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News Snippets from Around the World

News Snippets from Around the World
News Snippets

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: we endeavour to keep the news snippets updated weekly, but due to time restraints, it may not always be possible to do so.

*** Our apologies: our previous news snippets page crashed and we were unable to fix it, so we’ve created a new page with recent news. ***

SEPTEMBER 2020

24th: Aboriginal Pastors call Australian to a ‘solemn ssembly:’ Australians are being ureged to take part in a “Solemn Assembly” which will focus on reptenance and prayer. (Eternity news) [link 1]

24th: the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ is misused to exclude religion from the public square, AG Barr says, US: Attorney General William Barr presented a speech about the common misrepresentation of the phrase ‘separation of church and state,’ on Wednesday at the Annual Natoinal Catholic Prayer Breakfast. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: ‘This is simply biblical:’ thousands of Christians gather for revival, Florida, USA: the “Let us Worship” tour has been held in two cities in Florida with prostitutes and drug addicts “running to the altar to be saved,” said Sean Feucht. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Stand against euthanasia today, Australia: an extreme bill considering legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia is being considered by the Tasmanian Parliament, and Christians are asked to take a stand. (Hope) [link 1]

24th: Fresh trial of Belgian euthanasia doctor has begun: euthanasia doctor Joris Van Hove was originally acquitted of the unlawful euthanasia death of a 38 years woman earlier in 2020. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Who would sue a medical body for this? despite a clear vote of the successful candidate at the Royal College of General Practitioners, pro-euthanasia activitists are taking the RCGP to court to force them to change their decision in the hopes of getting someone who supports their movement. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Doctors find the Gaffney Euthanasia Bill confusing and contradictory, Tasmania, Australia: the state’s peak medical body has spoken out against the contradictory and confusing nature of the proposed legislation, which the politicians should be taking into consideration as they vote for the controversial bill. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: Saudi king warns UN of Iranian threat, backs US peace efforts in Middle East, Saudi Arabia: Salman castigates Iranian attempts to sow ‘chaos, extremism and religious fanaticism’; calls to disarm Hezbollah; stops short of directly endorsing Israel-UAE-Bahrain accords. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Cancer patients may have heightened COVID-fighting ability — Israeli scientists: Oncology patients’ weakened immune system can prevent body ‘overreacting’ to virus, say Haifa researchers; theory still to be tested, but already published in peer-reviewed journal. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Jim Caviezel Says The Passion of the Christ Sequel Might Be the Biggest Film in World History: Christian actor Jim Caviezel who portrayed Jesus in the huge hit “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004 is thrilled about the upcoming movie “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection” and said that “it’s going to be the biggest film in world history.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: Kenosha Church remains unscathed after rioters burn block to the ground, Wisconsin, US: while violence escalated into riots after the death of George Flloyd, the Pastor of one church say that divine intervention saved the church from the rioters. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: ‘Merciful hand of God:’ Thai church celebrates baptism of over 1,400 people, Thailand: the Free in Jess Christ Church Association members celebrated the baptism of 1,435 people on the one day, larger than at previous times. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: World expert on Covid 19 shares what’s going on: Professor Raina MacIntyre responds to some of the important questions about Covid 19 (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: ‘Parents are waking up:’ school fires Christian worker for criticizing LGBT curriculum, UK: concerned about LGBT and sex education, a British woman was fired from her position at the Farmor’s School for speaking about it. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: Patricia Heaton warns Christians of incoming ‘onslaught’ of arrogance, ignorance following Trump’s SCOTUS pick, US: the ‘Everybody loves Raymond’ star warns of an anti-religious onslaught when the President announces a Supreme Court nominee. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: Boost to school ministry means more will hear the Good News, Australia: this year around 25,000 school students will hear the gospel through a campsite operated by Crusader Union of Australia. (Eternity News) [link 1]

22nd: Ethiopia – thousands displaced during protests: after extremists murdered of a well-known musician and activist, violence erupted and more than 9,000 people, a majority of whom were Christian have now been displaced. (Open Doors) [link 1]

