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G.E.M.s = 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

“Life”
for Sunday, January 21, 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


EXPECT “LESSER IDEAS” TO RESPOND to the
DIVINE LOVE THAT CHERISHES EACH ONE.

Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 36:6 (prelude for verses 7 & 8 in the Responsive Reading

[Cobbey wrote:] “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.”  [Warren: More examples to come hopefully from Christian Scientist and Wildlife Conservationist, Renee Bumpus, who gave a very inspiring keynote address for NLC’s 2024 All Class Retreat at Principia College.  She included great examples of making poachers into team members to save species and more.]

[Cobbey again:] “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 + verses 7 & 8 (to end the Responsive Reading) New Living Translation (NLT)

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
**You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.**
    How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
    in the shadow of your wings…
For you are the fountain of life,
    the light by which we see.


 DAILY GLADLY CHOOSE TO OBEY EACH COMMANDMENT TO FEEL THE JOY OF HARMONIOUS WHOLENESS WITHIN & to EXPRESS “the WHOLE of MAN in His image & likeness.”
[from Deut. 28:9/Resp. Reading; SH 340:9+;Deut. 5:6, 7: Deut. 30:10-20/GT & RR; Deut. 9:7; Ex. 20:1+; Mark 12:29+;]

Jesus also answered a question by a “certain ruler” about how to “inherit eternal life” with a recitation of keeping the commandments. (Luke 18:18-22)  Jesus says the greatest of the two great Commandments is to “love God with all your heart… soul & … mind” (Deut. 6:5 & Matt. 22:37). It’s lived by whole-heartedly putting into practice the 1st 4 Commandments, summed-up below:
#1. Celebrate examples of God’s unfailing, freeing love if ever tempted to be worried!**

Click on each # below for elements of a Barry Huff podcast series on The 10 Commandments at ChristianScience.com. It starts with  https://www.christianscience.com/youth/resources-lists/sunday-school-teachers-teaching-resources/the-first-commandment-animated-tr
#2. Quit thinking most about material things and bodies that will never be “up to the job” of being God.
#3. Don’t say O.M.G. (“Oh, My God!”) unless you are praying God’s name and expecting a quick answer!
#4. Remember—give loving attention to—God’s Genesis 1 Sabbath & work out from perfection, not up to it!

Jesus says the second great Commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39). It’s lived by whole-heartedly putting into practice the rest of the Commandments, summed up below:
#5. Respect and obey all RIGHT authority figures and boundaries in your life.

#6. Refuse (re-fuse) to get angry, make fun of or put anyone down! (unchecked feelings of superiority leads to killing, Matt.5:21+)

#7. Seek deep satisfaction in all God’s given and keep your promises (unchecked lust leads to adultery, disease and death, Matt.5:27+)

#8. Stop trying to GET happiness & instead try to GIVE it! (fulfill your “reason for existing… to impart…” My. 165)

#9. Stop saying what’s not REALLY true of others or of you (bear true witness— “tell …the whole truth… so help me God!”)

#10. Feel & say of the good of others “Thank You God! That’s Mine Too! (TYG! TMT! Is more powerful than TNT!)

**I’VE FOUND IT HELPFUL TO KNOW THAT JEWS COMBINE OUR 1ST and 2ND COMMANDMENTS AS THEIR 2ND COMMANDMENT. They regard the preceding verse not only as the 1st Commandment, but also as a divine reminder of how God saved them – delivering them out of slavery in Egypt: “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage” (Exodus 20:2 & Deuteronomy 5:6).

We can daily rejoice to live out the healing power and BLESSINGS of CHOOSING to gladly obey the 10 Commandments. With all my heart I praise and thank God daily as I mentally review and pledge to show my ongoing gratitude the many precious, prayer-based healings and blessings that wholeheartedly loving God has given me. With ALL glory to God, these demonstrations of divine power (as I’ve shared in testimonies, talks and Mets) have come to me in the form of:

