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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

“Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”
for June 21, 2020

[Note that CedarS 365 Zoom Hymn Sing is PAUSED tonight for precamp staff arrival, but with even-better “Singing All-in for Healing” options!]

GEM#1: CedarS Founder’s Responsive Reading Bible Openings, Ps. 147:14 + Ps. 104:16
“In 1961, Ruth (Huff) was reassured about God providing a top-notch, spiritually-minded staff as the most important element of the camp she was divinely directed to found. When asking God about that she rejoiced in opening the Bible at random to have the first words her eyes saw be: “He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.” (Psalm 147:14) Ruth took the promise of being filled with the finest of the wheat to mean that God would fill CedarS with the finest staff. And, this promise has been fulfilled for every CedarS session!)

BONUS about God’s impetus to found and name CedarS:
In 1961 the idea kept coming to Ruth E. Huff to start a short-term camp for Christian Scientists on property owned by her father near Lebanon, Missouri. When she opened the Bible at random to see if this was a divinely impelled idea, the first words she saw were from Psalm 104: 16: “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—It continued on Psalm 104: 17: “Where the birds make their nests:” This makes “exalted ideas” (birds) feel right at home there.) This concept proved to be the inspiration for naming the Girls Camp cabins with birds names.”
written by Ruth E. Huff, Founder, Illustrated and Designed by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini.

GEM#2: Answer identity questions as dominion man (or woman) not dominated man (or woman)! Cobbey Crisler on Psalms 8:4, 6 (B6): “What is man?”
“Psalms 8, Verse 4. What is the presumption behind biblical therapy? What is its premise? We know it would be based on the question in verse 4 in part, “What is man?” That has been the most elusive answer to any question for the human race, except, perhaps, what is God? Who am I? The great unanswered question. Or does the Bible provide answers that fill that gap in thought, that vacuity? The answer given here biblically is “Thou madest him to have dominion.” (Ps. 8:6)
You need to have a premise on which to base the whole idea or concept of biblical healing or therapy. It’s based on the fact that man has dominion. Of course, that immediately recalls to us God’s pronouncement of that effect in Genesis 1 [Verse 26]. If dominion is part of the nature of man, what does that say about man’s ability to get rid of disease? We can’t have dominion and be dominated simultaneously. The logic of that premise requires us to search out more deeply what the Bible is telling us about man’s nature as it relates to God because it’s on that basis that we are having these prescriptions filled…
If it’s God’s theology, according to the Bible, it works. God’s theology in the Bible can never be confined to theory. When God spake, what happened? It was done! That’s how quickly His medicine works…
“In biblical terms, [Psalms 8:6], “Thou makest him to have dominion.” What is there about this fact that we can apply? Are the Psalms, in part, the threshold of our discovery of this throughout the entire Bible?”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#3 from Cobbey Crisler’s insights on Isaiah 1-2.22 (B8): “Cease ye from Adam”
Isaiah 1:5 and 6. Isn’t this a question of Isaiah asking all humanity, “Why should you be stricken any more? You will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head [there is] no soundness in it: [but] wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores.” That’s Job’s problem written right out there. That’s his record that he that he didn’t want to have as his witness any more when he said [in Job 16:19] “my record is on high.” They must not have been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.” Here is even Isaiah bearing witness that the application of medicine has not cured what humanity needs to have cured.

In Isaiah 2:22 maybe this is part of the solution? What’s the recommended solution? “Cease ye from man.” That word in Hebrew is actually the Hebrew word “Adam.” It literally reads, “Cease ye from Adam whose breath [is] in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM #4: Like Jesus, stick with the only real power, the power of the Spirit!—
Cobbey Crisler on Luke 4:14 (B11)

