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

Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced”
for November 27, 2022

 (Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus,

(Application ideas inspired by Psalm 18:3, Responsive Reading)

[Warren: Here’s an architecture-related gem (that I learned when studying to be an architect) about the importance of making sure your building (and thought and life) rests on a rock-solid foundation of “REFUSAL.”] 
I learned that the soil-boring term of REFUSAL is used to designate the point at which a soil-testing auger drills down to where it REFUSES to penetrate the soil and therefore reaches the type of rock on which a building can be safely built.  I loved making a connection with what that means to us – that we are stable, with guaranteed success/healing, safety and longevity, only as we place and base our thoughts, lives, and prayers on the rock of refusing to believe anything other than the bedrock spiritual Truth of man’s being created in God’s “image and likeness” as recorded in Genesis 1. The denial or refusal portion of such a proper prayer is modeled in the “Scientific Statement of Being” (on page 468 0f Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures). In this 60-word statement, which Albert Einstein called “the most profound statement ever uttered by mankind,” each sentence alternates between one of AFFIRMATION OF TRUTH and one of DENIAL (or REFUSAL) of the FABLE of man’s matter/dust origin as the myth is told in Genesis 2 and 3.

“The Rock Song” — CedarS campers, staff and families love it when all or part of what we call “The Rock Song” is in the Bible Lesson because it reminds us of a favorite CedarS camp song by that name. A key part of this song is found in this week’s Responsive Reading (Psalms 18, verse 3 and also in II Samuel 22:47) There’s also a video with the traditional CedarS motions along with the audio as found in Psalm 18:3 and 46. There’s a link below to Stephen Hanlin, a CedarS counselor and a CedarS 365 Hymn Sing leader, doing the motions while singing The Rock Song” (in a round for 44 seconds). Here’s the link:

“The Rock Song” was also selected by former CedarS counselor, Erin Williams, for “CedarS Round-the-Clock” Trilogy of CDs that she put together as a campership benefit project for CedarS 50th anniversary summer of 2011. Erin sang and played the prelude and opening hymn for CedarS June 7, 2020 Zoom Hymn Sing.  You can hear Erin leading this call-and-response song by clicking on:
(Scroll down a transitional webpage and click “BROWSE YOUTUBE”.)

[W:] DENY the **TRICK OF ACCEPTING  “CORRUPT” MINDSETS FROM UNINSPIRED BIBLE PASSAGES THAT CONFLICT WITH “THE INSPIRED WORD OF THE BIBLE.” (S&H 497:3) that “brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.” (citation S2, 293:28)

Recognize that: “Carnal beliefs defraud us.” (SH 263:11)

AFFIRM the “inspired Word of the Bible” in a Christian Science **Treatment that sees man as God’s “image and likeness” (Gen. 1:27) and therefore as “very good” (Gen. 1:31) and acknowledge that “God is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity.” (Habakkuk 1:13/citation B3)

The Bible, being written across a millennium, by individuals of various levels of understanding and insight, not only speaks to all levels of the human condition, but also contains countless contradictions. We see this from its opening two chapters, which have conflicting accounts of creation. Mary Baker Eddy, as a ground-breaking Bible interpreter and theologian, drew a sharp distinction between these opposite accounts and logically and consistently applying the Bible’s own guide to “make the tree good and his fruit good” (Matt. 12:33) and to burn the corrupt tree (the Genesis 2:8-9 tree of good commingled with evil) and its corrupt fruit (of sin, disease and death).

Those who put stock in the Genesis 2 account of creation are stuck with a God who knows evil (and therefore is not all good) and cannot prevent it (and therefore is not all powerful). On the other hand, Christian Scientists who put their stock in the Genesis 1 record, go for an all good and all-powerful God who renders evil powerless and unreal, existing only in human imagination. “Evil is unreal because it is a lie, false in every statement.” (S&H 527:19) This makes evil a mis-statement of being, not a state of being. In other words, “… the immortal and perfect model of God’s creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.” (S&H 260:8)

Prove possible for YOU Daniel’s divine Mind-fulness described in
cits. B8/Dan. 2 & S10/84:11