  • my yielding to divine Mind’s harmony 14 yrs. ago for the rapid disappearance of a cancerous growth;
  • an instantaneous healing of a broken arm (later x-ray-verified as required before playing D1 football);
  • a humanly unsolicited,$100k gift from a first-time donor who called right after I knew of this need & was truly “Grateful In Advance” (G.I.A.) to God that the need was already met;
  • God filling our Mediterranean Sea in CedarS Bible Lands Park for Cable Skiing and other watersports with 60 million gallons of “holy water” in the 6 days before CedarS 50th Opening Day as cable skiing on it had been promised to our Memorial Weekend guests;
  • a downpour, “out of the blue” and on-cue to divine drench a wildfire (This occurrence makes it possible for all wildfires since “Impossibilities never occur.” SH 245:27)
  • AND MANY MORE!…

“What cannot God do?” [Many of these testimonies and others I shared in a 2022 Arden Wood inspirational talk with a link in the 23rd Psalm GEM that follows.  These and others demonstrations should eventually be fully shared as testimonies in the Christian Science periodicals.]


To EXPERIENCE Love’s abundant CARE and Provision, TAKE EACH STEP LIKE A SHEEP WHO TOTALLY TRUSTS ITS SHEPHERD !
Insights by Ruth Huff & others into Psalm 23, verses 1, 4, 6 (citation B6)  & references to “[Divine Love] is my shepherd” in SH 577:32-8
to “…I will dwell in the … (the consciousness] of [Love] forever” SH 578:16/cit. S7). 

APPLY EACH LINE TO YOURSELF!

Psalm 23 and ME
Hear APPLICATION EXAMPLES FOR EACH LINE as shared by Warren Huff in his inspirational interview for the 2nd half of Arden Wood’s 2022 Annual Meeting.
To see it on YouTube click on
https://www.ardenwood.org/events/annualmeeting22/
Click here to read a transcript of the application ideas shared by Warren Huff.

Claim these divinely REAL definitions of YOUR heritage in the TWENTY-THIRD PSALM! They negate the supposed “23 and me” genetic domination of 23 pairs of ancestral X-Y chromosomes and can prove that they Do Not Apply (D.N.A.) to the real you! [Bracketed substitutions from Mary Baker Eddy show ”the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures” with a ”…spiritual sense” of Love. (S&H 577:32+/cit. S5)]  

 ”[Divine Love] is my shepherd;” That’s MY RELATIONSHIP

”I shall not want.” That’s MY SUPPLY!

 ”[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:” That’s MY REST!

”[Love] leadeth me beside still waters.” That’s MY REFRESHMENT!

 ”[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]:” That’s God’s way of HEALING & MINE!

 ”[Love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness” That’s God’s GUIDANCE & MINE!

 ”For His name’s sake.” That’s MY PURPOSE!

 ”Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” That’s MY TESTING!

 ”I will fear no evil:” That’s MY PROTECTION!

 ”For [Love] is with me;” That’s God’s FAITHFULNESS and MINE!

 ”[Love’s] rod and [Love’s] staff they comfort me.” That’s God’s DISCIPLINE and MINE!

 ”[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:” That’s MY HOPE!

 ”[Love] anointeth my head with oil;” That’s God’s CONSECRATION and MINE!

 ”My cup runneth over.” That’s God’s ABUNDANCE and MINE!

 ”Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:” That’s God’s BLESSING & Mine!

 ”And I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love]” That’s MY SECURITY!

 ”forever.”  That’s God’s ETERNAL HERITAGE and MINE!
(partly penned by CedarS Founder, Ruth Huff, partly by her son, Warren Huff)


FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF switching on the light of SPIRITUAL SENSE AND GRATITUDE IN ADVANCE as SHOWN by Elisha and a bereaved mom in SHUNEM.
[Cobbey Crisler’s newly transcribed insights on cit. B7/II Kings 4:8-17; cit. B8/II Kings 4:18-36]

“Let’s compare Elijah dealing with the child who had just died and his mother (in I Kings 17:17) with Elisha in Chapter 4 of 2 Kings rewarding the persistent faith of the “great woman” by raising her dead son. Here is our second example of overcoming death for someone else.

“No one’s done this before except just Elijah, and in Enoch and Moses ‘cases and Elijah himself, the cases of the ascension. With that small group, the Einsteins, the Oppenheimers of their day as far as exploring healing and its possibilities.

