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for Sunday, January 28, 2024

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus,
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FOLLOW the RECIPE for FREEDOM as you GIVE a Know-the-Truth TREATMENT! [Let your heart sing of being set free with the light of Truth from Hymn 501 (& 136): “I love Your way of freedom, Lord, / To serve You is my choice; / In Your clear light of Truth I rise…”  [Click here &scroll to Download all the w0rds to Hymn 501 & 278 which could be theme hymns to connect with & cherish this week.]  
Cobbey Crisler on John 8:32/Responsive Reading AND citation B17
with notes & quotes from others

John 8:31, 32. “Then Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed, And ye shall KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.’” (caps added)

Verse 32 only from The Contemporary English Version as in the Responsive Reading:
You WILL know the Truth, and the truth WILL set you free.”  (caps added)

[Cobbey:] “Here is the recipe for freedom, “It’s the truth itself that makes you free.”  It is the fact that makes you free. In John 8:44, the devil is defined as a liar [W. a “fake news” distributor] and also a murderer from the beginning. If you analyze that again, the devil has one of two purposes when it enters into the thoughts and lives of man. It is either to deceive us or to kill us or others. That’s the motive prompting the thought, critical or otherwise. Remember, judging righteous judgment eliminates most criticisms, and not judging according to appearance. It [lying “fake news”] either murders or kills our neighbor or ourselves, or its purpose is to deceive, one or the other.”
Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,
by B. Cobbey Crisler

[Warren: Here’s a SPECIAL BONUS— “Know the Truth” Notes taken and typed-up by Ruth Huff from a Jack Hubbell lecture:]

“KNOW THE TRUTH” means knowing or being conscious of what is already true!

“Mary Baker Eddy was once asked by a reporter, what is a Christian Science treatment?
After a few moments of deep thought, she answered, (in words that my mom posted over her desk)

‘It (Christian Science treatment) is the absolute acknowledgment of present perfection! (Elizabeth Earl Jones Reminiscences).

“If you begin a treatment to improve an imperfect condition, STOP!
You have been mesmerized!

“You are well, before you give the treatment!
Treatment is being conscious of present reality.”

(Notes from a Jack Hubbell, CS, lecture and from word studies more fully summarized below)

“What does it mean to “know the truth?” – To acknowledge it!

to acknowledge means to admit to be true

– to declare the Truth of something

– an admission of truth as a fact or principle

Unity of Good 7:20-22 . . . “an acknowledgment of the perfection of the infinite Unseen confers a power nothing else can.”

We can’t know a lie!
You cannot know that 2 + 2 = 5, because it does not! You can only believe it!

We can never know sin, disease or anything that seems inharmonious, because it is just a lying suggestion! We can only be tricked if we believe it!

Where do we learn what is real and what is a lie?

Through THE WORD (the Scriptures and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

SH 503:12 Divine Science, the Word of God . . . .”

How did Jesus pray? What was he thinking, what was he knowing that healed so effectively?

“…Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, — of man’s likeness to God and of man’s unity with Truth and Love.” (SH 12:13 Jesus)

(1828 Webster’s Dictionary)

– solemn declarations of fact

– affirmation, acknowledgement of what is real

– to call as a witness in affirming or denying

What do we treat? How does knowing the truth have any effect? What really needs healing?

* NEVER treat man, never treat a ‘sick’ man

* Always treat the suggestion that man is sick

The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man
is, not shall be, perfect and immortal.
Science and Health, 428:22 (bolding added)

To ‘really know the truth’ wouldn’t deal with a real disease, but with a false suggestion. The false suggestion is all there is to the problem.

Jargon: to know the truth sometimes means we are going to quote a passage or call upon a line from some place and eliminate an imperfect condition – that we are going to fix matter with truth.

“KNOW THE TRUTH” means knowing or being conscious of what is already true!

Cobbey Crisler on John 17: 1/Responsive Reading+ BONUS verses 2-4, 20, 21:

[Cobbey said:] “In Chapter 17 of John’s gospel, Jesus is praying audibly. If we’ve ever wanted to be present when Jesus is praying, it would be during this very moving prayer indeed. It’s divided into three sections. To whom does the prayer, represented in the first five verses, refer? Himself. It’s a prayer for himself Jesus did take time out for himself. This is just before Gethsemane. So you know what’s in his thoughts.

John 17:1. It’s in this prayer he says, “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.”

John 17:2,   “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. “

John 17:3, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

John 17:4. Imagine being able to say at the end of an earthly career, ”I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” It would be wonderful if we could say that in any given day. But this is an entire career.”

… “Then John 17:20 begins the third section of the prayer. For whom? For us.  That is, if we believe. “Those which shall believe on me through the disciples ‘word.”

