What was the last thing left inside Pandora’s Box?

 

The homeless man who writes poetry states in the beginning of the video that hope is a bane.  But at the end he writes: Damned is the man who abandons himself. These six words show that the worse the situation is, never, ever should a man consider it lost.

Friedrich Nietzsche: Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of men.

Hope is left inside.  But how do we interpret the meaning?

I think “hope” is only a bane, a curse, if one thinks that that hope within will never be satisfied, the promise will never really show up. Then that hope can be something that just is a sense of always seeing the feast and never being able to eat it. As we see hope, I think, it is that connection to Truth that in itself IS the feast and an awareness that the one who PLANTED that hope is not a tease, but the Christ-Truth that is here to save us always.
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Laura Moliter
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Yes mate I like the way that after all the crap has come out of the box along comes hope to make it better, it´s a nice story.

J.G.

 

 

“Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.” (Hebrews 12:1, Contemporary English Version)

We have a responsibility to move forward, to progress, and to make a difference. We are being called to a higher goal than merely slogging through the days, settling for less than what is freeing, right, and healing for us and for all. Don’t think for a minute that you are not one with a mission, for indeed you are. And it is a divine intention that is powerful as well as individually satisfying.

This “large crowd of witnesses” Paul speaks of here are those inspired prophets and spiritual seekers who have actively testified to Truth with their very being. These biblical leaders as well as those in our own era, are proof of the Principle—that Truth of God as All, as good, and as Love.

Will we merely leave what they have given us untended, unexpressed, because we don’t believe we are good enough, ready enough, or motivated enough? Or will we trust that what these inspired ones have declared and proved is our model going forward, and that our gratitude for this gift is that we keep it alive?

What is it that slows us in this race, this confident journey forward in doing good, as God guides us individually? The “sin” that won’t let go is our buying into a belief that we are separate from God, attracted to evil, full of guilt and shame. Let’s drop that baggage. It is the lie about you and it is the lie about God. He made you to shine, to bear witness to His Christ, His ongoing purpose to shine light in the darkness and awaken humanity to their true goodness, harmony, and freedom!

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist


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One With Wisdom by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.


 

One With Wisdom

Whenever there is injustice or suffering afflicting neighbors or a community it can be tempting to think, “I am just one person, the problem is so big – what can I possibly do to make a difference, to make it better?”

Every ministry of good deeds can begin with one individual who has a deep commitment to principle and love: fairness, justice, compassion, generosity, selflessness. This is the spiritual wisdom that is one with divinity. It inspires thought and guides ideas to action. This is the wisdom that can make all the difference.

“There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength…Wisdom is better than weapons of war…” (Ecclesiastes 9:14-18)

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Spotlight Edition – Alex Cook – Calling All Healers/Helpers

 

 “Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity”.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Retrospection and Introspection, p. 70).

 

Hi there Rob!

How are you these days? I hope the US is treating you well. 🙂
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Would you be interested in sharing a fundraiser I am doing for the YOU ARE LOVED mural project on your blog? I’m working on a project that would enable me to paint 5 murals in homeless shelters and 5 more in under-served schools. I am trying to share it as broadly as possible, and it seems like it might be a good fit with your usual content and interesting to your readers.
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Here’s the link:
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Thanks for considering it!

Alex

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Prayerful Response to Trump’s ban on transgender troops in US military with Barbara Vining, Mary Baker Eddy and Alex Cook

 

Trump announces ban on transgender troops in US military

The Christian Science Monitor

 

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JULY 26, 2017 President Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the US military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Mr. Trump’s announcement on Twitter would reverse the effort under former President Barack Obama to open the armed services to transgender people. He did not say what would happen to transgender troops already in the military.

The Pentagon has refused to release any data on the number of transgender troops currently serving. A Rand Corp. study estimated that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 service members on active duty who self-identify as transgender and an additional 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves. There are about 1.3 million troops in the military.

Trump’s decision drew swift outrage from LGBT groups and supporters.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D) of Illinois, a double amputee veteran of the Iraq War, said that when her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down, she didn’t care “if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender or anything else. All that mattered was they didn’t leave me behind.”

Matt Thorn, executive director of OutServe-SLDN, which represents the LGBT population in the military, said thousands have been serving in the US armed forces without causing any issues.

