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William Salt - an early Quaker drawn out of the reflective nature and contention and strife.

Many people have asked me in the past which early Quaker I most sense a fellowship. Their question was difficult for me to answer. I could name names, however, I was compelled to add numerous qualifications. Generally, I would say John Perrot, and then add qualifications. William Salt is an early Quaker with whom I sense a deep and abiding fellowship without qualification. My research so far suggests he first shows up as a companion of George Fox in their endeavors to spread the news of the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 11, 2020 at 10:48am — No Comments

William Rogers writes in 1680 on the spiritual experience of early Quakers

To Conclude this Preface, ‘tis with me to say, unto every one (through the Nations) called by the name Quaker, on this wise.

Let the remembrance of the dayes that are past come before you, wherein the Servants of the Living God, Labourers {Preface XXXVII} in the Gospel (in the beginning of the latter Day of the Ministration of Light) sounded by his trumpet an Alarm to the Nations. And what said the voice…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 8, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

Quakers unto the Civil War

My personal impression is that Quakers, like all abolitionists, enthusiastically took part in the mental preparation of the Civil War. But when the War came they were perplexed and most of them opted out of it. But this abrupt change of  view couldn't work well, indeed a third of the young men joined Lincoln's army. On the other hand, Quakers were rigorous enough to disown those young men and thus lost a lot of their followers.

Is this historically correct?

What would it mean…

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Added by Rainer Möller on 10th mo. 19, 2020 at 7:40am — 12 Comments

No respector of persons

 "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great;... for the judgement is God's" Deutoronomy 1:17.  George Fox paraphrased this passage when stating his belief that the respect shown to persons of status by tipping the hat, or using forms of address appropriate to persons according to their status, was anaethema to God. "Moreover, when the Lord sent me forth into the world, He forbade me to put off my hat to any, high or low; and I was…

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Added by Marcia P Roberts on 7th mo. 26, 2020 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

My 2019 book, "Benjamin Ferris -- A True Renaissance Man (Father of Delaware History, Quaker Leader, Architect and More)"

Today, I expanded the text which is on the book page at Amazon as follows:

Benjamin Ferris was truly a “Renaissance Man.”  He was an ambitious self educated man, well versed in the classics, who blossomed from watchmaker to surveyor and conveyancer to architect and finally into a noted historian in Wilmington, DE.  It was an historian who labeled him “Father of Delaware History.”

 While his Quaker “Inward Light” predominated over the Bible as the “fountain,” he was extremely…

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Added by John N. (Jake) Ferris on 7th mo. 14, 2020 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

2017 book entitled "Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette and Her Speeches

This past week, on a program sponsored by the OnLine Book Club, the MJC book was the "Book of the Day" on July 6.  With a ranking of 4/4 from a review by the OnLine Book Club, 45 out of 49 who read a PDF copy on Amazon liked the book on Facebook.  The next day on July 7, the OnLine Book Club conducted a "First Ten Focus Group" review.  The participants were given the first ten pages of the book from a PDF version on Amazon, and were asked whether they would buy the book or not.  Out of 41…

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Added by John N. (Jake) Ferris on 7th mo. 13, 2020 at 12:51pm — No Comments

In the Life itself the need for prophets and prophecies is fulfilled.

In a recent article entitled "Jesus wasn't nice ..." Micah Bales wrote:

And it gets me to wondering: How would Jesus speak to us?

and

The prophets are those people who hear and proclaim the words of God.

Source: http://www.micahbales.com/jesus-wasnt-nice-we-cant-be-either/

I am thankful that, through the power of the continuous immanent, self-evident, and self-sustaining…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 6th mo. 16, 2020 at 1:16pm — 5 Comments

When the season of the outward ministration of others is passed and fulfilled in the everliving presence of Christ.

In an article published in The Friends Journal entitled "A Parallel Universe" the author writes:

The Spirit works on us to enable us to give something of what we have received to others, to act as a mirror. So it& is that God works not only directly but through human beings, each upon another.

Source: https://www.friendsjournal.org/a-parallel-universe/

Through the power of the spirit of Christ…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 19, 2020 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Living in the primary and sufficient government of the spirit of Christ and being drawn out of the process of reflective thought as primary authority over human relationships and interactions.

People's relationships and interactions are generally mediated through the interplay between feelings, will, perceptions, sensations, and thoughts (the functions of the body). The appearance of the immanent and everliving presence of the spirit of Christ in the conscience sometimes draws people out of the process of being or life that is mediated through the reflective function of the body in matters relating to human interaction; they are come into relationships and interactions being…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 16, 2020 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

From John Woolman on Ministry

From John Woolman (1741)

I went to meetings in an awful frame of mind, and endeavored to be inwardly acquainted with the language of the true Shepherd. And one day, being under a strong exercise of spirit, I stood up, and said some words in a meeting, but not keeping close to the divine opening, I said more than was required of me and being soon sensible to my error, I was afflicted in mind some weeks, without any light or comfort, even to that degree that I could take…

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Added by William F Rushby on 4th mo. 28, 2020 at 5:52am — 56 Comments

To those who are come into the immanent presence of everlasting self-sustaining being of Christ in their conscience and consciousness.

