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June 18, 2020
Newstart Juice - Raymond Terrace

Raymond Terrace Mission Adventist Church have embarked on a mission to improve the health of residents in Raymond Terrace. Late last year, RTM Church - which is located in the centre of town - opened a juice bar dedicated to promoting a wholistic way of living. “Newstart Juice” provides fantastic combinations of fruit and vegetable […]

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April 30, 2020
God's Closet

Caring for the little ones For the past two years, more than 200 families from Tweed Heads, NSW, have been clothing their children without having to compromise their already tight budget. “Kids grow very fast. You buy one thing today and in a month’s time they have grown out of it. For many families that […]

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February 7, 2020
If You Could Pick An Age

If you could pick an age to return to in life, what age would you pick? I sit here realising that my 60th birthday is not that far away. While I appreciate the experiences, knowledge and wisdom that comes with age, my back hurts when I get out of bed in the morning and my […]

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January 31, 2020
Sharing Healing One Workshop At A Time

Melinda Archer's Story Melinda Archer is a certifies Community Health Educator who is passionate about empowering people to live longer and stronger through diet and lifestyle choices. She has been a ‘Plant-based Ambassador’ for 10+ years, spreading the word on healthy- eating through Plant-based Cooking Classes, Grocery Store Tours, Kitchen Workshops and Vegan Cafe Nights. […]

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January 10, 2020
Faces Of Finke

Inspiring Community Members Making An Impact In Central Australia Finke is a quiet town. There’s not much surrounding it but red dirt and bush. Located in the dead centre of Australia, in the Northern Territory, approximately 317 km south of Alice Springs, this Aboriginal settlement is home to around 160 people. When you arrive, you’ll […]

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December 20, 2019
How Can You Help?

Supporting The Outback Communities. Even with the recent rains, outback Australia is still in drought and regional towns have taken a huge hit, economically and socially. There are still towns that are running out of water. But what can the majority of Australians, live on the coast, do to lend a helping hand? Turns out […]

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November 14, 2019
The Way Forward

Recovering From The Long-Term Effects Of Bullying SINCE THE EARLY AGE OF TWO YEARS OLD, Kaelum Buck’s childhood could be described as a sequence of numerous medical challenges, surgeries and complicated recoveries. Yet the impact of these health struggles and uncertainties was not nearly as harmful to his mental health as the bullying he experienced […]

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October 18, 2019
Boundaries: From A Buzzword Into Bustle

When I lived in London prior to my return to Australia, I would take my hour lunch break in the South-side hood of Borough to explore back streets, quiet parks and lanes where ice-cream vans would line up. I found myself stumbling across a mural painted on a wall which backs on to the view […]

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October 11, 2019
A New Life

WHEN RICHARD DAVIS WAS 17 YEARS OLD, he met a girl in high school and they had a baby. Four years later they had another child and things started to change. He started hanging out with friends more and spending more time drinking and partying. He left his first partner and went straight into another […]

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October 3, 2019
A Very Special Op Shop

WALKING INTO OP SHOPS CAN BRING THAT SPECIAL FEELING of treasure hunting. Like you're about to find something very unique with a lot of history. One day Carolyn Foster had an idea to combine that nostalgic op shop experience with a very noble purpose, and that's how the Tuggerah ADRA Op Shop was born. From […]

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September 27, 2019
Developing Resilience With Nature

HAVING JUST SPENT THE PAST FEW WEEKS IN MY COUNTRY OF BIRTH - South Africa, I have been overwhelmed by stories of people who have “done life extremely hard” and yet, emerged stronger and more resilient. One such person was Kennedy Gihana, a Rwandan whose whole family, except his one brother, was murdered in the […]

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May 22, 2019
Front Door Foodbanks - For Struggling Farmers

According to the latest seasonal update from the Department of Primary Resources, the drought remains wide spread across all of New South Wales. 99.9% of the state is in drought conditions and 33.5% is classified as being in intense drought. The western area of New South Wales is particularly affected with prolonged drought conditions. Due […]

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September 12, 2019
East Coast Endeavours

FAMILY TIME IN NATURE IS ONE OF THE MOST ENGAGING AND MEMORABLE ACTIVITIES and it’s great for strengthening relationships. This spring, block some family time out in your diary, jump in the car and explore the great outdoors. Here are some experiences on our family wish list. THE THREE BAYS This first one is a gem. Slap […]

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June 19, 2019
Make a Mess On Us!

Happy Hands is a community art program focusing on letting your kids develop their fun and creative side. Carolin Schmitz is the founder and director of Happy Hands. She says, “Happy Hands is a place where parents can bring their children to experience messy crafts, fun and sensory play. They are all the things that […]

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April 17, 2019
Through The Storm

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that seemed impossible to overcome? No matter how much you tried to fix the problem, there just wasn’t any solutions? Well, life can be like that sometimes. Storms seem to come out of nowhere and all we can do is hope to survive, right? Well what if […]

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July 25, 2019
Are You Addicted To Social Media?

