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Will of God

  • 01/31/16 - How might we defile the temple of God?

    TEXT: I Corinthians 3: 10-17

    Preparation:

    "The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are"

    Apply 2 or more Synonyms of God to this passage - this should result in a treatment for yourself based upon the Synonyms you select.

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  • Corruption in government, society - what can we do about it?

    The violence in Chicago, the gridlock in DC, the poverty in the inner cities all stem from corruption - human will mocking divine Principle.

    Please bring thoughts with supporting references from the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. The references should not replace your thinking process, but reinforce it. 

     

    Hi-lites of session on Corruption - what can we do about it?  

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  • Democratic process or a few “smart” people

    I remember flying across the US on a perfectly clear day, looking down at the cities, the towns, the hamlets, the farms - the vast variety of life-styles, geography, etc. and marveling. Who dare think they would know what was best for all these people? Only incredible arrogance!

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  • Devil in the details?

    I looked this up, and on http://grammarist.com it explained how this term is used, common to many of us, but that the expression "God is in the details" is slightly more common. Interesting! I suppose, either way, it is saying the same thing. Leaving God out of the details is leaving them to devil, so-to-speak. We don't buy the devil story, but what do we have when there is no light?

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  • Flesh and the Spirit - not a benign relationship!

    TEXT: Galations 5:

    16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
    17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
    18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  

    ASSIGNMENT:

    Bring correlative passages from Science and Health - be ready with your own commentary.

    Hi-lites of session on Flesh and Spirit - not a benign relationship  

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  • God is not looking for yes-men

    The Bible story of Gideon illustrates beautifully that God is not looking for yes-men. Gideon was called to lead the Israelites against their oppressors, the Midianites, after seven years of tyranny. Gideon's response was, "Who? Me? You've got to be kidding! I'm not qualified." The angel messenger, who appeared as a stranger passing through, then gave Gideon a sign: when an elaborate dinner was place before the visitor on a rock, it exploded into fire and the angel disappeared. This convinced Gideon that the messenger was legit, and he followed instructions to break down some of the pagan altars among his own people.

    But when the enemy gathered in huge numbers in the valley before him, and Gideon was told that now was the time, he pushed back and asked for a sign, and then another! First he left a fleece out over night and asked that it be drenched with dew, but not the ground around it. When that sign was given, he then asked for the reverse, a dry fleece with wet ground. Okay. Now he was convinced that it was not his imagination or ego driving him.

    God then required that he reduce Gideon's army of many thousands to a band of 300 so that there would be no doubt as to who overcame the massive armies of the enemy. And finally, God wanted to be sure there was not a doubt left in Gideon's thought so He encouraged him to sneak down to the enemy camp at night and spy out the situation. He over-heard a man recounting a dream, interpreting it to be Gideon conquering them!! That gave Gideon full confidence in his mission, and he proceeded to lead his band to quick victory.

    We can draw from this story that the humility of Gideon, his total lack of self-confidence, his apparent purity of thought, enabled him to be used by the divine Intelligence. He could not and would not take responsibility until he was utterly convinced that God was working through him. A yes-man would surely have failed when the enormity of his task kicked in and the lack of depth in his conviction surfaced.

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  • How can God deny a good person?

    In our final recorded section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares that, to everyone who thinks they are doing good in the name of his Father, but who are not doing the will of his Father, he will give thumbs down! "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." YIKES!

    Matthew 7 - Building upon a rock  

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  • How might "I am God" creep in?

    TEXT:

    In the Christian Era you had matter to meet as your mind. In the Christian Science Era you had malicious mental malpractice to meet as malicious argument and everything coming to you as hypnotic suggestion. Today, as the "Last Days," you have the culmination of all evil, but not as matter or argument to be refuted, but as actually, the presumptuous claim, that you are God, very Mind Itself. This last infirmity of sin, this iniquitous blasphemy cannot be met with arguments, it can only be met with pure realization, being lost completely in the Allness of Mind. (p. 994, CCT, H. W. Eustace)

    DISCUSSION:

    How might the presumptious claim enter in in the practice of CS? Elsewhere? 

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  • I did not choose to be here. Now what?

    The petulant child may justify himself with “I did not choose to be here.” Truer words could not be spoken. None of us chose to be here! But here we are. Now what? 

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  • Legitimacy of motives

    Look for examples of legitimate and illegitimate motives in the Bible, and find some correlatives in S&H.

    The goal here is to become more aware of our own motives, more discerning between the good and bad ones.

    Playback of session on Legitimacy of motives  

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  • Man declaring I am God ultimates in self-destruction

    "Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the throne of God... though thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God..." (Ez. 28) - Ezekiel's message to the prince of Tyrus continues with a prophecy of the destruction of Tyrus, an enormously rich and successful city. 

    This means not much if we read this as ancient history! So how might it apply today?

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  • Mentally trying to make things happen is bad news

    Mentally working to make things happen is using human will-power, and whether you are using Bible statements, or statements from the Christian Science textbook, or sports psychology, or voodoo dolls it is the same stuff. If your motive is to do good, that is better than a motive to do evil, but when it leaves the divine will out of the picture, it is pagan, and ultimately dangerous!

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  • Supremacy of Spirit today

    TEXTS from S&H:

    "From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of
 accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter."

    "The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power."

    "It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls
 the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and
 find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator."

    "There will be greater mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures than there has
 ever been since the Christian era began."

    DISCUSSION:

    1. Bring an example from the Bible of "the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter." Identify any sacrifice of material things behind the example.

    2. Bring an example from your own experience.

    3. Bring an example of where you failed to acknowledge the supremacy of Spirit in your own experience.

    4. Why might there be such "mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures"?

     

    Listen to Supremacy of Spirit  

     

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  • The law to adversity

    If our starting point is a good God which never causes evil, what are we to do with adversity? Let's see now. We could bitch and moan, whimper, or perhaps condemn ourselves for letting bad things happen - OR, we could decide right then and there to get the full blessing from the experience. There is no doubt that the first responses listed here make us miserable and leave us only with a bag of troubles. The latter response aligns us with the Principle of the universe, and invariably leads us to a better place.

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