Thanks for a wonderful summer!

Be WOWED by the SPARKLE of a complete set of DUST-FREE GEMs for the week!
of insights by Cobbey Crisler and others** for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Matter”
for September 13-19, 2021

shared by Warren Huff
CedarS Executive Director Emeritus warren@cedarscamps.org


LIKE JESUS, VIEW MATTER IN A RADICAL WAY
AND SEVER ALL FLESHLY ORIGIN & CONNECTION.
Cobbey Crisler on John 6: 62 – 7:6 (verses on both sides of citation B2, 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**


“MEET EVERY ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCE AS ITS MASTER” (SH 419:16)—AS IF IT IS ONLY AN ILLUSION—FACE IT  like Moses learned to do from our great I-Am-God-NOW!
[Cobbey Crisler on Ex. 3 & 4
(in citations B3 & B4, plus cit. S8/321:6+ sent first as a Prayer Watch GEM on 3- 18-20]

[Cobbey:] “Notice when God appears to Moses at the burning bush and the bush was not consumed, notice that, otherwise the bush would be I-was.

“The bush was not consumed despite the passage of time, material elements, whatever.

That I Am is continuous and preserved.

“Jesus brings out the point that God could not have used the statement “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Mark 12:26, 27) using the present tense in Moses time, if what were not true? (Voice from a live talk: “Eternality”). Eternality of whom?  Not just God.  His point was not that.  His point was the Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not dead, or God could not have said, “I Am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  They are I AM as well.  If God is I Am, then his creation must always be I Am.  That’s Jesus’ own point.”

[W: We can think of the eternality of all whenever we hear frequent updates on the number of deaths caused by the current epidemic “plague.”  Over 1,000 years before Jesus Moses helped the children of Israel overcome a killer plague in Egypt during the first Passover.

[W: In the 91st Psalm, David echoes God’s Passover promise of dominion over every “noisome pestilence” and pandemic.  To all who “dwell in “the secret place of the most High” [in the Tabernacle “Holy of Holies” where the Ten Commandments are stored, cherished and lived] David reminds us of God’s ever available protection: “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.  Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] … Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.  For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].” Ps. 91:7-11 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)]

 [W: It’s encouraging that Moses got the immortality message enough to show up (with Elijah) at the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-3).  And Jesus proved death to be an illusion, not only for Jairus and his daughter’s mourners (Mark 5:21), but also for the mourning widow at Nain; and for Lazarus and his mourning family; and especially for us all with his own resurrection and ascension!] 

[W: Other Facets from Exodus 4 that sparkle brightly this week with applications for today:]
[Cobbey continues:] “In Chapter 4 Moses, after he has been tested on this I-Am subject, says he is afraid that others will not be receptive.  They will say, when he gets back to Egypt in that symbolic condition of bondage, “Let’s ask ourselves whether we have emerged from Egypt.”  Even the geographies of the Bible can be symbolized and made quite relevant to your own experience: The bondage represented by Egypt, the extent to which we are dominated rather than exercise dominion under God, which Genesis 1, (verse 26,) indicates is man’s heritage.

“Then Moses (in Exodus 4:1) despairs of being able to go back and say, “God has appeared unto me, God is I AM, forget this antiquated theology that God is I Was.  Let’s begin to do something about God now.”

[W: Many dear ones in quarantine or isolation these days may be feeling alone and tested by “Loneliness; doubt; darkness.” Note Mary Baker Eddy’s punctuation choice of a period or “full stop” following these three material views of “WILDERNESS” on p. 597 of Science and Health.
We, like Moses, will be blessed by putting a “full stop” to these wilderness fables by replacing them with the precious aspects of a “WILDERNESS” experience as Mary Baker Eddy defines them in the second, spiritual part of her definition: “Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” That spiritual sense (which is CedarS stated mission to give to all) takes one from feeling alone to feeling all-one with divine Love and all of Her creation!”]

