e-News 12/13/19

Our Newest Venture: Bite-size Videos

Because the trend is for quick information in this age of apps, we are producing shorter videos on key Biblical topics. One of those is already on our Website, titled, “How to Study the Bible for Beginners.” Watch for more in the weeks ahead. And please share them with family and friends. You can subscribe to our YouTube Channel here>>

 

Fourth Edition Bible Nearing Completion

Bro. Randy Dimmett has completed a proof copy of the next Restoration Study Bible. Once approved, the Bible will advance to the next step in preparation for the publisher. Bro. Ryan Mansager has been working on a cover design for the outreach paperback version, while the covers for the others have been chosen. This fourth edition will have several new features, including a real leather cover on one of the selections, but we still plan to keep all costs down to rock bottom. One assembly in Missouri recently asked for 800 Bibles for their ministry of distributing the RSB free in their area.

 

Restoration Times in Mail Soon

The November-December Restoration Times magazine is in the finishing stages and should be in the mail before the end of the month. The workload at YRM has caused us a delay, which we plan to rectify in future issues.

 

Memorial for Delwin Wilson

Long-time brother in the faith, Delwin Wilson, passed away Dec. 7. Delwin at times attended Sabbath services with us and he laid the carpet for the Recreation Center at YRM. He and the Wilson family have been active in the Sacred Name for four decades. YRM offered its facilities for a memorial service on Wednesday, which was attended by brethren in a few other Sacred Name groups.

 

Contributions Reminder

A reminder for those who want their tax-deductible donations to YRM to register this year, they will need to have them postmarked on or before Dec. 31. May Yahweh bless you for your diligent support.

 

Another BLAST FROM THE PAST (1999): “Welcome to the first issue of The News of Yahweh’s Restoration, a periodical of Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry. Our goal is to keep you informed about this new work as well as to provide solid, Biblical instruction that will help guide your walk in His Truth. We have some ambitious goals and our prayer is that you will help us fulfill them! We can be the people Almighty Yahweh is looking for.

“Precious little time remains before the return of Yahshua. The Bride of the Messiah must make herself ready, Revelation 19:7. Time for playing religion is over. Self-serving should have no place among Yahweh’s people. If you are as weary of these things as we are, then let us begin a completely new walk with Yahshua. Let each of us make real spiritual growth our foremost desire as we become molded into the pattern image of Yahshua.

“All of us must be very serious about our goal to be future priests in Yahshua’s Kingdom. Signs show that His appearing is very close now. It is time each of us takes a hard look at ourselves. Where are we weak spiritually? How can we improve? Are we living the life exemplified by the Messiah Yahshua, or does the world dominate our behavior and attitudes? Do we as Yahweh’s people really show the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23? Or when under stress do we revert to the carnal behavior of the unconverted man?

“Beyond the need for personal growth, we each must ask, how can I reach others with the truth of Yahweh’s Word? How can I best explain Yahweh to my family, friends, and casual acquaintances? To help you, we have begun a series of brochures called, Defending the Truth, which will provide solid, Scriptural answers when you are confronted by common arguments and don’t quite know how to respond. Our first in this series deals with the Sabbath. Simply ask for it.

“Our focus is to glorify Yahweh in all facets of our walk. We will not be afraid of the truth or meat of Yahweh’s Word. And neither will we neglect the growth of the individual. Spiritual maturity is where all the teachings of Scripture converge. That is what the Truth is ultimately all about and the reason Yahshua came. We need to change from our vile humanness into a creation Yahweh can use. Each of us must work hardest on the inner man.

“Are you the same person you were a year ago? Six months ago? A week ago? We hope your answer is no. We should all be transforming spiritually while growing into the image of Yahshua Himself. It will not happen all at once, but it should be happening each day.

Unless you are feeding the inner man while learning and exercising Biblical principles, you are missing the boat.  More than anyone, Yahweh’s people should exemplify the fruits of the Spirit. The ex-ample you lead in your life may be the only Bible some will ever read.

“Our desire is to present our publications and recorded tapes in a professional manner. You should not be ashamed to share these materials with relatives and friends. In fact, we highly encourage it. This is not a “me too” duplication of what other ministries and assemblies are already doing. Our desire is to give Yahweh’s people both food and understanding to grow with, and the right tools with which to share it all.

“You may be wondering why are we called Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry. What is being restored? The answer is in Isaiah 58:12, which is on our official seal: ‘And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.’ This ministry is preparing the way by bringing back the true precepts of Yahweh and teachings of Yahshua.”

 

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE

What is the Nomina Sacra?

  1. Manuscripts from a secret heretical sect in the fifth century
  2. Old Testament scrolls discovered near Mt. Sinai in Arabia
  3. Rabbinic rites condemned by the Messiah
  4. Word abbreviations found in the Greek New Testament

 

The term Nomina Sacra is Latin for “Sacred Names” and refers to abbreviations found in the early Greek New Testament manuscripts. As noted in the Restoration Study Bible, “[It] was a literary device used to abbreviate several words in early Greek NT manuscripts. Bruce Metzger’s book, Manuscripts of the Greek Bible, lists 15 examples of these abbreviations from Greek papyri: God, Lord, Jesus, Christ, Son, Spirit, David, cross, mother, father, Israel, Savior, man, Jerusalem, and heaven (examples appear as found in KJV). Except for “mother,” which is not found until the 4th century CE, all other Nomina Sacra have been found in Greek manuscripts from the first through third centuries CE. While scholars are still debating their purpose, some propose that this shortening of key words may have been used to replace the Tetragrammaton (see Ex. 3:15) with the common title Kurios (typically abbreviated “KS” with a line above), in Greek Christian manuscripts, as found within this passage. This offers a possible explanation as to why Yahweh’s Name is missing from the Greek NT. In fact, in those places where the Tetragrammaton should appear, the definite article is missing in front of the [Nomina Sacra]. This conclusion is supported also by German scholar David Trobisch’s work, The First Edition of The New Testament….” (note on Matt. 1:22). Answer: D.

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