22nd: World powers set to take the stage, virtually, at UN General Assembly: Trump expected to send strong message to China on virus, trade, and to tout deal brokered between Israel, UAE and Bahrain; Netanyahu to speak next week. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Scientists combat online anti-Semitism with artificial intelligence: Project seeks to fight radicalization online, will initially focus on Germany, France and the UK. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Israeli virus cases per capita overtake US, deaths surpass global average: Jewish state has 2,115.1 cases per 100,000 people compared to America’s 2,079.9, according to latest Johns Hopkins data Jewish state has 2,115.1 cases per 100,000 people compared to America’s 2,079.9, according to latest Johns Hopkins data (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: hearing is believing: audio Old Testament takes shape in Darwin, Australia: Audio recordings of an Australian language spoken by the First Nations people, have now been captured in audio recordings which include 177 chapters of the Old Testament (Eternity News) [link 1]

19th: 3 Holocaust monuments vandalized with swastikas in Ukraine and Russia: One message at former concentration camp warns Jewish Ukrainian leaders, including country’s president, that ‘the sale of Ukrainian land will quickly lead you to the Holocaust.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Trump to launch ‘1776 Commission’ to ‘promote patriotic education’ in schools, US: a national commission will be established to promote ‘patriotic’ history in schools in the US to counter ‘propaganda’ that tells students to be ashamed of their country. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

18th: Instagram adds in-app reporting tool to flag accounts that sexualise children, Australia: Collective Shout’s campaign #WakeUpInstagram has encouraged Instagram to get on board to stop the sexualisation of children. (Collective Shout) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Trump asked Nigeria’s Buhari – why are you killing Christians?: the President of Nigeria was asked by President Trump why they are indifferent to the plight of persecuted Christians in their country. (Eternity News) [link 1]

18th: Governor signs bill banning officials from closing houses of worship, Ohio, USA: Mike DeWine signed the new bill to stop public officials from closing churches during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: the goal was to emphasize diversity: church apologizes for ad featuring Jesus with breasts, wearing makeup, Iceland: after promoting a cartoon advertisement which features Jesus in a white dress, with breasts and makeup, an Icelandic church apologized. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: halfway there on the road to more Indigenous Bible translation, Australia: Indigenous students are halfway through completing a new course which teaches them how to translate the Bible better. (source) [link 1]

17th: Christian girls are being kidnapped at an alarming rate in Egypt: the Coptic Christian girls are being abducted and then sold into slavery, with Egyptian officials doing little to help them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: lifetime to release its first LGBTQ hristmas film, US: the fillm producer Lifetime has announced that one new Christmas movies will feature an LGBTQ theme. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: US Department of Defense to implement guidelines to protect service members’ religious freedom: after hearing that chaplains and some military members were banned from attending a worship service, the new guidelines will ensure that their religious rights are protected. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

17th: US researchers produce startling images of coronavirus-infected cells: Pictures from UNC School of Medicine illustrate the density of SARS-CoV-2 on human tissue, which contributes to its spread within individuals, and to others. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Trump says Saudi Arabia among 7-9 countries expected to make peace with Israel: US president says he spoke with the Saudi king and normalization will come ‘at the right time,’ earlier said 5-6 more countries on path to formal ties with Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Full text: Netanyahu’s address at signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain peace accords: ‘Let us put all cynicism aside,’ urges Israel’s PM at the Abraham Accords ceremony. ‘Let us feel on this day the pulse of history.’(The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Five tropical cyclones are in the Atlantic at the same time for only the second time in history: the five systems are expected to impact various countries including the USA, Bermuda, and the Bahamas, and warnings of life-threatening storms surge and flash flooding have been forecast. (9News) [link 1]

16th: Study: More than one in 10 Americans under 40 thinks Jews caused the Holocaust: Holocaust knowledge is particularly low in New York, despite state having the largest population of Jews in the US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Kroger fires Christian employees who refused to wear LGBT rainbow, US suit says, USA: after two employees in an Arkansas Kroger store were fired for refusing to wear the LGBT-themed aprons, the lawsuit claims that the store violated federal an anti-discrimination law.(Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Netflix cancellations are 8 times higher than average following ‘Cuties’ backlash, USA: the programs which features 11 year old girls in a dance group focuses on the sexualisation, risqué costumes and ‘femininity’ of their dance, which large numbers of subscribers cancelling Netflix as a result. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers:’ Christian leaders praise Trump for Israel-UAE peace deal: the leaders referred to the Bible after the historic peace deal was signed by Israel with two Arab Nationals. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: the plans to ‘scuttle’ the annual Nativity Event in Perth: candidates for the city were overwhelmed with the number of people writing in asking them to keep it, Australia. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

15th: Sout Sudan – extremists kill and abduct church attendees: 20 Anglican church members were wounded and 23 killed when armed extremists stormed the church compound. (Open Doors) [link 1]

