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

for Sunday, August 20, 2023

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

Apply the citation B2/Deut. 6:4 & SH 9:17 & Hymn 157 to yourself & to the whole world. 

[Warren:] All Jews are still supposed to pray this key prayer at the start, as well as at the end of each day). They call this prayer the “Shema” – the Hebrew word for “Hear”— because the word Shema starts Deuteronomy 6:4 (even though it’s left out from where that verse appears in Section 1.

Deut. 6:4 (NIV) “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

[The Shema prayer continues… ]
 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9, (NIV), BONUS verses 6-9 follow citation B2.

Deut. 6:4 (MSG) “Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! [The Shema prayer continues]

6-9 Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.Deuteronomy 6:4-9, (MSG), BONUS verses 6-9 follow citation B2.

[Warren again:] “Please note how constantly throughout each day Jews are supposed to prayerfully love and affirm the supremacy of God’s oneness and of His commandments that He gave to “rule out of me all sin” as they rule over all!  (“Daily Prayer”/Church Manual 41:19)

“It was fun that our Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for CedarS opening and closing weeks of this summer contained what Jesus was trained to pray to begin and end each day. And, as our campers and staff are starting AND “loving into view” their best school years yet, and as we at CedarS “love into view” our “best fall outreach season yet,” it’s a great reminder of how our constantly LIVING our love  for God, Love’s laws and for one another will make it so.

“In her ground-breaking opening chapter of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, picks up on and interprets the centrality of the Shema’s demands on all of us and what we think most about– morning, noon and night – by asking the question: “Dost thou “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.” (page 17)

“It’s significant that this key “Shema” prayer of oneness with God dovetails with CedarS 2023 theme of “Peace”.  The value of oneness to overcome a sense of division and divisiveness is a powerful, healing keynote to focus on throughout each day. Our united prayers and actions will be especially helpful in the coming year as the world strives to emerge from the ravages and atrocities of wars in Ukraine, the Middle East or wherever these “errors are screaming on their way out.”

As Christie Hanzlik, CS, pointed out in a paragraph of a CedarS Met for a previous Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson: “It is tempting to see a world consisting of millions of human opinions, warring media reports, racial strife, class warfare, tribalism, gender inequity, political personalities, family disagreements and even conflicts within ourselves. The singular answer to this seeming divisiveness is the oneness of Truth, the oneness of good, the oneness of God. God is indivisible. And therefore we, as the outcome of God, are also indivisible.”

Verse 3 of Christian Science Hymn 157 calls for us to make daily progress in demonstrating unity:Day by day the understanding / Of our oneness shall increase.” This prayer request to God for oneness comes from no other than Jesus in the final hours before he allows himself to be captured for crucifixion, when he prayed for his disciples and us that we may feel at one with God and with one another! (John 17:11, 21, 22)

Christian Science Hymn 157
“Jesus’ prayer for all his brethren: / Father, that they may be one, / Echoes down through all the ages, / Nor prayed he for these alone / But for all, that through all time / God’s will be done.

One the Mind and Life of all things, / For we live in God alone; / One the Love whose ever-presence / Blesses all and injures none. / Safe within this Love we find all / being one.

“Day by day the understanding / Of our oneness shall increase, / Till among all men and nations / Warfare shall forever cease, / So God’s children all shall dwell / in joy and PEACE.”
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 157:1–3)


[Cobbey Crisler:] “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.
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.”

LEARN TO MAKE WISE TRADES! *See PS: Never trade your Genesis 1 “dominion man” heritage as God’s image for a Genesis 2 “dust man” heritage of woes, lack, death.  INSTEAD, EXCHANGE LYING ILLUSIONS of beauty and pleasure in the “merely material” FOR TRUTHS THAT HELP YOU TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF WHO DIVINE MIND MADE YOU TO BE.

[Warren:] Refuse to be fooled into making bad trades like the ones NPR reported were made by a rookie “day trader” who lost it all. But, worse than unwisely losing any amount of money is the ultimate tragedy of thinking most about (and so worshipping) “graven images” of bodies and things that will never be up to the job of being God.  Such obsessions would make us at least temporarily lose sight of our spiritual identity by making the unwise trade of mentally disconnecting ourselves from the one and only source of all lasting joy, abundance and peace.   

