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Seeking Higher Ground

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

Hurricanes are bad news. Or are they?

To those who have lost homes, property, livelihood, and loved ones, it is very hard to find anything good about a monster storm like Hurricane Harvey. A common question might be, “Where was God in all that?”

John McQuary can help us find the answer. He and his wife, Glenda, endured one of the worst storms that has ever come ashore in Texas. Their Houston neighborhood suffered severe flooding, and yet their home remained intact. John will explain, the Almighty’s provision not only during the storm, but in the years leading up to it, positioned the them in such a way to remain safe, and to begin coordinating recovery efforts as the flood waters began to recede.

This is a very special Remnant Road program. John’s congregation, Becoming One Stick in His Hand, is at the center of recovery work in Houston, even though many among them are also in need.

How can you help? And how could you help prepare for the hurricanes even now blowing in from the Atlantic? We will get John’s perspective on these and many more questions in our second hour, and in our first hour will have another first-hand report from Hanoch in Israel.

 
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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After the Fox: A Long-Expected Transition

BFB160803 Barking Fox MoveReaders of The Barking Fox may have noticed that the blog posts have become sparse recently.  Why is that?  To paraphrase Tevye of Fiddler on the Roof, “That I can tell you in one word:  Transition!”

Big changes are happening this summer in almost every area.  In the space of about six months, we will have seen one child graduate from college, another one get married, and both of them relocate to new residences.  We also are relocating after four years in Texas; early in September we will set up housekeeping in Charlotte, North Carolina.  About a month after that, we set off for Israel to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), followed immediately by the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress.

Why the big changes?  Our connection with B’ney Yosef North America (BYNA) is the main reason for many of these transitions.  Although our leadership is spread out across the US and Canada, most of the Executive Council live in the Southeastern US.  Since we have the opportunity to relocate this year, it makes sense to set up housekeeping nearer to the people with whom we work, and Charlotte is a great central location.  We will miss Texas, but we look forward to being able to meet face-to-face with many of our Executives and Elders on a more regular basis.

BY-NA-Med 03And what exactly is happening with BYNA?  Much that you will learn about very soon!  We are in the process of updating our website.  If you go there (http://bneyyosefna.com) you will see some interesting new features:

These are the first of a number of exciting developments that will be unveiled in the next several months.  As they become available, The Barking Fox will pass on the news – while at the same time continuing to post commentary on current events, Scriptural topics, and other items of interest.

Thanks to you, readers, for your patience and your encouragement!  Even in the midst of this great transition, it is a joy to be the voice behind the Fox!


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In Memory of Someone I Never Met

About 6,000 years ago, so the Scriptures tell us, our first ancestors chose to put their trust in their own senses rather than in the counsel of the Creator Who made them.  How else do we explain the statement that our first mother, upon examining the fruit of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise”?  Why else would her husband, our first father, take the sample of the fruit she gave him and join her in a forbidden snack (Genesis 3:6-7)?  In that moment their judgment trumped the word of the Almighty, and instead of inhaling the life He had breathed into them, they embraced the death He warned would follow their disregard of Him (Genesis 2:15-17).  In a very real sense, by choosing to be their own gods, they separated themselves from the only Source of life and made a covenant with death.

This is the account I believe as to why this world is so messed up.  Others may not believe it, but they can at least agree that we reap the bitter fruit of the bad choices made by our fathers and mothers extending back to time immemorial.  Our agreement is cemented in shared grief and suffering when that bitter fruit robs us of a human package of abundant gifts just waiting to bless the world.

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Celebrating Shabbat Texas Style!

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Fischer Park in New Braunfels, TX, site of the first Central Texas National Shabbat.

Fischer Park in New Braunfels, TX, site of the first Central Texas National Shabbat.

The National Shabbat movement arrived in the Lone Star State through a gathering of about 100 people on March 19 at Fischer Park in the city of New Braunfels.  As with National Shabbats in Georgia and South Carolina, some participants traveled many hours to get there, coming from as far away as Sabine Pass on the Louisiana border, Wichita Falls near the Oklahoma border, Arlington in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast.  Most of those assembled in New Braunfels came from around Austin (Georgetown, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Kyle) and San Antonio (Boerne, Converse, Poteet, Adkins, Floresville), with a significant number from the Houston area (Katy, Sugarland, Pasadena). Please click here to continue reading

B’ney Yosef National Shabbat Has Come to Central Texas!

