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[The above is substantially the text of the program released (or broadcast the week of December 27, 1963—January 2, 1964, in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You," heard internationally over more than 800 stations. This is one of the weekly programs prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]
RADIO PROGRAM No. 91 - What the New Year Can Bring You
INTERVIEWER: Many feel the need for a fresh start, for newness of life for renewed activity. Walter Kerr commented on this in his book, "The Decline of Pleasure." (Simon and Schuster, New York, Copyright 1962.) He said: "If there were actually in the universe a regenerative power that could fill us with fresh life, that could add to our very being still more being, shouldn't we be willing to prize it more highly than the labors that seem to drain our being away? . . . Some sort of rebirth is what we are asking for."
What about this desire for a fresh start, for fresh life? As a Christian Scientist do you believe that such regeneration is really possible?
SPEAKER: There is such a regenerative power, and that's why a fresh start is possible for everyone. A genuine fresh start demands a change of thought, a deep underlying transformation, or regeneration, of thought as its basis. At the very heart of the teachings of the Master, Christ Jesus, is the fact that there is a regenerative power at hand right now and that a change of thought or a regeneration of thought is necessary to avail ourselves of this power. The newness of life, the rebirth, that such a change of thought brings is not superficial. It is spiritual, redemptive, deep-running, genuine. It goes far beyond the merely physical or mental exhilaration to which Mr. Kerr probably referred.
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