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Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries Newsletter

Issue No. 21                                               India                                                        March 2007


Pesach/Unleavened Bread Festival 2007

The commanded festival of Lev. 23:5-8 is soon to arrive.  The new moon this month is due to be seen the end of March 20 at sunset thus making March 21 the first day of the Scriptural year.  The Pesach/Unleavened Bread festival will then be celebrated fourteen days later on April 3-10 starting at the end of April 2.The high days of the feast will be April 4 and 10, no buying and selling should be done on these days.  Below is a list of the people within the AOYM keeping a full eight-day feast and providing food and accommodations for people from out of town. 

  • Hyderabad, A.P., Medipally prayer Hall – contact Pas. Y. Sunith Premanand, 98866485304

  • Visakhapatnam, A.P., Zion School in Pithapuram colony, contact Br. G. Raja Prasad, 0891-2575569 or 9848112403

  • Gumparru, W.G. dt., A.P., A.Y. English Medium School, contact Br. P. John Keats 08814-252478, 9849154629.  No coffee or tea will be served at this feast site, but for those desiring such there are shops nearby that will provide, or you can bring your own.

  • Gopalapuram, E.G. dt., br. M. Madhu Babu’s house, 08855-241646, 9989579096

  • Reddy Polavaram, W.G. dt., Prayer chapel of br. MPS Raju, 08811-251274

Note:  The above festival dates are determined by starting the year with the first visible crescent moon from Ysrael on or after the day of the vernal equinox.  For a full discussion of the Biblical calendar see website: and look at the article by Herb Solinsky in the Articles page.

AOYM board meeting, March 25, 2007

There will be a board meeting on March 25 at the Zion School premises in Visakhapatnam, all AOYM members are invited to attend, travel expenses will be provided for the members.  The meeting will start promptly at 10am.  We will add new members, fellowship and discuss various issues such as, is circumcision necessary today?  Those not members of the board are still welcome to attend at their own expenses.

Hebron School and Hostel

The church of God Seventh-day has been operating a  school and hostel for 40 years in the town of Palakollu, W.G. dt. A.P., S. India.  Next school year of 2007-8 they will be offering free schooling and hostel accommodations to any orphan or half orphan.  They will accept children from classes one through ten.  The language of instruction will be English Medium.  For children that have previously been schooled only in Telugu they will have both Telugu and English instruction.  Classes for the next year will start on June 15, 2007.  No caste or religion is barred.  For more info. Contact: 08814-223250

Is belief enough for salvation?

Yahshua Mashiach once told a man, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes” Mk.9:23.  A person rarely will obtain that which they believe it is impossible for them to get or do.  Belief in the possibility of something must precede its fulfillment.  Without positive thinking a person will be limited in what he can accomplish in this world.  We serve an Almighty Deity who loves to do good to His created beings.  If we will believe in His power and goodness to us, He will give us the desires of our heart, Ps. 37:4.  He has told us to “open wide your mouth, and I will fill it” Ps.81:10.

When the man Abram was above seventy-five years, YHWH appeared to him and told Abram that he would have a son and that his descendants would be as the stars of heaven, and Abram believed Yahweh, “and He counted it to him for righteousness.”Gen. 15:6  Disbelief would have shown distrust of Yahweh to keep His Word.  Disbelief is suggesting that YHWH might be lieing.  There cannot be unity between two individuals if they do not have faith and trust in each other.

Yahshua said, “Truly, truly, I say unto you, he that hears My word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but has passed from death unto life.” John 5:24.  If an individual can simply open his mind and accept Yahweh as the Righteous, Just, Creator and Sustainer of all, at that moment he has found acceptance with the Almighty.  Belief in Yahweh as the true Elohim is the prerequisite for obtaining eternal life.  Some people have complicated views as to how to obtain salvation but it is really as simple as belief or trust in our Almighty Creator.  This is the starting point.