  [Cobbey:] “Moses needs some examples.  God says (in Verse 2), “What do you have right there, right in your hand?”  A rod.  I’m sure you know what that would mean to a shepherd, and all the uses of a rod in a shepherd’s hand: the symbol of authority, the counting of the sheep so as not to lose one, the encouragement, sometimes a little bit roughly, to get into the fold, the warding off of wild beasts, the general symbolic authority which it would convey.

“What is that in thine hand?”  “You have a symbol of authority you’re already exercising.” But do know really what it is?  How are you regarding it?”  He is told to throw it on the ground (in Verse 3) and the minute it’s thrown on the ground, it becomes a serpent.  If we wish to throw down our symbol of authority and release our grasp on it and let it fall into the dust-man theory of Genesis 2 and 3, according to Genesis 3 (Verse 14), dust is the serpent’s meat.

“It becomes a serpent and Moses runs from a problem of his own making.  Is this relevant to us?  Does this teach us a lesson for ourselves?  When things that we have learned to lean upon— whatever, hope, faith, perhaps health, substance or wealth, youth, another person.  If what we’ve relied upon falls from our grasp and hits the dirt, turning into what looks like the opposite, as our health disappears, our youth disappears, our wealth disappears, our hope, our faith, our religion, whatever, and in their places, we find what the serpent represents, dread and danger.  Then where are we religiously?  Where are we?  Is there any way out?  Probably the biggest question that humanity asks itself: Is there a way out?

“God tells Moses, as our spiritual progenitor, our pioneer in this laboratory testing, is God telling Moses what?  (Voice: “Face it.”)  Face it.  Don’t run from it.  Take it.  Is the tail of the serpent the safest part or the most dangerous?  In order to grab a serpent by the tail, you will have had to overcome what?  (Voices: “Fear.”)  Fear.  You just simply cannot pick up a serpent that way if you have not already exercised a mental dominion and security over it.  The lesson, too, perhaps is implicit that we should not have let go of our rod or misunderstood its meaning, turn it into a false reliance, because it really isn’t youth, health, or hope or faith.  It’s something even stronger.

“We see the minute he picks up that illusion… it was a magical illusion.  The rod was always there.   The problem was the illusion.  He had fled before it.  Now the rod become even higher than hope or faith, it becomes what for Moses?  He now understands how to overcome human problems.  Is this what he has to bring down into Egypt for dominion for the rest of humanity?

“What in the Bible does the serpent represent or symbolize, right from the beginning? It’s a symbol of the devil, the symbol of the power given to any opposition to God.  So, we find that a serpent here can be overcome.  The serpent, in just whispering or suggesting things to Adam and Eve, introduces what according to the legend?  (Voice: “Death.”)  Before death, sin.  The serpent and sin are parallels in Biblical symbolism.

“That is not the only news that Moses, through his own experience in the wilderness, is to bring to waiting humanity.  That’s only half the news: That man has the power in his grasp to overcome sin.  The other half of the news is in Verse 6 (of Exodus 4) when God says, “put now thy hand into thy bosom.”  He does.  When he takes it out, before him is the evidence, and perhaps an incurable form of this disease, leprosy.  You have to realize the dreaded nature of this disease at that time.  It was sufficient to virtually ostracize you from the rest of the world.  He takes this out.  He has the same reaction he had when he first saw the serpent.  What is it?  The fear, the dread, to flee before, just even in repulsion.  But look at the calm instruction (Verse 7), “Don’t get excited. Put it right back. Take it out.” Poof. [Negative “test.”]

“The whole to-and-fro nature of disease is exposed here.  Is this a message that God has given to Moses as the only receptive individual in that known world—certainly the only one who has reported such an event—the news that man also has a God-ordained, God-given dominion over sickness and disease as well as over sin?  But he must exercise that dominion just as he has to show the same dominion over sin.

