Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday health

What Christmas means for our health

by Eric Nelson

There’s a poignant scene in the animated TV classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Charlie Brown, frustrated with the over-commercialization of the holiday, exclaims, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” To this, his trusty sidekick Linus responds by reciting the story of Jesus’ birth as described in the book of Luke:
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Victory over victimization

120-J4-RL5LRL43Is there an answer to feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness? My colleague Anna Bowness-Park from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun and shares an experience of Serena Williams. For anyone thinking about stealing a cell phone, targeting tennis champion Serena Williams as a victim would not be an obvious or wise […]  Read more...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Getting the self-help that's right for you

What Do You Look for in a Self-Help Book?
A guest post written by Pamela Scott from Poway Rancho Bernardo, California Am I ready to change? I came across this great question posed by author Ann Marie Ludovici, MS, in Change Your Mind, Change Your Health, which I flipped through while in the Health and Wellness section at my local bookstore. There were quite […]   Read more...
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Monday, December 14, 2015

An unexpected blessing

Calamity Leads to Search for Happinessby Don Ingwerson “…[C]alamities drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happiness and existence.” So offers Mary Baker Eddy, a nineteenth-century health researcher. I think any such calamity can impel us to search for happiness. Take the incident I found myself in when my safely-parked car was severely damaged by a […]   Read more...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

The sounds of Christmas

120-FIYQ45W5by Don Ingwerson For me – and for many others – Christmas is a time of prayer, peace, celebration, and love. What also makes this such a special time of year is the incredible volume of music that has been written and sung to celebrate the Christmas message. One such song is ‘O Holy Night,’ […]  Read more...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One step at a time

Spurred on to Find HealingA guest post written by Joan Clark from Redlands, California I recently saw an ad that was obviously meant to startle readers with its size, bold type, and large font: “Got Knee Pain?” While the services offered pain relief, it was clear from the advertisement that there was no attempt to provide a cure. This […]   Read more...
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

The portable pastor

Pastorby Don Ingwerson I had forgotten about this video explaining the Christian Science pastor in a humorous and effective way, until I recently saw it shared on Facebook. All of life’s concerns – including health problems – can be addressed by relying on this pastor. It’s a classic! Click here to watch this video:   Read more...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honoring our veterans, Nov 11, 2015

"In your peaceful homes remember our brave soldiers, whether in camp or in battle. Oh, may their love of country, and their faithful service thereof, be unto them life-preservers!" —Mary Baker Eddy 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Love rules!

God's LoveA guest post written by Stewart Moses from Palos Verdes, California The medical field finds that categorizing diseases helps greatly in developing treatments and effecting cures, and two of the biggest disease categories are hereditary and contagious. Hereditary diseases are understood to occur when human genes malfunction or have hidden flaws that can appear as […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Prayer and safety

Pray for the safety of your children

Posted by  on his SpiritView blog
Pray for the safety of your children
There are many ways parents can bless their children, and praying for their safety is one of them.
Prayer has far reaching consequences. Its effect does not reside simply in the immediate physical locale of the one who is praying. Its effect is felt by anyone the prayer’s blessings rest upon.
There is no space or distance in Mind.
What is true in one locale of Mind is true in every locale of Mind. So, when a parent prays to know their children are safe in divine Love’s presence, protected and cared for by the intelligent and wise Mind of God, that truth will be felt by their children, even if only unconsciously. And it will have a good effect on their experience.

Christmas Lessons & Carols recital 2015

Please join us for an afternoon of music, praise and reflection as we prepare our heart for Christmas

Sunday, December 6, 2015
at 3pm

Ellie Choate ~ Harpist
Megan O'Toole ~ Soloist
Cathi Beneschan ~ Soloist
David Stoebner ~ Organist

All are welcome.
A reception will follow.

Start the holidays season with thanks

Join us for a cornucopia of fruits of the spirit as we share gratitude and praise to God for the many blessings in our lives.

Thanksgiving Day Service
Thursday, November 26, 2015

All are welcome, so feel free to bring your friends and family.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The strength of forgiveness

120-YOQRWJOQRR4Are there limits to forgiveness? My colleague from Connecticut, Linda Ross, writes about Malala, a Pakistani teenager who survived a dramatic assault by a Taliban gunman. Have you ever struggled to “turn the other cheek”, as Jesus put it? Here’s a good example of how it is done: “I was never angry, not for a moment. […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Food for thought (and thought for food)

120-CIOW4Q-3QA guest post written by Robert Nafie from Arcadia, California You don’t have to look very far these days to find advertisements for healthy food alternatives – magazines, radio, TV, the internet, even social media like Facebook , YouTube, and others. Some of these ads have a lot of benefit to them. Efforts to reduce […]   Read more...
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Looking deeper into reality

Is Reality Truly Material?“We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.” This is a powerful statement – made even more powerful by the fact that it was written not in the 21st or the 20th century, but by a woman – Mary Baker Eddy – in the 19th century. Why is […]   Read more...
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Living on purpose

