The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all
that call upon him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also
will hear their cry, and will save them. – Psalm 145:17-19

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In their waiting upon the Lord, early Quakers seemingly found a master electrical switch to throw on, allowing a current to bring light bulbs and motors to life. And, in a profound way, they had.

Without that energizing force, the Bible remains much like that light bulb or electrical motor when the power is off: a beautiful or remarkable artifact in its own right, but failing to perform its functions. Without a spiritual connection, on the other hand, we, too, remain in the dark.

What makes the Quaker approach to the Bible and to faith itself differ so thoroughly is our emphasis upon the role of the Holy Spirit in our encounter with both these texts and our experiences. Everything here becomes multidimensional.

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There we find it experienced; for the Apostle speaks of such as were made free from Sin, and became Servants to God, and had their Fruit unto Holiness, and the End Everlasting Life. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


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