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

“God the Only Cause and Creator”
for Sunday, December 3, 2023

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


As GOD’S EXALTED IDEA, FEEL AT HOME with ALL NEEDS MET, FULL of VITALTY!
CedarS Founding Bible Openings are in the Responsive Reading as Psalm 104:16, 17

 [Warren on CedarS founding:] “In 1961, Ruth (Huff) opened the Bible at random for direction about the idea that kept coming to her to start a short-term camp for Christian Scientists on property owned by her father near Lebanon, Missouri.  The first words she saw were … from Psalm 104: 16, 17 “The trees of the Lord are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted;” (God gave the idea which therefore was FULL of vitality and all its needed supply from an infinite source—This makes “exalted ideas” (birds) feel right at home here.)  “Where the birds make their nests:” This concept proved to be the inspiration for the naming of the Girls Camp (“The Nest”) and all their cabins with birds’ names.”
quoted from CEDARS CAMPS, ITS ORIGIN AND GROWTH, 1962-2001, page 6,
written by Ruth E. Huff, Founder, Illustrated and Designed by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini


AWAKE to God’s “TENDER MERCIES OVER ALL HIS WORKS” (Ps. 145:9)  and to “TENDER MERCIES” HOLDING YOU— to “BLOT OUT all mistakes” (Ps. 51)  

[W.] “The psalmist declares “his tender mercies are over all his works” (citation B3, Ps. 145:9) and prays to God to “withhold not thy tender mercies…” and to “remember…thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses” (Ps. 25:6) … let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.” ” (Ps. 40:11) and “according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51:1)

“The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.” (blotted out)

Retrospection and Introspection,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 22:1


 [W.] Often a favorite selection at *CEDARS HYMN SINGS* is “I awake each morn to a brand new day… Tender mercies are holding me” Words and Music by Susan Booth Mack Snipes, Hymn 500 in the 2017 Hymnal. [My favorite performance of this hymn is to hear it sung on the back deck of CedarS Care House as a guitar duet by (then) CedarS Met contributors Craig Ghislin, CS, and David Price, CS, who were both serving as Christian Science practitioners.]

*P.S. REMINDER!! *CEDARS online December HYMN SING*is coming up THIS SUNDAY, December 3rd at 7pm CT. Watch for details coming up in an email and on our website.*


LIKE JOB, FIND THE IDENTITY & UNITY OF 1 MIND & 1 SOUL TO SOLVE CONFLICTS OF MANY OPINIONS! Bonus prelude by Cobbey on Job 23:13 as well as Job 23:14/cit. B11

[Cobbey Crisler prelude:] “In Job 23:13 we find two revelations from God to Job about God’s nature. Because there’s only one way that you and I can ever find out anything out about God who is the only one who knows who God is, God [Himself/Herself]. God must do the revealing and here Job has two concepts revealed to him about God.  And you know we don’t get anything unless we’re ready for it. Job is ready. He needs this, doesn’t he?… Why does Job need to know God as “one [mind], and as soul”?
What’s been his problem? One problem is identity. He said (in Job 9:21, 22) even “[if I said] I am perfect… Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul:” Here if soul is identified with God, where does one find one’s identity? The, whatever he was thinking about as his soul, if he had it, would have to image forth the One Soul. How many souls are there? If you relate the word “soul” to God, there is no other possible alternative than for a monotheist to see one, with whatever is revealed to us about God. That may be tough logic, but if soul is related to God, as a synonym, then there can only be One. So, to seek his identity in that oneness-of-God will tell him more about himself.
WHAT ABOUT ONE MIND? Why did he need to know that? [Voice: Because it was God?”] That’s right. And he’d been having a dialogue with many minds, hadn’t he? Nothing but just One Mind as opposed to many, polytheistic gods, or many minds, many opinions… Just think of that beautiful revelation that comes as a solution to all that.”
“The Book of Job: A Mental Court Case” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Warren Huff’s P.S. on a verse 14 BONUS: It relieves all fear of poor performance to know that “…he performeth the thing that is appointed for me…” This could be re-stated that “God is the performer; and we are the performance”… and that “many such things are with him.”


