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Mission

Harvesting souls for the Great Harvest.

(PLEASE SEE THE "ABOUT MVHM" PAGE.)

 The lamp of the body is your eye. 
When your eye is simple, your whole body is also bright.
Yet, if it be evil, your body also is dark.

LUKE 11 : 34


 GOD IS LOVE!
( And not the other way around, in reverse opposition.)   

 Aleph ~  Do you have love, desire love, wish to project and provide love?
Without love you are as nothing.
 

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, 
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 

 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, 
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
 but do not have love, I gain nothing.

  Love is patient, love is kind. 
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 
 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. 
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For now, we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 
But the greatest of these is love.

1 CORINTHIANS 13



Beth ~ God, the Father is the provider of all that is good. 
Does God, in Spirit, live within your heart?
You are a temple of God.

Do you not know that you are a temple of God;
That the Spirit of God dwells within you?

1 COR. 3 : 16


Gimel ~ Do you love God, especially as personified in Spirit through his Son?

  
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.
“Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

   What is written in the Law?”, he replied, How do you read it?”

 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength
and with all your mind’ 
and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself
.,”

  “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live."


LUKE 10 : 27
(Leviticus 19:18)

   

 ~

                                                                      What is hateful to thyself do not do to another. 

That is the whole Torah [Law], the rest is Commentary.

Hillel



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillel_the_Elder

Hillel (הלל) (born Babylon traditionally c.110 BCE, died 10 CE in Jerusalem) was a famous Jewish religious leader, one of the most important figures in Jewish history. He is associated with the development of the Mishnah and the Talmud. Renowned within Judaism as a sage and scholar, he was the founder of the House of Hillel school forTannaïm (Sages of the Mishnah) and the founder of a dynasty of Sages who stood at the head of the Jews living in the land of Israel until roughly the fifth century of the Christian Era. 

 

MISSION STATEMENT 

  • Focus upon Messiah and his teachings of merciful grace, through Love, Faith and Works.
  • Teach, learn, share and spread the Good News, showing Messiah's prophetic foreshadowings, especially as found within the Holy Feasts of the Lord.
  • Unify Messianics by addressing separate ideas of how worship should be practiced and what must be done to create order.
  • Promote understanding with awareness about what being Messianic means and answer the "why?" of our beliefs.
  • Initiate a much more active and wider outreach mission to the people in need within our local communities.  

 PROPOSED RULES OF ORDER FOR UNITY / CODE OF CONDUCT, OR CONDUCTING WORSHIP SERVICES

1. More Hebrew or Judeo-Christian style? 

If it is not found within Scriptures, as ordained or commanded by God, then it must not be required or expected.
No man-made doctrines or mandatory traditions of men!
However, if a Messianic Jew wishes to practice them, allow it.
If gentile / Christian Messianics wish to do so, also allow it, but making sure they know it is only a tradition.
Otherwise, keep all other practices as the Hebrews did and in the order that they did them.
Exceptions are to read from the "New Testament" and teach of our and the true Messiah.
Also no Talmudic teachings, other than reference of mentioning them.
Keep away from music / songs that use "Jesus" or "Christ".
Otherwise, allow Christian music that is praise-worthy and respectful.
Make sure that all are taught that we do not celebrate secular holidays and why.

Always keep in mind that it is we among us who once were gentiles and who are the converts.
"Jews" are not and can not be converts, as we are all Hebrews, all one in unity.
Judaism is the root of Christianity and the Messianic movement.
Jewish Messianics have come to accept their Messiah and he is Messiah for all mankind who do so.
Judaism is not a man-made religion that belongs strictly to Hebrews, but God given and belongs to that One.
We, also being one in Spirit, should show special respect for "Jews", but pay them no special favor or reverence,
respecting and treating one another equally.


Even so, we know that we are in the cross-hairs of time, in a position where both the staunch Jew and Christians tend to dislike or even hate and ostracize Messianics, as well as Moslems who tend to hate both.
Even so, there is no such thing as "Messianicism", as the movement is not an "ISM" of religion, or relgionism,
but a movement of the Holy Spirit and outpouring of a portion of the Spirit in these latter days.
Our mission should be to be living examples of God's love, as exemplified by Messiah, reaching out to others
with this Good News, and shoring up one another with enduring faith, even unto suffering and death.
( This does not mean that one can not defend their life and love ones. This is not Biblical.)
( That does not mean that we can initiate violence nor spew hatred. That is not Scriptural.


