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“Spirit”
for Sunday, February 11, 2024

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler janetcrisler7@gmail.com)
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus,
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TO PROPERLY ATTEND TO ALL the Angel Inspiration (A.I.) messages ready to fill our mental inboxes with “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” (Galatians 5:22, 23/citation B1) we should DECISIVELY DELETE ALL JUNK MAIL (“things of the flesh”) so as to “be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty.” (Rom. 8:5, Galatians 5:1, 13)
[W.] Cherish Real angel messages to “live … (and) walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25)  – by permanently  getting rid of junk mail & its “un-Reels” of the flesh with their April Fool’s allurements.


[W: BONUS INSIGHT FROM A PAST MET:]
DELETE JUNK MAIL “things of the flesh” stray thoughts so as to “be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. … For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty.” (Gal. 5:1, 13) — to
“… walk in the light & turn away from a false material sense.” SH 510:9)

[Christie Hanzlik in Section 3 of an “Unreality” Met wrote:]
“This past Wednesday, a friend shared a testimony about the importance of being alert to stray thoughts that try to undermine our joy and health. She compared this alertness to using a junk-mail filter with our email. When an inharmonious idea tries to take away our joy or health, we can quickly delete the junk. She added that we don’t need to take the junk mail personally, nor do we have to read it, analyze it, try to figure out why we got it, or get upset about it. Just delete it. It has no honest origins. Just delete it.

“The author of Galatians makes a list of things of the “flesh”—that which is limited and distorted—that could be considered junk mail: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like (cit. B11, Galatians 5:17-23) Even though this list might seem overwhelmingly long, as soon as we identify it as just junk mail, it’s easy to know what to do. Delete it.

[Christie continued:] “The author of Galatians also makes a list of good messages: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” (Galatians 5:22, 23/citation B1) These come from a good and reliable source: Divine Spirit. These messages we keep. These messages are undeletable because they come from an everlasting and validated source.

“Consider this verse from Romans using the junk mail analogy: “They that [spend their time reading junk mail] do mind the things of [wasted time and junk]; but they that [take in only the messages from Spirit enjoy the blessings] of the Spirit. For to [waste our time on junk thoughts] is [a dead end]; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. You are not [made out of junk], but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.”  (Romans 8:5, 6, 9) …

“Sometimes we may feel like there are just too many metaphorical email messages coming at us at once, but we are steadily making progress in deleting junk. As we are clearer and clearer as to what is true and real, it becomes easier to recognize and delete the junk. As Mary Baker Eddy writes, “If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, [junk] is then submitting to Spirit.”  (SH 239:18-20)”


FIND FRESH, HOLY WAYS DAILY to EXPRESS MORE OF the Spirit of the Lord in “GOD’S BEING …(of) INFINITY, FREEDOM, HARMONY AND BOUNDLESS BLISS.”  (citation S2/481:3-5)

As we more fully embrace Life’s forever newness and substantial, eternally sustained supply as outlined in the Bible Lesson this week, you and I will fully expect fun, fresh ways for God to supply answers to all our needs.

As our lives sing with 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.

And, what a relief to know that it’s by God’s “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” (SH 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).


THIS “LET-US DIET” IS PERFECT FOR WOMEN & MEN TO “CHEW ON” AND FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO THINK ON & LIVE WITHOUT STRIFE!

[Warren Huff:] Let us give thought & action to the following divine directives to memorize from citation S9/249. [As a memory aid, I think of this call to healthy action as our “Model Lettuce diet” or our “Excellent Let-us plan”]:

[Here’s some appetizer lettuce for us:]Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.” (cit. S4/249:1, bold underlining added)

In the very next paragraph on page 249 of Science and Health:  is this week’s featured, a favorite, “mixed-green” combo of mine:  “Let-us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let-us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” (Bold italics added for Let us)

Mary Baker Eddy uses the words “Let us” 28 times in Science and Health, and 67 times in her other writings—plus there are 40 more “Let us” combos in the Hymnal! So, you could chew on different blends of “let us” every day as it’s in season for you, and apply or dress them to best suit your taste and meet the needs of the day. (Consider LET  as a key element in Hymn 519 by Andrew Brewis, and also LEAN and LOVE as featured in this Bible Lesson.)

Let-us joyously picture “… heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom” (SH 91:2) This spiritual sense vision will enable us to affirm together that God is in charge of our country and of our leaders and of the whole wide world and its manifestation of good. It’s uplifting to know that “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” The original version comes from a spiritual written in World War II by Obie Philpot, a Native American of the Cherokee tribe.  It speaks of God as our creator and protector. You might also enjoy an add-on parade of soulful, prayer-filled voices of this message as started by Tyler Perry and his friends of color and ended by Mahalia Jackson.  I found these YouTube video offerings inspiring.)

Mary Baker Eddy adds rich Bible-based connections to let us confidently affirm God’s control of “every event of our careers.” (Unity of Good, 3:28) She writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Understanding the control which Love held (holds) over all, …” we can feel safe in any pandemic as “…Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den” and can prove all viruses to be harmless, as “Paul proved the viper to be harmless.” (514:26)

To round-out and wrap-up our “Model Let-us diet in every branch of government:” let-us affirm that “…the LORD is our judge [in charge of the judicial branch], the LORD is our lawgiver [in charge of the legislative branch], the LORD is our king [in charge of the executive branch], he will save us.”  (Isaiah 33:22)


EXERCISE YOUR SPIRITUAL SENSE MINDSET as a CHILD of GOD & FIND IT EASY & LIBERATING to be DIVINE!  And EXPECT to demonstrate that “ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD”
Cobbey Crisler on Romans 8:16, 28/cit. B4— plus nearby verses, Col. 3:2-4 & Hymn 370)

 In Romans 8:16/cit. B4 Paul tells the Romans and us that “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

[In his comments on the following verse, Cobbey expands on this:] “Paul says in Romans 8:17 “We are joint heirs with Christ,” – inheritors of the divine being.  We are sharers, “partakers of the divine nature.” (2nd Pet. 1:4)

[W.] So, let’s be Part-takers in God’s Cast of children — typecast to be spiritual – with a natural spiritual sense mindset! 

  (Cobbey on Colossians 3:2) Have you heard the modern expression mind-set? Verse 2 is almost that literally in Greek.  “That our mind-set must be on things above.”  Can we have an inner spiritual sense entertained that provides the divine reason for our being, even when we’re living on the earth at a human level if we “set our mind on things above, not on things of the earth”?

 (Verse 3) “For ye are dead.” That’s exactly what the body is.  If we are to be absent from the body, the body itself is now dead to our thought and our thought no longer responds to it. No longer worships it.  The Greek word means to be away from something, to be separated from.  “And your life,” we haven’t lost anything then.  “Our life is,” or literally, “has been hidden with Christ in God.”
[Warren: Hymn 370 echoes this verse: “
Hid with Christ in God, O gladness: / O the meekness and the might, / When the risen Christ has lifted / All our thoughts into the light, …”
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 370:2)

“Glory: Divine Nature in the Bible,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


EXPECT to demonstrate that “ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD” (cit. B19: Prove for yourself what Mary Baker Eddy calls “the dictum of Scripture… (that) “All things work together for good to them that love God” (Science & Health 444:4). Here she’s quoting Paul in Romans 8:28/ cit. B4.  Paul gives us a model for the true “prayer… fervently offered (that) includes no opposing element” (Miscellany 293:21).  [Warren: Click here to read about how “all things worked together for good” when I was bullied in an office setting.

