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susann april 2015

Trees: A Testimony of Community

by Susann Cronau Pink flowers erupted from a tree in our backyard this spring for the first time since we moved to Meadowood Drive. What a surprise, and what a joy! Our new tree, a Crab Apple, is a welcome addition to our small, but busy yard. Trees are often evoked in Scripture. From the very beginning of Genesis, God…

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Leslie Manning

Putting the Pot on to Boil

How to Challenge a Lukewarm Church by Leslie Manning Scripture: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not…

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Annie Glen

Heap Burning Coals

Prophetic Challenge and Rebuke in a Spirit of Love by Annie Glen   Scriptures: No, if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. — Romans 12:20-21 Then one of the seraphs…

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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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Are You Ready for the Refiner's Fire

Are You Ready for the Refiner’s Fire?

The Refiner’s Fire By Lynda Ladwig 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….

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Weekly Devotional And Prayer Requests – December 14-20, 2012

The Desert Dweller He has lived in the desert so long that all of its moods have long since become a part of the daily rhythm of his life. But it is not that fact that is of crucial importance. For many years it has been his custom to leave a lighted lantern by the roadside at night to cheer…

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FUM Devotions 4 May – 10 May 2012

If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in…

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FUM Devotions 27 April – 3 May 2012

A meditation: Worship God in Spirit and in Truth—that’s one thing we Friends are called to do.  There’s more.  Work for peace.  Witness God’s work in the world—both its failure and its fruition.  Live close to the center, in prayer.  Construct our lives listening to God’s whisper, and following faithfully. Celebrate—be God’s chorus. When the world sees us—the secular world…

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