Challenge Good News Paper - USA Edition 46, 2016

Quirky Christmas traditions

Quirky Christmas traditions

A red suited Santa, drinking eggnog and decorated with an array of bizarre themed Christmas ornaments may sound like strange things to do in other parts of the world but the United States are not the only ones with some seemingly odd Christmas traditions.
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Prince’s death is personal to me

Prince’s death is personal to me

A personal reflection by Dr Jim Denison
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A princess lives

A princess lives

The survivor of a failed abortion, Gianna Jessen manages to feel overwhelmingly loved in a world that has consistently shown her hatred
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Human cry for equality

Human cry for equality

In the light of our current societal directions George Orwell's Animal Farm is worth a read, along with Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World.
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‘Amazing grace’ awakening

‘Amazing grace’ awakening

Words of revelation from the slave trader who wrote Amazing Grace
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What matters in the end

What matters in the end

Michael Jensen observes the reality of mortality
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Who should we thank?

In a "first world problems" culture, where a bad hair day or slow Internet is enough to dampen our mood, complaints seem more common than thanks.
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Worth more than gold

Worth more than gold

After three silvers at the Beijing Olympics American Shawn Johnson finally snatched the gold in the Women’s Balance Beam competition, but the damage had already been done
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If I were king

If I were king

Do you sometimes wish you could be in charge of the universe and make all the rules? I think many of us believe we know best how others should live and wish we could tell them!
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Abracadabra

Abracadabra

You might have seen a great series on Netflix that exposes the secrets of famous magicians.
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Caring about others – all others

Caring about others – all others

The mind behind Inside Out discusses the importance of human relationships
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Worth more than you know

Worth more than you know

Self-doubt drove Jody Bennett to pursue romantic relationships in her early teens but with three girls of her own today, she is determined to prevent them from making the same mistakes she did.
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Bad tattoos and other mistakes

Bad tattoos and other mistakes

A Chinese firm has developed a new type of tattoo ink that fades away after a year, or can be taken off sooner with a removal solution, according to a recent article. What a great idea!
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Avoiding a kitsch Christmas

English lecturer, the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, vicar of Putney, London, and lecturer in philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford, said recently that we should avoid having a kitsch Christmas.
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Second only to ‘The King’

Second only to ‘The King’

The hash-tag started in 2013, but the Black Lives Matter movement received a new kick of relevance with the shooting of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by white police officers on July 5, and the Dallas sniper execution of five police officers two days later.
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Building up lives

Building up lives

What's the secret to building a successful property company with $4B of residential developments in the pipeline? Crown Group CEO Iwan Sunito says design is almost the number one driving force behind the success of his enterprise; though the top place is reserved for something else.
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That dragon, cancer

That dragon, cancer

How a couple used a video game to immortalise their son
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Floods of joy after despair

Floods of joy after despair

Family overcomes depression that nearly tore them apart
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Why suicide?

Why suicide?

In 2014 alone, some 42,773 Americans killed themselves, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death for all ages, and prompting calls to treat it as a public health issue of paramount importance, alongside cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer.
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Reluctant Christian

Reluctant Christian

Nicole Cliffe didn’t ask anything from anyone, but she just couldn’t run away anymore
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The mind reader!

The mind reader!

I have a bad habit that I need to confess to. It has got me into trouble more times than I can remember and sometimes it has caused great pain to people I love dearly.
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‘APPy Christmas!

‘APPy Christmas!

Free ios Christmas apps available on iTunes for the festive season.
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Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

The incredible true story of a war hero without weapons
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The road map

The road map

Remember that night you thought you knew the way, but became lost. Your cellphone was at home. Oh for the old fashioned map that in former years was always in the vehicle!
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Going the distance

Going the distance

1500m champion Jennifer Simpson shares what keeps her going
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Prisons Edition

Remembering President Nixon’s right hand man

Remembering President Nixon’s right hand man

In 1974, prisoner 23226 at Maxwell Federal Prison Camp watched on a small black and white television as president Richard Nixon resigned.
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Finding peace despite injustice

Finding peace despite injustice

Sitting in prison for a crime he says he did not commit, Don Wood could be overwhelmed by the weight of all the things that he has lost but he chooses to dwell on the very precious thing he has gained that can never be taken away from him.
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Lost cause finds new purpose

Lost cause finds new purpose

Ex-con raised from coma offers inmates new life
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Truth: something we can learn from TV drama?

I can't help but cringe when a TV series or movie character lies about something important or holds back significant information from a loved one. We can all quickly guess it will cause conflict at some point in the story when the truth finally comes out...and it always does.
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Nabbed by God

Nabbed by God

When Shon Hopwood's high-school basketball career faded and his college and military prospects fell through, his lack of purpose left him susceptible to addiction and depression.
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From the Gospel of Mark

From the Gospel of Mark

Mark 15:1-24
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