Sunday, March 24th, 2024 Roundtable

What Time I am Afraid, I Will Trust in Thee

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Matter

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Morning Prayers

Do not look to matter to tell you your success but look up, for your harvest is right at hand. You know the Father’s love, trust it. Then when you hear a whisper, ‘Now you are a sinner and so and so is your punishment, this suffering is the consequence’, put it out; put it out.

O! May you feel the touch of the spiritual idea that is the light in your path!

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 204

Discussion points

50 — WATCH lest the improvement in material conditions and beliefs that are brought out in Christian Science, cause you to believe that matter is becoming more and more spiritual. What we call matter is only a material conception of Spirit, just as when the lenses are out of focus in a spy glass, what you see is a distortion of the actual landscape.

It is our conception that improves in Christian Science, and this brings out an improved manifestation; yet manifestation cannot be called real until thought has been entirely spiritualized. A better sense of matter must precede its destruction; but the demand of Science is to watch thought instead of its shadow, cause instead of effect. One who bears this thought in mind will be in no danger of stagnation because of watching, or clinging to, effect, or matter, as though it acquired spiritual value and reality through demonstration.


“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” — Christ Jesus

In giving his disciples the ability to tread on serpents unharmed, Jesus not only conferred the demonstration of immunity from the physical attack of poisonous creatures of the earth, but he bestowed the gift of treading upon or destroying the subtle suggestions of mortal mind, “the first audible claim that God was not omnipotent,” that would make for building its throne “above the stars of God.” Christian Science is the revelation of God to man. Treading on serpents, then, is casting out all manner of false beliefs, both the lie and the father of the lie, and by this means removing every resultant of suppositional evil. On page 529 of the textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” its author, Mary Baker Eddy, writes: “Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of divine Love? The serpent enters into the metaphor only as evil.” And further on in the same paragraph she continues, “Seeing this, we should have faith to fight all claims of evil, because we know that they are worthless and unreal.” As the Christian Scientist treads on these serpents of evil’s creating, the demonstrable understanding of Truth gained from this grand warfare becomes a sure support, even as did Moses’ rod, when through God-bestowed wisdom it was changed from a serpent and became a staff in his hand. Mrs. Eddy saw this clearly when she pictured the harmonious creation of true being, omnipotent God, good, on page 515 of Science and Health, “The serpent of God’s creating is neither subtle nor poisonous, but is a wise idea, charming in its adroitness, for Love’s ideas are subject to the Mind which forms them, — the power which changeth the serpent into a staff.”

— “Treading on Serpents” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, January 21, 1922 by Edith Allen Watts

Article — “Ways That Are Vain”, from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210

Article — “Finance” Collected Writings by Bicknell Young

Article — If We Say, “I Want” Collected Writings by Bicknell Young

Article — “Self Surrender Through Love” by Rev. Kratzer

Article — “Scientific Translations” Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page

Article — “Thy Guard by Night and Day” from Christian Science Sentinel, October 5, 1918, by William P. McKenzie

“In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Happy is he who can sing as the Psalmist sang … God is Love. God is good. God’s presence alone is real. In reality, therefore, there is nothing to fear. The truth shall yet reach the consciousness of all who dwell on the earth; and Christian Science has been revealed for this great end. With prophetic vision, the vision of spiritual understanding, we can penetrate the future and see mankind redeemed from all evil, — fear, disease, and sin destroyed, — enjoying the perfect freedom which belongs to spiritual man.

— “Freedom from Fear” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, April 13, 1929 by Duncan Sinclair

Final Readings

Article — “Overcoming by Obedience” Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page

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