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Allistair Lomax commented on Michael Parkes's blog post George Fox reading group for U.K.
"Thanks for this post, Michael. I resonate with Thomas Kelly's observations about Meetings flooded by the secular. How can we stem the tide of secularism in our meetings, families and lives? Surely, only through the Power of Christ."
12thMo 12, 2014
Michael Parkes posted a blog post

George Fox reading group for U.K.

I have agreed to try to help organise a reading group in the U.K.anyone who may be interested please get in touch; either on this forum (add me as a friend) or my email. parkes385@btinternet.comAs a Christian, Christian in the sense of early Friends I have found few people who acknowledge Jesus as their God.  Most Quakers of my acquaintance actually deny Christ and use scripture only when it suits their purpose.   They bask in the reputation earned by previous generations whilst they no longer…See More
11thMo 26, 2014
Michael Parkes posted a blog post

first meeting for worship

 Ode to a Quaker I met him in the silence, before I knew his faceA mystic? No, not I, said heBut his God had given him grace.I met him in the silence, before I knew his voiceAnd from his heart he welcomed meI felt my soul rejoice.I met him in the silence, a soul with love divineAnd in the silence, a gentle touchSaid this self-same love is mine.I met a modest, humble man, beloved by his LordThe tree of life is his to tasteFear not the flaming sword.I met him in the silence and became one of his…See More
11thMo 11, 2014
Michael Parkes commented on Michael Parkes's blog post Need of validation.
" I have to keep confidentiality. What I can say is that there were only two elders none of whom was atheist. he couldn't make any of the dates offered. We found not a single pertinent point on which we agree. and it was soon apparent…"
11thMo 4, 2014
Ellis Hein commented on Michael Parkes's blog post Need of validation.
"Michael, you have said, "Who am I to declare to Friends that they are in error? Can I be silent and yet remain true to my God? I would that this be taken from me and given to a more "weighty" Quaker but his will is that to which…"
11thMo 3, 2014
Michael Parkes commented on Michael Parkes's blog post Need of validation.
"I have read a lot of different dictionary definitions of atheist and realise that atheism is not "a lack of belief in God" That definition refers to the agnostic (non-theist?) Atheism is a belief!  An atheist is one who believes that…"
11thMo 1, 2014
Michael Parkes commented on Michael Parkes's blog post Need of validation.
"Wow!!!!! I know my worldly self is becoming enamoured with my walk with God. But I walked far from my God and now am as a child who has much to learn. I am yet unsure as to my discernment and am too easily swayed by those whom early Friends called…"
10thMo 30, 2014
Patricia Dallmann commented on Michael Parkes's blog post Need of validation.
"To bear witness to the Truth is life-affirming, and if you hold to the spirit of Christ during conflict, you will walk away unscathed regardless of what is said by others. For, life comes inwardly through Christ, and is not…"
10thMo 30, 2014
Allistair Lomax commented on Michael Parkes's blog post Need of validation.
"If I may echo Ellis' words, Michael, I hope you will stand fast to the Truth that Christ has revealed to you. If you are truly following Christ's leadings in your life, you will not be mistaken.When I read your words, I was also reminded…"
10thMo 28, 2014
Ellis Hein and Michael Parkes are now friends
10thMo 25, 2014
Ellis Hein commented on Michael Parkes's blog post Need of validation.
"Michael, No, NO! You are not mistaken. You have come to the truth and the world is howling and raging round about. I am reminded of Fox's experience of how the priests and professors were like the raging sea when he was sent forth to declare…"
10thMo 25, 2014
Michael Parkes posted a blog post

Need of validation.