The news media is full of arguments for the existence of all kinds of evil and opposing elements these days. Most of them are based on the VIRUS of unwise atheism and its family members (according to Wikipedia) of “the supremacy of human reason… secular humanism… religious criticism…free-thought skepticism…” They all doubt Paul’s assertion that that “God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, CEB) It’s been said, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” – or in Intensive Care – or on Ventilators…]

Leading up to a Cobbey Crisler comment on Romans 8:28 below are helpful Bible insights on VIRUSES from Psalm 14:1-3, Mark 7:20 & II Corinthians 10:5:
“In Psalm 14, Verse 1, “The fool”— that’s the kind of point of view it is, completely unwise“The fool that said in his heart, [There is] no God,” has a foolish point of view that exposes you to the infection of that idea. It communicates a contaminating influence if it cuts one off from the very source of life and health. Because treatment is available.

“In Verse 2 “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.” Notice what arena we’re dealing with here. God was not checking our pulses [or our temperatures], but our thoughts. How do we know what effect thoughts actually have ultimately on the pulse, for example? “To see if there were any that could understand and [seek] God” because that’s the bottom line.

“Instead, in Verse 3 “They are all gone aside, and become filthy.” Something that is unsanitary doesn’t belong; it’s not part of the health code of the Bible any more than it’s in the health code of material medica. Because what is unsanitary [W: is part of the unreality family and] is liable to cause or promote a disease.

“It’s also interesting to note that the word “virus” which is being used so generally today as the cause of much of man’s physical complaints and effects [W:—as well as the cause of issues from implanted computer viruses or hacks].

“The virus, according to Webster, is able to break down the defensive mechanism of the host. And, by the way, it comes from a Latin word that means poison or slimy liquid, virus. The word “filthy,” in part of its Hebrew meaning, is morally corrupt. So, we know we’re dealing really at both levels here, moral and physical. If out of that filthy condition, that polluted state of human consciousness, we’re coming to the conclusion “[there is] none that doeth good, no, not one,” has the defensive mechanism broken down? Have we become the host of ideas that are contaminating to our pure relationship to God? Or, are we ingesting only those pure Words? It’s a question of thought. It’s the faculty of knowing that which God is addressing here.

“Consider what Jesus lists in Mark 7, Verse 20, where he lists the toxic causes of man’s problems. He says, “That which comes out of the man, that defies the man.” Now we’re going the opposite route from those pure Words from God.

[Mark 7, Verse 21] From within,” and, by the way, that is almost the literal translation of the Latin word intestin from which our word “intestine” comes. “Out of the heart of men, proceed,” and look at the list; it’s certainly not intestinal fortitude, “evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, porneia, root of our word pornography, murders.” [Verse 22]. “Thefts,” do we need to go into the headlines as current as this morning? “covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” [W: fool, as in Psalm 14.1] And Jesus says in Mark 7, Verse 23, “All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” That’s where disease is also felt; the “within.”

[W: Instead of affirming that in God (and in reality) we have everything that we need,] We [often tend to] yearn for so much within, don’t we? How imperfectly that’s often expressed. Our longing often, perhaps most of the time, is expressed in terms that we would conquer the world outwardly in some way. Be appreciated. Be applauded. Be loved. [W: Have lots of social media “likes” or followers…] Be served. Be patted on the head. Be comforted. Have obeisance shown to us. That we have the homage of the world outwardly. We want to conquer the world in some way. That’s trying to impose domination. That kind of longing is imperfectly expressed.

“A more perfect sense of longing, the desire that Jesus calls prayer, would be to conquer all the influences of that same world inwardly. [W: “to bring EVERY thought”—NOT EVERY OTHER THOUGHT— “to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)] Then, you’re a king. In that sense Jesus was always a king. There’s nothing wrong with that messianic attribution to him of “king.” He ruled and nothing overruled him. But, look at all these things that [would attempt to] take over our “within” where the kingdom of God is supposed to be. And instead, we find anarchy most of the time.

“What is disease? If the kingdom-of-God-within is the healed, whole state, then anarchy-within must also tell us what disease is. It’s an outright rebellion. It’s a “Declaration of Independence” by one organ over the rest of the bodily systems. The Bible endorses only one system [Romans 8.28] “All things work together for good to them that love God.” There is the prerequisite. We always have to have this prescription filled. We’ve got to love God. Then, “all things work together for good.” That’s the ideal situation for any system, bodily or solar, all things working together for good. That’s the definition of perfect health as well.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


View Commandments as Spirit’s Specs for you by Spirit, the great architect”(S&H 68, citation S10)
by Warren Huff as inspired by this citation in studying for his architectural licensing exam


Architects use 10 categories or Specifications (Specs) to guarantee the quality and longevity of their work.  Our Master Architect and sole “builder and maker,” Spirit, God, has done the same for us as His temple—“Gods building” (SH 428:12, Heb. 10:11, I Cor.3:9).  I hope you enjoy finding and applying the fun links between these 10 Specs, the 10 Commandments and the healings of your own body and others’.  

 The 10 God’s-eye views of the spiritual you that follow—written by “*the finger of God”— bring health to the body by looking AWAY from it to God, instead of looking AT the body or TO it, as if it were in control. (*Deut. 9:10, Luke 11:20)  In these powerful, 10-Commandments views of the real you, you can see how they work as your Divine Identity Protection Plan set up and upheld by “Spirit, the great architect.” (S&H 68, S4)

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View Commandments as Spirit’s Specs written for you by
“Spirit, the great architect”(S&H 68, citation S4)
by Warren Huff over 40 years ago as inspired by this citation in studying for his architectural licensing exam


Architects use 10 categories or Specifications (Specs) to guarantee the quality and longevity of their work.  Our Master Architect and sole “builder and maker,” Spirit, God, has done the same for us as His temple—“Gods building” (SH 428:12, Heb. 10:11, I Cor.3:9).  I hope you enjoy finding and applying the fun links between these 10 Specs, the 10 Commandments and the healings of your own body and others’.  

 

The 10 God’s-eye views of the spiritual you that follow—written by “*the finger of God”— bring health to the body by looking AWAY from it to God, instead of looking AT the body or TO it, as if it were in control. (*Deut. 9:10, Luke 11:20)  In these powerful, 10-Commandments views of the real you, you can see how they work as your Divine Identity Protection Plan set up and upheld by “Spirit, the great architect.” (S&H 68, S4)


1st Architectural Specification (Spec): GENERAL CONDITIONS: Your highest selfhood shall (can) have “no other gods before me.” (Ex. 20:3)
This spec sets forth the principles and laws that govern the whole project. The 1st Commandment was Mrs. Eddy’s favorite text (S&H 340:16) and should guide every aspect of our lives. It has been paraphrased in an animated, podcast series on the 10 Commandments for The Mother Church Sunday School resources by our son Barry Huff as “Don’t put something in God’s place that’s not up to the job.”

