Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
Hymns 2, 172, 306
THE HOLY BIBLE
MATT. 5:1-2, 13-16 (NLT)
One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? . . . . “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
S&H: SH 591:23
Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.
Matt. 25:1-4, 6-13 (AMP)
[T]he kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish [thoughtless, silly, and careless], and five were wise [far-sighted, practical, and sensible]. For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil along with their lamps. At midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! The bridegroom [is coming]! Go out to meet him.’ … The foolish virgins said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No, otherwise there will not be enough for us and for you, too; go instead to the dealers and buy oil for yourselves.’ But while they were going away to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut and locked. Later the other virgins also came, and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open [the door] for us.’ But He replied, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, I do not know you [we have no relationship].’ Therefore, be on the alert [be prepared and ready], for you do not know the day nor the hour [when the Son of Man will come].
Bridegroom. Spiritual understanding; the pure consciousness that God, the divine Principle, creates man as His own spiritual idea, and that God is the only creative power.
Oil. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration.
Prov. 31:10, 18, 25-26 (AMP)
An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], her lamp does not go out, but it burns continually through the night [she is prepared for whatever lies ahead] . . . She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].
Luke 15:1-10 (NLT)
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
So Jesus told them this story: suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
Luke 8:16, 18 (NLT)
No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.
Matt. 25:14-15, 19, 24-25, 28-29 (NLT)
[T]he Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. The servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant with the one bag of silver came and said, Master . .. . I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. .. . The master replied . . . Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
John 21:2-6, 12, 15-17 (AMP)
Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do—with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My lambs. . .. Shepherd (tend) my sheep.”
Matt. 25:34-46, 40 (NLT)
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. . . . I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Acts. 10:1-5, 25-26, 28, 34-36 (NLT)
In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said. . .. “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter.
As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” . . . . “ You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. . . . “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
I Pet. 5:1-4 (AMP)
I strongly urge the elders among you [pastors, spiritual leaders of the church], . . . .shepherd and guide and protect the flock of God among you, …. [B]e examples [of Christian living] to the flock [set a pattern of integrity for your congregation].
Rom. 12:20 (AMP)
if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink;
Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy
A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: “Ye are the salt of the earth.” “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but radiate and glow into noontide glory.
The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a “still, small voice,” through silent utterances and divine anointing which quicken and increase the beneficial effects of Christianity.
Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic.
One must fulfil one’s mission without timidity or dissimulation, for to be well done, the work must be done unselfishly.
SH 516:12-13, 16-19
Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth.
With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
Revelation xii. 1. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
SH 561:22-23, 26-27
The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God . . . The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet.
SH 562:11 (only), 17
The spiritual idea is crowned with twelve stars. . . . They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting the light which shines “unto the perfect day” as the night of materialism wanes.
It is possible, — yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, — to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.
TESTIMONY from Fruitage: SH 650:29-652:23
I feel that it is high time I put the candle in the candlestick where all who will, may see. My earliest recollection was a day of suffering, — a physical inheritance from my mother . . . . I began teaching in early life and continued for more than twenty years, and during that time not a day passed without pain, or fear of pain, . ..
At last my heart cried out for the living God, and the answer came by one of His messengers, who told me of Christian Science. . . . One day in talking with my friend, she said she would like to loan me the textbook, Science and Health. . . .By the continued reading of the book I was entirely healed, and for fourteen years I have not seen a day of physical suffering. Miss L. M., Rome, N. Y.
SH 570:14-18, 23-24
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences. Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks.
Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.
Matthew 5:16 Living Bible (TLB) and 16 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all. . . [Y]ou should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven.