Monday, January 20, 2020

Cross Swords With Temptation and LIVE

By Ken G. Cooper


Cross swords with temptation, let fly!
Repel Satan’s every try!
Secure as God’s son,
Fight on and fight on.
The tempter can ever just lie!


Thrust firm at temptation and kill
What pain and fake pleasure would will.
False fears soon give way
Attacked straight-away:
With God all your thoughts you must fill.


So rise with Truth’s sword in your hand;
Wield spiritual strength pure and grand.
Oh prove God is All:
With victory call!
God’s kingdom is here: so I stand!

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Love: A Parent's Revelation

By Ken G. Cooper


I’ve heard a lot about this person Jesus.
Peter’s bringing him home tonight, - he’s talked about no one else ever since he met him.
I’ll never understand Peter. He’s so impetuous!
Jesus said “Follow me” – or something to that effect, - and Peter did exactly that!
Never said “Goodbye”.
Nothing Peter does surprises me….but he’s got a heart of gold and I love him.

I’ll see them both tonight.
I wonder what he’s like, this Jesus.
Peter thinks he’s really special, - but he only comes from Nazareth.
Apparently he was a carpenter, - so what can he teach a fisherman??
There have been crowds following his new friend, -
He’s been healing people of all kinds of diseases, - Peter can hardly believe what he’s seeing.
Keeps talking about him, about praying to “Our Father!”,  “Doing unto others what you’d have them do to you”
I hope he’s not being tricked by all this talk and seeming miracles. I’m not going to be.

My daughter has planned a special meal for Peter and his friends, - we won’t let Peter down.
She’ll need my help. But I don’t feel well…….need to lie down…
Can hardly move…
Must get to bed….
Don’t want to be a nuisance…

“Hello Peter….I’m so sorry
…… to be like this….
Hello Jesus…”

I look at his friend. He looks at me.
In one brief instant I forget myself, my doubts, my concerns for Peter.
How can I describe the Love that radiates from this man?
The complete knowledge of infinite power,
Infinite tenderness,
Expressed in his very being,
The effortless outreach of his hand to mine,
Lifting me up.

I am healed!
And I can’t now remember that anything was ever wrong! I just go and help, and with such joy!

***
During the next few days I see other people healed, completely, all instantaneously.
Jesus is saying to the crowds, to each one of us, here’s how to pray:
“Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name…” **
I feel the ever-present warmth and vibrancy of God’s love whenever I am near him.
I can feel the everlasting kindness of God right now.
I behold for the first time God’s true family. His Love embraces and includes us all. And it is my family too.

And suddenly realise that I love Peter, I love everyone, more than I ever did before.

(see *Mark 1:30-34; 3:31-35, and **Matthew 6:9 )

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Moses, Dear Moses

By Ken G. Cooper


`The desert is hot, the sheep make no sound
As heat shimmers up from the stony ground.
I search the horizon for food to share
To look after the flock left in my care.
I think about God as I cross the land,
And I feel the strength of His outstretched hand.
And deep in my heart this question does grow:
“If God calls me, am I willing to go?”

A bush in the distance catches my gaze,
It’s somehow caught fire in the heat haze.
The flames are fierce, but the bush does not burn!
Is there something here that I have to learn?
I turn aside to get near this strange sight.
It seems lit with Love, untouched, shining bright!
I can't believe the vision I'm seeing:
A lurking fear runs through my whole being.

From the midst of the bush, and not from the sky,
My name is called twice. I respond: “Here am I”.
The voice of my God echoes all around:
“The place you are standing is Holy ground”
I must shed my shoes from off both my feet
And stand in humility, God to greet.
I hide my face as I feel awe and fear,
For His speaking to me is close and clear.

He unveils the task that I must accept,
But it is too great and I feel inept.
“Just who am I that should do such a thing, -
To the children of Israel freedom bring?”
Then comes His promise of God at my side,
A token of good: that God will not hide.
I hear His reply “I AM THAT I AM.
I feel the assurance: with God I can!

Given my orders, I must now obey,
But who will believe what I have to say?
I have in my hand my strong shepherd’s rod.
I cast it, as bidden, onto the sod.
Aghast I see it turn into a snake!
I flee from before it, - no dream, - I’m awake!!
God tells me to take it back by its tail:
So I tackle my fears, and all is well.
The serpent that frightened me is no more.
For it never was. Of that I’m now sure.

But will they believe?  There is one more test.
God tells me “Place your hand inside your breast!”
I pull it out and it’s leprous as snow,
But this dread disease has no place to go!
I return my hand once more to my side, -
And pluck it out cleansed. Illusion defied.
God speaks yet again, what more do I need?
And still my doubts show, once more do I plead.