2.  Rabbinical leadership role

Rabbis ( teachers, male or female ) have a major role in worship practices.
They should be respected, without special reverence towards them.
They should be well qualified, both in education and life-style.
They should be humble and mild mannered.
They must demonstrate love and understanding at all times.

Their role in leadership is to watch over their flock / congregation.
Their role is to see that services are conducted properly.
Their role is to teach the teachings of Love / God and Messiah.
Their role is to organize events with helping hands from the members.
Their role is gentle correction, reproof, unto strict but not harsh rebuke.
Their role is to mediate and counsel others from the Scriptures and with objectivity.
Their role is to conduct mikvahs / baptisms for those wishing to cross-over, becoming Hebrew in heart.

Limitation of power

It is not the role of rabbis to direct the conduct of or interfere in the personal lives off others.
The only exceptions are (a) if invited by that person or those persons to do so (b) if their is a disruptive dispute or improper conduct during service or upon the premises of where services are conducted (c) suspicions of sinful behavior have been raised high enough to deem a private meeting take place to confront the issue and set matters right.

Rabbis may assign tasks to members only upon a voluntary basis.
If the assignment is turned down, no reason shall be asked for or expected,
but that member may voluntarily offer any reason, if they wish, of course.

Rabbis should NOT make teaching their means of making a living, in part or whole.
Rabbis and no portion of the leadership should be allowed to become "money changers", selling wares for profit,
UNLESS ALL proceeds go back into supporting their ministry AND helping members of the congregation.
Thus, if so done, there must be an open accounting, or open book, for members, clearly and honestly showing all monies, and other donations in coming and out going, including all tithes and service donations.
Expenses for the ministry must be limited ONLY to transportation ( fuel or arrangements for trips, ie. to Israel ) and equipment and props for teaching and any repurchasing of supplies for sale.
( This in NOT recommended, as it can and often does result in 
suspicions and accusations and other problems,
creating disunity. Rabbis should present the proposal 
before the congregation, taking time to ensure the entire membership is informed, then taking a vote upon the matter. Yet, avoiding such politics is best. )

All, members and leaders, should be allowed to sell Messianic items and Judaica within the congregation, to other members, upon the terms of reselling at cost or selling what items they themselves have produced, for a profit.



3. Kosher food, diet, eating and drinking.

This subject must be brought up and addressed as some, especially potential and new members may sit upon the proverbial fence of decision about this matter and may even find it a stumbling stone, unless until the rabbi sets the matter straight with Scripture.
Also, while most Messianics and their congregations are "Torah Keepers", thus remain "kosher", i have heard that some are not or do not require kosher diets.

ONLY Kosher food will ever be allowed at any Messianic services and events.
Otherwise, one may offend another in their beliefs or, even by accident, offering non-kosher food to them.
If one chooses not to practice a kosher diet outside of this rule, then it is up to the rabbi's discretion to be either tolerant or to recommend those might need to find another congregation.


Whether or not a food or drink is truly kosher can also be a problem, due to additives.
In addition, "kosher" actually means to be inspected and blessed by a ordained Jewish rabbi.
(Ask your rabbi for more information.)
In this world, it is nearly impossible to remain 100% kosher.
For what we cannot do or do not know, we are forgiven. 


As for drinks, wine may be excluded at the rabbi's discretion, with grape juice being substituted, 
even as the same Hebrew word applies to both. If not their should be both, in case a member or guest might be permanently recovering from alcoholism. If a mistake is somehow made and wine is the only drink available, let it be known before partaking and no one should be expected to partake, even as some may have a personal belief or preference or have taken a vow to never drink alcoholic beverages. Minors must be excluded from partaking of wine.

Members should not be demanded of to remove all leaven from their homes, during the Pesach / Passover time of unleavened bread. This should remain a choice, as it was a foreshadowing of prophecy, fulfilled. However, all of this must be explained by the rabbi to their congregation, members and visitors, as to why it was done and how doing so today might would be a special blessing to those who do practice this.
It was and remains a memorial (vs. convocation) of a Divine event for God's people /children.



IF WE DO JUST THESE THINGS AND KEEP FROM ARROGANT PRIDE, JUDGING OTHERS AND SLANDEROUS GOSSIP, LOVING AND TREATING ONE ANOTHER AND ALL OTHERS AS WE WOULD BE SO LOVED AND TREATED, THERE WILL BE UNITY.

SO SHALL THE BODY OF MESSIAH UPON EARTH BE SO IN HEAVEN AS HIS BRIDE.

AMEN!

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