Date: 13 March
Golden Text: Psalm 87:1
His foundation is in the holy mountains.
Responsive Reading: 1 kings 18:31-39
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the
tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came,
saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD:
and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two
measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and
laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and
pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second
time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the
trench also with water.
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening
sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of
Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou
art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done
all these things at thy word.
37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou
art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt
sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up
the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and
they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
(1) Jeremiah 30:19-24
19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them
that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be
few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their
congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all
that oppress them.
21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor
shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw
near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged
his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a
continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the
24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he hath
done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in
the latter days ye shall consider it.
(2) Luke 16:15-17
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves
before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly
esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the
kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle
of the law to fail.
(3) Job 10:1-9
1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon
myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; show me wherefore thou
contendest with me.
3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou
shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the
counsel of the wicked?
4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man’s days,
6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my
7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can
deliver out of thine hand.
8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about;
yet thou dost destroy me.
9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay;
and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
(4) Luke 8:26-39
26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over
27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a
certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes,
neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and
with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son
of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.
For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains
and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil
into the wilderness.)
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said,
Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out
into the deep.
32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the
mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter
into them. And he suffered them.
33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine:
and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and
34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went
and told it in the city and in the country.
35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and
found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the
feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was
possessed of the devils was healed.
37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round
about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with
great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him
that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath
done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the
whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
(5) Acts 10:9-43
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto
the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they
made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him,
as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down
to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and
wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing
that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had
seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had
made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,
Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from
Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause
wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that
feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews,
was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his
house, and to hear words of thee.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter
went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius
waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at
his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing
for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another
nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was
sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour;
and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood
before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had
in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is
Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea
side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done
that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before
God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive
that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all
Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with
power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land
of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God,
even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify
that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name
whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
(6) Hebrews 3:1-12
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was
faithful in all his house.
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses,
inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the
4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all
things is God.
5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant,
for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if
we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of
temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do
alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart
of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance
upon that which is false and grasp the true. We are not
6 Christian Scientists until we leave all for Christ. Human
opinions are not spiritual. They come from the hearing
of the ear, from corporeality instead of from Principle,
9 and from the mortal instead of from the immortal. Spirit
is not separate from God.
Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you
21 will sooner grasp man’s God-given dominion.
It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to
12 suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation
so as to bring about certain evil results, and God never
My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door
of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried
9 its fondest earthly hopes. With white fin- Our angelic
gers they point upward to a new and glo- messengers
rified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys. Angels
12 are God’s representatives. These upward-soaring beings
never lead towards self, sin, or materiality, but guide to
the divine Principle of all good, whither every real indi-
15 viduality, image, or likeness of God, gathers. By giving
earnest heed to these spiritual guides they tarry with us,
and we entertain “angels unawares.”
The wrong done another reacts most heavily against
one’s self. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later.
9 Think it “easier for a camel to go through Right adjusts
the eye of a needle,” than for you to benefit the balance
yourself by injuring others. Man’s moral mercury, ris-
12 ing or falling, registers his healing ability and fitness to
teach. You should practise well what you know, and
you will then advance in proportion to your honesty
15 and fidelity, – qualities which insure success in this
Science; but it requires a higher understanding to teach
this subject properly and correctly than it does to heal
18 the most difficult case.
In Latin the word rendered disciple signifies student;
12 and the word indicates that the power of healing was not
a supernatural gift to those learners, but the Studious
result of their cultivated spiritual understand- disciples
15 ing of the divine Science, which their Master demonstrated
by healing the sick and sinning. Hence the universal ap-
plication of his saying: “Neither pray I for these alone,
18 but for them also which shall believe on me [understand
me] through their word.”