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A.P.P. Let Truth free you to “hit nothing but net” in all you do for & through God. (APP1, 2) Application Principle Practiced!
from Cobbey Crisler and others for citations from the Christian Science Bible Lesson on
for September 30-October 6, 2019

APP1—Let the Truth free you from being deceived or killed!—Cobbey Crisler on John 8:32 (RR) and the recipe for freedom!

“John 8:32. Here is the recipe for freedom, “It's the truth itself that makes you free." It is the fact that makes you free. In John 8:44, the devil is defined as a liar and also a murderer from the beginning. If you analyze that again, the devil has one of two purposes when it enters into the thoughts and lives of man. It is either to deceive or to murder or kill us or others. That's the motive prompting the thought, critical or otherwise. Remember, judging righteous judgment eliminates most criticisms, and not judging according to appearance. It [the lying “fake news” that proclaims the reality and power of matter] either murders or kills our neighbor or ourselves, OR its purpose is to deceive—one or the other.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Warren’s CedarS APP2—A ball-sports “App” for Ecclesiastes 3:14 (B2)—that applies to all sports endeavors (“Cinderella” Prayers Answered in District High School BB Tournament)
When our daughter, Holly Huff (now Bruland), was on the Principia Upper School basketball team they made it into the district semi-final tournament against a highly favored Orchard Farm team that featured a very tall, dominate post player. During the Principia team prayer session before the game Holly shared one application idea from the Bible lesson that she had been trying to apply to her three-point shooting and another that she was trying to apply to her passing and defensive work as a point guard.

The Spiritual Application Proposal that relates to shooting appears again in this week’s Bible Lesson. The citation is from Ecclesiastes 3:14 (B2): “whatsoever God doeth shall be forever: nothing can be put to it,”—as an “air-ball” (or short soccer) shot would need to have more “put to it” to score — “nor any thing taken from it”—as a “brick” (or a long volleyball set or “kill shot”) would need to have something “taken from it” to make it useful. The key to shooting such a perfect, “nothing-but-net” shot in basketball (soccer, volleyball…) was to make sure it is “whatsoever God” is doing— to acknowledge it is being done through God and for His/Her glory.

The second Spiritual Application Proposal had to do with each player’s right to have and to follow right intuitions in order both to make and to intercept passes. It was based on a Bible story in the Lesson in which “Jesus knew their thoughts”.

Over halfway into the 4th quarter Principia was down by 12 when Coach Norm Purdy called a time-out and reaffirmed those application ideas as it applied to finishing this game and season strong for God’s glory. When these inspired young women came out on the court, it was like a different game. Principia players anticipated pass after pass from their opponents to make great steals, passes and lay-ups as well as a flawless series of perfect three-point shots. As the clock clicked down, Prin was down by two and the play that had been drawn up wasn’t open. So, Holly had to “put up a prayer” from well beyond the three-point line. Just as the buzzer went off it “swished” through the net – all for God’s glory, as “whatsoever God” was doing —to advance Principia to the district championship.

APP3Commit to oneness to avoid wavering! –Cobbey Crisler on James 3.17 (B5) plus James 1:6, 8
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect—free, large, full—gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”—as in an eclipse.
… "We already know that James read Job because we read the verse (James 5:11) that mentions Job in it…
James 1:6 tells us how we should pray. You'll find when prayer is not prayer… "Let him ask in faith nothing wavering." Wavering suggests this to-and-fro state of mind… James 1:8 "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."…
James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above" all stems from the commitment to oneness."
“The Case of Job,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

APP4— When what you’ve lean on fails, learn from our “I Am” how to face fear with authority & handle it with dominion as just illusion! Cobbey Crisler on Exodus 3 & 4 (B7, B8, S5 p. 321:8)
“Notice that when God appears to Moses at the burning bush and the bush was not consumed notice that, otherwise the bush would be I-was.

The bush was not consumed despite the passage of time, material elements, whatever.

That I Am is continuous and preserved.

Jesus brings out the point that God could not have used the statement “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” He could not have said that using the present tense in Moses time, if what were not true? (Voice: “Eternality”). Eternality of whom? Not just God. His point was not that. His point was the Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not dead, or God could not have said, “I Am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

They are I AM as well. If God is I Am, then his creation must always be I Am. That’s Jesus’ own point. We’ll get to that perhaps later as we get into the Gospels.

