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Let God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you sparkle brightly with insights from Cobbey Crisler & others as found in The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Life”
for January 10 – 16, 2022

 (Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler janetcrisler7@gmail.com)
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus, warren@cedarscamps.org

 

(A Poetic Prelude by Ken Cooper and a Met with audio by Kathy Fitzer will be posted and emailed by 9pm CT.) 

DAILY COMMIT TO GLADLY OBEY EACH COMMANDMENT TO FEEL HARMONY & WHOLENESS WITHIN & TO EXPRESS “the WHOLE of MAN in His IMAGE & LIKENESS.” [SH 340:9; from Deut. 5:6+: Deut. 30:10-20/GT, RR; Deut. 6:5/cit. B4; Matt. 19:16, 17/cit. B12; Deut. 9:7; Ex. 20:1+; Mark 12:29+]

Jesus says the greatest of the two great Commandments is to “love God with all your heart… soul & … mind” (Deut. 6:5/citation B4 & Matt. 22:37). It’s lived by whole-heartedly putting into practice the 1st 4 Commandments, summed-up below:
#1. Celebrate examples of God’s unfailing, freeing love if ever tempted to be worried!**

Click on each # below for elements of a Barry Huff podcast series on The 10 Commandments at ChristianScience.com. It starts with  https://www.christianscience.com/youth/resources-lists/sunday-school-teachers-teaching-resources/the-first-commandment-animated-tr
#2. Quit thinking most about material things and bodies that will never be “up to the job” of being God.
#3. Don’t say O.M.G. (“Oh, My God!”) unless you are praying God’s name and expecting a quick answer!
#4. Remember—give loving attention to—God’s Genesis 1 Sabbath & work out from perfection, not up to it!

Jesus says the second great Commandments is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39). It’s lived by whole-heartedly putting into practice the rest of the Commandments, summed up below:
#5. Respect and obey all RIGHT authority figures and boundaries in your life.

#6. Refuse (re-fuse) to get angry, make fun of or put anyone down! (unchecked feelings of superiority leads to killing Matt.5:21+)

#7. Seek deep satisfaction in all God’s given and keep your promises (unchecked lust leads to adultery Matt.5:27+)

#8. Stop trying to GET happiness & instead try to GIVE it! (fulfill your “reason for existing… to impart…” My. 165)

#9. Stop saying what’s not REALLY true of others or of you (bear true witness— “tell …the whole truth… so help me God!”)

#10. Feel & say of the good of others “Thank You God! That’s Mine Too! (TYG! TMT! Is more powerful than TNT!)

**I’ve found it helpful to know that Jews combine our 1st and 2nd Commandments as their 2nd Commandment. They regard the preceding verse not only as the 1st Commandment, but also as a divine reminder of how God saved them – delivering them out of slavery in Egypt: “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage” (Exodus 20:2 & Deuteronomy 5:6).

We can daily live out the healing power of the 10 Commandments as we live-up to the truism that “to whom much is given, much is expected.”  With all my heart I praise and thank God daily as I mentally review the many prayer-based healings God has given me. With ALL glory to God, these demonstrations of divine power (as I’ve shared in talks and Mets) have come to me in the form of:

  • my yielding to divine Mind’s harmony 12 yrs. ago for a rapid dissolving of a cancerous growth;
  • an instantaneous healing of a broken arm (later x-ray verified before playing D1 football);
  • a $100k humanly unsolicited gift from a first-time donor who called a few minutes after I knew of the need & was truly grateful in advance that it was already met;
  • God filling our Mediterranean Sea in CedarS Bible Lands Park for Cable Skiing and other watersports with 60 million gallons of “holy water” in just 6 days before CedarS 50th Opening Day as had been promised to our Memorial Weekend guests;
  • a downpour, on-cue and “out of the blue,” to divine drench a wildfire (That makes it possible for all wildfires since “Impossibilities never occur.” SH 245:27)
  • AND MANY MORE!…

“What cannot God do?” [These testimonies & others should eventually be fully shared as testimonies in the Christian Science periodicals.]


