Challenge Good News Paper - 96, 2018
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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
          Saved from death, brought to life
Walter Skhumbuzo struggled with a terrible sickness growing up which no one could cure. His father took him to different sangomas (traditional healers), seeking for help, but Walter did not get any better.
Saved from death, brought to life
     Greed leads down dark path
David Kambule, also known as Tyson, had a childhood marred by the abusive attacks of his alcoholic father.
Greed leads down dark path
     Pastor’s kid jailed for murder
Lerato Rabele grew up with every spiritual advantage. He had parents who were Christian pastors and he was “full of love” preaching on the streets at 15 years old. However, at 26, Lerato was jailed for life for killing two people.
Pastor’s kid jailed for murder
               A revolution for former rapist
Jabulani Nicholas, unlike many of his peers, grew up in the care of both his parents and in financial comfort. However, this privilege didn't stop him falling in with a bad crowd and becoming addicted to drugs and money.
A revolution for former rapist
     Peer pressure led to disaster
Neo Thulo battled with drugs and alcohol for most of his teen years; peer pressure from his friends causing him to commit a crime which landed him in jail.
Peer pressure led to disaster
     Listen to a sweeter song
In Greek mythology, the island of Sirens was where beautiful temptresses ensnared passing sailors with their sweet songs. The music led the men to the shore where they were shipwrecked and destroyed. Greek hero Odysseus ordered his men to plug their ears with beeswax, but being curious and to avoid being tempted, he instructed them to bind him to the mast. Upon hearing the song of the Sirens, Odysseus commanded his crew to release him, but they refused and bound him tighter.
Listen to a sweeter song
     Worst cop in the world’
Maqhawe was a crooked cop and he knew it. As a police officer for the South African Police Service (SAPS), he used his position of power to break the very laws he was entrusted to enforce.
          Healing from alcoholic abuse
When Kim Sham was growing up "my dad was very violent and aggressive, especially towards my Mom," she shares. "One of my first recollections of my dad getting violent was when he and Mom were drinking in the garden one afternoon. My dad picked up a grass cutter and swung it at my mom's head. Luckily she ducked just in time."
Healing from alcoholic abuse
          He called me by name
He survived two car accidents unharmed; but Bauba had escaped something even worse.
He called me by name
          Forsake the vanity of the crowd
These days most people are on digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube trying to build the number of their followers. Gaining and maintaining your social media crowd often depends on feeding your followers what they want to hear.
Forsake the vanity of the crowd
     Man with 500 year sentence reforms
Ron Adkins' story is proof that God doesn't give up on us if we don't get it right the first time .... or the second, or third time. Rather, He is a God of mercy, incredible patience and long-suffering.
Man with 500 year sentence reforms
     The importance of ‘boring’ foundations
Obedience is a very unpopular concept these days. It sounds so, well, let's be honest, old-fashioned. And yet obedience builds strong foundations. The sort of foundations we all need in our lives.
     Fatherless youth finds Father in prison
Moeketsi Moses' father died when he was 14, and so he had to leave school and start work. That was 11 years ago.
Fatherless youth finds Father in prison
     Mugger finds true success
Sibisiso Dladla was a drug addict who stole to support his habit. He lied to cover his tracks and had a bad attitude whenever he was told that what he was doing was wrong.
Mugger finds true success
     Convicted robber seeks forgiveness
George Nyembe's life became a tangled web of drugs, alcohol, theft and immorality; even though he admits that he had it relatively easy growing up.
     Psalm 23
A Psalm of David
     Are you ready to die?
While some of us may live 100-plus years, others are taken away much too soon. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Only God does.
               What if you die today?
Sikelela Makhanya is a police inspector in Swaziland, but he longs to be a full-time Christian minister because he knows the transformation God can bring about in a person's life.
What if you die today?
          Sê nou u sterf vandag? (Afrikaans)
Sikelela Makhanya is ? polisie-inspekteur in Swaziland, maar hy verlang om ? voltydse Christen predikant te wees omdat hy bekend is met die transformasie wat God kan bewerk in ? persoon se lewe.
               Uma kungenzeka ufe namhlanje? (Zulu)
USikelela Makhanya ungumhloli (inspector) wamaphoyisa eSwaziland, kepha ulangazelela ukuba ngumfundisi ozosebenzela UNkulunkulu nsuku zonke ngoba uyalazi ushintsho olungalethwa nguNkulunkulu empilweni yomuntu.
               Ko ukafa nhasi? (Shona)
Sikelele Makhanya uyo anoshanda somukuru wemapurisa kunyika yeSwaziland, anoshuvirawo kuva mufundisi weshoko raMwari nokuda kwekuti anoziva shanduko inounzwa naMwari kuupenyu hwemunhu.
               How sure is your foundation?
How sure is your foundation? Can you stand and not be shaken?
     It’s healthy to count your blessings
It's so easy to get caught up in running errands and checking items off your to-do list, but what's the point of getting all that stuff done if you never stop to be grateful for it?
It’s healthy to count your blessings
          God can make a difference in your marriage
God can make a difference in your marriage.
God can make a difference in your marriage
          Lessons from a golfer - part 1
I am sure you have all heard the stories about intrepid golfers.
Lessons from a golfer - part 1
          Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 9)
My youngest daughter likes to tell me about how many dogs and other pets she is going to have one day – a sausage dog, a pug, a couple of Corgis (like the Queen has), a greyhound and a Labrador!
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 9)
     The Face
His face was hard and battle-scarred His narrowed eyes were filled with hate He looked at me, then looked away
     From the Gospel of John
John 5:24-27
From the Gospel of John
               Put here by design
US' Michelle Carter competes in the woman's shot put during the Diamond League athletics competition in Doha, in May 2017. (Photo: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images) American shot putter Michelle Carter knows what she was designed to do and Who designed her for it.
Put here by design

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