This interesting and educational book by James Wong reveals the facts behind the nutrition hiding within our garden produce, with facts backed by science rather than fiction. In it, James Wong reveals not only the best produce to eat to obtain certain vitamins but also the best way in which to eat them, from lightly cooked plum tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil to how to prepare a chilli. James Wong tells us a bit about his past and to find out more about what How To Eat Better is all about.
James Wong is often asked what first made him interested in plants. In fact he gets asked this question so often by taxi drivers, journalists and mates down the pub so comes to expect it as a given. Funnily enough, this kind of question is one my football-mad brother has never, ever been asked about his passion. So it seems almost as if dedicating your life to studying what many non-geeks see as just a leafy, green backdrop to everyday life is considered surprising. Yet to him is a lifelong plant obsessive, what I find surprising is quite the opposite. I just can’t understand why everyone isn’t as fascinated by plants as him. Whether we are aware of it or not, plants still underpin the food we eat, medicines we take, the air we breathe. Everything from our basic anatomy, to our most deeply hard-wired instincts are direct result of collaboration with the plants. Therefore understanding plants is key to understanding who we are.
How does Wong gather research for your books to ensure reliable facts? Well, starts by trawling through peer-reviewed studies in scientific journals to find promising leads. Of course, sound science is all about reproducibility, this does require quite an exhaustive search and some pretty late nights! So findings from one study needs to be reflected by a good number of other papers before it can be deemed reliable. Scientists look at a body of research as a whole when drawing conclusions not just individual papers. For last two books the number of papers read is well into thousands, which is why it takes so long to research and write each new book. Always works with other experts to peer review all the findings and give much-needed second or third pair of eyes to query and fact check. For example, previously worked with the RHS heads of horticulture and science to review the entire text of his gardening books. For book worked with a brilliant doctor in nutritional science.
The most surprising interesting thing learnt writing How To Eat Better? Perhaps the most surprising discover was something quite counterintuitive and it was about coffee. As a scientist used to often hearing claims coffee is disastrous for your mood, heart and maybe a risk factor for cancer assumed they must be true. However when you actually look at the objective, scientific evidence, not only are the claims poorly supported, but in fact quite the opposite may be true. In fact coffee is one of the richest dietary sources of a group of naturally-occurring compounds called polyphenols believed to prevent a wide range of so many degenerative diseases, contributing up to 50% of antioxidants in the famously healthy Mediterranean diet. Thank you science.
Do you always employ own tips and tricks in kitchen as a chef? A lifelong obsession with food and come from a family of people who worked in restaurants, so absolutely! Inherently quite lazy though, so included tips from the research thought were genuinely practical and accessible for real people. For example, storing tomatoes on the counter is just as easy as popping them in the fridge but gives you measurably more flavour, phytonutrients. Serving them with avocados can improve the absorbability of antioxidant lycopene (believed to have cardio protective effects) by 400% too. Really needs very little excuse to eat more avocados! This book is not about obscure ingredients or restrictive diets. It’s just about taking the food you already love and making it even better. Personally tested all recipes in the book three times, which explains why many are based around shortcuts and cheats! Love of good food is from his Love of eating! Guesses when you are fascinated by plants this conspires to make you obsessive about food. On a recent filming trip in Japan spent long using the translate app on phone to find dishes that featured weird veg on every menu (hostas, bracken, ferns, cherry and oak leaves are the common foods there) colleagues ended up ordering without him every time.
Most important message to take from How To Eat Better? Eating healthily in our society is often wrapped up in the notions of expense. Somehow food that costs more, sounds more exclusive or is tracked down from some far flung place is often thought to be instantly better for us. The research tells quite another story. In fact very often the cheapest, most accessible option can be better for you. Tinned tomatoes have twice the phytonutrient lycopene of fresh tomatoes. Frozen blueberries, despite being half the price, have the same level of antioxidants as fresh. Instant coffee also has twice the potentially heart-healthy polyphenols of ‘artisan brewed’ coffee. So empowering, especially at a time when many can simply not afford to fill their trolley with the latest ‘superfood’. The single best thing you can do to improve your diet is simply to eat more fruit and veg. Full stop. The tips and tricks researched might make the fruit and veg you love even better for you. You can purchase your copy of How To Eat Better by James Wonghere.
