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GEMs = 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

“God the Preserver of Man”
for Sunday, December 10, 2023

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

Cobbey on Ps. 16:5+
(postlude to Golden Text/Ps. 16:1 “Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust)

 [Cobbey Crisler:] “In Psalm 16:5, [postlude to Ps. 16:1/Golden Text (GT)] heredity is being dealt with in this pharmacy of the Psalms. “The LORD” is what? “The portion of mine inheritance!”  Sometimes we’re proud of our inheritances. At other times, we’re ashamed of them. To anchor inheritance, heritage, and heredity in God, is, first, a radically different concept of origin, where we came from. Secondly, it only allows for the expression of the nature from which it is flowing, and that’s divine. The only inheritances, then, can be divine, if that logic prevails.

“In Verse 6 you will note that [deep] concern the psalmist [has] about hereditary limitations on his ability. Apparently, he comes to the conclusion through accepting the divine fact, the prescriptions he’s had filled, “Yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Cobbey GT postlude continued:]  “Kidneys are the problem in Verse 7. There’s a very polite Elizabethan word used in the Bible, “reins.” That has nothing to do with what holds horses back; in some causes it’s used that way. But it’s also the translation of the word that literally means “kidneys.” Calvin’s talking about the anatomy of the soul, remember of every part of the soul that he finds being mirrored in the psalms. But we also are finding specific references to portions of the anatomy that give out, that fail, that act up, and on which we are dependent if the body is dominant; but biblical therapy, if we elect that method, we’ve got to be absent from.

“We find that Verse 7, if it weren’t quite as tragic for the psalmist, it would be slightly amusing, in the fact that it reminds us of ourselves. “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me advice,” but if that’s all it took to get our attention, that would be one thing.   But, he says kidneys also instruct me in the night seasons. [Audience laughter] I get cornered·..   I’m desperate.  Now I’m back to God again, in a way. So very often these anatomical reminders are warnings.

“But remembering also that there are two levels that every biblical concept is expressing itself, the outer one and the inner one. That kidneys also is meant to refer to the mind as the interior self, even Webster under “kidney” talks about temperament and disposition.   Almost all of the anatomical words have mental equivalents.  It’s as if back when our vocabulary was being formulated or translated from previous vocabularies of earlier tongues that we’ve had this psychosomatic link: We’ve had the physical and the mental attached, even to portions of the anatomy.

“Why has there been almost an unobserved record being kept by those who have investigated or seen or lived through some of these physical conditions, that also the mental state that accompanied them has been remembered.  What is the (nearest dispensary) as far as Bible therapy is concerned?
“Keep your focus and priorities immovable in God to be unmoved— with a full dose of joy!”
Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 16:8
[Cobbey GT postlude continued:] Verse 8, “I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

 Verse 9, “My heart is glad,” and guess what else happened; what follows? “My flesh also shall dwell confidently.”   How does “flesh dwell confidently”?   That’s a mental state, but it’s been subdued by a mental state. “My heart is glad.” What medicine do we want more than anything else?   What leads us to a glad heart?

“Then the flesh simply subsides as the significant bellwether as far as health is concerned.

“What is the dosage of gladness in Verse 11?  “In thy presence [is] fullness of joy.” That’s the dosage, ‘fullness.” There’s no room left for anything else.

“[About diseases that attack breathing;] Someone asked me during intermission about a marauder of a disease called Tuberculosis [or CoVid-19?].  The fact that there was a great emotionalism in that because it’s taking family members.  In the spirit of our investigation of Scripture, going to it for the answers; perhaps this should apply to each and every one of us since we’re the ones to search the Scriptures. The Bible will not dwell on the problems of tuberculosis [or covid], but it will dwell on the solutions.  That’s what you want as far as any one of the maxims of the Bible

“The Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the original meaning of both terms, ghost and spirit, being breath, you can tell it must mean that simply by studying all the references to the Holy Ghost.   You’ll find that people are filled with the Holy Ghost.   The only thing like that we can relate to anatomically is [lungs). What are we being filled with? What does the pharmacy of the Bible indicate is the cure for improper breathing or lungs?   If we can be filled, if we can take in, breathe in the atmosphere of God, we are getting pollutant-free air to just inhale.  We must utilize that breath and send back out purity utilized.  This is the sequence of breathing in its highest spiritual form when we run into it in the Bible.  Perhaps, a good dose of searching the divine intent behind the term, the Holy Ghost, will translate that into our nature.  The divine nature has no tubercular problems.  The divine nature is the nature of solutions to problems.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