When a person comes to you with advice on how to think, act, or behave, in a given circumstance ... seek, rest in, and give the prerogative to, the immanent presence of the everlasting, self-sustaining being of Christ in your conscience and consciousness ... Watch!

When a governmental or institutional person comes to you suggesting you should give over civil freedom to them for your own protection ... seek, rest in, and give the prerogative to, the immanent presence…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 25, 2020 at 11:03am — No Comments

Henry Pickworth and The Spirit's Ancient Operations

Research Notes and Comments: ACOEHI Pickworth, Henry



Henry Pickworth and The Spirit's Ancient Operations



In 1715 a book was published entitled A Charge of Error, Hereſy, Incharity, Falſhood, Evaſion, Inconſiſtency, Innovation, Impoſition, Infidelity, Hypocriſy, Pride, Railery, Apoſtacy, Perjury, Idolatry, Villany, Blasphemy, Abomination, Confusion, and Worſe than Turkish Tyranny. The subtitle reads, Most justly exhibited, and offered to be proved…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 21, 2020 at 10:25am — No Comments

Comfort in Turmoil

The experience of the self-sustaining eternal life of God immanently established in the consciousness, so that self-awareness, identity, meaning, and purpose is established in God's immanent self-sustaining life, is habitation in the coming of the Kingdom of God into human history.

Taking up habitation in this different way of being…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 3, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

Benjamin Franklin's role in the withdrawal of Quakers from Pennsylvania politics

Benjamin Franklin is often held up as a hero of American colonial era, and often conflated with Quakers because of his presence in largely-Quaker Philadelphia. The Franklin Institute, for example, includes the question, “Was Benjamin Franklin a Quaker?” among its …

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Added by Matt on 2nd mo. 29, 2020 at 5:05pm — 4 Comments

Being Drawn into the Life itself.

Research Notes: TGMOTG

Charles Leslie on page 196 of his 1697 edition of The Snake in the Grass highlights one of George Fox's responses to one of William Thomas' reflections on Quakers. Fox's response can be read in context on page 237 of the 1596 edition of The Great Mystery of the Great Whore which reads in part:

The work of the Miniſters of the Goſpel was not to reflect upon perſons, or strike at creatures ...; but they struck at the power…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 24, 2020 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Those who would suffer the Lamb to rise.

I am in the midst of effort to keyboard The Mystery of the Great Whore by George Fox (1659), The Snake in the Grass by Charles Leslie (1697 Second Edition), and A Charge of Error ... by Henry Pickworth (1716). These texts will be integrated and cross-referenced with the texts currently published in the Christonomy Project on www.Christonomy.net. In Pickworth's A Charge of Error, I recently keyboarded a…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 31, 2020 at 5:26pm — No Comments

The mystery of a faith held in a pure conscience.

James Naylor, in his “A Discovery of the First Wisdom from Beneath, and the Second Wisdom from Above” wrote two phrases that can be seen as a reflection of the mystery of a consciousness anchored in and a conscience informed by the direct experience of immanently sustained being itself in itself inshining upon the consciousness and conscience.

First he wrote that “the will and the brain are the serpents seat” ( View in Source -…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 14, 2019 at 1:36pm — No Comments

WE NEED MORE GENE AUTRY "COWBOY CODE"

   Gene Autry – The original “straight shooting” cowboy star of radio, television and film. Autry created “The Cowboy Code” for the “young” (or old) listeners of his radio program:

  1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
  2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
  3. He must always tell the truth.
  4. He must be…
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Added by Jean Yeager on 11th mo. 27, 2019 at 9:35am — No Comments

WE NEED MORE GENE AUTRY "COWBOY CODE"

   Gene Autry – The original “straight shooting” cowboy star of radio, television and film. Autry created “The Cowboy Code” for the “young” (or old) listeners of his radio program:

  1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
  2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
  3. He must always tell the truth.
  4. He must be…
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Added by Jean Yeager on 11th mo. 27, 2019 at 9:35am — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: On Redemption in John 11

The following excerpt is from a new post on Abiding Quaker, patradallmann.com

This essay is about the final stage in the process of redemption: when we have observed and embodied the demands of the Law; when we have heeded faithfully the requirements of conscience; when we have watched and waited expectantly, and yet have come up empty, and not known…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 11th mo. 14, 2019 at 7:26am — 2 Comments

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