Test yourself often on this 1st-Commandment idolatry indicator: “whatever you think about most is your god. Is it up to the job?” Self-absorbed sensuality, body worship, personal sense and belittling of self are some of the idolatrous, self-focused beliefs that are clearly not up to God’s job.
So, stop belittling yourself and keep seeing yourself as happily at one with infinite Mind, God!
GENERAL CONDITION AFFIRMATIONS: Declare to yourself often, and convincingly: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made (by God as His/Her “image and likeness” (Gen. 1:26, 27) to have everything I need) and I know it ‘right’ well.”


2nd Architectural Spec: SELECTIVE REMOVALS: Your highest selfhood shall “not make unto thee any graven image.” (Ex. 20:4)
SELECTIVE REMOVAL/DENIALS: This spec specifically delineates everything that must be removed for the project to progress. Daily remove obstacles to progress by denying the claim that any obsession, addiction, false dependency, inherent weakness or habit can be engraved in you or can in-grave you. “With God alone agree!” (CS Hymnal #5:2)

 

A 3rd-section removal guideline makes way for transformation: “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:2, B9) Further removal instructions are to “divest thought of false trusts and material evidences” (S&H 428:8).


3rd Architectural Spec: CONCRETE: Your highest selfhood shall (can) “not take my name in vain.” (Ex. 20:7)
This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end up with strong, cavity-free concrete as expected. Don’t skimp on putting a full measure of substantial nuggets (aggregate) into you treatments and mix them thoroughly with divine insights and virtues (cement) that bind them together.

Don’t give in to watering down your prayers with mere human solutions just to make them flow with popularity. Building with the rock-solid foundation of the Christ, your labor will never be IN VAIN. Whenever you take on your true God-like nature, you’ll see wonderful, CONCRETE and practical results. Guard against the honeycombing of a weak, mixed outcome by giving yourself a “spiritual shakedown” before you speak or act. Declare and demonstrate that God made your mouth (Ex. 4:10-12) and designed it to be “filled with messages from” (CS Hymnal #324:2) him, not to yield to the unstable inconsistency (honeycomb cavities) of foul language, or of using His name in vain or in any way but in prayer & praise. “For our conversation is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20)


4th Architectural Spec: MASONRY: Your God-ordained selfhood shall “remember the sabbath day” (Ex. 20:8) of Genesis 1 completion when “God saw everything that he had made and behold it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) Barry Huff calls this “the only test we ever had to take” and reminds us that we have “already passed it with flying colors.” (True for all exams!)

This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end up with the “faithful mortar” and quality brick or stonework expected. Building a successful life (or a brick or stone wall) seems like an accumulative process that works up to perfection. However, in showing us how to work out FROM our reflected perfection, “Christian Science presents unfoldment not accretion.” (S&H 68:2)


5th Architectural Spec: METALS (incl. structural steel): Your God-ordained selfhood shall “honor thy father and thy mother.” (Ex. 20:12) & everyone divinely placed in authority.
This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end up with the infallible steel superstructure and unblemished metalwork expected. Your life would sag and ultimately collapse without a proper appreciation for your parents and the other authority figures in your life. Jesus even acknowledged that Pilate’s powerful position came solely from God and therefore was controlled by God. (See John 19:10-11)

Recognize that God has provided you with parents, guardians, camp staff, coaches, teachers, headmasters and law enforcement officers, all to help make things clear to you and to support and strengthen your building. Therefore “Let your love for one another be at full strength.” I Peter 1:22 (Phillips translation) Here’s Jesus’ test of our Christianity: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35


6th Architectural Spec: WOODS & PLASTICS: Your highest selfhood shall (can) “not kill” (Ex. 20:13) or get angry, hateful or even verbally abusive. (Matt. 5:20-24)
This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end up with the sturdy wood framework and beautiful wood finish work desired. When bearing what Christ Jesus calls his easy yoke and light burden (Matt. 11:30) of being a stress-free reflection of God, there’s no unbearable pressure or tension that can cause a spiritual idea to snap in anger and so kill another’s joy or to splinter a precious friendship. In a world crying out for peaceful solutions, let’s take every opportunity we can to be flexible, forgiving peace-makers instead of brittle “goat-getters” and war-mongerers.

 7th Architectural Spec: THERMAL & MOISTURE PROTECTION: Your highest selfhood shall (can) “not commit adultery” (Ex. 20:14) and lust after bodily pleasures. (Matt. 5:27-28)
This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end up with the dry, cozy and efficiently climate-controlled home you expect and deserve.

You wouldn’t dream of living in a house without a roof or without insulated, weather-tight components. So, never accept leaky-roof or no-roof thinking! And stop letting the winds of temptations blow right through you! Allow God’s love to insulate and adultery-proof you like it did Jesus.  See how he “threw the book” at temptations in Matt. 4:3-11 by using memorized, scriptural nuggets that he had made his own.

 In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus goes after the root of adultery when it is little, when it is just lustful temptations. (See and consider memorizing Matt. 5:27-29) Paul tells the Romans “to be carnally (bodily) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Memorize Rom. 8:6.) Knowing therefore that sensuality is really just a clever terrorist that comes disguised as good, as pleasurable, and as our own thought, makes it harder for this warring killer “to elude detection” (S&H 252:19).

 In a rush to be adults, many teens so mentally download the alluring images of beautiful bodies that they “buy into” the adult-ery and the unexpected slavery of body-worship and allow the theft of their precious innocent identity. By being alert to this thief and murderer in our midst, we will not commit ADULT-ery by letting the belief leak in that we need anything material or adult-rated to make us happy and peacefully satisfied.

 Insulate and seal yourself by repeating often with conviction: “In God I have everything I need and I know it.” If the mission of Terror and error (Pharaoh and Herod) is to get rid of the childlikeness that is praised and practiced by Christ Jesus, let us give all our alertness and strength to protect and defend childlikeness in ourselves and others. (See Misc. 110:4!)


8th Architectural Spec: DOORS & WINDOWS: Your God-ordained selfhood shall “not steal” (Ex. 20:15) or “steal another’s thunder,” or their ideas, or their joy.
This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end up with the type, size and quality of windows and doors you expect.  Since looters, thieves and hackers use windows and doors (in computers too) in order to gain illegal access, it’s important to always “stand porter at the door of thought.” (S&H 392:24) We can also refuse to see the world through a divisive, demeaning “window” of “the haves” versus “the have nots.”

 Mentally lock your door against the pride of supposed ownership of scarce resources. Mentally inoculate yourself hourly against “affluenza,” the worldwide epidemic that is spread by a bazillion dollar ad campaign and is based on the false premise that acquiring or possessing things brings happiness. Temptation to steal should be healed by the revelation that happiness can only be found in giving, not in getting. (See “Happiness is . . . . . unselfish.” Science and Health 57:18 and “I am able to impart truth, health and happiness and that is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.” My. 165:20)  The U.S. rebuilding of its WWII “enemies” with the Marshall Plan and Elisha’s peace plan for Syria (II Kings 6:21-23) prove that giving works wonders in bringing about lasting peace. Refusal to live to get or to steal but rather to Live2Give –puts into practice CedarS annual theme to “Live Love Infinitely!


9th Architectural Spec: FINISHES: Your highest selfhood shall “not bear false witness.” (Ex. 20:16)
This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end up with unblemished painted surfaces and floors and ceilings, all beautifully finished as you expect. You show yourself to be a refined and finished person by bearing only true witness and seeing only God’s finished, perfect product, which is the way that Christ Jesus saw and healed. (See S&H 476:32)
This high standard not only frees us from gossip, destructive criticism and “white lies” told to impress others, but also alerts us to stop pre-judging others based on their race, religion and ethnic background.


