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G.E.M.s = God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you to sparkle brightly with insights from Cobbey Crisler & others as inspired by God and The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Soul”
for Sunday, February 18, 2024

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler janetcrisler7@gmail.com)
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus,
warren@cedarscamps• 314-378-2574


Final featured GEMs starting with Section 3, after GEMs sent 2-14
CHERISH a CHRISTLY COMPASSION to HEAL & FEED OTHERS — & have DOMINION!
Cobbey on J. feeding 5k in Matt. 14:14+ & 4k in Mark 6:34+ (see cits. B13/Matt. 15:30+, B21/Mark 8:18-21 & S15/206:15)

Enjoy a tear-evoking BONUS YouTube video of a dramatization by “The Chosen” of the distribution of 5 loaves & 2 fish at  https://youtu.be/gxT8N0uJJs8?si=C54qX3rZqGWLzn1l.

[Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 14:14 (referred to in cit. B15/Matt. 15:30) “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 then 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: We 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!” (See a Download at the bottom of the online version of these GEMs this message on my t-shirt and a spoon rest above an ancient artist’s representation of it in ceramic tile. I got it in January 2020 on a Principia Lifelong Learning trip to the Holy Lands, led by our Bible professor son, Dr. Barry Huff who is leading CedarS Fall Bible Workshop virtually and in-person. More at Bible Study with Dr. Barry Huff – CedarS Camps)

Cobbey Crisler on Mark 6:35-44 (similar to Matthew 14:14-21 and Matt. 15:30-38/cit. B18)
[Cobbey:] “The only so-called miracle in all four gospels is the feeding of the “five thousand,” (and also one referred to this week of the feeding of the “four 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**


TAKE EACH STEP LIKE A SHEEP WHO TOTALLY TRUSTS ITS SHEPHERD!
Insights by Ruth E. Huff & others on Psalm 23 and on Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritual sense of it with “[Divine Love] is my shepherd”__ [Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]  &
“…I will dwell in [the consciousness] of [Love] forever” SH 578:16/cit. S16). 

APPLY EACH LINE TO YOURSELF!

Psalm 23 and ME
Hear APPLICATION EXAMPLES FOR EACH LINE as shared by Warren Huff in his inspirational interview for the 2nd half of Arden Wood’s 2022 Annual Meeting.
To see it on YouTube click on
https://www.ardenwood.org/events/annualmeeting22/
Click here to read a transcript of the application ideas shared by Warren Huff.

Claim these divinely REAL definitions of YOUR heritage in the TWENTY-THIRD PSALM! They negate the supposed “23 and me” genetic domination of 23 pairs of ancestral X-Y chromosomes and can prove that they Do Not Apply (D.N.A.) to the real you! [Bracketed substitutions from Mary Baker Eddy show ”the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures” with a ”…spiritual sense” of Love. (S&H 577:32+/cit. S5)]  

 ”[Divine Love] is my shepherd;” That’s MY RELATIONSHIP

”I shall not want.” That’s MY SUPPLY!

 ”[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:” That’s MY REST!

”[Love] leadeth me beside still waters.” That’s MY REFRESHMENT!

 ”[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]:” That’s God’s way of HEALING & MINE!

 ”[Love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness” That’s God’s GUIDANCE & MINE!

 ”For His name’s sake.” That’s MY PURPOSE!

 ”Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” That’s MY TESTING!

 ”I will fear no evil:” That’s MY PROTECTION!

 ”For [Love] is with me;” That’s God’s FAITHFULNESS and MINE!

 ”[Love’s] rod and [Love’s] staff they comfort me.” That’s God’s DISCIPLINE and MINE!

 ”[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:” That’s MY HOPE!

 ”[Love] anointeth my head with oil;” That’s God’s CONSECRATION and MINE!

 ”My cup runneth over.” That’s God’s ABUNDANCE and MINE!

 ”Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:” That’s God’s BLESSING & Mine!

 ”And I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love]” That’s MY SECURITY!

 ”forever.”  That’s God’s ETERNAL HERITAGE and MINE!
(partly penned by CedarS Founder, Ruth Huff, partly by her son, Warren Huff)


WHEN SIMULTANEOUS, TIME-MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS ARISE FOR YOU, LIKE THEY DID FOR JESUS, PRIORITIZE
RECEPTIVITY AND HEALING OVER RANK.
Cobbey Crisler on Jesus’ time-management of 2 urgent appeals: as prelude to Luke 8:41-55/cit. B16)

[Cobbey on the Luke version of this healing “double-header”:] “In this case we have something that might present a problem.  Two people that need attention simultaneously.  What do you do?...  Here’s how Jesus deals with it. He is first summoned by a ruler of the synagogue with a great deal of human priority. Jairus has the rank and he asks first. He’s got a more urgent need. His daughter is on the verge of dying (Luke 8:41).

