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Advices & Queries

September's Monthly Readings


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The Bible is worthy of regular and searching study in private, in family and in other groups. There we learn of God’s relationship with man and of Christ’s redemptive love and find guidance and inspiration for our lives today. Encourage the reading of literature which may reveal the ways of God.

IYM General Christian Counsel

In worship we enter with reverence into communion with God and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Come to meeting for worship with heart and mind prepared. Yield yourself and all your outward concerns to God’s guidance so that you may find ‘the evil weakening in you and the good raised up’.

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August's Monthly Readings


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Live in love with one another as commanded by Christ watching over one another for good, bearing with each other’s failings, upholding one another prayerfully in times of difficulty and sorrow, and sharing in each other’s joys.

IYM Query For Serious Consideration 10

Do you cherish your friendships, so that they grow in depth and understanding and mutual respect? In close relationships we may risk pain as well as finding joy. When experiencing great happiness or great hurt we may be more open to the working of the spirit.

BYM Advices & Queries 14

July's Monthly Readings


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Are you concerned with the Preparative, Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly Meetings during which the business of our Society is conducted? Are these meetings held in a spirit of worship and dependence upon the guidance of God? Do you take your right share of service of these meetings, realizing they are essential for the support and development of our corporate concerns? Do you carry out discipline when advisable, in a sensitive and Christian manner?

IYM Query For Serious Consideration 8

Are your meetings for church affairs held in a spirit of worship and in dependence on the guidance of God? Remember that we do not seek a majority decision nor even consensus. As we wait patiently for divine guidance our experience is that the right way will open and we shall be led into unity

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June's Monthly Readings


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Are you convinced of the reality of God and do you respond to His Spirit at work within you? Have you individually, through repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, experienced true conversion of heart? Do you depend on the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit and do you show this by your devotion to God and by your love to all people?

IYM General Christian Counsel

Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way in to silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God’s guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.

BYM Advices & Queries

May's Monthly Readings


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In vocal ministry, the sharing of spiritual experience and insights can be a way through which fresh understanding is conveyed to others. Receive the ministry in a loving spirit, avoiding hurtful criticism.

IYM General Christian Counsel

When you are preoccupied and distracted in meeting let wayward and disturbing thoughts give way quietly to your awareness of God’s presence among us and in the world. Receive the vocal ministry of others in a tender and creative spirit. Reach for the meaning deep within it, recognizing that even if it is not God’s word for you, it may be so for others. Remember that we all share responsibility for the meeting for worship whether our ministry is in silence or through the spoken word.

BYM Advices & Queries