Using Social Media is part of our postmodern culture. That’s where 45% of the world is! Therefore it’s only natural that social beings such as us humans, feel the need to be where their social circles are. Using it moderately has its advantages in this connected world. But as the excess of anything is bad, […]

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July 3, 2019
Jesse's Story

I have been a Christian for the last four years and have been baptised for two years. I am currently serving in the Australian Defence Force and this is my 10th year of service. I always wanted to join the Australian Defence Force. I got an offer to join the Royal Australian Air Force as […]

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May 1, 2019
Q & A ...on eating well

Introducing Bec Peterson Bec is a Lake Macquarie resident and mother of 2 and she shared with us her decision to eat better and take ownership of her family’s health. She loves experimenting in the kitchen with healthy raw deserts and today she shared with us 2 raw deserts - Apple Crumble and Cherry Ripes. […]

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July 10, 2019
God's Special Trio

The habit of reading the Bible through every year from cover to cover has provided some insights that I may not have picked up without this systematic approach. There are three groups of people that God identifies repeatedly. They are almost always mentioned together. God is intensely concerned about how His followers respond to these […]

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June 12, 2019
Thinking Habits

I remember a story as a kid about a road sign in Canada that says, “Be careful which rut you choose because you are going to be following it for the next several hundred miles.” Ruts are like that. They take a week or too to form and then you follow them for years, sometimes […]

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June 26, 2019
5 Benefits Of Traveling

TOURISM IS AN EXPLODING INDUSTRY. With each passing year, the affordability and ease of travel along with an ever-growing appetite for tourism increases. In 2016, the estimated global economic impact of tourism exceeded 7.5 trillion US dollars. In 2005, 528 million tourists landed on foreign soil to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of a […]

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May 29, 2019
My Health Journey

Hi, I’m Alisha. I live on the southern end of the Gold Coast with my wonderful husband Dan, and our gorgeous little boy Leo. My love of fitness began in high school with a Les Mills pump class. Ever since I’ve had a gym membership and have been lifting weights, because I love feeling strong […]

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May 15, 2019
Meet Keaton Humphries

Only 30 years old, Keaton’s accomplishments far surpass the best of us. He has a master’s degree, he was associate lecturer in mathematics at the University of Newcastle, he won an academic award in the science faculty at Avondale College, he once raised over $6,000 for ADRA Tanzania by riding his pushbike from London to […]

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May 8, 2019
Your Business, Your Rules

The thing I love the most about entrepreneurship is the freedom to create your own rules. Nobody is standing around with a clipboard marking off the hours you work or counting whether you’ve reached your four week quota of holidays. As an entrepreneur, you can decide to not work weekends. You can decide to spend […]

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April 10, 2019
Success - What Does It Look Like?

“What’s happening in your life? What are the things that you’re actively pursuing with your time, energy and resources which aren’t actually going to bring you what it is you really want deep inside?” In today’s world there are many different ways to measure success. One way of measuring success could be, “He who dies […]

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December 4, 2018
Made to Move

53y Marcia Gouveia’s story of recovery from chronic depression and anxiety - By Camila Skaf At the age of forty-eight, my mother was diagnosed with Chronic Anxiety and Depression. Unfortunately, it is the fate of many of us today living in such a fast paced, high standards world; where we have to be informed about […]

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December 19, 2018
Something worth living for...

When you think of your 20s, you imagine precious short years of freedom where you can choose to do anything at all. Want to study? Sure. Want to take a gap year and travel? No problem. Want to stay up and party as late as you want? You certainly have the energy. These are the […]

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December 4, 2018
The Power of Precision Praise

Anyone who works with or has parented children knows the power of praise. Praise is one of those tools that can really help children succeed and flourish. The nod from a beaming dad, the encouraging word from mum, the comments from an influential teacher, colleague or boss can all become defining moments in the life […]

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December 4, 2018
The Season for Giving

Christmas time is not my favourite time if I’m honest. I worked in marketing and advertising for many years, and if I have to produce one more Christmas sale TV ad or hear one more cheesy commercialised carol it will get me depressed. Right up until Christmas eve that is, when all of that stops […]

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November 28, 2018
Is God for Real

Does God exist? Is there anyone ‘out there?’ Is God for Real? For years as an atheist, my answer to these questions was ‘no – there is no God.’ But like so many others I have had to reconsider the evidence. When we consider the vast expanse of our universe, do our individual lives really […]

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November 28, 2018
Breaking the Bondage of Pornography.

Is pornography dangerous? What are the side effects? And how can you kick the habit? We sat down with counsellor and minister David Stojcic to discuss the hard facts about addiction and pornography. David is the Founder of 4D Living, a not-for-profit lifestyle health clinic. Q: What percentage of people that you counsel disclose to […]

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January 24, 2019
Turning Exercise Green

7 ways you can turn your exercise routine green. These days you’d have to be living under a rock if you weren’t aware of how much damage we are doing to our environment. Reducing our carbon footprint should be something we are at least thinking about, and where possible taking regular action to improve. Can […]

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