Salvation by Love, through Love.
Salvation by love is a way of saying that we are saved by the love of God through the love of the Messiah Jesus. Believers return His love with love from their whole heart, mind and strength. We are those who keep the commandments of God as the New Covenant stipulates and hold to the testimony of Jesus. We eat His Body and drink His Blood meaning reading and doing the whole Word of God (John 6:52-58) "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." (John 15:10 NASB95)
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NEXT BIBLE FEASTS:
Passover (Pesach) and Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah)
Passover will be Tuesday April 11, 2017 (a Sabbath) with the meal on Monday evening April 10. Monday April 17 is the seventh day and also a Sabbath. The traditional eighth day is on Tuesday April 18, 2017. For the Passover meal we look forward to a lamb barbecue and traditional foods such as cheroseth (apples and cinnamon mostly). We make a fire in our backyard fire ring before sunset so we can make sure and burn up any lamb leftovers. We blow shofars, have a pretty formal meal with special decorations and Bible readings, and we make sure to have our staffs at hand and eat the meal at a little bit of a hurry. For the seven days of Unleavened Bread we eat matzah crackers with meals, and reflect on the sacrifice of our Messiah Jesus the Christ in cleansing us from our sin and interceding for us. Whatever the Bible says, we try to do.
Pentecost will be on Tuesday May 30, 2017 with a traditional second day on Wednesday May 31. Pentecost is a Sabbath, so we got back to back rest days this year. This is probably the day that Israel received the living oracles (the law) after they were delivered from slavery in Egypt by God and obedience to Passover. It is also the day that the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in power, recorded for us in Acts chapter 2. We bake a couple of loaves of unleavened bread as an offering to God, have a special meal to mark the occasion, and read from the Torah.
Trumpets will be on Monday October 3, 2016. The feast of Trumpets, also called Yom Teruah (day of the awakening blast) and Rosh Hashanah (head of the year) is a warning to wake up before the great and terrible day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. It is said that there is an open door in heaven, waiting for the repentant person to enter. It is a time of sweetness, symbolized by eating fun things like apples and honey or our favorite caramel apples. We have a family meal, blow horns, and have a fire.
Atonement will be on Wednesday October 12, 2016. It is a day of smoke and burning, a reminder of the wrath of God which will be spent on all those who do not repent of their sin and accept the atonement from the Lamb of God. Atonement means to become right with God, and only by the sacrifice of God in the flesh, Jesus the Messiah, our redeemer and Lord and friend, can we gain that right standing. We go without eating and sometimes without drinking. No entertainment like TV or video games. All day we spend in connection with our Father praying for His will and for those who might turn to Him. In the evening we break our fast with a family meal at a nice restaurant. May the Father bless you as you remember from where our atonement comes, how thankful we are that it was provided, and how terrible it will be for those who reject it.
First day of the eight days of Tabernacles will be Monday October 17, 2016 (Sabbath). Day eight (Sabbath) will be Monday October 24 for all those who need to plan. We generally pitch tents in our back yards, have some nice special meals for several of the days, some back yard fires (if it's not too cold for a fire!) and read the Torah. Fun times and lots of partying.
Quit just flappin' your gums about it and do what Jesus did. Follow God's holy days. Join the rest of the Body in remembering the past, practicing the present, and rehearsing the future aspects of the Father's feasts and festivals.
See our Manna page for more information, and our free Manna booklet for dates and Scripture for reading. There is also the free download Mo'edim Hebrew Calendar Software (under Moadim, look for Windows download just above the Moadim for Mac heading) for your computer. Torah Resource also has some great articles.
Remember days start the evening before. The Word of God Ministries uses the current rabbinical calendar. Not because it's the most accurate (it's not) but because no one really knows exactly how to calculate the days, and in love the Body can stay more unified.
Updated: Monday July 18, 2016
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We have a listing of some of the places to buy merchandise such as shofars (trumpets), tzitzit (tassels), cosmetics from Israel, and other items. Try browsing their websites and you'll find some good things to help support Israel and maybe even connect with God in a more personal way.
Updated: October 8, 2016
It's a God Thing
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31–34, ESV. See also Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10; Ezekiel 11:19-21)
The Scripture above is the New Covenant. If you’ll notice, it has two parts. One is a heart of flesh that is soft and responsive to God, and the other is His Law. Ezekiel, who lived around the same time as Jeremiah, adds that God will give a new spirit, and the Holy Spirit will cause believers to walk in God’s statutes and obey His rules.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezekiel 36:26–27, ESV)
The New Covenant is a new heart of flesh on which is written His Law by the Spirit. Jeremiah and Ezekiel were written about 600 years before Christ, so everyone knew what “my Law” meant. It is none other than the living oracles (as Stephen called them in Acts 7:38) given at Mt. Sinai by God through Moses.
