Community

California, 1971. The Jesus Movement was in full swing. There was an excitement there such as Gene had never seen in all of his religious childhood. It was easy to get involved — praising the Lord, witnessing on the streets, and passing out Jesus tracts to the endless stream of hitchhikers...
Have you ever watched a beehive? It is fascinating seeing thousands of little bees working together to produce honey. As you come near the hive, you can hear an exciting buzz as they go about the many tasks necessary to keep the hive alive. The workers are responsible to collect nectar and guard...
It is crucial to pay attention to the way of the apostles, the men who were closest to history’s greatest event: the life, death, and resurrection of Yahshua, the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
After the first century, right doctrine became the “litmus test” for faith instead of loving as Yahshua commanded.1 Late in the first century, Jude urged the believers to contend for the faith delivered once for all to the saints. This word translated as faith means the persuasion to do what the...
“Come together!” was the cry that became a Movement in the ’60s. It was in the heart of a whole generation, fueled by a desire for a love we sensed was possible and a justice we knew the world needed. Woodstock in 1969 offered the hope that people could actually come together and love one another,...
Communes sprang up where everyone shared everything, and returned to the simple life. We tilled the soil and planted crops, scraping at the dirt and scratching out a living. We built simple houses and started families with varying degrees of propriety. The quiet life, the simple life, the life of...
COME! Join me for a brief but revealing journey into the world of communal living. There are many reasons why people live in community, and their motivations and intentions become evident with the type of community that results. The spectrum is wide — the kibbutzim in Israel, peace and love...
Wolves run in packs. Sheep live in flocks. Cattle thrive in herds. Bees and ants are almost without individual identity. Apart from their hives, swarms, and hills their life is meaningless or threatened, because in every way their individual life is one with their social life. What about man? Is...
Since the establishment of Christianity, the ones who were willing to do God’s will have sensed that something was wrong.
Like a well-tended garden, the early church in Jerusalem took in an abundance of the light of the Son and produced abundant fruit of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Attempts to live together in community have been wrought with challenge and fraught with difficulty for centuries. If it were easy, everybody would probably live communally, given man's social nature. There would be no need to figure out a better way. Today a whole movement of people live together...
The children of the ’60s were seeking an alternative way of living, far from the Judeo-Christian traditions in which they were raised. That deep desire in everyone’s heart to get back to a life that respects, not just the earth and its resources, but the people of the earth, is exactly what the...

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.