WEEK IN RELIGION

Archeologists in Israel believe they have discovered an ancient gate related to the 12 tribes of Israel. The discovery of of the gate was in the Golan Heights area and is believed to be the entrance gate to the Old Testament city of Zer, which was later known as Bethsaida in the New Testament. According to the Bible in Joshua 19:35, Zer was one of the fortified cities for the people of Naphtali — one of the 12 tribes of Israel. In the New Testament, Bethsaida is the place where Jesus is said to have healed a blind man and fed 5,000 people.

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STUDY SAYS

Americans wanting bigger families

According to a recent Gallup Poll, the number of Americans that think that families of three or more children is ideal continues to rise. According to the poll, 41 percent of U.S. adults think having three or more children is ideal, which is up from 38 percent in 2013 and 34 percent in 2011.

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GOOD BOOK?

“When God’s Ways Make No Sense” by Dr. Larry Crabb

In this powerful exploration of God’s often mysterious and counterintuitive ways, Dr. Larry Crabb challenges readers to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come our way when we experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, he invites us to look closer at what God is doing in our lives when it feels like he is far from us. Unpacking the stories of two very different prophets, Crabb lights the way to a life of resting in the goodness of a God who is always working out his plan for our lives.

— Baker Books

THE WORD

hajj: Pronounced “hahj.” In Islam, a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Croatia is:

— Roman Catholic: 86.3 percent

— Orthodox: 4.4 percent

— Muslim: 1.5 percent

— Other: 1.5 percent

— Unspecified: 2.5 percent

— None: 3.8 percent

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