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Mine precious G.E.M.s meant for you from  the Holy Bible & its lands

Warren Huff (with insights from Cobbey Crisler)
Posted Sunday, January 5th, 2020

Mine precious G.E.M.s meant for you from the Holy Bible & its lands
thru God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you by Christ’s Animating Mindsets Practiced!

Application ideas “mined” by Warren Huff from insights by
Cobbey Crisler, The Mary Baker Eddy Library and others related
to The Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Sacrament”
for January 12, 2020


[Warren: I am having the joy of taking a Principia Lifelong Learning Trip in the Holy Lands co-led by our Principia College professor son, Dr. Barry R. Huff! I’m sending these GEMS from Jerusalem. I will not be able to send the CedarS Met on “Sacrament” (from Christie Hanzlik, CS), before we leave here in an hour. But, I will send it to you when returning to Wi-Fi access tonight from a hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea.]


Mine a Sixth Tenet Micah G.E.M.—Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God! (B2)

"…solemnly covenant…to deal justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God;…”
1879 Covenants and Tenets #3D**
This portion of the 1879 Church Tenets was taken directly from what Micah 6:8 says that God requires of us in citation B2 of this week’s Bible Lesson. It is adapted and incorporated (as highlighted) into our current “Sixth Tenet” which—with humble added—reads in full:

6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that [humble] Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.

**Click on Downloads in the upper right of CedarS webpage version of this “G.E.M.s” to see a full history of the evolution of the Sixth Tenet as researched by “The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Mankind.”


Mine a G.E.M. from Jesus — Partake of God’s nature to truly “worship the Father in spirit and in truth” Cobbey Crisler on John 4:23 (B4)

John 4:23, ''The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." Look at the definition of worship. "True worship is spiritual, "not structural, not geographical, not ritualistic. Why? Because worship of God can only properly be done by partaking of God's own nature. John, the Beloved Disciple by B. Cobbey Crisler**


Mine a G.E.M. from Mary Baker Eddy—Don’t try to go it alone! "Wait on God…” Citation S7 (SH p. 323:9) is a CedarS favorite met for water-skiing. Mary Baker Eddy says there: "Beholding the infinite tasks of Truth, we pause, -- wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory." After saying "Hit it!" for the boat to start pulling you, it's all too easy for most beginners to lean forward right away, as if to get up "on their own." This causes quick nose-dives. However, when we PAUSE, waiting to acknowledge the boat, or really God, as the true power of the event, able to pull us through it, God precedes and PRE-SERVES us – and we express such dominion that we almost feel able to walk on the water. (A successful pausing posture for skiers to mimic is that of a testifier getting halfway up out of his seat and pausing for a few seconds before proceeding, because another testifier got up at the same time.)

In like manner, when we realize that life is about God, about Love, and not about us (as physical beings) or because of us (as sexual beings) we are free to merely reflect, instead of originate, the "incontrovertible" perfection of man AS A SPIRITUAL BEING, as the "image, reflection, of God, . . neither inverted" ('reversed in position, order, or relationship') "nor subverted," ('overturned from the foundation: RUINED: perverted or corrupted by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith') "but upright and Godlike." (S&H 200:19, with Merriam Webster's definitions in parenthesis)

From a Warren Huff Bible Lesson “Met” originally Posted: 4/27/2003


Mine a G.E.M. from Paul (in Romans)— “Get ready for “a complete change for the better!” Actionize Romans 12:2 (B8)

[FYI:] “In one of Mrs. Eddy’s Bibles, she wrote beside Romans 12:

“Romans 12 is Christian Science.” (MBE Accession #B00017.C)

Romans 12:2

“. . . be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Conformed is syschematizo in Greek which means “to conform one’s self, one’s mind and character, to another’s pattern, to fashion one’s self according to (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 2964).

Transformed is metamorphoo in Greek which means “to change into another form, to transfigure, i.e. resplendent with a divine brightness, to the same image of consummate excellence that shines in Christ, reproduce the same image” (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 3339).

