June 8th, 2011
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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
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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
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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.
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.