“It’s an absolute absurdity and another overstep,” Mr. Thorn said. He threatened legal action if Wednesday’s decision is not reversed.

Some lawmakers said this was not the right process for such a policy change.

Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the tweet was “another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter.”

Senator McCain said “any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train and deploy to leave the military regardless of their gender identity.”

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2017/0726/Trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-troops-in-US-military

 

 

‘The “male and female” of God’s creating’

From the July 25, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

The divine Science of Christ, discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, has demanded of me that I make a fundamental change in the way I look for and find answers to challenges—the challenges we all face in one way or another. Take the issue of gender, for example. It’s such an intimate and personal thing, having to do with how we feel about ourselves, how we act, how we relate to others, and how they relate to us. While society has often been inclined to make rash judgments concerning what is right or wrong, and while individuals have often been inclined to try to get others to see things a certain way, it’s been helpful to me to leave the court of error—of reasoning and judging on the basis of physical personality—and to develop within myself a spiritual view of existence from which to understand myself and others.

On all issues, including the issue of gender identity, I find it essential to start by turning to God, Spirit, the all-knowing Mind for guidance—for, as the prophet Isaiah observed, God is saying, “Before they call, I will answer” (65:24). It’s comforting to me to realize that God has already supplied the fundamental truths I need, and that He has given all of us the spiritual sense to discern these truths. Whenever I turn to Him with an open mind and an open heart, satisfying answers come; I find a sense of peace concerning my own identity, and the grace, compassion, and wisdom to respond to others in loving and helpful ways.

For example, the very first chapter of the Bible turns me directly to God. It says, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). To understand the nature of God’s image, of course, one needs to understand God’s nature. But as humans we have generally tried to understand God through the material senses. Observing the physical personality, we’ve reasoned that God must be like a human being, and this has left us with a manlike God, instead of a Godlike man—and with so many unanswered questions.

Christ Jesus gave us the better way. His teachings always direct us to look away from the human physique and personality to the worship of God as Spirit—to find our own true identity, and to understand the true identity of others.

We begin to see more and more clearly the purely spiritual identity of ourselves and others—as Jesus saw men and women.

Following Jesus’ lead, here’s how the divine Science of Christ has been helping me know how to turn to God and hear His answers: It explains that the divine Spirit, God, is not the creator of matter. Spirit is infinite, fills all space, and is the only cause and creator. And Spirit is one, not two; there is not one God who is male and another God who is female. The one Spirit includes all male and female qualities, and Spirit’s image, man (the generic term for all men, women, and children), includes all these qualities, as well. So man in God’s image is not divided into male and female, but each of us is actually the complete and perfect spiritual reflection of God, including strength, beauty, grace, intelligence, the warmth of divine Love, the integrity of divine Principle—all the good, spiritual qualities that God expresses—and also the satisfaction emanating from the one divine Soul, who dearly loves each one of us.

No one knew better than Christ Jesus that man’s spiritual identity has to be cherished, nurtured within our individual hearts and minds, and lived in lives of integrity and moral uprightness—in order to raise the level of spiritual understanding and loving for ourselves and for the world. That’s a tall order—and it takes plenty of prayer, and an ongoing, sincere revising of our thoughts and opinions in response to Christ’s transforming power. The dedication we need in order to grow in our own understanding of God, and of man as God’s spiritual image and likeness, takes not only humility and spiritual discipline, but a deep and abiding love and compassion for others that can support and encourage them.

The wonderful thing is that we each can be baptized into Christ, the spiritual Truth Jesus both taught and embodied—the Truth that can free us from the problems and anxieties accompanying a material view of identity. Mrs. Eddy gives us the spiritual sense of baptism in the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “BAPTISM. Purification by Spirit; submergence in Spirit” (p. 581). This baptism is not a one-time event. It is a continuous—day-by-day—submergence in Spirit, whereby we come to cherish and embody the spiritual sense of God and man taught by Christ Jesus, as presented in the Bible and explained in Science and Health. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Christians in Galatia, encouraged us in this direction. He wrote: “As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27, 28).