B'ney Yosef National Shabbat NewWhat is it that brings God’s people together faster than anything else?  How about praising and worshipping our Creator together on the day He set aside for that purpose?  That is the purpose of the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat:

“Once a month, there will be a Shabbat [Sabbath] experience that will bring Northern Israelites together from fellowships, congregations, and homes to express and declare to Avinu (our Father) that we are the people of Northern Israel.  There will be no teaching, but occasional presentations about our national restoration and Scriptural discussions promoting a national outlook.”  – B’ney Yosef National Shabbat Vision Statement

The National Shabbat first appeared in Georgia, and then South Carolina, and now it’s coming to Central Texas on March 19, 2016.  Here are the details:


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  • When: Saturday, March 19 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Where: Fischer Park, 1820 McQueeney Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130, off I-35 between San Antonio and Austin. For map and directions click here.  
  • To download a .PDF of Fischer Park click here:  Fischer Park Map
  • For planning purposes, we would appreciate if you visit this link and RSVP:

http://www.evite.com/event/0365QHHKN63W5AFUGEPF3Q27Z5EN3Q?gid=034AHN2IISIN6E4W2EPF35LHV35GXA

  • Gather with us as we celebrate Shabbat as the Nation of B’ney Yosef (Children of Joseph) of the House of Israel. Those who choose to arrive at 12 noon will begin our time of fellowship eating lunch together. 
  • We will hear opening greetings and Scriptures, and then take time to praise and worship Yeshua our King!
  • Ephraim and Rimona Frank from Israel will be sharing, along with Sister Kaye, who lived in Aqaba, Jordan, for 25 years. We will hear the report from the B’ney Yosef North America Summit in Tampa, Florida, and be given a glimpse of expectations for the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress to be held in Ariel, Israel this October.
  • We look for the possibility of folks from across Texas and even neighboring states to join us. You won’t want to miss meeting fellow Hebrews of B’ney Yosef!!
  • There is no charge for this gathering, but we will have an offering box available for those who would like to help with the costs of the National Shabbat.
  • Please bring sufficient food for your family for the evening meal also, as well as any snacks and drinks that you and your family may require. PLEASE BRING FOOD FOR YOUR OWN FAMILY ONLY!!  Due to park regulations we are not able to have shared food at this gathering.  ALSO, PLEASE BRING LAWN CHAIRS.
  • All children and teens will be expected to have PARENTAL supervision AT ALL TIMES, please!!
  • We mention here this park rule: GLASS beverage containers are prohibited at the park.
  • To make sure everyone has the best possible National Shabbat experience, please click here to review additional park rules:  Central Texas National Shabbat – Fischer Park Rules

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Finding Israelite Identity in the New Covenant

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Language is a perilous thing.  It can unite us, but quite often it does the opposite.  That, by the way, was God’s intent.  We know that from the story of how He created the different languages of the earth as presented in Genesis 11:

Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.  It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.  They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.”  And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.  They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”  The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.  The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language.  And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”  So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.  Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.  (Genesis 11:1-9 NASB, emphasis added)

Ever since then that curse of language has been with us.  And, by the way, so has the curse of nations.

Curse of nations?  Yes, it does seem to be a curse.  It would seem that the Lord did not intend for humanity to be scattered and separated across the face of the planet in competing factions.  Nevertheless, nations were His idea.  The story of the Tower of Babel explains why.  You’ll notice that mankind also had an idea of uniting themselves as one people, but their idea was not the same as the Almighty’s.  They wanted to be a single, unified power that could challenge YHVH for sovereignty over this planet.  Since these people lived in the generations immediately after the Great Flood, we can suppose that some of them harbored a little resentment at God’s destruction of the pre-Flood civilization.  Maybe they thought they could do things better than their ancestors, perhaps by building a strong defense that could ward off any further Divine intervention in human affairs.  Now since our God does not change (Numbers 23:19; I Samuel 15:29; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17; Hebrews 13:8), and since the eternal governing principles of the universe which He established do not change (Psalm 119:44; II Kings 17:37; Matthew 5:18, 24:34-35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33), He had to do something about this blatant rebellion.  There can only be one God, after all. 

