January 1st, 2017 Full Text |

Sunday, January 1st, 2017


Subject — God

Golden Text: Psalm 103: 2


“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 146 : 5-10

5.     Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

6.     Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

7.     Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

8.     The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

9.     The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

10.     The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 100 : 3-5

3     Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4     Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5     For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


2.     Psalm 48 : 10, 14 (to :)

10     According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

14     For this God is our God for ever and ever:


3.     Deuteronomy 5 : 1 (to 4th ,), 2, 5 (saying)-7

1     And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel,

2     The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

5     …saying,

6     I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

7     Thou shalt have none other gods before me.


4.     Deuteronomy 8 : 2, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18

2     And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

11     Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

13     And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

14     Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

17     And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

18     But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.


5.     II Chronicles 26 : 1, 4, 5, 7-10, 15-18 (to 5th ,), 19, 21 (to 1st ,)

1     Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.

4     And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.

5     And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.

7     And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gur- baal, and the Mehunims.

8     And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

9     Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.

10     Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.

15     And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

16     But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

17     And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:

18     And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD,

19     Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.

21     And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death,


6.     Proverbs 28 : 25

25     He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.


7.     Isaiah 42 : 8

8          I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.


8.     I Chronicles 14 : 8-12, 17

8     And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them.

9     And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

10     And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand.

11     So they came up to Baal-perazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim.

12     And when they had left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.

17     And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.


9.     I Chronicles 16 : 34-36 (to 1st .)

34     O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35     And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36     Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever.


10.     Psalm 77 : 13

13     Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     286 : 16-20

In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like Himself, — good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.


2.     119 : 21-24

God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God.


3.     446 : 20-23

To understand God strengthens hope, enthrones faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus' word: "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."


4.     328 : 4-13

Mortals suppose that they can live without goodness, when God is good and the only real Life. What is the result? Understanding little about the divine Principle which saves and heals, mortals get rid of sin, sickness, and death only in belief. These errors are not thus really destroyed, and must therefore cling to mortals until, here or hereafter, they gain the true understanding of God in the Science which destroys human delusions about Him and reveals the grand realities of His allness.


5.     372 : 26-32

In Christian Science, a denial of Truth is fatal, while a just acknowledgment of Truth and of what it has done for us is an effectual help. If pride, superstition, or any error prevents the honest recognition of benefits received, this will be a hindrance to the recovery of the sick and the success of the student.


6.     133 : 8-28

In Egypt, it was Mind which saved the Israelites from belief in the plagues. In the wilderness, streams flowed from the rock, and manna fell from the sky. The Israelites looked upon the brazen serpent, and straightway believed that they were healed of the poisonous stings of vipers. In national prosperity, miracles attended the successes of the Hebrews; but when they departed from the true idea, their demoralization began. Even in captivity among foreign nations, the divine Principle wrought wonders for the people of God in the fiery furnace and in kings' palaces.

Judaism was the antithesis of Christianity, because Judaism engendered the limited form of a national or tribal religion. It was a finite and material system, carried out in special theories concerning God, man, sanitary methods, and a religious cultus. That he made "himself equal with God," was one of the Jewish accusations against him who planted Christianity on the foundation of Spirit, who taught as he was inspired by the Father and would recognize no life, intelligence, nor substance outside of God.


7.     41 : 28-4

The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.

Jesus' life proved, divinely and scientifically, that God is Love, whereas priest and rabbi affirmed God to be a mighty potentate, who loves and hates. The Jewish theology gave no hint of the unchanging love of God.


8.     3 : 17-32

How empty are our conceptions of Deity! We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind. We plead for unmerited pardon and for a liberal outpouring of benefactions. Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.

If we are ungrateful for Life, Truth, and Love, and yet return thanks to God for all blessings, we are insincere and incur the sharp censure our Master pronounces on hypocrites. In such a case, the only acceptable prayer is to put the finger on the lips and remember our blessings.


9.     264 : 13-19

As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.


10.     265 : 3-9

Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality may be put off.


11.     275 : 6-24

The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.

To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine

Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that is, all power, all presence, all Science. Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.


12.     17 : 12-15

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.


13.     vii : 20-21

Though empires fall, "the Lord shall reign forever."


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