March 25th, 2017

Religion

Reaching out to the despised

By Submitted Article on March 25th, 2017

Lent: the last campaign Fourth of six parts Jacob M. Van Zyl After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus had about two months left before his execution in Jerusalem. He moved north in the mountain country, turned east near Galilee, and then proceeded south in the Jordan Valley towards Jericho. Important truths were conveyed by ... Read More »

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Jesus saved lives by giving his own

By Submitted Article on March 18th, 2017

Third of six parts Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication, occurred in winter. It commemorated the rededication of the temple by the Maccabees in 165 BC, after it had been desecrated by the Syrians. Jesus was in Jerusalem for Hanukkah. While walking in Solomon’s Colonnade, some Jews confronted ... Read More »

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Critical time, urgent choices

By Submitted Article on March 11th, 2017

Lent: the last campaign Second of six parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Knowing he had only six months left before his crucifixion, Jesus spent the first three months in Jerusalem and Judea, stretching from the Feast of Tabernacles (in October) to the Feast of Dedication (or Hanukkah, in December). Jesus occasionally accepted invitations to dine ... Read More »

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On who or what do we focus?

By Submitted Article on March 4th, 2017

Lent: The last campaign First of six parts Jacob M. Van Zyl What would you do if you had only six months to live? Many of us would invest all our energy and money in finding a cure. Some would go on a pleasure spree, enjoying what they can before the end. Others would withdraw ... Read More »

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Take this cup away from me

By Submitted Article on February 25th, 2017

Keeping direction Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Instead of debating issues of national importance during elections, candidates may cause distractions about personal issues, like character flaws and past mistakes of their opponents. Then politics get dirty. When Christ started his official ministry, Satan right away tried to cause distraction about his person, ... Read More »

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Detours and distractions

By Submitted Article on February 18th, 2017

Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Staying on course at sea – before the days of the sextant, compass and GPS – was difficult, especially when it was overcast and dark moon. Without external reference points, seafarers were at a loss. Today’s cars can be equipped with GPS: one enters the destination, and ... Read More »

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Continuity amid change

By Submitted Article on February 11th, 2017

Keeping direction First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Houses can be renovated without demolishing them. Ordinary homes around the hospital have been transformed to offices for medical specialists. Minor rearrangements of walls and doors gave old houses a second lease on life. People are also changing all the time, yet they remain the ... Read More »

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Good and evil force choices

By Submitted Article on January 28th, 2017

Jacob M. Van Zyl Life on Earth presents good and bad options all the time. For the pessimist, the picture is dark with a few tiny bright spots; for the optimist, all is bright and beautiful with only a few dark dots. Both views are unrealistic and exaggerated. In success and failure, we can make ... Read More »

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Dynamic interaction of opposites

By Submitted Article on January 21st, 2017

Shade and light First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Yin-yang mono-duality plays an important part in Chinese philosophy. The two opposites are interdependent and need each other to be productive. Yin-yang point to interacting opposites like shade/light, cold/hot, passive/active, water/fire, and female/male. Wife and husband compliment each other, physically and emotionally, and their ... Read More »

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