Now the Apostle Yacob(James) said, ”You believe that there is one Eloah;  thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.”  So we see that a mere mental, intellectual recognition of Yahweh as Elohim is not enough to please Yahweh.  The Apostle Yacob continues, “But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Yitzchak his son upon the altar? 22See you ho

faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  23And the scripture was fulfilled which says,  Abraham believed Elohim, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of Elohim.” So true faith, or belief, goes beyond mental activity to physical activity.  When YHWH asked Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice, his belief and trust was tested, but Abraham took the appropriate action of obedience as an outward expression of his inward belief.  Yahweh provided a substitute so that his son Yitzchak did not have to die that day, likewise YHWH has provided a substitute for us today, so that mankind does not have to die an eternal death;  but yet Abraham was willing to do whatever YHWH required.  Abraham was willing to give up his own son to obey YHWH’s command, so YHWH was willing to give up His only Son to fulfill the claims of His Law upon man; for Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” Jn. 3:16.  As Abraham was tested in his love to Yahweh, so Yahweh was tested in His love for mankind.  Our faith and love for Yahweh will also be tested.

Yahshua said, “this is the work of Elohim, that you believe on Him whom He has sent” Jn. 6:29.  Can we open our minds today and believe on the One who was sent to die for mankind’s transgressions of Yahweh laws?  The prophet Isaiah said, “We all like sheep have gone astray;  … and Yahweh has laid on Him the iniquity of us all...” Isa. 53.  If we can do this work of belief, we have passed the test, and there is a great reward awaiting us.  Yahshua said, “You believe in Elohim believe also in Me, in My Fathers house are many mansions:…  I go to prepare a place for you:…

So true belief is enough for salvation, if it is a belief that truly accepts Yahweh and His Son Yahshua for who They are and leads one to obey that which They have commanded.  The only way to know whether ones belief is genuine or not, is whether they are careful to obey all they know of Yahweh’s revealed will.  Moshe said, “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh does man live.” Dt. 8:3  Yahweh has promised to write His law on our heart and mind if we will simply allow Him.  He has promised, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts;.. and I will remember their sin no more”Jer.31:33,34.  This promise is for us today if we will accept it…. “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes”.

Yahweh has given many promises of great reward if we will pass the test of belief and walk in obedience to him.  The apostle John said, “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev. 22:14KJV  If we really believe that Yahweh will give eternal life and a beautiful mansion to the obedient;  then we will make any adjustment or sacrifice necessary in our lives to see that His commandments are strictly obeyed.  If we will make a covenant of sacrifice to serve Yahweh first in all things, then we have a true saving belief that will receive of all the power and goodness of Yahweh El Shaddai, Ps. 50:5.

Premarital sex and its effect upon students

In a study reported in the magazine the Philadelphia Trumpet(Church of God, Edmond, Oklahoma, USA), March 2007, it stated that at least 80% of unmarried American college students are sexually active.  What has been the result upon their physical, mental, social and scholastic health?

Sexually active college students have lower grade-point averages and seek counseling more often than non-sexually active students.  Twenty-five percent of sexually active teens contract a sexual disease.  Sexually active teenage girls are over three times more likely to feel depressed and about three times more likely to attempt suicide.  Teenage boys are eight times more likely to attempt suicide if they are sexually active.  Sexually active high school(9th-12th class) students are 50 percent more likely to drop out of school and 60 percent more likely to be expelled because of bad behavior.  A sexually active high school student is also only half as likely to graduate from college.

The apostle Paul counseled, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” ICor. 6:18

Contact Information for Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries:                                                 

G. Raja Prasad                                      bro. Mattithyah:              

9-9-43 Mangapuram Colony                 9949786028

Vishakapatnam, A.P. 530017                  email:

0891-2575569 or 9848112403

“Delight yourself also in Yahweh; and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way unto Yahweh; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Ps. 37:4,5

Disclaimer:  The Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries Newsletter is a free publication sent to English speakers in and outside of India, parts of this newsletter are translated into Telugu and sent out in a Telugu version.  The AOYM is made up of various people that believe in keeping the laws of Yahweh, and believe in His Son Yahshua as the Mashiach.  The Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries based in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India is not connected with the Assemblies of Yahweh based in Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA.