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          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
          Life-long battle against beer
From a young age, Thresa Bwalya got involved with a friend who was a bad influence, introducing her to discos and beer. Although Thresa's parents tried to set her a good example, she rebelled against them and was soon addicted to alcohol.
Life-long battle against beer
     Finding true belonging
When Kenneth Kalane was 12 years old he joined a street gang. “I started to steal and rob people because I wanted acknowledgment,” he explains.
Finding true belonging
     “Doesn’t everyone go to heaven when they die?”
It is an attractive thought – that no matter what we do or how we behave, God loves everyone so He will let us all into heaven. But if we are to take Jesus’ Word for it, that is not how it is.
          Walking the talk
As a boy Jonas Sikapizte burned with resentment and bitterness against the people who had hurt and offended him. He especially found it hard to forgive one man, who called himself a Christian, yet insulted Jonas in his hearing and, when confronted about how unloving his behaviour was, hit him! This happened right in a church building!
Walking the talk
          If Jesus had worn jeans: a twenty-first century 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. For instance, maybe John 15:1-8, instead of being about vinedressing, would have sounded something like this:
If Jesus had worn jeans: a twenty-first century parable
          Angels warn Fube of his folly
When he was nine years old, Fube Collins felt rejected by his father's new family and decided he would become a "bad boy".
Angels warn Fube of his folly
     Life of crime arrested
Dhiran Jagjiban started selling drugs at the age of 16, mainly because he was poor and it was an easy way to make money.
Life of crime arrested
     Wasted life redeemed
Lefa Mankgaba readily acknowledges that his life was a mess. So much so he could not see himself having a future without crime.
Wasted life redeemed
     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
          Hope out of the ashes of despair
A few days before Belinda Pieterse was due to get married, her mother passed away suddenly, leaving Belinda depressed and suicidal.
Hope out of the ashes of despair
          Love drives out fear
Cecilia's uncontrollable bullying was replaced with love for squatters
Love drives out fear
          Wisdom through LIFE
What is it to be wise and how do we live a wise life?
     Stolen gun leads to downward spiral
Life turned sour for Benjamin Moleme one day when he was in Grade 11 and his aunt wrongly accused him of stealing her licensed firearm. That was the first time he was arrested.
Stolen gun leads to downward spiral
     Prisoner convicted that life is in the blood
Themba Ntekiso spent many years as a gangster terrorising other people, despite the fact that he grew up in a religious home where he was taught right from wrong.
Prisoner convicted that life is in the blood
     Weighed on scales and found wanting
On September 18th 2009, Sizwe Zwane was driving under the influence of alcohol when he had an accident, killing a woman who was standing next to the road.
Weighed on scales and found wanting
     Paying the price of wickedness
Anele Doshane was so busy living for himself that he didn't notice his life going from a path of light to a path of darkness, until he ended up in prison.
Paying the price of wickedness
     The Face
His face was hard and battle-scarred His narrowed eyes were filled with hate He looked at me, then looked away The man behind the grate.
               Finding the joy
James Lunga was aware of God from a very young age, growing up in a devout Catholic family, attending a Catholic school and serving as an altar boy, with ambitions of becoming a priest.
Finding the joy
               Ukuthola intokozo (Zulu)
UJames Lunga wayazi okuthile ngoNkulunkulu kusukela esemncane, wakhulela emndenini owawungaMakhatholika (Catholic family), efunda esikoleni samaKhatholika eyisikhonzi njengomfana weAltare, enesifiso sokuba ngumPristi.
               Kuwana mufaro (Shona)
James Lunga akayaruka achizivawo Mwari somunhu akakurira mumhuri yaitevera sangano reKaturike, uye nokuzoenda kuchikoro chesangano iroro. Aivawo mubatsiri wemuPrisita kukereke zvokuti iye akakura akachengeta tariro yokuzovawo muPrisita wesvondo yake.
          Vind dié vreugde (Afrikaans)
James Lunga was bewus van God van ? baie jong ouderdom af. Hy het grootgeword in ? toegewyde Rooms Katolieke familie, die Katolieke skool bygewoon en as altaarseun gedien met ambisies om ? priester te word.
               Rebel finds rest in prison
William Sebata admits that he was a stubborn, rebellious child, which he believes led to him ending up in jail.
Rebel finds rest in prison
          Scientist defends Creation
Upon meeting a Ph.D. scientist in synthetic organic chemistry, some may be surprised that Gary Baxter uses his skills in research and analysis to ground his faith in the existence of the biblical God.
Scientist defends Creation
          Entertaining angels
What comes to mind when you think of angels? Fat babies with wings?
Entertaining angels
          Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 8)
It never ceases to amaze me how our sausage dog is attracted to the most revolting things!
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 8)
     From the Gospel of John
John 5:1-23
From the Gospel of John
          After the Sunshine
After eight years as a professional golfer, 32-year-old South African Andrew Georgiou has decided to retire from the South African Sunshine Tour and focus on business opportunities, in particular his new golfing app.
After the Sunshine
     Tim beats Tourettes
Making a World Cup record of 16 goal saves against Belgium in Brazil in 2014, Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard became a social media phenomenon, prompting a new nickname 'The Minister of Defence' and a congratulatory call from US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, even as USA was knocked out by a 2-1 loss.
Tim beats Tourettes

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