Over the past year , Second Church of Christ, Scientist, in Fresno, California, has placed a greater focus on uniting to bless the community by demonstrating the power of prayer. This sense of commitment to blessing the community through prayer was grounded in Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of Church , which says in part, “The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures , p.
Several years ago while teaching a high school English class, I learned a valuable life lesson—that we cannot ignore or avoid problems that arise, but must confront and heal them. I was assigned a student who, by all appearances, from day one, had nothing but disgust for both me and everything I said.
Lineage is of great importance to many people. They love to research their ancestry and often hold their cultural and family heritage in high esteem.
Endowed with integrity , moral courage, and a deep love and understanding of the Bible, John Wycliffe was amply suited to set in motion the great revolution that was consummated generations later by Martin Luther and other celebrated religious reformers in England and in Europe. The man who came to be known as the “morning star” of the Protestant Reformation was born in the mid-1320s in Yorkshire, England.
The Bible often presents us with stories of conflict, of individuals confronted by opposing powers and points of view. Often these involved powerful kings, but also conflicts between brothers, husbands and wives, parents and children.
Every student of Christian Science has a mission: to heal. The practice of the Science of Christ is our life.
In divine Science , man is understood to be what the Bible declares him to be, the image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:26, 27 ). Man is God’s reflection of Himself.
Since God is Love and the only power, then man, all men and women, must be the expression of God, good. Jesus taught us to bless our enemies, to love them.