July 27th, 2016

Religion

Is God austere or friendly?

By Submitted Article on July 23rd, 2016

Struggling with God Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl When man struggles with the Almighty, God always wins, but he does it in such a way that his triumph benefits man as well. In Genesis 22, Bible scholars are so focused on Abraham’s faith that they lose sight of Isaac’s fear. What impact ... Read More »

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Past promises, present crises

By Submitted Article on July 16th, 2016

Struggling With God First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The Almighty, who can vaporize the universe with one word, allows people to wrestle with him. We should use this grace sparingly and respectfully. When God told Abraham about his plans for Sodom and Gomorra, Abraham was concerned about the possibility that there might ... Read More »

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Churches no longer just a place of worship

By Transporter on July 16th, 2016

Churches convert into tango schools and daycares to stay financially stable Linda Nguyen THE CANADIAN PRESS – TORONTO When parishioners of The Meeting House gather for Sunday service each week, they don’t sit in pews in some grand historic church. Instead, their place of worship is an auditorium with a big screen, arcade games and ... Read More »

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The fruits of persecution

By Submitted Article on July 9th, 2016

Puzzling paradoxes Last of five parts Jacob M. Van Zyl One form of adversity is so painful that it deserves special attention – persecution. It is not the same as prosecution, although being wrongly accused of crime may feel like persecution to the victim. The bullying we have in mind here is the pugnacious harassment ... Read More »

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Amish branching out to South America

By Transporter on July 2nd, 2016

Mark Scolforo The Associated Press – HARRISBURG, Pa. The Amish branched out last year with new settlements in Bolivia, Argentina and Canada as their numbers continued to grow and a high percentage of young people opted to remain within the religious community, which eschews many modern conveniences. The sect’s total current population is about 308,000 ... Read More »

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God’s strength shines in mankind’s weakness

By Submitted Article on July 2nd, 2016

Jacob M. Van Zyl How can something bad be good for you – like chronic mental or physical disease or natural disasters or economic downturns or destructive wars? And yet, the Bible teaches that God uses negative things in the fallen world to make his children grow in faith, hope and love. The calamities of ... Read More »

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Human sin conflicts with Christ

By Submitted Article on June 25th, 2016

Jacob M. Van Zyl Honesty and dishonesty look like irreconcilable opposites, but actually there are many possibilities between them. Is a lure actually a dishonest trick to make the fish bite where it should not, or make the customer come in to be overcome by desires and persuasive salespeople? Are discounts and point-systems incentives that ... Read More »

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Truth and love, joy and awe

By Submitted Article on June 18th, 2016

Puzzling paradoxes Second of five parts Jacob M. Van Zyl If you listen carefully to different preachers – even to the same preacher at different times – you may detect a shifting emphasis. Sometimes seriousness is stressed and sometimes celebration; the same happens regarding faith and love, grace and works, give and receive, truth and ... Read More »

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Becoming a citizen of God’s kingdom

By Submitted Article on June 4th, 2016

Kingdom mysteries Last of four parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Jesus announced that the kingdom of God was at hand, and he told his disciples to proclaim the same message. Did this kingdom come? There is still so much wrong in humanity and nature. Before we criticize, let us ensure we are not misled by ... Read More »

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Men’s event to tackle ‘Dragon Next Door’

By Sulz, Dave on June 4th, 2016

Speaker from Ottawa to discuss the dangers of Internet porn LETHBRIDGE HERALD There’s a dragon living next door and it’s devouring people at an alarming rate. The “dragon” is pornography. And there’s a group of Canadians who are working to alert others to the danger and prevent more victims from being claimed. “The Dragon Next ... Read More »

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Processions celebrate Feast of Corpus Christi

By Sulz, Dave on May 28th, 2016

All Saints Parish in Lethbridge will hold two processions Sunday as part of the Catholic Church’s annual celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi – the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The processions begin at 12 p.m. – one leaving St. Basil’s Church (604 13 St. N.) and the other leaving Our ... Read More »

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