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How to Enter the Gate of the Lord

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, May 21:

Here’s an uplifting excerpt from the Psalms:

Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
The righteous will enter through it.
I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation. (Psalm 118:19-21)

We all want to enter His gates, but have we thought about the proper way to do it? There is a protocol; even Yeshua talked about it (see Matthew 22:1-14). Maybe we should take a closer look at the scripture and find out more.

It just so happens that our guest this week is making this subject a priority this summer. Greg Crawford of Covenant Ranch Ministries in Snyder, Texas, joins us to talk about Rak Chazak Amats (Strong and Courageous), a conference happening this summer which is all about worship of the Almighty. The theme is “Protocol of the Tabernacle” – something Mike Clayton knows a little about. In fact, Mike, along with Barry Phillips, Rico Cortes, and Cole Davis are the featured teachers!

Join us as Greg explains the story of Rak Chazak Amats, and shares something about the Kingdom work happening in the Wild West!

To learn more about Rak Chazak Amats and register for the conference, visit the website at:

http://rakchazakamats.com/

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.
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Going Up to Zion

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, May 14:

Where is the New Covenant written? In Jeremiah 31! There are many surprising things in that New Covenant chapter, such as this promise:

For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. . . Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. (Jeremiah 31:6-7, 10 KJV)

In reading this, one might get the impression that “New Covenant Believers” are people who look for Israel’s complete restoration.

Actually, that’s the truth! Jews have looked for the restoration of Israel for centuries, and the world has been amazed in the last 70 years to see that promise come into focus through the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Christians have looked for the restoration as well, but it is only in recent years that many have come to understand that they also are part of this covenant nation whom the Lord is regathering to become one people once again under Messiah Son of David.

So what happens when a group of people get so excited about this message that they form a congregation to proclaim this gospel of the Kingdom? That’s why we have asked Craig and Jan O’Dell to join us! In 2006, they joined with several others to establish Gates to Zion Ministries (http://gatestozion.net/), a Hebraic Roots fellowship meeting in West Columbia, South Carolina.

The O’Dells have much to share with us about the joys and challenges of serving a congregation focused on Israel’s Messiah and the restoration of His kingdom. One of those joys is going to Israel to meet and interact with the people and pray through the Land. Having just returned from such a trip, they bring a good report that you will be blessed 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.


© 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.

A Godly Balancing Act

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, April 30:

There’s some great advice to fathers in the Bible. Here’s a sample:

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 NASB)

When Paul wrote that, he was probably thinking about this advice that Moses wrote many centuries earlier:

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NASB)

Both of these passages tell us about the two greatest commandments: Love God, and Love People. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that those two commandments intersect in the roles of parents. But how exactly are fathers and mothers to live out these commandments and teach their children to do the same?

Andy Timan has some experience in this complex endeavor. As a husband, father, congregational leader and business owner, he has a full plate – or maybe several full plates to balance carefully! How does a person balance it all and maintain their own walk before our Heavenly Father? What are the challenges of a business owner who is trying to pursue Torah? Andy joins us from the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to help us sort it all out!

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.

Why It’s Good to be United in Worship

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, April 23:

Remember that part in the Bible that tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? It’s in Psalm 122 – a psalm that starts like this:

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122:1)

Are we really glad about worship? The people of God should be. After all, we’re created to worship Him! That means whatever differences we have, whether in personality, opinions, culture, nationality, or anything else, we should be able to agree on and unite in worship of our Creator.

“United in Worship” is a good name for a conference. It’s so good, in fact, that someone is actually using it!

The United in Worship Conference is happening May 11-12 in Jasper, Georgia. That’s the topic of conversation this week as The Remnant Road welcomes Tony Boyatt of the Exodus Road Band and Mason Clover to share the story of the conference. Both of them are experienced not only as musicians and worship leaders, but also in the daily ministry of helping people through life. Worship happens not just in music, but in honoring our Creator by living as He intended. We’ll unpack what that means in our conversation with Tony and Mason.

