January 23rd, 2018

Religion

Reaching out to the distressed

By Submitted Article on January 20th, 2018

God in flesh First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The Son of God became a human being to save sinners. How did that play out in his life before he was crucified? His first miracle, transforming water into wine, saved a happy groom and bride from embarrassment when the wedding feast ran out ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Zooming in and out

By Submitted Article on January 13th, 2018

In focus Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The young generation takes zoom lenses for granted. For those of us who can still remember the limitations of the old box cameras, the zoom lens remains a great forward step in camera development. Suddenly, one could zoom in on people, wildlife, sports, buildings, planes, ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Visiting the Pearly Gates in a dream

By Submitted Article on January 6th, 2018

On Dec. 5, 2013, I was taken by ambulance to CRH because at about 9 p.m., I slipped and fell while turning off the lights on the wall near the Advent Wreath. I tried to get up but failed so I called my wife, who was still at the back of the church. She called ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Making old pictures new

By Submitted Article on January 6th, 2018

In focus Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Film photography can be digitalized. Old pictures can be revived with modern technology. We often see achromatic still photos and movies from long ago on TV. Precious memories captured on slides or 8 mm film can be transferred to DVD or memory-stick and watched on ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Discerning facts and truth

By Submitted Article on December 30th, 2017

In focus First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Since I got my first 35 mm film camera decades ago, I’ve been a keen amateur nature-photographer. Apart from the right angle, composition and timing, sharp focus is always a challenge. Different lenses focus differently: with wide-angle shots, almost everything is in focus; with tele- ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

The outcome of Christmas

By Submitted Article on December 23rd, 2017

Incarnation Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Good things often have a downside. Cars replaced slow coaches; planes cut long trips short; and steamships eliminated dependence on wind. However, all three ways of transport cause pollution, and overcrowded roads, airspace and shipping lanes. The incarnation of Gods’ Son also brought positive and negative ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Our Christmas gift from God

By Submitted Article on December 23rd, 2017

Almighty God, in His holy desperation looked down from heaven – Upon His flock of lost sheep, and watched the continuance of sin prevail the nation So in His great glory, He would keep His promise to fulfill the eternal plan, And to give all believers a chance to enter the “Promised Land.” So He ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

The facts of Christmas

By Submitted Article on December 16th, 2017

Incarnation Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl God’s thinking is so much higher than ours that he surprises us time and again. He used a baby in a basket (Moses) to start the liberation of Israel from Egypt. He used a baby in a manger (Jesus) to start humanity’s salvation from sin. Humans ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

The purpose of Christmas

By Submitted Article on December 9th, 2017

Incarnation First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Every machine and appliance has a purpose: stoves, fridges, cars and planes. Every part of machinery has a purpose or function. When a mechanic or electrician opens a machine, they must know what the function of the various parts are, or figure it out, before they ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Throw out bad old stuff

By Submitted Article on December 2nd, 2017

Old and new Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Why do we hoard so much stuff over years? Some put unwanted things on the driveway for people to take for free; others have a garage sale. One person’s trash may become another person’s treasure. Moving to another home or town is a good ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Old things can be valuable

By Submitted Article on November 25th, 2017

Old and new Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Although humans are attracted by new things, they still love some old stuff. Wine and meat are matured for optimum tastiness (Luke 5:39). North American jerk meat and South African “biltong” originated from the need to preserve meat for several months before there were ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!