TO PRESERVE THE REAL YOU, (as well as your travels, companionship & income) CALL ON YOUR GREAT PHYSICIAN
[Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 121:3, 4, 5, 7, Responsive Reading]

[Cobbey:] “Psalm 121, Verses 3 and 4. Let’s remember that the Bible tells us that the Great Physician has no off-hours; “He that keepeth thee will not slumber.”  There are no busy circuits, no vacations, no fully booked calendars.  You can get right to God, and there is a security system built in Verse 8/RR AND citation B8**, “The Lord shall preserve thy going out** and thy coming in** from this time forth, and for ever.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

**[Warren: Psalm 121:8 is annually a key metaphysical citation to support the dear ones coming-in and going out from CedarS. We all apply it to help affirm divinely-safe arrivals and departures when hundreds are travelling to and from CedarS from all over the world.]
**[W. continued: Here’s a semi-humorous, one of my wordplay offering: “Psalm 121:8 establishes a helpful divine basis for those seeking right relationships and supply.  “You can rest easy that it’s God who cares for your “going out” (your dating and companionship) and who provides for your “coming in” (or your in-come) forever!”]


1) a complimentary, personal fitness & health care system (with the Best Physician on-call for you 24/7/365);
2) a free, built-in security system constantly monitored by “the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal” Security Go(uar)d (SH 587:5);
3) a perfect travel-planning system with free trip insurance/assurance (“going out & coming in forever”);
4) systems for personally-planned, food service & waste management (“going out & coming in” Ps 121:8);
4)  an ideal match-making service** (to preserve right companionship & even your “going-out” … dating);
5) an income (“coming-in”) preservation service** from your Soul/sole Provider of “infinite resources”;
6) and, best of all, it’s FOREVER! — No off-hours as Cobbey says  on Psalm 121:3, 8/Responsive Reading AND citations B8 & B16


[Cobbey:] “I’m going to give you an assignment in Psalm 107 because it’s a very rewarding one to work with. In the first 22 verses, for example, when you are studying this independently at home, work out the steps that are being given us, the symptoms, the appointment with the Great Physician, the treatment, the complete remedy, and then paying your bill. That happens to be a refrain, “Pay your bill. Pay your bill.”   In this particular Psalm, in Verse 8, [and Verses 15, 21, 31]   “Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Follow that all the way through and you’ll find three different sets of prescriptions and treatments that can be quite relevant to our own experience.”

[Cobbey’s transcribed-from-audio response to an audience question about the three sets of prescriptions, treatments:]
“The appointment with the Great Physician and then, of course, when you’re in front of the Physician, that’s face-to-face, seeing God’s face, get the treatment, let His face shine upon thee, then the remedy, go out and have the prescription filled.  The remedy solves the whole problem; then pay your bill.  Follow that through and see what comes.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


[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 — 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 S5, 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 forever newness as outlined in the Bible Lesson this week, you and I will fully expect fun, fresh ways for God to supply answers to our every need. We are given examples of this in the way that God multiplied the widow’s oil to fill the vessels that Elijah encouraged her to borrow so she could sell it to pay her debts and live off the rest (II Kings 4:1-7/cit. B6).  We also see how God provided answers to meet Paul’s every need in his work starting with his inspired preaching that brought “almost the whole city together to hear the word of God” and filled the disciples “with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” (cit. B9, Acts 13:44, 52).

As our lives also 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 international and governmental strife, inharmony, and division; and every unhappiness arising from disappointed human will. Living with the joy of renewable energy and an expectation of 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.

Cobbey on Acts 13:46, 47, 52 (the context for cit. B9/Acts 13:16-52)

 [Cobbey Crisler prequel context] “Acts 13:46. Now because the Jews were rejecting Paul and Barnabas, look what the last five words in Acts 13, verse 46, says.  “We turn to the Gentiles.”…
…But, you will notice he would back this up with scriptural authority in Acts 13, verse 47, he says “the Lord commanded us, saying…” ; and that quote, you might write it in the margin of your Bible, is from Isaiah 49, verse 6.

