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The weekly Metaphysical Newsletter is provided to campers, staff, alumni, friends, and the CedarS family at no charge; however, donations help cover the cost of providing this service and support CedarS many offerings. To learn more, view our Acronym Guide.

Dwell in the House Made Without Hands!

November 15, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

Where do you dwell? You may think you dwell in a body, in a house or apartment, in a town, and so on. But in the deepest reality of all things, we dwell in Soul, God. The Israelites often found themselves without a place they could call home. But as Psalm 90:1, from this week’s Golden Text indicates, no matter where they were, they were always able to take refuge in God. Like the children of Israel, we too, find our permanent dwelling in God. 

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Walk in the Pathway of Life!

October 18, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

As many worthies in the Bible have, you might feel far from God right now. But that’s no obstacle to God. You’re still being called to walk in His path. As the prophet tells us, we hear God’s call and direction out of quietness and silence. The apostle Paul, having experienced the redemptive power of the Christ himself, knew firsthand, that while remaining in the backroads of sin leads to death, we have infinite opportunity to correct that course by listening to that inner voice, and following divine direction to the path of everlasting life.

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Wake Up from the Dream to Reality!

September 19, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

Are you a prophet? A spiritual seer? A prophet is someone who sees things most don’t. Through spiritual sense, the prophet pulls back the curtain of the ever-fluctuating dream of material sense, to see the spiritual facts of being that always have been, and always will be. The apostle John was such a prophet. As a close student of Christ Jesus, he had learned a lot about looking past the material picture.  In the Golden Text he envisions a new heaven and a new earth. This vision includes only that which is good, healthy, holy, safe, comforting, pure, joyful, and eternal. Anything dangerous, harmful, evil, sinful, threatening, painful, sorrowful—anything unlike God—has no place in this new heaven and earth.

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Accept the Mind of Christ

August 16, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

Having the “mind of Christ” is often interpreted as having Christ’s humility. While Jesus certainly was humble, he knew who he was as God’s son: He was bold in his declarations of truth and in demonstration of its healing power. His humility was evidenced in his recognition that he could do nothing of himself. Being in total sympathy with God, he subjected himself to God in everything he thought and did. He knew only one Mind. What would having “the mind of Christ” look like for you? What would change? Have you ever tried it? 

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Join Your Heavenly Family

May 11, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

To human sense, the earthy seems to be what we are, and the heavenly is what we hope to become. Traditional theology sees it that way. In the Responsive Reading Paul speaks of the expectation and promise that we will be changed in a “twinkling of an eye” from mortals to immortals. This is often interpreted as a collective external event that sweeps us all up at once, even the dead emerging from their graves. But here is where Christian Science sees things differently. In Christian Science, we see that the awakening to immortality isn’t so much a universal outer occurrence that will take place for everyone at once, but rather an inward realization, that dawns on each of us individually as our spiritual understanding grows.

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Rejoice That We Are Subject to the Divine Powers That Be!

March 9, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

While all worldly solutions to life’s challenges are variable, the law of God and His word is fixed.  His command is law, and shall stand forever.  Nothing can ever undo what God ordains. Does that sound too good to be true?  To mortal sense it does.  As you study this week’s Lesson-Sermon you will find several illustrations to help you place your faith and understanding on solid ground.

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Find Your Heart Connection and Unite with Soul

February 9, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

What does “Soul” mean to you? The most bizarre description I’ve ever heard is when someone said they always imagined soul as, “a vaporous white spot behind the heart that got splattered with a black spot for every sin.” Christian Scientists have an entirely different view of soul. Christian Science does not teach soul is a personal organ inside a body; nor do we feel that a soul is a personal identity within the body. In Christian Science Soul is a synonym for God. Yet, throughout my nearly thirty years as a Journal-listed Christian Science Practitioner, I have found that of all the seven synonyms Mary Baker Eddy has for God, Soul is the one that most people have questions about.

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Pause and Listen.  [Take in being on holy ground and follow Life’s next steps.]

January 13, 2020
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

Throughout this week’s Lesson we see the need for going further in our understanding of God.  The God spoken of by the psalmist in the Golden Text isn’t a tribal idol that needs placating to get Him or Her to help us.  The God of Israel is the living God, the author, giver, and maintainer of all creation who is Life itself. 

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Find the Peace of God and Take this Hiding Place with You!

December 9, 2019
By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Godfrey, IL

Do you have a place that makes you feel safe? Everyone needs someplace where they can shut out the noise and distractions of the world, and just be still with God. Not all hiding places are physical. We can also take refuge in prayer, or a comforting thought, and according to the psalmist, in music too. Many of us have been uplifted, comforted and healed through music.

In the Golden Text, the psalmist refers to God as his “hiding place.” While at first thought, it seems that the psalmist is seeking refuge from physical danger, many theologians, including Albert Barnes (1798-1870) feel differently. He writes: “The general allusion is to concealment from an enemy, but the immediate reference is to sin, and the consequences of sin.” … This Lesson includes safety in a variety of contexts.

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