Having One Mind

Mind, with a capital "M", is a synonym for God. When we find ourselves in need, having exhausted the resources of material things, the divine Mind impels our movement into a new place of Spirit where the economy is always good. Abraham followed God's direction and moved to a new land of unlimited resources. (Genesis 12 and 13)

We are generally moving in the direction towards what we regard as having the most value. And, sometimes we "halt… between two opinions", as described by Elijah in I Kings, not wanting to give up our own personal mind-set.

When we finally make a whole-hearted decision to move beyond trust in the limitations of our own ego or material sense, a newly enlarged consciousness of spiritual understanding appears. But we need to stake our claim to this new territory! Mary Baker Eddy puts it this way on page 275 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is." She also says: "The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth."

When I was just starting my career as an art director, early on I received a bad performance review. I realized, with the help of a Christian Science practitioner, that I had to move to a deeper understanding of divine Mind's attributes of conception, perception, comprehension and insight; to know that Mind expresses these in His ideas. In reality, I only had one Mind and, as Paul counseled to the Philippians, I had to: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus". Natural aptitude flowed into my work and it put me in good stead for the future, knowing where all useful and beneficial ideas really come from – the one infinite divine Mind.

The Healing of the Paralytic , National Gallery

The Healing of the Paralytic, National Gallery

Every challenge can become an opportunity to make a shift in our thinking from having a separate mind in matter to oneness with divine Mind. I recently saw this 16th Century Netherlandish painting called "The Healing of the Paralytic" at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. This man was obviously ready for a change in his thinking. Men had lowered him down through the roof on his couch to get in front of Jesus! Though many were sitting by to judge Jesus' actions, it didn't stop him from instantly healing the man, saying, "thy sins are forgiven thee", indicating a need for change in thought. Jesus proved the power of Mind when he said "Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house." The man did it, glorifying God which was the healing Mind-power that Jesus acknowledged was behind his wonderful works.

Join us any Sunday, at 10 am, and learn more about the Mind-power that heals when we acknowledge it as supreme and allow ourselves to be guided by it.

Love is what we all reflect

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, conveys the spiritual sense of forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, with these words: And Love is reflected in love. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 16)

Our Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, includes the subject of Love twice a year, and reveals the nature of our divine Parent as infinitely caring Love.  As spiritual offspring, God's children have a loving nature, too.

We can begin to express more of this nature by loving those closest at hand – parents, brothers and sisters, spouse, co-workers, friends, neighbors and even enemies, as Jesus taught. It's all possible, not because we personally possess the ability to love, but because we reflect it from Love, our Father-Mother God.

Everyone is always invited to our services– with love!

Can prayer be helpful during the "cold and flu season"?

Walking in Snow

From a new post on Tim Mitchinson's Blog at Patch.

Winter can be a great time of year – skiing, skating, and of course, the NFL playoffs!  But does it also have to bring on the “cold and flu season?”

     ABC News gave a list of tested tips for fighting colds and flu, and ways to help everyone stay well all winter.  Topping the list was meditation...

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Fighting for Our Freedom to Be Healthy

From Tony Lobl's HuffPost Lifestyle Blog today...

"Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last".

This was Martin Luther King Jr's rallying cry as he concluded his historic "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The lyrics of the moving spiritual song are also words many long to sing for health reasons. Struggling with long-standing ailments such as chronic pain can feel like second class citizenship, which Martin Luther King Day today reminds us never to accept.

So what might be the basis for not accepting second class health...

Click to READ MORE on Tony Lobl's HuffPost Lifestyle Blog.

How We Think of Baptism and Communion

To Christian Scientists baptism and communion have deep spiritual significance. In our church they are not commemorated with the outward rites but through constant individual assessment of one's willingness to wash away self-will and obey God's direction; to be governed by divine Love in all our actions; and to become conscious that God is Spirit, infinite good, and that we are His purely spiritual expressions. This kind of baptism can happen every day.

We've found that "beatitudes", or blessings, come from maintaining the state of thought that Jesus described in Matthew 5 as having childlike receptivity, or being "poor in spirit";  being meek;  being hungry and thirsty for righteousness;  being merciful;  and being pure in heart.

If you are interested in learning more about the spiritual significance of baptism and communion please contact us.

26 Subjects – Infinite Possibilities

We never stop learning. In 1898, Mary Baker Eddy gave 26 subjects for our weekly Bible Lesson Sermon. These are read throughout the year in our churches on Sundays. Anyone can read and study them during the week before the lesson is read in church. Each subject is presented twice a year in The Christian Science Quarterly publication. The lesson is made up of unique selections from the two books we know as our "Pastor" – the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Eddy. These have proven to be an infinite well of insight and healing. Each lesson is new and different.

These lessons are timeless, fresh and inspiring. There is always a new idea that meets a present need. You won't want to miss the rewards that are always waiting in the next lesson!

You can purchase a full text copy of the Quarterly Bible Lesson from our Glen Ellyn Reading Room or subscribe here to receive them in your mail or online.