Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Power Of His Resurrection

C H Spurgeon’s Evening Devotional for November 22nd

“The power of His resurrection”.

Philippians 3:10

The doctrine of a risen Saviour is exceedingly precious. The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity. It is the key-stone of the arch of our salvation. It would take a volume to set forth all the streams of living water which flow from this one sacred source, the resurrection of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; but to know that He has risen, and to have fellowship with Him as such—communing with the risen Saviour by possessing a risen life—seeing Him leave the tomb by leaving the tomb of worldliness ourselves, this is even still more precious. The doctrine is the basis of the experience, but as the flower is more lovely than the root, so is the experience of fellowship with the risen Saviour more lovely than the doctrine itself. I would have you believe that Christ rose from the dead so as to sing of it, and derive all the consolation which it is possible for you to extract from this well-ascertained and well-witnessed fact; but I beseech you, rest not contented even there. Though you cannot, like the disciples, see Him visibly, yet I bid you aspire to see Christ Jesus by the eye of faith; and though, like Mary Magdalene, you may not “touch” Him, yet may you be privileged to converse with Him, and to know that He is risen, you yourselves being risen in Him to newness of life. To know a crucified Saviour as having crucified all my sins, is a high degree of knowledge; but to know a risen Saviour as having justified me, and to realize that He has bestowed upon me new life, having given me to be a new creature through His own newness of life, this is a noble style of experience: short of it, none ought to rest satisfied. May you both “know Him, and the power of His resurrection.” Why should souls who are quickened with Jesus, wear the grave-clothes of worldliness and unbelief? Rise, for the Lord is risen.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Countess of Mar speaks out again for ME sufferers

The Countess of Mar made another intervention during the House of Lords debate (16 November 2011) on the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill. The debate on the Committee Stage was in its sixth day.

She said:
As the Minister knows, I am concerned about people with CFS/ME. They are the most neglected, denigrated and discriminated-against group in the country and there are some 60,000 of them who are severely ill, which means that they are homebound and bed-bound.

They have multi-system symptoms, which are far too often neglected. They have co-morbidities - one person that I know of, who has had ME since she was 15 and is now 30, has severe gynaecological problems but because she has ME they are not going look at those. Also, she gets no social care.

It is very important that these services are thoroughly integrated and that people understand that because you have ME it does not mean to say that all you need is a little bit of CBT and GET and you can get up and go. We have got to provide for people who are severely ill.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Invest in ME Conference 2011 DVDs

After a rather long delay, the DVDs of this years’ Invest in ME conference are now available. One of the talks is given by Øystein Fluge and Olav Mella, the two men who led the research at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, which has recently been published – they give a lot more details of the research in their talk than has been given in some of the press releases and I would certainly recommend watching it.

For further details of the IiME DVDs click here

Information about the Norwegian research can be found at -

Plos One JournalBenefit from B-Lymphocyte Depletion Using the Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

New ScientistChronic fatigue syndrome eased by cancer drug

BBC News – Immune system defect may cause ME

Daily MailCancer drug ‘key to treating chronic fatigue’ as experts say syndrome may be caused by defective immune system

European ME AllianceWelcomes Ground-breaking Research from Norway

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Tim and Lois's travels

Tim and Lois, my brother and sister-in-law, recently had a holiday which included visiting a number of places mentioned in the Bible.  They have sent me a memory stick containing hundreds of pictures from places they have been to, and I've posted a small selection of them below -



Sea of Galilee

Traditional location of the Sermon on the Mount




The Mount of Olives

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Elect In Christ

Another poem from “Songs in the Night” by Michael R Abbott; used with permission

Elect In Christ

Condemned through sin, by birth and choice,
Until I heard the Saviour’s voice:
“Why do you linger in your sin?
I am life’s door, so enter in”.

Upon the cross I saw Him nailed,
As though by my own sin impaled.
‘Twas love that held Him to the tree:
He shed His blood to make me free.

Elect before the world began;
God’s purposes the ages span.
I ask not how the cry of faith
Can save the soul: ‘tis all of grace.

Boldly I come before His throne,
I have no merit of my own,
The blood of Christ is all I plead:
It’s all I have and all I need.

Eternally the Saviour reigns,
Yet, in his mercy, still He deigns
To lift the sinner from his plight
And clothe his soul in raiment white.

Salvation now in Him is found,
And by His death does grace abound,
He draws men from the mire of sin
And gives them peace and joy within.

“I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10 v 9).