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[from AD]

The Truth and only the Truth is our refuge, our Rock. 
Truly each one of us, humans, is an idea of God, we are Her/His expression. And as the very expression of God each of us is, we can see, recognize and appreciate God's qualities in every one else, and in ourselves. Others can only see and know Truth too. We can only see and know Truth, and be Truthful--because we are children of Truth--Spirit. 

Who are we "hid with Christ in God" from? Those who don't see Christ for what it is, don't see us for what we are. We cannot "weigh the human in the scale of the divine". Now the Truth, and the Truth shall make us free. What can Truth could ever free us from? Only lies or mistakes. 

Let's know there is only one Mind, Truth, Love. And there is no little mind to think, believe, or suggest evil or mistake in the infinitude of Good--Spirit, God.
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[from fetterless]

...to-day is big with blessings... ~MBE 

Much of what has been written over time has been rewritten rather recently. The rewriting has been done to correct a claim of incorrect seeing by the eye of the beholder and consequently the story teller. Prized journalism has become everyman's blog. Sound bites have replaced investigative reports and letters and symbols stand for words and phrases. Even the question about God's future is debated. 

How can CSs imagine that news items re: the good news would have a different presentation? The word pragmatist is on the rise. Demand for immediate gratification has expressed as obesity in thought, deed and body shape. SO what are we to do? 

We continue to plant seeds of Science knowing God gives the increase. How do we do this? We stay with what is and not dive into the void of what isn't. We impersonally notice a false pov, report or picture like we hear a knock on the door. We answer the need for human footsteps with grace. 

Today's news items that ridicule CS are nothing new but for many they may seem to be so. Regardless of the date, the principle that light destroys the dark remains unchanged. Dark cannot quench the light. Fear that dark has such power is what must be met. How do we eliminate that fear? 

We begin by enjoying the light, trimming the wick and bringing its good news to the corners and letting the light handle the matter as we watch. We do this by proving or demonstrating or bearing witness to God, good, is Love for all to see. Then as struggling hearts seek salvation to satisfy their human need they will see our light and naturally gravitate toward it. We then share in their joy of overcoming. The lost is found.... 

We are tremendously blessed this day. We are called to full employment in a time when jobs are believed few. We have light enough to share. The ignorant cries that would attack Christian Science by name have robustly invited Christian Science to enter the worldwide stage and perform it's role. We have been cued. Let us check our dress, from breastplate to helmet to shield. Let us take the stage front and center and publicly HEAL!!! None can intelligently refute healing fact any more today that when Christ Jesus walked the planet. More words can never satisfy as proofs of their meaning can. 

Let us raise the light of Christian Science higher so all may see. We are a city on a hill. Our Pastor perfectly counsels each of us in the way we should go. Let us express gratitude for Mrs. Eddy's gift to us of Christian Science by freely living, proving and sharing. Yellow journalism must inevitably disintegrate in our wake. 

The stone is rolled away! Alleluia! AMEN!
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[from gstransom]

Well, it's often been said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. These articles will give us the opportunity to "set the record straight" and set forth what Christian Science is and how and why it works !!!!!! God is All - in - All !!!!!!
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[from mhflorida]

My mother was healed as a child from that same bone disease - this was before a medical cure was available for the disease. As she lay dying in a hospital bed, her Sunday School teacher arrived - and she felt she was lifted from the thought of dying back to life. She went from prognosis: leg amputation, to wheel-chair bound for life, to brace on leg for life - to walking fully into her senior years. She did walk with a limp - that was as far as her demonstration went. She taught middle school for many years and led a productive life. She never fully relied on CS for her healing in her life, but she loved it and never forgot that awesome healing. 

People who read and write these articles can never know the good that has been done in Science. 