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Jesus after resurrection stayed on earth for 40 days instead of ascending straight to heaven. Jesus proved to His followers He was truly Alive by making sure they saw and met him after events happened to Jesus. They knew Roman authorities put Jesus to death and His body taken down from cross and sealed in a tomb. Filled with despair and fear some went into hiding. They believed Jesus was the promised Messiah but their hopes were shattered. They knew Jesus promised to return from the grave but missed Him dearly so felt relief with hope of future as Jesus saw them after resurrection. So Jesus appeared among them and their lives were changed forever as greatest miracle in livinb history took place and Jesus Christ was Alive! During those 40 days Jesus appeared to various groups of the disciples to PROVE beyond doubt He was raised from death by the power of God. Many versions of Jesus meeting disciples subject of many debates. Still living together in Upper Room with the mother of Jesus and other disciples they waited until Jesus visits them and later ascends sent Holy Spirit at Pentecost.Some wrote Jesus instructed disciples to meet Him on the mount at Galilee. Paul wrote Jesus appeared to more than 500 people at the same time alive at time of writing in 1 Corinthians 15:6. Sequences of appearances agree that Jesus stayed on teach His disciples to equip disciples to be prepared for the task of telling the world about Christ Jesus. Ensures after His ascension their faith in risen Christ is strong while seeking to share Gospel message of salvation globally with the others. Jesus appeared many times to disciples surprisingly on numerous occassions as records exist in various places at different times. Jesus appeared in the Bible to Mary, Peter best friend of Jesus and disciples working together. An impulsive Peter fearing execution blurts Jesus must not die said he will not deny Jesus did 3 times before cock crowed. So Peter hid among people warmed by fire spotted, challenged confronted disciple of Jesus. Peter denied Jesus 3 times was happy to see Jesus was forgiven. Mary Magdalene another friend was changed forever after encounter with Jesus. She knew the Messiah so experienced joy after witnessing his death, experienced despair, grief, sorrow. Traumatised and overwhelmed did not recognise Jesus thought he was gardner. She was happy to see Jesus again so felt hope, joy and knew on the Resurrection morning after Jesus rose from death her life changed. Matthew 28 says ‘suddenly Jesus met them in their most vulnerable moment of need.’ At the point of need as we need Jesus suddenly Jesus appears. Mary Magdalene and others saw risen Christ Jesus instantly had hope, peace, joy was restored sees future bright. They knew through Christ experienced changes resurrecting themselves. Easter means resurrection in living history of hope to friends of Jesus who witnessed His pain and hope for today’s world thousands of years later. All impossible situation of Jesus’ life reminds us of the glorious eternal future of resurrection. Eternal life brings hope, peace in Christ when Jesus meets us all things change.
Jesus Resurrection appearance to many people in Gospel accounts is different in locations of witnesses. Post-resurrection appearances of Jesus in Bible answers questions based on 1Peter 3:15 hope of Christ in us. Eternal hope rests on Jesus’ authenticity as Messiah by resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:17. True knowledge reveals proof in Acts 1:3 catalogue of an annual time of our celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection to present truth in defense of Jesus’ appearance in history timeline. So this important event in living history gives witness accounts of specific event reported accurately from each person’s perspective. Artists paint the viewpoint seen so never paint identical clone art although all see image simultaneously. Main features seen are recognised but image angles vary. So witness accounts of Jesus’ Resurrection report by various people’s account is exactly as Jesus did appear to them. The questions of Bible’s consistency on basis of a phrase “to the mountain” and “appeared first to Peter are examples of queries of appearances.The 11 disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus appointed for them, saw and worshiped Him but some doubted. (Matthew 28:16–17) Did Jesus appear to 11 on a mountain in Galilee or Jerusalem behind closed doors? Does this account in Matthew contradict that of Mark, Luke, and John? Later Jesus appeared to 11 as they sat at table He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him after Jesus arisen. (Mark 16:14) So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem and found eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. (Luke 24:33–37) Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut when the disciples were assembled for fear of Jews, Jesus came through the walls and stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were glad when they saw Jesus (John 20:19–20)
Following His Resurrection from death, Jesus made number of appearances to His followers no less than ten of these are recorded in Scripture. Beginning on Resurrection Sunday, “showed himself alive by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3 and instructed His apostles and other followers for forty days. He ascended from Mount Olivet, Jerusalem while the apostles watched (Acts 1:9–12). To sort out verses in question we examine the several appearances in terms of when and where they occurred and witnesses. Paul included summary statement in 1 Corinthians 15 provides information about appearances and unrecorded ones in Gospels or Acts. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He rose third day according to Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom greater part remain to the present but some fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. (1 Corinthians 15:3–7). Appearances include a visit with Cephas (Peter), to “ twelve” after that, and subsequently to over five hundred people at once, most of whom were still living eyewitnesses at the time Paul wrote his letter. Some point out that with Judas dead Paul was wrong in referring to “the twelve.” However, by the time Paul wrote letter, Matthias had replaced betrayer (Acts 1:20–26). So the eleven agreed the replacement had to be a man who had been with them from the time of the Lord’s baptism until day ascended. One of the key purposes of this appointment was that the new apostle be a witness to the Resurrection. So by time Paul wrote his epistles, Matthias had joined “the eleven” and was himself a witness of the resurrected Christ, so it is perfectly accurate to refer to group as twelve. So reminds us Jesus had many other followers besides select apostles.To reconcile the 4 Gospel accounts of the women’s actions, we need to focus on the earliest Resurrection Sunday appearances. Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20 each open with the arrival of the women (including Mary Magdalene) at the tomb. They find it empty with the stone rolled away. We propose Mary Magdalene separated from the other women after the initial visit to the tomb. It seems she hastened off to find Peter and other disciple John. The nine disciples were apparently not with Peter and John during the morning and so informed others of empty tomb as the other women. John 20:1–2 tells us Mary Magdalene told them the Lord’s body was missing. After Peter and John view the empty tomb and departed, Mary Magdalene remained behind weeping, saw angels in tomb asked about missing body, and had her own conversation with Jesus Himself. In John 20:17 Jesus sent to tell His brethren He is alive, as verse 18 states she obeyed. Mark 16:9–11 adds Mary Magdalene was the first to whom the Lord appeared and the disciples did not believe her story. Meanwhile, the other women, finding the stone rolled away, entered the tomb and saw an angel sitting on the right. Suddenly they realized there were two angels, as Luke recorded. So Matthew, Mark mention one of them perhaps focusing on the one who was speaking (Matthew 28:5–7; Mark 16:5–7; Luke 24:4–8). Angel tells women to go tell disciples and Peter after denial suggests not with the larger group Jesus risen sees them in Galilee.
