Sunday, July 3, 2016

Book Part 2. Our Beliefs

Doctrinal View 


    We are a family of faith holding the Scriptures in the original languages 
to be the inspired, inerrant Word of Yahweh Elohim (Lord God). We believe
 Yahshua (Jesus) of Nazareth is the Anointed one, the Messiah. We are led 
by and filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (Set-apart/Holy Spirit). 
     It is our desire to serve Yahweh Elohim with our whole hearts through 
a family ministry of encouragement and discipleship. We desire to live 
each day loving our Creator, Yahweh, and His Son, Yahshua, the Messiah 
whom Yahweh sent to save us. Our goal is to rediscover the truth that 
was taught to Yahshua's disciples in the first century and restore it 
to the Body of Believers today. We demonstrate our love for Him by being 
obedient to Torah (A Father's instructions) to the best of our ability and 
loving our fellow man. 
  We believe the Torah is still valid for believers today. The Commandments 
are to set us apart as being obedient children and the Feasts of Yahweh 
Elohim are eternal, The Brit Hadasha (New Testament or renewed covenant)
 is commentary on the Torah. All Scripture must be in harmony. If there 
is a seeming contradiction, it lies in the interpretation, not in the 
Scriptures. The interpretation must therefore change to be in alignment
 with the rest of Scripture. 
     We believe it is of utmost importance for parents to teach their 
children at home (Deut. 6 and Psalm 1:1-2), thus incorporating a Hebrew 
mindset of life into the family rather than a Greek mindset. In this way 
we place limits on the worldly influence scoffers have on the tender lives
 of these precious little ones entrusted into our care. We advocate for 
home schooling and strive to help those seeking this direction for their 
lives. 
     We are not members of any one organization. The only authority we 
submit to is our Creator as revealed by the Written Word. Over the 
centuries, traditions of men have been embroidered onto the tapestry 
of faith. We have made a conscious decision to return to a scripture 
based lifestyle. Although this causes much heartache as we seek to 
diligently change our behavior, attitudes and lifestyle we have also 
experienced the joy and peace that comes from a lifestyle of obedience. 
     We believe the Torah teaches there shall be one law for the Israelite 
and the same law for the foreigner, i.e., those wishing to attach 
themselves to the House of Israel. In crossing over from a western 
Gentile mentality to a lifestyle based on Torah one needs to begin
 to think from a Hebraic mindset. There are not two laws, one for the 
Jew and one for the Gentile (Goyim outside the covenant). As a 
matter of opinion we have recently come to the belief that we are of 
the house of Ephraim as are most Torah observant believers today as the Jew 
is of the house of Judah along with Benjamin.
     We are Torah Observant Believers. We keep the commandments out of 
a desire to demonstrate our love and devotion for our Creator / Redeemer / 
King. We do not obey to earn salvation as salvation is by faith alone.
We do not make our Creator obliged to us in any way through our obedience.
 In our family, traditions of men are clearly explained as such and are 
not presented as commandments. The Pharisees emphasized their traditions 
over the Word of Elohim while Messiah taught against their traditions. We 
realize that some traditions are useful in helping us remember Torah or 
the history of the House of Israel. In all things we must study to show 
ourselves approved, and prove all things and hold fast to that which is 
right and good. 
     We observe the 7th day Sabbath. We keep the Feasts of Yahweh Elohim 
as listed in the Book of Leviticus. We do not celebrate Christmas or 
Easter. We do not engage in the traditional Christian feasts or worldly 
celebrations such as St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's day, Halloween, 
Thanksgiving or New Years. We observe only the scriptural feasts such 
as those listed in Leviticus 23. The feast days of Purim which is found 
in the Book of Esther, and Hanukkah which is found in John chapter 10 as 
well as in the apocryphal books of the Maccabees are recognized as 
episodes of Yahweh's saving grace. 
     We use the names of Yahweh Elohim (Lord, God) rather than the 
titles given in the Scriptures to address our Heavenly Father. We
 occasionally refer to Him as Abba El or daddy Elohim. We use the Hebrew 
name Yahshua for Jesus which means Yah is Salvation. 
     Isa 52:6 “Therefore My people shall know My Name, in that day, for I
 am the One who is speaking. See, it is I.” 

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