10th Architectural Spec: SPECIALTIES: Your highest selfhood shall (can) “not covet” but is naturally grateful for the good demonstrated by others. (Ex. 20:17)
This spec sets forth the quality control standards needed to end-up with your home’s unique elements (such as its kitchen and other appliances, modular storage & security systems, garage door opener, etc.) all as perfect and properly installed as you’d demand. It would appear that looters, rioters and terrorists are COVETING their neighbor’s SPECIALTIES, their stores, lands, natural resources, prosperity… Little do they realize that their jealousy and violent acts are campaigning against their demonstration of all the good they wish to possess.

To counteract this mortal tendency of jealousy, let’s demonstrate by example a civilized and most effective solution. When we see others possessing and demonstrating some good that we desire and have yet to fully express, let’s not follow the terrorists by effectively being attorneys arguing against ourselves in the false belief that good is limited and we don’t have it.

Instead, let’s sincerely say “Thank You God, That’s Mine Too!” (or “T.Y.G. –T.M.T.”) This type of “T.M.T.” is much more explosive than the T.N.T. of a car bomb or other such devise. “That’s Mine Too” is a grateful declaration that as a divine idea, good has an unlimited source and is universally and unconditionally available.  As we think in this way about our neighbors and their sovereignty, we too can “wish above all things that thy mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul (divine i.d) prospereth” (III John 1:2)]


“GET READY FOR “A COMPLETE CHANGE for the BETTER!”  ACTIONIZE ROMANS 12:2/cit. B5

[FYI:] “In one of Mary Baker Eddy’s Bibles, she wrote beside Romans 12:

“Romans 12 is Christian Science.” (MBE Accession #B00017.C)

Romans 12:2

“. . . be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 Conformed is syschematizo in Greek which means “to conform one’s self, one’s mind and character, to another’s pattern, to fashion one’s self according to (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 2964).

Transformed is metamorphoo in Greek which means “to change into another form, to transfigure, i.e. resplendent with a divine brightness, to the same image of consummate excellence that shines in Christ, reproduce the same image” (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 3339).

“Acceptable – That which will be pleasing to God. or which he will approve. There is scarcely a more difficult text in the Bible than this, or one that is more full of meaning. It involves the main duty of religion to be separated from the world; and expresses the way in which that duty may be performed, and in which we may live so as to ascertain and do the will of God” (Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

JB Phillips’ translation “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.”

James Moffatt’s translation – “Instead of being molded to this world, have your mind renewed, and so be transformed in nature, able to make out what the will of God is, namely what is good and acceptable to Him and perfect.”


MAKE YOUR OWN JESUS’ RADICALLY DIFFERENT VIEW OF MATTER & NATIVITY. Cobbey Crisler on John 6:62, 63/cit. B7

[Cobbey:] John 6:62, “What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before?” Nativity in the Spirit. There can’t be the magnetic pull back to earth if that connection has been severed or proved never to have been a real connection.

In John 6:63 (cit. B7), Jesus impinges upon what has been considered laws of physics because he views matter in a radical way. He makes the statement, “It is the spirit that quickeneth.” That is where you find life. So, if you want to talk about nativity anywhere, you better deal with origin and Spirit. “The flesh profiteth nothing.”

You see how close one needs to be to Jesus in thought to understand what has been referred to as the Communion Supper. If he is accurate in saying, “the flesh profiteth nothing, “neither would symbolically eating it profit anything. So, it must not be the flesh he is talking about, but that great transformation that he is proving in his life to be possible to the Son of Man. John 1:14 refers to it as “the Word that was made flesh.” The Word connects us to Spirit, not flesh. Here is part of that Word underscoring the message that, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.”

“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


CHECK OUT ACOUSTICAL TESTS of the NATURAL AMPHITHEATER WHERE JESUS LIKELY SHARED MANY PARABLES with ~5,000 people without a P.A. system in an recently audio-tested amphitheater. [Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 13: 1-23/citation B8)

“Chapter 13 begins eight parables.
Verse 1) starts out where Jesus is preaching on the side of the Sea of Galilee…
Verse 2 [Res. Reading] “He went into a ship and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.”
First of all, when you’re standing in a ship without a public address system, can you be heard?  This is one of the things that I questioned, and received grants from two foundations to explore… We took an acoustical expert to Israel from… an acoustical firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts… We had a hundred pounds of equipment.
We tested every area where it said in both Old and New Testaments a single individual addressed hundreds, if not thousands of people without the aid of public address systems.  We came back with very definite evidence that there seemed to be acoustical phenomena at these places which permitted such sound to carry.  Of course, none of the gospels tell you where it is exactly.

But outside of Capernaum there is this little cove, and in the middle, I stood holding seven red balloons.  I had to pop one balloon at a time while my acoustical-colleague was on the slope of this natural amphitheater measuring it with his electronic instrument…

Interestingly enough, we measured how many people could have been in that area.  Five to seven thousand people could have stood or sat there and seen and heard anyone in the vicinity of the rock where I was standing.  My suggestion is that these four parables, where Matthew records as having been said here, have an unusual emphasis on the acoustical element.  Listening and being receptive…

 [Cobbey said:] “Chapter 13 begins eight parables.
Verse 1 starts out where Jesus is preaching on the side of the Sea of Galilee…
[Verse 2] “He went into a ship and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.”]
First of all, when you’re standing in a ship without a public address system, can you be heard?  This is one of the things that I (Cobbey Crisler) questioned, and received grants from two foundations to explore… We took an acoustical expert to Israel from… an acoustical firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts… We had a hundred pounds of equipment. We tested every area where it said in both Old and New Testaments a single individual addressed hundreds, if not thousands of people without the aid of public address systems.  We came back with very definite evidence that there seemed to be acoustical phenomena at these places which permitted such sound to carry.  Of course, none of the gospels tell you where it is exactly. 

            But outside of Capernaum there is this little cove, and in the middle I stood holding seven red balloons.  I had to pop one balloon at a time while my acoustical-colleague was on the slope of this natural amphitheater measuring it with his electronic instrument…

Interestingly enough, we measured how many people could have been in that area.  Five to seven thousand people could have stood or sat there and seen and heard anyone in the vicinity of the rock where I was standing.  My suggestion is that these four parables, where Matthew records as having been said here, have an unusual emphasis on the acoustical element.

Listening and being receptive…

Parable number one…Verse 3.  Here is the great parable of the sower.  What is it all about, but listening?… 

…count up the number of times ears or hearing, or anything acoustical, is mentioned there, as well as the visual.  Because it was an audio-visual environment.  Right there in that very spot today you can see the sower parable come to life.  You will see the tares and wheat right there.  The thorns.  The stones.  The rock.  The fowls that come and eat the seed.  We’ve seen them all right there at that spot.   

