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Everyone is invited to a Seminar, Lunch and Service on the Sabbath of December 29, 2001. Norman Edwards will present the seminar Starting a Local Congregation and will include Bible scriptures and practical suggestions how believers in Christ can worship together without the dogma, distractions and overhead frequently associated with corporate churches. The seminar will be advertised in the Denver, Colo. area. Schedule: 10:30 a.m. Seminar, 12:30 Lunch, 2:00 p.m. Service; questions and fellowship afterward. The location will be the Bethany Christian Fellowship, 7070 S Broadway, Englewood, Colo. Contact: Howard Naasz, 303-799-6179, e-mail: email@example.com.
A Sabbath Fellowship will begin meeting every week at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Adam Miller III in Eugene, Oregon. Bring your Bible and favorite hymns or praise music for study and singing. For more information, call Adam at 541-688-6556 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
History Research Projects is pleased to announce that Steven Collins and Art Braidic are coming to Australia and New Zealand in June of 2002 to present a series of lectures on the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel and End-Time Prophecies.
Those of you who have read Steven Collins’ current book on this subject will also be delighted to know that a new and expanded set of four books will be available early in 2002 covering in much greater historic detail the history of Israel and the migration of the Lost Ten Tribes into Europe. They will contain extensively researched new historical information and many charts, photographs and illustrations to complement the information presented in each of the four books. Some of this new information was gained from extensive private libraries containing rare books from the 17th and 18th centuries that have only recently become available to historians. All this information will form part of the presentations that Steven Collins will make when he comes to Australia and New Zealand in 2002.
Art Braidic is a Church of God elder with years of experience at public speaking. He is the author of several booklets such as The Historical Jesus, The Truth About Christmas, and is co-author of Twelve Keys to Understanding Revelation as well as the comprehensive work titled The 144,000. He has also given powerful presentations on prophecy, the Mark of the Beast and such like on his television programme.
The two presenters complement each other with Collins’ presentation primarily focused on bringing new information on the “lost” tribes of Israel. As usual, the lecture series will be free of charge but any financial support to ensure the success of this initiative will be greatly appreciated and gratefully accepted. Mr. Collins’ older book, Lost Tribes of Israel—Found, is available now for AUS$35.00 including postage. Please make all support cheques payable to: History Research Projects, GPO Box 864, Sydney 2001 Australia.
— Craig White, email@example.com
[The older book can also be ordered for $20 postpaid from Steven Collins, PO Box 88735, Sioux Falls, SD 57109; 605-361-5069. The new book prices will be announced based on final printing costs. (I do not endorse every historical or prophetic detail taught in these seminars or books, but I am happy to see this independent study and dissemination of information.) — NSE]
[This article was written by For Zion’s Sake Ministry, P.O.B. 1429 Jerusalem, Israel 91013; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not a British-Israel teaching ministry. The article shows that there is a general awareness that the lost 10 tribes did not all return to Judah. I believe the majority of the ten tribes are in the English-speaking nations and Western Europe, but some, like the ones mentioned below, are still scattered throughout the world. —NSE]
Thirty-seven members of the Bnei Menashe [sons of Manasseh] tribe in India—believed to be descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes—arrived in Israel on Friday. The new arrivals, many of whom have relatives in Israel among the 450 Bnei Menashe who have arrived within the last five years, were brought to Israel under the auspices of the Jerusalem-based Amishav organization. Amishav is dedicated to locating descendants of the Lost Tribes and returning them to the Jewish people. “This is a historic moment for the Jewish people,” said Amishav founder and chairman Rabbi Eliyahu Avichail, who has devoted his life to finding and assisting the descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel. “After a lengthy and difficult separation, the Bnei Menashe are being reunited with the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. This is a triumph of faith. Their return to Zion marks the closing of a historical circle.”
The Bnei Menashe, with a rich oral tradition tracing themselves back to the Israelite tribe of Menashe, continue to practice many uniquely Jewish customs. About 3,500 Bnei Menashe decided to formally return to the Jewish people about 30 years ago, and began living a fully Jewish life to the best of their ability in accordance with Jewish law. Rabbi Avichail learned of their existence about 20 years ago, and began to investigate their claims to Jewish ancestry. After making several visits there and carefully studying their claims and the relevant history, Rabbi Avichail consulted with leading rabbinical authorities and concluded that there is convincing evidence linking the Bnei Menashe with the Jewish people. Among the evidence, Rabbi Avichail notes their ancient tradition speaking of the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; their custom of circumcising male children on the 8th day after birth; and their sacrificial ceremony on an altar reminiscent of the Jewish Temple in which the Hebrew Biblical name of G-d, Mount Sinai, Mount Moriah and Mount Zion are mentioned.
