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[Pray with “No Opposing Element”; Drop all burdens;
Live a “thank you” to God for being the Only Cause & Creator!]

CedarS Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

“God the Only Cause & Creator”

for December 8, 2013

[Bracketed inserts as substituted by late sub, Warren Huff, Met Editor]

Golden Text: [“thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.”]
[“The real Christian Scientist is constantly accentuating harmony in word and deed, mentally and orally, perpetually repeating this diapason of heaven: "Good is my God, and my God is good. Love is my God, and my God is Love." Misc. 206:19]

Responsive Reading (RR): [Outline for our attitude of gratitude as detailed in sections 1-6.]
This Responsive Reading not only commands us to praise God, but also provides reasons why we should. To quote a couple, “[God] commanded, and they (we) were created,” and, “[God] healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” In short, don’t forget to regularly feel and say [mentally or audibly]Thank You, God!” [TYG! MBE emphasizes the need for a vocabulary and attitude of gratitude when again she says “a Christian Scientist never mentally or audibly takes the side of sin, disease, or death. Others who take the side of error do it ignorantly or maliciously. The Christian Scientist voices the harmonious and eternal, and nothing else. He lays his whole weight of thought, tongue, and pen in the divine scale of being — for health and holiness.” My. 146:26]

Section 1: [RR—“Praise him, ye heavens of heavens… he commanded & they were created…”]

Section 2: [RR—“The works of the Lord are great, sought out…]
[Our first 2nd section Bible citation (B5) states that “all his works are done in truth…” (emphasis added)] Citation 6 in SH continues, “This strong point in Christian Science is not to be overlooked, — that the same fountain cannot send forth both sweet waters and bitter.” (Same idea also mentioned in Bible citation 8). … [Mrs. Eddy points out how conflicting states of the human mind and its prayers prevented the recovery of President McKinley when he was assassinated: “Had prayer so fervently offered possessed no opposing element, and President McKinley's recovery been regarded as wholly contingent on the power of God, — on the power of divine Love to overrule the purposes of hate and the law of Spirit to control matter, — the result would have been scientific, and the patient would have recovered.” My. 293:21]

Section 3: [RR—“He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion… sure…” (underlines added)]

Section 4: [RR—“He healeth the broken in heart, & bindeth up… telleth stars… all by name.”]
[After considering the God-ordained “moon and stars”,is the story of Jesus and his “dominion” with “all things under his feet”! (B15)… The child’s broken-hearted father cries out to Jesus when, “the devil threw him (the boy) down, and tare him.”Their prayers included only affirmations without the denials or “fasting” that Jesus said were missing in the Matthew 17:14-21 account of this healing.][TYG!]

Section 5: [RR—“Great is the Lord… his understanding is infinite… his word runneth very swiftly.” Drop burdens & let Him work thru you! See PS]
Don’t forget to say “Thank You, God!” [TYG!]

Section 6/Conclusion [RR: “Praise ye the Lord.” Click this title (09) to hear a free solo sample by former TMC soloist Julia Wade—download for 99 cents.]
We not only say “Thank You, God”, we also must be a living “Thank You, God!” [TYG!]


[PS Four insights on the taking on the yoke of Jesus versus taking on burdens:
1) “The invitation of Jesus is to (chapter 11,) verse 28: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden.” How much of humanity is included? “I will give you rest.” He was saying that at a moment in his own history when his back had every justification to bend under a load. But he was saying, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“Take my yoke.” That definitely a yoke, isn’t it? “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me” The yoke is our obligation to learn to be a disciple. That is the yoke. Verse 30 describes that yoke , compared to the world’s burdens which we seem to be glibly carrying anyway. Choose, rather, his yoke, which he says “is easy, and his burden light.” This has a wonderful meaning to those who have known Jesus was a carpenter as a youth. Some normal items made in the carpenter’s shop in that day would have included yokes.” B. Cobbey Crisler Commentary on the Book of Matthew, p. 48-49

2) Warren: Click here for a picture of an antique yoke that I keep in my office to remind us to never feel burdened by a big workload because Christ is our “pulling partner”! Learning of the meekness of Jesus who said “I can of mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30) I relax in knowing there’s nothing more humble or more stress-free than a reflection that doesn’t originate anything. And, it's comforting to know that my pulling partner in our evenly-matched team is not just working alongside of me, but is working within me to motivate and empower me. As Paul says: "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13, B20)
3) "If you ever feel that your work is becoming burdensome, just stop and place the responsibility where it belongs—in your Father's hands. Get rid of the sense of burden before continuing your work, for heaviness of thought cannot glorify God." From Education at the Principia, page 222, an awesome, one-page treatment by Principia's Founder Mary Kimball Morgan, CS on how to be "deeply in earnest and at the same time spiritually light-hearted" and "equal to every demand placed on you."
4) These ideas help me to "drop my burden at His feet, and bear a song away." Christian Science Hymnal 124]


[The Met application ideas at the top are from a Christian Science Practitioner who has served as a Resident Practitioner at CedarS Camps. These ideas are provided primarily to help CedarS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and daily demonstrate the great value of studying and applying the Christian Science Bible lessons throughout the year, not just at camp! YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP for weekly emails from past CedarS staff of possible ways to share Bible Lesson applications with older, as well as younger, Sunday School classes by clicking the "Subscribe Now" button (lower left) at http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/ ]

[Warren Huff, CedarS Director & editor of these notes & bracketed, italic additions.]

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[Additional Director's Note: You can sign up to have these application ideas emailed to you free — by Monday each week in English; or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION: in German, thanks to Helga and Manfred; or in Spanish, thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio, or in Portuguese, thanks to helpers of Orlando Trentini in Brazil. A voluntary French translation by Rodger Glokpor, a Christian Scientist from Togo (West Africa) has been contributed. Thank you, Rodger and all translators! Go to http://www.cedarscamps.org/ and click "Newsletters" to sign-up for a free translation into these languages. This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 13-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians. (Ask and look for "Possible Sunday School Topics "and "Possible Younger Class Lessons" in emails to follow.) These weekly offerings are intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "Mets "and Sunday School ideas are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way serve as a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly and in a variety of useful formats as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-26) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-32). The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist. The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one. We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]

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