As citation B5/Jeremiah 2:11 puts this theme of bad trades or exchanges: “Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.” (NKJV)

“Has a nation ever changed its gods? Actually, they are not even gods at all. But my people have traded away their glorious God. They have traded me for worthless statues of gods.” (cit. B5/Jeremiah 2:11/NKJV)

“Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.” (cit. B5/Jeremiah 2:11/NIV)

“Has a nation changed its gods, even when they are not gods? But My people have changed their greatness for that which does not help them.” (cit. B5/Jeremiah 2:11/NLV)

PS: Never trade your Genesis 1 “dominion man” heritage as God’s image for a Genesis 2 “dust man” heritage of woes, lack, death. Here is a fun application of this idea that came today as an emailed invitation from Arden Wood to tap into their online treasure trove of inspirational resources that are available to help heal any situation. (Click for other past talks available on their website as either transcripts or videos.)

[The Arden Wood Team wrote yesterday:]  “We hope you enjoy today’s offering: What’s Poetry got to do with Healing? by Lona Ingwerson, C.S. given in May, 2020.” Click here to read the full talk or here to watch the full talk  Within this inspiring talk are many healing application ideas. The related poem “Genesis 1 or Genesis 2?” by Woody Smith, CS,  teaches us not to make the awful trade of our Genesis 1, spiritual and complete heritage for a broken Genesis 2 material model. It can be Downloaded at the bottom of CedarS webpage for this GEM. 

Click below for a 2020 CLASSIC YouTube RE-RUN from Ex. 3 & 4/citations B8 & B9 and citation S11/321:6-2

[Warren “Moses:” Huff:] Late one Saturday night (on March 21,2020 just as pandemic restrictions were kicking in) two dear friends, Ken Pratt and George Napper “burned the midnight oil” with me in an obediently-socially-distanced way to help produce a message of hope and “love from above” that is conveyed in the YouTube video link above. It was inspired by citations from Exodus chapters 3 and 4 as found in Section 3 of today’s Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Mind.”

That late-night narration and camera work by Ken and “ready, willing and able,” remote editing “by George” made possible this semi-professional sounding and looking message. May our after-midnight production efforts and messages bring not only a few smiles, but also some uplifting inspiration due to the reality of God’s ever-presence in a time of seeming bondage today.

There are angel messages for everyone in this spontaneous video sharing: God intimately knows and loves each of you as precious in His sight; and God has a divine commission and mission of Love for you to do today for everyone who you are able to bless!

Loving smiles and messages reach across miles, compassionately do wonders, and are never outside of recommended protocols! So, let’s each of us be up and doing with love! Listen and obey each angel message to turn all “wilderness” periods of “Loneliness; doubt; darkness” into world-wide blessings. That’s not only what Moses, but also what Elijah and Jesus did with their lowest moments in the wilderness!!! Like them and like all spiritual seers and doers throughout history, let each of us pledge to dispel every lonely, worrying, dark illusion by listening to and following God’s ever-inspiring, “burning-bush” angels!

Let us rejoice to gratefully demonstrate the present blessings of the second half of Mary Baker Eddy’s textbook definition of “wilderness.” (Science and Health, page 597:16) She went through—and saw through—the limiting illusions of a merely material sense of things and put a “full stop” to them. Let us work together (even remotely) to put a complete end to the worldwide illusions of “Loneliness; doubt; darkness.”

Let’s compassionately show that we are not alone, but All-One!! Let’s patiently “love into view” all good with “Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (SH 597)

2nd GEMs of Mind to Mine and Make Your Own!

Cobbey Crisler on Matt 12:22-28/cit. B11

[Cobbey:] “Matt. 12:22/cit. B11). “Now we have someone brought possessed with a devil and healed.”

(Verse 25). Jesus talks about “a kingdom divided against itself ” which we have already discussed.

(Verse 26). “How could he use Satan to cast out Satan?”

(Verse 29). He makes a very interesting parallel in referring to a strong man’s house. “To enter into a house, and spoil the goods, you have to really render the strong man powerless.”

To  do this means giving priority to the strong man before you begin to mess around in his house. Then the strong man would resist the healing. Was it mentality arrayed against the possibility, both in the environment and in that man? Did Jesus bind that mental resistance first, and then heal the case?”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Have a ONE-ness Mind-Set to Fulfill Bible PROMISES & BE A HEALER LIKE CHRIST!

[Warren Huff:] Mary Baker Eddy made Christian Science a religion based on the Bible and its promises.
In her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she quotes the Bible 60 times just in the opening 20-page chapter on “Prayer.”

