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MESSIANIC CONGREGATION

Messianic congregations can make sense of the whole story of Scripture in some really simple ways. There is only one God, so He has to be the One God for Israel and the nations, Jews remaining Jews and Gentiles remaining Gentiles, as equals! That is our heart, to create space for this. And there is only one Messiah, so He has to be the King for everyone, for Jewish people and every people, nation, tribe, and language! And since there is only one way of salvation through Messiahs blood atonement and resurrection, everyone who believes in Him, giving their allegiance to Him as ADONAI will receive eternal salvation as a gift. That means that everyone has the opportunity to receive eternal life without discrimination! Males or females, Jews or Gentiles, young or old, rich or poor. All can be saved through Yeshua. While history has often contradicted this view, Jews and Gentiles being one in Messiah and even expressing this oneness in congregations together is completely consistent with the New Testament teaching of the Jewish Apostles. Everyone can become who they were created to be in Yeshua!

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We believe we are supposed to be a small picture of this plan of ADONAI. Worshipping One God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, giving allegiance to one Messiah, Yeshua our King, trusting Him alone for eternal life in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom that will one day be on earth as in Heaven. And we get to be one small expression and microcosm of the Community of nations that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

All of this is helping us to promote the fame of Yeshua in our City and the World. We are called to grow and to gather as a Jew and Gentile, multiethnic, male and female, intergenerational Messianic Ekklesia that loves God and neighbor! We want to follow the Lamb wherever He goes! We are Presence oriented. We believe God is leading His Family into a fullness of John 17 unity unto the salvation of Israel, world redemption, in connection to His Son's return as King!

This will be through much tribulation and judgements, judgements against evil that seek to block God's love from being known and received. His love to too great for humanity to not fight for all to have the opportunity to know Him and be with Him forever! This means we need to go low and stay low on this journey, this fight, because we can't win without humility! Lower still!

In our community humility is talked about a lot. And hopefully we slowly and steadily growing in it. We promote the godly value of learning and benefiting from the multiplicity of leadership examples in history and the present. This is about honor. Honoring our parents, those in our family and country that went before us. Those in the People of God who were faithful in history.Teachability is also important and a sign of humility. Being bible based includes receiving from wisdom and truth and guidance from qualified elders, leaders, that help us to become more like Messiah in word and deed in keeping covenant with God in the Messiah.

Living with honor to all is necessary in our minds as we seek to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the Body of Messiah and grow in purity, power, and maturity.

In our community, we give a place of honor to Jewish life and calling, particularly for our Jewish believers and family units who are called to live as part of the faithful remnant of Israel within the Body of Messiah. This emphases fits with our value for bible based unity, equality, and diversity as we seek to be conformed together in the image of Messiah Yeshua. For becoming like Him is a central goal of Kingdom Living Messianic Congregation. By His Spirit, it keeps our diversity more unified and on the relational healthy track.

For we want to be a place of hope for Jews and Gentiles to know the One True God - Father, Son, and Ruach Ha-Kodesh. People can walk the process out of working out their salvation unto greater restoration and wholeness and sanctification as part of this Gospel proclaiming community.

In regard to this spiritual formation discipleship process, we place a high value in equipping believers in our Congregation to serve effectively in every sphere of their life - the family, congregational, and vocational spheres. Multiplying covenant keeping faithful leaders in all spheres is an explicit value of our Congregations. It is good and right for us to live under authority wherever we are as faithful servants. And if God promotes any of us us into significant servant-leadership in any sphere of life to steward it as servants of people. This may be in the economic realm of business, technology, science, or education, the arts and entertainment, media, journalism, and even government. Being salt and light in the sphere is part of our call as the Body of Messiah. We don't believe the Body of Messiah will take over the world in this age. We don't believe the Kingdom will come in fullness in this age. People still die. Not everyone is healed. Many will remain in rebellion until the end. Many in the visible Body of Messiah will even fall away in the last days. Yet, we do believe we have to be a Community that is practically living in the world without being of it. We need a lot of purification and wisdom to do this well, to be a servant people in the midst of the world, blessing our cities and caring for their welfare and prosperity. We have to do this in ways that stay true to our King and are Spirit led. So all the spheres can have an expression of the Kingdom in this age, but fullness awaits the Age to come. That is our view.