The problem with sin is that it seeks to create many gods – in fact, as many as there are human beings on the earth.  That is at the heart of Satan’s insidious deception spoken to our mother Eve:  “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  (Genesis 3:5 NASB)  Tragically, the way our Creator dealt with the deception before the Flood was to destroy humanity.  I would surmise He had little choice in the matter since all of humanity apparently was united as a single people, most likely under satanic leadership (not unlike the world we are anticipating at the end of this age when Messiah returns).  To make sure He did not have to make a complete end of the human race this time around, the Lord God created nations and then scattered them across the earth.  If they were divided in language, they would soon be divided in every other imaginable way, and the resultant wars and rumors of wars would ensure that a united human empire would not arise to defy the Living God until the end of days.  In the meantime the Living God could go about the process of cultivating His redemptive work in human hearts while they remained in the nations.

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SC National Shabbat Details!!

Bney Yosef National Shabbat 01For friends in the Southeast, here is another opportunity to gather with brethren who are taking YHVH seriously about His promise to regather and restore the entire nation of Israel. For those who are not in the Southeast, here’s an opportunity to pray in support of this initiative, and to seek the Father’s guidance on what more we should be doing. The question before us is this: Are we really Abraham’s seed, or not (Galatians 3:29)? If not, then pay no further attention. But if so, then ponder the implications of being adopted into the same family that became the nation of Israel. Ask the Father to explain what that means in terms of inheritance and obligations, and how that impacts our relationship with our Jewish brethren and with the State of Israel.

Two Sticks Forming 01And while pondering all that, make your plans now for the first weekend of December to be either in Elgin, SC, for the South Carolina National Shabbat, or in Denton, TX, for the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference!

 


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Mark your calendar!!!  We have a venue and a band, and I am really excited to tell you about it!!  South Carolina will have a National Shabbat gathering!!

Rich, in Washington, DC, saw the need for a location and after calling them, emailed me with details of a campground in Elgin, SC owned by a Messianic for Messianics.  Interestingly, I met the owner, Ron Cowart, three years ago at a shofar making class I taught.  When we met, he shared his vision of a private campground available to Messianics for Sukkot and other gatherings.

I spoke with him this evening to discuss the facility and believe it is exactly what we need for this gathering.  So, here are the details we know so far!!  Mark your calendar!

Location: 1117 Flaming Arrow Rd, Elgin, SC 29045

Date: December 5, 2015

Time: 1 p.m. until 6+ p.m.

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Predestined Identity?

James Arminius (Jakob Hermanszoon) and John Calvin, two highly influential figures of the Protestant Reformation whose opposing doctrinal positions illustrate the fact that we still see YHVH's plans imperfectly.

James Arminius (Jakob Hermanszoon) and John Calvin, two highly influential figures of the Protestant Reformation whose opposing doctrinal positions illustrate the fact that we still see YHVH’s plans imperfectly.

Among the many things for which I frequently thank YHVH is that I got to grow up in a Southern Baptist church and a Presbyterian school.  From an early age I came to appreciate the doctrinal positions of both and their roots in Arminianism and Calvinism.  Concerning the key elements of free will and predestination, I concluded long ago that they are not mutually exclusive.  I do not understand exactly how they work, but I do know that both are part of God’s operation in human affairs.  God’s sovereignty and human responsibility intertwine in very complicated and intricate ways to produce outcomes that YHVH declares from the beginning, but which finite mankind must play out in faith and obedience – or in ignorance and despair, depending on one’s perspective.

But what if predestination means something different from what we suppose?  What if it refers to the fate of a nation rather than individuals?  Consider this:  YHVH has promised from ancient times to establish permanently the seed of Abraham on the Promised Land in the form of a nation called Israel.  Moreover, He has promised to open the way for people of all nations to come into that holy nation and be part of His eternal covenant of peace.  What if predestination refers to YHVH’s intent to do this thing just as He said?  If “nation” is the real object of predestination, then we have no need to speculate about whether God has chosen certain individuals for salvation and others for damnation.  The way of salvation is open to all individuals through the nation He has predestined as His vehicle of salvation.

