Archive for July 2016

Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline   Leave a comment

shutterstock_95565325As a young man I was in the Royal Indian Army. I did many daring deeds in the Second World War. I traveled to many countries. I married, and my wife and children were a joy to me. I took great pleasure in life. But many years later, the sense of fulfillment I’d enjoyed began to fade. I looked at my physical condition and was tempted to believe that I’d become old and my life was declining. I questioned, “What is life?” “What is my life?” “Can the accumulation of a certain number of years constitute a declining status?”

My search continued for quite some time, several years in fact. I became severely depressed and felt empty and tired. But as I deepened my study of Christian Science and explored its teachings about the spiritual basis of life, I was gradually able to shed those depressed feelings.  Mrs. Eddy said in Science and Health, “The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age” (p. 246). …

These truths alerted me to the error of seeing myself circumscribed by a count of years. Read more

In this article, Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline, David Robert Ramaji, describes his personal journey out of depression over a sense of the finiteness of life into a deeper understanding of his own permanent spiritual existence which brought joy and a renewed satisfaction.  The article was first published in the Christian Science Sentinel and is now available on JHS-online.

Radical Love   Leave a comment

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Daily Lift by Chet Manchester

In this 3 minute talk, Radical Love, Chet talks about the only kind of love that can bring lasting peace.  A spiritual love that refuses to hate even in the face of hateful acts.  He gives a real-life example of the healing power of this kind of love.

Having a Heart That Embraces All   Leave a comment

shutterstock_81530962by Jan K Keeler

“When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, page 262.  It’s natural for all of us to “have hearts” and to sincerely want to reach out and care for each other—across cultural, racial, religious, and national lines.  Sometimes, however, even if we want to love others, it’s hard to know how to begin.  It’s as though we can’t make ourselves love, and frankly, at times, we may even feel afraid of someone.

shutterstock_71230366This is one of the reasons I find Mrs. Eddy’s discovery of divine Science to be so important.  Her teachings help us move our hearts from just trying to love emotionally or through human goodness to actually having a spiritually based understanding of why it is our God-given nature to love.  She also explains why it is counter to our nature to feel hatred.

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shutterstock_169062386This is the wonderful redeeming truth about each one of us:  As God’s spiritual reflection, we each come straight from Love and reflect His love. Read more

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This article, Having a Heart That Embraces All, was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  It is now available on JHS-online.

Thoughts on Peace   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_12416220Peace – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.  (Bible – Matthew 5:  38, 39)

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth GodHe that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (Bible – I John 4: 7, 8)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science:  The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Peace

Diversity Without Fear   Leave a comment

shutterstock_79957981by Barbara Vining

Diversity is a fact of life, thank goodness.  No one would want to live in a world where every individual expressed herself or himself in exactly the same way as every other individual.  Variety makes life interesting.  It is also practical, for if everyone developed exactly the same talents and skills, many needed tasks would never get done, and much that enriches and inspires human experience would never be expressed.

People do tend, however, to feel more comfortable with the familiar than with the unfamiliar.  The question is, How can you and I appreciate the diversity that exists in families, communities, and around the globe without in any way feeling threatened by the unfamiliar? Read more

Barbara Vining is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.  Her article, Diversity Without Fear, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel. It is now available on JHS-online.  In it she examines the source of fear associated with differences as well as the qualities that unite us.

World Peace is Possible   Leave a comment

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Daily Lift by Laurie M Scott

In this 4 minute talk, World Peace is Possible, Laurie describes a little of her visit to the Parliament of World Religions where she glimpsed the real possibility of world peace.

Step Out of Your Story and into Healing   Leave a comment

shutterstock_169648079Step Out of Your Story and into Healing a lecture by Jon Benson. 

Jon is a full-time Christian Science healer and an international speaker.  In this lecture he shares his understanding of this reliable method of spiritual healing.

In Step Out of Your Story and into Healing  Jon discusses the necessity of letting go of a sense of our own personal history – our sense of ourselves as flawed mortals – to find our true spiritual identities and in doing this healing is realised.  His explanations are clear and logical and his presentation dynamic and engaging.  Click here to listen.

 

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