August 14th, 2020

Religion

The Son’s sacrifice

By Submitted Article on August 8th, 2020

The vine Second of four parts Jacob M. Van Zyl In John 15:1-8, Jesus used farmer, vine, sap and branches to depict Father, Son, Spirit and believers, respectively. We have looked at the Father’s role as farmer; today, we study Jesus, the vine. The vine is the stem of the plant. It is not visually ... Read More »

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The Father’s initiative

By Submitted Article on August 1st, 2020

The farmer First of four parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Jesus often used farming activities as metaphors for spiritual truth. As the sower (Christian) sows the seed (gospel), it may land on four kinds of soil (hearts): the path (hardened), the rocks (burdened), the thorns (tempted) and good soil (fruitful). Jesus explained the parable himself ... Read More »

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Burdened nature groans

By Submitted Article on July 25th, 2020

Creation speaks Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Gold and diamonds are carefully guarded because precious things incite covetous minds. Our precious planet is also threatened. As God proceeded with creation, he reiterated that his handiwork was excellent. Satan stained it with sin. Then God cursed his own good creation, and it sprouted ... Read More »

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The wonders of nature

By Submitted Article on July 18th, 2020

Creation speaks Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Since the Renaissance, science has made meaningful progress to understand creation better, from the micro- to the macro-cosmos. The complexity of structure and the intricacy of function of physical reality suggest that it did not develop by chance, but that an intelligent Mastermind planned and ... Read More »

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Trees known by their fruit

By Submitted Article on July 11th, 2020

Creation speaks First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Although some try to make the best of the Canadian winter with snowmobiles, skiing or travelling to warmer regions, most people probably enjoy summer more with its great variety of outdoor activities. It brings us closer to nature with all its beautiful scenery and animals. ... Read More »

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Do we radiate hope?

By Submitted Article on July 4th, 2020

Faith, love, hope Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl A cross, heart and anchor are the icons for faith, love and hope, respectively. Hebrews 6:19 describes hope as an anchor. The anchor and its chain secure a ship to the seabed, keeping its bow toward the wind and oncoming waves. Therefore, ships do ... Read More »

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People and pets love it

By Submitted Article on June 27th, 2020

Faith, love, hope Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Babies of mammals and birds receive much loving care until their independence. Species growing up without this care do not show it later in life. Many species enjoy mutual grooming, especially primates. We can call it gentle touch. For the same reason, we enjoy ... Read More »

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Superstition vs. saving faith

By Submitted Article on June 20th, 2020

Faith, love, hope First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Whatever the circumstances are, all people need faith, love and hope (1 Cor. 13:13, 1 Thess. 1:3). A man and woman feel mutual attraction, share time together and develop trust in each other. Friendship becomes love; they marry and hope for a long and ... Read More »

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Make-believe on screen

By Submitted Article on June 13th, 2020

Deception Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl One kind of business that benefitted from the lockdown is online movie suppliers. Most of us have probably spent more time on television entertainment during the pandemic than before. Whether it is newscasts, talk shows, documentaries or fiction, all movement on screen and sound from loudspeakers ... Read More »

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Genuine or pretending?

By Submitted Article on June 6th, 2020

Deception Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Magicians use deception to change our perception; they use illusion to fool our vision. Dexterous make-believe is the trick of the trade. Some people can tell a lie with the truth. What they say is quite feasible, but they depict it in such a way that ... Read More »

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Spinning the facts

By Submitted Article on May 30th, 2020

Deception First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl A popular form of deception is spinning facts in such a way that either a bad situation looks better, or an innocent situation looks terrible. When a notorious train robber and horse thief was hanged in the 19th century, his obituary read, “John Doe was known ... Read More »

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