First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Disarm the bondage of doubt
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Bible
  1. Mark 11:23 verily, 24 What

    23verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

    24 ... What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

  2. Isa. 63:7, 15 where, 16 2nd thou

    7I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

    15where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

    16 ... thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

  3. Isa. 64:8 O

    8O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

  4. Isa. 65:18 be (to :), 20 (to :), 21 (to ;), 22-24

    18be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:

    ... 20There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days:

    ... 21And they shall build houses, and inhabit them;

    ... 22They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

    23They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.

    24And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

  5. Gen. 17:3, 4 behold, 7, 9, 15-17, 19

    3And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

    4 ... behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

    ... 7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

    9And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

    15And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

    16And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

    17Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

    ... 19And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

  6. John 9:1-3 as, 6-9, 15, 16 (to ?), 18, 26, 27 (to :), 33, 39

    1as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

    2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

    3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

    ... 6When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

    7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

    8The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

    9Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

    15Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

    16Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?

    ... 18But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

    ... 26Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

    27He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear:

    ... 33If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

    39And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

  7. John 10:24, 25

    24Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

    25Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

  8. I Cor. 9:9 muzzle, 10

    9muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

    10Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

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

  1. SH 130:9-19, 26-32

    It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle, — if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will 12destroy all discord, — since you admit that God is om-nipotent; for from this premise it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.

    15    Christian Science, properly understood, would dis-abuse the human mind of material beliefs which war Children and adultsagainst spiritual facts; and these material 18beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for truth.

        If thought is startled at the strong claim of Science 27for the supremacy of God, or Truth, and doubts the su-All evil unnaturalpremacy of good, ought we not, contrari-wise, to be astounded at the vigorous claims 30of evil and doubt them, and no longer think it natural to love sin and unnatural to forsake it, — no longer imagine evil to be ever-present and good absent?

  2. SH 214:18

    18    We bow down to matter, and entertain finite thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to Idolatrous illusionsfear and to obey what they consider a material 21body more than they do a spiritual God. All material knowledge, like the original “tree of knowledge,” multiplies their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God, 24slay man, and meanwhile would spread their table with cannibal tidbits and give thanks.

  3. SH 306:7 (only), 8, 18-31

        Life demonstrates Life. ... If God, who is Life, were parted for a 9Divinity not childlessmoment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be 12childless, — no Father.

    But man cannot be sep-arated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man’s existence to be intact.

    21    The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the mate-Thought-formsrial senses than are the Soul-created forms 24to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as per-manent. Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding 27to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, — is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.

    30    God’s man, spiritually created, is not material and mortal.

  4. SH 352:8

    To Jesus, not 9materiality, but spirituality, was the reality of man’s ex-istence, while to the rabbis the spiritual was the intangi-ble and uncertain, if not the unreal.

  5. SH 231:16-2

    God is not the author of mortal discords. Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have 18only a fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.

        To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made 21you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To Superiority to sickness and sinfear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man’s rela-24tion to God, — to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care. To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance 27with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation.

    30    Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, — planted on the Evangelist’s statement that “all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without 232 232:1Him was not anything made that was made,” — can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.

  6. SH 445:5-8, 15-21

    No 6hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian Science. ... You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of 18thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.

        Christian Science silences human will, quiets fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion 21Divine energyof the divine energy in healing the sick.

  7. SH 260:7-18, 28

        The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through 9Spiritual discoverymany generations human beliefs will be attain-ing diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God’s creation will finally be seen as 12the only true conception of being.

        Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good, and sets mortals at work to discover what God has already 15done; but distrust of one’s ability to gain the goodness desired and to bring out better and higher results, often hampers the trial of one’s wings and ensures failure at the 18outset.

    If we array thought in mortal vestures, it must lose its immortal 30nature.

  8. SH 252:4-8

        Human ignorance of Mind and of the recuperative energies of Truth occasions the only skepticism regard-6ing the pathology and theology of Christian Science.

        When false human beliefs learn even a little of their own falsity, they begin to disappear.

  9. SH 551:24-26 Darkness, 27-28 (to 2nd .)

    Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. ... All must be Mind, or else all must be matter. Neither can produce the other.

  10. SH 234:1-8

    234:1    Spiritual draughts heal, while material lotions interfere with truth, even as ritualism and creed hamper spirit-3uality. If we trust matter, we distrust Spirit.

        Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family 6Crumbs of comfortwith crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.

  11. SH 495:14-15, 16

        When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling 15steadfastly to God and His idea. ... Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and 18calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, 21instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence dis-24cord with harmony.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 234: “O Master, let me walk with thee In lowly paths of service free”
Hymn 547: “… Through clouds of doubt and creeds of fear A light is breaking, calm and clear”
 Hymn 485: “… held in Your love, without doubt, without fear, I know now within me that heaven is here”