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Lesson Application Ideas by Christie Hanzlik, C.S., Boulder, CO

  • You are God's Holy Work!
    Monday, August 31st, 2020
    Please note that the ideas I’m sharing here represent just one view of the Lesson and are not the only way to approach it. For me, this week’s Bible Lesson on “Man” expands the definition of man. The Lesson encourages us to let go of an “old” view of man, and accept a “new” view that is the outcome of...
  • "Cause me to hear your lovingkindness"
    Monday, July 27th, 2020
    ...we have the thesis of the Bible Lesson — ”I have always loved you.” And then the Responsive Reading explains the thesis — even when we feel like God has forsaken us, God says “I will not forget you.”
  • "How do you show your love for God?"
    Monday, July 6th, 2020
    Sacrament is often described as “a visible sign of an inward grace.” I define “grace” as feeling love and approval from the divine Parent even when we don’t necessarily think we deserve it. Grace is the opposite of shame. Grace heals. These “visible signs of an inward grace” in the Protestant church...
  • God is Knowable!
    Monday, June 29th, 2020
    ...the word God is the only way I know of to describe the infinite and eternal power that includes all 7 of the synonyms at once.  In other words, I can use the word Love as a synonym for “God” but if I want to talk about all 7 synonyms simultaneously, God is a very helpful word indeed.   At once, I felt a...
  • Place Your Trust and Faith in a Proven Understanding!
    Monday, June 8th, 2020
    Our faith helps us find safety and peace in difficult moments.  And our faith must be grounded in understanding.  Faith is not just wishing something were true.  Faith is not just hoping something might change.  “God IS the preserver of man,” and we can have faith in this, sure.  But to truly ground our faith...
  • Reverse every curse with blessings!
    Monday, May 4th, 2020
    We are not defined by what seems to “curse” us.  We can let go of “curses” and identify instead with the blessing pouring into our experience.  We can accept the promise in Revelation.  It is true­­—as we allow Love’s blessings to overturn the belief that we’re cursed.  In truth ". . . there shall...
  • Christ Jesus shows how to overcome all challenges!
    Saturday, April 11th, 2020
    It’s difficult to imagine another moment in world history in which the question asked in the subject of this week's Bible Lesson could be more pertinent. In the midst of dire reports of deaths from the covid virus, Christian Scientists around the globe are daring to ask, "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?” Out of...
  • Be “...ever beautiful and complete!"
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020
    Each one of us will get new and fresh inspiration from this week’s Bible Lesson on “Man.” For me, this week’s lesson helps us let go of an “old” and limited sense of being (man) and accept a “new” and unlimited understanding of our being (man). As we put off the “old” understanding of man, we find...
  • Gratefully Receive Spirit’s Ever-Present Gifts – and Ever-Fresh Fruits!
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020
    Spirit is the source of all inspiration. Spirit inspires, illumines, and enlightens. Without Spirit, we’d have no zip or zest. But Spirit is ever-present, so we all have an ample supply of zip, zest, vim and vigor. Spirit gives us pizazz and joy and sparkles. Spirit also offers comfort and peace. Spirit’s gifts...
  • Discover true worship
    Monday, January 6th, 2020
    Sacramental acts affirm our connection to God.  Sacramental acts typically entail humble kneeling, taking communion, or other forms of worship.  When we start from the premise that we are inseparable from God, like a sunbeam is inseparable from the sun, we can see that these acts are not what makes us connected...
  • Rejoice that "God-Good is the Only Author of Man!"
    Monday, December 2nd, 2019
    The subject of the lesson—“God the Only Cause and Creator”—corrects the idea that there ever was a start, or moment of creation.  Instead, creation has always been complete.  That this is difficult for us to understand (except through prayer) is one example of how limited-mortal thought tries to trap us into...
  • Accept Good Alone as Fact and Evil as Fable!
    Monday, November 4th, 2019
    Right at the outset, the Golden Text (GT) juxtaposes two very different views of life.  Option one, “we spend our years as a tale that is told,” suggests that our lives are just a meaningless story, a limited-mortal “tale."  The NLT Bible & NIV Bible translate this same phrase as "ending our years with a...
  • Be not deceived
    Monday, October 7th, 2019
    I’d like to think that none of us would be fooled by Copperfield's illusion. After all, we know its not really possible to make a 151’ statue disappear into thin air. But then again, we’re now armed with the knowledge of how his trickery happened. In the same way, as we arm ourselves with knowledge of how false...
