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A Servant Of The Spirit.

George Fox can write some of the most startling, beautiful, cogent phrases, verses, and passages. Just this morning and yesterday I encountered three things he wrote that I thought profound. 

This first one is from Some Principles of the Elect People of God Who in Scorn are called Quakers, which I saw at the Quaker Heritage Press (qhpress.org). The sentence is from VI. Concerning the Cross. "and in that Power of God the…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 6thMo. 18, 2016 at 16:54 — 1 Comment

A Reflection as regards Forgiveness

A Reflection re: Forgiveness

Many Christians speak of forgiveness.  Often this has to do with God’s forgiveness of us and how we get it.  I hope to address this also.  We certainly need God’s forgiveness but how do we get there?

Mathew 6:15:  “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (NIV)  “He that had shed my blood was afraid of having his hand cut off, for striking me in the church, as they called it; but I forgave him, and…

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Added by Dan Davenport on 6thMo. 12, 2016 at 13:32 — 5 Comments

I Have Not Become Very Little

I've read that line many times and heard it often on a cassette recording I had from Portland, Maine Monthly Meeting. Intellectually I understood its import, but not its essence, as was shown to me this day in worship. I think the disclosure started in yesterday's Meeting…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 6thMo. 11, 2016 at 16:19 — No Comments

A Matter Of Surrender

This the Lord opened to me this morning in worship. We have famine when we fear He will not provide for us. If we had faith; if we trusted what our Lord says, no one would know famine or want of any kind. Yet Jesus said the poor will always be with us.

If our faith is weak we wander in the wilderness like the Israelites (Num 14: 20-25), not trusting God will provide, yet all the while accessing all that he provides for us.

Perhaps in restlessness and unbelief, we take matters…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 6thMo. 3, 2016 at 19:03 — 2 Comments

Christian Witness

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon built an enormous golden statue and proclaimed "O peoples and nations of every language, you are commanded, when you hear the sound of horn, pipe, zither, triangle, dulcimer, music, and singing of every kind, to prostrate yourselves and worship the golden image." Then the King heard that three young men at his court, the Israelites Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego, refused to worship the statue. King Nebuchadnezzar summoned the three and threatened them: "If you…

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Added by Annette Estella Hein on 5thMo. 31, 2016 at 0:57 — 1 Comment

Pentecost

Today is the day the world celebrates as Pentecost. Though we Quakers have a mild taboo against celebrating particular days, I do often celebrate them, privately, because all the direction and structure of my life is acknowledged in these particular days, and I am affirmed through celebrating a shared knowledge and purpose with those of the past. "Hello Peter; hello David; we are just some centuries apart, but our inward life, our knowledge and love of God, is the same."

There have…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 5thMo. 15, 2016 at 16:33 — No Comments

My Goodness

Oh, my goodness--and He is my Goodness--I was just going to write in my notebook for later development this recognition: everything thing I know and understand comes from God. My intelligence is no greater now than it was x number of years ago, but my spiritual growth these last two, three years has been phenomenal. Still, prior to this growth, whatever it was I realized or whatever great thought I had came from God, but I was arrogant enough to believe I had some special insight or…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 5thMo. 10, 2016 at 12:47 — 1 Comment

Joy, Joy, and More Joy

Joy, joy, and more joy. But first let me tell you the misery I went through last week--because I didn't follow the will of my Lord last First Day. I was sent to Quaker Meeting to give the true Quaker Message to those who claim to be Quaker but are not because they've never heard the Quaker Message. What they have heard is some other, not-Quaker message.

Quakers of the early Nineteenth Century did not keep under the teaching of Jesus Christ and so Satan got in and snuckered them into…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 5thMo. 8, 2016 at 18:55 — No Comments

"Whose voice does he use?"

Once, in describing my upcoming wedding to a friend, I mentioned that it was a Quaker Meeting for Worship in which all would sit silent, waiting on the Lord. When she found out that no human being would be leading the meeting, she was puzzled.



"Who pronounces you man and wife?"



"Jesus," I replied.



"Yes, but whose voice does he use?"



In that brief exchange, I glimpsed a fundamental difference in our viewpoints that I'm still trying to understand after…

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Added by Rebecca Hein on 4thMo. 28, 2016 at 20:33 — 4 Comments

Praise and Encouragement

Blessed Friends, I write of encouragement. This morning in Meeting for Worship (I went to late Meeting) I heard two speakers. One who spoke of individual determination and another who spoke of community. Categorizing the two philosophies I see one as darkness, the other light.

Emil Brunner said something like this, God calls us to Him individually but we are meant to be in communion. Brunner associates individualism with Rousseau and others of spiritual impoverishment including…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 4thMo. 24, 2016 at 18:34 — 9 Comments

Quickening The Spirit

"God spoke that was the speaker to Adam and Eve in paradise." (Sermon VI) That George Fox repeated this revelation of the Spirit often in several of his sermons attests to its importance. He exhorts us to hear the voice of the Teacher, the Christ in us, and to remain with him.