As we proceed along this unselfish spiritual adventure, pursuing God’s answers and following His guidance, we begin to see more and more clearly the purely spiritual identity of ourselves and others—as Jesus saw men and women. The Bible speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God, partly because he was so purely spiritual in his thoughts and actions; he turned away from all belief in materiality in his mental identification of others—in order to let the healing power of divine Love shine through him on them, and to give to us even today the answers we need.

It was certainly because my thoughts, and the thoughts of my fellow Christian Scientists, were grounded in a spiritual understanding of identity, and of Christly love, that we were able to very naturally embrace and love a beautiful young woman, whom we had known as a boy who had blossomed into a fine young man, and love having her with us in our gatherings.

I continue my efforts to keep my gaze steadily turned toward God as I live my life. Mrs. Eddy has given us such loving encouragement: “Look long enough, and you see male and female one—sex or gender eliminated; you see the designation man meaning woman as well, and you see the whole universe included in one infinite Mind and reflected in the intelligent compound idea, image or likeness, called man, showing forth the infinite divine Principle, Love, called God,—man wedded to the Lamb, pledged to innocence, purity, perfection” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 268–269).

Looking to God for the answers we need, individually and as a society, does call for enormous sacrifices of material reasoning and judgment on our part. But making the effort to “let the ‘male and female’ of God’s creating appear,” as Mrs. Eddy calls on us to do in Science and Health (p. 249), leads us each to a higher and more satisfying understanding and demonstration of our own true Godlike identity, and also to a higher appreciation and love for one another as God’s likeness.

Barbara Vining

 

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Then I discovered something troubling: about ‘God’s Not Dead’.

 

Then I discovered something troubling: ‘God’s Not Dead’ is endorsed by a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group .  The American Family Association’s presidential endorsement is proudly displayed on the film’s official website. A number of other suspect, but less openly egregious, endorsements are also present. The idea of handing money to a film openly connected with a hate group made me uncomfortable, so I opted not to see it in theaters.

Interestingly, LGBT folks are left alone in this film, signalling a growing realization among Evangelicals that the group has garnered too much public support to make criticizing them worthwhile .

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-sosa/gods-not-dead_b_5032533.html

 

 

…  hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America [and church]; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands. 

President Barack Obama’s farewell speech Tuesday night in Chicago, IL

 

Editorial

The family bond that cannot be broken

From the July 10, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

By Tony Lobl, CS

 

In our heart of hearts, none of us wants our family ties to be broken.

That stands to reason, because we each have a spiritual sense within us—a capacity to see beyond the many material details of our lives, to what God knows. And with this spiritual sense we can perceive one universal family we each belong to. In this family the ties that bind are never torn apart by grief, nor severed by any geographical or emotional parting of the ways. In this family, Spirit, God, is the perfect, divine Parent—our divine Father-Mother—and we are all His solely spiritual offspring, bonded together in an unbreakable spiritual unity.

In best-case scenarios we gratefully see this ideal family reflected in human families formed of mutual fondness, compassion, kindness, and belonging.

Sadly, this isn’t always how human relationships play out, either within the global family of mankind or within our own families.

Just over a year ago, a shooter opened fire on a crowd in an Orlando, Florida, club predominantly frequented by the LGBT community. Dozens of innocent lives were lost, and families and friends were left grieving. In the wake of such targeted hatred, I immediately reached out to people dear to me who openly identify themselves as gay—including a fellow church member, my brother, and his marriage partner—to express love and care for them.

On the 24-hour news cycle, talking heads mainly focused on the big-picture tragedy. But one lone voice particularly moved me. In a missive addressed to the killer, author K. G. MacGregor pinpointed what she called the real fear faced by LGBT people in everyday life, a fear which would strike a chord with anyone who has ever dreaded, or experienced, broken family ties.

What if we were to see every individual as our divine Parent’s son or daughter, and just love them?

“Real fear [is] being unloved. By our parents, our siblings. By our extended families and dearest friends. By our schools, churches, workplaces and communities. There’s nothing you can ever do to us that scares us more than the thought of losing love,” she wrote.