[Warren Huff’s long-range, big-picture introduction:]
“Timeless ideas and examples in this week’s Bible Lesson as delivered by our always-caring, ever-available Pastor (the Bible & Christian Science textbook) remind me of when I really made these big lessons my own.  I feel impelled now at this wee hour to share how my admitting and proving these Bible examples to be possible for me (and so for you) has made a profound and permanent impact on my life.  Proofs of God’s ever-present availability to help us has given me (and many others) a natural mindset and joyous inclination to “Meet every adverse circumstance as its master.” (SH 419:16) My mom, Ruth E. Huff, CedarS Camps’ Founder, role-modeled this joyous, confident attitude of gratitude in advance by responding to every challenging situation or piece of seemingly bad news by sincerely smile and confidently saying: “It will be FUN to see how God works this one out!” The precious, life-altering (and life-altaring) application of the spiritual basis of this positive attitude I was able to make my own by my front-row “proofs at Princeton” that I share below.  They have forever enriched my ever experience by enabling me to glimpse and prove God’s amazing power to help us “At all times and under all circumstances, (to) overcome evil with good.” (Golden Text, Romans 12:21 (first words as well as last) from citation S30, 571)

Another uplifting Lesson-closing sentence (this one from the last citation in next week’s Bible Lesson) summarizes God’s life-gift to us all of exalted thought that enables us to be at peace (CedarS 2023 Metaphysical Theme). This “priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving kindness” envelopes us whenever we gain a spiritual sense, or a God’s-eye view of everything. This one-liner reads: “The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.” (SH 506:12, citation S29 for 12-4-22)

[Warren: How my extremity was God’s opportunity, showing me that “Whatever stretches you, blesses you!’]
Here are the humanly challenging circumstances that stretched me, and thanks to my Pastor sharing inspiration (“exalted thought”), I was able to seize it as my own so as not only to survive, but also to thrive!  This one of my many landmark healings in Christian Science occurred when I was a freshman at Princeton University. Somehow all fifteen hours of my five three-hour finals were scheduled for the first two days of exam week.  On top of that, due to daily Spring football practice and working multiple jobs, I had fallen behind on heavy reading assignments in a couple of the courses. So, on the Saturday morning before these finals, I felt pressured and inadequate. I asked myself, “How am I ever going to be ready to read, study and prepare for these exams with no real study time between them?”

“Just as I started to ponder my seemingly impossible situation, a dull pain in my right side that I’d been aware of overnight suddenly became very sharp and would not go away. A roommate, whose dad was a doctor, suggested that it looked like my appendix had burst and that I was having an appendicitis attack. I chose to handle this suggestion with prayer, just as I’d had done successfully to meet many other challenges — from making hard decisions to experiencing very quick healings of broken bones, severe wounds, sprained ankles, torn cartilage, and more. When this very aggressive problem refused to yield quickly to my own prayers, I struggled to get to the privacy of a pay phone booth on campus to call a Christian Science Practitioner for help (this was long before cell phones).

I was seeking the uniquely powerful and prayerful support known as a Christian Science treatment, given with professional warmth and principled love.  On this occasion, though, none of the practitioners I knew from Christian Science summer camp or from church answered their phones, and no human help seemed to be readily available.  So, I hobbled—still doubled over in pain— to a nearby Christian Science Reading Room on Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey.  The Reading Room’s “quiet precincts” were a perfect place to reach out directly to God for angel messages and my healing.

“For several hours that Saturday, I was the only visitor to the private study area in the back of the Reading Room. That sacred privacy enabled me to feel free enough to stretch out on the floor whenever sitting wasn’t comfortable.  Whenever I physically struggled, I spiritually snuggled up to apply passages that I felt the Comforter was indelibly teaching me from that week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. I kept coming back to an uplifting assurance in a sentence in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which reads, “… Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.”  (SH 57) I saw clearly that as long as my heart was sighing (moaning, groaning, complaining…) over the world—over exam-based concerns, time-based pressures and body-based pains— it could not begin “to unfold its wings for heaven” and healing. 

“Through prayer, I began to “unfold the wings of my heart for heaven” by turning away from my worldly worries and toward the infinite possibilities of being at one with all-knowing, divine Mind.  Another insight I found in the Bible Lesson was the account of Daniel’s divine intuition that enabled him to first discern the dream which the Pharaoh had forgotten and then rightly interpret it (Daniel 2:1-23). I reasoned that his example showed me that I too could have any direct insight needed from divine Mind.  I felt that God was telling me that Daniel’s talent was my talent too, and that God would give me the healing insights I needed for both physical healing and to know what I needed to study and what to write on my upcoming exams. I loved that Daniel’s explanation of how he knew the dream and its meaning, telling the king, “there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets.” (Daniel 2:28).  Daniel’s words helped me feel more confidence and peaceful about my upcoming exams.