A Life of Purpose Increases Longevity

At one point when I returned to my childhood home, I found I still had vivid memories of past events, even though buildings had decayed and schools were closed. I had a chance to catch up with those I hadn’t seen since I was a teenager: What were they doing with their lives? Were they fulfilling their dreams and achieving the purposes they had outlined years ago? How did they see themselves?
Each had a unique story – family, profession, children, marriage, all told with a sense of pride. No one mentioned age, only what seeds they had sown in life and how those seeds had grown and blossomed. Catching up with my friends, I found myself wondering how they could have achieved their goals there in that small town.
But what I realized is that people are unique in what drives them. And apparently researchers and psychologists agree: “What your purpose is does not matter, just to feel there is one could be enough.” Their conclusions from a 14-year study involving 6,000 people substantiate what you probably suspected all along: health and longevity correlate with keeping busy and living a life of purpose.
The important thing is, these research findings aren’t really new to most people. I find thatMary Baker Eddy, a 19th-century health researcher who was also a proponent of purpose in life, takes this line of thinking even further: “The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should.” Her idea of purpose tied health directly to a spiritual relation to God. “To live aright” suggests having a life purpose that has a spiritual component, and she proved that it leads to health, as researchers today are finding. One researcher indicated, “There’s something unique about finding a purpose that seems to be leading to greater [health and] longevity.”
There is a broad pathway for health and longevity through keeping busy and having a meaningful purpose in life. And an important, added benefit to a life of purpose is that quality of life also increases. It is never too late to find your purpose in life. It doesn’t matter where you live. Living with meaningful purpose, many have gained direction, greater happiness, and increased longevity. You can, too.
Article first published in Blogcritics.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The school of life

120-Y99RLVWJRQRIs finding good in others a healthy way to live our lives? Russ Gerber works in media relations. He spent many years in news programming, most notably with The Christian Science Monitor. He is passionate about the subject of health care and I want to share with my Southern California readers his recent Psychology Today article. “Earth’s […]   Read more...
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Prayer conquers pain

by Don Ingwerson There’s something to learn from each of these Lives Lived videos. Here’s a new video that I wanted to share with you: Meet Carlos. He had been studying Christian Science for about five years and then had a foot problem that he decided to address through Christian Science prayer. Within a few […]  Read more...
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Victors, not victims

We Are Not Helpless Victims
A guest post by Robert Schult from Monrovia, California It seems we’re bombarded by accounts of man’s inhumanity to man. Just recently, 49% of Americans polled were worried that they or a family member might become a victim of terrorism while another poll revealed that one in four households was victimized by crime. Adding to these fears […]   Read more...
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Monday, October 5, 2015

"Don't Panic!"

The phrase "Don't panic" is more than just a cute quip from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a possible attitude to claim and maintain even in the most challenging circumstances, as the following blog post bears out:
120-Y9N45JQQJWhere can you look when you feel anxious or uneasy? My colleague Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson has an answer to this question that he shares in his recent column with Positively Naperville.  Searching for a path to help individuals reestablish their peace of mind that does not include drugs and their possible side effects or addiction, some scientists […]   Read more...
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Anything can be healed

by Don Ingwerson 
Aren’t these Lives Lived videos great? Here’s a testimony by Angie, who was diagnosed with severe pneumonia. She decided to find healing through Christian Science treatment and prayer instead of accept the recommendation of being treated immediately at the hospital. Within a few weeks she found complete healing. To watch this video, […]   Read more...
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Monday, September 28, 2015

A healthy dose

The best medicine

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The best medicine
A wise physician once said, “The best medicine for humans is love.” Someone asked, “What if it doesn’t work?” He smiled and answered, “Increase the dose.” ~ Unknown

Friday, September 25, 2015

Duke University & the Science of Christianity

Presenting Christian Science to Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Healthby Don Ingwerson I’ve been following Dr. Harold Koenig’s work at Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health for a number of years, and recently he shared his thoughts on the link between health and prayer on NPR. It was an interesting discussion, and you can listen to it here: Is there a link […]   Read more...
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Self-Identification and Disease

120-FED4JJQJRMy colleague Eric Nelson writing for the September 20, 2015 Communities Digital News shares good reasons to exchange a disease-prone view of ourselves for one that is more heath-inducing. “Get down off your cross.” Harsh words, perhaps, especially when you consider that the one who said them is a longtime hospital chaplain, and the woman she was […]   Read more...
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The healthy side effects of prayer

Emilyby Don Ingwerson Here’s another great story of healing through Christian Science. Meet Emily. She needed to address an eating disorder and did so by working and praying with a Christian Science Practitioner for about a year. At the same time, her eyesight improved and she found she no longer needed glasses. To watch this […]   Read more...
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Grace expresses gratitude ... and vice versa

Is gratitude important? Can its practice have an impact on one’s health and physical well-being? My colleague Wendy Margolese from Northern Ontario, Canada shares a spiritual perspective on this topic. Many cultures around the world have a unique way of offering grace before a meal, whether over a bowl of pasta or a plate of pad […]  Read more...
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Upcoming Events, Talks & Chats

shared via Prayer That Heals

Find out more about prayer and healing.  Come to a talk about healing prayer, join in an informal chat or Bible study fellowship, attend Christian Science church services or listen to an inspiring radio program with testimonials of healing.