The family is a foundational sphere to all the spheres. We seek to help marriages thrive, parents fulfill their rules faithfully, and be a place where families, singles, widows and people of many backgrounds can find family. Gospel based covenant keeping leadership in the family is a key to the health of gospel based covenant keeping leadership in the Body of Messiah and when called, in the world. We are investing in this transmission process of covenant keeping love from generation to generation until the Messiah returns as King!  

All those who are saved can look forward to the return of our Messiah! He will resurrect the righteous, transforming their bodies forever into glorified and immortal bodies. He will bring them with him to the earth to set the world right, defeat all evil influence in God's good creation, and establish His Reign over Israel and the nations from Jerusalem! His Bride will rule with Him

We are in the process of implementing morning and evening prayer, as we build in Yeshua a dwelling place for God by the Spirit!

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WORSHIP SERVICE

All are welcome to join us to declare who ADONAI is together as a community! We want to exalt His Glorious Name!

We love to experience God's Presence and love when we gather together! We gather weekly on Shabbat mornings to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in and through His Son Yeshua by the power of the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit). As a Messianic Community, our worship is centered on what the God of Abraham has done, is doing, and will do in His Son in bringing the Kingdom on earth as in heaven. We see all this in connection to His purposes for the spread of Yeshua's Fame in Israel, the nations, and creation, and making a people to dwell with and reign with forever in the World to Come!

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In worship we get to know Him more! We value intimacy with God in our worship. It so much a part of the first commandment in loving Him! But we see worship, not just as a private thing, but in connection to God's plan for a people, a family, which includes His plan for Israel. As a Messianic Community we choose to worship on Shabbat in identification with Israel (Jewish believers amongst us are still part of Israel). It was given to Israel as a sign and symbol of the King's role as Creator of the universe, Redeemer, Sanctifier, and the bringer of the Kingdom to come! Yeshua doesn't abolish these meanings in the New Covenant, but brings a fullness to them.

So in Yeshua, we approach the Shabbat as a day of rest and worship! It is also a time for us to show Jew and Gentile unity, with Jews remaining Jews and Gentiles remaining Gentiles, as equals - worshipping One God, following One Messiah, enjoying a shared redemption, and being a part of one family. In this age, Shabbat is intended to be a taste and prophetic picture of of the World to Come, when God will bring His people into their inheritance and rest. In Yeshua the Messiah, we believe we can taste now what God intends for a redeemed people of Israel and the nations in the World to Come.

What to expect if you visit? Our service begins at 10 am and goes until about 12:15 pm. Our worship services include biblically based Jewish liturgy that honors Yeshua, intercessory prayer, scripture readings based on the Torah, the Prophets, and the New Covenant writing. We often will have a 5-7 minutes exposition, which is not the main teaching. We then transition to announcements to keep the community in the loop of what is going on. Then all the men surround the congregation as one man prays a blessing over the women & children. Then at this point, the kids five and under are dismissed to their classes. This is followed by a time of liturgy flowing into musically accompanied Holy Spirit led praise & worship which includes planned songs and may also include prophetic singing.

After this, the kids 5 and over are dismissed to their classes. We complete our service with a 40 minute ish biblically based teaching. We also have post-service prayer ministry for encouragement and healing. Our congregation is a biblically based and Holy Spirit-oriented, so while we have a planned service, our goal is always to follow the Lord wherever He leads us. Therefore He is always free to change the service if He chooses.

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CHILDREN & YOUTH

Kingdom Living is a family and a congregation of families. No one is too old or too young to belong. We take very seriously caring for, protecting, and training the children in the word of God.  Yeshua made it very clear that He wanted the children to have salvation in His Kingdom! He made it very clear they were not too young to come to Him!

