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Let God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you sparkle with insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper & others as found in The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“God the Preserver of Man”
for June 14, 2020

GEM#1: CedarS campers, staff and families love it when what we call “The Rock Song” is in the Bible Lesson because it reminds us of a favorite CedarS camp song by that name. Part of the 2nd Samuel version of this song is in the next to last verse of this week’s Responsive Reading (2 Samuel 22:47) “The Rock Song” (more famously found in Psalm 18:46) was selected by former CedarS counselor, Erin Williams, for “CedarS Round-the-Clock” Trilogy of CDs that she put together as a campership benefit project for CedarS 50th anniversary summer of 2011. You can hear Erin leading this call-and-response song by clicking on: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1la1rvm7i1lvhp7/the%20rock%20song.mov?dl=0

Erin sang and played the prelude and opening hymn for the June 7th CedarS Zoom Hymn Sing. For those who know how to get video and audio on the web, here is a link to Stephen Hanlin, a CedarS counselor and a CedarS 365 Hymn Sing leader, singing “the rock song” found in Psalms 18. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPHaT93Uob4 (You can skip the ad.)

GEM#2: [W.] Apply anew the 10 Commandments’ power to heal & preserve! (Deut. 6:24, B4)
#1. Be so grateful for God’s past (and future) saving grace that you can stop worrying!
#2. Stop thinking most about any body or thing that’s not up to the job of being God.
Stop saying O.M.G. (Oh, My God!) unless you expect God to answer quickly!

#1. Be so grateful for God’s past gifts that you don’t ever worry (or be ungrateful in advance)!
I’ve found it helpful to know that in Judaism the first Commandment of the ten is the verse before what Christians regard as our first Commandment. (They combine our first and second commandments as their Commandment #2.) They regard the preceding verse not only as the first commandment, but also as a divine reminder of where God brought them from –delivering them out of slavery in Egypt. So, the first commandments to them is: “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.“ (Exodus 20:2 & Deut. 5:6, citation B3)

This reminds us to daily live-up to the healing power of the 10 Commandments and to the truism that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” I’m eternally grateful daily to review (as a preview to pledging to keep each Commandment) the prayer-based healings God’s given me. With ALL glory to God alone, these demonstrations of divine power have come by way of:

  • my yielding to harmony to see the rapid dissolving of a cancerous growth 10 yrs. ago;
  • an instantaneous healing of my broken arm (later x-ray verified before D-1 football);
  • a $100k out-of-the-blue, call-in gift on-cue from God’s prayer network to meet a need;
  • BLP Mediterranean Sea filling with 60 million gal. of holy water 6 days before opening,
  • an “out of the blue,” divine drenching of a runaway, field fire (See #3 example below.)

“What cannot God do?” [Divine Love can even help me find and share future online links to more about these “freaky-fast” testimonial demonstrations and also to find the right time and words to share them in the Christian Science periodicals.]

#2. Stop thinking most about any thing not up to the job of being God (as made known above).
(see pictures of this #2 of 10 divine power pledges written on a soccer ball and also the 10 temptations to break them written on a hula-hoop. Downloads in online version, upper right.

#3. Third Commandment example from the temptation hoop:
“When out of habit I’m tempted to either swear or to just say (instead of pray) “OMG!” (“Oh, My God!”)…

I put my foot down to remake a soccer ball pledge to keep God’s 3rd Commandment:

I pledge to stop saying O.M.G. (Oh, My God!) unless I expect God to answer quickly! (Ex. 20:7) Come back for a link to read about a downpour out of clear blue when expecting God’s answer.

GEM#3: 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, citation S7) Here she’s quoting Paul in Romans 8:28 which provides us with the true “prayer… fervently offered (that) includes no opposing element” (Miscellany 293:21). The news 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…]

Here’s a helpful Cobbey Crisler Bible insight on VIRUSES from Psalm 14:1-3 & II Corinthians 10:5 (B13):
“In Chapter 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. [W: have lots of social media “likes” or followers…] Be appreciated. Be applauded. Be loved. 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 a 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**

GEM#4: Pray the W.A.L.L. Treatment (in S11, 495:14) when tempted to believe your “back’s against the wall”—or the C.A.L.L. treatment to know “who you gonna call?”
On page 495, lines 14-24 Mary Baker Eddy gives you (and the whole world) four powerful (and memorizable) sentences to guide your thoughts to healing when you are tempted to believe in the reality of some illusion or ghost of fear or doubt that seems to be in your face.

W.A.L.L. Treatment (S17, 495:14) These four sentences begin with the letters W, A, L, L—hence the W.A.L.L. treatment. This was a memory devise that came to me and has made it easier for me to remember the whole paragraph and use it often as a cornerstone for healings.

