August 19th, 2018

Religion

Positive thinking prevails

By Submitted Article on August 18th, 2018

Confidence First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The power of positive thinking had been with humanity for millennia before Norman Vincent Peale described it in his 1952 book. Ancient hunters, soldiers, farmers and craftsmen believed in their ability to achieve what they planned to do. Despite many factors beyond their control – like ... Read More »

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Life is short but meaningful

By Submitted Article on August 11th, 2018

Nature teaches Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl All lifeforms on planet Earth are temporary; sooner or later they die. It is debatable whether it was so in the beginning or became so after the fall into sin. The fact that the Creator gave all lifeforms the ability to procreate affirms, for me, ... Read More »

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Unique flora, fauna habitats

By Submitted Article on August 4th, 2018

Nature teaches Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The unity and diversity of nature never cease to marvel nature lovers. The inter-dependence of fauna and flora in various habitats amazes scientists continually. Latitude and altitude have a profound influence on the life forms of each region. Tropical rainforests near the equator flourish in ... Read More »

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Hidden treasures in nature

By Submitted Article on July 28th, 2018

Nature teaches First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Every leaf on trees, shrubs, flowers and grass is a wonderful factory that uses sunshine, moisture, air and nutrients to make food for plants, animals and humans. All our food comes directly or indirectly from these little miracles. Scientists cannot make a living leaf by ... Read More »

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Hope for the hopeless

By Submitted Article on July 21st, 2018

On the brink Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Jesus planned to send his disciples out to bring hope to the hopeless. To empathize with the hopeless, they first had to feel hopeless themselves. On a calm, sunny afternoon, they set off by boat to the eastern side of the lake, called the ... Read More »

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Gospel jamboree returns to Granum

By Sulz, Dave on July 21st, 2018

Annual family-friendly event goes July 27-29 Dave Sulz lethbridge herald dsulz@lethbridgeherald.com A summertime music tradition for more than 20 years returns to Granum next weekend. The 2018 edition of the annual Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree is set for July 27-29 at Granview Park in Granum. This year’s performers include Keepers of the Faith, the ... Read More »

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At the end of the tether

By Submitted Article on July 14th, 2018

On the brink Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl When one is at the end of one’s tether, you can’t go any farther – like a cow fastened to a post by a long rope. Leah had one child after the other while Rachel yearned for the privilege to be a mother. She ... Read More »

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Preparing for the final act

By Submitted Article on July 14th, 2018

This summer, I took a philosophy course titled “The Meaning of Life” by Dr. Karl Laderoute at the University of Lethbridge. I took this course because I am currently working on a B.A. with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy with plans to finish by April 2020. At the front of ... Read More »

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Despair stifles, hope revives

By Submitted Article on July 7th, 2018

On the brink Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Cursing one’s birth (Job 3, Jer. 20) is understandable but futile. It is not the day itself one rejects, but oneself, one’s parents, and God. Genes of many generations have been funnelled into your being through your parents. God used those genes to create ... Read More »

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God’s excellent timing

By Submitted Article on June 30th, 2018

Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl One can seize the moment for a good or bad purpose, to the honour or dishonour of God, and for one’s triumph or demise. David did the first when he fought Goliath; he did the second when he sinned with Bathsheba. Seizing the moment for lust, causes ... Read More »

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Timely action secures victory

By Submitted Article on June 23rd, 2018

Seizing the moment Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Timely action may overcome acute problems, grab unique opportunities or sow seeds (ideas) that may later germinate. I saw on television how three Masai warriors, armed only with spears and shields, walked deliberately towards a pride of lions feasting on a recently killed wildebeest. ... Read More »

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