The modern church has lost sight of the New Covenant. It does not teach and live the Law as believers did in the past. So there is a discrepancy between what we read in the Word and what the church teaches. There is also a discrepancy between the first century church and the modern church, which results in questions like these:
- Why does Hebrews 4:2 call what was given by Moses at Mount Sinai the gospel?
- Why is the New Covenant in the Old Testament?
- What is the existing olive tree believers are grafted into? (Romans 9-11)
- How come I need so much explanation from pastors to understand the Bible?
- Why rebuild the Temple (Ezekiel 40-47) and start up sacrifices during the millennium when Jesus is reigning on the earth?
- How can Paul say he is a model of a law-following Jew (Philippians 3:4-6) and at the same time a follower of Christ?
- If God and Jesus are one, does that mean Jesus gave the Law to Moses at Sinai?
- Why does Paul (1 Cor. 4:6) say not to go “beyond what is written” when the New Testament wasn’t written yet?
- How did Paul teach about Jesus from “the Law and the Prophets?” (Acts 28:23)
- What did first century believers use as a guide for living out their faith?
- Why is it the modern church does not look or act like the first century church?
- What does it mean to “believe” in Jesus? How can I increase my faith?
We haven’t been too successful getting answers to these questions. Well, we should say we get lots of answers. Answers from men’s knowledge we’ve got coming out our ears. Bible answers from men not so much.
Then we discovered whole Bible Christianity. It was there all the time; we just couldn’t see it because of wrong teaching, tradition, and some of our own hard-headedness. It answers all those questions and more. We think first century believers lived a whole Bible life, which is why those congregations were so successful. If we want to recapture that spirit, we have to recapture their whole Bible belief and practice too.
We get rejected by the Jews because of Jesus, and rejected by the church because we live the whole of the Word including the Law. We are also rejected by Messianics because we're not so fond of extra-biblical rabbinic rulings, and by the Two House people because we can see plainly that there is only One House. We believe the Bible reveals God and His will in plain language, easy to understand and follow. The reason it isn't followed is we don't want to. The problem is not with The Word. The problem has always been with people.
According to Paul in Ephesians 4:4-6 there is only one body, worshipping one God and one Lord with one faith. One God means Jesus and the Father are one. One body has been in existence since the Garden and means there is no Jew or Gentile, no synagogue or church. One faith means that the entire Bible belongs to His one body. This faith, His Word, has also been in existence since before the beginning and applies to everyone all the time no matter what.
13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NASB95)
Just because recently established (in history) churches or synagogues reject us doesn't mean we are rejected by God. These bureaucracies have no power to exclude anyone from the one Body of the Christ. God loves us and provides guidance for growing and strengthening the Life that He gives us. We can love Him back by adoring every Word He speaks and scrambling to put it everywhere in our lives that it belongs. Isn’t it wonderful that we have something like His Law to tell us where the boundaries are, where we should go and where we shouldn’t go?
Some claim that the Torah is 'old' or 'Jewish' or a 'shadow,' and therefore they sit in judgment on parts of the Word and deem them irrelevant. But the Bible never says these things or things like them. In fact, Jesus says that "Scripture cannot be broken" in John 10:35 and that "whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19). This life is a 'shadow' of the next too, but that doesn't mean it's less important or concrete. If we are faithful with little (or 'shadows') we will be faithful with much. "Shadows" and "old" and "Jewish" as they are generally taught in the church belong with the teachings of men we are warned about in Colossians 2.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8 ESV)
God never intends for His people to stand in one place once we gain right standing with Him by grace through faith. He wants us to move, and part of our movement is in taking on all of His ways as spelled out in His Law. It is the best discipleship system ever designed, and is guaranteed by Him to produce fruit that is pleasing. We don't follow rules and regulations to get to God. We follow them because He got to us. He doesn't owe us salvation because of our own righteousness. We owe Him our lives because He purchased us. We submit to His Rule because He saved us first and we love Him.
The Holy Spirit uses the Torah to tutor us in the way we should go, and when we get ‘all grown up,’ it still functions to guard and protect. When I was young I learned the law of the electrical socket, meaning don't put things in that don't belong. Now that I'm grown up the law still applies, I just don't have to be told or have my hand smacked. Laws don't go away just because we don't need a tutor to tell us right and wrong. We shouldn't be so arrogant to think we're grown up such that we don't need His Word anyway. His Word is the foundation on which we can build a house that honors Him in every area. His Law is love in action, and through it, we learn how to love Him and how to love others as well.
