God Blesses All

Republishing this audio program where I share an experience about how God controls and blesses.

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In this audio program I share an experience about how God controls and blesses. (Note: It’s an “oldie,” but worth republishing.  Enjoy!

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God Blesses All

In this audio program I share an experience about how God controls and blesses.

The post God Blesses All appeared first on Mark Unger C.S..

In this audio program I share an experience about how God controls and blesses. (Note: It’s an “oldie,” but worth republishing.  Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

 

The post God Blesses All appeared first on Mark Unger C.S..

Pastor comfort at Christmas and all year long

An audio program where I share some thoughts about experiencing the type of comfort and joy that lasts the whole year through and some of the gifts I have received from the Christian Science pastor.

An audio program where I share some thoughts about experiencing the type of comfort and joy that lasts the whole year through and some of the gifts I have received from the Christian Science pastor.

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The Celebrity Endorsement – is there a better influence for health?

The celebrity influence is pervasive in our lives. We take our cues from celebrities on what to wear, what to watch and how to spend our money. And, we listen to their health advice. This advice spreads more easily these days with the growth of social media. After all, Katy Perry – promoter of vitamin […]

CelebrityThe celebrity influence is pervasive in our lives. We take our cues from celebrities on what to wear, what to watch and how to spend our money. And, we listen to their health advice.

This advice spreads more easily these days with the growth of social media. After all, Katy Perry – promoter of vitamin supplements – has 80 million Twitter followers; that’s 77 million more than the World Health Organization!

Studies consistently show that celebrity culture can influence extreme health-related behaviour – such as excessive screening and testing. And celebrity body shapes, often Photo-shopped, influence how we want to appear – unrealistic portrayals that give rise to unhealthy eating habits and/or elective cosmetic surgery.

If we give pause to the celebrity hype, we see it is not all reasonable. But research suggests there is an underlying rationale as to why we follow health and lifestyle advice from celebrities that have no scientific expertise in these fields.

“It makes sense to follow a model’s advice on fashion or an actor’s advice on presentation,” says Steven Hoffman, assistant professor at the McMaster school of medicine, “but celebrity status causes a “halo effect” that gives a cloak of trustworthiness which extends well beyond [the celebrities’] industry expertise.”

Canadian researcher, Alan Cassels, author of Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease, suggests we shouldn’t be too dazzled by “celebrity magnetism.” He also expresses concern that reacting to certain endorsements can be both financially costly and physically harmful.

Yet, in our sincere desire to obtain good health advice, we look for guidance that comes from expertise and with evidence that underpins the health care claim.

Jesus was considered a celebrity for his day. People talked about him; crowds followed him wherever he went; and, they listened to his every word. What drew them from miles around to see and hear this itinerant preacher? Well, the effectiveness of his divinely scientific health advice was in his healing works – from chronic to incurable, nothing was impossible to heal!J. preaching

What health advice did Jesus endorse that resulted in such healing? It was advice he had gleaned from his own experience in understanding man’s relationship to a loving Creator, God, and how that love is expressed to others.

Here are a few points from one of his most salient sermons centuries ago:
• Forgive others and you will be forgiven: today, health studies recommend forgiving those who have wronged you – it leads to a healthier heart and lower stress levels
• Be less concerned with getting than with giving: today, research shows that giving to others increases health benefits in people with chronic illness
• Treat others as you would like to be treated: today, this Golden Rule is still touted as a hallmark of a healthy, moral society

Jesus also stated that we had a similar relationship with our divine Creator as he did when he promised that we could do the same healing by following these guidelines to health. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:12 NLT)

His teachings are relevant today because they help us understand how to accept God’s power and guidance in our lives. As he proved, the acknowledgment of our relationship as a beloved child of a loving Creator, God, ensures all our health needs are well met.

Health advice worthy of endorsement and offered by an expert in his field!

This article is published throughout Ontario in Metroland Media sites such as Durham Region news.

Thanks to the Bauman Association!

They saw the need and now we have two vans. Our two new vans are now in service, and Independent Living residents are already putting them to good use. Now residents and guests will be treated to comfortable and smooth rides to church services at The Mother Church and many other activities around the Boston […]

Red Van They saw the need and now we have two vans.

Our two new vans are now in service, and Independent Living residents are already putting them to good use. Now residents and guests will be treated to comfortable and smooth rides to church services at The Mother Church and many other activities around the Boston area.

White Van

These vans came at a perfect time and we could not be more grateful to the Bauman Association for their generosity.

To find out how you can give to the BA, check out the current initiatives in the Giving section of the website.

Or see our Wish List.

A Special Gift from the Bauman Association!

They saw the need and now we have two vans. Our two new vans are now in service, and Independent Living residents are already putting them to good use. Now residents and guests will be treated to comfortable and smooth rides to church services at The Mother Church and many other activities around the Boston […]

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Red Van They saw the need and now we have two vans.

Our two new vans are now in service, and Independent Living residents are already putting them to good use. Now residents and guests will be treated to comfortable and smooth rides to church services at The Mother Church and many other activities around the Boston area.

