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Girls Mag Watch: stereotyped and limiting messages for girls

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Girls Mag Watch: stereotyped and limiting messages for girls

Article by Melinda Tankard Reist. This article is just a small extract from the second of Melinda Tankard Reist’s reviews of  magazines for girls and young women, published by  Generation Next.   For many girls, the magazines they read are their lifestyle bibles. How should they look, dress, act and relate? What’s important in life? Who should they look up to? My analysis of the November issues of Girlfriend, Dolly, Girlpower, Disney Girl, Little Angel and the October and November issues of TotalGirl shows that girls are being delivered a...

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Walking into Walls

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Walking into Walls

By Stephen Arterburn. Too many people live needlessly in defeat, immobilized by their own mistakes or the mistakes of others.  They repeatedly walk into emotional walls that block the work God wants to do in them.  It doesn’t have to be this way! No matter how broken or hurt, every person can discover the way to helping, hope, and a new way of living. Phantom walls that stop us Sometimes when I want to just put my mind in neutral and be entertained, I will flip the TV remote to America’s Funniest Home Videos. One of the funniest and most...

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RiseVibes: quick catch up with singer Silvie Paladino

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RiseVibes: quick catch up with singer Silvie Paladino

    Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers. Silvie has performed throughout Australia, Asia and London’s West End. She has toured extensively with her own show, most recently throughout China. She has sung with symphony orchestras around Australia, featured at major sporting events and performed with international singers and for celebrated theatre composers. She is also well known to Australian audiences through her regular appearances on Carols by Candlelight. Silvie has also discovered a...

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Encouraging the church to be a restoring and healing community

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Encouraging the church to be a restoring and healing community

Article by Dr Allan Meyer. The Lifewell Conference is committed to encouraging the church to embrace its calling as a restoring and healing community.  Careforce Lifekeys exists for the same purpose.  We are committed to encouraging and strengthening the local church in its function of discipleship that restores. When people come to Christ they bring with them the wounds and collateral damage of life in a broken world. People need more than forgiveness, they need restoration.  When Jesus appropriated Isaiah 61 as an explanation of his...

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RiseVibes: quick catch-up with singer-song writer Dan White

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RiseVibes: quick catch-up  with singer-song writer Dan White

    Dan White is a self-taught singer-song writer from Adelaide and has been playing and developing his passion for music for 15 years. He crafts songs that tell stories from the heart, evoking deep emotion from those who hear them. His goal in life is to pursue the things that he loves and to encourage others along the way to truly see the beauty that lies within them both in his personal life and through his music.     Why have you accepted an invitation to participate in LifeWell Conference? I accepted the invitation to participate in...

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I don’t want to be a “real man”

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I don’t want to be a “real man”

Article by Scott J Higgins. First published on scottjhiggins.com March 2018, used with permission. There was a great article about Tim Winton in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine recently.  Winton was just 5 years old when his father was badly injured in a motor vehicle accident. After he came home from hospital Winton’s father required many weeks of intensive assistance and emotional support. Tim’s mother, who suddenly became the family breadwinner, as well as trying to look after four children under the age of five and care...

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Gardens that build communities

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Gardens that build communities

Horticultural expert Martin Crabb talks about the worldwide trend back to communal gardening, designing and building a community garden, and the many benefits that flow to those who get involved.  It’s becoming difficult to connect with other people in a personal and meaningful way, when we have the advantage of a multitude of electronic social media options at our finger tips. But the humble vegetable patch seems to be providing the opportunity for change and bringing communities back together again. Over recent decades, community gardening...

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Authentic Living in an Imperfect World

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Authentic Living in an Imperfect World

With author and pastor Karen Wilson. Genuine, original, real, actual, not false, true (as in ‘true to oneself’): just a few of the definitions you’ll find when you look up the word ‘authentic’. Rise Magazine editor Wendy Rush asked Karen Wilson, author of ‘The Inside Story’, what is ‘authentic living’ and why it is important for us to live authentically? ​Karen explains, “there are many leaders who seem to be flourishing outwardly, whilst on the inside they can be harbouring deep pain and secrets that are almost crippling. Many of...

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Out of the Water and Still Making Ripples

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Out of the Water and Still Making Ripples

RISE Magazine spoke to Duncan Armstrong about how faith is shaping his life out of the pool.  Article by Wendy Rush. How do you start a conversation with a gold medal winning Olympian?  One of an elite group of Australians who have achieved what most of us never will, or never even have dreamed of attempting?   Someone who has reached the dizzy heights of success in their field and the fame and celebrity that goes along with it?  I couldn’t help but ask – what did it feel like?  That moment in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics when Duncan touched...

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Dealing with your Thorny Bits

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Dealing with your Thorny Bits

Article by Mark Sayers. After Jesus, Paul is most definitely the main protagonist of the New Testament. Today we are still in awe of his leadership, his apostolic gifting and his pastoral insights. He was able to mix it with the best of the Rabbis and to also converse and debate with the leading Hellenic thinkers. He planted churches, healed the sick, preached the gospel throughout the Roman world and generally created a magnificently holy ruckus where ever he went. Yet in 2nd Corinthians he lets us in on an intriguing element of his life....

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