S1 EP22 | I’m a Christian But I Have a Jewish Background – Now What?

Episode 22 January 19, 2021 00:39:26
S1 EP22 | I’m a Christian But I Have a Jewish Background – Now What?
A Jew and a Gentile Discuss
S1 EP22 | I’m a Christian But I Have a Jewish Background – Now What?
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You’re a Christian, settled in your faith and the church you attend. But you just discovered something you never realized before – you have a Jewish background.   Wait,…

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