Wednesday Readings: Happiness

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the July 7, 2010 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church. 

THE BIBLE

Ps 144:15 2nd happy
happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. 

Ps 100:1-4
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 

Ps. 105:2,3

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. 

I Chron 12:40 there was
there was joy in Israel. 

I Chron 13:2-4
And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us: And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we inquired not at it in the days of Saul.  And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. 

II Sam. 6:1 (to 2nd ,),2 (to him), 2 to (to 3rd ,),4 (to Abinadab),5

Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel,

And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him

to bring up from thence the ark of God,

And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab

And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. 

II Sam 6:14(to ;),15,17,18,20 (to 1st .)
And David danced before the Lord with all his might;

So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 

And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.  And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 

Then David returned to bless his household.

I Chron. 17:1-4,11-12 it,15
Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord remaineth under curtains.  Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.  #And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:

it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. 

According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. 

I Chron 29:10-13,16-19

Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 

O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.  I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.  O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee: And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision. 

I Kings 6:11-14
And the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying, Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.  So Solomon built the house, and finished it. 

II Chron 7:10
And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the Lord had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people. 

Ps 66:1-2,3 (to 1st ,),4 (to .)
Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.  Say unto God,

All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.

Matt 21:1-2,6-11,14
And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 

And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.  And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.  And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?  And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. 

And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 

Matt. 9:1-2,6 Arise,7,8

And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 

Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  And he arose, and departed to his house.  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. 

Matt 5:12 (to 2nd :)

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:

Phil 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 232:4-7
The beliefs we commonly entertain about happiness and life afford no scatheless and permanent evidence of either.

SH 65:1-2
Experience should be the school of virtue, and human happiness should proceed from man's highest nature.

SH 285:32
 It is essential to understand, instead of believe, what relates most nearly to the happiness of being.  To seek Truth through belief in a human doctrine is not to understand the infinite.  We must not seek the immutable and immortal through the finite, mutable, and mortal, and so depend upon belief instead of demonstration, for this is fatal to a knowledge of Science.  The understanding of Truth gives full faith in Truth, and spiritual understanding is better than all burnt offerings. 

SH 57:18
Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love.  It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it. 

79:31-32
Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.

SH 58:7
Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity,--these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence. 

SH 76:22-29
The sinless joy,--the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain,--constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual.  This state of existence is scientific and intact,--a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science.

SH 61:4-11; 60:2
The good in human affections must have ascendency over the evil and the spiritual over the animal, or happiness will never be won.  The attainment of this celestial condition would improve our progeny, diminish crime, and give higher aims to ambition.  Every valley of sin must be exalted, and every mountain of selfishness be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science.

Science inevitably lifts one's being higher in the scale of harmony and happiness. 

SH 323:32-324:4 

Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea.  Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear,--this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony.

SH 455:20-25
God selects for the highest service one who has grown into such a fitness for it as renders any abuse of the mission an impossibility.  The All-wise does not bestow His highest trusts upon the unworthy.  When He commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Himself.

325:24-26
But he, who is begotten of the beliefs of the flesh and serves them, can never reach in this world the divine heights of our Lord.

SH 327:27
Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of his mistake in seeking material means for gaining happiness.  Reason is the most active human faculty.  Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man's dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense, which silences the material or corporeal.  Then he not only will be saved, but ^is^ saved. 

SH 125:12

As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy,--from fear to hope and from faith to understanding,--the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense.  Reflecting God's government, man is self-governed.  When subordinate to the divine Spirit, man cannot be controlled by sin or death, thus proving our material theories about laws of health to be valueless. 

SH 60:29

Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul.  Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man.  We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense.  The senses confer no real enjoyment. 

SH 304:18-19

Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense.

SH 486:27
If the five corporeal senses were the medium through which to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and deafness would place man in a terrible situation, where he would be like those "having no hope, and without God in the world;" but as a matter of fact, these calamities often drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happiness and existence. 

436:11
Giving a cup of cold water in Christ's name, is a Christian service.  Laying down his life for a good deed, Mortal Man should find it again.  Such acts bear their own justification, and are under the protection of the Most High. 

SH 261:2
Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality.  Hold thought steadfastly to the endur-ing, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts. 

SH 337:7-10
For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ.

SH 451:14-16
Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also.

SH 21:12
If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy. 

SH 262:20-23
They will then drop the false estimate of life and happiness, of joy and sorrow, and attain the bliss of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God.

304:9-14
This is the doctrine of Christian Science:  that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death.

SH 514:6
Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind.  Mind's infinite ideas run and disport themselves.  In humility they climb the heights of holiness. 

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