Free 20-minute workshop on "How to Use the Computer to study the Bible"

The invite below is to a zoom meeting where I will be sharing my computer screen to show the audience how to use the computer websites to study the Bible more deeply. You are welcome to join it. It is free. Please email me back if you want to join, and I will send you a handout that I'll be using.

with love,

Kathy  Merrill

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Hi there,

Kathy Merrill is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Kathy Merrill:  How to study the Bible using the computer!

Time: Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/218259426

 

About ten minutes before 7:00 CST, click on the blue link above. You should see my screen and be able to hear me and talk to me. Be sure your audio and video are on. 

Then I will mute you, so we can’t hear all the background noise.  I’ll keep Ann Rand unmuted so I can see how it is working. She is in Florida and that will allow me to gage if things are coming through to the field.

The meeting is FREE, but I would like you to email me back and let me know you will be getting onto it. I will then send you a handout that I’ll use during the little workshop. The workshop won’t take  but about 20 or 30 minutes.

Please email me at louryn4@gmail.com

With love,

Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas to study the Lesson on "Truth" for January 28, 2018

Dear Friends,

If you are interested in joining a conference call with me on the week's lesson, please email Ann Rand (at annhrand@gmail.com) with your email, name and phone number you would  be calling in on. She will email you back with the procedures and the call in number. Once you are on this list, you will receive the handouts for that week's lesson on Tuesdays. The conference call times are:  Wednesdays at 11:30;  Thursdays at 7:00 am and 11:30. Those times are open, and you don't need to let us know if and when you are getting on that week. Just call in. 

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Here are a couple of study sheets to get started on this week's lesson:

Ideas to ponder about TRUTH

Qualities and attributes of Truth

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Research: Luke 19: Zacchaeus

SYCAMORE TREE IN JERICHO

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OASIS AT JERICHO (see picture above)

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SECTION 5:

John 8:32   Know the truth

Romans 8: Who shall separate us. . .?

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SECTION 6:

Research: II John 1:1-4: the elect lady

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CHILDREN'S IDEAS:

Website for activity about Jairus' daughter

Video on Jairus' daughter

Activity for Zacchaeus

Song of Zacchaeus

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I hope these ideas are helpful to you!

Kathy

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The blog is not sponsored by Peace Haven so it is done at my expense. If you would like to make a contribution to it, please send a check to Kathy Merrill: 707 Turtle Cove, Ballwin, MO 63011. It would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Life," for January 21, 2018

Dear friends,

Here are some ideas on beginning the study of life for this week:

Qualities and Attributes of "Life"

Treatment using definition of God and "Life"

(The treatment above is just a sample of what you can do on your own in amplifying the synonym of "Life".)

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SECTION I: Ps 36:9  

 

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Ideas for studying the lesson on "Sacrament," for Jan. 14, 2018

WHY DO WE KNEEL AND PRAY IN THE COMMUNION SERVICE?

Praying in Communion Services: by Mrs. Eddy  CSJ August 1889 & quoted in Mrs. Hoag's article below:

"The sacrament shall be observed ... by a short interval of solemn and silent self-examination by each member, as to his or her fitness to be called a follower of Christ, Truth; as to his real state of love toward man, and fellowship and communion with Christ; as to whether he is gaining in the understanding and demonstration of Truth and Love, coming out from the world and being separated from error; growing less selfish, more charitable and spiritual, yea, walking worthy of his high calling.”

“One should turn into his consciousness with renewed carefulness the ever- searching light of Truth. Shall it not be a specific time for purging from one's thought all that is unworthy and untrue?”

Word Study: SALVATION

"Communion Services," by Ella Hoag, July 5, 1919, CSS

What is the importance of the Chapter 'Atonement and Eucharist' in S&H according to Mrs. Eddy?

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Research: Passover Meal, Matt. 26

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SECTI0N VI:

 

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Ideas for studying the Lesson on "God" for January 7, 2018

Dear friends,

If you are interested in joining a conference call with me on the week's lesson, please email Ann Rand (at annhrand@gmail.com) with your email, name and phone number you would  be calling in on. She will email you back with the procedures and the call in number. Once you are on this list, you will receive the handouts for that week's lesson on Tuesdays. The conference call times are:  Wednesdays at 11:30;  Thursdays at 7:00 am and 11:30. Those times are open, and you don't need to let us know if and when you are getting on that week. Just call in. 

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Here is some research for various  verses and healings.

SECTION I:

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The Watergate Neh. 8

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SECTION IV:

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Research: John 3,  Nicodemus

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Research: Luke 12:  Seek ye first

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CHILDREN'S IDEAS:

Dorothy Halverson's lesson plan for preschool class

Fishing Game

Gratitude Garden

Let Your Light so Shine

Matching Game

Old and New Testament game

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I hope these ideas are helpful to you.