Isa 49:6   And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

… And then when that happens, salvation will begin to reach the ends of the earth.  And look at what has happened in history as Christianity moved out of Judaic definition of it and moved around the world…  Message speaks to those who are receptive.  Receptivity is really ordination in a way, because receptivity is the prepared ground into which the seed can fall.  And, eventually, all must become receptive.

In this case, these are the ones who were at that point.  And it’s pretty clear that you did not have universal receptivity then, any more than you do now.

[So, while the rejecting] Jews stirred up everybody, in Acts 13, verse 50, “the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Ghost; they come to Iconium” (in verse 52) still known as Iconia in modern Turkey.” 
“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

APPLY for YOU & YOURS Paul’s Answered Prayer (AP) History of RAISING THE DEADWhat cannot God do! Cobbey on Acts 20:6 -12/cit. B10 + Bonus of prelude & postlude verses

[BONUS— insights from Cobbey on prelude verses, Acts 20:1-5]
“Chapter 20. Verse 1. “Paul eventually leaves to head to Macedonia.
[Verse 2.] “And into Greece.”
[Verse 3.] “Where he stays for three months.”
What do we pick up in Verse 5? The grammar changes again. And it’s talking about Troas again where we picked it up before. There’s some significance, maybe, that the author has something to do with Troas.

[Cobbey Crisler on citation B10/Acts 20:6-12:]
[Verse 6.] “They’re getting ready to sail. Paul separates from them. At Troas, We abode seven days.” Paul, and maybe Luke, were there seven days.

[Verse 9.] “You know how long-winded Paul could be. And I hope I’m not repeating his example here, and I don’t want to find any Eutychae here in the audience, because “Eutychus, fell into a deep sleep.” Anyone here feel like entering into that condition? I hope not because “Eutychus sank down and fell from the third loft.”

Verse 10. “If that wasn’t enough of a problem, “Paul ran down and fell on him as well, but announces, “Don’t trouble yourselves, his life is in him.” This looks like it may not have been as instant resuscitation or healing. It could have involved broken bones and everything.

[Verse 11.] “Paul goes back, continues talking, breaks bread, and eats.

Verse 12. “At dawn they bring the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.” The man was alive and healed, no broken bones, apparently. There is, again, a major healing that we see.

“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

HERE’s a KEN COOPER moving MONOLOGUE he wrote about this HEALING, called “The Mother of Eutychus.”
Feel the moving words of a mother who has been listening to the words and inspiration of Paul, when she is suddenly challenged to put Paul’s words into practice when her son appears to have died from a fall…

 [BONUS— insights from Cobbey on postlude verses & the unity & love in church, Acts 20:13-38]
“Verse 13. The first person continues. “Traveling by ship…”

[Verse 15] The we. “We come to Miletus.

[Verse 18.] Talks to the Ephesian church representatives in his farewell speech.

Verse 19. “He tells with all humility of mind what he’s been doing, serving the Lord, with many tears, and temptations.”

Verse 24. “One of the greatest things Paul ever said, “None of these things move me.” Lest you forget what these things are, note 2 Corinthians 11, Verse 23 and the following verses. When you add those things together right next to this comment. Listen, for instance, He said, “in labours more abundant, stripes, in prisons, [Verse 24] the Jews five times received if forty save one, [Verse 25] thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, three times shipwrecked, a night and day in the deep, [Verse 26] journeyings, perils of waters, robbers, and so forth.[verse 27] weariness, watchings, fastings, cold, nakedness…” and so forth. After all that list just to spread the Word and see the church begin to embrace universal humanity. He went through that for us because we’re in the line of that same Christianity. Then he could turn to us and say that the same time that “none of these things move me.”

None of these things move him because none of these things could move the rock on which the church was based, and that’s where he was. “He neither counted his life dear, and he wanted to finish his course with joy.”

[Acts 20, Verse 25.] “He said they won’t see his face anymore.”