Matthew 28:8–10 states that the women took off running to find the disciples. They may have just missed Peter and John, who were on their way to the tomb. Evidently while these women were en route to find disciples in the city, Peter and John viewed empty tomb, and Mary Magdalene had her encounter with Jesus. After appearing to Mary Magdalene Jesus visited the women who were running to the city, and He reinforced the message that they should go tell His brethren that they would see Him in Galilee. Perhaps Jesus made this personal appearance because they were so terribly afraid and too fearful to speak to anyone (Mark 16:8). After He meeting them joyfully delivered the message. Luke 24:9–11 summarizes the fact that “the eleven and all the rest” ultimately heard about Christ’s Resurrection from all women, including Mary Magdalene. Yet no one believed them. Matthew 28:11–15 tells us of another important event on Sunday morning. The guards told the chief priests what had happened. With the help of bribes in the right places, the chief priests hatched and spread the lies disciples stole the body while the guards slept. They confirmed for all of history the tomb was really empty. The events described in the remaining verses in Matthew 28 did not occur on Sunday. Matthew 28:16 reveals that the disciples went away into Galilee over a day’s journey at the time prior to appearance recorded in verse 17. Events followed those described in the other Gospels.
Jesus made other recorded appearances to individuals before He ever appeared to the eleven as a group. The first one is recorded in Luke 24:13–35 and briefly in Mark 16:12–13. After hearing women’s report and Peter and John’s account of empty tomb, Cleopas and companion set out on the road to Emmaus. During trip they met Jesus and were treated to an eye-opening lesson Jesus explained Old Testament Scriptures fulfilled by His suffering, death, Resurrection. When the pair discovered that they had been breaking bread with Jesus, they hurried back to the city to report to the group. Upon arrival, they learned that the Lord had also had a personal meeting with Simon Peter. That meeting with Peter is reported in Luke 24:34, but we have no other details about it. Finally we come to the verses in question. By this time it is Sunday evening. Luke 24:33 tells us the Emmaus road pair reported to “the eleven gathered together and those with them.” Thomas was not present when Jesus made His appearance to group. Perhaps Thomas stepped out for some reason or just was not with them at the time and “eleven” was a term used as a general description of group of disciples once Judas had died. John 20:26 tells us that Thomas had to wait another eight days for Jesus to appear to group again. Matthew did not record any of Christ’s appearances on that day to “the eleven” while still in the city, but Mark and Luke contain this information. We know from Luke’s account other people were also in attendance with disciples when Jesus ate in their presence, proving His body was alive again in Luke 24:42. During 2 Jerusalem appearances Jesus assured all followers He is indeed alive. Galilean appearances are not recorded in Mark, Luke but described in Matthew 28:16–17 and John 21. Matthew 28:16 records that eleven went to Galilee, waiting for Jesus to appear as He promised in a message delivered by the women near tomb. So according to John 21, Peter and others decided to go fishing. Jesus instructed them to cast their net on other side of boat. When disciples came ashore they found Jesus cooking breakfast for them. Jesus also had His well-known “feed my sheep” conversation with Peter and told him about his future martyrdom. John mentions this was “the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from death,” meaning it was the third time He appeared to them as a group (John 21:14). So the first meeting was with eleven minus Thomas, and the second meeting was when Thomas was present. The appearance on appointed mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16–17) took place sometime after shoreline appearance. These verses actually pick up narrative of chapter quite logically, since a few verses earlier Jesus had told the women to tell His brethren they’d see Him in Galilee. Comments of story the Jewish leaders concocted to explain away missing body accounts for Galilee appearances as promised. This meeting on mountain in Galilee was the occasion Jesus appeared to over 500 people at a time 1 Corinthians 15:6. By this time also Christ’s promised appearances would have spread among His many followers so given them time to arrive. Matthew 28:16–17 specifically says that others were present with the disciples, nothing in verse precludes possibility that more followers gathered there. Seeing Jesus there the disciples worshiped Him, although others still were doubtful. The eleven by now see Jesus more than once and some even ate with Him so “some doubted” likely refers to others who had not seen Him before. We learn from 1 Corinthians 15:7 Jesus met His brother James after appearing on the mountain. While we cannot be sure of the place of this meeting, it makes sense it would have happened in Galilee, since that is where Jesus and James grew up, and where James shows up in the Gospel narratives (Matthew 12:46–50; Matthew 13:55). This occurred, it seems to have been catalyst for James in (John 7:5), to believe his brother truly is Son of God. 1 Corinthians 15:7 also explains Christ was seen by all the apostles one more time after His visit with James. This event is recorded in Acts 1 (cf. Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:14–19; Luke 24:44–53), Jesus led apostles as far as Bethany on eastern side of Mount Olivet near Jerusalem. He gave final instructions to them before He ascending into heaven. Apostle Paul stated, “Then last of all He was seen by me as by one born out of due time.” This appearance occurred as Paul called Saul traveling to Damascus mission to persecute Christians (Acts 9:1–9; 1 Corinthians 15:7.
