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W: Trust God’s no-chance timing and you will see Love’s abundant provision! [#3b, 7]
Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper, Warren Huff & others on select citations for
“God the Preserver (or Pre-Server) of Man”—
the Christian Science Bible Lesson for December 16, 2018


Warren’s (W’s) PS#1“hide me under the shadow of thy wing” (Ps. 17.8) and “therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings” Psalm 36.7 (GT)—See downloadable photo of baby birds hidden “under the shadow” of their mother’s wings—at upper right of online version. Note being God's wing men and woment as mentioned in the Responsive Reading (Isa. 61:4) as well as citations B2, B5, S5, B6, B10, B12, B17, B20, B22 and S30.)


W’s PS#2—Commentary on how mother eagles teach their eaglets to fly by “stirring up their nest, fluttering over her young, spreading abroad her wings, taking them, bearing them on her wings”(RR, Deut 32.11 & B2) and “I bare you on eagles wings” (Exodus 19.4) saving them at the last minute after freefalls at http://www.eagleflight.org/cyberstudies/actions-and-attitudes-of-a-growing-church/157-with-eagles-wings and attached picture—at upper right of online version.

Check out a great theme for this Lesson in "Brood o'er us with Thy sheltering wing, "Neath which our spirits blend, Like brother birds that soar and sing and on the same branch bend…" (Hymn 30) by Mary Baker Eddy.


W’s PS#3a Ken Cooper offerings this week can be accessed under Downloads near the upper right corner of the online version of Warren’s Application Post Scripts. They complement this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson as it relates and refers to citation B9. When Ken emailed this week’s contributions to me, he added:

“The widow of Zarephath reminds me of Jesus' observation when he saw a poor widow casting her two mites into the treasury, "she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had." Luke 21:4 . When we give our all to God, we find true abundance, for then God shines through our lives, and we can bless everyone that is in the radius of that light. In such ways does God preserve all those under the shadow of His wings, and we become "angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:1-2).

The You tube version of the poems can be found on https://youtu.be/GBAK6RfTPtA together with further comment under SHOW MORE. The full range of videos can be found on "Ken G Cooper Poetry You Tube" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv6edwM4E2y4wJ98jGEPUOw

W’s PS#3bAnother Bible-study “take” on I Kings 17 (B9) that concludes “Trust God’s timing and you will see God’s provision.” Especially when it appears that God’s timing is off as when Elijah asked the widow for food… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIIyf9IfEmI


W’s PS#4—I enjoyed the angel insights that came to me when I subdivided the word preserve into pre-serve. The hyphenated word PRE-SERVE encompasses the past (pre or prior, planning to provide); the present (the perfectly timed provisions of divine Love in the ever-present now); and the future of God’s stored-away preserves and “barrels of meal” and “cruises of oil” that will never fail since He who depends on Thee, ne’er is forspent” (Hymn 246). I enjoyed highlighting God’s past, present and future provisions in different colors.

At CedarS we also treasure having our Master’s, role-model, foot-washing servant mindset—implied in the word pre-SERVE. That’s what we delight to do all year long as we prepare (with HELP FROM you dear supporters) to pre-plan to make each session at CedarS a “best one yet” of serving.

We also treasure applying this promise from Psalm 121:8 “The Lord will preserve (pre-serve) your going out and coming in from this time forth, even for evermore.


W’s PS#5Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 4:23 (B18) & the ordered, no-chance kingdom of harmony at hand.

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**


W’s PS#6—Cobbey Crisler insight on the Christ putting the funereal thought of paid mourners out of the house before raising Jairus’ daughter. (B19, Matt. 9:18-26)
In context, after Jairus asks Jesus to come heal his daughter who was “at the point of death” (in the version related in Mark 5:23), a woman in the crowd presses though it to touch the fringes of Jesus’ prayer shawl. Although she’d been “unclean” with non-stop hemorrhaging for 12 years (the age of Jairus’ daughter), “The woman was made whole that very hour.”… Jesus stops, realizing that one healing does not affect the outcome of the other.”
“(Verse 23) ‘And he goes into the ruler’s house, with all sorts of instruments and noise.’ There were paid mourners. We’re told by Josephus that even the poorest family had at least two pipes and a couple of horns playing at a funeral. So you can imagine what a ruler of the synagogue would have sounded like, probably like a symphony by Shostakovich. He comes in there. Just think of the atmosphere that’s going on. Jesus alters the atmosphere before he heals.

