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Glow each Wednesday with the GEM of Testimony sharing!

Warren Huff (with insights from Cobbey Crisler)
Posted Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Glow each Wednesday with the GEM of God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in Testimony sharing!
It will be very worthwhile for you to connect online with your church in a Wednesday testimony meeting today!
These services continue to show that healing continues to be an essential, divinely blessed part of Mary Baker Eddy’s church. Every Wednesday, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston shares a 2pm ET Live testimony service with replays afterwards at https://www.christianscience.com/publications-and-activities/online-services-and-events/online-wednesday-testimony-meeting.

Several of the very inspiring testimonies read at The Mother Church testimony meeting today were about stopping or healing many types of contagion. They can all be heard again till Friday at 8am (Boston time) by clicking on either link above. Each testimony shows clearly the instant good and healing effects to all mankind from applying the truths of Christian Science.

One testimony shared in Boston today was about healing a spread of the flu. It cited several citations from this week’s lesson—notably citation S12 (p. 480:31-2). This message could easily be seen to be a key to the whole Bible lesson this week: “As vapor melts before the sun, so evil [CoVid-19] would vanish before the reality of good. One must hide the other. How important then, to choose good as the reality.”

Several Branch Churches are offering dial-in testimony meetings tonight and others are hosting Zoom webinar meetings—with a growing number featuring remote testimony-sharing capability.


Mary Baker Eddy defined Church NOT in term of brick and mortar, but as “The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle. The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility, and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.” [the sick economy, even] (SH 583:12)

In today’s “Global Prayer Watch for World Health 2020” let’s apply our church prayers to healing the aggressive evidence of a crippling pandemic and its resultant economic paralysis and unemployment! In this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson (Luke 6: 6-19, B14), Jesus modeled this for us— on an individual scale—in his healing of an unemployed man with a withered (paralyzed) hand.

Below are insights from Cobbey Crisler (cc) on this withered hand healing in Luke 6:6-19 (B14) (and Mark 3:1-5)
[CC:] “In Mark 3, Verse 1, [and Luke 6:6-10] we have a renewed definition for church where another healing occurs in the church context, namely, ‘the man that had the withered hand.’… According to an earlier, largely lost gospel called the Gospel of Hebrews, we find this man saying to Jesus, “I was a mason seeking a livelihood with my hands. I pray thee, Jesus, to restore me my health that I may not beg meanly for my food.’

According to Luke 6:6, it was his right hand that was withered. [W: shrunken, lacking fullness, dominion, ability to function…] As a mason, you could not really pursue your craft. If that is an authentic recollection, it just adds a little more enrichment to our comprehension of the story. Again, it’s the Sabbath and we find that prayer is a church activity. It would be hard to find someone that would disagree with that no matter what denomination one belongs to. Healing would have to take place, because prayer is no idle exercise without results. Healing follows prayer.”

Verse 3. Jesus stops the order of service (again). He says to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand forth.’ Would that electrify most congregational worship today? ‘Stand forth.’ Everything stops. The priority is here.

Verse 4. Then he asks the question, ‘Is it lawful,’ is it a church rule, ‘to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil?’ Notice his definition of ‘doing-good’ here. He must not remain on the surface. Doing-good for Jesus would be what? Healing the man. Doing-evil would be what? Not healing the man. He regarded not-healing as evil. The normality of the spiritual function of healing is underscored here…

Verse 5. Then he says, ‘Stretch forth thine hand.’ Why didn’t he go and stretch it forth for him? Again, the consistency of having dominion. Dominion doesn’t exercise you, does it? You exercise it… ‘Stretch forth thine hand and it was restored whole.’ This stone mason no doubt could earn a living again using his hands.”
“What Mark Recorded,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Warren’s] PS: Let us follow Jesus’ example today in our “Global Prayer Watch for World Health 2020. Like him, let us demand and expect HEALING and DOMINION as a natural part of church — and in “whatever” way as directed by our ever-present “ventilator” of the Holy Spirit (Wind or Pneuma in Greek). Let the Holy Spirit move freely in our church services tonight, our Prayer Watches each hour of every day—at work in sick rooms and homes all around the world to bring – not only protection from infection— but also quick and miraculous healings with the help of much availing prayers. One recent overnight healing of a man with serious respiratory issues was acknowledged by a doctor and testified about Monday night on a major news network.

