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Lesson Application Ideas by Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Glen Ellyn (Bartlett), IL

  • Accept the Mind of Christ
    Monday, August 17th, 2020
    Having the “mind of Christ” is often interpreted as having Christ’s humility. While Jesus certainly was humble, he knew who he was as God’s son: He was bold in his declarations of truth and in demonstration of its healing power. His humility was evidenced in his recognition that he could do nothing of...
  • Join Your Heavenly Family
    Monday, May 11th, 2020
    To human sense, the earthy seems to be what we are, and the heavenly is what we hope to become. Traditional theology sees it that way. In the Responsive Reading Paul speaks of the expectation and promise that we will be changed in a “twinkling of an eye” from mortals to immortals. This is often interpreted as a...
  • Maintain Your Course, and Let God Write Your Story
    Saturday, April 18th, 2020
    ...with governments requesting us to limit our movement, we’re experiencing a domino effect that appears to impact nearly every aspect of our lives. That’s why people are afraid. They don’t feel in control. Modern societies—especially those that consider themselves to be “free”— thrive on self-control...
  • Rejoice That We Are Subject to the Divine Powers That Be!
    Monday, March 9th, 2020
    While all worldly solutions to life’s challenges are variable, the law of God and His word is fixed.  His command is law, and shall stand forever.  Nothing can ever undo what God ordains. Does that sound too good to be true?  To mortal sense it does.  As you study this week’s Lesson-Sermon you will find...
  • Find Your Heart Connection and Unite with Soul
    Monday, February 10th, 2020
    What does “Soul” mean to you? The most bizarre description I’ve ever heard is when someone said they always imagined soul as, “a vaporous white spot behind the heart that got splattered with a black spot for every sin.” Christian Scientists have an entirely different view of soul. Christian Science does not...
  • Pause and Listen.  [Take in being on holy ground and follow Life’s next steps.]
    Monday, January 13th, 2020
    Throughout this week’s Lesson we see the need for going further in our understanding of God.  The God spoken of by the psalmist in the Golden Text isn’t a tribal idol that needs placating to get Him or Her to help us.  The God of Israel is the living God, the author, giver, and maintainer of all creation...
  • Find the Peace of God and Take this Hiding Place with You!
    Monday, December 9th, 2019
    Do you have a place that makes you feel safe? Everyone needs someplace where they can shut out the noise and distractions of the world, and just be still with God. Not all hiding places are physical. We can also take refuge in prayer, or a comforting thought, and according to the psalmist, in music too. Many of us...
  • Walk In the Light of God as an Immortal Idea!
    Monday, November 11th, 2019
    The Responsive Reading continues with the 23rd Psalm. So much has been written about it, and we are so familiar with it that it isn’t necessary, nor is there enough space to fully address it here. The psalm is alluded to throughout the Lesson, and I encourage readers to do their own research. Suffice it to say that...
  • Let the Christ Break Down the Walls
    Monday, October 14th, 2019
    ...Jesus’ atonement reconciles us to God.  It shows us what being at one with God looks like. Of course, in reconciling man to God, man is the only one who has to change his position.  As theologian Adam Clarke (c1760-1832) says, “… the grand object of the Gospel is to make a complete change in men's...
  • See God in the Midst of Us
    Monday, September 9th, 2019
    This Pentecost event transcended logical explanation.  The disciples had a collective glimpse of the true substance of reality, and this propelled them to perform many “wonders and signs.”  To human sense, the demonstration and recognition of true substance always seems like a wonder, because it defies human...
  • Say YES to Immortality!!!
    Monday, May 13th, 2019
    There is no variableness in God. Whereas the sun shines from one point making it possible to create shadow and darkness as the earth turns, God is All, shining from all points at once—so no shadows are possible. God expects man made in His image to be consistent as well—not just hearers, but doers of the word. So...
  • Gain a little each day in the right direction…
    Monday, April 15th, 2019
    Compared to viewing Jesus’ atonement as a substitute for our own work, accepting the responsibility of working out our own salvation can seem to be a daunting task.  As Jesus’ followers are we really expected to leave all for Christ?  Jesus’ words to his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane are applicable...
  • Follow Your Heart to Find Your Treasure
    Monday, March 11th, 2019
    Do you ever worry that you won’t have enough? Maybe you’re concerned that you won’t have enough for retirement, or next month’s mortgage, enough to pay for the next semester, or even tomorrow’s groceries? Maybe you doubt your skills, or talent, or whether or not you’ll find a spouse or...
  • Change Your Perspective and Find Peace
    Monday, February 11th, 2019
    In Christian Science man is the expression of God, or Soul. Just as God is our Life, God is our Soul.  Our being isn’t in a body, but in Spirit, God. Admittedly, this view is a departure from conventional thinking.  Throughout this week’s Lesson, we have examples that follow a similar pattern.  To understand...
  • Find Safety in God--in Divine Life!
    Monday, January 14th, 2019
    Have you ever been in a life-threatening situation? Many have faced such challenges, and still more do every day. Surviving such circumstances often has a profound impact on a person. Afterwards it’s not uncommon for the individual to give thanks, or at least acknowledge, a “higher power.” But others facing this...
  • Find Your Safety Under His Mighty Wing
    Monday, December 10th, 2018
    Would you say you feel safe? The media is constantly reporting dangers of every sort.  When confronted with danger, where do you turn?  Right off the top of our heads, many of us would say we turn to God.  But there are others who aren’t so sure, and even those who’d like to think they’d turn to God, might be...
  • Get Ready for a Transformation!
    Monday, November 12th, 2018
    Have you ever felt the need to be transformed? Most of us have from time to time. The Golden Text refers to what is perhaps the most significant transformation of all. Some may feel this particular change is unattainable or even fantasy. The Apostle Paul didn’t think so. He’s talking about exchanging a...
  • Do the Work, Be Fearless, and Embrace Your Oneness with God!
    Monday, October 15th, 2018
    According to The Student’s Reference Dictionary, “atonement” is defined as an agreement, or reconciliation after enmity or controversy. Further definitions include reparation made for a specific injury—and the old theological view—“expiation of sin made by the obedience and personal sufferings of...
  • Think On These Substantial Things!
    Monday, September 10th, 2018
    What has substance to you? The Student’s Reference Dictionary defines substance as “something existing by itself; that which really is or exists…the essential part; something real, not imaginary.” While some other definitions include “real physical matter” as substance, that’s not what this Lesson is...
  • Don’t miss YOUR Security Update today that will last forever!
    Monday, June 11th, 2018
    "...here is a great need for security in every area of our lives—health, home, environment, food supply, economics, and so on. Fortunately, there is a Source of security that is unfailing, unchanging, and always, “ahead of the game.”  Of course, I’m talking about our Father-Mother God.  Each section of the...