Kathy

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The blog is not sponsored by Peace Haven so it is done at my expense. If you would like to make a contribution to it, please send a check to Kathy Merrill: 707 Turtle Cove, Ballwin, MO 63011. It would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Christian Science," for the week of December 25, 2017

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Christ Jesus" for December 24, 2017

Dear Friends, 

My sister, Kristy Christian, is giving a FREE Christmas talk called "Unto Us a Son is Given" sponsored by  Biblos Foundation and Peace Haven. It is December 24, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, at First Church of
Christ, Scientist, St. Louis, 5000 Westminster Place. It includes several solos sung by Josh Henn.

You are warmly invited to join us, either at First Church or on a conference call. The number for the conference call is: 712 775 7031  access code: 292822138#

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Here is research on the Lesson:

In Miscellaneous Writings, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “It is most fitting that Christian Scientists memorize the nativity of Jesus. To him who brought a great light to all ages, and names his burdens light, homage is indeed due, -- but is bankrupt” (374:17).

This whole lesson is build around the concept of prophecy!  Every section of the story of Jesus' birth -- the nativity, the shepherds, the wise men, etc. show Jesus to be the fulfillment of prophecy. 

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

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RESPONSIVE READING: Simeon and Anna

Research on Simeon and Anna in Luke 2:25-32

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SECTION IV:

Research: The Shepherds - Luke 2:8-16

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SECTION IV:

Research: Jesus in synagogue at Nazareth - Luke 4:16-21

Video: Jesus of Nazareth:  Jesus preaching in the synagogue

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Ideas to study for the lesson on "Is the Universe. . .?" for December 17, 2017

Dear friends,

My sister, Kristy Christian, is giving a Christmas talk called "Unto Us a Son is Given" sponsored by  Biblos Foundation and Peace Haven. It is December 24, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, at First Church of
Christ, Scientist, St. Louis, 5000 Westminster Place. It includes several solos sung by Josh Henn.

You are warmly invited to join us, either at First Church or on a conference call. The number for the conference call is: 712 775 7031  access code: 292822138#

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Ideas for studying the Lesson on "God the Preserver of Man," for Dec. 10, 2017

Dear friends,

Preserver: a person or thing that preserves; one that saves or defends from destruction or evil; one who keeps safe from harm or dangers;  maintains something in its original state; maintain or keep alive; 

Here is some research for this week's lesson:

RESPONSIVE READING:

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Ideas for studying the Lesson on "God the only Cause and Creator" for Dec. 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

Kathy Merrill is inviting you to a scheduled online Workshop!

Topic: Kathy Merrill's Zoom Meeting on "Strategies for studying the Bible more deeply"
Time: Nov 30, 2017 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/477820684

Click on the link above to join in and listen and watch my screen! You don't have to tell me you are joining in.

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Here is research on the healings, stories, and events in this week's Lesson:

The words 'good' and 'goodness' are used approximately 31 times in the Lesson.

WORD STUDY FOR GOOD

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Research: Gen. 1: 1, 26, 31

"Heaven and Earth," Julia M. Johnston, May 24, 1924, CSS

Listen to a roundtable discussion about Genesis I:  You can find it on JSH online. It is 48 minutes.'           Genesis Roundtable -- First day of creation:  Guests: Edward Little, Caroline Robertson, Glynis Burgdorff, Douglas Keith, David Degler, Lorraine Schwartz;  November 30, 1996, Sentinel Radio 1996

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Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Ancient and Modern Necromancy. . ." for Nov. 26, 2017

JUST A REMINDER:  No conference calls on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. But Wednesday has an extra time for a conference call. Wednesday = 7:30 CS, and 11:30.  If you are on the conference call list, please feel free to call either time. You don't have to tell me.

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Dear friends,

Here is research on some of the stories and events in this week's lesson:

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Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Soul and Body" for November 19, 2017

ATTENTION: The week of Thanksgiving there will be conference calling only on
Wednesday, 7:30 am (CST) and 11:30 (
CST). There will be no conference calls on Thursday!!