[BONUS (not in the Bible Lesson) of the interrupting event:
 “But Jesus can’t even get to the location where this girl is because of the crush of people in the narrow lanes of the Palestinian village. The Greek word for “thronged” is often used to describe how close these groups got to one another. Jesus was nearly suffocated by the crowd.

“Later the disciples rebuked Jesus, in Verse 45, for asking “Who touched me?” To them it was ridiculous.  Everybody was touching him. The Greek verb that’s used is a verb that means what happens to grain kernels between two grinding stones. They were ground really together. The people were that crowded.

“What happens? The woman does not wish to delay Jesus’ mission, but she is at the absolutely desperate end of a rope. Here we find the receptivity. Blessed are those who are in this state. Happy are those because the state of mind can be changed.

“This radical change of thought was in the presence of the Christ-correction that Jesus was exercising in the mental realm. It’s going to be sufficient and the woman feels that it will help her. She’s lost all her money on physicians. [No health insurance…] Mark even tells us that she’s worse because of that choice. [Mark 5:26]  All she does is touch the border of his garment.  The issue of blood, the continuous hemorrhaging that had occurred for twelve years had kept her out of the temple, kept her out of worship and made her as unclean as the lepers. With all sorts of legislative rules around her, she herself could not be touched because it would make the individual who did it unclean. But we find that Jesus welcomed that dear woman from the standpoint of God’s welcome, because he said, “the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the father do.” (John 5:19).

“In Luke 8, Verse 48 he calls that lady, “Daughter.” Whose daughter? Certainly, not his.  In fact, he lifts that word “daughter” entirely out of any sense of blood relationship. That was the woman’s problem.  He lifts even her identity out of blood.

“Daughter, be of good comfort” (Verse 48).  Look at how he’s addressing the thought of that woman. Not only the precious relationship to God, but the comfort.  She hasn’t experienced that in twelve years. She’d lost all her money.  She was about to be thrown on the society.  There was nowhere to go when you were thrown on society. That may have happened to the woman who had been a sinner. Prostitution was the only open career for many women when they were simply thrown out and discarded from normal humanity. She could not get a living unless her family supported her, and there is no indication of that happening.

“Jesus refuses to allow that woman to walk away from the scene thinking that physical contact with his robe had anything to do with the healing.  He says, again, “Your faith hath made you whole.” The word “whole” and the word “heal” in Anglo-Saxon have the identical root.  It implies that disease is something less than wholeness, that it is a fragmentation of our being. Healing is the condition of being made whole.

“We understand that equation when Jesus said, “If your eye be single” Matthew 6:22), indivisible, not shared, no divisions in it and no double vision. It is single-mindedness and persistency, as we see Jesus requiring later in our book, which results in man being whole as God views him.”]


[W. THE OTHER HALF OF THE TIME CRUNCH DEMAND, that IS in our Bible Lesson, shows Christ’s use of humor to clear out funerial thought. To check-out other effective dramatizations there’s one by The Church of the Latter Day Saints at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGJ0TKRTEFI&list=PPSV and a longer one by “The Chosen” (in Season 3, Episode 5) of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead in this BONUS YouTube: https://youtu.be/mEoGz0_VXiA?si=MxT0DqLtwm9UrWN0

 
[Cobbey comments on it:] “When Jesus goes to the raising of Jairus’ daughter, we don’t find any reason to bemoan the delay in getting there. Even though the news comes back that the daughter has died in the meantime (Verse 49). That is the human news. Jesus goes right in and clears the environment out (Verse 51). Notice, again, this must be telling us something about what is required in order to heal.

“The thought of death is so weighted down with its inevitability and grief that Jesus has to clear it out. Notice how he does so, incisively and brilliantly. He couldn’t clear them out while they were weeping. That was acceptable at a funeral. Jesus would have occupied the villain’s role.

“So, he simply tells them something that was an absolute fact to him, “That maid, right there that you see horizontal, no movement, no breath, no pulse, no anything, that little girl, she’s really not dead. That appearance that you see there is like sleep (Verse 52). And I am going to awaken her life.” All the paid mourners who were earning their salary for conducting a funeral service, and everybody else who had witnessed the tragedy associated with this little girl passing away laughed (Verse 53).

