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*Welcome to SPAG Magazine

*Welcome to SPAG Magazine

Welcome in wood Thanks for dropping by! 

Are you a Christian? Do you love God? Do you want to be encouraged, challenged or inspired in your Christian walk? Then you’ve come to the right place.

SPAG Magazine is a FREE quarterly, electronic magazine for Christian adults. While we have a focus on singles, our articles are suitable for all Christian adults. We’re an international, inter-denominational publication, and we aim to honour and exalt God. We believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant Word.

The updated issue 13 is now available!

The June/August 2018 issue of SPAG Magazine is finally here and what a great selection of articles there are in this issue.

Initially, we had a problem with our “Letters to Lou” pages, but they’re now all updated and uploaded to the online issues.

Our 13th issue of SPAG Magazine coincides with our 3rd birthday! We have a great bunch of fascinating articles which I’m sure will get your thinking, and hopefully bring you closer to God.

The articles in the issue include:
– Hate like Jesus;
– Domestic violence and the church (Part 2);
– God’s gift of life: NO to euthanasia;
– Road to Damascus;
– Open Doors: from muslim sheikh to secret believer;
– Josie and the gift of singleness;
– Creation Ministries: Cuttlefish colour changes inspire new TV screen design;
– Condemned to celibacy?
and lots more!

Following are the links to the current issue:

We’re celebrating our third birthday with a whopping 60% off all of our previous issues (until the end of August 2018) so you can catch up on all of our earlier great articles, and it’s an easy way you can also help support this important ministry. (Link to our store)

Time is running out for this offer: we’re offering 50% all promotions in our September/November 2018 issue. Find out more in our promotions/advertising page here. 

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Let us know if you would like to subscribe for your very own quarterly issue. Email us: 

Warm regards

From Vicki Nunn, Editor and the staff of SPAG Magazine

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Calling all singles!

 How Do You Respond to Those Dumb Comments?

How do you respond when other people make silly, annoying, rude or repetitive comments to you about being a single person? What kinds of things do they say? We had an article in the March/May issue of SPAG Magazine, sharing things that people have said to other Christian singles about their state of ‘unwedded bliss.’

If you’d like to share some of the comments said to you, please fill out the form on this page, or email us:

How do you like this humorous idea?

I’ll be doing a series of these images based around singleness, spinsterhood and bachelorhood to go into my personal shops, sometime in the near future.

I’ll put them on cups, shirts, cushions and other items.
If you like the idea, please let me know and I’ll redirect you to the shops where they’re located, once I upload them in my personal online stores.

Vicki Nunn
Editor

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Becci and Robbo from the Rise and Show program on Vision FM interviewed me on 24 March about my near death experience, which I shared in an earlier issue of SPAG Magazine. Here’s a link to a copy of that interview:

Bridget Brenton from Christian Today wrote a fantastic review about an earlier issue of SPAG Magazine. You can find the review here.

AND FOR YOU: a FREE devotional booklet for one month:

We hope this book will bring you into a closer relationship with God through praise, prayer and worship.

Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf  (link here)

OR view the online ‘flippable version:

Praise To God Devotional Booklet No. 1

(Note: there may be some advertising on this third party website.)

SPAG Magazine is FREE – covering our costs is essential if we want to continue making this terrific magazine available at no cost to you and to all of our readers. Please prayerfully consider how you may help:

Or send along your friends to our shop.

You can also help us by submitting the following for our consideration:

  • your own article;

  • your scenery photograph for our back page;

  • your comments in response to an article or other item; and/or

  • your suggestion for a topic for us to consider.

One of the items available in our store is the gorgeous “Reflections” e-book which contains over 120 pages of beautiful photos and includes inspiring quotes and Bible verses to lift your spirits as well as to challenge you in your walk. Here’s the link to buy this lovely e-book through our shop. (At present it’s only available in flippable format to view on a third party website.)

Your purchase will help to support this ministry. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Join our Prayer Network Team

One of the most important things you can do for SPAG Magazine is pray for us. We need prayer to not only increase our readership, but to enable God to reach out to Christians and Christian leaders across the world, with articles which will encourage, inspire and challenge them.

