May 26th, 2016

Religion

Vistas of past, present, future

By Submitted Article on May 21st, 2016

Kingdom mysteries Second of four parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The kingdom of heaven/God has general and specific meanings. As the One who created and sustains the universe, God is its sovereign ruler. Whether people recognize him as such or not does not change this... Read More »

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Is heaven on Earth feasible?

By Submitted Article on May 14th, 2016

Kingdom mysteries First of four parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Ancient Israel was first ruled by God-appointed leaders: Moses, Joshua and the Judges. After them, the era of kings lasted about 450 years. The idea of God’s kingdom (theocracy) was reintroduced by Christ. He taught... Read More »

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The Sermon on the Mount

By Submitted Article on May 7th, 2016

God speaks Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The law came to Israel at Mt. Sinai in frightening circumstances. The Son of God interpreted the law for his followers on a serene hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The Sermon on the Mount... Read More »

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Jordan bans show by Lebanese rockers

By Transporter on April 30th, 2016

The Associated Press – AMMAN, Jordan Jordan has banned a performance by a popular Lebanese rock band on religious grounds, spurring criticism of the Western-allied kingdom, which portrays itself as an island of tolerance in a turbulent region. The band Mashrou’ Leila (“Leila’s Project”) is known internationally for... Read More »

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God hasn’t changed

By Submitted Article on April 30th, 2016

Jacob M. Van Zyl God talked to Moses and Israel at Mount Sinai in an unforgettable way. It gives one goose bumps when you place yourself in their shoes. Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law at the foot of the holy mountain. Resting in the shade... Read More »

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Vatican cracking down on tax cheats

By Transporter on April 30th, 2016

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – VATICAN CITY THE VATICAN’S FINANCIAL WATCHDOG SAID THURSDAY IT RECEIVED 544 REPORTS OF SUSPICIOUS FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS LAST YEAR, A THREE-FOLD INCREASE OVER 2014, THANKS IN PART TO BEEFED-UP EFFORTS TO FLAG POTENTIAL TAX CHEATS WHO ARE USING THE VATICAN BANK TO HIDE ... Read More »

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Passover vacation niche growing

By Transporter on April 23rd, 2016

Many destinations now cater to Jews celebrating the feast Mike Schneider THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – ORLANDO, Fla. Most Jews around the world say the traditional “Next year in Jerusalem” at the end of the annual Passover Seder feast. Last year, St. Louis native David Benkof said to... Read More »

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God contacts his people

By Submitted Article on April 23rd, 2016

God speaks First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The word of God gives milk to infants (1 Pet. 2:2), solid food to adults (1 Cor. 3:2), and sustenance to the aged (Ps. 92:13-14). We can feed from God’s word through study, meditation and... Read More »

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Spiritual growth after salvation

By Submitted Article on April 16th, 2016

Life Last of four parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Accepting salvation is the beginning of a new life, not the end. Having associated oneself intimately with Christ changes one’s tastes, values, lifestyle and goals. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation... Read More »

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Pope cements Orthodix ties with Greece visit

By Transporter on April 16th, 2016

Nicole Winfield THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – VATICAN CITY When Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, visit migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend, they’ll be doing more than sending a political message about the need to welcome... Read More »

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Accepting salvation as a gift

By Submitted Article on April 9th, 2016

Life Third of four parts Jacob M. Van Zyl One’s position and condition are not always the same. Your position may be that you are the child of a high official; your condition may be that you have an alcohol problem. Whereas justification changes our... Read More »

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