Sunday, July 23rd, 2023 Roundtable

The Leaven of Truth is Ever at Work

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Truth

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Morning Prayers

We can always bring God to us instantly by declaring He is with us. We never reach out for Him in vain. God has ordained for us all good, and He will remove our sins from us as far as the east is from the west, when we want to give them up. Hold steadfastly the thought of yourself as good only, as spiritual only. The belief that there is two of me is where all the trouble comes from. Every treatment must include the understanding that it is the Mind of God; it cannot return void, and it cannot be reversed by any so-called law of malpractice or human belief. Error says we are sick or discouraged; we don’t say it. It is error talking about itself. If we admit it we have accepted a lie. Truth says, I have perfect eyes, perfect heart, perfect limbs, etc.; all there is to me is like God, like perfection. We should discard mortal mind judgment and pray for the Christ Mind. It is our human will or judgment that argues we can’t do so and so. There is no reason why we may not always demonstrate truth and be well and happy.

— from Collectanea, (the Addenda), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 31

Discussion points

285 — WATCH … Truth is. Let God talk all the time; there is nothing else.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

“Watching Point 285”, from 500 Watching points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Jeremiah 10 : 10

“The Lord is the true God, he is the living God.”

Father, teach me how to still the clamoring of sense, and fill my place as listener, that I may hear Thy voice and grow to understand Thy Word, and so become Thy messenger. Then teach me how to banish pride and stubborn will that I may be Thy representative – with no false sense ofhuman zeal, that every word may bless and heal, when I Thy message give.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 61

This child, or spiritual idea, has evolved a more ready ear for the overture of angels and the scientific understanding of Truth and Love.

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 166

Become aware of the Truth that God, which is the individual Mind of this universe, is the one and only Mind. All that is necessary for the Truth to express It self is to be received in the consciousness of one individual, and it immediately takes effect in the consciousness of all who are attuned! Even if they are not directly your patients – somewhere persons in a hospital, prison, on a desert island, individuals who are reaching out to their highest concept of God, reaching out for help, are healed! Though they do not know how or why, and you do not know who they are, – still it is true, since God is the Mind of me, and God is the Mind of you – because there is only that ONE MIND!

“The Practice of Christian Science” by Bicknell Young, page 7

Article “The Practice of Christian Science” by Bicknell Young

Twice daily the Pharisee repeated the great commandments, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” and, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself;” but he carried with him a stone ready to throw at those whom he deemed less righteous than he thought himself to be. Jesus, on the other hand, looked compassionately at the multitudes who thronged him; and he lovingly healed them. Then there was the Pharisee who bandaged his eyes to protect his gaze from the contamination of the sins of others; but Jesus fearlessly looked upon the sinful beliefs of the world, and, knowing their nothingness, beheld in the radiant reality of God the Godlike man, untouched by mortal seeming; and thus, the dream of the senses—whether sin, disease, or death—became to him what it truly was,—nothing. Again, the Pharisee went stumbling through the streets to show his humility; while Jesus, realizing the glory and the sublimity of God, forgot himself in the wonder of his vision, in true humility acknowledging the glory of God’s presence. In these two polar extremes of religion, we have the difference between seeming and being; for one is an imitation, the other is real: one is small and mean, the other is of infinite magnitude and benignity; one is mortal, the other eternal. So, with our gaze resting on the “Wonderful, Counsellor,” the “Prince of Peace,” we can be everlastingly grateful to Mrs. Eddy for giving us on page 468 of Science and Health the “scientific statement of being,” an understanding of which saves from mortal seeming. “Therefore,” to use Paul’s words, “let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

“Being, Not Seeming” from Christian Science Sentinel, November 4, 1922, by Etta M. Gilbreath

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

The leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, is Divine Science; the Comforter; the Holy Ghost that leadeth into all Truth; the “still, small voice” that breathes His presence and power, casting out error and healing the sick. And woman, the spiritual idea, takes of the things of God and showeth them unto the creature, until the whole sense of being is leavened with Spirit. The three measures of meal may well be likened to the false sense of life, substance, and intelligence, which says, I am sustained by bread, matter, instead of Mind. The spiritual leaven of divine Science changes this false sense, giving better views of Life; saying, Man’s Life is God; and when this shall appear, it shall be “the substance of things hoped for.” The measure of Life shall increase by every spiritual touch, even as the leaven expands the loaf. Man shall keep the feast of Life, not with the old leaven of the scribes and Pharisees, neither with “the leaven of malice and wickedness; but the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 174-175

“…before all things, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy; expressed both in their (Pharisees) doctrines, and in their lives; which carried a great show of piety and holiness, but was in appearance only: very aptly is hypocrisy in doctrine and manners, compared to leaven; which at first is small and little, but gradually increases and spreads itself, and lies hid and covered, and is not easily discerned, nor its influence and effects observed; but in time, it infects and corrupts the whole of men’s principles and practices, and puffs and swells them up with a vain opinion of themselves; and when our Lord bids his disciples beware of it, his meaning not only is, that they take heed that they were not infected with it themselves, but that they were not imposed upon by the specious pretences of these artful and designing men.”

— by Gill’s Commentary, Luke 12

“…even though we may not notice it, God is working constantly in and through people’s lives throughout this whole wide world, building up his kingdom and providing us with the “bread of life” that we need in order to have life to the full.”

— From

Final Readings

The century has scarcely run its first quarter, yet the thoughts of men have been immeasurably quickened in the acceptance of spiritual Truth through the wide dissemination of the teachings of Christian Science. The leaven of Truth is changing the trend of thought to an incredible degree. A recent incident is of special interest to Christian Scientists because of the extraordinary recognition of our Leader’s works and a certain historical significance attaching thereto.

In 1759, Benjamin Franklin, then resident in London as representative of the American Colonies, placed in the hands of the Society of Friends one hundred pounds sterling, to accumulate for one hundred and fifty years, with the provision that “thereafter at the discretion of the Trustees awards are to be made from time to time for the most valuable contributions” on the subject of curing disease, but “particularly in relation to surgery, the nervous system and the part ‘mind treating’ has in the recovery and preservation of health.”

Announcement has been recently made of the first awards from this fund. Minor recognitions cover the first two phases of the subject, but the major prize goes to an American author of a book entitled “Mental and Spiritual Healing.” While the author, an advocate of no special system, impartially, as he believes, reviews the various methods which fall under this title, he gives special attention to Christian Science, making, among other friendly statements, this: “Mary Baker Eddy in spite of the antagonism that has been directed against her and her work and ‘Church,’ nevertheless has reached more people directly and indirectly along such [spiritual] lines than any other person in the past two thousand years.” Here is a recognition, rendered under unique circumstances, of the good works established by our beloved Leader. The incident takes on added interest when it is recalled that Benjamin Franklin expressed his firm belief in the efficacy of mental healing; and while there is no evidence to indicate that he ever glimpsed spiritual healing as taught in Christian Science, he no doubt recognized something of the mental cause and the possibilities of the mental cure of disease.

“Signs of the times” from Christian Science Sentinel, March 22, 1924, by Albert F. Gilmore

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