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“The Spring of Living Water…” Jer. 2.:13- The Transforming Power of Prophetic Voice

This is the title of a workshop I would like to give soon. After reading Terry H.S. Wallace's None Were So Clear: Prophetic Quaker Faith and the Ministry of Lewis Benson and Catholic Quakerism by Lewis Benson, I am in the process of creating a workshop for New England Yearly Meeting Friends on the importance of the historical prophetic voice and what the prophetic voice means to Friends, and beyond, today. I've drafted some ideas about this workshop, and would appreciate…

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Added by Rebecca B MacKenzie on 2ndMo. 20, 2017 at 5:30 — No Comments

The marks of true religion, Part 1

How are we to know the difference between true and false religion? religions, subsets of religions, and anti-religions abound, each one claiming to be the best. Over all, the banner of tolerance and respect is held high, in a manner that amounts to an admission of defeat. Since we can’t agree on the truth, proclaim one and all, we may as well resign ourselves to a life without it. This attitude has it’s good points; it is far better than wars fought by fanatics. But it is far from what we…

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Added by Lewis Hein on 2ndMo. 5, 2017 at 4:37 — 2 Comments

Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox: The New Worship (lecture four)

Fox repeats this call over and over: "Keep your testimony...for your worship in the spirit and in the truth, that Christ Jesus hath set up" (Works, 8:34); "keep up your testimony in the light, power, and spirit of God, for the worship that Christ set up above sixteen hundred years since, in spirit and in truth,...which is a worship that cannot be shaken." (8:84) This is a testimony that the Quakers had before the peace testimony was formulated in 1660, and I think in Fox's mind it was the…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 1stMo. 30, 2017 at 17:00 — 4 Comments

YOU ONLY LORD

You can tell someone something

or they can tell you.

And what is told is true and good.

But You only, LORD, can give the substance to true and good.

You breathe its life into us

that we might see and know;

know in a way only you can impart.

The world is full of wisdom 

that grinds night to night;

its lite of little stature;

its mouth of little heed.

But to tell the truth of it to another, 

to plead…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 1stMo. 21, 2017 at 1:40 — No Comments

Be a Blessing!

Be a Blessing!  Be Kind to One Another!

These exhortations from one person to another were common in the holiday season in December 2016 and have continued on into a hard winter in 2017.  I have heard them from folks across the religious and political spectrum.  It is an unusually cold and wet winter in many parts of North America and political change has many uncertain or even fearful.

These sentiments seem right at first take.  I want people to do these things also.  But on…

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Added by Dan Davenport on 1stMo. 15, 2017 at 14:35 — 2 Comments

Who Will Be Gathered

8th day, 1st month, 2017

Autobiography of George Fox, location 1303

"As we travelled we came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I was moved of the Lord to go up to the top of it; which I did with difficulty, it was so very steep and high. When I was come to the top, I saw the sea bordering upon Lancashire. From the top of this hill the Lord let me see in what places he had a great people to be gathered."

And gather them he did. And those people gathered are…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 1stMo. 9, 2017 at 16:02 — 2 Comments

Parable for the New Year

This poem (parable, what have you) came to me last summer, and I felt drawn to share it here.

The Heretic

I built my house in the lonely mountains,

I built a place where I might rest.

For of this world I was so weary

That all I asked was one request.

I said good neighbors, can't you leave me be?

I said the peace of the Lord is here,

I said your church is not for me,

They said I blasphemed, it was clear.

They said old…

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Added by Annette Estella Hein on 1stMo. 5, 2017 at 23:59 — 3 Comments

The Relation of Fox's Message to the Bible

A common phrase you may see describing a particular denomination or church is, “Bible based.” But the Biblical basis of Fox’s message was not a surface adherence to certain passages, but a comprehensive alignment with God’s purpose throughout history.

Fox lived in a period that was Biblically literate and highly religious. Since Fox rejected all the various forms of Christianity of his day, an appropriate question might be, “Was Fox a Christian?” Lewis Benson’s lecture no. 3,…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 12thMo. 30, 2016 at 4:00 — 4 Comments

The Mediate Role of Virtue

Love mercy and true judgment, justice and righteousness; for the Lord delighteth in such. Consider these things in time, and take heed how ye spend your time. Now ye have time, prize it; and show mercy, that ye may receive mercy from the Lord: for he is coming to try all things, and will plead with all flesh as by fire (Works, 1:115)

This statement is from a letter that Fox wrote in 1651 while he was being held in Darby jail. In this letter, Fox…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 12thMo. 15, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

To Understand Scripture, Listen to God's Inward Teaching

When Jesus walked the earth in the flesh, those who recognized him as the Messiah must have been seized by the conviction, "EVERYTHING this man says and does is important." Therefore, they wanted to record it all for future generations, and did their best.

