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Trading a drug cartel for the cross
Former drug cartel mobster, Hector Martinez, should really be dead. His life of murder, violence and drug trafficking was monstrous: even his own family lived in terror.
Trading a drug cartel for the cross
Refuge for displaced soldier
For Hassan*, an Iranian Afghani, and now a refugee in Germany, faith is not a set of rituals or traditions but a life and death issue.
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Which way is right?
Nhlanhla Kunene struggled with a bad attitude, addictions to alcohol and smoking, as well as peer pressure from ungodly friends.
Which way is right?
Trouble maker meets his Maker
Tobias Katlemo was a thief who stole to support his drug habit. Initially he stole from his mother's tuckshop but later from other people. He was a gangster, a drug addict, a robber, a cheater and a very angry, bitter person.
Trouble maker meets his Maker
There and back again - a real transgender journey
You might think that the 1940s in the United States was a simpler age, without the confusing pressures that are facing our young people today.
There and back again - a real transgender journey
Gender answer lies with God
Dr John Whitehall is Professor of Paediatrics at Western Sydney University. He recently wrote an article in Quadrant entitled "Experimenting on Gender Dysphoric Kids".
Gender answer lies with God
John 1:19-42
 
John 1:19-42
Life on track
In the year 2017, 31 year old Allyson Felix became one of the most decorated track and field athletes of all time with 25 Olympic and world championship medals, 17 of which are gold.
Life on track
Angry bully finds peace
Eunice Modisa's uncontrollable anger eventually put her in prison for assault. Her deep rage against others turned into hatred against her husband, and they would beat up on each other.
Angry bully finds peace
Microbiologist marvels at intricate and complex design
Microbiologist Dr Pierre Jerlstrom has combined his faith and love for science into a successful and deeply satisfying career.
Microbiologist marvels at intricate and complex design
‘Flowing blood’ found in frozen mammoth
Russian scientists have recovered blood from a woolly mammoth so well preserved that hopes of obtaining viable DNA for 'cloning' the extinct species have surged again.
‘Flowing blood’ found in frozen mammoth
No more alcohol
"The church Pastor chose me to be secretary," says Lucas Banda as he recalls his life experiences.
No more alcohol
Osamwanso mowa (Chichewa)
"Abusa anandisankha kukhala mlembi," akutero Lukasi Banda akamakumbukira momwe moyo wake wadutsa.
Coke and chaos
Stealing, prostitution and military drug rings fed Michael Thornton's addictions until death threats brought about a radical change in his life.
Coke and chaos
A prescription for addiction
In 2008, Joseph Habedank, then a 23-year-old singer in a quartet, developed an ulcer on the back of his throat. "I was introduced to narcotics. It started in an innocent and legal manner
A prescription for addiction
Advice from one soldier to another
The effects of military service can leave deep long-lasting psychological wounds that can wreck your life. If a soldier refuses to face those emotions they will torment him for the rest of his days.
Advice from one soldier to another
John 1:1-18
 
John 1:1-18
Give up control to win
Softballer turned champion bobsledder, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and 2014 Olympian Elana Meyers overcame a severe eating disorder before she became a superstar
Give up control to win
Young hellraiser finds hope
Ayanda General is only 29 and has already spent ten years of a life-sentence behind bars.
Young hellraiser finds hope
Lessons from a golfer - Pt 4
Let me share more of my 18 thoughts on golf and life – one for each hole, in the hope that they might help you.
Lessons from a golfer - Pt 4
Winding path out of mental turmoil
Koketjo Legoabe was a broken young man. He was estranged from his family, messing with sex and alcohol, and had attempted suicide twice.
Winding path out of mental turmoil
What is the Gospel? – in 3 minutes
What do Christians mean by 'the Gospel'? What is the big picture of the whole Bible?
What is the Gospel? – in 3 minutes
Kindness that’s out of this world
How do we conserve kindness in our society?
Kindness that’s out of this world
John 6:1-24
 
John 6:1-24
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.
Love overwhelms US olympian
Murderer loses hope then finds life
Clinton Byrd, currently serving a life sentence for a 1997 murder conviction, thought all hope was lost when he entered prison. However, he has found a purpose and a plan for his life, stating that he is "freer today in prison then I ever was before".
Murderer loses hope then finds life
Atheists ‘steal from God’
If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Christian speaker and apologist Frank Turek argues that atheists can't make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain.
Atheists ‘steal from God’
Snapchat dysmorphia
CBS News reports: "The phenomenon, dubbed 'Snapchat dysmorphia', has people requesting fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose in order to look like the filtered or photo-edited versions of themselves.
Snapchat dysmorphia
Escaping sex abuse and violence
The horror of childhood, when he was sexually abused hundreds of times by a stranger and tortured by school bullies, no longer haunts Graham Swann.
Escaping sex abuse and violence
Hear 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.
Hear a sweeter song
John 5:25-47
 
John 5:25-47
Well versed in winning
New batsman in the Australian cricket team Marnus Labuschagne proved himself a useful all rounder by taking seven wickets at an average of 22.4 in the Test series against Pakistan played in October in the UAE.
Well versed in winning
Finding power to quit crimes
Gatawa Dlamini struggled with alcohol, marijuana and women. He "was in the darkness, following the world". Then, he heard about Jesus.
Finding power to quit crimes
Where do aliens really come from?
"From the time they were four or five until they were eleven, John and Luke (names changed to protect identity) slept in a bed with a window directly above the headboard.
Where do aliens really come from?
Dawkins: will aliens answer an evolutionary ‘big question’?
For decades, creationists have been challenging evolutionary theorists to explain how sexual reproduction could possibly have arisen through evolution.
Dawkins: will aliens answer an evolutionary ‘big question’?
Beauty beats the beast
Like many young women, Clair Grobler thought that her identity was bound up in how men viewed her - equating her sex appeal with self-esteem.
Beauty beats the beast
Resolving to be less this New Year
Why are New Year's predictions so popular? Because they give us the illusion of control over our lives. But clearly, we can neither decipher nor determine the future.
Resolving to be less this New Year
Are you suffering through Christmas?
Most people are familiar with the basics of the Christmas story and the manger scene of baby Jesus in the hay; however, they might think 'well so what? Even if that is the historical basis for Christmas, it is irrelevant to me now in the 21st century.'
Are you suffering through Christmas?

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