  • Claim Your.Beginning-less-ness!
    Monday, September 2nd, 2019
    Each of us will, of course, find our own inspiration from this week’s Bible Lesson on “Man.” For me, it is helpful to focus on the ways in which this lesson answers the questions, “What am I, and where did I come from?” The Golden Text provides a succinct response to these questions: “The Spirit of God has...
  • Invite Spirit to Make All Things New
    Monday, August 5th, 2019
    This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson describes the activity of Spirit, showing us ways to understand how Spirit moves us, and how we can feel the Spirit. Spirit inspires. Spirit imparts. Spirit uplifts. Spirit renews. Spirit frees. Spirit is ever-present. We can look for these action-oriented ideas about...
  • Demonstrate the Blessings of Sacrament
    Monday, July 8th, 2019
    The simplest way I’ve found to define “Sacrament” is that sacrament is the symbolic action(s) we take to feel our connection to divine Love. A sacramental action may be as basic as kneeling in prayer. Some churches have formal baptism and communion ceremonies as sacrament. According to the textbook of Christian...
  • Sing the song of Christian Science!
    Monday, June 24th, 2019
    There never was a time in which Christian Science began. It always has been. The Science of the Christ was discovered, but it was not invented or started. This week’s Bible Lesson explains how Christian Science was revealed to Mary Baker Eddy—its discoverer and founder—and then shared with mankind. In a talk...
  • Reach out to our God who saves, who rescues us from death
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019
    The Responsive Reading introduces “the way" to salvation/health that corrects the lie that we are stuck in a birth-life-death-afterlife trajectory. With all of the references to “the way,” “the pathway,” “the path,” “steps," and so forth, the RR is like a prayer map to understanding eternal Life...We...
  • See Reality and Eternal Light as the Rock of Truth
    Monday, March 25th, 2019
    True spirituality is founded upon the rock of knowing that there never was a starting point of existence, that light is eternal, good is eternal, and Truth is eternal. Light offers many wonderful metaphors for understanding our eternality and our relationship to God—the source of all light. We can look through the...
  • Be prepared to receive the perfect gift of “God with us”
    Monday, December 24th, 2018
    The Bible Lesson on “Christian Science” during Christmas week is a perfect gift, timeless and universal. It is a reminder of the open secret that Christ is here with us, to comfort, guard and guide. This week’s lesson describes how we can all prepare ourselves to receive Christ truth. Christ is our awareness of...
  • Thanksgiving Bonus: Be Glad, Give Thanks, Rejoice!
    Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
    The Golden Text and Responsive Reading introduce the theme of gratitude, but, at least to me, they also highlight a theme of unity. Our gratitude unifies us. We are “called in one body” to be thankful. We are drawn together with lovingkindness, brought from the “north country,” gathered from the “coasts of...
  • Discover that the Kingdom of Heaven is Already Within YOU!
    Monday, September 24th, 2018
    The concluding statement from last week’s Bible Lesson on “Matter” segues perfectly to this week’s Lesson on “Reality,” which is all about us discovering that, in reality, we live and move and breathe in the kingdom of heaven. The statement from last week reads, "Let us learn of the real and eternal, and...
  • Be Soul's Song!
    Monday, August 13th, 2018
    We need to listen with full spiritual understanding and receptivity to hear the full harmony of Soul.  Looking beyond the limited senses and moving toward a freer Soul-inspired sense enables us to love each individual expression of Soul, and hear beauty in each song.  So, let’s get to the Lesson and learn more...
  • Be engrounded in Truth and thrive on its living waters!
    Monday, July 23rd, 2018
    Finding a greater sense of Truth offers us a greater sense of stability—no land legs or sea legs!  As we find ourselves “enground” upon the rock—the spiritual foundation—no wind or waves or new experiences can shock us.  As far as I can tell, the word “enground” doesn’t exist in any dictionary...
  • Give God the Glory, Glory...
    Monday, July 9th, 2018
    As you read this week’s lesson, I’m sure you’ll find themes and inspirations of your own.  As I read it, I found it helpful look for all the “glory” words.  I’m seeing lots and lots of references to glory and majesty that remind us to be in awe of the magnificence of God.  The Golden Text opens with...
