August 20th, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, August 20th, 2017


Subject — Mind

Golden Text: Isaiah 33: 6


“And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 139: 1-4, 17, 18; Job 36: 3, 4

1.     O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

2.     Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3.     Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

4.     For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

17.     How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

18.     If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

3.     I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

4.     He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Job 22: 12, 21-28

12     Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

21     Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.

22     Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

23     If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

24     Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

25     Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.

26     For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

27     Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

28     Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.


2.     Job 23: 10 (he knoweth), 14

10     ...he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

14     For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.


3.     Daniel 2: 1-3, 10 (to:), 12, 13, 16-20, 22, 23, 25 (to 1st,), 27, 28 (to .), 36, 46-48

1     And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

2     Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

3     And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

10     The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter:

12     For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

13     And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

16     Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

17     Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:

18     That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

19     Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

20     Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

22     He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

23     I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.

25     Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste,

27     Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;

28     But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.

36     This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

46     Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

47     The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

48     Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.


4.     I Corinthians 2: 9 (as)-16

9     ...as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10     But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11     For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12     Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13     Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14     But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15     But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16     For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     591: 16-20

Mind. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined.


2.     281: 14-17

The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.


3.     317: 16-20

The individuality of man is no less tangible because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and enables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.


4.     84: 7-23

When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, — yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.

To understand that Mind is infinite, not bounded by corporeality, not dependent upon the ear and eye for sound or sight nor upon muscles and bones for locomotion, is a step towards the Mind-science by which we discern man's nature and existence.


5.     85: 1-6

This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.


6.     86: 13 only, 20-4

Mortals evolve images of thought.

Seeing is no less a quality of physical sense than feeling. Then why is it more difficult to see a thought than to feel one? Education alone determines the difference. In reality there is none. Portraits, landscape-paintings, fac-similes of penmanship, peculiarities of expression, recollected sentences, can all be taken from pictorial thought and memory as readily as from objects cognizable by the senses. Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts. Pictures are mentally formed before the artist can convey them to canvas. So is it with all material conceptions. Mind-readers perceive these pictures of thought. They copy or reproduce them, even when they are lost to the memory of the mind in which they are discoverable.


7.     87: 13-18

The Scotch call such vision "second sight", when really it is first sight instead of second, for it presents primal facts to mortal mind. Science enables one to read the human mind, but not as a clairvoyant. It enables one to heal through Mind, but not as a mesmerist.


8.     88: 26-31

Eloquence re-echoes the strains of Truth and Love. It is due to inspiration rather than to erudition. It shows the possibilities derived from divine Mind, though it is said to be a gift whose endowment is obtained from books or received from the impulsion of departed spirits.


9.     89: 13 (“As)-24

..."As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." If one believes that he cannot be an orator without study or a superinduced condition, the body responds to this belief, and the tongue grows mute which before was eloquent.

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.     407: 21-28

If delusion says, "I have lost my memory," contradict it. No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action. Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.


11.     128: 4-19

The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.


12.     475: 5-9, 14-15 (to ;), 19 (that which has no)-22

Question. — What is man?

Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. ...He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; ...that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.


13.     520: 3-5 (to !)

Unfathomable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!


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