White Van

These vans came at a perfect time and we could not be more grateful to the Bauman Association for their generosity.

To find out how you can give to the BA, check out the current initiatives in the Giving section of the website.

Or see our Wish List.

The post A Special Gift from the Bauman Association! appeared first on www.chbenevolent.org.

Stop – in the name of love

This is a published article about breaking through the barriers of hurry, self centeredness and fear enough to stop and help someone in need on the street. You can listen to it or read it.

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This is a published article about breaking through the barriers of hurry, self centeredness and fear enough to stop and help someone in need on the street.  You can listen to it or read it.

http://journal.christianscience.com/shared/view/26xfr9q7od8?s=e

 

 

Happy Valentines Day: The Health Benefits of Giving

From boxes of chocolates to bouquets of roses, couples will be celebrating romance this February 14th.  Sometimes we all need a reminder on our calendar to recognize the people and things in our lives that we love and appreciate. But Valentine’s Day can also be depressing for single people and couples who are having issues.  It can bring on stress
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Valentines 1From boxes of chocolates to bouquets of roses, couples will be celebrating romance this February 14th.  Sometimes we all need a reminder on our calendar to recognize the people and things in our lives that we love and appreciate.

But Valentine’s Day can also be depressing for single people and couples who are having issues.  It can bring on stress related to social demands or unmet expectations.

Disappointment on Valentine’s Day can lead to much heartache. I experienced this one time when I was faced with what I felt were shortcomings when the family did not meet my expectation for acknowledging me on a special day.  I woke the next day with a raging headache, but gave it no thought thinking it would go away. It was still there raging on the next morning.

I knew that I felt this way due to my ‘raging’ emotions, so I sat quietly – and as I do on a daily basis, I centered my thought not on my disappointments, but on God.  I find that prayer impacts my well-being and a change of thought can lead to changes and adjustments in mental and physical health.   I prayed with the thought of ‘what should I do’? The answer came so clearly – just love.  I humbly absorbed that thought and the feelings of hurt and resentment melted away.  My headache instantly lifted.  I was able to return to my normal happy self, loving all the family – with no hint of past problems or hurt feelings on either side.

So, whether we are spending time with a special someone or going solo, this occasion gives us a chance to celebrate love in a variety of forms. It can have a much wider scope than the commercialization of romantic love portrayed on Valentine’s Day with the Cupid, the God of Love, and his arrows. Parents love their children.  Owners love their pets. We love many of our friends.   How might we each generate more love?

John Lennon said it best: “It matters not who you love, where you love, when you love, or how you love, it matters only that you love.”

Giving is an excellent way to show that love or care for someone. Small gestures can be rewarding and meaningful. Giving to others can not only make us feel good about ourselves; it can also increase our physical well-being.

Recent studies from Johns Hopkins, Cornell University, Michigan, Harvard University and other reputable institutions have documented the positive effects of giving. Studies have shown that qualities like gratitude, celebration, forgiveness and compassion are not only good for the recipients of your generosity-but they can lead to better health and longer life for the person doing the giving. Johns Hopkins researchers found giving to be a “win-win” for everyone.

Giving has also been shown to slow the aging process, increase one’s overall sense of well-being, alleviate chronic pain, and even reduce depression. A study by Cornell University found that volunteering increases a person’s energy, sense of mastery over life, and self-esteem. Other studies have demonstrated that such positive feelings can actually strengthen and enhance the immune system.

Centuries ago, the Bible offered guidelines for giving and loving that are still relevant today: “Give, and it will be given to you. . . . With the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).

So reach out to someone – give and share your love with them.  You will make them feel special and you may be surprised how good it makes you feel as well!

Giving

If you’re like me, once you realize the good that comes from giving to others, you may start to wonder if it is somehow selfish to just keep giving all the time, because now you know how much it adds to your own life! The conclusion I’ve come to is that we are wired to give.

If you’re like me, once you realize the good that comes from giving to others, you may start to wonder if it is somehow selfish to just keep giving all the time, because now you know how much it adds to your own life! The conclusion I’ve come to is that we are wired to give. That is how God created us. I’ve learned through the study of Christian Science that God, our Father and Mother, is the great Giver and that we are made in His/Her image and likeness. That is why it feels so good to give, and when we are tempted to go against that divine impulse, or not embrace it, we don’t feel quite right; we are never quite satisfied.

My quest to better understand the spiritual nature of giving began after I saw how much good God was pouring on me. By the time I was 18 years old, I seemed to have everything I could possibly want in my life: a comfortable home, a steady income and money in the bank, good friendships, and a loving family. These words of Jesus became my motto in high school: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). But while I was always eager to help people by sharing the spiritual inspiration I was getting as a student of Christian Science, from my study of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s writings based on the Bible, life was pretty much “all about me”—I was focused mainly on things I felt I wanted to accomplish. At a certain point, I felt I had so much, but still wasn’t completely satisfied.