ANSWER THE CALL TO SOLVE ALL RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS AND ALL CHURCH & HEALTH PROBLEMS!
Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 67:
2+/cits. B12, B16) & prelude) & “saving health among all nations…and verse 5 “all the people…” “working together for good” (Romans 8:28)

Verse 2 of Psalm 67/cit. B12) is the prophecy that God’sway will be known upon earth,”“Thy saving health among” what?  A limited number?  All nations.”  No wonder the Bible could not close without that magnificent reminder that the leaves of the tree were not just for healing individuals, but for all nations. The medicine for international discord is on that tree.

“Just as it is for our own relationship problems.  What’s a relationship problem [other] than a disease? Something’s not relating in our body.  Look to our thought.  Have we left relationship problems unsolved?  Do you know when Jesus would not accept worship from his Christian followers when they (we) bring a gift to the altar?  If you remember ought that you have against your brother or ‘vice versa,’ don’t even bother to give your gift in the environment of church.

“Church stands for healed relationships.  No relationship problems.  All things working together for good.  [Jesus said Leave your gift behind.  It’s imperfect.  It’s incomplete.  Go solve the relationship problem with your brother first, then bring your gift to church.  That shows that healed relationship problems are the only satisfactory gift to church endorsed by the founder of the Christian Church.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler


[Warren’s PS bonus postlude to cit. B16: Psalm 67:3, 4: Psalm 67: 5, 6 “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.”

[W: Notice again, that verse 5 features the collective/church nature of salvation. It’s only when ALL the people praise God, that the earth will yield her increase and receive God’s blessing!]


CHERISH UNIVERSAL HUMANITY—DO GOOD FOR ALL MANKIND WITH a “WALK TO EMMAUS” SPIRIT & INSIGHTS!
Cobbey Crisler on citation B13/Acts 10:38
(+verses before & after)

[Cobbey:] “Acts 10, verse 34, begins a lecture or sermon to the first group of Gentiles. And the opening statement that Peter makes is one that could be well considered by every denomination of Christianity today… Here Peter expressed his new view of God, that God is no respecter of persons, that God speaks to receptivity.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

This new view of God, of course, leads to this next question: Should man as well be no respecter of persons?
This is a tradition-shattering concept.

And Acts 10, verse 35, Peter summarizes it by saying “in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” …

Then he begins to explain to Cornelius and the friends and acquaintances of Cornelius, the history of early Christianity. “The beginning of Christianity is traced from Galilee after John’s baptism, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth.” … Of course, that word “anointed” immediately identifies Jesus as the Messiah. This is a point that Peter is obviously going to get across to this Gentile audience that would need some instruction in this. (See below)

(Bonus Prelude to cit. B13/Acts 10:38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

And you find in Acts 10, verse 43, he does that by stating that “all the prophets had given witness to the Messiah, namely Jesus.”…

As soon as Peter gets into this “Walk to Emmaus” approach, in other words the comprehension of Jesus’ role in the earlier scripture, we find in Acts 10, verse 44 that “the Holy Ghost falls on all the listeners.” …

It wasn’t Peter’s idea that this should happen; it’s at the Holy Ghost’s initiative. This is disturbing to some of those that came with Peter: Jewish Christians.
And we will find it becomes even more disturbing to other elements in the church later on, for this is a departure. The question underlying this event is “Should the church be parochial or universal?” Is it simply a sect of Judaism or an outcome of Judaism, or is it the fulfillment of God’s will as expressed in prophecy with its ultimate mission to embrace universal humanity?”
“After the Master What? – The Book of Acts,
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. B14/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 with more in a later Jeremiah GEM:
[Cobbey:] “In the 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**


To WIN “MAINTAIN the FACTS of Christian Science…with…UNSHAKEN understanding…”(cit. S18/417)
Plus, Kerry Jenkins’ Case History of a dog sled accident healed—an INNOCENT verdict in the Court of Spirit!

