January 26th, 2015

Religion

A sinner’s best friend

By Submitted Article on January 24th, 2015

Third of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl In the 1960s, mass hysteria surrounded the Beatles. Seeing them in person was the top experience for most teenagers. As the news and rumours about Jesus spread, the crowds around him swell. He moves from synagogues to open-air... Read More »

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When problems become challenges

By Submitted Article on January 17th, 2015

Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Using God-given opportunities well gives lasting satisfaction; using the devil’s opportunities spawns lasting regret. David and Judas proved this point. Despite his daunting task, Noah used it as a God-given opportunity to save his family and many land animals... Read More »

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Turning disaster into triumph

By Submitted Article on January 10th, 2015

First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Missing a golden opportunity may become a haunting memory. Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem left a void, resounding over centuries: “How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you... Read More »

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How great are our goals?

By Submitted Article on January 3rd, 2015

Second of two parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Last week, we considered the results of over- or underestimating ourselves. Today, we assess the importance of our goals for the year ahead of us. In the book of Ecclesiastes, the wise King Solomon describes his fruitless pursuit of... Read More »

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How great are we?

By Submitted Article on December 27th, 2014

First in a two-part series Jacob M. Van Zyl At the year end, we wonder what we have accomplished. When the king of Babylon adored the city’s magnificent walls, buildings and gardens, he glorified himself: “Is not this the great Babylon which I have built as... Read More »

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The shepherds of Bethlehem

By Submitted Article on December 20th, 2014

Third in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl In the severe drought and depression of 1933, my father lost his farm and trekked with his Merino flock along the dirt roads of the Karoo in search of grazing. In Africa, Canada and Russia, wild herds migrate annually... Read More »

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Caring for the flock of God

By Submitted Article on December 13th, 2014

Second in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl When a malicious person gets into a position of trust, we say: wolf has become shepherd. However, all dogs descend from wolves, and some dogs have become the flock’s best friend. Collies have proved themselves excellent herding dogs,... Read More »

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Local couple produce second edition of marriage, family devotional

By Sulz, Dave on December 6th, 2014

LETHBRIDGE HERALD In 2009, Lethbridge residents Ann and Bryan Norford published a marriage and family devotional titled “Happy Together: Daily Insights for Families from Scripture.” Begun as a legacy for family members, the book encourages its readers to investigate examples of marriage, family, and relationships with a year... Read More »

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The Lord is my shepherd

By Submitted Article on December 6th, 2014

Shepherds First in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl I grew up on a sheep farm. Although the sheep roamed freely in fenced camps, they had to be herded occasionally for inspection, treatment, shearing, and loading onto trucks for the marketplace. Most baby animals are adorable; new-born... Read More »

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Ancient letters depict early church

By Submitted Article on November 29th, 2014

Third in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl The Acts and Epistles of the Apostles are jewels in clay jars. They show how the promise of Jesus was fulfilled: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in... Read More »

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