Thursday, 30 May 2013

Pray For Marriage 2 June

I received the following in an email from The Christian Institute -
As you know, this Sunday (2 June) is the National Day of Prayer for Marriage. It's very timely because the very next day, Monday 3 June, the House of Lords has its first opportunity to vote down the Bill to redefine marriage.
Please will you encourage your Christian friends to pray for marriage on Sunday? Here are some ideas to get you started:
  Ask prayer partners to focus on marriage this Sunday.
  Ask church leaders to pray for marriage during your church services on Sunday.
  Why not have an additional five minutes at your church's Sunday services dedicated to this issue?
  Ask your home/cell group leaders to make this a focus for prayer.
  Why not set up a special prayer meeting centred on marriage?
  Ask your Christian friends to be praying for marriage during their own private devotions.
  Ask Christian families to pray about marriage during their family worship time.
And here's what to pray for:
  That marriage will not be redefined, and that it will be promoted in society for the good of all.
  That on Monday 3 June a majority of Peers will vote against the Bill to redefine marriage.
  For the Coalition for Marriage group as it campaigns to defend the historic meaning of marriage.
  For parliamentarians and others in public life to have the courage to stand up for their convictions.
  For the news media, that they would report the issue widely, fairly, and accurately.
  That the consequences of redefining marriage would be publicly known and properly discussed.
  That people would not face discrimination, in the workplace or elsewhere, because of their sincere beliefs about marriage.
Open prayer is encouraged, but this written prayer may also be of help:
Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the gift of marriage which You established at the dawn of time, to be a blessing for all generations throughout the earth, down through the ages.
We pray that You would fill each and every marriage with Your love and grace, and that every husband and wife would know the joy that comes from sharing and giving.
We thank You for establishing marriage to be a secure and stable environment for raising children.
We pray for all those who do not enjoy those blessings, remembering that You are a Father to the orphan and a Husband to the widow.
We pray, as You have commanded us, for those in positions of civil authority.  We ask that You would have mercy on our nation as the Government seeks to redefine marriage which is so precious in Your sight.
We pray that our government will act with wisdom and righteousness, upholding marriage as the voluntary union of one man to one woman for life, for the good of all people.
We pray for our nation, as our government seeks to redefine marriage. We pray that these plans would fail.
And we pray for ourselves, that we would speak out in support of marriage with gentleness and kindness, but also with courage and confidence.
In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord we pray.
Yours in Christ,
Colin Hart

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


MAY 2013

The 25% ME Group is the only UK charity representing those who are severely affected with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a World Health Organization ( ICD10.9.3) classified disease, recognised by the UK Government as neurological. We subscribe to the use of the International Consensus Criteria (ICC) to clearly identify and separate ME from CFS, in order to ensure that ME is respected, treated and researched as a serious neurological disease impacting upon multiple systems of the body. 

Therefore we cannot support nor validate the recently created CFS/ME Research Collaborative charter (CMRC) since, in our opinion it is an unacceptable waste of precious research funds, accommodating a range of research across a wide and vague criteria range not specific to ME. The CMRC, in our opinion, is more likely to prolong the current state of confusion rather than bring about much needed medical research or clarity.

Under the umbrella term “CFS/ME”, so often used to mean Chronic Fatigue (CF), leading to the mistreatment of people with ME; the CMRC does not and cannot represent or safeguard the needs of people with Severe ME. 

It is wholly unacceptable for people with chronic fatigue and mental health issues to be included in research for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis to be used for CF research.

Without the separation of ME from CFS and particularly Chronic Fatigue, the 25% ME Group fears there will continue to be misdiagnosis, misrepresentation and negation of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis alongside the inappropriate perpetuation of psychological therapies charading as treatment, that, as our research has shown, does great harm to our members.

The 25% ME Group supports the need for medical research, using specific criteria to safely identify Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, so that ME can be studied and identified accurately in research; this will not come about through, non ICC-based research into vague “CFS/ME”.

For these reasons, the 25% ME Group, along with other concerned ME charities (ie, Tymes Trust, IiME and Grace Charity for ME) wholeheartedly cannot support the CFS/ME Research Collaborative charter.

The 25% ME Group  

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Around The Cross

Another poem from “Echoes of Eternity” by Michael R Abbott; used with permission.
Around The Cross
Around the cross, where Jesus died,
The faithful few stood mortified:
They could not see God's purpose here,
And not one hope their souls could cheer.
They laid His body in the tomb,
Their hearts were filled with doubt and gloom;
No explanation could they find
To give them rest and peace of mind.
Then, with a stone, they sealed the cave
And left their Master in the grave.
They could not see the hand of God
In shedding of His precious blood.
Yet three days more the Saviour rose,
Triumphant over all His foes:
Their fears and doubts were turned to joy,
Which human cares should ne'er destroy.
His Sovereignty to them revealed,
His promises at Calvary sealed,
Why should they ever doubt again,
E'en in the midst of woes or pain.
And why should we His purpose doubt,
When trials seem to wear us out?
Is not our Father's love and care
Sufficient that we should forbear?
Shall God, Who called us by His grace,
Forsake us in the narrow place?
Not so! The child of God shall stand,
And none shall pluck him from God's hand.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Statin Nation: The Great Cholesterol Cover-Up

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Following on from the article in the Daily Mail last month "Ignore the finger waggers. You should go to work on an egg!", I would recommend watching the film "Statin Nation: The Great Cholesterol Cover Up".  Those taking part in the film include Dr Malcolm Kendrick ("The Great Cholesterol Con"), Dr Uffe Ravnskov ("Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You!") and Dr Barry Groves ("Trick and Treat: How 'healthy eating' is making us ill").