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Find "the higher and more permanent peace" and joy of ALL being "on cue!" (SH 265)


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Prayer Watch GEM 1: Approach each waking hour and each Prayer Watch with an attitude of gratitude and the joy of being lifetime winners of an Easter victory!!
“Let us sing of Easter gladness, that rejoices every day… Freed of fear, of pain, of sorrow, Giving God the honor due…” (Hymn 171) echoes the grateful victory message of this week’s Golden Text: “thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, NIV)

Be spiritual light-hearted on Prayer Watches to “turn the tables” on the solo fables of “loneliness, doubt, darkness.” These are among the burdens that a Prayer Watch with “no opposing element” calls you and me to drop. "I drop my burden at His feet, and bear a song away." Christian Science Hymnal 124:3]

Principia's Founder Mary Kimball Morgan, CS, has great advice for us as Prayer Watchers: ”If you ever feel that your work is becoming burdensome, just stop and place the responsibility where it belongs – in your Father's hands. Get rid of the sense of burden before continuing your work, for heaviness of thought cannot glorify God." This is part of an awesome, one-page treatment on how to be "equal to every demand placed on you" and "be deeply in earnest and at the same time spiritually light-hearted." (Education at the Principia (EAP), page 222)

We are to be light-hearted early and often because from the beginning we know the “He is risen” end of the Easter story this week! Its blessings enable us to help ourselves and others “to kiss the cross and wake to know a world more bright” (Hymn 253:3, 550:3) This brighter world view can come right in the midst of an otherwise dark week for the world: with thought focused on mounting covid-19 cases, confinements and deaths; with economic collapse and its concerns; with Lent season sacrifices (ending on Wednesday); and with the crucifixion commemorated on Friday.


Prayer Watch GEM 2: Pass your wilderness, divine identity tests using memorized gems like Jesus did before & during his Passion week of being crucified & resurrected!
Cobbey Crisler on Jesus’ temptations, Matthew 4:1-11, 23 (Responsive Reading, RR):
“There is what we might call an identity-crisis test in Chapter 4 (of Matthew, RR). The Anglo-Saxon word “tempt” has almost picked up a theological meaning. It really means “test.” That’s what the word means. It’s a test. (Verse 1) So, “Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness” to be tested on the fact that God had recently been told him (in Matthew 3:17 and Mark 1:11, RR) that "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

[W: Daily demonstrate the precious value of a spiritual sense of “WILDERNESS” as defined by Mary Baker Eddy. This will heal the false, material view of the wilderness season facing many in days of “Loneliness, doubt, darkness.” (Note the punctuation is a period, called a “full stop” in Great Britain.) What follows and puts an end to the loneliness, doubt and darkness is: “Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule [W. or entrance, like CedarS “Met” openings for all activities] in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (Science & Health 597:16]

Verse 2. “After forty days and nights he’s hungry.”
This reminds me of Moses. He, too, had that testing period (Exodus 24:18) just prior to receiving the Ten Commandments. For forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. This Chapter in Matthew is just prior to the Sermon on the Mount or the Beatitudes. This preparation is the same. And there is a test.
Verse 3. “When the tester comes,” here it is, question Number 1: “If you are the Son of God.” Why would that even have emerged if we had not had Verse 17 in the preceding chapter? “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” The test question is, “If you are,” then what? “Command that these stones be made bread.”

How does Jesus respond to this test question? He quotes Scripture. Notice how Jesus responds to temptation. If this is the way Jesus elects to respond to it, what about you and me? How eloquent might you or I try to get when we respond to temptation? Make up original sermons, choose our words carefully, perhaps?

Jesus decided the best defense was Scripture. This verse is taken from Deuteronomy 8, Verse 3. Deuteronomy is a law book. In fact, the word in Greek deuteros nomos is the second law or the repetition of the law. How did he regard this test by Satan? What was going on in Jesus’ thinking here? Had he isolated it completely?

“First of all, what does Satan mean in Hebrew? Accuser. It is also the term for prosecuting attorney. If he has the prosecuting attorney accusing in thought, Jesus in his defense cites what? The law. He quotes the law book. He doesn’t need to do anything original. The law is the law and it never varies. Therefore, what is being suggested her by Satan, or the prosecuting attorney is illegal. It is illegitimate. He proves it by citing the law. That’s a marvelous technique for us in the middle of temptation.

“Our consciousness is like a law court. And the plusses and minuses that occur there have to be dealt with, as in a law court. Where are the accusations coming from? The prosecuting attorney or Satan. Where do we get the information? The law book or the defense attorney.

