War Cry is a fortnightly 24-page Christian magazine for Salvation Army readers and all those exploring faith issues.
In 2014, we started publishing online through ISSUU. Editions are generally published four weeks after cover date.
This Christmas, New Zealand churches focus on the bicentennial of the first Christian service held on New Zealand soil. On Christmas Day 1814, the Rev Samuel Marsden assembled with a few Europeans and several hundred Maori on the foreshore below Rangihoua Pain the Bay of Islands—on the beautiful site pictured on our cover.
These words from the Old Testament book of Proverbs caught my eye: How long will you lie there doing nothing at all? When are you going to get up and stop sleeping? Sleep a little. Doze a little. Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs. Suddenly, everything is gone, as though it had been taken by an armed robber (6:9-11, CEV).
The couple on the front cover of this edition is Colonels Barbara and Willis Howell, who arrived in New Zealand from the USA a few months ago. Both are passionate about the White Ribbon campaign, which culminates with White Ribbon Day on 25th November.
This weekend a 29-year-old American woman called Brittany Maynard plans to die. Brittany has an inoperable brain tumour and lives in a US state that permits assisted suicide. She has decided to die the day after celebrating her husband’s birthday.
Prejudice is hard to fight, and we all have some measure of it in us. Some is inconsequential, such as my fierce prejudice against Marmite. I’m sure Marmite manufacturers are doing just fine despite me looking down my nose at their product.
One in six New Zealanders are likely to experience an episode of depression during their life, and it’s great to see that John Kirwan is making such inroads to combat the stigma and lack of understanding associated with this condition.
We have a wonderful story of hope and healing in this edition —of the undeniable power of God at work in the life of a young woman, Jess Bishop. It’s a reminder that God heals today, just as he did in the time of Jesus.
For this year’s Father’s Day, we wanted to give our readers an unashamedly male edition of War Cry. And with this in mind, we’ve secured the writing services of more than our usual number of male writers.
There’s a lovely phenomenon of gratitude doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment, with people challenged to ‘give thanks daily, for three things for fi ve days’, and to nominate three friends to do the same.
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