“He predicts that after he leaves right within the church men will arise, speaking perverse things, to fragment the unity which church means.

Verse 31. “Therefore, watch…” he said. Watch, an important aspect to avoid, having church, or the unity destroyed, which is so important.

Verse 35. It’s a very touching scene indeed, the last four lines; you get one of the very few comments we have outside the gospels of a statement of Jesus. This is not in any of the gospels. It really is something unique. “The words of the Lord Jesus, It is more blessed to give than receive.” That’s something Paul got from some place, but it was not the gospels.

[Verse 36.] “After he’d spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed.”

[Verse 37.] “They wept…They fell on his neck…They kissed him.”

[Verse 38.] “And sorrowed mostly because they would see his face no more.” Look at the human relationship in that church. The love for one another. Ask ourselves if we have that same kind of affection today.”
“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

APPLY for YOU & YOURS Paul’s Answered Prayer (AP) History of SAVING 276 FELLOW PASSENGERS
Cobbey on Acts 27:1+/cit. B14 + Bonus verses

[Cobbey Crisler insights on Acts 27:1-44:]
“Chapter 27 is the famous nautical voyage heading from Caesarea to Rome. It’s one of the few ancient bits of literature that we have describing in such detail a sea voyage. Notice it is all in the first person, which implies that the author again was, along with Paul. You are familiar; I am sure, of the ship wreck that occurred. Paul’s advice is that everybody must stay on board.

“How many people does a 747 hold today? Three hundred something? This ship in Verse 37 held two hundred and seventy-six people. I doubt that it was as large as a 747. It must have been fairly crowded with prisoners and others.

“The bursting apart of the ship occurs, although at a disputed spot, generally regarded as Malta.”
“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler** [newly transcribed by Jennifer w/Warren’s midnight “oil”  titling/formatting]

APPLY for YOU & YOURS Paul’s Answered Prayer (AP) History of UNMOVED & UNHARMED “SHAKING OFF” all poisonous VIPERS
See Cobbey on Acts 28:1-5+/cit. B15+ Bonus verses +cit. S20/514:26

[Cobbey Crisler insights on Acts 28:1-5+ bonus on awesome church growth:]
“Chapter 28, [Verse I.] “Which is called Melita.” There what does Paul do?

[Verse 3.] “He was the one who’d saved everybody on the ship, but “he’s out there gathering sticks for a fire to help others.” The human touch here again. Wouldn’t you think that was enough that Paul had to handle, and “out of that bundle of sticks comes a poisonous snake.” He needs this? “It fastened on this hand.

“And you couldn’t shake him, “None of these things moved me” [Acts 20:24]. “He lived.” [Numbers 21:9]. “The Word was made flesh,” for him. [John I:14].

[Verse 4.] “They thought he was a criminal that had escaped from the sea, and now the gods were punishing him with this poisonous snake.”

[Verse 5.] “He shook off the beast.” Again you see the extremes of human nature.

BONUS verses on growing church by healing, Bible-based sharing!
[Verse 6] “But when he shook the snake off and was still standing, now they thought he was a god.”

[Verse 7]. “In Malta, Paul meets the chief man of the island, Publius.

[Verse 8.] “This looks like it is a physician’s touch (in the writing), because there’s a slight diagnosis. If Luke were a physician, he might have been tempted to tell us what “Publius’ father was sick of, probably quite sick of it, of a fever, and of a bloody flux,” dysentery, is what medical people say. “Paul prays and heals him and many others come and were healed.”

[Verse 10.] “Many honors were loaded upon them.”

[Verse 11.] “Three months, when weather permitted, and they could find another ship from Alexandria.”

[Verse 12.] “We find them heading to Sicily, Syracuse…”

[Verse 14.] “Finally, they head toward Rome” There are Christians already there because “we found brethren.”  Paul apparently did not establish the church in Rome, if this is correct.

[Verse 15] “Brethren came and met them at various places along the route. Paul thanked God. Took courage.”

[Verse 16.] “When we came to Rome, his reputation was such that they allowed him a loose form of imprisonment. They left him to dwell by himself with just a soldier to keep him.”

“Paul wanted to explain to the local Jews why he was there, why he was in prison, because he probably felt that news had traveled before him.

[Verse 17] “So, he calls the chief of the Jews together; he tries to explain to them what happened.

[Verse 21.] “But they say, We haven’t heard a thing about you.”

[Verse 22.] “But we have heard an awful lot about Christianity and nobody says anything good about it. We’d like to hear what Christianity is.”

[Verse 23.] “They’d asked for it: “So Paul spends his time persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.” What was he doing? The same as the walk through the Scriptures. The very same thing Jesus took his disciples on was the rock for the church everywhere he went.

[Verse 24.] “Some believed. Some believed not.” Same public response and Paul not beating then over the head.

[Verse 25.] “Paul goes back to Isaiah to explain that state of mind saying, “Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah [6:9], the prophet.”

[Verse 26.] “Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand…”

[Verse 27.] “For the heart of this people is waxed gross,” and so forth.

[Verse 28.] “So I go to Gentiles, and they will hear it.”

“That implies that Paul maybe was released from this imprisonment and went out and preached at greater length. Many people have suggested this. There’s no thorough evidence for it. It’s very possible he had even said he wanted to get to Spain at one point. Arguments that Luke finished this book during Paul’s lifetime seem somewhat valid at least from the point of view that Luke, being the historian he was, if he’d written it, knowing the way that Paul was executed, or under what conditions, would probably have included it. But we have an abrupt end here by an historian who had included a great number of details. All we do is say farewell to Paul.

[Verse 30.] “After his having “dwelt two full years in Rome in his own hired house…”

[Verse 31.] “Spending the time “preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”

“We’ve gone from Acts 1 to Acts 28. Where has the church gone? How many were we in Acts 1? Where are we at the end of Acts 28? The known world had been informed of Christianity in less than a generation.

“We started this session with the question “After the Master, What?” By now we’ve had many possible answers. It’s a progressive answer, isn’t it? Has it been answered fully? “After the Master, What?” Must still be answered in our century. Every one of us in this room must consult his or her heart to answer fully for himself the question “After the Master, What?”

“Thank you very much.” (Cobbey’s closing or thos talk)
“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler** [newly transcribed by Jennifer w/Warren’s midnight “oil”  titling/sharing]

LET US all seek to “UNDERSTAND the CONTROL that Love HOLD’S OVER ALL” — to WIN WITHOUT A FIGHT– & to “shake off”all vipers to “prove” them harmless”

“Understanding the control that Love holds over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.” (citation S20/514:26-28)

[Warren:] … Mary Baker Eddy points out here the great value of going into every activity with the “understanding that Love holds over all” in order to prove it.  That’s why staff and campers prepare for each activity at CedarS by pausing before it for a Met, or focus on God-centered goals and qualities, to acknowledge “the control that Love holds over all.” We have record that Daniel, Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy did this.  It’s a wonderful practice to take home for a lifetime of demonstrating the ever presence of infinite perfection.

When the strife, jealousy and hatred of his political enemies seemed most intense, the book of Daniel tells us that he responded by turning to God.

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime” (Dan.  6:10).

Mary Baker Eddy wrote about her kneeling three times a day in Misc. Writings on page 133:22.

“Three times a day I retire to seek the divine blessing on the sick and sorrowing, with my face toward the Jerusalem of Love and Truth, in silent prayer to the Father which ‘seeth in secret’, and with childlike confidence that He will reward ‘openly’.

Even though the prayers of Daniel, Jesus,  Paul, Mary Baker Eddy and us all don’t always remove the challenges from our paths, they do help us to maintain thought in “the secret place” of knowing God’s complete control over all, so that we feel and prove God’s presence and power in every situation. The aggressive barbs of the presidents and princes, and the fear, hatred, and animality of the lions found no foothold in his consciousness because it was filled with divine Love.

And so, Daniel was preserved.  Instead of harboring any resentment or anger against the king, Daniel said “O King, live for ever. . . before thee O King, have I done no hurt” (Dan 6:22).  As Jesus said during his crucifixion, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). The consciousness of nothing but love and forgiveness got Jesus off the cross and out of the tomb, and Daniel out of the lions’ den unharmed.  It also allowed Paul to “shake off” the poisonous viper and remain unmoved and unharmed. You can see application ideas for what that can mean to us each day in Kerry Jenkins “PYCL #5” and her Met this week on Section 5.

