June 16th, 2011
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Whenever Islamic fanatics’ religious sensitivities are sufficiently stirred up–say by an unflattering event like the publication of an editorial cartoon that mocks their star player from Mecca and so hurts their self-esteem –then those fans riot in the streets. They love to make the world hear their violent expressions of support for their hometown teams…
June 12th, 2011
Comments Off on The Point of No Return, Blog, by CGP.
The phrase “point of no return” sounds ominous. And indeed it is. Among today’s financial analysts there are those speculating about just how much more money the U.S. Federal Reserve can create by digital keystrokes in order to buy the U.S. Treasury Bonds no one else in the world wants to buy before oil exporters of the Middle East and manufactured goods exporters of eastern Asia will refuse to accept U.S. dollars in payment for their stuff.
Truly the governors of the Fed are between a rock and a hard place…
Recognizing God’s Leaders from cogwebcast on Vimeo.
The biblical account of Moses and his father-in-law Jethro can teach a Christian many lessons about the qualities of a good leader. Christ warns us that we are responsible to discern between those leaders who truly serve God and those who claim to serve the Lord but are really serving themselves. Jeff Patton challenges you to consider God’s qualifications for leadership.
June 8th, 2011
Comments Off on Cheaters only Cheat Themselves, Blog, by CGP.
Cheating made the news this week. The fact that it still shocks us (at least somewhat) is an encouraging sign for our society because it indicates that we, the people, still understand that there is something called “right” and “wrong.”
Here in British Columbia two young men recently made the top of the news with a complex, high-tech scheme to cheat…
June 4th, 2011
Comments Off on Pentecost, Events, by CGP.
Join us online and celebrate Pentecost with us.
Services will begin at 11:30 pst
Whether you are living on Vancouver Island or visiting the area
we welcome you to join us for services and a potluck.
Just call ahead:
Jeff, Jeremiah, or Carolanne at 250 716-1141
Jeff Patton will be speaking about
the message of the Holy Day, Shavuot and Pentecost,
in both the old and new covenants
and the lessons we as Christians can learn
from observing this Holy time.
June 4th, 2011
Comments Off on Jeff Patton Biography, Jeff Patton, by COG Webcast.
Jeff was baptized in Jerusalem in 1973 and began his life-long commitment to walk with God. As a student at Ambassador College in Pasadena Jeff obtained a degree in Journalism while putting his skills into practice as a writer for the Portfolio and the Worldwide Church of God’s (WCG) World Tomorrow, television broadcast.
While living in Los Angeles, Jeff and his wife, Carolanne, worked to host youth summer programs at Camp Riverglen for the WCG Los Angeles congregation. For a decade Jeff was mail processing and circulation manager for the WCG French department under the direction of Dibar Apartian. There he had the opportunity of serving French-speaking brethren around the world and the joy of watching the Pure Vérité circulation climb to over 250,000 subscribers.
As a result of fundamental disagreements over doctrinal matters, Jeff and Carolanne were disfellowshipped from the WCG and marked by Joe Tkach Jr. for questioning the WCG’s move into a liberal protestant view of the scriptures. In an effort to remain true to God and to the understanding of scripture that was fundamental to the New Testament church in the first century AD, Jeff has worked for a variety of churches of God who have maintained the basic doctrines and practices of the apostles and the early church. More
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.