Monday, August 31, 2015

Stress - not only relieved but removed

Lean on the Divineby Don Ingwerson I live in an area of the country where a lot of families have lost their homes and businesses because of economic conditions. Kids have changed schools and friends. Moms and dads have new pressures – many outside their control. The deeper I look into my community, region, and nation, the more […]  Read more...
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Suffering is not inevitable

120-FBFQQ6WJMy colleague Linda Ross is a health blogger, and legislative and media liaison for Christian Science and Spirituality in Connecticut. In a recent Norwalk Patch she shares examples on how to gain greater freedom of thought and movement.  Some years ago a friend and I were visiting with her grandmother. Granny’s conversation with us was peppered […]   Read more...
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Where we "live and move and breathe"

Relocating? Finding a Healthy, Welcoming HomeA guest post written by Melissa Clendenen from Newport Beach, California Relocating for a career move, a bigger or smaller home, or any other reason, is part of most peoples’ life experience. But it may be surprising to learn how often we move: Americans make an average of 11.7 moves in a lifetime, and from […]   Read more...
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Overcoming the Goliaths in our own lives

Can the Goliath Disease (Alzheimer's) be Defeated?
by Don Ingwerson 
Despite the billions spent on medical research, some health conditions and diseases still appear insurmountable. Take Alzheimer’s disease. When I first heard about this terrible, seemingly untreatable condition, I saw how David must have felt when he first saw the towering figure of Goliath. To everyone else with him at the time, the gauntlet […]   Read more...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Never allergic to God's creation

Lives Lived: Healed of Food Allergies
by Don Ingwerson Here’s another great example of the power of Christian Science to heal. Meet Cynthia. She suffered from severe food allergies, which kept getting worse. She then started reading Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy and found that she could now eat normally. From that point on, she never suffered from food […]   Read more...
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Monday, August 24, 2015

The age of agelessness

120-R3LJH-Q5QVLCIs spiritual growth the key to maintaining good health? My colleague Kay Stroud writes about consciousness, health, and spirituality and practices Christian Science healing. In a recent article Kay challenges us to think more deeply about aging. We live in an age when many seniors are contradicting Shakespeare’s portrayal of age “as infancy, as helplessness and […]   Read more...
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Prayer topic - Aug-Sept 2015

Our August-September metaphysical healing topic is: God sets the pace for progress and unfoldment 

"Whether we build for centuries hence of let tomorrow bound our aim, God sets the pace. Always the same, with instant and eternal grace, God sets the pace." (from a poem by Peter J. Henniker-Heaton, Ideas on Wings, A Collection of Poems from the Christian Science Periodicals, edited by Carol Chapin Lindsey.)

Filled with Love

Healing Addiction by Filling the Spiritual VacuumA guest post written by Robert Moran from Goleta, California For the past several years I have had the opportunity to work with troubled college students as a part-time counselor. Being an active Christian Scientist for nearly forty years, I have come to understand how spiritual principles supersede all other healing methods – including in […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lessons on and off the court

How to Take Lessons Learned in Tennis into Life's Gameby Don Ingwerson Ask anyone what they think is the most important thing in life, and they’ll usually give the same answer – health. So I was not surprised when I met Roy at a community meeting where we discussed spirituality and healthy life styles. What he said showed that the development of qualities of […]   Read more...
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Nothing can stop God-directed activity

Finding Healing on a Walk in PassauA guest post from Rahla Frohlich from La CaƱada, California. Recently my husband and I had the opportunity to walk the cobbled streets of Passau, just over the border in Germany. Our group admired the ancient fortress, which dates back to 1499, while listening with rapt attention to our guide, Andrea. This group consisted of […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Even storms bow to the power of God

Article by Evan Melenbacher

My wife was scheduled to hike up Badger Mountain with a friend a few weeks ago, but not before a valuable lesson was learned.

On the day of the hike, her friend, who lives at the foot of Badger, called and said they might have to cancel because the weather looked stormy. Directly above her house and over the hill was a dark, menacing storm cloud.

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[amazing image by Jason Blum]

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mind and health

Looking Beyond the Brain for Healthby Don Ingwerson Is it important to focus entirely on the body in order to know how to maintain your health? Is health exclusively dependent on material things (blood, bones, etc.), as has been generally accepted over time? Or does the fact that the body is comprised of energy suggest that health is affected and […]   Read more...
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Friday, August 7, 2015

The immediacy of spiritual healing

Lives Lived:by Don Ingwerson Here’s another great video on relying on Christian Science for health and healing! Meet Brian. While dealing with symptoms of a throat infection, a spiritual insight led to a quick recovery. His boss was happy to see him back to work and fully recovered the day after he been by for visit […]   Read more...
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Real power comes from within

© GLOW IMAGES Model used for illustrative purposesThere are qualities we can all bring to any of life’s challenges and my colleague Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson shares a great story about athlete Patrick McCreary.  In the over 80 triathlons held in Illinois this year, people of all ages will stretch themselves physically and mentally while running, biking, and swimming alongside their competitors.  And […]   Read more...
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Stories Worth Reading — True Stories from Inside California Prisons

Everyone likes a good story. Especially ones with a good ending.
Each month Christian Science Chaplains around the state write stories about their ministry work with inmates in prisons, jails and youth facilities. The stories they submit tell of inmate’s lives. Their sorrows, regrets and triumphs. They also tell of their constant battles to spiritually reform their lives—and in some cases even their willingness to risk death by severing connections with former gang members.
No one who hasn’t spent time in a prison or jail can know the mental anguish and physical challenges of incarceration. Prisons can be dark, lonely places. Yet our chaplains volunteer their time to bring the light and joy of the transforming Christ behind their walls.
Of course not all the stories I receive have happy endings or outcomes. But most do. And it is a privilege to share with you these stories of victories won.
And while we don’t mention names or facility locations in order to maintain confidentiality, we hope you can picture the immense joy and peace that comes from the interactions between these dedicated volunteer chaplains and the men, women and youth they serve. We hope these stories touch your heart.If you’d like to post comments just scroll to the bottom of this column.
Thanks for reading,