“We find Elisha in Verse 8. When it says there, “it fell on a day” in Hebrew means, “there was a day.”- Elisha goes to Shunem. In Verse 18 the child of the woman who came really as a result of Elisha’s prayer for her [Verse 17]. When the child was grown, “in Verse 18, “it fell on a day.” It sounds like that’s what happened to the child but in Hebrew it really is, “There was a day that he went out to his father to the reapers.” [Verse 19] And said, “My head, my head.”

“Notice the details that are being provided as the Scripture advances, giving more information to the readers and to the listeners of these events as to the how, getting more textbook-like in its approach to record these important pioneer breakthroughs in the history of mankind. So we know something happened there as far as his head is concerned. According to one scholar, he feels that it may be some example of sunstroke or something. The father says to one of the younger members of the workforce there, “Carry him to his mother.”

“You remember what happened in Elijah’s case and the woman there. Let’s see what happens here. In comes this young man from the field carrying the little boy, the little boy of promise that had come to this woman. This woman hadn’t really asked for a child but it filled a great need for her. Now the child was dead or so it looked. “He died on her knees” “[Verse 20].

“Here was an even greater opportunity for maternalism to rebel and revolt against the injustice of this. Elisha had introduced in her home this great center now for her affections and now it looks as suddenly that the child is taken rudely and abruptly away. The mother sat with that situation all morning “until noon.” The child died in her arms. Does Elisha come and take that child out of the bosom of the mother? What happens instead? She goes up. “She puts her child on the bed of
the man of God” where he lived, symbolically, “shutting the door” [Verse 21]. How many mothers today would do that, “shutting the door on that child and leaving”? We have no evidence of wild unrestrained emotionalism. She would be more than human, really, if she did not feel this very deeply within. But we don’t have any examples here of emotionalism normally associated with such an event.

“Does she let her husband know what happened? [Voice: “No.”] She doesn’t. She just says [in Verse 22], I would like transportation, please, give me the keys to your car and 1 will run to the man of God and come again. “The husband almost typically, stereotypically, I should say, says [in Verse 23], “How come you’re going to church today?” [Laughter] “It isn’t Wednesday. It isn’t Sunday. Any of those days you usually go. How come you’re going?” Her only answer is, It shall be well”* It’s actually the Hebrew word “shalom.”

“So, they go. This woman has a determination and a persistency than is higher than the usual maternal drive under such circumstances. But they go and they don’t stop. They come near to Mount Carmel. Just at a distance Elisha [in Verse 25] sees who’s there, says to the servant in Verse 26], “Go to this woman and ask immediately if everything’s alright.” Cover all eventualities. Is it well with thee? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child? Her answer for all three, at least to the servant, is what? “It is well.”* *[Bonus from Warren: All three verses of Hymn 350 give insightful echos of the gratitude-in-advance, “It is well” replies as voiced by the Shunammite (cit. B8/2 Kings 4:26)  “Through the love of God our Saviour / All will be well; / Free and changeless is His favor; / All must be well; / Precious is the Love that healed us, / Perfect is the grace that sealed us, / Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us; / All, all is well.”

“Though we pass through tribulation, / All will be well; / Ours is such a full salvation, / All must be well; / Happy still, in God confiding, / Fruitful, when in Christ abiding, / Holy, through the Spirit’s guiding; / All, all is well.

“We expect a bright tomorrow, / All will be well; / Faith can sing through days of sorrow, / All must be well; / While His truth we are applying, / And upon His love relying, / God is every need supplying, / All, all is well.”  (Hymn. 350:1–3)]*

“Again, ask yourself, what has happened to motherhood in between the woman in Elijah’s situation and the woman here. When she does come, Elisha knows that something is very deeply wrong and that he had not discerned it. Then, and only then, do we have the slightest hint that the woman breaks down is when she is in the presence of Elisha and says in Verse 28, “Did I desire a son of my Lord? Did I not say, Do not deceive me?”

“Elisha is going to give several, what we might call, treatments through prayer for this child. And they don’t all work. But one builds upon another as the healer himself, the one actually doing the healing, as it seemed humanly, has to learn more and more of the real source of healing and the right way to approach his patient. He has his servant in Verse 29] “take the staff of Elisha and run ahead of him to put the staff on the child’s face.”  Don’t waste any time because the physical thing, the body is cooling, the apparent chances for raising from the dead would diminish. There’s a distance to travel.

