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The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Is The Universe Including Man, Evolved By Atomic Force?”
for Sunday, December 17, 2023

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

Prove possible for YOU Daniel’s divine Mind-fulness described in
citations B1 &B4/Daniel 2 & 5

[Warren Huff’s applications to help make these ideas your own:]
“Timeless examples and ideas in this week’s Bible Lesson from our ever-available, always-caring Pastor (the Bible & Christian Science textbook) remind me of when I really made some of their big lessons my own.  Please pardon me if you’ve heard a rough-draft sharing of this, but hopefully you’ll “find herein a new ‘canny’ crumb… to become footsteps to joys eternal.” (Miscellaneous Writings, xi:14)  It inspires me anew to remember and share how my admitting and proving these Bible examples to be possible for me (and therefore for you) has made a profound and permanent impact on my life.  Proofs of God’s ever-present availability to help us has given me (and many others) a natural, joyous inclination and mindset to “Meet every adverse circumstance as its master.” (SH 419:16)

My mom, Ruth E. Huff, CedarS Camps’ Founder, exuded and role-modeled for thousands her joyous, confident attitude of gratitude in advance.  She responded to every challenging situation or bit of seemingly bad news by sincerely smiling and confidently saying: “It will be FUN to see how God works this one out!” I was able to “make a spiritual-sense mindset my own” in two precious, front-row “proofs at Princeton.” The life-altering (and life-altaring) application ideas that I share below have forever enriched my experience by enabling me to glimpse and scientifically prove God’s amazing power to help us “At all times and under all circumstances, (to) ‘overcome evil with good’.” (Romans 12:21 quoted by Mary Baker Eddy in Science & Health 571:15)

When committed to remember “by heart” many more short sentences from the Christian Science textbook and Bible are ever available to strengthen our retention of God’s life-gift to all of us of an exalted mindset.  They naturally help to counteracts every anxious thought and care and banish negativity and worry as habitual mindsets to be cast out.
Here are several such one-liners:

  • “The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.” (SH 506:11)
  • “Fear not, nor be not dismayed… for I am with you” (Deut. 31:8; Josh. 8:1 & 10:25; I Chron. 20:17; Isa. 41:10; Jer. 30:10…)
  • “When the illusion of sickness or sin 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, …”  (SH 495:14–18 (to ,)
  • “The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.”  (SH 365:31)  A “priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness” envelopes us every time that we gain a spiritual sense, or an exalted,  God’s-eye view of everything.

[Warren: Here’s how my “extremity” became “God’s opportunity” to show me that “Whatever stretches you, blesses you!’]
Here are the humanly challenging circumstances that both stretched and blessed me with healing ideas that I receptively latched onto and steadfastly clung to so that I not only survived, but thrived!

Two of my many landmark healings in Christian Science occurred together at the end of my freshman at Princeton University. Somehow all fifteen hours of my five 3-hour finals were scheduled for the first two days of exam week.  On top of that, I had daily Spring football practices and worked multiple jobs, so I had fallen behind on heavy reading assignments in a few of my courses. So, on the Saturday morning before these finals, I felt pressured and inadequate. I asked myself, “How am I ever going to be ready to read, study and prepare for these exams with no real study time between any of them?”

“Just as I started to think over my seemingly impossible situation, a dull pain in my right side (that I’d been aware of overnight) suddenly became very sharp and would not go away. A roommate, whose dad was a doctor, suggested that it looked like my appendix had burst and that I was having an appendicitis attack. I chose to handle this suggestion with prayer, just as I’d had done successfully to meet many other challenges — from making life-impacting, divinely-guided  decisions to experiencing “freaky-fast” healings of broken bones, severe wounds, sprained ankles, torn cartilage, and more. When this very aggressive problem refused to yield immediately to my own prayers as every other challenge had, I struggled to get myself to the privacy of a nearby pay phone booth to call a Christian Science Practitioner for help. (This was B.C. — Before Cell phones…)

I was seeking the uniquely powerful and prayerful support known as a Christian Science treatment, given with professional warmth and principled love.  On this occasion, though, none of the practitioners I knew from Christian Science summer camp or from church answered their landline phones, and no human help seemed to be readily available.  So, I hobbled—still doubled over in pain— to a nearby Christian Science Reading Room on Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey.  The Reading Room’s “quiet precincts” were a perfect place to reach out directly to God for angel messages and for healing.

