4.11.2018

Worship without Ritual


Friends worship without form or ritual. We take seriously the verses below. they teach us Christ has replaced the shadows. Jesus Christ is now our high priest.


The apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrews:
"Every day the priests stand and do their religious service, often offering the same sacrifices. Those sacrifices can never take away sins. But after Christ offered one sacrifice for sins, forever, he sat down at the right side of God. And now Christ waits there for his enemies to be put under his power. With one sacrifice he made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also tells us about this. First he says: 
'This is the agreement. I will make
with them at that time, says the 
Lord.
I will put my teachings in their hearts
and write them on their minds.'
Jeremiah 31:33
Then he says' their sins and the evil things they  do- 
I will not remember anymore.'
Jeremiah 31:34
Now when these have been forgiven there is no more need for a sacrifice for sins. So brothers and sisters, we are completely free to enter the Most Holy Place without fear because of the blood of Jesus' death. We can enter through a new and living way that Jesus opened for us. It leads through the curtain - Christ's body. And since we have a great high priest over God's house, let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised.
Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming

If we decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. There is nothing but fear in waiting for the judgment and the terrible fire that will destroy all those who live against God. Hebrews 10:11-27

3.02.2018

Invitation to General Gathering of Conservative Friends


Our forefather William Penn wrote, "The great work and business of the cross of Christ in man is self-denial; a word of much depth in itself, and of sore contradiction to the world; little understood; but less embraced by it; which yet must be borne. The Son of God is gone before us, and, by the bitter cup he drank, and the baptism he suffered, has left us an example that we should follow his steps........
All Friends of like mind are invited to the 2018 22-24, Sixth Month General Gathering of Conservative Friends. This is a weekend of worship and fellowship at Stillwater Friends Meeting, in Barnesville, Ohio. It is intended to instruct and refresh us all, as we come empty of self to wait for renewal. The world desires a Saviour, but rejects the Christ who is the cornerstone of human salvation. No other way will bring light to our condition.  Join us this weekend in weakness, without expectation, putting behind you any shadows, seeking strength  directly from the "substance" which is Christ Jesus.
When there was none to help, not one to open seals, to give knowledge, or to direct the course of poor man's recovery, He came in the greatness of his love and strength; and though clothed with the infirmities of a mortal man, being within fortified by the Almightiness of an immortal God, he travelled through all the straits and difficulties of humanity; and, first of all others trod the untrodden path to blessedness.
No Cross, No Crown William Penn, chapter 4, section #2 & 3
contact Registrar  Sharon A Helms    philandsharon04.01@sbcglobal.net



2.10.2018

Drop Thy Still Dews of Quietness

   A poem written by John Greenleaf Whittier, 1897-1892  A Quaker poet

1.01.2018

Seven Trumpets Sound

           Alpha & Omega
 
 
                 
The beginning and the end. New beginnings, new covenants, self determination. God sees the heart. He also works within our hearts and minds when we allow Him by humbling self. Kind of the opposite of  self determination.
"The Lord is not slow in doing what he promised - the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives."
 2 Peter 3:9
There is a sweet scent in the freedom of obedience. Living for Christ Jesus, by His Spirit.
"That is the way we should live, because God's grace that can save everyone has come. It teaches us not to live against God nor to do the evil things the world wants us to do. Instead, that grace teaches us to live now in a wise and right way and in a way that shows we serve God." Titus 2:11-12
Jesus was deeply sorrowful for those who rejected the gift He brought. Freeing humans from desires that lead to spiritual death. 
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone to death those who are sent to you. Many times I wanted to gather your people as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you did not let me. Now your house will be left completely empty. I tell you, you will not see me again until that time when you will say, "God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord."  Matthew 23:37
We are living in the last days. Dear Friends, choose life over death. Our Creator calls to all who are thirsty. Live in that life He offers. He gave his life in obedience to be raised up as a scepter to God for our release from living in sin.
The One on the throne said to me, "It is finished. I am the Alpha & Omega. " The Beginning and the End. I will give free water from the spring of the water of life to anyone who is thirsty. Those who win the victory will receive this, and I will be their God. And they will be my children. But cowards, those who refuse to believe, who do evil things, who kill, who sin sexually, who do evil magic, who worship idols, and who tell lies - all these will have a place in the lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
"Happy are those who wash their robes so that they will receive the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside the city are the evil people, those who do evil magic, who sin sexually, who murder, who worship idols, and who love lies and tell lies. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to tell you these things for the churches. I am the descendant from the family of David, and I am the bright morning star."
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" Let the one who hears this say, "Come!" Let whoever is thirsty come: whoever wishes may have the water of life as a free gift.
Revelation 21:6-8, 22:14-17
   


12.03.2017

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

In this time of testing we are being taught the meaning of trust. We are learning where our help comes from, it comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 

                      But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, 
                      whose confidence is in him. They will be like 
                      a tree planted by the water that sends out its 
                      roots by the stream. It does not fear when 
                      heat comes; its leaves are always green. It
                      has no worries in a year of drought and 
                      never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17: 7-8

                     Jesus Said, "My Father has given me all things.
                     No one knows the Son, except the Father: And 
                     no one knows the Father, except the Son and 
                     those whom the Son chooses to tell. Come to 
                     me , all of you who are tired and have heavy 
                     loads, and I will give you rest." 
                                              Matthew 11:27, 28                                                       

11.04.2017

Henry Talk

                     
Our open house was a blessing to us, very refreshing! We invited Henry to speak before our open worship. He explained some of the key scripture passages, taken from the original Greek, that Christians may misunderstand today, because some words have changed their meaning through the centuries. We are happy to have a clear recording of Henry's talk in the Salem open house event last Month. Click on the link below to listen.

                                             https://youtu.be/oGiCv2wp_gI

10.04.2017

Invitation To Worship, One in Christ

                   JESUS CHRIST HAS COME
          TO TEACH HIS PEOPLE HIMSELF
             
  "Through Christ we all have the right to come to the Father in one spirit" 
   Ephesians 2:18 
                                        
                        
       








                  An invitation to learn about and
           Experience authentic Quaker Christianity 
             at 2 local Friends   (Quaker) Meetings

                 In the Middleton Friends Meeting House
                           Friday at 7 PM, October 13,
Middleton Meeting house  44866 Crestview Rd., Columbiana 44408
                               (1/8 mile west of state route 7, at Middleton crossroad)
                 In the Salem Friends Meeting House           
                        Saturday, at 4 PM October 14th,
10/14 at 4 PM Salem Meeting house 338 east 6th street, Salem 44460

You are invited to meet us and learn how we "worship in spirit and in truth." John1:17
           
"And so I find it well to come 
For deeper rest to this still room;
For here the habit of the soul 
Feels less the outer world's control,
And from the silence, multiplied
By these still forms on every side,
The world that time and sense have known
Falls off and leaves us God alone."
   -John Greenleaf Whittier-

    "But the Lord is in His holy temple, let all the world keep silence before Him"
               Habakkuk 3:1