Challenge Good News Paper - 85, 2016

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Walking dead finds true life

Walking dead finds true life

"From bush to bush I dodged bullets and machetes, hiding when I could and running like a hunted animal when there was nowhere to hide. For days I didn't eat. I learned to sleep while standing. I had to push dead bodies out of the way in the lake to even get the smallest drink of water.
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Quirky Christmas traditions

Quirky Christmas traditions

Enjoying Christmas day outside in the sun may sound like a strange thing to do in the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere but South Africans are not the only ones with some seemingly odd Christmas traditions.
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Husbands, love your wives

Husbands, love your wives

Being with many women was all that Sankhani Chikumbutso lived for until he realised that this lifestyle had terrible everlasting consequences in the sight of God.
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Healed of ebola

Healed of ebola

Woman’s community ravaged by Ebola but her prayers save herself and her son
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Joy of Christmas at last

Joy of Christmas at last

Father denied Christmas as a child enjoys his own family’s festivities
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Former thief gains a life and a wife

Former thief gains a life and a wife

As self-confessed stubborn teen, Harry Phaoha thought he could steal whatever he wanted for himself without any consequences before one shop hit went wrong and the whole community began to mistrust him.
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Lowo owaye yiselelesi uthola ukuphila nenkosikazi (Zulu)

Engumfana ongalaleli, uHarry Phaoha wayecabanga ukuthi wayengantshontsha noma yini ngaphandle komphumela Kepha kwaba nesikhathi lapho izinto zinga zange zimhambele kahle umphakathi waqala wangamethemba.
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Voormalige dief kry ‘n lewe en ‘n vrou (Afrikaans)

Harry Phaoha was 'n selferkende hardnekkige tiener, wat geglo het dat hy alles wat hy wou hê kon steel, sonder dat daar enige nagevolge sou wees. Dit was die geval voor 'n spesifieke winkeldiefstal egter verkeerd geloop het en die hele gemeenskap hom begin wantrou het.
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“How do I receive forgiveness from God?”

The word "forgive" means to wipe the slate clean, to pardon, to cancel a debt. When we wrong someone, we seek their forgiveness in order for the relationship to be restored. Forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven. No one deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is an act of love, mercy, and grace. Forgiveness is a decision to not hold something against another person, despite what they have done to you.
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My household changed

My household changed

Wanting to feel good about herself was the biggest struggle for Rose Makoti because she did not have a happy household or marriage.
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The power of Why

The power of Why

Steve Sinek was considering his own business and was wondering why it wasn't going as well as he felt it should have been. In the process he discovered a significant insight that helped his business and his life. He penned down this discovery in a book called The Power of Why.
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Hope out of poverty

Hope out of poverty

Early marriage and poverty was the life of most women in the village of Julukuqu but Yandiswa Ngqame's great job as a military librarian came after hard work and a life-changing decision.
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Why is it so hard to receive

Why is it so hard to receive

Christmas is the time for presents, for giving and receiving. Children especially often think giving gifts is the real definition of Christmas! We may fully expect that our spouses, family and friends give us something at this time of year. But what about the people who give us a gift unexpectedly?
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Kicking the habit

Kicking the habit

Three-time South African kickboxing champion Henk van Wyk appeared tough on the outside but behind his consuming pride was deep shame at his impoverished upbringing and pornography addiction.
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Prison Edition

Found best standard of living

Found best standard of living

Having lived with little for as long as he could remember, Brian Bacela valued material possessions above everything else, until he realised there was so much more life had to offer.
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Warning bells

Warning bells

Larry Harris had heard that little voice in his head several times warning him about the stupidity of his actions and the danger of the company he was keeping, but it took a 20-year prison sentence for him to finally stop running and start hearing what it was saying.
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Nearly burned alive

Nearly burned alive

Being nearly burned alive by an angry mob was a frightening experience for Bongani Semau, but looking back he can see that God used that circumstance to dramatically change the direction of his life.
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Illness and prison led to joy

Illness and prison led to joy

Illness plagues Amos Vincent's life but prison revealed a sickness he did not know he even had.
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What The Hulk taught me about waking up

What The Hulk taught me about waking up

We've seen a box office landslide of superhero movies recently. These classic stories have it all – and despite the fantasy there is always something in these tales to speak to our reality.
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Born for something bigger

Born for something bigger

Being a mother opened Joanne’s eyes to wisdom she had once rejected
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Why God can’t overlook sin

Why God can’t overlook sin

Why doesn't our loving God simply accept us in our sins? It is a question that has confused many people or put them off Christianity completely.
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Wrecked life restored

Wrecked life restored

Thabo Mathe's life story sadly reflects the slide from unfortunate circumstances into crime, but prison is not where his story ends.
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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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Living in the light

Living in the light

Moses Matshego found light, goodness and freedom in the most unlikely place – a prison cell - after he was jailed for stock theft.
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Nasty man made nice

Nasty man made nice

Piet Gabarobane was not a nice man. He was full of hatred and anger, always picking fights and just taking what he wanted from others, whether it was a woman's body or a person's car.
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Negative velcro thoughts

Negative velcro thoughts

According to a recent podcast by neuro-psychologist and best-selling author Dr Rick Hanson, neuroscience has used brain scans to discover how certain thoughts attach themselves to our brains.
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From the Gospel of Mark

From the Gospel of Mark

Mark 15:25-41
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