“For several hours that Saturday, I was the only visitor to the private study area in the back part of the Reading Room. That sacred privacy enabled me to feel free enough to stretch out on the floor when sitting wasn’t comfortable.  Whenever I physically struggled, I spiritually snuggled up to precious passages that I felt the Comforter was indelibly teaching me from that week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson. (That’s why I still strive to see what they mean to me and can mean to you!)  I kept coming back to an uplifting assurance in a sentence in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which reads, “… Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.”  (SH 57) I saw clearly that as long as my heart was sighing (moaning, groaning, complaining…) over the world—over exam-based concerns, time-based pressures and body-based pains— it could not begin “to unfold its wings for heaven” and for healing. 

“Through prayer, I began to “unfold the wings (of my heart) for heaven” by turning away from my worldly worries and toward the infinite possibilities of being at-one with all-knowing, divine Mind.  Another insight I found in the Bible Lesson was the account of Daniel’s divine intuition that enabled him to first discern the dream which King Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten and then to rightly interpret it for him (Daniel 2:1-49). This was even more awesome than Joseph’s example several hundred years early of interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams because at least Pharaoh remembered them (Genesis 41:1-41) Joseph humbly realized and voiced “It is not in me, God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”  I reasoned that these examples showed me that I too could have all the angel insights that I needed from divine Mind.

I felt that God was telling me that Daniel’s and Joseph’s talents belonged to me too, and that God would give me the healing insights I needed both for my physical healing and for my preparation for and performance on my upcoming exams. I loved Daniel’s explanation of how he could know the king’s dream and its meaning, when he told the king, “there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets.” (Daniel 2:28).  Both Daniel’s words and Joseph’s (earlier quoted from Gen. 41:16) took ME as a source out of the equation and put God wholly in it.  This helped me to feel peaceful and even a bit confident about all five upcoming exams.

“I distinctly remember affirming for myself, “When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.” (SH 180:25)

“That Reading Room study area also gave me a peaceful and virtually private place to actually sing favorite hymns. I knew by heart scores of hymns and all of Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns from years of singing them in Sunday School and in Sunday evening hymn sings at CedarS Camps.  This was an unconventional way to study for exams, but, in hindsight, I was being forced to prioritize feeling my one-ness with God by cherishing each word of every hymn that came to me.  This turned out to be the best possible exam preparation that I’ve ever done and is why I still cherish CedarS healing Hymn Sings each month throughout the year..

“I’ll always remember concluding my Reading Room hymn singing by cherishing each word of “Christ My Refuge,” a poem and hymn by Mary Baker Eddy. As I treasured its messages my tears of pain changed to tears of joy!  The pain lifted as I let my heart sing the following words, O’er waiting harps strings of the mind, there sweeps a strain, Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind the power of painAnd wake a white-winged angel throng of thoughts illumed By faith, and breathed in raptured song, With love perfumed. Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show Life’s burden’s light. I kiss the cross, and wake to know A world more bright… I see Christ walk and come to me and tenderly divinely talk. Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock whereto God leadeth me. (Christian Science Hymnal #254)

“With my freedom fully restored, I was inspired not to just walk, but to run back to my Dodd Hall dorm room, to eat normally and to prepare with peaceful inspiration Saturday night and Sunday for my first four final exams (9-hours worth on Monday and 3 more hours on Tuesday morning). I felt divinely directed toward just what I needed to review and felt great and full of gratitude to God about my first four exams.

“However, when I opened the fifth exam on Tuesday afternoon, my heart sank as I read all the exam questions which asked me to compare and contrast several books that I had intended to read over the weekend but did not because of the healing time I needed to spend in the Reading Room.  I was immediately tempted to just go up to the exam proctor and turn in the exam with a note that I’d had a health challenge, was unable to adequately prepare for the exam, and a request to take the course on a Pass-Fail basis so that my good work going into the final could at least get me a “Pass” on my transcript for this Sociology course.

“Then, I remembered the citations from the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson that I’d mined for cherished gems to apply to myself in the Reading Room.  I recalled the account of Daniel humbly knowing it was not in him, but in God to give the right answer of what the dream was and of what it meant.

“As I stood up from my desk with the intention to humanly give up, rather than try to write about books that I hadn’t even read, God stopped me with an angel message. It was “I am the same Mind that made this test and that wrote every book it refers to. I am with you to take this test and tell you everything you need to know.”  I heard these words as a direct message from God.  I gained confidence from this encouraging message and from remembering other ideas from the Bible lesson I’d cherished and made my own during my healing time of study in the Reading Room.

