Challenge Good News Paper - 415 August 2018
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Seeing the light amid suffering
Losing a child rocks your world, your marriage and your belief in God to its core, as well-known Christian singer songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman can testify, but he determined it would only make him stronger.
Seeing the light amid suffering
There is hope for hypocrites
Hypocrisy just makes us mad doesn't it? Politicians speaking of tightened belts, while endorsing payments for themselves.
Jesus in jeans: a 21stC parable
If Jesus had chosen to come to earth in modern times, some of His parables may have been a bit different. He used stories and pictures that the people could readily identify with from what they saw around them.
Jesus in jeans: a 21stC  parable
Resurrection promise
The final part in a short series that explores the ultimate end of us all.
Resurrection promise
Truckie’s long haul to healing
Truck driver Anthony Bootes has had harrowing experiences with suicide, rape, loss and rejection in his life, yet he found healing and wholeness through a series of events that began as he was embarking on a murder-suicide plan to end his pain.
Truckie’s long haul to healing
King Manny and the art of finishing strong
Do you feel guilty? Have you done a lot of stuff you're not proud of? Hurt a lot of people? Broke a lot of laws? Do you think you have done too many bad things for God to forgive you or make your life right?
King Manny and the art of finishing strong
True change is possible
Although Hannes Grové grew up with a minister as a father, knew a lot about God and had even prayed tearfully to God in his late teens to save him, he now knows that it was not until he truly surrended his desires and will to Jesus in 2015 that he became a Christian.
True change is possible
From Boyzone to God’s own
Kicked out of school at 14, Shane Lynch was a real problem child. But he proved his critics wrong by rising to fame in 1992 with boy band Boyzone.
From Boyzone to God’s own
Entertaining angels
What comes to mind when you think of angels? Fat babies with wings?
Saved from death, brought to life
Peter Overliese and his wife Adele in Perth in 2017. In 1949, Peter Overliese and his family escaped war-torn Amsterdam and emigrated to Australia for a fresh start.
Saved from death, brought to life
Are you there, God?
Once there was a man who dared God to speak.
Balancing work and prayer
Different personality types respond to the life of faith and belief with different attitudes. There are those who gravitate towards work and action. For them the prayer and contemplation is pointless introspection and they believe action is needed.
Balancing work and prayer
From sickbed to stardom
Singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle now has the world at her feet, but a few years ago she was ill and housebound.
From sickbed to stardom
Advice from a man without arms
Daniel Ritchie affirms: “I am different by God’s design.” "Weirdo." "Gross." "Freak." Those are words I've had spoken to me over the past few years at restaurants. All of them, directed at me, not because I was doing anything offensive, mind you. No, I was being shamed because I was eating. The issue is ... that I don't eat like everyone else. I eat with my feet.
Advice from a man without arms
Born to communicate
The astonishing rise of a new language in 500 deaf children gives us insights into the gift of language in our first parents.
Born to communicate
Brain size does not determine ability
Noted linguist William Foley claims that language developed when brain size in the evolving humans took an upward leap.1 As brains grew larger, their complexity of neural connections became very much greater and language became possible.
Brain size does not determine ability
Can you understand what I’m saying?
Last month we spoke about becoming better listeners but as I have reflected on that, it has occurred to me that we should also address the other side of the equation: becoming a better communicator!
Your family's watchdog for internet safety
With the threat of cyberbullying, sexual grooming, sexting and teen suicide brought almost daily to our attention by the media, concerned parents of tech-savvy kids may feel they need a little help to keep their offspring safe navigating the digital world.
Your family's watchdog for internet safety
“If Jesus was so good how come He was executed?”
You are so right. Jesus was 'good' – although that has to be the greatest understatement of all time.
Voice for the voiceless
Phenomenally successful WNBA basketball player Maya Moore, named Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Performer of the Year, wants to be remembered for more than just shooting hoops.
Voice for the voiceless

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