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The Blessing of Peace

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To the extent that the blessing of peace is achieved by humankind, it will not be achieved because people have outraced each other in the building of armaments, nor because we have outdebated each other with words, nor because we … Continue reading

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It is time that Christians were judged…

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“It is time that Christians were judged more by their likeness to Christ than their notions of Christ. Were this sentiment generally admitted we should not see such tenacious adherence to what men deem the opinions and doctrines of Christ … Continue reading

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Everything, all beauty and rightness….

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Everything, all beauty and rightness, seems to turn upon a right subordination of the outward to the inward, the transient to the permanent, in our lives and thoughts. Yet this right subordination cannot be achieved in a hurry. If we … Continue reading

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The One Cornerstone of Belief…

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“The one cornerstone of belief upon which the Society of Friends is built is the conviction that God does indeed communicate with each one of the spirits He has made, in a direct and living inbreathing of some measure of … Continue reading

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Gospel Order

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“…gospel order is, first and foremost, life lived in God’s transforming, guiding, and sustaining power. As long as we are trying to get ourselves or others to live up to an external code of behavior as the highest expression of … Continue reading

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For Conscience Sake towards God

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“But at the first convincement, when Friends could not put off their hats to people nor say ‘you’ to a particular, but ‘thee’ and ‘thou’; and could not bow nor use the world’s salutations, nor fashions, nor customs, many Friends, … Continue reading

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The Light Within Us

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“My conviction led me to adhere to the sufficiency of the light within us, resting on truth for authority, not on authority for truth.” Lucretia Mott January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880 American abolitionist and suffragist

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The Inheritance of Life

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“Give over thine own willing; give over thine own running; give over thine own desiring to know or to be any thing, and sink down to the seed which God sows in the heart, and let that grow in thee, … Continue reading

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To Be Persuasive

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“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” Edward R. Murrow April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965 American broadcast journalist, first came to prominence with a series of … Continue reading

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Speak Your Best Words

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“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.” Susan B. Anthony February 15, 1820 – … Continue reading

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