15th: Gaza flogged for rocket attack during White House peace bash: Gantz says incident a ‘reminder from our enemies that we must always be strong;’ Liberman: ‘While Bibi celebrates in Washington, Hamas celebrates in Ashdod and Ashkelon.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Full text: Bahrain foreign minister’s speech at Abraham Accords signing ceremony: Abdullatif Al-Zayani tells White House crowd that agreements with Israel are a ‘historic step on the road for genuine and lasting peace’ across the region. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: title: Marking ‘dawn of new Middle East,’ Israel signs historic deals with UAE, Bahrain: Trump speaks of ‘changing course of history,’ Netanyahu hopes for end to Arab-Israeli conflict ‘once and for all,’ while Gulf FMs pledge commitment to Palestinian cause. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Trump to preside over signing of historic Middle East deals at White House: the two historical deals between two Gulf nations and Israel will be presided over by President Trump at the White House. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: ‘Boldly Defending Life’: Trump Admin. Expands Ban on Int’l Funding of Abortion: Plans were announced by the Trump administration to expand their policy on pro-life which forbids money from the US government to go towards international organisations who promote and/or perform abortions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Calif. Governor Signs Bill Bringing Sentencing Equality for Adults Who Have Sex with Minors: Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has outraged elected officials by signing a new bill into law which expands judge’s discretion when deciding if an adult should be registered as a sex offender for having sex with minors which now includes anal or vaginal sex which was not included previously in law. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: #CancelNetflix Trends on Twitter after Controversial Film Cuties Airs: after Netflix released the French film “Cuties” the hashtage #CancelNetflix was a trending topic on social media as a result of the film’s sexualised posing of young girls and dancing in a movie aimed at 11 year olds. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Rejects Pat Robertson’s Claim That the Movement Is ‘Trying to Destroy Christianity:’ after Pat Robertson’s said that the Black Lives Matter organisation is anti-Christian with Marxist ideologies, the BLM co-founder stated that Robertson’s statement was “completely inflammatory and dangerous.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Church Pays off $19 Million in Chicago Residents’ Medical Debt: a church in Chicago rasied more than $100,00 to help residents in the area meet medical debts. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Aussie missionary in England caught up in LGBT row, UK: after a comment about a Cornwall pride event being cancelled, Josh Williamson, who is pasturing a Newquay church has been threatened with the church being burned down, and encouraged sexual orgies there, with the LGBT community demanding that he be deported back to Australia. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: 22 Percent of Evangelicals Believe in ‘Gender Fluidity,’ Report Finds: a recent survey indication that 20% of evangelicals believe in ‘gender fluidity.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

11th: ‘Go beat up a Zionist’: NY hospital wants to fire doctor for anti-Semitic posts: Yearlong court battle between Brooklyn hospital and Dr. Walid Khass resumes next week (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Dr. James Dobson Sounds a Moral Alarm Against the Legislative Death March of 2020: Dr Dobson shared how it grieves him that the US has legalised abortion and killed over 60 million unborn babies. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Department of Education Implements Trump Order Protecting Religious Freedom on College Campuses: the Department of Education in the US ruled on the “Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry” regulation that protects religious freedoms of faith-based groups on college campuses. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Schools in England Are Now Required to Teach about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity: the Department of Education in the UK has implemented a policy that requires that schools will be required to teach their students about LGBTQ including gender identity, sexual orientation and more. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: North Carolina School Removes Bible Verses from Donated Planners: a school in Norther Carolina, USA spent $2,000 on school planners for their students and were required to reprint new planners because the original order had included Bible verses. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Pakistan Christian gets death sentence for blasphemy; wouldn’t convert to Islam: Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been in custody since 2013, fighting charge levelled against him by former factory supervisor who was trying to convert him (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: President Trump Receives Nobel Peace Prize Nomination: Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian member of Parliament has nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Church Suing Washington State for Forcing Abortions into Healthcare Plan: A church in Seattle is suing the state of Washington for forcing their health insurers to cover elective abortions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: 62% of Americans Say Jesus Is Returning to ‘Judge’ Everyone, Poll Shows: according to a State of Theology survey in the USA, most people deny that Jesus was God although two thirds believe the Biblical account about his bodily resurrection. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: another Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan on weak blasphemy charges: sentenced to death on 8 September this year, Asif Pervaiz waited in jail for seven years for sentencing for the charge of blasphemy, and Attorney Saiful Malook said “One cannot ignore the fact that it has become a norm of trial court judges hearing blasphemy cases to convict the accused no matter how weak the prosecution’s case is.” (Eternity News) [link 1]

