Call for Prayer and Repentance

When do God’s people turn to Him? While we desire to cling to Him at all times, it is in times of trouble that this desire becomes a compelling need – a need to cry out to Him for deliverance, to ask Him to show us where we have sinned and turned from His righteous ways, to seek His forgiveness, and to learn from Him how to correct those things that separate us from His heart, and divide us from one another.

The world is in a season of distress. How shall we get through this trying time?

Many around the world, both from the Christian and the Jewish sides of Israel’s covenant family, are sensing the need to cry out to the Lord God in this season. As a way to enter into this process, B’ney Yosef North America is observing the week of July 5-11, 2020, as a time of fasting and repentance for our sins of division, discord, injustice, and failure to walk together in love.

Why now? It is a lesson we have learned from our Jewish brethren at this time. July 9 is the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, the Fast of the Fourth Month of Zechariah 8:19. This fast day begins a time known as the Dire Straits, a three week period ending on the 9th of Av, the Fast of the Fifth Month. This was the time the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple of God, removing His visible presence from His holy city, devastating the land He cares for, and dispersing His covenant people of Israel to the nations. Ever since then, Jews have fasted and mourned, not merely for themselves as a people, but for the nations of the earth, to whom Israel is a witness of the Most High God.

Our call for prayer and fasting in this week of 17 Tammuz is the beginning of a season of repentance from now until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on September 28, 2020. We are joining with other prayer initiatives throughout this season, and we invite you to do the same.

Do we truly want to see our Father’s Kingdom come and His will done on earth as it is in heaven? Then let us humble our hearts, bow our knees, and seek Him together.

Prayer and Repentance Initiatives

    • 17 Tammuz Call for Prayer and Repentance, July 5-11, 2020. Call for all of God’s covenant people to enter into fasting and repentance at the beginning of the Dire Straits. B’ney Yosef North America (bneyyosefna.com).
    • Nations’ 9th of Av Virtual Solemn Assembly, July 29-30, 2020. Time of mourning and fasting in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters on the Fast of the Fifth month. Nation’s 9th of Av (9-av.com).
    • 40 Days of Repentance, August 19-September 28, 2020. Daily pause for prayer and reflection during the weeks leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. B’ney Yosef North America (bneyyosefna.com).
    • 10 Days of Prayer, September 19-28, 2020. A Global Upper Room calling on cities to stop for United Prayer and Worship with Repentance during the Days of Awe. 10 Days (10days.net).
    • The Return, September 26, 2020. National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance on the National Mall, Washington, DC. The Return (www.thereturn.org).

Teshuvah – YouTube

Ken Rank (left) and Al McCarn (right) in a conversation about current world events on United 2 Restore.

The great thing about going to Winchester, Kentucky, is  the opportunity to reconnect with good friends like Ken Rank. He asked me last week to record a conversation for United 2 Restore on the topic of “Teshuvah,” a Hebrew term often translated as repentance. It seems our Heavenly Father is calling people from all across the spectrum of His covenant body to enter into a season of prayer, repentance, and even fasting to seek reconciliation with Him and with each other. And why is that? Maybe because we need to do this to find the way through the global crises confronting us.

Please click here to listen to Teshuvah on United 2 Restore

Farewell to the Fox?

Otto Grashey, Fuchs im Winterwald (Fox in the Winter Wood), Dorotheum, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Barking Fox blog entered the world on December 31, 2013, with a post entitled “Silent Night in September.” That post presented an opinion about the date of Messiah Yeshua’s birth, which I still believe to be at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) in the fall. We may never answer the question of Jesus’ birthday to everyone’s satisfaction, but that post and the 643 others that followed not only served as way markers for my spiritual journey, and to my great joy seem to have helped others along the way. But as with all good (and bad) things, it is time for The Barking Fox to come to an end.

Sort of.

Well, it’s still going to be up on the internet thanks to a very generous deal from WordPress on annual renewal of domain names, but you’re probably not going to see a lot of activity – certainly not nearly as much as during the first four years, when new posts came about twice a week. The reason is not that I have run out of ideas. Our Heavenly Father continues to inspire me daily, but the inspiration is now coming out in other venues.

The Barking Fox began as an vehicle for sharing what I had learned in years of contemplative prayer, Bible study, and life experience. I hoped to connect with people through this blog, but did not expect such splendid results! Now I am blessed to be networked with fellow Christian and Jewish travelers of many streams from every inhabited continent (and maybe even Antarctica if we count my friend Russell, who has deployed there many times!) Those networks run through ministries, organizations, and congregations where I am glad to contribute my own humble gifts to the synergy created by collaboration among lots of dedicated, highly talented people.

This brings up what may be the key lesson of this six-year experiment: we are all best served when working in collaboration with others. My lone voice, for example, reaches only a few dozen people across the planet, but when joined with others, our efforts are multiplied to far greater effect.

