Sunday, May 14th, 2023 Roundtable

Never Fear, God Supplies Your Every Need

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Mortals And Immortals

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Morning Prayers

Inasmuch as I am God’s child, spiritual and not material, I must be perfect. I am whole; I am free; I have all I need every hour; I am without fear, without anxiety; I live in Spirit, not in matter (error); I am not in danger; no one can harm me or deprive me of any good. I know no such thing as pain, suffering, or disease, for I am a reflection of Life, Truth and Love. I am never disappointed or grieved. The harmony of my being is never broken, because I live in the infinite. No condition of the body is essential to my happiness, for God, good, only, is the spring of all my joys. My life is hid with Christ in God. Therefore, I am immortal, for nothing can be lost or die in God.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 507

Discussion points

158 — WATCH lest, in endeavoring to realize that you are a channel for good to all mankind, you neglect to establish the fact that all men are channels for good to you.

Jesus said that those that did the will of his Father were his mother, sister, and brother, implying that his demonstration of God’s presence and power included the realization that others could minister to him spiritually, since that is the spiritual significance of mother.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: I Timothy 1 : 17

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Article — “Your Background” by Una Willard

Briefly the story is this. The aged prophet, after many experiences of strenuous work, of faithful conflict against the beliefs in false powers, false laws, false gods, had attained a time of comparative peace, had seen the false prophets and kings overcome, famine turned into plenty, and schools for sons of the prophets established in many towns. Realizing more and more his nearness to the Father, seeing that the younger students would be stirred and uplifted to greater individual activity when left to rely on God alone, he felt the time of his departure was at hand. He told Elisha, his student and companion, that God had called him to Bethel, and suggested that Elisha should stay behind. Elisha refused, wishing to accompany and serve his master to the last. On their arrival at Bethel, sons of the prophets came out and warned Elisha that God would take away his master; but, still unmoved, he journeyed on, though Elijah repeated his offer to leave him behind. At Jericho the same scene took place, with the same results. At Jordan, the sons of the prophets stood afar off, and Elijah and Elisha were left alone. Then Elijah asked his companion what good thing he should give him, and Elisha requested that he might receive a double portion of his master’s spirit.

“God’s Seers” from Christian Science Sentinel, February 4, 1911 By Jeanie C. E. Andrews

First thing in the morning, “before your feet hit the floor”:

God is Mind. God is my mind. God is the only pure and perfect Mind.

God is Life. God is my life. God is the only pure and perfect Life.

— Plainfield Roundtable

“True Courage” from, The Christian Science Sentinel, December 11, 1915 by William D. Mc Crackan, M.A.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. — 1 Timothy i. 17. … Grateful love cannot be restrained, it is like fire in the bones. Our heart would break for love if it could not find a means of expressing itself at once. … “To him be honour and glory for ever and ever.” Not only for ever: that might seem to be long enough; but “for ever and ever.” It is a redundant expression, such as enthusiasm delights to use: it indicates a sort of double eternity. The saved sinner can never have enough of glorifying the Lord; he will praise him throughout eternity. As soon as a man is cleansed from sin, he is clothed with praise. A new song is put into his mouth, and he must sing it: he cannot help doing so. There is no stopping him.

— by C. H. Spurgeon May 3, 1885

Many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, and some, it is likely, would have bidden him welcome to their houses; yet he is sent to honour and bless with his presence a city of Sidon, a Gentile city, and so becomes the first prophet of the Gentiles. Jezebel was Elijah’s greatest enemy; yet, to show her how powerless was her malice, God will find a hiding-place for him even in her own country. The person appointed to entertain Elijah is not one of the rich or great men of Sidon; but a poor widow woman, in want, and desolate, is made both able and willing to sustain him. It is God’s way, and it is his glory, to make use of, and put honour upon, the weak and foolish things of the world. O woman, great was thy faith; one has not found the like, no not in Israel. She took the prophet’s word, that she should not lose by it. Those who can venture upon the promise of God, will make no difficulty to expose and empty themselves in his service, by giving him his part first. Surely the increase of this widow’s faith, so as to enable her thus readily to deny herself, and to depend upon the Divine promise, was as great a miracle in the kingdom of grace, as the increase of her meal and oil in the kingdom of providence. Happy are all who can thus, against hope, believe and obey in hope. One poor meal’s meat this poor widow gave the prophet; in recompence of it, she and her son did eat above two years, in a time of famine. To have food from God’s special favour, and in such good company as Elijah, made it more than doubly sweet. It is promised to those who trust in God, that they shall not be ashamed in evil time; in days of famine they shall be satisfied.

— from Matthew Henry Bible Commentary, by Matthew Henry

Article — “Declaring What Is True” by Edward A. Kimball

In his epistle to the Romans Paul writes, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ.”

… What does it mean to be joint-heir? A joint-heir is one who shares with another an inheritance or possession. Being joint-heirs with Christ, we have the privilege of sharing equally with him that spiritual understanding which makes us, here and now, possessors of the kingdom of heaven, a spiritual estate which is unbounded, rich in substance and glory beyond anything mortals can conceive.

