Wedding in Alaska
Our oldest daughter’s wedding, Alaska

Tentstake Ministries is a website created by the Almanrode family in the panhandle of western Nebraska.  For more than 30 years, we have been walking in  the Biblical-Hebrew Jewish roots of the Christian faith.    During a  Lamb concert with Joel Chernoff and Rick “Levi” Coghill in  1991 at Roeh Israel in Denver, Colorado, we were  challenged with the question by a Messianic Jew:  “What is  it like to be grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel?” Our journey began.

The LORD told Jeremiah: “See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:9).  We took a good look into the Bible and found that many of the traditions and beliefs we did were not true to the Word of God.  

We had to uproot and tear down beliefs and doctrines that church fathers and the catholic church had brought into our faith walk.  We had to destroy and overthrow many man-made traditions that we thought were of God, but nullified the very commands of God.  Very little we had been doing and believing had foundation in the Scriptures. We realized that we had been drinking from cisterns that could not hold water and we were very thirsty. We were exactly like the people who came from the nations saying, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, futility and things of no profit”(Jeremiah 16:19).

God also told Jeremiah to build and plant.  This became the exciting part of our Journey with Jeremiah.  Once we grafted into the Olive Tree (Romans 11), we became attached to the root of our faith.  Living water began to fill us and bring us new understanding to Scriptures we had never even seen before.  Our leaves stopped withering and we prospered spiritually.   We began to understand the what it meant to have citizenship in Isra’el and building on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets. We began to understand that our responsibility as Messianic gentiles was to take the message of salvation to the Jewish people.  Fulfilling that calling would bring life from the dead –– spiritually and one day, literally.

As members of God’s household, we are given ways of serving and worshiping God that were extraordinary – His very own Feast days.  With every Feast of the LORD (Leviticus 23), our eyes were opened to the reality of Yeshua in a prophetic way.   Each celebration had unique foods and activities, that made Yeshua more personal to us.   We could touch him, see him, hear him, taste him, and smell him.  Our children flourished like palm trees in this environment.  We did too.

Our oldest son’s wedding, Colorado

The dividing wall of partition was removed.  The words written in both Testaments were important for the full gospel message. Without the Old Testament (Torah, Prophets and Writings), the Christian loses their roots.   Without the New Testament, the Jew never knows Yeshua.  The dividing wall was literally a page that had the words ‘New Testament.’ We tore that page out of our Bibles and never looked back.

We home educated all four of our children using the Shema found in Deuteronomy 6:4-10 as our foundation and the name of our school.    Whether we were walking, sitting or resting, we found that teaching our children in the ways of Adonai were foundational to their spiritual training and growth.   Their training in righteousness has produced fruit in ways we could never have imagined.  As each of our children grows into adulthood, they face the realities and challenges of the world.  Along with the persecutions and battles that come with being believers, they are questioned about the expression of their faith. Some find it refreshing, their wisdom inspiring; while others mock and judge.  As promised in Proverbs 22:6, they have not departed from the ways of God. They each have their struggles, but they come out stronger and more sure of their own personal faith.

Our Young Family

We have designed this website to encourage those who want to walk in the footsteps of Yeshua of Nazareth.  It’s difficult to tear down and uproot things that we hold dear in our hearts, but it is our desire to encourage you to plant and build and drink living water that brings nourishment to the wild olive branch.

We hope you find the teachings encouraging and enlightening.  We hope you look at the photos of our family’s celebrations of the Feasts of the LORD and become inspired to create your own traditions that glorify Yeshua, the ‘reality’ in the festivals.  We hope you learn to dance –– to praise and worship the God of our salvation with your feet!  But, most of all, we hope that you grow more and more in your love for Yeshua so that you can be confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until you are completely transformed into his image.