  • Maintain a Higher Point of View!
    Monday, May 14th, 2018
    To those who take the immortal viewpoint, the perplexing troubles facing them are but temporary blips compared to the glories of eternal reality. But, those hardships actually compel us to learn more about God, and our unbroken relationship to Him. Waking up to our true being in Christ makes us a “new creature.”...
  • Look to God and See the Nothingness of Evil!
    Monday, April 9th, 2018
    Whenever we find ourselves in difficult situations, whether we’re facing sin, disease, or impending doom, we have a tendency—particularly as Christian Scientists—to try and figure out what we are doing wrong, and what we are going to have to do to get out of the situation. The Responsive Reading gives us a...
  • Stand Still, Look Deep, and Be Amazed!
    Monday, March 12th, 2018
    How well do we follow the directive in the Golden Text? What are the “wondrous works of God”—the complexities of biological life? This week’s Lesson plunges beneath the surface to the spiritual essence of what constitutes reality. In order to fully appreciate God’s wondrous works we need to start by standing...
  • Put On Soul's Heavenly Garments and Feel the Light of His Countenance!
    Monday, February 12th, 2018
    Throughout Judeo-Christian history the faithful have relied on God’s unchangeable nature (S25). Soul’s unchangeableness is reflected in man’s eternal relationship to God. In the beginning of the Lesson, there were many crying out in desperation for good, and Elijah was laboring under depression. In Section 1 the...
  • Find Eternal Life through Spiritual Mindedness
    Monday, January 15th, 2018
    Have you ever thought about what motivates you? The answer to that question depends largely upon one’s circumstances. For some just finding something to eat is the main focus of the day. Others hope to get through a day without fear, or sorrow, or pain. Others might want to make as much money as they can, or save a...
  • Look Beyond the Temporal to the Eternal
    Monday, December 11th, 2017
    How would you answer the question posed in the subject of this week’s Lesson? How you respond has a direct bearing on how you conduct your life, how you approach challenges, and on the success of your efforts. Obviously the biblical answer to the subject of the Lesson is an emphatic “NO”! James Moffat translates...
  • Lift Up Your Whole Soul to God!
    Monday, November 13th, 2017
    This Lesson explores and challenges some of the conventionally held beliefs about the relationship between soul and body. Before we begin, there is one important thing to consider though—as taught in Christian Science, Soul is a synonym for God. So right away, that introduces a different twist on how we consider...
  • Drink Freely from the Fountain of Life Eternal!
    Monday, July 10th, 2017
    According to biology, life is still being defined. But simply put, life is generally thought of as an organized group of cells that consume and convert nutrients into usable and storable energy, maintain a stable internal environment despite external conditions, grow, reproduce, respond to stimuli, and evolve (see...
  • Find Your True Nature and Become a New Creature!
    Monday, May 15th, 2017
    All over the northern hemisphere springtime is in full flower, bringing fresh growth, and renewal. This is a perfect time for each of us to think about putting on our “new natures.” The Golden Text reminds us that the new man is “truly righteous and holy.” Righteousness and holiness correlate respectively to...
  • Have your happiest Easter yet, demonstrating your inseparability from God!
    Monday, April 10th, 2017
    Although the word “atonement” as used in the New Testament, means “reconciliation,” traditional, Christian theology generally emphasizes Jesus’ suffering, and that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross served as redemption from sin for the whole world. Those who “accept” Jesus as their savior are said to be...
  • Become a Spiritual Trailblazer! Disprove Matter's False Claims!
    Monday, March 13th, 2017
    In Christian Science, matter isn’t a condition, or a state of being, but a false way of looking at reality. Matter is a termfor the belief in an objective state of a mind apart from God. Since God is the only Mind, a “mind apart from God” is impossible, and therefore its objective state—matter—is also...
  • Choose Wisely and Trustingly with divine Mind's Guidance!
    Monday, February 13th, 2017
    What guides your decisions? How do we as believers in the one God, approach forks in the road, both large and small? In the Golden Text the prophet Isaiah does not encourage us to rely on ... the voice of God for every direction in life. The allusion to hearing “a word behind thee” is thought to represent either...
  • Yearn to reflect perfect Life daily! Thirst for the Real Thing!
    Monday, January 9th, 2017
    While we study the Lesson this week let’s remember that we can’t find life through casual perusal, or through material symbols, means, and methods. Let’s yearn for the understanding of God as Life, and incorporate it into our daily experience.
  • Praise God, Exercise Your Spiritual Sense, and See Reality!
    Monday, December 12th, 2016
    “Alleluia,” in the Golden Text is a version of the Hebrew, “Hallelujah,” which means, “praise God.” In God’s presence all the inhabitants of heaven give voice to this holy utterance. In context, the battle is over, and the victory over all evil has taken place. That’s significant to us because this...
  • Define Yourself as God’s Expression!
    Monday, November 14th, 2016
    Do you feel defined by your body? Are you proud of it? Ashamed? Do you feel that your body is pre-programmed to do what it wants? Or that it has the intelligence to feel, think, and act without your permission? Most people feel that while there are some things they can do to help the body through diet or...
  • Discover the I AM to enable your I can in Life!
    Monday, July 11th, 2016
    “The Scriptures declare Life to be the infinite I AM, — not a dweller in matter. For man to know Life as it is, namely God, the eternal good, gives him not merely a sense of existence, but an accompanying consciousness of spiritual power that subordinates matter and destroys sin, disease, and death.” (Misc...
  • Think Universally and Act Locally!
    Monday, June 13th, 2016
    For 2500 years humans have been theorizing about the origins of the universe, and trying to understand what matter is made of. Since Leucippus and Democritus proposed the concept of the atom, each successive theory has had firm believers and detractors, and the latest theories do as well. Generally speaking, the...
  • See Yourself as Never Born to be Never Dying!
    Monday, May 9th, 2016
    Have you made any choices lately? If so, you probably were choosing between two or more relatively similar courses of action. For instance, should I buy a red car or a blue one? Or, should I take this job or that one? Or maybe you’re choosing between schools. This week’s Lesson is full of choices, but the...
  • Follow Christ in the Way of Oneness and Sonship.
    Monday, April 11th, 2016
    The Golden Text raises our status in the kingdom of God from a servant to a son. Have you ever thought about the difference between the two? A servant may be able to visit the house, but the son lives there. A paid servant may expect some form of wage for his service, but the son can expect an inheritance. The...
  • Master Material Beliefs by Understanding the Allness of Spirit!
    Monday, March 14th, 2016
    Have you ever heard something so profound that it made you question just about everything you thought you knew? Perhaps the idea was so remarkable that you doubted you could ever understand it. The words of the Golden Text are the culmination of a lesson many of Jesus’ listeners found too much to bear. As his...
  • Begin Rightly with Divine Mind!
