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— through Christ’s Animating Mindsets Practiced! (C.A.M.P.!)
Application ideas “mined” by Warren Huff with insights from Cobbey Crisler,
Ken Cooper and others as related

to The Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for March 8, 2020

Mine the G.E.M. of Listening for Your Shepherd’s Voice to “follow and rejoice All the rugged way.” (“Feed My Sheep” by Mary Baker Eddy, Hymns 304-309, 573-576)

[Ken wrote:] “Following from last week, the Shepherd knows His flock and is known by His flock. When God, Love, Spirit, Truth, calls our name, our response is already known, for we are the perfect reflection of what God is, and Mind knows. Our humble asking of God is aligning ourselves to infinite Mind – ourselves embraced by Father-Mother. Nothing can ever disturb the stillness and assurance of this Mind nor hide the vivacity of the infinite beauty of Life’s reflection.

In stillness and peace, where the fullness of God is revealed, so too is man. The YouTube link this week is “Perfect Peace”

Reference is also made to “I AM THAT I AM” on the JSH sharing link

The YouTube link to the sound recording of “Perfect Peace,” this week poem with corelative visual images is

PDF’s are attached as Downloads on CedarS weekly inspirational webpages

Mine this G.E.M.—Find healing in a simple poem that debunks the fable of your dust-man origin!


By Woodruff Smith

Where did it begin this idea called you?

In Genesis 1, or Genesis 2?

Which one of these concepts

Will prove to be true?

If you know what is what,

Do you know who is who?

In Genesis 1 in the 26th verse

There's a man with never a taint' of a curse.

But in Genesis 2 in verse number seven

There's a dust man conceived
He'll never see heaven.

So, it really comes down

To which one you will claim,
What thou see'st thou be'st

So, what is your name?

There they both stand.

Which one is you?

Is it immortal man one,
Or mortal man two?

If you're immortal man

You know what you're worth.

For according to law
You'll inherit the earth.
But if you're just a mortal
And made out of dust

Is there anything to you

That's worthy of trust?

No, the thing they call man

In Genesis 2

Is the dream of the dreamer.

It never was you.

So, know what you are.

Take your place in the sun,

You're the immortal man

Of Genesis 1.


I gave a testimony one night in our Golden, Colorado church based on the ideas from a poem I really liked, which said, "Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?"

A couple of weeks later a businessman, not knowing I was behind him, probably, testified that he had heard a rather banal, trite testimony a couple of weeks ago from someone who recited that line, "Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?" and he thought it was so trivial, so lightweight.

He went to a business meeting in Atlanta, Georgia after that and was in a hotel room in the middle of the night, sound asleep with his wife beside him, when he had a massive heart attack.

He said he wasn't naive, he knew what was happening, and he knew he was in a life-threatening situation. He was totally helpless, so helpless he could not even cry out to his wife for help, obviously could not call a practitioner, and he said for the first time in

his life he felt completely helpless. He tried to

repeat the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Scientific Statement of Being, but he couldn't remember them, couldn't put them together.

He felt totally mentally jumbled and then he recalled a very simplistic statement…"Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?" and he realized that it wasn't so banal after all, that if he were a Genesis Two man he would probably not live through the night, but if he were a Genesis One man he could claim his dominion over

the "things of the flesh."

He did it. He said the pain lifted immediately and he felt whole and well. He decided the poem was OK after all.

–Lona lngwerson, CS

Mine this G.E.M.— “Put off the old man” (SH 172:22, from Col. 3:9, Eph. 4:20)
Or as in the lyric for a trailer soundtrack for the movie “Mule” puts it: “Don’t let the old man in.”
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A CedarS Met subscriber shared the above link with this thank you message to Christie Hanzlik, CS on her Bible Lesson inspiration about Section 2: Met this week: “Good tie in, Christie –you ‘got it’! I’m the whole lesson!

[Christie Hanzlik, Section 2:] “As we understand the beginninglessness of man, we can overturn the limits of the “old” man view. For example, since you are beginningless and your parents are also beginningless, and your grandparents are also beginningless, it stands to reason that your parents and grandparents did not arrive before you. There never was a moment in which God did not know you. And, there never was a moment in which God did not know your parents. Therefore, you and your parents are coexistent and eternal with God. As we remove the “old” man view of sequentiality, we are also overturning the belief of genetics and heredity. Families may seem to resemble one another—perhaps because of a shared understanding of being—and yet, if God is the central sun of our being, we are only truly related through God. Blood does not unite us. God binds us. Understanding that the “new” man is only united through God—not through person-to-person contact—helps us to resolve heredity, interpersonal conflict, and it also frees us from the belief of contagion and false influence.”

