iBelieve Magazine May 2015

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Manny Pacquiao isn’t just getting set for a big bout, he’s building a church too!

Rap artist Faith Child is living proof that God doesn’t make mistakes

Former bishop and author NT Wright says unity is the Church’s biggest challenge

Heavyweight Ian McDowall has found a way to combine weightlifting with outreach

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Preacher Dave Campbell was given just months to live until God performed a miracle

An encounter with Christ helped Tanya Chand turn her life around after a suicide attempt

Manoj Raithatha dedicated his life to money until he found true riches

Joanne Gibbs turned to Christ after her dying Husband inspired her

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Our resident chef Emily Roberts encourages you to break out the mixing bowl this half-term

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How to draw like artist

MONEY – Paul Vallance outlines the dramatic changes to UK pensions

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Lyndon Bowring of CARE asks that we pray for people of faith to be raised up during this month’s General Election

Joyce Meyer urges us to throw away our accomplishments for christ

DADDY DIARIES Don’t forget what a blessing your children are, writes Mark wreford

Carl Beech explains why we need to beware of imitations

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iTech We look at music streaming

Why I believe Retired Richard Bullock loves that God answers every question through the Bible

Going Places – Rotterdam is full of energy and well worth a visit

Receiving the Holy Spirit is much more than a happy feeling, explains Mark Wreford

Jason Westmoreland is on the run but it’s all for a good cause because he’s spreading the gospel

PUZZLES – a whole page of fun

iReviews The best in Christian entertainment with Rachel Issitt

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iBelieve editor, Peter Wreford

God’s ways are higher than ours

“The wages of sin is death, but after tax it’s just a sort of tired feeling,” a sharp-tongued commentator once observed. This issue gives the lie to exactly this kind of thinking.

The gospel is a life and death message – just look at 1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Alternatively, you could gather the same message from a quick flick through the pages of this month’s iBelieve. From Faith Child’s aborted abortion to Tanya Chand’s unsuccessful overdose, this issue is filled with stories that look death full in the face and somehow find God’s gracious life. In his Corinthian correspondence,Paul goes on to tell that church that God’s order is totally different to the world’s:the wisdom of the wise is confounded by God’s ‘foolishness’ – the offensive message of a dead Jew, hanging on the cross to save the world.

Manoj Raithatha knows more about that than many of us – after all, how close have you come to making the Sunday Times Rich List? Manoj was pursuing life when he suddenly found out what life was like in the valley of the shadow of death: his son’s illness and the collapse of his business. His story of restoration is a reminder that God’s ways are higher than ours and his values are different from society’s. That’s something NT Wright, the ex-Bishop of Durham and academic extraordinaire, has spent his life making plain. Touched by the love of God at an early age, he was never the same.

I really hope this issue inspires you. AtniBelieve we’re all about faith – and you’ll find it here in abundance. Read the stories, spread the word.


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