“In (Exodus 4,) Verse 8 (is) almost as historical, even though it is a prophetic note here, it seems historical for us, especially in our twentieth (and twenty-first) century when we have seen so many denominations are now beginning to focus on the role of healing within their ranks.  In Verse 8 the prophesy is “if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign,” the victory over sin, “they will believe the voice of the latter sign,” the victory over disease, which is most easy to accept when one witnesses it.  To see leprosy healed in front of you would cause many people at least to wonder seriously about what brought it about.”
“Heal the Sick: A Scriptural Record,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


 DAILY COMMIT TO GLADLY OBEY EACH COMMANDMENT TO FEEL HARMONIOUS WHOLENESS WITHIN & TO EXPRESS “THE WHOLE OF MAN IN HIS IMAGE & LIKENESS.” [SH 340:9+; from Deut. 5:6, 7/B5: 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” (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 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 others’ good “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 are intended to be fully shared as testimonies in the Christian Science periodicals.]

FOR DOMINION, TREAT THE RIGHT PATIENT OF FEAR, NOT THE FLESH!
Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 56:4
/cit. B6

 [Cobbey:] “Speaking of fear, look at Psalm 56, Verse 4, “I will not fear what?”  “What flesh can do unto me.”  So, flesh isn’t the problem.  But guess what is?  Fear.  It’s fearing what flesh can do unto me.  Flesh is not the patient, then.  One of the most radical discoveries in Biblical therapy: we’ve been treating the wrong patient.  That’s not the problem in Biblical thought.  [It] wants to be absent from the flesh, not even weigh it in, factor it in to Biblical healing.  The flesh has naught to say, but completely submits to what the mental state dictates.  That’s dominion.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions
from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


AVOID THE WRONG REMEDY—RELY on the STABLE, PERFECT MEDICINE of MIND
Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 19:7, 8 /cit. S8 and the sure stability of Mind-cure medicine

“Read Psalm chapter 19:7-9 and you will discover there are quality controls as far as God’s medicine is concerned: all the things you would want to see on the label. Look at the words “perfect,” “sure,” right,” “pure,” “clean,” and “true,” which has the meaning in Hebrew of stable. You want a stable product. You want a clean product. You want it pure. You want it right. You don’t want the wrong remedy. You want it sure. You want it perfect.”
“Leaves of the Tree: A Prescription from Psalm,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


 TO PLEASE GOD, GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO WHAT’S SPIRITUAL, NOT TO THE FLESH!
Cobbey Crisler & Mary Baker Eddy on Romans 8:5-8/cit. B9

[Cobbey:] “Remember the consistency of the Scripture. This is what turns us into students.  The consistency of the Scripture would force us to study in depth how we please God.  Here is ‘My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.’  How do we please God? Do you remember any particular Scriptural statements on that?… One of the things that Paul says about it in Romans 8:8 is, ‘They that are in the flesh (they that are earthly minded, who obey the lower nature) cannot please God.’ “
What Mark Recorded,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

 [Warren again: The preceding verses, Romans 8:5-7/cit. B9, with other translations shed more light on the challenge of earthly-minded body worship that seems prevalent today in obsession with fitness, diet, revealing “selfies”…  (Verse 5) “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”  (“People who are controlled by the physical, think of what is physical: and people who are controlled by the spiritual, think of—give their attention to—what is spiritual.” Goodspeed (Verse 6) “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”  (“But to set the mind on the flesh brings death, whereas to set the mind on the Spirit brings life and peace.” The New Testament: A New Translation (Olaf M. Norlie)

These passages and several from Mary Baker Eddy have helped heal body-worship and lots of resulting ills and issues: “Paul said, ‘Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.’ Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man’s finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter instead of in Spirit.”  S&H 223:2

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.” (S&H 468:9)

These ideas from Miscellaneous Writings describe the form, color, light, beauty of our world being loved promises and representatives “of the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the immortal Mind.” (87)  “My sense of the beauty of the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is something to be desired.  Earth is more spiritually beautiful to my gaze now than when it was more earthly to the eyes of Eve. The pleasant sensations of human belief, of form and color, must be spiritualized, until we gain the glorified sense of substance as in the new heaven and earth, the harmony of body and Mind…

“Even the human conception of beauty, grandeur, and utility is something that defies a sneer. It is more than imagination. It is next to divine beauty and the grandeur of Spirit. It lives with our earth-life, and is the subjective state of high thoughts. The atmosphere of mortal mind constitutes our mortal environment. What mortals hear, see, feel, taste, smell, constitutes their present earth and heaven: but we must grow out of even this pleasing thralldom, and find wings to reach the glory of supersensible Life; then we shall soar above, as the bird in the clear ether of the blue temporal sky.