    Monday, February 15th, 2016
    When facing a challenge, have you ever wondered, “Where do I begin?” One of the themes of this week’s Lesson is beginning rightly. Our Leader writes, “To begin rightly is to end rightly” (S5). If our challenge seems prolonged, we may have overlooked the right place to begin.
  • Sing the Ever-New Tune of Life Divine!
    Monday, January 11th, 2016
    As we begin the New Year, many people are energized and ready for a fresh start. Each year at CedarS Camps we refer to “the best summer yet.” Travel advertisers in the United States have borrowed that idea urging potential customers to make this “the best 2016 ever.” Comedians are already poking fun at...
  • Rejoice in Our Creator—fully convinced He is the only creative power!
    Monday, December 14th, 2015
    In the Responsive Reading there are multiple verses underscoring God’s supreme majesty. God is “first and last.” He calls the universe into being, and governs it. There are no random acts of chance in God’s universe because everything is in perfect order. There is no creative power beside God. He orders...
  • Overcome the Flesh—Think and Live in the Spirit!
    Monday, November 9th, 2015
    To learn our lesson, we need to “put off the old man… and be renewed in the spirit” of our mind.” To what degree are you putting off the old man? Putting off the old allows us to put on the new man “which is created by God in righteousness and true holiness.” The passage indicates that since God is the...
  • Purify Your Heart and Be Reconciled to God
    Monday, October 12th, 2015
    To truly atone for sin, and be reconciled with God change must be from the heart—from the very core of our being. This is what Jesus exemplified and what we aspire to. The Pharisees were content with a list of rules, but they were rarely heartfelt. Jesus advanced religious observance from mere adherence to the...
  • Drink freely the Life-giving Waters
    Monday, July 13th, 2015
    Throughout the Scriptures water symbolizes a number of concepts. Water can symbolize life, purification, cleansing, healing, blessing, sanctification, baptism, illumination, regeneration, new birth, redemption, or salvation. The words of the Golden Text are an invitation to anyone who desires it to partake fully and...
  • Acknowledge God as the Only Power
    Monday, June 15th, 2015
    What brought the universe into being? Did it happen spontaneously in a big bang? What keeps it going? Will it eventually collapse back on itself? These questions continue to motivate both religion and physics. Humans have the irresistible urge to know how things work, and then to do their best to use that knowledge...
  • “Dress” for Success! (And work-out the spiritual for it!) PS#3
    Monday, May 11th, 2015
    What are you wearing? Why are you wearing it? What we wear can indicate something about our attitude, our job, or status. They say we should dress for the job we want to have. Doing so shows our desire to advance in our field. Sometimes appearance can be deceptive, but whatever the motive, appearance always makes...
  • Be Holy and Be Saved!
    Monday, April 13th, 2015
    Are you saved? Do you think you need saving? To many, the opportunity of being saved is exclusive, and often has to do with accepting a particular doctrinal point, making a statement of faith, and going through a ceremony to signify your intention to maintain loyalty to your declaration. Anyone unsaved is presumed...
  • Give and Receive Abundantly
    Sunday, March 8th, 2015
    What do you value? How much is sufficient? There’s a lot of concern today about “portions.” What portion of my income should I save for the future? How large or small should a portion of a particular food be? How much of my time should be apportioned for work, sleep, exercise, recreation, worship, etc.? The...
  • Change Your Tune through the Understanding of Soul!
    Monday, February 9th, 2015
    In the Golden Text, the psalmist’s song magnifies God rather than the problems facing him. Not all of the psalms start out hopeful. Some are downright depressing, but somehow they work their way back to glorifying God even in the midst of a challenge. In our lives undesirable themes often recur. These tunes...
  • 1st Enter Your Storehouse (tameion) to Pray!
    Monday, December 29th, 2014
    Prayer is aligning our thought with God. In Christian Science, we’re taught that prayer should begin and end with God—with Truth. So it’s fitting that we begin the New Year, a new cycle of Lesson-Sermons, and the Golden Text with a declaration of God’s excellence and glory. The Responsive Reading reminds...
  • [Make-over Your Attitude to] Experience the Power of Rejoicing!
    Monday, December 1st, 2014
    How long does happiness last? A few minutes? An hour? A day, a week, or a month? In the Golden Text Isaiah tells us that we should rejoice forever in God’s creation. Can we say that we regularly find reason for rejoicing? Or is most of our time spent lamenting the dreary condition of the world and perhaps even...
  • Don't be Tricked by the Masks of Sin or Sickness!
    Monday, October 27th, 2014
    The Golden Text speaks of God delivering the psalmist from the “lowest hell.” This deliverance gives him reason to rejoice and glorify God not only in times of need, but “for evermore.” Are you in despair? Are you struggling with a deep sin, or even a seemingly minor one? Do you feel your physical...
  • Fully Embrace Your Spiritual Nature & Live a Holy Life Today!
    Monday, September 1st, 2014
    Though we seem to have strayed, the word of God is ever present to light our path for us. The psalmist prays that no iniquity—no form of sin, wicked passion or evil propensity can rule him. The word rendered “iniquity” means, “to pant (hence to exert oneself, usually in vain: to come to naught); strictly...
  • “Live 2 Give” – to love divinely—“For Love alone is Life”! ( “Love” Hymn 30, 434)
    Monday, July 28th, 2014
    ... the children of Israel were returned from exile, but when they were in the middle of it, they had every reason to be discouraged, as we sometimes are. The Scriptures [and this Bible Lesson] promise that God’s love is everlasting—not confined to a time or people. It exists eternally without fail and without...
  • Listen to God’s Angels and Feel God’s Ever-Presence
    Monday, June 30th, 2014
    We can’t be without or apart from God because since God is infinite, we exist in Him and can never be outside of Him. But it often seems like we are nowhere near God, much less in Him. In those times, we will find that despite our seeming distance from God, His messages are always able to get through to us. God...
  • Be a child of the day!
    Monday, May 26th, 2014
    The obvious point is that darkness has no relationship to the light whatsoever. They simply do not mix. In Christian Science, rather than giving the darkness equal power, as do mythology and literature, the light has all power and presence, and the darkness is powerless and never present. The darkness only stands...
  • Know God’s Everlasting Mercy & Kindness as You Walk In Righteousness
    Monday, April 28th, 2014
    All of us have been punished at one time or another. Usually these punishments are for our own good. We can look back on them and find valuable lessons. When we’re in the midst of the reprimand, we can feel pretty bad, and sometimes it can seem like things will take a long time—if ever—to get right again. The...
  • Be Not Deceived! If it’s not from God, it’s unreal.
    Monday, March 31st, 2014
    Warnings against deception flow throughout each section of this Lesson on Unreality. In this first case, the warning can also mean, “don’t be naive, gullible, or easily enticed.” The world is vying for our allegiance in a multitude of ways, none of which bring us closer to God. We are under no obligation...
