Wednesday Readings: Testimonies

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the March 7, 2012 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 119:129 (to :)
Thy testimonies are wonderful:

Ps 107:2
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Ps 66:5 (to :)
Come and see the works of God:

Dan 4:28-37 (to :)
All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.  At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.  The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?  While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.  And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.  The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?  At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.  Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment:

Luke 7:1, 19-23
Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 

And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?  When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?  And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.  Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 

Luke 10:1, 2, 16 (to ;), 17-21 (to :)
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 

He that heareth you heareth me;

#And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:

Ps 145:1-5, 8-10
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.  I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.  All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. 

I Pet 3:12 the eyes (to :), 13, 15 sanctify
the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:

And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

I Chron 16:8, 9
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

120:7-9, 15-24
  Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the fundamental facts of being.

  Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health.  The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man.  Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.

396:14
  The refutation of the testimony of material sense is not a difficult task in view of the conceded falsity of this testimony.  The refutation becomes arduous, not because the testimony of sin or disease is true, but solely on account of the tenacity of belief in its truth, due to the force of education and the overwhelming weight of opinions on the wrong side,--all teaching that the body suffers, as if matter could have sensation. 

341:11-12, 17-4
  In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless.  Proof is essential to a due estimate of this subject.

The facts are so absolute and numerous in support of Christian Science, that misrepresentation and denunciation cannot overthrow it.  Paul alludes to "doubtful disputations."  The hour has struck when proof and demonstration, instead of opinion and dogma, are summoned to the support of Christianity, "making wise the simple."

342:7-15
He that decries this Science does it presumptuously, in the face of Bible history and in defiance of the direct command of Jesus, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel," to which command was added the promise that his students should cast out evils and heal the sick.  He bade the seventy disciples, as well as the twelve, heal the sick in any town where they should be hospitably received.

546:23-3
  Christian Science is dawning upon a material age.  The great spiritual facts of being, like rays of light, shine in the darkness, though the darkness, comprehending them not, may deny their reality.  The proof that the system stated in this book is Christianly scientific resides in the good this system accomplishes, for it cures on a divine demonstrable Principle which all may understand. 
  If mathematics should present a thousand different examples of one rule, the proving of one example would authenticate all the others.  A simple statement of Christian Science, if demonstrated by healing, contains the proof of all here said of Christian Science.

547:6
You can prove for yourself, dear reader, the Science of healing, and so ascertain if the author has given you the correct interpretation of Scripture. 

428:30-32
  The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life.

162:12-13, 16-25
  Experiments have favored the fact that Mind governs the body, not in one instance, but in every instance.

Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms.  Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions.  I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic.

184:21-5
Mortal mind alone suffers,--not because a law of matter has been transgressed, but because a law of this so-called mind has been disobeyed.  I have demonstrated this as a rule of divine Science by destroying the delusion of suffering from what is termed a fatally broken physical law. 
  A woman, whom I cured of consumption, always breathed with great difficulty when the wind was from the east.  I sat silently by her side a few moments.  Her breath came gently.  The inspirations were deep and natural.  I then requested her to look at the weather-vane.  She looked and saw that it pointed due east.  The wind had not changed, but her thought of it had and so her difficulty in breathing had gone.  The wind had not produced the difficulty.  My metaphysical treatment changed the action of her belief on the lungs, and she never suffered again from east winds, but was restored to health.

389:28
  A case of convulsions, produced by indigestion, came under my observation.  In her belief the woman had chronic liver-complaint, and was then suffering from a complication of symptoms connected with this belief.  I cured her in a few minutes.  One instant she spoke despairingly of herself.  The next minute she said, "My food is all digested, and I should like something more to eat."

359:7
I have healed infidels whose only objection to this method was, that I as a Christian Scientist believed in the Holy Spirit, while they, the patients, did not. 

147:9
plied under circumstances where demonstration was humanly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though centuries had passed away since Jesus practised these rules on the hills of Judaea and in the valleys of Galilee. 

462:1
Some individuals assimilate truth more readily than others, but any student, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out error, heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding, potency, enlightenment, and success. 

496:13
Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man.  Hold perpetually this thought,--that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being. 

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