In the spiritual understanding of Christian Science, fear is ultimately never real in the light of divine Love’s allness. And the truly satisfying and enduring spiritual love that reflects this divine Love, and which makes up our true identity as God’s children, can never be lost. But as I read MacGregor’s words, I put myself in the shoes of those who had found themselves “unloved” by those they’d grown up with or grown close to—or by those at church they had grown into fellowship with. And I yearned to see all such loss of familial affection become a thing of the past.

At their best, family members love one another impartially. Such love can not only safeguard a family member going through a potentially vulnerable period in his or her life, but can also safeguard every other family member’s connection to a son, daughter, sister, brother, nephew, or niece, whose love they should never be deprived of.

And when this impartial love is founded on God’s love—by which we love man as the pure image of divine Love itself—it does more than tolerate differences. Such love lifts the atmosphere of thought to that place where those we relate to genuinely feel loved, whatever differences we might feel we have. And loving our kith and kin no matter where they might be in their individual demonstration of spiritual growth fulfills our obligation to support them in moving forward morally and spiritually, just as we would want to be supported in our own efforts to do so.

Such empowering love is best seen in the spirituality Christ Jesus exemplified, which enabled individuals to feel both the love of God that heals broken minds and bodies and the power of Truth that transforms character. The Christ, the voice of the true Mind, God, so clearly perceived in Jesus’ love for all, shines a light on what we all spiritually are as objects of God’s never-ending affection. To affirm this understandingly is prayer that brings out an affection within us that unreservedly expresses Love’s care.

For instance, I recently talked with a Christian Scientist who had met and married a man whose adult daughter was the first openly gay person this Christian Scientist had ever known. I asked, “So how did you respond when finding this out about your daughter-to-be?” She simply said, “Well, I just loved her.”

As her husband’s daughter, and as God’s daughter, she has loved this young woman for over a decade now. She and her husband regularly voice that love, and express it in tangible ways, to both the daughter and her partner.

What if we were to see every individual as our divine Parent’s son or daughter, and just love them? Isn’t our willingness to see the unbreakable bond between the divine Mind and all its ideas the right starting point for guiding all our relationships?

By contrast, it’s the carnal mind—the opposite, material belief of man as separate from God—that tears families apart. This false mentality is pictured in the Scriptures as a talking serpent tempting us to act and react based on a false, fleeting sense of man as matter-defined rather than Spirit-created. But we don’t need to listen to the whispers of this serpent. People, in good faith, wrestle with the Scriptures and sincerely arrive at contrasting conclusions about what particular Bible passages teach. But can’t we all unite in praying to support families being havens of love, where we’re all wholeheartedly valued and welcomed, while also being seen beyond every temporal label as the loved, divine idea of God we each actually are?

And if that doesn’t happen? A Bible promise says, “God setteth the solitary in families” (Psalms 68:6). So in cases where families haven’t been the havens we would wish, we can pray to know, as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures says, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 494). This applies wherever we are on our journey of understanding and proving the purely spiritual identity that ultimately defines us all. As loved sons and daughters of the Divine, we each have a forever fixed place within our divine family whose bonds have never been broken, and cannot be broken. These forever family bonds include each and every one of us equally, in unbroken unity with the Love that Mrs. Eddy describes as “man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896,p. 151), our Father-Mother God.

Tony Lobl

CSMonitor – “God is not Dead” + … Christian Science will hold crime in check … aid in the ejection of error.

 

” … those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.” 

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 96–97)

 

“The success of ‘God’s Not Dead’ shows at least three things,” says Paul Levinson, media critic and professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York: “Big budgets are not necessary to make popular movies, there is a significant part of the population that cherishes faith-based movies, and students like narratives about arrogant professors who get their due.”

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2014/0324/God-s-Not-Dead-What-low-budget-hit-says-about-Christians-and-Hollywood

“Who can be against us?”

From the April 6, 1968 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

The human mind is often contentious. It believes that someone or other is opposing it, trying to harm it, working against its interests. Mortal, material consciousness is a veritable battleground.

How can we gain rest from this turmoil? The answer lies in the teachings of Christian Science, which reveal the divine method of overcoming the discords of human existence. In accordance with the Scriptures this Science reveals the absolute allness of God, who is Mind, Love. It teaches that man, as God’s image, cannot be separated from his Maker, that he must therefore express the nature of his divine source. Reasoning from this premise of the allness of God and of man as His expression, we see that there can be no mind or power to operate against this allness. Discerning these truths, Paul asked, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”1 In the totality of being there is nothing going on but divine Love, and the providence of Love is to bless, not to harm.