Want to know more? Check out the conference site at:

http://unitedinworship.org/

While you’re at it, you might want to visit the Exodus Road Band and Mason Clover web sites , where you can find all their music and more!

http://www.exodusroadband.com/

http://www.masonclover.com/

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.

From Georgia to Jerusalem

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, April 16:

People who spend any time in the mountains of North Georgia soon learn what it means to be in America’s Bible Belt. The deep evangelical Christian roots of the region speak to a very real faith that has shaped the American South for over 200 years.

So what happens when those evangelical Christian roots encounter the Torah Awakening? Our guest this week can help us answer that question. He has lived through such an encounter!

Tom Eubank is the pastor at House of Scripture in Jasper, Georgia. He and his wife, Cornelia, were among a group of Christians in their area who had awakened to the Torah, realized its applicability to followers of Yeshua (Jesus), and decided to begin meeting on the Sabbath. From their humble beginning in 2012, House of Scripture has grown to a congregation serving as part of an expanding community of Yeshua’s Torah-honoring disciples.

Tom and Cornelia also took part in the recent Connect to Israel tour, and the Third B’ney Yosef Congress. Their story is another chapter in good reports from the Promised Land that we are eager 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.


© 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.

Will There Be Movies in the Kingdom?

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, April 9:

Our God is infinitely creative. Is it any wonder that human beings made in His image are also creative?

One of the most recognizable forms of human creativity is storytelling. Even the way we tell stories is creative: with voices, music, images, dance, and the written word. Over the last 120 years, filmmaking has become perhaps the most effective and comprehensive form of storytelling, involving combinations of every other creative form. Since that is the nature of movies, why wouldn’t our Messiah include such a wonderful method of creativity in His Kingdom?

That is the topic for this edition of The Remnant Road. To help us explore it, we welcome Alexandria Danya, a gifted young filmmaker from Georgia who shares her talents through her own company, Upright Media Productions. Alex just finished work on her first big project, Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero film, Ant Man and the Wasp. What exactly did she contribute to the movie? And what is a Torah-pursuant follower of Yeshua doing in the film industry in the first place? Come along on this trip down The Remnant Road and find out!

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.

God Made Women to Be . . .

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

The human tendency over the past 6,000 years is to relegate women to a lesser status than men. Is that biblical? It seems to be so according to the practices of the church and synagogue – practices that have carried over into Messianic and Hebrew Roots faith communities. But is there another set of paradigms here that we should examine with fresh eyes? We have learned that many things in our inherited cultures and traditions do not exactly line up with God’s intent. If we overlooked something as fundamental as which day of the week God set aside as His own, perhaps we have also missed something about gender roles and relations.

This is why we asked Kelly Ferrari-Mills of Doorkeeper Ministries (https://www.doorkeeperministries.com/) to join us on The Remnant Road. We present two interviews with Kelly in this prerecorded show. During the first hour, she shares 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.

In the second hour, we talk about the biblical role of women. There appears to be a contradiction in Scripture about women. The Bible features many women in prominent roles – even roles of power, wealth, influence, and authority over men. That is the impression we receive when we consider women like Deborah (Judges 4-5), Huldah (2 Kings 22:11-20), Joanna (Luke 8:1-3), and Lydia (Acts 16:14-15). Yet the Apostle Paul instructs women to be silent and not to have authority over any man (1 Corinthians 14:34-36; 1 Timothy 2:11-15). Is this really a contradiction? Kelly presents some excellent commentary on this subject which you will want to hear and evaluate for yourself!

About the pictures: The cover image for this show features highly valued women of antiquity. From left to right: Deborah (“I Arose a Mother in Israel”); Huldah (“Treasure the Word”); Joanna (“Consider the Lillies”); Lydia (“She Worketh Willingly With Her Hands”). Copyright by Elspeth Young. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Al Young Studios.

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.

By What Authority?

