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Breaking Out of a Standstill   Leave a comment

A Sentinel Watch interview with Alexandre Fischer

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In this lively interview Alexandre is asked about how he prays when he has a challenge to overcome. He explains how when his prayers seemed less than effective he learned to focus more on listening to God rather than telling God. He gives some interesting examples from his own life that demonstrate how effective prayer can be.

Millstone or Milestone   Leave a comment

A short poem by Peter J. Henniker-Heaton … food for thought:

A millstone or a milestone,
Which shall it be?
Shall I hang it heavy around my neck
And drag it along with me,
Or stand it up by the roadside
To mark one more victory?

This poem was originally published in the January 29, 1966 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

“All Tears Will Be Wiped Away”   Leave a comment

An article from the Christian Science Sentinel by Caryl Emra Farkas

A few minutes after hearing a voice mail saying that my father had passed on, I got a call from someone who wasn’t in the habit of calling out of the blue. It was my Christian Science teacher, and I was so grateful that he listened to this spiritual intuition and rang me. 

I answered through tears because I was so overwhelmed with my sense of loss. …

In this article Caryl describes how she overcame what seemed like an all-consuming sense of loss. She learned that overcoming the sadness didn’t mean that she loved her dad less but it enabled her to see him everywhere by recognising the presence of the qualities that he expressed.

Click here to read the full article as published in the Christian Science Sentinel.

War and Peace in Ukraine   Leave a comment

An interview with Amelia Newcombe.

There’s no doubt that the news out of Ukraine is devastating, but right in the middle of destruction, there are untold instances of unselfish humanity, resilience, safety, and supply. What can we learn from them, and how can focusing some of our attention there support growing good in the region? Amelia Newcomb, Managing Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, joins host David Brown to discuss helpful ways to think and pray about this situation.

This podcast is part of the weekly Sentinel Watch program. A new podcast is available each Monday and can be accessed via the PODCAST tab at the top. This interview can be permanently accessed via this link: Click here.

Looking into the Eyes of an Armed Soldier

An interview with Clara Germani.

This is a link to a second interview with a correspondent, Clara Germani, who was reporting on a trip in a war zone when things got scary. Listen in to hear how a simple insight from her study of Christian Science had a transformational effect on her view of “the enemy”—and what she experienced. Click here to listen.

You’re Included in the Resurrection Morning   Leave a comment

Jesus’ victory over the grave is, of course, the central event of the Easter story. But there are many other inspiring aspects of this narrative as well. For me, the resurrection morning spotlights the ability we each have to rededicate ourselves to serving God. And for us, this may mean rising above character flaws and accepting forgiveness. Simon Peter is the preeminent example of this. 

Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples, a humble fisherman. He had the great privilege of being invited by Jesus to follow and learn from him. But working alongside Jesus didn’t make Peter a flawless student.  … We can all relate to Peter. Although we strive to be steadfast students of Christ Jesus’ teachings, sometimes our shortfalls feel like an obstacle to our most well-intentioned work. …

This Easter season, realize your potential to rise above whatever the obstacle to your mission is. Through Christ, the true idea of God, you can lay aside shortfalls and missteps and see that you, along with everyone else, are included in the redemption of resurrection morning.

This article was contributed by Annette Dutenhoffer who shares with us a spiritual perspective on Easter that holds renewal and redemption for us all. The full text of it can be found in the April 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal. Click here to listen to or read the full article.

Posted April 13, 2022 by cscanberra in Christ message, Easter, JSH, Renewal

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“God with us” all   1 comment

The February 24, 2022 edition of the weekly Christian Science Sentinel features an article by Jeannie Ferber who describes how she is praying about situations of conflict and war. In her prayers she takes inspiration from Bible stories where similar situations were averted and harmony restored. She also takes courage from the personal stories of friends who have been caught up in war zones. In describing one of these situations she writes:

The destruction all around my friend was so extreme that a mortal, material sense of life began to lose its meaning. As must always be the case, the greater any discord seems to become, rather than actually becoming more real, it begins to lose its legitimacy. In the midst of all the destruction, when my friend felt an irrepressible sense of life, he knew that what he was feeling could only be of God. 

