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 Our Twelve Tribes
        A Manifesto
          page 2                       from outside the camp of organized religion                                                                           Is That All There Is?
                                                                                                                                                                         page 3
                                              “...That He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
SUMMER 2008                                   Hence, let us go out to Him outside the camp , bearing His reproach.” Hebrews 13:12 -13                www.twelvetribes.org



          CALL TO RESTORATIOn
   O    ur nation is in desperate      site says, “The world in its        so many thousands in the                                         “Excuse me sir.
        need of revival!” the cry      rebellion violently pursues         strength of their youth                                           Where’s the
   resounds from Christians            the fulfillment of all fleshly      wanting to rise up and                                           camp exit?”. . .          “Can’t get
   in America. Anyone who              desires, yet the church has         make a difference. In that                                                                there from
   cares has no trouble seeing         fallen prey to many of the          hope, we, the communities                                                                    here.”
   the moral condition of this         same sins that plague our           who put together The Voice
   country. An estimated fifty         society.”1                          freepaper, sincerely applaud
   million abortions have                  So we hear the battle cry,      what is in the hearts of all
   been performed since 1973,          “Blow the trumpet! Sound            who desire to see God get
   the porn industry is sky-           an alarm! The church has            what He deserves.
   rocketing, and it becomes           been asleep and it’s time               But as the trumpets are
   clear that a generation is          to wake up.” A sense of             blowing and the assemblies
   coming forth that has lost          hope comes from seeing              commence, we desire to


                                                                                                                     Outside the Camp
   its identity, smashed its                                               plant a little seed in the
   conscience, and forgotten
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   its Creator. As TheCall web         Learn/About_TheCall.aspx                    Continued on Page 7
                                                                                                                            or, “Can’t get there from here…”

 A TesTimOny:
                                                                          Christians have subconsciously
                                                                          separated themselves into two
                                                                          distinct categories: the ordinary
                                                                                                                  T     he early disciples in Jeru-
                                                                                                                        salem were respected by
                                                                                                                  their neighbors, but socially
                                                                                                                                                          next! Being linked to the group
                                                                                                                                                          might suddenly become as dan-
                                                                                                                                                          gerous as it was scandalous.
          Some people are                                                                                         they were shunned. The book                The disciples, however, ex-
      willing to give their                                               “believers” and the more radi-
                                                                          cal “disciples.” But the Word of        of Acts says, “…they were all           pected such treatment. The
         all for its eternal
            promise, while                                                God clearly makes no such dis-          with one accord in Solomon’s            Master Himself had said, “If the
           others dare not                                                tinction.                               portico [a public meeting place         world hates you, you know that
         give up anything                                                                                         in the Jewish Temple]. But none         it has hated Me before it hated
      for fear of insulting
                                                                          Giving up                               of the rest dared to associate          you”2 and, “If they have called
            God’s “grace.”
                                                                             I used to be the sort of fel-        with them; however, the people          the head of the house Beelzebul
                                                                          low who lived life one day at a         held them in high esteem.”1             [the prince of demons], how
                                                                          time, without even a desire for             To the average Jew of the           much more the members of
                                                                          “salvation” — the very sound            time, this group was strictly           his household?”3 They were
                                                                          of that word actually sickened          off-limits, no matter how moral         reminded that their Master’s


                   Salvation                                              me. My experience in the world          its members were or how much            crucifixion resembled the way
                                                                          taught me never to trust any-           good they did for others. After         sacrificial animals were dis-
                                                                          one who made a living selling           all, their leader, supposed to          posed of:
                                                                          that product. I’d never really          be the Messiah, had been con-             The high priest carries the blood
                                                                          even thought about the eter-            demned by the priests and rab-            of animals into the Most Holy
  “Salvation”… we’ve all heard       such a predicament? Why are          nal outcome of my decisions. I          bis and teachers of the Torah as          Place as a sin offering, but the
this word in many different          there so many contradictions         was too busy dealing with the           a blasphemer – one who curses             bodies are burned outside the
forms attached to a thousand         about such a potentially simple      immediate fallout of my failed          God. He had been turned over              camp. And so Jesus also suffered
different philosophies and doc-      topic? Shouldn’t a child even be     relationships. Problems in the          to the Gentile authorities with           outside the city gate to make
trines. So many people proclaim      able to understand the gospel?       “here-and-now” were keeping             a demand that He be executed,             the people holy through his own
themselves to be the recipients        Many sincere Christians zeal-      my attention off the “happily           and the Romans had taken                  blood. Let us, then, go to him
and ticket-holders of this sacred    ously strive to serve God in their   ever after.” I wasn’t looking for       Him outside the city and cruci-           outside the camp, bearing the
gift from the Almighty. Some         various ministries and churches      a life insurance policy for eter-       fied Him along with common                disgrace he bore. For here we do
people are willing to give their     largely unaware of the different     nity, but just a little “wisdom of      robbers. Since then, a number             not have an enduring city, but
all for its eternal promise, while   understandings of what salva-        the ancients” to get me through         of the group’s leaders had been           we are looking for the city that is
others dare not give up any-         tion is, even within their own       life. But as time went on troubles      jailed. There was no telling              to come. (Hebrews 13:11-14)
thing for fear of insulting God’s    congregation! To make matters                                                what might happen to them
“grace.” How did we arrive at        even more complicated, many                    Continued on Page 6          1
                                                                                                                     Acts 5:12-13 3 Jn 15:18 3 Mt 10:25
                                                                                                                                                                    Continued on Page 4
                                                                                                                                                         The Voice from Outside the Camp
                                                                              w H O         w E        A R E