(Verse 24) ‘He says the maid is not dead but sleepeth.’ That apparently means he felt unable to affect a cure, a raising of the dead, in the presence of the weight of grief. If he’d kicked everybody out while they were crying, he would not have been supported by the social custom of that day or this, would he?
You don’t go into a funeral and sweep everybody out who’s crying. That’s why they’re there. They came to cry. Notice what Jesus does. This was pointed out to me by someone who is really respected for her Scriptural insight. I’d really missed the point. Jesus changed the whole environment.
He made a statement that was perfectly true to him but which was ridiculous to the average human thought. He said “The maid is not dead, she’s only sleeping in there.” So, notice how deep the grief ran. They all suddenly laughed. You and I know, you don’t laugh at funerals.
(Verse 25) ‘He could clear everybody out who was laughing. Then proceeds to raise the child.’
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, a Tax-Collector’s Report”,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#7—Pictured as an online download (at the upper right) is a symbolic reminder that there’s no chance with God in control (from citation S26, SH p. 171.4) It’s from a corny Warren’s P.S. originally posted in 2014:
To enter “the gates of Paradise”—or of the kingdom of heaven (or of God) should not be thought of as too difficult since Jesus said “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). This universal salvation of entering the peaceful Paradise of God’s reign within you is the Christ-pronounced identity and destiny of all of you and doesn’t depend on time or on chance. It’s what we are to pray for daily in the “Daily Prayer” given to us by Mary Baker Eddy. (“Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!”, Church Manual, p. 41:19).

Changing the common notion of chance elevates and brings a calm, all-is-well assurance to all our travels, to our relationships, to employment entry and exit timing for ourselves and others, to elections, to real estate transactions… For this to take place, here’s what Mary Baker Eddy says “must” happen: “we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.” (SH 424:8, S26) Like “the ancient worthies” who understand “the control that Love held over all,” we can “emulate the example of Jesus.”(S&H, 514: 26…] And, in this Paradise (as with my ‘Pair-a-dice’), there is no chance!”


W’s PS#8—Citation S30 (SH p. 323.9) is a favorite CedarS activity Met to discuss before water-skiing. Mary Baker Eddy says there: "Beholding the infinite tasks of Truth, we pause, — wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory." After saying "Hit it!" for the boat to start pulling the water skier or wakeboarder out of the water, it's all too easy for most beginners to lean forward right away, as if to get up "on their own." This causes quick nose-dives. However, when we PAUSE, waiting to acknowledge the boat, or really God, as the true power of the event, that is alone able to pull us through it, God precedes and PRE-SERVES us — and we express such dominion that we almost feel like we are walking on the water. (A successful pausing posture for skiers to mimic is that of a testifier getting halfway up out of his seat and pausing for a few seconds before proceeding, because another testifier got up at the same time.)

In like manner, when we realize that life is about God, about Love, and not about us (as physical beings) or because of us (as sexual beings) we are free to merely reflect, instead of originate, the "incontrovertible" perfection of man AS A SPIRITUAL BEING, as the "image, reflection, of God, . . neither inverted" ('reversed in position, order, or relationship') "nor subverted," ('overturned from the foundation : RUINED: perverted or corrupted by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith') "but upright and Godlike." (S&H 200:19, with Merriam Webster's definitions in parenthesis)

From a Warren Huff Met originally Posted : 4/27/2003


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’s 28 talks at a this website: www.crislerlibrary.co.uk Email your order or inquiry to office@crislerlibrary.co.uk, or directly to Janet Crisler, at janetcrisler7@gmail.com

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