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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Theme: Feel God's Power

Readings from the Bible:

1) Ps. 80:18 quicken, 19

The Bible ... quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

2) Gen. 49:2, 8–10

Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. ... ... ¶ Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

3) Ps. 119:33, 40 quicken, 149 O

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. ... ... quicken me in thy righteousness. ... ... O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.

4) I Sam. 17:2 Saul, 4, 5, 10, 13 (to :), 14 David (to :), 16, 32–34 (to 1st ,), 37 The, 39 3rd And, 40, 45, 49

... Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. ... ... ¶ And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. ... And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. ... And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: ... ... David was the youngest: ... And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. ... ... ¶ And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, ... ... The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. ... ... And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. ... Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. ... And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

5) II Sam. 22:1, 14, 36

And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: ... The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. ... Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

6) Luke 11:30 as, 31

... as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

7) John 14:5, 6 (to 1st ,)

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, ...

8) John 15:1–3, 8

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. ... Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9) Gal. 5:22 the, 23

... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

10) Luke 13:11–13 behold, 20 again, 21

... 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. ... ... again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

11) Matt. 11:28–30

¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

12) II Cor. 10:1 (to 1st ,), 4

Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, ... ... (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

13) II Cor. 12:10

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

14) Ps. 28:7 (to :), 9

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: ... Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 249:6–9

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.”

2) SH 264:24

Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

3) SH 367:24

The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a “still, small voice,” through silent utterances and divine anointing which quicken and increase the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the student's higher attainments in this line of light.

4) SH 426:5–11

The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one.

5) SH 31:12–13

First in the list of Christian duties, he taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love.

6) SH 583:14

The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.

7) SH 167:17

To have one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely.

8) SH 451:16

If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.

9) SH 107:-2

The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. — Jesus.

10) SH 117:31

His parable of the “leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened,” impels the inference that the spiritual leaven signifies the Science of Christ and its spiritual interpretation, — an inference far above the merely ecclesiastical and formal applications of the illustration.

11) SH 118:10–25

Ages pass, but this leaven of Truth is ever at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in man's spiritual freedom. In their spiritual significance, Science, Theology, and Medicine are means of divine thought, which include spiritual laws emanating from the invisible and infinite power and grace. The parable may import that these spiritual laws, perverted by a perverse material sense of law, are metaphysically presented as three measures of meal, — that is, three modes of mortal thought. In all mortal forms of thought, dust is dignified as the natural status of men and things, and modes of material motion are honored with the name of laws. This continues until the leaven of Spirit changes the whole of mortal thought, as yeast changes the chemical properties of meal.

12) SH 60:2

Science inevitably lifts one's being higher in the scale of harmony and happiness.

13) SH 394:28–32

We should remember that Life is God, and that God is omnipotent. Not understanding Christian Science, the sick usually have little faith in it till they feel its beneficent influence. This shows that faith is not the healer in such cases.

14) SH 109:22–24

The revelation of Truth in the understanding came to me gradually and apparently through divine power.

15) SH 147:14

Although this volume contains the complete Science of Mind-healing, never believe that you can absorb the whole meaning of the Science by a simple perusal of this book. The book needs to be studied, and the demonstration of the rules of scientific healing will plant you firmly on the spiritual groundwork of Christian Science. This proof lifts you high above the perishing fossils of theories already antiquated, and enables you to grasp the spiritual facts of being hitherto unattained and seemingly dim.

16) SH 412:13

The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

HYMNS: 134, 243, 109

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