“They included these passages from Science and Health:

“It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future. Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind… to be divinely inspired, yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.” (SH 84:11-18)

“A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.(SH 128:14)

“Spirit imparts the understanding uplifts consciousness and leads… This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments, it is the reality of all things brought to light.” (SH, 505:16, 26-28/cit. S18)

[W.] “I sat back down with a joyous and confident motive to glorify God by being a clear transparency to let God’s goodness shine through me.  I strove to see myself as a “scribe under orders.”  I was determined not to try to make-up myself what I humanly didn’t know, but rather to make “welcome” divine Mind’s ideas.  These ideas flowed and I wrote them down effortlessly. At the end of the three hours, I handed in the exam with a sense of inspired joy.  And the next day I found out that my grade in the course actually improved!  I was grateful and gave all glory to God alone.  I had demonstrated what God could do for any of us when we, like Daniel, know that “there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets.”  In that divine Mind we have that we need, and we know it!  This demonstration helped realized that every time we have no clue humanly how to answer any question or problem, we can turn to divine Mind for instant right answers. All we ever need do is be “Looking unto (Christ) Jesus the author and finisher”! (Heb. 12:2)

“I have turned to this landmark healing for years as a reminder that we can always lean on God for refuge and strength, as a “very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Gratefully and humbly shared by Warren Huff, with all glory to God (to submit asap with others to the Christian Science Publishing Society)


Mary Baker Eddy’s remarkable, 60-word, “Scientific Statement of Being” on page 468 of Science & Health] also follows this pattern of affirmations and denials]
[Cobbey Crisler writes:] “In the beginning was the Word… without (the Word of God) “was not anything made that was made.”

[Cobbey’s prelude to John 1:3-5/cit. B2:] “In John 1:1. John starts off unlike any of the preceding gospels. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
He starts off, as a matter of fact, as only one other book of the Bible begins. Notice Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. ” Do you think the early readers of his gospel would have recognized that? Do you think that was John’s intent? That it should be recognized?

“There is something that is a major clue to studying the Bible. That is, when you get the remotest hint of an Old Testament verse in the New Testament, don’t ignore it or put it aside.  It’s there for a very deep reason.  It probably holds the key to the meaning of the New Testament event, or the author would not have included it.  By no means make the mistake which Professor Davies, Professor Dodd, Professor Albright and many others of our top New Testament scholars say we often make.  That is, when you find a verse in the New Testament which comes from the Old Testament, either an exact quote or a paraphrase, don’t just go back to that verse.  Read the context around it.  Study the environment; get deeply involved in the thought and intent of the Old Testament passage.  You may be more closely at-one with what the author in the New Testament means.  In other words, what do you have?  You have a blend of the whole Bible that way.  You find that Old and New Testaments become inseparable, which is virtually the view, I think, that the authors of the New Testament take.  The account of the “Walk to Emmaus” in Luke 24: 13-35 shows how much Jesus and the apostles used the Old Testament to show how much the New Testament fulfills Old Testament prophecies.

“It also seems clear to me that Jesus, in his approach to mankind, from his outlook, his acts, his attitudes, his words as well as works, embraced universal humanity. You’ll find hints of it passed down from his early students to their students, and so forth. But more than this, Jesus of Nazareth was a Bible student to surpass all Bible students. Therefore, if he knew in his own thought when an event affecting him or others of his period was the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy, or a lesson should be learned from a new/old truth that came out of the reservoir of the Scriptures, then he would so state it.

“But sometimes he allowed it to remain hidden.  It would force his hearers, as well as his readers in this century, to become Bible students with him if they wanted to understand what he was saying. He embraces universal humanity. He addresses and communicates particularly to Bible students. As far as Jesus’ comprehension of the word “Christian” is concerned, it probably would be fair to say that he would insist that Christians become Bible students just to comprehend what the word meant. What does that say to us today? Does that mean we should be reading these books, this collection, this library called the Bible?  Specifically, our focus today is on the New Testament and one of the gospels?  Should we be reading it as if it were a novel?  Is that how Jesus felt his life and mission should be conveyed?

“Should we weep real tears because of the suffering and the lack of understanding and the persecution that occurred to him? And then wipe our eyes and go about our business because we’ve read a very deeply moving story, as we might have turned on a television set? Is that the kind of surface research that Jesus expected of his followers? When he said in John 5:39, “search the Scriptures,” I doubt you could ever apply that to television.  Who wants to search television?  There is obviously an object in view which Jesus knew would not benefit him, but would be enormously rewarding. The yield on that kind of investment would leap out of the page into the lives of those who did it. Therefore, “the word would be made flesh,” (John 1:14).

