One in Messiah Congregation

Shabbat Shalom

The Gregorian calendar (Pope Gregory) - Feb. 28, 2009

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God's calendar - Adar 2

the 12th month - Adar ----

Esth. 3 [7] In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

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Last week I mentioned in News Week - Feb. 7, 2009

Cover Story: Business

We Are All Socialists Now

I have a copy to pass around for you to see

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Reminder:

Here are the dates for 2009 Spring Feasts and Holydays

12th Month of God - Adar - February 27 - The 1st of Adar was the evening of February 26th

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Purim - Adar 14 and 15th - March 12 and 13th

March 12th, Thursday, at 7 p. m., we will be reading the Book of Esther at our Congregation.

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New Year! - 1st day of Aviv/Nissan will be March 28, Saturday - The 1st day of Aviv/Nissan will start the evening, Friday, March 27th

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Passover: Aviv/Nissan 14 will be April 10 (Friday)

Friday night we will, (in memorial) eat the Passover. We will have our Passover Haggadah (the telling) and the Seder (order), as in order of the service.

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First day of Unleavened Bread will be April 11 (Sabbath) (Saturday) It will start the evening of April 10th

First Fruits: April 12th

Last day of Unleavened Bread: April 17th (Sabbath) (Friday) it will start the evening of April 16th (2 sabbaths in a row)

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2nd Month of God - Ziv - April 27th - The 1st day of Ziv will start on the evening of April 26th

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3rd Month of God - Sivan - May 26th the 1st day of Sivan will start the evening May 25th

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Feast of Weeks - May 31 (Sabbath) (Sunday) it will start the evening of May 30th (2 sabbaths in a row)

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Now let's go over the Sabbath topic today

We read from law and the prophets every Sabbath

60 times in the Gospels and letters it uses the word Sabbath!
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Sabbath is a holy convocation

Lev. 23 [1] And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

[2] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

[3] Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

What is a Holy Convocation?

miqra: convocation, convoking, reading, a calling together, sacred assembly, something called out, that is, a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the palce); also a rehearsal

kodesh: a sacred place or thing; consecrated, dedicated, hallowed, holiness, saint, sanctuary, apartness, sacredness, separateness, apartness, sacredness, holiness

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Let's see what the apostles did:

Acts. 13 [13] Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.

[14] But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

[15] And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

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Acts 15 [21] For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
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Luke 4 [16] And he, Yeshua / Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

[17] And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.

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Acts 13:27

For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

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Acts 13 [42] And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

[44] And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

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How do I Keep the Sabbath?

This is a common question that we are asked, and as usual, the answer is in the Word of God.

First we will start by showing where the Sabbath originated: Genesis Chapter 2 verses -2, 3

Sabbath is not a Jewish tradition. Here in Genesis, chapter 2, verses 2 & 3 - there were no Jews or an Israel. Sabbath is a commandment.

Gen. 2 [2] And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.[ 3] And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

So we can see that God blessed and sanctified the 7th day in Genesis.

If you don’t know what the 7th day of the week is, look on your calendar. It is Saturday. Since the time of Yeshua / Jesus (and Jesus kept the Sabbath), the days in a year, and the days in the month has changed, but not the days of the week.

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The Commandments of God are located in Exodus Chapter 20 and Deuteronomy Chapter 5.

The 4th Commandment of God is to keep HIS Sabbath:

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

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Did you remember?

Here we can see that God tells us to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. This tells us that they had known about the Sabbath before. We can also see that the entire day is to be kept holy to the lord. No work or buying and selling is to be done by anyone in your entire household.

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Now you may have more questions, but again they are answered by the Word of God

Remember that Yeshua / Jesus is the Word of God manifest in the flesh. He is the one that made this commandment and it has a real purpose for his people. Yeshua / Jesus said in Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath

He is saying that he made the Sabbath FOR man. (He did not take it away)

He knows that if we don't spend at least one whole day reading his word, praying, and taking the time to know him - we will forget him . If we are honest, we can see the result. Christians go to church on Sunday for an hour or so, go out to lunch, mow the lawn, watch the ball game etc... sad

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God starts His day in the evening, as said in here:

Gen. 1 [5] And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. You see the day starts in the evening.

God's day is from evening to evening (sunset to sunset) which makes more sense than the day changing in the middle of the night.

In God's day there are 12 hours of night and then 12 hours of day.

In the bible, where the Holy Ghost came to the apostles on the day of Pentecost, the 3 rd hour of the day would be around 9:00 in the morning (the third hour of sunlight).

So God's Sabbath starts Friday night at sunset and ends on Saturday night at sunset.

Lev 23:32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

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Gentiles get a special Blessing for keeping Sabbath

Isa. 56 [1] Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
[2] Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

[3] Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

[4] For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

[5] Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

[6] Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

[7] Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

So we can see that even when the stranger (which some of us once were) join themselves to the Lord, and serve him, and keep his sabbath even them will I bring to my holy mountain.

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How do we keep the Sabbath?

Simple:

Isaiah 58: 13-14

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Here we see that the entire day is to be kept for the Lord.