“Can you clear laughers out of funerals? There is certainly more justification from a social standpoint than with weepers. It also showed how deeply their grief had run. Forgetting every reason why they were there, they turned to laughing him to scorn. He put them all out.

“He went to the little girl, “Maid arise” (Verse 54). “Her spirit came again, she arose straightway” (Verse 55). And that beautiful practicality of Jesus, “Give her meat,” give her something to eat (Verse 55). What else would a twelve-year-old girl want anyway? It was also an announcement that everything was quite normal.”
“Luke, the Researcher,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


BRING the CARE of the GOOD SHEPHERD to ALL YOU DO!
Cobbey Crisler on John 10:7-10/cit. B18,  plus John 10:27, 28 “My sheep hear my voice… and they follow me.”  

[Cobbey:] “Chapter 10. Not too many of us keep sheep anymore.  So, this is a lost simile on the twentieth century. Should we be keeping sheep in the real meaning of it? What could you and I do more about our job, our home, our world, our political situation, our community, and church, if we introduced more of the shepherd motive into all of them?
John 10:13 shows the difference between the shepherd-motive and the hireling’s motive who was working just for pay. “The hireling fleeth, because that’s all he was working for is money.” Where’s the difference?  “He doesn’t care.”
“Let’s ask ourselves the question, do we care?  If we care, that’s the shepherd motive.  Jesus cared.  He walked in the midst of the dissolute, the despairing, the injured, the grieved, and the broken in heart as well as in body.  And nobody knew why he did it. The upper classes, those who didn’t have similar problems, wondered why he was with the publicans and sinners.  But he said that “the whole didn’t need a physician” (Matt. 9:12; Mark 4:23; Luke 5:31).
He apparently contemplated an Israel in prophecy which the existing Israel, the establishment, had not remotely seen.
“He saw the Israel in prophecy which is exactly in accord with Jeremiah’s prediction of the new covenant and Isaiah’s. The new Israel would be composed of those whose needs had been met, where the recipients were, no class, no mass, no private sector, no ghetto, but receptivity gathering the sons and daughters together.  They are gathered to prove what is possible on earth as in heaven.  The shepherd motive of caring brings us into that new Israel.”

Jesus says that he is the Shepherd and he also says he is the door.  It may look like he is confused.  Let me give you an example of how he isn’t.  When my wife and I were in Israel, we stopped in a place between Jerusalem and Bethany.  I saw what I thought was an unattended flock of sheep.  There was also a rock wall with one door or gate.  It was an almost complete square.  As I wandered around, I was suddenly surprised by the shepherd whom I had disturbed.  He rose up.  He was stretched across that entry way, getting a few winks. 


     “Right there I had illustrated what Jesus meant in John 10: 2, 11, 14, “I am the shepherd” and in John 10: 7, 9, “I am the door.”  Now there was no confusion at all.  With the sheep inside an enclosure and the only possible entrance of wild animals or thieves being that door, you had to get through the shepherd in order to get to the sheep.  The shepherd was also the door.
John 10:27, 28 (Golden Text) “My sheep hear my voice… and they follow me.”        In Mary Baker Eddy’s poem, “Feed My Sheep”, there is the statement, “I will listen for Thy voice.” [Hymn 304] While we were down in that area of Beersheba, we saw many sheep all mixed together.  I said to Janet, ‘I wonder how the shepherd is ever going to sort out his sheep.  They’re all just mingled together.’  …  It wasn’t very long before our shepherd separated himself from the crowd, walked away –
never looked over his shoulder at the mixed-up sheep— but made some kind of identifying click or clack of his tongue or voice. 
“Do you know that every one of his sheep separated themselves from that flock and followed him?!  He never doubted.  He never looked back.  The sheep did their job.  The sheep knew his voice.  “I will listen for Thy voice.”  These lessons are things that in the busy moments of our own twentieth century we need to contemplate.  They’re not just symbols.  They’re not done just as ancient history.  They’re attitudes.  They’re states of mind and thought.  This is something we often need to consider.”
In John 10:30 (cit. B7, and expounded on in cit. S6, 315:3-7, 32-7) is Jesus’ great statement, “I and my Father are one.”  If this is from the Aramaic, then, the Aramaic word would give the meaning, “I and my Father are in accord.”
Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,”
B. Cobbey Crisler**


ACT AS IF YOU KNOW: 1) PROPHECY IS FULFILLED NOW; HEALING’s AT HAND; by CHANGING your concept; & BELIEVING!  Cobbey on Mark 1:14, 15/cit. B20 — 4 foundational points for Jesus:

[Cobbey Crisler:] Mark 1, Verse 14… And, ‘‘Jesus comes into Galilee, and his work begins.”

