First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The Bible
  1. Josh 22:1-5

    1Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,

    2And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you:

    3Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the Lord your God.

    4And now the Lord your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side Jordan.

    5But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

  2. Josh 23:6, 8

    6Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

    ... 8But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day.

  3. Josh 24:14-17

    14Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

    15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

    16And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;

    17For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:

  4. Ps 119:1-3, 7, 8 (to :), 15, 16

    1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

    2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

    3They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

    ... 7I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

    8I will keep thy statutes:

    15I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

    16I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

  5. Luke 5:1-14

    1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

    2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

    3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

    4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

    5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

    6And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

    7And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

    8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

    9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

    10And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

    11And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

    12And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    13And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

    14And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

  6. Luke 18:1-8 (to .)

    1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

    2Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

    3And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

    4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

    5Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

    6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

    7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

    8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.

  7. Luke 21:1-4

    1And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

    2And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

    3And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

    4For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

  8. John 5:1-9 (to :)

    1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

    2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

    3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

    4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

    5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

    6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

    7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

    8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

    9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. 459:24

    24    To mortal sense Christian Science seems abstract, but the process is simple and the results are sure if the Science Certainty of resultsis understood. The tree must be good, which 27produces good fruit. Guided by divine Truth and not guesswork, the theologus (that is, the student — the Christian and scientific expounder — of the divine 30law) treats disease with more certain results than any other healer on the globe. The Christian Scientist should understand and adhere strictly to the rules of divine meta-460460:1physics as laid down in this work, and rest his demonstra-tion on this sure basis.

  2. 461:31

        Systematic teaching and the student’s spiritual growth and experience in practice are requisite for a thorough 462 462:1comprehension of Christian Science. Some individu-als assimilate truth more readily than others, but any 3Rapidity of assimilationstudent, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out 6error, heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding, potency, enlightenment, and success.

  3. 464:21-24

    21    In founding a pathological system of Christianity, the author has labored to expound divine Principle, and not The right motive and its rewardto exalt personality. The weapons of bigotry, 24ignorance, envy, fall before an honest heart.

  4. 465:1, 8-6

    465:1This chapter is from the first edition of the author’s class-book, copyrighted in 1870. After much labor 3and increased spiritual understanding, she revised that treatise for this volume in 1875. Absolute Christian Science pervades its statements, to elucidate scientific 6metaphysics.

    Question. — What is God?

    9Answer. — God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

    Question. — Are these terms synonymous?

    12Answer. — They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice, 15mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

    Question. — Is there more than one God or Principle?

    Answer. — There is not. Principle and its idea is one, 18and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-466466:1present Being, and His reflection is man and the universe. Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. 3Hence God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence. The varied manifesta-tions of Christian Science indicate Mind, never matter, 6and have one Principle.

  5. 467:17-23

        Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and 18God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater Soul not confined in bodycannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that 21works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.

  6. 469:12-17

    12Question. — What is Mind?

    Answer. — Mind is God. The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and 15True sense of infinitudethat the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind — called devil or evil — is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality.

  7. 470:11-16 (to 2nd .)

        Divine Science explains the abstract statement that 12there is one Mind by the following self-evident propo-The divine standard of perfectionsition: If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can 15only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind.

  8. 472:13-19 (to .)

    Question. — What is error?

    Answer. — Error is a supposition that pleasure and 15pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in mat-Evanescent materialityter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind’s faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. 18Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue.

  9. 473:18-3

    18    In an age of ecclesiastical despotism, Jesus introduced the teaching and practice of Christianity, affording the Jesus not Godproof of Christianity’s truth and love; but to 21reach his example and to test its unerring Sci-ence according to his rule, healing sickness, sin, and death, a better understanding of God as divine Prin-24ciple, Love, rather than personality or the man Jesus, is required.

        Jesus established what he said by demonstration, 27thus making his acts of higher importance than his Jesus not understoodwords. He proved what he taught. This is the Science of Christianity. Jesus proved 30 the Principle, which heals the sick and casts out error, to be divine. Few, however, except his students un-derstood in the least his teachings and their glorious 474 474:1proofs, — namely, that Life, Truth, and Love (the Prin-ciple of this unacknowledged Science) destroy all error, 3evil, disease, and death.

  10. 475:5-13

    Question. — What is man?

    6Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Fleshly factors unrealScriptures inform us that man is made in 9the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and be-12cause he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so under-stood in Christian Science.

  11. 476:6-32

    6    Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life Mortals are not immortalsand intelligence are in matter, and that 9this matter is man. God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and im-12mortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen chil-dren of God. They never had a perfect state of being, 15which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, “conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity.” Mortality is finally swallowed 18up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must dis-appear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.

    21    Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood. Imperishable identityRemember that the Scriptures say of mortal 24man: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall 27know it no more.”

        When speaking of God’s children, not the children of men, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you;” 30The kingdom withinthat is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal.

  12. 480:26-29

        The Bible declares: “All things were made by Him 27 [the divine Word]; and without Him was not anything Vapor and nothingnessmade that was made.” This is the eternal verity of divine Science.

  13. 456:5-7, 19

    3Strict adherence to the divine Principle and 6rules of the scientific method has secured the only success of the students of Christian Science.

    One must abide in the morale of truth or he cannot demonstrate the divine Principle. So long as 21matter is the basis of practice, illness cannot be effica-ciously treated by the metaphysical process. Truth does the work, and you must both understand and abide by the 24divine Principle of your demonstration.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 504: “I want to know the truth that Jesus taught us”
Hymn 589: “Through pure Love, God has commanded”
Hymn 144: “In atmosphere of Love divine”