“You know, the mother doesn’t go with the servant, which again would be the natural thing for the mother to do. The mother doesn’t go. [Voice: “The mother wasn’t able to go as fast as the servant?”] I’m not so sure, this mother has gone pretty rapidly as it is. Whatever she’s doing, I’m not sure that would be the explanation. The mother is sticking right with the prophet and says something in Verse 30 which is exactly what Elisha had said to Elijah, when Elisha refused to budge from Elijah’s side and therefore saw the ascension.

“Notice also how it identifies man with God. Notice also that statement carries within it the image and likeness message of Genesis 1, “As God. lives, and your soul, or identity, lives. “That emphasis on living in the woman’s thought, I will not leave thee.” That’s exactly what Elisha had said to Elijah and look what he had seen as a result.

“Gehazi goes [in Verse 31] and it doesn’t work. So, first treatment is proof as one girl said once in one of our talks, “The lesson is don’t rely on your staff. Do it yourself.” [Laughter] The first treatment obviously has that lesson, don’t rely on your staff. Do it yourself.

“Elisha comes in. The child is on his bed” [Verse 32]. In Verse 33 “he shuts the door on them,” remembering what Jesus said was the environment of prayer, how close that is. “And [in Verse 34] prays that second treatment.” While he’s there, goes through what Elijah had gone through, because Elisha would have remembered everything his master had done. “Stretches himself on the child” [Verse 34]. We find that a partial response in healing occurs. “The flesh of the child waxes warm.”

“This is work, isn’t it? This is pioneer work. And it’s happening gradually and Elisha is not giving up. He returns in Verse 35, “walks in the house back and forth, ” then what? What’s he doing down there? Jogging? What? He is praying, obviously. He is praying deeply.

“Notice he’s separated himself from the patient which is not normally the world’s view of the proper method of healing. That’s hardly the bedside manner that’s considered the appropriate one for physicians today: To be right there with the patient doing your last bit to help him. Here, the
separation from the patient. “He goes up, this time, stretches himself upon him and the child sneezes seven times and the child opens his eyes”. I imagine Elijah got out of the way very quickly as he reached about the second time, the sneezing indicating that everything is working just fine, and back to life.

“Where’s the mother? Not hanging around the room, knocking on the door, How’s everything going? Can I help?” Not bringing in hot glasses of milk, or whatever. Waiting. He [Elisha] calls the servant [in Verse 36] and says, “You go call the Shunammite woman.” Then says, “take up thy son.” [in verse 36]

“There we have our second raising of the dead through the prayer of another. We find eventually some of these hints of what might have been diagnosed in later centuries as certain physical symptoms do enter the story. Interestingly enough, when Luke begins to write, if Luke is a physician, at least some have said that many of the healings he records seem to include more details that might have been remarkable to an ex-medical man.

… “A voice from the audience pointed out that in [2 Kings 4,] Verse 37, the woman before taking her son, bows down at Elisha’s feet . [Cobbey says “That’s a very good point that she really expresses her gratitude to Elisha before “taking up her son. “Very good point. Thank you for that.

“Who else do we have giving that example? In the raising of Lazarus [John 11:41]. Isn’t it a study of where priorities are placed in these stories? Where we see this woman puts that priority with God not with her natural maternal worries. Doesn’t even disturb her husband about it. Sticks with the prophet all the way. Remains down stairs and then finally thanks the prophet, and of course, through him, God.”
[transcribed new from] “Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,” by B. Cobbey Crisler


[GEMs for Sections 4-6 added today]


THINK AGAIN TO PROVE THAT IT’S NOT PROBLEMS, BUT HARMONY, THAT IS AT HAND!
Cobbey Crisler on Matt 4:17 prelude to Matt. 4:23 (cit. B10):

 [Cobbey:] “Verse 17 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” … 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 that seem to be at hand.