“Verse 15. There are four foundational aspects to the gospel we need to study. Normally, an architect might refer to just one cornerstone in a building. But let’s remember that all four of the corners have cornerstones.  To that degree, let’s ask ourselves if this is not a clue to understanding Mark.  We have a foursquare gospel, and at each corner we have a particular point. If this is true, you should be able to compile the information that follows in the gospel under one of the following four headings.
(1) “The announcement that, “the time   is fulfilled.”   What does this mean?  Prophecy.  The time for the fulfillment of prophesy has arrived. So, everything is just brimming in the gospel of Mark with this great news.  All of the expectation is over for the Messianic prophecy: We have a fulfillment now. ‘What could be more exciting than to be living in an era of fulfilled prophecy? Nothing, apparently, because this is what impels the gospel writers to pick up their pens….
“Study Mark as if it were a textbook, filled with data that Jesus needed us to know in order to follow him. It is a handbook, so to speak, a textbook where we can find data that can be applied.  Those four foundational points, under “the time is fulfilled,” you will see over and over again, explicit or implicit, in the text.

(2) “The second one, “the kingdom of God is at no distance.” It is right here.  Even that idea is radical to Christendom today often because the kingdom of God, or often heaven, is considered to be so far away from any of us now. It is out of reach, and we’re not really behaving ourselves sufficiently to get there. It takes Palomar’s 200 inch reflecting telescope to even get a glimpse of it. But we find the founder of Christianity saying, ”Not so.” His theology is based on the fact that “the kingdom of God is at hand.”

Do we act like it is? We moan and we groan most of the time. We wouldn’t if our state of mind was the “kingdom-of-God-is-at-hand” and the “prophecies-are-fulfilled.”  But those are only two of the cornerstones.

(3) “The third one is “Repent!” That means to change your concept.  Now, we’re going very deeply to the roots of what is required of us to get anywhere spiritually. The problem is mental or he never would have stated it in this way.

“It would be cruelly misleading if he laid down as one of the four important aspects of his theology the fact that we had to change our concepts of things.  The implication is that every human ill, physical, moral, mental, all can be changed mentally.  Otherwise, repenting wouldn’t make any difference. Changing one’s concept wouldn’t make any difference.

“This might be where maybe we temporarily get off the train leading to Jesus’ theology. We may say to ourselves, if our bodies are riddled with cancer, of what avail would it be to change our concept?  How would that affect the body? The implication is that this is the panacea. Repent ye. Change your concept about things.

“Do you realize what kind of a religion that suggests? It’s very revolutionary in this respect:  nothing is incurable from the point of view of Jesus’ theology. If you can change your concept, then everything is curable. That’s some good news of victory that has yet to hit the human race with any impact like Mark, the hammer.

(4) “The fourth and final cornerstone is to “believe the gospel,” That “believe” is not just to hold an opinion that waves in the breeze. This is a conviction and a trust in the pronouncements of the gospel of the kingdom of God, and that “kingdom of God is at hand.”

“With that structure of the gospel in mind, we can do this kind of work together. As a matter of fact, the reward comes from doing this work individually and meeting each other that way. It affects the world’s climate by doing this kind of deep research.  In your own individual study, try those four columns.

“The time is fulfilled,

“The kingdom of God is at hand,

“Repent ye,

“Believe the gospel,

“and see how you can outline the whole gospel in that way.

… “Let’s look at the gospel from above. Let’s see the divine structure here that is motivating what we are being told.

Mark 1, Verse 22. What he is teaching is so radical that his hearers acted as if they’ll never heard this before. How wonderful!  That means it’s inspired.  They didn’t recognize in his method anything they were used to in the scribal method the Bible experts, the teachers of that period.  In Jesus’ remarks they heard more authority coming across than they had ever heard from the local ecclesiastics.

“Now we’re going to really see part of Jesus’ definition of church. He begins with this preaching that we have heard him do.  But his preaching is never separate from his practice of what he’s preaching.

[Cobbey on BONUS Verses 23-31:] ” Jesus introduces healing as an appropriate if not mandatory church activity there in that synagogue when he heals a man with an unclean spirit.]  “Is the church of that period prepared for healing? Is it ready to be regarded as a place to remedy health and other problems?
“Verse 27. “Authority” is the point that’s raised. It’s almost as if religion, as defined by human kind, has come across to us with splendor, with robes, with grandeur, spectacle, but without authority. “The authority Jesus proves is illustrated by the results.” This is what spreads Christianity. Not knocking on doors, not even one-to-one that we so reverence, but healing. There’s a one-to-one. That news, the good news, the gospel of healing, spreads by itself. Who can hold it in? It’s bigger than all of us. It’s God’s word applied, and capable of being applied.”