In another Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson in just the following one-sentence citation she makes at least three Biblical allusions/references.  “Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.”  (SH 467:13).  In this sentence Mary Baker Eddy refers not only the first commandment about having no other gods (Exodus 20:3) and to man being the “likeness” of God (Genesis 1:26), but also to “having that mind which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5/cit. B12 & the Sixth Tenet, SH 497:24)

SEE LOVINGKINDNESS DRAWING ALL MANKIND to God & to SATISFYING GOODNESS for SOLUTIONS to WORLD PROBLEMS! Cobbey on Jeremiah 31 (citation B14/ Jer. 31:3+ bonus)

[Cobbey Crisler:] “In Chapter 31, which is Jeremiah’s greatest chapter, he predicts the new covenant will come. He defines it. In Verse 3 he shows that the new covenant is definitely based on the comprehension of God as love. It’s that very “lovingkindness” that will draw all mankind to God for the solution of the world problems.”[to make “their soul (spiritual sense) as a watered garden.” (Jer. 31:12)

Jeremiah 31:14 “… my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.”

Jeremiah 31:33, 34 “… this shall be the covenant that I make… I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts… for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest…”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 11:28-30 (cit. B17

[Jesus invites us all in Verse 28:] “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.”

[Cobbey:] “How much of humanity is included? “I will give you rest” He was saying that at a moment in his own history when his back had every justification to bend under a load. But he was saying, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

(Verse 29). “Take my yoke.” It’s definitely a yoke, isn’t it? “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.”  The yoke is our obligation to learn to be a disciple. That is the yoke.

Verse 30 describes that yoke, compared with the world’s burdens which we seem to be glibly carrying anyway. Choose, rather, his yoke, which he says “is easy, and his burden is light.” This has a wonderful meaning to those who have known Jesus was a carpenter as a youth. Some normal items made in the carpenter’s shop of that day would have included yokes.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[W: Consider the links forged to this idea by Kerry Jenkins in a 2022 Met where she shares Bible Lens research in Section 6 and applies it at

Warren: There are some great, concomitant application ideas in one of my favorite, one-page  articles called “Spiritually Light-Hearted.” It was written by Principia’s Founder, Mary Kimball Morgan, CS, in Education at the Principia, page 222. Read it to help get off the “hamster wheel” of just running and running in circles but not really getting anywhere. It is only by devoting whatever we do to Love that we find we are feeling more at peace, more joy in our work and daily tasks. It’s always the right time to cultivate unselfed love and joy and so be a “Spiritually Light-Hearted … master of your work!”]
Below are a few applicable sentences from “Spiritually Light-Hearted:”]
“Always insist on being master of your work. God would not give you something to do and fail to give you the wisdom, strength, and grace necessary to accomplish it. He does not demand of us what he does not equip us to do. Then we should go about our work confidently and joyously, grateful for every opportunity to serve God and mankind….

“Get rid of the sense of burden before continuing your work, for heaviness of thought cannot glorify God…
“Seek to find deeper joy in your work. One can be deeply in earnest and at the same time spiritually light-hearted.”
“Education at The Principia,”
by Founder of The Principia, Mary Kimball Morgan, CS, p. 222

 [Warren’s P.S. Below, and as Downloadable attachments, are wall-hung reminders to quit taking burden (or anything) personally!

Left/1st Download in online version: Reminder over the desk of Ruth E. Huff, CedarS Founder, Executive Director Emeritus.
Right/2nd Download in online version: Love is your “pulling partner” an “easy yoke” Reminder for Warren Huff, CedarS Exec. Dir. Emeritus:

from Paul’s tips
“. . . be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2, cit. B21)

 JB Phillips’ translation – “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.”

James Moffatt’s translation – “Instead of being molded to this world, have your mind renewed, and so be transformed in nature, able to make out what the will of God is, namely what is good and acceptable to Him and perfect.”

“The direction is to, ‘put on another form, change the form of the world for that of Christianity.’ This word would properly refer to the external appearance, but the expression which the apostle immediately uses, “renewing of the mind,” shows that he did not intend to use it with reference to that only, but to the charge of the whole man. The meaning is, do not cherish a spirit, devoted to the world, following its vain fashions and pleasures, but cultivate a spirit attached to God, and his kingdom and cause” (Barnes Commentary from

Renewing is anakainosis which means “a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better” (, Strong’s Lexicon 342).

“Perfect is free from effect, stain, or injury. That which has all its parts complete, or which is not disproportionate” (Barnes Commentary from

“Acceptable – That which will be pleasing to God. or which he will approve. There is scarcely a more difficult text in the Bible than this, or one that is more full of meaning. It involves the main duty of religion to be separated from the world; and expresses the way in which that duty may be performed, and in which we may live so as to ascertain and do the will of God” (Barnes Commentary from

In one of her Bibles, Mary Baker Eddy wrote beside Romans 12:
“Romans 12 is Christian Science.”
(MBE Accession #B00017.C)


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