                                        OUR TwElvE TRibES
    A mAniFesTO




    O     ur bAnner is lOve for
          our Father in heaven. We give
    our whole hearts to serve Him night
                                                    is the resurrection of
                                                    natural Israel’s twelve
                                                    tribes in the millennial
                                                                                       hdwhy Judah
                                                                                      !bwar Reuben
                                                                                                           Abraham cut the calf
                                                                                                           in two and He passed
                                                                                                           between the parts of
                                                                                                                                                         of the covenant to a new people
                                                                                                                                                         — a “new Israel” — to bring about
                                                                                                                                                         the promise He made to Abraham.
    and day for the hope of the promise             age. In Isaiah 49:8 the
                                                        9                                  dg Gad          it.14 True covenants                          Jeremiah 31:1 is established by the
    He made to our fathers, Abraham,1               age-old      inheritance
                                                                                        rXa Asher          are all but lost today,                       New Covenant of verses 31-34 to
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    Isaac, and Jacob, in order to attain            will once more and                                     but in ancient Israel                         bring to pass Matthew 19:28 in the
                                                                                   hXXnm Manasseh
    for them what He promised.2 We                  finally be given to              !w[mX Simeon          for a man to make or                          next age.
    serve in their place, to overcome               the descendants of                   ywl Levi          cut a covenant was to
    where they did not, in order to bear            Abraham, and they               rkXXy     Issachar     call down curses upon                            The cOvenAnT GOd mAde
    the fruit that our Father has always            will be a twelve tribe          !wlwbz Zebulun         himself if he failed to                       wiTh AbrAhAm represents
    wanted3 — a people, young and old,              nation in the next age.            @sowy Joseph        keep the covenant.                            God’s very own reputation and
    who will keep the way of Yahweh                 But this can only come         !ymynb Benjamin         The Lord was the                              character, and the awesome
    in righteousness and justice.4                  about after spiritual                                  promising        party.                       responsibility He placed upon
                                                    Israel overcomes all of his spiritual Abraham and his offspring keeping                              Himself to fulfill the promise, and
        Our cOnFidence is that if                   enemies10 and binds the Serpent11 Genesis 18:19 was what would allow                                 upon Abraham and his seed after
    we bear that fruit, overcoming our              in this present age. Hebrews 10:13 Him to bring about the promise.                                   Him to do what God chose him to
    spiritual enemies by the grace and              takes teamwork of all the spiritual But they did not bear the fruit of                               do.16 God actually put Himself at
    faith He provides,5 then Messiah                but corporeal twelve tribes together Genesis 18:19, so Jesus Himself                                 risk, knowing that He would have
    will return to bring an end to this             in this age. According to Acts 3:21, prophesied in Matthew 21:43 that                                spiritual descendants of Abraham
    wicked age and give to Abraham’s                “heaven holds Him” until Hebrews would be left to another people to                                  in Messiah to do for them what
    descendents the enemy-free land                 10:13 is accomplished. Then bring about the promise God made                                         they did not do for themselves.17
    He promised him.6 Then He will                  Matthew 19:28 will be restored, to Abraham concerning the land                                          Isaiah 49:6 is that nation, the
    establish His throne in Jerusalem,              and that will be in the next age, as an everlasting possession to the                                holy nation that Peter spoke of
    with His twelve apostles on twelve              culminating in the fullness of natural descendants of Abraham.                                       in 1 Peter 2:9-10, and that Paul
    thrones ruling over the twelve                  Messiah and His bride.12                      So, as Paul spoke in Acts 26:7,                        claimed as his own in Acts 26:6-8.
    tribes of physical Israel.7                        So now, in this present age, Abraham’s spiritual seed15 would                                     They are the twelve tribes raised
        Now in this present age the                 Matthew 21:43 says the kingdom do it for them. In Acts 13:47, Paul                                   up among the Gentiles, outside the
    prophecy of Isaiah 49:6 must be                 was taken away from them, natural applied the prophecy of Isaiah                                     borders of physical Israel,18 who
    fulfilled in order for this restoration         Israel, and given to Gentiles13 who 49:6 directly to his own apostolic                               serve night and day for the hope of
    of physical Israel spoken of in Acts            would become that twelve tribe ministry. The restoration of the                                      the promise made to our spiritual
    3:21 to take place in the next age.             spiritual nation. In order to produce twelve tribes of spiritual Israel                              fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
        As Matthew 5:17 says, the                   the fruit of the kingdom, a new spoken of in Isaiah 49:6 will bring
    reason the Messiah came was to                  nation had to be born, the nation about verse 8 — it will cause natural                                  isrAel is isrAel Only As
    fulfill, not to annul the law and               of 1 Peter 2:9 and Isaiah 49:6. They Israel to inherit their desolate                                A cOmpleTed whOle. Israel is
    the prophets, its instruction and               would attain to what He promised heritage. This is exactly what Paul                                 Israel only as a twelve tribe nation.
    prophecy. The prophecy includes                 Abraham in Genesis 15:18 by the understood and expressed in Acts                                     Jacob had twelve sons. Jesus had
    Isaiah 49:6. Only by the very Spirit            grace available through Messiah.           26:6-7, which brings about verse                          twelve apostles. The nation has
    of the God of Abraham can his                                                              8 — the “resurrection” of natural                         twelve gates19 and they are open
    seed — his spiritual descendents                   GOd’s prOmise to Abraham Israel, just as Paul longed for in                                       night and day. In fact they never
    — do this.8 Isaiah 49:6-8 parallels             was a self-cursing oath as Jeremiah Romans 11:12-15.                                                 close.20 The Spirit and the Bride say,
    Acts 26:6-8. Verse 8 in each case               34:18-20     describes.     He     had        This transfers the responsibility                      “Come!”21 E

    1
     John 8:39; Romans 4:16 2 Acts 26:6-7 3 Matthew 21:43 4 Genesis 18:19 5 Hebrews 10:13 6 Genesis 15:10,17,18 7 Matthew 19:28 8 Galatians 3:26-29; Romans 8:4; Acts 26:6-8 9 Matthew 19:28;
    Romans 11:15 10 Hebrews 10:13 11 Revelation 20:1-3 12 Revelation 21:1-3 13 Malachi 1:5-11; Acts 13:45-48 14 Jeremiah 34:18-20; Genesis 15:10,17 15 Galatians 3:16,26-29 16 Genesis 18:19
    17
       Matthew 21:33-45; Genesis 18:19 18 Malachi 1:5,11 19 Revelation 21:9-12 20 Isaiah 60:11 21 Revelation 22:17



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                                                                           of their loved ones from the      and pain. A circus or carnival    barkers called, hawking their
                                                                           rubble.                           is a good example of this.        fleshly amusements, he could
                                                                               At times such as these, in    The bright lights and colorful    feel his head swimming. He
                                                                           the face of great heartbreak      amusements wherever one           felt dizzy, disoriented — his
                                                                           and pain, many cry out to         turns, with loud, cheerful        whole world closed in on
                                                                           God, wondering why He             music blaring from every          him. Gravity seemed twice
                                                                           would let such things happen.     corner, all blur together into    as great upon his shoulders
                                                                           Some even blame Him for the       a garish mosaic designed to       — it was as if a great hand
                                                                           devastation. If He’s the all-     distract people from their        were pressing him down. He
                                                                           powerful one, how could He        miserable lives. For a brief      collapsed onto a bench in
                                                                           be so heartless as to not stop    moment, reality is held in        the middle of all the colorful
                                                                           such misery from coming           suspension, kept at bay as        lights and the hubbub of
                                                                           upon them? Does He really         the crowds whoop and holler       the crowded midway. He
                                                                           see all these things going on     with gleeful abandonment.         buried his face in his hands,
                                                                           and not do anything about it?         I have a friend who           weeping over the condition
                                                                           If that is the case, why? “How    worked at a carnival for          of his life and the state of the
                                                                           come You do nothing about it      a little while. He did well       human beings all around
                                                                                                             and the promoter of that
    Is ThaT aLL There Is?                                                  when You see it all happening
                                                                           before Your eyes? Why?!” we       little “vanity fair” wanted
                                                                           scream at a God who doesn’t       to make him his second-in-

M     aybe you remember the famous, Grammy-                                seem to exist in our little       command.
                                                                           hostile world.                        Yet it was at that time, as
      winning song Is That All There Is? recorded
                                                                               How many little girls are     things were looking up and
in 1969 by Peggy Lee. Its poignant, melancholy                             left there shivering (not from    he had hopes of “making it”
refrain strikes a chord deep in the heart of human                         the cold), wondering, “Is that    and becoming successful,
beings, voicing the burning questions that echo                            all there is to a fire?”          that all the futility of the
through our minds as we live our lives searching
for meaning and fulfillment:

                     Is That All There Is?
 spoken:                                                                                                                                       him. Everything seemed
 I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire.                                                                           to be just a pale shadow, a
 I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face as he gathered me up                                                                           hollow, empty husk of what
 in his arms and raced through the burning building                                                                                            life in its fullness was meant
 out to the pavement.                                                                                                                          to be.
 I stood there shivering in my pajamas                                                                                                             Then, in the midst of it
 and watched the whole world go up in flames.                                                                                                  all, God spoke to him.
 And when it was all over I said to myself,                                                                                                        No, it wasn’t some
 “Is that all there is to a fire?                                                                                                              thunderous voice booming
 Is that all there is?”           Song lyrics from Is That All There Is?                                                                       from the sky, nor was it an
                                     written by Leiber & Stoller,
                                                                            spoken:                          world pressed in upon him.        apparition enshrouded in
                                    recorded by Peggy Lee (1969)
 sung:                                                                      And when I was 12 years          You see, in order to make         brilliant, blinding light.
 Is that all there is?                                                      old, my daddy took me to a       money at the carnival,            Instead, it was a still, small
 If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing                 circus,                          one had to be dishonet in         voice in the recesses of his
 Let’s break out the booze and have a ball                                  the greatest show on earth.      any of several ways. For          heart, echoing through his
 If that’s all there is                                                     There were clowns and            instance, giving people back      mind and burning into his
                                                                            elephants and dancing bears.     less change than they were        consciousness.
                                                                            And a beautiful lady in pink     owed, trusting they would             “Is this what I created you
    Many     of    us     have        pillars, your security. They          tights flew high above our       be distracted enough not to       for?”
experienced     some     tragic       were like God to you, so when         heads.                           notice. But this pricked him          A simple question, but
circumstance at one time or           they separated, it seemed as if       And so I sat there watching      to the core in his conscience     one that strikes at the very
another in our lives — some           God didn’t give a damn about          the marvelous spectacle.         — he just couldn’t live           meaning of our human
great and some small. The             you. You felt abandoned,              I had the feeling that           with himself for being so         existence. Does what we’re
woman in the song describes           orphaned — alone.                     something was missing.           downright dishonest with          doing justify our time spent
the personal tragedy of her               Most people have faced            I don’t know what, but when      people. The other workers         on this green, grassy planet?
house burning to the ground.          devastating personal tragedies        it was over,                     were content to lie to people     Or are we wasting our
Perhaps your dog, your best           and undergone great personal          I said to myself, “Is that all   to their face if it meant a       time, just taking up air and
friend, ran away and got run          pain, but quite a few have            there is to the circus?          little more spending money        keeping the grass mowed?
over by a car. Perhaps your           also experienced large-scale          Is that all there is?”           in their pockets.                 If we’re not doing what we
parents divorced, shattering          misfortune — natural disasters                                             As he walked down the         were created for, why are we
your little existence, leaving        on a catastrophic scale. Massive         Some fritter* away their      midway, all of the petty          breathing anyway? When
you wondering if it was your          earthquakes destroying entire        lives chasing after petty         amusements — food, fun,           the amusement is all over
fault. Your parents were              overpopulated cities in third        amusements, looking for           and frivolity — seemed to         and the Fat Lady sings, and
everything to you in your             world     countries,     leaving     some relief to the emptiness      be closing in on him. As the
                                                                                                                                                        Continued on Page 5
younger years. They were your         survivors to extract the corpses     *fritter — wasting time, energy, money on trifling matters
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Outside the Camp                        point, His ultimate point, was           ing against them? Why, those             places, the whole group of “be-     protest, “What? Nearly 1900
continued from page 1                   the life that His disciples lived        “inside the camp,” of course –           lievers” had stopped loving and     years of nothing but empty re-
                                        “outside the camp.” It wasn’t            the ones whose false religious           had become self-satisfied and       ligion? What about the great
   “Outside the camp” was               just that they got reviled and           game was being shown up for              complacent and unaware of           theologians like Augustine, or
where the disciples ought to            persecuted and killed for the            the empty shell that it was. The         their spiritual bankruptcy. Rich    the great reformers like Luther
be, because that’s where their          sake of His Name. It was that            disciples were hounded from              guests were preferred over poor     and Calvin, or radical groups
Master was. But what was “the           they actually lived a radically          town to town by religious pre-           ones, and there were apparently     like the Anabaptists of the 16th
camp”? According to their Mas-          different life from those who            tenders – slandered, and beaten,         even rich “disciples” and poor      Century? And what about Billy
ter’s teaching, it was a religion       were inside “the camp.” They             and killed. But everywhere they          “disciples.”12                      Graham or Mother Teresa or the
full of hypocrisy (pretending),         actually obeyed the Master’s             went, people were being saved,              Some people might read           Jesus Movement, for goodness
marked by well-advertised               teachings and did the opposite           becoming disciples, and learn-           these things and say, “What’s       sake?”
charitable donations, long pub-         of what the hypocrites were do-          ing to love others just as their         the big deal about that? All           Well, the “what” about all
lic prayers, and showy religious        ing. They did their good deeds           Master had loved them.                   down through Christian history      of them is that none of them
acts.4 People in “the camp” hon-        and prayed their prayers in se-             Now we come to a difficult            there have been rich and poor       brought back the “life outside
ored God with their lips while          cret. They drew near to God in           point in the story. It is a turning      in the Church, and the rich         the camp” that the Son of God
their hearts were far away.5            their hearts and lived to please         point, one marked by many pas-           and important have had places       established in the beginning.
Their religion was based on the         Him, rather than men. They               sages in the New Testament, but          of honor.” Well, the “big deal”     Augustine wrote many persua-
traditions of men rather than                                                                                             is this: that’s what life “inside   sive arguments about the na-
the commands of God.6 They                                                                                                the camp” had been like. The        ture of God and sin and so on,
were careful in their rituals but                                                                                         rich religious men had made         but his writings don’t produce
neglectful of the people around                                                                                           long public prayers to show how     disciples with fervent love for
them.7 They looked good to                                                                                                much they loved God while           one another. On the contrary,
other people, but inside, where                                                                                           “devouring the houses of wid-       they portray an unknowable
only God could see, they were                                                                                             ows” who were made in God’s         God who predestines some to
full of self-indulgence, dishon-                                                                                          image. And the Son of God had       eternal life and others to eternal
esty, and lawlessness.8                                                                           By the time the         cried out in warning about the      damnation based, not on their
   The most striking picture of                                                                   book of James           judgment that was going to fall     choices, but on His own cosmic
“the camp” was one the Master                                                                     was written,            on such pretenders. Those who       whims. Augustine was preoc-
Himself gave:                                                                                     life “ouside the        heard the call had gone out to      cupied, not with loving people
  “Hypocrites! You build tombs                                                                    camp” had all
                                                                                                                          Him, outside the camp, where        in the same way that our Master
  for the prophets and decorate                                                                   but vanished,
                                                                                                  and it had              there were no rich and poor.13      loved, but with refuting “here-
  the graves of the righteous. And                                                                                           By the time the book of          tics” and working out neat theo-
  you say, ‘If we had lived in the                                                                been replaced
                                                                                                  by “the camp.”          James was written, life “outside    logical arguments to justify the
  days of our forefathers, we would                                                                                       the camp” had all but vanished,     use of physical force to change
  not have taken part with them                                                                                           and it had been replaced by         people’s religious opinions.
  in shedding the blood of the          emphasized love and justice              especially by the book of James          “the camp” – only it was called        Luther and Calvin were both
  prophets.’ So you testify against     and mercy and loyalty rather             and the first three chapters             by another name. It was the         Augustinian monks before they
  yourselves that you are the de-       than tithes and offerings and            of the book of Revelation. All           “Christian camp” instead of         became reformers, and they
  scendants of those who murdered       traditions and ceremonies. They          along, the disciples had found           the “Jewish camp.” The “new         brought Augustine’s horrible
  the prophets. Fill up, then, the      concentrated on their character          insincere people in their midst.         religion” had become focused        doctrine of “just persecution”
  measure of the sin of your forefa-    and let their reputation take care       The Master Himself had picked            on various “teachings and tradi-    into the churches they estab-
  thers!” (Matthew 23:29-32)            of itself. And most importantly,         Judas Iscariot to be an apostle,         tions of men” that were differ-     lished. Calvin was the driving
   This claim not to have in-           they loved each other the way            but the man had chosen to be             ent from the “old religion.” This   force behind having Michael
herited the sins of their fathers       He had loved them – without              a traitor. Ananias and Sapphira          allowed them to miss the fact       Servetus burned at the stake for
was the ultimate religious hy-          reserve, not holding on to their         had been hypocrites, pretend-            that like the Judaism their Mas-    the “sins” of questioning the
pocrisy in the Savior’s eyes. As        time or their possessions or their       ing to give all, while holding           ter had condemned, they too         doctrine of the Trinity and re-
most Bible readers should real-         opinions or their own agendas.           back a portion for themselves.           had stopped paying attention        jecting infant baptism. Luther
ize, it doesn’t work that way for       They contributed all they had            Even some of Paul’s coworkers            to “the commands of God.”14         wrote several pamphlets vehe-
those who do not love the Lord          to meeting each other’s needs.           had deserted him when difficult          (In time, many of the most vital    mently calling for the death of
enough to obey Him. (Read               They were abandoned to the               times came. But, sooner or later,        of these gospel verses became       Anabaptists and the persecution
Exodus 20:5-6 in the Ten Com-           Spirit of Love (which is the Spir-       the light of the “life outside the       known as the “hard sayings”         of Jews. They were very con-
mandments and see.) In fact, to         it of God) and dedicated to see-         camp” had exposed the insin-             — a polite way of saying you        cerned about moral principles
them God “visits the iniquity of        ing His Kingdom established on           cere.                                    weren’t really expected to obey     and the stability of the societ-
the fathers upon the children           the earth.                                                                        them.) What followed was near-      ies they lived in, but not about
to the third and the fourth gen-           The effect was electrifying.          Rich & Poor — So What?                   ly 2000 years of “camp life.”       the teachings of the Son of God,
eration of those who hate Me.” 9        People called them “these men               When we come to James and                Now, this is where just about    like turning the other cheek,
And, as just about everybody            who have turned the world                Revelation, however, we get the          everybody gets overwhelmed.         walking the extra mile, loving
knows, the people He was ad-            upside down” 10 and “this sect           picture of a faithful few, sur-          Trudging through 19 centuries       one’s enemies, etc.
dressing went on to kill both           [cult] that is spoken against            rounded by many insincere                of Church History can be pretty         Probably someone will say,
Him and many of His followers,          everywhere.” 11 Yes, they were           ones. These had subtly com-              overwhelming, and we are not        “Well, those men were just
proving His point.                      being spoken against, just like          promised and lost their love             going to do it here. But even       products of their age. Don’t be
                                        the head of their house had been         and stopped caring for widows            just a casual acquaintance with     too quick to judge them because
A Radically Different Life              called the prince of demons.             and orphans and had become               the famous people of Chris-         religious persecution was com-
  But what really proved His            And who, mainly, was speak-              stained by the world. In some            tian History causes people to       mon back then. Roman Catho-
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  Mt 6:2-6, 16-18 5 Mt 15:7-9 6 Mk 7:6-9 7 Mt 23:14,23 8 Mt 23:25-28 9 Ex 20:5; Dt 5:9 10 Acts 17:6 11 Acts 28:22 12 Rev 2:4-5; 3:1-4, 14-19; Jms 1:26-2:9;               Continued on Page 7
4:1-4; 5:1-6 13 Acts 4:34-35 14 Mt 15:7-9; Mk 6:7-9