Scripture is true genuine living word of God through the Spirit of God, thus the verity of the eyewitness accounts is very reliable. Eye witness accounts adds up to form a perfectly whole jigsaw puzzle of the various appearance of Jesus after His resurrection. Post-Resurrection/pre-Ascension timeline account for the Acts of Apostles revealed to us in God’s Holy Word. These proposed timeline shows, there are absolutely no contradictions in the accounts of the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus. Good reporters piece together story from their reliable eyewitnesses, we must examine all the eyewitness accounts recorded in God’s Word, realize by faith that for Scripture to be reliable they must all be true, and see how they fit together without any contradictions. Together, these accounts tell us about the most important truth in history of the world Jesus Christ the Son of God died for our sins and rose again, conquering sin, death for our salvation and for the glory of God. And those who did not see Him like us called to believe Him and promised incredible blessings of eternal life for belief (1 Peter 1:8–9).
Global Earth Day highlights destruction of environment by this hotel made with waste collected from European beaches. In addition, recycled waste regenerates fuel from rubbish so the hotel points out damage to emphasize an overwhelming rate of superabundance. So highlighting huge tons of waste daily, environmental campaigners built this temporary hotel largely from rubbish in Italy’s capital Rome to raise awareness of European beach pollution. Save the Beach Hotel is taking guests for 4days only, adorned with debris from the world’s beaches. It had 5 rooms, reception lined with 12 tonnes of rubbish, including toys, cans, car exhaust pipes. Danish supermodel Helena Christensen, who has stayed at the hotel, said it was a striking work of art. “When inside the house, there are walls as would be in normal house but they are all made of inorganic waste,” Ms Christensen, also an environmental campaigner told the BBC.
The hotel opened to guests until 7 June and the outside is completely covered in everything thrown away at the beaches. You can basically go around that hotel to look at a lot of very personal objects so some makes you wonder what makes the human beings throw things away on the beach. The hotel, stands beside 2nd Century Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the Tiber, created by German artist HA Schult. We are in the trash time,” he was quoted as telling AFP news agency. “We produce trash and we will be trash. This hotel is the mirror of the situation. “We have to change the world, before world changes us.” Would be guests at the hotel will have to hurry to book a room as opened from 3-7 June, and bookings hard to come by on 5 June which marks World Environment Day. Another similar hotel is made entirely of rubbish opened Spanish capital Madrid.
Environmentalism needs to be taken very seriously as walls of BeachGarbage Hotel is covered with detritus deposited by tide in Europe and the waste found in dumps and some items bought at flea markets. There is a big gap between the rate of production and purchasing new items used once and discarded despite being in perfect condition. The idea of keeping anything to be reused by some people seems hoarding so minimalists prefer using item and get another again when the time arrives. The disposable instant generation grow with too much super abundance taken for granted. The impact affects outsourced regions that do not benefit from the huge profits of constantly changing products for thrill of novelty and boredom of resuse. Still many lack awareness of how long item takes from seed, growth, to processing stage of fabric knitting and weaving to garments, cost of transporting, whole sale storage, retail rent, maintenance in shops to buyer affects environmental carbon footprints reflected in weather changes. Advertising and irresponsible marketing, consumerism damage earth causing imbalance of carbon cycle and destroys natural habitat beauty. So acid rain falls with toxic chemicals on plants ruining crops, rivers hence the droughts and famines damaging earth. The desire to only use brand new things always is the cause of not reusing perfectly good items because after event thrown away.
Divorce is an unpleasant process more awful when separating couples cannot reach agreement, engage in litigation. Suddenly the love of your life becomes opponent and contributions to marriage is pored over by lawyers and potentially judges. Divorce can become gendered family lawyers will be acutely aware of the unfortunate tendency to refer to the ‘breadwinning husband’ homemaking wife’ This does not reflect the reality of many modern marriages but often it is the wife who undertakes most childcare and domestic duties, while the husband has created most of the wealth for the family. Most people think of the actual divorce as the most stressful element but is resolved fairly swiftly. For most married couples this reflects the basic principle of their union: you are a team, you share responsibilities and funds, and make joint decisions. So what happens if not on the same side? It was a question posed by most cases.
Millionaire businessman Mr Work was ordered to pay his wife half his £140m fortune in 2015, but fought the court’s decision, saying his wife ‘stayed home’ during 2 decades long marriage, during which she raised their two children. He argued he made all the family’s money and claimed to posses quality of genius enabled him to do this without support of his wife. Court of Appeal disagreed so dismissed Mr Work’s appeal. He must pay half of his fortune to ex wife, after judge accepts she is a ‘good homemaker and good mother,’ adding it was down to her willingness to move to Japan the husband was able to amass his wealth.
