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Ask Tom: Is There A Distinctive Quaker Approach To Stewardship?

If any testimony unites all persuasions of Friends, at least in my experience, it is ambivalence about raising money. Pastoral Friends, when they know it is coming, often arrange pressing engagements elsewhere on the particular Sunday that is designated as “Stewardship Sunday.” Unprogrammed Friends are as likely as others to question “Stewardship Sunday” as the excessive demands coming from the…

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Alms Giving And Prayer?

By Beryl Jantzi The story of Cornelius in Acts 10 demanded my attention in a new way. I like to think of myself as a fairly seasoned reader of scripture. But here I was — mesmerized — as if reading it for the first time. We all know the story. The Gentile Cornelius is used by God to usher in…

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Hospitality: Stewardship In Action

By Rod Waltz So often when we begin to look at the subject of stewardship we consider the expense of an operation. Are we being thrifty? How much does it cost? Where can we cut expenses? Another infamous statement says, “a fool and his money are soon parted”. Though it is our desire to be responsible and practical with our…

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Answering The Divine Grace Of Time

By Steve Olshewsky I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b) How do we calculate the abundance of our lives? Some look at material blessings and find support for a prosperity doctrine in verses like Malachi 3:10. While “pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough…

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Stewardship And Our Life In Christ

By Linda B. Selleck As a child, I observed the shift of summer into fall as a quickening time. Our neighbors worked long, hard hours to harvest their peanut crops. Before the days of electric dryers, wooden staves were pounded into the ground and heavy forks raised to life the legumes up and over each stake, creating properly balanced shocks….

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How A Meeting Without Little Ones Ministers To Little Ones!

By James A. “Jamie” Lyon In July of 2003, my family and I moved to Russiaville, Indiana, where we accepted the call to ministry at a small but loving meeting. I had given up the idea of going back into ministry after a rather lengthy spiritual battle. I was of the opinion speaking at a meeting for worship was one…

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Inspirations: Stopping By To Feed The Squirrels

By Louise Wilson The frost wrapped itself around a few scattered leaves and twigs. The rising sun found the frost and a burst of color covered the ground, like a forest of wild flowers everywhere. It was a cold November morning. I had awakened early, dressed, and walked out in the back yard. As I stood under a large oak…

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First Covenant, Earth Covenant

By William H. Mueller Covenant” in the Judeo-Christian tradition is most often thought about as something between God and prophetic figures like Abraham (Genesis 17:1-22), Moses (Exodus 19:1-6), and Jesus (Mark 14:24). In covenant, God confronts us with mission. Implied is a reciprocal obligation to respond. The first covenant to appear in the Bible is different from those that follow…

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We Must Shake The World

By Rufus Jones The Quakers in their quiet way of work and worship have been influencing the members of a great many communities with their central faith and practices. There are a great many persons in these communities who ought to have a closer fellowship with us. In 1652, George Fox discovered all over England, especially in the Yorkshire Dales…

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Thankful for Carl Williams’ Ministry

Friends United Meeting has been richly blessed by Carl Williams ministry of writing. Since 2007 he has faithfully served sharing his own reflections of the world in which he lives with Christ. It has been humbling for him to hear of how his words have created a blessing in many lives. We, at FUM, will miss his ministry greatly and…

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