Still small voice   Leave a comment

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Can you see the face of the sky? read the signs of the times? 1…. is there a storm brewing?
floods of fear
waves of rage
hateful righteousness
reaching a boiling point?

we are being called …. to sift real from unreal
to heed the still small voice within2…..

…. suddenly the world is seen as God sees:
safe, intact, assured….

we could, like Elijah, make our way higher, find the center of our hearts—not turn away, but turn towards the face of God….

here is where we see the face of the sky
discern the real signs of the times
storms find their stillness
fires burn but do not consume
the earth moves in wonder
all things are safe, intact, assured
everything about us
sings for joy.

—Joni Overton-Jung
1 Matthew 16:3. 2 I Kings 19:12.

These are excerpts from a poem called “Still Small Voice” by Joni Overton-Jung. Read the entire poem from The Christian Science Sentinel here

Posted December 11, 2019 by cscanberra in fear, Peace

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Thanksgiving Service 2019   Leave a comment

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Join us Thursday, November 28, at 6 p.m.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Canberra, 4 Bligh Street, Barton, ACT.   Get directions.

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Posted November 26, 2019 by cscanberra in Uncategorized

The illusion (of the empty gas tank)   Leave a comment

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“Does everything we experience have to be accepted at face value, including sickness? Many have found that looking beyond a surface-level view of things to a higher understanding of God and reality brings needed inspiration to their thought – and healing.”

The writer experienced an illusory episode with a car that had been filled up full with petrol however then indicated an empty tank but knowledge of the fact that it was full allowed Kim to continue using it. Likewise she found she was able to help a friend with a challenging physical problem by knowing the reality of the way God knows us.

“I remember sitting in the car outside my friend’s apartment one evening, thinking through this passage from Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious – as Life eternally is – can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not” (p 495).

She felt that this sickness was not any more true about her friend, as divine Love’s perfect, divine creation, than it had been true that the gas tank was empty in the car.

The outcome was a quick healing and you can find this article from “A Christian Science Perspective” in The Christian Science Monitor by Kim Hedge  here

Now   Leave a comment


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There is no doubt that our God is!
This great I am*,
at once Her/His,
regardless of the hence or thence,
’tis God, the omnipresent tense.

 

From the The Christian Science Sentinel

*see The Bible, Exodus 3:14

 

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Posted October 28, 2019 by cscanberra in Christ-ideas

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Helping a suicidal friend   Leave a comment

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“2018 had the highest number of suicides in the history of my county in recent years. Unfortunately, 2018 was also the year I learned that a close friend wanted to add himself to that statistic.”

The author of this article, Hannah Mitchinson explains that while her friend was not interested in learning about God,  she felt it was important to pray and she realized that on the deepest level, her friend was always loved and protected by God.

As a starting point she studied a story in the Bible about the prophet Elijah and how he listened to God (see I Kings 19:1–12). Elijah faced some pretty terrible things—like an earthquake and a fire—which might have made God seem very far away. But the Bible says that while God wasn’t in the chaos, He was still there—and Elijah was able to hear God as “a still small voice.”

She learnt “how necessary every individual is to the wholeness of God’s creation—how each of us is God’s valued and loved child, not a corporeal body to count in a statistic.”

Read the whole article from The Christian Science Sentinel  here

Never give up   Leave a comment

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

 (19th-century abolitionist and best-selling novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe)

The author, Andrea McCormick, of this article from “A Christian Science Perspective”, The Christian Science Monitor, tells of going through a very dark experience but recalls how “trusting in God’s Word, in the Christ (God’s healing message of love and care for all), is a good first step to take when we feel paralyzed with fear and don’t see a way out. So I turned again to the Bible for guidance and read these passages: God has “called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (I Peter 2:9), and “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5).”

“It felt like a kind of morning as my thought turned to God, divine Truth, instead of ruminating on the seemingly insurmountable problems.”

Read the full article here and discover how she found her way out of these seemingly insurmountable problems.

Celebrating Father’s Day   Leave a comment

A Father we can all count on

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“Have we not all one father?” (Malachi 2:10).

“The fatherhood of God has meant so much to me throughout my life—on Father’s Day and every day.”

When the author, Cathrine Hogg lost her father, she found new joy ” to learn that our heavenly Father does not disappoint or desert us, does not leave us destitute or alone, but will always be there for us, loving us and keeping us safe from harm.”

Celebrate Father’s Day realizing that our true identity is forever bound up with our divine Father, nurturing, loving and caring for us always.

The full article is available here

Posted August 30, 2019 by cscanberra in Christ-ideas

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