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Ken Cooper’s “POETIC POSTLUDE” shares poetry inspired by Bible citations that THROUGH FAITH WE PROVE THE UNREALITY OF SIN, DISEASE AND DEATH, in this week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

For Sunday, October 8, 2023

Continuing a theme from last week, if asked “Are two plus two five?”, how quick is the response, – “NO!”, – and how quick and certain should our response be with the question “Are sin, disease, and death real?” “NO!” DENIAL ALSO REQUIRES AFFIRMATION. Isn’t the instinct actually to answer immediately with the fact, the underlying knowledge: “Two plus two is four”, or in this case, “Purity, health, and Life are the real!” Which is real to us? Matter? or God? Which is real?

Would we dwell upon the lie 2+2=5? So, why dwell upon the lie, the false suggestion, of sin, disease and death? Jesus quickly dismissed all the temptations of evil: “Away and begone, Satan!! It is written in the scriptures “You must worship and love the Lord thy God and Him alone, absolutely“ (Matthew 4:17), and angel thoughts immediately came and gave him all he needed. From that point on, he preached the presence of the kingdom of heaven: “Change your thinking! Seek only God’s purpose, and you will find that His kingdom is already here and within you, (as it is within me).” (Matthew 4:17). That is the real!

Change your perception of sin, disease and death! (NO!) to the presence within you (consciousness) of the kingdom of heaven (YES!). This is to “Pray without ceasing.” (Responsive Reading/1st Thes. 5:17), and the effect is peace and our perfection revealed.

  • Click “FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE Ken’s poem read by Sue. [ Leave no part of me untouched, LET ME BE THE LOVE THAT’S YOU! ]
  • Click “ENOCH EVER WALKS WITH GOD” Ken’s verse analyzing what this means. [Enoch walked with LOVE: and he was not; for LOVE took him (embracing him forever).]
  • Click “NOAH’S ARK” Ken’s poem with music background [No matter what the evidence Of things that seem to be, Your trust in God is always met Because He loveth thee.]
  • Click “THE FALL OF JERICHO” Ken’s poem with music sound effects. [There is no problem that won’t go, We just remember Jericho!”]
  • Click “THE MAN SICK OF THE PALSY” to see and hear Ken’s poem. [We felt blessed to see fulfilment, man shown forth as whole and pure, Sin and sickness were both banished by the Love of God so sure.]
  • Click “TABITHA” Ken’s monologue, beautifully read by Sue. [Peter had never asked to see the body, had never accepted she could ever be separate from her life which is in God. He had simply said, “Take me to Tabitha”.]

All the above show the impact of consistent prayer. PRAYER IS LOVE IN ACTION. Therefore, we have the direct message: LOVE WITHOUT CEASING! “Just live love—be it—love, love, love. Do not know anything but Love. Be all love” (We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, Volume 1, p. 296).  

FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE IS BOTH LISTENING AND RESPONDING, and indicates our close relationship with Father-Mother God. Knowing that “Love is reflected in love” (SH 17:7)


1 Corinthians 13:13   So we have these three ever-enduring qualities, – faith, hope, and love, all within us [faith—conviction and belief; hope—joyful and confident expectation of salvation; love—100% commitment to God and from God]; but the greatest of these by far is love.


1 Thessalonians 5:16-17   Rejoice! In everything you do, whatever the circumstances, rejoice and give thanks to God. Just keep praying, – non-stop!

1 Thessalonians 5:23    May the God of peace and harmony make you holy through and through. May your entire being, spirit, soul, and body, be therefore completely flawless at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, both in your understanding and therefore in your practice.

Years ago when my wife and I were training a herd of alpacas, we were warned that “Practice makes permanent, not necessarily perfect!” The call to repentance is to stop making permanent any reference to the material body, but to transform thought to make permanent our focus on God, prayer, love.  

Imagine living in an area where there is no violence, no deceit, pain, or fear, just the ever-presence of peace, integrity, harmony, faith, hope, and love. That’s where we already are. So let’s not imagine it, but live it!


SALVATION. Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed.  (SH cit. S5/593:20)

ARE SIN, DISEASE AND DEATH REAL? No! Not where I am living, in the infinity of Life, Truth, and Love.

Bible verses are taken from my combined translations, a free copy of which is available on an excel spreadsheet for those who may be interested. The spreadsheet also includes a genealogy from Adam to Jesus, with related notes. Shared with love. Write to Ken on

Copies of these poems are available in pdf format in color and B&W as DOWNLOADS at the bottom of the online version of this Poetic Prelude to this week’s Bible Lesson. The full range of Ken’s videos on YouTube can be found on KenGCooperPoetry.  All Ken’s poetry and other writings can be found on Ken Cooper Poetry. (Links work on Metaphysical page).

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