  • Be convinced of Christ’s Fulfillment of Prophecy...
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    What do we really know about Christ Jesus? How do we know it? Could he be, as some suppose, a fictitious character, or a false prophet? Or as those on the other end of the spectrum believe, was he God in the flesh? The Golden Text, believed to be penned by Jesus’ disciple John, declares Christ Jesus to be the...
  • Practice the Divine Way--End Quarrels w/Love & Play on the Same Team!
    Monday, January 27th, 2014
    Not only is God Love itself, but if anyone claims to understand God, he must also understand Love, and show that understanding through the embodiment of all it includes, and its demonstration.
  • Demonstrate the Power of Understanding God’s Name.
    Monday, December 30th, 2013
    “What’s in a name?” writes Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II). When it comes to God, quite a lot. [See P.S.] In both Hebrew and Greek, the word rendered “name” in the Bible means, “a mark of individuality, authority, or character” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible). Strong’s...
  • Know Who You Really Are and Be Free from Deception
    Monday, November 25th, 2013
    In two of the last three previous Lessons, we’ve had references to Eve being beguiled by the serpent. Beguile is another way of saying deceive. This week’s Lesson focuses on how to avoid being deceived. According to The Student’s Reference Dictionary, to deceive means simply “to mislead the mind; to cause to...
  • Feel the Loving Embrace of the "Everlasting Arms"!
    Monday, October 28th, 2013
    God is always there to embrace us and lift us up. Quite a bit of this Lesson deals with those who need lifting up in one way or another. The title, “Everlasting Punishment” addresses the old theological belief that sinners face eternal punishment, which leaves us with the impression that God is capable of doing us...
  • Learn to Live in Love!
    Monday, July 29th, 2013
    In his memoirs, William Rathvon records that late Christmas Day of 1909, Mrs. Eddy called him to her bedside. She said, “Do you know by what it is that I heal the sick?” [He] replied, “Through your knowledge of God.” She said, “No, that’s not it.” “What is it then?” [he] asked. She replied, “By...
  • Rejoice that with God all things are possible!
    Monday, July 1st, 2013
    Is anything too hard for God? Do you find yourself ever looking at the human situation and thinking or saying things like, “Impossible!” “No Way” “It can’t be done” “It’s too late.” Maybe from a limited human standpoint it may be impossible to see our way out of some situations, but God isn’t...
  • Find Safety within the Walls of our Strong City!
    Monday, May 27th, 2013
    One thing to be careful about when talking about defending ourselves against evil is to remember that however cunning or formidable evil seems to be, the fact remains that God is the only power. Our strong city, our temple, our consciousness derives its stability from the one and only God (B1). The Psalmist...
  • Recognize Your Need for Redemption and Feel God’s Tender Mercies
    Monday, April 29th, 2013
    How do you feel about your prospects for entering the kingdom of heaven? In last week’s Lesson we learned that we can’t be sinners here, and expect to get a free pass to eternal bliss. But many Christian Scientists will point out that Mrs. Eddy says we’re not sinners because we’re spiritual. Nobody likes...
  • Choose to rise up from unreality, serve God alone, and be free!
    Monday, April 1st, 2013
    In the Responsive Reading (R.R.), the psalmist rejoices that the law of God is a fixed fact, a proven reliable source of inspiration, protection, and guidance. The closer he adheres to the law, the greater his spiritual knowledge becomes. All CedarS campers know how important it is to have a light with them in a...
  • Continue in Christ Jesus' Word and Be Free!
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    If I ever find myself being undisciplined, and blurting out something like, “It looks like we’re stuck,” my wife immediately retorts, “We’re never stuck!” The Golden Text promises that freedom from all bondage—from bad relationships, jobs, neighborhoods, financial binds, moral dilemmas, sin...
  • Live the "Real Thing" & Never Fail!
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    “Love never fails” says the Golden Text. Why does love never fail? As nineteenth century theologian Albert Barnes explains it, it’s because it is always available to us, we can exercise it in any situation, it can be adapted to every circumstance, it will be useful in every environment, and wherever we may...
  • Exercise Your Understanding of God & Demonstrate His Power
    Monday, December 31st, 2012
    Do you think God hears your prayers? The Golden Text says He does. This statement, while comforting, can also be a bit misleading. The traditional way of thinking is that man has a need, he prays to God for a solution or help, God then hears the request and answers it...or not. This is really not how it works...
  • Find Results by Beginning from the Right Premise.
    Monday, November 26th, 2012
    Whereas some of our Lesson-Sermons ask questions, even though they may be rhetorical, this Lesson begins from a statement. It doesnt ask, Who?, or What, or How did the universe come to be? It simply begins with the premise that Godand only Godis both cause and creator of all that exists. This Creator, this Cause, is...
  • Choose Wisely to Dwell in the Kingdom!
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    Where art thou? For most of us, this question, found in the Golden Text, conjures a sense of self-examination. Many theologians find in this question evidence of Gods great love for His creation. John Wesley calls it Gods gracious pursuitthe call to begin the process of bringing man back into obedience. It leads to...
  • Face down every "Enemy" with the Power of Good!
    Monday, October 1st, 2012
    Would you say you have enemies? Most of us would assume that this question is asking whether there are any people who are actively working against you. But what other enemies are there? Three may be coming to your thought right now...Thats right: sin, disease, and death. While the world is, for the most part...
  • Find True Liberty and Spiritual Freedom-- "Peace and Joy and Power"
    Monday, July 30th, 2012
    This weeks Lesson is centered on a theme that has been woven into Lessons throughout the summerliberty. This Lesson explores true liberty and its effects on our experience. Golden Text To Paul, the letter of the law constricted spiritual activity, and discouraged new ideas. The good news of Christianity allows...
  • Find Peace in Understanding God
    Monday, June 25th, 2012
    Peace. What a wonderful feeling. Peace is often viewed as quietness, stillness, tranquility, freedom from conflict, agitation, fear, or anxiety. Whatever definition one gives peace, it is definitely a state of being that is highly desired. How is peace achieved? Some find peace in solitude, or attempt to simulate it...
  • Find True Sanctuary in Church
    Monday, May 28th, 2012
    This week we're considering "cause" from the standpoint of church. In the large sense, God is the sole Cause of all that really exists, but we should also remember that God is the sole Cause of our "cause"-our church. By definition God is the cause that impelled church into existence and operation and continues it...
  • Wake Up and Let the Serpent Bite the Dust!
    Monday, April 30th, 2012
    This Lesson is so loaded with meaning, that it is impractical to think we can stuff it all into a few short pages. Even the amended research Ive found on the citations in the Bible is double of what I usually start with. In describing one of the citations from the Lesson, one of the commentators I find helpful, Adam...