9th: LGBTQ+ Group Threatens to Burn Down Church after Pastor Says Homosexuality Is a Sin: UK’s Newquay Baptist Church’s pastor John Williamson is facing violent threats from people within the LGBTQ+ community because he said that homosexuality is a sin. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: French courts jail Muslim, white supremacist in separate anti-Semitic incidents: 21-year-old identified only as Mohammed receives year in prison for anti-Semitic robbery; 52-year-old supremacist receives two months for incident involving anti-Semitic slurs (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: India – violent persecution rises: persecution against Christians including young children and babies, continues to rise in India. (Open Doors) [link 1]



8th: Attacked Christians in India Risk Arrest if Worship Draws Assaults: Christians in eastern India have been threatened with arrest by police for “disturbing the peace” should their worship encourage further opposition, after they were recently attacked and one elderly woman almost lost her sight. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: 16,000 Accept Christ, 1.8 Million Watch Greg Laurie’s Virtual ‘Cinematic Crusade’: in the US on the previous weekend around 1.8 million people watched Harvest’s “A Rush of Hope” evangelist movie and 16,000 made a faith commitment for Jesus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: (Australia: Melbourne’s long road back o church, US survey says 1 in 5 churches won’t make it: the survey indicates that around 20% of churches may permanently close as a result of the pandemic. (Eternity News) [link 1]

September 2020: Australia: A Federal Senator has been summoned to appear before an anti-discrimination tribunal!: Senator Claire Chandler from the Tasmanian Liberal party has been vocal about free speech, and truth and is now going to have to face the anti-discrimination tribunal by saying that women should have the right to have their own toilets, facilities and sports. (Australian Family Coalition) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: India becomes 3rd country to pass 4 million virus cases, stretching resources: Coronvirus initially ravaged giant cities, but is now in almost every state; hospital beds and health infrastructure at a shortage; Health Ministry reports 1,089 new deaths. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Nuclear watchdog: Iran uranium stockpile at 10 times more than nuke deal limit: UN inspectors gain access to one of two sites where undeclared nuclear activity may have taken place in the early 2000s; second site to be inspected later this month (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: ‘China Is an Atheist Country’: Communist Nation Expands Ban on Christian Funerals: Christians in China are no longer allowed to use funerals as a religious activity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Mississippi To Vote on New Flag Design Featuring a Magnolia, the Phrase ‘In God We Trust’: the government in Mississippi will vote whether the phrase “In God We Trust” along with the confederate battle emblem should be removed from their flag. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Petition Calls Samaritan’s Purse to Remove Franklin Graham as President and CEO: a Christian activist group is encouraging Samaritan’s Purse to remove evangelit Franklin Graham from his position as CEO and President of the organisation because he is ruining the credibility of Samaritan’s Purse. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Researchers Find Christians in Iran Approaching 1 Million: while Christians have been sharing about it for a number of years now, a secular survey has come to the conclusion that Christianity is indeed growing in Iran. (Christianity Today) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Trump Campaign Adds Religious Freedom, Protection of Unborn Lives to Second Term Agenda: President Trump will likely run for a second term, and part of his campaign includes the protection of unborn babies and defending religious freedom. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Schools Allowing Boys in Girls’ Sports Are Violating the Law, Even after Court Ruling, Trump Admin. Says: the Trump Department of Education ruled that schools who allow biological boys who identify as girls to participate in girl’s sports are violating federal law. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: Massive Revival Meetings Ensue across the East Coast: thousands of Christian in the US attended revival meetings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

AUGUST 2020

27th: ‘May This Be a Land Where He Rules Supreme,’ Ohio Mayor Surrenders City to Christ: elected officials and church members from a number of churches met to join in prayer and corporate repentance for global and national revival. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: ‘Drifting Away’ from Scripture: 30 Percent of Evangelicals Say Jesus Was Not God, Poll Shows: a recent survey of evangelicals indicates that almost a third claim that Jesus was not God but was a ‘good teacher.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

27th: China Forcibly Removes 900 Church Crosses in a Single Province, Threatens Christians: over 900 churches in China had their crosses removed from their churches during the last half of 2019 and warned of dire consequences should parishioners oppose them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Billy Graham’s Granddaughter Urges Christian Women Not to Vote for Donald Trump: the granddaughter of Billy Graham spoke out against the Christians who support President Trump. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: British rapper Wiley repeats Jewish power and money tropes in new interview: After being removed from all social media, rapper again claims Jews ‘run the Earth,’ says he never had any problems with anyone in business except ‘some of the Jewish community.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