Acceptable - That which will be pleasing to God. or which he will approve. There is scarcely a more difficult text in the Bible than this, or one that is more full of meaning. It involves the main duty of religion to be separated from the world; and expresses the way in which that duty may be performed, and in which we may live so as to ascertain and do the will of God” (Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

JB Phillips’ translation – “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.”

James Moffatt’s translation – “Instead of being molded to this world, have your mind renewed, and so be transformed in nature, able to make out what the will of God is, namely what is good and acceptable to Him and perfect.”


Mine a John G.E.M.Please God with deep cleaning in Christ’s way—from the inside out.—Cobbey Crisler on Mark 1: 8-11(B9)
Check out Christ’s ultimate “DRY-cleaning” method of baptism!
Mark 1: 8
“I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost”… John the Baptist never healed the sick as part of his theology. Here it’s not baptism with water that is ultimately going to count on earth, but baptism with the Holy Ghost… We find John the Baptist… removing the focus from physical cleanliness as being the means by which we would enter a heavenly state… You know water can’t reach what’s within, what is in consciousness, what is mental and really needs cleaning…

Mark 1, verse 10… “the Spirit like a dove descends upon him” in this baptism. It shows he is coming out of the watery baptism into the higher sense of baptism of the Spirit. The spiritual sense of man is what emerges after the carnal sense is washed from consciousness…

Mark 1:11 The announcement comes, “Thou art my beloved son in whom I am well pleased,” shows that sonship and relationship to God is not in a fleshly context… It is a very emphatic point of our relationship to God.” [W. Consider the lifelong, spiritual confidence our children get from our saying this blessing each night to our beloved children, in whom we and God are well pleased.]

Remember the consistency of the Scripture. This is what turns us into students. The consistency of the Scripture would force us to study in depth how we please God. Take “Here is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” How do we please God? Do you remember any particular Scriptural statements on that?... One of the things that Paul says about it in Romans 8:8 is, “They that are in the flesh (they that are earthly minded, who obey the lower nature) cannot please God.”
What Mark Recorded, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[W. The preceding verses, Romans 8:5-7, with other translations shed more light on the challenge of earthly-minded body worship that seems so accepted and prevalent today in obsession with fitness, diet, revealing selfies… After the King James in italics is Goodspeed’s translation of Romans 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” = “People who are controlled by the physical think of what is physical: and people who are controlled by the spiritual think of—give their attention to—what is spiritual.” Goodspeed]

For a couple of Mary Baker Eddy’s insights that I’ve found helpful to shine a Christ-light light on trending bodily-mindedness, click on my P.S. at the end of a January 2014 Met on Sacrament, by Kathy Fitzer, at https://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2014/1/sacrament/
In this 2014 Met —at the upper right under Download— you can also click on a pdf file that outlines Matthew’s version of Jesus’ baptism of “the Holy Ghost and fire.” It –and BETTER YET Cobbey’s full talk transcript available below through his wife, Janet Crisler—give a hands-on way to separate any mixed-up mess of good (facts) and bad (fables) by taking them up to the highest point (God). That allows Spirit, God, the Pneuma or Wind—NOT you with tweezers—to sort out any mixed-up mess and to put an end to the fables. In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scripture, Mary Baker Eddy defines FAN as “Separator of fable from fact; that which gives action to thought.” SH 586

At CedarS Bible Lands Park where thought is put into action, we take a separating fan in hand and climb Mt. Nebo where an actual fire is built downwind. There—with using the wind of Spirit and a separating “FAN in hand”—we sort-out and burn-up the fables—written on crumbled scraps of papers —to put an end to every mixed-up mess.]


Mine a G.E.M. from Matthew 26 –SING divine affirmations to help overcome all challenges!
Cobbey Crisler on citation B13 and nearby verses,
Matthew 26: (Verse
18). "Passover comes. Jesus knows what that's going to mean."

(Verse 24). He, again using Scripture says, "As it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! " It did not have to be Judas. But Judas elected because greed in his thought completely overpowered any other right element. He betrayed his Master for gold.

(Verse 26). "We find the Last Supper."

(Verse 30). ''The last thing Jesus does before he goes out into the Mount of Olives is to sing a hymn."