How great would be our happiness, and how deep our satisfaction, if through the love and generosity of a friend we were made the recipients of a large and prosperous business! Our gratitude would indeed be great, and our days and nights would be spent in thinking of how to manage our new possession successfully. And yet, just at hand, within the grasp of every sincere and earnest thinker, is the spiritual kingdom, embracing all that the heart desires—goodness, purity, strength of purpose, intelligence, happiness, abundance of supply.

Mankind seeks the material rather than the divine because it does not know the truth about divine inheritance. And yet, the kingdom of Spirit is ever present, greater than any material heritage we could possibly imagine. The kingdom of heaven is ours; and it is perpetually ruled by a loving God.

“Divine Inheritance” from Christian Science Sentinel, January 1, 1927 by George J. Schantz

Student: I am ready to obey when I understand. Mrs. Eddy: Be ready to obey before you understand.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 104

Mrs. Eddy knew what Jesus had suffered, for she spent forty years on the cross. Those long years included triumphs as well as tragedy, but Monday, March 16, 1885 was a day of crucifixion. It was for her as she had written of Jesus:

The burden of that hour was terrible beyond human conception. The distrust of mortal minds, disbelieving the purpose of his mission, was a million times sharper than the thorns which pierced his flesh. The world did not understand, but Julia Bartlett did, and did what she could. The previous Christmas a few students had invited their Teacher into her reception room where their gifts to her were displayed. She turned almost immediately to Julia Bartlett and said, “I thought it was a picture.” Julia, who was keeping a secret, replied, “I do not see why you should think it was a picture.” “Well, I did” said Mrs. Eddy. Miss Bartlett then stated that there was a picture, but that it was not ready. “I thought so,” Mrs. Eddy responded, and added that there had been a most beautiful, awe-inspiring picture of Jesus in her student’s thought whenever she had seen her of late; and it seemed to have a history. The fact was that Miss Bartlett had a cherished picture of Jesus (with a face beyond any she had seen in the most ideal renditions) which was said to be copied from the portrait carved on an emerald by order of Tiberius Caesar. This she was having copied for her Leader, but it was not completed. In March the portrait was finished, but Miss Bartlett had not yet made the presentation. This sad day after the Tremont Temple experience seemed to be the proper time; however, Julia would not disturb her Leader and had to leave for a church meeting, so she asked another student to present it in her name when Mrs. Eddy returned from supper:

Mrs. Eddy was so affected by it that she wished to see me at once and sent this student for me. When I met dear, dear Mrs. Eddy, she was deeply moved, and expressed her love and gratitude and joy. I could not say all that this picture brought to her thought of the real Christ Jesus as one who had suffered and triumphed over all claims of evil, but she at once rose above it, and I rejoiced with her. The picture meant far more than Miss Bartlett ever knew. It was a symbol of her loyalty. “The real cross which Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy bore up the hill of grief was the world’s hatred of Truth and Love.” This gift of love from one loyal heart dispelled the gloom of the world’s hatred that day.

— from The Discovery of the Science of ManVol. I — (1821-1888), by Doris Grekel, Page 315

Early in December, 1891, she (Mary Baker Eddy) herself was led to a beautiful tract of land on the out­ skirts of Concord, which she purchased. She named her home “Pleasant View”; and in writ­ing to Mr. Knapp about it, she said that she had longed for a home by the seaside, but instead God had prepared it on a hillside. She wrote, “My house here stands upon a very sightly hill, and the sides remind me of the Galilean slopes where my brother walked, and wept, and prayed.”

Memoirs of Ira O. Knapp by Bliss Knapp, page 51

Final Readings

We each dwell in our own world of consciousness. We look out through the windows of this consciousness and behold the passing procession of mortal mind. Day after day we have been lured forth, have been pressed into the whirl, lost our individual peace and poise in divine Mind, and found ourselves dragged through the uncleanness, the pain of the procession. We seek to regain our own home of consciousness, wiser for the experience, thinking we will not again become part of error’s pageant: but here let the newer understanding of Love guard well your door. Stay in your own home of demonstration. Keep your peace, for idle curiosity, criticism, or even false sympathy may lure you forth.

Wherein lies the wisdom of the serpent? To hide itself. Therefore hide yourself in the understanding of Christian Science, be it great or small. … When man begins to see himself as the reflection of God, Mind, and recognizes that he has within himself the capacity to act as possessing all power from Him in whom we live, move and have our being, he has reached the highest of all endowments and fruitful of all good works. He who is obedient to Truth has immense power for service. The Truth frees him from ignorance of his capacities and privileges. It fortifies and sustains him under all circumstances. It is here and now. Pentecostal power is always present. It is the power of Mind enabling man to do the will of wisdom, for God’s biddings are always enablings. It is the power to think, to act, to speak so that life will be fruitful and joyous. It is the capacity every man possesses to act in harmony with divine power and this is to preserve a scientific sense of being. Nothing is truth but the absolute. We do not know anything. … Mind is the only source of power. Thought is the only force. Therefore those who have turned to the fountainhead of being for the solution of any
problem, have brought such titanic force into intelligent activity that the results may seem incredible.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 216-217

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