  • Don't be Fooled by the Darkness
    Monday, March 26th, 2012
    Coincidentally, this Lesson will be read in churches on what is known to the Western World as April Fools day. While its origins are uncertain, according to it is a day which includes sending someone on a fools errand, looking for things that don't exist... and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things. The...
  • Cherish the Perfect Model of the Real Man [--the new You!]
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    How do you view yourself? Do you ever find yourself complaining about your situation? Do you ever feel that your assets are inadequate? Youre not good enough? Pretty or handsome enough? Strong enough? Healthy enough? Are you tempted to be a glass half-empty kind of a person? If we look at it honestly there are...
  • Find the Power through the Spirit! [that IS in you!]
    Monday, January 30th, 2012
    Is it in you? This popular sports drink slogan caps off ads in which sports figures literally glow with the product as they perform strenuous feats of athleticism, inferring that the drink supplies the energy and endurance for peak performance. To say nothing of the hours of actual practice that produce super-star...
  • Find Blessedness through the Understanding of Gods Nature
    Monday, December 26th, 2011
    Whats in a name? In the Bible, the word name means ones nature. In many cultures a persons name is descriptive of some special characteristic a person displays. In some cultures, a persons name will change as he or she gets new visions of their life purpose. In the Bible, name changes often accompany a deeper...
  • Praise God: Get Clear on True Cause!
    Monday, November 28th, 2011
    Upon the backdrop of human endeavor in scientific and philosophical research and application, we consider the view that God is the only Cause and Creator. Traditional theology supposes that God created everything materially. Christian Science does not. Christian Science declares that if God is Spirit, creation must...
  • Re-open Paradise to find yourself unfallen, upright, pure, and free!
    Monday, October 31st, 2011
    When I consider the title of this weeks Lesson, Adam and Fallen Man, I occasionally get a mental image of a once-perfect spiritual idea plunging in a free-fall from his heavenly estate and crashing into the sinful earth like a banished angel. Indeed, much of old theology promotes this sort of viewa once perfect man...
  • Recognize Yourself as the Beloved of Love!
    Monday, August 29th, 2011
    The Lesson on Man this week explores and explains our relationship with God. Consider how a parent loves a child. Among other things, the parent yearns for that child to be safe, happy, healthy, prosperous, and successful. If that child stumbles or gets hurt, the parent intuitively, rushes to provide aid and comfort...
  • Stay Connected with the Power of Spirit!
    Monday, August 1st, 2011
    Where do you go for answers [to problems that seem to be with you]? I saw an interesting headline in the newspaper citing that even after Oprah, millions are still turning to self-help gurus to solve lifes problems. There are pundits everywhere on every subject. Book stores, radio and television shows, seminars...
  • Find your Freedom in 7 Power-packed Synonyms!
    Sunday, June 26th, 2011
    O, magnify the Lord with me... It is believed that David wrote these words after realizing the folly of trusting in his own plan rather than in Gods. At the time, he was on the run, yet he calls for all his compatriots to meet together in one affection to exalt the name of God. Albert Barnes writes, The word "magnify...
  • Live and Pray in the Kingdom of Heaven
    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
    Our world view colors everything we think and do. What people do depends on what they believe. Someone who understands God to be the only Cause and Creator simply approaches the world in a different way than one who does not. Sometimes, even though we generally accept God as Creator, we forget and need reminders...
  • Live Fearlessly and See through Unreality
    Sunday, March 27th, 2011
    What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid of it? Is your fear legitimate? At CedarS Camps when preparing for the high ropes course, we explain to the campers the difference between a perceived danger and an actual danger. On the ropes course, precautions are taken to ensure that Christian Science everyone is...
  • Discover Yourself through the Seven Synonyms for God
    Monday, February 28th, 2011
    When considered from a human standpoint, man certainly seems insignificant compared to the vastness of creation. In the Responsive Reading, the psalmist had no idea that earth was just a tiny planet in the corner of a galaxy that was only one of an untold number in the universe. But, he still wondered how marvelous it...
  • Find Inspiration in the One Spirit
    Sunday, January 30th, 2011
    Have you ever had a brilliant idea that seemed to come out of nowhere? Or have you ever been so connected to what you were doing in a job, sport, performance, or prayer that you felt you lost track of yourself, and you were almost an observer rather than a participant? Thats what its like to be inspired.
  • Experience the Supremacy of Gods Goodness
    Monday, December 27th, 2010
    In the Golden Text of this weeks Lesson Sermon, those that stand in the house of the Lord were just that. These were singers who sang praises to God in the temple throughout the night, while everyone else slept. If youve ever been up alone in the night praying, you know the special feeling this bringsit is a solemn...
  • Break Free from the Confines of Material Supposition!
    Monday, November 29th, 2010
    Material science may believe that matter has always existed and that it formed into planets and evolved life on its own. In the Golden Text we find the statement that denies the belief that matter has always existed. Here, everything finds its existence and cause in God. Rather than material elements pre-existing...
  • Live Dust-Free!
    Monday, November 1st, 2010
    At CedarS Camps we do our best to keep our living spaces and our swimming pool clean, so we leave our shoes outside the door, and rinse off before entering the pool. In the Golden Text, were told to shake off the dust. Often in the Bible, sitting in the dust is a sign of mourning or repentance, as when Job sat in...
  • Experience the Blessings of God!
    Monday, August 30th, 2010
    Human experience often appears as anything but blessed. But men of faith continually remind us of that original blessed state. The passages from Psalm 115 are an example of this. They refer to abundant evidence of Gods blessing in the past, and show expectation of more blessings in the future. Nineteenth Century...
  • Count on the Shepherds Love to Always Meet Your Needs!
    Monday, July 26th, 2010
    The Golden Text, I am the Lord that healeth thee is the final phrase of Gods promise to the Israelites. It stated the provision that if they would obey His Commandments, they would suffer none of the diseases brought upon the Egyptians. While Gods promise is perpetual, it is significant that the promise of healing...
  • Find Your Liberty through a Deeper Understanding of God
    Monday, June 28th, 2010
    Liberty is a basic desire for all people. Untold numbers have laid their lives on the line for it. If not the exact words, the spirit of the appeal, Let my people go has echoed throughout the centuries. This week the United States celebrates 234 years of freedom. In other parts of the world the battle for freedom and...
  • Answer the Big Questions by Understanding God as Cause
    Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    An old Moody Blues song begins, Why do we never get an answer when were knocking at the door? From the precocious toddler and challenging teenager to scientific researchers in every discipline, everyone wants to figure out how and why things are, and what might happen in the future. Traditional theology has often...
  • Lost? Repent to Find Rescue in Everlasting Salvation!
