Saturday, June 23, 2018

Destroy falsity with the correct principle

By Mark M. Lawson, First Reader, Christian Science Society, Bristol, TN
[Bristol Herald Courier - Bristol, Tennessee]

Truth always destroys falsity. When we understand that one plus one equals two, we are not fooled into believing that one plus one equals three. Once we demonstrate our understanding, we are neither afraid of nor upset by the suggestion that one plus one equals three; we simply use our understanding to correct the mistake....

Through prayer, we can demonstrate that life is Spirit, and we can thereby stop being fearful, upset or victimized by human problems. We can stick to the truth of Being, holding to the truth that man is the image, idea or reflection of God (Genesis 1:26), even if the whole world believes that the universe is material and that man is organic and mortal. 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

“DNA” OR “I AM”?

By Ken Cooper

Do you believe in DNA, in stem research and cloning?
Why then, dear friend, each time you do, it’s matter you’re enthroning!
What begins will surely end, mortal mind is limitation:
The Adam dream exactly that, - no spiritual foundation!

It might make sense, as Darwin thought, that life emerged from water,
But why start off with this false view, with no before or after!
DNA, Do Not Accept, every start will have its ending,
“I AM.” Infinite Almighty Mind, My Truth always trending!

God is All, complete, right now, for perfection can’t diminish.
Our present is unlimited; “now” has no start or finish.
Life is man’s being, timeless, true! God’s kingdom here within you,
And I rejoice in God’s pure love, for “I AM” does continue!

©Ken Cooper 2018
kengcooper@btinternet.com
www.kencooperpoetry.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Speak the Word Only

By John Corderoy
Brisbane, Australia

The “word” is at the very heart of christianity and the science of being.
“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” 
(I John 1: 1-3)  This is the spiritual holy trinity: God the Father; Jesus Christ his son, 
the expression or manifestation of the word; and the Word itself, the Truth.  A trinity of Life, 
Love, and Truth, yet it is in essence one thing. One all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing, 
eternal God. In the beginning, that is, before the creation of the universe, there was only eternal 
divine Mind, or God. The universe was created by divine Mind. God is the creator, the head 
of the trinity: Jesus Christ, and the spiritual Truth that he taught us, are the two arms of God.

“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth”. (James 1: 8)  
In the beginning divine Mind chose to beget his children. Since God is not a corporeal person, 
the children he begat can not be corporeal either: they must be spiritual beings. Hence, 
he real children of God are not material beings they are eternal spiritual ideas, the image 
and likenesses of God's thoughts, dwelling in infinite Mind. They are unique bodies of spiritual 
thoughts reflecting the attributes of God (S&H 503: 15-17).

Mrs Eddy defines man in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures as: “Spirit is the real 
and eternal; matter is unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is his image and likeness. 
Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.” (S&H 468:12-15)

The ‘word’ or divine thought is our spiritual guide and the means to attaining eternal life. 
It sustains us spiritually and meets our every human need.

Matt 8:5 'Speak the word only and my servant shall be healed’.
This was a statement of absolute faith by the centurion. It is this unquestioning faith in the 
word of God which we too must hold to if we would be healed. The ‘word of Truth’ is the only 
word we  should speak to God in our silent prayer if we wish to be healed. As servants of God 
we must acknowledge His supremacy in all things.

The expression of the thought (or word) by Jesus that the centurion's servant was the perfect 
child of God was all that was needed to effect a healing. The divine Mind, in which we all live 
and move and have our being, transmitted that thought of spiritual perfection to the servant 
and his consciousness was uplifted (S&H 259:26-31). The servant’s physical body responded 
to this message of pure and perfect Love which he was listening for and open to, and he was 
healed.

I Kings 19: 'The Lord was not in the wind, nor in the fire, nor in the earthquake: but after the 
earthquake; ‘a still small voice’.   The Lord is not in any physical activity, nor is he in any 
disease or physical body. The Lord is the ‘word’: the still, small, calming and healing word. 
Be still, calm your fears, and listen for the ‘word’.

The ‘Word’ must completely occupy your thoughts every moment of the day, if you are to 
destroy the seeming power of mortal mind that would hold you captive. The ‘word’ that h
eals is the knowledge that there is no power apart from God.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker-Eddy  (S&H) page 270: line 29
‘...the human mind alone suffers, is sick, and that the divine Mind alone heals.’

2 Cor. 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to 
the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth 
itself against  the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience 
of Christ”.

Our struggle is with a controlling mortal mind which can only be overcome by the Word, 
by the  absolute power of God. Divine Mind casts down mortal mind from the pedestal on 
which we have placed it and exposes its false imaginings. The Truth, or knowledge of God, 
brings our thoughts back into alignment with the teachings of Christ and restores harmony to the 
soul and body. Your physical body will obey the mind that controls it, whether that mind is divine 
or mortal. If we choose divine Mind our body will be harmonious.

S&H 273:24 ‘Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws.’