TO NOT SEE a TOMB as YOUR ENDING, NEVER SEE a WOMB as YOUR BEGINNING!
Cobbey Crisler on John 8:51, 58/citation B11 & cit. S24/324:32 with an example in Acts 9:36-42)

[Cobbey:] “In John 8:51 (cit. B11) Jesus said, If a man keeps my saying, he will never see death.’
An unusual statement because certainly his disciples went on and saw the death process happening all around them. So once again, what does Jesus mean? What is the intent? What is the meaning? Dodd says it’s such a strong statement that it really excludes the possibility of ceasing to live. That there is an eternality to it. How would you feel that was intended? “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”

Take the raising of Tabitha or Dorcas (in Acts 9:36-42). Peter went in there. Everyone else around there saw death. Was it helping the situation? Did it solve the problem called death? Peter must have gone in there with a radically different point of view. And did it have a radically different result?

The statement in John 8:58 really started a popular commotion. Jesus says, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Does that fit into his statement about, “no man ascendeth up to heaven save he that has come down from heaven, even the son of man that is in heaven?” Is there a beginning for man, divinely speaking? Does it hold within it the key of eliminating the last enemy called death?”
“Book of John: A Walk with the Beloved Disciple” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


FULFILL YOUR GOD-GIVEN HERITAGE AS DOMINION MAN, NOT DUST MAN!

Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 8:4, 6/cit. B15 & cit. S17/200:9: “What is man that… put all things under his feet.”

[Cobbey:] “Psalm 8, Verse 4. What is the presumption behind biblical therapy? What is its premise? We know it would be based on the question in verse 4 in part, “What is man?” That has been the most elusive answer to any question for the human race, except, perhaps, what is God? Who am I? The great unanswered question. Or does the Bible provide answers that fill that gap in thought, that vacuity? The answer given here biblically is “Thou madest him to have dominion.”
You need to have a premise on which to base the whole idea or concept of biblical healing or therapy. It’s based on the fact that man has dominion. Of course, that immediately recalls to us God’s pronouncement of that effect in Genesis 1 [Verse 26]. If dominion is part of the nature of man, what does that say about man’s ability to get rid of disease? We can’t have dominion and be dominated simultaneously. The logic of that premise requires us to search out more deeply what the Bible is telling us about man’s nature as it relates to God because it’s on that basis that we are having these prescriptions filled…
If it’s God’s theology, according to the Bible, it works. God’s theology in the Bible can never be confined to theory. When God spake, what happened? It was done. That’s how quickly His medicine works…
“In biblical terms, [Psalms 8:6], “Thou makest him to have dominion.” What is there about this fact that we can apply? Are the Psalms, in part, the threshold of our discovery of this throughout the entire Bible?”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler
**


MIND-HEAL LIKE JESUS DID BY KNOWING THE NOTHINGNESS OF MATERIAL LIFE & THE ALLNESS OF GOD!  Use both “cardinal points… of Christian Science” (cit. S19/52: 21; 5th Tenet, 497:22)

[Warren:] “Jesus is prophesied in Isaiah 53:3/citation B16 as “despised and rejected … a man of sorrows”.) Mary Baker Eddy picks up Isaiah’s prophesy and expands upon it when she writes: “The ‘man of sorrows’ best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love.” (SH 52:19-21/cit. S19)

Remember that like the “Scientific Statement of Being” (SH 468), every good Christian Science treatment includes BOTH of “the two cardinal points of . . . Christian Science . . . the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good.” (S&H 52:19)

Here’s a YouTube version of “All ‘er Nothing” from the Musical “Oklahoma” https://youtu.be/jVz5K63iYDs

For this citation and Bible Lesson consider my modified lyrics to the chorus of “All ‘Er Nothing” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma.”

“To heal it’s ALL and Nothin’

Is it All and Nothin’ with you!

It can’t be in-between

It can’t be now and then,

No half and half love for God will do!”


WHENEVER A PERSON (OR GOVERNMENT) SEEMS TO BE POSSESSED BY A DEVILISH DIVISION, FIRST BIND THE RESISTANCE, THEN HEAL THE INHARMONY.
Cobbey Crisler on Matt 12:22-28/cit. B18

[Cobbey:] “Matt. 12:22/cit. B18). “Now we have someone brought possessed with a devil and healed.”

(Verse 25). Jesus talks about “a kingdom divided against itself ”   which we have already discussed.

(Verse 26). “How could he use Satan to cast out Satan?”

(Verse 29). He makes a very interesting parallel in referring to a strong man’s house. “To enter into a house, and spoil the goods, you have to really render the strong man powerless.”