FREE: earlier issues of SPAG Magazine, a Puzzle Book and More – for a limited time only

FREE: earlier issues of SPAG Magazine, a Puzzle Book and More – for a limited time only

Coronavirus: FREE issues of SPAG Magazine (until 30 June 2020)

As many of us have to remain indoors due to the coronavirus for some time, we’re now providing issues 9 to 20 to you for FREE!!!  See below for links to the current and earlier issues. Check out the other booklets etc that we’re sharing with you for free as well, further down the page. (Please contact us if you’d like to subscribe.)
The latest issue is available: June to August 2020 – our fifth birthday celebration MEGA-issue: 
Our feature article is:”Fancy flying from advanced aeronautics,” and many more!
You can read it online in a ‘flippable’ format on the following link. (Note that this is on a third party website, so there may be some advertising.)
You can download a pdf (not flippable) copy on this link.
Along with our latest issue, we’re sharing two bonus booklets with you:
1. the best of the “Letters to Lou:”
2. humorous articles:

LINKS TO THE FREE ISSUES HERE:

Issue 19 (Dec 2019-Feb 2020):

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Issue 18 (Sep-Nov 2019):

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Issue 17 (Jun-Aug 2019):

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Issue 16 (Mar-May 2019):

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Issue 15 (Dec 2018-Feb 2019):

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Issue 14 (Sep-Nov 2018):

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We’ve put together a puzzle book taken from all of our 20 issues. It also includes a few other interesting pages which I think you will enjoy. Following is a link to the downloadable pdf copy: LINK and here’s the link to the online ‘flippable’ version of the puzzle book: LINK

We also created a booklet of verses of encouragement which we hope you find helpful during this stressful time. Each verse comes with a photo of beautiful scenery. Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf copy: LINK and here’s the link to the online ‘flippable’ version of the verses of encouragement: LINK

If you’d like to check out some fascinating things online, we’ve put together a document in pdf format with links to lots of different internet pages including music, Christian comedy and more as a way to encourage you to retain your sanity: LINK

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The Sep/Nov issue of SPAG Magazine is now available, 
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Link to current issue no. 22:
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Articles in this issue include: 
– FEATURE: Loving a Christian Battling Same-Sex Attraction;
– From the red pill to the God pill;
– God is a fountain of sending love;
– They Want Me to Say, “Black Lives Matter;”
– They Are Out to Get Us – and We are Letting Them Do It;
– Buy Your Girlfriend Before You Try Her;
– The lucky and clever country;
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Our previous 5th birthday issue will be available until the end of October

The birthday bumper issue of SPAG Magazine (June/August) is still available. We’ve delved back into our past twenty issues to share some of our best articles during the past five years. We’re sharing articles on a number of inspirational people; Christianity and mental health; Christian singleness and heaps more. It’s a HUGE issue … PLUS a couple of bonus booklets to celebrate our birthday including our best “Letters to Lou” letters (our Counsellor) and another booklet of some of the humorous articles we’ve previously shared.
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Bonus booklets:

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Letters to our Counsellor Lou

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Click here for the link to our Counsellor Lou’s response to letters and questions shared in previous issues of SPAG Magazine.

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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;
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– Road to Damascus;
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– Condemned to celibacy?
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 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.’

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Believers Who Suffered Depression

Believers Who Suffered Depression

by Vicki Nunn (1 December 2016)

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear (that results) from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”

Stephan Hoeller

Introduction

Some Christians and churches claim that depression comes from demonic possession, or from sin, perhaps a curse, or because God is punishing us for a wrong-doing. As we discussed in the article “Can Christians Have a Mental Illness,” while on some occasions it may be the result of an ongoing sin, for most believers, depression doesn’t usually arise from these things.

We’ve looked at possible physical causes of depression as well as circumstances which may cause it. It can be the result of drug and alcohol abuse, physical injury or as part of an illness, as a side effect of certain medications, or as a consequence of physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse.

Seeking help for depression is not sinful, nor is taking anti-depressants. Getting over depression isn’t about “having more faith,” or “looking on the bright side,” or “just getting over it.” There is no pithy quote, Bible verse or inspirational saying that will snap us out of it. In fact, there are quite a number of Bible verses that speak about depression, and Bible characters who struggled with it.

