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I was a “problem gambler” in my 20s, playing the fruit machines (one-armed bandits) in the West End of London, day in and day out. On the occasional time when I managed to leave victorious over the odds, the glow of victory was short-lived.

Britain’s rethink of gambling

Britain’s government under Prime Minister Theresa May has decided that state-regulated gambling may be out of control. One sign: Personal losses from gambling rose 12 percent in 2015.

'Tis borne on the zephyr at eventide’s hour ...'

’Tis borne on the zephyr at eventide’s hour; It falls on the heart like the dew on the flower,— An infinite essence from tropic to pole, The promise, the home, and the heaven of Soul. —Mary Baker Eddy, Poems, p.

The authority of spiritual law

In a recent random Bible opening, my eyes fell upon a verse that reads: “That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up” ( Daniel 3:5 ). The verse refers to a time in Babylon during the Hebrew captivity when King Nebuchadnezzar enacted a law he expected everyone to obey.

‘No virus found’

​When we run antivirus software on our computers, we always hope to see the message “No virus found. ” The purpose of antivirus software, of course, is to detect and remove computer viruses since a virus can wreak havoc on a computer system.

The truth about all of God’s creation

I have spent my whole life working with animals and have particularly appreciated this statement by Mary Baker Eddy: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 514 ).

Shaping our course Spiritward

If you asked almost anyone what things they do every day, you can imagine what would make the list. Handling demands at work, running errands, having or preparing meals, cleaning, reading, caring for family members, chatting with friends, being online, watching TV—pretty routine stuff.

On the web

Christian Science Sentinel—Audio Podcast “Fear not …” by Kate Johnson Kate shares three instances when she saw God’s loving care both destroy her fear and keep her safe. for more, visit:  sentinel.

The answer to friend problems? Love!

Problems with a friend had this author rehashing the situation over and over. What happened when she got mentally still and listened for God’s direction? She heard this message: love!

On the web

Christian Science Sentinel Loving, not blaming by Lindsey Biggs Having a challenging day? This author writes about how prayer can reverse a downward spiral. for more, visit:  sentinel.