Have you heard what’s going on?
There is a people being gathered together who are learning how to love. If that’s your heart, too, we can tell you of the One showing us how to love each other, how to raise our children, and even how to care for the earth. He is giving us wisdom from above. We know that because it is causing us to turn outward, not inward, to care about others and not worry about ourselves.
And He knows that deep inside every man or woman, there is a real heart that longs for the more profound things of life…friendship and forgiveness, truth and justice, diligence and devotion. These things resonate within a person, far beneath the superficial trappings of life which weigh down the soul and sap the spirit. We are thankful to be able to bear witness of a great restoration that is happening on the earth right now. Amidst the Hollywood fanfare and moral confusion, we are tapping into an ancient root.
There was once a man who walked the earth and spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven. Deemed crazy or dangerous by most, but to the ones with a heart like His, He was a friend, a prophet, a revolutionary, and a savior. What came out of His mouth was controversial, disturbing the comfortable lives of those who encountered Him. He told them to give up everything and follow Him. He was going somewhere.
Unlike other “great men of God” He wasn’t looking for multitudes of followers. He wanted disciples, those who would forsake everything else in life, all they had, to follow Him (Luke 14:31-33, Mark 10:17-31). Willingly, a few left behind their selfish lives and vain pursuits to follow after Him. Filled up with vision, their goal was to be like their teacher. They wanted to be nothing less than sons of God, peacemakers, pure in heart…able to bring about the restoration of all things. This is the ancient root we have tapped into; our access is the same as theirs, our Savior Yahshua the Messiah. Their goals are ours, their way of life, too (Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37). So we can say as they did:
LOVE IS OUR HOME
A Short History of the Yellow Deli
In the South, the first Yellow Deli was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was May of 1973. Serving healthy food in the midst of a “fried-chicken-culture,” the deli was an immediate success. We served luscious fruit salads, great sandwiches, fresh garden salads, and homemade desserts. Something about the warm, rustic atmosphere drew people like a magnet.
At the bottom of the hand-drawn menu was scribbled a sincere and provocative question, “We serve the fruit of the Spirit… Why not ask?” The term “fruit of the Spirit” comes from a Bible verse about love, and joy and peace, being the “fruit” which would be produced by the lives of those who knew God. Working together to serve the best food in the best atmosphere, with all of our hearts, seemed a normal response to what had happened in our hearts. We had received love and forgiveness, a new start in life, and wanted to offer that to others.
Amazingly, the “fruit of the Spirit” seemed to be produced naturally from the good tree of happy believers working together. It was served at our Deli with “no pressure,” only an experience, and if a person wanted to “ask,” they were certainly free to do it. Ahhhhh, what a relief, no pressure!
We wanted to have a place where people from all walks of life could come and touch a living demonstration of God’s love. They had the hope that in the darkness of the troubled society all around them, they could be like a beacon of light in the midst of a storm. It just made sense to us that a God, who is also called “LOVE,” would do that!
(All God is is Love…)
Now, nearly forty years later, we live in 12 different geographical areas, spread over several different countries on this globe.* We are now “Twelve Tribes”** and we have not departed from our original vision.
Wherever you met us, we hope you enjoy a glimpse of the vision that has caused us to be together. In the beginning we loved God with all our heart. Then, because we did love Him, our community started. We just started loving those who came in. They started attaching themselves to us. They didn’t want to leave, because we loved one another. They wanted to live together with all those who were together. They didn’t want to go home. Now love is our home, and we want to share it with others who also want to love God with all their heart, and to love one another.
God makes a home for the lonely.
You are always welcome here.
P.S. For a complete list of our Yellow Delis, in case you have anything to ask, go to this link: http://www.yellowdeli.com/
For a complete list of all our delis and restaurants worldwide, go here: http://www.twelvetribes.org/locations/cafes-stores.
Maybe we’re closer than you realized.
*For a complete list of addresses see http://www.twelvetribes.org/locations/
**That is what the apostle Paul called the first church. He spoke of them in Acts 26:6-7, distinguishing “our twelve tribes” from the Jews who persecuted them. They were hoping to attain for them – fulfilling the promises made to Abraham – what they could not do for themselves. That is still our hope.
First distributed as Newsletter 6 on June 27, 2012.