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PSST - PSST: Feel fully known and fully loved as the apple of God eye

Merrill Boudreaux, CS -- St. Louis MO

[PSST: Feel fully known and fully loved as the apple of God's eye (Intro)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Soul” for August 12-18, 2019 prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Introduction – Consider the following passage from Malachi 3:10 as you think about this week’s Lesson:

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

(Mal. 3:10)

Please help students define some key words:

tithe: considered a tenth part of your personal income given in support of others. Consider what it means to you, what do you have in your house, your consciousness, can you give in praise or acknowledgement of God, in the service of others, out of gratitude for your abundance, which is overflowing

meat: solid or substantial content, substance that can be shared in support of others or to enhance or grow your understanding.

blessing: a special benefit, gift, or favor. The invoking of God’s favor on a person. Praise, devotion, worship, approval. Consider, how God has blessed you, how God approves of you, how God is devoted to you and your success, as well as to others. This rightly assumes that God knows you and sees you as the apple of Her eye.

What else might students consider as key takeaways from the Micah passage?

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – How would you define “benefits”? Is your definition exclusive to you? Who else are included?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Define the word “manifold” in Psalm 104:24.

manifold: numerous, many kinds, varied

How do the manifold diverse population of the earth provide blessing? Can students share examples of how someone unlike themselves blessed them, their school, their athletic team, their play group?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Read together Citation B5. About whom is God speaking in this passage?

In reading citation B4, what do you see as the wideness of God’s blessings? What areas of our lives do the blessings cover? If you were the recipient of these blessings, how would you feel? Happy?

What provides you genuine happiness? Things or thoughts? Citation S3.

Would you love the individual or entity providing such blessings or serving as the source of happiness?

Now answer the question posed in citation S6: “Dost thou ‘love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’?”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What does the story in citation B9 tell us about God continually providing and caring for Her creation? Can God or will God ever abandon Her creation and say, “That’s it. You are on your own to figure it out”?

What does the word “abundance” mean?

abundance: an extremely plentiful or over-sufficient quantity or supply. Overflowing fullness, affluence, wealth

How are you, we, like the children of Israel during their exodus? Citation S12.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Here we have another story of abundance being available even when the disciples didn’t see it. Citation B14. This is a good roleplay story for your class. What questions do they have for Jesus as one of the disciples in the boat? How does this story showcase the role of a metaphysician? See the definition of metaphysics in citation S19.
What do you conclude – pray for things or pray for thoughts?
Which of these - things or thoughts - are “good and eternal”?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Here is another story of blessings being provided from an unexpected source – citation B19. Ask students to share any examples when they were blessed from an unexpected source.

Ask students to memorize this statement from citation S23: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” How does the story in citation B19 serve as an example of this quote? How does this story express the passage from Micah when we started this Lesson?

[“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.” (SH 494:10)]

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – How does the story in citation B23 demonstrate metaphysics? Was Jesus dealing with material eyes and ears and mouth?
See the definition of Ears in SH 585:

Ears. Not organs of the so-called corporeal senses, but spiritual understanding.

Jesus said, referring to spiritual perception, “Having ears, hear ye not?” (Mark viii. 18.) (SH 585:1–4)

Eyes. Spiritual discernment, — not material but mental.

Jesus said, thinking of the outward vision, “Having eyes, see ye not?” (Mark viii. 18.) (SH 586:3–6)

What is the guidance provided by Mary Baker Eddy in citation S29 (lines 2-7)? How does this statement affirm the definition of metaphysics?

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – How deep are the riches of God? How do you define them? Things, stuff, wisdom, understanding, blessings? Remember, “ye are blessed of the Lord…”—Psalm 115:15.

Remember also, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings”—SH vii:1-2.

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