Christian Science Shreveport http://christianscienceshreveport.org To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:01:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 40118765 Julie Ward Lecture – Cherishing our Children, A spiritual perspective http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2013/01/24/julie-ward-lecture-cherishing-our-children-a-spiritual-perspective/ Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:38:22 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=257 WHY: How can we best support the children of the world? National speaker Julie Ward says, “In my own experience I’ve found that prayer for my own children and for the children of the world has brought solutions and healing to our lives.”

WHAT: In Ward’s talk, “Cherishing our children” she references the original sourcebook on Christian healing, the Bible, along with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, a book of universally applicable ideas on practical spirituality.

“In this talk I will explore basic points about praying for children that will be helpful for parents, grandparents, teachers, and all those who love and support children. Each point is supported by an example from my own experience as a parent praying for my children,” says Ward. “I will also explore how prayer can help us to lift up freshness, innocence, and spontaneity in our own thinking.”

julie_wardWHEN: Sunday February 17, 2013 2:00 pm

WHERE: The new Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites in Bossier.
2015 Old Minden Road, Bossier City, LA 71111

WHO: From childhood, Julie Ward loved to dance. She danced with a small regional company and eventually became its associate director and choreographer. She taught jazz and ballet to everyone from the tiniest little ones to the professional class. Dancing taught her to value discipline, obedience, and persistence—foundational qualities for the practice of Christian Science. Friends and family began asking her to pray for them and her healing practice was born. Ward is now a full-time practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. As member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, Ward travels from her home in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

For more information call (318) 869-0062 or email csrrshv@comcast.com. You can also download our flyer here (PDF).

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Absolute Faith http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2012/11/05/absolute-faith/ Mon, 05 Nov 2012 23:22:42 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=251

BY DON FLEMING 

Impalas are amazing leapers. They can jump up about 10 feet into the air. While running, they can cover up to 30 feet in a single bound.  However, impalas can be contained inside a six-foot high fence if they cannot see outside the fence – they will not jump where they cannot see.

Isn’t this exactly the same type limitation that mortal mind would like to place on man?  Aren’t we all, at times, limited of our full potential because we won’t leave our ‘comfort-zone’ and step-out in unwavering faith?

In 2011 I had an opportunity to make a complete lifestyle change and move to another state.  This move included selling a house in a deprived real estate market (a house that was debt free), purchasing the right house in the perfect location (which would now include a mortgage) and moving to a larger city where I virtually knew very few people – in other words, start a new life.  Wow, talk about leaving a comfort zone!  I suddenly seemed to be faced with the ultimate challenge of total FAITH.

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” says Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 444.  I was praying to know that God was directing my every step but more important that “not my will, but Thine be done”.  Also, in 2 Corinthians 5:7 we read “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. Just because we, as mortals, can’t see the end result in a given situation, constitutes the very need for our complete faith and trust in God.  Like the impalas, we too can be imprisoned by animal magnetism – thoughts of fear, doubt, lack, limitation, etc.

As I daily prayed for guidance, the following story in Luke was very comforting.  It showed  me how we must launch out in into the deep, with complete faith, never doubting, and in return what a blessing we receive.

Luke 5: 1-11

 1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

6And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

7And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

10And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

11And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Yes, I did launch out into the deep, with giant steps of faith, when I made my decision to relocate.  And, like the fishermen, I have been greatly blessed, as a result.

When we move forward in faith, listen to God for His direction and follow His command, should we ever doubt the outcome?

Don Fleming lives in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Photo by Tram2

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Perfectly Planted http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2012/11/05/perfectly-planted/ Mon, 05 Nov 2012 23:16:04 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=247 Plant with raindrop

BY DON FLEMING

In the area of the country where I live, the summer months can be extremely hot and dry, especially when there is little or no rainfall from June to August. One summer afternoon a couple of years ago, I was watering my parched brown shrubs and plants just enough to keep them alive, when I noticed a small, very green, very healthy little plant outside of the area I was watering.