David Fowler, Editor - Healing our prisons and those in them

In Their Own Words…

In each upcoming email I’ll share something inspiring that a chaplain writes in his or her own words, like the following…
“On my visit to an inmate in late January, (the inmate) was complaining of the inability to eat food without feeling intense stomach pain.  In addition, some of the guards were hostile towards him and kept his cell door window covered so that he could not see out. 
“We spoke about the nature of God and man and how it applied not only to him but to the guards as well as all the other inmates in his building. We also spoke about the importance of reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, and thinking about the ideas presented.  I read some passages to him and he wrote down the references to study. 
“On my next visit, the inmate was full of smiles and happy.  His stomach pain was gone.  The cell door windows were no longer covered, and a new set of guards were assigned to his building that were more caring and respectful.  He felt freer and had a positive outlook on his immediate experience and was looking forward to the future and what he wanted to accomplish when he is released from prison.”

Short Stories & Good Endings

See if these abbreviated stories of spiritual transformation and resulting healing, (submitted by chaplains), don’t make you smile…
  • Following prayer one inmate reported the disappearance of what one prison physician suspected was breast cancer.
  • One inmate desiring to commit suicide abandoned the idea when realizing that death would not bring God’s answer—but that character growth would.
  • An inmate reported he was healed of inflamed kidneys.  He prayed for himself for four days but didn’t eat anything. Others said he would die. The man felt the problem was related to stress. Now he says he feels great. This was his first healing and he was thrilled! A second inmate who was watching what the man was reading, (Christian Science literature), asked if he could see a Christian Science chaplain too.
  • One man, a prior gang leader, separated from his “home boys” in prison to study and practice what he is learning from the weekly Christian Science Bible Lessons; he is now an encouraging spiritual influence and prays to end conflicts in the prison yard.
  • An inmate had been trying to process paperwork through the prison and became frustrated and angry with the bureaucratic prison staff and the rules. Shortly after he became physically sick. He said he soon realized he himself was creating all the suffering and just as Jesus told his disciples, he too threw his net on the right side, letting God guide his thinking. Very quickly he was well again.
  • A man who suffered from headaches, says that now after studying Science and Health the headaches are gone.
  • A man who has spent over 20 years in prison says that Science and Health has saved and changed his life. Now he to be released soon and inquired if there was a church in his hometown that he and his family could join. The chaplain found the address of the church for the man.
  • An inmate who the chaplain has never seen before came to the service waving his arms, speaking loudly and greatly agitated. As the service went on the man calmed down. At the end of the service the man was completely calm, and he told the chaplain that he was “a completely different man” at the conclusion of the service.
  • One man came to a Sunday service having a severe migraine headache and could barely hear. The chaplain prayed. At the conclusion of the service the man was much better. The chaplain continued to pray. When the chaplain visited the next week the man said the next day the migraines stopped, and haven’t returned.
  • One inmate had hearing difficulty and had to use a hearing aid. After praying over a period of time his hearing returned and he no longer needed the hearing aid.
  • An inmate with allergies (by coming in contact with a certain substance) was healed. She had also been a diabetic for 40 years and had progressed spiritually to where she had not had to take insulin for over a year now.
  • A young women told the chaplain she felt Christian Science would be able to keep her from doing what has been bringing her back to jail. The chaplain asked why? She said she felt loved by God for the first time in her life; that she could go to Him and always get help. She depended on drugs to be happy. Now studying Science & Health she said she can trust God to give her everything. “I can’t believe I found God in jail”, she said.
  • An inmate had an infected finger that wasn’t healing and she was concerned it was a staph infection. She and the chaplain prayed to see that she “lived and moved and had her being in Spirit”, and that the only environment was the consciousness of God’s presence. Her finger healed.
  • An inmate who had been meeting with a chaplain for 3 years realized that if he was going to progress spiritually he would have to get rid of anything getting in the way of this progress.  First he cut off his valued ponytail that made him feel “unique and cool”; then he removed the porn that had been on his walls. The inmate said if he was honestly to make progress spiritually he needed to let go of anything that would impair his spiritual progress.
  • One inmate was falsely accused of fighting and beating up another inmate. The accused inmate had been scheduled for release, but due to the alleged incident, her release was denied. Much resentment and tears were shed. However the inmate continued to read the Bible lessons and prayed for the truth to be revealed—which defends all. Soon the other inmate retracted her charges and apologized for the false accusation.
 Have you known anyone who spent time in prison and had a transformative experience?  How do these stories make you feel?  Leave your own comment or story to share with others here:

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spirituality, it's meant to be shared

Sharing Spiritual, Healthy Ideas One Volunteer at a TimeA guest post written by Rhonda Turvey from La Mesa, California Over the past several years, I’ve been happy to participate in a number of local health fairs. My experience has been that many of these gatherings focus on aging and its associated challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. This is to be […]   Read more...
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Know who can change the world? You!

Speaker is Christian Science Practitioner Tom McElroy

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mental vacations or permanent freedom?

Mental Vacations
It’s summertime and the living is not always so easy. Consequently, many people are looking forward to, or heading out on, a summer vacation. The desire for such a break is to be expected since jobs are the leading cause of stress – according to Dr. Paul J. Rosch, Chairman of the Board of the […]   Read more...
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