To do this means giving priority to the strong man before you begin to mess around in his house. Then the strong man would resist the healing. Was it mentality arrayed against the possibility, both in the environment and in that man? Did Jesus bind that mental resistance first, and then heal the case?”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


LIKE JESUS, VIEW MATTER IN A RADICAL DIFFERENT WAY
AND SEVER ALL FLESHLY-ORIGIN CONNECTIONS.
Cobbey Crisler on
John 6: 62 – 7:6 (verses on both sides of citation B19/John 6:63)

[Cobbey:] John 6:62, “What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before?” Nativity in the Spirit. There can’t be the magnetic pull back to earth if that connection has been severed or proved never to have been a real connection.

“In John 6:63, Jesus impinges upon what has been considered laws of physics because he views matter in a radical way. He makes the statement, “It is the spirit that quickeneth.” That is where you find life. So, if you want to talk about nativity anywhere, you better deal with origin and Spirit. “The flesh profiteth nothing.”

“You see how close one needs to be to Jesus in thought to understand what has been referred to as the Communion Supper. If he is accurate in saying, “the flesh profiteth nothing, “neither would symbolically eating it profit anything. So, it must not be the flesh he is talking about, but that great transformation that he is proving in his life to be possible to the Son of Man. John 1:14 refers to it as “the Word that was made flesh.” The Word connects us to Spirit, not flesh. Here is part of that Word underscoring the message that, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.”

“What happened in John 6:66? “Many walked right out,” as soon as he had this radical statement to say about matter.

John 6:67. Jesus had to turn to the twelve, and said, “Will you go away?”

“John 6:68. Peter had one of those classic remarks that he makes. It’s really a lovely one. He looks around to the alternatives and says, “Lord, where will we go? You have the words of eternal life. He got the message. The words of eternal life, not the flesh of eternal life. “You have the words of eternal life.

“Jesus’ brethren in John 7:3 try to persuade him to come out into the open, and hire a public relations firm. If you are what you think you are, then back it up in the world’s way.

John 7:5,“Neither did his brethren believe in him.”

John 7:6. He announces, “My time is not yet come.”  There’s an indication in Jesus own thought that he knew there would be a prophetic hour which must be fulfilled. The ingredients were not there yet. So, he indicates, “My prophetic hour is not yet come. Your time is always ready. “They did not have a solid understanding of prophecy.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


CLAIM DIVINE LOVE NOT GENETICS AS YOUR GOOD SHEPHERD THAT PROVIDES YOU WITH ALL GOOD!
Insights by Ruth Huff & others into Psalm 23 (SH 578:6/cit. S24).  APPLY EACH LINE TO YOURSELF!

 “Psalm 23 and ME

Claim these divinely REAL definitions of YOUR heritage in the TWENTY-THIRD PSALM!
They negate the supposed “23 and me” genetic domination of 23 pairs of ancestral
X-Y chromosomes and can prove that they Do Not Apply (D.N.A.) to the real you!

[Bracketed substitutions from Mary Baker Eddy to show “the light which

Christian Science throws on the Scriptures” with an “incorporeal

or spiritual sense” of Love. (Science & Health 578:1)]  

 

[Divine Love] is my shepherd;” That’s MY RELATIONSHIP

“I shall not want.” That’s MY SUPPLY!

“[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:” That’s MY REST!

“[Love] leadeth me beside still waters.” That’s MY REFRESHMENT!

“[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]:” That’s God’s way of HEALING & MINE!

“[Love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness” That’s God’s GUIDANCE & MINE!

“For His name’s sake.” That’s MY PURPOSE!

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” That’s MY TESTING!

“I will fear no evil:” That’s MY PROTECTION!

“For [Love] is with me;”   That’s God’s FAITHFULNESS and MINE!

“[Love’s] rod and [Love’s] staff they comfort me.”   That’s God’s DISCIPLINE and MINE!

“[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:” That’s MY HOPE!

“[Love] anointeth my head with oil;” That’s God’s CONSECRATION of ME & MY holy mission!

“My cup runneth over.” That’s God’s ABUNDANCE and MINE!

“Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:” That’s God’s BLESSING & Mine!

“And I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love]” That’s MY SECURITY!

“forever.”  That’s God’s ETERNAL HERITAGE and MINE!

 

(partly penned by CedarS Founder, Ruth Huff, partly by her son, Warren Huff)

 

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