“To take all earth’s beauty into one gulp of vacuity and label beauty nothing, is ignorantly to caricature God’s creation, which is unjust to human sense and to the divine realism. In our immature sense of spiritual things, let us say of the beauties of the sensuous universe: ‘I love your promise; and shall know, some time, the spiritual reality and substance of form, light,
and color, of what I now through you discern dimly; and knowing this, I shall be satisfied. Matter is a frail conception of mortal mind; and mortal mind is a poorer representative of the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the immortal Mind.’”
  (Miscellaneous Writings. 86:14- 87:14)
]


TREASURE the GEM OF PUTTING ALL ASIDE FOR THE PRIORITY OF HEALING!
Cobbey Crisler on Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law of the flu from Matt 8:14-16/cit. B10

“(Verse 14. We come to the third healing [in Matthew’s series of 10 of Jesus’ proofs after the Sermon on the Mount of his Messiahship by his works, the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law.  To have a mother-in-law, Peter had to be married.  Peter had a wife.  It’s on the Sabbath day, too. But does Jesus consider women that important?  Would he break the Sabbath for a woman?  One may think that he might for a man. But would he do it for a woman?  He does. 

Whatever business he had in Peter’s house, he puts all aside and gives priority to the mother-in-law’s needs.  Despite the fact that it was the Sabbath. (Verse 15). He heals her of fever.  [W: So much, for the supposed length and severity of the flu—as well as for its being communicable… “and she arose and ministered unto them.”]
(Verse 16). “Many come, when the even was come to be healed.”  Why the evening? Because then the Sabbath is over and they could all come without any fear of recriminations from the Jews.”     

“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report”,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


CHERISH a CHRISTLY COMPASSION to HEAL, FEED OTHERS & have DOMINION!
Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 14:14 (cit. B13)
and beyond for “the rest of the story”:

[Cobbey:] Matthew 14: “(Verse 13, before the verse in the lesson). Jesus hearing that John the Baptist had been beheaded, decides to make himself scarce, leaves into a desert place apart.
(Verse 14). “But the multitudes followed him.” Instead of saying, “Look, will you let a man be alone for once,” he turned around with compassion and healed their sick.”
(Verse 15-20). And out comes the famous loaves-and-fishes incident in which everyone is fed, with a balance left over despite the fact that we’re dealing with thousands of people. …
And, right after this (Verses 24-33) we have the walking-on-the-sea incident.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax-Collector’s Report,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Warren:] A concomitant idea: Find in divine economics that our Shepherd’s supply is inexhaustible, because “LOVE IS, LIKE 5 LOAVES AND 2 FISHES—ALWAYS TOO LITTLE, UNTIL YOU START GIVING IT AWAY!”

Cobbey Crisler on Mark 6:35-44 (similar to Matthew 14:14-21/cit. B13)
[Cobbey:] “The only so-called miracle in all four gospels is the feeding of the “five thousand,” Mark, Verses 35-44. I put it in quotes because they were only counting the men. Out of the little boy’s lunch box comes five loaves and two fishes. We hear that from the gospel of John Chapter 6, Verse 13. They feed a multitude. Now we have a lesson on economics given to us by the Master. He didn’t regard that as a problem either. No Malthusian limitation on man that we’re going to outgrow our supply, and, therefore, we should kill off sectors of the human race in order to meet the supply. That’s Malthus and his philosophy of necessity. But we find Jesus saying instead in Matthew 14:16, “They need not depart.” Malthus says they need to be killed, but Jesus is saying, “They need not depart.”

