Now

Brandon Melanson has some deep thoughts on his blog, Esse Realis. Here’s one worthy of thought as we approach the end of another frenetic week.

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What we have is now,

not the yesterdays or tomorrows.

The moving presence of now,

is in our breath and senses.

We cannot pause the moment,

but it will be captured.

What we do now,

shapes our tomorrow and paints our past.

Now is what we have,

and how, we our mindful of it.

We can live in the now,

because that is all we have.

Now we can live,

in the now that we have!

~Brandon J Melanson

©2018 Brandon J Melanson

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From Feast Days to Everyday

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, February 26:
What are the practical applications of living a Torah observant life? This question is harder than it seems. Consider what Yeshua said to the religious leaders of his day:
For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others (Matthew 23:23 NASB)
Those “weightier matters” of justice, mercy, and faithfulness are what centuries of sincere Christians have tried to live out, with varying degrees of success and failure. Yet now we have a Torah Awakening that is opening our eyes to the other part of Yeshua’s instruction: “these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.”
It’s those “other things” that are so puzzling. It may start with conscious efforts to observe Shabbat (Sabbath) and the Feasts of the Lord, but how does this Torah-honoring lifestyle work for people who are not used to it?
Mike and CJ Cannon don’t have all the answers, but they are asking the questions and doing their best to share what they have learned. These founders of Cannon Keepsakes have built a business on Torah principles. Not only that, they are active in connecting with other Torah-observant families and business owners in the interest of helping one another find the right way forward.
Mike Cannon joins us on this edition of The Remnant Road to tell us their story. How did they start on this path? What adjustments have they made? What are the pitfalls they have encountered? And what joys and blessings have surprised them along the way?
This is one of those practical discussions that you will want to hear!
 

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn, Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Young is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


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Sounds of Silence

Worth a contemplative look. With thanks to my friend Akpene Torku!


Sounds of Silence

Originally posted on And the Adventure Continues

Just putting this out there. I really enjoyed it…

And before you get your pants in a wad, I love it for the fact that it encourages us to take a break, not to eschew technology for ever. So calm yourselves, children.

via Sounds of Silence

Singing All The Way Home

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, February 19:

What is a “song of ascents”? It’s a joyful song ancient Hebrews sang when they were going up to the mountain of the Lord – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Here’s an example:

A Song of Ascents, of David.

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together;
To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there thrones were set for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
“May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,

I will seek your good. (Psalm 122 NASB)

Songs of ascent are not just an ancient Israeli thing. Hebrews still make songs of ascent today, expressing in music their love for their Creator and desire to be in His presence in Israel, the Covenant Land He promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and where He placed His Name.

Want an example? Listen to the latest song by Will Spires, which he calls by the simple name, “Home.”

Will returns to The Remnant Road to share the story of “Home,” and to tell us about All That Remains, Vol. 1, the album he just released on CDBaby.com. What goes into his music? And what else is he doing in ministry for the Kingdom of our Messiah? Quite a lot! Join us and hear from the heart of a brother gifted not only with amazing talents, but with a desire to use them all for the glory of our God.

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn, Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Young is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2018.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

How do I mourn?

We have special show on Hebrew Nation Radio this coming Monday, February 12:

Death is certain. How do we approach it?
It is inevitable that we must say farewell to loved ones. Every culture has ways of doing so with honor, respect, and dignity. In Christian traditions in the West, this is most visible in military funerals – honoring not only warriors who have laid down their lives, but the ones they have left behind.
Jewish tradition also deals with loss in deeply moving, respectful, and honorable ways rooted not only in centuries of tradition, but ultimately in the Torah. This brings up an important question: what is there in Jewish practice that could help the Body of Messiah process the loss of loved ones?
This is a question Theresa Bates can help us answer. She has learned much about how to help others in making end of life decisions, and taking care of people when they die. This is the purpose of her ministry, Peaceful Passages. She joins us on The Remnant Road to address a very important subject most of us, quite honestly, are not ready to consider. Theresa will help us with counsel on questions it probably has not even occurred to us to ask. Come along with us on this journey. You will be glad you did.

About the pictures: The cover image for this show is a collage of pictures depicting honors and mourning in memory of the dead. At top left is a relative mourning at the funeral procession of Yoav Hattab, one of four Jewish victims in the Paris Kosher market terror attack of January 13, 2015 (photo: Ben Kelmer/Flash90, via The Times of Israel). In the center are the gravestones of J.A.Z. Susskind and A.F. Tillyer, two British soldiers killed in Europe near the end of World War II and interred at the Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery, The Netherlands. At top right is a photo of young Christian Golczynski receiving the flag that had draped the coffin of his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marcus Golczynski, who died in Iraq in 2007 (photo: Aaron Thompson/Daily News Journal).
The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn, Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Young is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.

© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2018.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

War Against the Covenant

Our February 5 show on Hebrew Nation Radio turned out much differently than we had planned! Here’s what happened:

This show explores the most significant promise God has made. The promise refers, of course, to Israel. It most certainly applies to the entire nation – both the Jewish House of Judah, and the non-Jewish House of Israel/Ephraim. Here is what Jeremiah writes about it –  

I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul. For thus says the Lord, Just as I brought all this great disaster on this people, so I am going to bring on them all the good that I am promising them. (Jeremiah 32:40-42 NASB)

Today we examine the application of this promise to the Jewish people. Our inspiration for this conversation is the senseless murder of Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal as he stood at a bus stop in Ariel, Israel. Why is the death of one Jewish man in what the world calls the West Bank important? Because it is the latest in a age-old war against the God of Israel and the Covenant He established with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants.

It is not difficult to see the connection of such events as the 1884 judicial persecution of French army officer Alfred Dreyfus, the 1939 British White Paper severely limiting Jewish immigration to the Holy Land, and in that same year the ordeal of the SS St. Louis, whose Jewish refugee passengers were turned away by Cuba, the US, and Canada. These were all precursors to the Shoah (Holocaust), remembered today in such moving memorials as the Pinkas Synagogue of Prague, the walls of which are inscribed with the names of 80,000 Czech Jews who perished in the Nazi final solution to the “Jewish Problem.”

This war against the Covenant has raged since the days of Abraham, but we know how it will end. Restoring the entire nation of Israel and returning them to the Promised Land is the one thing God has promised to do with all His heart and soul. In other words, our Creator has tied His Name and His sovereignty to this Covenant promise. The stakes, therefore, could not be any higher.

To hear the podcast of this show, please click on this link:

https://hebrewnationonline.com/hebrew-nation-morning-show-the-remnant-road-2-5-18/

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn, Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Young is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.

© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2018.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Light in a Dark Place: A Review of The Scroll, by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh

It is surprising to consider how pervasive the legacy of Rome is on the global culture. Even those nations which never felt Rome’s touch directly still labor under the political, economic, and social order that the Empire bequeathed to its European children. Tales of the Roman era still find a familiar place in our consciousness. Whether one is looking for the real King Arthur in the detritus of post-Roman Britain, reveling in the semi-mythical exploits of Maximus after the death of Marcus Aurelius, or absorbing the accounts of Christian martyrs in the days of Nero, the grandeur of Rome captivates the imagination. That grandeur certainly includes the glory of the Caesars, the logic of Roman law, the enduring architectural monuments, and the lingering vestiges of Latin, but too often it obscures something else: Rome, the insatiable beast.

Whatever good Rome’s empire accomplished in the half millennium of its existence is forever smirched by the wake of broken civilizations, conquered peoples, and extinct cultures ground into the dust under its boot heels. This is no less true of Britain’s Celts as it is of Judea’s Jews – and of scores of other peoples forever altered by Roman domination.

The story of the Jews should be well known both to Jews and Christians, at least up to a point. Christians will be familiar with the accounts of Yeshua (Jesus) and the apostles from the New Testament; Jews will know the accounts of the Great Jewish War that brought the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple, and the epic tragedy of Masada. Thus the first century of this current era is at least generally understood through these two distinct, yet complementary, lenses. What each will find unfamiliar is what happened next: that unexplored dark time between the fall of Masada in 73 CE, and the final destruction of Judea in 135 CE at the end of the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

Miriam Feinberg Vamosh provides invaluable assistance in shedding light on that dark era through her riveting novel, The Scroll. She weaves her story around a genuine archaeological find from the period: a get, or divorce decree, issued to a woman named Miriam at Masada at the time the last of the Jewish defenders eld the fortress against Rome’s legions. Although nothing more is known of the historical Miriam named in the scroll, Vamosh draws on her own extensive knowledge of the period to create a multi-generational saga that is not only entertaining and educational, but entirely believable.

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Becoming the Bride

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio on Monday, February 5:
The relationship of the bride and bridegroom is a prevalent theme in Scripture about the relationship of our Creator with His Covenant people, Israel. This passage from Isaiah is just one of many that present this theme:
Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted. But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me. Your builders hurry; your destroyers and devastators will depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all of them gather together, they come to you. As I live,” declares the Lord, “You will surely put on all of them as jewels and bind them on as a bride.” (Isaiah 49:13-18 NASB)
Note that this particular passage presents the bride in the context of YHVH’s promised restoration of all Israel – another persistent theme throughout Scripture.
These two themes are our subject in this show. Our guest is Kelly Ferrari-Mills of Doorkeeper Ministries. She joins us in our second hour, sharing some very special moments in her life that have a direct application to Israel’s restoration. This is a deeply moving conversation, featuring Kelly’s account of her wedding to her husband John, her ministry to elderly saints, and more. Come along with us once again for another unique perspective of The Remnant Road!

