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MATERIAL CHURCH ACTIVITY – 14 

      If you have more faith in establishing Christ’s church by material organization than upon the spiritual rock of Christ, then you build upon matter instead of Spirit — build upon sand. Personal combinations, human thought and effort, material ways and means whereby to establish and maintain the church of Christ are weak, vacillating, temporal, subject to divisions, factions, feuds, and all the etcetera of mortal and material phenomena.  Mary Baker Eddy  (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.11)

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MATERIAL CHURCH ACTIVITY – 12 

      No church edifice, no building fund, no money in banks will stand or is secure without the power back of the earthly thrones which is enthroned upon God. Mortals are mutable; you cannot trust them because they cannot trust themselves. There is no basis for either trust. Therefore, as trustees they must be environed and imbued with simplicity, meekness, purity, or else, sooner or later, they must be caught and fall into the meshes of their own error and the snare of the fowler. Mary Baker Eddy   (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.11)

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MATERIAL CHURCH ACTIVITY – 11 

      The currency of government which furnishes you the means of building a church, is faith in God, obedience to God and the understanding of God. This established circulation in thought is as superior to monetary means to obtain success in church formations and the building of church edifices as these qualities of Mind are superior to drugging and drilling for health, and as Christ is beyond catnip. In the true exercise of the power of Mind, you hold in your hands the means, the methods and achievement of all that is good that conspires to benefit man and to honor God. You are His faithful trustee, and to every heir and assign of this mental condition is transmitted your wealth of wisdom and power which builds upon a rock against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.  Mary Baker Eddy   (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.11)

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MATERIAL CHURCH ACTIVITY – 10 

      What should be the objects of the Scientist’s affections, the things of sense or these of Soul? Certainly the latter. His affections will not cleave to corporeal personality which is error. He will not fall in love with error, but fall out with it, and depart from it and cleave to good, Truth, the impersonal good. The objects of his affections are spiritual, not material; his modes of action, success and happiness are removed from the shallows of matter into the grooves of God.  Mary Baker Eddy   (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.11)

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MATERIAL CHURCH ACTIVITY – 9

Men and women have never multiplied. There was never a birth nor a death of man, since man is the idea inseparable from his divine Principle which exists and coexists with God. Our only Father and Mother is God — therefore, the offspring of the flesh, born of a woman, is no more real, scientific or eternal, than a tumor, which the Christian Scientist labors to destroy and so heal the sick.  Mary Baker Eddy   (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.11)

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MATERIAL CHURCH ACTIVITY – 8 

      You will desire that place in society and the world which removes you furthest from them. The fate of ambition is its snare, its only rationality is madness. We should yearn and aspire to rise above the world, its sorrows or its favor, with as great earnestness as to triumph over sickness, sin and death, for worldly ambition leads in the paths of these conditions which are forbidden and forsaken in Christian  Science. Man is not more nor less.  Mary Baker Eddy  (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.11)

 

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MATERIAL CHURCH ACTIVITY – 7 

      If you spiritually take less thought of what appetite craves or desires, about what you eat or drink, then you will drink water instead of coffee, tea or stimulants, and save much expense in cooking and groceries. Your clothing will abide instead of pass away. Your thought will so replenish yourself with wearing apparel that your clothing will be like the widow’s oil, rather than the fashionable ladies’ wardrobe from Parisian models, and much time saved for usefulness instead of being expended on shop­ping, selecting and fitting garments.  Mary Baker Eddy   (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.11)