Why We Chose Unity


This journey I have been on for the past 7 years has been all over the place.  Initially I felt disillusioned and somewhere between frustrated and angry that the truth had been hidden from me for most of my life.  Next came the shear joy of my new found Truth.  Learning, learning, learning.  Meeting new people who were in the same place.  Oh, the sweet fellowship!  The search for knowledge and Truth soon became an obsession and it seemed every stone I turned uncovered more pagan words, pagan practices, pagan history… the journey began to be more worrisome and less fun.  The calendar was wrong, but which one was right?  Every holiday was pagan.  The sweet celebrations lost their sweetness.  I began doubting everything.  Where does one stop?

I have come to the conclusion that it really all boils down to FAITH.  What will we choose to put our faith in?  People ask me how to KNOW that Scripture is true.  It is simply faith.  There is no way for anyone to know.  History books are written by the victors.  Our media tells false versions of what is happening.  Everywhere we turn we are lied to.  We can’t trust what we SEE or HEAR.  It’s no wonder there is so much suicide, rebellious young people, confusion.  The tester is at work.  So we must CHOOSE to have faith.  We can have faith in Scripture, that it has stood the test of time.  That is has been proven by history and archaeology and by how it is congruent.  And if we have faith in Scripture, then we can have faith in the ONE Whom Scripture speaks about.  Some will choose to have faith in a religion, or in themselves, or in the systems of this world.  As for me, I choose YHWH and His Word.

Ah, but I digress. The point of this post was to say that after all of that questioning and doubting and study, I have come to the point (full circle) that I am going to follow the traditional calendar for the Feasts.  Do I think it is correct?  Probably not.  Do I think some other calendar is correct?  I think that none of them are and it probably is not even possible to find a correct calendar until Messiah comes.  If I had to choose one, it would be the Enoch calendar, but at this time, I feel that UNITY is what we need.  Looking at this from the other side, I see this one celebrating on that day and that one celebrating on this day and we are not in harmony.  We are not enjoying the sweet fellowship of all celebrating TOGETHER.  Not that someone is wrong for choosing one calendar over another, but we are MISSING OUT!  The Father sees our hearts and our desires to obey and I really believe THAT is what He desires.  A pure, obedient JOYFUL heart!  … food for thought =)

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Jeremiah 31:31-34


Behold, the days come”, says YHWH, “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a ruler over them”, says YHWH.

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days”, says YHWH:

I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people;  and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: ‘Know YHWH’; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them”, says YHWH; “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.”

There are several things I see in this passage.

  1. This new covenant is only made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  My conclusion would be that if a person does not consider themselves and/or behave as the house of Israel or Judah, this covenant does not belong to them
  2. The covenant is: YHWH putting His TORAH inside of His people, in their hearts, so that they no longer have to teach it, everyone KNOWS Him.  This does not sound like Torah observance will stop, but rather that it will be followed from the heart and with devotion and love.  It also sounds like something in the future.  I don’t see in history or in our present day that this is true.
  3. The final part of the covenant is that He will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.  Is this as a result of everyone observing Torah from the heart?  It seems to be implied, but it does not say directly.

 

I  am doing some studying today and this passage came up in the process.  Does anyone have thoughts they want to share?  Post them in the comments!

It’s Feast Time!


Today marks the beginning of the Fall Feasts and my favorite time of year!  Yom Teruah means the Day of Trumpets, or some call it Rosh Hoshana signifying the beginning of the year based on Creation.  In Judaism there are several beginnings of the year for varying reasons.

The only things Scripture clearly asks us to do on this day are to blow the shofar, rest, and meet with others.  It is not like the weekly Sabbath though; on this day food can be prepared, so it’s a great celebration!

Many believe that Messiah will return one year on the Day of Trumpets and it seems like every year there is someone trying to prove that “this will be the year” based on this or that.

10 days from now is Yom Kippur which is a very sober day, so the countdown between today and that day is considered the Days of Awe or Days of Repentance.  It is a time of reflection and deep consideration.

There is one place in town that is closed on Sabbath and all the Feasts of Yah found in Scripture.  He has honored that place and brought blessings upon them.

Does your family celebrate the Fall Feasts?  If so, what do you do to make it memorable and special?  Post in the comments… we would love to hear from you!

 

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Tis the Season


I don’t know about you, but I am getting SOOO excited about the coming celebrations this fall!  Maybe it’s because today feels autumny  (is that a word?)

This is my favorite time of year, hands down. Starting with the first crisp air, and harvesting from the garden, the crunchy ground, the falling leaves and colorful trees, the cheerful fire in the wood stove  and yes, even the snow.  But the absolute best part of autumn is Sukkot ~ gathering with other like-minded followers for a week of praise, study, fellowship and fun!  That’s what I’m talking about!

We’ve been casually looking at various places to go this year, but suddenly it’s just around the corner.  I think we need to make a decision in the next week!  I would love to hear what each of you are doing this year for the Feast of Tabernacles.

I’m also excited to tell you what I’m going to be studying over the next several days, particularly on Sabbath.  It was referred to me by a dear friend and I’m really looking forward to it with great anticipation.  Check it out with me and let’s discuss it together – comment here!

http://www.torahtothetribes.com/category/the-mystery-of-the-melchizedek/

I apologize for not posting as often lately.  I have been super busy with my home business. I’m planning to be busy through the end of the year and then slowing down a bit.  I’m so thankful for this opportunity.  It has made so many things possible for us!  All credit card debt is paid!  We were able to go out of the country for 3 months last year.  We took a 2 week trip to PA to a family reunion,stopping to visit folks along the way.  None of that would have been possible before.  Also we paid off our mortgage last year.  What freedom!  All praise to YHWH for His provision!

A Day of Rest


Oh how I love Sabbath!  Refreshment of the soul, of the body, of the mind…  I guard it carefully and look forward to it with anticipation each week!

I thought it would be fun for everyone to share what they do on this special day?  How do you set it apart?  What kind of meals do you eat?  Do you stay home and rest or go visit others?  What is your favorite thing about Sabbath?  Do you have a favorite teacher you like to listen to?  A favorite version of Scripture?

I will start.  We set the day apart first of all by not working.  We don’t wash dishes unless we run out, we don’t bake or cook from scratch, we don’t do any housework except putting the dishes neatly on the counter.

Our usual meals are cold cereal for breakfast (that’s a treat we only have once a week) and salad or sandwiches for lunch.  Sometimes we will  start a chicken in the crock pot the night before and then snack on that all day.  We usually try to have a special dessert and some chips too.  All things that we don’t normally have during the week.

We stay home 2-3 weeks out of the month.  I just find it more restful.  The other week we will drive to visit other couples or families that we know and spend the day with them.  We love doing that too!

My favorite thing about Sabbath is resting.  I don’t understand why anyone thinks that is a burden.  =)  It is such a PLEASURE!

At this time we don’t have a favorite teacher, but in the past we have enjoyed Rico Cortes, Test Everything, Zach Bauer and others.

Please share with us!  I am so excited to hear all the responses!  Make it as long as you want!