I suggest that you very quietly at home take Psalm 113 all the way through 118. Those are the hymns still sung today by Jews at Passover. These were undoubtedly the Psalms from which that hymn would have been taken. I think that every hair on your head will stand on end and you will be moved very deeply to read those psalms and determine what probably was being sung by Jesus, among which is a modern hymn, "This is the day the Lord hath made." Just think when he sang this.

Look at the verses that face the subject of death. It's very moving indeed. Psalm 118 and 116 specifically. Connect it with that event. Do it privately and within yourselves. Because it's a very precious moment of studying the Scriptures.

(Verse 31). Jesus quotes Scripture, again, Zechariah 13:7, about "the shepherd being smitten, and the sheep scattered."

BONUS from Verses 36-45 on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane where we were yesterday!
"His Gethsemane hour he faces." You have to read every gospel account of Gethsemane to appreciate it. The oil press that forced out of Jesus, according to Luke, sweat that looked like drops of blood pouring on the ground.

Jesus was fighting the Adam-myth of man's origin, where the curse on Adam was, that from the sweat of his brow he would survive. Here Jesus was overcoming that claim on man of perspiration and relying on man's salvation through inspiration,

(Verse 50). Jesus' first words to Judas. Could you have said that to Judas? "Friend, wherefore art thou come?"
(Verse 53). He says to Peter who chopped off the ear of the High Priest's servant, "Don't you know that I could pray to God and immediately be saved?"

(Verse 54). "But how shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be?"

What was Jesus using as his guide going right through the crucifixion? Everything he found in the Scriptures, or he wouldn’t do it.”

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


Mine GEMs from Acts—Meet and overcome every obstacle in your path!
Cobbey Crisler on Acts 2:22-32 (B16)
In Acts, Chapter 2, verse 22, Peter begins his lecture in earnest, and his sermon includes a definite documentation that “Jesus is the Messiah of scripture” and not just the Messiah who is the king and political leader but “the one who would be forced to meet every obstacle the world put in his path and overcome every one of them, certainly a way-shower to whom all humanity could relate.” (Paraphrased from)

Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Here he says in Acts 2, Verse 23 that “Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” Now, that’s just another way of saying what? Where do you find the “determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God”? (See below) In the scriptures, specifically – prophecy.

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

… Now, I ask you to study the next 10 verses and see how beautiful the logic of Peter is in this first lecture sponsored by the first Christian church.

Acts 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Acts 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

“After the Master What? – The Book of Acts”, by B. Cobbey Crisler**


Mine Jesus’ GEM to "cast your net on the right side” (toward the Decapolis & the rest of the world –a new take-away we got from our Principia Holy Lands Tour guide when at the Morning Meal site this week)
Cobbey Crisler on John 21: 1-12
John 21, the last chapter of John, is considered by some scholars to be a later addition, but still, very possibly, by the same author.

John 21:1. We're told that Jesus appears at the Sea of Tiberias, which is Galilee.

John 21:2, "Already assembled there were seven disciples, all who had left the profession of fishing, --we thought: Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, the sons of Zebedee, unnamed here, James and John, and two other of his disciples "

John. 21 :3. They apparently had nothing to do. Discipleship returns to the fishing boat. “Peter," with his fingers almost audibly drumming against the side of his boat, "says I have an idea. I'm going fishing. Nobody else had any better suggestion. "So, they all go fishing. They spent that entire night fruitlessly. The very fishes avoided them. "Isn't it interesting that the Anchor Bible makes this comment on the disciples' profession, "It is notable that never in the gospels do the disciples catch a fish without Jesus help.''

But notice the contrast between Verse 3 and Verse 4
John 21:3, ''That night they caught nothing.”

John. 21:4"But, when the morning as now come, Jesus stood on the shore.” What patience Jesus had with discipleship! Waiting for them to realize the importance of carrying on his work. But, once again, without that realization, "they did not even recognize Jesus humanly."

John 21:5. Jesus asked the man important question. You’ve spent the entire night out there. "Children, do you have any results? Do you have any meat? No is their answer:

Now it is obvious when one is fishing – using a net that there's very little difference between the right side and the left side. The factor then brought out in John 21:6 just be the obedience to Jesus' word, the concept that he has exhibited throughout in his approach to economics and supply. "Cast the net he says, “on the right: side of the ship, and ye shall find. " They are obedient. They do exactly what Jesus requests of them. Now, instantly, they find their net is filled with fishes. They could have saved themselves that entire night.