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Dear friends:

Here is some research on various passages and stories in this week's lesson:

Ideas on "SOUL"

Attributes of "Soul"

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Possible themes for sections in the Lesson:

Golden Text:  Light and Glory

Responsive Reading:  Praise

Section I:  Infinite God -- can't be 'in' something else, never contained

Section II:  Body = Temple,  identity

Section III:  spiritual strength - handling belief of age

Section IV:  Single Eye equals a body full of light

Section V: Healing of the blind

Section VI:  Freedom

Section VII:  Affirmation of Soul

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INFINITE: total and all embracing; having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude; too numerous to be counted; boundless; not circumscribed; that will have no end; extending indefinitely; immeasurable; inconceivably great or extensive; limitless

FINITE: having a limit; limited; bounded; opposed to infinite

Research: Acts 17  Paul in Athens

Information on Mars' Hill in Athens

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SECTION 2:

Research: Romans 8:5, 9

Research: I Cor. 6:19, 20

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SECTION 3:

 

Research Josh 14: Caleb

Two articles from periodicals on Is 40: "run and not be weary"

 "Enduring Vitality," by Olivia Putnam Whittaker, June 25, 1955, CSS

 "You Shall Run and Not Be Weary," by Claire E. Moore, August 7, 1954, CSS

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SECTION 4:

Single Eye = full of light

Research Matt 6:22,23  

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Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Mortals and Immortals" for Nov. 12, 2017

(I have been having trouble keeping the links active. If these are not active, just go to the website at www.csbibleinsights.com and they will be. Let me know if you have problems getting the research.)

Dear friends, 

This week's Lesson is built around the parable of the "Prodigal Son" and the three degrees in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Below is a video clip from the movie "Jesus of Nazareth" which shows this parable in a beautiful interpretation. It is about 12 minutes long.

This scene begins with a few of the disciples, Peter especially, frustrated because Jesus has agreed to go to dinner at Matthew’s house. (Capernaum’s tax collector). Peter hates Matthew because he takes advantage of the villagers and charges them extra money for the Roman taxes. Because Matthew is such a great sinner, entering Matthew’s home would make Jesus and any other Jew unclean.
This portraying of the Prodigal Son is not the way it happens in the Scriptures, but it is a beautiful possibility of how it could have happened and shows Jesus as the grand storyteller that he was.

Video Clip of the Prodigal Son
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Word Study for Mortals and Immortals

Article on I John 3 from the periodicals: MBE and Prof. Hering

My 242: Argue from the standpoint of perfection

Riding the Train of Mortality

Drawing of the train of mortality

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Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Adam and Fallen Man" for November 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

Mrs. Eddy wrote a letter telling us her thoughts about the book of Genesis:  (Mary Baker Eddy Library Accession #10360B).

"The book of Genesis has an importance to which no other document of history bears the slightest claim. It is not only the oldest book that is trustworthy history but the only one that opens to spiritual sense a clear concise view of God's government and spiritual creation. . ." 

Chart to work with:  "The Son of the Virgin-mother unfolded the remedy for Adam, or error:. . ." SH 534:13  (You can add to this.)

Poem: E.M. Cole, "Identity"  (Which of these men do you think of as you? Genesis I or Genesis II)

Treatment using the poem

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SECTION I:

Research: Genesis 1: man as image and having dominion

"The 'male and female' of God's creating," by Ivimy Gwalter, Jan. 1973, CSJ

"Man is Complete," D. Allyn Garber, Dec. 1921, CSJ

"Reflection," Ivimy Walter, Dec. 7, 1940, CSS

Research: Genesis 2: mist, dust man

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SECTION 2

Research: Genesis 2: deep sleep, woman and rib

 

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SECTION 3

Research: Genesis 3: serpent and tree of knowledge

 

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Research: John 11:  Lazarus

Lazarus 5" video clip  from Jesus of Nazareth movie

 

 

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CHILDREN'S IDEAS:

Creation booklet

Ideas to share

Flannel Board stories

Let your light shine

Prayers for young children

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Hope these ideas are helpful!


With love,

Kathy

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The blog is not sponsored by Peace Haven so it is done at my expense. If you would like to make a contribution to it, please send a check to Kathy Merrill: 707 Turtle Cove, Ballwin, MO 63011. It would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Everlasting Punishment," for October 29, 2017

Dear Friends,

One of the major themes in this week's Lesson is the "refining and purifying of the dross into silver or gold." Here are a couple of research sheets on this idea.

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Research: Luke 7 on Mary Magdalene and alabaster box

Articles from the periodicals to expand study of this story:

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CHILDREN'S IDEAS

Sample Lessons for preschool age

Beatitude flashcard game

Beatitude Flashcards page 1    

Beatitude Flashcards page 2

Fishing Game for preschool

Beginning Bible Timeline for grades 2 to adult

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In the near future, I will be holding a mini-online workshop on resources for studying the Bible more deeply. Probably on a Saturday morning. If you are interested in watching my screen and learning how to look up words in Greek and Hebrew, or using some online tools, please email me at:

Kathy@peacehavenassociation.org

The workshop is FREE and available to any Bible student.  It will probably last about 30 - 45 minutes. Not sure of a date yet.

