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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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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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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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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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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Meeting God in the Grocery Store

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor I’d like to think that my public testimony falls right in line with my spoken testimony. I’d like to think that when I encounter anyone, they see Christ. But there are times, truth be told, that my outward testimony has nothing to do with my perceived reality of my spiritual state. It was a…

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Girl Pledging Allegiance to the Flag

Should Christians Say the Pledge of Allegiance?

Do you remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance as a kid? When I was growing up, the Pledge was a standard part of every public school classroom. Each morning during announcements, we would be asked to stand and, turning to the American flag that hung at the front of the class, every student and teacher would place hand over heart…

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Is Jesus a Get-Out-Of-Hell-Free Card?

Based on what you see in a lot of churches today, it would be easy to assume that the ministry of Jesus had mostly to do with teaching people 1 weird trick to avoid damnation. The Jesus we are most often presented with is a walking, talking get out of hell free card. Popular Evangelical theology tells us that we will be justified – that is,…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Out of My Mind – January/February 2015

By Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. — Hebrews 10:23-24 “I don’t believe in God,” the man said to me matter-of-factly. “I don’t see any evidence of a divine being…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Let There Be Light!

By Micah Bales Web & Communications Specialist 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….

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