As we gain an understanding of the allness of Mind, Love, it is seen that the ungodly, contentious thoughts of mortal mind, which have been parading as our own, are spurious mental suggestions, no part of our true consciousness. Claiming our oneness with divine Love, we can silence the suggestions of discord; and they cannot then disturb our God-given heritage of peace and harmony.

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But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 

 

“Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God’s care” (p. 66). This shows us that, while God does not send us trials, meeting and conquering adversity with courage is a form of blessing because it allows us to strengthen our spiritual understanding and prove God’s allness. 

From the March 16, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

This Week’s Bible Lesson

Truth

 

July 17–23, 2017

 

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Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science,  wrote on page 353 of “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany,” that “the object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.”

A lesson in Chief Justice John Robert’s commencement speech last month:

 

“Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why.

From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.

I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.

Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted.

I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either.

And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.

I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.

Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen.

And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.

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Throwback: Oprah Shuts Down Argument That She Can’t Be Christian And Support Gay Rights

 

We take the inspired word of the Bible.

Mary Baker Eddy

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People, in good faith, wrestle with the Scriptures and sincerely arrive at contrasting conclusions about what particular Bible passages teach. But can’t we all unite in praying to support families being havens of love, where we’re all wholeheartedly valued and welcomed, while also being seen beyond every temporal label as the loved, divine idea of God we each actually are?

And if that doesn’t happen? A Bible promise says, “God setteth the solitary in families” (Psalms 68:6). So in cases where families haven’t been the havens we would wish, we can pray to know, as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures says, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 494).

These forever family bonds include each and every one of us equally, in unbroken unity with the Love that Mrs. Eddy describes as “man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896,p. 151), our Father-Mother God

From the July 10, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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I lived in a very diverse neighborhood. Armed with the spirit of Paul’s words, and free from the burden of labeling others, I became family with my neighbors. Now I could extend Paul’s list to encompass my own neighborhood family. It would probably read like this: “There is neither Latino nor Anglo, gay nor straight, Catholic nor Baptist, rich nor poor, smart nor ignorant, old nor young, married nor single: for we are all one in Christ Jesus”!

Have people stopped labeling me? No. Have they stopped trying to change me? No. But I don’t feel helpless about these labels anymore. I feel accepted and loved by God for who I am. You can, too.:)

From the January 1, 1999 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

Video Published on Jun 14, 2017– Oprah’s Amazing Response in Support of Gay Rights | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

When an audience member challenges Oprah Winfrey for interviewing (and so giving a platform to) Ellen DeGeneres about coming out, Oprah defends her decision.

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Throwback: Oprah Shuts Down Argument That She Can’t Be Christian And Support Gay Rights

“I have a different view of ‘Christian’ than you do, OK?”

 

When the news broke that Oprah would appear as Ellen’s therapist on the comedian’s landmark coming-out episode of her self-titled sitcom, people had a lot of feelings about it. Some applauded Oprah’s participation as another step toward national acceptance and inclusion; others were outraged that Oprah was “promoting lesbianism,” as one viewer wrote in an angry letter. One particularly distressed voice was that of an “Oprah Show” audience member who shared her opinion directly to Oprah during a taping of her show 20 years ago.

 

It was 1997, two weeks before Ellen’s “The Puppy Episode” would air. Oprah was reading and responding to viewer mail, which included various perspectives on her upcoming “Ellen” appearance. That’s when one audience member shared the reason for her outcry.

 

“In the Bible, it clearly states that homosexuality is wrong,” said the audience member. “And if you are going to represent yourself as a Christian, and then you’re going to go on the show and say that you also support [homosexuality], it’s double-standarding.”

Oprah wasn’t having it.

Everybody who’s concerned about me now going to hell because I’m doing the Ellen DeGeneres show, I think that you all should take that energy and try to create a little heaven here on earth for everybody.

“I have a different view of ‘Christian’ than you do, OK?” Oprah said. “The God I serve doesn’t care whether you’re tall or short, or whether you were born black or Asian or gay.”