Can you possibly envision the kind of character required to spend the very evening of Gethsemane praying for us? Is there a shepherd.motive? Its ultimate is being exemplified there— “Those that believe on me through their word.

Has that prayer terminated? Has any communication between God and man, ascending or descending angels, terminated? Does that prayer still rest on the Son of Man, on you and me?

John 17:21. The prayer is, “that they all may be one.”  Look around and see

what the major target is. To keep “all men from being one.” If one can keep man from being at-one, then you’re stuck with a divided God as well. It wrecks and ruins basic theology, that is, for the ones participating. No fragmentation, no separation. Jesus’ prayer, as one of the hymns says, “For all his brethren, Father, that we may be one.” That prayer extends way down to our age. If that were Jesus’ prayer, it better be ours, especially if we claim to be his followers. The prayer “that we all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me.” There’s the standard of measurement. With that, Jesus ends his audible prayer.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

FOLLOW OUR MASTER IN BEING FORGIVING, EVEN WHEN WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE RESENTFUL!  Cobbey Crisler on John 18:1/Responsive Reading + verses 2, 3

 [Cobbey:] “John Chapter 18 begins with Verse 1. He walks across the brook Kedron, separating the Temple Mount of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. There is a garden. He had gone there frequently.

John 18:2. “Judas knew it.” When one stands on that site of the mountain in the traditional spot of the Garden of Gethsemane, you can see as never before what it must have appeared like. Imagine seeing the glaring light of torches snaking their way down that valley across the Kedron brook into the Garden of Gethsemane. The disciples would have known that was coming. They couldn’t miss it.

Jesus’ first words to Judas in the Garden are found in the Gospel of Matthew. Again, notice what’s in his thought. If any human had any right to be resentful, Jesus could have regarded Judas in that way.

Matthew 26:50, Instead of anger, he says, “Friend,” That’s his first word to Judas. “wherefore art thou come?”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 67:
2/cit. B2) & prelude) & “saving health among all nations…and verse 5 “all the people…” “working together for good” (Rom. 8:28)

[Cobbey said:]Verse 2 of Psalm 67/cit. B2 is the prophecy that God’sway will be known upon earth,”

“Thy saving health among” what?  A limited number?  All nations.”  No wonder the Bible could not close without that magnificent reminder that the leaves of the tree were not just for healing individuals, but for all nations. The medicine for international discord is on that tree.

“Just as it is for our own relationship problems.  What’s a relationship problem [other] than a dis-ease? Something’s not relating in our body.  Look to our thought.  Have we left relationship problems unsolved?  Do you know when Jesus would not accept worship from his Christian followers when they (we) bring a gift to the altar?  If you remember ought that you have against your brother or ‘vice versa,’ don’t even bother to give your gift in the environment of church.

“Church stands for healed relationships.  No relationship problems.  All things working together for good. (Romans 8:28) [Jesus said Leave your gift behind.  It’s imperfect.  It’s incomplete.  Go solve the relationship problem with your brother first, then bring your gift to church.  That shows that healed relationship problems are the only satisfactory gift to church endorsed by the founder of the Christian Church.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

[Warren’s PS bonus: Verse 5 and 6 of Psalm 67: 5 “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.”

[W: Notice again, that verse 5 features the collective/church nature of salvation. It’s only when ALL the people praise God, that the earth will yield her increase and receive God’s blessing!]


[Warren:]  With the Kingdom at your core, even if thrown down hard, you won’t fall apart like an egg!  You’ll bounce back even higher – like a golf ball! (A dissected golf ball is shown as the first Download at the bottom of this GEM online.)
Jesus tells us clearly “the kingdom of God is within you!” (Luke 17:21)

Mary Baker Eddy adds:

  • “These clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.” (S&H 262:15, part of citation S4)
  • “God is at once the absolute centre and circumference of being.”  (S&H 203:32-1)

[Warren:] Several decades ago when one of these citations was also in the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson, I decided to dissect a golf ball to explore its circumference and its center to see what made it thrive and bounce back so resiliently in the “hard-knock life” that it was designed to lead.  To dissect the one pictured, I clamped it in a vise and hack-sawed it in half.  I found it had an inner rubber ball wrapped tightly in a bunch of rubber-bands that snapped as they were cut. (Again, my dissected golf ball is shown as the first Download at the bottom of this GEM online.)

