House of People and Caring Churches is a strong center of spiritual living for the Christians who attend weekly Bible studies, worship services, and prayer meetings. Missionary activity remains a strong facet of the outreach work conducted by Home of People and Caring Churches. The church recently sent three members on a missionary trip to China. In preparation for the trip, they spent time in serious reflection, in order to be perfectly clear on why they were going on their mission, where they planned to work, and with whom. In India, the missionaries from Home of People and Caring Churches met and collaborated with native preachers and Bible students to preach and pray in the streets of Hong Kong and the South China city of Beijeing. The missionaries strove to follow the example of the apostles in the Scriptures and made a practice of prayer and fasting. They met their contacts, both planned and unplanned, and felt in the end that the trip had been fruitful. Returning to Austin, Texas, the missionaries told others about their experience, hoping to share the knowledge they had gained. In order to promote the goal of its missionary work further, Home of People and Caring Churches has a Bible Seminary, where men and women can study the Scriptures and learn how to preach and explain them. At the school, both faculty and students strive to live spiritual virtues and avoid worldly preoccupations. Students at House of People Bible Seminary express gratitude for the instruction they receive and the opportunity to serve others.
In the Old Testament the Feast of Trumpets was observed on the first day of the seventh month, which after the Babylonian exile was called “the first of Tishri.” The original practice of identifying the months by their numerical order was eventually abandoned in favor of the Babylonian names of the month. Thus “the first day of the seventh month” became known as “the first day of Tishri.” Since Tishri was the first month in the Babylonian calendar, the Jews called the first day of Tishri Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning “Head of the Year.” The Jews still observe Rosh Hashanah as their New Year which marks the beginning of what is alternatively called the “Ten Days of Repentance,” or the “Days of Awe.” These are the ten days of introspection and preparation for the Day of Atonment (Yom Kippur), which falls on the tenth day of the seventh month.
The Feast of the Trumpets shares with the Day of Atonment two fundamental differences from the other festivals. First, both feasts were not connected with any special historical or national event. They were seen as universal and most personal celebrations. A time for the individual to stand before the judgment seat of God, seeking for forgiveness and cleansing. Second, both feasts were observed, not like the other festivals in a spirit of exalted joyfulness, but in a spirit of intense moral and spiritual introspection, as befits a plaintiff coming before the Supreme Judge and Ruler of the universe, appealing for his life.
The Name of the Feast. The Feast of Trumpets became the second most solemn day of the Jewish religious calendar, being surpassed in importance only by the Day of Atonment (Yom Kippur). The solemnity of the feast is hardly evident to a casual reader of the pertinent Biblical texts where the feast is simply designated as “a remembrance blast” (Lev 23:24) and “a day of blowing” (Num 29:1).
The first reference to the Feast of the Trumpets is found in Leviticus 23:24: “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest [shabbaton], a memorial proclamation with a blast of trumpets (ziccaron teruah), a holy convocation.” The Hebrew phrase ziccaron teruah, can be literally translated as “a remembrance blast.”
The second major reference is found in Numbers 29:1: “On the first day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It is a day for you to blow the trumpets (yom teruah).” The Hebrew phrase yom teruah literally means “a day of blowing.” The crucial word in both references is teruah, a series of staccato sounds on a wind instrument.
These two passages offer little indications of the importance of the feast. The term shabbaton “a day of solemn rest” is mentioned in the Bible in conjunction with the Sabbath (Ex 16:23), the Day of Atonment (Lev 16:3), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23:39). Thus the term is commonly used for other festivals as well. Similarly there was nothing unusual about the sacrifices prescribed for the first day of the seventh month, inasmuch similar rites were conducted on the other festivals as well.
The description of the feast as a “day of blowing” is not impressive because the shofar was blown at the beginning of each month (Num 10:10). Moreover the phrase “day of blowing” is not the actual title of the feast, but only a distinguishing characteristic of the day. While the other appointed feasts are given a name (the Sabbath, the Passover, the Day of Atonment) this feast has no title. It is simply “Yom Teruah–the Day of Blowing.” Since the blowing of the trumpets became the distinguishing characteristic of the day, it became known as the Feasts of the Trumpets: the feast that called people to prepare to stand before the judgment of God. The texts give no specific reason for observing the Feast of the Trumpet. This is surprising because the Bible usually gives the reason for the observance of the feasts. Apparently the reason was self-evident. In his book The Jewish Festivals, Rabbi S. M. Lehrman notes that “The Bible which usually gives the reason for every observance, does not do so in the case of Rosh Hashanah [New year or Feast of Trumpets], deeming the spiritual well-being of each individual too obvious to require comment. To subsequent teachers we owe the picture of a Day of Judgment on which all mortals pass before the Heavenly Throne to give an account of their deeds and to receive the promise of mercy.”1
The blowing of the trumpets was understood to be a call to repent and prepare oneself to stand trial before God who would execute His judgment ten days later on the Day of Atonment. The importance of the feast is indicated by the fact that the Jews anticipated its arrival on the first day of each month (new moon) through short blasts of the shophar (Num 10:10; Ps 81:3). These short blasts were an anticipation of the long alarm blasts to be sounded on the new moon of the seventh month.
We also wanted to thank www.corinthiantransportation.com for the help with the last event. They helped us out with vans and even some shuttles to get everyone to the church and on time. They have done a great job and would recommend them to others. Their drivers were on time and did everything well, I had issues with a driver before so we switch companies. The kids were loving this vehicle they called the turtle top, it had a shell like a turtle. Inside it was full of leather and and had a killer sound system. The kids got to make a quick trip to the playground first, get some energy out and then went to the event. The drivers did all that and went the extra mile. If you ever need transportation, make sure you contact Corinthian, they are great. They are the good Corinthians hah.
If you have any transportation companies in Florida, for our Florida event, please contact us and let us know. I want to have a company over there that does a good job.
We had a fun lunch meeting with our Caring Churches group, we a lot of people out. There was a variety of lunch options, we had some BBQ wings and it was great. Just fun people hanging out. Thanks to Jenn and Gary for setting up the whole thing. We even allowed dogs, although we had an issue with fleas, but figured it out. Although the dogs could care less, they were loving the sprinklers and dog treats everywhere. I think we will have another outing in September of this year, so we will keep you all posted on the next event.
For the leader. A psalm of David,2when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone in to Bathsheba.a
A little reading.
Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love;
in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.
Thoroughly wash away my guilt;
and from my sin cleanse me.
For I know my transgressions;
my sin is always before me.b
Against you, you alone have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your eyes
So that you are just in your word,
and without reproach in your judgment.c
Behold, I was born in guilt,
in sin my mother conceived me.*d