Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
First, a little about myself. I’ve been a school teacher, a social worker, and a newspaper reporter, but spent most of my working years doing various jobs in a limestone operation in southern Alberta. I’m now retired.
I’ve been a Christian since 1972 when the Lord finally succeeded in bringing me down to my knees, and up out of a miry pit of alcohol and drugs and all that went with it—a dissolute life. He lifted up a beggar from a dunghill, and set me among princes.
My adventure with George Fox began when one of the friends I found myself in fellowship with was browsing one day through a second-hand bookstore. There, in a bargain bin among a jumble of other books considered not of much worth, he discovered the two-volume set of Fox’s journal. He casually leafed through one of them and, suddenly realizing what he’d found, clutched the set to his chest while looking around furtively to see if anyone had noticed his excitement. Then he nonchalantly walked up to the till, paid the give-away price, and fled the store.
It’s not every day that you find gold in the bargain bin of a used book store.
After he read the journal himself, my friend passed it on to two or three others in our fellowship. (We were not involved in any of the denominations, we were just a small group who met in homes.) Thus it came into my hands, and it was not long before I realized I needed my own copies, first purchasing the Nickalls edition, and then later the eight-volume set of the Works of George Fox, which included the two-volume set of his journal—with the same cover my friend found in the bookstore bargain bin.
What I think is most encouraging about Fox and the early Friends is the way one of our leaders often spoke of them. He called the early Quakers a harbinger of what is yet to come. What shape this yet-to-come expression of the living Christ will take I don’t know. The only way we will discover that is by walking with Him today. As Fox often taught, Jesus Christ is of no profit to anyone as a mere historical figure, neither is He of any profit when relegated to the future, either. In like manner, studying Fox and the early Quakers as a mere historical movement has little value. We must embrace what they embraced—walking with a present Christ as He moves forward in His eternal purposes. There is more before us than there is behind us.
In "Welcome to..." at the top of the page you have, "When George Fox spoke of passing through the two-edged flaming sword upon entering the paradise of God..." I'd like to read that in full. Where can I find it?
Posted on 10thMo. 3, 2020 at 18:36 — 5 Comments
Hello Allan, I am delighted to welcome you to the NFF website. I hope you will feel free to introduce yourself.
Allan, I was able to load a photo, both as a profile picture and as an addition to my photo bank. If you are still having problems it may be that your browser does not have flash player. It that is the case, use the simple photo uploader. It has worked for me and I don't have flash. Too much of a technological fossil.
Allan, I am going to respond via email direct to you. The explanation might be a little lengthy and maybe not of interest to general public.
Allan, I have read your introduction several times now. I am sorry for the person selling those books, that he/she did not realize the value. But that is the way of it. Truth is little valued except by those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. However, I am glad that your friend shared them with you, indeed Truth cannot be horded. Thanks for giving us this brief glimpse of God's working in your life. Ellis
Ellis, I've been rethinking my friend's find in the second-hand book store. Who knows if the store owner actually realized the value of those books, and felt he could not price them so as to make money for himself on the sale. Just a thought. I once came across a used Bible among the books in a Mennonite second-hand store, and decided I would buy it. But when I went to pay for it I was told it was free. They didn't feel they could put a price on the word of God.
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