The important decision for stay-at-home mothers raises questions of how judges should consider the spouses’ respective contributions in ‘big money’ divorce cases. Most people think actual divorce most stressful element but is usually resolved fairly swiftly. Majority of the arguments centre around division of assets or some technicalities or division of everything couple collectively own and earned during marriage. England and Wales is known to be one of the most generous jurisdictions there is. London is the divorce capital of world for fairness is central to process and in cases each party’s financial needs are met by the assets available, the starting point for division is 50:50. The Court has wide discretion when making financial orders and considers a range of factors. One factor is the contribution that both the husband and wife made. Thanks to new verdict, it is now settled law there should be no discrimination between breadwinner and homemaker. Staying at home, cooking, cleaning, reading to children is as important as working 12 hours a day on trading floor earning £1m a year. Mothers feel they make special contribution of ‘exceptional quality’ every day. Over the years various arguments used by mostly wealthy husbands to convince courts is award to their spouse to be less than 50 per cent. The favourite known as special contribution involves arguing financial input to marriage was significant award should be increased in their favour. To be successful need to amass significant wealth and show they used ‘exceptional quality’ or ‘genius’ to achieve this.
What about homemakers? How does this not discriminate against the wife, at home with the children every day? The wife quietly supporting her husband in his endeavours? What about spouse who sacrificed own successful career? Or those who are juggling both a career and childcare? Many mothers no doubt feel they make a special contribution of ‘exceptional quality’ daily. The Court of Appeal has confirmed this principle still stands though many hope it will in due course either limited or abolished by the Supreme Court. Litigation is bad enough without having to rummage into the detail of who did what and when to justify their contribution. In addition to cases where wife receives a substantial lump sum settlement such as Mandy Gray will get. In England and Wales one of the attractive forums in the world is for the financially weaker spouse paid maintenance for life. This concept is alien to nearby jurisdictions. Just across the border in Scotland, the maximum maintenance term is three years. However, this ‘meal ticket for life’ is becoming rarer. The Court looks at each spouse’s income and earning capacity. Consideration is given to whether or not having a qualification worked recently or assumes childcare responsibilities. The test is whether, in light of all these circumstances payee adjust to their financial independence without undue hardship. Judges want to see hard evidence of efforts of receiving party to maximise earning capacity.
Some wives may think its unfair if was agreed during the marriage that they would be supported financially and made sacrifices to this effect. Others may welcome opportunity to re-enter the working world; potentially a new lease of life after divorce. Although returning to work, for women, is unduly tough – despite the glut of ‘returnships’ now on offer from big companies. What is clear is society moves on so does the family law. Undoubtedly the problem is focus continues to be trying to achieve fairness for both husbands and wives. One imagines Ms Gray would agree that this has been achieved.
5 things about divorce Ayesha Vardag
1. It takes longer and be more harrowing than you think.
If everything can be agreed then it is possible for a case to be resolved in a few weeks but more likely exchanging disclosure, attending court hammering out a settlement will take around a year, and often more, and it can really wear you down. It is a marathon endeavour so important to keep your spirits up.
2. Ending marriage and finance issues are completely separate.
The reasons for the marriage ending will almost never affect the financial outcome and the court will not punish a spouse for marital indiscretions.
3. Courts less glamorous than you imagine.
Most English courts mahogany-panelled Victorian masterpieces, but most poorly maintained post-war monstrosities with hot, airless waiting rooms and windows that do not open, where you wait for hours on end, the tension is unbearable. Arbitration or a private family dispute resolution offers chance to move case to salubrious surroundings to settle it.
4. Nothing is “off the record”.
You are required to be fully frank about finances so lawyers are not allowed to help hide assets or lie to partner. To courts, honesty really is the best policy.
5. Can be cathartic experience.
Many people assume that divorce is an upsetting business. While it is never easy to bring a marriage to an end, for many the chance to move forward and build a new chapter of their life can be a rejuvenating experience. Usually the clients get happier, stronger and visibly empowered as process goes forward. Above all during the divorce ongoing conflict between parents can affect the children’s mental health, development of social and emotional skills, academic attainment and can impact their ability to form future relationships. It can also damage physical health, lasting through their adult lives into next generation as it starts early. Agreeing to disagree for the sake of the children is very helpful.
Alexandra Hirst is a solicitor specialising in family law at Boodle Hatfield.
