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     Lived as a servant, buried like a king
On February 21, 2018 world famous evangelist and preacher William Franklin (Billy) Graham died at the age of 99.
Lived as a servant, buried like a king
     The power of a single decision
In 2007, after some months of house hunting, I bought a house after seeing it once - before my husband had even viewed it (although he said I could go ahead), in an area we knew nothing about, where we knew no one and at the other end of the city from where we had been renting.
The power of a single decision
     “Don’t call my Jesus a punk!”
Grammy award winning rapper’s radical lifestyle defies his rough upbringing
“Don’t call my Jesus a punk!”
     Music from broken records
Some of my clearest childhood memories are around my father's extensive vinyl record collection. There was something about watching Dad put on a record that was mesmerizing to my young eyes. I can still see his hands gently removing the vinyl from the plastic sleeve. I can see the monotonous movement of the turntable. I can hear the familiar crackles before the track started.
Music from broken records
     Why is Black Panther such a popular and profound film?
I saw Black Panther recently, which makes me anything but unusual. The movie had the highest grossing February film debut in history.
Why is Black Panther such a popular and profound film?
     Past Idol on the One he idolizes
Colton Dixon shot to fame in 2012 after making it to the top seven on Season 11 of Fox's hit show, American Idol.
Past Idol on the One he idolizes
     Redemption story mirrors actor’s own
Well-known actor Dennis Quaid recently starred in the movie "I can only Imagine", which tells the true story of Bart Millard, lead singer of cross-over Christian band MercyMe. Dennis plays Bart's verbally and physically abusive father, who eventually finds forgiveness and redemption through listening to radio programs that Bart has sung on.
Redemption story mirrors actor’s own
     Man’s life changed in Mecca
Ali Pektash was on a pilgrimage to the famous shrine in Mecca when something happened that changed the whole course of his life.
Man’s life changed in Mecca
     Tat artist ‘chased down’ by God
Screen grab of Brett sharing his testimony on Youtube. Thirty-nine-year-old J. Brett Prince says he was living just fine in the secular world, without faith. "I thought that I had no need for religion, I thought that the Bible was wrong, I thought that Jesus didn't even exist. I was very, very wrong," he confesses on Youtube.
Tat artist ‘chased down’ by God
     Drug addicted murderer finds meaning of life in prison
Michael grew up in Cairo, Egypt, in a predominantly Islamic family. Exposure to both Islamic and Christian culture left him confused, and he sought answers by turning to drugs at the age of twelve. By sixteen, he was fully immersed in the rave culture, a self-described atheist.
Drug addicted murderer finds meaning of life in prison
     Proof anyone can change
Former Australian gangster, drug dealer and abuser Mike Eastman was radically reformed behind bars.
Proof anyone can change
     Prison is my training ground
"It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes." – Psalm 119:71 (NASB)
Prison is my training ground
          Actor escapes porn and finds true love
Brittni De La Mora was asked to act in 'romantic' movies – but it turned out they were far from romantic.
Actor escapes porn and finds true love
          Free from addictions & fear
Billy's childhood was relatively easy ... until the day his Mom passed away from cancer, when he was 13.
Free from addictions & fear
          More than just a feeling
"Feelings, nothing more than feelings," goes the 1974 classic by Morris Albert, and sometimes our actions seem to be governed by nothing else.
More than just a feeling
     Jesus’ compassion for those who love pornography
Former All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team *Mo Isom knows how porn addiction warps life.
Jesus’ compassion for those who love pornography
     My life only started in prison
Stock Photo Gerardo's mind was spinning. He had been arrested once again with a prison sentence likely ahead. He could feel the emotions brimming to the surface — shame, fear, anger.
My life only started in prison
     ‘I’m a killer, God can’t use me’
Rammel grew up without knowing his mother or father. He was raised by his aunt, and he had two godmothers who made sure he attended church regularly. "Although I did not enjoy church much, I learned a lot, and eventually got baptized and saved," says Rammel.
     Workaholism spirals into alcoholism
When John was thirteen, his brother Mike was killed in an accident on their family farm. Devastated by the loss, John abandoned his faith.
     Norris’ son forges own path
What was it like to be the son of the martial artist who inspired jokes like, “Chuck Norris can cut through a hot knife… with butter”?
Norris’ son forges own path
     Abuse and torture victim finds healing
Sam Almond has had a bumpy road to travel since the day that her parents decided to get divorced. She has been beaten, abused, tortured and nearly killed, but Sam still has the faith and the energy to keep moving forward.
Abuse and torture victim finds healing
     Objective measures of our worth
Have you ever wondered why our society is so competitive? There are championship events held on almost everything. From sport to sales, the arts, and even monopoly. Why are we so focused on competition? For many it is a means of entertainment and interest, but for most it's about having an objective measure of our worth.
Objective measures of our worth
     Finding a heavenly father
"Your father is dead."
Finding a heavenly father
     How sure is your foundation?
How sure is your foundation? Can you stand and not be shaken?
     Confronted by the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Warren Nunn chats with engineer Colin Gibson on his journey from evolution to creation
Confronted by the Second Law of Thermodynamics
     Angry atheists take it out on God
One of the most contradictory and perplexing facts about atheists is how many of them express anger at God.
     Turning human evolution theory upside-down
DNA extracted from a supposedly 400,000-year-old femur (thigh bone) from a Spanish cave "completely changes what we know—or thought we knew—about human evolution".
Turning human evolution theory upside-down
     The meaning of marriage
In Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll describes a conversation between Alice and Humpty Dumpty on the topic of words and their meaning.
The meaning of marriage
     Universal diary app
Universal Diary app is a bit like an old-school Filofax that people used to keep everything in the 1980s. It is a journal, budget book, to do list, photo album, alarm clock and sketch book all in one, with every entry (which the app calls marks) neatly ordered according to date and easily accessible.
Universal diary app
     Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 8)
It never ceases to amaze me how our dachshund is attracted to the most revolting things!
Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 8)
     Winning the lottery
The odds of winning the last Powerball jackpot were one in 292.2 million. You were more likely to be killed by an asteroid (one in 700,000), be struck by lightning while drowning (one in 183 million), or give birth to quadruplets (one in 729,000).
     Independence Day - a poem
There's food to eat and a band to play All part of the celebration for Independence Day.
     The life is in the blood
Themba Ntekiso spent many years as a gangster terrorizing other people, despite the fact that he grew up in a religious home where he was taught right from wrong.
The life is in the blood
     From the Gospel of John
John 4:4-4:26
From the Gospel of John
     Love overwhelms US olympian
Kelly Clark's rise in the world of snowboarding has made her a legend in the halfpipe. She has clocked up 70 competition wins, three Olympic medals (a gold and two bronze) and 10 X Games medals, nine of them gold. But although she literally soars to incredible heights in the snow, it took getting grounded in her beliefs for Kelly to really know herself.
Love overwhelms US olympian
     Long run back from depression
Gifted US Sprinter knows what it is to battle homelessness, family cancer and depression - and come out on top.
Long run back from depression

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