Roundtable Sunday, March 17th, 2024

Christianity, and Persistence Alone Win the Prize

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Substance

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Morning Prayers

The infinite light forever protects its ideas in the substance of Soul. Man was never educated to believe in, nor rely on false theology or materia medica, to heal and save him. Man relies entirely upon the Principle of being for health, supply, happiness. Evil minds have no power to reject, deny, oppose, or defy God; no power to stop the work of Christian Science. There is a spiritual reversal for every argument of evil and to declare it agrees with your adversary “quickly.” God will reverse every argument of evil before it reaches us, through the Word, which is the two-edged sword, which liveth and abideth forever. We must be spiritual detectives and arrest every thought that tries to gain admission and cast it out when the idea tries to pre­sent itself. There is a perfect presentation for every idea of Love. We must think of ourselves as spiritual and perfect. Our sight, hearing, and all of our senses and faculties are spiritual, perfect, and eternal, for God created all.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 5 of Addenda

Discussion points

317 — WATCH lest you become discouraged and feel that your work in sweeping the leaves off your sidewalk has availed nothing, because there is a fresh lot waiting for you the next morning. You are expected to continue your sweeping cheerfully, until the trees have shed all their leaves.

The evidence of your problem may appear to be the same day after day; but if you do your work faithfully each day, you have done what God requires of you and the error is handled. If the same evidence appears tomorrow, regard it as a fresh crop of fears, and not the old ones you handled yesterday. Then you will have the faith to work on without discouragement, until the tree of error is bare.

If you shot an enemy that approached your home, and the next day he appeared again, you would conclude that your aim was poor. Let us assume that this continues for one hundred days, until you have lost all faith in your gun, or your ability to aim it. Then one morning no enemy appears. You venture forth only to find one hundred dead men. Each shot reached its mark. Each day the enemy was a new one, but he dressed up in the clothes of the old one, in order to produce discouragement. The Master said, “He that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

“Our Practice Governed by Our Viewpoint” – Addresses by Martha Wilcox

Audio Book – Unity of Good by Mary Baker Eddy

Article — “Steadfastness” from The Christian Science Sentinel, October 17, 1925, by Ella W. Hoag

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

— Calvin Coolidge

Article The Frozen River, A legend read in Mrs. Eddy’s home many times at her request.

To the onlooker, Christian Science appears no better in any community than the Christian Scientists themselves appear. He who knows little or nothing of the teaching of Christian Science is very likely to judge it by the conduct of its adherents. This may not be just or reasonable, inasmuch as Christian Scientists are only fallible human beings who have perceived a perfect spiritual Principle and are striving to demonstrate it; and moreover, nothing is more easily misunderstood by the uninstructed observer than is the application of Christian Science to human affairs. The general attitude, however, holds against Christian Science the indiscretions or the inconsistencies of its followers; and he who really loves the truth he professes, heeds for this reason St. Paul’s injunction to Timothy: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

If he wants the truth to reach and comfort others, he must let its beauty shine in him; must show forth its purity, its genuineness, its whole attractiveness. Of this responsibility King David wrote, “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” And for no better reason, surely, can the Christian walk in righteousness than to protect and glorify God’s name. Many of us, indeed, will sacrifice much of selfishness and of personal indulgence to keep clear from criticism the name of even a dear companion or friend, and right affection will always inspire a noble surrender of self to hold in good repute the name of loved ones. So to the extent that God is dear to us we guard His name, and through right living hold it high; and since Christian Science means all good to us, we can do no less than order our lives to do it credit.

“A Workman Approved” from The Christian Science Journal, August 1913, by Blanche Hersey Hogue

Final Readings

I have been helped of late in thinking of the nearness of God. In Isaiah, 55:6, we read, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” The Christ was foretold as Immanuel, God with us, and through the help given us in Christian Science, it is our blessed privilege at this time to prove that God is with us. God is indeed near us when we truly know Him and reflect His love.

It is important to know how He is near us. There are two ways in which a friend may be near. He may be in the same room, and we say that he is near; but only as the friend is one with us in sympathy, only as he loves us and is glad to serve us, is he truly near. Again, though he love us, our own hatred may keep him afar off. Those are near who are one in purpose, sympathy, and life.

The Psalmist says, “For that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.” When our eyes are open we find God near in the bending heavens, in the opening flower in the lovelight that shines forth from the child’s eyes. Let us train ourselves to know that God is near when two hearts beat in kindly sympathy; when a true word is spoken to an open ear; when a loving deed of kindness is welcomed by a grateful heart; when selfishness gives way to sacrifice and pride falls before humility; when resentment is banished and brotherly love floods the heart. As the poet says,—

Then, brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother!
For where love dwells, the peace of God is there:
To worship rightly is to love each other;
Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

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