    Monday, April 26th, 2010
    We are all in need of salvation - of being saved from fear, doubt, sensuality, greed, sin, disease, and death. In short, we need to be rescued from the belief that we are lost and on our own - separated from God. ... The gospel includes a baptism that initiates a permanent change in the way we do things. Allowing this...
  • Bask in the Glory of Easter!
    Monday, March 29th, 2010
    When the older campers at CedarS go into the caves, they spend some time with the lights out in total darkness. Once in a while, they might try to explore a particularly safe area of the cave in the dark, moving along slowly on hands and knees trying to be aware of their surroundings and each other without the benefit...
  • Discover Your Perfect Selfhood!
    Monday, March 1st, 2010
    The Golden Text actually begins with where we intend to end upman in Gods image and likeness. This is man in his true, perfect, spiritual state. In Christian Science we are taught that Truth destroys erroneous lies and that the Truth makes us free. Were also aware that if we have error in the premise of our...
  • Prepare the Soil for a Fruitful Yield!
    Monday, February 1st, 2010
    The Twentieth Century New Testament renders the Golden Text, "for the outcome of life in the Light may be seen in every form of goodness, righteousness, and sincerity." It's really nice to think of the "fruit of the Spirit" as "the outcome of life in the Light." Just as the light coaxes the seed to sprout, so the...
  • Hear the Voice of God!
    Monday, December 28th, 2009
    So as we explore this wonderful topic of God in this Lesson-Sermon, think about how God speaks to you. What does it take to get your attention? Are you willing to follow the leading of that voice?
  • Take a Break from Your Busy Schedule to Consider the Works of God!
    Monday, November 30th, 2009
    Most of us are pretty busy these days. Workloads seem heavier than ever, and those looking for work are preoccupied with finding it. Children are running from one activity to the next, and even retirees are finding ways to fill every spare moment. What does it take to get us to stop and smell the roses? Even more...
  • Follow Instruction for Induction into the Kingdom of Heaven [and into accommodating The Christ...
    Monday, October 26th, 2009
    For many the subject of Everlasting Punishment seems no more than an outmoded remnant of traditional theology, yet there are still those who adhere to the view that unrepentant mortals face a real prospect of eternal punishment for their sins. The last several Lesson-Sermons on this subject have presented a more...
  • See Right through the Illusive Propaganda of Unreality
    Monday, September 28th, 2009
    In the last section of this weeks Lesson Mary Baker Eddy instructs us to look where we would walk (S-27). Where are you looking? Where do you look for your help, satisfaction, entertainment, peace, and health? The world holds very strong images before our eyes all the time. Irrespective of culture, were bombarded with...
  • Affirm and Rejoice that We Are All Cherished C.O.G.s (Children Of God)!
    Monday, August 31st, 2009
    What does it mean to be a child of God? [C.O.G.] Have you ever thought about it? The phrases, "You are God's child" or "We are the children of God" roll so effortlessly off of the tongue that we can easily find ourselves taking this great blessing for granted. As translated in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the...
  • Learn to Cherish Everyone Equally as a Standout, like Universal Love Does.
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
    This weeks Lesson is Love. What does Love mean to you? How would you define it? The Golden Text simply reads, God is Love. It doesn't get more straightforward than that. Love must have been pretty important to John. I counted thirty-three references to love in First John and nineteen entries in chapter four alone!...
  • Tackle the Big Question: What Is God?
    Monday, June 29th, 2009
    What is God? Mankind has been asking this same deep question for centuries. Mary Baker Eddy is said to have started her classes with it. How one responds to this age-old query depends somewhat upon ones personal experience. It would be safe to say that those who feel they have experienced some measure of direct...
  • Know God Is Your Father-Mother, the Only Cause, and Have Nothing to Fear!
    Monday, June 1st, 2009
    People are worried about a lot of things these daysnot the least of which are the state of the world, their health, the economy, and the stability of their churches. Do you ever worry about anything? Where does all this worry come from? Many thinkers today believe we live in a culture of fear. It seems everywhere...
  • Find Your True Nature through Redemption
    Sunday, April 26th, 2009
    Looking at the state of the world today, most would agree that mankind is in serious need of redemption. In a religious sense, redemption means being rescued and delivered from the bondage of sin and its penalties. It also means to atone, or to compensate for, and to restore the honor or the worth of something. In the...
  • Exercise Spiritual Reasoning and Divine Logic to See Through the Unreal
    Monday, March 30th, 2009
    In We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, George Wendell Adams recalls Mrs. Eddy telling this story: "She said there was once a man who had a fox. He made a hole in the door of his house and stuck the tail of the fox through it from the inside. Very shortly a crowd had gathered outside and he went out to ask why they were there...
  • Find Christ as Your Teacher, Master and Wayshower
    Monday, February 23rd, 2009
    Have you ever been asked if you've been saved? if you've accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? How would you answer? While a large percentage would answer, Yes without hesitation, do we fully understand what it means to accept Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life? When looking for a church, a lot of...
  • Experience divine Love through Forgiveness!
    Sunday, January 25th, 2009
    How would you define love? Do you think of it more as a noun or as a verb? Do you think of it as one-sided or reciprocal? The Student's Reference Dictionary defines the verb form as "to regard with affection on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations, or desire of gratification...." The noun is...
  • Fulfill Your Duty to God by Living in Obedience to His Law!
    Sunday, December 28th, 2008
    Have you ever made a deal or an agreement with someone? In order for the deal to work, both sides need to fulfill their end of the bargain. In the Golden Text, the children of Israel are reminded of their agreement or covenant with God. God will continue to fulfill His end of the bargainprotect and care for themas...
  • Give God the Honor for His Glorious Works!
    Monday, December 1st, 2008
    Throughout time men have wondered, "How did I come to be?" and "What is my purpose?" This week's Lesson clearly points out all that exists is the product of God and that everything made is for His glory. This Lesson invites us to consider the magnificence, splendor, grandeur, excellence, and majesty of His mighty...
  • Claim Your Everlasting Redemption!
    Sunday, October 26th, 2008
    While our Leader fully recognized the need to steer clear of sin and the harsh consequences of not doing so, she also made the strong point that God's methods and the methods of mortals greatly differ. She wanted to make sure we had the right idea of God's corrective methods, so we would love God rather than be afraid...
  • Wake Up from the Dream of Unreality!
    Sunday, September 28th, 2008
    Have you ever had a dream? Of course you have. Some of them might be filled with beauty, and others might be nightmares fraught with danger or fear. But whatever the case, the dreams are never real and even though they may linger a bit in memory, they vanish when you wake up. The events, good or bad, were never real...
  • Assert Your God-given Authority and Be a Witness for God
    Sunday, August 31st, 2008
    This weeks Lesson considers the importance of understanding mans place and purpose in creation. From the standpoint of the material senses, man is fairly insignificant and at the mercy of forces beyond his control. The Golden Text tells us that mans primary purpose is to be a witness for God. To witness is to testify...