Jesus says fasting is required in certain cases to be victorious in life physically and spiritually. The disciples asked why they could not cast out demons in a child so Jesus told them they needed to fast to cast demons out. Jesus fasted for days and nights before choosing the 12 apostles. Moses also prayed 40 days and nights before God on mountain while he received 10 commandments. Bible says in Jonah 3:3-5 the whole city of Nineveh fasted to repent after Jonah directed by Yahweh God encountered whale belly. Jonah in Nineveh entered city to warn people saying, in 40 days, Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God so proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth from king to animals.” The Ninevites believe God but drifted, needed stirring to activate faith in God. Acknowledging God on piece of paper to tick boxes as a Christian does not please God. Their true worship of God agrees in harmony with God’s Sovereign will. Ninevites realised they needed change immediately to stop destruction of God. True fasting action saved whole city of Nineveh who put on the sackcloth from greatest to least in Jonah 3:5.Verses 6-8 says, when the news reached the king of Nineveh he rose up from his throne took off his royal robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. He made a proclamation and published through Nineveh by decree of the king and nobles, saying, “Let no man or an animal, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, nor drink water; but be covered with sackcloth, both man and animal, and let them cry mightily to God. Ninevites declared fast as still done in a certain month at a time of year set aside for fasting to remember seeking Face of God to repent to ask forgiveness of sins. The purpose of fasting recorded in Bible reveals various reasons. The Ninevites responded to God’s message in a way pleasing to God, king humbled himself and proclaimed, all cry mightily to God. Yes, turn everyone from his evil way, from violence in their hands. Who knows if God will relent to turn away from HIS fierce anger so we might not perish as stated in Jonah 3:8-9. So the Ninevites confessed their wickedness, repented, turning away from evil. The Ninevites’s fast was genuine repentance and so God honoured and changed HIS mind and FORGAVE them. God saw the action of faith as they turned from their evil way. God relents of disaster HE said would do to them so did not destroy the people of Nineveh says Jonah 2:10. This fasting is kind God honours as sincere in line with the word of God. Esther’s proclaimed fast for 3 days saves the whole nation’s recognition of God’s the One True God celebration of Purim. Esther 4:16 in Bible states, “Go, gather all Jews found in Susa and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, if I perish, I perish.”This standard absolute Esther fast of no food or water for three days of duration maximum 40 days like Jesus fasted before beginning His public ministry. Moses fasted for 40 days and nights seeking the Face of God on top of mountain. Fasting is a natural consequence of situation in saddened, worried, burdened with sorrow so food is forgotten. When king Saul and sons were killed in battle king David tore his clothes and all the men who were with him. They mourned, wept and fasted until evening for Saul, for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, for the house of Israel; because they fell by the sword in 2 Samuel 1:11-12. The fast is also to present a petition before God on someone else’s behalf if mourning. Psalm 35:13-14 says king David prayed, when others were sick, my clothing was sackcloth to afflict my soul with fasting. My prayer returned to my own bosom. I behaved myself as though friend or my brother. Fasting seeks right direction of God in time of crisis in 2 Chronicles 20 : 2-4. When Jehoshaphat was told, that “A great multitude is coming against him beyond the sea from Syria, in Hazazon Tamar En Gedi Jehoshaphat set himself to seek Yahweh God. He proclaimed fast throughout all Judah gathered together, to seek help from Yahweh, came out of all cities of Judah to seek Yahweh. Ezra, a priest after return to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon, proclaimed a fast by river Ahava before our God, to seek a straight way for us, our little ones, and for all our substance. Was ashamed to ask king for band of soldiers, horsemen to help against enemy in the way. We spoke to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is on all those who seek God for good but HIS power, wrath is against all who forsake God. So fasted, begged God to hear us in Ezra 8:21-23. In Nehemiah 9:1-2 on 24th day of month, children of Israel assembled to fast with sackcloth, earth on them, stood, confessed sins and iniquities of fathers and so caused God’s anger to turn away from sinful acts and follow the right way pleasing God. God accepts fasting important to HIM by true faith fast by humble actions, so not just abstaining from food. Isaiah says on the day of fast the wicked find pleasure by exacting unfair labour, fast for strife, contention, strike by fist of wickedness, fast to make their voices heard on high. Such a fast God did not choose for man to afflict his soul, bow down his head so rushes to spread sackcloth, ashes, ritual unacceptable day to Yahweh God. So the fast God accepts is to release the bonds of wickedness, undo evil bands and let oppressed go free to break their yokes. To distribute bread to the hungry, and bring the poor cast out to your houses. When you see naked people cover him to hide the flesh. Then your light shall break forth as the morning and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the Glory of Yahweh shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call Yahweh and God will answer; you shall cry, and God will say, Here I am If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, putting forth of the finger, speaking wickedly; and if you draw out your soul to hungry people to satisfy afflicted soul your light shall rise in darkness and righteousness as the noonday says Isaiah 58:3-10. The Bible records fasting proclaimed by Jezebel to recruit false witnesses against Naboth to take away family’s vineyard. This type of fasting witchcraft used by people psychologically influences others to gang against them in hatred targeted by jealousy. May seem to get permissive will granted under durex but Yahweh God Almighty always pays them back at time they least expect God’s vengeance. Many fast to take other people’s spouses attacking or blaming failure of marriage on rival only to bear exact brunt later. After such take over bids realises what goes around comes around, boomerang. Again dominance of cause fast to pray to try to bend God’s will in their favour. Yet God makes it clear it is obedience to Sovereign God’s Will and His Son Jesus’ Kingdom first, then ALL OTHER THINGS will be added. Yet some prefer things gratifying lust asking God to bless defilement by sin. Those who point out truth of God’s words antagonized for not condoning sin. God wants personal deep relationship first before each of God’s Children before human desires of the flesh. Those bound in bondage to sin must fast and pray like Nineveh people. The endtime destruction coming upon Earth culminating in Armageddon can be averted so minimised by fasting and repentance. God warns unless people fast and pray seriously, the whole of humanity will be destroyed. All people must fast personally and cry to God for Mercy then join corporate prayer for all nations in Jesus Name. God says, day or night give HIM no rest until peace on earth is fully restored by God to say to all His creation everything is very good.