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

Or C.A.L.L. Treatment (S11, 495:14) A different acronym/memory device can be made by using the first letters of the directive verbs in each of these same four sentences. They are Cling, Allow, Let and Let again—hence the C.A.L.L. treatment. This alternate memory devise came to me when tempted to be afraid of some illusion or lingering “ghostly” belief from the past, present or future (like Scrooge was in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens). Mary Baker Eddy unknowingly answered in-advance and brilliantly the question “Who you Gonna Call?” (from the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters” soundtrack song by Ray Parker Jr.). She treated all such “ghosts” as illusions in her ultimate, metaphysical “Ghostbuster” treatment that has served as a cornerstone for thousands of healings. –“When the illusion… tempts you,

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

(Reread carefully and consider memorizing the FULL, 10-line Christian Science treatment on page 495:14-24 (S24). Note the four pairs of consecutive words (which I capitalized, highlighted and bolded above) which begin with C and S!

Lately we’re faced with the barrage of news articles on a global pandemic and other forms of lawlessness as well as with the hopefulness of peaceful protests which attempt to transform and uplift mankind out of hateful habits and often unconscious biases of racism. To stay with the allness of God in the midst of this seeming somethingness of this evil we can always spiritualize thought as we C.A.L.L. on God and:

C. Cling steadfastly to God and His idea [Christ]

A. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.

L. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.

L. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.” (S24, 495:14-16, 20)

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

GEM#5: Expunge recorded lies and wake up to everlasting, tender mercy holding you!
Additional insights on the psalmist’s prayers that God “remember…thy tender mercies…” (citation B12, Ps. 25:6) 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.”

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

“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 2017 Hymnal (or 445 in spiral bound supplement)

GEM#6a: Prove that Love preserves what Love is and does!
[Introduction to a Bible monologue on Acts 9:36-41 (Bible citation 17) from Ken Cooper:]
When Jesus asked Peter three times whether he loved him, after the third time he simply said “Feed my sheep”. The required proof of Christly love was clear, — the demand to look after his beloved flock. This Peter did so beautifully, reaching out to all peoples with a deep love that brought healing and joy, a renewed awakening of what trust in the Lord could and would achieve.

Peter proved man’s true status was ever-preserved as innocent and pure, so that the lame would leap, the sick were made whole, and with Tabitha, the dead would be restored to life. His motivation was Love, and Love preserves what Love is and does. Note the call to “Feed my sheep” includes all sheep, and the need for us to also love ourselves.

The power of divine Love is omnipotent, and we reflect that perfect Love in our lives. “Feed my sheep”. The active preservation and joy of Love.

The story of Tabitha is presented as a monologue by her best friend, read by Sue. https://youtu.be/P0EGYNPwGVk The related pdf versions attached to CedarS online version as upper right Downloads.

Insight from Jenn Wood1 year ago
When we read the accounts of healing in The Bible, it can be hard to feel the full import of the events as if we were there. This helps with that. What stood out to me was that everyone that met Jesus would naturally have felt something amazing and new coming from him. There would have been no denying that this man was powerful. That this man had a commanding presence. if we had met Jesus personally we would most certainly have felt some kind of expectation, felt that something different was happening, something of great import. This monologue will help me to remember to put myself in the Bible accounts of healing as if I was there. To feel the presence of the Christ healing in the now.

GEM#6b: Follow the Master’s method and clear out funereal thought —
Cobbey Crisler on Peter raising Tabitha in Acts 9: 36-42 (B17)
[As a prequel to the raising of Tabitha, nearby] “at Lydda, Peter heals a man named Aeneas who for eight years has been paralyzed, unable to move. It didn’t take long for the news to get around that this kind of healing work was being accomplished by the early Christians [and for Tabitha’s friends to send for Peter].

“In a neighboring “town of Joppa we find a woman named Tabitha. … She had had an exemplary life, had done much good for many.” (See Acts 9:36) …

Acts 9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

“Do you recall back in the narratives of the gospel where a similar situation occurred, and Peter was there? (Mark 5:22, 36-42, Matt. 9:24, 25) It was the raising of Jairus’ daughter… Do you remember when Jesus came into that environment that you could almost cut it into square blocks of moisture, the grief was so thick? There were paid mourners at that point. As a matter of fact, we are told that even the poorest individual was entitled to at least three instruments at the funeral service. You can imagine Jairus, being a ruler of the Synagogue, the extent of noise, and activity, and mourning that must have occurred at the passing of Jairus’ daughter.” [Clearly Peter remembered what Jesus did and followed the Master’s method—starting by clearing out the funereal thought of the mourners.]

Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Acts 9:41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

Acts 9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa;
“After the Master, What? – The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#7: Give his “angels charge over you” even midst Titanic challenges! (Ps. 91:1, 11, B18)
In his testimony in an October 1912 Christian Science Journal, Titanic survivor Lt. Charles H. Lightoller, explains how he prayed with the 91st Psalm (as citation B18 in this week’s CS Bible Lesson. He especially loved the thought that “He shall give his angels charge over thee” and how angel thoughts and thought-forces led him to save many others as well as himself miraculously.


