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Spreading the Word – May/June 2013

By Micah Bales – Web & Communications Specialist I still remember when I discovered as a small child that the world would lie to me, using my hoping, yearning heart as bait to sell me a product. Burger King aired a television commercial with cartoons that convinced me that the toy in their kid’s meal would be nothing short of…

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Book Reviews – May/June 2013

Iran and Israel: Wars and Rumors of Wars By Mark Hitchcock Harvest House Publishers, 2013, 224 pp., $13.99 Should Israel make a pre-emptive attack on Iran due to Iran’s determined and rapid progress toward achieving a nuclear weapon? Oklahoma City area scholar, pastor and lawyer Mark Hitchcock believes it would be justified. He bases his opinion on the remarks by…

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Spreading the Word – March/April 2013

United in Mission By Micah Bales – Web & Communications Specialist What does it feel like when the Spirit draws us together into unity? The early Quaker movement was gathered by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit’s presence, and today we continue to seek this riveting experience of deep, inward unity. And, praise be to God, we continue to…

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Field Staff Reports: Joyce Ajlouny – February, 2013

As the second semester began at Ramallah Friends School (RFS), the staff committee initiated a one-hour strike each morning to emphasize their desire for better benefits and pay. Negotiations are continuing and it is my hope the staff will agree to a five-year offer from the Board of Trustees. Meanwhile as discussions continue, the staff agreed to freeze the strike…

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Spreading The Word

By Micah Bales – Communications and Web Specialist Ready For A Surprise? In December, we held a revival meeting in Philadelphia. Drawing together a great variety of Quaker sub-cultures, several fellow min­isters and I invited Friends in the Philadelphia area to set aside time to open ourselves to the living Spirit of Jesus. We sensed Christ leading us to hold a…

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Spreading the Word

By Micah Bales – Interim Communications and Web Specialist Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your…

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QuakerSpring: A Prayerful Community

By Micah Bales – FUM Interim Communications and Web Specialist God continues to surprise me. All the Holy Spirit has to do is blow through, and I am back to square one; the sand castles that I have built are swept away by the tide, and I am left without fortifications before God. I suppose it could be frustrating to…

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Spreading the Word

By Micah Bales – Interim Communications and Web Specialist See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:19 This July, I began work as Interim Communications and Web Specialist for Friends United Meeting. It is a privilege…

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