As we obey each command, we touch our Lord and Master and Friend, and He touches us. From this flows worship, thanksgiving, praise and testimony to His provision and blessed love. It is no big deal to incorporate all of God’s requirements for holy living, because He doesn’t ask very much of us. As our Father, of course, He’s not going to leave us hanging after making us new creations. He shepherds us with tender loving care, making boundaries and warning us away from dangerous situations.
Regular reading and consistent doing (what Jesus calls eating His body and drinking His blood in John 6) feeds us and draws us closer to God and each other. Followed in the Spirit, His "living oracles" as Stephen calls them in Acts 7:38 give us concrete steps to help in producing the fruit of the Spirit. They lead us to the Christ as they always have and always will. Reading and doing all of what God gives us in His Living Oracles is not a Christian thing. It's not a Jewish thing.
It's a God thing.
Footprints by the Sea
We first posted this version of this poem about ten years ago, having received it in an email. As far as we know, the author is anonymous, although a writer by the name of Sam Glenn has a book by the title 'Buttprints in the Sand' and may have been the author. Or another version exists from a Rev. Robert Schaibley apparently. We've even found a version that is supposedly an "orthodox" Lutheran version.
Last night I had a wondrous dream, of prints in beach sand I had seen.
Though my feet hadn't walked that shore, I saw the footprints of my Lord.
And when a different print appeared, I asked the Lord, "What have we here?
This print is larger, round and neat, and wasn't made by walking feet."
"My child," He said, in somber tone, "For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to stand - not ride. To walk and let me be your guide."
"You would not stand. You would not grow. The walk of faith, you would not know.
So then I finally got fed up, and there I dropped you on your butt."
"Because in life, there comes a time, when one must fight and one must climb;
When one must rise and take a stand, or just leave butt prints in the sand."
What We Have For You on the Whole Bible Christian Website
Tips for using this site: Press the ctrl and the plus sign keys to make it larger, or ctrl and minus to make it smaller. Mouse over the slide shows and click for more information or links to articles. Click the Play button at the very top right for some good tunes, and don't forget to visit Berea for discussion and more study.
Our site is organized around material for the Heart, Mind, and Soul. We realize, of course, that all of His Word is for all of our heart, mind, and soul. But we needed some short menu headings, and most of our content falls under one of those main headings or another. Sort of.
For the Heart, we currently have Manna and Bruce's book Whole Bible Christianity. Eventually we hope to have some children's pages featuring crafts and other material for home schooling whole Bible Christians. Manna is our annual reading schedule consisting of the first five books of the Old Testament and the first five of the New Testament, plus other readings from various other books. There is a chart and a booklet you can print if you want. A draft of Whole Bible Christianity is there too, with each chapter in a PDF file for your reading enjoyment and to print for your own personal use. This book lays out the framework of the whole Bible approach to loving God through living the whole of the Word.
For the Mind, we present over 40 articles from Bruce as well as selections from other authors and websites. We have them listed by Subject, Author, and alphabetic. We've also got some Study Helps featuring software recommendations, information on the Talmud, Myths and Facts of the conflict between Israel and everyone else (okay, Arabs), other great websites, and references. Be sure to check out our free booklets too.
For the Soul we have Jokes and other Humor, Comics (yes, there are some good comics with biblical themes) and Inspirational stories and thoughts, along with some help for Starting your own whole Bible assembly or congregation.
If you'd like to interact with other whole Bible believers or interested people and study the Word further we invite you to visit Berea, our bulletin board or forum. You can read with no requirement, but if you want to join in you have to register. We will get an email when you do, and after we approve it you're on your way to a fuller and more fruit-filled walk with your Father and Lord.
We also have a nifty Photo Gallery, an About page with pictures of our family, Frequently Asked Questions, Doctrinal Specifics (the Long and the Short of it) and a Contact form for further information, opinions, and donations if you choose. Please let us know what you think (constructive, of course) and if you have any suggestions or you caught any errors. Thank you for your time and we hope the Lord blesses you tremendously through the information we've collected and developed.
A Whole Bible, The Teachings of Paul: Colossians 2 Nailed
We've been busy making videos, mostly using our book Whole Bible Christianity. This one covers Paul's teaching in Colossians 2 concerning the philosophies of men. This Scripture has been greatly misused and twisted to apply to God's Law, when in fact it is obviously for men's teachings. This might help a little for responding to those who denigrate God's Words and elevate the church's teachings over the Bible.
It's a God thing.