“I also distinctly remember finding relief in affirming for myself, “When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.” (SH 180:25)

“That private Reading Room study area also gave me a perfect place sing some favorite hymns. I knew by heart scores of hymns and all of Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns from years of singing them in Sunday School and in camp hymn sings.  This may seem like an unconventional way to study for exams, but, in hindsight, I was being forced to prioritize feeling my one-ness with God by cherishing each word of every hymn that came to me.  This turned out to be the best possible exam preparation that I’ve ever done.

“I’ll always remember concluding my hymn singing by cherishing each word of “Christ My Refuge,” a poem and hymn by Mary Baker Eddy. My tears of pain changed to tears of joy!  The pain lifted as I let my heart sing the following words, O’er waiting harps strings of the mind, there sweeps a strain, Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind the power of painAnd wake a white-winged angel throng of thoughts illumed By faith, and breathed in raptured song, With love perfumed. Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show Life’s burden’s light. I kiss the cross, and wake to know A world more bright… I see Christ walk and come to me and tenderly divinely talk. Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock whereto God leadeth me. (Christian Science Hymnal #254)

“With renewed freedom, I was inspired not just to walk, but to run back to my Dodd Hall dorm room, to eat normally and to prepare with peaceful inspiration Saturday night and Sunday for my first four final exams (9-hours worth) on Monday and and 3 more hours on Tuesday morning. I felt divinely directed toward just what I needed to review and felt great and full of gratitude to God about my first four exams.

“However, when I opened the fifth exam on Tuesday afternoon, my heart fell as I read all the exam questions which asked me to compare and contrast several books that I had intended to read over the weekend but did not because of the healing time I needed to spend in the Reading Room.  I was seriously tempted to just go up to the exam proctor and turn in the exam with a note that I’d had a health challenge, was unable to adequately prepare for the exam, and to ask to take the course on a Pass-Fail basis so that my good work going into the final could at least get me a “Pass” on my transcript for this Sociology course.

“Then, I remembered the citations from the Christian Science Bible Lesson that I’d mined in the Reading Room as cherished gems to apply to myself.  I recalled the account of Daniel humbly knowing it was not in him, but in God to give the right answer of what the dream was and of what it meant.

“As I stood up from my desk with the intention to humanly give up, rather than try to write about books that I hadn’t even read, an angel message stopped me, saying “I am the same Mind that made this test and that wrote every book and I am with you to take this test and tell you everything you need to know.”  I heard these words as a direct message from God.  I gained confidence from this angel message and from remembering other ideas from the Bible lesson I’d cherished and made my own during my healing time of study in the Reading Room.

“They included these passages from Science and Health:

“It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future. Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind… to be divinely inspired, yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.” (cit. S10/84:11-18)

“A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.(SH 128:14)

“Spirit imparts the understanding uplifts consciousness and leads… This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments, it is the reality of all things brought to light.” (SH, 505:16, 26-28)

“I sat back down at my desk with a joyous and confident motive to glorify God by being a clear transparency to let God’s goodness shine through me.  I strove to see myself as a “scribe under orders.”  I was determined not to try to make up myself what I humanly didn’t know, but rather to make “welcome” divine Mind’s ideas.  Ideas flowed and I wrote them down effortlessly. At the end of the three hours, I handed in the exam with a sense of inspired joy.  And the next day I found out that my grade in the course actually improved!  I was grateful and gave all glory to God alone.  I had demonstrated that what cannot God do for me when I, like Daniel, know that “there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets” and so that in that divine Mind I have that I need, and I know it!  This demonstration helped realized that every time we have no clue humanly how to answer any question or problem, we can turn to divine Mind for answers. All we ever need do is be “Looking unto (Christ) Jesus the author and finisher”! (Heb. 12:2)

“I have turned to this landmark healing for years as a reminder that we can always lean on God for refuge and strength, as a “very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Gratefully and humbly shared by Warren Huff, with all glory to God (to hopefully be submitted soon to the Christian Science Publishing Society)


[W. Luke 5:18-25 has the same healing described this week in Matthew 9:2-8 (citation B12), except Luke records how the paralyzed man’s friends got him through the crowd by tearing off the roof and lowering him to Jesus to experience this remarkable healing.]  
“Matthew 9, Verse 2: ‘We have a man in bed with the palsy.” Can you imagine Jesus going by a man who had been that long without moving and telling him to “be of good cheer”? But there’s nothing Jesus said that he didn’t discern was needed. What that man needed, more than physical movement, was to be of good cheer. Jesus said, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” Jesus knew at a glance the whole history of a case.”
(Verse 3). The scribes say, “This man blasphemes.” In order to get the healing, he has to eliminate the theological obstruction to healing first.
(Verse 5). He says, “What is easier? To say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?”
(Verse 6). “Because the Son of man does have power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy), Arise, take up thy bed, and he goes.”
“The Book of Matthew, A Tax Collector’s Account, Auditing the Master,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Bring EVERY thought—NOT every OTHER THOUGHT — “to the obedience of Christ.”
Cobbey Crisler on 2nd Cor. 10:5/cit. B16