Ephesians 4:20 Put off concerning the former conversation the OLD MAN, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts and be renewed in the spirit of your mind. put on the NEW man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness

Science and Health- 172:15 (Section 2, citation S10)

Mine this G.E.M–Turn from every vain remedy to the source of all instantaneous cures — Cobbey Crisler on instantaneous healing with no relapse (Ps. 33:9, 11, B9)
Psalms 33:9
Chapter 33, Verse 9, we’ve already alluded to. The swiftness of God’s treatment. It’s not a process, according to the Bible. It’s not recuperation. It’s not convalescence, or gradual recovery. “He spake, and it was [done],” In case we have had room in our thinking for a possibility of relapse, it is stated, “He commanded, and it stood fast.” No side effects, no after effects.

Psalms 33:11
In Verse 11, “The advice or counsel of the LORD stands” for how long? “For ever.” What good I that, if we aren’t there forever to receive such advice? “The thoughts of his heart to all generations.” What good are God’s thoughts unless those are the potions we are supposed to be taking, imbibing, ingesting. God’s thoughts, His potions. Take them, eat them up, drink them in. That makes the Bible a pharmacopoeia which is a word the dictionary says describes “preparations issued by official authority and recognized as a standard.” [Voice from audience] Pharmacopoeia, which is a word that in its ordinary meaning without uplifting it to what the Bible would require of the term anew would just simply be an authority to which one would turn to know where the remedies all are.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Mine this G.E.M.—Answer identity questions as dominion man (or woman) not dominated man (or woman)! Cobbey Crisler on Psalms 8 (B9): “What is man?”
“Psalms 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.” (Ps. 8:6)
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**

Mine the G.E.M. of rejoicing to affirm and see the mistakes of Eden expunged! —Cobbey Crisler’s insights on Rev. 12 (B13)
“Now we come to Revelation 12 – a great and portentous moment in the Bible…

…And we have a woman and her attire is celestial for it is associated with sun, moon, and stars. …

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary and the Anchor Bible have pointed out the sun, moon, and stars were part of the high priest’s garments. Does it follow, then, that this woman has something to do with the highest responsibilities in church?
…Consider then this Apocalyptic Picture of the woman with priestly implications and meanings and a crown of victory or dominion. How far this is from the stereotype subordinate role accorded woman by Ecclesiastical traditions through the centuries.

Although the very first statement about woman in the Bible is that God created her with dominion which precludes subjection. The first representative of womanhood in the text is Eve, and Eve is not only dominated by her husband, she is evicted from Eden, her home, woman’s special domain. This eviction has been used as Ecclesiastical pretext for her exclusion from high church offices…

Theologians have been kinder to man’s Genesis 1 dominion, than to woman’s simultaneously declared right. Going even further, Ecclesiastism continues solemnly to blame woman for the downfall of the race. This is why the dominion woman of Revelation 12 is such a radical sign that sends tremors through anciently rooted traditions and overturns them.

For Revelation 12 reverberates with news of woman’s God-ordained assignment, to complete the salvation of the race, which Jesus inaugurated. The Anchor Bible refers to this one as a “key figure in the drama of salvation.” Then the author adds “there can be no doubt that Revelation is giving the Christian enactment of the drama foreshadows in Gen 3:15 where enmity is placed between the serpent and the woman – between the serpent’s seed and her seed.

“Revelation 12 is unquestionably set against the background of Genesis 3,” from the Anchor Bible.

… Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

The Bible has conditioned us, however, to look for God’s ideals to make an earthly statement, to have a concrete, practical application to present living.
In fact, The Lord’s Prayer petitions that God’s will be done in earth as it is in heaven. So, the Apocalyptic Picture in verse one of spiritual womanhood as God has created her must appear at some point as answered prayer “in earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:10) …

Otherwise, woman’s God-given dominion would remain unexercised on earth. Her spiritual potential would remain unseen. She would never escape from Eve’s mold.