On closer inspection, I was totally upset by what I saw. The small green plant was growing out of a very tight crevice in the concrete between my driveway and the foundation of my house. My first thought was “Well, if I wanted you to grow and be healthy, you wouldn’t!” Here I was, trying to water my shrubs just enough to keep them in existence, and this little plant was doing well without my help.

As I continued my watering chores in the yard, I couldn’t get that healthy little green plant out of my thoughts. Then I looked at the picture from a totally different perspective. If you stood back and looked at the small plant, it was in perfect alignment with the water faucet that was about a foot above it. As I used the faucet to do my watering, any water that dripped from where the garden hose was connected to the faucet fell directly on the spot where the plant had taken root.

Well, a light bulb came on. Wasn’t it apparent what was happening here? I applied the situation to our own lives. If we choose to root ourselves in a solid foundation of truth, look upward to the Father as our source, and align our thoughts with His knowledge of man’s true, perfect being, we can experience all the good that God has for each of us too. This abundance that we receive and enjoy in our daily lives is manifested in health, supply, love, joy, and peace, and we will be sustained as we grow spiritually, no matter where we have been planted. “How could I be mad at the little plant for teaching me that?”

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul says, “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:38, 39). Mary Baker Eddy tells us a similar thought: “Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man’s happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 304). Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we are never separated from God’s love and constant care.

I’ve learned that we all need to grow, bloom, and let our light shine, even if at times we find ourselves “between a rock and a hard place.” Therefore, we should give our very best, because God needs us in that exact place to express His goodness—no one else can fill our niche.

Don Fleming lives in Bossier City, Louisiana.

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Healed of Smoking and Drinking http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2012/10/15/healed-of-smoking-and-drinking/ Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:55:15 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=224 I was raised in a mainstream Christian denomination and I attended Sunday school and regular church services. Later, when I entered the military at the age of 18, I found myself doing things with my buddies which included using alcohol and tobacco. After returning to civilian life, it seemed normal to continue these habits. But, I do not blame military life for this, as these were personal choices which could have been made anytime and anywhere. Later after marriage and children, these behaviors brought unhappiness into our home life and began to threaten my work life.

After a serious bout of drinking one night, I was unable to go to work and I came to the realization that if it continued I would probably lose my job and maybe my family. When I reported to work after this experience, I kept smoking about a pack a day but trimmed back on the drinking. A friend in the small town where we lived was a Christian Scientist, who I turned to for prayerful help, and I started learning about this teaching to the extent that I wanted it in my life too. But, I could not overcome the smoking. Despite going several days now and then without a cigarette, the habit was hard to break.

I knew that Christian Science followers did not smoke or drink and, at that time, this abstinence was a requirement for church membership. One night I fell on my knees alone in my room and held up a cigarette in my hand. I said something like “Dear God, this is something I like more than I love you. Please, help me.” I knew that this thinking couldn’t be true and that revelation freed me. The craving for tobacco was gone and shortly thereafter the desire for alcohol also left. I was free, and began the serious study of Christian Science which made me a new man. I became a member of the Mother Church and joined a local branch church and have been active in church work ever since.

This experience took place over 50 years ago. I am deeply grateful to God and to Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science, which has shown me a new way of living a life in service to God, based on the healing works of Christ Jesus.

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Working With A Song Reveals Freedom http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2011/08/15/working-with-a-song-reveals-freedom/ Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:57:05 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=227 One day I was working with a song I had written, changing a few lines to fit more of a Christian Science way of thinking because a friend and I were going to perform it for a Christian Scientist. I was changing the line from “never recognized by my past or my shame” to “never recognized by my history or genes”. Suddenly the thought came to look up the word ”history” in the concordance to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

What I found was beautiful. On page 547, line 29 reads, “The true theory of the Universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development.” I took this to mean that a man is not tied to what he has done, not done, or inherited. A man truly is his spiritual development. I was ecstatic. There it was right in front of me. Such a freeing thought. It freed me from my past completely including all mistakes, injuries, heartbreaks, even all things known or unknown to me.