Click here to read the full article in which Jeannie shares the spiritual reasoning that brought her peace.

Family Freed from Contagion   Leave a comment

An article by Sharon Morash Brooks from the July 6 2020 Christian Science Sentinel

As the COVID-19 crisis deepened, I turned to Mary Baker Eddy’s short article titled “Contagion” (see Miscellaneous Writings 18831896, pp. 228–229) for insight and inspiration. A number of years ago I read that article almost every day for over a year. I share this testimony in the hope that it will help others.

When my daughter started preschool, she and my husband brought home every contagious ailment that was going around and unwittingly shared them with her little brother and me. We toppled like dominoes. I was dismayed at what seemed an enormous challenge. 

Click here to read or listen to the full article in which Sharon describes the spiritual reasoning she employed to quickly dismiss this and other episodes of contagion that seemed to threaten the well-being of her family.

Quick Relief from Flu Symptoms   Leave a comment

When a seemingly vicious flu-like condition passed through my children’s school district, my daughter came home from high school one day with the symptoms. As I helped her into bed, a most comforting poetic phrase I was familiar with came to mind: “It shall not come nigh thee” (Psalms 91:7 ).

I knew from experience that the Bible’s promises and words of guidance were not for ancient times alone, nor for only one particular group of people. Rather, God’s infinite ability to help applies to everyone, in all times.

So we immediately turned to God in prayer. …

… When my daughter awoke the next morning, she was completely well—so much so that she was welcomed back at school. No one else in our house was infected. 

This article, titled: It Shall Not Come Nigh Thee by Laurie Toupin, was originally published in the May 11 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

Click here to read the full text of the article where Laurie explains how she prayed about this situation and how her prayers brought a sense of peace that resulted in perfect health.

To Defeat a Bully   Leave a comment

A young high school student tells how he overcame relentless bullying at his new school. He explains:

For the first two terms in my first year as a high school student, I was bullied relentlessly. Other boys my age experienced the same difficulties. Students in the upper classes would force us to wash their uniforms, make their beds, tie their shoelaces, and so on. Failure to do this led to a beating. In order to avoid that, I would always do whatever the big boys told me to do. When I enrolled in the school, my mum had told me to keep out of trouble, and I wanted to be obedient.

Jimmy goes on to explain how he prayed his way through this situation which resulted in long-term excellent outcomes for the school. He concludes with:

We have become friends, and after winning the position of school president, he (the original bully) has focused on eliminating the culture of bullying in our school.

This article by Jimmy Alfonce Owino was originally published in the Christian Science Journal. Click here to read or listen to his full explanation of how he handled this situation.

God’s Love, in Every Culture   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

This article was originally published in the December 2011 issue of the Christian Science Journal. In it the writer, a member of the Canberra Christian Science community, shares how she overcame loneliness and cultural differences when she moved to a remote area of Indonesia to teach English.

She writes: My first two weeks in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, were traumatic.

It took two weeks, but finally I turned to prayer. And then I felt I had something familiar to lean on. I loved the idea of setting aside time for God every day at sunset, which most people around me did. The local mosque sat just across the road, and I decided to mentally join in the melodious call to evening prayer. My room faced a vividly green rice paddy, and I would sit on the balcony to read and pray, looking down at the men praying in the mosque, and watching sparrows flitting in the rice paddies, waiting for the enormous, jungled mountains to fade into darkness. 

Finally, I felt the peace I was searching for. I glimpsed that God, Truth, is relevant in every nation, culture, and situation. I prayed to recognize those around me as my brothers and sisters, our differences dissolved by the understanding that we all shared the same Father-Mother God. As I continued to pray, my perspective gradually changed, and my loneliness and frustration melted into love and fascination.

Click here to read the full article where the author explains the spiritual reasoning that led to this being a happy and rewarding experience, and one where she grew in her appreciation of the true brotherhood of man.

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