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn, Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Young is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2018.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Published at last! – Ten Parts in the King

After months of preparation, we are glad to say that Ten Parts in the King is now available!

Key of David Publishing began filling orders yesterday (January 25), so if you have already ordered a copy, you should be receiving it in a few days. If you haven’t yet placed an order, just click on this button:And why should you order a copy of Ten Parts in the King? That’s a question we did our best to answer at our book launch on January 21. It was an intimate event with a small gathering of friends and family at M. Judson Booksellers in Greenville, South Carolina. We had hoped to live stream the book launch on Facebook, but that proved a technological challenge beyond our ability to conquer. We did record it, though, and hopefully in the next few days will be able to post the video.

David Altman of Key of David Publishing facilitated the book launch.

David Altman, representing our publisher, presided over the event, and both of us had opportunity to share some thoughts. The story of the book’s origins is something we explain in more detail elsewhere (such as in our radio interview on Reunion Roadmap). What we shared at the book launch focused more on our hopes for Ten Parts in the King: that it might reach our brothers and sisters in traditional Christian churches who may not yet understand exactly what the covenant nation of Israel is, and their relation to it. Our remarks included a challenge to our audience to place the book in the hands of their pastors, teacher, friends, and family. We believe Ten Parts in the King is a revolutionary tool for awakening our brethren to a very important part of their identity that they may never have considered before. Moreover, we believe it is something that will help explain why Christianity and Judaism continue to exist side by side – in fact, as the Two Witnesses to God’s redemptive plan for all nations.

Authors Pete Rambo and Al McCarn field questions from the audience.

It always helps to speak before a receptive audience, and that was the case at M. Judson Booksellers last Sunday. The size of the crowd was not so important to us as the purpose of the event: not only to celebrate the launch of our book, but to offer prayers of dedication that it might be used in the hands of the Almighty in His work of restoring His Kingdom. Our good friends Tommy and Dorothy Wilson offered those prayers, after which they led us in singing the Shema (Hear O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One! Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom, forever and ever!)

That part of the program caught the attention of a Jewish lady from Charleston who happened to be visiting Greenville that day. It puzzled her to encounter people who said the Shema, wore tzittzits, and seemed to be Jewish, but identified as followers of Messiah Yeshua. We had a pleasant conversation with her, and she parted with a signed copy of the book.

Tommy and Dorothy Wilson lead prayers of dedication for Ten Parts in the King.

What happens next is largely up to our readers! We have ideas for future projects, including expanding our website and taking Ten Parts in the King on the road for speaking and teaching events as opportunities arise. If you are interested in having one or both of us come to your fellowship, church, synagogue, or other group, just email at editor@tenpartsintheking.com.

Of course, we are not the first to present such a message, nor will we be the last. Key of David Publishing has been a voice for this same message for a generation, and still offers a number of relevant works by Batya and Angus Wootten, Ephraim Frank, and others that amplify this message from a number of perspectives. Ten Parts in the King is the first of a new generation of publications that will carry that message forward in days to come. Plans for these new works are in progress, so watch for updates!

The authors with their book.

The fun job of autographing books!

 

 

 

 

Source: Published at last! – Ten Parts in the King


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A Burdensome Stone

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio on Monday, January 29: 

It seems that Zechariah’s prophesy about Israel’s capital city becoming a source of trouble for the entire world is coming to pass. He writes –

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:2-3 KJV)

The description of Jerusalem as “a burdensome stone for all people” fits the turmoil surrounding President Trump’s recent proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Condemnation of his statement has come from around the world, starting with the United Nations. Not surprisingly, the loudest protest has come from President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. Others, such as Turkey’s President Erdogan, Russia’s President Putin, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, seem to view the American proclamation as an opportunity to advance their own interests. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to build relationships through personal diplomacy, as we have seen in his recent state visit to India.

What does all this mean? Is it really as important as some prophecy watchers say? To answer those questions, we welcome Phil Haney back to The Remnant Road. Those who have read his book, See Something, Say Nothing, know that Phil is well versed in Islamic culture and the expression of Jihad in international politics. He is also a Bible scholar who sees the centrality of God’s covenant with Israel, and how the conflict over that covenant has played out through human history. With that background, he is an ideal guest to help us understand what is really important about today’s headlines.

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn, Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Young is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


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