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.

We were the crew cut, bobby-socked children of the ’50s and ’60s, who grew up with the boob-tube fantasies of "Howdy Doody", "Leave it to Beaver", and "Father Knows Best." Bubble gum and baseball cards were the height of our desires, and our roots in the middle-class values of the American Dream...
We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden...
The children of the ’60s were seeking an alternative way of living, far from the Judeo-Christian traditions in which they were raised. That deep desire in everyone’s heart to get back to a life that respects, not just the earth and its resources, but the people of the earth, is exactly what the...
The decline that began shortly after the Pilgrim’ first harvest celebration, which was filled with thanksgiving, can be best understood by looking at what happened in Massachusetts ten years later with the arrival of Roger Williams in 1631 (who would eventually become the founder and governor of...
What does freedom of religion really mean in the 21st Century? In the past, countries were established and wars were fought so that freedom of faith could be guaranteed, but such protection is not an issue today. Or, is it? Let us reflect on the past, particularly in this country, the United States...
Four hundred years ago, just across the sea, something was stirring in the hearts of a handful of men and women which would permanently mark history. Though they were not the noble or noteworthy of English society, this small band found the courage to stand for what they felt was right in the face...
Astrologers and astronomers can read the message. What do the stars say? Could there be some credibility to what the stars say? Well, depending on who is “reading” them, we all must admit it seems that clear signs could come from the heavens. How many of us glance at the horoscopes each day just in...
If any man hears my words, and believes not, I judge him not. (John 12:41) That declaration spoken by our Master 2000 years ago established for all time how those who believe in Him should treat those who don’t believe.
The sound of wedding bells echoed through the air in the city of seven hills, proclaiming to all the union of a seemingly idyllic couple. The groom was a man of stature, risen to the rank of general, fresh from the battlefield in triumph. The bride was a lovely lady, her upbringing having been...
Old Saint Nick has another side to his character. At the Council of Nicaea in AD 325, the bishops had gathered to judge Arius’ doctrine. They all watched in astonishment as Bishop Nicholas of Myra rose up and struck Arius forcefully to the ground.
Roger Williams came to the New World in 1631 with much the same hopes as the first Pilgrim Separatists. His heart’s desire was to see a pure church raised up, with no ties to the Church of England and its corruption, compromise, and oppression.
Just as the specter of Jonestown brands anyone who tries to live communally today, a far more serious tragedy darkened the Anabaptist movement in the sixteenth century. Anabaptist radicals seized the city of Münster in February 1534, to create, by force, a “New Zion.”

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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.