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    Joyfully Growing In Grace engages in an examination of beliefs found in the Hebrew Roots Movement, Messianic Judaism, and Netzarim streams of thought and related sects.

    The term “Messianic” is generally understood to describe Jews who have come to believe in Yeshua/Jesus as their Messiah. Jews who are believers in Jesus/Yeshua typically call themselves Jewish/Hebrew Christians or simply, Christians.

    Many Christians meet folks who say they are ‘Messianic’ and assume that those folks are Jewish Christians. Most aren’t Jewish at all, but are Gentile Christians who have chosen to pursue Torah observance and have adopted the Messianic term, calling themselves Messianic Christians, adherents to Messianic Judaism, or simply, Messianics. Some will even try to avoid that label and say that they are followers of "The Way".

    These Gentiles (and to be fair, some Messianic Jews) preach Torah observance/pursuance for Christians, persuading many believers that the Christianity of the Bible is a false religion and that we must return to the faith of the first century sect of Judaism that they say Yeshua (Jesus Christ) embraced. According to them, once you become aware that you should be 'keeping' the edicts and regulations of Mosaic Covenant Law, if you do not, you are then in willful disobedience to God.

    It has been my observation that Christians who adopt the label of Messianic identify more with the tenets of Judaism than they do with the tenets of Christianity. Many reject the label of Christian altogether and some eventually even convert to Judaism.

    1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 says, "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil."

    Joyfully Growing in Grace examines the methods, claims, and fruits of the Hebrew Roots Movement, Messianic Judaism, and Netzarim streams of thought and related, law-keeping sects.

    To borrow from a Forrest Gump quote, “Law ‘keepers’ are like a box of chocolates - ya never know what you’re gonna get!” The goal of JGIG is to be a resource to help those affected by the Torah pursuant movements to try and sort out what they’re dealing with. Make use of the tabs with drop-down menus found at the top of this site – there’s tons of info there, and it’s very navigable.

    Be sure to click on the many embedded links within the posts here - there's lots of additional and related information for you to access that way, as well.

    Welcome, and may God grant you wisdom and discernment as you consider all of these things.

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The Sacred Sandwich (Ya gotta check this out)

So I was sitting here last night with my sore throat and wheezy cough not being able to sleep and was just poking around the blogosphere when I stumbled upon a funny link at this site

I followed several of the pointing fingers to more funny stuff, but the site offers so much more than satire.  The site is The Sacred Sandwich and I encourage you to go and check it out. 

[Acting as your waitress] May I suggest that you start with the “Our Declaration” page followed by clicking on the teeny-weeny “Is This a Joke?” at the bottom of the sidebar on that page.  Click then on The Sacred Sandwich at the top of that page and move on to “Food For Thought” on the sidebar.  

There you will find Appetizers of the Gospel and Devotions, Entrees offering Bread of Life, The Sacred Sandwich, and Our Meat Dishes, and finally Beverages including Water of Life, Sincere Milk, and The Hard Stuff. 

In the midst of the feast of classic teaching, condiments of satiric comedy (and great comedy always contains an element of truth – and this site pulls it off pretty well) are offered for extra flavor and punch.

If you’re one who thinks that poking fun at the Church is irreverent or inappropriate, you might want to skip The Sacred Sandwich.  If you do choose to indulge, do check out all of the items on the sidebar, as there is more classic teaching to be found therein. 

I’ll be visiting The Sacred Sandwich from my sidebar on occasion.  Won’t you join me? 

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3 Responses

  1. I’m glad I was able to introduce someone else to The Sacred Sandwich. I’ve been visiting it regularly for the past three years and love it every time I visit. In addition to the wonderful humor and solid doctrine to be found on that site, I love the old fashioned newspaper layout. It’s just an all-around outstanding web site. Thanks for the link to my site as ell.

  2. Oh – and … I hope you’re feeling better. Wheezy coughs and sore throats are not fun.

  3. RichardD – The Sacred Sandwich is a great site. Very original with excellent content. I, too, like its style.

    – Oh . . . not better yet, but some of our kids had it first, so I know the end is near (of the whatever-I-have, not of me!).

    Thanks for your positive review of and link to JGIG on your site. I’ve returned the courtesy. I really like your site . . . . Theology, Art, Culture, and Humor . . . all delivered with great warmth!

    Thanks again,
    ~Wendy~

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