Not doing your own ways, or speaking your own words, or doing your own pleasure.

Call the Sabbath a delight!

Holy of the Lord!

And honoring HIM!

Now you may ask, what could possibly be wrong with that?

The answer is that there is everything right with that.

The Sabbath and not having idols are the two commandments most written about in the bible (2nd and 4th commandments).

God does NOT change and Yeshua is the Word of God in the flesh.

Another point to remember is that Jesus and the apostles did not have the New Testament scriptures. They used the Old Testament scriptures (Tanakh) to prove the Messiah. The reason most people do not understand the New Testament scriptures is that they don't know, or read, the Old Testament scriptures. They do not contradict each other.

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Now I will show you by scripture that you cannot buy or sell on the Sabbath which makes sense because other people would be working and not keeping the Sabbath holy.

Nehemiah 13 15-22

In those days saw I (Nehemiah) in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals.

There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, what evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?

Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.

And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.

So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice.

Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.

And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day.

Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.

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As we can see above, it is EVIL to buy and sell on the Sabbath and the people of Israel were punished many times for not keeping HIS Sabbath. Without the Sabbath, God’s people forget him and their lives overtake them in work, school, sports, entertainment, etc.

Makes sense, doesn't it?


Even after there are a New Heavens and a New Earth, there will be a New Moon and a Sabbath.

Isa.66[ 22] For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make , shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.[23 ] And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another , shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.


Have you read this verse in Luke 23:56? There is still a Sabbath, a rest, and it is a commandment.

Luke.23[ 54] And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. [ 56] And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

The Sabbath was made for man by a God who knows his creation.

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So as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 verses 12-14:

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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I also want to tell you another thing: Please do not use other books than the bible including the Talmud and other Jewish books to give you information on these matters.

The bible is the only book you need to understand the Word of God.

Ask the Lord for Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, and the Fear of the Lord and you will do well.

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Please read this link, when you get a chance.

Roman Catholic and Protestant Confessions about Sunday

http://oneinmessiah.net/confess.htm

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I want to tell you a little about our new - "Let's talk program" (maybe on Tuesday)

Some of the topics we will be discussing:

(If you have any topics, let me know)

Knowing the Constitution

Knowing the Amendments

Freedom of speech Laws

Gun Laws

Political issues, voting

Pseudoscience issues (age of the universe, evolution, etc.)

Real science

The global warming issue

Health - Diet and exercise

Financial issues - Balancing your budget

Exposing lies propaganda

Collecting and sharing important websites

Being aware - stay safe & alert

Self defense, your level of security, home security

Protect your personal information

Crime in the Workplace

Stop violence

Citizens Police Academy, Citizen's Drug Academy, R.A.D. for men and women, gun carry permits

Knowing your neighbors (examples: pedophiles, all crime and drug activities

Know your law enforcement people; know who the mayor, governor in your state is.

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Our Mayors:

John Schroger - Franklin Tennessee

Joe Reagan - Brentwood, Tennessee

Karl Dean - Nashville Tennessee

Governor: Phil Bredesen

Williamson County Sheriff: Jeff Long

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Just a few examples of what to do today, while living in the Galoot - Exile

Pay your taxes

Obey the laws and ordinances of the land (if they are not breaking the commandments of God)

Obey the ruler of the land (if they are not breaking the commandments of God)

Obey your worldly boss (if he is not breaking the commandments of God)

Obey your Godly boss, he or she is your brother or sister

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Matt. 17 [24] And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

[25] He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

[26] Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

[27] Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Matt. 22 [15] Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
[16] And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

[17] Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

[18] But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

[19] Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

[20] And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

[21] They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

Luke 20 [22] Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?

[23] But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
[24] Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.


[25] And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

Godly Ministers

Rom. 13 [1] Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

[2] Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

[3] For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

[4] For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
[5] Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

[6] For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

[7] Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

[8] Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

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Worldly rulers

1 Pet. 2 [13] Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

[14] Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

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[15] For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

[16] As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

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Honour all men.

Love the brotherhood.

Fear God.

Honour the king.

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[18] Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

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[19] For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

[20] For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

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[21] For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

[22] Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

[23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

[24] Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

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[25] For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
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Masters according to the flesh

Eph. 6 [5] Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

[6] Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

[7] With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

[8] Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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Godly Masters

[9] And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
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Masters according to the flesh

Col. 3 [22] Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

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Godly Masters

Col. 4 [1] Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

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Worldly masters

1 Tim. 6 [1] Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

Godly Masters

[2] And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

[3] If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

[4] He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

[5] Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
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Tit. 2 [9] Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

[10] Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

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1 Pet. 2 [18] Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

[19] For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

[20] For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

[21] For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

[22] Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

[23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

[24] Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
[25] For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

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tribute:

G5411 φόρος phoros - for'-os - From G5342 fero; a load (as borne), that is, (figuratively) a tax (properly an individual assessment on persons or property; whereas Telos G5056 is usually a general toll on goods or travel): - tribute.

 

Thayer Definition: tribute, especially the annual tax levied upon houses, lands, and persons

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All the answers are in the Word of God

 

Remember: the Feasts and Holydays are coming!

 

Shabbat Shalom

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