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Banking the Coals

Banking the Coals

Taking Time for Quietness and Rest by Terri Johns Scripture: Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. — Mark 6:31 How often do I push myself to the limits each day to…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

SPICE: a Quaker Youth Curriculum

Editor’s Note: This resource originally appeared on the Northwest Yearly Meeting website and is used with permission. The Peace Month website also includes many more resources that will help create a meeting wide venture into the study of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality. By Cherice & Joel Bock Many youth are searching for a faith that is real, that…

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Lynda Ladwig

Experiencing the Refiner’s Fire

My Grandfather fancied himself to be a bit of a prospector and he would bring home many beautiful rocks and pieces of ore that he would extract from his mine in the desert. He often told us kids about the process of discovering and finding the value and beauty in each and every rock. Sometimes the mineral content or the…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Renaissance House: A Ministry of Restoration

By Micah Bales I remember the first time I met John Fitch. I knocked on the front door. When no one answered, I let myself in. I could hear the banging and clattering of tools and knew someone was home. I entered the house tentatively. It was dark and house smelled funny, an odd mix of seasoned wood and musky…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Kindred Courage

By Cherice Bock I used to worry about my public testimony: What is my particular calling? What area of injustice should I be focusing on? How would I live up to the stories I’ve heard all my life of my Quaker forebears? And then I “met” Elizabeth (Betsy) Fry. At first, hers was an intimidating example: her face graces the…

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Don't Listen to Smokey. Start a Forest Fire!

Don’t Listen to Smokey. Start a Forest Fire!

by Micah Bales Scripture: I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! ~ Luke 12:49 Sometimes the flames burn high, hot and fast. There are days like Pentecost when tongues of fire descend and touch each one of us on the head; days when the Spirit of God blazes; days when the…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus

By Scott Wagoner I am inspired by people who see their careers as more than just a way to make a living. They will gladly accept a paycheck that comes with fulfilling their responsibilities, but the job they do is about more than just getting paid. The job they do fulfills a greater calling in their life. In the interest…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Quaker Life – January/February 2015

Leading a Scattered People We live in an age of isolation. Even sitting together in the same room, we live in private worlds. We stare at our personal screens, separated by our own hobbies, interests and ambitions. When we do connect, it’s often through shared consumption. We find shallow unity in products, images and ideologies: the spectacle. We were made…

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Fanning the Flame

For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. ~ 2 Timothy 1:6-8 Consider this question for a moment: When do you feel most…

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Feeling Tired? Here's How to Rest

Feeling Tired? Here’s How to Rest

You push yourself to the limit. Anything you can do, why wouldn’t you want to do more of it? Whether it’s a project for work or the next family gathering, you max it out. More effort, more excitement, bigger numbers, epic proportions. Even vacation is an opportunity to maximize, pulling out all the stops to experience and do as much as…

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