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Shalom Brethren, I hope everyone had a great feast of unleavened bread. Almighty Yahweh has given us His grace to come together and rejoice before Him this Abib as is commanded in His word. Our savior Yahshua has blessed us by being our Passover lamb in giving His life for the sins of mankind. We acknowledge our sinful part each of us that have chosen Yahshua as our savior and we all repent for our part in His death. Yahweh has forgiven us for our part in putting Yahshua to death. Greetings in the name of Yahweh and in the name of His son Yahshua our savior and soon coming king. May Almighty Yahweh bless each of you as you do your best to serve Him?

Forgiveness and Mercy

In the book of 2 Sam. 16:5-8 we see King David being cursed of Shimei when he is fleeing Jerusalem from before Absalom his son. His son had stolen the hearts of the people from David his father and rebelled and made himself king usurping his father's throne. Almighty Yahweh had not given Absalom the anointing of that position. Shimei had lifted himself up and cursed Yahweh's anointed of which the penalty was death. In Ex. 22:28 "you shall not revile Elohim, nor curse a ruler of your people." In 1st Kings when the king Ahab wanted the vineyard of Naboth his wife Jezebel plotted Naboth's death in 21:11-13 "And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who dwelt in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, according as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them. 12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. 13 And the two men, the base fellows, came in and sat before him: and the base fellows' bare witness against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did curse Elohim and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him to death with stones." Naboth was falsely accused and put to death for cursing Yahweh and the King Ahab. Shimei was guilty of cursing King David the true anointed of Yahweh but David would not allow Shimei to be put to death even though he was being falsely accused by Shimei for the death of those of the house of Saul.

King David choose to forgive Shimei even though he could have allowed his men to put him to death for his cursing of Yahweh's anointed. He also could have put King Saul to death who was his enemy pursuing David's life and twice David allowed Saul to live. He would not put his hand against Yahweh's anointed King Saul and he put to death the young man that said he killed King Saul. So David showed mercy to Shimei and King Saul because he understood what mercy is and that Almighty Yahweh had showed him mercy. In 2nd Samuel 16:12-14 it states: "12 It may be that Yahweh will look on the wrong done unto me, and that Yahweh will requite me good for his cursing of me this day. 13 So David and his men went by the way; and Shimei went along on the hill-side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. 14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary; and he refreshed himself there." Can you imagine being refreshed by Almighty Yahweh when you came to Him Weary? Yahshua said in Matt. 11:28-30 28" come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." We can receive that refreshment by coming to Almighty Yahweh seeking forgiveness and mercy through repentance. David understood repentance and he was quick to repent when sin was brought to his attention. What about us are we quick to forgive those who trespass against us or do we hold grudges? When we hold on to a grudge there is a certain bitterness that clings to us that forgiveness would erase and the love that should be there for our neighbor or brother is gone. That bitterness is like leaven in our lives that puffs us up and causes every relationship to sour. You might not see it right away but it will continually destroy your life one relationship after another, Almighty Yahweh is trying to get your attention to make the changes now so you can be unleavened in your attitude towards your brethren and neighbors.

Forgiveness and mercy go a long way towards getting us in the kingdom of Yahweh. Are you ready to take that next step as King David did when he was being attacked by Shimei. He showed love and compassion by not requiring his life for his cursing of Yahweh's anointed. Yahshua has done the same for each one of us in that He died for our sins while we were yet sinners. Yahshua said forgive them for they know not what they do when they condemned Him to death. Do we understand the implications of this great sacrifice done on our behalf? Most of us do not, nor do most of the people care what Yahshua has done for them until they need forgiveness and mercy shown to them. Almighty Yahweh cares for each of us deeply and we must share His abiding love with those of our families, our neighbors and our enemies. This is part of our purpose for being here on this planet, so let's give glory to Almighty Yahweh by being forgiving and merciful to others so we might obtain forgiveness and mercy in our lives.

 

KENYA

Shalom Brother Robert.

Greetings in the name of Yahshua. Hope you all had a good and blessed feast. We too have seen the gracious hand of Yahweh during this wonderful feast here in Kenya. The feast was held in Kisii at Rafael's place where thirteen brethren gathered for Yahshua's memorial. In Bomet region, people gathered at Naisondori which is near Elder Julius place. Nineteen brethren were partakers of Yahshua's memorial and the number kept increasing during the feast up to about thirty-five. At Limuru about fifteen brethren were gathered for Yahshua's Memorial but the daily overall attendance was always more. At Limuru, the main message was based on 2 Chronicles 15:2 which reads: "Yahweh is with you, while you be with Him: And if you seek him, He will be found of you: But if you forsake Him, He will forsake you."

We therefore give thanks to almighty Yahweh for giving us mercy and endurance, that despite of some challenges we were able to fulfill the days joyfully. The elders have also agreed to unite all the brethren of the YPTC here by planning to observe the feast of tabernacles which comes later this year at Limuru which is our headquarters. The brethren here at Limuru have decided to begin early preparations such as to buy new chairs, kitchen utensils, install electricity and if possible put up some new structures within the premises in order to accommodate all the brethren.