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Is That All There Is                 “Let’s break out the booze       happiness will be theirs, as
continued from page 3            and have a ball...”                  all the bridesmaids look on
                                                                      in envy.
the show packs up and hits           “Give strong drink to him             “We would take long
the road, leaving a pile of          who is perishing and wine        walks by the river or just sit for
litter in its wake, will we be       to him whose life is bitter.     hours gazing into each other’s
left wondering,                      Let him drink and forget         eyes. We were so very much in
    “Is that all there is to a       his poverty and remember         love.”
circus?”                             his trouble no more.”                 There are some men
                                     (Proverbs 31:6-7)                who know full well that this
  sung:                                                               works deep in the female
  Is that all there is?                                               psyche and prey upon such
  Is that all there is?            spoken:                            women, going from one to
  If that’s all there is my        Then I fell in love with the       the next. Such predators
  friends, then let’s keep         most wonderful boy in the          wreck women’s lives and
  dancing                          world.                             emotions, leaving them
  Let’s break out the booze        We would take long walks by        abandoned — pregnant and
  and have a ball                                                                                           song, is it the fear of the         more spiritual quest will lead
                                   the river                          emotionally devastated.
  If that’s all there is                                                                                    unknown? Fear that on the           us to the ultimate answer to
                                   or just sit for hours gazing            “One day he went away...
                                                                                                            other side is just one final        life.
                                   into each other’s eyes.            and I thought I’d die... but I
                                                                                                            disappointment      after    a          Is that all there is? Is that
                                   We were so very much in            didn’t”
     I walked downtown the                                                                                  lifetime of disappointments?        all there is to life? If so, then
                                   love.                                   But maybe you wish you
other night. It was a Saturday                                                                              What is death? Is it peace —        let’s keep on dancing. Let’s
                                   Then one day he went away          had. And maybe the child in
night and all the bars were                                                                                 a place of no problems, no          break out the booze and have
                                   and                                your womb will wish he had
full. I looked through the                                                                                  hurts? Is it oblivion*? Or is       a ball, if that’s all there is. For
                                   I thought I’d die, but I didn’t,   never been born, too.
plate glass windows. Inside,                                                                                it torment — weeping and            what difference does it make?
                                   and when I didn’t I said to             “Is that all there is to
the      dim,    smoke-filled                                                                               gnashing of teeth? Perhaps          This question is not new. It
                                   myself,                            love?”
atmosphere was crowded                                                                                      that’s why death is so feared       stretches back to the time of
                                   “Is that all there is to love?”
with      laughing     people,                                                                              and people will do just about       the ancient prophets (and still
drinking to escape their                                                                                    anything to avoid its sting.        further back):
                                                                       spoken:
sorrows. The alcohol freed                                                                                      “Oh, no, not me. I’m               But instead, you dance
                                      Some look to love for            I know what you must be
them from their inhibitions,                                                                                in no hurry for that final             and play ...you feast on
                                 fulfillment. Women can                saying to yourselves,
releasing them to be the                                                                                    disappointment...”                     meat, and drink wine.
                                 invest all their hopes and            if that’s the way she feels
person they always wished        dreams into finding their             about it why doesn’t she just                                               “Let’s eat, drink, and
                                                                                                               “But man dies and lies
they could be. They could        “Prince Charming,” the                end it all?                                                                 be merry,” you say.
                                                                                                               prostrate. Man expires,
sing, dance, be funny, or the    one who will sweep them               Oh, no, not me. I’m in                                                      “What’s the difference,
                                                                                                               and where is he? As
life of the party. Booze was     off their feet and together           no hurry for that final                                                     for tomorrow we die.”
                                                                                                               water evaporates from the
their ticket to friendship       will ride off into the blissful       disappointment, for I know                                                  (Isaiah 22:13)
                                                                                                               sea, and a river becomes
and popularity. Yet                  sunset. They look toward          just as well as I’m standing            parched and dried up, so             If you’re seeking for self-
when they woke up                      the day when the happy          here talking to you, when that          man lies down and does           fulfillment, you’re certain to
the next morning                        plastic    bride    and        final moment comes and I’m              not rise. Until the heavens      come up empty. The greatest
with a splitting                         groom atop a tiered           breathing my last breath,               be no more, he will not          fulfillment,     the     greatest
headache from a                          wedding cake will             I’ll be saying to myself…               awake nor be roused out          satisfaction is to live for others
terrible hangover,                        represent themselves.                                                of his sleep. Oh that You        rather than for yourself. Such
where have they                            They have bridal            sung:                                   would hide me in Death,          fulfillment is lasting and
gotten themselves?                         magazines          on       Is that all there is, is that all       that You would conceal           doesn’t fade away, but it costs
At least they could                        their         dresser,      there is                                me until Your wrath              everything to obtain it. If that
temporarily forget                         daydreaming of that         If that’s all there is my friends,      returns to You, that You         is the song your heart yearns to
their troubles.                             day when complete          then let’s keep dancing                 would set a limit for me         sing, you’re invited to partake
                                                                       Let’s break out the booze and           and remember me! If a            of what’s been missing — the
                                                                       have a ball                             man dies, will he live           rest of what there is.E
                                                                       If that’s all there is                  again?” (Job 14:10-14)

