• What JGIG Is:

    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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    Please let me know via the 'Contact JGIG' drop-down menu item under the 'About' tab at the top of this page if you come across a link that is broken so that I can try to repair or remove it. Please include the name of the post/article where you found the broken link as well as the link itself. You may be able to find content specified by doing a search and viewing a relocated or cached page/post/video.

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Face Lift for Joyfully Growing In Grace

For the blog, not for me!

I’ll be introducing a new look for JGIG that will be a bit brighter and more user friendly in the very near future. 

[Edited to reflect current status.] 

 Okay – it’s up! fly

The new theme features drop-down tabs with menu items along the top of the page so you won’t have to scroll down to find the pages you’re looking for.  The About tab has a drop-down menu containing the Statement of Faith, Comments Policy, How I Became Aware of the Hebrew Roots Movement, and About the Author categories.  I’ve also indexed all posts on three lists; alphabetically, by topic, and chronologically.  The Links tab also has a drop down menu according to category, so won’t take up so much space on the sidebar.  The Glossary and Testimony tabs have all the same info, also with drop-down menus instead of nested pages in the sidebar.  The tab/menu function of the new theme should make navigation much easier.

The new look has three columns, including left and right sidebars with a center column for post text.  At the top of each sidebar is a ‘What JGIG Is’ and ‘What JGIG is Not’ summary, as some, mostly those who choose Torah observance, have misconceptions about what this blog is about and what is its purpose.   Below those texts, you’ll find Recent Comments, Top Posts, a calendar and most of the other things you saw in the old sidebar.  The click-on music has been moved to the Links tab and will be found under ‘Music’ in the drop-down menu there.

***** I’ve also added a copyright clarification at the bottom of the right sidebar.  Some of you have been writing and asking me to post my stuff on forums because they have strict copyright rules preventing you from doing so.  Much as I would like to, I can’t possibly post everywhere I’m asked, so I hope that a clear copyright granting permission for you to post excerpts from JGIG will allow you to do so where you are contending for the Faith. *****

I’ve been playing with the new theme, learning how to format everything, so hopefully the changeover won’t take too long.  Just wanted to give you a heads up in case you’re actually reading the blog and things start changing.  [Changeover complete. =o)]   I’m sure that after the initial change I’ll tweak it a bit more here and there.  Thanks for your patience.  I hope you’ll find the new format to your liking.




3 Responses

  1. I liked your layout before, but I *love* this new look. I especially like your left and right column stating the “what is” and “what not” aspects. Very simple and very direct. Great job!!

  2. Wonderful, I plan to visit as often as I can.

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