However, earthly life dictates that a certain percentage of our actions and words are mundane and everyday, tied to the necessary tasks of living, such as eating, working, or repairing and maintaining machinery. In living on…

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Added by Rebecca Hein on 12thMo. 7, 2016 at 16:11 — No Comments

WISHING ALL JOY & BLESSING AT CHRISTMAS 2017

A Christmas message from John Gibbs in Dorset UK - Quaker @ Bournemouth Meeting

 

 

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Added by JOHN GIBBS on 12thMo. 1, 2016 at 8:53 — 2 Comments

Time To Plow

"For God hath raised up his own seed in his saints, which seed, Christ, is but one in all....So in that, which is raised up in us, which trampleth upon the earthly, dark power, have we unity with God, and fellowship with his son, and unity one with another.... And so, our unity and fellowship with vain man are lost, and all his evil ways are now turned into enmity; and all his profession is now found to be deceit, and in all his fairest pretences lodgeth cruelty; and the bottom and ground of… Continue

Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 28, 2016 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Blessed Is The Lord

Blessed is the Lord.

Today in Red Cedar Friends Meeting I, for the first time, saw, heard, experienced the Lord working in his people. This morning was an answer to my prayers. This morning he sent me an angel I had asked for. The angel came in the beautiful voice of a woman who began a hymn and, after the first stanza, was joined by the young woman sitting in front of her. 

I heard the voices of Friends who witnessed pain, one physical, one emotional; the latter most…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 11thMo. 20, 2016 at 22:14 — No Comments

Hmmm... How to respond to the political scene in the U.S. after the election?

Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

     I ask for your indwelling strength, courage, wisdom and love to well up within me to enable me to move forward with your grace as I choose to participate in my nation's government as a catalyst for your Hope, Peace, and Love. I humbly confess my despair and anxiety, grief and an overwhelming sense of loss due to recent political strife. I pray for Donald Trump that he and his administration may follow your lead to guide us in your ways,…

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Added by Rebecca B MacKenzie on 11thMo. 11, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Did the Apostle Paul believe Jesus was the Prophet-like-Moses? And does it matter? Post 9 = 1 and 2 Thessalonians

1 and 2 Thessalonians

In Post 8 about Paul on this question, I considered Paul’s discourse of farewell to the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20, connecting it to Ellis Hein’s openings in John.  The post concluded with this: “The grace of God is the voice declaring: ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

This was such a departure from the meaning of the Grace of God taught to us by Protestant churches that for some time I felt at sea.  But finally a sense of assurance came and grounding that…

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Added by Dan Davenport on 11thMo. 7, 2016 at 21:35 — No Comments

The Everlasting Gospel Preached by George Fox: Lewis Benson's second lecture from the series "Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox"

Ye that have seen the everlasting gospel, and known the everlasting gospel preached again, which was among the apostles, and have been reaped out from among the apostates, got up since the apostles’ days; I say, live in it, and dwell in it; in which life and power ye see over to the apostles’ days (The Works of George Fox 7:268). 

"The Everlasting Gospel Preached by George Fox" is the second of ten lectures given by Lewis Benson in his lecture series Rediscovering the…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 11thMo. 2, 2016 at 13:30 — 5 Comments

The First Way To Wisdom

I give what the Lord gives to me. Yesterday and the day before were restless, gray days for me. Two things veiled my spirit: worry about my country and an unsettled sparring match with a Meeting surrogate. As the day turned to evening these two worrisome issues prompted an internal dialog. I went over what was troubling me and presented the situations clearly. I'll tell this to the Lord, I thought. It would be redundant; he already knew but I vocalized anyway, though not as clearly. I prayed…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 10thMo. 18, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

The Place of George Fox in Christian History: a review of Lewis Benson's first of ten Moorestown Lectures

It would seem reasonable to suppose that, nearly three centuries after the death of George Fox, there would be some measure of consensus among church historians concerning the place he should be assigned in Christian history. But this is not the case. They all agree that he has an assured place in history, but there is an astonishing variety of theories purporting to tell us exactly what that place is.…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 10thMo. 13, 2016 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Doing Our Part

A year and a half ago I wrote an essay titled “The Only Antidote,” in which I argued for the need to think critically: to use natural powers of reason and conscience to honor, discern, and communicate the truth. Referring to Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the cause behind the rise of Fascism and also referring to a Bible story of John the Baptist’s execution by Herod, I pointed to the crucial and perennial role of critical thought in containing the spread of evil.

Although critical…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 10thMo. 6, 2016 at 16:47 — 1 Comment

Faith

Having faith doesn't mean believing in superstition. That thinking belongs to the ignorant and the atheists. Faith is not believing at all, really, but trusting--trusting in the Captain, Pilot, or Driver you've come to know over the many months or years you've traveled with him.

I had been thinking a lot about faith before I took a walk the first morning of a many days trip. My location at the time was a suburb of Chicago but my thoughts that morning were out west. I had traveled to…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 10thMo. 2, 2016 at 3:17 — No Comments

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