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“I want to emphasize strongly this point, that as soon as I collected my thoughts after taking to the water, I remember saying to myself, "Now, I'll see how much I have learned from Christian Science." A doubt never entered my mind as to the possibility of my surviving; in other words, of the ability of the divine power to save me. I think I can conscientiously say that with this thought all fear left me, and I commenced again to realize the truth of being.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEM#8: [W.] Act alertly to avoid “a lost opportunity … the greatest of all losses.” (My. 12:17) Mary Baker Eddy highlights the importance of living in the now and “the power to act in the living present” in her May 30, 1903 Christian Science Sentinel article called “Then and Now” (My. 12:15- 14:9)
In this week’s Bible Lesson she says: “Behold, now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation,” (citation S20, 93:7 quoting Paul from II Corinthians 6:2) Another pithy paragraph that leads with this passage from Paul on nowness can also be found in Science and Health on p. 39:18-30.

GEM#9: Don’t let go of angel insights until they bless you (as when Jacob wrestled with the angel until it blessed him). Here’s a spiritual insight into the word preserve that I enjoyed wrestling with this week until I gained its blessings: Subdivide the word preserves into pre-serves (Ps. 121:8 (B23) & Ps. 140:1) . This hyphenated word PRE-SERVE encompasses the past (pre or prior, planned to provide); the present (the perfectly timed provisions of divine Love in the ever-present now); and the future of God’s stored-away preserves, “barrels of meal” and “cruises of oil” that did not fail and will not since “He who depends on Thee, ne’er is forspent” (Hymn 246). I continue to enjoy highlighting in different colors, God’s past love (our heredity), present care and future provisions.

Another rich gem can be mined from the word “pre-serve” as it relates to our Master’s, foot-washing servant mindset. That is the mind of Christ that we all solemnly promise to watch and strive for in the Sixth Tenet. (SH 497:24) At CedarS we delight to pre-serve our staff, campers and their families all year long with CedarS Mets in five languages, GEMs and Sunday School teaching ideas to help prepare us all (and all of you dear supporters) to make strengthen our applications of spiritual sense to make each session at CedarS the “best one yet” of serving.

Psalm 121:8 states the law that “The Lord will preserve (pre-serve) your going out and coming in from this day forward, even for evermore.” This is annually a key metaphysical citation for our Session starting and ending days. We affirm it to assure divinely-safe arrivals and departures when hundreds are travelling to and from CedarS from all over the world.
Finally, here’s a semi-humorous “Warren wordplay” offering: “Psalm 121.8 also establishes a helpful divine basis for those seeking right relationships and consistent supply. “You can rest easy that our God operates in match-making mode to bless your “going out” (your dating) and also in employer mode to provide for your “coming in” (or your in-come) forever!”

**[ Here’s a semi-humorous Warren’s wordplay offering: “Psalm 121.8 establishes a helpful divine basis for those seeking right relationships and supply. “You can rest easy that it’s God who cares for your “going out” (your dating) and who provides for your “coming in”(or your in-come) forever!”]

GEM#10: Expect “lesser ideas” to respond to needs and to be preserved. Cobbey Crisler comments on Psalm 36:6.
“Let's not leave out veterinary medicine as far as God is concerned, because the statement is made here, You preserve both man and beast." Perhaps some of you have heard this story. It's a very moving one. It was reported to me by someone who is in the audience today. About the illustration of God's love and care for what we would call an animal or beast. In this case, it was a goat. The female goat was having difficulty in giving birth to its kid. The pain was so obvious that the owner of the farm on which this goat was roomed and boarded felt so deeply about what was happening that she seemed to [go] all to pieces emotionally. She canceled everything else she had to do except very priority appointments, and stayed in the stall near that goat. The plaintive cries and the appeals to help only seemed to break down the defensive mechanism of the host, as we said was a condition of virus.

Finally, in that kind of desperation that has always held-out some hope for man because we've given up every other exploration of alternatives, she said this, "Dear Father, please show to this one of your lesser ideas in a way that they may understand Thy love and Thy care." That brought a sense of peace so that the concern and worry were not as paramount.

As she sat there, the door of the barn was open slightly, in the crack came a rabbit. The rabbit wasn't at all concerned by the presence of a human, went right by her to the stall of the goat and began to lick the face of that goat and kept licking and loving, licking and loving. Then after the rabbit had fulfilled its assignment—it was a divine assignment—that rabbit came through prayer—it left and the goat stopped its cries, and got vertical, got well and had the kid without any after effects. That kind of song in our hearts answered directly, “Thou preservest man and beast.” How we could utilize those thoughts! That wasn’t quoted from the Psalms but it was based on a revealed fact that came from a joyous heart. The rabbit responded. Like the fish responded when Jesus needed tax money (Matthew 17:27). These are potions from God’s dispensary.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Psalm 36:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT)

6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.

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