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Restoring Broken Lives and Lands

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, July 9:
In that parable about the Sheep and Goats, Yeshua specifies that those who find acceptance in the Kingdom of Heaven are the ones who show compassion and care for people in need (Matthew 28:31-46). As with everything else Yeshua taught, this is rooted in principles found in the Torah and the Prophets. Isaiah provides the context for this particular teaching:
Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:6-8 NASB)
Pastor Lee Horne has been living these principles for many years. His testimony speaks to the fruit of restoration when people of God sow into the lives of those in need. After finding salvation in prison and learning how to walk out the commandments of our Lord, he is now sowing the same life-giving seed into others in need.
That is the mission of The Restoration Ranch Ministry, a place of refuge Lee established on a farm in North Florida. The men who find a home at Restoration Ranch have been broken just as Lee was: homeless, in prison, and without much hope. Yet even as Messiah Yeshua brought new life to him, he is helping these men find their way to new life, and to the path of peace.
Expect great encouragement, exhortation, and blessing in this special visit with a brother who has taken our God seriously, and walked out His commandments in obedient faith.

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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Artfully Honoring Our Creator

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, July 2:

What is the basic instruction for living? King Solomon offers some advice:

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NASB)

That may not sound encouraging at first, but consider Solomon’s words in relation to something Yeshua said about our Heavenly Father:

Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him. (Luke 20:38 NASB

In other words, while we have breath, our lives should reflect the glory of our Creator. How do we do that? Yeshua has some advice on that also:

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NASB)

Seeing first His kingdom and His righteousness is something the Marlin family seeks to do. That’s what inspired them to establish Shalomstead, their family business in Edmonton, Kentucky. The Marlins are gifted artisans, offering hand-drawn images based on scripture passages which they can put on cards, prints, t-shirts, and other items. Michael Marlin joins us on this show to tell us how this family business got started, and how it has been a means to share with others the joy they find in glorifying the Living God even in the routine of everyday life.

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.

Building Godly Families

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio this Monday, June 25:

As the people of Israel were establishing themselves in the Promised Land, Joshua issued this challenge to them:

“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15 NASB)

Many centuries later, when Paul and Silas carried the good news of redemption through Messiah Yeshua to the city of Philippi. The book of Acts says that opposition to their ministry caused them to be imprisoned, but that their conduct caused their jailor to ask them about salvation. What happened next is instructive:

And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. (Acts 16:32-34 NASB)

These two passages contain two important features: both involve choices to serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and the people who declare their choice to serve YHVH do so with their entire families.

This is something we may have missed in modern times. Western civilization does well at emphasizing individual identity and accomplishment, but not so well at including the family as a unit. This is particularly true in spiritual endeavors. How, then, does an entire family serve the Lord? How does a family grow together in Yeshua, and in following the Torah given through Moses and lived out by Messiah Yeshua?

Chris Franke, Ephraim Judah and Daniel Musson have a vision to answer those questions through practical experience. That’s why they established Hebraic Family Fellowship in Norman, Oklahoma two years ago. Since then, they have sought to foster an environment in which the family as a unit can be a reflection of our Creator. How does this work? Listen to this edition of 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.

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.

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.
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