The Genesis 1 womanhood and her spiritual dominion must now be fulfilled on earth. The curse on Eve must be remedied and her stereotype transfigured. …
To exemplify this spiritual ideal is no easy task. The woman is opposed by the dragon’s animalism and its sworn enmity against life and health. …

It may also be worth pondering that the symbols chosen – a talking serpent and a dragon – are not real entities in nature. They belong to the language of mythology. Even if a myth has ballooned for centuries, it is still a myth…

Sealed by God, rather than marked by the beast – a race that could now heal in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rather than die in the name of Adam of Eden.

But Adam was not all there was to this surrender in Eden, there was Eve. Logic would conclude that she needs to be remedied as well, in order for all Eden’s mistakes to be expunged.

God’s logic and His revelation could not be counteracted, so we should pursue what Revelation waits to disclose on this theme. Eve’s failure was listening to the serpent; she was beguiled, as Paul writes. The serpent then, not the tree, represents Eve’s problem.

Gen 3:13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

II Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (Paul writes.)

How is the serpent’s apparent success to be remedied? The woman in Genesis One has dominion; this is the only remedy for manipulation and its fruits of subjection and subordination. The matrix of God’s womanhood is not the stereotype of man’s making. Only God’s type of womanhood could stand impervious to beguilement and subtlety, listen solely to God and free her seed from the magnetic pull of the dragon’s tail. Can such a role model be lived on earth as it is in heaven? Prophesy’s answer is an unequivocal “Yes!”

Later in Revelation, references to the Lamb’s wife divulges her complementary role to The Lamb. Jesus calls himself the bridegroom, a prophetic word. The title, however, is not suitable unless there is a bride. ….

Going back to Genesis One, the next reference to the number two is not in numerical form, but rather illustrated in the product of God’s nature, as male and female. Both are said to be the image of God, having His dominion, and absolutely God-like – “Male and female, created He them.” For what reason we ask? — Logic responds, “To be like Him, to be two witnesses of his nature – manhood and womanhood, two luminaries, two candlesticks…

What a radical challenge this is both to our present traditions as to God’s essential being as well as to the relationships between the sexes. First, we must conclude from the text of Genesis One, that image is male and female, the original, or God, is revealing His nature, and Her nature, as Father/Mother."

“Apocalyptic Pictures: Prophecy and Parody” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Mine this G.E.M.—Stop being “a tenant in a tomb by being at home in the body!” Be at home in the “’new man’ to make all things new!” Cobbey Crisler on II Corinthians 5:1-6, 16-17 (B18)
II Cor. 5, verse 1. Where we are now is a tabernacle, which if “dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens…” (We look out of heavenly consciousness—every window has a heavenly view. We worship where we live—Our bodies are our ultimate idols, if we are living there.

Verse 4. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened:” Jesus said take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”…

Verse 6. It’s not what we see but what we know that matters: “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.” This is one of the most radical statements in the whole Bible that is virtually skated over.

It is foolhardy to adapt ourselves to live in corporeality. You are a tenant in a tomb if at home in the body. Why be so satisfied with data coming to us from the 5 channels of the corporeal senses?
Jesus said “Take no thought for your body.”

Socrates said “The dead body will not be me. Don’t let him talk about burying Socrates. Say only that you are burying the body.”

Ishmael (In Moby Dick said “My body is but the lees of my better being.”

Verse 16. “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:”
The ultimate objective is to know no man (or woman) after the flesh, according to fleshly information. Our divine nature or anyone’s true, divine nature is not conveyed or confined by anything fleshly from “the old man.” As Jesus beheld, we are to behold the “new man” and in so doing make not just some things but ALL things new.

As Verse 17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.*
Transcribed from marginal notes in Warren’s Bible from a talk by Cobbey Crisler**

*[Revelation 21:5 was CedarS 2019 theme: (And he that sat upon the throne said,) “Behold, I make all things new.”]

Mine the G.E.M.—Eliminate anxiety Cobbey Crisler’s on part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and Matthew 6:27-33: (B19) and SH 228:20 (S18)

Matthew 6: The 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, it’s 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.’…

…(Verse 28). …why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.' They're disappearing from the Holy Land rapidly with all this building, but you can still see some of them…. all red anemones behind the snow-covered 10,000 foot peak of Mount Hermon is absolutely magnificent. There's no difficulty at all when you're visiting the Holy Land in the Spring to “love your anemone.” They're simply magnificent.
(Verse 29). You can understand really why it says, 'That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.'
(Verses 30 and 31). So, 'if God so clothed the grass of the field, why should we be so concerned and anxious about what we wear?
(Verse 34). Again, he repeats, 'Take no thought.'
(Verse 33). 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 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**

