Sunday, October 29th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Let the voice of Truth and Love be heard above the dire din of mortal nothingness, and the majestic march of Christian Science go on ad infinitum, praising God, doing the works of primitive Christianity, and enlightening the world.

The government of divine Love is supreme. Love rules the universe, and its edict hath gone forth: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” and “Love thy neighbor
as thyself.” Let us have the molecule of faith that removes mountains, — faith armed with the understanding of Love, as in divine Science, where right reigneth.

God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when understood in its divine metaphysics, will establish the brotherhood of man, end wars, and demonstrate “on earth peace, good will toward men.”

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 245, 278, 279

Discussion points

78 — WATCH lest you believe that the entire remedy for animal magnetism is to fight and cast out these mental suggestions, that seem to be written on the inner wall of thought. The man in the Bible who swept and garnished his house after he had cast out the devil, had a return visit from Satan with seven friends! Why? Because he believed he had a room in his mental house which the devil had once occupied.

Man must realize that, because he is God’s perfect child, he has no room reserved for evil, and never has had. He must know that he is not receptive to erroneous suggestions; that he has no such capacity, and never could have; that no subtlety of evil can render his thought receptive to aught but the ever present thoughts of God, since there are no evil suggestions. In this way he drives out the wasps and then burns their nest. Then they have nothing to come back to.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


GOLDEN TEXT: Proverbs 3 : 11, 12

“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”


Read Article click on link“The 65th Anniversary Of “Mrs. Eddy’S Place”, October 2008, Volume 16, by the Christian Science Endtime Center


Mrs. Eddy’s letter to Mrs. Emilie B. Hulin (in Mrs. Eddy’s handwriting) (Undated):

“If a student holds the true sense of me they will progress under all circumstances, and evil will not get control of them.”

“Part III Proper Recognition and Understanding of Mrs. Eddy a Necessity” from Mary Baker Eddy and Biblical Prophecy: Two Studies, (January 26, 1938, and March 8, 1938) compiled by Miriam Loveland, Custodian of the Bureau of History and Records (1926-1957), at the request of The Christian Science Board of Directors.


Thought imbued with purity, Truth, and Love, instructed in the Science of metaphysical healing, is the most potent and desirable remedial agent on the earth.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 4


Article — “This Place Has Changed Hands”, by Mary Beth Singleterry


Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

Though the divine rebuke is effectual to the pulling down of sin’s strongholds, it may stir the human heart to resist Truth, before this heart becomes obediently receptive of the heavenly discipline. If the Christian Scientist recognize the mingled sternness and gentleness which permeate justice and Love, he will not scorn the timely reproof, but will so absorb it that this warning will be within him a spring, welling up into unceasing spiritual rise and progress. The kindly shepherd of the East carries his lambs in his arms to the sheepcot, but the older sheep pass into the fold under his compelling rod.

— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 80


In his epistle to the Christians of Philippi, Paul pleaded for increased brotherly love, appealing to their deepest sense as Christians and to their noblest impulses to live in peace and concord. “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ. if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, …” he implored, “fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Thus earnestly did Paul plead for that unity among brethren which would enable them to carry forward the work of spreading the gospel of Christ Jesus, the healing truth which the world, sunk in the misery of materiality, so greatly needed. The consolation which is in Christ was uppermost in Paul’s thought as the sole means whereby was to be gained the spirit of true fellowship, necessary to establish the bonds of peace.

“Consolation in Christ”! What possibilities of spiritual comfort are glimpsed in these simple words! How far above the human comfort of earthly woes was the consolation thus visualized, even the consolation which can be found only in communion with all-inclusive Love, through its divine Comforter, the Christ, Truth!

“Consolation in Christ” from Christian Science Sentinel, March 27, 1926 (excerpt), by Albert F. Gilmore


One who has touched the hem of Christ’s spotless garment in Christian Science begins to realize how much time and thought are bestowed upon the vanities of this world rather than upon those things which make for righteousness, peace, and health among men. He becomes painfully aware of the time spent in thinking and talking upon the too familiar subject of sickness, and he strives as never before to keep his own thoughts and conversation in Christ, Truth. To him “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Why this change of base, does some one ask? Christ, Truth, has come to the consciousness of this individual and given him a glimpse of that which is real and eternal, of that which is above mortal ken, and this message from on high conveys to him naught of earth’s dismal dream of evil,—it is a message of good, and of good only. He has awakened to find that evil is a mistake, a deception of sinful sense, and that its pretense of being something will and must surrender to the Christ-idea, which reveals the allness and completeness of good. In order to bring about this surrender he realizes that he must begin to reflect good by ceasing to express evil in thought, word, and deed. Then it is that he comprehends the meaning of the Scriptural command, “Let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ;” and he reasons thus: If I would follow Christ, I must begin now to guard the entrance to my mental abode, that no thought of sin, disease, or death may cross its threshold; to shoulder the cross of self-renunciation by denying admittance to every evil suggestion of a life separate and apart from God, good.

“Conversation In Christ” from Christian Science Journal, May 1909 (excerpt) by Clarence W. Chadwick


Jesus did not argue with his antagonists; he never engaged in a contentious dispute with those who opposed his mission. He realized, perhaps better than any one before or since, the utter futility of trying to convince the carnal mind of spiritual facts.

Consequently Jesus answered his opponents’ inquiries by stating his position authoritatively, often turning their questions upon themselves and framing his replies in so scientific a manner that his hearers were silenced, baffled for the moment. It is frequently said of him that before they could collect their thoughts for an answering attack he left them,— withdrew from the strife his words of Truth had aroused, thus leaving error to destroy itself. At other times, it is said, “they marveled, and left him, and went their way,” showing the might of Truth to silence and remove discord. When his disciples came to him with the remark, “Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?” he recommended to them the same wise policy of non-combativeness, saying: “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

Because of his love for all men, Jesus fearlessly uncovered the hidden sin which masqueraded as wisdom, righteousness, and justice, but which he knew to be the very opposite of these godlike qualities. His aim in openly denouncing evil as a lie was to open the eyes of those who walked in the darkness of self-mesmerism and hypocrisy, to acquaint them with the Father, and to inspire them with a desire to know the Son and to be like him — the Christ — in word and in deed. It is said that Jesus, after talking to the people in parables, “expounded all things to his disciples,” because of their receptive thought, their deep love of the truth. With others he was content to speak the word only, knowing that though rejected it was the seed within itself which, because of its inherent vitality, eventually would operate in consciousness to overturn all evil, casting out the falsities of ignorance, worldly wisdom, and self-will.

“The Sword Of The Spirit” from Christian Science Journal, October 1916 (excerpt), by Bertha V. Zerega


Final Readings

One who has touched the hem of Christ’s spotless garment in Christian Science begins to realize how much time and thought are bestowed upon the vanities of this world rather than upon those things which make for righteousness, peace, and health among men. He becomes painfully aware of the time spent in thinking and talking upon the too familiar subject of sickness, and he strives as never before to keep his own thoughts and conversation in Christ, Truth. To him “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

When there is peace in the heart, “the peace of God which passeth all understanding,” the man can no more be agitated by fear, disturbed by doubt, inflamed by passion, or aroused to anger. He is master of the disturbing elements. He is able to receive the word “be still, and know that I am God.” More than that. he is actively engaged in establishing the concord of love. “The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” It is indeed a royal privilege to be a peacemaker,—to work out reconciliations between men, to prove them to be at one with Love, and so establish the atonement between God and man. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

“Gospel of Love A Lecture” from Christian Science Sentinel, January 30, 1902 (excerpt)by By William P. Mckenzie





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