“… Are the problems at hand, or is heaven at hand?  That’s the test question that Jesus met in the preceding verses 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**

 [W.] We follow our Master Jesus, as we dismiss dualism like he did to feel a heavenly harmony that heals EVERY PERSON & EVERY ISSUE! (cit. B10, Matt. 4:23) As a prelude to this verse from this week’s lesson, you’ll enjoy Cobbey’s insights on Jesus’ wilderness testing experience where he overcame feeling isolated and alone, by feeling ALL One with his Abba “Daddy”! You’ll enjoy this even more if you’re feeling vulnerable to attacks from a devilish, divisive virus! (Devil or diabolos means to try to throw in 2 opposite directions at the same time.)
Cobbey Crisler on Jesus “acing” his long isolation tests & healing all, Matt. 4:
1-11 before verses 17, 23 (in citation B10):
[W. Before the Matthew 4:17 and 23 verses in this week’s lesson is what enabled Jesus to heal everyone.]
[Cobbey:] “There is what we might call an identity-crisis test in Chapter 4 (of Matthew).  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 had recently been revealed (directly from God in Matthew 3:17 (and Mark 1:11) that Jesus was God’s “Beloved Son”).

Verse 23. And “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”  Here are human problems that had defied solution, and Jesus solved them all based on his concept of theology, namely the kingdom.  Remember a kingdom is not chaos.  It’s an ordered government of heaven and harmony at hand.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax Collector’s Report,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


 BE RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S UNFORGETTABLE, LIFE-SAVING POWER!  ACCEPT THAT “IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE!” (I Cor. 15:22) Cobbey on Luke 7:11-16/cit. B11

[Cobbey Crisler on the dead son of Nain widow raised!] “Were it not for Luke, we would not have had preserved for us one of three recorded times that Jesus raised someone from the dead (Luke 7:11-17). There is a significant fact about the accounts of raising the dead in the Bible. They are not all in the New Testament. The significance is that not all healings made a sufficient impact at the time to have impressed upon human memory the location where it occurred. This is why you will find statements mentioning when Jesus went to a particular village.

However, in every case of raising the dead, from the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament, the human mind was startled by seeing what it accepted as the impossible, occur. This is what is in common about Zarephath. Shunem (cits. B7 & B8/II Kings 4:8-36), Nain, Capernaum. Bethany, Jerusalem, Joppa, and Troas. They didn’t forget where it happened. The details of the healing are particularly sharp.

In this case we have a city called Nain, probably a village as it is today. There is still an ancient cemetery outside the gate. There was a lonely widow at the head of this procession. Jesus, detecting thought again, saw her entire situation at one glance. He came to her and said, “Weep not” (Verse 13). He dealt with the heavy weight of grief on thought, touched the coffin (Verse 14), strictly forbidden under Jewish law, and then said, “Young man.”

Notice the radical nature of what Jesus said. The only one supposedly there who could not hear was the one Jesus addressed. He must have expected that man’s faculty of hearing to be normal. “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” He doesn’t help him either.

Dominion over death is part of that unqualified dominion God gave to man. As a matter of fact, dominion, as a word, as a concept, simply can’t be qualified. If it is, you no longer have dominion. (Verse 15,) “He that was dead sat up, and began to speak. He delivered him to his mother.”

Also, it might be interesting for you to recall that of the three times Jesus raised the dead, womanhood played a prominent role every time. It was Jesus’ compassion and awareness of the thought of this woman that lead him to raise her son. In the case of Lazarus (John 11:1-46), Mary and Martha urgently had requested Jesus to come. In the case of Jairus it was his twelve-year-old daughter (Luke 8:41, 42, 49-56).
These things don’t just happen. If Jesus is dealing with mentality, if he is requiring much out of the patient’s thought, then there must be a receptivity in order to get a result.

I think that we can derive a certain conclusion about the receptivity of womanhood, especially on the subject of resurrection. For if you move ahead a few chapters in your thought right now, you will recall there was no man anywhere near the tomb, including those who are reputed to have been Jesus’ closest disciples. But the women were there and receptive to resurrection.”
“Luke, the Researcher,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


FIND & CHERISH ONENESS WITH GOD “AS A HUMBLE RAY OF SUNLIGHT THAT IS ONE WITH THE SUN.”  Hear healing music inspired by citation S20/26:10

“The Christ was the Spirit which Jesus implied in his own statements: “I am the way, the truth, and the life;”* “I and my Father are one.”**  This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness which animated him. Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man.” (Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, cit. S20/26:10, bolding added)

Below is a YouTube link to an inspiring song by a CedarS mom and award-winning Country Music artist, Cherie Brennan. It emphasizes the “I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE” mindset of Christ Jesus and mentioned in this week’s Bible Lesson citation S20/26:10)  Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMNlpZavkA

Or, on Watchfire Music by CedarS friend, Peter Link, — LISTEN TO A SAMPLE of “I and my Father are one” SUNG by Mindy Jostyn and BUY IT and the SHEET MUSIC for SOLOISTS at: https://watchfiremusic.com/shop/recordings/songs/i-and-my-father-are-one-2/

“Man’s oneness with the Father” is a central point in Jesus’ healing theology, “Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.” (SH 18:3-5) See also *John 14:6; **John 10:30, SH 315:3 & 361:16.


