Archive for the ‘Identity’ Category

The Nearness of God   Leave a comment

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.  

Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.  

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,  

so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;  

for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

(The Bible – Acts 17: 24-28 NKJV)

Deep Roots in God   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Bill Warrick, a Christian Science practitioner.

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In this short podcast Bill describes insights he had while watching a huge tree being felled. He realised that even when times seem troubled our spiritual roots, if nourished, stay strong and allow us to come through the trouble and to rise and flourish.

An Identity You Can’t Lose –   Leave a comment

You can be glad you’re you

An article by Channing Walker published in the Christian Science Sentinel.

One morning this past winter I was shadowing a twelve-year-old snowboarder boarder down the mountain. He was a blur of color and confidence as he sped down the slope. It was hard to decide which was more fun to watch: his ability and sheer athleticism, or his complete immersion in and obvious satisfaction with the snowboarder identity—from the baseball cap worn backward to the baggy pants to the overall aura of a preteen who knows he looks cooler than all the nearby teenagers eyeing him with envy.

But what if one is no longer twelve? And what if it’s not one’s place on a snowboard but on a corporate board, maybe with a corner office and access to the company jet, that largely shapes one’s identity? And then, poof, the job is gone. Or perhaps one has hung his or her identity not on a job but on a role like husband or wife or parent—and then unforeseen events suddenly disrupt the familiar routine. What then? … continue reading

What We All Share   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by David Brown

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In this short podcast, What We All Share, David talks about a comment made by a listener that made him more aware of the good that is in all of us.

Mental Stability – Possible for Everyone   1 comment

A Christian Science perspective: A deeper understanding of Mind brings peace to the disturbed mentality. By Deborah Huebsch

In these times of global stir, greater mental stability is certainly something we all would like to experience. A slight variation on a famous saying about peace might relate, “Let there be stability in the world and let it begin with me.” Surely mental equilibrium, an unshakable peace that can withstand turbulent events that occur, is a necessity.

There was a time in my life when I had to think deeply about this subject. A history of severe emotional problems affected both sides of my family. When I started to experience signs of a mental breakdown similar to those other family members had, I was terrified.

At that time a friend, seeing my obvious distress, offered me a copy of a book that literally changed my life – “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. It explained God as Mind, … continue reading.

Love Myself … Is That Even Possible?   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by John Biggs CS

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In this short podcast John talks about how he learned to love himself – to recognise that he had his own unique ‘light’ to shine – and he describes the positive effect this had.

The True Nature of Man   1 comment

God is infinite omnipresent Spirit.   (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p223:7)

Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. (Science and Health p475:8)

If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite. (Science and Health p550:21)

Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. (Science and Health p468:12)

If I Know, You Know   1 comment

An interview with Beth Packer, a Christian Science practitioner from NSW, Australia

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When a baby goat went missing, Beth learned a profound spiritual lesson about our oneness with God. She shares how a deepening understanding of this central Christian Science concept has helped bring healing to other areas of her life—and how it can in yours, too.

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Daily Lift by Beth Packer – If I know, you know.

A quick listen …

Sentinel Watch Podcast: The full interview with Beth.

If you enjoyed the ideas shared in this short Daily Lift podcast, then hear more of how Beth used these ideas to solve other problems in this longer interview.

You Are His Shining   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Judith Hardy Olson

Judith is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.

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In this 3 minute podcast Judith describes how she came to a better understanding of her relationship to God by thinking of herself as ‘God’s shining’.

Humility – The Cure for Pride   Leave a comment

I had to learn humility the hard way! I was ice-skating with my granddaughter one evening. I am not a very good skater and I was doing my best to keep up speed and glide. At one point I noticed that the rink was populated with young people, and a little pride crept in that I was out there even though I am a grandmother.

Well, a few more turns around the rink and then down I went. My wrist was badly hurt.

My go-to in times of need has always been prayer. In this case, a wake-up call about pride was my biggest take-away from my prayers. After about two weeks, I could still not move my wrist. Then, one day in humble prayer, it came to me that all of us out there on the ice were children of God, expressing the joy, strength, and energy of divine Life. Our true nature is not defined by a certain age and personal abilities. Instead, it appears in our reflection of God’s qualities.

I was very humbled by this thought. In his book “Mere Christianity,” C. S. Lewis, the Christian apologist, refers to pride as “the complete anti-God state of mind.” It suggests the possibility of a selfhood or ego apart from God, the one true Ego. It is a way of thinking that denies the onliness and allness of infinite good.

Click here to continue reading, or listen to, this article by Elizabeth Crecelius Schwartz published in the Christian Science Monitor Daily. In it Elizabeth describes more of the thinking that then led to a quick and complete healing of the injured wrist.

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