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Israel 2016: Picking Up Where We Left Off – A Report on the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress

From Al McCarn in Israel.

The Barking Fox

A remarkable thing happened seventeen months ago, when the First B’ney Yosef National Congress convened in Ariel, Israel.  At that time a people who had not existed as a people for over 2,700 years came back from the ash heap of history.  The people of the House of Joseph (Yosef) – Ephraim, those “Lost Tribes” of Israel’s northern kingdom – assembled in Samaria, the territory of their ancient ancestors, and acknowledged their belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to accomplish His Word to bring their people back as a nation and join them with the Jewish part of Israel (the House of Judah) in fulfillment of His covenant.

Delegates gather at the Second B'ney Yosef National Congress, October 26, 2016.Delegates gather at the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress, October 26, 2016.

It was a modest beginning; only a little over 130 people attended, representing 12 countries.  We made no bold declarations, but humbly whispered to one another and…

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SC National Shabbat: March 19

Anybody want to go with me?

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Our next South Carolina National Shabbat is fast approaching and promises to be better than the first, a tough order!!

You will recall that the first SC National Shabbat, December 5, 2015, drew about 225 like-minded Messianic and Hebrew roots believers from across SC for a day of worship, dancing, fellowship and fun!  Well, it is time to do it all again, only we expect a larger crowd.  Venue has changed! Entirely indoors with plenty of room to dance and fellowship, this promises to be a really neat place.

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The music is going to be provided by dear friends of ours, the Washburns, from middle Tennessee.  We will also give a full report on the B’ney Yosef North America Summit.  My expectation is that we’ll have a very special video to share that is not yet released…  Other surprises lurk, too!!

If you are interested in attending and have…

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SC National Shabbat – My Thoughts

Beautifully said. Thanks for sharing

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I’ve had a few days to process the wonderful time I had at the inaugural South Carolina National Shabbat gathering last week. I’ve been trying to think of ways to describe the experience and hope I can convey what is on my heart.

When Pete & Kelly Rambo visited our congregation to share about their experience in Israel attending the Bney Yosef National Congress in May, my husband Tommy & I felt our hearts leap with joy. We knew this was something we needed to be connected with and scheduled a visit with the Rambo’s to hear more about the gathering and begin building a relationship with them.

Pete & Kelly invited us to attend the September gathering of the Bney Yosef National Shabbat in Georgia. We read these words on the invite: “Enjoy prayer, fellowship, food, & nation building. We cannot build the nation of Yisrael  alone, we need each other.”

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A couple thoughts on the Summit

I am sure that Pete would agree the significance of last weekend in Tampa is beyond any human’s ability to adequately put into words; but his attempt is worthy your time.

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It has been almost a year ago now that Kelly and I visited Adat Shalom Fellowship in Summerville, SC to explain why we were going to Ariel, Israel for the First B’ney Yosef National Congress.  After we spoke to the fellowship they had a time of prayer and dedication.  During that time several people came up to share a word they had received.  One gentleman came up and spoke several things, but there was one paragraph that shocked me and stuck with me.  It was a humbling and awe inspiring statement that drifted to the back of my mind and only over dinner last Sunday evening did it come rushing back drawing tears from my already red eyes.

He said,

…You have the face of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  You could be in that famous painting.  You look just like one of those men….

On…

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Sowing, Reaping, Lost Sheep, and Hebrews

Our friend Al has done it again with unsurpassing clarity and grace!

The Barking Fox

Is Jesus on vacation?Is Jesus on vacation?

Strange things happen when disciples of Jesus (Yeshua) awaken to their identity as Hebrews. One phenomenon is that they begin to see the Two Houses of Israel throughout the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Judah (Yehuda) and Joseph (Yosef) have been rivals since the days of their youth, when Judah led his brothers in putting Joseph into a pit and selling him into slavery in Egypt (Genesis 37:18-28). By the time of their reunion over twenty years later, Joseph had become the leader of a foreign nation and Judah had become the leader of Jacob’s family. Their father Jacob formalized that division before he died, passing on the birthright and the family name to Joseph and to his son Ephraim, but giving the rulership to Judah (Genesis 48:8-22; 49:8-12; I Chronicles 5:1-2).

The division of status did not work out well. In time…

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A Reward Worth Pursuing…

If you consider yourself among the “repairers of the breach,” this one’s for you!

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I was only in the US Army for about four years, IMG_20160128_180358573but was blessed to attend multiple special skills schools as well as a nice variety of deployments to several parts of the globe.  When Napolean Bonaparte said, “a soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon,” he might have been speaking of me.  No question, I loved the challenge of hard schools and difficult duties.  In a twisted way, suffering is fun.  It separates the men from the posers.

In spite of the fact that I recognize those bits of colored ribbon fade and will eventually be destroyed by fire, I still pine for those days of testosterone, sweat and tears.  Maybe it’s just the way I’m wired.

Being wired that way, though, is not necessarily a bad thing…  Maybe it has usefulness for the Kingdom.  Throughout Scripture, over and over, we witness God taking…

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Silent Night in September

When was Messiah born?

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‘Tis the season for understanding what the season is all about!  In a few days much of the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel and the world whom I have come to know by His Hebrew name, Yeshua.  Of course He was not born on the 25th of December, which leads to the question of why that day was selected for the occasion.  The answer to that question is not in this blog post.  Two years ago this article,Silent Night in September, was the first post to appear on The Barking Fox. Then, as now, it is offered as a resource to the curious about when Jesus was really born.


"The Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zacharias" William BlakeThe Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zacharias
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At some point in my youth I grew curious about why we Christians celebrate Christmas in December.  When I asked my elders where…

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