First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

The perfect poise of God's man
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 46:1-3 (to 1st .), 4-7 (to 1st .), 10 (to :)

    1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

    3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

    ... 4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

    5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

    6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

    7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

    ... 10Be still, and know that I am God:

  2. Isa. 33:5 (to ;), 6 wisdom (to :), 20, 22

    5The Lord is exalted;

    6 ... wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation:

    20Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

    ... 22For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

  3. Isa. 40:8-11, 26, 29-31

    8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

    9O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

    10Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

    11He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

    26Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

    29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

    30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

    31But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

  4. Mark 5:1-15 (to :), 18-20

    1And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

    2And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

    3Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

    4Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

    5And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

    6But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

    7And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

    8For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

    9And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

    10And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

    11Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

    12And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

    13And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

    14And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

    15And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind:

    ... 18And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

    19Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

    20And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

  5. Phil. 2:1, 2, 4, 5, 12, 13

    1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

    2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

    ... 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

    5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    ... 12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

    13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

  6. Prov. 16:9, 11, 17 he, 22 (to :)

    9A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

    ... 11A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.

    17 ... he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

    ... 22Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. SH 307:25 The

    The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man 27Higher statuteswas not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher 30law of Mind.

  2. SH 124:25

        Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and 27creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this 30Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.

  3. SH 166:3, 15, 28

    3    As a man thinketh, so is he. Mind is all that feels, acts, or impedes action. Ignorant of this, or shrinking from its implied responsibility, the healing effort is made 6on the wrong side, and thus the conscious control over the body is lost.

    15    The erring human mind is inharmonious in itself. From it arises the inharmonious body. To ignore Health from reliance on spiritualityGod as of little use in sickness is a mistake. 18Instead of thrusting Him aside in times of bodily trouble, and waiting for the hour of strength in which to acknowledge Him, we should learn 21that He can do all things for us in sickness as in health.

    The balance of power is conceded to be with matter by most of the medical systems; but when 30Mind at last asserts its mastery over sin, disease, and death, then is man found to be harmonious and immortal.

  4. SH 65:11

    To gain Christian Science and its 12harmony, life should be more metaphysically regarded.

  5. SH 184:12-18, 21-23

    Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine 15statutes.

        Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmoni-ous and eternal. Whatever is governed by a false belief 18Laws of human beliefis discordant and mortal. Mortal mind alone suffers, — not because a law of matter has been transgressed, but because a law of this so-called mind has been disobeyed.

  6. SH 420:10-13, 17, 24

        Instruct the sick that they are not helpless victims, for if they will only accept Truth, they can resist disease 12Positive reassuranceand ward it off, as positively as they can the temptation to sin. ... The fact that Truth overcomes both disease 18and sin reassures depressed hope. It imparts a healthy stimulus to the body, and regulates the system. It in-creases or diminishes the action, as the case may require, 21better than any drug, alterative, or tonic.

    Tell the sick that they can meet disease fearlessly, if they only realize that divine Love gives them all power over every physical 27action and condition.

  7. SH 414:4

        The treatment of insanity is especially interesting. However obstinate the case, it yields more readily than 6Cure of insanitydo most diseases to the salutary action of truth, which counteracts error. The argu-ments to be used in curing insanity are the same as in 9other diseases: namely, the impossibility that matter, brain, can control or derange mind, can suffer or cause suffering; also the fact that truth and love will establish 12a healthy state, guide and govern mortal mind or the thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is called dementia, hatred, or any other discord.

  8. SH 405:1 (only)

    The basic error is mortal mind.

  9. SH 185:32-10

        A patient under the influence of mortal mind is healed 186 186:1only by removing the influence on him of this mind, by False stimulusemptying his thought of the false stimulus 3and reaction of will-power and filling it with the divine energies of Truth.

        Christian Science destroys material beliefs through the 6understanding of Spirit, and the thoroughness of this work determines health. Erring human mind-forces can work only evil under whatever name or pretence they are em-9ployed; for Spirit and matter, good and evil, light and darkness, cannot mingle.

  10. SH 405:5-17, 18

        Christian Science commands man to master the pro-6pensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, Mental conspiratorsto conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with hon-9esty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you 12to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and 15body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid, — until you have balanced your account with God. ... The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin’s necessity, — to destroy itself. Im-mortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, 21in which is no power to sin.

  11. SH 449:13-16 (to ;)

    You should practise well what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty 15and fidelity, — qualities which insure success in this Science;

  12. SH 109:32-12

        The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omni-110110:1presence, omniscience, — Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, constituting all Science, — contradict 3God’s allness learnedforever the belief that matter can be actual. These eternal verities reveal primeval exist-ence as the radiant reality of God’s creation, 6in which all that He has made is pronounced by His wis-dom good.

        Thus it was that I beheld, as never before, the awful 9unreality called evil. The equipollence of God brought to light another glorious proposition, — man’s perfecti-bility and the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on 12earth.

  13. SH 143:26-31

        Mind is the grand creator, and there can be no power 27except that which is derived from Mind. If Mind was Impossible coalescencefirst chronologically, is first potentially, and must be first eternally, then give to Mind the 30glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its holy name.

  14. SH 144:3-5

    3    If Mind is foremost and superior, let us rely upon Mind, which needs no cooperation from lower powers, even if these so-called powers are real.

  15. SH 469:13-21 Mind

    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. There 18can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if 21that one is infinite.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 12: “Arise ye people, take your stand”
Hymn 370: “We are hid with Christ forever In the Father's holy plan”
Hymn 501: “I love Your way of freedom, Lord”