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My Introduction to Christian Science   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_85436266David, who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra, talks about how he found Christian Science through listening to the radio. The program he heard was broadcast as The Truth That Heals.  It is currently aired each week as The Christian Science Sentinel Radio Program.  It can be heard in Canberra every Wednesday at 1.00 pm on 1125 AM radio or accessed online at Sentinel Radio.

This is David’s story which he calls  My Introduction to Christian Science.

In 1972 I owned and operated a milk run on my own.  Deliveries were 7 days a week, beginning at 7 pm.  Working alone it took me until 1 o’clock or sometimes 2 o’clock in the morning to finish.

I used to keep a radio going in the milk truck that I would listen to when moving along or when stopping to record what had been delivered house to house.

One Sunday when I was recording the deliveries I heard the end of a radio program which finished off by saying it was a Christian Science broadcast called The Truth That Heals.  Although I had not been giving full attention to the radio, I realized that they had been talking about something I wanted to hear more of.

Next Sunday I was waiting for the program and listened for the whole half hour, and from then on every Sunday.  That was something I would never have done prior to hearing this radio program.  Delivering 7 days a week was physically demanding to say the least.  I just wanted to finish and get home to rest, and not to be listening to the radio.

Because the program was recorded in Boston USA, I thought it must be a totally American religion, but that there may be a church somewhere in Australia.  The first place to look, I thought, would be the phone book. There I found a church right here in Canberra.

My gratitude for the teachings grows day by day as I study the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, together with the Bible, and I still sometimes listen to the radio program.

A Quick Healing of a Turned Ankle   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

$ dreamstime_11059899This article, A Quick Healing of a Turned Ankle, is by Julie who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes how she prayed when she sprained her ankle at work.

I work in a large, busy primary school.  The week before last while rushing around in the morning organising relief staff for the day at school I rolled my ankle.  Immediately I held firmly to the idea that God is always in control and that He loves me and protects me; that I was actually safe in His care.  I went about my day joyously running between classrooms working with teachers and students.

However, by mid-afternoon I realised that I couldn’t walk.  My ankle was swollen and throbbing.  I felt that I couldn’t think.  My colleagues became very concerned for me and wanted to take me to the hospital.  I told them I was fine.  I held to what the Bible tells me about man in the first chapter of Genesis:  that I was made in the image and likeness of God – even though in the human sense I was in excruciating pain. I had to attend professional learning that afternoon so my colleagues lovingly drove me to and from the workshop.  Things were so busy all afternoon I felt overwhelmed and couldn’t find any quiet time just to listen to my beloved Mother-Father God.

I arrived home after 7pm.  Friends called and insisted that I elevate my ankle and apply ice.  I lovingly told them that I would do so to alleviate their fears.  I knew that I just wanted to have time alone.  While having a hot shower I was earnestly praying to God and I realised that God’s love was law and it would adjust any inharmonious situation.  I knew I had to be joyous.  With that instant thought I walked out of the shower knowing all was well.  I felt joy just bubbling out of me as I knew I was walking normally.

I arrived at school the next day just after 7am to begin yet another busy day.  My colleagues, one by one throughout the day, approached me see how I was.  They were amazed that I was about my usual busyness.  They couldn’t believe I was running, skipping and walking everywhere across the school.  They wanted to know what happened. I told them I just needed to pray.  Some looked at me oddly.  I said that I hadn’t been to a doctor for over 20 years.  I just prayed when any health issues arose in my life.  Furthermore, when any challenge ever arises in my human experience I just pray to God.  I frequently ring a practitioner and they support me with prayer until there is harmony.

Peace of Mind Restored   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

$ dreamstime_6359829This article, Peace of Mind Restored, is shared anonymously by a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  In it the writer tells of his triumph over a debilitating medically diagnosed mental health condition.

As with many others it has been a journey for me to find, accept and gain an understanding of Christian Science.

For almost ten years I have relied entirely on Christian Science to overcome all medical problems. No pills, medicines or drugs of any kind – purely and only Christian Science.

All my life prior to this period I had relied on traditional medicines and doctors.  I had been diagnosed with manic depression and mild schizophrenia with associated suicidal thoughts and tendencies.  General practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists had been consulted.  I had close to two decades of changing medications and altering dosages, and yet nothing really changed.  Homeopathy and hypnosis had even been tried.  I just thought this was the way it was and would continue to be.

After an attempted suicide (obviously unsuccessful) I had a stint in hospital and it was there that an event occurred that changed my life:  The psychiatrist at the hospital told my wife, ‘there is nothing we can do to stop the suicide attempts; he will do it again; one day he will succeed’.  This was the turning point in my life.  I knew I had few options so I turned to Christian Science and found a firm fundamental premise upon which to expand my life.

Since turning to Christian Science and studying the text Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy I have been healthier both physically and mentally.  My family report that I am calmer, happier and kinder.  I can truly agree with Timothy in the Bible when he says: God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1: 7).

As I said previously:  no medicines, formulas or pills for almost ten years.  The constant in this time has been Christian Science and the text, Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  It was a journey to get to that point and the time was right for me.

Failure is Not an Option   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

$ dreamstime_8773437This article, Failure is Not an Option, is by Matthew who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  He tells of how he used his understanding of the principles of Christian Science to overcome self-doubt at work.

