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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Theme: REAL ACTIONS

Readings from the Bible:

1) Ps. 23:1 (to ;), 2, 3 (to :), 4 (to ;), 5 (to ;)

The Bible The LORD is my shepherd; ... He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: ... Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; ... Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; ...

2) Ps. 24:1

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

3) Ps. 33:4 all, 9–11 he

... all his works are done in truth. ... ... he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

4) Isa. 59:1, 2, 4 (to :), 6, 20, 21

Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. ... None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: ... Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. ... ... ¶ And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

5) II Kings 6:1–7 the

... the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

6) Job 38:1, 25, 26 (to 1st ;), 27

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, ... Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; ... To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

7) Isa. 18:4 the (to 1st ,), 5 afore, 6

... the LORD said unto me, ... ... afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

8) Isa. 27:6 Israel

... Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

9) Luke 6:41 why, 42 cast

... why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? ... cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

10) Luke 10:21 Jesus (to 2nd ,)

... Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, ...

11) Luke 11:5–8 Which

... Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

12) Luke 13:10–17 he

... he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. ¶ And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

13) Acts 17:24, 28 (to ;)

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; ... For in him we live, and move, and have our being; ...

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 239:25–27, 29

and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy If action proceeds from the divine Mind, action is harmonious. ... The perfect Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind. Imperfect mortal mind sends forth its own resemblances, of which the wise man said, “All is vanity.”

2) SH 212:17–20, 22–1

Mortals have a modus of their own, undirected and unsustained by God. They produce a rose through seed and soil, and bring the rose into contact with the olfactory nerves that they may smell it. ... God alone makes and clothes the lilies of the field, and this He does by means of Mind, not matter. Because all the methods of Mind are not understood, we say the lips or hands must move in order to convey thought, that the undulations of the air convey sound, and possibly that other methods involve so-called miracles. The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus and action, are styled the real.

3) SH 283:4–10 (to 2nd .)

Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action. Mind is the same Life, Love, and wisdom “yesterday, and to-day, and forever.” Matter and its effects — sin, sickness, and death — are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind.

4) SH 191:21

By its own volition, not a blade of grass springs up, not a spray buds within the vale, not a leaf unfolds its fair outlines, not a flower starts from its cloistered cell.

5) SH 596:20–27

VALLEY. Depression; meekness; darkness. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Psalm xxiii. 4.) Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.

6) SH 518:19–21

Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud.

7) SH 62:22

The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

8) SH 88:26–27

Eloquence re-echoes the strains of Truth and Love. It is due to inspiration rather than to erudition.

9) SH 89:18

Mind is not necessarily dependent upon educational processes. It possesses of itself all beauty and poetry, and the power of expressing them. Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent. We are all capable of more than we do. The influence or action of Soul confers a freedom, which explains the phenomena of improvisation and the fervor of untutored lips.

10) SH 199:8, 19–22, 25

Muscles are not self-acting. If mind does not move them, they are motionless. Hence the great fact that Mind alone enlarges and empowers man through its mandate, — by reason of its demand for and supply of power. Not because of muscular exercise, but by reason of the blacksmith's faith in exercise, his arm becomes stronger. ... The feats of the gymnast prove that latent mental fears are subdued by him. The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. ... Had Blondin believed it impossible to walk the rope over Niagara's abyss of waters, he could never have done it. His belief that he could do it gave his thought-forces, called muscles, their flexibility and power which the unscientific might attribute to a lubricating oil. His fear must have disappeared before his power of putting resolve into action could appear.

11) SH 207:6–8, 9–10

Error of statement leads to error in action. God is not the creator of an evil mind. ... We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence.

12) SH 105:10

Can matter commit a crime? Can matter be punished? Can you separate the mentality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence, according to the motive.

13) SH 256:2–5

Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal.

14) SH 169:27

Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.

Hymns: 133, 88, 274

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