What a classroom it must have been, for a Master to teach his prime students in, and those who would listen!  They could look around to see the lessons. […like at CedarS Bible Lands Park]  They could hear every word he said.  But then he tried to uplift that vision up and uplift that sense of listening to a higher spiritual category.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master” by B. Cobbey Crisler


TURN any bit of GRIT into a “*PEARL* of great price*” (Matt. 13:46) and ALL TRASH into “TREASURES of TRUTH & LOVE!” – a one-sentence prelude to citation S17, 265:5-15

Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, in order that sin and mortality may be put off. This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggest man’s absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.”

The four, lasting BONUS BLESSINGS of spiritual growth listed this passage are ones we have a right to claim and demonstrate as our own:
– Enlarged individuality
– A wider sphere of thought and action
– A more expansive love
– A higher and more permanent peace

We see this list as so contemporary, as so on-target, and as so timeless. This is exactly what today’s youth needs – and exactly what today’s world needs.

At the close of every session (like today) we invite everyone to stay united in ongoing spiritual growth by continuing to “gravitate Godward” and demonstrate the permanent, “pure peace… storm or shine” (Hymn 513) that we’ve been seeking and demonstrating as our 2023 metaphysical theme.

Just as CedarS family of supporters from all over the world have been hearing CedarS Christian Science “Prac (practitioner) Talks” throughout the summer that have expanded on our “pure peace” theme, so too campers, staff and families can go back to them any time for inspiring, 10-minute reminders at: Summer Breakfast Prac Talks – CedarS Camps.

We know that many campers & staff will continue CedarS tradition of pausing to have a refreshing “Met” (a God-centered goal & inspiration) when they start activities in their homes just like we do at CedarS.  And, we hope that campers and staff continue to prove the value at home of daily Bible Lesson study, weekly Sunday School classes & testimony meetings that offer nuggets of Truth for all to make their own.

We hope also that the “healing-treasures-seekers” from all 50 states and 23 countries (who have found their peace and joy in past CedarS Hymn Sings) will keep joining CedarS virtual Hymn Sings now held on the 1st Sunday of each month at 7pm Central Time.

BONUS OF A RELATED GEM: *PEARLS* ARE WONDERFUL EXAMPLES OF THE “TREASURES OF TRUTH” AND HOW THEY GROW. A pearl grows in an oyster only because an irritant has entered its shell & the oyster responds by secreting on it layer upon layer of an irritantsoother (the way that spiritual sense and love heal whatever irritates us and others). Let’s take that as a challenge to be like the oyster and turn everything that looks negative and ugly into a string of beautiful pearls “of great price” by applying layer upon layer of love and spiritual sense to grow our treasures of Truth and Love!

Enlarging your treasures of Truth and Love will soon make you “debt-free” by cancelling the debt — think of “cancel culture,” but from a God’s-eye view!  St. Paul simply describes this higher view of ultimate “debt-forgiveness program” of Love that freed him—as it will free you. It is to: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another” (Romans 13:8). Saul voiced this as one who “owed” Christ and all Christians BIG-time by being known as their most enthusiastic enemy and persecutor. Saul made up for it as Paul by becoming Christianity’s most ardent advocate and most eloquent missionary after he was converted by a “virtual” meeting with Jesus. (So, don’t underestimate the power of a virtual hymn sing or church service whenever the Christ is truly welcomed in!)

If you visit Saul’s “Road to Damascus” in CedarS Bible Lands Park, you will be reminded to be like Ananias of the Damascus Christians. Like Ananias, you will be asked to stop “owing” any former enemy or persecutors and to stop “bearing false witness against” any and all Saul-like characters in your life—and instead see them as if they’ve been on their “road to Damascus” and changed for good by the Christ. In the words of a young Sunday School student “Forgive us our “trash-passes” as we forgive those who “trash-pass” to us.”

Had Ananias held Saul in a position that he’d outgrown after his “virtual encounter” with the Christ – if he had NOT obeyed God’s command to forgive Saul’s trash-passing and to restore his sight, the born-again Paul would not have become the most productive, passer of the treasures of Christianity that the world has known. “Those unpretentious, yet colossal characters, Paul and Jesus” (Misc. 360:6-8) both did all they could to pass along the rich treasures of their resilient spiritual sense of oneness with God. May we each do the same with all the treasures of Truth that spiritual sense constantly gives us!


LIKE JESUS, STICK WITH THE ONLY REAL POWER, THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT!

When Jesus had finished 40 days in the wilderness of “sheltering in place”, he “returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee” (Luke 4:14, cit. B11) Matthew adds (in chapter 4 verses 11, 23) that the result of Jesus overcoming his period of temptations in the wilderness was that “11…angels came and ministered unto him… 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues … and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
[Cobbey Crisler adds in “The Book of Matthew…”:] “Here are human problems that had defied solution, and Jesus solved them all based on his concept of theology, namely the kingdom.  Remember a kingdom is not chaos.  It’s an ordered government of heaven and harmony at hand.”
Let us, like Jesus, as we come out of our wilderness, waiting experiences, stick with the only real power, the power of the Spirit!  And, whenever right activity seems to be on “pause — wait on God…” (Science & Health, 323:10).

Cobbey Crisler on Luke 4:14, 40 (cit. B11)
[Cobbey:] “Luke indicates that he understands that this [Jesus’ period of temptations in the wilderness has been a power test for Jesus.  In Verse 14 he uses that word, “Jesus returned” not in any form of power that Satan had tried to impose upon him [“to take personal power, political power, and priestly power”].  But rather, “in the power of the Spirit into Galilee”— [“in the law that relates man directly to God, the source of the only power there is.]

“In Luke 4, Verse 40 as healing increases, we find that many healings occur, especially around the Sea of Galilee. Is it any more difficult for Jesus to heal collectively than it is individually? It doesn’t seem to take much more time, does it?

“Who does Jesus say is responsible for the healing? If God is responsible for the healing, does He love all His creation as instantly as he loves each individual part of His creation? Can that love reach collectively? Is it present collectively? If that’s the basis for Jesus healing, then we see that healing a multitude was just as normal and natural as breathing, and as healing an individual.

“What is the atmosphere there? If the Holy Ghost is there, then we all can breathe that same air simultaneously.

“The healings were apparently permanent. There was no standing in line. Jesus didn’t say, “All right, all the ears, eye, nose, and throat people over here.” He didn’t deal with them as a specialist would deal with them. He dealt with them as a general practitioner, as if he could be consulted and he could join with others in prayer and to be at-one with God, whether it was one individual or hundreds or thousands. Remember, he fed thousands from that same point of view.”
“Book of Luke: Luke the Researcher,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


PROVE NOTHING’S IMPOSSIBLE WHEN EVERY LIE is TOTALLY DENIED & EVERY TRUTH OF THE CASE TOTALLY AFFIRMED.  Cobbey Crisler on epilepsy healed in cit. B12/Luke 9:38-43 & Mark 9:17-29 when Jesus handles 1st a parent’s thought:

[Cobbey:] “We have healings throughout Mark which require your study. We have an epileptic child healed in the next few verses, 17 through 29.
Verse 21. Jesus recognizes that the first patient is the father and his thinking. [“and he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.”… ]
Verse 23. He turns and deals with the father, his parental thought. [“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe: help thou mine unbelief.”]
Verse 25-27. Jesus then deals with the young man.
Verse 29 says, “This kind of healing.” Because the disciples had failed, this healing required two things, “prayer and fasting.” You can say this in another way using two other words: “No” and “Yes” [as Mary Baker Eddy titled one of her works on scientific, mental healing.] Fasting is what we say “no” to and prayer is what we’re affirming. Once again, we see that we are given the rules of healing.”
“What Mark Recorded” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

BONUS:
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.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


LEARN HOW TO BE OF ONE MIND, WITHOUT STRIFE!
SILENCE DIVISIVENESS!
START & STAY with the WHOLENESS of GOD’S ONENESS & ALLNESS!
Apply the citation B13/Deut. 6:4 & SH 9:17 & Hymn 157 to yourself & to the whole world. 

