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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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Mental health that’s permanent and secure   1 comment

Many are yearning for lasting relief from depression, anxiety, and stress. Here’s a story of hope, written by a woman who found complete and permanent freedom from mental darkness and self-destructive behaviors as she learned about God as divine Mind.

This account by Kim Hedge tells of her journey of discovery of God as Love. This understanding together with realizing her oneness with that divine Mind became such a light that it dispelled her mental darkness. ” I came to understand that reflecting God’s goodness is inherent to my nature because I was created in the image and likeness of the Divine – spiritual, whole, complete, and entirely good.

Read this journey from darkness to light here

an article from The Christian Science Monitor

“Church can heal divisions,” Christian Scientists say at annual meeting   2 comments

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The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, is headquarters for the Christian Science denomination and the church and grounds are undergoing renovation.

By Kevin E. Ness 

Given the looming challenges the world faces—strife, corruption, climate crisis, health care costs—Christian Scientists at their church’s annual meeting in Boston reaffirmed their faith that the things of the Spirit are what the world most needs.

Church members indicated their commitment to proving “the reliability of practical Christian healing.” Among the experiences shared was the healing of cancer by a former military pilot. “As a pilot, you get used to turning situations over to God, he said. “I felt God’s love—the warmth. My skill set was to rely on God, not be a cancer patient.” The healing was confirmed in follow-up examinations by U.S. Veterans Administration doctors.

 

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Christian Scientists attend the annual meeting of their denomination in Boston. There are local Christian Sciences churches and societies throughout Australia in the major cities.

Presiding over the meeting was new church president Fabián Smara of Argentina. The newly elected readers,— who conduct church services at the Church in Boston are from Nigeria and the United States. The Church of Christ, Scientist, has branches in some 70 countries, and members throughout the world participated by watching the live stream of the meeting in local churches, Christian Science reading rooms, or from their homes.

Kevin E. Ness is manager of Christian Science Committees on Publication for The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Australia has 30 local Christian Sciences churches and societies in major cities around the country.

Posted June 17, 2019 by cscanberra in Church

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Love leads the way home   Leave a comment

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The full story of Mark Catlin’s account of his early mountain hike in northern New Mexico when he lost his way can be read here.

In his own words: “This was the first time I can remember that I actually felt cared for by a power outside of myself—a power that was clearly not human.”

Although nothing had changed around him, he felt enveloped by Love.

He shares this: “I now know that amazing things happen when you feel totally at peace in God’s love. For one thing, you’re open to God’s guidance. The thoughts that came to me at that point were gentle messages….”

Mary Baker Eddy, explains in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures about Paul’s certainty about our inseparability from God,  “It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness,” “Understanding this, Paul said: ‘Neither death, nor life, … nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.’

Mark tells us that he discovered from that hike that when we think we are lost, in fact any problem that presents itself is but a mistaken notion that we can be separated from God’s love.

“The peace that comes from knowing—really knowing—that God is all-loving, that He loves me, and that I can never find myself outside of this Love is awesome!”

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