“John 1:1 starts his gospel off, “In the beginning was the Word.” The Greek is, en arche hin ho logos. Does arche look familiar to you? It is the root word in “archeology.” It’s an exciting word. It doesn’t just mean when things begin or when they have started in a human way, so much as, translated by some scholars, as “the first principle” of things.

“For instance, when Jerome, in about 400 A.D. translates the Greek Bible into Latin, here’s how he does those opening words.  “In principio,” which, of course, is our root of our word “principle,” in principio. He could have used another Latin expression which is “ab initio, ” which would have meant at the initial phases of things, but instead he chooses a Latin word which has a dual meaning which could be “principle,” the first principle, the origin, the basis of things.

“If we choose that particular Greek meaning for the opening of both Genesis and John, then it gives it an entirely different connotation.  If, in principle, God created the heaven and the earth, or in principle, was the word, it starts out like many mathematical or scientific textbooks which start out with the statement of principle.  Everything else derives from it.

“But then we come to a word which John uses in the first chapter and uses again in successive chapters but never with the same connotation.  It stands out in its uniqueness and it is so emphatically important to the author that we have to just dwell on it somewhat and see what it might mean.

“Let me give you a partial history of the word. What automatically occurs to you as the meaning of logos? We take this word, “Word,” and identify it with logosThis is likely being written at some point during the 1st century A.D.  Way back in the 6th century B.C., Heraclitus at Ephesus was attempting philosophically to explain continuity amid all the flux around him. He resorted to logos as the eternal principle of order in the universe, the kind of reliable, unchanging law and order.  This is several centuries prior to John’s use of it.  (Interestingly enough, people think that the Gospel of John may have been written there.)

“From that period, we can trace the word logos through many, many different concepts. Zeno (of Elea, c 490 – c 430 B.C.), a Greek philosopher used it in the connotation of right reason, of reality within the mind, pure thought.  Which leads me to what Professor Dodd has said, “It is only in Greek that a term is available which means both thought and word, and that’s logos.Only in Greek have you that term that can convey both thought and word. So, when you’re talking about logos, even from the standpoint of word, if we are not giving to it what really is behind it, we’re losing something of the message, aren’t we?

“Why does the additional concentration on thought add to the definition of word? When you go behind the word to the thought, you’re dealing with ideas, concepts, and the meaning. It is where all human languages finally give up their fragmentation and meet, and become one, in a Pentecostal day of infinite communication. The “word” is but an instrument which we must meet at the thought or at the meaning. Then, no barriers, especially language barriers, can stand between us and comprehension of one another, of the universe, its laws, and the source of those laws.

“Dodd continues: “In Origen’s commentary on the 4th gospel which is being written, again very early in the history of the Christian church. In reading Origen’s commentary, there are interpretations in there, in the Greek that he’s writing, which absolutely depend upon taking logos not only in the sense of word, but it alternates without warning with the other sense of rational principles. So, the continual indication of this word principle is something that is significant.”

“Do you know where we use logos in the English language? Biology, physiology. Logos is the one that has been used to define the sciences in the English language. This was the comprehension at least of the lexicographers who developed our own language of the Greek term. Look how it’s lasted even in our language. We use it all the time without realizing it, taking it for granted. Is there a scientific connotation, then, that “In the beginning,” “In the first principle of things,” there is a scientific unvarying, inalienable, order that’s ruling.  And that it’s not only being uttered as an expression or word, but behind it is the immense thought that also must be based on the same principle.  Notice in Verse 1of Chapter 1 that it all related with and to God.

“John 1:3 continues with a statement that is quite absolute, “All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Is there any reservation for qualifications? “All things were made by him. That is [an] enormous commitment to make at the beginning of a book. The theology of this book is therefore committed right squarely on what principle if we’re now defining the theological principle on which the Bible is based? Not only oneness of God, but the fact He’s one, also means He’s all.  “All things were made by Him.” Everything is created by Him. That also poses problems, because all we have to do is open our eyes and look around us. And what we see, we’d rather not think was created by God. But as of now, we’ve just started the book. So, let’s see what the style of the author is and his theological commitments. “All things were made by Him.”