Depression is not a new thing – it’s been around almost since day one!

One of the more important things we learned in that earlier article is that a good proportion of the population will experience depress-ion at some time in their life, and therefore it’s likely that many Christians will also go through it.

Being a Christian doesn’t automatically make us immune. Depression doesn’t mean that a person is lacking in spirituality or immature in their Christian walk. Do you need reassurance on that? Then hopefully this article will provide enough evidence to demonstrate that some of the strongest, most faithful believers have suffered depression – and God still loved them.

Depression

Normally in each issue of SPAG Magazine we endeavour to provide an article on one inspirational person. In conjunction with issue 7’s focus on depression and mental illness, we’re sharing a little about the lives of inspirational believers who suffered depression  – from the Bible, from history and also from the present day. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and I encourage you to find out more.

If you’ve ever suffered depression, it may ease your burden to know that profound Christian thinkers, passionate champions of the persecuted and down-trodden, God-inspired prophets, and those who reached great pinnacles of wisdom and strength in their Christian walk, have shared the trials and torments of depression with us.

If those with such resounding faith, profound knowledge and deep compassion can experience the same depths of sorrow, anguish, and moments of doubt; times when God seemed silent to their urgent, tortured pleas for help or for answers; then we, the more common, ordinary Christians are not alone – we aren’t wrong or broken or in need of deliverance. For some of us, it is part of the demanding journey of what it means to be a Christian.

It’s almost freeing to know that these exceptional Christians share such a bond with us. Perhaps it is those who have never known depression and those dark, tormented nights of the soul, who miss out on this distinctive experience. Perhaps we who have known depression, are the chosen ones who God deems worthy of undergoing such an ordeal. Perhaps our journey will be all the better for it.

As bizarre and unreasonable as it sounds, perhaps there’ll come a day when we’ll be able to look back and say “Thank you Lord.”

Whatever the circumstances, depression is very real, and can have a profound and long-lasting impact on us. Those who have never suffered depression cannot understand the terrible pain and suffering it causes.

Biblical Believers Who Suffered Depression

(a) Adam and Eve

While there is no Biblical evidence to confirm it, I imagine that both Adam and Eve suffered depression after they sinned and were cast out of the garden of Eden.

Having previously been so intimate with God, it must have been devastating for them to lose that close and loving relationship. No longer did they know that kindred closeness of spirit, soul and purpose. Adam and Eve knew without a doubt that they were no longer Holy – that purity of their holy relationship with God had ceased to exist.

I’ve heard hell described as the absolute and complete awareness of our aloneness and separation from God. Perhaps in a way, it was similar to how Adam and Eve felt.

Their daily lives of toil to grow food and to survive would have been a constant reminder of the repercussions of their sin, and their unending loss.

The consequences of their sin were later brought home to them, when their own son Cain killed his brother Abel.

(b) King David

There are more than three dozen examples of David’s experiences with depression which he shared in the Psalms. In Psalm 6:2-7 we read words that sound similar to what we might say when experiencing deep depression. Along with the anguish, his words seem to be touched with frustration and even anger:

“Show me grace, Eternal God. I am completely undone. Bring me back together, Eternal One. Mend my shattered bones. My soul is drowning in darkness. How long can You, the Eternal, let things go on like this?

Come back, Eternal One, and lead me to Your saving light. Rescue me because I know You are truly compassionate.

I’m alive for a reason – I can’t worship You if I’m dead. If I’m six feet under, how can I thank You?

I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak, my voice fading as sighs. Every day ends in the same place – lying in bed, covered in tears, my pillow wet with sorrow. My eyes burn, devoured with grief; they grow weak as I constantly watch for my enemies.” [Voice]

(c) Job

We can understand why Job would have suffered depression, after he lost all he had including his children and his wealth. While he must have grieved for his children, he was able to accept that loss was part of life – he’d come into the world with nothing, and would leave the world with nothing.

When Satan was allowed to afflict Job with a terrible illness that not only caused him awful physical pain, he also lost the affections and closeness of his wife, the comforts of his home, contact with friends and loved ones in his community, and was cast out of his home town because of his disease.

Here was a different sort of trauma to the losses he’d suffered earlier. This next step meant that he’d lost everything else including his dignity, his health, and his position within society – he was even mocked by low-life people because of how far he’d fallen from God’s grace.