“Mark 6.37. The disciples say it would be impossible to feed the multitude, that it would take about “two hundred pennyworth.” The group was considerably more than five thousand if you count the women and the children.

“What Jesus said to all the disciples made them become part of the remedy. Twelve baskets were taken around. There were twelve disciples. Each one was made to participate in the abundant result and learn from it. They started out with only five loaves and two fishes. They ended up with more fragments left over than they had when they started out. More available. That’s divine economics. It doesn’t exhaust.”
“What Mark Recorded,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


STOP WASTING TIME THINKING MOST ABOUT FOOD & CLOTHES WHEN BY SEEKING GOD 1ST THESE ITEMS WILL BE NATURALLY “ADDED” TO YOU, AS WILL ALL YOU NEED.
Cobbey Crisler insights on that & on the “heavenly mathematics” in Matthew 6:25, 33/cit. B15)

(Matt. 6:25/cit. B15) Now Jesus is going to show us how to control our thinking better than we have been able to thus far. This is the first of several verses which begin ‘Take no thought’ or utilizing that concept.
“Let’s determine just what thought-taking is. Does it mean to be thoughtless? Thought-taking is the way Jesus is using this in context. It’s anxiety, it’s care, its concern.  Alright, let’s ask ourselves how we do in this test.
‘Take no thought for your life, what you are going to eat, drink, or wear.’ How much time do we give in any day to those three objectives, eating, drinking, wearing? Then Jesus said, ‘Do you know what? It’s not the menu that counts so much as your life which is bigger than what you’re eating, and your body, or identity, much bigger than what you wear.’

(Matt. 6:33/cit. B15)  And then Jesus gives the priority equation, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  In other words, is what we eat, drink or wear of no significance? They are natural and normal on earth. He’s not wiping them all out as if it were a branch of some ascetic cult. But rather, ‘Seek God first and all these things will be added.’ Added. The heavenly law of mathematics is priority first and all those that we would normally take thought of would come into our experience naturally. Instead of wasting so much good mental time, taking thought, worrying, and being anxious, we spend that same time seeking the kingdom of God, and all those things come naturally as a result of that.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


 “CORRECT MATERIAL BELIEF BY SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING AND ‘SPIRIT WILL FORM YOU ANEW.’”– “Perfect for all to see!” [Warren’s references to citations S26/425:25; S18/476:32; SH 249:31, 481:3, 470:23, 187:22) plus Hymn 565 as a DOWNlOAD]

Like Jesus, behold in yourself and in all mankind “…the perfect man who appeared to him where sinning, mortal man appears to mortals…” (cit. S18/476:32)

What a joy to know that Spirit is forming anew your perfect, divine identity as a “perfect for all to see” “expression of “God’s being”— of “INFINITY, FREEDOM, HARMONY, BOUNDLESS BLISS.” (Hymn 565, SH 481)
These words are carved into 5-ft. long signs at CedarS Cable Ski launch as you can see pictured below as a DOWNLOAD. “If they will not believe … the first sign (INFINITY) …, they will believe the voice of the latter sign (BOUNDLESS BLISS) Exod. 4:8/cit. B4

Have fun applying each of them to yourself as noted below!

As God’s Genesis-1, exact “image and likeness,” you have been irrevocably given “dominion over every creeping thing” that would attempt to creep into your thought and action. Nothing can separate you from your joyous right of being “perfect for all to see!” (Hymn 565)

Let every aspect of your being sing with that Hymn of being “carefree and strong… (as) His song…” — the very expression of “infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss.” (SH 481) The images posted below show these words of “who we are” carved in 10” high letters in four 5-foot long signs at CedarS Cable Ski launching platform… What a picture of peace and of health we have to share with all as the very “image of His love” fully radiating the harmony and dominion of God’s law that “There is no involuntary action.” (SH 187:22) and that in effective prayer possesses “no opposing element…” (My. 293:22)

One-liner, word equations in Science & Health are “textbook” illustrations of the “Transitive Property of Equality” (www.mathwords.com) (SH pages 470:23 and 481:3)

470:23 and 249:31/cit. S32) (the first two simple, one-line, word equations under review) state:
(a) “Man is (=) (b) the expression of God’s being.”