GET OUT of a MORTAL SHELL! STOP BELIEVING the FABLE & CURSE of an earthy, EGG ORIGIN!
In bite-sized pieces, victory, after victory, after victory “swallow up death in victory.” “Put on” the total wholeness of “incorruption…” and “immortality.” Abide “in heavenly love… (where) no change my heart shall fear.” (Hymn 148)

 I Cor. 15:48 “As is the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.” relates to I Cor. 15:33/cit. B12 (“Be not deceived.”) and to citation  B19/I Cor. 15:57:”…thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

[Cobbey Crisler on 1st Cor. 15:50, 55/cit. B12:]
“Another conclusion is coming through Paul’s receptivity. He presents two views, one with man within an egg origin, one out of an egg origin.  A chicken takes 10,000 pecks to get out of its shell of limitation.  Bible pioneers like Paul worked hard to get out of their limited, mortal shells and they communicated this to us. [Mary Baker Eddy says, “Mortals must emerge … They must peck open their shells with Christian Science…” (S&H 552:14)

 I Corinthians 15, prelude verse 50 to citation B12.: “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.”
One might ask “Why are we trying to drag flesh along as if it’s a party?”  [This relates to Mary Baker Eddy’s observation: “Being in sympathy with matter, the worldly man is at the beck and call of error, and will be attracted thitherward.” [S&H 21:25]
“Take up your bed and walk—Mind suddenly takes on the glow of our original, incorruptible glory.”

I Corinthians 15, verse 53 “…this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

I Corinthians 15, Verse 55/cit. B12, “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Note that Paul here is quoting Isaiah 25:8.

[Cobbey Crisler writes on bonus postlude verses:] “In Isaiah 25:8 & 9: Just to see how the peak of prophetic insight, namely Isaiah’s great thought, dwells upon this concept of healing. Does that sound familiar to you at all?  It talks about God doing what?  “Swallowing up death in victory.”  That’s where Paul gets that concept.  He mentions it [in 1 Corinthians 15:55/cit. B12].  It’s from Isaiah. “Swallowing up death in victory; the Lord GOD wiping away tears from off all faces;” and the beautiful statement that “the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth.”  That goes way beyond just physical healing.  It’s totally whole, nothing left fragmented.  Certainly, the radical statement of “swallowing up death in victory,” swallowing is not always at once, is it? It’s bite-sized pieces, victory, after victory, after victory, swallowing up the effects of death.”

From notes in the margins of Warren’s Bible from a talk by Cobbey Crisler**


JESUS’ MODELS PRAYING FOR GOD TO BE GLORIFIED HAVING FINISHED HIS ASSIGNED MISSION—AND THEN HE PRAYS THAT WE MAY BE ONE,
AND THIS PRAYER OF JESUS IS ONGOING TODAY!
. Cobbey Crisler on John 17: 1, 2, 3/cit. B14), + BONUS verses 4, 20, 21:

In Chapter 17 of John’s gospel, Jesus is praying audibly. If we’ve ever wanted to be present when Jesus is praying, it would be during this very moving prayer indeed. It’s divided into three sections. To whom does the prayer, represented in the first five verses, refer? Himself. It’s a prayer for himself Jesus did take time out for himself. This is just before Gethsemane. So you know what’s in his thoughts.

John 17:1. It’s in this prayer he says, “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.”

John 17:2,   “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. “

John 17:3, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

John 17:4. Imagine being able to say at the end of an earthly career, ”I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” It would be wonderful if we could say that in any given day. But this is an entire career.”

 … “Then John 17:20 begins the third section of the prayer. For whom? For us.  That is, if we believe. “Those which shall believe on me through the disciples ‘word.”

Can you possibly envision the kind of character required to spend the very evening of Gethsemane praying for us? Is there a shepherd.motive? Its ultimate is being exemplified there— “Those that believe on me through their word.