“Verse 28. So, we find that “his fame spread abroad all-around Galilee.”“What Mark Recorded,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


DEMONSTRATE A TIMELY, HEAVENLY ABUNDANCE of JUST-RIGHT BLESSINGS! With all bondage and curses reversed!
Cobbey Crisler on Malachi 3:10/citation B22 (+ bonus verses 11, 12)

  “Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

[Warren’s notes on Cobbey Crisler’s comments:] “Let the divine consciousness be in you that was also in Christ Jesus—May a God-filled experience or storehouse be manifested in just right ways for you so that you say “it is enough.”  The deluge is to show the infinite supply that God is able to pour through you.”

[Cobbey on BONUS verses 11 and 12:]:

“Malachi 3, Verse 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, for he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.” This promises that God’s time is now; our grateful acknowledgement of that is essential.

Verse 12 “And all nations shall call you blessed” (praise you—creative ideas); for ye shall be a delightsome land” (a community of thinkers devoid or empty of fear, worry, inertia).”

Comments from B. Cobbey Crisler as recorded in the margin of Warren Huff’s Bible


WHEN “LEANING ON THE SUSTAINING INFINITE,” FULLY EXPECT TO SEE FUN WAYS FOR GOD’s A.I. (Angel Inspiration) TO SUPPLY ANSWERS TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED SUSTAINABLY!
Thanks to A.I. (Angel Inspiration) “… the evidence that God and man coexist is fully SUSTAINED by SPIRITUAL SENSE” (A.I.). (SH 471)

[Warren:] “What a relief to know that it’s by God’s will and “amazing grace”— not by any of our own efforts, other than that of leaning on God and Angel-inspired Ideas— that we are given lives “big with blessings.” As Mary Baker Eddy has proven and promised: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” (citation S30, vii:1) What could be bigger blessings for us than daily demonstrations that the newness of Life in God is ALL-inclusive: “Behold, I make all things new!” (Revelation 21:5).

Find fresh ways to express and experience “God’s being …(of) infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss.”  (SH 481:23) “Sing unto God a new song.” (Ps. 96:1) even “…a new song in … praise unto our God.”  (Ps. 40:3) When we fully embrace Life’s abundant blessings and forever newness as outlined in the Bible Lesson this week, you and I will fully expect fun, fresh ways for God to supply blessings and answers to our every need. We are given examples of this in the way that God multiplied a few loaves and fish for Jesus and the disciples to fill hungry crowds of thousands and in how Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead to bless her and her family, as well as his followers then and ever since then.

As our lives sing with the joy of new manifestations of “infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss,” all their supposed opposites will naturally be ruled out of us thereby enabling us to overcome: every lie of limitation; every seemingly enslaving habit; every thought of inharmony, division and strife; and every unhappiness arising from disappointed human will. Living with renewable energy and expectation in the nowness of newness, moment to moment, is a big part of leaning on “the sustaining infinite” and sharing in the big blessings of each new day.”


BELOW are GEMS from the Golden Text thru Section 2 — sent 2-14 



CLAIM AS YOURS GOD’S DAILY-ASSURED, LOADED “BENEFITS PACKAGE!
including SINS REMOVED, ALL DISEASES HEALED, DEATH OUTDONE!
Psalm 68:19 as listed in Psalm 103:2-6/Golden Text as shared by Cobbey Crisler:

 [Cobbey wrote of the Golden Text:] “Psalm 103, Verse 2, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” We’re all covered by insurance policies, perhaps life and health insurance. The Canadian spelling is probably better, “assurance” as far as biblical therapy is concerned.

“If you’ve ever wanted to know what benefits we have, Psalm 103 lists them: Verse 2, “Forget not all his benefits.” We have “Forgive us iniquities,” that’s sin removed from man. “healeth all thy Disease,” all of them, Verse 3. Removed from man’s experience and nature.”  Verse 4, “Redeemeth thy life from destruction,” death no longer the arbiter of man’s potential and capability.  Those are the benefits.  They’re not only individual; they’re collective because verse 6 says, “The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from the Psalms”,
by B. Cobbey Crisler** 

Also in Ps. 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.”