  • Demonstrate Unity, Oneness, At-One-Ment!
    Monday, April 16th, 2018
    Christ Jesus’ experience on the cross demonstrated his oneness with his Father (Divine Life), but his experience is not our experience because we are each distinct ideas. Each of us must discover our oneness for ourselves…Christ Jesus showed us the way, but didn’t do the work for us. Mary Baker Eddy explains...
  • Know that Christian Science is both new and "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever."
    Monday, December 25th, 2017
    This week’s Bible Lesson on "Christian Science" emphasizes the ideas of Christ and newness. How appropriate for a Bible Lesson that we read on both Christmas day and New Year’s Eve! The Lesson includes themes of newness, discovery and freshness while also emphasizing Christ’s eternal comfort, which always has...
  • Claim your pure-as-gold heritage!
    Monday, October 23rd, 2017
    Most of us don’t like the word sin. And, yet, those of us who desire to feel our connection to Love more deeply and have a greater awareness of our innate health need to understand it. Once we get past the wrongheaded idea that sin makes us feel guilty, we will make steady progress correcting it. Guilt is the guile...
  • 1. Do justly 2. Love mercy,3. Walk humbly
    Monday, October 9th, 2017
    This week’s lesson on “Doctrine of Atonement” inspires us with ways in which we can understand Christ’s role in our at-one-ment with Divine Love and feel this at-one-ment more deeply.  We are already at one with Divine Love, but we should understand our at-one-ment so we can most effectively demonstrate it...
  • Embrace Divine Love as Your *JOYFUL* Shepherd, You Will Not Want!
    Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
    This week's Bible Lesson describes God, Love, as our all-knowing Shepherd, tending to our every need. The Golden Text announces that our God will feed us, His flock, like a shepherd, and gather us lambs with His arm, and carry us against his chest, and "gently lead those that are with young."
  • See God’s Hand-iwork and Feel It Uplift You!
    Monday, June 12th, 2017
    The theme of God’s outstretched arm, which repeats throughout this week’s lesson, reminds me of the strength and safety I felt that day. I’m not resentful of my experience in the rapids. Feeling the hand of God and the strength of His outstretched arm (expressed by my mother) was a gift I will never forget.
  • Experience Everlasting Love!
    Monday, April 24th, 2017
    Sinlessness is being free from the belief of separation from Love and perfection. Christ (our awareness of our connection to Love) is what frees us from the belief of separation and frees us from sin. Christ Jesus is our way shower who leads the way to discovering our own sinlessness.
  • Trust Love as your Shepherd: always-there; meeting needs; uniting, comforting, governing!
    Monday, January 23rd, 2017
    In each section of the lesson, let’s notice how Love, the Shepherd is able to fade, evict, alleviate, and remove fear.
  • Be free of guilt and feel our Father-Mother’s constant love, affection and mercy!
    Monday, October 24th, 2016
    The belief in everlasting punishment is a gross counterfeit of the true affection from Divine Love. Our way shower, Christ Jesus, perfectly understood our inseparable relationship with our merciful Father, who forgives and loves and cherishes His creation. Through prayer, we can understand our relationship with our...
  • Fully embrace grace, the reminder of your connection to Love!
    Sunday, October 9th, 2016
    In the Bible Lesson on “Doctrine of Atonement,” the Golden Text and Responsive Reading both begin with the word “grace.” This is a big clue that “grace” will be important throughout the lesson. In fact, “grace” recurs twelve times. But what is “grace?” A simple way to define grace is that...
  • Say Goodbye to Lies and to Unlawful Limits!
    Monday, September 12th, 2016
    In our individual experience, we witness the disappearance of matter as limited understanding fades and a clearer sense of infinite and expansive Love fills our prayer. ... Now, let’s see what we can learn about “the disappearance of matter” from this week’s Bible Lesson:
  • Receive Every Good Gift (of Mind) from above!
    Monday, August 15th, 2016
    Each of us will find our own inspiration from this week’s lesson on Mind. One way to understand it is that each section shows different ways that Divine Mind, or God, gives us the gift of wisdom. (Note that words related to “gift” are in bold.) As the Golden Text makes plain, “. . . the Lord give thee...
  • See Love’s Halo All around Us!
    Monday, July 25th, 2016
    ... instead of accepting hostility and injustice as the norm, I refuse to be shocked by the threats of inharmoniousness, and I am actively praying to see that the law of Love exists everywhere—not just in certain times and locations or among certain people. There is no spot where Love is not. Our high goal is...
