“As you sow, so shall you reap” is both a spiritual and a physical reality. Sow acorns you get oaks; this is a natural law that never changes. It is also a law of physics, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The universe as we understand it, works on the principle of cause and effect. So how can we believe we can overcome some health or spiritual challenge by living the same lifestyle and doing and thinking the same things that created the problems initially? Would it not be a little crazy to think that the solution is to continue the behaviour that causes our pain? No crazier, I suppose, than thinking we can sow acorns and harvest apples!
Of course, some of the seeds of illness were not sown by us. Others were responsible for the weed seeds in our lives and their health consequences. More
When we consider Jesus’ admonition in regards to the parable of the fig tree, we are reminded to ask ourselves about the signs of the times and the season we are living in. What will 2012 bring our way? What can we expect on the national or world scene, and why? The scriptures have some answers that Jeff Patton brings to light about prophecy and our future.
What’s a parent to do? God (Yahweh Elohim), as a father to the nation of Israel, provided guidelines to direct all the aspects of national life in the form of commandments, statutes, and judgments – elements of the everlasting covenant. Jeff Patton expounds God’s purpose and the nature of these instructions and the logical and natural consequences that flowed from these teachings as experienced by the nation and recounted by the prophets.
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A video examination of the ten commandments in a series of sermons by Jeff Patton; watch the entire video series or use the links below to view or download individual sermon videos.
The first four of the ten commandments given in Exodus 20:2-8 are summarized by Jesus in his teachings:
Jesus was asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. Matt 22:36-38 AMP
The latter six commandments given in Exodus 20:12-17 are summed up in Jesus’ response to the Pharisees:
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matt 22:39-40 AMP
The Law or Teaching (Torah, the first five books of the bible) was not sufficient of itself, rather God expanded on Moses’ writings with the Prophets and Judges that followed afterward in the Hebrew scriptures. Similarly, the Ten commandments are the basis of God’s teaching, but by no means the complete Law. Jesus’ teaching on the greatest commandment in Matt 22:36-40 was a summarization of the Ten Commandments and the books of the Law, the writings and the prophets, thereby validating the original teachings in the Hebrew scriptures. These ten “Words” are of vital importance to any Christian who values Christ’s teachings.
The Ten Commandments are given below from Exodus 20:1-17 ESV
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life…Proverbs 6:23 ESV
When asked about the question of, “What is the greatest commandment?” Christ gave a two-pronged answer: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind… and the second is like it; love your neighbour as yourself.” This statement implies that our concern for others should be of the same magnitude and quality as our own self-love. How many people do you know who are caught up in negative self-defeating or self-destructive attitudes and actions? Scripture provides detailed instructions on how to love our neighbour in the Torah, such as supporting the blind, widows, and orphans, as well as encouraging everyone in the faith. But Christ also tells us that in order to truly love our neighbour we must love ourselves. This means that we must take action to care for our own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs so that we might be better able to care for the needs of others. Our well-being is important to our Maker. He wants us to set a good example to others, of what the life of a believer is all about. More
Do you know who it was that covenanted with Israel at Horeb? And what was the relationship that was established with the nation and why? Jeff Patton brings to light the scriptural answers to these questions and challenges many of the assumptions that have been mistakenly made about the national covenant. Let the scriptures illuminate your understanding of this topic that is vital to your understanding of your relationship with your Maker.
Many religious people are confused about the nature of the covenant that God established with the people of Israel. Jeff Patton examines the steps in the development of the covenant, and the nature of the relationship the covenant established. If you think God was “married” to Israel, Jeff challenges you to look at the difference between analogy and reality in terms of the true nature of the covenant.