Challenge Good News Paper - USA Edition 46, 2016
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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.
Quirky Christmas traditions
Prince’s death is personal to me
A personal reflection by Dr Jim Denison
Prince’s death is personal to me
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
A princess lives
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.
Human cry for equality
‘Amazing grace’ awakening
Words of revelation from the slave trader who wrote Amazing Grace
‘Amazing grace’ awakening
What matters in the end
Michael Jensen observes the reality of mortality
What matters in the end
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.
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
Worth more than gold
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!
If I were king
Abracadabra
You might have seen a great series on Netflix that exposes the secrets of famous magicians.
Abracadabra
Caring about others – all others
The mind behind Inside Out discusses the importance of human relationships
Caring about others – all others
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.
Worth more than you know
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!
Bad tattoos and other mistakes
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.
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.
Second only to ‘The King’
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.
Building up lives
That dragon, cancer
How a couple used a video game to immortalise their son
That dragon, cancer
Floods of joy after despair
Family overcomes depression that nearly tore them apart
Floods of joy after despair
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.
Why suicide?
Reluctant Christian
Nicole Cliffe didn’t ask anything from anyone, but she just couldn’t run away anymore
Reluctant Christian
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.
The mind reader!
‘APPy Christmas!
Free ios Christmas apps available on iTunes for the festive season.
‘APPy Christmas!
Hacksaw Ridge
The incredible true story of a war hero without weapons
Hacksaw Ridge
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!
The road map
Going the distance
1500m champion Jennifer Simpson shares what keeps her going
Going the distance

Prisons Edition

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.
Remembering President Nixon’s right hand man
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.
Finding peace despite injustice
Lost cause finds new purpose
Ex-con raised from coma offers inmates new life
Lost cause finds new purpose
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.
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.
Nabbed by God
From the Gospel of Mark
Mark 15:1-24
From the Gospel of Mark

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