April 21st, 2012
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When Christ came to magnify the law he turned the common idea of leadership upside-down by asserting that we must lead by serving. What is the service that we are to render on God’s behalf? Jeff relates the story of the hard bondage in Egypt and encourages us to rise to the challenge of Christian service that we are called to perform.
It is important to have the big picture and see what God is doing – nationally and individually. Jeff Patton brings a message of hope as we sail in the dangerous political waters of our time that we might not succumb to a lack of godly vision as the Titanic did a hundred years ago. Join Jeff in examining the vision that God’s Festival provides and the scriptural examples of Moses and Eli that provide instructive warnings for our time.
Lessons from Unleavened Bread
The apostle Paul during the Days of Unleavened bread wrote to the Corinthians about issues that were facing the covenant community. Jeff Patton speaks of Paul and his rationale in dealing with the problems of the church, and why an understanding of these historic events is important to us today as we celebrate the Passover season. Are we purifying our lives through obedience to the truth of scripture as we are admonished to do?Have we learned the valuable lessons from unleavened bread?
April 8th, 2012
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Christians who come to believe that they need to celebrate the spring festival season often have questions about the meaning behind these Holy Days and the observance of the Christian Passover. Jeff illuminates the biblical instructions and highlights the testimony of Malachi, John, and Paul to give us greater insight into the meaning of this Passover season.
April 8th, 2012
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When God invites us into his “Kindergarten” he does not demand our “qualifications,” rather he graciously accepts us as we are knowing we have much to learn. Yet once we are in His program of education He sets high standards – justice, mercy and faith. Jeff Patton explores the meaning of these words and the grace of God and how it all is intertwined with His teaching on how to live a godly life.
March 19th, 2012
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“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:19-20
The Judeo Christian vision and mission were the motivating forces behind the preaching of the gospel to the world in the first century. This vision is alive today and gives us hope for the future in the Kingdom of God.
The mission is the work that God has given his covenant people to accomplish through the ages. And, though the methods have changed as technology has advanced, the essence of the mission is the same for us in this century as it was for the Judeo Christian believers in the first century after Christ. We are to be the living testimony to God’s way of life, the light on the hill, the salt of the earth.
Christian Leadership — Are You Prepared?
What do St. Patrick’s Day, April Fools, and Passover have in common? It will surprise you!
Jeff Patton examines some of the writings of the early church fathers, the celtic church, and the scriptures to illuminate the Judeo-Christian practice of Passover and Sabbath observance and rejection of the Sunday/Easter tradition.