With you WHOLE SOUL SEEK & SIFT to FIND GOD & YOUR “EXPECTED END”!
Sift plus & minus thoughts for “an expected end” of 100% precious peace, 0% vile division!  Cobbey on
Jeremiah 31:3 (and early verses as a prelude to cit. B5/Jer. 31:7-14 the closing verses of the Responsive Reading, Jer. 32:36-41)

[Cobbey Crisler bonus Prelude:] “Verse 19 in Jeremiah Chapter 15, “If you return, then will I bring thee again, [and] you will stand before me.”  Look at this for a mental sifting of plus and minus.  “If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.”  How much do you and I reflect or image forth God’s mouth or words?  Remember what James [3.10] says, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth both blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”  That’s what James wrote in his epistle.  Notice the control of thought and therefore, our communication here.  If we take forth the precious from the vile, we will be more like God now.  If we want the word to become flesh, we must conform to what that word is.  It’s indivisible.  It does not have part precious and part vile in it, nor should man.

17th Chapter of Jeremiah, Verse 14, “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed.”  There’s Jeremiah’s prayer.  “Save me and I shall be saved.”  The Anchor Bible points out that the word “salvation” as used in the Old Testament is often used in terms of a not-guilty verdict in court.  Salvation is often used in the Old Testament in terms that we would understand today as a not-guilty verdict in court.

The salvation of man would eventually include a verdict of not-guilty, or innocent.  This is, of course, the entire theme of Job, his guilt or innocence.

Here is God being quoted, in Verse 12 Chapter 30 [of Jeremiah].  “Thus saith the LORD, thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.  [Verse 13] “There is none to plead thy cause [of innocence], that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.”

In Verse 15, “Why do you cry for your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable.”  Why? [Voice: “The multitude of your iniquity.”]  That’s all.  Just because of “the multitude of your iniquity.”  There is the Bible definition of an incurable disease.  It’s just up to us whether it’s incurable or not.  Our outlook, our comprehension, and what we are going to do about the iniquity aspect of it.  Moses was shown that man has just as much dominion over the serpent, symbolizing iniquity, as over the leprosy on his hand [symbolizing disease].      

Verse 17 is God’s view of whether there is any incurability or not.  “I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds.” 

Religion has got to be practical, especially in our century.  There’s no room for anything that’s not practical anymore.  There are too many problems requiring solutions.  Humanity in its history has run [from problems] long enough.  Like Jacob ran for twenty years until he began to wrestle [Genesis 32. 24, 25].  Collectively mankind is wrestling now.  As John Bunyan said about religion. “The soul of religion is the practical part.”

In Chapter 31, which is Jeremiah’s greatest chapter, he predicts the new covenant will come.  He defines it.  In Verse 3 he shows that the new covenant is definitely based on the comprehension of God as love. It’s that very “lovingkindness” that will draw all mankind to God for the solution of the world problems.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


APPLY GOD’S PROMISE OF BEING UPHELD TO ALL WHO SERVE TO THE DELIGHT OF GOD’S SOUL!  “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42:1, citation B2) Cobbey Crisler on Isa. 42:1 (citation B2) +verse 6
“Chapter 42:1 is a prophesy of a servant who should come, the “elect of God” who would have “the Spirit of God upon him.” [W: In Verse 6 there’s a shift from God calling this elect servant in the third person, to God calling YOU and holding your hand, and keeping YOU, to give YOU “for a covenant of the people, for a light to the Gentiles.” You will notice in Verse 7 – and in Isaiah 61:1 – what the assignment of this servant (YOU) would be, “To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”
(W: or out of a lockdown or quarantined shelter-in-place)

[Cobbey again:] “Isn’t it interesting that the prophet Isaiah foresees this prophesied individual in the terms of “a servant” when the Greek word most often in the New Testament for healing has the classical Greek meaning of “to serve.” You remember how Jesus defined his ministry in those terms, “I came not to be ministered unto but to minister” [Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45]. Healing is serving by definition in Greek. Serving whom? God and man.”
­“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Warren:] These prophecies in Isaiah foretell the coming of Christ as God’s healing servant. But the verse in our Bible lesson also promises that YOU are the called this called and healing servant who will be upheld. That is a promise of protection that you can specifically affirm in your prayer walks and watches— not only for yourself, but also for all our brave workers in health care, law enforcement, food supply, election polling, and other essential lines of service. All the dear ones who seek to restore freedom and harmony to our communities, to our country, and to our whole world have been clad in Love’s complete protection as they (you, we) have “pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom” (SH 91:2).