So when you visit, expect to see kids. You may see them playing, learning, dancing or worshiping, but in any case, they are a vital part of our community.  We want them to know their Savior at an early age by the grace of God, and to be taught faithfully who God is and how He wants them to live. We see this as a joy, a covenant privilege and a responsibility to support, help, and equip parents and guardians in raising up their children in the ways of the LORD.

We have four classes for children. One is for kids under 3, one is for kids 3-5 years old, another is for kids 6-8 and lastly one is for 9-12 years old.  All of our volunteers are screened with background checks.

Also on Shabbat mornings, we have a pre-service time for our Youth called the Kephirim (Young Lions). They get together with a few leaders and dig into the Scriptures, often studying the Torah Portion, Gospel Portion, or other topics pertinent to what the LORD is teaching our community. We want them to be fully prepared to live for the the LORD, to be a vital part of His Family, to grow into health and mature adults, and to be bright and shining lights in the world in whatever fields they are called into.

We also have organized gathering during the week for the Kephirim to meet together to grow in the LORD, build relationships and strengthen one another in faith and faithfulness in the LORD.

We long to see our Children and Youth rise up into the fullness of their destiny and calling as covenant keeping people and leaders who know and serve God, love and service His People and live in and serve the World without compromise.

"L'dor V'dor" is a heart-cry of Kingdom Living Messianic Congregation.

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LEADERS

RICH CLEARY | Lead Elder

Richard was born in Canada to an American mother and a Canadian father. He has been married to Sarah Elise since July of 2004. Today they have three children together - Luke, Hope, and Zechariah. In August 2012, Richard and Sarah moved to Kansas City. This was in response to sensing that God was speaking to them to move. This happened on on September 4th 2011, independently, without any prior conversation or plans. It was soon after they moved, that they connected to the congregation. In September of 2014 Richard stepped into the lead elder role and is working together with with a wonderful team of elders that lead the congregation together. In 2018 he completed his Master's of Divinity Degree Messianic Jewish Studies Program at the The King's University.

LON WIKSELL, D.Min | Elder

Lon, originally from Sioux City, Iowa, grew up in church as the son of Pentecostal pastors. He completed his first two years of college in Iowa before moving to Springfield Missouri and working for Evangel University where he met his wife Fran. He later worked for Drury University and Missouri State University, where he also completed his BS and MBA. In 1988 they moved to Tulsa where Lon studied at Oral Roberts University and received his MDiv in 1992. In 2013 he received his Doctorate of Ministry in Messianic Jewish Studies from The King’s University.

Lon and Fran were co-founders and co-leaders of Or HaOlam Messianic Congregation from 1995 to 2002. They then went on to start House of Messiah in 2004, devoted to understanding the words of Yeshua within their historical context and celebrating the seven biblical festivals as a pattern of personal and community life. Lon and Fran have now merged House of Messiah with Kingdom Living, and are also highly involved in organizing our city-wide Biblical festivals.

ERIC SIMON | Elder

Eric wants to learn "everything," though some of us think that Eric can already do anything. When not working to build up the software company he owns, Eric serves on the Kingdom Living leadership team as an elder, works with the professionals in our congregation, and helps lead corporate worship on the piano and bass.

In his company, he strives to integrate principles of the Kingdom of God into his business. He also speaks Italian. He is a husband to Susan and father to Eliana, Zade, Noble, and Elliot. He spends a time studying the Jewish Roots of the faith and continues to lead others into that understanding, in the Kingdom Living community and beyond.

TOM BLAKE | Elder

Tom and his wife Leah first became elders and part-time staff at Kingdom Living in 2007. They were ordained as Tikkun Emissaries in 2011 and lived in Jerusalem, Israel from 2012-2014. In Israel, they connected with the Tikkun network and Tom studied the Bible from a Hebraic perspective as a part of a PhD program at the University of the Holy Land. They moved back from Jerusalem in 2014 and helped Kingdom Living transition from a home congregation to a weekly public Shabbat service. Tom serves as a teaching elder and pastor and plans to finish his doctoral studies at The King’s University.

He is passionate about imparting a Spirit-empowered Hebraic worldview unto the unity of Jew & Gentile so that the world would know and believe that G-d loves them.