That is why The Barking Fox is now a secondary effort. You’ll still see new posts, but not many crafted specifically for this blog. Instead, you’ll see articles, videos, and podcasts created in collaboration with wonderful people from several amazing organizations. Of course, you don’t have to wait for my contributions to be posted on this blog! Why not visit their websites right now? They are –

B’ney Yosef North America (https://bneyyosefna.com/)

Founded In Truth Messianic Congregation (https://foundedintruth.com/)

Fostering the Family (https://www.fosteringthefamily.org/)

Nations 9th of Av (https://9-av.com/)

Prayer Surge Now (http://prayersurgenow.blogspot.com/)

Each of these ministries and organizations has a specific purpose in the multi-faceted work of redemption our God initiated millennia ago with His call to Abraham and Sarah. I hope you will take a look, and maybe even see if there’s something in one or more of them that resonates with you.

Thank you to everyone who has visited The Barking Fox, and especially to those who have followed along on this journey (even out of sheer curiosity). The journey is not by any means complete!


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2014-2020.  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.

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, July 18:

160718 Dai Sup Han - Intercession in the Face of Lawlessness

It is a dangerous world, both at home and abroad. Everything that we have considered to be good, stable, precious, and unmovable now seems to be questionable, changeable, worthless, and fragmented. This is no surprise to Bible students; the Almighty put us on notice long ago that He would shake the heavens, the earth, the sea, the dry land, and all nations (Haggai 2:6-7; Hebrews 12:25-29).

In expectation of that shaking, the Psalmist asks: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) Truly, what can the righteous do in the face of unrelenting terrorist attacks, the slaughter of innocents in their beds, outpouring of rage at centuries of real and perceived injustice, and the sanction of lawlessness by our judges and governors?

The first answer should be, “Pray”. But how do we pray – to perpetuate an increasingly godless system, or to reform it, or to see it removed and something better put in its place? And where does repentance fit in this process?

This is the setting for our conversation with Dai Sup Han, founder of Prayer Surge Now!, an intercessory network devoted to uniting the people of God in concerted prayer to address the issues of this present world. Listen as Dai Sup shares his heart for the Body of Messiah and its role in the healing of this very sick and hurting world.

Remnant Road 01The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, 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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Christian Resources

ASLPN 01African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network. ASLPN seeks to gather the African Christian community as well as other believers and Christian prayer networks from all over the world to unite in prayer as God’s instruments for the blessing and healing of the land.

Answers in Genesis 01Answers in Genesis, an apologetics ministry dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively.  We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.

CRM 01Campus Renewal. Creating and catalyzing united movements that transform college campuses for Christ by bringing students, campus ministries, and local churches together in prayer and evangelism to strengthen the influence of the Body of Christ on campus.

CHPP 01Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, a ministry is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to “pray for those in authority over us” in our federal government. Our purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is “God’s will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

Healing Tree International 01Healing Tree International, a ministry based in Hersey, Pennsylvania, with the mission of Healing and Restoring God-Ordained Destinies of People and Nations.  From our healing and training headquarters, The Londonderry Inn, HTI unifies and trains leaders to restore God’s purposes in America and around the world.

Iran Alive Ministries 01Iran Alive Ministries.  The vision of Iran Alive Ministries is to “Transform Iran into a Christian Nation, in this Generation”, according to Jeremiah 49:38 — “I will set my throne in Elam,” declares the LORD.  We believe that this is more than a lofty goal, conjured up by men striving to validate a ministry’s call.  It is a promise from the Lord, that He WILL establish His throne in Elam (present day Iran).

Jesus Calls You 01Jesus Calls You.  A ministry that proclaims the good news of Jesus throughout the Middle East through radio, internet broadcasts, music, video, and outreach to women and youth in many lands and many languages.

National Highway of Prayer 01National Highway of Prayer.  Welcome to the National Highway of Prayer.  Let us prepare a HIGHWAY for OUR GOD (Isaiah 40:3 & 62:10) as we walk TOGETHER as ONE (John 13:34-35 & 17:20-23).

Kidron College 01Kidron Christian College and Seminary. Founded in 2014, Kidron College in Pocohantas, Arkansas, is committed to an educational pattern rooted in early Christian traditions in which teachers assume the full responsibility for the transfer of experiential wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.  With that in mind, the student must assume the responsibility to diligently work and study to show that they have the necessary tools to rightly divide the Word of Truth.  It is our belief that this is not possible without training in the original languages.  For that reason, each student will take classes in both Hebrew and Greek.

Pathclearer New 01PathClearer Ministries. The name “Path Clearer” is associated with Isaiah 40:3-6 and Luke 1.  This name refers to clearing the way for others to follow, just as Isaiah and then John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry.  The “thicket-clearing” ministries of Path Clearer, Inc. shall foster apostolic-prophetic leadership (Ephesians 2:20) for the establishment and nurturing of various components of the Kingdom of God among the nations.

Prayer Surge Now 01Prayer Surge Now!  National Prayer Conference Calling, partnering with CHRIST for REVIVAL in Israel, America, and the Nations.  Join us each Saturday morning in a JOINT PRAYER MEETING ACROSS AMERICA with the heart of John 17:20-23.

PJTN 01Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. PJTN was established to educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and Israel, utilizing the powerful medium of documentary films to facilitate dialogue between the Christian and Jewish communities.

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© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2014-2016.  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.