“He doesn’t leave it there. The very next sentence adds, “Without him was not any thing made that was made.” Why is he saying that? Doesn’t “all things were made by Him” take care of the other part?  What is the difference?  What’s the distinction that he is implanting in his readers’ thought right at the beginning of the book?  “All things were made by Him.” What would you call that? That kind of statement is an absolute, but is it also an affirmation.  It’s a real solid plus. This is a plus of the theological view of John.  “All things were made by Him.

“What have we got now?  Denial.  Here is how we’re going to deal with the minus element. The minus element is without Him, “without him was not any thing made that was made.” Any hint of a minus existing after the all-things-were-made-by­him being declared, is removed, because it is the other side of the same coin.

“The plus, the minus, the affirmation, the denial is a mathematical approach.  Dealing with the plus, dealing with the minus and ending up with one, not dualism.   One, so there’s no doubt that the key to the gospel is monotheism.  It challenges the reader’s thought to see if he’s there at that altitude before he continues any further in the gospel.  It forces the reader to get to that height in order to remotely communicate with what’s in the gospel.”
Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple, by B. Cobbey Crisler


[Cobbey said:] “In Verse 16, Peter and Andrew are introduced to us. The Anchor Bible suggests they probably already knew Jesus.  That would also conform more readily to John’s account. Remember, they met or saw Jesus at the baptism. That would have been down in Jordan. In Verse 14 we’re back to Galilee.

There is a recognition factor.  “He saw Simon, Andrew his brother.”  It is not by chance that Jesus appoints his disciples, “He sees them casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.” Apparently, they were not very good ones. I say that because the Anchor Bible with tongue in cheek te11s us that there’s no record anywhere in the gospels that the disciples ever caught a fish without the help of Jesus. They were ready for a new profession anyway.

Verse l 7, “Jesus said, Come after me I will make you to become fishers of men.”  Notice the intriguing aspect of that call. Because if you weren’t intrigued, you’d stay in your fishing boat.  “Fishers of men,” if you weren’t up to the level of seeing the wryness of that appeal, you wouldn’t move. But if you were there, “Fishers of men,” let us go find out what that’s all about.  Then you would have left. They left a living here. Many of us may have, without being aware of it, been summoned by that same Christ-command to follow and be “fishers of men.”  But we are too busy with our professions or our professions are our priority.

Verse 18. So, we do not make the same apostolic response as Simon and Andrew did, “Straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.”

 Verse 19. And, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John.”  They had a small business going. They were real entrepreneurs.

Verse 20. Because they left their dad Zebedee with the hired servants.  They were filling out Social Security forms and everything on these people. They left and went after him.” (Jesus)

Verse 21, “Straightway on the sabbath day.

Let’s look at the gospel from above. Let’s see the divine structure here that is motivating what we are being told. Aside from simply gathering the first disciples and paying tribute to John the Baptist’s fulfillment of his mission, a greater sense of baptism, the fact that Jesus is defining things in Mark for us. He’s defining things like church, and baptism, and man, and repentance, and relationship. All of these things are major definitions. But we have to move from the day-to-day approach into the narrative and see this happening in an overall tenor behind the text.

The Sabbath day is an important thing, because what we’re supposed to do on the Sabbath day had already been defined by a commandment (Exodus    20:8).   We’re to keep it holy.  Is he going to be consistent or inconsistent   -with this commandment? We test his every move. “He enters into the synagogue,” where worship is going on,“and he teaches.”

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

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

[Cobbey continues with BONUS VERSES:]
Verse 23.  “And there in that synagogue a man with an unclean spirit appears.”  Let’s ask ourselves, what is he introducing into the environment of what humans have defined as church? He is introducing healing as an appropriate, if not mandatory church activity.  As a matter of fact, it has greater priority than the “order of service”.  Everything stops for healing. Despite the fact that the great resistance of the “carnal mind,” which Paul says in Romans 8:7 is “enmity against God.”  Mark, in Chapter 1, Verse 24 quotes this carnal mind’s resistance, “Let us alone. What have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth.”

“Is the church of that period prepared for healing? Is it ready to be regarded as a place to remedy health and other problems?

Verse 25. “We find Jesus using very strong words, “Hold thy peace, and come out of him.”  A very imperative command.  He uses almost the identical words to still a storm at sea later in Mark 4:39, “Peace,  be still.”  How appropriate!  If the message can be used to cure a storm in nature, it can also cure a mental storm in human nature.  Jesus’ methodology links weather problems and the mental conflict of humanity.

Verse 26. “The unclean spirit is not giving up without a fight.

