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Nowhere to look but up     
Several years ago Wayne Hicks decided to kill himself. He sat alone in his home with a bottle of whiskey and a 9mm handgun determined to put an end to his pain.
Nowhere to look but up
Finding all her needs met     
Florence Mwale grew up dirt poor in rural Zambia and remembers being so hungry that she would steal relish from her mother's cooking pot to try to get enough to eat before the rest of her large family got their share.
Finding all her needs met
Pulled back from brink of disaster     
Reinier Kuyler is serving six years for armed robbery. Like many prisoners, though, it is only when his life hit rock bottom that things started to look up.
Pulled back from brink of disaster
Anger turned into a smile     
Bajuta was once consumed with anger and hidden hurt but today his smile is genuine.
Anger turned into a smile
A life filled with passion     
Elreza Mulder has been a committed Christian for over 60 years, but she remembers a time when she was using all her God-given talents for her own glory.
A life filled with passion
How safe is your soul?     
Here's a quick test to see how safety-conscious you really are...
How safe is your soul?
Extreme makeover     
It is a sad irony that Olivia Goldsmith, author of the book The First Wives Club that championed the cause of spurned older women, died on the operating table during a face lift operation.
Extreme makeover
Ladies’ man becomes God’s man     
Godfrey Thebe once mocked people who believed in religion and a God they could not see despite having been raised in a Christian home and attending church with his mother.
Ladies’ man becomes God’s man
Gangster finds God     
Lacking a father and born into a poor family, Themba Dhlamini says his frustration at life led to him committing crime from a very early age.
Gangster finds God
Hard life finds rest     
Isaac Sedumedi’s hard past is evident in his prematurely aging face, with its blind eye and missing teeth. It has taken him most of his 53 years to find the love and freedom he had been looking for in all the wrong places.
Hard life finds rest
Forgiving my father’s killer     
Marcus Doe is no stranger to loss and pain. Orphaned at 11 years of age and feeling let down by a God who seemed to consistently ignore his prayers, Marcus’ fantasies of vengeance became his only coping mechanism.
Forgiving my father’s killer
Getting it right from the start     
Emma-Leigh Basson is only 14 but has already discovered a source of unconditional love that "is the best feeling imaginable".
Getting it right from the start
A word of rest for weary moms     
I was struck recently, when reading the children's report cards that "good" is no longer good enough; "satisfactory" just isn't; and "average" is almost equivalent to poor.
A word of rest for weary moms
It is all for a reason     
He may be serving a 25-year prison sentence but Duncan Thompson says he would not change a thing in his life
It is all for a reason
Gaining a clean record     
At some point in life we all need a fresh start. The beginning of a new year reminds me of that. If only we could all go back and avoid making those mistakes that seem to haunt today. If only.
Gaining a clean record
I know better now     
Caring parents gave Thozama Mtshali, known as Thozi, a great start to life but she wishes she had listened to their advice and warnings before it was too late.
I know better now
Seeking after the kingdom     
“I felt so dirty for my wrong doings. I asked myself how long I was going to keep on living like that,” confesses Eugene Pooe, currently in prison for theft.
Seeking after the kingdom
Living dead finds life     
Anthony Ndwandwe says his life before prison was nothing and that he was like the “living dead”.
Living dead finds life
My life was hell on earth          
Kay Liyena feels that she has lived such hell on earth growing up that she certainly doesn't want to go to hell after she dies.
My life was hell on earth
My liewe was hel op aarde (Afrikaans)          
Kay Liyena voel dat sy so hel op aarde gehad het dat sy beslis nie hel toe wil gaan wanneer sy dood gaan nie.
Impilo yami kwaku yisihogo sasemhlabeni (Zulu)          
UKay Liyena uthi impilo yakhe kwaku yisihogo sasemhlabeni ngendlela akhula ngayo kanga ngokuthi akafuni ukuya esihogweni uma esedlula emhlabeni.
Adulterer finds God on a train          
When Albert Thlakole went to Johannesburg, away from his wife, for work, he found the temptation of other women too much to resist – even women from church!
Adulterer finds God on a train
Two liars find the truth     
 
Two liars find the truth
Virtual reality can ease the pain     
According to a recent news report from The Atlantic: "The idea of using VR to reduce the distress of medical procedures was pioneered at the University of Seattle, Washington, where cognitive psychologist Hunter Hoffman and colleagues have developed a VR game called SnowWorld, to help patients endure wound care for severe burns.
Virtual reality can ease the pain
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 1)     
When we walk our sausage dog Carrie in the nearby park in the afternoon I am a struck not only by the wide variety of different types of dogs that people own, but by the different relationships they seem to have with them.
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 1)
Jesus said: ‘I am the Truth’     
No-one denies that truth is important and no one wants to be deceived. We all know the consequences of untruths, whether it’s adulterous partners, dodgy salesmen, email scams or paedophiles posing as teenage friends on social media.
From the Gospel of John     
John 1:19-42
From the Gospel of John
The praying footballer          
Liverpool and England footballer Daniel Sturridge has regularly made the sport pages for thanking God when he scores.
The praying footballer
Dream bigger than £300,000          
Watford are currently enjoying life in the premier League – but one of their strikers is enjoying the top flight so much he turned down millions to move to China.
Dream bigger than £300,000

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