“You know that Jesus promised that something would come after he had left. It’s been translated “the comforter” in the gospel of John. The Greek word is parakletos, sometimes transliterated as paraclete. In Greek it can be the technical term for defense attorney.

“Verse 4. So, where did Jesus turn for his protection and defense, the defense of his manhood, the defense of his sonship with God, which is a spiritual fact revealed directly to him by God? How does he defend it? By citing the law book, utilizing the Comforter or defense attorney against the arguments of Satan. If Jesus had to do that, can we do anything less? “Man shall not live by bread alone,” Jesus said, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” That is a great statement for survival in an emergency….

Verse 5. But Satan isn’t through yet, is he? Next thing, take Jesus out of the wilderness, and move him into an entirely different environment. The sophistication of organized religion, ecclesiasticism. “Take him to the very pinnacle of the Temple.”

Verse 6. Show him everything that could belong to him ecclesiastically if he would only go via the world’s route by following devilish suggestions. “If thou be the son of God,” the same test question again. “Cast thyself down.” Notice the suggestion is that Jesus do it himself. Apparently Satan knew that it would not succeed trying to cast Jesus down. If Satan couldn’t do it, the only way that it could be done would be for Jesus to do it to himself.”

In verse 6 we find that Satan is quoting Scripture, “It is written, He will give his angels charge concerning thee.” In fact, that is a very key attempt by Satan. Why? Satan discovered what Jesus’ defense was, namely Scripture. O.K., if that’s the way you want it, the devil can use Scripture for its purposes. But the devil doesn’t know much beyond the 91st Psalm and everybody knows that. So, Satan quotes, “It is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear you up.” You see, there is nothing to worry about, Jesus, even Scripture now backs you, so leap down.

Verse 7. Jesus doesn’t react. It’s reaction in Judo that is taken advantage of by your opponent. Jesus doesn’t react. Simply quotes once again the law book. This come from Deuteronomy 6, verse 16. “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” You cannot test God and His revealed Word. The high quality of Jesus’ discernment and his thought is not sufficient to dismiss Satan after one temptation, or even a second one. How valuable is the quality of persistence! Supposed Jesus had given up after the second time, “I already covered this ground.” Or listened to Satan, but he doesn’t.

Verse 8. The third charge or accusation occurs, “the devil takes him into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world.”

“All these things being offered to Jesus are to a degree a kind of power. He was offered personal power by changing stones to bread. Then he was offered priestly power if he’d go for the argument to be the head of ecclesiasticism. And he was offered political power by being shown all the kingdoms of the world.

“All those temptations that hit human nature… We are in the wilderness at some point along with Jesus having the exact same tests applied to us. How are our responses to those exam questions? Do we pass with flying colors?…

Verse 10. We find that Jesus answers and that the only thing he says that’s original, “Get thee behind me Satan.” He dismisses the prosecution in thought, “for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shall thou serve.” That’s kind of a combination of Deuteronomy 6, verse 13 and Deuteronomy 10, verse 20.

Verse 11. Look at what happens. “The devil leaveth him.” No longer is there dualism in thought. “Angels came and ministered unto him.” True communication completely governed his thought, no longer a divided kingdom. The false communication is dismissed.”

Verse 23. And “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Here are human problems that had defied solution, and Jesus solved them all based on his concept of theology, namely the kingdom. Remember a kingdom is not chaos. It’s an ordered government of heaven and harmony at hand.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax Collector’s Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


Prayer Watch GEM 3: Turn the tables on all fables! Be unwavering and never fooled by a fable that falsely claims that any “perfect gift from above” (B2) can ever be diminished or made to disappear! Discover in your wilderness experience a vestibule entryway where all that disappears is material sense (like bulky outer garments) of loneliness, doubt, darkness while spiritual sense unfolds the sacred refuge and solitude of wilderness, the constancy of perfect health, the confidence of spiritual light-heartedness and sufficiency…all of which can never be diminished or made to disappear!

[Cobbey Crisler on James 1:17 (B2) and beyond thematically:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning—as in an eclipse”[W:] or as in illusionist David Copperfield’s trick to click here to see the whole audience slowly revolved to make the Statue of Liberty seem to disappear. ]
[Cobbey again] “As promised in scriptures:
“God is not a man, that he should lie…hath he not said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23: 19}

And, “For I am the Lord; I change not.” (Malachi 3:6)

James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word—logos—of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures”—a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself.”
[per Warren’s notes on Cobbey Crisler’s talk on “The Book of Job”]

… "We already know that James read Job because we read the verse (James 5:11) that mentions Job in it…
James 1:6 tells us how we should pray—[W’s 10/7/19 notes: like Job did who never wavered in proclaiming his spiritual innocence. Job so refined his powerful prayers of protest to God that he received his healing and “the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10)].