(a) “Man is (=) (d) the reflection of Soul.”

Science & Health (p. 481:23) another simple, one-line, word equations under review) states:
(b) “God’s being is (=) (c) infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.”

[W: Let’s apply to ourselves the Transitive Property of Equality: If a = b and b = c, then a = c.]

(a) “Man or YOU is/are (=) (c) “the expression of infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.”

AND

(d) “the refection of Soul” (=) (c) “the expression of infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.”

 
Therefore, like CedarS Cable Ski system and like its skiers and the “Energizer Bunny,”
YOU as the reflection of Soul express synonyms for Infinity including: inexhaustibility, eternity, limitlessness, immeasurability, perpetuity (See https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/rodule )

Like CedarS Cable Skiers and like the Statue of Liberty,
YOU express synonyms for freedom including: opportunity, power, ability, exemption, flexibility, immunity, privilege, right, discretion, facility, leeway, liberty, prerogative, range, scope, unrestraint, carte blanche, elbowroom, free rein, full play, full swing, plenty of rope

Like CedarS Cable Skiers and like Band, Chorus, Cabin or Family members,
YOU express synonyms for harmony including: cooperation, friendship, consistency, good will, kinship, peace, rapport, tranquility, unanimity, understanding, unity, accord, amicability, compatibility, concord, like-mindedness

Like CedarS Cable Skiers, and like Happy Campers and Stress-free Reflections,
YOU express synonyms for boundless bliss including: unchangeable blessedness, inexhaustible happiness, unlimited gladness, untold joy…

The reign of “infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss” rules out of you all their opposites of limitation; restraint, restriction, slavery; Inharmony, Strife, disagreement, discord, fighting; depression, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, grief, upset


FULFILL YOUR GOD-GIVEN HERITAGE AS DOMINION MAN, NOT DUST MAN!
Cobbey Crisler insights on Psalm 8:4, 6/ cit. B17): “What is man?”

[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
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UPLIFT YOUR VIEW of the DOMINION & ROLE of WOMANHOOD, motherhood and daughterhood—
as well as of the Comforter!   Cobbey Crisler on Rev. 12/cit. B18 & S29/561:22-27

 [Cobbey:] “We find in investigating the Old Testament as well as the New, that the woman in travail is an image, a metaphor, used almost as often as Messiah in prophecy.  For the epitome of that, look at the 12 chapter of Revelation where we find not a novel figure at all, simply a repetition of a symbol that has been seen throughout the Scriptures.  Remember womanhood and comforter, and comfort and love and motherhood her all closely linked as well as Scriptural ideas.  So the concept of womanhood and comfort and the Comforter perhaps having relation to womanhood’s fulfillment of prophecy and the Genesis 1 role of God-given dominion may all be linked up. At least it’s worthwhile investigating to see what the Bible says.

“As a matter of fact, here is what the Anchor Bible says about the figure in Revelation 12.  See if you have ever looked at it from this angle.

“In Revelation 12 there is a mysterious symbolic figure of a woman who has a key figure in the drama of salvation.  There can be no doubt that Revelation is giving the Christian enactment of the drama foreshadowed in Revelation 3:15 where enmity is places between the serpent and the woman, between the serpent’s seed and her seed—and the seed of the woman enters into conflict with the serpent.  However, often in the Bible collective figures are based on historical ones.  This, the fact that woman represents the people of God [“generic man” cit. S29/561:22] would not at all preclude a reference to an individual woman who is the basis of the symbolism.” (Anchor Bible)

