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National Conference - 24-26 April 2015 Hope in a World of Suffering - more details
National Conference - 24-26 April 2015
Hope in a World of Suffering - more details
Developing Health 2015 - details and booking 21 June - 3 July, Oak Hill College, London
Developing Health 2015 - details and booking
21 June - 3 July, Oak Hill College, London
Introducing - The Human Journey Thinking biblically about health
Introducing - The Human Journey
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Facing serious illness
Guidance for Christians towards the end of life
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CMF Junior Doctors' Retreat
22-24 May 2015
Moyallon Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland
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A message from Dr Peter Saunders regarding the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

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A message from Dr Peter Saunders regarding the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
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April 2015

National Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 24-26 April 2015
Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire
For: doctors, juniors, nurses, students, allied health professionals
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CMF Paediatric Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: The ICC, Birmingham
For: doctors, juniors
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CMF Rheumatology Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: Manchester Central, Manchester
For: doctors, juniors
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May 2015

Junior Doctors' Retreat

this event is run by CMF
When: 22-24 May 2015
Where: Moyallon Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland
For: doctors, juniors, students
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devotional

18th April 2015: Though... yet...

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my

It is very common among Christians today, with the popularity of the prosperity doctrine, to have our faith so closely tied to our material well-being that we become unable to discern joy and peace in the Lord unless we experience the kind of security the world provides. In a relatively affluent profession like medicine the danger of this is increased.

In his short book, Habakkuk recorded how he learnt that the almighty God is still sovereign and in control over the affairs of this world. Though Israel would be taken into captivity by the Babylonians, and though the latter seemed invincible, there would come a day of reckoning when the Babylonians would be punished. Habakkuk was also told to exercise patience as he waited for an answer from the Lord.

How is it possible for Habakkuk to be joyful in the Lord despite the news of such calamities? We too have similar experiences in our own times when every day we read of nothing but disasters and wars and destruction. Our economic forecasters have nothing but gloom for our future. We shall certainly be very anxious if our ultimate welfare is tied to our material well-being.

Habakkuk's secret was his faith in the Lord. 'The righteous will live by his faith' (Hab 2:4). It was this implicit trust in the Lord that brought peace and joy to Habakkuk despite all the calamities that were to come to the land of Judah. Habakkuk did not put his trust in the material well-being of the land. It did not matter what was going on in his time. He continued to rejoice in the Lord because of his faith in the sovereign God.

We need to re-discover this faith in our lives. It is easy to say with out lips that we trust God when we live in a land of plenty and in relative security. Many of us grew up with an emphasis on the external expression of our faith; but with our formal religion, we must not be immune to the great adventure that faith will lead us into. Despite our abundance and security, we need to see with our spiritual eyes beyond these horizons to the God who has provided us with all good things.

Whatever may happen to me, Lord, grant me grace to
rest my faith always in you and in you only.

Further reading: Mt 6:24-34.

S-KT

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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