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Honoring the Dead

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, June 18:

King Solomon shares a sobering understanding about death:

For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten. Indeed their love, their hate and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 NASB)

Resurrection is coming, but there is little that we know about what happens between death and resurrection. All we can say is that the dead and the living have no interaction. Why, then, is it important to care for someone who has died?

Theresa Bates began to address that question when she was with us earlier this year. She has learned much about the Jewish approach to the dead. While that does include protocols for assisting those who mourn the dead, it also includes protocols for the departed themselves. Helping people understand these protocols is one of the purposes behind Theresa’s ministry, Peaceful Passages. As she says,

The emphasis of what we are doing is to bring honor, integrity, and respect to the many aspects of the end of life. The goal is to help the death and dying process to be one that brings respect and peace to one’s end of life. We also want to be able to bring a spiritual comfort to those who seek it.

Theresa’s visit with us will be a continuation of the conversation we began several months ago. There are still many questions we would like to ask her, and that she would like to answer. Some of them may even be questions you had not even though to ask. This is a sensitive topic, but one that touches everyone. That’s why we appreciate Theresa’s loving devotion to this important part of our humanity.

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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Blowing a Trumpet in Zion

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, June 11:

Is Judgment Day scary? Yes! No one should be under any illusions about that. Scripture is filled with dire warnings, such as this from the prophet Joel:

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (Joel 2:1-2 KJV)

How should we approach the Day of the Lord? With sober minds, of course, but also with hopeful expectation. After all, it is the day when the Creator sets everything in order. The scary part is that He will do this according to His definition of order, not according to any of ours! The wise will seek to understand the Lord’s ways, and remain humbly teachable so that He may bring loving (even if painful!) correction instead of wrathful judgment.

Raymond Myers, the “Singing Tallit,” has been seeking to understand the Lord’s ways for most of his life. He has also done his best to live out what he has learned, and to share it freely with others. As a gifted musician, he puts many of his Scripture-based observations into music, which everyone may access on his YouTube channel.

But that’s not all! Ray has a degree in Philosophy which, oddly enough, has equipped him to understand the cultural influences not only on our perceptions of the Scriptures, but on their development and application, particularly in the First Century Greco-Roman-Judean world. This, too, is something he shares freely, not only on his YouTube channel, but on his web page (https://www.singingtallit.com/).

Ray joins us from South Georgia, where he and his wife have opened their home to many children, both their own and foster children in need of loving care. Our visit with him likely will go in many unexpected directions, so listen carefully as we take our next journey on 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.

A Quiver Full

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, June 4:
Can we put a price on the blessing a child brings into a home? Many of the parents we know would say their children are beyond any price. This is consistent with what the Psalms say about them:

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5 NASB)

The Smith family of Blue Ridge, Georgia, certainly have a quiver full. You see them in the picture: in the front row, from the left, Lucas (13), Abbe (16), Isaiah (3), EliYah (9), Kenny (7), and Jasmina (5). Audrey (15) is standing behind and to the right of Abbe. Their parents are Kenny and Renee (the gentleman with the long white beard and the beautiful lady in pink next to him).
Standing with the Smiths are the Boyatt, Covert, and Cribbs families of the Exodus Road Band, people who have played a big role in their story in recent years. Not with them in this picture, but very much present in spirit, is YoshiYah, the beloved son who passed away not long ago at the age of 9.
It is a tragedy to lose a child, but as Kenny and Renee Smith explain, the tragedies of life often bring unexpected blessings. These blessings flow out from the immediate family to touch many in their community, and beyond. So it is with the Smiths. One arrow, pulled from the quiver seemingly before his time, continues to hit the mark and bring multiplied blessings to his family and to those around him. What does that mean for YoshiYah’s brothers and sisters? How has the family coped with this and many other trials? That is what we will hear from Kenny and Renee on this powerful edition 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.

Memorial Day Special

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, May 28:

Memorial Day this year was April 18 in Israel. In the United States it’s May 28. Both nations honor those who have laid down their lives in defense of their homeland on these special days. Israel’s observance is much more solemn than the American Memorial Day traditions, but it is an opportunity to spend time with family. That’s why we will not have a live show this week.

Don’t worry; The Remnant Road will still be on the air! We have been blessed with many fascinating guests this year. Two of them will be back again later in the summer, so it seemed good to share once again our earlier visits. Can you guess who they are?

Oh, and you might find a surprise or two in this prerecorded edition 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.

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.

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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