“So, you see that Bible scholars are wrestling with the concept that what we have in Revelation 12 is the remedy for Eve.  All the stereotypical womanhood elements, all the failures, all the mistakes, all the errors associated with the Eve-subordinated woman have now been swallowed up in the Transfiguration of womanhood clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet.  Remember that part of the curse on womanhood humanly is the periodic monthly complaints, monthly-and-moon-related. [Warren: As Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun. The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is under her feet.”  (citation S29/561:25-27)]

“We find that this ideal view of spiritual womanhood in Verse 1 of Chapter 12 restores the dignity of women’s dominion. Her feet are on the moon.  That is the Scriptural symbol long-recognized in the Bible for dominion, “the moon under her feet.”  Thus the Book of Revelation, a book that is attributed in its first verse to Jesus, which authorizes our including it in a course relating “Jesus and the Equality of Women”: this comparison between Eve and the dominion woman, the contest again between Genesis 2 and Genesis 1, and womanhood having that right on earth to embody the dominion of Genesis 1.

“Should a man be entitled to overcome the problems or stereotypes on womanhood?
If so, woman would not have dominion.  Is it womanhood’s right to respond to her God-given role prophetically?  Are we ourselves perhaps, living in one of the most thrilling times of history?  [W: a time when we’re hopefully praying for and witnessing “no retrograde step” for dominion for the women of Afghanistan and the whole world…]  What would make these times thrilling despite their inherent dangers?  It would be the spirit of prophecy.  Is that happening?  Can we see the signs of the times?  Is manhood waiting to be fulfilled and completed as in the seven days when God himself rested after the completion of “male and female created he them”? (Genesis 1:27)

“Until womanhood receives her appropriate Scriptural place, her God-given place, how can man rest in completion?  How can man be generic?  How can we, hand-in-hand symbolizing a higher spiritual unity than ever before, find ourselves co-residents of the Holy City, a city that has nothing but what is holy in it, a city that establishes our original relationship?  No wonder when the Bible closes, we are asked to respond to one of the most heavenly invitations in its pages, “the Spirit and the Bride say, Come” (Revelation 22:17)

“But, Ladies and Gentlemen, we cannot respond to that invitation to the wedding feast, God‘s view of creation, without our having on a wedding garment.  That, hopefully, is what our search the Scriptures will give us.  And we bring to that wedding feast our own thoughts uplifted to the sense of manhood and womanhood united forever by God with full dominion, no subordination or domination—no thought of sex— but a full, complete, joyous image of the Father-Mother divine parent.  That’s what the Scriptures are holding out for us to prove in our lives. Then, let us go forward and be part of the fulfillment of that prophecy.”
“Jesus and the Equality of Woman,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


New Virtual Bible Study!

Special Discount:  Take $25 off the online course rate through September 20th. 

Our in-person Bible Study will continue this October at CedarS, and we will now offer a virtual Bible Study option by Zoom as well, designed to fit your timing and desire to expand your Bible-based spiritual growth!  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE from The Campership Fund is available as needed for you, your family, and your Bible Study group. 

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CedarS is humbly grateful to God that we completed 12 wonderful weeks of hosting summer campers and staff as well as the last two weekends hosting youth groups! You can enjoy daily spiritual sense insights by scrolling down our Inspiration webpage for “Prac Talks” to start nearly every day (& activity) with a God-centered focus.  The last Prac Talk by David Price, CS, invited everyone to take home the best version of themselves that had been nurtured at CedarS and to expunge as never-true fables of any lesser history. Abundant fruitage will continue to be shared!!

Heartfelt thanks to all you, greatly NEEDED and precious supporters who continue to help CedarS give LIFELONG, DIFFERENCE-MAKING BLESSINGS to hundreds of families and thousands of individuals all across the U.S. and the world. To discuss how to play a vital, ongoing role in our work, feel free to call or text me (Warren Huff) at 314-378-2574 with your pledge or intent to give a planned gift, required IRA distribution or an endowment gift (that will be MATCHED!) to help us “love into view” continued, lasting blessings and legacies each year.

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