[Cobbey:] “You'll find when prayer is not prayer… "Let him ask in faith nothing wavering." Wavering suggests this to-and-fro state of mind…
James 1:8 "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."…

James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above" all stems from the commitment to oneness."
“The Book of Job: A Mental Court Case”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[W.] "Keep your eyes on the prize” of Liberty—
As James 3:17 declares wise prayer from above is committed to oneness and is guaranteed of success. Mary Baker Eddy says of the unsuccessful prayers for President McKinley when he assassinated: “Had prayer so fervently offered possessed no opposing element… the result would have been scientific and the patient would have recovered.” (Miscellany, 293:21)

[W.] For wise and successful, answered prayers keep your “eyes on the prize”—on the perfect law of liberty (like on the Statue of Liberty when David Copperfield seemed to make it vanish by turning the tables under his entire audience). When our perfect –free, large, full— liberty seems to have vanished by material illusions and false beliefs, we can instantly “turn back the tables on all fables” and look continually to the perfect, stable and unvarying LAW of liberty…
James 1:25 “whoso looketh unto the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

[W:] So, let’s all be doers—applying these precious promises and principles to enlarge our “treasures of Truth and Love” (SH 265) and to share the divine blessings of putting into practice the perfect law of liberty – our permanent gift of Love from above.


Prayer Watch GEM 4 — a “Good Friday” Message from a representative of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA to the Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace Convening Table of the National Council of Churches. You can see it in context at http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/never-separate-from-gods-presence-and-love/. (Our son wrote this a few weeks ago not knowing it would be shared today.)

"Never Separate from God’s Presence and Love”

By Dr. Barry R. Huff, Representative from The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA to the Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace Convening Table of
the National Council of Churches

A meditation on Romans 8:38–39 and Isaiah 43:1–5

As we practice social distancing, nothing distances us from God’s love. Paul proclaims: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38–39 NRSV). Like Paul, “I am convinced that” nothing—not even the coronavirus—can “separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Whether in China or the United States, Italy or Iran, a home or a hospital, everyone around the world dwells in God’s infinite embrace.

Those who feel like they’re in exile today can find comfort in this message written to exiles millennia ago: “thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isa 43:1–3 NRSV).

Out of the ashes of the Babylonian exile and in the face of COVID-19, the passage’s next verses reassure with promises both of God’s steadfast love—”you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you”—and of God’s salvific presence—”Do not fear, for I am with you” (Isa 43:4–5 NRSV).

As we pass through the waters of this global pandemic, our Savior is with us.”


Prayer Watch GEM 5: Kerry Jenkins, CS and Lindsey Biggs, CS are Christian Science practitioners who serve at CedarS. Both have shared some great Easter Sunday School teaching ideas that are helpful to all, but especially to those of us holding classes at home with our families or for remote students. Both have shared inspiring application messages: “Have a thought-resurrection to emerge from your tomb of barriers and resistance” and “Explore Jesus’ life and demonstrations this week for Easter.”


Prayer Watch GEM 6: We’d love to share some inspiring songs that spring from Bible verses in this Easter Bible Lesson. The over 1,000 inspired friends who have joined us for the last three CedarS Sunday Zoom Hymn Sings** will recognize CedarS counselor and Hymn Sing leader, Stephen Hamlin, teaching this call-and-response rendition of what we sing at CedarS as “The Rock Song” from Psalm 18:3, 46 (B4). Here’s the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1la1rvm7i1lvhp7/the%20rock%20song.mov?dl=0


Prayer Watch GEM 7: Three campers were so inspired to see “The Rock Song” as citation B4 in this week’s lesson that after watching an opera singer in Florence singing to his neighbors, they decided to go out on their porch in Chesterfield, Missouri and sing “The Rock Song” for their neighborhood (where a bag piper had played on Sunday). Thanks to the Hockley family for giving their permission to share their example of taking CedarS home with them and confidently sharing God’s saving power with their neighbors! We hope you will share a minute of joy, smiles, enthusiasm and love with them in the fourth video at https://www.cedarscamps.org/videos/


Prayer Watch GEM 8: The open secret to Jesus' victory over the cross and the grave (and to our victory over the pandemic and its effects) are inspiringly shared in “I and my Father are one” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMNlpZavkA

It was written and sung by Cherie Brennan, a CedarS mom and award-winning Country Music artist. It emphasizes the humble mindset of Christ Jesus and builds on our Easter Bible Lesson, esp. John 10:30 (B6) & Science & Health, p. 361:16. Enjoy!