“Understanding the control that Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.” Science & Health, Mary Baker Eddy, cit. S20/514:26-28


For example, Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) wrote: “Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a skyward flight” (cit. S20, Science and Health 261:27). But in her day, researchers had not yet discovered and documented how “super-precocial” chicks of the “megapodes” came out of their eggs “completely independent…which hatch fully feathered, their eyes open and capable of flight.” [according to W’s Class Instruction notes]

Also, see (A video about Australian Brush Turkey chicks that illustrates this at


Dr. Albert Einstein, when he was a professor at Princeton University, is said to have said privately of Mary Baker Eddy’s “Scientific Statement of Being” (SH 468:8-15): “That is the most profound statement ever uttered by mankind.”  He is also said to have quipped to a research colleague, Christian Scientist, Dr. Underwood, “Had I known of the “Scientific Statement of Being” sooner, I could have developed my Theory of Relativity ten years sooner.”

Mary Baker Eddy said of her “Scientific Statement of Being”:
*“St. Paul said to the Athenians, ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ This statement is in substance identical with my own: ‘There is no life, truth, substance, nor intelligence in matter.’  It is quite clear that this great verity has not yet been fully demonstrated, but it is nevertheless true.  If Christian Science reiterates Paul’s teaching, we, as Christian Scientists, should give to the world convincing proof of the validity of this scientific statement of being.  Having perceived, in advance of others, this scientific fact, we owe to ourselves and to the world a struggle for its demonstration.”
Retrospection & Introspection,
p. 93: 17, Mary Baker Eddy’s quote & comment on Acts 17:28.

GIVE GOD’S “ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU” — especially amidst YOUR darkest, TITANIC-ship-wreck challenges! (Ps. 91:11/cit. B17)

[W:] “In his testimony in an October 1912 Christian Science Journal, Titanic survivor Lt. Charles H. Lightoller, explains how he prayed with the 91st Psalm (citation B17 in this week’s CS Bible Lesson). He especially loved the thought that “He shall give his angels charge over thee” and how angel thoughts and thought-forces led him to save many others as well as himself miraculously.

Below is a partial reprint in case you have not yet signed up for JSH Online which you could do here:
[Titanic Lt. Charles H. Lightoller wrote:]
“I want to emphasize strongly this point, that as soon as I collected my thoughts after taking to the water, I remember saying to myself, “Now, I’ll see how much I have learned from Christian Science.” A doubt never entered my mind as to the possibility of my surviving; in other words, of the ability of the divine power to save me. I think I can conscientiously say that with this thought all fear left me, and I commenced again to realize the truth of being.

“It was at this moment that I was drawn into the water, still realizing the truth, and while I was below the surface these words from the [ninety-first] Psalm came to me so distinctly that I seemed to realize their full import: “He shall give his angels charge over thee.” Immediately, I think, I was thrown away from the blower, and came up to find a piece of wood in my hand which seemed to be attached to the top of the funnel by a wire. I remained still, while the water rushed past me carrying the people with it away from me.

“A second time I went down, still holding fast to the truth, and again came to the surface. My piece of wood was gone, but alongside me was the flat-bottomed collapsible boat which I had thrown down on the other side of the ship. This I laid hold of, but made no attempt to board it.

“I want it to be understood that during this time in the water the fact came calmly and clearly that there was a divine power which could be utilized in a practical manner, and also it seemed perfectly natural to rely on this power with the spiritual understanding which is so often spoken of in the Bible, and which is explained in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mrs. Eddy.

“Now, with the sinking of a great ship like the Titanic, there was also the fear of suction to overcome, and at this time the forward funnel fell, throwing the boat, myself, and other survivors about twenty feet clear of the ship, so that of suction we felt nothing. About thirty of us floated the remainder of the night on the upturned boat, and I could not overcome the intense cold experienced, yet when a man handed me a bottle of something that smelt somewhat like essence of peppermint, the thought of material means was nothing short of repulsive, and needless to say, it was not taken.

