February 17th, 2018

Religion

Flexibility and adaptability

By Submitted Article on February 17th, 2018

Stoop to conquer Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Televised documentaries on leopards have concluded repeatedly that these animals have survived better than other big cats, thanks to their ability to adapt to new circumstances, including new food sources. They thrive in a variety of setups, whether in the wild or near populated ... Read More »

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Meekness is not weakness

By Submitted Article on February 10th, 2018

First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The phrase “stoop to conquer” has more than one application. In general, it means to act submissively to reach one’s goals. It also describes the universal experience of starting at the bottom of the ladder and gradually climbing to the top. Noah did not become a hero ... Read More »

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Speaking in human words

By Submitted Article on February 3rd, 2018

God in flesh Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl When God became a human being, his words and deeds proved that he is the Saviour of sinners. Today, we study his teachings and interviews. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7), Jesus emphasized that he came to fulfil the Law and the ... Read More »

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Restoring the disabled

By Submitted Article on January 27th, 2018

God in flesh Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl In his short public ministry of barely three years, Jesus modelled his task as Saviour by what he said and did. He healed people in body and soul. After John the Baptiser heralded Jesus as the Messiah, John was imprisoned for criticizing the king’s ... Read More »

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Reaching out to the distressed

By Submitted Article on January 20th, 2018

God in flesh First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The Son of God became a human being to save sinners. How did that play out in his life before he was crucified? His first miracle, transforming water into wine, saved a happy groom and bride from embarrassment when the wedding feast ran out ... Read More »

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Zooming in and out

By Submitted Article on January 13th, 2018

In focus Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The young generation takes zoom lenses for granted. For those of us who can still remember the limitations of the old box cameras, the zoom lens remains a great forward step in camera development. Suddenly, one could zoom in on people, wildlife, sports, buildings, planes, ... Read More »

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Visiting the Pearly Gates in a dream

By Submitted Article on January 6th, 2018

On Dec. 5, 2013, I was taken by ambulance to CRH because at about 9 p.m., I slipped and fell while turning off the lights on the wall near the Advent Wreath. I tried to get up but failed so I called my wife, who was still at the back of the church. She called ... Read More »

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Making old pictures new

By Submitted Article on January 6th, 2018

In focus Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Film photography can be digitalized. Old pictures can be revived with modern technology. We often see achromatic still photos and movies from long ago on TV. Precious memories captured on slides or 8 mm film can be transferred to DVD or memory-stick and watched on ... Read More »

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Discerning facts and truth

By Submitted Article on December 30th, 2017

In focus First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Since I got my first 35 mm film camera decades ago, I’ve been a keen amateur nature-photographer. Apart from the right angle, composition and timing, sharp focus is always a challenge. Different lenses focus differently: with wide-angle shots, almost everything is in focus; with tele- ... Read More »

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The outcome of Christmas

By Submitted Article on December 23rd, 2017

Incarnation Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Good things often have a downside. Cars replaced slow coaches; planes cut long trips short; and steamships eliminated dependence on wind. However, all three ways of transport cause pollution, and overcrowded roads, airspace and shipping lanes. The incarnation of Gods’ Son also brought positive and negative ... Read More »

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Our Christmas gift from God

By Submitted Article on December 23rd, 2017

Almighty God, in His holy desperation looked down from heaven – Upon His flock of lost sheep, and watched the continuance of sin prevail the nation So in His great glory, He would keep His promise to fulfill the eternal plan, And to give all believers a chance to enter the “Promised Land.” So He ... Read More »

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