In Chapter 4 Moses, after he has been tested on this I-Am subject, says he is afraid that others will not be receptive. They will say, when he gets back to Egypt in that symbolic condition of bondage, “Let’s ask ourselves whether we have emerged from Egypt.” Even the geographics of the Bible can be symbolized and made quite relevant to your own experience: The bondage represented by Egypt, the extent to which we are dominated rather than exercise dominion under God, which Genesis 1, (verse 26,) indicates is man’s heritage.

Then Moses (in Exodus 4:1) despairs of being able to go back and say, “God has appeared unto me, God is I AM, forget this antiquated theology that God is I Was. Let’s begin to do something about God now.”

Moses needs some examples. God says (in Verse 2), “What do you have right there, right in your hand?” A rod. I’m sure you know what that would mean to a shepherd, and all the uses of a rod in a shepherd’s hand: the symbol of authority, the counting of the sheep so as not to lose one, the encouragement, sometimes a little bit roughly, to get into the fold, the warding off of wild beasts, the general symbolic authority which it would convey.

“What is that in thine hand?” “You have a symbol of authority you’re already exercising.” But do know really what it is? How are you regarding it?” He is told to throw it on the ground (in Verse 3) and the minute it’s thrown on the ground, it becomes a serpent. If we wish to throw down our symbol of authority and release our grasp on it and let it fall into the dust-man theory of Genesis 2 and 3, according to Genesis 3 (Verse 14), dust is the serpent’s meat.

It becomes a serpent and Moses runs from a problem of his own making. Is this relevant to us? Does this teach us a lesson for ourselves? When things that we have learned to lean upon— whatever, hope, faith, perhaps health, substance or wealth, youth. If what we’ve relied upon falls from our grasp and hits the dirt, turning into what looks like the opposite, as our health disappears, our youth disappears, our wealth disappears, our hope, our faith, our religion, whatever, and in their places we find what the serpent represents, dread and danger. Then where are we religiously? Where are we? Is there any way out? Probably the biggest question that humanity asks itself: Is there a way out?

God tells Moses, as our spiritual progenitor, our pioneer in this laboratory testing, is God telling Moses what? (Voice: “Face it.”) Face it. Don’t run from it. Take it. Is the tail of the serpent the safest part or the most dangerous? In order to grab a serpent by the tail, you will have had to overcome what? (Voices: “Fear.”) Fear. You just simply cannot pick up a serpent that way if you have not already exercised a mental dominion and security over it. The lesson, too, perhaps is implicit that we should not let go of our rod or misunderstood its meaning, turn it into a false reliance, because it really isn’t youth, health, or hope or faith. It’s something even stronger.

We see the minute he picks that illusion… it was a magical illusion. The rod was always there. The problem was the illusion. He had fled before it. Now the rod become even higher than hope or faith, it becomes what for Moses? He now understands how to overcome human problems. Is this what he has to bring down into Egypt for the rest of humanity?

What does serpent represent in the Bible? Symbolizes, right from the beginning? It’s a symbol of the devil, the symbol of the power given to any opposition to God. So we find that a serpent here can be overcome. The serpent, in just whispering or suggesting things to Adam and Eve, introduces what according to the legend? (Voice: “Death.”) Before death, sin. The serpent and sin are parallels in Biblical symbolism.

That isn’t the only news that Moses through his own experience in the wilderness is to bear to waiting humanity. That’s only half the news: That man has the power in his grasp to overcome sin. The other half of the news is in Verse 6 (of Exodus 4) when God says, “put now thy hand into thy bosom.” He does. When he takes it out, before him is the evidence, and perhaps an incurable form of this disease, leprosy. You have to realize the dreaded nature of this disease at that time. It was sufficient to virtually ostracize you from the rest of the world. He takes this out. He has the same reaction he had when he first saw the serpent. What is it? The fear, the dread, to flee before, just even in repulsion. But look at the calm instruction (Verse 7), “Don’t get excited. Put it right back. Take it out.” Poof.

The whole to-and-fro nature of disease exposed here. Is this a message that God has given the only receptive individual in that known world—certainly the only one who has reported such an event—that man also has a God-ordained, God-given dominion over sickness and disease? But he must exercise that dominion just as he has the same dominion over sin.

