First Church of Christ, Scientist, State College

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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Theme: THE DOMINION OF HONESTY

Readings from the Bible:

1) Rom. 12:17 Provide, 18

The Bible ... Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

2) Acts 6:1–5 in (to 1st :), 7 (to 1st ;)

... in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. ¶ And the saying pleased the whole multitude: ... And the word of God increased; ...

3) II Cor. 13:8 we

... we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

4) Num. 22:1–3, 4 2nd And, 5 (to 1st ,), 6, 12, 13, 15, 20, 21, 23 (to 2nd :), 25 2nd and (to :), 34 (to ;), 38

And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho. ¶ And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. ... And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, ... Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed. ... And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you. ... ... ¶ And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. ... And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. ... And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: ... ... and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: ... And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; ... And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.

5) Num. 23:19, 20

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

6) I Pet. 1:13, 15 as

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; ... ... as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

7) Luke 19:1–10

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

8) Luke 7:2–4, 10

And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: ... And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

9) I Tim. 2:1–4

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 453:16–20

and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help. You uncover sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a right motive has its reward.

2) SH 449:7

The wrong done another reacts most heavily against one's self. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later. Think it “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,” than for you to benefit yourself by injuring others. Man's moral mercury, rising or falling, registers his healing ability and fitness to teach. You should practise well what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty and fidelity, — qualities which insure success in this Science; but it requires a higher understanding to teach this subject properly and correctly than it does to heal the most difficult case.

3) SH 199:21–22

The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible.

4) SH 464:23–24

The weapons of bigotry, ignorance, envy, fall before an honest heart.

5) SH 448:9

When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.

6) SH 449:19–28

The baneful effect of evil associates is less seen than felt. The inoculation of evil human thoughts ought to be understood and guarded against. The first impression, made on a mind which is attracted or repelled according to personal merit or demerit, is a good detective of individual character. Certain minds meet only to separate through simultaneous repulsion. They are enemies without the preliminary offence. The impure are at peace with the impure. Only virtue is a rebuke to vice.

7) SH 238:1–2

Motives and acts are not rightly valued before they are understood.

8) SH 239:11

The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.”

9) SH 8:28–30

We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are.

10) SH 446:15–20

Good must dominate in the thoughts of the healer, or his demonstration is protracted, dangerous, and impossible in Science. A wrong motive involves defeat. In the Science of Mind-healing, it is imperative to be honest, for victory rests on the side of immutable right.

11) SH 574:27–30

The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.

12) SH 180:25

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

13) SH 120:17–19

The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man.

14) SH 404:29–1 (to 2nd .)

Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind.

15) SH 405:5–11

Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.

16) SH 4:12

The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, — blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.

17) SH 21:1–4, 9–10, 12

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. ... If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. ... 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.

HYMNS:382, 121, 73

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