This line of thinking requires far more development than is possible in a short blog post.  However, it is unquestionable that God, through Messiah Yeshua, has opened the way for every person on earth to exchange his or her identity of birth for an identity as Abraham’s children, and therefore as Israelites.  This is a point Ephraim Frank explores in the following commentary.


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Ephraim Frank

Etz B’ney Yosef

October 16, 2015

Shalom Fellow Israelite,

Trust you all had a wonderful Succot celebration.  I’m sure you have heard about the various happenings here in the land, with the spirit of violence manifesting again through Israeli Arab citizens, Arab residents of Jerusalem, and others, in the Palestinian territories and Gaza (while this spirit is not totally sidestepping Israelis either).  Thank you for your prayers during these troublesome times.

As we continue into the unpredictable future (a phrase that some may take exception to), our faith and confidence in a faithful covenant keeping Elohim should reach new heights of revelation-understanding.  Yeshua’s purpose in returning to the heavens was to send the Spirit of the Kingdom into the hearts of those elected and predestined for the promise of this Spirit, as is evidenced by the following:  “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will…”  (Ephesians 1:11).  “For whom He [the Father] foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:29-30).  He also “predestined us to the adoption as sons by Yeshua the Messiah to Himself [the Father], according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:5-6).

The question that arises from the above scriptures is, who are the predestined ones that have been called, foreknown and chosen beforehand, justified, glorified and adopted for His purposes?  The apostle states very clearly in Romans 9:4-5a, when he makes reference to those “…who are Israelites, to whom belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Torah, the service of Elohim, and the promises; of whom are the fathers…

Most of the Israelites (those who are not Jewish) have lost their identity, but as prophesied have become multitudes in many nations.  Those from among them who are still lacking the knowledge or realization of their true identity will not fully understand the New Covenant, their destiny and the reconstitution of nationhood, nor the above-cited predetermined characteristics, even though what is written in Ephesians 2:11-13, concerning those who were “once far off”, but who are now part of the “commonwealth of Israel” should cause them to at least question their present (“gentile”) identity.

However, through Yeshua the Kinsman Redeemer, and the working of the Holy Spirit many are now embracing Torah, and as a result their hearts are turning back to the forefathers and to the identity (or, conversely, for others, the discovery of the identity is what restores them to the forefathers and the Torah).  The light of this revelation points to the importance of reconciliation within the House of Jacob (which is the whole House of Israel).  Hence efforts are being made toward the re-gathering of our nation.  One such meeting took place last May in Ariel, Israel, in the form of the “B’ney Yosef National Congress”, and now follow-up summits are due to occur in Texas, Germany, and Florida.  The next B’ney Yosef National Congress will be held, Yah willing, once more in Ariel Israel October 26-31, 2016.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ephraim


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Invitation to the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 (Central Region) Conference

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For all of you in the I-35 Corridor (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota), please prayerfully consider joining us at the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 (Central Region) Conference in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area December 4-6. The attached letter gives you as much information as we have at the moment.  We expect to have further details before the end of the week.  Among the many purposes intended for this conference is to establish a network of Ephraimites in this region to help us prepare for the North American Summit in Orlando next March.
If you don’t live in the I-35 Corridor, but are interested in attending, you are also welcome!  Just send us an email at bneyosef35@gmail.com and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.

Please click here to learn more and register for the BYNC Region 35 Conference.


Two Sticks 01Update #4, November 8, 2015

In less than one month the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference will convene in Denton, TX!  Just one month ago this conference was merely an idea thrown out in a conversation at our Feast of Tabernacles celebration.  Now we are one month from the event itself.  Registration is in full swing.  There is still plenty of room, but remember to register and pay by the deadline of November 28 to secure your place in this historic undertaking.  To register please visit our website at:

http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/.