  • Love God and Man -- It's All in the Family.
    Sunday, July 27th, 2008
    God promises to save His people. They shall be completely satisfied, lacking for nothing. The people will rejoice with thanksgiving and merriment. Abingdon paraphrases the passage: "He shall restore to himself a people which has lost courage to seek him." There is no disparity or hopelessness here. Everyone is blessed...
  • Remember and Fulfill your Duty to God!
    Monday, June 30th, 2008
    Have you ever forgotten anything? We all know what thats like. Sometimes it doesnt matter much, but at other times it does. The media seems to do everything it can to remind us of the worldview that man is fragile and limited. Were constantly re-told tragedies in print, on film, and on stage. On top of that were...
  • Find Freedom by Overcoming the Adversary!
    Sunday, May 25th, 2008
    This weeks Lesson is all about overcoming the adversary. There are a variety of words used to denote the adversary: Satan, Devil, opponent, and enemy to name a few. Basically, an adversary could be anything that opposes or works against you with an evil intent. This Lesson exposes the adversary in all its various...
  • Forsake Evil! Our Destiny Is Not Punishment, but Heaven!
    Monday, April 28th, 2008
    Have you ever been caught doing something wrong and then found yourself getting mad at the person for catching you, and then blaming them for your punishment? That's the kind of reasoning we find going on in human consciousness all the time. In an effort to deflect responsibility for his condition, mankind has...
  • Think on These Things to Not be Fooled and to See through Unreality.
    Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
    Ask yourself, What kind of things am I thinking about? Do you ever find yourself obsessing over problems? Individually, collectively, environmentally, politically, there always seems to be some facet of evil trying to impress us. If we find ourselves admitting and focusing on the problems, were liable to believe...
  • Get Going by Growing in Grace! It's like a passport connecting us to the Christ power of "the...
    Sunday, February 24th, 2008
    To be sure, we could not achieve much in the growth of Christian character without grace. Its like a passport to power that authorizes and supports all efforts in spiritual growth and demonstration. I have yet to find a more enlightened definition of grace than is found in Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the...
  • "Delight" in Divine Love: Our "Best," Our "Ever Friend"
    Monday, January 28th, 2008
    Have you ever felt lost, forsaken, or just plain at the end of your rope? Have you wondered why all your troubles seem to hit all at once? If so, youre not alone. Mankind has been asking questions like these for centuries. A variety of philosophies and theologies have attempted to address the issue. Some feel we...
  • It's All About God; And It's All Good!
    Sunday, December 30th, 2007
    How do you define what is good? Where does it come from? Is our experience merely the result of chance? Or is it the effect of some higher, overarching cause? [Are we being ushered into an Unhappy New Year by putting something in place of God that isnt up to the job? Because if we do, were setting ourselves up...
  • Are You Looking for Good in All the Wrong Places? Or Looking to God?
    Monday, November 26th, 2007
    Are you looking for good? If so, youre not alone. Throughout history mankind has sought out beneficial things for himself and others. Instinctively, man has looked outside of himself for the source of good. Ancient man looked to their many gods. They couldnt quite conceive of a God that could cover every area of...
  • Come Home to Gods Everlasting Mercy! Lesson application ideas for: Everlasting Punishment
    Sunday, October 28th, 2007
    Historically, the threat of spending eternity in the fires of hell, enduring everlasting punishment, has promoted the mistaken belief that God was like some omnipotent scorekeeper taking notes on whos been naughty or nice and then punishing or rewarding accordingly. [As in the Super Scorekeeper Christmas Carole...
  • Be a Truth-teller! [Confidently defeat all kinds of lies!]
    Sunday, September 30th, 2007
    Truth spoken stands firm forever, but lies live only for a moment (New English Bible). How does a lie receive even temporary credibility? In Unity of Good Mrs. Eddy writes, A lie has only one chance of successful deception,to be accounted true (p. 17). A lie is credited only as long as it is believed. A lie that...
  • Become a Better Disciple by Being a "Torchbearer" for Christ! Lesson Application Ideas for "Christ...
    Monday, August 27th, 2007
    This weeks Lesson is as much about discipleship and becoming a better healer as it is about Christ Jesus. The Christ idea Jesus exemplified is the light of the world that is always present in human consciousness. In prehistoric times trustworthy individuals were chosen to keep the fire going. Since they didnt yet...
  • Make Your Home in Love - the ultimate and only Conflict Resolver! - Application ideas for the...
    Sunday, July 29th, 2007
    Jesus taught that all the laws and rules could be simply distilled into love for God and love for man. This love would be sufficient to fulfill all laws. This love includes a yearning to possess more of the Spirit of God, and a strong desire to be at his service. (Abingdon) The rest of the Lesson explores these...
  • Rejoice in the Law of Liberty! Lesson Application Ideas for "Christian Science"
    Sunday, June 24th, 2007
    Sometimes laws are viewed as restrictive. Rules and regulations dont always coincide with human nature. But in the Responsive Reading, the Psalmist gladly receives the law of God. He loves, and obeys it. Gods law isnt intended to stop us from doing what we would naturally do, but is there to mark out the path of...
  • Dont Be Intimidated: Be Watchful and Defeat the Bully of Evil Lesson application ideas for:...
    Sunday, May 27th, 2007
    One of the first things coaches teach young baseball players is to get into their ready positions. They cant be caught napping when a line drive is coming their way. In the Golden Text Christ Jesus teaches his followers to be ready too. The Amplified Bible puts it like this: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious...
  • Time to "Remodel!" -- Shift your Paradigm From the Human to the Divine!
    Saturday, April 28th, 2007
    In the 1970s a popular television characters signature line was, God ll get ya for that. For centuries the majority of monotheistic religions have attempted to deter immoral, selfish behavior with the threat of eternal punishment. The Eastern philosophy of karma (ethical consequences to ones actions that determine...
  • Feeling Stressed? Its Time for a Reality Check!
    Saturday, March 24th, 2007
    Do you ever find yourself getting anxious over a situation? Do you find yourself overreacting to whats going on and worrying about how it will turn out? Do you fret over the multitude of human theories that appear to hold sway in human thought and lead people away from Gods sovereignty? Well this Lessons for you. Its...
  • Your rightful place is with the Son who wants to find and save you! Lesson Met for "Christ Jesus"
    Sunday, February 25th, 2007
    Have you ever lost anything? Did you look hard for it? If you found it, how did you feel? How hard we look for something may depend on how valuable the item is to us. If something is lost it is separated from its owner. In the Golden Text, the Son of man is looking for that which belongs to him. This implies that our...