                                                                                                               Is that all there is? That
                                                                          So why not end it all?            question echoes through
                                                                      Why not take a gun to your            most people’s minds at one
                                                                      head and blow your brains             time or another in their lives
                                                                      out? Too messy? Well, a               — if they’re not too sedated
                                                                      rope’s pretty cheap and               or distracted by the myriad of
                                                                      there’s not much mess. But            petty amusements that daily
                                                                      maybe it’d be simpler to              assault our senses. Is what keeps
                                                                      pop a few pills and just fall         us going merely a carrot being
                                                                      asleep, drifting off to a final       constantly dangled in front of
                                                                      sublime unconsciousness.              us — enticing us onward —
                                                                         So what holds you back?            that one more amusement,
                                                                      Like the woman in the                 one more relationship, or one

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                        with my family to be saved from sin? Here I was, wanting                            like some spiritual “Bondo” that fused                in the first century, anyone who desires
Salvation               and immoral rela- to be healed from my selfish life and try-                        and smoothed together all things sacred,              to follow the true Messiah is expected to
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                        tionships with girl- ing to be set apart from the ways of this                      secular, and even profane to serve the                literally cut himself off from any other
friends drove me to realize that I needed world. Meanwhile, all around me were                              Most High God.                                        previous obligations to family, friends,
more than a little wisdom — I needed to many who seemed to sense no guilt over                                 Many of us knew it wasn’t supposed to              and career. This means that all person-
be fixed… healed… restored. I was sick in their materialistic and even promiscuous                          be this way, but who could speak loudly               al belongings are forfeited, and any life
my soul and I needed a doctor.               lifestyles. I was always given the excuse                      enough and, more to the point, with                   plans are cancelled as a response to His
   Finally, having reached the point where that, “God’s grace covers our sins, and                          the authority to correct the problem?                 call. It is the ending of one’s old life in
the pain of remaining in this life was there is no condemnation for those who                               Ultimately, we “faithful” were unable to              all its forms. This is what it means to be
greater than the pain of giving it up, I hit are in Christ Jesus.”                                          stop it, and eventually we joined in on               His called, chosen, and faithful follow-
rock bottom and realized that it was time       I knew that to be so, but who was go-                       the decadence and hypocrisy. Who could                ers. Only from this total sacrifice of one’s
to surrender to this Jesus I’d read about ing to explain the lack of conviction and                         resist the tide? The religious system we              own sovereignty is the Creator of the
in the Bible. I read how He had given life repentance? What about walking accord-                           were part of made room for any number                 universe able to accomplish His purpose
to those who trusted Him. He seemed to ing to the Spirit, and not according to                              of rationalizations in its “obedience-                on the earth. Anything short of this is a
have had all the answers. But there was the flesh? The general understanding of                             optional” environment. To believe in our              watered-down empty hope.
so much to give up if I wanted to fol- grace seemed to mean that God would                                  minds was to be saved, and heeding even
low Him, and a whole lot would have to wait patiently while His “saints” slowly                             a fraction of Christ’s teaching meant that            A new family
change if I wanted to be like Him.           meandered any way they saw fit toward                          you were an “on fire” disciple (or left you             True salvation starts in a people who
   For the first time in my life it dawned the pearly gates. But wasn’t there some-                         open to the charge of “works salvation”).             are obedient to their Creator and com-
on me what salvation is, and especially,                                                                    Nobody wanted to be accountable for                   mitted to one another. It continues by
how much it costs… Everything! There                                                                        sin, and why should they? We were told                bringing about God’s will on the earth
was nothing I could do to earn it, but I                                                                    that Jesus was our righteousness, while               through those who, having first burned
had to give up everything to receive it. No                                                                 we individually chose our own standard                every bridge to their former lives, now re-
more games, no more living for myself. I                                                                    of obedience. We were all just “saved by              main committed to the cause. They be-
                                                  ‘Grace’ seemed to
was sincerely desperate, and I would have mean that God would                                               faith” with no true unity, no concentric              come part of a new family that puts all
given anything to be healed. I didn’t want    wait patiently while                                          direction, and no evidence to show an                 things that divide beneath its feet. They
to live for anything else. I just wanted to      His ‘saints’ slowly                                        unbelieving world that our God saves.                 are a people who have no hope in this
find a place where I could live the life of   meandered any way                                                Many of us had once known deep down                world and its ways, but whose hope is
a disciple of Jesus.                           they saw fit toward                                          that the Living God wanted to restore all             set completely on their goal as the Bride
                                                    the pearly gates                                        things and was looking for a people who               of the Messiah — to reign together with
Slowly meandering                                                                                           would work together with Him to bring                 Him for all of eternity. Having an eter-
   Several years went by as I faithfully              thing about keeping on sinning after                  this about, even at the expense of their              nal standard before them, they submit to
served in the youth and college ministries            we came to the knowledge of the truth?                own families, friends, and life agenda.               one another in love, out of reverence for
at several Baptist churches and Chris-                Were there no consequences for sin once               We knew that this thing called salvation              the Messiah.
tian organizations such as a “Naviga-                 we believed?                                          was not an idea to be grasped, or a conve-
tors” summer camp in Colorado Springs.                  A few strove with little effect to turn             nient ending for a mediocre life, but rath-           Becoming like the Master
Eventually I ended up at Calvary Chapel               the tide. They knew better than to let                er a process to be committed to. We had                 I’ve finally found the place where
in southern California. I sought only                 their hearts be silenced for the mind                 heard the eternal call and were burning               God commands His blessing — life
the most faithful and zealous of friends              game of doctrinal accuracy. Didn’t we                 with the desire to follow the Master in               everlasting (Psalm 133). It is an actual
to surround myself with, and we tried                 leave that back in the dark ages? Where               bringing salvation to the earth. So many              body of like-minded brothers and sisters,
to encourage one another daily. Yet all               now were the dissenters, the non-con-                 of us lost among the ranks of Christian-              dwelling together in unity, a people who
during this time I was aware of an entire             formists, those who weren’t afraid to                 ity originally felt this call at the depths of        love the Messiah enough to obey His
army of so-called believers who seemed                take a stand for truth? But most of the               our being. We were looking for the place              many words. It was actually Him that I
to regard salvation as their “get out of              Christians I knew did not have that sort              where hope is young and people are not                loved and was looking for all along, but
hell free” card and nothing more. They                of conviction. They were neither righ-                afraid to love. As the years passed by,               I discovered He couldn’t be found in the
always had the right words to say, and a              teous nor redeemed, if these words are                however, we became jaded by the lack of               midst of compromise and confusion. In
smile on their face, but their lives blatant-         ever to have any real meaning. Very few               commitment and vision within the sys-                 the Community we have found the Son
ly showed that they had never really giv-             of them even agreed on anything besides               tem. Most of us gave up the search, and,              of God worth more than life itself, and
en up anything. I found myself making                 the “Apostles’ Creed.”                                as has been the case for generations upon             we now desire to be found worthy of Him
excuses for these kinds of Christians who               Was it a blessing or a curse to sense               generations, we finally became leveled to             by giving everything we have (Matthew
never seemed to have “counted the cost”               such things about my fellow Christians?               the ways of the established church.                   10:37-39), even our very lives as a living
as some of us had. “Well, I guess God is                                                                                                                          sacrifice. We lay down our lives daily for
still working on some of us,” I would say.            Swept along by the tide                               Called, chosen, and faithful                          one another as we embrace the challenge
But I was curious as to why the gospel                  Grace was beginning to sound more                     The truth of the matter is that this man            to become more and more like our
seemed to have such a powerful impact                 and more like grease, smoothing over                  some call Jesus is not holding the doors              Master. We call Him Yahshua. His name
2000 years ago, but so little effect in peo-          the sins that people were unwilling                   of heaven open for just anyone to enter               means “Yahweh’s salvation” and only
ple’s lives when preached today.                      to confess. But grace was never given                 by claiming to be His chosen servant. He              those who are found worthy of Him will
   As I looked at the faces around me one             to man for the purpose of excusing                    has specific prerequisites and continuing             receive this free gift of salvation.
Sunday morning, I found myself ques-                  sin. I knew in my heart that grace was                demands that must be met in order for
tioning the integrity of some of the be-              supposed to be for the purpose of                     anyone to profess to be His disciple. To
lievers in my congregation. The last thing            overcoming sin and temptation, but why                believe “on Him” means to meet all of
I wanted to do was to be self-righteous,              did it seem more and more like grace was              these criteria, as well as to continue with
but wasn’t the whole point of salvation               an excuse to not be like our Savior? It was           Him in a covenant as His disciple. Just as