We also need your prayers for enough finances to keep SPAG Magazine going.

If you’re interested in joining our prayer network, you can become a member on Facebook on this link.

Can 73¢ a day really help SPAG Magazine?

While we’ve recently overhauled some expenses to reduce costs, there are still lots of costs we need to cover to ensure we keep SPAG Magazine available and to provide it to you for free. Presently all outstanding costs are met by our Editor, Vicki Nunn who has a limited income on a disability pension. Yep, it’s almost like she pays you to read it.

Our total operating costs per quarter are around AU$662. If ten people could contribute just 73¢ a day for a year, all of our operating costs would be met. Would you consider being one of those ten people? (Perhaps you could ask nine people from your church or singles group to make up the remainder.)

73¢/day x 10 people/year = all operating costs*

Other costs:

There are also a couple of other costs as well including the Glasbergen cartoon and costs for promoting SPAG Magazine, which total around AU$100 per quarter. If ten people could contribute just 11¢ a day for a year, our remaining costs would be met.

11¢/day x 10 people/year = remaining costs*

Your generous contribution can make a big difference! You can also help by purchasing items from our online store: www.spagmag. com/shop.

Here are those 2 costs again:

73¢/day x 10 people/year = all operating costs*

11¢/day x 10 people/year = remaining costs*

Consider also that in the past 18 months or so we’ve spent $2,000 on a new computer and monitor as our old computer had been making strange noises for two years.

Would you make a commitment to help SPAG Magazine in its mission?

Our mission is to inspire, challenge and encourage Christian adults in their walk, and to honour and exalt God.

Email: 

* (NB: Wages for staff have not been included.)

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards

Vicki Nunn
Editor
SPAG Magazine


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How To Make Sure You Mess Up Your Date!

How To Make Sure You Mess Up Your Date!

So you’re going out on a date?
Are you a bit out of practice? Feeling anxious?

To ensure you never go out again, or find anyone remotely willing to ever want to marry you, SPAG Magazine presents a collection of some of the best ways to make sure that you mess up your date!

How to Mess Up Your Date Cartoon

For the Men:

  • Go to a restaurant where they serve messy food, such as ribs. That way you can show your date how little you care about society’s restrictive conventions such as cleanliness and good manners, by ensuring that you spill food down the front of your clothing. You might also like to lick off any sauce you drop onto your shirt. Better yet, wear dirty clothing so it’ll save you having to wash it twice.
  • Take her to a sports bar when there’s a game on, or to a live boxing match. She’s going to have to get used to you being glued to the TV after you get married, so she’d better learn to accept who you are from the beginning.
  • Go to a shooting range. It’s never too soon to show her how manly you are.
  • Take her along for an evening out with your mates. She’ll need to understand how important they are to you.
  • Invite her over to your apartment, and then expect her to cook and clean. She’s a woman after all and that’s what she’ll be doing once you’re married.
  • Take her to an exercise class so you can flex your muscles, and she can appreciate your manly sweat and odour.
  • Wherever you go, make sure you comment about every other woman you see. That way she’ll know what she has to measure up to, to know that she deserves you.

For the Ladies:

  • Take him shopping. At some point he’s got to accept how important shopping is to a girl, and if he hasn’t the stamina for it, than he’s not the man for you.
  • Take him to look at the babies in a hospital. One day he may be the father of your children and you want to know how he feels about kids.
  • At every opportunity, ask him to hold your handbag. In fact, really test him by bringing along your girliest, most glamorous bag. Eventually he’s going to have to overcome his stupid, manly pride anyway.
  • If you’re into extreme sports, take him along to an activity to see whether he’s a cry-baby, and of course don’t date him again if he wets his pants or runs away. If he does run off, phone or text him later and tell him he’s a ‘sissy!’