My custom for preparation for worship is to pray my reading is profitable to my worship and prayer. In the moments before proceeding this morning I saw that the voice I heard was the voice George Fox heard was…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 4thMo. 20, 2016 at 15:50 — No Comments

Causes or Kingdom

I have run into a number of issues and causes over the years put forth as being things "we should be involved in." I have first-hand experience of being "involved in" a number of such worthy causes. But it is not the worthy causes that form the foundation of righteousness.

Many will come to me on that day saying, "Lord, Lord, did we not..." [and there follows a list of worthy issues and causes]. I will say to them, "Depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew…
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Added by Ellis Hein on 4thMo. 11, 2016 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Battle Update On A High Note

Meeting for Worship, Fourth Month, 3, Year of our Lord 2016. 

I sat at the library table with a worn Journal of George Fox, a That Thy Candles May Always Be Burning, and a worn Good News Bible to read as my preparation for Worship. Sitting at the table one looks into the Meeting room proper.

Usually when I finish my reading I quietly join the others in worship, but this morning was different. A man and his teenage daughter came into the library. He sat in the chair to my left…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 4thMo. 3, 2016 at 19:37 — No Comments

The Battle Continues

Only a few weeks ago I wrote that I felt encouraged about the direction I perceived the Meeting going in--at least early Meeting.

Last First Day I was moved by the Lord to speak of salvation; that salvation wasn't for those who had gained it, but for those who were in need of it. That had been a startling opening to me. As I spoke one woman left; the others remained but the atmosphere was charged. I left with but one handshake, and when I got home I asked our Lord Jesus, "Is it time…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 3rdMo. 20, 2016 at 16:52 — 9 Comments

All Things Come By or Through Nature? This Month's Fox Reading and Discussion Call

Saturday, during our reading and discussion of Fox's Journal (See Works of Fox, Vol. 1, pp. 83-86)  an opening began growing in my mind concerning Fox's temptation.

"All things come by nature," said the tempter. And, as is usually the case, the lie is coated with enough "fact" to make it easy to swallow the poison. 

First of all we need to establish a working definition of what nature is. My definition, that which was opened to me, is nature is the vehicle by which God works.…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 3rdMo. 15, 2016 at 12:50 — 1 Comment

Reading Scriptures in the Spirit

I wrote in the margin of my Good News Bible, "I can see G.F. reading this first verse and understanding it in a way different from what he had heard of it in the church." The verse I refer to is Hebrews 9.

The entire chapter was, in fact, opened to me this morning as it had never before been. And my first thought was, this is the chapter that the Spirit opened to George Fox concerning churches and what they are and what they are not. And because I was quickened reading the words, I…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 3rdMo. 2, 2016 at 16:07 — No Comments

Hope and Praise

Did I detect this morning the Lord's working in the hearts of early Meeting attenders? Praise to our Lord if it is true. What reason would I have to question? No one walked out when I spoke! A couple of women made stirrings to do so, but I looked directly at the one and all I can say, in the manner of George Fox, is the Lord's power came over all. Neither did anyone attempt to refute my message. Praise God. Lastly, I glimpsed the cover of the book one of the more vocal refuters had with her…

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Added by Rhonda Fuller on 2ndMo. 29, 2016 at 1:09 — 14 Comments

Serving Two Masters

We in the United States are fortunate to live in a wealthy and technologically advanced society, where many of us enjoy a standard of living far above that of poorer countries, or our own country a century ago. Even a "poor college student" like myself has indoor plumbing, refrigeration, use of a washing machine, clean water, electricity and internet access. One might have expected that people so fortunate would be free to turn their attention to matters beyond material possessions, and that…

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Added by Annette Estella Hein on 2ndMo. 16, 2016 at 0:49 — 2 Comments

Stages of the Work

In his booklet “A Revolutionary Gospel,” Lewis Benson writes of three stages of work that seventeenth-century Friends undertook: the first in the sequence was turning people to Christ through preaching the Word (the substance of vocal ministry), which reached to the witness of God in others (convincing/convicting of sin); the second stage was settling and establishing the newly convinced, which entailed repentance and amendment of life; and the third was building on this newly laid…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 1stMo. 24, 2016 at 14:37 — No Comments

1-9-2016 Fox Reading Conference Call

For information on joining the monthly, Saturday, Fox Reading Conference Calls, watch for the monthly listing at http://nffquaker.org/events.



On the 1-9-2016 conference call we read and considered text from The Works of Fox, 1831, pp-75-77. (Note: this material is also available in C.D. format from www.foundationpublicationsnffusa.org/.) We covered such topics…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 1stMo. 12, 2016 at 14:21 — No Comments

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