* Yahshua is the Hebrew name of the Son of God. It is what His mother Miriam (Mary) called Him when He was born, as recorded in Matthew 1:21. The footnote for this verse in the NIV New Testament reads:
"Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua." In Hebrew, as in old English, there is no "J" sound, so the name is more accurately rendered Yahshua. It means "I am powerful to save," since it is constructed from Yah, the
name of the Father (as in Hallelujah, meaning "Praise Yah"), which means "I AM," and shua, which means "power and authority to save." We call Him Yahshua because that is truly His name.

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                                                    Outside the Camp                                   But less than 35 years after the     an old farmhouse to ask directions.
Restoration                                         continued from page 4                          movement had begun, they started         The aged farmer listened silently
continued from page 1                                                                              disintegrating. One leader disagreed     to the man’s story for awhile, and
began as you, almost a generation ago.             lics had been persecuting people                with another, and instead of resolv-     when the traveler finally named the
At that time, the love and zeal in our             for centuries.” But that’s exactly the          ing their differences, they wound        destination he was trying to reach,
hearts toward God compelled us to pursue           point. That’s all Luther and Calvin             up dividing from one another. Their      the old man began to thoughtfully
revitalization of the church. This was in the      were – mere products of their age,              followers divided from each other        stroke his chin. Finally he replied,
hearts of many others at that time — the           and nothing more. By contrast, Saul             as well, and each group refused to       “Can’t get there from here.” Many
Jesus Movement was in full swing. Back             of Tarsus, 1500 years earlier, was a            have anything to do with the other.      people have reached this conclu-
then, just as today, we made it our highest        rabid persecutor of the early dis-              Before long, each of those factions      sion, that there is no way to get to
aim to be doers of our Master’s words,             ciples, but when he repented and                split too, and soon all that was left    that place “outside the camp” where
especially: “Love one another as I have            received the Holy Spirit, he never              of the Anabaptists were little splin-    the first disciples bore the disgrace
loved you.”2                                       persecuted another soul but de-                 ter groups with strange names and        of their crucified Master, the one
    But it didn’t take long to realize that        voted his life to loving people. He             rigid customs – the countless Men-       to whom they belonged, heart and
as we were heading in a revolutionary              was a product of something greater              nonite, Amish, and Hutterian sects.      soul, body and possessions. It was
direction with great zeal, the church wasn’t       than the age he lived in. He went                   As for the world-famous Chris-       just for that time back then, they
going there with us. (You can read the             “outside the camp” into a radically             tian icons, Billy Graham and Moth-       say. The world is different now.
whole story on our website.3) We began to          new life and then spent the rest of             er Teresa, much could be said (and is         But that’s not the whole story,
understand what our Master meant when              his days spreading that life every-             regularly) about all they have done.     either. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “The
he said, “No one puts a piece of new cloth         where he went. Calvin and Luther                Dr. Graham has preached a message        eyes of the LORD move to and fro
on an old garment. For the patch pulls away        merely re-formed the Roman Cath-                acceptable to nearly every Christian     throughout the earth that He may
from the garment, and the tear is made             olic church, establishing another               denomination for half a century.         strongly support those whose heart
worse. Nor do they put new wine into old           form of the same “camp life” they               He has perhaps done more to bring        is completely His.” We who write
wineskins.”4                                       had been raised in.                             Christianity together on common          this paper think that this means
    Early on, we came to understand that if            Contemporary with the here-                 ground than any single human be-         that all down through history God
we were faithful to keep His words, He would       tic-hunting Catholics and Reform-               ing in over 1600 years. That was         has been stirring things up on the
reveal Himself to us more and more.                ers was a different movement, the               when the Emperor Constantine             earth to see if He could find people
                                                   Anabaptists. This movement arose                required the quarreling Christian        who would turn themselves over to
  “He who has My commandments and keeps
                                                   among disillusioned people, many                bishops to hold ecumenical councils      Him completely, ready to do noth-
  them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves
                                                   of them young, who were dissatis-               and subscribe to a standard set of       ing but His will. We think that when
  Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love
                                                   fied with the empty rituals of the              beliefs. And the late Mother Teresa,     there is a “stirring,” He tests people
  him and reveal Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
                                                   established church. These non-con-              winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for      to see what is in them. And He is
    True to His word, He has taught us many        formists burned with zeal for liberty           her charity work, has in the recent      still stirring, still looking, still ready
lessons over the last few decades about what       of conscience and freedom to deter-             publication of her letters been seen     to strengthen, because His will has
it actually means to follow Him. One of the        mine their own forms of worship.                to struggle profoundly with doubt.       not been accomplished yet. Satan’s
first was that following Him would lead us         They were a loose and spontaneous               Did a “dark night of the soul” fall      tyranny over mankind has not been
“outside the camp.” We had to go outside           movement whose bold rejection of                upon her (for over fifty years!) be-     brought to an end. War, terrorism,
all the camps of modern religion to find           infant baptism quickly drew perse-              cause the religion she was part of       crime, poverty, immorality, hypoc-
a very ancient path. You can read about            cution down on them from every                  was so far from the pure and simple      risy, greed, broken families, etc., all
it in Acts 2 and 4 and in the gospels, for         side. But they were convicted that              life of devotion she read about in       point to the grip that the evil one
example, Mark 10:29-31 and Luke 14:26-33.          they should obey the commands                   the Scriptures?                          has on the earth.
These refer to a time when the difference          of Jesus in the Bible. So, rather than              These two Christian figureheads           The best efforts of the best peo-
between following the Son of God or not            fight for their rights, they let their          have a vast reputation for integrity,    ple in the best positions to do the
was as drastic as night and day.                   Protestant and Catholic enemies                 but have they obeyed the command         most good on earth have only man-
    Maybe you will be happy to give this           torture and kill them by the thou-              of the Son of God to do their good       aged to slow down the pace of the
part of your life to revitalizing the church.      sands. Their defenseless slaughter              deeds in secret and to “beware of        destruction. Only the triumphant
But as you pour out your energies, please          by the Christian authorities caused             practicing your piety before others      return of God’s Messiah is going to
keep your eyes open wide and see whether           many of their neighbors to reject               in order to be seen by them”?15 Are      bring the end. And the end will only
what calls itself the church is a wineskin         Protestantism and Catholicism and               they “outside the camp” bearing the      come when the Good News that He
that can contain new wine. If not, maybe           join the Anabaptists. The fire and              disgrace the Master bore? Or do all      preached (not some watered-down
it’s time to look for another wineskin. We         zeal of the movement flourished in              men speak well of them?16                version) is proclaimed everywhere.