  [Cobbey Crisler:] “Then, you’re a king.  In that sense Jesus was always a king.  There’s nothing wrong with that messianic attribution to him of “king.”  He ruled and nothing overruled him.  But, look at all these things that [would attempt to] take over our “within” where the kingdom of God is supposed to be.  And instead, we find anarchy most of the time.

“What is disease? If the kingdom-of-God-within is the healed, whole state, then anarchy-within must also tell us what disease is. It’s an outright rebellion.  It’s a “Declaration of Independence” by one organ over the rest of the bodily systems.  The Bible endorses only one system [Romans 8.28] “All things work together for good to them that love God.” There is the prerequisite. We always have to have a prescription filled.  We’ve got to love God.  Then, “all things work together for good.”  That’s the ideal situation for any system, bodily or solar, all things working together for good. That’s the definition of perfect health as well.”

“Don’t be hacked from within by the VIRUS of unwise atheism and its family members (according to Wikipedia) of “the supremacy of human reason… secular humanism… religious criticism…free-thought skepticism…” They all doubt Paul’s assertion that that “God is always at work for the best of everyone who loves him.  They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, CEB)

Coordinate ideas related by Cobbey Crisler insights on Ps. 14:1-3
“In Chapter 14, Verse 1, “The fool”— that’s the kind of point of view it is, completely unwise“The fool that said in his heart, [There is] no God,” has a foolish point of view that exposes you to the infection of that idea.  It communicates a contaminating influence if it cuts one off from the very source of life and health. Because treatment is available.

In Verse 2 “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.” Notice what arena we’re dealing with here. God was not checking our pulses [W: or our temperatures], but our thoughts.  How do we know what effect thoughts actually have ultimately on the pulse, for example? “To see if there were any that could understand and [seek] God” because that’s the bottom line.

Instead, in Verse 3 “They are all gone aside, and become filthy.” Something that is unsanitary doesn’t belong; it’s not part of the health code of the Bible any more than it’s in the health code of material medica.  Because what is unsanitary [W: is part of the unreality family and] is liable to cause or promote a disease.

It’s also interesting to note that the word “virus” which is being used so generally today as the cause of much of man’s physical complaints and effects [W:—as well as the cause of issues from implanted computer viruses or hacks].

The virus, according to Webster, is able to break down the defensive mechanism of the host. And, by the way, it comes from a Latin word that means poison or slimy liquid, virus. The word “filthy,” in part of its Hebrew meaning, is morally corrupt. So, we know we’re dealing really at both levels here, moral and physical. If out of that filthy condition, that polluted state of human consciousness, we’re coming to the conclusion “[there is] none that doeth good, no, not one,” has the defensive mechanism broken down? Have we become the host of ideas that are contaminating to our pure relationship to God? Or are we ingesting only those pure Words?  It’s a question of thought. It’s the faculty of knowing that which God is addressing here.

Consider what Jesus lists in Mark 7, Verse 20, where he lists the toxic causes of man’s problems. He says, “That which comes out of the man, that defies the man.” Now we’re going the opposite route from those pure Words from God.

[Mark 7, Verse 21] From within,” and, by the way, that is almost the literal translation of the Latin word intestin from which our word “intestine” comes. “Out of the heart of men, proceed,” and look at the list; it’s certainly not intestinal fortitude, “evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, porneia, root of our word pornography, murders.” [Verse 22]. “Thefts,” do we need to go into the headlines as current as this morning? “covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” [W: fool, as in Psalm 14.1] And Jesus says in Mark 7, Verse 23, “All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” That’s where disease is also felt; the “within.”

[W: Instead of affirming that in God (and in reality) we have everything that we need,] We [often tend to] yearn for so much within, don’t we? How imperfectly that’s often expressed. Our longing often, perhaps most of the time, is expressed in terms that we would conquer the world outwardly in some way. [W: have lots of social media “likes” or followers…]  Be appreciated. Be applauded. Be loved. Be served. Be patted on the head. Be comforted. Have obeisance shown to us. That we have the homage of the world outwardly.  We want to conquer the world in some way.  That’s trying to impose domination.  That kind of longing is imperfectly expressed.  A more perfect sense of longing, the desire that Jesus calls prayer, would be to conquer all the influences of that same world inwardly.
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

“USE” D.I.A.L. (“Christ, … the Divine Image And Likeness…” cit. S26/332:11-13) to set you free!

