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Songwriter Matt Redman has made an impact in the unlikeliest of places
Men should delve into God’s love in midlife, says author Nick Page
Why Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas doesn’t care what people say when he prays before games
Bible college principal John Andrews explains his vision to invest in the next generation of leaders
iTech The NIV Audio Bible is now available on smartphones. Ben Hampshire checks it out
Going PlacesFrom cobbled streets to mountain countryside, Cape Verde is becoming a popular destination
Why I Believe Former prisoner Allen Langham explains why he believes
We choose some of Billy Graham’s wisest words
Devotion Church is about more than just bricks and a building. It should be a place of refuge, argues Jodie Jones
DevotionMatthew Murray chooses 10 things we should believe God for in 2016
Favourite Things Coffee shop boss Craig Bunting shares his thoughts
How to prepare to take part in a triathlon
Puzzles A full page to exercise those little grey cells!
#TrendingNow The tweets that are trending about faith and life
iReviewsThe best in Christian entertainment with Rachel Issitt
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Celebrating your faith while in front of a firing squad
might seem a million miles away from the experience of everyday believers in Britain. But for one group of condemned prisoners in Bali, striking up that Matt Redman song was a very present reality.
And the truth is that none of us really knows how much our faith is worth until it is tested.
Take Rifqa Bary for example. At just 17 years of age Rifqa had to run for her life after she decided to follow Jesus and turn her back on her family’s religion. “As I went on my journey, knowing nobody, having nothing, sleeping in bathrooms… I never realised what it would mean to say yes to Jesus,” she says.
“I look back to those days and I can tell you I got a taste of the beauty of Christ and the comfort of God in such a way that I would do it again. It was hard and it was painful, but the presence of God was so near. I felt as if I was breathing in God. I felt as if I was walking right next to Jesus. I knew that he was with me every step of the way.”
At the other end of the scale, Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas often endures jibes and insults when he kneels to pray on the pitch before games. But he simply points to the first chapter of Galatians: “Am I trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God?” he asks.
And one thing seems abundantly clear – the gospel truly is the only answer to the challenges that life brings. As career criminal Allen Langham found, anything and everything in life can drag you down,
but only one thing could release him and lift him back up.
You don’t have to be faced with death to come to Jesus, but when you are he is the only one who can help![/td_text_with_title][/vc_column][/vc_row]