Then, John 21 :7 refers once again to ''the disciple whom Jesus loved. He recognizes Jesus. It is the Lord, he says." He must have recognized. that sign of dominion. over all, that mastery that he introduced even into the profession of fishing but was attempting to elevate them from profession to practice of Christianity. What had happened to his invitation to them, and expectation of them, to become fishers of men?

Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950), U.S. poet and novelist, says this about it the impetuous Peter, "O Peter, gnarled. branch of the vine.'' Peter throws his fisher's coat around him and plunges into the sea. We must remember that the sea of Galilee has a shoreline that drops off quickly. So, he probably had to swim part of the way. Traditionally, sailors and fishermen. aren’t the best swimmers. But, ignoring that, just as Peter had burst into the tomb to be there first, he casts himself into the sea

John. 21:8, ''While the other disciples bring the ship ashore, it says they were not far from land. but as it were two hundred cubits, that’s about a hundred yards. dragging the net with fishes.”

John. 21:9. Here's all that time they could have spared by giving priority to the lessons Jesus had already taught them. Jesus hadn't toiled all night. He didn’t even have to use the fish that they brought in. "For when they arrived there "was a charcoal fire there.” In fact, the Greek word is anthrakian which is the root of our word anthracite. "And fish. already there; laid thereon. and bread.” Toast and fish all ready.

John. 21: 10. But Jesus wanted them to participate in this, "and said, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.”

John. 21:11, Simon Peter, who was already on shore, goes to the net personally. and pulls it to shore. Who but a fisherman would remember this detail? ''There were one hundred fifty-three fishes in that net. Someone counted. It might be just the sign of the authenticity of authorship here by an eye witness. "And still. the net was not broken." Remember, back in Luke 5:6, at another incident, the net broke.

John. 21: 12, "Jesus invitation is Come and dine. Now, they know who he is.

BONUS verses:
John. 21:13. "Jesus," in his characteristic gesture, "took bread, and gave them, and fish likewise.” This was indeed a breakfast, but how different from that last supper! This breakfast was celebrating his victory over death. Not looking forward to tragedy, death, and lack of comprehension by the disciples, the dawn was in the disciples thought as well as over the sea of Galilee on that special morning.

Now we engage in a dialogue between Jesus and Peter. The dialogue as printed in the King James Version, seems rather dull and repetitive indeed. In the original Greek however, there is a depth of meaning.

John. 21:15, "Jesus says to Peter, Do you love me more than these?" It's obvious that Peter is being tested. We may ask, tested for what? That becomes clearer later in the story.

Another word which we find repeated in the Greek New Testament, is philia, a word that conveys brotherly love. It still has a sense of class consciousness about it. It has the compassion and the sympathy, such as organizations like the Peace Corps show. But there is sometimes a condescending quality in the thinking of those who are expressing love at the philia level. Almost like patting the head of the one you are helping. As if implicitly we were saying, you're down there and l’m up here, and I'm going to try to help you.

The Greeks had a higher sense of love than that. And of course, taken out of classical Greek, it has a renewed and fuller meaning in concept in the New Testament. That word is agape. Agape, according to one commentator and lexicographer, conveys the following, "To desire good for the one you esteem. The concept of divine love."

If I should to choose to love you at the level of agape, look what is required of me. First, I must esteem you. That's not patting you on the head. That's eye-to-eye respect and esteem. Can one really have love anywhere without that quality of respect? I must esteem you. But that, too, could be a passive sense of love, without that other part of the definition which this one commentator had provided.

To desire good for one you esteem. I must be actively employed in desiring for you good or I am not operating at the level of agape.

What word do you think Jesus uses when he says to Peter, "Do you love me?" ''Agapao?" he says. But Peter responds in the original text, "Yes, Lord you know that I love thee." But he uses the word "phileo." Maybe that explains Jesus' repetition…”
“John, the Beloved Disciple”, by B. Cobbey Crisler**


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