“The admission to one’s self that man is God’s own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 90:24–25)

[Warren:] Fun application ideas for a citation in this week’s Bible Lesson  first came to me many years ago. I had fun putting them in again to share on a CedarS metaphysical theme t-shirt. (with continued, daily thought-cleaning power as claimed in each shower & handwash, as pictured online in a Download below) The graphic riddle below from a ‘90s CedarS metaphysical-theme T-shirt

🍊 U 🙂       =      (Orange or) “AREN’T YOU GLAD

U     uuu       =   YOU USE

D. I. A. L. ? =      D.I.A.L.?
(The tag line for this commercial was: “DON’T YOU WISH EVERYONE DID?”

(A “blast from the past” spinoff of an often-repeated Dial soap commercial in the 1990s graphic riddle from a ‘90s CedarS metaphysical-theme T-shirt)

[In a 2007 Met, a regular Met contributor of past decades, Corde Hanzlik, C.S. (mother of Christie Hanzlik, C.S., regular Met contributor) commented in reference to CedarS D.I.A.L. t-shirt:] “We’re not advocating the use of Dial soap, but the use our spiritual status – walking in the Spirit – in all we do! (See Science and Health citation S17/332:9 in this week’s Bible lesson that was also in a March 2007 Bible Lesson, along with other D.I.A.L.-related citations from Gal. 5:25 and SH p. 94:1.)

Using D.I.A.L. as an acrostic for Divine Image And Likeness sheds new light on this old advertising message, that was adapted as a CedarS metaphysical theme message with a T-shirt version in the 1990s.  Since this week’s lesson defines us as “the image and likeness of God,” we have divine authority to feel the stress-free worth of being the very image and likeness – the reflection – of God!  We must be very worthy with God as our constant source who is always taking knowledge of us!  Do we always remember this point?  It is always the spiritual man – the “D.I.A.L.” — that we must know.  We have dominion, as cornerstones, and are happy!  We “shew forth all” and are God’s marvelous works – moment by moment – by reflection!  Thank you, God!”

Click here for an online version of this GEM and scroll down to DOWNLOADS to see a picture of DIAL soap we use to remind us to take our clean-up to the highest level by thinking like Christ, as a Divine Image And Likeness of God!


Application ideas offered by Warren Huff on citation S30/ Science & Health 571:16
Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.”, /

 “What occasions or opportunities are demanding your best these days?
1. Hard assignments, unbelievable work load and killer deadlines?
2. Important tests of our abilities or our faith and resilience?
3. A big game, presentation or performance?
4. Group Leadership role(s)?
5. An important date or social event?
6. A sticky situation where taking a moral or ethical stand and integrity are needed?
7. Challenging restrictions that keep testing your patience, equanimity and reliance on God?

 Whatever opportunities you face, you can meet them as their master by obeying this powerful two-word command.
Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.”
Science & Health, 571:15 (cit. S14)

“Know yourself as God knows you – as an ever-perfect expression of “infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss.” (see S&H 481:3) Totally accept and simply express each of these elements of your divine identity to eradicate their illegitimate opposites.  Without a body-based sense of self, you will be open for God to eliminate from your experience: all of matter’s debilitating drag of limited energy, funds, intelligence, speed, inspiration; all its sapping slavery of restrictions (injuries, illness, red tape, tie-ups); all its regular rub of inharmonious relationships and its constant cloud of frustration and unhappiness.  All gone! These are all just fables that were never part of you or of those you love.

In the next couple of days, “your assignment, should you choose to accept it,” will be to simply do your part—know yourself spiritually—and watch God do Her part, to supply you with all the wisdom and occasions where victories are wanted.  You may also enjoy highlighting in every lesson all of God’s jobs in one color and all of yours in another color.

A friend shed new light on this passage with this one-line insight:
“ABILITY (the wisdom) and OPPORTUNITY (the occasion) are coordinate ideas.”

By accepting this divine law and knowing yourself spiritually, you will never have ability without being given opportunity to express it. (no unneeded bench-sitting) And, you’ll also never be given opportunities (like the seven listed at the top) without having the God-given abilities to rise to the occasion!”

To see Warren Huff’s  originally posted of this Click on CedarS website on December 5, 2002

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