Florence Nightingale, a famous wartime nurse in the Crimean war, was cited by Mary Baker Eddy as a great example of the endurance and immunity in the moment that God gives to all who provide care for and serve others. She wrote: “…Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists engaged in humane laborers have been able to undergo without sinking fatigues and exposures which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derive from the divine law, rising above the human. The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds… Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untoward conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself.” (Science & Health, p. 385:2)

[W:] Check out on JSH-online an excellent Journal podcast by Janet Horton, a retired US Army Chaplain. It gives context to the above passage by sharing a brief biography of Florence Nightingale and her tireless labors for the soldiers during the Crimean War. She also shares an example of the pulling together and protection that she and others in the Pentagon demonstrated when it was struck by the high-jacked aircraft on 9/11.

[W:] As I was praying to see as divinely protected all the world’s front-line, health care providers, including all dear Christian Science nurses—and all patients as well, I continued to read page 395 in the chapter, “Christian Science Practice.” I found especially helpful the paragraph with the marginal heading of “Mental Quackery.” There it says: “It is mental quackery to make disease a reality—to hold it (the coronavirus) as something to be seen and felt—and then to attempt its cure through Mind…. Mental practice, which holds disease as a reality, fastens disease on the patient and it may appear in a more alarming form.” (SH 395:21)


REMEMBER REALITY TO “BE STRONG &… FEAR NOT” & to LET “SORROW AND SIGHING FLEE AWAY…”  WITH CONVINCING PROOFS OF GOD’S CARE!
Read, hear & see (in Isa. 35:4, 7 links below) samples of applications ideas for Isaiah 35 (citation B3) proved as part of CedarS divinely-defined purpose.

Each verse and word of the 35th chapter of Isaiah has been treated as CedarS divinely-given “marching orders.” Since 1962 Isaiah 35’s guidelines and promises have been passed along to CedarS staff by Ruth E. Huff, CedarS Founder and Executive Director for the first 16 summers, its second Executive Director for 42 summers, Warren Huff, and its current Executive Director for the last 4+ summers, Holly Huff Bruland.

[Ruth E. Huff wrote of CedarS purpose and Isaiah 35:] “In asking God what His/Her purpose was in founding CedarS Camps near Lebanon, Missouri, I (Ruth) opened the Bible “at random” for a divine answer and the first words that I saw were “the glory of Lebanon.” (Isaiah 35:2) Since that first summer in 1962, every Counselor Training course has featured the vital importance of putting into practice each word of all ten verses of Isaiah 35 as CedarS divinely-given “marching orders.”

Putting into practice an Isaiah 35:1— “The wilderness* and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” CedarS staff work together to put a full stop to the three, negative parts in the opening of Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of “WILDERNESS. Loneliness; doubt; darkness.” (not the period or as the punctuation is called in the King’s English “FULL SYOP” and to replace these temporary dark aspects of challenges to mental health with the lasting joys of her spiritual definition of wilderness as: “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) CedarS Bible Lands Park (BLP) features the great growth that all major Bible characters experienced in the wilderness when they had to go outside their “comfort zones” to find their “inspired, spiritual growth zones.” This stretching and growth happens intentionally every day and really every hour with CedarS Mets that kick-off each activity with a spiritual sense of it and of every participant.
Solos are another tradition for older campers and staff that feature a sacred, “solitary place” and set-aside time to commune one-to-one with God. In BLP, what was a deserted place has been transformed into the lush land of Sharon, even with blooming roses of Sharon.

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:2: “It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”
The blossomingexcellency” of all at CedarS is celebrated with unique Quality Awards;
our 5th Fundamental is “We expect to make camping at CedarS fun!”;
every meal includes singing; and, at every Wednesday Testimony meeting all see and hear amazing testimonies to the glory and excellency of our God.

BONUS: Putting into practice Isaiah 35:3, “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.” Above and beyond the physical healings of weak hands and feeble knees that could be related here, shine the examples in every camper and staff member (as part of their God-ordained purpose at CedarS) to strengthen their grasp on Truth through hourly Mets and more as well as to quicken and firm-up their resolve to take a “stand for right especially when it’s not the popular thing to do.” [part of CedarS Torchbearer pledge]

BONUS: Putting into practice Isaiah 35:4  A big part of each CedarS counselor job is to lovingly “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not…” Throughout each day CedarS staff members constantly accentuate “Christ’s keynote of harmony, ‘Be not afraid!’” (SH 410:30)

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:5,Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened. And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.” [A wonderful, instantaneous healing happened at CedarS about 20 years ago when a workman was blinded by an accidental splash of acetone.  A healing of a preexisting hole in a camper’s ear drum happened a few years ago. Above and beyond these “miracles”, we witness daily shining examples of campers and staff awakening to the “gratitude that outlaws blindness to present good” as well as to a new openness to hear and obey our guardian angels that are either whispering or thundering in our ears “This is the way, walk ye in it!” [Isaiah 39:21, Misc. 539:23]