  • Stick to the Way of Holiness to Defeat Old and New Suggestive Negativity!
    Monday, May 23rd, 2016
    I doubt anyone enjoys being tricked or fooled. This week’s lesson reminds us how to live the Way of Holiness without being tricked or fooled by negativity of any kind. The title of the lesson may seem full of big words, so, for today, I’m thinking of it as “old and new trickery, a.k.a. suggestive negativity...
  • Acknowledge Love as the law each moment!
    Monday, January 25th, 2016
    As I read this week’s Golden Text, I gain awareness of the laws that give Love structure and strength. And this week’s Bible Lesson is chock-full of these laws. For me, the laws seem to fall into two main categories: 1) action-laws we can take to better understand Love, and 2) absolute truth laws about Love. ...
  • Be awake to freedom, alive to good, alert to bad, & enthusiastic to let your light shine!
    Monday, November 23rd, 2015
    As we wear the armor of light, of Life, no darkness can touch us because dark cannot attach to light. It just doesn’t work. The light is our sure defense, and we keep our light shining by being alive to good, awake to truth, alert to temptation, and enthusiastic about healing.
  • Be Soul's Torchbearer! Don't go with the flow!
    Monday, February 11th, 2013
    CedarS torchbearer pledge complements the lesson on Soul because it reminds us to resist “group think” by listening for God, and by speaking and acting in a straightforward and Christ-like manner. Soul governs our identity, maintains our individuality, and—like CedarS torchbearer pledge—protects us from...
  • Use Your Key to Eternal Life!
    Monday, January 14th, 2013
    One way to see this week’s lesson is as a direct refutation of the claims of mortality and purposeless existence. With an understanding of eternal Life, we find greater meaning, satisfying purpose, constant progress, growing joy, and enduring comfort. Here’s another translation of this: “this is the way to...
  • Give "convincing proof" of our divine gift!
    Monday, December 24th, 2012
    Many of us have found ourselves in tough situations in which we need to lean on something bigger than we are. The fact that we know that we can do this… that there is an omnipotent source of comfort and strength available to us… is the greatest gift we have. This idea is stated simply in the Golden Text:...
  • Let your light shine on UNREALITY to reveal reality!
    Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
    Jesus told us to let our light shine. In the context of this weeks Bible Lesson on Unreality, this can mean that our purpose is to let our light shine on things that are unreal to reveal true reality and goodness. One of my favorite ways to understand the concept of discovering reality and letting our light shine to...
  • Learn ALL about yourself!
    Monday, August 27th, 2012
    n this weeks lesson on Man, you can learn a lot about yourself. This is true because anytime you see the word man in Science and Health you can substitute in your name. The sentence, Man is the expression of Gods being, for example, can read, [You are] the expression of Gods being. [S3, see Warrens P.S.] This idea...
  • 7 Tips for a Beautiful, Strong, and Healthy Body!
    Monday, May 14th, 2012
    7 Tips for a Beautiful, Strong and Healthy Body! may sound like the cover article for Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, or Sports Illustrated Magazine. But, no, this is a theme of this weeks lesson on Soul and Body. Soul is the quality that brings color to the universe. It brightens, beautifies, and individualizes. In a world...
  • Celebrate Christ's Victory over Sin, Disease and Death
    Monday, April 2nd, 2012
    The combination of fun-filled practice and role modeling that helps us become strong counselors and succeed in our careers is also an ideal way to become strong healers. And the best role model we have for healing is Christ Jesus. The work that Jesus did on the cross demonstrated Life and sealed Christ's victory...
  • Understand the Substance that Heals!
    Monday, March 5th, 2012
    This weeks Bible lesson describes some of the many ways in which God, as the true substance of the universe, expresses Himself. A better understanding of substance brings about healing in every facet of our lives. Each section of the lesson asks us to think more deeply about what is truly substantial, and to look...
  • Journey with Joy from sense to Soul!
    Monday, February 6th, 2012
    One way to look at this weeks Bible lesson is as a map for our journey from sense to Soul (see Hymn #64, printed below). While were on this journey, we will leave behind the baggage of sin, disease, death-like thoughts that seem to weigh us down, and see more and more clearly that our eternal lives are divinely...

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