In Science & Health, Mary Baker Eddy lays down this law demonstrated in her many cases of healing: “Maintain the facts of Christian Science, that Spirit is God, and therefore cannot be sick; that what is termed matter cannot be sick; that all causation is Mind, acting through spiritual law. Then hold your ground with the unshaken understanding of Truth and Love, and you will win.” (cit. S18/417:10-16)

CedarS Met contributor, Kerry Jenkins, CS, gives a case study precedent of applying this spiritual law:
“I had a really wonderful example of how this spiritual law is the only true law, when I was involved in a dog sledding accident.
I was tucked into the sled and my husband, Doug, was driving. We were really flying down a narrow trail between spruce trees. Things got a bit sideways and the sled flipped and came to a stop with my face between the trunk of a tree and the steering bow of the sled. The injury seemed pretty severe. But I remember deciding that I was going to do just what it said in the above quote and “Maintain the facts of Christian Science…”. I decided not to even look in a mirror when I got home.

“I couldn’t see out of one eye, but continued to maintain my sense of peace that there could be no accidents in a universe governed by Mind—no collisions in a universe of Spirit. By the second day I could see clearly once again. I didn’t look at my face until three days later, just kept it clean and covered. When I got a glimpse, I had to laugh at the very vibrant colors mixed with a few remaining abrasions. By the next evening, when I was to sing in a concert, there was no sign whatsoever that anything had happened only four days before. I felt so embraced by this spiritual law of Love! There was no question that this healing was the result of an awareness of the supremacy of spiritual law.” [Kerry first shared this after Section 4 in her CedarS Met on the Christian Science Bible Lesson for “Spirit” for August 9, 2020.]


An EXAMPLE you can “TAKE to the BANK” of “an absolute faith that
all things are possible to God’… (a 4-line prelude to cit. S22/1:6 “Prayer, watching…”)
An Answered Prayer (A.P.) History example of divine abundance quickly demonstrated!
shared by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus

HERE WAS THE PROBLEM OR UNIQUE SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES PRESENTED:
(Warren: Here’s a memorable example of fasting, saying no to lies— and prayer, saying YES! only to what’s true!
While the particulars of every fable vary, it’s the same lie of lack that’s always negated by the law of divine abundance which remains unchangeable & provable by all!)

The situation at CedarS Camps in early May of 1993: Just weeks before camp, we made a critical and costly discovery just as a major project was looking to be on time and on budget. This wonderful “home improvement” to our Dawn Lodge was adding-on a new Basketball Pavilion beyond a first-floor dining room addition along with several new bedrooms in a shed-roof dormer loft above it. Just as it was being created by literally “raising the roof” – or a 20-ft by 200-ft section of roof over the east beamline of CedarS main Dawn Lodge Dining Room, the workmen made the costly discovery that the 24-year-old, original, cedar-shake roof over the rest of building was starting to deteriorate. In order to make the roof leak-proof in the immediate short term before camp as well as problem-free in the long term, it all would need to be replaced with a new, insulated metal roof. We were told that would cost an additional $100,000—and that these unbudgeted funds were needed right away in order to be able to finish the job before the Opening Day of camp that was just weeks away.

THE PRAYER OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TREATMENT FOR THIS LIE OF LACK:

Instead of panicking, I again felt the radiant joy, inspired by many demonstrations of God’s abundant love as well as by my mom, Ruth E. Huff’s wonderful, instantaneous, automatic response at such times. I can always hear and see (in my thought) Mom’s classic, smiling reply to almost any issue—”It will be fun to see how God works this one out!”

With this joyous confidence and love, I was led to turn to the opening chapter of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures called “Prayer.” I needed go no farther than its first sentence to re-open in the depths of my being its awesome, healing power: “The prayer that reforms the sinner (like me as the project manager who had majorly “missed the mark”) and heals the sick (like a leaky roof and the sick feeling of every lie of limitation) is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.” (SH 1:1-4 with bolding and parenthesizes added) I’ll NEVER forget that simple, radiantly confident feeling of effective prayer and divine care as I simply cherished each of those three elements – along with some of Jesus’ awesome examples of it.

