January 29th, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, January 29th, 2017


Subject — Love

Golden Text: Psalm 18: 1


“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 18 : 2, 16, 17, 19-21

2.     The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

16.     He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17.     He delivered me from my strong enemy.

19.     He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20.     The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

21.     For I have kept the ways of the LORD.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 116 : 1, 2

1     I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

2     Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.


2.     Joshua 23 : 1, 2 (to them), 3 (ye)-8, 11

1     And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.

2     And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them,

3     …ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.

4     Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward.

5     And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you.

6     Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

7     That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:

8     But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

11     Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.


3.     Deuteronomy 6 : 6 (these) (to 1st ,), 6 (shall)-9, 17, 18

6     …these words, …shall be in thine heart:

7     And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8     And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9     And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

17     Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

18     And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers.


4.     I John 5 : 3

3     For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.


5.     Matthew 22 : 1 (Jesus) only, 1 (spake) (to again), 15, 35-39

1     …Jesus …spake unto them again…

15     Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

35     Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36     Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37     Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38     This is the first and great commandment.

39     And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


6.     Luke 17 : 12-19

12     And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13     And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14     And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15     And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16     And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17     And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18     There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19     And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.


7.     Psalm 100 : 1-5

1     Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2     Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

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.


8.     Romans 8 : 28

28     And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     497 : 5 (We)-6

We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God.


2.     9 : 17-24

Dost thou "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind"? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.


3.     4 : 17-22

Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.


4.     2 : 23-28

God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more? God is intelligence. Can we inform the infinite Mind of anything He does not already comprehend? Do we expect to change perfection? Shall we plead for more at the open fount, which is pouring forth more than we accept?


5.     3 : 22-32

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.


6.     94 : 17-23

The progress of truth confirms its claims, and our Master confirmed his words by his works. His healing-power evoked denial, ingratitude, and betrayal, arising from sensuality. Of the ten lepers whom Jesus healed, but one returned to give God thanks, — that is, to acknowledge the divine Principle which had healed him.


7.     454 : 17-19

Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.


8.     326 : 8-11

All nature teaches God's love to man, but man cannot love God supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.


9.     140 : 7-12

Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our God.


10.     256 : 13-23

The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?

Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, "doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?"


11.     183 : 21-32

Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.

Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, — the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor.


12.     143 : 26-31

Mind is the grand creator, and there can be no power except that which is derived from Mind. If Mind was first chronologically, is first potentially, and must be first eternally, then give to Mind the glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its holy name.


13.     483 : 22-32

Because the Science of Mind seems to bring into dishonor the ordinary scientific schools, which wrestle with material observations alone, this Science has met with opposition; but if any system honors God, it ought to receive aid, not opposition, from all thinking persons. And Christian Science does honor God as no other theory honors Him, and it does this in the way of His appointing, by doing many wonderful works through the divine name and nature. One must fulfil one's mission without timidity or dissimulation, for to be well done, the work must be done unselfishly.


14.     192 : 30-31

Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.


15.     572 : 12-17

Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death.


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