Challenge Good News Paper - 398 February 2017

On the skinny road

On the skinny road

Australian radio host, singer and media personality Emma Mullings says her life only really began when she processed the pain of losing her mother to cancer decades earlier
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What is love?

What is love?

"What is love?", according to Google, has been among the top three most-searched phrases for the past four consecutive years. Love, the most profound emotion known to human beings, is most often equated with romantic relationships.
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Wholeness at last

Wholeness at last

Drug abuse, depression, attempted suicide – some of the hallmarks of a life that had hit rock bottom. Lauren Mobsby explains how her life completely turned around
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You can't live without it!

You can't live without it!

On an average day, a couple use a staggering 450 litres of water! We take it for granted. It's just there at the turning of a tap. We drink it, we wash our dishes, ourselves and our clothes with it, water our gardens and flush our toilets, not to mention washing the car or filling the pool.
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God has heard your cry

I am here to let you know That God has heard your cry Your tears, your pain, your broken heart Has reached beyond the sky
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Alfred Nobel’s legacy

Alfred Nobel’s legacy

Recently I read the story of Alfred Nobel. He was a famous Swedish industrialist, who had made millions from dynamite. One morning, as Nobel read the morning papers, he discovered his obituary. (The editor of the newspaper had mistakenly thought he had died.)
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UK fashion boss praises the Designer

UK fashion boss praises the Designer

Simon Ward is retiring as chief operating officer of the British Fashion Council after 30 years in the industry. He's moving on to work for the Diocese of London.
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Why does “bad” feel so good?

Why does “bad” feel so good?

Isn't it strange that we display bumper stickers that say things like "Bad to the Bone", "10% nice, 90% naughty" and have skulls on them, but it wouldn't be considered nearly so cool to have a sticker that said "Good guy", "Noble and honest" or "I love my spouse"?
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Like the lavender

Like the lavender

The beginning of the year, when many of the pressures are off, can be a time to do some soul-searching. In the lazy, warm days of summer it can do us a power of good to take a long walk in the open air and smell the flowers.
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Gamer hits reset button

Gamer hits reset button

Overstressed and overworked, Beau Gilmore tried to “hide from the world” through video games but found they always left him empty
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You’re a bit of a fixer upper

You’re a bit of a fixer upper

I spent the morning filling bags with clothing other people could wear. It felt great to hand bags to Salvos and drive home knowing my closet would be a little easier to navigate in the days ahead.
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Refined as gold

Refined as gold

Two violent robberies and crippling debt plunged Susan into a personal crisis
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My sister is happy

My sister is happy

On the last day of her life, Sally was celebrating. She had just finished Year 12 and was in the car with her best friend and their boyfriends when the four died in a head-on collision.
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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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Symbol of Love

Symbol of Love

If I asked what you thought a symbol of love was, what would you say? Most people think of the symbol of a heart. This is a sentimental representation of relational love best left for Valentine's Day.
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Nuclear physicist defends personal faith

Nuclear physicist defends personal faith

He is an associate professor of theoretical nuclear physics at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University but Dr Brandon van der Ventel is not afraid to refute the myth that science and God cannot coexist
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What about radiometric dating?

Many think decay of radioactive materials can prove the earth is billions of years old but this is not the case.
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Muddled madness over Mississippian organic molecules

Muddled madness over Mississippian organic molecules

Fossilized sea lilies (crinoids) supposedly 'dated' as being 350 million years old have yielded intact species-specific complex organic molecule biomarkers—specifically, aromatic compounds called quinones.
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Another kind of Arab Spring

Another kind of Arab Spring

Nejib Boumenjel is from Tunisia, the country that ousted its President in January 2011 and inspired the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings across the Middle East. But Nejib has experienced a different kind of revolution
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Chains of addiction broken

Chains of addiction broken

Tony Corley was once a slave to alcohol and gambling but now he has been set free
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Read the manual!

Read the manual!

I have recently started a new job (this one!) and two weeks after I started the person I'm replacing left. Fortunately for me, she left me a giant yellow folder full of all the information I need to do her job – the people to contact, the websites to look at and the writing styles and tips that will be useful.
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Enough for me ... enough for you!

Enough for me ... enough for you!

For a few years now my wife Karen has selected a word to meditate upon and use as a theme for her life throughout the year to come. It is an enriching experience because it serves to focus her thoughts, prayers and actions at a personal level and in her relationships with others, including me!
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Pluggedin app

Pluggedin app

Have you ever been to a movie and had to walk out (or wished you had not brought your kids) because it was much more violent, crass, sexually explicit or full of swearing than you had anticipated?
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Check mate - Queen of Katwe

Check mate - Queen of Katwe

Chess is not just a game ...
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Rebirth of a golfing pro

Rebirth of a golfing pro

Golfing icon Bernhard Langer’s love of the sport developed from age eight when he worked as a caddy to earn some money.
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