The human mortal mind dwells on the idea of sickness, fatigue, heart irregularities and cancer, etc. 
You might say that it becomes mesmerised by these conditions. It then transmits instructions to 
replicate the symptoms of that idea which it has learned from other mortal minds to the appropriate 
body organ. That organ then reports pain and inflammation back to the brain thus reinforcing mortal 
minds original belief. In that sense it seems real to the person suffering it.  When we realise that the 
material senses have been misdirected, the imagining that sin, disease and death are real will be '
cast down‘ and harmony will be restored. This is what Christian Scientists mean when they say 
that disease is not real. They are denying that disease can affect the real man who is the spiritual 
idea of God. When the spiritual man is in tune with God the body will follow suit and return to a 
healthy condition.
S&H 274:17; ‘When what we erroneously term the five physical senses are misdirected, they are 
simply the manifested beliefs of  mortal mind, which affirm that life, substance, and intelligence 
are material, instead of Spirit.’

Divine Mind destroys the power of mortal mind, overrides mortal minds previous instructions 
regarding the material senses and thereby restores harmony to the body and soul. Nothing is 
impossible to divine Mind.   Matt 19: 26 “with man this is impossible but with God all things are 
possible”.

These imaginings of mortal mind and their innocent transmission to others must be opposed 
‘promptly and persistently’ (S&H 273:32) by knowing the Truth that makes us free. This Truth is 
that God is all-powerful and that mortal mind is powerless. This knowing is the ‘metaphysical work’ 
that we must do diligently everyday to protect ourselves and our loved ones: to be in tune with God!

S&H 275:14 ‘All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are his attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no Truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is but the good God bestows.’

Whenever mortal mind claims to have caused an effect on man it is a lie, a deception brought 
about by that mind trying to show that it is god-like; it is a belief in self-ego. Mortal mind is 
not wise; is not true; is not lovely; is not life and does no lasting good. Divine Mind is the only 
intelligence, cause and effect. Divine Mind is the only Ego. Under its governance the heart muscles 
will perform correctly, the tumour will dissolve, the cartilage will rejuvenate and even the severed 
limb will regrow. Only good comes from knowing God - what comfort, power and strength this 
realisation gives.

Acts 17:28 “For in Him we live and move and have our being: for we are also His offspring.”

This description of our existence as being in God can only mean that our life is a spiritual one 
because God is not a physical being or place. God's idea, lives, moves and has his being in the 
consciousness or realm of divine Mind.  The spiritual functions and attributes are reflected in the 
physical ones. If divine Mind and not mortal mind is controlling us, our bodily functions will be 
harmonious. Nothing will be able to impede our movements or cause our bodily organs to 
malfunction in any way.
'Divine Mind is the master of the material body. Exercise your God given authority and claim 
your birthright ‘. S&H 393: 8-15.

S&H 283:4 “ Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action. Mind is the same Life, Love,and wisdom ‘yesterday, and today, and forever’. Matter and its effects - sin, sickness, fatigue, and death - are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not the facts of Mind.”

Our prayer should be : ‘speak the word only God and thy servant will be healed’.
Divine Mind alone ensures our heart beats regularly, our muscles perform perfectly and our lives are 
harmonious.

In Truth, we may pray with confidence: “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me”. 
(Psalms 128:8)

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Widow of Nain

By Ken Cooper

(Luke 7:11-16)



It’s been long years since my husband died
The flowing tears that cried and cried;
The bringing up of our lovely lad
The only thing that kept me glad.

But Oh, dear God, just what is your plan
That I be robbed of my young man?
The deep well of tears that had been dried
Now refilled and my faith sore tried.

Look, my little lad is laid down low
On bitter bier that moves so slow.
Amidst torrid heat and black-dressed flies,
The wailing throng around me cries.

As I walk in step with broken heart,
A sudden feeling makes me start;
I look up and my gaze quick led
To a white-robed man straight ahead.

How to I explain what I now feel?
His look so loving, calm, and real.
Compassion o’erflowing , reaching to me;
“Weep not” a command, not empty plea!

Grief swept away by tangible Love,
Expectancy strong with this saint from above;
He walks with assurance, touches the bier:
The procession stops from front to rear.

I feel new hope, can this be true?
His perfect Love changing my view!
A future free from barren strife;
A Love that is Eternal Life.

He looks at my son with Love in his eyes:
“Young man, I say unto thee, arise!”
This is not now a foolish word,
I see it’s death that is absurd!

My son sits up from where he laid dead
The bier no more a mortal bed.
My son is risen, whole and free!
Life is immortality!

The white robed man helps him get down
Holds our hands in the warmth of his own.
I hug my son tight, I can’t let him go
And I turn to his saviour, and thank him so.

I’ve heard about Jesus, - this must be him,
Tears of joy now filled to the brim.
I’ve seen Love at work, a love so pure,
His “Weep not” command a holy cure.

The fear of God descends upon all,
For Life and Love are wonderful.
My life transformed in simple trust:
To follow Christ a humble must.

Oh, everyone just shout with joy
For Love has saved my only boy,
God blesses all with purest light.
All life is safe; it is Truth’s sight.

©Ken Cooper 2018
kengcooper@btinternet.com
www.kencooperpoetry.com

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Gadarene

by Ken Cooper

(Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39)