In (Exodus 4,) Verse 8 (is) almost as historical, even though it is a prophetic note here, it seems historical for us, especially in our twentieth century when we have seen so many denominations are now being to focus on the role of healing within their ranks. In Verse 8 the prophesy is “if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign,” the victory over sin, “they will believe the voice of the latter sign,” the victory over disease, which is most easy to accept when one witnesses it. To see leprosy healed in front of you would cause many people at least to wonder seriously about what brought it about.

“Heal the Sick: A Scriptural Record,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

APP5—Stop following vain, worldly fashions and pleasures to shine in Christly excellence! Kathy Merrill, Peace Haven Association’s Manager of Inspirational Programs, shared the inspiration below as a handout for one of her weekly Bible Lesson study sessions. (Details below)
“In one of Mrs. Eddy’s Bibles, she wrote beside Romans 12:

“Romans 12 is Christian Science.” (MBE Accession #B00017.C)

Romans 12:2 “. . . 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.”

Conformed is syschematizo in Greek which means “to conform one’s self, one’s mind and character, to another’s pattern, to fashion one’s self according to (, Strong’s Lexicon 2964).

And be not conformed … – The word rendered "conformed" properly means to put on the form, fashion, or appearance of another. It may refer to anything pertaining to the habit, manner, dress, style of living, etc., of another” (Barnes from

World in Greek is ion which means “an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, the worlds, universe” (, Strong’s Lexicon 165).

Transformed is metamorphoo in Greek which means “to change into another form, to transfigure, i.e. resplendent with a divine brightness, to the same image of consummate excellence that shines in Christ, reproduce the same image” (, Strong’s Lexicon 3339).

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 change 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 defect, 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

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.”

This Peace Haven webpage welcomes you to join Kathy for more of such inspired, Bible-based sharing at one of several times each week!
“You’re invited! Christian Science community members are invited to hear Bible-based insights on citations from the Christian Science Bible Lesson offered weekly by Peace Haven’s Manager of Inspirational Programs, Kathy Merrill. [Kathy is delighted to offer in-person gatherings elsewhere during renovation of Peace Haven’s St. Louis facility,] with simultaneous conference call participation for those wishing to attend by phone. Kathy will share her insights on:

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APP6—Call or email as noted in SAP5 above to get an email from Kathy Merrill that has her Biblos Worksheet for “Armor of God” Eph 6:10-17 (B12)

Warren’s APP7—Pray the W.A.L.L. Treatment (partially in S20, 495:16) when tempted to believe your “back’s against the wall”—or the C.A.L.L. treatment to know “who you gonna call?”
On page 495, lines 14-24 Mary Baker Eddy gives you (and the whole world) four powerful (and memorizable) 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 that seems to be in your face.

W.A.L.L. Treatment (S20, 495:14) These four sentences begin with the letters W, A, L, L—hence the W.A.L.L. treatment. This was a memory devise 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…
  • Let Christian Science instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding…”

Or C.A.L.L. Treatment (S20, 495:14) A different acronym/memory device 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 “ghost” 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…”

(Reread carefully and consider memorizing the FULL, 10-line Christian Science treatment on page 495:14-24 (S12). Note the four pairs of consecutive words (which I capitalized and bolded above) which begin with C and S!

APP8—Find our Shepherd’s divine supply to be inexhaustible! Cobbey Crisler on Mark 6:34 (B14) plus bonus verses that follow!

“Verse 34. And he sees that “they were as sheep not having a shepherd.”

Look up that comment and you will find it in the Old Testament. Then read around it in the Old Testament to get the context of it. You will hardly find a statement by Jesus that does not have an Old Testament root or precedent, which is why he is always saying, “It is written.” But, many of the times when he doesn’t say it-is-written, it is implied.

The only so-called miracle in all four gospels is the feeding of the “five thousand,” Verses 35-44. I put it in quotes because they were only counting the men. Out of the little boy’s lunch box comes five loaves and two fishes. We hear that from the gospel of John Chapter 6, Verse 13. They feed a multitude. Now we have a lesson on economics given to us by the Master. He didn’t regard that as a problem either. No Malthusian limitation on man that we’re going to outgrow our supply, and, therefore, we should kill off sectors of the human race in order to meet the supply. That’s Malthus and his philosophy of necessity. But we find Jesus saying instead in Matthew 14:16, “They need not depart.” Malthus says they need to be killed, but Jesus is saying, “They need not depart.”