For First Dates:

  • Take them to meet your parents or your own children (if you’re older.) You might as well get that one over as quickly as possible, and if they survive the encounter they’ll prove they’re worth putting more effort into.
  • Go to a night-club. That way you won’t have to think of something to talk about because of the noise levels and the added bonus is you can show off your incredible dancing skills!
  • Have your meal at a fast-food restaurant. This could work out even better if you have a ‘two for one’ coupon and expect your date to have the exact same meal as you. How wonderful it would be to share the same taste experience, and all for half price! And imagine, it’ll be a special first date that you can tell your grandchildren about.
  • If you know very little about the other person, go to a restaurant because you can spend the entire time trying to fill the awkward silences, and wishing that the uncomfortable night was over. Wouldn’t that be a delightful way to start your relationship?
  • Invite the other person to go camping:
    • you’ll get to see the other person at their worst: dirty, uncomfortable; and bitten by mosquitoes or something even nastier, and
    • you can secretly enjoy yourself by letting the other person worry all weekend that you’ll suddenly turn into a crazed serial killer.
  • If you’re feeling particularly lazy and couldn’t really be bothered putting in the effort of making conversation, go to a movie where you’ll hardly get the chance to talk at all. Then before you know it, the movie will be over and you can go home without having put together more than a dozen sentences.
  • Don’t bother getting dressed up: wear your thongs or your favourite shirt which shows off your delightful beer gut, because this is who you are, so they can take it or leave it.
  • Be as fake as possible because you don’t want them to see the real you:
    • If you’re a man, ensure you open doors for her and treat her with respect and courtesy, so that you can lull her into believing you’re a good bloke. Once you’ve hooked her, you can drop all that garbage;
    • If you’re a woman, let the man choose the meal and lead the conversation, because you don’t want him to think you’re too pushy or domineering;
    • Pretend you are a genuinely caring and considerate person, but show your true colours in the way you treat others, such as the waiter;
  • Expect sex on a first date. In fact, talk about sex as often as possible and share the way you view men/women in relation to sex. You are an incredible lover so they should know they’re in for a remarkable experience.
  • Talk incessantly about yourself, and if your date does manage to get a word in, belittle each one of their comments.
  • Take along your mother … or your invisible friend.
  • Finally, if all else fails: complain, criticize and boast, snort, pick your nose, and scratch your crotch and if by the end of the evening your date is still there, try to squeeze out a fart or two. If they hang around after that, they’re a keeper!

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Seriously though…My Dates Never Work Out! What Should I Do?

So not every date you’ve ever been on has been wonderful. In fact some of them may have been excruciatingly painful, awkward or embarrassing, but don’t give up. It’s kind of like eating something that doesn’t agree with you – after it’s over, you’ll feel better, and realise that not everything you eat is going to make you feel ill!

And consider also that if you’re last date was seriously awful, then the next one surely has got to be an improvement.

Where Should We REALLY Go On Our Date?

  • Consider a comedy club, as long as the acts aren’t tacky or vulgar. That way you can avoid long awkward silences which both parties will feel that they have to fill. Instead you’ll both have a laugh, and in between sets you’ll have something to share and talk about. And what a positive way to start off your relationship.
  • Ten-pin bowling might sound nerdy and old-fashioned, but it’s a relaxed way to get to know each other without any pressure. You’ll have breaks in between playing to talk so it’s likely to be less awkward. Just keep the boasting about your scoring to a minimum!
  • Attend a jazz show, or a museum, a rock concert, a musical, an art show, or a play. If it’s not something you usually attend, explain that to your date, expressing your desire to try something different. It will make the other person feel special, and show that you are brave enough to grow and try new experiences, which is always the mark of a more mature adult.
  • Or ask the other person what some of their favourite activities are before you go out, so you can organise to attend something you know they’ll definitely enjoy.

Good luck!

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Bibliography:
“12 Worst Date Ideas” http://likes.com/relationships/12-worst-date-ideas?page=1 Web 02/05/15
Fetters, K. Aleisha “Men’s Health” http://www.menshealth.com/sex-women/worst-date-ideas-ever © 2014 Web 02/05/15
Gagnog, Tiffany “Men’s Fitness” http://www.mensfitness.com/women/dating-advice/the-best-and-worst-dates-to-take-her-on?page=1 Web 02/05/15