Faith: enlarging the borders, strengthening the base

Second Church, Berkeley, Readings 9/9/15
SH Ps. 81:8, 10
8 Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; 10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
SH Deut. 15:7, 11 1st Thou
7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 11 …Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
SH Ps. 104:24, 30, 31
24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. 30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. 31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
SH Isa. 40:28, 29, 31 1st they
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 31 …they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
SH Ps. 119:30 (to 1st :), 32
30 I have chosen the way of truth: 32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
SH II Sam. 22:1, 2, 17, 20, 29, 30, 37
1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: 2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; 20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. 30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. 37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
SH Luke 8:40 (to 1st :)
40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him:
SH Luke 11:5-10
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
SH John 13:12 1st after, 13, 14
12 …after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
SH James 5:13-15 (to 1st ;)
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
SH 8:22-30
If we turn away from the poor, we are
not ready to receive the reward of Him who blesses
the poor. We confess to having a very wicked heart
and ask that it may be laid bare before us, but do
we not already know more of this heart than we are
willing to have our neighbor see?
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.
SH 12:1-2 (to ?), 10
“The prayer of faith shall save the sick,” says the
It is neither Science nor Truth which
acts through blind belief, nor is it the human under-
standing of the divine healing Principle as manifested
in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and con-
scientious protests of Truth, – of man’s likeness to
God and of man’s unity with Truth and Love.
SH 317:16-20
The individuality of man is no less tangible because
it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of
matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality
makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and en-
ables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.
SH 6:17-18
“God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask,
higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.
SH 57:23-24
Love enriches the nature, en-
larging, purifying, and elevating it.
SH 90:24-30
The admission to one’s self that man is God’s own like-
ness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This con-
viction shuts the door on death, and opens it
wide towards immortality. The understanding
and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may
as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being
through an apprehension of divine Principle.
SH 258:21-24
human capacities are enlarged and perfected in propor-
tion as humanity gains the true conception of man and
SH 430:6-7
Faith should enlarge its borders and strengthen its base
by resting upon Spirit instead of matter.
SH 264:32-1, 3-9
The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings,
and its government is divine Science.
The crude crea-
tions of mortal thought must finally give place
to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the
camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spir-
itual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading,
finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things.
Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm
SH 538:3
Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood.
Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding.
Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate
of understanding to note the proper guests.
Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth
gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between
Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, –
the unreal and the real.
SH 481:9-15, 19-22
The various con-
tradictions of the Science of Mind by the ma-
terial senses do not change the unseen Truth, which re-
mains forever intact. The forbidden fruit of knowledge,
against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of
error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death,
and good and evil to be capable of commingling.
Human hypotheses
first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and
then assume the necessity of these evils because of their
admitted actuality.
SH 488:14-20, 21-24
Question. – Do the five corporeal senses constitute
Answer. – Christian Science sustains with immortal
proof the impossibility of any material sense, and defines
these so-called senses as mortal beliefs, the
testimony of which cannot be true either of
man or of his Maker.
have no more sensation, apart from what belief be-
stows upon them, than the fibres of a plant. Mind alone
possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension.
SH 419:20 (to .)
Mind produces all action. If the action proceeds from
Truth, from immortal Mind, there is harmony; but mor-
tal mind is liable to any phase of belief. A
relapse cannot in reality occur in mortals or
so-called mortal minds, for there is but one
Mind, one God. Never fear the mental malpractitioner,
the mental assassin, who, in attempting to rule mankind,
tramples upon the divine Principle of metaphysics, for God
is the only power. To succeed in healing, you must con-
quer your own fears as well as those of your patients, and
rise into higher and holier consciousness.
SH 33:18
When the human element in him struggled with the
divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but
Thine, be done!”- that is, Let not the flesh,
but the Spirit, be represented in me. This
is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all
for Christ, or Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the
sick, casts out error, raises the dead from trespasses
and sins, and preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek
in heart.
SH 218:27-29, 32-2
The Scriptures say, “They that wait upon the Lord
. . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,
and not faint.
When we wake to the truth of being, all disease,
pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be
unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease.
150 In mercy, in goodness, how great is our
9 All glory be to God most high
340 There’s a wideness in
God’s mercy
Ps. 81:8, 10
Deut. 15:7, 11 Thou
Ps. 104:24, 30, 31
Isa. 40:28, 29, 31 they
Ps. 119:30 (to :), 32
II Sam. 22:1, 2, 17, 20, 29, 30, 37
Luke 8:40 (to :)
Luke 11:5-10
John 13:12 after, 13, 14
James 5:13-15 (to ;)
SH 8:22-30
SH 12:1-2 (to ?), 10
SH 317:16-20
SH 6:17-18
SH 57:23-24
SH 90:24-30
SH 258:21-24
SH 430:6-7
SH 264:32-1, 3-9
SH 538:3
SH 481:9-15, 19-22
SH 488:14-20, 21-24
SH 419:20 (to .)
SH 33:18
SH 218:27-29, 32-2

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