Mark 6.37. The disciples say it would be impossible to feed the multitude, that it would take about “two hundred pennyworth.” The group was considerably more than five thousand if you count the women and the children.

What Jesus said to all the disciples made them become part of the remedy. Twelve baskets were taken around. There were twelve disciples. Each one was made to participate in the abundant result and learn from it. They started out with only five loaves and two fishes. They ended up with more fragments left over than they had when they started out. More available. That’s divine economics. It doesn’t exhaust.”
“What Mark Recorded,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

APP9—Follow the rules of the Master-healer—with multiple treatments as needed!
Cobbey Crisler on Mark 8:22-25 (B15— Jesus healed blindness like he’d just healed deafness and dumbness.)
"A similar thing happens in Chapter 8, Verse 22. This is after Jesus has fed another multitude (Mark 8:1-9). This time, "four thousand," not counting the women and the children, and it's in Gentile territory. The other was in Jewish territory. We have "coming to Bethsaida," which means "house of the fishermen," the home of Simon and Andrew. They encounter a blind man.

Verse 23. These four verses, Verse 22-25, are only given to us by Mark. "He takes the blind man out of the town." Treatment Number One, why? Jesus wants to get away from the crowd. This is a methodology. These are the rules by which Jesus healed. Anyone who wants to follow the example of this tender Master-healer must accomplish the work according to the same rules. The patient must be taken out of town, out of the "legion" of opinions that are already expressing their conclusions on the patient.

Verse 23, Treatment Number Two, "He spit on his eyes, put his hands on him, asked him if he saw ought." He indicates to a blind man what he was doing and what was going to happen.

Verse 24. The first objects this man has ever seen were men as trees, walking." He could have understood the shape of trees and that they are vertical. Men looked like trees to him, walking.

Verse 25. Jesus in the Third Treatment, "puts his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up." The Revised Standard Version is probably the most correct here. It's “he looked intently.” Jesus has his complete attention with that. "He looked intently." There were no wandering way-side thoughts for the seed to land. "And he is healed."
“What Mark Recorded,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Note Jesus use of spit as a way of showing contempt for the Genesis 2 dust version of man and the washing off of every trace of that to heal blindness as Cobbey comments on the case Jesus healed in John 9:6…
"Notice what he does in John 9:6 and what it may remind you of. “He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle.” That reminds you of man being made of the dust in the Second Chapter of Genesis Verse 6 and 7, doesn’t it? Would Jesus ever [by spitting show contempt for or] mock God if he considered that was the real way that creation occurred? Yet, it almost looks like a mockery of that. He’s taking on that concept of the man of dust. He’s spitting on that ground, into the dust, making clay of it, and slapping it on the eyes of the blind man.
John 9:7. The man goes to the pool of Siloam. He can’t see his way there. He’s got mud all over his face. He doesn’t go seeing. He comes seeing.” He comes only after he has washed off that symbolic making or formation of man out of the dust.
In a way, it might even give us a greater hint on what the true meaning of baptism is, the immersion in Spirit, nativity, and washing off every trace of the dust man.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

APP10—Replace commercialism in church with healing in church! Cobbey Crisler on John 2:13-22 (B18)
In John 2:13, we find "the time of Passover.

And in John 2:14, "the money changing going on in the temple."

This is a picture of the outside of the temple mount area. This is the southern wall. This arcade above it is called the Royal Arcade, the columned area with the roof over a building. It was in that area that the money changing occurred before they went into the main area of the temple and polluted it.

They used money there which would not have idolatrous images on it. That's why the money changing occurred. To get it out of the Caesars' coins with their profiles which were considered gods. The Caesars were considered gods. It was not allowed to use that money in the temple. It was a big commercial enterprise because you could also buy animals for sacrifice in the temple. The money changers sat there with a little shekel in their ear. According to Dr. Bull, that identified them as the official money changers. They made a percentage on what they were selling.

John 2:15 and 16, Jesus walked into this concept of church with its commercialism and said it's time for something new, and underlined it by removing all who were there.

What we miss here in the Gospel of John is given to us in some other gospels. After this happened, do you know what he does. Do you remember he brought in those who needed healing? For the first time in history we have indications that healing was a part of church activity and was normal and identified with church. It replaced the ritual of commercialism with an active proof of mankind's needs being met within the concept of church. This is a whole new idea that he introduces. He's also rejecting the animal sacrifices part of that theology, too.

“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

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