  • Cherish this pre-Valentine "Love letter" to you! Lesson Application ideas
    Sunday, January 28th, 2007
    Hopefully, this Lesson will bring us all closer to understanding the fullness of Gods Love for us. More than something that can be communicated through words, it is a feeling -- a consciousness of the presence of Love. This consciousness brings with it an assurance that in every hour we are surrounded and divinely...
  • Improve your communications with God with prompt, skillful and understanding prayer!
    Sunday, December 31st, 2006
    Sing praises in a skillful psalm and with understanding. So reads Psalm 47:7 in The Amplified Bible. The word skillful means, Knowing; well versed inhence, dextrous; able in management; able to perform nicely (Students Reference Dictionary). Dextrous means to be ready, prompt, expert, and artful. Some other words for...
  • Be Blessed with Peace, well-being, happiness, friendliness, health, prosperity, and rest!
    Sunday, November 26th, 2006
    This Lesson is just as much about effect as cause. The effect of acknowledging God as the only Cause is great peace. "Lord, Thou wilt ordain peace for us." To ordain means to set or establish. As Creator, God establishes peace. This peace is the Hebrew Shalom. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible gives peace a...
  • Fact or Fable?
    Sunday, October 29th, 2006
    This Lesson distinguishes between fact and fable within the Bible on the basis of the Science of Being. Hopefully, by the time this week is over, you will have a clearer sense of fact, fable, and the difference between them.
  • Who Do You Trust? Application Ideas for "Unreality,"
    Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
    The word counsel is used in various forms over ten times in this lesson. Some applications are good, as in counsel from God, and some bad, as in counsel of the heathen. At CedarS, counselors play an important role in providing a beneficial experience to the campers. Campers should be able to trust counselors to give...
  • You Are One of the Royal Family! Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on Man...
    Saturday, August 26th, 2006
    Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up one day to a messenger knocking at the door who is there to inform you that you are, in fact, the son or daughter of royalty? From that moment on, you would be able to enjoy the full rights and privileges of being heir to the throne and all the benefits that go with it...
  • Be Wedded to Love! - Application Ideas for the Lesson on Love
    Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
    We repeat the phrase, "God is Love" quite a lot. We read it on church and Sunday School walls. Do you think we ever take it for granted? This week, let's try to really understand what it means.
  • Magnify the Name of the Lord!
    Sunday, June 25th, 2006
    As we think about blessing and magnifying the name of the Lord this week, lets remember to keep in mind His character, His nature, and what we can do to actively respond to it.
  • An Offer We Can't Refuse - Lesson application ideas for Everlasting Punishment
    Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
    Our task is to prove our oneness with God through holy thought and action. As you study this Lesson, be aware that there is a distinction between the spiritual man who needs no correction and the human belief of a mortal man needing constant correction. Ask yourself as you read, "Which man am I agreeing with? Am I...
  • Mission Possible-Reality Is a Wonder-ful Thing! Lesson application ideas for: Reality
    Sunday, March 19th, 2006
    Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed impossible? Have you ever felt you were up against a wall with no escape or help in sight? Well this Lesson is for you! It includes several instances of seemingly impossible situations being overruled and healed by the power of God. The human mind sees limits and...
  • Love-It's the Real Thing
    Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
    Love should be the "calling card" of the Christian. It permeated every act of the Master, Christ Jesus and our Leader calls it "the heart and Soul of Christian Science."
  • It's a Wonderful Thing! - Lesson application ideas for: Christian Science
    Sunday, December 18th, 2005
    The world needs to be saved. How can they believe unless they are informed as to what they should believe in? The messenger's coming is beautiful. The message of the presence and power of Christ needs to get out-it cannot go unspoken. As you might guess, the message of salvation to this age is Christian Science.
  • Take the Serpent by the Tail! - Lesson application ideas for "Ancient and Modern Necromancy,alias...
    Sunday, November 20th, 2005
    The word of truth will destroy the oppression put on mankind today by what Mrs. Eddy called animal magnetism. This Lesson will uncover the methods used by animal magnetism to deceive us and give us weapons to defeat the enemy.
  • Everlasting Opportunity for Victory -- Lesson Application Ideas for "Everlasting Punishment"
    Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
    If we indulge in sin, it will be real to us, and so will the suffering. "Sin should become unreal to everyone" (S&H 27). As we put on the new man, we will cease sinning and our seemingly everlasting punishment will turn into everlasting victory.
  • We "Won't Get Fooled Again" - Lesson application ideas for: Matter
    Saturday, September 10th, 2005
    It looks to human sense as though everything is matter and that matter is substantial and real. The material senses fool us into believing the material view of creation. This Lesson gives us a different picture. The Golden Text begins with God's call to all His creation to come to Him. We are reminded that God is the...
  • It's All About Love -- Lesson application ideas on "Love"
    Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
    Each section examines a citation found in the Responsive Reading. We don't have to look far to get the point of this Lesson-It's all about LOVE!
  • "Word of Revelation" -- Application ideas for the Bible Lesson on "Christian Science"
    Sunday, June 19th, 2005
    Sometimes, Christian Science is criticized (misunderstood) because it is perceived as Mrs. Eddy's invention. On the contrary, Mrs. Eddy felt her discovery was the result of God's revealing to her the spiritual meaning of the Scriptures and of the life of Christ Jesus. This Lesson explores the meaning of revelation...
  • "Felt Ye the Power of the Word?" Lesson application ideas for: Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias...
    Saturday, May 21st, 2005
    This Lesson is about distinguishing between legitimate messages from God (the words that give us power) and false reports made up by man (the words that make us weak).
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Lesson application ideas for: Reality
    Sunday, March 20th, 2005
    The golden text is the culmination of Paul's working through the conundrum of human experience. He is expressing thanks that Jesus has, through his demonstration, freed us from the "body of death." In other words, Jesus has provided the means of deliverance from the paradoxical and often tumultuous experience called...
  • Life Is Love in Action - Bible-lesson application ideas on "Love"
    Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
    The dictum, "God is Love" sets the tone for our Lesson. Interpreter's notes that "Christian belief and Christian life are inseparably linked. As a man believes, so he lives. As a man lives, so is his real belief. The initiative is always from God. He loved first." These words will be exemplified by the actions of the...
  • Thy Light Is Come!
    Saturday, December 18th, 2004
    This is a time for joy and singing! God's power is to be seen by all nations. In the context of this particular Lesson, the light of the Christ as expressed by Jesus, is paralleled to that of Christian Science in modern times.
  • Hold On to Your Innocence! Lesson application ideas for "Everlasting Punishment"
    Friday, October 22nd, 2004
    "This week's Lesson centers on the trials of the innocent. . . . . The ultimate fact to keep in mind is that man is never separated from God in the first place. He has always been "perfect and eternal" and this fact can never change."
  • In the end Christ will be victorious!
    Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
    The whole idea is that nothing can defeat the Christ. In the end Christ will be victorious.

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