Spiritual sense and resilience are especially valuable in changeable and tough times, because we and the team we’re on can ill-afford to have us “go all to pieces” like a broken egg—or to make it so others need to “handle us with kid-gloves” because if they don’t, we might fall apart or “fly off the handle.” The Golf Ball versus Egg analogy relates to the testing and proving of one’s spiritual resilience “to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.” (S&H 262: 15, cit. S4)   It helps us spiritually perceive that “God is at once the centre and circumference of being.” (S&H 203:32-1)

I have reasoned many times since then with myself and with Sunday School students, campers and counselors (all who got to handle the cut-up ball), that, like rubber bands, we, as spiritual ideas, are made to be stretched.  And, I usually remind them (and myself), “whatever stretches you (beyond your “comfort zone”)— blesses you.”

These “clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man” (you!) to resiliently bounce back from all kinds of hard-knocks and throw-downs.  In fact, like a golf ball, you as a spiritual idea, knowing that God’s kingdom reigns over and within you and all, will bounce back higher the harder you are thrown down. (The best higher-bounce-back example is Jesus with his hardest throw-down of the crucifixion followed by his highest bounce-back of the resurrection and ascension!)

On Easter I usually illustrate the contrast between the resilient characteristics of a bouncy, vinyl-shell golf ball with a fragile, raw egg and its easily broken shell (circumference) and its squishy yoke core (centre).  The harder a raw egg is thrown down, the more it splatters!  On Easter (egg) Sunday, we always discuss how the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy tell us of our Genesis 1 spiritual origin instead of an egg origin or dust origin.  I usually quip that “If you think that you started out as an egg, you’re very likely to end up scrambled.”

Then, to turn things into thoughts and to “strengthen our shells” so as to not crack easily, we often read together Mary Baker Eddy’s “Taking Offense” article where she counsels against having a fragile, easily-ruffled or touchy disposition.  (Miscellaneous Writings, page 223:24.)
To live love resiliently, Paul tells us, “Love is not easily provoked”… or splattered (
I Corinthians 13). Whenever you become easily provoked, one might say, “the yoke’s on you.”

TURN EVERY CROSS of adversity into a (WON & WORN) CROWN!

[W.] As citation S19/254:24 promises: “If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms. Your good will be evil spoken of. This is the cross. Take it up and bear it, for through it you win and wear the crown. Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.”  (Science & Health 254:27/cit. S19)

HYMN 278: The full lyrics of Hymn 278 that starts with: “Pilgrim on earth, home and heaven are within thee…”) (are online and can be Downloaded by clicking here and scrolling down).  This hymn not only connects perfectly as a theme for this citation, but also with the prior GEM about bouncing back as well as with an upcoming GEM bonus about the Christian way to still storms. 

The second verse of Hymn 278 with its lyrics:Truthful and steadfast though trials betide thee, / Ever one thing do thou ask of thy Lord, /Grace to go forward, wherever He guide thee, / Gladly obeying the call of His word” reinforces the next Bible verse: “Grace be with you…  walking after the commandments.” (cit. B8/II John 1:3, 6) as well as the next two Science and Health citations: “… some measure of power and grace (has come) to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth.” (cit. S11/333:19-23) and “Grace and truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.” (cit. S12/67:23)

Ideas in the third verse of Hymn 278 handle reducing the hardness of mental extremism and its lack of love, kindness, tenderness, compassion and mercy. This lack is cited as the leading cause of weather extremes as mentioned in an upcoming GEM and its PS from page 265 of Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy.

[Let your heart sing of being set free with the light of Truth from another potential theme hymn for this Bible Lesson, Hymn 501 (& 136): “I love Your way of freedom, Lord, / To serve You is my choice; / In Your clear light of Truth I rise…”  [Click here & scroll to Download all the w0rds to Hymn 501 & 278 which both feature ideas to cherish this week.]

TIRED OF WAITING? Here’s a PSALM to HELP YOU get THROUGH any waiting period of SEEMING STAGNATION.  “Unto You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul… Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” (Ps. 25:1, 5/cit. B10, NKJV; SH 593:20) “My soul, wait thou only on God, for my expectation is from him.
In God is my salvation (from false beliefs) and my glory.” (Ps. 62:5; SH 593:20)
“Divine Love leads me and you “THROUGH the valley of death,
(where) I will fear no evil; for [Love] is with me…” (Ps. 23; SH 578:10)

[Warren:] In the header of this GEM about waiting, I capitalized THROUGH, because Love means for us to keep moving and serving—never to wallow (swallow, or “stall-oh!”) in the “darkness” (and “vestibule”) parts of the definition of “Wilderness.  Loneliness; doubt; darkness.” Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (SH 597:16-19) These great correlative passages are perfect for our rite (& divine right) of passage to come out of a restrictive-protocols pandemic when right activity seemed to be somewhat on “pause — (for us to) wait on God…” (SH 323:10).

The idea of being a patient waiter, as if on God’s wait staff, means being ready to graciously wait on and do whatever is needed to be an attentive host only to good—to “entertain angels…” by actively hosting ONLY good. (SH 299:15)  This also relates to when Jesus finished a 40-day period of sheltering in place in the wilderness, that he “returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee… and… their synagogues (churches) and laid his hands on everyone (at least symbolically) and healed them.” (Luke 4:14) Let us, like Jesus, as we come out of our wilderness, waiting experiences, return to a higher sense of church and stick with the only real power, the power of the Spirit!

Cobbey Crisler on citation B11/Matthew 8:14-16 (
+ “Hurricane season” bonus Matt. 8:26)

[Cobbey:] “(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.  [BONUS video 1 from Warren: Click here for a link to a moving, 3-minute video clip from “The Chosen” as it’s told in several of the Gospels. And/or click here for BONUS video 2: To see the compassion Jesus was showing to Simon’s household in a prelude to the scene of the healing.  In it the director took artistic-license to give a believable, realistic portrayal of how Jesus put God’s love into the hearts of Simon’s wife and family so as to free him to follow Jesus as a fisher of men.]

[Cobbey continues:] “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 coronavirus or flu as advertised these days—as well as for its being communicable… “and she arose and ministered unto them.

(Verse 16) “When the even was come, many 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”].

[W: BONUS below from Cobbey on verses beyond citation B11/Matthew 8:14-16 ABOUT JESUS STILLING THE STORM— AND WHAT THAT CAN MEAN TO US WITH TODAY’S CONCERNS OVER EXTREMES IN THE WEATHER AND IN THE MENTAL CLIMATE OF POLITICAL AND GLOBAL CONFLICTS. *see P.S. for the direct connections that Mary Baker Eddy drew between them.]

 “(Verse 26). “Before stilling the storm Jesus asks the disciples, “Why are ye fearful,” immediately seeing the thought, reading the thought, “you of little faith.” He rebukes the wind and the sea; “and there was a great calm.” That tells us something about what it must mean in Genesis 1:26 when man “was given dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air.”  Is it possible?  Is Jesus telling man it is possible that he can exercise dominion over the elements?  He has within him the kingdom of heaven, dominion that can be exercised over what looks (to be) outside of him…]   
 “Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

*P.S. As Jesus did, embrace every opportunity to lovingly still storms of strife and hard and narrow extremism. Here’s how Mary Baker Eddy connected our establishing a mental climate of unselfed love with improved climate changes: “… the atmosphere of the human mind, when cleansed of self and permeated with divine Love, will reflect this purified subjective state in clearer skies, less thunderbolts, tornadoes, and extremes of heat and cold;” (Miscellany 265:24–28)

ACCEPT HEALING AS PROPHECY FULFILLED: LOVE AT YOUR LYSTRA THE FULFILLMENT OF A LAME MAN LEAPING! Cobbey on cit. B21/Acts 14:8-10+, Paul & the Isa. 35:6 prophesy fulfilled

[Cobbey Crisler:] “Acts, Chapter 14 begins with [the prequel of] “the unbelieving Jews” in Acts 14, verse 2, “stirring up the Gentiles.” … And we find now that this is close on the heels of all the success the church makes – a step forward and then a counter step trying to resist and destroy what has been achieved.  … So, the “stirring up occurs.”  Acts 14, verse 4, shows you a “division in the city, an actual assault is made” in Acts 14, verse 5, “to stone them.”

And they leave the city going to Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding region to preach the gospel.”  (Acts 14:6, 7)   …

“In the midst of all this persecution and conflict, “there is a man at Lystra, a cripple, and born that way.  He never had walked.” (Acts 14:8, cit. B21) 

Acts 14:9  The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

“Now you remember what we said when Jesus looked at someone?  “And Peter beheld someone.”  … Here it says, “Paul, steadfastly beholding him.”  The author means much more that staring at him, doesn’t he?  “Steadfastly beholding him, perceiving” – you see it’s an inner sight – “perceiving he had faith to be healed.”  (Acts 14:9, cit. B21)

“Now, if he hadn’t [perceived that he had faith], the implication is what?  They were many that needed healing there, but receptivity – the patient has to be part of it apparently.  Just as Jesus did not physically lift people to their feet so much as he said, “Pick up your bed and walk…stretch forth your hand” and so forth here. 

“Paul, perceiving that he had faith to be healed “Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet.  And he leaped and walked. (Acts 14:10, cit. B21)

“You notice that the first thing this man does also is what?  He leaps before he walks.  He never had walked, and “the first thing he did was leap.”  …
And Isaiah, if you will recall the prophecy, it indicated “the lame man shall leap as an hart.”  (Isa 35:6) … It is a fulfillment of prophecy.  Therefore, it’s God’s idea, you see, not man’s healing.”
“After the Master, What? – The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

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