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

GEM#5: Follow your Master and withdraw to your wilderness to pray and reaffirm your divine identity!
See wilderness citations B12, Luke 5:16 and and S12, 597:16
[W: Note that when pressed with all the distractions of his day, Jesus “withdrew himself into the wilderness and prayed.” (citation B12, Luke 5:16) His prayers and our can daily demonstrate the precious value of a spiritual sense
of “WILDERNESS as defined by Mary Baker Eddy in citation S12: This will heal the false, material view of the wilderness season facing many in days of “Loneliness, doubt, darkness.” (Note the punctuation is a period, called a “full stop” in Great Britain.) What follows and puts an end to the loneliness, doubt and darkness is: “Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule [W. or entrance, like CedarS “Met” openings for all activities] in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (Science & Health 597:16]

BONUS: Cobbey Crisler on Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness, Matthew 4:1-11, 23
“There is what we might call an identity-crisis test in Chapter 4 (of Matthew, RR). The Anglo-Saxon word “tempt” has almost picked up a theological meaning. It really means “test.” That’s what the word means. It’s a test. (Verse 1) So, “Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness” to be tested on the fact that God had recently been told him (in Matthew 3:17 and Mark 1:11, RR) that "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

GEM#6: Prequel BONUS—Welcome Christ to stop being sick of a fever and of hearing about it 24/7! Cobbey Crisler on prequel to citation B15, (Hurricane season bonus” Matt. 8:16-26 Plus prequel BONUS in Matthew 8:14, 15Exercise dominion over all that looks to be outside of you—even the elements!
"(Verse 14. We come to the third healing [in Matthew's series of 10 of Jesus' proofs after the Sermon on the Mount of his Messiahship by his works, the healing of] Peter's mother-in-law. To have a mother-in-law, Peter had to be married. Peter had a wife. It's on the Sabbath day, too. But does Jesus consider women that important? Would he break the Sabbath for a woman? One may think that he might for a man. But would he do it for a woman? He does. Whatever business he had in Peter's house, he puts all aside and gives priority to the mother-in-law's needs. Despite the fact that it was the Sabbath. (Verse 15). He heals her of fever. [W: So much, for the supposed length and severity of the coronavirus as advertised these days—as well as for its being communicable… "and she arose and ministered unto them."].
([BONUS:] Verse 16). "Many come, when the even was come to be healed." Why the evening? Because then the Sabbath is over and they could all come without any fear of recriminations from the Jews.
[W: citation B15, Matthew 8:26 Jesus' fourth proof, the stilling of the storm, an encouraging application to today’s weather concerns.
“(Verse 26). “He says, “Why are ye fearful,” immediately seeing the thought, reading the thought, “you of little faith.” He rebukes the wind and the sea; “and there was a great calm.” That tells us something about what it must mean in Genesis 1 (Verse 26) when man “was given dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air.” Is it possible? Is Jesus telling man it is possible that he can exercise dominion over the elements? He has within him the kingdom of heaven, dominion that can be exercised over what looks (to be) outside of him…]

“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#7: Prove that Love preserves what Love is and does!
[Introduction to a Bible monologue on Matthew 8:23-27(Bible citation 15) from Ken Cooper:]
One of the definitions of “rebuke” given in Webster’s Dictionary 1828 is “to silence”. When Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, there was a great calm. The error was silenced. It was no more. There are no storms in Spirit. They have no initiation, presence or future. In the infinite atmosphere of Love, in the natural, peaceful, unfettered flow of Mind, all the images of God reflect His perfection and sweet harmony, abounding in the universe of Christian Science. We are all where and as God sees us, always as He has planned. Therefore so-called material law is of no consequence or standing. It is nullified by the all power of God. (Note Jesus walking on water, being on land immediately from the middle of the Sea, stilling the storm, all his healings and demonstrations)

In this descriptive monologue, https://youtu.be/Y_Z-BCwFBUw the suddenness of the storm, the wind and thunder threatening, the appeal to Jesus for help is instantly met. Love does not wait. The stillness is complete, the boat is somehow dry. The storm was seen for its nothingness and the power of Almighty God recognised.

God that made all, is All. Amen.

The related pdf versions attached to CedarS online Met as an 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.

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