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English Devolution and the West Lothian Question

West Lothian (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Back in 2004, 46 Labour MPs representing Scottish constituencies were pivotal in passing The Higher Education Bill through Parliament at Westminster. The final vote was 316 for and 311 against.

What this meant was that both of my children when they came to enter university were saddled with astronomical debts. The passing of the Bill enabled top-up fees to be levied on English resident students going to English universities. However, Scottish students going to Scottish universities were exempt from fees as this has been decided by the Members of the Scottish devolved Parliament.

So we ended up with Scottish Labour MPs voting to impose charges on English students when students in their own constituencies were exempt. Tim Yeo the Shadow Education Secretary at the time described the situation as an 'utter humiliation' for the Labour government.

And there was a similar situation when it came to the creation of Foundation Hospitals. Again the …

New Every Morning

English: Early Morning Sunrise over Scarborough Castle (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At our midweek church cell the Pastor asked if we had any testimonies, old or new. I have to admit I didn't have any new or recent testimonies that I could share.

It got me thinking though, to have something as a testimony you have to firstly recognise it. A miracle could happen right in front of your eyes and yet you may not even notice it.

There's a verse in Scripture about God's mercies being new every morning. It comes from the book of Lamentations:

Lamentations 3:22-24 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Let's make a start in using our spiritual eyes and seeing the work of God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, in all that we see!

Eating Food Sacrificed to Idols

Seems that the education authorities still feel that feeding Christian and Sikh children food that has been sacrificed to idols is of no consequence. For a Christian we may eat meat that has been sacrificed in such a way as we are strong enough in our faith not to assign anything to that sacrifice. However, for those who are less set in the Christian faith there is always the danger that they could be led astray.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575724/Parents-fury-pork-sausages-banned-school-menu-replaced-halal-meat.html

We have guidance in the Bible for circumstances such as this and Paul sums it up nicely.

1 Corinthians 8:1-13New Living Translation (NLT)

Food Sacrificed to Idols
8 Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. 2 Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. 3 But the …

They're back!

The tube web spider that is. Took these pics of one of them on my patio the other day.








Authored by Chris Hall