Attached are some pictures.
Yahweh bless you.
Mumira.

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The brethren of Limuru keeping the feast.

Bomet, Kenya

Shalom Elder Davis.
Hope this will find you well and rejoicing in His Wondrous Name of our savior and redeemer Yahshua the messiah. We held a Blessed Passover & Feast of unleavened bread here in Bomet Region. Those who partook the emblems of the body & the blood are as Follows: (1) Kapkatet 7, (2) Saoset 11, (3) Sogoo 13, (4) Berea 11, (5) Nkopen 15, a total of 57. Sorry for delaying to update you Earlier. Pass along my greetings to Christina, Dorothy, Carol, Quincy and the Entire congregation. Have a blessed Sabbath &The forth coming feast of weeks. Elder Julius

 

MALAWI

There were 73 brethren that took the Passover in Malawi in Blantyre, and the Phalombe district.

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The brethren in Palombe district rejoicing before Yahweh.

TRINIDAD

FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD 2014

Shalom and greetings to each and everyone in the name of Yahshua the Messiah. How quickly time goes by and already we are inching closer and closer to the Feast of Weeks. It is my prayer that everyone is in good spirits and overcoming daily in this spiritual battle that we are fighting. Never give up brethren because it is salvation that is at stake!

We just recently concluded the Feast of Unleavened Bread and it was a very inspiring one as we also saw the blood moon that was predicted to occur on the first high day. We look forward to seeing the next one at the start of Tabernacles.

Well, after a very moving Passover Memorial Service and final day preparation the Feast began. We had services both night and day as we tried to utilize the time as best as possible being together as brethren in one place. The messages that we heard on both high days were entitled 'Become pure in heart' and 'Free at last or still enslaved? We were exhorted to leave the corruption of the past behind and progress forward to a life of blessing and joy as we surrender our lives to the will of Yahweh and keep his commandments. We also had studies on the subject of Leaven and what it represents spiritually as well as a discussion on Matthew 24 and Luke 21 as we considered the significance of prophecy and its relation to Yahweh's Feast days. We realized that we could only be spared by Yahweh if we are faithful to him.

Now we await the day of Pentecost. Let us prepare ourselves, brethren, so that Yahweh can truly bestow upon us his mighty Spirit which we need in these last days if we are to be victorious over this world and may he preserve us that we may be able to enter in to his glorious kingdom! Sending all our love and best regards to everyone in the brotherhood. KEEP THE FAITH, and May Yahweh bless everyone! Shalom in Yahshua's name,
Elder Quincy and Sister Charlene George.

Listening to the word in Trinidad WI
Listening to the word in Trinidad WI.

Keeping the feast of unleavened bread
Keeping the feast of unleavened bread

 

Eyes on Israel

Confusion over Temple Mount prayer law used to fan tensions
Palestinian official warns Israel over changing the status of Al-Aqsa Mosque, though bill refers only to compound
BY ELHANAN MILLER May 19, 2014, 5:51 pm 38

The Palestinian Authority response to a proposed Knesset bill that would allow Jewish prayer on Temple Mount may exacerbate the already fraught issue by apparently misrepresenting the bill as a bid to allow Jewish worship inside the Al Aqsa Mosque. Since its capture in 1967, Jews are allowed to visit the Temple Mount as tourists but not to pray on the site, revered by Jews as the location of the first and second temples and the most hallowed area in Jewish tradition. A new bill drafted by MKs Miri Regev (Likud) and Hilik Bar (Labor) would allow Jews to pray on the Mount using religious holy objects such as a tallit (prayer shawl) and tefillin (phylacteries) which are currently banned. The Ynet news site, which reported on the draft law Sunday, said it was unclear when it will be put forth for a vote. But Palestinian officials attacked the bill as an attempt to change the status quo inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque — a structure dating back to the seventh century and considered the third-holiest site in Islam — and warned of grave repercussions if such a law were to pass. Mohammad al-Madani, chairman of the Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society and a member of Fatah's Central Committee, said in a message sent to journalists on Sunday that any permission Israel granted Jews "to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque would direly escalate the situation in the region and may lead to fierce confrontation not only between Israel and the Palestinian people, but also between Israel and the Arab and Islamic worlds." "The Palestinian people as well as the Arab and Islamic worlds strenuously reject all Israeli violations of the sanctity of Islamic and Christian holy places," the message read.