[Warren:] All Jews are still supposed to pray this key prayer at the start, as well as at the end of each day). They call this prayer the “Shema” – the Hebrew word for “Hear”— because the word Shema starts Deuteronomy 6:4 (even though it’s left out from where that verse appears in Section 1.

Deut. 6:4 (NIV) “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

[The Shema prayer continues… ]
 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9, (NIV), BONUS verses 6-9 follow citation B2.

Deut. 6:4 (MSG) “Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! [The Shema prayer continues]

6-9 Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9, (MSG), BONUS verses 6-9 follow citation B2.

[Warren again:] “Please note how constantly throughout each day Jews are supposed to prayerfully love and affirm the supremacy of God’s oneness and of His commandments that He gave to “rule out of me all sin” as they rule over all!  (“Daily Prayer”/Church Manual 41:19)

“It was fun that our Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for CedarS opening and closing weeks of this summer contained what Jesus was trained to pray to begin and end each day. And, as our campers and staff are starting AND “loving into view” their best semesters yet, and as we at CedarS “love into view” our “best spring and summer seasons yet,” it’s a great reminder of how our constantly LIVING our love  for God, Love’s laws and for one another will make it so.

“In her ground-breaking opening chapter of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, picks up on and interprets the centrality of the Shema’s demands on all of us and what we think most about– morning, noon and night – by asking the question: “Dost thou “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.” (page 17)

“It’s significant that this key “Shema” prayer of oneness with God dovetails with CedarS 2024 theme of “Joy” (that none can take away).  The value and innate joy of oneness to overcome a sense of division and divisiveness is a powerful, healing keynote to focus on throughout each day. Our united prayers and actions will be especially helpful in the coming year as the world strives to emerge from the ravages and atrocities of wars in Ukraine, the Middle East or wherever these “errors are screaming on their way out.”

As Christie Hanzlik, CS, pointed out in a paragraph of a CedarS Met for a previous Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson: “It is tempting to see a world consisting of millions of human opinions, warring media reports, racial strife, class warfare, tribalism, gender inequity, political personalities, family disagreements and even conflicts within ourselves. The singular answer to this seeming divisiveness is the oneness of Truth, the oneness of good, the oneness of God. God is indivisible. And therefore we, as the outcome of God, are also indivisible.”

Verse 3 of Christian Science Hymn 157 calls for us to make daily progress in demonstrating unity:Day by day the understanding / Of our oneness shall increase.” This prayer request to God for oneness comes from no other than Jesus in the final hours before he allows himself to be captured for crucifixion, when he prayed for his disciples and us that we may feel at one with God and with one another! (John 17:11, 21, 22)

Christian Science Hymn 157
“Jesus’ prayer for all his brethren: / Father, that they may be one, / Echoes down through all the ages, / Nor prayed he for these alone / But for all, that through all time / God’s will be done.

One the Mind and Life of all things, / For we live in God alone; / One the Love whose ever-presence / Blesses all and injures none. / Safe within this Love we find all / being one.

“Day by day the understanding / Of our oneness shall increase, / Till among all men and nations / Warfare shall forever cease, / So God’s children all shall dwell / in JOY and PEACE.”
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 157:1–3)


BE OF ONE ACCORD! LIFT ALL MIXED-UP MESSES TO SPIRIT FOR A “DRY-CLEANING” BAPTISM!
Cobbey Crisler on Acts 2:1-44/citation B15

[Cobbey:] “Acts, Chapter 2, Verse 1, introduces right away the phrase that we’re to look for.  What is it?  “With one accord.”

“The day of Pentecost” is fifty days past Passover and when you realize the Jesus was crucified just prior to Passover and within the tomb roughly three days, how many days since Jesus’ actual departure via the ascension have transpired?  (See below)

“Well, fifty days, Pentecost, fifty days from Passover – all right, so it’s about a week since Jesus is gone.  This is a real test for the church, isn’t it?

Acts 2:1   And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

“He’s not going to be back physically, personally, but he told them where they could find him, which is where?  In the scriptures.

“And they seem to be obeying this, don’t they?  They’re looking to the scriptures for inspiration for church decisions.  And “in the day of Pentecost…they were all with one accord in one place,” there is church fulfilling its destiny – “all with one accord in one place.”  (See above)

“And suddenly, look at the result of this collective harmony!  And it may be the reason why we haven’t heard this kind of thing.

The “sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind…” remember ‘wind,’ pneuma, the movement.  (See below, Partial)

“The church is an expression of the movement, then.  “The rushing mighty wind…” spirit, and remember “holy spirit, Holy Ghost” is very much in the forefront in the Book of Acts.  (See below)

“It filled all the house where they were sitting,” showing that the early church started out in houses: the early house church.  (See below, Partial)

Acts 2:2   And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

“And, this wind is needed.  It’s needed in our own consciousness today.  It’s needed in our churches.  It may start as a sound and then move to movement and then even become something visible in our midst as we work together, and arrive at something together that we never could have arrived at individually – namely the victory over collective problems because we’ve applied the solution collectively, to blow away the stagnant air around church, all those neatly stacked theories that we can line up on call — the encrustations of Ecclesiasticism needs the wind of “the Holy Ghost.”  (See below, Partial)

Acts 2:4   And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

“Communication possible more than ever before possible for each individual, now that they’re working collectively.  And they’re “filled with the Holy Ghost.”   What a church meeting in consciousness:  “Filled with the Holy Ghost” and feeling it, and seeing it, and able to do something that never had been possible individually.  And they “began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  (See above)

Now, at this moment, let’s first explore why this combination of wind and fire is so important.

“If you remember, John the Baptist said that “his baptism by water would be succeeded by a higher sense of baptism, which Jesus would bring,” and what was it?  — “The baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

Luke 3:16   John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

“That combination, absolutely working together, or it would not be mentioned.  What does wind do to fire?  (Murmurs)  Burns faster.

“So, if your hearts are burning in you, and the Holy Ghost is also moving within you, what happens to the fire in your heart?  It spreads.

And that’s what attracts and draws, and the church just glows.  (Murmurs and laughter)

“All right, now, to illustrate the Holy Ghost and fire, just from an everyday incident in the Holy Land today, in separating “chaff and wheat.”

“There are several steps that are necessary:
“1st) The one trying to separate this mixed-up mess of chaff and wheat has to locate a very high place – a threshing floor that has no obstacles between it and what? — the wind.