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With love,

Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Probation After Death" for October 22, 2017

Dear friends, 

Just a reminder if you would like to join a conference call to study the Bible citations in the Lesson, please contact Kathy. Choose a time and let me know. The times are Wednesdays at 11:30 CST, Thursdays at 7:00 am, or 11:30 CST. 

 

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Here is some research for this week's Lesson.

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Map of Lystra and Derbe

Record of what Paul looked like:

(From the Acts of Paul and Thecla in the Apocrypha)

"A man small of stature, with a bald head and crooked legs, in a good state of body, with eyebrows meeting and nose somewhat hooked, full of friendliness, for how he appeared like a man, and now he had the face of an angel."

Research: Acts 14the stoning of Paul

Timeline of Paul's life

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CHILDREN'S IDEAS:

Ps 23 for children

Ps 23 on biblefunforkids

Elisha lapbook

Ideas for young children

Matching Game

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I hope these ideas are helpful!  

With love,

Kathy

 

 

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Doctrine of Atonement" for October 15, 2017

CHILDREN'S IDEAS:

Books of Bible Chart:  play games by circling or making a square around or highlighting in a certain color: where Jesus' stories are; where Abraham's story is told; where David wrote poetry; etc.

NT Story Puzzle:  glue onto folder and cut out; let preschool children build the puzzle

Preschool Ideas:

Timeline of the Bible

I hope these ideas are helpful!

With love,

Kathy

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?" Oct. 8, 2017

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An archaeological discovery in 1979 revealed a verse from Numbers 6:24-26 , appeared to be the earliest biblical passage ever found in ancient artifacts.
The amulet scroll can now be seen in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Here are some web sights that talk about this wonderful discovery.

Click here to view three websites on this discovery.


 

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The Lord bless thee and keep you;

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be      gracious to you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 

(Num. 6:24,25)  

(the earliest occurrence of a Biblical text in an extra-
Biblical document, predating the earliest of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is the oldest extra-Biblical reference to YHWH, the jGod of Israel. It dates from the 7th century BCE and was found in 1979.
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CHILDREN'S IDEAS:

Trading Cards for Jacob and Abraham's descendants

Charts of Jacob's Family

Joseph's Coat of many colors:  Print and provide strips of colored paper to glue on

Principia Acorn lesson on Joseph for preschool

Video clip of Raising of widow's son

Memorizing verses

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I hope these ideas have been helpful!

If you would like to join me reading the Bible citations in the Lesson, please email me your name, your email, your phone number, and the date you would like to join us.  We are having these conference calls on Wednesday at 11:30 CST, Thursday 7:00 am and 11:30 CST.  This is a FREE gift from Peace Haven Association in Stl Louis.

With love,

Kathy

 

Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Unreality" for October 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

This Lesson has the word "illusion" in it over 10 times. It also mentions and describes the 'tree of knowledge of good and evil' and the 'tree of life' as major themes. Have fun discovering why these symbols are so important to understanding the topic of unreality. 

I shared this article a few months ago, but I think it is excellent for seeing through the beliefs of 'illusion.'

"The Snack on the Garden Wall, by Evelyn Grover Hess, April 1981, CSJ

Also, if you are a member of JSH online, Listen to the Podcast #536, "Your life--untouched by evil. Is it possible?  (an excellent sharing dealing with illusions)

"Obstacle Illusions, by Gloria Elaine Marlatt, CSS, April 6, 1981

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Research: Genesis 2  Two trees

 

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I hope some of these ideas are helpful to you. 

Please join me, if you can for a conference call on the week's Bible Lesson citations.

Here are the times. Just email or phone me, if you would like to join. It if a FREE gift from Peace Haven Association.

With love,  Kathy

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Copy of Ideas for studying the Lesson on "Unreality" for October 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

This Lesson has the word "illusion" in it over 10 times. It also mentions and describes the 'tree of knowledge of good and evil' and the 'tree of life' as major themes. Have fun discovering why these symbols are so important to understanding the topic of unreality. 

I shared this article a few months ago, but I think it is excellent for seeing through the beliefs of 'illusion.'

"The Snack on the Garden Wall, by Evelyn Grover Hess, April 1981, CSJ

Also, if you are a member of JSH online, Listen to the Podcast #536, "Your life--untouched by evil. Is it possible?  (an excellent sharing dealing with illusions)

"Obstacle Illusions, by Gloria Elaine Marlatt, CSS, April 6, 1981

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Research: Genesis 2  Two trees

 

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I hope some of these ideas are helpful to you. 

Please join me, if you can for a conference call on the week's Bible Lesson citations.

Here are the times. Just email or phone me, if you would like to join. It if a FREE gift from Peace Haven Association.

With love,  Kathy

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