Eyes on Israel

A group of Israeli Jews, accompanied by attorney Yehuda Glick, chairman of the Fund for the Temple Mount and Temple Heritage organizations, seen in the Temple Mount courtyard near Al Aqsa Mosque, November 19 2013. (Photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90)

Regev, who has been pushing for Jewish prayer on Temple Mount through the Knesset's Internal Affairs Committee, which she chairs, stressed that the bill will in no way change the status quo inside the mosque, located on the southern perimeter of the plaza. "Why should Jews not be allowed to enter Temple Mount?" Regev asked in an interview with Israel's Walla news on Sunday. "Because Arab-Muslim MKs claim that we want to enter Al-Aqsa? We don't want to enter Al-Aqsa. We want to enter the Temple Mount plaza. We want a Jew to be allowed to bring in tefillin without being arrested." But that assertion did not prevent senior Palestinian political analyst Abdel Raouf Arnaout from reporting that Regev and Bar were scheming to divide prayer times inside Al-Aqsa between Jews and Muslims, as is the case in Hebron's Tomb of Patriarchs. The law, he wrote in Saudi daily Al-Watan Sunday, "claims that the mosque is holy to Jews as it is to Muslims and that Jews should be allowed to pray in it, as is the case with the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron in the West Bank." Reports of Israeli plans to change the status quo of Al-Aqsa Mosque, or even destroy it, have long been used as a rallying cry by Palestinian and Arab leaders against Israel. During a meeting with Israeli students in February, Abbas said that the Palestinians reject shared sovereignty over Al-Aqsa. In an interview with Al-Watan in 2013, he warned of an Israeli plot to destroy Al-Aqsa and build "the alleged Temple" in its stead.

eyes on israel

In this Monday, December 9, 2013 photo, a Jewish man looks towards the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. (photo credit: AP Photo/Simone Camilli)

Fayez Abbas, a spokesman for the Palestinian president, denied that the bill was being misrepresented by Palestinian commentators as referring to Jewish prayer inside the mosque rather than in Temple Mount as a whole. He said that the term Al-Aqsa is simply used by Palestinians as shorthand for the entire plaza, known in Arabic as Al-Haram A-Sharif. "They mean the entire plaza," he asserted. Indeed, the terms "Al-Aqsa Mosque" and "Al-Haram A-Sharif" are often used interchangeably by Arabs to refer to the same place, said Lior Lehrs, a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies who penned a report in 2011 on the issue of Jerusalem in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The preamble to the Jordanian-Palestinian Agreement to Jointly Defend Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa of March 2013, Lehrs noted, refers to "al-Masjid al-Aqsa with its 144 Dunums, which include the Qibli Mosque of al-Aqsa, the Mosque of the Dome of the Rock and all its mosques, buildings, walls, courtyards, attached areas over and beneath the ground and the Waqf properties tied-up to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, to its environs or to its pilgrims." "They see it as one compound and have a very hard time making the separation," Lehrs said. But Hillel Frisch, an expert on Palestinian politics at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, said the Palestinian terminology was far less innocuous. "They do everything to mobilize Palestinians against any Jewish presence on Temple Mount," he told The Times of Israel.

"Using Al-Aqsa is probably the most inflammatory way of igniting Palestinian passions."

NEWS, NOTES, & NOTABLES

Looking Ahead to the Next New Moon:The new moon for the 3rd scriptural month should be visible the evening of Thursday, May 29, 2014. So watch.

In Genesis 1:14-18 we see the significance of the heavenly bodies. "Then Elohim said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth;' and it was so. Then Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Elohim set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good." (NKJV)

Be sure to look for this new moon and report your findings to us by calling 717-383-6975.

We are commanded to pray for the sick among us in James 5:13-15 13 "Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of Yahweh: 15 and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and Yahweh shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. Let us pray for these people who have a petition before Almighty Yahweh.

 

Prayer List
Andrew Jackson Judy Mitchell
Brenda Carden Justinia Ryan
Brethren in Malawi Karen Davis Family & Friends
Carol Burras & Family Kenya Brethern
Carrie Nimmons Kimberly Allgood
Cathrine Simone Family Kyle Jones
Congregation of Yahshua HaMashiach Lindell Session Jr & 3rd
Daniel Boltz Lisa Williams
Daniel Carter Marilyn Lydic Family
Darci Fink Mary Hopson & Family
Darlene Shepard Mildred Smith prayer request
Deborah, Chiel and Simcah Joyner Mildred White
Dillion Youtz Parker Thompson
Dorothy McKelvey Prayer request Paul Sherriff
Dr. Lorna Varrell Peter Mumira Family
Earlene Felton Philippine Brethren
Ed Harris Relisha Rudd
Ed & Josephine Yatsko Richard Davis
Eliezer Robert Wirl
Frystown Assembly Shalom Congregation
Gail & Willis Brumfield Stanley Kirui Family
Gary Brewer Tiana Klien
Gary & Linda Brower Tom Mitchell
Gennett Trinidad Brethren
Greg Davis prayer request Vivian & Terry Turner
Bro. Herbert Davis Vira’s Eleanor, Jordon, Kayden, Kylen
Joanne Session Virginia Johnson & Family & Friends
John & Carrie Hoover Yahboni Yakarim Family