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:6, “Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing…” We have also witnessed physical healings at CedarS of a Division 1 football player on the same day he broke a foot being able to leap & run — eager for Football Camp — as well as a kindergartner who had not talked for over a year being able to open up and speak at CedarS.
But the day-to-day fulfillment of these promises comes in symbolic ways as campers and staff leave behind a crippling, “material sense of things…” that mutes the expression of their true spiritual identities which “break out” as “spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (Definition of Wilderness, SH 597)

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:7, “And the parched ground shall become a pool…” This prophesy was fulfilled, six days before the opening of CedarS 50th season, when our promised, under-constructionMediterranean Sea” was parched and would have remained so all summer without divine help. Warren was impelled to quickly obey divine guidance to have a culvert drain sealed-off and to transfer runoff from a record storm that filled the lake before Opening Day 2011 with 60 million gallons of “holy water.” [See and hear details on Youtube related by Warren about this and other “miraculous” demonstrations including a life-saving hymn sing healing as told to in a 5-6-18 Principia Inspirational talk. My Hymn Sing healing is at 19 minutes in on YouTube and the 60-million gallons in 6 days is at 31 minutes into my 2018 Principia Parent Association inspirational on YouTube.]

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:8, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness;” This promise from God was fulfilled in “concrete” terms by the completion of Interstate 44 a few years after CedarS opened in 1962. This reduced trips from St. Louis to CedarS from 5 hours on 2-lane ‘Route 66,’ with its hills, curves and trucks to a beautiful and smooth 2.5-hour drive. But the deeper, daily meaning comes from the time and effort one always saves by taking “The way of holiness.” This is God’s “alias” for CedarS that we strive to demonstrate as we work to fulfill our purpose to “give each camper an appreciation of spiritual sense.”

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:9, “No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast…but the redeemed of the Lord shall walk there.” Our little piece of heaven in the Missouri Ozarks is free of all ravenous beasts, and by design, free of strife-filled thoughts, words and ways. Time traveling campers and visitors walking on CedarS Time Travelers’ Trail in Bible Lands Park, are redeemed from beastly, strife-filled thoughts when they pledge (like Daniel in the Lions’ Den) to ‘win without a fight’ – and (like David) to be quick to forgive, and so be forgiven and redeemed.

Putting into practice Isaiah 35:10, “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return… they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” In addition to welcoming new family members, over a thousand campers and staff return to CedarS year after year to experience the nonstop joy of “Spontaneity of thought and idea” (another spiritual aspect of “Wilderness,” SH 597) and to put a “full stop” (period) to the “sorrow and sighing” of fables like “Loneliness; doubt; darkness” that they may “flee away.” (Let these aspects of a merely material view of “Wilderness” vanish as a dream. SH 597)


AVOID THE WRONG REMEDY—RELY on the STABLE, PERFECT MEDICINE of MIND
Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 19:7, 8/cit.B6 & 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 (or vaccine) 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**


Stop HANDCUFFING yourself with the crystalized limitation that comes with a fleshly view of man as Mary Baker Eddy quotes Paul in in the sentence right before citation S8/223:2 below.

Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16) Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters (HAND-CUFFS) 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.” (citation S8/ page 223:2 of Science and Health.)  This sentence, and this whole book, gives us the KEY to the Scriptures, that unlocks every illusion that would limit man.

[Warren:] “Think about and remember forever how you would never want to play any sport (or do any meaningful endeavor) with yourself handcuffed! (in fetters) And yet, when we buy into the prevalent, illusive view that we and others are merely material mortals, living in physical bodies, that’s exactly what we’re doing! We unwittingly, yet often eagerly, seem to volunteer to ourselves (or others) handcuffed in this way and thereby greatly limit our freedom of movement and our level of accomplishments, harmony and true happiness.

“But thanks to the KEY to the Scriptures and its “Scientific Statement of Being,” (SH 468) we can unlock our finite capacities and be free from the hourly pressures of “TIME. Mortal measurements” (SH 595).  We can rejoice in the precious, normal and whole feeling of Spirit’s “gentle presence, peace and joy and power … (of) Life divine, that owns each waiting hour” (Hymn 208 by Mary Baker Eddy). We naturally and humbly express the infinite abilities and the unrestricted, stress-free accomplishments of living as God’s “very good” (Genesis 1:31) “image and likeness!” (SH 468:14, Genesis 1:26)”


 

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