There is much to share in this update.  First of all, our list of speakers and presenters is now complete.  We will be blessed to hear from:

One of the most important features of the conference will be a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon addressing the question, “How can Christian, Hebrew Roots, and Messianic Jewish believers work together as disciples of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ)?” 

We invite all conference participants to take part in this discussion by submitting questions for the panelists to consider.  To submit a question you must be a registered conference participant.  Please email your question to bneyosef35@gmail.com, with the words “Panel Question” on the subject line.  All questions must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

The next important item is that we are able to welcome ministry partners to display their resources at the conference.  Those who would like to do so must coordinate with us ahead of time to make sure we reserve space for you.  If you would like to set up a display for your ministry or organization, please email us for details. 

There are two important things to remember about ministry displays.  First of all, please wait until after Shabbat is ended on Saturday evening to sell books and other resources.  Second, since the focus of the conference is on repentance and reconciliation in the interest of doing our part in YHVH’s Kingdom building process, we ask that the ministry partners and resources contribute to this focus.

Finally, we ask for prayer!  Our planning and coordination team is very small, and so far we have been able to handle the task.  We will need a few volunteers to help with jobs at the conference, and may need some help before then. 

Perhaps the biggest need is finding someone to make video and audio recordings of the key presentations and help us make them available afterward.  If you are able to help, or know someone who can, please let us know!

Thanks once again to everyone who has expressed interest in the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference.  Please help us get the word out by sharing this update, and be sure to register soon to reserve your place in Denton!


 

Two Sticks 01Update #3, November 1, 2015

We have had good response since registration opened for the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference opened one week ago.  Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and who has registered!  We still have plenty of room, but do expect to reach our capacity of 300 people before long.  Once again, the conference is December 4-6 at the Tally Retreat Center, Camp Copass, Denton, TX.  Full information is at our web site, http://bneyosef35.com/.

There are some points to clarify about registration.  First of all, there has been a little confusion about the registration deadline.  Our initial invitation letter asked for those interested to respond by November 1.  That was not the registration deadline; all we wanted to do was get an idea of the interest in holding this conference.  We praise YHVH that the interest has been very encouraging!  So do not worry if you have not registered yet – just go on our website and fill out the registration form.

This brings up the second point:  If you are going to attend the conference, you must register and pay by Sunday, November 28, 2015.  We will not be able to accept registration after that date, and will have to cancel any registrations that are not paid in full by then.  To register please go to our website and fill out the online registration form.  Preferred payment options are PayPal or credit card, which can be done online.  If you would like to pay by check please let us know.  The registration form is at this link:

http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/

We have had a question about having booths or tables set up for ministries and vendors.  That is a question we are asking our hosts at Camp Copass this week.  If you are interested in setting up a table for your ministry please let us know.  As soon as we get the answer on whether this is possible and how to do it we will pass on the details.

Our schedule for the weekend is continuing to evolve.  By the end of this week we hope to have full information on our speakers and worship leaders.  Come expecting to pray!  The sense on our hearts is that the Holy Spirit is directing a move of repentance and reconciliation in this event, so we are being careful not to fill up every minute of the schedule so that conference participants can have time to respond to the Spirit’s leading.

We continue to ask for your prayers for the Region 35 Conference.  This is just one of many things our God is doing in this season to awaken His people to their destiny and responsibility for their part in building His kingdom!


Two Sticks 01Update #2.5, October 30, 2015

Registration for the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 (Central Region) Conference is now open!  Please visit our web site where you can register and find out the latest conference news.  The address is:  http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/.  Here is a summary of the information you will find there:

What: B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference, with emphasis on nation-building, particularly on reconciliation within the entire Body of Messiah

When: Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Where: Tally Retreat Center, Camp Copass, 8200 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX 76208.  Information on the facility is available at:  http://campcopass.com/facilities/accomodations/tally-retreat-center/.

Who: The invitation extends to everyone in the Body of Messiah who has a love for Israel and desires to see the restoration of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).  This includes not only Hebrew Roots believers, but also Christian and Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters, primarily from the I-35 Corridor (states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, as well as Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota).

Capacity: 300 people, including overnight guests and participants for the day only.

