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Our Beliefs

We have a strong faith-based family practicing principles found within Scripture. We strive to keep, as our number one priority in all aspects of our lives, the commandments and teachings of God (whose proper name is יהוה in Hebrew, transliterated into English as YHVH and, with all vowel points, pronounced Ye-ho-vah; also the shortened name יה or Y'ah) and of the Messiah (whose name is יהושע in Hebrew, transliterated and pronounced Ye-ho-shua - or Ye'shua for short - which means "Salvation from Yehovah"; - see more regarding the topic of names below), commonly referred to in the Western World as 'Jesus'.

We strictly reference the Biblical Scriptures as the primary source and authority in forming our beliefs without adding or subtracting and within context of the original script. This includes a faith based on the full Ten Commandments (including keeping the Seventh-day Sabbath), keeping Yah's established instruction for food, observing Holy Festivals (i.e. Feast of Tabernacles and others listed in Leviticus 23) and avoiding man-made traditions & practices that add to these requirements directly (or indirectly) or that are in opposition to Yah and His instruction (such as mixing Pagan traditions, titles and dates included in such holidays as Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc). Both mainstream Christianity and Jewish traditions have been slowly adopted by men before and after the time of the Ye'shua. Many of these traditions have modified the original instructions within the Torah (or commonly referred to as 'laws') changing days & times (see calendar), suppressing the use of Yehovah's name and, in many aspects, completely replacing Torah (labeled as being "Old") with faulty discernment of Messianic writings (confusingly labeled as "The New Testament"). Adding/subtracting from scripture (or "destroying" the original construct) is a practice that goes against the very nature of Yah, whom we are told in scripture DOES NOT CHANGE (Malachi 3:6), and explicitly commanded us not to do (Deuteronomy 4:2). This practice was upheld and re-confirmed by Ye'shua who served as a living example of Torah that we should follow - an example that will remain unchanged as long as Heaven and Earth exist (Matthew 5:17-18)!

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Church (Assembly)

We do not consider ourselves associated with any "one" physical "church" (church is best translated assembly, or a group of people ... Yah has only one spiritual group, or body of believers, and it is NOT a physical building or legal organization). Although, such organizations are a great tool (among others) for spreading the Good News Gospel of the Scriptures (or the Bible) to all nations as we are told to do by Ye'shua the Messiah (Matthew 28:18-20). It is through many of these organizations, along with personal evangelism, that His body of believers can reach out to others and teach them so that they too may choose to live according to His instructions (Torah) within their own hearts. In order to create a legal organization, however, many are forced to create doctrines that may, or may not, be completely based on scripture but, rather, man-made conclusions. It is up to each of us, individually, to discern these differences within doctrines and be able to prove them as truth using scripture, solely, to any specific topic/issue without adding or subtracting (Deuteronomy 4:2). This can prove, at times, to be challenging when wading through various translations and man-made traditions. However, it is important to meet with other like-minded individuals and encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25).

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Our family does associate with many like-believers regularly whenever possible, even though we may have slight differences in beliefs or differing opinions (such as the Biblical calendar), which we fully respect. Yah works with everyone differently and each person serves as different parts of the body, as a whole, that allows for different perspectives so that we can help one another to eventually come to His truth (Proverbs 27:17) and have the same mind as Yehovah God (Phillipians 3:15-16).

Currently in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we often attend a small local group associated with the United Church of God. Some of the organizations we have met with in the past have included the Albuquerque, New Mexico area (Western Region Church of God and Church of God, New Mexico), Colorado Springs, Colorado (Colorado Springs Church of God 7th Day), Lansing, Michigan (The Assembly of Yahweh), along with other National organizations (Ronald L. Dart's Born to Win Ministries, Michael Rood's A Rood Awakening, Living Church of God, Church of God Ministries International and Intercontental Church of God). We have also met with other like-minded individuals in our home when we lived both in Denver and Albuquerque along with groups over the internet, such as Authur Bailey Ministries (also see PalTalk link below for a local group in Albuquerque that broadcasts online).

If you are interested in joining any one of these assemblies either online or in-person for a Sabbath service/gathering and would like to learn more information about a mentioned organization above, please let me know via e-mail or click on a link above. If you live in Sioux Falls, we would also love to meet with you for Sabbath fellowship (see our link on the Aviv Moon Network for further details or contact us via e-mail).

For more information related to the Name of God (Yehovah) and of His son (Yeshua) or to the Holy Days and Calendar, please feel free to read my excerpt on these subjects by clicking the related title.

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New Moon Crescent Report
Research Paper - Mathematical Bias of the Biblical Calendar (Revised) - by Shawn Richardson
Paper - Keeping God's Festivals (Appointments) - A Summary by Shawn Richardson
Rabbinical vs. Sighted Moon Article - by Brian Hoeck
Calculated vs. Observed Times & Seasons (Response to John Ogwyn Living Church News article) - by Shawn Richardson
Biblical Calendar of Observation vs. Calculation (Response to Council of Elders United Church of God Doctrine Paper) - by Shawn Richardson
Did God Give a Calendar? (A Response to Leon Walker's Article) - by Shawn Richardson
Testimony of Timekeeping Within Dual Torahs - by Yavonne Hinton

Articles of the Name Yehovah: Do You Know Father's (God's) Name

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