Mine this G.E.M.—"Correct material belief by spiritual understanding and ‘Spirit will form you anew’ ” – to be "Perfect for all to see!" (S21, 425:25 & CS Hymn 565)

Like Jesus behold in yourself and in all mankind "…the perfect man who appeared to him where sinning, mortal man appeared to mortals…” (SH)

Rejoice in living the four elements of your being and “God’s being”—your divine, perfect identity of “INFINITY, FREEDOM, HARMONY, BOUNDLESS BLISS.”
These words are carved into 5-ft. long signs at CedarS Cable Ski launch as you can see by clicking the top upper-right Download. Have fun applying 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 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, you are His song…” — the very expression of “infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss.” (SH 481) The images I’ll send you in a separate email show these words of “who we are” carved in 10” high letters in four 5-foot long signs at CedarS Cable Ski launching platform… I recommend that you work on a posting this picture and message as a social media blessing to share with the whole wide world. 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 p. ??) and that “there are no opposing elements in prayer.” (Prose Works p. ?)

One-liner, word equations in Science & Health are “textbook” illustrations of the “Transitive Property of Equality” ( (See page 470:23 and 481:3)

470:23 (the first of two simple, one-line, word equations under review) states:
(a) “Man is (=) (b) the expression of God’s being.”

Science & Health (p. 481:23) the second of two, 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.”

Therefore, like CedarS Cable Ski system, its skiers and the “Energizer Bunny,”
YOU express the synonyms for Infinity including: inexhaustibility, eternity, limitlessness, immeasurability, perpetuity (See )

Like CedarS Cable Skiers and the Statue of Liberty,
YOU express the 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 Band, Chorus, Cabin or Family members,
YOU express the 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, Happy Campers and Stress-free Reflections,
YOU express the 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 (antonyms) of limitation; restraint, restriction, slavery; Inharmony, Strife, disagreement, discord, fighting; depression, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, grief, upset

Mine this G.E.M.— Embrace universal humanity—do good for all mankind—
Cobbey Crisler on Acts 10:34-40 (B20)
(plus relevant verses after)

“Acts 10, verse 34, begins a lecture or sermon to the first group of Gentiles. And the opening statement that Peter makes is one that could be well considered by every denomination of Christianity today… Here Peter expressed his new view of God, that God is no respecter of persons, that God speaks to receptivity.

Acts 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

This new view of God, of course, leads to this next question: Should man as well be no respecter of persons? This is a tradition-shattering concept.

And Acts 10, verse 35, Peter summarizes it by saying in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Then he begins to explain to Cornelius and the friends and acquaintances of Cornelius, the history of early Christianity. “The beginning of Christianity is traced from Galilee after John’s baptism, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth.” … Of course, that word “anointed” immediately identifies Jesus as the Messiah. This is a point that Peter is obviously going to get across to this Gentile audience that would need some instruction in this. (See below)

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

And you find in Acts 10, verse 43, he does that by stating that “all the prophets had given witness to the Messiah, namely Jesus.”…

As soon as Peter gets into this “Walked to Emmaus” approach, in other words the comprehension of Jesus’ role in the earlier scripture, we find in Acts 10, verse 44 that “the Holy Ghost falls on all the listeners.” …

It wasn’t Peter’s idea that this should happen; it’s at the Holy Ghost’s initiative. This is disturbing to some of those that came with Peter: Jewish Christians.
And we will find it becomes even more disturbing to other elements in the church later on, for this is a departure. The question underlying this event is “Should the church be parochial or universal?” Is it simply a sect of Judaism or an outcome of Judaism, or is it the fulfillment of God’s will as expressed in prophecy with its ultimate mission to embrace universal humanity?”

After the Master What? – The Book of Actsby B. Cobbey Crisler]

Mine the G.E.M. –Accept the risen Jesus’ commissions to bring about results— Cobbey Crisler on citation B21, Mark 16:9-20:
[Mark 16:] after Verse 14, "the eleven … said to Christ, Reveal your righteousness now. Christ answered them, The term of years for Satan's power has now expired. But other terrors are now at hand. I was delivered to death on behalf of sinners that they might return to the truth, and sin no more. That they might inherit that glory of righteousness which is spiritual and imperishable in heaven."… Verse 17. The gospel of Mark ends with deeds, not words. "These signs shall follow them that believe.” There's one of our foundational points again (Mark 1:15). Those who believe will have signs that follow. Otherwise we’re not believers.
“We can say all we want, "We're believers m Jesus Christ," but we're not unless signs are following. That is Jesus' own definition of a believer.

