Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 3 Kislev | November 2021 - Page 20



Part 1

In the last forty years that my wife , Kate , and I have been blessed to serve in the same Messianic congregation ( Beth Am Messiah ) in New City , NY . Much has changed locally and in other parts of the country regarding our relationship with the Church . Reflecting on the history of Messianic believers reveals a nearly 1,800 years absence of a strong Jewish presence in the Body of Messiah .
This timeline closely parallels the Jewish people being without their homeland , Israel . Understandably , our reemerging modern Messianic movement has experienced the growing pains of numerous issues related to our Jewish identity as believers in Messiah Yeshua , including how to relate with the Gentile , Christian Church . Back in the 1970 ’ s and 80 ' s , we were a pioneering spiritual work-in-progress ; finding our way back to where we left off so many centuries before .
Wow , what an amazing journey of God ’ s great love , grace , mercy , faithfulness and patience helping us grasp and move forward to where we are now in our calling as Messianic believers !
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