I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue
I’m sure to be laughed at by everyone!
His calm assurance once more wins the day:
God will be with me each step of the way.
But still I have doubts at the size of task -
Once more of God a request do I ask!
Please please send another rather than me:
So God supplied Aaron, supportively.

And now the years have greatly flown,
As I look back at wisdom grown.
The burning bush that burned so bright
Began the proof of God’s all might.
You gave us laws on which to act:
I prove them all as Holy fact.
God was my strength, He still is now.
In simple terms “He is the how!”
His love for all, our liberty:
Reflected Love; - reality!

“And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” Deuteronomy 34:7

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”   Deuteronomy 6:4,5

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Treatment Ideas for January 14, 2020

By Julio C. Rivas, CS

Life-crowned

Eternity is God’s measurement of Soul-filled years. —Eddy

And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. — Matt. 17: 2, KJ

We are perpetual Love-beings, Soul-filled and Life-crowned. This recognition obliterates miseries, and arrays our experience with immeasurable health, love, pulchritude and potency.

Julio C. Rivas, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Los Angeles, California. Connect with Julio»

Friday, January 10, 2020

"This is my beloved son."

By Ken G. Cooper


“This is my beloved Son

In whom I AM well pleased.”

These the words of God Divine

Which those there all perceived.

Jesus: the Way, the Truth, the Life, -
Our teacher and our guide:
He made the Christ so very clear, -
As ever by our side.

So let me too be washed right through,
In glory showing all Thou art:
You are my Dad, I worship Thee,
And as Thy son, must play my part.

So I kneel in sweet surrender,
Your Life is mine, to be as one,
In worship, pure reflect the Christ,
And joyfully be your loved son.

Then let me stand upon the mount
And share with others You my God,
The shining radiance of Soul,
In Jesus’ footsteps fully trod.

Father-Mother lead me forth
To drop false self, all mortal quest.
Hear Your words say lovingly:
BELOVED, YOU ARE ME EXPRESSED."

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

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Treatment Ideas for January 8, 2020

By Julio C. Rivas, CS

Meditation/Resurrection

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. — John 21, 9, 12, KJ

His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples’ grief into repentance, — hearts chastened and pride rebuked. ... Discerning Christ, Truth, anew on the shore of time, they were enabled to rise somewhat from mortal sensuousness, or the burial of mind in matter, into newness of life as Spirit. — Eddy

Eternal Life is revealing our immaculate, time-age-free, and perennially whole entities. Every glimpse of our superb Soul-entities resurrects us out of the tomb-like environment of mortal delusions — decrepitude, miseries, traumas, despair, fright, sicknesses, depressions and failure. Love-Life is feeding us with newness, beauty, vitality and joy.

Julio C. Rivas, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Los Angeles, California. Connect with Julio»

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God



By Coreen R. Walson

We are asked to overlook the false appearances introduced through physical sense testimony, because right where sin and it’s formations boast themselves, we are taught of Jesus that the Kingdom of Heaven is right there, “at hand”. We live and move and have our being in Him, God.
Yet we don’t experience this infinite goodness because our fears and judgments are the ego’s defense from experiencing this Kingdom right here and now. We cannot experience Omnipresent God while running this line of defense against God.

Our Brother is the Christ. He is One with the Father as you are also. Are you not experiencing and seeing this everywhere? We cannot see the Christ right where are Brother stands while we entertain fears and judgments against him. Jesus looked right past all false appearances and tells us how we can do this too, indeed must.

Jesus commanded that we WILL see the Truth, God, only when we are pure in heart. It is not enough simply to intellectually understand that Reality is behind all false appearances. We must STRIVE to enter into the Kingdom, we must desire it MORE than we want the experience of orphan hood from the Father and our Brother.

Jesus tells us that in order to see beyond the illusion of separation is to be pure in heart. What is this purity?

Purity is defined as free from contamination or mixture.

This translates into having a heart or love that is free from mixture, uncontaminated by ego thought and fears. It is the Perfect Love that Jesus tells us casts out fear. If fear is the foundation to all our problems, how important, no, crucial is it to desire this purity of heart above all else?

The good news is that this Purity is our native state, it is what we are already, we are the image and likeness, the offspring and children of Divine Love itself. We are not required to attain this purity but only to remove all the fearful, false beliefs we tried to add to ourselves in order to hide our purity from our awareness.

As we refuse the false testimony of material sense regardless of the form, recognizing that it is all the same because serving the same purpose, we turn to Holy Spirit and/or Jesus and ask that the Kingdom of Heaven be revealed to us instead.

We are promised that in proportion to our DESIRE for the Kingdom of Heaven, we are purified from the mixture of fear and Love. We will consistently choose to see, do, speak and extend with Holy Spirit. In this purity we WILL see God and His Creation, right here, at hand, where it eternally is.