Another Christian Scientist, Mindy Jostyn, once performed at CedarS the beautiful song that she also titled “I and my Father are one.” You can LISTEN TO A SAMPLE of it and BUY IT and the SHEET MUSIC for SOLOISTS at: https://watchfiremusic.com/shop/recordings/songs/i-and-my-father-are-one-2/


Prayer Watch GEMs 9: Ken (and Sue) Cooper on Mary's being first to witness Jesus' Resurrection:
[Ken Cooper wrote:] "While appreciating all you are having to do, I very much hope that you may be able to share the poem and video links… The monologue has been read by Sue, and if nothing else I hope you will be able to listen to it, and be taken by the joyous conclusion.

Easter is our celebration of joy, the vanquishment of evil, the victory of Christ Jesus for the world. This moving monologue, https://youtu.be/TPph0ke9ifg, takes us through the horrific experience of the crucifixion to the unconfined joy of the resurrection, and it is the joy that sings to our hearts in triumph. Mary Magdalene witnessed the crucifixion, the death of her Saviour. The mental challenge was enormous, but it was she who first saw the risen Master, and had the joy of running to tell the disciples. Our world is reeling too with unprecedented challenges, and the need to see through the severe mental images, for renewed compassion and love, has never been greater. But through the apparent pain we all have hope, and the message of Easter is that of renewed faith, Life Everlasting, and the infinite enfolding power of Love.

Prayer Watch GEMs 10: Ken Cooper on Jesus' forgiveness at Gethsemane and of Peter and Malchus's ultimately healing encounter. https://youtu.be/Eu9UKe2HosY Perhaps Peter’s guilt at falling asleep made him react impulsively, but the Christ presence was dominant, and in the poem narrative it led to unconditional healing and a joint feeling of brotherhood with the man Peter had attacked.

The related PDF files appear as Downloads in the upper right of CedarS Met webpages.

Reference is also made to daily inspiration to be found on https://www.facebook.com/ken.cooper.1481

With love and gratitude,
Ken (Cooper, Great Britain)


GEM 10—Pray the W.A.L.L. Treatment (in S24, 495:14) when tempted to believe your “back’s against the wall”—or the C.A.L.L. treatment to know “who you gonna call?”
On page 495, lines 14-24 Mary Baker Eddy gives you (and the whole world) four powerful (and memorizable) sentences to guide your thoughts to healing when you are tempted to believe in the reality of some illusion or ghost of fear or doubt that seems to be in your face.

W.A.L.L. Treatment (S17, 495:14) These four sentences begin with the letters W, A, L, L—hence the W.A.L.L. treatment. This was a memory devise that came to me and has made it easier for me to remember the whole paragraph and use it often as a cornerstone for healings.

  • When the illusion…
  • Allow nothing but his likeness to abide in your thought.
  • Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow…
  • Let Christian Science instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding…”

Or C.A.L.L. Treatment (S20, 495:14) A different acronym/memory device can be made by using the first letters of the directive verbs in each of these same four sentences. They are Cling, Allow, Let and Let again—hence the C.A.L.L. treatment. This alternate memory devise came to me when tempted to be afraid of some illusion or lingering “ghostly” belief from the past, present or future (like Scrooge was in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens). Mary Baker Eddy unknowingly answered in-advance and brilliantly the question “Who you Gonna Call?” (from the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters” soundtrack song by Ray Parker Jr.). She treated all such “ghosts” as illusions in her ultimate, metaphysical “Ghostbuster” treatment that has served as a cornerstone for thousands of healings. –“When the illusion… tempts you,

  • Cling Steadfastly to God and His idea.
  • Allow nothing but his likeness to abide in your thought.
  • Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your Clear Sense and calm trust…
  • Let Christian Science instead of Corporeal Sense, support your understanding of being and…”

(Reread carefully and consider memorizing the FULL, 10-line Christian Science treatment on page 495:14-24 (S24). Note the four pairs of consecutive words (which I capitalized, highlighted and bolded above) which begin with C and S!


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