“All of these signs are fulfilled in the Book of Acts except the sign regarding poison. This was accomplished in an early Christian tradition by Barsebus. He was forced to drink poison and recovered without any problem. So, we have "the new tongues."

Verse 18. The ''taking up of serpents, the drinking any deadly thing,” even a poisonous chemical! Look at that in the environment today. "And be healed." It’s a sign that follows those that believe.

Why are we leaving our environment untouched by the Holy Spirit?

Why aren't we seeing the Spirit there, and therefore, liberty?

Verse 19. The ascension then is very briefly mentioned.

Verse 20. We find the apostolic works follow the apostolic words. They are inseparable. "They went forth, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.”

“Amen,” meaning this is the truth. And if it is the truth, we know it makes us free. That gospel can be freed from the page on which it is written and enter our own embodied lives, and be seen worldwide in results.

Satan, as Jesus was alleged to have said, “His term has expired.” Let's live like his term has expired and take joy in that exultant victory.

Yes, from that very shout on the cross. Some people think Jesus is shouting in pain. But one commentator says the Greek word is a shout of victory.

That’s the gospel, the good news of victory.”
What Mark Recorded, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

“G.E.M. of the Day” – and of “March Madness” Month! Make this precious gem your own by seeing ALL that you do as flowing in God’s perfect timing and placement –and for His glory!
(An A.P. (Answered Prayer) History “App” for Eccl. 3:14 (B24 AND b2 NEXT WEEK) applied to all life endeavors!)

When our daughter, Holly Huff (now Bruland), was on the Principia Upper School basketball team they made it into the district semi-final tournament. They were up against a highly favored Orchard Farm team that featured a very tall, dominate post player.

During the Principia team prayer session before the game Holly shared one application idea from the Bible lesson that she had been trying to apply to her three-point shooting. She also shared another idea from Jesus’ life that that she was trying to apply to her passing and defensive work in her positions as point guard and as shooting guard.

The Spiritual Application idea that relates to shooting appears again in this week’s Bible Lesson. The citation is from Ecclesiastes 3:14 (B24): “whatsoever God doeth shall be forever…”

  • (It goes on…) “nothing can be put to it,”—as in an “air-ball” (or a short soccer) shot would need to have more “put to it” to score —
  • “nor any thing taken from it”—as in a “brick” (or a long volleyball set or “kill shot”) would need to have something “taken from it” to make it count.

The key to shooting such a perfect, “nothing-but-net” shot in basketball (soccer, volleyball…) is to make sure that it is “whatsoever God” is doing— to acknowledge it is being done through God and for His/Her glory.

The second Spiritual Application idea had to do with each player’s right to have and to follow right, “all-knowing” Mind’s intuitions. This was “seeking first the kingdom of God” and among the many “added-unto” blessings that followed would be both seeing and making perfect passes as well as anticipating and intercepting the other team’s passes. This application idea was based on a Bible story in the Lesson in which “Jesus knew their thoughts”.

With just 5 minutes in the 4th quarter of this District Basketball Tournament, Principia, as the “Cinderella” or “David team” against the “Goliath team,” was down by 12 points. Coach Norm Purdy called a time-out and reaffirmed those application ideas as they applied to having a strong finish for this game and the season – all of it for God’s glory.

When these inspired young women came back out on the court, it was like a different game. Principia players anticipated pass after pass from their opponents to make great steals, passes and lay-ups – as well as a flawless series of perfect three-point shots. As the clock clicked down to the final buzzer, Prin was still down by two points. The play that had been drawn up wasn’t open. So, Holly had to “put up a prayer” from well beyond the three-point arc. Just as the buzzer went off it “swished” through the net – all for God’s glory—all as “whatsoever God” was doing. With that amazing 1-pointg win, Principia advanced to the district championship.

Thanks be to God for every time you feel in a divinely flowing rhythm with perfectly accurate anticipation, timing and execution of “whatsoever God is doing” through you—all for His/Her glory!

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19772 Sugar Dr.
Lebanon, MO 65536
(417) 532-6699

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