Roundtable Sunday, March 3rd, 2024

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Morning Prayers

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
… There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
… He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

— from The King James Bible, Excerpts from Psalm 91

May divine Love so permeate the affections of all those who have named the name of Christ in its fullest sense, that no counteracting influence can hinder their growth or taint their examples.

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 223

Discussion points

219 — WATCH that in accordance with Neh. 1:6 you pray day and night. Some students seem to pray better in the nighttime of discord and fear; then when the sunshine of human harmony falls on them, they go to sleep. Others seem to be able to keep up their good work in the sunlight of harmony, and go to pieces when a storm of discord and darkness comes. We must become day and night prayers, with the determination and ability to work faithfully on, whether the human picture seems dark or light, filled with discord or smiling with harmony.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Hebrews 13 : 8

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Vice cannot stand for one moment before Virtue’s uplifted arm.

— from The Life of Christ, by Frederic W. Farrar – 1885

The Journeyings of Jesus, by Addison Darre Crabtree, M. D., comes labelled a “Gift.”

With thanks to the author — a word to my readers. Purchase the book, and you all will find it gifted—a thoroughly correct, grand presentation of date, deed, word and life of Jesus, in whom we all should have an unsurpassed interest. The author stands among the scenes, men and women of the past, to come before those of the present. God is an eternal history; and, as Carlyle says, All history is the Bible.

Among the well authenticated, startling portrayals of Scriptural scenes and incidents is Herod’s banquet and anniversary, the dance of Salome, Herodias’ daughter, the tragedy of John the Baptist—and they are thunder tones of history, showing the noblest and best fall a sacrifice to sensuality, artifice and revenge.


— from Christian Science Journal, August 1885, by Mary Baker Eddy

“Things to handle daily” — by Mary Baker Eddy

Work every day to know that the belief of impossibility has no power over you. Know that it cannot possibly affect you in any way, and can never for an instant hinder your demonstration, whether you are working for health, peace, joy, or any mental quality, thing or experience. Know that you are conscious of the possibility and realization of all that is good and true.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 46

The greater works referred to by Jesus may quite well be the prevention of problems from arising. Certainly the best demonstration is to prevent a situation from arising.

— from Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 37

The clamor for “peace, peace; when there is no peace,” proceeds from a desire for ease in matter, in error; from an abhorrence, on the part of the flesh, of being disturbed. The evil thinker cries out, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?” The basis of all such cries for a false ease in matter is to be found in the belief that life is resident in matter. This belief is opposed to the understanding that God is the Life of man. Truth will not let error remain at peace. Truth is constantly disturbing false beliefs, and moving them off. Truth and error will never be at ease with each other; they can never proclaim a mutual peace. Not even an armistice can be concluded between them. It is a fight to the annihilation of the error.

—(excerpt) from “Suppression Is Not Cure” Christian Science Sentinel, July 1, 1916, by William D. McCrackan

Mary Baker Eddy always told her students to emulate the life and character of Jesus. At one time she told a student, “If you would be a good healer, study the life of Jesus.”

— from The Healer, by David Keyston, page vii

Sin is weakness … Vice cannot stand for one moment before Virtue’s uplifted arm.

— from Life of Christ, by Frederic Farrar (1885)

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

God is the power behind every one of His promises. Nothing is impossible to God.

Final Readings

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