Then, when I was 19, an idea came to me to leave it all for a year. I knew that feeling God’s presence, and seeing His work in my life, were the most satisfying things I had experienced, and I wanted to understand God better. I took off on my motorcycle with little money and no plans, and to make a long story short, all my needs were undantly and divinely supplied. It was an amazing trip!

By the time this trip was over, things really began to change as to how I wanted to live my life. I realized that it was kind of empty just living for myself, and I really wanted to start being more unselfish and giving more to others. I had received so much, and I felt I was pretty clear about the source of unending plenty. I had been given the gift of feeling God with me, no matter what—feeling that I was cared for and loved by a Love I could depend on, the ultimate Friend, a loving Father-Mother God, an ever-present help. And I really wanted to share that understanding with others. What Jesus said to his followers rang especially true for me at this point: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8, New King James Version).

After returning home I dived into more of a life dedicated to serving others, and I felt so much more fulfilled and satisfied. As I prayed along the way, listening to God as to what I should be doing, I was led to do many things, including working with troubled teens, starting a youth group, and going back to the Christian Science church I grew up in to contribute to the community through its activities. I also took Primary class instruction, which teaches the specifics about following in Jesus’s footsteps and healing others, and soon after that started a public Christian Science practice in a downtown office.

I’d learned that giving unselfishly to others energizes us because it opens our thinking to inspiration and joy from our heavenly Father. This is far more enriching than a worldly approach of living for ourselves. It’s a universal truth we all know something about: We feel better when we have helped someone else because that is when we feel God with us.

A few years after my trip, I had an experience that really brought the lesson of giving home to me in a way I have never forgotten.

For a time, in addition to my healing work, I had a paint contracting business. One winter when the economy was slow, I heard all the other contractors talking about how business was going to be bad, especially during the winter months. They were really worried about it, but I wasn’t buying this reasoning because I had clearly seen that the human economy was not the determining factor in our experience. I was confident that in fact, God is constantly supplying us with everything we need, always. My experience so far had taught me there was a divine economy of constant abundance that manifested itself in the human experience in dependable ways. I knew that God’s universal laws were in operation, as effective today as in Bible times in meetings everybody’s needs. I took a couple of months off from painting that winter to focus on my healing practice. And when I went back to the painting business afterward, I had no work.

So I prayed. As I was listening for what God was telling me, one word came very clearly to thought: Give. At first I questioned this message, thinking that I didn’t really have much to give—in fact, I needed to get money to pay the bills! But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I had my time and love and talents to give. And as I prayed, I knew that if I was obedient to God’s direction in giving to others, my own needs would be taken care of. In other words, if I sought the kingdom of God first, all the things I needed would be “added unto” me, just as Jesus promised.

I remembered a man living in a nursing home near my house who could use some visits, someone to help uplift his day. So I started visiting him. I also started doing more with my church, like teaching Sunday School and going to the city jail to hold church services and visit with inmates to talk with them and share inspiration from the Bible, Science and Health, and my own life experience.

I spent a couple of weeks following this divine impulse to focus on giving to others. And soon afterward, I found that my financial needs were met as I started getting calls for paint jobs again. As I continued approaching every job with the idea of “giving” uppermost in my mind, I saw how this attitude brought an additional dimension to my work and life. I continued for over 20 years counseling with inmates in various prisons and institutions, praying with and for them, and seeing much healing and regeneration in their lives and in my own. And from that day of renewed focus to this day, a few decades later, I have never been without plenty of employment.

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Another message that Jesus preached proved central to my life: “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6:38, New Living Translation). Yes, this idea has definitely helped me with employment issues, but it is really essential in all aspects of life, to maintain a fuller, happier experience.

Following Jesus’ instruction about giving will fully bless us and transform our lives, by bringing a selfless spiritual perspective to every aspect of our experience. In a very real sense, giving is what living is all about—a focus on helping others and cherishing their spiritual wholeness helps us feel closer to God, the source of all good. Our humble following of Jesus’ precept to give takes our thought away from ourselves, enabling us to be receptive to the divine direction that lifts us to new heights of goodness, peace, and fulfillment.

This humble attitude enriches all aspects of our lives: for example, when I got married, I saw how approaching the relationship with the idea of giving, rather than holding on to expectations of what I was going to get out of it, made for a happier and more enduring relationship. My church involvement over the years has taught me that services and church meetings are much more valuable when I try to bless, through my prayers and love of others, than when I go to get inspiration or have my needs met.

Jesus is an amazing example for us all. His life consisted of literally giving his all for others. And through his example of ultimate selflessness, he was showing us how to live abundant and happy lives. As he said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The understanding that this is what living is all about has brought me to a place where I can happily strive to be a true follower of Christ Jesus. And I feel I understand to some degree what Mrs. Eddy meant when she wrote of “that joy which finds one’s own in another’s good” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 127).

What if everyone realized the joy, abundance, and satisfaction that come from a selfless spiritual focus? Doesn’t that make you want to explore the spiritual possibilities today?

Originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel, February 14, 2011.