As Christians, when we say "I believe", I wonder how often we give serious thought to what we are really saying. Often, the first thought that comes to mind is John 3:16 "....for whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." But saying "I believe" carries with it much more far-reaching implications than just redemption and heaven. If you believe in Jesus, you must also believe in His teachings and commandments. You see, Christianity is a package deal, you can't just take part of it, you must take it all. The committment is both sobering and challenging. As spring approaches and we experience new life around us, let's take a moment to put new life in our Christian committment.
Fred Hoskins, Pastor
One of the most significant features of Greco-Roman architecture is the use of arches, which were very difficult
to build. Architects of the day discovered that the integrity of an arch was dependent on the capstone - the stone that
was placed in the top-center position. If the capstone was not sound and placed properly, the whole structure would
fail. By the same token, our faith will crumble if its capstone is not properly in place. As Christians, the capstone of
our faith is Jesus. If Jesus is not in the top-center position in our faith, then nothing else matters. As members of
Christ's church, we need to re-examine the structure of our faith, and make certain the capstone is in the top-center position.
Fred Hoskins, Pastor
A big THANK YOU for all those who worked and came out to support our Fundraiser on April 30 for Oscar Mmbali and FUM's Belizean ministry. Your wonderful efforts and generosity allowed us to exceed our goals in helping to give Oscar a headstart in widening a Quaker presence in Latin America. Oscar has a PhD in International Development and over 5 years experience in church planting and ministering to prisioners and victims in Thailand. The Lord was at work in placing Oscar in this position, and we are confident that great things are on the horizon in Belize.
Writings to Guide and Inspire Us
BibleGateway.com allows you to search the Bible by word or passage in 30 different languages and 18 different English language versions of the Bible. With linked commentary.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library a digital library of hundreds of pieces of classic Christian literature that are now available in the public domain.
Digital Quaker Collection at Earlham School of Religion "full text and page images of over 500 individual Quaker works from the 17th and 18th centuries."
The Training And Recording Library a bibliography of recommended readings specifically for those in the process of training and recording, but valuable for all Friends, as Friends believe in the ministry of all believers.
Quaker Writings from the 17-19th Century, A listing with many online texts and catalogs
The Queries from the 1977 Faith and Practice of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting Introductory Statement, General Queries, Queries for Meetings on Ministry and Counsel