Additionally, he was constantly in pain which would have affected every physical movement and would likely have plagued his sleep. Lack of sleep and relentless pain alone can cause depression, but the added losses and indignities would have piled up upon his already low spirits.

He’d lived a good life and had tried to be obedient to God. When he was suffering so terribly, he questioned God, demanding a response from Him about what he’d done to deserve such harsh treatment. Doesn’t that sound a lot like what most of us would probably do in Job’s situation?

We can almost hear the anger and perhaps even a little touch of rebuke in his voice in Job 6:8-10:

“If only my one request were answered, if only God would grant me the fulfilment of my only hope: That God would be willing to crush me, to kill me, that God would release His hand and cut me off.


At least then I would have a crumb of consolation, one source of joy in the midst of this relentless agony: I never denied the words of the Holy One in my pain.”
[Voice]

We can hardly blame or judge Job for feeling angry with God. In fact, that kind of a reaction has been around since the time of Cain and Abel, when Cain became angry upon God asking where his brother was.

We can still love God and feel angry and upset with Him. In fact, it really isn’t a surprising response when we’re obedient and go through difficulties and pain and don’t understand why we’re suffering.

Eventually God healed Job and restored his blessings including more children and wealth, and a long, healthy life.

For most of us though, restoration of good health, the return of our wealth, or a child or a partner to replace one we’ve lost, don’t usually happen, and our pain and suffering may remain with us.

(d) Elijah

Elijah was one of several people in the Bible who suffered depression. Here was a man that saw some incredible miracles including ravens sent by God to feed him when he was hungry; provision of food for himself, a widow and her son during a famine; and then Elijah raised the woman’s son from the dead after he passed away.

On another occasion he prayed to God to send fire down from heaven to burn up his sacrifice, to show His power to Baal’s prophets and to the Israelite people. The Israelites saw God’s power and were filled with fear, awe and wonder.

In the same chapter we read that he was able to supernaturally run faster than Ahab who’d left earlier in his chariot!

Despite all of those amazing miracles, he knew and trusted God, and yet Elijah sunk into a terrible depression, even seeking to die.

In 1 Kings 19:4 we read:

“He journeyed into the desert for one day and then decided to rest beneath the limbs of a broom tree. There he prayed that his life would be over quickly and that he would die there beneath the tree.

Elijah: I’m finished, Eternal One. Please end my life here and now, even though I have failed, and I am no better than my ancestors.” [Voice]

After he overcame his depression, Elijah continued in his work for God, and took on Elisha as his apprentice. Later, as his time on earth drew to a close we read in 2 Kings 2:11b:

“A blazing chariot pulled by blazing horses stormed down from the heavens and came between Elijah and Elisha. Then Elijah was swept up into heaven by the fiery storm.” [Voice]

God favoured Elijah so highly, that he took him straight up to heaven! Surely then we must consider that depression is no hindrance to being close to God, or for God to accept each of us completely, or for us to be able to do His work.

(e) Other Bible People

You may like to read about other Bible people who suffered depression, such as: Jeremiah; Hannah; Jonah; and Jesus.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus spent time in prayer, His spirit in distress. While not necessarily depression, He was in extreme anguish so great, that he sweated drops of blood.)

Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

(a) C.S. Lewis

Most of us know Lewis’ work from his beloved Narnia series. Lewis, was a great Christian thinker who also wrote books on theology, and yet for such an intellectual who understood God so well, he suffered depression.

After his wife died of cancer, just three years after they married, he wrote of his experience, when he desired an answer or some kind of sign from God:

“…But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become.” (“A Grief Observed.”)

Lewis struggled to connect with God during his difficult days, to focus his heart and mind on God, just as many of us do. In his book, “A Grief Observed,” he said of his suffering:

“God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.”

And when it seemed to him that God wasn’t responding:

“’Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?”

(b)  Mother Teresa

The compassionate and caring nun, Mother Teresa is often presented to the world as an iconic image of supreme Christian service, of one who was content in her work, faithful in her service and unwavering in her devotion to God.

There was also the Mother Teresa that few of us know, who suffered depression and struggled to find God, especially during periods of dark despair, but her soul hungered for Him even when she didn’t sense His presence.

In her book “Come Be My Light,” (edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC) she said:

“I want to smile even at Jesus and so hide if possible the pain and the darkness of my soul even from Him.”

And later she wrote:

“With regard to the feeling of loneliness, of abandonment, of not being wanted, of darkness of the soul, it is a state well known by spiritual writers and directors of conscience. This is willed by God in order to attach us to Him alone, an antidote to our external activities, and also, like temptation, a way of keeping us humble in the midst of applauses, publicity, praises, appreciation, etc. and success.”

