it this time--and after several times finally discovered a tiny corrupted character at the end of Section 2! In thinking how this mistake could be divine (for God’s glory) and a teachable moment for others as well as for me, this favorite passage has been helpful as usual: “ALL things work together for good to them that LOVE God…“ It came to me that this lesson on Soul is a perfect one to teach in Sunday School on Valentine’s Day. The First Commandment (as in PSST 1) is all about falling and staying in love with God as an absolute guarantee that ALL things will work together for good. (as in PSST 3)
All the Valentine hearts around on this day are a great reminder that “Where you treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Posted later today as a Download in the upper right corner of the webpage for this lesson are some or the false treasures where our hearts and thoughts would be pulled to prioritize IF we aren’t SAVING ourselves for our FIRST LOVE and lifelong relationship with our heavenly Father-Mother. We have to point out not only where to look for true Love, but also where not to look! Sin is a snake, that gets in as a false pleasurable belief when it’s little, before it become that great red dragon! In any case, we need to save ourselves for divine Love and true treasures as a familiar to us couple writes in a for TMCYouth Valentines’s message on relationships at http://time4thinkers.com/she-said-id-never-been-in-a-serious-relationship/ and http://time4thinkers.com/he-said-i-was-still-an-eligible-bachelor/ .]

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