The public does know the evils that exist in medical practice. . Lots of alternatives to the standard medical practice are emerging, and many of these involve a spiritual component. The intense emotions coming up are just part of the chemicalization of thought concerning healthcare 

Un 6:10-19 

The Science of physical harmony, as now presented to the people in divine light, is radical enough to promote as forcible collisions of thought as the age has strength to bear. Until the heavenly law of health, according to Christian Science, is firmly grounded, even the thinkers are not prepared to answer intelligently leading questions about God and sin, and the world is far from ready to assimilate such a grand and all-absorbing verity concerning the divine nature and character as is embraced in the theory of God's blindness to error and ignorance of sin.
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Instead of taking a defensive stance, we can remain"... in quietness and confidence...", while addressing with prayer and love that which denies God's Allness. 

"The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace." ..M.B.E.
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[from hopefaithandcathryn]

Christian Science is the divine Comforter. Jesus was persecuted, Mrs. Eddy was persecuted, and now we have the opportunity. We are persecuted but the Truth remains--Perfect God and Perfect Man. The Truth supports itself. Lies always fall. Love always triumphs!! That is enough!!
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[from fgrewal]

As I read and pondered my response to the news items, I was reminded of these words, "... for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 

But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence." John 14:30,31 

As Christian Scientist, we have been given every tool to resist any temptation to react or respond to material sense testimonies, (the prince of this world) and all the machinations of mortal thought. We can say with Jesus, let the prince of this world come, but it will find nothing in me that will respond to it. 

Earlier (in the same chapter) Jesus comforted his followers with these words, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you." 

We know this promise has been fulfilled with the advent of Christian Science. This is simply a call to be better at what we do, and love most. 
Come, let us ascend, "arise", and "let us go hence" with great love and joy, for we have much to do as we labour in His fields
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[from AD]

"Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach" 

Spirit is the only real attraction. So regardless of any appearance, we know the spiritual truth: nothing real is ever attracted but by Spirit. 

Believing evil or mistake is true is the only "life" (however temporal) it can have. But sticking to spiritual Truth frees us from any "effects" of a lie. 

"Love your enemies". Love, LOVE, LOVE. Truly Loving your enemy dissolves its enmity. That is the ultimate answer that material mind can't ever get. 

Let's just keep earnestly pondering these truths, which is a simple yet powerful form of praying and before we know it, we'll see the results.
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[from african]

This weeks bible lesson really helps me see the 'Reality'. 

"Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken". 

These journalists, and their fellow critics seem to all be screaming for attention! For Love and to be loved! 
What a wonderful opportunity for us all Christian Scientists, from all reaches of the globe, to prove the efficacy of Love. 
We must unite to embrace them, love them, cherish them, adore them. Let our prayers follow with 'the spiritual outpouring of bliss and glory" and fill all these hungry hearts to overflow. 

The journalists writings can become "The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis. " S&H 201:18 

"Behold I make all things new.....It is done."
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[from AD]

Thank you African, those citations are very relevant and powerful. 

I was also thinking about the Bible reference to being "the salt of the earth" and it made me think that salt is so powerful that only a little bit is necessary. This brought to thought the insistence on the articles about the declining numbers of CSists and I saw that if Christian Scientists are to be the salt of the earth, they need not be many at all! Only material thought believes numbers are important, because it doesn't understand that there is only One. There is not even they and us, just One. And "It is done".
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[from fgrewal]

"Ye are the salt of the earth". Yes AD! Spot on! I was thinking along the same lines, but you have articulated and shared it so beautifully. 
This weeks lesson has been so perfect in supporting the healing practice of Science. Every Christian Scientist holding steadfastly and consistently to the Truth is a vehicle of the Christ a testimony to God, omnipotent good. 
When Elisha was faced with a host of what appeared to his servant as the enemy, his master said to him, "Fear not: they that be with us are more than they that be with them." The story goes to say, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire and they surrounded Elisha, but he, in their midst, was safe and so were they (the so-called enemy). They were prevented from hurting the man of God, (the voice of Truth) thus averting any wrong doing on their part. 
To think of all mankind, created and held in the One Mind, as the "chariots of God", even "thousands of angels" unifies and lifts our love to cancel out the belief that man has a separate mind that can think out from matter instead of Spirit.
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