Los Angeles, CA - THE TIME FOR HEALING IS NOW Sep 19, Sat 9:30 AM - Brian Kissock, Speaker.  The...
Irvine-Laguna Hills - CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: EFFECTIVE PRAYER Sep 27, Sun 2:00 PM - Brian Kissock, Speaker. ...
Los Angeles, CA (near LAX) - TO BE YOUR OWN PHYSICIAN—THE HEALING POWER OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE -Oct 3, Sat 2:00 PM - Kari Mashos, Speaker Christian...
Laguna Beach, CA - TO BE YOUR OWN PHYSICIAN - THE HEALING POWER OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Oct 4, Sun 2:00 PM - Kari Mashos, Speaker. This lecture...
Goleta, CA - DOES CHRISTIAN SCIENCE REALLY HEAL SICKNESS AND SIN? Oct 4, Sun 2:00 PM - John Q. Adams, Speaker. Print flyer...
Escondido, CA - SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS FOR DESPERATE SITUATIONS Oct 10, Sat 1:00 PM - Lorenzo Rodriguez, Speaker...
Camarillo, CA - CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: EFFECTIVE HEALINGOct 25, Sun 1:00 PM - Brian Kissock, Speaker.  Learn...
Laguna Niguel, CA - DIVINE LOVE: THE ANSWER TO UNIVERSAL HEALTH Nov 7, Sat 10:00 AM - José de Dios Mata,...
Ventura, CA - CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT HEALS Nov 20, Fri 7:30 PM - Michelle Nanouche, Speaker. ...

Choose which talks might be right for you. The members of the Board of Lectureship are practitioners and teachers of Christian Science healing.  They have varied backgrounds and come from all over the world.  Find out more.

More speakers in Southern California

Online Events & Radio ProgramsTo check what time these events will be in another zone, go to:

Online - Mother Church Sunday Service Sep 20, Sun 7:00 AM - (Pacific Time)  "Listen...
Sentinel Radio Sep 20, Sun 9:00 AM - (Pacific Time) 30-minute Radio...
Online - Mother Church Wed Testimony Meeting Sep 23, Wed 11:00 AM - (Pacific Time)  Join an online...
Online Chat - Victor not victim Sep 29, Tue 11:00 AM - (Pacific Time) If you have ever...

Increased spirituality, increased healing

2015 Manager's Message: Increased Spiritual Perspective Brings Healingby Don Ingwerson 
Here’s Russ Gerber’s 2015 Manager’s Message! He’s the Manager for Committees on Publication, and his message fine tunes the health focus that all Committees have been working on for the last several years – since one of the most significant impositions on the public is the belief that health is in the […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Confidence and Health

Finding Confidence to Ensure Health
A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen from Monrovia, California When I read a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about insurance, it reminded me of when I told my parents that I was discontinuing my health insurance. I felt that my study of Christian Science was giving me an understanding of God that was meeting […]   Read more...
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Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11 remembered with prayer

shared via Virginia Harris, CSB

The Lord is the shepherd of my thoughts;
I shall not want for divine ideas.
He makes me rest in the awareness of my own divinity:
He leads me to the inner stillness.
He restores my soul to its inner purity:
He guides me in the right use of my powers and abilities.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of doubt,
I will fear no evil – for thou art with me;
Thy power and thy presence, they comfort me.
Thou preparest an unlimited blessing for me, in every situation:
Thou anointest my head with understanding;
My whole being is filled with the light of thy understanding.
Surely God’s ideas are mine all the days of my life:
And I shall dwell in this perfect awareness forever.
–Author Unknown

The reign of the kingdom of heaven within

Daily Thought from the weekly Bible lesson
This week's subject: Substance

September 11, 2015
Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

True refuge for the refugees

Prayer for the refugees

Posted by  on Sep 8, 2015

Prayer for the refugees

It is heart rending to read about the thousands of refugees fleeing the ravages of war in the Mid-East in search of a safe place to live. The image of the dead boy found on a beach in Turkey captured the world’s attention and accentuated just how desperate these people are. The refugees certainly need our prayers and open hearts to help find their way to a resting place they can trust.
In my prayers, I pray to see them in the presence of God no matter where they are standing at the moment. To see that they are not alone, that God goes before them and that divine Love prepares a path for them to walk that leads to a home they can trust. ...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Fear is unhealthy

by Don Ingwerson Mary Baker Eddy once said of the press: “The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows and diseases among the human family.” And, “Looking over the newspapers of the day, one naturally reflects that it is dangerous to live, so loaded with disease seems the very air.” Listen as Stephanie Hanes, journalist and […]   Read more...
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