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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.
Walking dead finds true life
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.
Quirky Christmas traditions
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.
Husbands, love your wives
Healed of ebola
Woman’s community ravaged by Ebola but her prayers save herself and her son
Healed of ebola
Joy of Christmas at last
Father denied Christmas as a child enjoys his own family’s festivities
Joy of Christmas at last
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.
Former thief gains a life and a wife
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.
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.
“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.
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.
My household changed
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.
The power of Why
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.
Hope out of poverty
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?
Why is it so hard to receive
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.
Kicking the habit

Prison Edition

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.
Found best standard of living
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.
Warning bells
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.
Nearly burned alive
Illness and prison led to joy
Illness plagues Amos Vincent's life but prison revealed a sickness he did not know he even had.
Illness and prison led to joy
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.
What The Hulk taught me about waking up
Born for something bigger
Being a mother opened Joanne’s eyes to wisdom she had once rejected
Born for something bigger
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.
Why God can’t overlook sin
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.
Wrecked life restored
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
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.
Living in the light
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.
Nasty man made nice
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.
Negative velcro thoughts
From the Gospel of Mark
Mark 15:25-41
From the Gospel of Mark

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