A Testament of Devotion

About two years ago I was introduced to Christian Quakerism through the writings of its founder, George Fox.  I found Fox’s focus on the indwelling Christ spiritually rich.  I went on to read An Apology for the True Christian Divinity by Robert Barclay.  This was the first systematic presentation of Quaker beliefs. For Christmas, I received…

House of God (Reprise)

Art by Patrick Murphy “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it” (Gen. 28:16). As we said before, the Lord revealed to Jacob that God was in His house. Bethel means, “House of God.” It shows Christ and His people as God’s dwelling, God’s house. The Lord is in us!…

I am, He Is

I am in the One of whom the Father said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). He pleases the Father in me. I am in the One who died to sin and now lives to God (Rom. 6:10-11). He is dead to sin and lives to…

Why the World Is Real

The view from our cabin at Camp Orkila Last week I went to fifth grade camp with my daughter at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island.  It was a physically grueling week.  I don’t know how many miles we hiked.  All I know is I ended the week exhausted, sporting huge blisters and aching to my…

The Quakers: More than Oatmeal

For awhile now, the Lord has been teaching me about Christ’s indwelling. Knowing that I no longer live but Christ lives in me has become a daily necessity rather than an abstract proposition (Gal. 2:19-20). In the midst of this emphasis, I discovered the writings of George Fox, who started the Quaker movement in the…

One Is All

I am one with God in Christ, and this is all that is required of me.

The Hall and the Vision

Back in October, I wrote about the day I was born again.  That was a powerful experience.  But I wasn’t ready to follow the Lord afterwards.  The next four years, there was little evidence of Christ in me.  I investigated Taoism and made a go at practicing Buddhism.  My personal life continued in its immoral,…