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, March 12:
 

Moses and Yeshua share much in common, such as the way their fellow Hebrews questioned them. Moses faced the question, “Who made you a prince or a judge over us?” (Exodus 2:14) Several centuries later, Yeshua was asked, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” (Matthew 21:23)With that kind of connection, it should be no surprise that Yeshua referred to Moses on another occasion when the leaders of the day questioned him:

Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47 NASB)

This question of authority is one that Steve Moutria has investigated recently in the process of building a new teaching series for TorahFamily.org. The series, called “Before You Deny Him,” investigates questions about whether Yeshua is the Messiah. You may be surprised that Steve’s inquiry starts not with Yeshua, but with the very foundation of what YHVH’s people define as their authority.

How do we know what we believe is true? That’s where we begin our visit with Steve in what promises to be a challenging conversation intended to strengthen your faith in the Word of God and the God of the Word! 

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.

What Do the Young People Think?

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, March 5:
It seems that the voices most frequently heard in this journey through life are those of older folks. Or maybe it’s just that older folks tend to listen more often to themselves rather than to younger voices. This is sad. In fact, the reluctance of elders to listen to the youth is just as damaging to society as the reluctance of the youth to listen to their elders.
The Bible has a few things to say about that. Paul, for example, says to Timothy, his protégé –
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:12 NASB)
Having studied Scripture all his life, Paul certainly drew on the word given to the youthful prophet Jeremiah –
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then  said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 1:4-8 NASB)
So what exactly do young people think these days? Specifically, what do young Messianic people think?
That’s what we would like to learn from Danielle Kerr, a young writer, mom, and devoted follower of Yeshua. Her blog, Our Youthful Thinking, presents the observations and insights of this rising generation confronted with a world changing beneath their feet. How do they perceive this world? What do they understand about the faith of their parents, and do they see hope in it for themselves? What do they need and want from their elders? And what keeps them from making the impact they desire to make in this world?
Join us in another pivotal conversation as we welcome Danielle to 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.

Standing on the Giant’s Shoulders: A Tribute to Reverend Billy Graham

The old Graham family home on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, North Carolina. It was here that the great evangelist’s body lay in repose during visitation by the public, February 26-27 ,2018.

In the summer of 1982 I crossed the Pacific Ocean for the first time to spend some time in Japan and China. The occasion was a Christian missions trip. After six weeks of ministry work in Tokyo, we concluded the trip with a few days of sightseeing in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Beijing. I thoroughly enjoyed China, but it was somewhat surreal walking around Tiananmen Square, through the Forbidden City, and over the Great Wall. As one of my companions said at the time, we wouldn’t fully realize until we were back home in America that we had been all the way on the other side of the world.My companion was right. We don’t appreciate experiences at the time nearly as much as we appreciate them years later, when we can see the impact they had on us and how they shaped the course of our lives. It’s the same with people. We don’t know how important they have been to us until years later. Maybe even decades or centuries later, when the full tale of their story can be considered in context.

A flyer used to get the word out about the 1972 Alabama Crusade. (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, http://www.billygraham.org.)

The full tale of Billy Graham’s impact on my life is not yet told, but I have an idea what it encompasses now, nearly 50 years after I first saw him. That occasion was in the spring of 1972, during his second visit to my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. It was just before my 11th birthday, and I had no idea at the time what a tremendous effect Reverend Graham had already exerted on my city. For some reason, my parents deemed it best to shield us from the momentous societal transformations wrought by the Civil Rights Movement. All I knew in my childhood was that Billy Graham, like me, was a Southern Baptist, that he loved Jesus like I did, and that he was a very important preacher. I did not know that it was he who insisted on having an integrated choir in his first crusade in my divided city in 1964, and that the crowd gathered at Legion Field in that year was the largest integrated audience in Birmingham history. He addressed a deep, deep wound with the healing admonition of Jesus Christ – one of many ministers of reconciliation the Almighty used in that era to right grievous wrongs, curb the worst of abuses, and prepare the next generation to carry the progress forward.
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