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ON WHICH SIDE?
When Paul, the apostle, urged his co-workers in the early Christian church to "be ... stedfast" (I Cor. 15:58), he was offering them a practical guide whereby to demonstrate God's power. Steadfastness is an unpretentious quality which brings rich spiritual rewards.
In the Old Testament as well as the New we find clear statement of this fact. The book of Job gives us the following promise (11:15,17): "Thou shalt shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: ... and thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning."
Steadfastness means consistent adherence to one's highest concept of good. The steadfast Christian Scientist, gaining a glimpse of the allness of God, holds to this true concept no matter what the deceptive senses cry out as to the seeming power of evil. He realizes the truth that God's universe, the only universe that exists, is harmonious, beautiful, forever unfolding, and that the real man expresses the illimitable harmony, beauty, and activity of his Marker. When tempted to believe otherwise, he resolutely resists. He does not permit himself to lower his gaze now and then to accept as true the seeming opposite of God's creation, the material world with its dream pictures of insecurity and distress. Instead, he rejects it completely, and his vision becomes "clearer than the noonday," seeing only the abundance of good bestowed by God.
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FALSE BELIEVING IS NEVER COMPULSORY
ALBERT M. CHENEY
ON WHICH SIDE?
DOROTHEA KAHN JAFFE
RUTH M. BARING-GOULD
Mary Tompkins Boyd
MAINTAINING SCIENTIFIC PURITY
ALEC B. MURRAY
DOROTHY HUNT SMITH
LEARNING TO BE STILL
JEANNE GASTMEYER THOMPSON
Hazel Harper Brandner
A QUESTION OF HONESTY AND JUSTICE
Helen Wood Bauman
Robert Ellis Key
One's first attendance at a Christian Science...
Charles Leonard Hudson
It is with heartfelt gratitude that...
Mary T. Ellenwood
For the past twenty-five years...
Margaret E. Hogarth
Late one afternoon I fell to the...
Eleanor Jean Stone
I should like to express my gratitude...
Christian Science came to me...
Mary E. Meyer
My parents became interested in...
Cicely M. Peirson
"What shall I render unto the...
Nathalia L. Kolliner with contributions from Robert E. Kolliner
For the countless ways in which...
Nancy Babcock Mount with contributions from John Robert Mount, Elaine Fielder Babcock
Signs of the Times
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