Oprah then mentioned that moments before taking the stage, she had been in the makeup chair arguing with someone who insisted that she was going to hell for her “Ellen” role.

“I take full responsibility for my going to hell or heaven,” Oprah said. “And I feel that everybody who’s concerned about me now going to hell because I’m doing the Ellen DeGeneres show, I think that you all should take that energy and try to create a little heaven here on earth for everybody …”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/throwback-oprah-shuts-down-argument-that-she-cant-be-christian-and-support-gay-rights_us_593f3057e4b0b13f2c6d79f2

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Why me? Tony Lobl, Associate Editor

Dear God,

May I not take this precious Truth and give it to my brothers and sisters? 

From a letter to Mrs. Eddy in June 1906

 

 

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Why…?

I have given the name to all the Christian Science periodicals. The first was The Christian Science Journal, designed to put on record the divine Science of Truth; the second I entitled Sentinel, intended to hold guard over Truth, Life, and Love; the third, Der Herold der Christian Science, to proclaim the universal activity and availability of Truth; the next I named Monitor, to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent. The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.

—Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353

Why me?

From the August 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Perhaps you have had questions like “Why should I read the Christian Science periodicals?” “Why should I write for them?” “Why should I prayerfully support them?” or “Why should I share them?”

Each of these “Why me?” questions could have many unique “because” responses.

But one broad “because” is true in respect to all these “whys.” Because God loves you. God loves you so much that He has led you to the revelation of Christian Science and to engage with a unique set of publications that bring Christ-healing when we read them, when we write for them, and when we prayerfully support and share them. The more engaged we are, the more blessings accrue.

And we’re not talking about blessings just for reader, writer, pray-er, and sharer! The blessings multiply. The reader’s uplifted thought, the writer’s uplifting ideas, and the prayer and sharing that uplift others’ lives—all these forward humanity’s salvation from sin, sickness, and death by bringing to light our spiritual lives as God’s forever-loved children.

Another kind of “Why me?” might come from hearts struggling with a material sense of hopelessness. One loving response is to answer the call to read, write for, and share these magazines with a joyful “Yes, me!” knowing that our periodicals bring to light the spiritual awareness that God loves all mankind.

Tony Lobl, Associate Editor

 

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The strength that comes from gratitude (“Gravity” Part 2)

 

It was once announced that the devil was going out of business and would offer his tools for sale to whoever would pay his price. … Apart from all the rest lay a harmless looking, wedge-shaped tool, much worn and priced higher than any of the others. Someone asked the devil what it was. “That’s discouragement,” was the reply. “Well, why do you have it priced so high?” “Because,” replied the devil, “it is more useful to me than any of the others. I can pry open and get inside a man’s consciousness with that when I couldn’t get near him with any of the others, and when once inside I can use it with nearly everybody, as very few people yet know that it belongs to me!” “You say you use this wedge of discouragement with nearly everybody – with whom can’t you use it?” The devil hesitated a long time and finally said in a low voice, “I can’t use it in getting into the consciousness of a grateful man.”  

The Devil’s Auction

by William Rathvon, CSB

 

Video – Published on Mar 20, 2014
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GRAVITY is not about NASA … is about loss and how to overcome it…..the ending, the soundtrack and Sandra’s performance gave me goosebumps!!!…She deserved the Oscar 👍❤❤❤ – Leopoldo

 

 

The strength that comes from gratitude

Practice, Practice, Practice

By Robert R. Macusick, C.S.B.

 

…  inspiration …  comes from gratitude—from being grateful for God and His healing power. It was gratitude for God that opened my eyes to the fact that because God governed me, my strength came from Him. This God-derived strength is not just theoretical, but very real and practical. The understanding of God’s government brings freedom to the body, giving one greater spiritual conviction as well as physical energy and strength. Under the marginal heading “Renewed selfhood,” Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine ‘powers that be’ ” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 249).

We can be grateful for and draw strength from past healings and experiences that proved to us God’s love and spiritual power. I know some students of Christian Science who keep a list of healing experiences that bring repeated encouragement and rejoicing.

This gratitude brings vitality, energy, and strength because it includes spiritual understanding, a recognition of the power and presence of God’s goodness and man’s spiritual perfection. Thank goodness for gratitude!

 

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