Miraculously the son of atheist becomes pastor of the living God, serving Christ Jesus his Master and Saviour. A secular media reported Madalyn Murray O’Hair was that atheist who got Bible reading kicked out of public schools. A national hero to atheist as Supreme Court ruled in her favour in 1963. A year earlier the Supreme Court prohibited government sponsored prayer in schools. And after O’Hair won her case 1964 Life magazine profile referred to her “the most hated woman in America.” Secularists went so far as to say that historic ruling placed U.S. on vanguard of change to morality with rationalism over superstition. She spouted liberal agenda, reporters were willing to overlook murmurings about the psychological abuses towards her children and employees at American Atheists organization. When rumours surfaced of skimming tens of thousands of dollars from non-profit, investigative journalists turned attention elsewhere. The latest gloss on Madalyn mystique applied in Netflix movie portrayed her as a doting mother and dedicated civil rights activist, eldest son said.
Supernaturally, is absolutely a miracle William Murray III knew that the real Madalyn churl who bullied her children bragged to very young about watching X-rated movies was saved. She was an ardent feminist who resented men, Bill says. “One of her favorite stories I have heard her repeat it many times is that when I was born and the doctor told her, ‘It is a boy,’ she asked him if there wasn’t some way he could put it back,” Bill told People magazine. She bit him, smashed his model airplane to pieces in a fit of rage, and ridiculed his attempts to play baseball. She kept a liquor closet full, refrigerator stocked with fattening, unhealthy foods, extolled the virtues of sexual liberty and wrote for the Hustler magazine. She tried to defect to Soviet Union with entire family and supported communist causes, Bill says. As a middle school child in Baltimore, Bill became an unwitting pawn in her 1963 Supreme Court battle against the school prayer. Madalyn sued school district and rode a movement to strike down prayer and Bible reading. With petulant eloquence, tirelessly voiced acrimonious atheism, and media lapped up pretty everything she served. Said, finds Bible nauseating, historically inaccurate, replete ravings of madmen. Finds God sadistic, brutal representation of hatred.”
Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and Phil Donahue all hosted her on their evening TV programs. Madalyn revels attention. Every misfit in country wrote her letters of praise including generous checks of her non-profit, American Atheists, Bill says. “My mother was evil person, not for removing prayer from America’s schools, no, she was just evil,” Bill wrote online in 2011. Stole huge amounts of money, misused trust of people, cheats children out of parents’ inheritance. She cheated on her taxes and stole from her own organizations.” So Madalyn busied herself with rhetoric, newsletters, fund-raising and publicity,” Bill increasingly disaffected, eloped and divorced, was drafted in the military and worked for an airline. He left his daughter Robin under care of his mother. His second marriage was unraveling had run-ins with police, drifted through struggles, failures so harbours doubts atheistism manifesto. Why did his mother spend non-profit’s money on a new Cadillac and mobile home? Why she sued NASA from airing Astronaut Buzz Aldrin from taking the communion on moon? Why not spend on new X-ray machine for a hospital? If atheism was saviour of modernity why focus on antagonistic role shutting down others? Why not do something in favour of all humanity?
Interestingly started to think is because my mother was basically negative and destructive, he said. Bill turns to alcohol to quash his anxieties and misgivings. Once when police arrived after he had a dispute with his wife, accidentally fired a rifle through door. Bill was charged with aggravated assault and sentenced to five years probation. It was, perhaps, the nadir of his life. The incident served as wake up call. He realized he needed help turned to Alcoholics Anonymous. The support group and a volunteer job at a drug rehab program is where he “found my first awareness of a loving God. I saw some miraculous things people were able to accomplish with faith. And I couldn’t help comparing all that with atheism.” Bill did something his mother would loathe he gave his life to Jesus Christ. He hadn’t spoken to her, however, for years. In 1980 on Mother’s Day, he came out publicly, declaring himself as a Christian. He had not seen his daughter, Robin, in years. When he attempts to call his daughter or brother, hurled insults calling him a traitor and hung up. Bill said, all under a complete control of the monster intoxicated with identity America’s Apostle of Atheism.
Her hubris got worse, her estranged son fired a salvo in favour of Saviour, she launched complete nuclear attack: “One could call this a postnatal abortion on the part of a mother, I guess,” she said, as quoted on Wikipedia. “I repudiate him entirely and completely now and all times, beyond human forgiveness.” Bill’s steps towards Christianity were at first tentative and searching. He didn’t want to line up with any group. But as he studied the Word, he fell in with the Baptists and dedicated his life to undo some of the damage he felt responsible for with his role in the Supreme Court ruling banned Bible reading and prayer. His part played as teenager in removing prayer from public school was criminal he wrote for a newspaper in Austin his mother’s non-profit base and Baltimore where the lawsuit was filed. “I swear on the altar of God that I will strive to right this wrong that I have done. Today, Bill, 70, is a Baptist pastor, and is chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, a non-profit in Washington D.C. fighting for rights of Christians in Islamic and communist countries. His printing press produces Bibles in Russia shortly after communism collapsed old Soviet Union. While Madalyn was alive, Bill travelled to cities there speaking engagements to expose her lies at counter-protests. His opposition did not bring Madalyn down.