“This is warfare. “When it had torn him, he was convulsed, cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.” Remember that God is portrayed in Psalms as speaking-and-it-was-done.” So, all of the resistance is of no moment at all in the healing.  It doesn’t damage the individual even though it  tears and convulses because the individual is better than before.

“The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament says,   “It is in no sense true that the word and work of Jesus are distinct as two separate functions of his manifestation. “He-spake-and-it-was-done,” is the nature of God, and if man in his relationship to God is what Genesis 1 says it  is, namely, image, then the image of an original that speaks-and-it-is-done would also have to be able to speak-and-it-is-done.”

“But it’s God’s word that we’re speaking, because that’s what the image is like, God.

Verse 27. “Authority” is the point that’s raised. It’s almost as if religion, as defined by human kind, has come across to us with splendor, with robes, with grandeur, spectacle, but without authority. “The authority Jesus proves is illustrated by the results.” This is what spreads Christianity. Not knocking on doors, not even one-to-one that we so reverence, but healing. There’s a one-to-one. That news, the good news, the gospel of healing, spreads by itself. Who can hold it in? It’s bigger than all of us. It’s God’s word applied, and capable of being applied.

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

[Warren:] Click here to see in  Season 1, Episode 7 of “The Chosen” an inspiring, geologically-realistic and Biblically-accurate reenactment of Luke 5:1-15/citation B9.  This awe-inspiring event illustrates how Jesus fished for and caught his fishermen disciples and began to convert them to become “fishers of men.”
Sunday School teachers with internet bandwidth too narrow to share episodes of “The Chosen,” might want instead to “Let down your net for” a smaller, but dramatically narrated “Free Bible Images” video
of  this abundant “draught” to bring Bible stories to life for yourself and for those you love! Luke 5:4 (citation B9)

Images await you sorted by character, by book & verse, theme & story — including 120 images just for Peter. For yourself, your family members or Sunday School students, you may want to explore or videos with downloadable text based on the Bible at the website. It freely shares along with Bible-based text a “Story Planner” to go along with the pictures. Pictures range from more cartoonish to more realistic, depending on your “Target audience.”


[Cobbey Crisler explains the acoustical logic of Matthew’s account of Jesus teachings being audible to large groups:]  “Matthew 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 or boat) 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…
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Cobbey on John 4:46-53/cit. B11:
Official’s Son Healed on YouTube 
“Life of Jesus” 3-min. clip #10

[Cobbey Crisler:] “In John 4:46  we go “back to Cana, and while Jesus was there a nobleman has a sick son at Capernaum.

John 4:47, He asks Jesus to “come heal his son at the point of death.”

John 4:48. What is Jesus doing? Does he say, “Right away.”? He’s working with the Father’s thought, isn’t he? What does he say? “Unless you see signs and wonders, you won’t believe.” The implication is that we trust before we get the result. Remember that is exactly what Jesus illustrated in the raising of Lazarus (in last week’s Bible Lesson).  Trust that it was already done, complete and finished.

John 4:49, “The nobleman says, Sir, come down ere my child die.” The physical proximity of a physician was considered necessary, then as now, to heal.

John 4:50, “Jesus says” instead, “Go thy way; thy son lives”.

John 4:50, “The man trusted sufficiently in what Jesus said and went his way.”

It’s a fair walk from what has been thought to be the location of Cana to Capernaum.  You can imagine what has been going on in the father’s thought, the anticipation of the event, maybe doubt, and whether he was ever convinced of what Jesus said?

John 4:51, “His servants meet him half way, and they say, Your son lives.”  Those were the same words Jesus said. The last words Jesus had said are repeated here.

John 4:52. “He says to his servant, “Tell me, what time exactly did he begin to improve?”  Notice, built into the father’s thought was that it had to take time or process.  What time did he begin to improve?  “The servant announcement is, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him, instantly. 

John 4:53. “So, the father checked his watch.  And he knew it was the same hour that Jesus said, in Verse 50, “Thy son liveth.

“What you see there is something that physicists say exists in nature to some degree, namely, action-over-a-distance.  Physicists define as part of this action-over-distance what?  Light, magnetism, electricity, sound, things like that.  Action­over-a-distance.  Jesus said humanity better consider another candidate for action­ over-a-distance, a candidate that will eventually replace all.  Namely, prayer.  Prayer-action-over-a-distance.