(c)  Other Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

Other well-known Christians who suffered depression included: Charles Dickens; Martin Luther; John Calvin; John Wesley; Handel; Emily Dickinson; Sir Isaac Newton; Charles Spurgeon; Pope Francis; Florence Nightingale; and many more.

Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Suffered Depression

(a) Barbara Bush

The former first lady of the USA suffered terrible depression in the 1970s. According to a New York Times article, she sometimes had to stop her car on shoulders of the highway because she feared that:

“…she might deliberately crash the vehicle into a tree or an oncoming auto.”

(b) Joyce Meyer

Joyce was abused as a child which impacted on her emotional and mental development enormously, and led to her depression. In her article “Is it Really Possible to Beat Depression?”she said:

“I know what it’s like to be depressed. For many years I was unstable emotionally because of abuse that I experienced during most of my childhood. It caused me to be negative, critical, and easily discouraged. I used to believe that it was better not to expect anything good to happen to me because if nothing good happened, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I was still miserable and had no peace.”

Joyce believes that we can allow depression to take hold of us, and that there are ways to stop it. She said:

“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.”

(c) Other Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Have Suffered Depression

Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of Christ” has suffered depression.

Others in this group include: John James (Newsboys); Sheila Walsh (singer and talk-show host); Tina Campbell (Mary Mary); Richard Smallwood (gospel music artist); Buzz Aldrin (astronaut); Lecrae (hip hop artist, record producer and actor); Kevin Sorbo (actor); Mel Gibson (actor, director and producer); and Ashley Judd (actor).

Conclusion

For each of us who suffer depression or other mental illnesses, our journey and our experiences may be different, but we are bonded together in a unified Christian experience.

We aren’t alone in our suffering. The similarities of our anguish, the deep depths of our depressions, the struggles of our condition, the unanswered, perplexing questions and even at times, silence from God show us by their similarity that God has found a way to stretch us and shape us, even sometime agonisingly, but purposefully into something more than we were before.

We may not see that we’ve changed for the better, or understand that the suffering that we bore began a transformation within us.

While in the midst of our struggles, sometimes we feel torn, broken, battered and weak with trembling, God isn’t unaware of the battle we are waging, He is not absent from us though His silence may make it seem that He is.

These troubling experiences and depression are another part of our journey. Perhaps we undergo this pain and suffering because there was something deep in us which God needed to change or to remove from us, which required such a forceful and intense experience.

When we take those final steps at the end of our human journey and find ourselves standing before God, instead of asking Him “Why?” our minds, hearts and soul will grasp it at last and we will say, “I understand.” [End]

 

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“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.”

Elizabeth Wurtzel

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After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

King David in prayer

King David in prayer

Job and his friends

Job and his friends

Elijah destroyed the messengers of Ahaziah by fire

Elijah calling down fire from God

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

John Calvin

John Calvin

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Handel

Handel

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

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Having Struggles?

Having Struggles?

Here are some articles which you may find helpful if you are going through struggles. We will continue adding to these as we share them in issues of SPAG Magazine. If you have an issue or a topic that you’d like us to cover in an upcoming issue, please let us know. You can complete the form at the end of this page, or email us at: 

Can Christians Have a Mental Illness?

Five Key Ways to Support a Friend (or Stranger) With a Chronic or Invisible Illness

Good Grief: Coping with Chronic Illness

Happiness Habits – Articles on Learning How to be Happy:

  1. Keep a happiness journal;

  2. Forgiveness and friendship;

  3. Difficult decisions;

  4. Friendship;

  5. Understanding yourself;

  6. Putting off procrastination;

  7. Derailing Depression (parts 1-3)

Believers Who Suffered Depression;

Let’s Talk About Sex;

  1. Introduction

  2. Purity (or the world is not enough);

  3. Masturbation and celibacy;

Where is the Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Why Do I have Trouble Making Friends?

Tell us what topic or article you would like us to share in a future issue of SPAG Magazine:

General Articles

General Articles

 Please contact us if you have any queries.

Humorous Articles

Humorous Articles

Being a single person can have it’s challenges, and sometimes the way we are treated or even ignored, can be very discouraging. With that in mind, we occasionally share a humorous article in SPAG Magazine. Here are the links:

Tell us what topic or article you would like us to share in a future issue of SPAG Magazine: