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W’s PS: See Substance Filling All with "sap," forgiveness, LOVE

Warren Huff (with insights from Cobbey Crisler)
Posted Sunday, March 10th, 2019

W’s Post Scripts: See God Filling All with the Substance of “sap," forgiveness, LOVE... (#3, #1, #6, #7)
Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper and others
on select citations for
Substance”—
the Christian Science Bible Lesson for March 17, 2019


Warren’s (W’s) PS#1 Ken Cooper’s new contribution for this week— a poem entitled “God’s Treasure” based on the Golden Text—abbreviated from citation B13— and other citations in this Bible Lesson, especially the story of Zacchaeus (B15). The poem is attached as PDF Downloads (in color and black ink) at the online versions of this week’s Newsletter .

Ken added: We are God’s treasure, and therefore the expression of His infinite substance. He has written us “upon the palms of His hands”, and treasures us with Love, - infinite, all embracing. When we reflect that love, when we treasure God in turn, we find a treasure of spiritual abundance overflowing with good, “Love reflected in love”. When Jesus saw Zaccheaus, his unconditional love transformed the man, and in that instant he also knew what true substance was. His complete change of heart was mirrored by complete forgiveness. True substance has no strings, and he was no longer tied to matter

“The poem is also shared in spoken form on https://youtu.be/GwquqRAXDG8 and both PDF and you tube versions can be found on https://www.kencooperpoetry.com/gods-treasure/ along with links to other poems and writings.”


W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler on a key statement Jesus made right before the Golden Text:
In Luke 12:31 (and Matt. 6:33)… Jesus gives the priority equation, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." In other words, is what we eat, drink or wear of no significance? They are natural and normal on earth. He's not wiping them all out as if it were a branch of some ascetic cult. But rather, 'Seek God first and all these things will be added.' Added. The heavenly law of mathematics is priority first and all those that we would normally take thought of would come into our experience naturally. Instead of wasting so much good mental time, taking thought, worrying, and being anxious, we spend that same time seeking the kingdom of God, and all those things come naturally as a result of that."
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#3—Responsive Reading, Psalm 104:16 (and 17)
“In 1961, Ruth (Huff) opened the Bible at random for direction
(about the idea that kept coming to her to start a short-term camp for Christian Scientists on property owned by her father near Lebanon, Missouri. The first words she saw were … from Psalm 104: 16, 17 “The trees of the Lord are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted;” (God gave the idea which therefore was FULL of vitality and all its needed supply from an infinite source—This makes “exalted ideas” (birds) feel right at home there.) “Where the birds make their nests:” This concept proved to be the inspiration for the naming of the girls cabins with birds names.”
CEDARS CAMPS, ITS ORIGIN AND GROWTH, 1962-2001, page 6,
written by Ruth E. Huff, Founder, Illustrated and Designed by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini.


W’s PS#4Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 4: 17 (B11) “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
“Verse 17. After Matthew prophesies [in verses 15 and 16 from Isaiah 9:1, 2) of the coming of the Messiah], Jesus’ opening word, according to Matthew’s gospel is “Repent.” Change your concept. Again, just as John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:2, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” That is radical good news for mankind.

It’s not a far-off event. Many denominations have left the impression that heaven is something attainable in the far-off future. But, the opening words of John the Baptist, as well as of Jesus, are “the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” right here. That means that we must be able to do something with it and about it. And, apparently that had something to do with the changing of our concept, even theologically, that heaven can do something about the problems that seem to be at hand.”
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#5 Cobbey Crisler on part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount & Matthew 6:24-33 (B12):

Matthew 6: “Verse 24. See the logic here. ‘No man can serve two masters: either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.’
(Verse 25). Now he is going to show us how to control our thinking better than we have been able to thus far. This is the first of several verses which begin ‘Take no thought’ or utilizing that concept.
“Let’s determine just what thought-taking is. Does it mean to be thoughtless? Thought-taking is the way Jesus is using this in context. It’s anxiety, it’s care, it’s concern. Alright, let’s ask ourselves how we do in this test.
‘Take no thought for your life, what you are going to eat, drink, or wear.’ How much time do we give in any day to those three objectives, eating, drinking, wearing? Then Jesus said, ‘Do you know what? It’s not the menu that counts so much as your life which is bigger than what you’re eating, and your body, or identity, much bigger than what you wear.’

(Verse 26), 'Look at the fowls of the air; they don't sow or reap, but your heavenly Father feedeth them.' I'd like to say that that thought-taking also can run to the taking of photographs because I'm convinced there was something more than a human hand in one of the photographs. Gordon Converse and I were traveling in a little yellow Volkswagen down by the Sea of Galilee. I saw a field of wheat blowing in the wind, just beautiful. I said to him, "Hey. there's our Biblical verse, ''the wind bloweth where it listest' (John 3:8). Let's go get that wheat."
That was a human plan, as we found out very shortly. Because we got down there and Gordon opened the window of our little Volkswagen and rolled it down. Got his camera ready. Right in front of the camera came forty to fifty birds. And there they are, feeding right off the wheat.
You would have to stand there a century to get that picture. And here it was a couple of feet in front of us. If you study those birds carefully, you will see that some have the wheat in their mouths already, some have some are just landing. He froze those birds positions with his camera. I looked at Gordon thunderstruck because I said, 'I'm sorry, we'd better change the Bible verse, we've just been handed another one.' That is, 'Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.' ...
(Verse 28). Or, 'What you're wearing, why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.' They're disappearing from the Holy Land rapidly with all this building, but you can still see some of them.... all red anemones behind the snow-covered 10,000 foot peak of Mount Hermon is absolutely magnificent. There's no difficulty at all when you're visiting the Holy Land in the Spring to love your anemone. They're simply magnificent.
(Verse 29). You can understand really why it says, 'That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.'
(Verses 30 and 31). So, 'if God so clothed the grass of the field, why should we be so concerned and anxious about what we wear?
(Verse 34). Again, he repeats, 'Take no thought.'
(Verse 33). And then Jesus gives the priority equation, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." In other words, is what we eat, drink or wear of no significance? They are natural and normal on earth. He's not wiping them all out as if it were a branch of some ascetic cult. But rather, 'Seek God first and all these things will be added.' Added. The heavenly law of mathematics is priority first and all those that we normally take thought of would come into our experience naturally. Instead of wasting so much good mental time, taking thought, worrying, and being anxious, we spend that same time seeking the kingdom of God, and all those things come naturally as a result of that."

“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report” by B. Cobbey Crisler**



W’s PS#6Luke 19 (B15)—the only gospel that mentions of Zaccheaus—is not discussed by Cobbey Crisler, but YouTube has a short video for kids that’s lifelong in meaning for the childlike of all ages. No matter your regrets for past mistakes, get ready to feel God’s dear love for you!
“The cast of the Little Clay Bible tell the story of Zacchaeus, a wee little man who was short on love, but in for a big surprise when he meets Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHXqI1-RA1c


W’s PS#7—Cobbey Crisler on Jeremiah 31 (B17):
“In Chapter 31, which is Jeremiah’s greatest chapter, he predicts the new covenant will come. He defines it. In Verse 3 he shows that the new covenant is definitely based on the comprehension of God as love. It’s that very “lovingkindness” that will draw all mankind to God for the solution of the world problems.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’s 28 talks at this website: www.crislerlibrary.co.uk Email your order or inquiry to office@crislerlibrary.co.uk, or directly to Janet Crisler, at janetcrisler7@gmail.com

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