History

Through the centuries, spiritual movements have come and gone. The stories of the most amazing people are often distorted or omitted from the historic books.

World War II was over, and the little sandwich shop on the corner of 14th and E Streets was hopping. Not only were the carhops hopping to and fro amongst the many cars that packed the parking lot, there was also a continual stream of hot rods cruising slowly in one side, around behind, and then...
COME! Join me for a brief but revealing journey into the world of communal living. There are many reasons why people live in community, and their motivations and intentions become evident with the type of community that results. The spectrum is wide — the kibbutzim in Israel, peace and love...
There came a time when the life of Messiah,1 whose life was the light of men, could no longer be found. The last of the overcomers died or were put out of the churches by men like Diotrephes,2 who forcefully suppressed any perceived threat to their solitary authority, or interruptions to their...
Wolves run in packs. Sheep live in flocks. Cattle thrive in herds. Bees and ants are almost without individual identity. Apart from their hives, swarms, and hills their life is meaningless or threatened, because in every way their individual life is one with their social life. What about man? Is...
(The First Radical Pamphlet in Christian History and Why Martin Luther Reviled It)
It’s instructive to see how Luther moved from tolerance to dogma as his power and certainty grew. One comes across many contradictions along the way and sees that his teaching is not to be easily understood. He proclaimed freedom of conscience in matters of faith, and the right of every individual...
Since the establishment of Christianity, the ones who were willing to do God’s will have sensed that something was wrong.
Like a well-tended garden, the early church in Jerusalem took in an abundance of the light of the Son and produced abundant fruit of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Martin Luther and John Calvin, the fathers of the Protestant Reformation, taught that salvation was by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that any who lack such saving faith are condemned to eternal damnation, regardless of whether they have ever had the chance to hear the gospel.
The physical world often gives us insight into the unseen, spiritual side of creation, just as creation itself proclaims the glory and power of its Creator. The Living Bible very clearly describes this knowledge: For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge...
Since we know that the Bible is an inspired book, every word being God-breathed and full of meaning, then what would motivate a preacher to come against a whole book of the Bible and say it was not from God?
Attempts to live together in community have been wrought with challenge and fraught with difficulty for centuries. If it were easy, everybody would probably live communally, given man's social nature. There would be no need to figure out a better way. Today a whole movement of people live together...
If human greatness is a matter of scale and glitter, then no doubt Alexander the Great is at the apex of human greatness.1 So wrote the historian H.G. Wells of the man whose brief career historians regard as marking an epoch in human history. Imagine the breath taking awesomeness of being known...
The stirring words of this hymn have brought many of us to tears, as we considered how much we have to give thanks for as Americans. Yet, the glory of America seems very tarnished in the midst of the profound moral corruption overtaking this society. The faith with which we once sang, “America,...
The Founding Fathers who created the American system of government understood well the lessons of history, from the early days of the Crusades through the Inquisition, the Reformation, and into 16 th and 17 th century England. This bred in them a deep mistrust of religion — any religion — if it...

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The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.