Cost: Conference Rates per person include lodging on Friday and Saturday nights, and six meals (Dinner Friday & Saturday; Breakfast and Lunch Saturday & Sunday).  Rooms can accommodate up to four (4) people.  The rates are:

  • 4 person Room: $125 per person
  • Triple Room: $150 per person
  • Double Room: $200 per person
  • Private Room: $275 per person
  • Commuter Rate (no overnight stay): $75 per person
  • Married Couple Double Room Discount Rate: $350
  • Married Couple Commuter Discount Rate (no overnight stay): $125

We have set up payment options via PayPal (which includes credit card payments).  If you would prefer to pay by check please let us know.

Schedule: Registration and check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.  The evening meal will be at 7:00, followed by a praise and worship service at 8:00 p.m.  We will gather for worship on Saturday morning, and for afternoon and evening sessions with invited speakers.  The final gathering will be Sunday morning, followed by lunch at noon and departure.  We will build in time for small group break-out sessions to discuss organizational matters and other business as the Holy Spirit leads.  You can expect a draft schedule at our next update.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and encouragement in this initiative!  We have been blessed by your prayers, and continue to ask for your intercession on behalf of this effort to follow Abba’s lead at this critical season.


Two Sticks 01Update #2, October 25, 2015

We are happy to announce that registration for the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference is now open!  Please visit our web site where you can register and find out the latest conference news.  The address is:  

http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/

The web site will improve as we go along.  For now it has only the basic essentials, but it is good enough to move us forward!  If you have any suggestions on improvements or any questions we have not yet answered, please let us know!

Here is the information many of you have been waiting to hear:

  • Where:  Tally Retreat Center, Camp Copass, 8200 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX 76208.  Information on the facility is available at:  http://campcopass.com/facilities/accomodations/tally-retreat-center/.
  • When:  Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6, 2015.
  • What:  B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference, with emphasis on nation-building, particularly on reconciliation within the entire Body of Messiah
  • Who:  The invitation extends to everyone in the Body of Messiah who has a love for Israel and desires to see the restoration of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).  This includes not only Hebrew Roots believers, but also Christian and Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters, primarily from the I-35 Corridor (states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota).
  • Capacity:  300 people, including overnight guests and participants for the day only.
  • Cost:  Conference Rates per person include lodging on Friday and Saturday nights, and six meals (Dinner Friday & Saturday; Breakfast and Lunch Saturday & Sunday).  Rooms can accommodate up to four (4) people.  The rates are:
    • 4 person Room:  $125 per person
    • Triple Room:  $150 per person
    • Double Room:  $200 per person
    • Private Room:  $275 per person
    • Commuter Rate (no overnight stay):  $75 per person
    • Married Couple Double Room Discount Rate:  $350
    • Married Couple Commuter Discount Rate:  $125

We have set up payment options via PayPal (which includes credit card payments).  If you would prefer to pay by check please let us know.

  • Schedule:  Registration and check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.  The evening meal will be at 7:00, followed by a praise and worship service at 8:00 p.m.  We will gather for worship on Saturday morning, and for afternoon and evening sessions with invited speakers.  The final gathering will be Sunday morning, followed by lunch at noon and departure.  We will build in time for small group break-out sessions to discuss organizational matters and other business as the Holy Spirit leads.  You can expect a draft schedule at our next update.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and encouragement in this initiative!  We have been blessed by your prayers, and continue to ask for your intercession on behalf of this effort to follow Abba’s lead at this critical season.


Two Sticks 01Update #1, October 18, 2015

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and support for this conference!  We had hoped to have registration information by now, but we are still a few days away from that.  We have literally started this process from nothing more than an idea.  More accurately, it is a vision which grew out of our Sukkot celebration a little more than two weeks ago.  Since then there have been three of us in three cities in Texas working on this project, and all of us have other things going on in our lives which demand attention.  That is the reason we are a little slower getting things in place than we had hoped.  We are already moving on reserving a venue, setting up a bank account and post office box, establishing a web site, creating a registration form, and building a schedule for the weekend’s program.  All of those things will become available to the public soon – and at that point we’ll be gladly accepting help to complete this work!

