Drop Thy Still Dews of Quietness

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


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


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                                                       


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.



Invitation To Worship, One in Christ

                   JESUS CHRIST HAS COME
  "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


Hear Ye Him

       The new sign in front of our Meeting House!

Even when animal or grain sacrifice was expected, God spoke through His prophets of how we are to prepare ourselves to approach Him. "Obedience is better than sacrifice and submission than offering the fat of lambs" 1 Samuel 15:22
There is a deep place within each person, where our spirit can go to "hear Him." Know Him or experience Him  are also references we use to describe a reverent worship in the Name of Jesus.

Let us speak and live what we profess to believe. How can we with all our weakness and failures be true children of God? The Scriptures have recorded how humankind has turned away from their creator and followed their own ways. They also point us to a Savior, who will guide us into a better way……"…..This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him." Math 17:5

Ezekiel prophesied thousands of years ago, however, what he was given to say might be a picture of  us even in our time. 
"So they come to you in crowds as if they were ready to listen. They sit in front of you as if they are my people and they hear your words, but they do not obey them, with their mouths they tell me they love me, but their hearts desire their selfish profits. To your people you are nothing more than a singer who sings love songs and has a beautiful voice and plays a musical instrument well. They hear your words but they will not obey them." Ezekiel 33: 31-33

"My flock wandered all over the mountains & on every high hill. they were scattered all over the face of the earth & not one searched for them." 34:6

"This is what the Lord God says: I myself will search for my sheep & take care of them as a shepherd takes care of his scattered flock when it is found. I will save them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy & dark day."  34:11-12

"Ask and it will be given to you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." Matt 7:7

"That they would seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he be not far from every one of us." Act 17:27

Middleton Friends welcome others to join us as we seek Him (Christ Jesus).


Go In The Name Of Jesus

"Blessed are those who go in the name of the Lord. There is salvation in no other name under heaven." Acts 4:12

Psalm 23:3 "He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."

I understand that the Greek root for the word "Name" is essence of, or in the spirit of.

"Jesus saith unto him, "I am the way, the Truth and the Life, - no man comes to the Father, but by me." John14:6

The second weekend of last month we were blessed with a visit from Kim Palmer. Kim traveled from his home in California, in faithfulness to a calling to visit each meeting in Ohio Yearly Meeting. This faithfulness is an example of Matthew 28:19, "So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age."