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Prayer Watch G.E.M.s (of God Expressed Meekly/Mightily) in your at-one with God week!
Let your G.E.M.s sparkle with insights from Cobbey Crisler & others as
found in The Christian Science Bible Lesson on

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

Prayer Watch GEM #1: Act like you know that prophesy is fulfilled now and that incurability is healed by changing your concept and believing!
Cobbey Crisler on Mark 1:14-15 (Responsive Reading, RR) Four foundational points for Jesus:

Mark 1, Verse 14. We have "John put in prison." He has already disappeared from the scene.

And, ‘‘Jesus comes into Galilee, and his work begins."
Verse 15. There are four foundational aspects to the gospel we need to study. Normally, an architect might refer to just one cornerstone in a building. But let's remember that all four of the corners have cornerstones. To that degree, let's ask ourselves if this is not a clue to understanding Mark. We have a foursquare gospel, and at each corner we have a particular point. If this is true, you should be able to compile the information that follows in the gospel under one of the following four headings.
(1) The announcement that, "the time is fulfilled." What does this mean? Prophecy. The time for the fulfillment of prophesy has arrived. So, everything is just brimming in the gospel of Mark with this great news. All of the expectation is over for the Messianic prophecy: We have a fulfillment now. ‘What could be more exciting than to be living in an era of fulfilled prophecy? Nothing, apparently, because this is what impels the gospel writers to pick up their pens….
Study Mark as if it were a textbook, filled with data that Jesus needed us to know in order to follow him. It is a handbook, so to speak, a textbook where we can find data that can be applied. Those four foundational points, under "the time is fulfilled," you will see over and over again, explicit or implicit, in the text.

(2) The second one, “the kingdom of God is at no distance.” It is right here. Even that idea is radical to Christendom today often because the kingdom of God, or often heaven, is considered to be so far away from any of us now. It is out of reach, and we’re not really behaving ourselves sufficiently to get there. It takes Palomar’s 200 inch reflecting telescope to even get a glimpse of it. But we find the founder of Christianity saying, ''Not so." His theology is based on the fact that "the kingdom of God is at hand."

Do we act like it is? We moan and we groan most of the time. We wouldn't if our state of mind was the “kingdom-of-God-is-at-hand" and the “prophecies-are-fulfilled." But those are only two of the cornerstones.

(3) The third one is “Repent!" That means to change your concept. Now, we’re going very deeply to the roots of what is required of us to get anywhere spiritually. The problem is mental or he never would have stated it in this way.

It would be cruelly misleading if he laid down as one of the four important aspects of his theology the fact that we had to change our concepts of things. The implication is that every human ill, physical, moral, mental, all can be changed mentally. Otherwise, repenting wouldn’t make any. Changing one's concept wouldn't make any difference.

This might be where maybe we temporarily get off the train leading to Jesus' theology. We may say to ourselves, if our bodies are riddled with cancer, of what avail would it be to change our concept? How would that affect the body? The implication is that this is the panacea. Repent ye. Change your concept about things.

Do you realize what kind of a religion that suggests? It's very revolutionary in this respect: nothing is incurable from the point of view of Jesus ' theology. If you can change your concept, then everything is curable. That's some good news of victory that has yet to hit the human race with any impact like Mark, the hammer.

(4) The fourth and final cornerstone is to "believe the gospel," That "believe" is not just to hold an opinion that waves in the breeze. This is a conviction and a trust in the pronouncements of the gospel of the kingdom of God, and that "kingdom of God is at hand."

With that structure of the gospel in mind, we can do this kind of work together. As a matter of fact, the reward comes from doing this work individually and meeting each other that way. It affects the world's climate by doing this kind of deep research. In your own individual study, try those four columns.

The time is fulfilled,

The kingdom of God is at hand,

Repent ye,

Believe the gospel,

and see how you can outline the whole gospel in that way.

We may just discover that Peter becomes one of the most polished orators of all time. Yet he is regarded as a rather simplistic fisherman who probably stumbled in Greek and was more at home in his Aramaic.”

“What Mark Recorded,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Prayer Watch GEM #2: (As shared last week also) Feel the power and love of oneness with God! That was the open secret to Jesus' victory over the cross and the grave (and to our victory over the pandemic and its effects)! It is inspiringly shared in “I and my Father are one” (RR) & Science & Health, p. 361:16 (S4). The following YouTube offering was written and sung by Cherie Brennan, a CedarS mom and award-winning Country Music artist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMNlpZavkA Enjoy!