As I recall, in that week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson, there were two of Jesus’ demonstrations of divine, ever-present abundance—the feeding the multitudes with five loaves and two fish AND the sending of Peter to get the money to pay taxes for the two of them from the mouth of the first fish that Peter caught (Matt. 17:27). It’s not a mere coincidence—but a “human and divine coincidence” that God brought those examples to thought then – and brings these examples to our attention now to face down the aggressive fear and signs of lack during what looks like the economic turmoil of armed conflicts and the weaponization of needed world grain supplies.

Right now, we too can “love into view” a growing, glowing faith in divine Love
and its abundance that never fail.

TAKE NOW, AND TO YOUR FUTURE, THIS ANSWERED PRAYER (A.P.) HISTORY:
A West Coast phone call came just minutes after I’d received the $100,000 bad news with a calm confidence that God had it covered.  A voice I’d never heard before—from an “as-in-heaven, so-on-earth” angel of a friend who I’d never met before— said: “As I was praying this morning, I sensed that CedarS Camps had an urgent need. Would $100,000 help?”
Before I could take any human footsteps, other than prayer, God sent that speedy answer—and in the exact amount needed! This is a literal example of what we should spiritually understand 365/24/7 from Isaiah (3)65:24 (/7):
“Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear.”

P.S. A FUN, MORE RECENT, BONUS:
I had the inspiring joy of going on a January 2020 Principia Lifelong Learning “Journey through the Holy Land” led by professor, Dr. Barry Ray Huff—the dear son God sent to bless us all.  On the trip, I purposely invested in items to share and help inspire the outreach and work of CedarS Bible Lands Park. At a gift shop I bought a spoon holder to serve at home as a daily Biblical reminder of how God meets every human need. You can see in the picture in the bottom “Download” part of the webpage, where I placed the spoon holder on top of a T-shirt with this classic message:

LOVE IS LIKE 5 LOAVES AND 2 FISH.
ALWAYS TOO LITTLE UNTIL YOU START GIVING IT AWAY.

As we give, give, give with a sense of divine Love and Her abundant supply, we find that we can never “out-give” God who constantly gives, Gives, GIVES back to us from infinitely renewable resources! Jesus illustrated this law of divine abundance—even super-abundance –by quickly feeding the hungry multitudes with only five loaves and two fish and then by symbolically taking up twelve baskets of left-overs (one basketful for each disciple in the three Gospel accounts of Mark 6:38, Luke 9:13, John 6:8)


In this Jeremiah GEM, ASK GOD for HEALING & SIFT THOUGHT to FIND YOURSELF NOT GUILTY OF INCURABILITY!  Sift plus & minus thoughts for 100% precious peace, 0% vile division!  Cobbey Crisler on Jeremiah 17:14+, a postlude to
Jer. 17:7, 8/cit. B24: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree, planted by the waters… and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

[Cobbey:] “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.”  (Jeremiah 17:14) 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.

[More from Cobbey:] “In Verse 15, “Why do you cry for your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable.”  Why? [Voice: “The multitude of your iniquity.”]  That’s all.  Just because of “the multitude of your iniquity.”  There is the Bible definition of an incurable disease.  It’s just up to us whether it’s incurable or not.  Our outlook, our comprehension, and what we are going to do about the iniquity aspect of it.  [W: In Exodus 4:1-8 that was in a recent Lesson,] Moses was shown at the burning bush that man has just as much dominion over the serpent, symbolizing iniquity, as over the leprosy on his hand [symbolizing disease].      

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

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

“Jeremiah 15:18 asks, “Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable?”  Look at the prescription in Verse 19 “If you return, then will I bring thee again, [and] you will stand before me.”  Look at this for a mental sifting of plus and minus.  “If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.”  How much do you and I reflect or image forth God’s mouth or words?  Remember what James [3.10] says, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth both blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”  That’s what James wrote in his epistle.  Notice the control of thought and therefore, our communication here.  If we take forth the precious from the vile, we will be more like God now.  If we want the word to become flesh, we must conform to what that word is.  It’s indivisible.  It does not have part precious and part vile in it, nor should man.”
“Heal the Sick: A Scriptural Record,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

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