First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Disarming discouragement
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
The Bible
  1. Deut 1:1 (to ,), 6, 21 the Lord thy, 26, 28 (to ;), 29, 30

    1These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness,

    ... 6The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

    21the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.

    26Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God:

    ... 28Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we;

    ... 29Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.

    30The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;

  2. Num 32:1, 2, 5 if, 6 (to ,), 7-9 wherefore, 13 and, 16, 19-21, 22 then, 25

    1Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle;

    2The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spake unto Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of the congregation, saying,

    5 ... if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.

    6And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben,

    7wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord hath given them?

    8Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadesh–barnea to see the land.

    9For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the Lord had given them.

    13 ... And the Lord’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.

    16And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

    ... 19For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward.

    20And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the Lord to war,

    21And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the Lord, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him,

    22then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the Lord, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the Lord.

    ... 25And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spake unto Moses, saying, Thy servants will do as my lord commandeth.

  3. Matt 17:14-20

    14And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

    15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

    16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

    17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

    18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

    19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

    20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

  4. Mark 16:9-11, 14, 15

    9Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

    10And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

    11And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

    14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

    15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

  5. Isa 54:2, 3 (to ;), 5 (to 2nd ;), 13, 14 (to :)

    2Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

    3For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left;

    ... 5For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name;

    13And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

    14In righteousness shalt thou be established:

  6. Isa 42:1 (to ;), 4 (to :), 16 (to :)

    1Behold my servant, whom I uphold;

    ... 4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth:

    16And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known:

  7. Isa 41:10 be, 12 (to :), 13 (to ,), 18, 20

    10be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    ... 12Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee:

    ... 13For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand,

    ... 18I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

    ... 20That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

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

  1. 254:2-6, 10

    Individuals are consistent who, watching 3Patience and final perfectionand praying, can “run, and not be weary; . . . walk, and not faint,” who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and 6yield not to discouragement. ... When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs 12our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spir-itual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to con-tinue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of 15being, is doing much.

  2. 329:17, 21-25 Principle, 26-29 If (to ;)

    To be discouraged, is to resemble a pupil in 18addition, who attempts to solve a problem of Euclid, and denies the rule of the problem because he fails in his first effort.

    21Principle is impera-tive. You cannot mock it by human will. Science is a Error destroyed, not pardoneddivine demand, not a human. Always right, 24its divine Principle never repents, but main-tains the claim of Truth by quenching error. ... If 27men understood their real spiritual source to be all bless-edness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace;

  3. 452:4, 20-23

    Incorrect reasoning leads to practical error. The wrong thought should be arrested before it has a 6chance to manifest itself.

    18We soil our garments with con-21servatism, and afterwards we must wash them clean. When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error.

  4. 486:18

    Alas for the blindness of belief, which makes harmony conditional upon death and matter, and yet supposes Mind unable to produce harmony! So long 21as this error of belief remains, mortals will continue mor-tal in belief and subject to chance and change.

  5. 130:4

    When all men are bidden to the feast, the ex-cuses come. One has a farm, another has merchandise, 6and therefore they cannot accept.

  6. 357:25

        If what opposes God is real, there must be two powers, and God is not supreme and infinite. Can 27One supremacyDeity be almighty, if another mighty and self-creative cause exists and sways man-kind? Has the Father “Life in Himself,” as the Scrip-30tures say, and, if so, can Life, or God, dwell in evil and create it? Can matter drive Life, Spirit, hence, and so defeat omnipotence?

  7. 394:7-10, 20-22, 24-29, 32-10

    Knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for, stimu-9lates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out.

    Will you bid a man let evils 21overcome him, assuring him that all misfortunes are from God, against whom mortals should not contend? ... Are material means the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony, 27with Truth and Love?

        We should remember that Life is God, and that God Arguing wronglyis omnipotent. The sick 395 395:1unconsciously argue for suffering, instead of against it. They admit its reality, whereas they should deny it. 3They should plead in opposition to the testimony of the deceitful senses, and maintain man’s immortality and eternal likeness to God.

    6    Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to Divine authoritymaster the false evidences of the corporeal 9senses and to assert its claims over mortal-ity and disease.

  8. 397:8-9, 17

        Suffering is no less a mental condition than is enjoy-9ment.

        Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt 18and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine meta-21physics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be.

  9. 227:7

    The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or mortals will continue unaware 9of man’s inalienable rights and in subjection to hope-less slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine power, — an ignorance that 12is the foundation of continued bondage and of human suffering.

  10. 447:16-22, 24

    When sin or sickness — the reverse of harmony — seems true to material sense, 18impart without frightening or discouraging the pa-tient the truth and spiritual understanding, which de -stroy disease. Expose and denounce the claims of 21evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. ... To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove 27its unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that there is none.

  11. 176:13-20

    When the mechanism of the human mind gives place to the divine Mind, self-15ishness and sin, disease and death, will lose their foothold.

        Human fear of miasma would load with disease the 18air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural evils. Mortal mind is the worst foe of the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.

  12. 428:22-32

        The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold 24The present immortalityforever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence 27of man’s immortality will become more apparent, as ma-terial beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.

    30    The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the under-standing of God as the only Life.

  13. 97:21

    21    The broadest facts array the most falsities against themselves, for they bring error from under cover. It requires courage to utter truth; for the higher Truth 24 lifts her voice, the louder will error scream, until its in-articulate sound is forever silenced in oblivion.

  14. 99:9-11

    Truth has furnished the key to the kingdom, and with this key Christian Sci-ence has opened the door of the human understanding.

  15. 249:1, 6-10

    249:1    Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive 3ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

    6Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into Renewed selfhoodnewness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us re -9joice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” Such is the true Science of being.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 12: “Arise ye people, take your stand, Cast out your idols from the land”
Hymn 314: “Sow in the morn thy seed, At eve hold not thy hand”
Hymn 275: “Praise now creative Mind, Maker of earth and heaven”