discovered a new wineskin back in the              spite of persecution (and, perhaps,                 Of course, that’s not the whole      And it will only come if that mes-
’70s, and it continues to grow and receive         because of it) from around 1525 to              story. There have been many Chris-       sage produces the same witness of
the new wine even to this day. If you reach        around 1560. Meeting in secret, flee-           tian movements in the last 2000          the coming Kingdom that was seen
the place where you wonder whether there           ing from place to place, they took              years that broke away from the sta-      in the love and unity of the first dis-
is any substance behind Christianity’s             care of each other, shared all they             tus quo, and many stirrings within       ciples in Jerusalem.17
latest revolution, or if you’re just curious       had with each other, and refused                Christian congregations, but they             We have felt the stirring, we
to see the life we speak of, we invite you         under the most inhuman torture                  all wound up having one thing in         have heard the call, we have been
to visit any of our communities where we           to betray one another. For a while              common: they didn’t recapture the        through a little of the testing, and
live, work, and worship 24/7, outside the          it seemed that the same self-sacri-             vibrant, self-sacrificing life of love   we know there’s a lot more to come.
camp.5 E                                           ficing life of love that the early dis-         and oneness that was present in the      But we invite all men everywhere
                                                   ciples had lived was being restored.            first disciples. It’s almost like the    to join us in being devoted to the
2
  John 13:34-35
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                                                   At the very least, they were outside            story of the traveler who got hope-      life of love that our Master gave His
our-beginnings.html                                the camp, and they were definitely              lessly lost in the back roads of New     blood to establish on the earth, out-
4
  Matthew 9:16-17                                  bearing reproach.                               England and finally pulled up to         side the camp.E
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                                                                                                                      Community in Chattanooga, 900 Oak Street,            Common Sense Farm, 41 N. Union Street,
                                                                     of mistrust and hurtful relationships.                                                                Cambridge, NY 12816 % (518) 677-5880                          Communauté de Heimsbrunn, 71 rue de Galfingue,
                                                                                                                      Chattanooga, TN 37403 % (423) 752-3071                                                                             68990 Heimsbrunn, France % (33) 389-819-300
                                                                     We strove for acceptance, money, and                                                                  Common Ground Café & Bakery 10 E. Main St.
                                                                                                                      The yellow deli, 737 McCallie Avenue,
                                                                     whatever else could give us comfort.             Chattanooga, TN 37403 % (423) 386-5210               Cambridge, NY 12816 % (518) 677-2360                          argentina
                                                                     Some of us had dreams of a better life,          Community in Pulaski, 219 S. Third St.               Community in Oneonta, 81 Chestnut Street,                     Comunidad de Buenos Aires,
                                                                     but most of us had given up the struggle,        Pulaski, TN 38478 % (931) 363-8586                   Oneonta, NY 13820 % (607) 267-4062                            Batallón Norte y Mansilla 120, 1748 General Rodriguez,
                                                                                                                                                                           Community in Ithaca, 119 Third Street,                        Buenos Aires, Argentina % (54) 237- 484-3409
                                                                     settling instead for compromise and              Common Ground Bakery at the Heritage
                                                                                                                      House, 219 S. Third St. Pulaski, TN 38478            Ithaca, NY 14850 % (607) 272-6915                             Brazil
                                                                     consent to the way things are. We were                                                                                                                              Comunidade de Londrina, Rua Jayme
                                                                                                                      % (931) 363-8586                                     Maté Factor Café 143 East State St,
                                                                     lost, scattered, without direction, doing                                                             Ithaca, NY 14850 % (607) 256-2056                             Americano 420, Jardim California, 86040-030
                                                                                                                      norTH CAroLInA                                                                                                     Londrina, Paraná, Brazil % (55) 43-3326-9664
                                                                     our own thing.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yltpn Naphtali – my wrestlings Brazil
                                                                                                                      Community in Asheville, 9 Lora Lane,                 Community in Bethel, 177 Parry Road,
                                                                         Then we heard a voice that spoke             Asheville, NC 28803 % (828) 274-8747                 Cochecton, NY 12726 % (845) 583-1071                          Comunidade de Campo Largo, Caixa Postal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1056, 83601-980 Campo Largo,
                                                                     to us right where we were, exposing              Community Conference Center                          MISSOURI                                                      Paraná, Brazil % (55) 41-3555-2393
                                                                                                                      [between Statesville and Taylorsville, NC],          Community on the Lake of the Ozarks,
                                                                     the emptiness of our lives. This voice           471 Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite,                 1130 Lay Ave, Warsaw, MO 65355                                Café Chão Comum, Rodovia do Café BR 376
                                                                     matched up fully to the longing of our           NC 28636 % (828) 352-9200                            % (660) 438-4481                                              KM 297, 86828-000 Mauá da Serra,
                                                                     hearts. Somehow a lifetime of being              GEorGIA                                              Stepping Stone Farm, Rt. 2, Box 55,                           Paraná, Brazil % (55) 43-8812-2280
                                                                     unable to trust was overpowered by this          Community in Brunswick, 927 Union Street,            Weaubleau, MO 65774 % (417) 428-3251
                                                                                                                      Brunswick, GA 31520 % (912) 267-4700                                                                               australia
                                                                     voice of hope. It came from a people who                                                              Common Ground Café, 100 W. Hwy 54,                            Community in Sydney, 3 Calderwood Road,
                                                                                                                      Common Ground Bakery 801 Egmont St.                  Weaubleau, MO 65774 % (417) 428-0248
                                                                     had their dirty conscience washed clean.                                                                                                                            Galston, NSW 2159, Australia % (61) 02 9653 3953
                                                                                                                      Brunswick, GA 31520 % (912) 264-5116
                                                                                                                                                                           COLORADO                                                      Peppercorn Creek Farm, 1375 Remembrance Dr.,
                                                                     They had a clean slate and an absolutely
@sowy Joseph – increase Western United States