[W:] Such healing results can be expected and delivered with scientific certainty by the “church triumphant” that Mary Baker Eddy worked to establish. She founded it on the Rock of the Christ-healing which Jesus demonstrated both inside and outside synagogue walls. In “church” Jesus restored not only this poor man’s withered hand, but also his paralyzed employment prospects. This can be a model for us to magnify and multiply in our times to negate the way that the novel coronavirus would claim to spread and multiply.

[W:] See CedarS Board member and Met contributor, Kathy Fitzer’s insights on it only being the right of God’s dominion-creation to “be fruitful and multiply.” Genesis 1:28]

[W:] Jesus promised that his followers and the Comforter would do “greater works” (John 14:12, 16). Could some of these “greater works” be to demonstrate the healing power of collective prayer on a global scale? (See Christine Irby Williams’ sharing this idea more fully with a CedarS Precamp staff.)

The passages from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” in Section 3 of the Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Reality” unlock how Jesus brought about the withered hand healing and all his awesome healings. “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appeared to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.” (S15, 476: 32-4)

Jesus’ correct, God-eye view provides a model for our Prayer Watch work. Right “where a sinning, mortal” economy of paralyzing fear and withering unemployment appears to “Bad News Bears,” or bearers, we can behold that —“as in heaven, so on earth, God is omnipotent supreme.” All that God made is already perfect and vigorous, reflecting God’s model of free flowing of good(s) and services. (SH 476:32, S15)

Last Sunday Night (640 screens joined) in CedarS 365 first virtual Hymn Sing on Zoom as we sang and prayed seven hymns including Hymn 412 together: “The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking, unloosing bonds of all captivity.” Everyone loved the virtual camaraderie, freedom and inspiration that were tangibly felt! We will welcome the first 1,000 Zoomers or callers to join us again at 7pm (Central Time) on every foreseeable Sunday! [Watch for full details on our CedarS 365 blog page and in a separate invitation coming today!]

P.S. More from Cobbey Crisler on Mark 3.1-5: dominion method works from “Heal the Sick”
“Chapter 3 of Mark, Verse 1, the man with the withered hand. It's on the sabbath day again. Jesus hadn't checked his calendar. Here it is in the middle of a service, the man with the withered hand. [Verse 2:] They’re watching Jesus, almost like they hope he will break the sabbath rule, so they could accuse him of something. Notice how he takes this early church-service-to-be.

[Verse 3:] "He says," right in the middle of the service, in the middle of the synagogue, "to the man with the withered hand, Stand forth." So, he's going to make an issue out of it. Then, he turns to those around. Notice, again, this is not an immediate healing. He deals with the environment.
[Verse 4:] "He says, ‘Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil?" How about that being the basic law for what we do and where? If it's good, it's according to the law. If it's evil, it isn't, regardless of what man has legislated to the contrary. "They didn't answer him."

[Verse 5:] It says, "he looked round about on them with anger." Only Mark used those things with reference to Jesus. And "being grieved for the hardness of their hearts," the blindness of what? Of ecclesiasticism. "He says to the man, Stretch forth thine hand." Did he go up to that man and say, [Speaker made sound of physically straightening out the man's hand] Did he do it himself, "Let me help you," even though it was bent perpendicularly to his arm probably?

He says to that man to do what? "You do it." Notice what his support of that man's ability to do resulted in. Suppose Jesus had gone up and done that to him, performed a surgical operation, in a sense, on that man's arm? It would have been depending on person and not God. [Live recording voice: not clear] That's right. Look at the great impersonal freedom, plus the dignity of the man in participating in his own healing. Is it dominion if someone else does it for you? It's not your dominion. It's someone else's. Jesus told him to stretch forth his hand, the very thing he thought he couldn't do. He does, "restored whole as the other."

We're just sitting here as neophytes in the twentieth century reading the account of a method which worked. If we are laboratory scientists at all, or oriented in that direction in our century, which we certainly should be in our technological age, the least we should do is to be willing to study the method and see if it works.”
“ ‘Heal the Sick’: A Scriptural Record,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler

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