Here is what we know so far:

  • What:  B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference, with emphasis on nation-building, particularly on reconciliation within the entire Body of Messiah
  • When:  Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6, 2015.
  • Where:  We are looking at a Christian retreat center in Denton, TX, about 30 miles from DFW airport.  We would appreciate prayers to ensure the facility remains available as we get things in order to reserve it.
  • Who:  The invitation extends to everyone in the Body of Messiah who has a love for Israel and desires to see the restoration of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).  This includes not only Hebrew Roots believers, but also Christian and Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters, primarily from the I-35 Corridor.
  • Capacity:  We hope to accommodate 300 people in the conference meetings, including both overnight guests and participants for the day only.  Lodging on site is available for at least 200.
  • Cost:  Somewhere around $100 per person, with varying rates for those who would like a private room.  This includes meals (Dinner Friday & Saturday; Breakfast and Lunch Saturday & Sunday).
  • Schedule:  Currently we are planning on arrival and check-in to begin on Friday afternoon, with an evening meal at 6:00, and the first meeting at 7:00.  The final gathering will be Sunday morning, followed by lunch at noon and departure.  The schedule includes worship services on Friday and Saturday, several speakers, and a break-out session to discuss organizational matters in small groups.

Wildbranch Ministy 01There is one more thing.  We are aware that Brad Scott will be holding a praise conference in Oklahoma City the same weekend.  Information about his conference is at the following link:

https://www.wildbranch.org/conferences/OKpraise2015.html.  

We did not believe there would be a conflict since these two conferences are convening for different purposes and with different audiences.  However, just to make sure we talked with Brad, and are happy to report that he is in agreement and will be offering prayer support for us from Oklahoma City – just as we will be offering prayer support for him and those with him from Denton!

That is all we have to tell at the moment.  Please keep this process in prayer.  All indications so far are that this is something very much on the Father’s heart as part of a much bigger process He has initiated to awaken and regather His people.


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Fox Byte 5775 #34: Bamidbar (In the Wilderness)

בְּמִדְבַּר

In Surrender of Santa Anna, artist William Huddle portrays the dramatic end of the Texas Revolution with a wounded Sam Houston accepting the surrender of Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna.  Houston is remembered for his role in establishing modern Texas, but few remember his identity as a Cherokee.

In Surrender of Santa Anna, artist William Huddle portrays the dramatic end of the Texas Revolution with a wounded Sam Houston accepting the surrender of Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna. Houston is remembered for his role in establishing modern Texas, but few remember his identity as a Cherokee.

Was Sam Houston a Cherokee?  It is a fair question.  The man who won independence for the Republic of Texas at the Battle of San Jacinto had spent many years with the Cherokee nation.  His first contact with the tribe occurred in his youth, when his family moved from their home in Virginia to Tennessee.  He learned their ways and their language, was adopted by a chief of the tribe, and in time represented the Cherokee people to the United States government.  Houston even took a Cherokee wife:  Tiana Rodgers, daughter of a Scottish trader who had married into a prominent Cherokee family.  Houston’s marriage with Tiana was never recognized in white society, but they were legally married under Cherokee law.  Even after he had returned to white society, Houston never remarried until after Tiana’s death.

But the fact is that Sam Houston did return to white society.  In 1832 he moved to the Mexican territory of Texas, and within four years had secured independence for Texas, forever linking his name with that great state.  Today, over 150 years since his death, Houston is remembered as a military hero and statesman, serving the Republic of Texas as its general and elected president, and the State of Texas as its senator and governor.  Houston is also the only man ever to have served as governor of both Tennessee and Texas.  These are the things that might come to mind when one thinks of Sam Houston, but what does not come to mind is his identity as a Cherokee.

Houston’s identity in history is the result of his own choice.  Had he remained with his adopted people, he would have been remembered as one of many non-Indian white and black people who became members of various Native American tribes.  Yet he chose otherwise, and therefore his Cherokee identity is merely a footnote of history.

It was the other way with our ancient Israelite ancestors.  Once they chose to become united with the tribes of Jacob’s sons, their previous identities became footnotes, lost forever in the sands of time.

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