“At daybreak we found two life-boats floating nearby, into which we were taken. I was the last member of the Titanic to board the Carpathia, and after interviewing her captain, discarded my wet clothes in favor of a bunk, in which I remained for about half an hour, and was not in bunk or bed again till we arrived in New York. Reaction or effects from the immersion—which I was confidently assured would take place—there were none; and though surprise has been expressed by very many, it only goes to prove that “with God all things are possible.”

Lieut. C. H. Lightoller, R.N.R.

Reprinted from the October 1912 issue of The Christian Science Journal.”

“LET NEITHER FEAR NOR DOUBT MAKE YOU AFRAID” of what’s just an illusion!**  (Part of a 4-sentence treatment.) When an ILLUSION makes it appears that YOUR “BACK’S AGAINST the WALL,” PRAY a W.A.L.L. TREATMENT! —or C.A.L.L. treatment to know “who you gonna call?” (SH, 495:14-20, part of citation S27)

On page 495, lines 14-24 Mary Baker Eddy gives you (and the whole world) four powerful (and memoizable) sentences to guide your thoughts to healing when you are tempted to believe in the reality of some illusion or ghost of fear or doubt when it seems to be in your face.

W.A.L.L. Treatment (SH 495:14) These four sentences begin with the letters W, A, L, L—hence the W.A.L.L. treatment.  This was a memory aid that came to me and has made it easier for me to remember the whole paragraph and use it often as a cornerstone for healings.

  • When the illusion
  • Allow nothing but his likeness to abide in your thought.
  • Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and… (cit. S27)
  • Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding…”

Or it could be called the C.A.L.L. Treatment (SH 495:14)  A different acronym/memory aid can be made by using the first letters of the directive verbs in each of these same four sentences.  They are Cling, Allow, Let and Let again—hence the C.A.L.L. treatment.  This alternate memory devise came to me when tempted to be afraid of some illusion or lingering “ghostly” belief from the past, present or future (like Scrooge was in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens).  Mary Baker Eddy unknowingly answered in-advance and brilliantly the question “Who you Gonna Call?” (from the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters” soundtrack song by Ray Parker Jr.).  She treated all such “ghosts” as illusions in her ultimate, metaphysical “Ghostbuster” treatment that has served as a cornerstone for thousands of healings.  –“When the illusion… tempts you,

  • Cling Steadfastly to God and His idea.
  • Allow nothing but his likeness to abide in your thought.
  • Let neither fear** nor doubt overshadow your Clear Sense and calm trust…
  • Let Christian Science instead of Corporeal Sense, support your understanding of being and…”  (cit. S16)

(Reread carefully and consider memorizing the FULL, 10-line Christian Science treatment in Science and Health, page 495:14-24.  Also of note are the four pairs of consecutive words (which I capitalized, highlighted and bolded above) all begin with C and S!

We’re faced with a daily barrage of news about aggressive militarism and humanitarian disasters and other forms of lawlessness – as well as about  the hopefulness of peaceful protests which attempt to transform and uplift mankind out of hateful habits.  To stay with the allness of God in the midst of this seeming somethingness of this evil we can always spiritualize thought as we C.A.L.L. on God and:

  1. C. Cling steadfastly to God and His idea [Christ]
  2. A. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.
  3. L. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.
  4. L. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.(SH 495:14-16, 20)

Such CALL-ing on God gives us something certain to “cling steadfastly to,” and overturns what appears to be a worldwide fixation on fear. The C.A.L.L. treatment is a sure defense.  It protects us as we follow the Wayshower, to find comfort and healing for our whole global family.
“Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your divine right.” (SH 227:23-26)

ENJOY INSIGHTFUL PODCASTS ON EACH PART OF THE LORD’S PRAYER as its closing doxology is featured to close the Lesson this week!

[W:] For more of the spirit and power of overflowing praise for God that Jesus gave us in The Lord’s Prayer, consider exploring a classic series of podcasts (by our son Barry Huff when he was barely out of High School, before his PhD) on The Lord’s Prayer provided for YouTube viewing at as a resource from the website.

In your deeper Bible Lesson Study time you may wish to go straight to the podcast related to the closing lines of The Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation that is featured as the summary, closing citation this week.


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