June 3rd, 2011
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Carolanne continues to walk in the footsteps of parents and grandparents whose strength was their faith in God and his promises. Living faithfully according to every word of scripture has been her motivating principle in life.
Graduating from Ambassador College with an emphasis in educational psychology, Carolanne’s dream of teaching was put on hold for many years as she helped her husband, Jeff, in his work.
Whether overseeing the camp kitchen to feed 50 hungry campers and staff, selling residential real-estate, shingling a roof, writing reports, filing taxes, traveling overseas to the church’s various Feast of Tabernacles sites, brushing up on rusty French-language skills, pruning an overgrown orchard, tiling floors, or editing books, Carolanne has enjoyed the variety and adventure of being Jeff’s help-mate.
A decade spent as a part-time interior designer doing residential and commercial installations gave her an insight into the business world, while responsibilities as full-time wife and mother kept her fully grounded in the realities of home and hearth.
Personal struggles with health problems have given Carolanne a special interest in the biblical principles relating a godly lifestyle to good health. With a view to the biblical admonition to “tend and keep” Carolanne continues to be an avid organic gardener, and she has a long history of research into herbs and their health benefits.
The mother of four sons, Carolanne had the joy and challenge of homeschooling all of them at one time or another and this venture into teaching fueled her desire to go back to university to gain her teaching credentials. She is now a certified teacher working in the public school system and has had experience working with students of all ages from kindergarten through high school, as both a tutor and classroom teacher. With this background in education and parenting she understands many of the challenges parents and children face in our post-Christian society.
Carolanne would like to provide resources to help families and youth to take hold of the promises that God has given, and to help young people living in the 21st century to value the scriptural stories and the profound lessons they afford our generation. We face fears, challenges, tests, trials, and disasters, not unlike our ancestors in the bible. We can be encouraged and emboldened to live meaningful lives in God’s service in our time, just as Joseph, or Esther, or Daniel lived faithfully in their times.
Preparing for Spiritual Warfare from cogwebcast on Vimeo.
After leaving Egypt, but before arriving at Sinai to confirm their covenant with God, the Isrealites were faced with a major battle and an opportunity to engage in spiritual warfare on behalf of Christ, the Rock, the Lord of Hosts. Jeff Patton provides the Christian “Minority Report” on the millennia old struggle in the Middle-East, and its implications for Christians who are called to engage in spiritual battle with the weapons provided by God.
Scripture or Social Proof from cogwebcast on Vimeo.
“Social proof” is a very powerful motivating force in society. It is just so natural for us to get our cues for behaviour from those in our social group. We do not want to be out of step with those around us. But relying on “social proof” can be very detrimental to our spiritual welfare. Jeff Patton looks into the scriptures to ascertain God’s perspective and discover whether God is putting us to the test, or are we testing God? You need to know!
God’s providence from cogwebcast on Vimeo.
How does God work in our lives? Many people are currently facing severe difficulties this spring due to the flooding in Manitoba and along the Mississippi River. Yet, when we who believe in God’s providence face such challenges, we can have confidence that God will work for our good. Jeff Patton reflects on God’s personal interest in us and our welfare and how he works in our lives for our good.
As amazing as this lovely sunny Victoria Day weekend may seem, the American radio evangelist, Harold Camping and his followers, who are mostly evangelical Protestants, are adamantly expecting and vociferously announcing to the world that there will be a massive earthquake rolling around the planet through its various time zones on May 21st…
RECKLESS WORDS PIERCE LIKE A SWORD – Proverbs 12:18
By Jean Jantzen
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless – James 1:26
A tear ran silently down her cheek. She wanted to curl up in a little ball and disappear. “How could they say those things about me?” She knew in her heart they were not true. Still the accusations wounded her deeply. The words made her stomach bitter; they tumbled round and round in her head devastating, discouraging, and depressing her. Why wouldn’t the negative words go away and leave her alone? Why did the words trouble her, festering in her brain like a boil ready to blow? It was like a black cloud had engulfed her.
As brethren, the Apostle Paul shows us how our thought processes should work if we are tuned into God. Philippians 4:8: More
God our Healer 2 from cogwebcast on Vimeo.
God’s wish for all of us is that it “may be well with us” and that we should prosper and be in good health. From modern science we have learned much in the past century about the mind-body connection. But really, what science offers is perhaps only a confirmation of insights that our Creator provided thousands of years ago in His instruction manual for living. Jeff Patton delves deeper into the biblical instructions that God provides for our mental and physical well-being.