Eventually her demise came from her own camp when atheists turned against her. Madalyn liked to hire criminals at the American Atheists headquarters in Austin. Bill says she derived pleasure exercising authority over lawbreakers, maybe she felt kinship with flagrant felons. Whatever the case, she had a dim view of the people she hired. Her diaries called her employees “pimps, whores, hopheads, queers, pinkos, drunks, glue-sniffers and freaks.” She was not known to be sweet employer. In 1993, Madalyn hired David Roland Waters, a convicted felon on parole who had killed a teenager over 50 cents of gasoline when he lived in South Africa. Waters started in the print shop and rose to office manager. As investigators later learned, Waters became part of Madalyn’s fraud schemes. He helped print forged stock certificates in a bid to take over a competing more profitable atheistic organization, Bill said. And he embezzled $54,000 from American Atheists. He claimed he siphoned off the money at the behest off Madalyn’s family in a deal where he would keep a part. Only he was convicted. To distance herself from any implication, Madalyn exposed in public newsletter Waters’ criminal past. She included the morbid details of how he beat his mother in 70s with a broom handle abused her body.
Unsuccessfully meanwhile, Madalyn attempted unsuccessfully to take over the wealthier atheist organization run by James Hervey Johnson in San Diego did not work. And so Johnson’s lawyers retaliated with a $7 million lawsuit in 1993 Madalyn feared would lose. And so According to IRS affidavit, Waters was outraged began to voice “fantasies of killing Madalyn” and torturing her by “snipping off her toes,” the Washington Post reported. She began to liquidate assets and transfer finances abroad, according to her employee David Travis. In the Washington Post, Travis said he accidentally opened letter to Madalyn’s son Jon Garth Murray, which reported $1 million in a New Zealand Guardian Trust. Travis and the other employees expected Madalyn, Jon Robin abscond to the South Seas at any moment. So no one was surprised when on August 28, 1995 a typewritten note appeared on a door of American Atheist headquarters one morning before work. It said: “The Murray-O’Hair family has been called out of town on emergency basis. We do not know how long we will be gone at the time of writing of this memo. So the Austin police were not interested in investigating the missing persons report filed by Bill. Only the IRS wanted to find the threesome for fraud schemes.
During first days of the disappearance, Jon and Robin called American Atheist headquarters, were vague and sounded strained but reported family was OK in San Antonio, Texas. They were not OK. Jon, under duress of kidnappers, bought $500,000 worth of gold coins from a San Antonio jeweler, which he turned over in hopes of earning freedom for family. The kidnappers spent (not all of) the money, according to the FBI, IRS and local police. Instead gaining freedom, the Murray-O’Hairs were murdered in a grisly manner. Bill explained on his website: Madalyn “and my daughter were held for almost 30 days, probably tied and gagged, my brother desperately tried to obtain ransom money. At all times my brother was escorted by one of the kidnappers. My brother was total slave to my mother. He saw himself as her provider and rescuer. All his life she had talked down to him and made fun of him and now, in his mind, he would show her his worth by single-handedly rescuing her. He was murdered for his faithfulness.” Waters and 2 accomplices carefully disposed of corpses that they were not found until Waters himself, finally convicted of murders in August of 2000, led detectives to a Texas ranch where he buried mutilated bodies. The Murray-O’Hair atheists disappeared and unaccounted missing aviator Amelia Earhart except decapitated handless body found in a wooded area near the Trinity River outside Dallas in October 1995. The site showed little blood, which indicated dumped not killed there. The corpse was butchered it was intended to never be identifiable by police.
Unidentified for three years without face, fingerprints or clothing, the corpse remained A reporter for San Antonio Express-Newshad researched the case for two years when he got anonymous tip after writing an article on the “town-skipping” atheists. The caller said friend disappeared about the same time when he went to see Waters. Knowing Waters an enemy to family, the reporter alerted police. DNA test proved body belonged to Danny Fry, who joined with another convict in Waters’ kidnapping ring. So arrested and convicted for gruesome murders of Madalyn, Jon, Robin. And “Did Robin pray to receive Christ as she was bound and gagged? Perhaps,” Bill wrote grimly on his website. “Did my mother or brother cry out to the Lord just before they were murdered? I do not know. Christ is there for the vilest offender. The serial killer whose prayer at the hour of his death is genuine is also forgiven. My mother, my brother and my daughter may well await me in heaven. “On the other hand, they may have stood their ground defying God to the end, spending yet another day of eternity in hell. If that is the case I will never see them again. Bill wonders why atheism does not die with his mother, brother and daughter. Deaths of my mother, brother and daughter should make all too clear the need for Christ to others to renounce atheism,” Bill wrote. Those who follow my mother continue to fight against God and His authority. Fools who mock sin face God’s Wrath judgements in Bible in Proverbs 14:8.