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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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Where is My Soul Mate?

Where is My Soul Mate?

Where is My Soul Mate?

by Vicki Nunn

(Extracted from Issue One: June 2015)

Woman alone at sunset2SMI detest the suggestion that we each have a “soul-mate,” as if God in His infinite wisdom decided that in all of the billions of people in the world, that only one person should suit me. So what happens if I somehow walked by and missed them? … Whoops! Too bad!

According to the movies, it’s my responsibility to somehow track them down if I’m going to live ‘happily ever-after.’ If that’s true, then isn’t it about time then that someone developed a special tracking device to make it easier to find my elusive ‘soul-mate?’ Perhaps they could adapt a metal detector into a ‘soul-mate’ detector.

In response to the topic’s question, “Where is my soul-mate,” the answer is:

there’s no such thing – the idea of a ‘soul-mate’ was made-up.

     Perhaps we can blame Hollywood for that silly idea.

The concept of a ‘soul-mate’ suggests that there is a perfect ‘someone’ out there for each of us, when that’s not even remotely possible. Just as none of us are perfect, so no potential partner can be a perfect person or suit us perfectly. In fact, there may be several people with whom we come in contact, that suit each of us well, but no human being can complete us as we are encouraged to believe.

If God has a person in mind for us, then He’ll provide them – we don’t have to do the chasing. But what usually happens is that we look at every new unattached person of the opposite sex and think, “I wonder if that’s them?” Instead, if we’re continually working on our relationship with God we should resist actively looking and instead rely on the Holy Spirit’s prompting to recognise “Hey, look over there! There’s Jesus in that potential partner.”

In all honesty, in my case, I don’t know if God wants me to marry, but I’m sure that I could find someone if I was desperate enough. But I’m not willing to settle for just anyone, especially when I’m not even sure if marriage is part of God’s plan for me.

That concept was tough for me to come to terms with: that perhaps God didn’t want me to marry until later in life, or maybe not at all.

Eye woman's2SMFor many people, the idea of being alone is not acceptable, and they utterly believe society’s ideology that to be whole or worthwhile a person must have a partner. Sometimes they rush into relationships and marriage simply because they’re not willing to accept God’s will or to wait for His timing, and they usually live to regret their decision. In fact, I’ve never seen anyone who has ‘settled’ who has ended up with a happy marriage.

Wouldn’t it be better to be on our own and happy, then be with somebody and feel miserable? Besides our life doesn’t begin the moment we get married. Our life is already here, so we’ve to get off our bum now and live it!

I remember feeling quite frustrated in my twenties when well-meaning relatives and friends repeatedly asked me about my love-life. At one point I said to my mother, “Right now I don’t have a boyfriend Mum, and if that  changes, I’ll let you know. Meantime, could you please stop asking.”

I’m sure people meant well, but asking those questions just made me feel like a failure and continually reminded me of my alone-ness. It also made me conscious of society’s attitude towards people on their own, as if we are somehow lacking some important quality.

Another thing I came to loathe were the well-meaning responses about my lack of a love-life, such as:

  • ‘I’m sure God has someone special in mind for you;’ or
  • ‘Just be patient and when you least expect it, he’ll suddenly appear.’

Legs, female alone on old loungeSM     Sometimes there were suggestions that I was simply being too picky and that my basic requirements for a partner were too unreasonable.  I’ve since come to understand that just because we’re not attracted to someone, that doesn’t mean our standards are unrealistic nor that we’re incapable of having a healthy, loving relationship.

And if that wasn’t enough, there were also reminders about my childlessness and that ‘it was a shame, because I’d make such a great mother.’ Ouch!

Advice givers would have us believe that everything is black and white and that singleness is a ‘problem’ that is easy to solve. The reality is much more complex, so we have the right to ignore those who mean well, because they don’t often know what they’re talking about.

As I grew in my Christian walk, I began to focus less on myself and my own desire for a husband and a family, which then freed me up to concentrate  more on God’s purpose for my life.

When I allowed God to take control of my life’s direction, He provided compensations in ways that I could never have imagined:

  • My loneliness and desire for children began to ease;
  • I gained a sense of peace and purposefulness;
  • I developed new skills and grew in areas that I would probably never had the opportunity to do so if I’d married; and
  • My confidence and my contentment grew.

Having lived as a single man His entire life, Jesus shows us that marriage is not essential to the wholeness of a person. A Christian disciple might be called upon to forget parents, partners and possessions for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Ultimately, if we are truly God’s children then we have to consider what we are going to say when we finally face God in heaven:

     “God, my focus was on finding a partner and satisfying my own desires;” or

      “God, although I struggled with my singleness, I tried to obey your calling on my life.”

There’s a phrase that I heard when I was younger, that I admit, scared the heck out of me when I first read about it:

“The gift of singleness”

GiftOfSingleness SM     It suggested that singleness was something wonderful from God; something that God intentionally gave to certain Christians. I questioned such a radical idea: How could singleness be a gift? Wasn’t it more of a curse? Didn’t I deserve to be loved? Was I being punished? Did that mean that I was to remain single for the rest of my life?

Those are very good questions. This topic was carried over into the spring 2015 edition of SPAG where I shared more about it, and the possibility that it may not be quite as awful or as scary as you think. [End]

© Vicki Nunn, SPAG Magazine

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Bibliography
Radman MSc., M. Farouk “Know Myself.com” http://www.2knowmyself.com/loneliness/ overcoming_loneliness