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G.E.M.s (of God Expressed Meekly by you) in your crown of tender mercies & (ever)lasting lessons!
Let your G.E.M.s sparkle with insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper & others as
found in The Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“(N)Everlasting Punishment (=Everlasting Mercy)
for April 26, 2020

Daily GEM #1:—Expunge old lies – & new ones! Wake up held and crowned by everlasting, “tender mercies!”
Make the psalmist’s prayers your own to:

  • “Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies…” (Golden Text, Psalm 25:6);
  • “according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1, B4);
  • crown me “with lovingkindness and tender mercies… unto (my) children’s children” (Ps. 103:4, 15, B9);
  • let “thy tender mercies…quicken me…” (Ps. 119:156, B14);
  • “let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us… and purge away our sins” (Ps. 79:8,9, B19); and,
  • acknowledge “his tender mercies are over all his works… throughout all generations.” (Ps. 145:9,13, B22)

“The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.” (obliterated, erased, deleted…)

“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)

Polish GEM#2: [Change your concept when problems seem at hand to instead see heaven at hand!]
Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 4: 17 (RR)
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
“Verse 17. After Matthew the prophesies [in verses 15 and 16 from Isaiah 9:1, 2) of the coming of the Messiah], Jesus’ opening word, according to Matthew’s gospel is “Repent.” Change your concept. Again, just as John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:2, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” That is radical good news for mankind.

“It’s not a far-off event. Many denominations have left the impression that heaven is something attainable in the far-off future. But, the opening words of John the Baptist, as well as of Jesus, are “the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” right here. That means that we must be able to do something with it and about it. And, apparently that had something to do with the changing of our concept, even theologically, that heaven can do something about the problems that seem to be at hand.

“… Are the problems at hand, or is heaven at hand? That’s the test question that Jesus met so beautifully as a sovereign over it in the wilderness. He proved that heaven was at hand.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM #3—[Make frequent, no-extra-money appointments with your own Great Physician. (S)he happens to be the top Health Care Professional in the universe and cares deeply and intimately about you!
ee and sing-out your divine Identity! And in doing so be made immune to lies, saved, and healed!]
Cobbey Crisler on
Psalm 30:2-5 (B8)
“Psalm 30:2 Again, the appointment with the physician, the Great Physician, in the Bible is very often this, “O Lord my God, I cried unto thee.” It does not take our being attuned to God to make the appointment. Just as the prodigal son suddenly decided that his really right place was not in that pig pen when he came to himself [Luke 15: 16-18]. There’s a whole new view of one’s identity. He decided that his father’s house held much more. Then you notice the father did not go to the man with the swine to save the son. The son had to do something. Then the father ran to meet him as he was coming [Luke 15:20].

With your back to the Father, you’re not even heading in that direction. With your face toward the Father you’re looking at the Father’s face, which is part of the cure biblically, [that] is to see the divine nature. Then of course, you want to be nearer the source of your nature. Step by step the light grows brighter around your feet. We know where we’re heading. We may not have arrived yet, but it’s getting brighter, and lighter, and our problems are dropping away, our burdens, and the divine nature is becoming applicable nearer and nearer. “O Lord my God, I cried unto thee; you have healed me.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Polish GEM #4—Claim these benefits with assurance: all sins removed, all diseases healed, even death outdone!
Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 103: 2-6 (B9):
"Forget not all his benefits…"
“We're all covered by insurance policies, perhaps life and health insurance. The Canadian spelling is probably better, "assurance" as far as biblical therapy is concerned. If you've ever wanted to know what benefits we have, Psalm 103 lists them: Verse 2, "Forget not all his benefits." We have "Forgive us iniquities," that's sin removed from man. "Disease," all of them healed, Verse 3. Removed from man's experience and nature.” Verse 4, “Redeemeth thy life from destruction,” death no longer the arbiter of man’s potential and capability. Those are the benefits. They’re not only individual; they’re collective because verse 6 says, “The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from the Psalms”,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEMs #5a and #5b: Correct the lie and liar mentally by a full recognition of what’s true about spiritual identity, like Jesus did to lift up a woman bent-over for 18 years!

GEM #5a: Cobbey Crisler on Luke 13:11-16 (B10, SH 495:10, S14)
“Verses 10 through 17 are a healing found only in Luke.
(Verse 11) A woman with a spinal difficulty is in a synagogue Notice that Luke doesn’t say she has an infirmity. Luke, who is reputed to be a physician, doesn’t even diagnose it as an infirmity, but as a “spirit of an infirmity,” a concept, a spirit, a thought. “She was bowed together. She couldn’t lift up herself.”

Verse 12. Jesus comes and announces to womanhood something that could be applicable in many ways, not just this one time. “Woman, you are free from your infirmity. Verse 13. “She’s made straight and glorifies God.”

Verse 14. Incredible, “the ruler of the synagogue” in which this grand healing and correction of a human problem occurred “answered with indignation”.

Jesus’ explanation about the cause of disease is in Verse 16. No longer should there be any room in Christian thought that disease stems from … God’s will when Jesus attributes it to anything that would oppose God. Only what would oppose God would impose something on man that God Himself never created in His whole man. Is that a new theology? Satan and disease linked, and not God as the cause of loss, or pain, or sickness?

Because if it is new theology, he defines Satan as a liar as Jesus does in John (8:44). Satan has bound this woman with an infirmity that has her bent over, and has accomplished this for eighteen years. (Luke 13:16) And, “Satan is a liar and the father of it.” Satan’s work must be lies as well. If they are lies, they can be corrected mentally, by a full recognition of what is true. Notice that Satan does the binding. Jesus said (John 8:32) “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

It’s a contest between the truth and the lie about God and His theology, about man, about woman, about children and about disease. If Satan is a liar, he will never change his character. Our idea of God may have gone haywire, but God has not moved.”
“Book of Luke: Luke the Researcher,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM #5b: Ken Cooper on Christly lifting up for all of us!

I have shared a Youtube link for the woman with an issue of blood, – https://youtu.be/XypmOIxlNlg. The love of the Christ was her lifting up, as it is for all of us. When we realise that God is our true and only activity, the concept of everlasting punishnent can only refer to sin punishing itself. We are free.

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GEM #6: Like Jesus, stick with the only real power, the power of the Spirit!—
Cobbey Crisler on Luke 4:14 (B7)

“Luke indicates that he understands that this [Jesus’ period of temptations in the wilderness in the Easter Lesson Responsive Reading] has been a power test for Jesus. In Verse 14 he uses that word, "Jesus returned" not in any form of power that Satan had tried to impose upon him [“to take personal power, political power, and priestly power”]. But rather, "in the power of the Spirit into Galilee"— [“in the law that relates man directly to God, the source of the only power there is.]
“Luke the Researcher,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#7—Make adaptations to receive bestowals! on “Science & Health” 13:2 (S30)
Geith Plimmer,
CS, a Christian Science Lecturer living in Great Britain, once said something in a lecture that I’ll always remember about part of citation S7; “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptations and bestowals.” (SH 13:2-3). Geith commented that “when one has enough humility and love to make right adaptations and divinely inspired changes, then one is ready to receive the divine bestowals.”

What change-agent angels are coming to ever-loving and humble you today?

  • During this unprecedented time there’s growing hunger for higher help and a genuine appreciation for efforts to help and uplift friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. Click here for a special collection of “Daily Lifts” from the ChristianScience.com website that feature timely, healing ideas that might be just right for you to hear (again…) – and to share as you are led.
  • As Mary Baker Eddy observed in her day—and predicted for ours: “Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences… In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood. Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks.” (Science and Health, p. 570:14)

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