[Warren application idea:]
Hope you can do this mental baptism for yourself daily! And, that you can even come to Mt. Nebo in CedarS Bible Lands Park as I demonstrated in my Inspirational talk in the 2nd half of Arden Wood’s 2022 Annual Meeting at the 1hour 3 minute mark.
To see it on YouTube click on
https://www.ardenwood.org/events/annualmeeting22/  The “FAN” is used as a lifter and “Separator of fable from fact.” (SH 586) so that all fables that have been mixed into your thought are burned and left behind forever—while the facts are remembered consistently “which gives action to thought.” (SH 586)

[Cobbey again:] “So, if we’re translating this mentally and this is the kind of baptism we’re talking about, it looks like a mental baptism, a spiritual thing.  What would that suggest itself to you as being required or pre-requisite for this baptism to occur in our own thinking?

“Step One is…uplift your thinking?  What?  Clear everything out, right? – And give priority, unobstructed priority, to this threshing floor, because we’re about to sort out things, which Jesus in many of his parables and other statements indicates is the kingdom of heaven – a sorting out type of thing.

“All right, now, once we’re on that exposed height available to the wind, there is something that is our responsibility, and there is something that belongs to God.  Let’s make sure we don’t confuse the roles.

“Our responsibility with that mixed-up fact/fiction, truth/error, chaff/wheat, looking very much alike all bundled up together, which describes our own consciousness at times, what do we do?  Man’s responsibility is to apply the fan.

“Now, it’s called a fan, but what it really is – it’s not a Madame Butterfly type – it’s a fork, pitch-fork type of thing.  And you go into the mixed-up mess, and then what do you do with the (mess)?  You throw it into the air!  That’s man’s responsibility.

“2nd) What is the Holy Ghost’s responsibility?  The wind does the separating.

“Now, that should come as a great relief to us because we’re usually down there trying to do the Holy Ghost job, especially for someone else – to do the separating for them.  (Laughter)

“It’s the Holy Ghost’s responsibility to do the separating.  We dig into it, be willing to get up on that highest plateau of mental consciousness, dig into the confused sense of good and evil – throw it up to the air and the wind, and let the Holy Spirit blow the chaff, which is lighter, of no substance, away, while the wheat, productive, nourishing, heavier in content, falls back at your feet.

“Now, some of the intelligent threshers still today in Israel will build a fire over on the side where the chaff will blow.  It saves time.

“When the chaff is separated by the Holy Ghost, the chaff just goes right into the fire where it is burned up and has no opportunity to mix back with the wheat again.

“That shows that those two processes are necessary, aren’t they: the Holy Ghost and fire, working together in consciousness, are essential.  And each has its own specific responsibility.

“The fire takes care of the chaff; the wind takes care of the separation.  But by golly, we’d “better be up there” with the fan – which might be why God has that very strong demand for Moses when he tells Moses to come to the top of Mount Sinai in the morning.  And he says, “And be there!”  Humanity needs that: those last two words, “Be there!”  And the necessity for us to be there with our fan is important.  (See below, Partial)

Ex 24:12   And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

“Now, today we have a great deal of emphasis on speaking with tongues.  It’s reached into religion like never before; even established denominations are beginning to work with this concept, not just the Pentecostal and the Charismatics.

“Let’s study it (speaking in tongues) as it’s introduced in its earliest form.  We find in Acts 2, verse 4 that the early members here find they begin to “speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  (Paraphrased)

…“We’re about to see the first public presentation of the church, the first lecture, or sermon, publicly presented.  And therefore, we want to see how it was done, because they were doing this “with one accord;” the spirit was impelling them to every move at this early period of the church.  (See below, repeated)

Acts 2:1   And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

The inspiration which, really, was the Spirit of the scripture was with them at every point.

And, Acts 2, Verse 6, I think maybe sheds a little further light on this “speaking with tongues,” because it clarifies it somewhat by describing “that every man heard them speak in his own language.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

Acts 2:6   Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

It seems to convey, then, that they were “hearing” in tongue, rather than speaking in tongue, which might make more sense because individual receptivity is preserved in that sense – tailor-made for each receptive thought, even in the language of their own country.  The possibility, then, may be that it is hearing in tongues, rather than speaking in tongues, but I think very early there may have been a confusion of the two.

For instant, I Corinthians, Chapter 14, Verse 2, we will see Paul addressing himself to this very problem.  In Verse 2 – this entire chapter is based on this “speaking in tongues.”  Verse 2:  “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him….”  ….

Now, if church is designed for communication and harmony, are either one of those aided by speaking incomprehensibly?  Or even in a lingo that isn’t comprehended by others.

Paul continues:  “There are…many kinds of voices in the world….”  (See below, Paraphrased, Partial)

I Cor 14:10   There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

And, in I Cor 14, Verse 13:  “Anyone that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

I Cor 14:13   Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

And I Cor 14, Verse 15/citation B16– A beautiful thing for church members today as well as then:  “Pray with the spirit…pray with the understanding…sing with the spirit…sing with the understanding….”  (See below, Paraphrased)

I Cor 14:15   What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

If you don’t, how will those who have come in to find out what is motivating this beautiful movement, how could they possibly say in I Cor 14, Verse 16,  “Amen at thy giving of thanks, since they didn’t understand a word you said.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

I Cor 14:16   Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

How can they relate?  So, church apparently has the necessity for simplicity to be conveyed, to help with this harmony and unity.

I Cor 14, Verse 19.  “In the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”  (See below)

I Cor 14:19   Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Now, I Cor 14, Verse 23 — He is specifically assigning it again to church meetings.  “If the whole church be come together into one place…” and notice “to come together in one accord in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, won’t they say you’re mad?”  (See below, Paraphrased)

I Cor 14:23   If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

And that just might be the conclusion that some have coming out of church meetings.  (Murmurs)

Then, I Cor 14, Verse 26:  “How is it then, brethren? When you come together everyone’s anxious to say something, right?”  (See below, Paraphrased)

That also characterizes often church meetings:  “Everyone has a Psalm, a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation, an interpretation, which is all fine, but let it be done to edifying.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

I Cor 14:26   How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

“If there be no interpreter, if there’s no way of, really, getting the message across, then keep quiet,” Paul says, in I Cor 14:28.  (See below, Paraphrased)

I Cor 14:28   But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Or just go “speak to yourself and to God,” who will understand, hopefully.  (See above, Paraphrased)  (Laughter from audience)

So, those are just to show you – we can go back to Acts – how Paul, himself, had to move into the speaking of tongues area and restore a common sense
to it.

Back in Chapter 2, in Acts, they heard in their own tongue, and we find that the Bible is presenting here a solution or a remedy to something that occurred very early in the Bible.

Pentecost and what happened on the day of Pentecost is a remedy for what?  The what?  Tower of Babel.  (Added the audience)   All right.

Why?  What was the effect and result of Babel versus Pentecost?  Babel is the collective problem of not being able to communicate.  It’s still around.  Pentecost, the collective solution of showing that even human languages and their differences make no difference when the spirit communicates.

There is a uniting of humanity, when language disparity begins to break down as barriers and the spirit begins to take over in communication.  I think that many of us perhaps in meeting those of over lands may have had the experience of,
even though you cannot communicate in their language, you had very touching moments of being able to share the basic human yearning to be one and at one, and language has receded as the primary factor enabling you to communicate. And here it is subordinated completely after this being “of one accord,” and Acts 2, Verse 11 shows you what the disciples were talking about.  (See below, Partial)

Acts 1:14   These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

They were speaking of “the wonderful works of God.”  (See below, Partial)
That’s what was being shared.  They couldn’t understand how it happened.