“You didn’t have to be physically near someone to have someone healed.  What freedom that announces to mankind if there’s no physical prerequisite for healing!  Healing can occur regardless of time and space (and time and space are not obstacles to healing), it occurs mentally or in thought.  Prayer travels faster than a man could walk from Cana to Capernaum.  The healing got there before the father.  The healing was there just as Jesus indicated in John 3:13, “No man ascendeth up to heaven except he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”  This is how Jesus regarded the son of this nobleman, and then proved his vision.

?Do we have any evidence of what Jesus said was the summary of his mission?  Proof that angels were ascending and descending on the Son of Man (John 1:51)?  In the case of the nobleman’s son, it is healing.  There is verification.  There is a semeion, or an identifying mark, or feature of Jesus’ theology.  Completely leaving the old definition of religion for the new, a practical form of theology which brings with it results.”

“Book of John: A Walk with the Beloved Discipleby B. Cobbey Crisler**

 [Warren’s P.S.]  Here are a couple more  free visual resources that illustrate this story of Jesus healing the nobleman’s son. Click “View Slide Show” &/or “Download Image Set” at: FreeBibleimages :: Jesus heals the Official’s son in Capernaum (John 4:43-53 (citation B16)  Another video version is at]
How is this story in citation B11/John 4:46-53 an example of the healing force of the Word at work?

Why was it chosen specifically for this Bible Lesson?

AN APPLICATION GEM to CHERISH & WHOLEHEARTEDLY MAKE YOUR OWN for a body invigorated & purified by Truth’S LIGHT!

Be STIRRED to “a CHANGE of BASE” to “yield to the harmony of divine Mind.” (cit. S21/162:9) & “NO opposing element (My. 292, PS)
sunlight of Truth” (162:4)

Affirm: “Christian Science brings to the (my) body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifiesThe effect of this Science is to stir (rouse, wake up, budge, shift, revive) the (my) human mind to a change of base (basis, foundation, origin, heart, starting point, Genesis), on which it may yield to (concede to, give acknowledgement to, admit to, forfeit to, surrender to, hail to) the harmony of the divine Mind.” (S&H 162:4-5, 9/citation S20).

These sentences begin & end a paragraph I’ll always treasure because it helped save my life!!
That’s why I always share my gratitude for it whenever any part of it is in the Bible Lesson.  You can
read about my 2008 healing of a large, cancerous growth thanks to a healing hymn sing 🎹 🎶 and my in-depth,  follow-up applications of this full, powerful paragraph – word by specific, healing word and its synonyms:

“Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates (refreshes, revitalizes, stimulates, enlivens, energizes, animates, rejuvenates, strengthens) and purifies (cleanses, disinfects, sanitizes, decontaminates, filters).  Christian Science acts as an alterative (a medicinal plant that causes a gradual beneficial change in the body, usually through improved nutrition and elimination, without having any marked specific action OR A medicine or treatment which gradually induces a change, and restores healthy functions without sensible evacuations), neutralizing error with Truth.  It changes the secretions (emissions, discharges, oozings), expels humors (4 Medieval ones to be balanced: blood, yellow bile, phlegm, black bile), dissolves tumors (growths, cancers, lumps, swellings), relaxes rigid muscles (“thought-forces”), restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir (rouse, wake up, budge, shift, revive) the human mind to a change of base (basis, foundation, origin, heart, starting point), on which it may yield to (concede to, give acknowledgement to, admit to, forfeit to, surrender to, hail to) the harmony 🎹 🎶 of the divine Mind.” (S&H 162:9, citation S21).

P.S. “YIELD to the HARMONY of divine Mind” (162) with **“NO opposing element” (My. 292) to be “so far above all mortal strife, or cruel creed, or earthborn taint, fill(ed)… today with all Thou art…” (Hymn 23)

**Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Miscellany: “My answer to the inquiry, “Why did Christians of every sect in the United States fail in their prayers to save the life of President McKinley,” is briefly this: Insufficient faith or spiritual understanding, and a compound of prayers in which one earnest, tender desire works unconsciously against the modus operandi of another, would prevent the result desired. …

“These conflicting states of the human mind, of trembling faith, hope, and of fear, evinced a lack of the absolute understanding of God’s omnipotence, and thus they prevented the power of absolute Truth from reassuring the mind and through the mind resuscitating the body of the patient.