My very first meeting for worship brought me back to my loving friend, Jesus. I have known God since early childhood and had an argument with my Christ when my first born son Jared (father of Enoch who walked with God) died a horrible death after only a few weeks of life.  This traumatic event separated me from my God for forty years. I failed the test; I turned away from Christ and searched the world for a faith which would speak to me but when I walked into meeting, and found that special…See More
10thMo 23, 2014
Ellis Hein left a comment for Michael Parkes
"Again, Michael, I like this new poem, Diversity."
10thMo 23, 2014
Michael Parkes left a comment for Michael Parkes
"that poem was not the one Ellis spoke of, this is;                     The Word We speak our truth so quietly that only God can hear We hide our light so…"
10thMo 21, 2014
Michael Parkes left a comment for Michael Parkes
"Hi Ellis, Hi everyone. I sent this poem to "The Friend" but I my expectations aren't very…"
10thMo 21, 2014
Ellis Hein left a comment for Michael Parkes
"Welcome to the NFF website, Michael. I am looking forward to reading more of what you write. I have been struck with the poem you emailed earlier and hope you will consider posting it here as an "introduction". Feel free to post other…"
10thMo 21, 2014

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George Fox reading group for U.K.

I have agreed to try to help organise a reading group in the U.K.

anyone who may be interested please get in touch; either on this forum (add me as a friend) or my email. 

parkes385@btinternet.com

As a Christian, Christian in the sense of early Friends I have found few people who acknowledge Jesus as their God.  Most Quakers of my acquaintance actually deny Christ and use scripture only when it suits their purpose.   They bask in the reputation earned by previous…

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Posted on 11thMo. 26, 2014 at 11:13 — 1 Comment

first meeting for worship

 

Ode to a Quaker

 

I met him in the silence, before I knew his face

A mystic? No, not I, said he

But his God…

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Posted on 11thMo. 11, 2014 at 9:39

Need of validation.

My very first meeting for worship brought me back to my loving friend, Jesus. I have known God since early childhood and had an argument with my Christ when my first born son Jared (father of Enoch who walked with God) died a horrible death after only a few weeks of life.  This traumatic event separated me from my God for forty years. I failed the test; I turned away from Christ and searched the world for a faith which would speak to me but when I walked into meeting, and found that special…

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Posted on 10thMo. 23, 2014 at 13:25 — 7 Comments

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At 12:40 on 10thMo. 21, 2014, Ellis Hein said…

Welcome to the NFF website, Michael. I am looking forward to reading more of what you write. I have been struck with the poem you emailed earlier and hope you will consider posting it here as an "introduction". Feel free to post other things as well. Ellis

At 14:18 on 10thMo. 21, 2014, Michael Parkes said…

Hi Ellis, Hi everyone.

I sent this poem to "The Friend" but I my expectations aren't very high.

                        Diversity

We have a Golden calf you know it’s grandeur knows no bound
This calf to whom we now kow-tow, our foreheads touching ground
It wears a crown, diversity: its tolerance is sure
This calf is called perversity it is the devils spore,
Belief in Christ is frowned upon, here it’s tolerance is strained
Love of God is now forgone our Christian God restrained
This crown is jewelled with tolerance, permissiveness and guile
The calf is seeking dominance its intentions, truly vile
And if we dare speak, against this calf, were sure to be berated
And dare we speak on Christ’s behalf, we are certain, we’ll be slated.
So Friends we needs must make our stand, for love of God, for Christ
Our Godly words should not be banned, for us our God -Our Christ- was
sacrificed.
So, Quakers, Friends, you surely know we’re in a holy war
It’s time to overthrow this Calf outside our meeting’s door.

 Michael

At 14:22 on 10thMo. 21, 2014, Michael Parkes said…

that poem was not the one Ellis spoke of, this is;

                    The Word

We speak our truth so quietly that only God can hear

We hide our light so only God can see it shining clear

We cannot speak amongst ourselves we have no common goal

The seed of God remains a seed in our infertile soul

Speak truth to power in  love of God that was our clarion call

The truth we speak is worldly now no talk of God at all.

Belief in God is optional, belief in Christ absurd

We’ve got our reputation we no longer need the word.

We don’t need our inner teacher, we just don’t want to know

 We have our cosy comfy life we have no will to grow

We clothe ourselves in goodness, our godliness displaced

We have walked awry, and now we need our Godly path retraced.

We are no longer Quaker in the sense of those before

We no longer have the weapons to fight this holy war

Belief in God is optional, belief in Christ absurd

We’ve got our reputation, we no longer need the word

At 13:12 on 10thMo. 23, 2014, Ellis Hein said…

Again, Michael, I like this new poem, Diversity.

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