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Mr. Easton then delivered an interesting discourse from the text, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek

12those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Col. iii. 1), which he prefaced by saying: —

15"I think it was about a year ago that I strayed into this hall, a stranger, and wondered what sort of people you were, and of what you were worshippers. If any

18one had said to me that to-day I should stand before you to preach a sermon on Christian Science, I should have replied, 'Much learning' — or something else —

21'hath made thee mad.' If I had not found Christian Science a new gospel, I should not be standing before you: if I had not found it truth, I could not have stood up

24again to preach, here or elsewhere."

At the conclusion of the sermon, the pastor again came forward, and added the following: —

27My friends, I wished to be excused from speaking to-day, but will yield to circumstances. In the flesh, we are as a partition wall between the old and the new;

30between the old religion in which we have been educated, and the new, living, impersonal Christ-thought that has been given to the world to-day.

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1The old churches are saying, "He is not here;" and, "Who shall roll away the stone?"

3The stone has been rolled away by human suffer- ing. The first rightful desire in the hour of loss, when believing we have lost sight of Truth, is to know where

6He is laid. This appeal resolves itself into these questions: —

Is our consciousness in matter or in God? Have we

9any other consciousness than that of good? If we have, He is saying to us to-day, "Adam, where art thou?" We are wrong if our consciousness is in sin, sickness, and

12death. This is the old consciousness.

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