Christmas 2004

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This eventful birth in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago has changed the course of history on this planet. The tiny child born that starry night has shaken the earth! The virgin Mary gave birth in a stable with only the help of her husband, Joseph. Her labor must have been brought on by the stress of a long journey from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem. Such a journey would be a simple one-hour drive in an automobile, but 54 miles on foot or donkey is not easy for a woman at the end of her pregnancy. Today, we see fi gurines of this famous story on the village greens, in the shopping malls, and in church parking lots. There they stand so serenely, all of the characters: The happy parents, the shepherds, the cows and sheep, the donkeys, and then, there in the middle, the little odd-shaped feed trough holding the precious baby. You can buy the whole set of fi gurines to put on your own coffee table, if you like. Not one piece of the set can be missing... all arranged beautifully under a small, rough-looking structure, like a tiny barn, with lots of straw. It truly is a beautiful scene. But often, the stark reality of the scene escapes us...

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.

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