“The divine power and poor human sense — yea, the spirit and the flesh — struggled, and to mortal sense the flesh prevailed. 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. …

“In a certain city the Master “did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief,” — because of the mental counteracting elements, the startled or the unrighteous contradicting minds of mortals. And if he were personally with us to-day, he would rebuke whatever accords not with a full faith and spiritual knowledge of God. He would mightily rebuke a single doubt of the ever-present power of divine Spirit to control all the conditions of man and the universe.”
(The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 292:13–294:15)

APPLY to YOURSELF & YOUR CHURCH Paul’s Answered Prayer (AP) History of “SHAKING OFF” a deadly VIPER & of HEALINGS! 
Cobbey on Acts 28:8+/cit. B15 after last week’s GEMs on Paul in Acts  

[Cobbey Crisler insights on Acts 28:3+ bonus on awesome church growth:]
“Chapter 28, [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.

“Chapter 28, [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.”
“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

  • For a BONUS Click “Shake Off the Viper” to see more application thoughts and examples in this article from the August 14, 1973 Christian Science Sentinel;

[For Cobbey Crisler’s insights on Acts 28:8+/cit. B15 and how Paul grew church by healing, and by “Walk to Emmaus, Bible-based sharing click on last week’s GEMs on Paul in Acts !]

*“the FIGHTING PAGES”* — pages 390-395 in Science and Health

Section 5 shares several instructions on how to do so from the so-called *”fighting pages”* of the textbook of Christian Science (Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures).  Kathy Fitzer shares these citations vehemently along with a healing example in her Met this week that you can click here to read or hear. Below are excepts from the last two paragraphs of Section 5 of her Met.

  • [Kathy Fitzer:] “We are told to, “banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, — God’s law (cit. S28, 381:21-24, 27-28).
  • We’re told to “dispute the testimony of the material senses with divine Science” when “the first symptoms of disease appear”.
  • In that way we won’t fall into the trap of letting any “claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought.” 
  • Mary Baker Eddy goes on to say, “Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin.”
  • And, we are to “Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit” (cit. S29, 390:12-13, 20, 32-2).

[Kathy Fotzer closes Section 5 of her Met with a healing example and why these strong declarations of Truth are so effective:]
“I have had many healings — of cold and flu symptoms, as well as of strained muscles — as I have taken this kind of stand.  I know many, like me, refer to pages 390-395 in Science and Health as *”the fighting pages”* because they include so many strong statements such as these.  But, it is important to realize why we can argue so strongly.  It’s not a matter of willing a discordant situation to go away.  Rather, it’s acknowledging the might of divine Principle and the onliness of God’s presence and power that eliminates the possibility of any other power or presence.  With that possibility eradicated in thought, we are able to witness the harmony that has always been.  That is perceiving the action of divine Wisdom reversing the limitations and folly of human wisdom.”

[Warren Huff:] Please JOIN me in infinitely EXPANSIVE THINKING about OUR UNIVERSE & OUR key light-spreading ROLE IN IT “even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space” (cit. S32, 509:18, )

[WH:] “Here is yet another “stellar” example of how Mary Baker Eddy was ahead of her time in writing Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Her reference to the nebulae phenomenon is especially remarkable in that it had not yet been discovered or explained scientifically.  She could only refer to nebulae in the “spot-on” way that she did by being “a scribe under orders” from all-knowing, divine Mind. 

“Let me further explain: A Christian Scientist friend of mine, Chuck Douglas, was an avid amateur astronomer and the Kansas City dad of CedarS staff friends, Charlie Douglas, Carol Douglas and Elaine Douglas (now Boudreaux).  Chuck had “the wisdom and the occasion” to ask a professional astronomer what a woman author could have meant when she stated “even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space.” (SH 509:18)  The astronomer asked Chuck when this insightful observation was made and was amazed that Mary Baker Eddy wrote the first edition of Science & Health in 1875 and its last (418th) edition in 1906.  He explained that it was not until 1929 when American astronomer, Edwin Hubble (who the Hubble Space Telescope is named after) was the first to describe the redshift phenomenon and tie it to an expanding universe and exploding stars (nebulae) as explained further at

“In 1990 when the Hubble Space telescope was launched into its orbit around the earth astronomers’ were able to see more distant nebulae and to measure the speed at which their exploding light was simultaneously moving towards observers at light speed in a blueshift spectrum of light and away from us at light speed in a redshift spectrum of light.  If you download the amazing pictures of the red and blue light from Helix Nebulae (in the upper right part of thus GEM’s online version), imagine this and countless other nebulae expanding in opposite directions at the speed of light (186,282 miles per second)—with no end in sight!  Now, that “indicates immensity”!

Watch for a related BONUS of a model “Closing Statement”
for all of us (mental) DEFENCE ATTORNEYS!


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