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Quaker Life – January/February 2014

Gathered in Christ: Disciple Making Jesus saw just what measure of evil God’s love was up against and how much sacrifice and devotion to God it would take by himself and those who would follow, if the light was to ever overcome the darkness. Light would not prevail, however, by people being unwillingly led to their deaths. Rather, it would…

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The Journey of a Disciple

By Manny Garcia Can we grab a Dr. Pepper sometime this week and talk about what happened today?” This question opened the door for me to begin growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I have been a lead pastor for two years and have seen some great things happen in the lives of the people around me, but I…

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Grace Always – January/February 2014

By Eden Grace – Global Ministries Director “Mission is finding out where the Spirit is at work, and joining in.” This statement (which has been variously attributed to a range of missiologists — so it must be true!) echoes what I have always felt to be at the very heart of our Quaker mission work. God is already working in…

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Spreading the Word – January/February 2014

By Micah Bales – Web & Communications Specialist The friends of Jesus must have been in shock: He died in misery and shame, yet Jesus was back again — alive and present in an entirely new way. Not only had he returned, but he was actively guiding them. Jesus had come back to be their teacher, friend and leader. One…

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Meanderings and Musings – January/February 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor A long time ago I was friends with a young lady named Heather. There was something about her that made me want to spend time with her. Whenever we were together, Heather seemed to be more genuinely caring about my welfare than had anyone else. She was quiet, calm and peaceful – qualities that…

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Out of My Mind – January/February 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary “Follow me.” A few years ago, I saw several Easter-season advertisements inviting newcomers to attend special church services celebrating the resurrection. “Come enjoy our Easter program and a non-threatening presentation of the gospel!” Non-threatening!?! What is non-threatening about a man hanging on a cross who says, “Come, follow me!?!” Throughout the gospels, Jesus utters…

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FUM News in Brief – January/February 2014

Foster Serves as Johnson Lecturer Richard J. Foster, internationally renowned speaker and best-selling author, highlights the 2014 Triennial gathering for Friends United Meeting set to be held on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, June 11-15. Foster will serve as the Johnson lecturer during the Saturday evening worship gathering. In addition to his long-standing ministry as a writer and theologian,…

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The Importance of Discipleship in the Quaker Church Today

By John Muhanji The Quaker church in Africa was established through the discipleship of missionaries, and therefore the nature of the church in Kenya has always been missional. This means that we (the church) are to be disciple-makers. When I was growing up, I admired and respected many church ministers and other leaders for their lives of integrity and respect….

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Meeting Christ in Prison

By Lonnie Valentine As a conscientious objector to military service, I did alternative service in a “maximum-security mental institution,” a prison by any other name. As I began work there, I thought I would be one of the good guys in a bad system. I was young and filled with the optimism that comes with youth. I thought that practicing…

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Metamorphosis

By David O. Williams Some of the greatest miracles in life take place before our very eyes, and yet go practically unnoticed. Consider, for example, the “March of the Monarchs.” Every fall millions of these beautiful butterflies make their annual pilgrimage from North America to a small enclave in central Mexico where they will hibernate for the winter. The following…

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