Acts 2:11   Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues
the wonderful works of God.

And a sad commentary on human nature is that the human mind finds it difficult either to recognize inspiration or to give it credit as inspiration.  And the closest thing that it can grasp for is to suggest that the source of inspiration is intoxication.

And that’s exactly what they suggest in Acts 2, Verse 13:
“Others mocking say these men are full of new wine.”  (See below)

Acts 2:13    Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

(They say) that’s it’s impossible to be inspired unless you’re chemically induced to be so; you’re on a “high.”

And “Peter has to open his first public lecture telling everybody he isn’t drunk.”  (See below, Paraphrased)   Too sad, but that’s where thought was.

Acts 2:14   But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

He explains the reason why they can’t be is that it’s only nine o’clock in the morning, for one thing – it’s “the third hour of the day.”  (See below) (Laughter)

Acts 2:15   For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

But what is Peter’s method?  He goes where? To the scripture.  You see, it goes back to “the prophet Joel.”  (See below, Acts 2:16)

Acts 2:16   But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

Here is again a use of scripture as fulfillment!  Here is prophecy, and here is fulfillment, dovetailing – all, subordinate to the Holy Spirit.

And, the prophecy we read about is about “pouring out the Spirit of God on all flesh.”  (See below, Paraphrased)  Please note that Acts 2, verse 17, included “not only sons, but daughters, shall prophesy.”  (See below)

Acts 2:17   And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

And this free, uninhibited, and still disciplined, access to the one Spirit by all nations, peoples, sexes, social levels, economic status, characterizes Christianity from the very beginning – not necessarily in the member’s thought, but that’s what the Holy Ghost is communicating, whether the members believe it or hear it, even today.

The separation into denominationalism was not the Holy Spirit’s idea.  The embracing of universal humanity was And here, we find even the ability to prophesy, both sexes, and not necessarily limited to nationality.

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Now, in Acts 2, verse 22, Peter begins his lecture in earnest, and his sermon includes a definite documentation that “Jesus is the Messiah of scripture” and not just the Messiah who is the king and political leader but “the one who would be forced to meet every obstacle the world put in his path and overcome every one of them, certainly a way-shower to whom all humanity could relate.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

Acts 2:22   Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Here he says in Acts 2, Verse 23 that “Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.”  Now, that’s just another way of saying what?  Where do you find the “determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God”? (See below) In the scriptures, specifically – prophecy.

Acts 2:23   Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

And, if Jesus then went through all these things according to prophesy, look at Acts 2, Verse 25.  Here are some of the specifics.

Acts 2:25   For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

Now, I ask you to study the next 10 verses and see how beautiful the logic of Peter is in this first lecture sponsored by the first Christian church.

Acts 2:26   Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

….  Acts 2:27   Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Ps 16:10   For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

What does that suggest to you?  (Murmured answer)  It suggests the resurrection.  As a matter of fact, this is the prime verse used by New Testament authors, as a prediction of the resurrection.

Let me read to you what Dr. John Trevor told me in our discussion of this verse, that he prefers as meaning for some of those Hebrew words behind the Psalms passage.

The word “soul” – “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.”  (See below, Partial, Repeated here for convenience)

Ps 16:10   For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

He said to me that this is really a Hebrew word that means “all of your being.”

And I suggested to him, “How about the word “identity”?  And he said that in 20th century terms, that would be quite close.

Reading the meaning there. “Thou wilt not leave my identity in hell.”  (See above, Paraphrased)

All right?  “Hell,” he says, is really not that concept that’s more medieval, but it’s the pit and corruption, and more the grave – pit, or corruption, or more the grave, he says.

So, let’s read that again, conceptually.  “Thy wilt not leave my identity in the grave.”  (See above, Paraphrased)

Now, let’s ask ourselves, “Does that speak to resurrection, or not?”  It’s a very vivid indication of it.

And, finally, “Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”  (See below, last half of same verse)

He said, “Holy One” in the Hebrew there, means more dedicated, or totally committed one.  (See below)

Ps 16:10   For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

“Now, that becomes quite a beautiful sense of resurrection coming from the Psalms, which if David wrote it, as Peter seems to feel here, it would have been a thousand years before Jesus.

“Thou wilt not leave my identity in the grave, and you will not suffer thy dedicated, or totally committed one to see corruption.”  (See below, repeated, and paraphrased)

Ps 16:10   For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

“There’s the combined statement of the individuality of man free from the bondage of death.  And the concept of death as a termination is virtually eliminated.

… “And back in Acts, we find that this is apparently having an impact also on the hearers.  In Matthew 22, Verse 37, where is it hitting the hearer or listeners first?   (Murmurs)  “In their hearts.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

Matt 22:37   Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

That’s where it hit the two on the walk to Emmaus.  (Repeated below)

Luke 24:32   And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

And Peter says the very first words Jesus said in his public ministry, according to at least one gospel, and that is the word “repent.”  And that word “repent” which turns most of us off in this room, and probably most of the world off, in its original is an exciting concept and absolute a pre-requisite before we can even unite with the church that the Book of Acts is talking about.

“Repent” in Greek, coming from the – well the noun is “metanoia” m-e-t-a-n-o-i-a, metanoia, meaning to change your concept about things.  Change your mind about things.  Change you concept about things.

Now, that is the call of the church; it was the call of Jesus to his first listeners.  Change your concept; that’s all that’s needed to get totally different results.  The Christ summons humanity to change its concept it’s been adhering to all along – the atrophy.  Because the Holy Ghost is moving through these changed concepts, and separating the old out from the new.

And when this happens, all this scriptural exegesis, the walk to Emmaus and the changing of concept, verse 41 shows that “three thousand new members joined the church.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

Acts 2:41   Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

WORK OUT the BEING “OF ONE ACCORD” PART of CHURCH (INSTEAD of LEAVING the service EARLY).
Cobbey Crisler on Acts 2:44-17/citation B15

Now we talk about what is needed to get members in our church.  The ingredients better be there; it’s the Holy Ghost pattern.  Peter didn’t invent all that, and it was the result of the church praying “with one accord” to come out with the Holy Ghost.  There’s no obstacle to the Holy Ghost.

Getting our church up to the highest possible platform with nothing standing between it and the Holy Ghost – and that’s moving – both in thought and action.

Look what occurs as a result of it.  In Acts 2, verse 43:  “Many wonders and signs are now done by all of the apostles.”  (See below, Paraphrased)

Acts 2:43   And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

They’re healing everywhere!  Not just understanding the Bible, but healing, but it looks like our comprehension of the Bible is essential to it, and both come from the Holy Ghost – both prophecy and understanding the scriptures, the key to the scriptures comes from the Holy Ghost, and no lesser source.

They, in verse 46, again with a familiar phrase, do what?  … “With one accord in the temple…one accord.”  (See below)

Acts 2:46   And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

That’s the secret!  But instead we opt for the easier alternative.  If it isn’t working out “in one accord,” we leave early.  (See above) (audience laughter)

But, sticking it out on that high level, knowing that nothing can interfere between you and the Holy Ghost, you, collectively – that movement occurs and things happen that we never dreamed were possible.

And even Peter had to reach back into prophecy to explain what was going on because God had notified his people that this thing was possible collectively.  And Acts 2, verse 47 ends: “The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.  (See below)

Act 2:47   Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

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


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