We hope you will find information to help and encourage you in the vitally important issue of keeping the Lord's Day - a principle laid down by God himself in creation. Sadly, in these days, too few Christians realise the importance of this issue in the health of the church and our nation at large.
Today, the organisation - previously known as the Lord's Day Observance Society - under the name of Day One Christian Ministries campaigns for Sunday to be a day of worship and rest; our day of rest is increasingly under threat as retail businesses, sports events and entertainment seek to make Sunday just another day to make money.
Day One also has a very significant work in DayOne Publications as well as supporting the Daylight Christian Prison Trust. That's why the whole organisation is now called Day One Christian Ministries.
This afternoon (March 9th), David Burrowes brought an Amendment to oppose the Government’s Sunday Trading Bill. After a two hour debate the Government were defeated by 317 votes to 286 votes; a majority of 31 votes.
There were some stirring speeches against the Governments attempts to extend the trading laws from all corners of the House, and we thank, particularly, the Conservative MPs who had the courage of their convictions to vote against their Party and this dangerous bill.
We thank everyone who prayed and wrote to their MP on this issue.
We will be sending further details of the debate in the near future.
Thank you for your support which is much appreciated.
On the 9th March, Prime Minister David Cameron, suffered his first major defeat when an attempt to extend the hours of trading on Sundays was defeated in the House of Commons.
Last summer, a Consultation was set up by the Government, to receive representations from interested parties and individuals, with the aim of bringing forward legislation, and giving power to Local Authorities throughout England and Wales, to decide the hours businesses should open on a Sunday. Over 7000 submissions were received, and we have strong reason to believe that the vast majority opposed the Government’s recommendations as no statistics have been forthcoming from the Government. If the majority of responses were supporting the Government, we would, no doubt, have heard from them accompanied by a fanfare.
Due to the strong opposition to the proposals, the Government decided to put the issue on hold and reconsider the situation. However, contrary to most expectations, the Government reintroduced the issue with little time for debate or consultation. They made their intentions clear by including Sunday trading reforms within an ‘Enterprise Bill’ which came before the House on the 9th March. With so little time for debate and discussion most people were of the opinion that the result would be close, possibly in single figures.
However, after a stirring three hour debate, with some excellent and passionate speeches, and the Government Minister coming up with a concession, when he was aware the Government were in danger of losing the vote, the Sunday trading Bill was finally defeated by 317 votes to 286 votes; a majority of 31 votes which was much larger than most optimists expected.
We were grateful for 27 Conservative MP’s who had the courage of their conviction to vote against the Government, led by the MP for Enfield Southgate, David Burrowes, who gave an excellent introductory speech.
After much concern over this important matter, the Government have now, wisely, decided to abandon all plans to reform Sunday trading laws..
We are grateful to all MPs, from all corners of the House, who spoke out and voted against these proposals, but most of all we thank Almighty God for the help given in maintaining this valuable day of rest which for the benefit of all people.
2016 is now well under way. Christmas and New Year cards and presents have been packed away, used or exchanged, and the normal routine of life has taken over. Yet one word or symbol that was on a large number of the cards we received was ‘peace’.
Over the festive season peace is a message that we give out to those we meet regularly and those we contact only once or twice a year. It is a message that Christians and non-Christians give. It is a message that those in the lower end of society and those that help run the country give. It is a message that the Christian church and other faiths give. And yet over the festive period more family breakdowns happen, with solicitors saying that January is the busiest time for divorce; more terrorist threats are felt, with New Year celebrations being cancelled or changed in a number of countries. More time, money and effort is being spent on keeping people safe from terrorists and from family members and/or friends from physically and/or emotionally abusing each other.
It appears that even though we give out a message of ‘peace to all men’ it is far from true in the world that we live in. If we are being honest we don’t really expect the message to make any difference to the people’s lives that we are in contact with.
The more I think on this the more I understand that we really only want peace for others as long as it does not have any cost to ourselves. Maybe our message should be ‘peace to you as long as it does not take any of my time, money or energy’? Are we willing to give up or change our ways in order for others to have a better life?
Yet peace has a very costly effect. We only need to look at the world wars (and other wars) to see that the relative peace we live in came at a very high cost to others.
We have read much over the Christmas time about Jesus coming as a babe in Bethlehem, but the reason he came was so that we could have PEACE with GOD and that PEACE comes at a very high cost. It cost GOD’s SON his life as he bled and died for our sin. The gospel message is a message of peace but the peace that the world strives for is a fleeting, false peace. True peace and true lasting peace can only come from the One who is full of Peace, Truth and Love. And it can only happen if we accept that we have failed to live a perfect life, that we have sinned and we need a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.
So as we embark on a new year I would like to leave you with the words of Philippians 4:7-8 which I pray will be a blessing and strength to you no matter what happens in 2016.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Over the last six months I have been thinking a lot about the temporary nature of life here on earth. For a variety of reasons I have been living a somewhat transient lifestyle, staying with a variety of friends and relatives whilst waiting for a housing problem to be resolved. A friend is constantly saying to me, ‘Don’t worry, in Heaven your mansion is ready – no waiting needed’. Leaving aside the slightly joking manner in which this is said, what an encouragement it is to have a comfort like this in a time of great uncertainty. God has always known us, right from the beginning and will continue to do so to the end of our lives here on earth until, finally, he takes us to spend eternity with Him. Whenever we go through trials and difficulties our God sees the whole picture, not just the little snapshot we are working through at that time. As believers, we are blessed with this immense privilege, so surely that should drive us onwards, giving us an urgency to share the Gospel with the next generation and not be selfish by keeping this great news to ourselves. As the Psalmist says
“Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”
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