                                                                                                                      Community in Savannah, 223 E. Gwinnett St,           Community in Manitou Springs, 41 Lincoln Ave,                 Picton, NSW 2571, Australia % (61) 02-4677-2668
                                                                     new life. This new life they eagerly offered     Savannah, GA 31401 % (912) 232-1165                  Manitou Springs, CO 80829 % (719) 573-1907
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Common Ground Café in Katoomba
                                                                     to all who wanted it.                            FLorIdA                                              Maté Factor Café 966 Manitou Ave, Manitou                     45 Waratah St, Katoomba, NSW 2780, Australia
                                                                                                                      Community in Arcadia, 601 W. Oak Street,             Springs, CO 80829 % (719) 685-3235
                                                                         So now we have a life together. We           Arcadia, FL 34266 % (863) 494-3305
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         % (61) 02-4782-9744
                                                                                                                                                                           CALIFORNIA
                                                                     no longer have to be separated by race,          VErMonT                                              Community in Vista, 2683 Foothill Drive, Vista,
                                                                     education, appearance, position, status,         Community in Island Pond, P. O. Box 449,             CA 92084 % (760) 295-3852
                                                                     or where we came from. Instead, our days
                                                                     are filled with seeking first the needs of
                                                                                                                      Island Pond, VT 05846 % (802) 723-9708
                                                                                                                      Simon the Tanner - Family outfitters
                                                                                                                                                                           Morning Star Ranch, 12458 Keys Creek Rd,
                                                                                                                                                                           Valley Center, CA 92082 % (760) 742-8953
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Free FesTiVal
                                                                                                                      Cross & Main Streets, Island Pond,
                                                                     our brothers and sisters. In so doing, we                                                             Canada (1-888-893-5838)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hXXnm Manasseh – cause to forget Central United States
                                                                                                                      VT 05846 % (802) 723-4426                                                                                                    While you're in town, come to a
                                                                                                                                                                           Community in Winnipeg, 89 East Gate, Winnipeg,
                                                                     find our own needs are met. This new life        Basin Farm, P. O. Box 108,                           Manitoba R3C2C2, Canada % (204) 786-8787                                     Twelve Tribes festival at
                                                                     has given us the power to care.                  Bellows Falls, VT 05101 % (802) 463-9264
                                                                                                                                                                           Common Ground Café 79 Sherbrook St                                 Stoneybrook Farm in Northern Virginia.
                                                                         We hate the death, war, strife, hatred,      Community in rutland, 134 Church Street,             Winnipeg, MB R3C2B2, Canada % (204) 453-5156
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Just a little more than an hour from D.C.)
                                                                                                                      Rutland, VT 05701 % (802) 773-3764
                                                                     starvation, murder, injustice, greed, and                                                             Community in Courtenay, 596 Fifth St,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sunday, august 17, 2008
                                                                                                                      Back Home Again Café & Hostel, 23 Center St.         Courtenay , BC V9N1K3, Canada % (250) 897-1111
                                                                     selfishness that is leading the whole            Rutland, VT 05701 % (802) 775-9800                                                                                                     3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
                                                                     world to destruction. We want to see all                                                              Mount Sentinel Farm, 2915 Highway 3a,
                                                                                                                      MASSACHuSETTS                                        South Slocan, (Nelson), British Columbia V1L4E2,                    Live music, Israeli-style circle dancing.
                                                                     of this come to an end. We want many,            Community in Boston, 92 Melville Ave,                Canada % (250) 354-2786                                              Free speech open forum discussions,
                                                                     many more people to hear the voice of            Dorchester, MA 02124 % (617) 282-9876
                                                                                                                                                                           Preserved Seed Café, 202 Vernon St,                                 refreshments, and more. Come a little
                                                                     hope we have heard, to come and see              Common Ground Café, Dorchester Ave,                  Nelson, BC V1L4E2, Canada (250) 352-0325
                                                                                                                      Dorchester, MA 02124 % (617) 298-1020                                                                                        early and tour our organic farm.
                                                                     the life. We are thrilled to be able to invite                                                        Germany
                                                                                                                      Community in Hyannis, 14 Main Street,                Gemeinschaft in Klosterzimmern,                                                                     Community in Hillsboro
                                                                     you to come and see that it is a reality.        Hyannis, MA 02601 % (508) 790-0555                   Klosterzimmern 1, 86738 Deiningen,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Washington, DC area)
                                                                         We are a messianic community, and            Common Ground Café 420 Main St.                      Germany % (49) 9081-290-1062
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               15255 Ashbury Church Rd
                                                                     by community we do not mean a town               Hyannis, MA 02601 % (508) 778-8390                   Prinz & Bettler Café Reimlinger Straße 9           West           Harper’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hillsboro, VA 20132
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                                                                     or locality. Nor do we mean a loose              Community in Plymouth, 35 Warren Ave,                Nördlingen, Germany % (49) 9081-275-0440
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  % (540) 668-7123
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                                                                     association of individuals living near one       Plymouth, MA 02360 % (508) 747-5338                                                                                                           287

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                                                                     another. And we surely do not mean a             Common Sense Wholesome Food Market                   Stentwood Farm, Dunkeswell, Honiton,                                                         9                                                                       see directions
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                                                                                                                      53 Main St Plymouth, MA 02360                        Devon EX14 4RW, England % (44) 1823-681155
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                                                                                                                      % (508) 732-0427                                                                                                                              Leesburg

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                                                                     meeting in a building, otherwise called a        nEW HAMPSHIrE                                        Comunidad de San Sebastián, Paseo de Ulia 375,
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                                                                     church. Community, as we use the term,           Community in Lancaster, 12 High Street,              20013 San Sebastián, Spain % (34) 943-32-79-83       50
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                                                                     means those who love one another so
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                                                                                                                      Community in Coxsackie, 5 Mansion St.,                                                                                                                      234                               66                              50     Falls 7
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                                                                     mind, holding all things as common
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                                                                                                                      Coxsackie, NY 12051 % (518) 731-7711                 Comunidad de Nerja, Balcón de Europa 5 B,                                            55
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                                                                     property, living together, taking their          Simon the Tanner - Family outfitters                 Nerja, Malaga Spain, % (34) 952-52-70-54                                                              215
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                                                                     meals together, devoted to one another           7 Mansion St, Coxsackie, NY 12051                                                                                                                                28                     234
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                                                                                                                                                                           Little Flock Café Balcón de Europa 5 B, Nerja,
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                                                                                                                      % (518) 731-2519                                                                                                                                                         PRINCE

                                                                     because they’re devoted to the One who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prince William
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                                                                                                                      oak Hill Plantation, 7871 State Route 81,            Malaga, Spain % (34) 952-527054                                                                                                                 234

                                                                     saved them from death and misery. ✦
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