Has that prayer teminated? Has any communication between God and man, ascending or descending angels, terminated? Does that prayer still rest on the Son of Man, on you and me?

John 17:21. The prayer is, “that they all may be one.”  Look around and see what the major target is. To keep “all men from being one.” If one can keep man from being at-one, then you’re stuck with a divided God as well. It wrecks and ruins basic theology, that is, for the ones participating. No fragmentation, no separation. Jesus’ prayer, as one of the hymns says, “For all his brethren, Father, that we may be one.” That prayer extends way down to our age. If that were Jesus’ prayer, it better be ours, especially if we claim to be his followers. The prayer “that we all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me.” There’s the standard of measurement. With that, Jesus ends his audible prayer.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler


LIKE JESUS, VIEW MATTER IN A RADICAL DIFFERENT WAY AND SEVER ALL FLESHLY-ORIGIN CONNECTIONS.
Cobbey
on John 6:62 -68 (esp. John 6:63/cit. B15, quoted by Mary Baker Eddy in SH 356:15/cit. S22)

 [Cobbey Crisler:] John 6:62, “What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before?” Nativity in the Spirit. There can’t be the magnetic pull back to earth if that connection has been severed or proved never to have been a real connection.

“In John 6:63 (last verse of citation B15) Jesus impinges upon what has been considered laws of physics because he views matter in a radical way. He makes the statement, “It is the spirit that quickeneth.” That is where you find life. So, if you want to talk about nativity anywhere, you better deal with origin and Spirit. “The flesh profiteth nothing.”

“You see how close one needs to be to Jesus in thought to understand what has been referred to as the Communion Supper. If he is accurate in saying, “the flesh profiteth nothing, “neither would symbolically eating it profit anything. So, it must not be the flesh he is talking about, but that great transformation that he is proving in his life to be possible to the Son of Man. John 1:14 refers to it as “the Word that was made flesh.” The Word connects us to Spirit, not flesh. Here is part of that Word underscoring the message that, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.”

“What happened in John 6:66? “Many walked right out,” as soon as he had this radical statement to say about matter.

John 6:67. Jesus had to turn to the twelve, and said, “Will you go away?”

“John 6:68. Peter had one of those classic remarks that he makes. It’s really a lovely one. He looks around to the alternatives and says, “Lord, where will we go? You have the words of eternal life.” [W. “the pearl of great price”] He got the message. The words of eternal life, not the flesh of eternal life. “You have the words of eternal life.

“Jesus’ brethren in John 7:3 try to persuade him to come out into the open, and hire a public relations firm. If you are what you think you are, then back it up in the world’s way.

John 7:5,“Neither did his brethren believe in him.”

John 7:6. He announces, “My time is not yet come.”  There’s an indication in Jesus own thought that he knew there would be a prophetic hour which must be fulfilled. The ingredients were not there yet. So, he indicates, “My prophetic hour is not yet come. Your time is always ready. “They did not have a solid understanding of prophecy.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


“LET NEITHER FEAR NOR DOUBT MAKE YOU AFRAID” of what’s just an illusion!**  (Part of a 4-sentence treatment.) When an ILLUSION makes it appears that YOUR “BACK’S AGAINST the WALL,” PRAY a W.A.L.L. TREATMENT! —or C.A.L.L. treatment to know “who you gonna call?” (SH, 495:14-20, part of citation S27)

On page 495, lines 14-24 Mary Baker Eddy gives you (and the whole world) four powerful (and memoizable) 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 when it seems to be in your face.

W.A.L.L. Treatment (SH 495:14) These four sentences begin with the letters W, A, L, L—hence the W.A.L.L. treatment.  This was a memory aid 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 your clear sense and… (cit. S27)
  • Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding…”

Or it could be called the C.A.L.L. Treatment (SH 495:14)  A different acronym/memory aid 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…”  (cit. S16)

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

We’re faced with a daily barrage of news about aggressive militarism and humanitarian disasters and other forms of lawlessness – as well as with the seemingly hopefulness of peaceful protests which attempt to transform and uplift mankind out of hateful habits.  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:

  1. C. Cling steadfastly to God and His idea [Christ]
  2. A. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.(SH 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 227:23-26)


 

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