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More Prayer Watch G.E.M.s in your at-one with God this week!
Sparkle with your God-Expressed-Meekly GEMs from The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

Doctrine of At-one-ment
(Section 2 – Section 4)
for April 19, 2020

Please join our Global Prayer Watch community! We are uniting in praying round the clock to "love into view:" World Health; the blessings of normal, collective activities (like camp!); and, a robustly employed economy to support it all! At "the top" of every waking hour, thousands of invited friends (spanning nearly every world time zone) are taking a few moments or minutes to unite in "Understanding the control that Love" holds "over all." [Science & Health, p. 514:26] We are seeking, finding and sharing with our families, communities and world Bible-based laws of God that help us feel safe in uncertain times (like "Daniel felt safe in the lions' den"). (514) The rest of that paragraph is filled with ideas to prove deadly threats and exposures to be harmless (like "Paul proved the viper to be harmless." (514) To join one or both of CedarS long-standing, but adapted, traditions click on and commit to be a Global Prayer Watcher and a Sunday Hymn Singer as well!

Prayer Watch GEM #4: These days when right activity seems to be on “pause — wait on God…” (Science & Health, 323:10). David Hohle, CSB, citing this passage, reminded us in his inspiring “Daily Lift” yesterday, that waiting is not idleness, because there’s always something to do! Check out: https://www.christianscience.com/christian-healing-today/daily-lift/god-is-not-on-pause?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=christian-science-daily-lift&utm_content=

The idea of being a patient waiter, as if on God’s wait staff, means being ready to graciously wait and to do whatever is needed as a good host, and host of only good. This relates to this week’s lesson, specifically, to Section 2 when Jesus had finished 40 days of sheltering in place in the wilderness, he “returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee… and… their synagogues (churches) and laid his hands on everyone (at least symbolically) and healed them.” (Luke 4:14…, B7) Let us, like Jesus, as we come out of our wilderness, waiting experiences, 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**

A Spiritual “Quarantine” is today’s great “Daily Lift” that is perfect for these days! Click to hear Elizabeth Bigbie, CS talk of turning our 40-day waiting periods into 40-day WAKING periods of spiritual growth!

Prayer Watch GEM #5: Feel the spirit and power of overflowing praise for God that Jesus gave us in The Lord’s Prayer. Hope your Prayer Watch lets you to enjoy each of a series of podcasts on The Lord’s Prayer provided as a resource on the ChristianScience.com website at https://youtu.be/9NgKgVA7fzM. To go straight to the podcast related to the two lines of The Lord’s Prayer featured with their spiritual interpretation in this week’s Bible Lesson (SH 30:3, S16)— go to: https://www.christianscience.com/youth/sunday-school-teachers?icid=Homepage:main-menu:Sunday%20School%20Teachers

Prayer Watch GEM #6—Reach out with Bible-prophesies-proved like Peter did in his 1st public lecture—which gained three thousand new church members!
Cobbey Crisler on Acts 2:22-24 (B14)

Now, in Acts 2, verse 22, Peter begins his lecture in earnest, and his sermon includes a definite documentation that “Jesus is the Messiah of scripture” and not just the Messiah who is the king and political leader, but “the one who would be forced to meet every obstacle the world put in his path and overcome every one of them, certainly a way-shower to whom all humanity could relate.” (See below)

Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Here he says in Acts 2, Verse 23 that “Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” Now, that’s just another way of saying what? Where do you find the “determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God”? (See below) In the scriptures, specifically – prophecy.

Acts 2:23 “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:”
“After the Master, What?—The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

“In Acts 2:22-41 Peter was basically taking his first lecture audience of Gentiles on the walk to Emmaus that Jesus had taken him and the other disciples on in Luke 24:44….
Acts 2:23 says “Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” How come Peter knows that? Did that come to him by himself? He didn’t even know it. Remember, he was the fellow that rebuked Jesus in Matthew 16:22 saying “it’s not going to happen to you.” Now suddenly he saying “look what the Scriptures say.”

In fact, in Acts 2, verse 25 and for 10 verses that you can take home and study yourself, they were quotations from the Scriptures.… Remember Jesus’ religion is a religion of results. I don’t care how perfect or beautiful a theory this walk-to-Emmaus thing may sound like, it’s worthless unless it produces results. Let’s see if it has any results.

Acts 2:41 tells us the result of the first walk to Emmaus taken by anyone after Jesus is gone results in what? 3000 new members. That’s not a bad result of a lecture. We can ask why isn’t it happening today? Is it important for hearts to burn within us first? Because that’s what’s going on as a far as the apostles are concerned. 3,000 new members.”
“The Walk to Emmaus,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

Prayer Watch GEM #7— Take active steps to feel at-one with God starting by acknowledging Christ Jesus’ essential role in your at-one-ment with God by saving you from sin, sickness and death. Check out the evolution of the Fourth Tenet of Christian Science (below) as researched by The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity in the upper right Download section of the webpage.

(Tenet) “4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.”

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