[The number of Christian Groups interested in the Feast of Tabernacles continues to grow. I received the following e-mail. The author, Charity Dell, apparently has no Church of God connection—and neither do most of the sources mentioned. — NSE]
Here follows a list of wonderful resources that you can use for Sukkot celebrations and planning. This list can be e-mailed, faxed, printed out and photocopied for anyone’s use:
In addition, there are dozens of wonderful Messianic Jewish web sites on Sukkot—you can link to most of these by going to: www.messianic.com
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The Story of Sukkot: The Setting, Shaping and Sequel of the Biblical Feast of Tabernacles. Hakan Ulfgard. J.C.B.Mohr, 1998. ISBN 3161470176
The History of Sukkot in the Second Temple and Rabbinic Periods. Jefferey L. Rubenstein. (Brown Judaic Studies 302) Brown University, 1995. ISBN 0-7885-0130-5
— Charity Dell, JubilateDeo@ureach.com
[The following is printed exactly as it was sent to me. The Scriptures do not give any example of God’s work going undone due to lack of money, “even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (1Cor 9:14). Leaders of ministries that are short of money ought to ask, “Does God really want me to do this work?” Brethren who are not supporting any evangelism, but who could, ought to ask, “What work should I be supporting?” These are the kinds of questions we will be asked when we are judged (1Cor 3:11–15; 2Cor 5:10). — NSE]
The Bible Sabbath Association (BSA) is launching a campaign to raise funds to advance the aims and goals of the BSA. Such a fund drive is needed to defray the expenses for our various activities and projects. Foremost among these is the printing of the updated BSA directory. Another feature of our work is the BSA lending library and which also includes the sale of literature, books, videos and audiotapes. Funds are needed to insure that we can acquire and keep in stock quality material to make available to the public.
Donations, gifts and membership fees enable the Association to publish and mail The Sabbath Sentinel as free subscription. We would like to expand our subscription base and make this magazine more available internationally. With the increasing costs of postage such an ambitious effort becomes prohibitive because it is subject to the availability of means. It is hoped that by increasing our financial base we will be enabled us to meet this objective.
The BSA’s participation in the Coalition for Religious Freedom in the workplace to represent the interests of Sabbathkeepers before government officials is an endeavor worthy of wide support. One of the fringe benefits of our participation in this coalition is having a supportive relationship with the legal counsel of the SDA church. The BSA representing all Sabbatarian groups and the SDA church as the largest Sabbatarian body are allied as the sole representatives of Sabbathkeepers in this coalition. Because of this the BSA is in a position to assist our members with various legal questions that come up periodically and which we can anticipate will be more frequent.
All BSA activities are dependent on the administrative offices—the “nuts and bolts” of the Association to carry out the various services and duties of the BSA office managers. This also includes the work involved in the editorial services of TSS and BSA literature. The time, energy and expenses associated with such work continue to increase. To continue such services for our membership and the public interests we must continue to find ways to increase our membership and financial base.
The BSA scholarship fund is always in need of contributions for its annual essay contest. This enables the association to help award worthy and needy students in their scholastic endeavors. This also encourages our young people in their faithfulness to the Sabbath truth. A percentage of funds generated from this initiative will help keep this going.
The BSA’s efforts to advance the Sabbath truth and encouraging co-operation among Sabbath-keepers are the greater purpose for which we seek support. Encouraging Sabbath-keepers to embrace the ideals, aims and goals of our association is the most worthy of all causes for which we solicit support. The BSA is the only organization of its kind that exists to advance the Sabbath truth on a non-denominational, nonsectarian basis.
Pursuant to this effort we are making available coin folders that can be easily filled, periodically, with spare change, (dimes and quarters). If you would like to contribute and help in this effort please write or e-mail to:
— Dr. Sidney L. Davis, Jr., The Bible Sabbath Association, Box 1213, North Chicago, IL 60064
It is time again for the annual Teen and Young Adult Retreat! This year’s retreat, sponsored by the Church of God, Kansas City, will be December 27–30 at the Salvation Army Camp and Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The cost will remain $25.00 per person.
The conference center provides a gym for volleyball and basketball and a game room with pool, table tennis and foosball. Activities off the conference center grounds will include bowling and laser tag. The retreat will end Saturday night with the traditional pizza party, dance and lock-in, followed by breakfast and check-out the next morning.
If you want to attend this year’s retreat, please contact Paula Frazee for a registration form by December 10 (see the end of the article).
All meals and bedding will be provided. You will need to bring personal items, towels and clothing. Do not forget your Bible and appropriate clothing for Sabbath Services. You also need to bring an item for Show and Tell that says something about yourself to use for one of the activities.
As always, this retreat is open to any teen or young adult from any of the churches of God. In past years, we have had 30 to 70 young people attend. Nearly everyone meets some old friends, and makes some new ones. We are looking forward to seeing you again this year.
— Paula Frazee
3201 North Union, Independence, Missouri 64050; Tel: 816-461-3252
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