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July 6th, 2011

Compromise: Language of the Devil

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When my youngest son wants to do something I’m not too excited about, we’ll talk together and come up with a compromise solution in which each of us gives a little so that the household can continue on in harmony.

Compromise is a normal part of the give and take of any family or human relationship. We adapt our personal preferences and opinions for the greater good of getting along with another. That’s normal.
But when it comes to the moral logic of the Universe and the demonstrable truth of the Judeo-Christian scriptures about what is right and what is wrong, it has always been required of Christians in every epoch of history to draw a line in the sand…

July 5th, 2011

What are You Really Seeing?

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WHAT ARE YOU REALLY SEEING?

By Jean Jantzen

To a Dear Friend,

I had a stroke this past week. What a surprise! And it shouldn’t have been; my mother had one and her mother had had one. During the ambulance ride, I told God that this was not a good time because my husband still needed me. Nevertheless, I also told God I knew I was in good hands. An indescribable peace descended upon me and wrapped me in a warm blanket. And I knew everything would be okay.

Later, I wondered what I could learn from this experience. More

July 4th, 2011

Family Feast – What Really Matters

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What Really Matters

Feast Blog 2009

As we look forward to the Feast of Tabernacles  let’s remember the lessons of previous festival seasons, and prepare for our best Feast yet.

Before the feast, the young students in Sabbath class asked me if there was a story in the Bible about the Feast that they could act out as a play. So, we looked into the scripture and read about the Feast in the book of Nehemiah. The story we read started with Nehemiah, a eunuch in the palace and cup-bearer to the Persian King, getting word of the state of affairs in Jerusalem from his brother. It distressed Nehemiah greatly, to the point that even the king noticed that his cupbearer and trusted servant, was troubled about something. Nehemiah opened up his heart to the King telling him about the turmoil in Jerusalem. The King then sent Nehemiah back to Jerusalem as Governor with all the authority to rebuild the walls of the city, and restore temple worship. Then we skipped ahead in the narrative and omitted a few chapters of names and finished with the chronicle of one of the greatest feasts of God’s people Israel. More

July 4th, 2011

Rejoice at the Feast: What Really Matters

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Feast Blog 2009

As we look forward to the Feast of Tabernacles  let’s remember the lessons of previous festival seasons, and prepare for our best Feast yet.

Sometimes keeping the spirit of joy during the feast can be a hard thing. As a young person with few responsibilities, the only real damper on the feast was perhaps a head cold, stomach upset, or loss (theft?) of the gifts I’d taken such care in buying. However, as an adult, wife, and mother of 4 sons, there were a few feasts that I struggled through feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and under appreciated. And I wasn’t even having to do it all while tenting.

Along with the excitement sometimes the Feast was just plain hard work with little thanks. Can’t you just picture our ancestors as they prepared to leave Egypt and packed for that big “feast” experience in the wilderness. It all had to fit on the donkey cart and a lot of things  just would not fit. Decisions had to be made; there was packing and repacking to make the best use of space. You can imagine that in the week after the initial excitement had waned, perhaps there were some grumblings along the line of, “I don’t see why on earth you packed this pot and forgot my shears,” or perhaps, “Mommy, that was my favourite toy, how could you forget it?” More

July 3rd, 2011

Marriage Adds Meaning

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Marriage is an institution that has lasted for millennia to establish family life and uphold society. Godly marriages have even greater purpose and teach us profound lessons in spiritual living.  Jeff Patton searches the scriptures and exhorts us to grow godly marriage relationships that reject selfishness and are built upon the spiritual resources of honesty, faithfulness, forgiveness, and love.

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  • June 30th, 2011

    Penticton: Feast of Tabernacles 2011

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    Join us in the Okanagan

    This year the Feast of Tabernacles 2011, Oct. 12-Oct 20, will be celebrated in Canada’s “Napa Valley,” at the city of Penticton in British Columbia’s spectacular Okanagan region. Reservation information below. More

    June 28th, 2011

    Perfecting Love for God

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    There are a multitude of scriptural witnesses who attest to the importance of loving God and neighbour by walking the path of obedience to the commandments. Jeff Patton takes a look at the question of obedience and it’s relationship to the first commandment in the scriptures. He then relates this understanding to scientific studies that corroborate God’s wisdom in declaring we should have “no other gods (authorities)” in our lives. Why is this so?