April 30th, 2017

Religion

Same world, different values

By Submitted Article on April 29th, 2017

Viewpoints Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl When we listen to the divergent views of politicians about the same problem, it is often hard to tell they are talking about the same thing. However, when we honestly look at our own beliefs and preferences, in comparison with that of opponents, we are guilty ... Read More »

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Same mountain, different angles

By Submitted Article on April 22nd, 2017

Viewpoints Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Some mountains have an average form, not clearly identifiable. Others are so unique and renowned that one can’t confuse them with any other. Cape Town’s Table Mountain – with its wide, flat centre, flanked by two peaks – belongs in the second category, I think. However, ... Read More »

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Sikhs celebrate the birth of ‘Khalsa Panth’

By Submitted Article on April 22nd, 2017

Special day is celebrated by Sikhs around the world Bal S. Boora April 13 is a very special day for the followers of the Sikh faith all around the world. On this day in 1699 the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, established the Khalsa Panth to free Indians from the clutches of foreign rulers. ... Read More »

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Same tomb, different reactions

By Submitted Article on April 15th, 2017

Viewpoints First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Although some media ridiculed the Trump camp for claiming to have “alternative facts,” those media should rethink the fact that humans don’t have all the facts. Both natural and social sciences develop all the time – discovering new facts every day. And research projects about the ... Read More »

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Crucial, last-chance appointments

By Submitted Article on April 8th, 2017

Lent: The last campaign Last of six parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Jesus knew exactly when, where and how he would die, giving his life as ransom for sinners. He knew that this cosmic moment would happen within a few weeks. Near the Galilean border, 10 lepers pleaded for healing. He sent them to the ... Read More »

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Seeking God while He is near

By Submitted Article on April 1st, 2017

Lent: The last campaign Fifth of six parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Jesus illustrated deep truth with simple stories. He knew that a good story touches the heart and illuminates the mind. On his last tour, only weeks before his death in Jerusalem, he told several parables, treasures which Luke saved for us. With the ... Read More »

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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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