The thought of failure terrified me I was often anxious about making mistakes, falling short of people’s expectations, and even getting into trouble.  At first, this manifested itself in small ways, like desperately wanting to be selected for school sports teams and, after being selected, worrying that I wasn’t good enough to be on the team.  Eventually these thoughts became habit and later dramatically affected my attitude and performance at work.  For example, when I felt ready to progress to a higher level, fear of failing would prevent me from taking the next step.   … Read more …

This article was first published in the Christian Science Journal and is now available on JHS-online. 

Why I Chose Christian Science   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_56625592This article, Why I Chose Christian Science, is by Rod who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  He shares what following the teachings of Christian Science has meant to him.

When people ask me why I chose Christian Science and why I stay with it. My response is always:  Because it works!

Those already exposed to, or involved with, Christian Science will understand this response.  Let me explain.

Over the last seven years I have had just one headache.  That is one headache in seven years.  Prior to taking up Christian Science I had had a headache every day for more than a decade.  After years of consulting with doctors I had no permanent solution to this problem.  For more than ten years I consumed more than the recommended dose of pain killers every single day.  Try as I might I was unable to break this cycle.  I was also on a range of other medications for other medically diagnosed conditions.

When I decided to take up the study of Christian Science I gave up the pills and decided to rely on prayer for a solution.  Since taking this stand I haven’t needed to resort to painkillers and I haven’t had a need for any medication at all in seven years.  In this time I have only had one minor headache.  I am attributing this solely to my greater understanding and acceptance of Christian Science.  This is the single factor I can pinpoint in this turn around.

I recommend Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, to anyone wishing to make fundamental changes in their life.  It is not an ‘easy read’ but is definitely life changing.

Gratitude for Protection   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_62922805This article, Gratitude for Protection, is shared by Barbara who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  In it she describes her introduction to Christian Science and a significant instance of protection during a bush fire.

Recently I read a verse from the Bible which I will quote in part, “Whatsoever things are of good report; … think on these things” (Phil 4:8).  This verse reminded me of how much good I have to be grateful for in my life.  I have come to recognize that our Creator, God, (ever present good) is the one and only source of all harmony for all of His children.

In my case, this has come about through the teachings of Christian Science as given in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Many years ago I became interested in these teachings through witnessing a remarkable healing which my mother had.  At this time, she was suffering from a nervous break-down with strong suicidal tendencies.  She herself had heard of Christian Science through her brother who had been healed of a broken neck, and was leading a normal life.  She sought the help of a Christian Science practitioner, one who prays, as Jesus did, for the recovery of the sick, or of any inharmony in one’s life.

Gradually literature such as the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal began to appear in the home, as well as the textbook.  At first I started to read these, wondering if I could help my mother, and to find out what it was that she was studying.  I was so taken by the logic of what I read, that I could not stop reading.  This was my introduction to the teachings of Christian Science, and since then I have had daily proof of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, good.

Apart from daily blessings there have been potentially life threatening experiences where the acknowledgement of God’s law of harmony has saved me and others from grim situations.

One such situation which I would like to share with you is being protected in a bush fire.  My husband and I were living rurally at the time, and there were out breaks of fire in the district in a number of places.  On this particular day the fire was roaring up from the gully towards several properties and fanned by a wind that seems to drive the fire forward.

The usual precautions had been taken to protect the house, like the grass being cut short around the home, gutters filled with water and buckets of water in place.  The only water available was precious tank water.  The rural fire brigade must have been elsewhere attending to other fires, and the fire fighters on our property had only wet bags on the ends of long handles to beat the flames as they engulfed the bush and the grass.

The picture was so overwhelming that I did not seem to be able to get a thought that would calm me, and I well knew that it had to be a message from God.  I felt like a little child, and the prayer for little children written by Mary Baker Eddy, which I had taught to my children rescued me.  It says “Father, Mother, God, loving me, Guard me when I sleep, Guide my little feet up to Thee.”  What I got from that was a trust in God that He would guard and guide and all would be well.

Almost immediately we had people as it seemed, just come from everywhere, to assist.  Our house and the fire were a goodly distance from the main road, but people just came down the house road with all manner of helpful things.  One man came in a small utility truck with a tank on the back full of liquid which he sprayed from a pump.  We later found that it was an insecticide, but it helped douse the flames.  Others came just as they saw the smoke from the main road.  Another man who lived further along the road eventually left us to go and check out his own property, and there were others, and more stories.

Both properties closest to the fire were saved, and of course those further up the hill were also out of danger.  There was no loss of life in the vicinity, praise be to God.  To me, this is indeed “good report”, and I love to “think on these things”.

It’s Never Too Late to Pray   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_121670074This article, It’s Never Too Late to Pray, is by Deborah who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes the prayerful reasoning that not only saw stolen goods restored but also preserved the honesty of a member of the public:

Each time I witness a demonstration of God’s power, I am profoundly grateful—but some healings continue to bless me in tangible ways many years after they’ve occurred. This is one of those experiences.

Christmas in Canberra, Australia, is typically hot and dry, and this day—two days after the holiday—was a particularly hot one. My son, 13 years old at the time, asked if we could drop him and his friend at the public swimming pool in town. Read more

This article was first published in the Christian Science Sentinel and is now available on JHS-online

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