My true history is in my spiritual development. Instantly the realization came to me that I could apply this to all others making it easier to forgive and forget. Their true history is their spiritual development too. I could apply this fresh idea of no history to my Church, my Reading Room, and even the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It didn’t matter if it happened a hundred years ago or just moments ago. All guilt, anger and frustration just lifted from me like a cloud and floated away. Any fear I had over genetically inherited disease left too. Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Retrospection and Introspection, “The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged “. Expunged means to erase or strike out; to eliminate completely; annihilate. I was finally free. I could forgive others and myself and move forward with a renewed spirit.

Well, we performed the tune for our class, our gift to our teacher. It was difficult for me not to cry tears of joy during the performance. I was, and am, eternally grateful.

Denise Spohn Osborn

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Broken Jaw Healed http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2011/06/15/broken-jaw-healed/ Wed, 15 Jun 2011 23:59:18 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=231 The study and applications of the teachings of Christian Science have brought me spiritual unfoldment, healings and opportunities to help others.

One of these healings occurred when in an automobile collision my chin struck the steering wheel with force, cutting my lip and pushing the lower front teeth back an inch. This was a shock and rather traumatic so I called a Christian Science practitioner who calmed and comforted me with assurances of God’s everpresence as our refuge and strength. She said she would continue to support me in prayer. I was able to tend to details. The lip stopped bleeding and there was no pain. A friend suggested that I go to a dentist to have the teeth put back in line. I called one and this kind man said to come to his office. When he looked in my mouth he said, “I cannot help you because your jaw is broken.” He said he would arrange for a physician to set the bone and left me alone. I had never resorted to medical treatment. I prayed silently, “Father, I am listening for thy guidance and am willing to do what is right. “Not my will, but thine be done.”

The dentist came to say he had been unable to locate a doctor but would keep trying. I thanked him and said that I would go home. A fellow church member came and took me home. She was very supportive.

I called the practitioner to tell her what had transpired. She said that she would pray with me, whatever I decided to do. I told her that I always relied on God and knew that with Him all things are possible, as the Bible says. I turned to Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. On page 402 she writes, “Christian Science is always the most skilful surgeon, but surgery is the branch of its healing which will be last acknowledged. However, it is but just to say that the author as already in her possession well-authenticated record of the cure, by herself and her students through mental surgery alone, of broken bones, dislocated joints, and spinal vertabrae.” Of course, I would choose the most skilful surgeon!

My sister came to my home and was a great help. She, the practitioner and I held to the fact that my true body, my spiritual identity, was intact and not touched by accident or injury and that this fact could be demonstrated as Christ Jesus proved.

My lip healed, the teeth went back into place and the jaw became normal. On the eighth day I served as Reader in our church with no difficulty. I am truly grateful for the dedicated work of the practitioner, and for the help of my sister and friend. Their undoubting support certainly contributed to the healing. I am thankful for the greater confidence and spiritual enlightenment this healing brought.

E.M.

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Nursery http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2011/02/08/nursery/ Tue, 08 Feb 2011 16:03:45 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=75 Babies and toddlers up to the age of 3 are invited to our nursery during the church services. Surrounded by a beautiful hand painted mural the children will enjoy Bible stories, activities, and the earliest teachings of Love. Christian Science Nursery

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A view inside our church http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2011/02/08/67/ Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:42:39 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=67 Church SanctuaryOur church sanctuary is warm and welcoming. The light streaming through the windows adds to the loving feeling you will have during our services. Won’t you join us? We meet every Sunday morning at 10:30am and each Wednesday at 7:00pm.

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Come visit our bookstore! http://christianscienceshreveport.org/2010/08/02/come-visit-our-bookstore/ Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:45:48 +0000 http://christianscienceshreveport.org/?p=5 Shreveport Reading Room Bookstore

Our Christian Science Reading Room is open Tuesday through Friday 10-2. We are located at 3424 Line Avenue, in the church building.

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