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Easter and the Most Important Thing We Could Ever Know   Leave a comment

allison-phinney[1]… There’s much that is appealing about Easter time even for people who aren’t sure what they think about the Bible’s account of Jesus’ resurrection.

But there is a great deal more to Easter than the way it is generally observed.  More is involved even than a religious faith in life after death.  The Easter message tells of the true nature of our lives right now.

If we feel buried in some impossible mess, Easter has much to say to us.  It tells us that we can do better, that we can find a way out and a way to go forward. Read more …

This article, Easter and the Most Important Thing We Could Ever Know, by Allison (Skip) W. Phinney Jr was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is currently available on JHS-online.  In it Skip talks about Jesus’ message to the world that man is truly spiritual – a message that was proved by his resurrection.

Easter – A Lesson in Spiritual Renewal   2 comments

New SH (2)And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Paul: The Bible – Galatians 5: 24)

Does erudite theology regard the crucifixion of Jesus chiefly as providing a ready pardon for all sinners who ask for it and are willing to be forgiven? Does spiritualism find Jesus’ death necessary only for the presentation, after death, of the material Jesus, as a proof that spirits can return to earth? Then we must differ from them both. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p24)

Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both individual and collective. He did life’s work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, — to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p18)

Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus’ atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atonement, — in the at-one-ment with God, — for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man to do the will of wisdom. Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p19)

If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, “I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith,” because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love. Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another’s goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.

If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p21)

If all who ever partook of the sacrament had really commemorated the sufferings of Jesus and drunk of his cup, they would have revolutionized the world. If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, — the receptive thought, — they will bring in the millennium. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p34)

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, can be accessed on-line at christianscience.com, can be borrowed from your local library or purchased from any Christian Science Reading Room. The Reading Room and Bookshop in Canberra is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton.  The staff at the bookshop welcome your questions.

Our Sweet Dairy Cow – Healed on Easter Morning   Leave a comment

 

images92FTNPATIt was a glorious and sunning Easter morning after a long Minnesota winter about ten years ago.  As I headed out the door to the barn, I burst into song:

Let us sing of Easter gladness / That rejoices every day, / Sing of hope and faith uplifted; / Love has rolled the stone away. (Frances Thompson Hill, Christian Science Hymnal, No.413).

It was one of my favorite hymns, and I had been up early, not only putting the holiday dinner together but praying an studying to learn more of our immortality, exemplified by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  My prayers had been uplifting and fulfilling, but my steps slowed as I approached the barn because all had not been well there.

Several weeks before, Cassie, one of our 30 dairy cows, had experienced a difficult time birthing, and was unable to get up following the birth.  In dairy terms she was what was called a “downer”, and although that was a rare condition on our farm, we had never had a downer cow that survived.  … Read more

Click here to read how Debby Miller prayed and reasoned spiritually to resolve this situation which resulted in her loved cow being restored to full health. This article was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is currently available through JHS-online.

Easter—Lives Renewed and Restored – Sentinel Radio Program   Leave a comment

shutterstock_71878834Easter celebrates Jesus’ remarkable resurrection. But what may not always come to thought is the profound, practical meaning of that event for each of us today. The resurrection shows that our true existence is spiritual and indestructible and that God is the only genuine power. Each day brings the possibility of restoration and renewal, in both small and larger ways, through a growing perception of this truth.

Hear about the significance of the Easter message and what it can bring to your life.

Click here to listen to this 30 minute radio program.

Easter Services at the Christian Science Church in Canberra   Leave a comment

DSCN2268The Christian Science Church, Canberra holds Sunday services at 10.00 am every Sunday.  On Wednesday evenings at 6.00 pm there is a Testimony Meeting where people tell of healings and inspiration gained through studying Christian Science.

On Wednesday 1 April and Sunday 5 April the Testimony Meeting and the service will celebrate the Easter message.

If you are in Canberra over the Easter period please join us for these activities.  We would love to share our joy with you.  Our church is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

Understanding Easter is Significant to our Health!   Leave a comment

@Glowimages 171110.Feeling privileged to have time to amble through the cemetery on one of those picture perfect mornings recently, I became intrigued with the headstones, the groupings of graves by religion or none, and the lawn cemetery that has gained in popularity recently.

In the early days people believed that our wealth needed to be displayed on tombstones or in pyramids, and believed that a man-like god would decide where we fitted into a matter-based heaven.

Growing numbers of thinkers have a much better understanding of our relation to the divine these days …. that we are spiritual beings, all equal(-ly loved) and unfettered by religious differences. That 55% of people now have no fear to cremate speaks volumes about how we view ourselves as not just a material organism, but (for many) as very much a spiritual, eternal being.

Consider Easter and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead after his crucifixion. This event in history is a beacon of hope that we need not fear the change called death and that there really is such a thing as life after death … maybe even life instead of death.

A 19th century thought-leader and researcher into how our thoughts affect our health, Mary Baker Eddy, stated in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “The universal belief in death is of no advantage.” She suggests that our expectation about our ultimate future has a very real impact on what’s happening here and now in terms of both mind and body.

The evidence today is adding weight to her stance that our beliefs about death influence our health. Fear of the future can affect everything from blood pressure, to heart rate, to mental stability. By some estimates, the stress underlying these conditions accounts for more than 60% of all doctor visits.

Jesus said and significantly demonstrated that it was love and forgiveness that brought peace, health and joy in societies and individuals, and that led to change for the better, both here and hereafter. He also showed us the way to think and act, and he demonstrated the illusory nature of death.

If considering the possibilities of eternal life challenges your common assumptions about Easter’s significance, the potential payoff of better mental and physical health will be profound and enduring.

This article was shared by Kay Stroud who writes about consciousness, health and spirituality and practices Christian Science healing.  Her blog can be found at www.health4thinkers.com.

Easter Services at the Christian Science Church Canberra   Leave a comment

DSCN2268The Christian Science Church, Canberra holds Sunday services at 10.00 am every Sunday.  On Wednesday evenings at 6.00 pm there is a Testimony Meeting where people tell of healings and inspiration gained through studying Christian Science.

On Wednesday 16 April and Sunday 20 April the Testimony Meeting and the service will celebrate the Easter message.  Immediately following the Easter Sunday service there will be a hymn-sing of Easter hymns.

If you are in Canberra over the Easter period please join us for these activities.  We would love to share our joy with you.  Our church is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

Posted April 12, 2014 by cscanberra in Church, Easter

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