Another Christian Scientist, Mindy Jostyn, once performed at CedarS the beautiful song that she also titled “I and my Father are one.” You can LISTEN TO A SAMPLE of it and BUY IT and the SHEET MUSIC for SOLOISTS at: https://watchfiremusic.com/shop/recordings/songs/i-and-my-father-are-one-2/

Prayer Watch GEM #3: Celebrate this healing feeling of oneness with God in a YouTube reading by Ken Cooper of his poem: "In Him We Live And Move And Have our Being" https://youtu.be/-4FGtFMqG3k. [Download PDF words online at the upper right.]

[Ken wrote:] “We live in the kingdom of God. There is nowhere else. It is infinite, as God is infinite. There are no areas better or worse than others. Man, as the reflection of God, is at one with God, and there can be no comparisons, for we reflect infinity itself. What God does, man follows. “God performeth what is appointed for me”, because the Father-Mother loves individually what I am and all that we are. We can never leave His /Her kingdom of heaven, be outside the governance of Love and Life. Unconditional Love has no barriers, for none exist. Truth knows nothing but itself, and all is One. We are loved and free.”

Prayer Watch GEM #4: 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**

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

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.”

Saturday Prayer Watch G.E.M.s to support you feeling at-one with God today & always!
Doctrine of At-one-ment(Section 5 – Section 6) for April 19, 2020

Prayer Watch GEM #8: Craig Ghislin, CS, who contributed this week’s CedarS Met, also shared on this past Friday a virtual “Prac Talk” with insights on how to not normalize the virus situation or fear it as a thing. Instead as Mary Baker Eddy tells us this week in citation S24, we should “constantly turn(s) away from material sense, and look(s) towards the imperishable things of Spirit.” [SH 21:11, S24] Craig reassures us that as we turn to God, Love’s “tender lessons” see us through each condition with blessings. CedarS “Prac Talks” are short, inspirational talks that have been given each morning after breakfast at camp for many decades. To see and hear the latest in a new series of virtual, encouraging “CedarS Prac Talks” go to: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_Fli3cjOHR/ or https://vimeo.com/408532440

Prayer Watch GEMs #9: Other very applicable, recent, virtual “Prac Talks” by Christie Hanzlik, CS, can be seen at https://vimeo.com/406236880 and at https://vimeo.com/404886211 Kerry Jenkins, CS, kicked off CedarS series of virtual “Prac Talks” next to a beautiful creek at https://vimeo.com/403432949

Prayer Watch GEM #10: Hold out for no-tear blessings! Sing more united than ever!
Cobbey Crisler on Revelation 21: 1-4 (B22)—no tears in the Holy City
“Revelation 21 and 22. We’ve already been over it, haven’t we? We’ve seen it in previous Scripture but we find that it is the chosen Scriptural summary, the peak, the ultimate, and Jesus is associated with it. How much purer could Scripture be, coming from God through Jesus to John to us? And John saw that “new heaven and new earth” [Revelation 21:1]. …
John saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem. We know its origin, coming from God prepared as a bride. Finally, the bride prepared, adorned for her husband. [Verse 2] The tabernacle of God with men, [Revelation 21] Verse 3.
“Verse 4, there is a check-off list in this Holy City. There are no more tears, no more salty reminders of the sea in our bodies chemically. We’ve been told there’s “no more sea” in Verse 1. No more sea, no more tears, no more death, no sorrow, crying or pain, not in this consciousness. It’s the Holy City. That also means that it’s whole. There’s nothing that can fragment it. The tribes embrace it at the gates. The restored and regenerated tribes. The collective idea of you and me
working together as chords under the divine principle of a grand music that fills the universe and all eternity….”
“The Holy City: Its Biblical Basis and Development,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

Prayer Watch GEM #11: “Finish your (Bible Lesson) course (& Prayer Watch) with joy!” (S24)
Another Prayer Watcher shared the healing power of “grand music that fills the universe “ and of the worldwide unity that she felt while watching and hearing Julia Wade singing “Siyahamba” (Hymn 592 or 460 in ’08 Supplement) at a 2009 Annual Meeting when churches from all over the world were cued up & shown joining in “A Worldwide Chorus of Christian Scientists” at https://youtu.be/MsL-DmZ3jcY

Prayer Watch GEM #12: To properly end this week of Prayer Watching and start next week, let’s continue to cherish the healing power of “a grand music that fills the universe” and a hymn sing to fill all hearts! Please join us again tomorrow evening for a CedarS 365 Hymn Sing at 7pm (Central Time)! Use our secure Zoom link or a call-in number listed at https://www.facebook.com/events/149520333076115/?event_time_id=152106496150832

You are also hereby invited to join (and/or continue in) our Global Prayer Watch community!
Our goal is to unite in praying round the clock in order to "love into view:" World Health; the blessings of normal, collective activities (like camp!); and, a robustly employed economies 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 be notified about one or both of these CedarS long-standing, but adapted, traditions click on and commit to be a Global Prayer Watcher and a Sunday Hymn Singer as well!

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