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Developing Health 2015 - details 21 June - 3 July, Oak Hill College, London
Developing Health 2015 - details
21 June - 3 July, Oak Hill College, London
'I was sick and in prison...' Student summer camp, August 10-14 - details
'I was sick and in prison...'
Student summer camp, August 10-14 - details
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Ebola - Dr Sam Dunnet in Sierra Leone
CMF member Dr Sam Dunnet tells of her time in Sierra Leone, fighting the Ebola epidemic.
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Ebola - Dr Sam Dunnet in Sierra Leone

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CMF member Dr Sam Dunnet tells of her time in Sierra Leone, fighting the Ebola epidemic.
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events

July 2015

Christian nurses and midwives fellowship meeting for the West Midlands

this event is run by CMF
When: Sat 4 July
Where: Coventry: Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road. CV1 3EG
For: Nurses, midwives, allied professionals (qualified and student)
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CMF Dermatology Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 8 July 2015
Where: Manchester
For: doctors, juniors
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August 2015

Summer camp

this event is run by CMF
When: 10 - 14 August
Where: Moor Monkton, near York
For: Medical students, trainee and junior Christian healthcare professionals
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November 2015

London and SE day conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 7 Nov 2015
Where: Johnson House, 6 Marshalsea Road, London SE1
For: CMF members in London and SE
Book online: Online booking available for this event.
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devotional

1st July 2015: Abundant Life for a Sheep

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (AV)

This well known verse, set in the context of a shepherd and his sheep, is usually interpreted in an emotional sense. Abundant life is 'joie de vivre' or 'life to the full' (NIV) or 'life in its fullness' (NEB).

But can we not go a little deeper by looking at the context? The first half of the verse provides a contrast. The thief comes to steal and to kill and to destroy. The shepherd comes to bring life. The difference is stark. The thief steals for his own purpose, perhaps to fatten and put on his own family table. He kills -- and the word used means to make a sacrifice presumably for ritual purposes. He destroys, and for what other reason than malice?

The shepherd came to the fold to bring life. But he did not want the sheep just to be able to exist. He wanted them to have the fullest possible life of which a sheep is capable. But can we define what this means to a sheep? What is a sheep's abundant life? We care told in the preceding verse. It means to 'go in and out, and find pasture'.

To 'go in' means security. The fold, guarded by a shepherd, offers safety for the sheep when wolves prowl and thieves are more likely to be active. Just so, we Christians are secure in Christ. No man shall ever be able to pluck us out of his hand.

To 'go out' spells liberty. We are free to wander where we like, always provided we keep within range of the Shepherd's voice and follow his lead. And if we happen to stray, he will be watching and will give us a call or come after us.

To 'find pasture' speaks of sustenance, of food and water enough for every day. Even in mountains or desert the Shepherd knows our need and provides for it.

If this is the kind of abundant life the Shepherd offers, there is only one thing to do, and that is to stock close by him.

Good Shepherd, may I sing your praise
Within your house for ever.

Further reading: Jn 10:10-15. Ps 23.

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press releases and submissions

Charities unite to express concern about distorted abortion debate (24/10/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship, CARE in Northern Ireland and the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland have briefed Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) this week that they are deeply concerned by the possibility of a knee-jerk legislative response based on a misunderstanding of anencephaly, abortion and Northern Ireland's abortion law....
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Failure of CPS to prosecute effectively legalises sex selection abortion in Britain, says CMF (5/9/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship has said that the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action in recent cases of sex selection abortions and pre-signing of abortion forms raises serious questions about its role in upholding the law. The CPS has this week opted to take no further action in regard to two named doctors who sought to...
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Government Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Prevent Duty Guidance - 30/1/2015

We affirm the importance of free speech on campus, and recognise the potential risk of misuse of higher education institutions as platforms for drawing people into terrorism. However we are concerned that the guidance as currently drafted would have a chilling effect on free speech and freedom of association, wholly disproportionate to its impact...

Department of Justice, Northern Ireland - consultation on amending the criminal law on abortion - 16/1/2015

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice seeks a change in the law that would permit abortion in cases where the unborn baby has a 'lethal fetal abnormality'. Further, the Department is also considering doing so in relation to cases of rape and incest. Finally, they are considering if there should be a right to conscientious objection for those...

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