Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 82

The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

By Johanna

Father, I thank You so much for the opportunities that come to my family and I through Your kindness and love in the name of Your Son. I most humbly thank You for all the blessings that You give me through Your will for my life. I also thank You for being with me, in me and surrounding me with Your love. I ask that You continually guide me through the responsibilities and trails that have been placed in front of me so that I may continue to grow in my relationship with Your Son Christ Jesus and in turn that I am able to continue to grow in a closer union with You. I hope that in reading my heart You know how deep my love runs for You and how much I place my family and my life in Your hands through my faith and trust in You. I also want to thank You again Father for providing for my family and I through the hardship we have been facing through Your ministers and family members. I know that Your love for me is greater than I can ever imagine but I long to return it all to You and Your son Christ Jesus. I continually pray for Your guidance and wisdom in my life and in all things Your will be done. I ask these things in Christ Jesus, Your Son and vindicator of righteous rule. Amen Father Yahweh

By Regina

Here and now you’ll hear my lament,
but mistake it not for discouragement.
Just eyes that see what it’s all about,
and a heart feeling pain, then crying out.

I’m tired of those who lie and who conspire,
seeking to drag others through the mire.
Tired of trusting and being burned,
of hoping that their hearts have turned.

Of people too who just can’t see
this is not the world Father wished it to be.
That there are forces at work greater than we
and from all forms of evil we should flee.

I pray and I pray, I write and I write,
hoping that something might just might,
reach their hearts and spark a flame;
for Yahweh’s glory and in Christ Jesus’ name.

Through times that I’m tired, even weary,
I see Father’s light so very clearly.
Shining brightly and showing The Way,
bringing me strength come what may.

Running, running and not worn out,
Father is always there without a doubt.
Gently, patiently, She guides me in this race
“Keep moving forward daughter, you’re under grace.”

Christ never promised a path that would be easy,
and I continue to pray that in Her sight I’m pleasing,
I will never tire of doing what is right,
I will always reach for Father's light.

Inspired Writings

How Important Faith Is

Other than from all the great and strong examples that are provided in scripture, one can begin to understand how faith is an integral aspect in a person's being by not only defining faith, but also seeing how it plays a role in every other part of a person.

According to the online dictionary,, faith has the first four following definitions:

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.

It is an interesting concept that the belief is not based on proof, as given in the second definition. This, in itself, helps to show that a person's faith must simply exists, and be true, just like Father. By this, one may seem to not have any solid ground for their belief, no reason or the like. Yet, at the same time, their foundation is the most solid of any foundation that could ever be laid, especially because it depends on Father, and Father always provides. This provides for one of the first aspects of how important faith is, in that it helps to provide a solid foundation for one to stand on. Without a solid foundation, one would not only lose balance and fall down, but they would also have nothing that they could build that wouldn't eventually crumble and fall in shambles.

Now, faith being an integral part of a person's foundation shows that it intertwines and interconnects with anything else that may be built in a person's heart. This means that their love for Father, Christ, and all of positive creation is also intertwined with their faith, and faithfulness. If their faith lacks, so does their love, among all their other aspects. Hence, there would not be a full representation of oneself, and their whole self would not be with Father, and thus Father would not be wholly with them. The interconnection of all these aspects, as well, shows that there is an energy bond between all of them, that which helps them to keep together and flow together. In chemistry, there are different types of bonds that atoms can form, all of which are due to have energy relates and works together. Taking to note that atoms are some of the most basic building blocks that people know about, it makes sense that faith and all that it bonds with can be related to atoms, in how basic and necessary it is to further energize and develop further production. Moreover, considering how much energy can be stored up in one atom, which can cause a chain reaction with many more and many more atoms, consider how much energy can be stored up in one atom of faith, and how much of an impact faith can have not only in one's own being, but in every other outward way a person can.

If one continues to study all that they can in faith, and faithfulness, then everything that they do is influenced by their faith. In this manner, one does not only have faith, but they begin to embody the very characteristics that faith is. By becoming more like what faith is, one becomes more and more like those who already embody those aspects. By doing so, they are also opened to more opportunities to further other aspects, and thus, further growing to be more and more like Father and Christ. It should be noted, however, that this can go the other way, too, in that, if one places their trust and faith in the wrong direction, which is anything away from Father and Christ, then they become more and more like those other individuals, which only ends with a huge fall. It's even worse when one who was faithful to Christ and Father goes and commits adultery and idolatry, because the solid foundation that was built would not only crumble, but all that was built upon it would also fall down, and immensely so!

Now, if one does have faith and faithfulness, builds so much, does not turn away from Father and Christ, but then begins to waver on their faith, it truly does show itself. Not only because of one's outward appearance in how they speak and act, but their basis will also be wavering, and hence, their whole being would show it, from the inside out. Perhaps a visual representation may help. If a mansion were built on a mountain of one solid rock, then the mansion would be able to withstand even an earthquake, because the large rock would not move. Yet, if the mountain began to crack and wear over the ages, or perhaps even a large amount of pressure from underneath the rock stemming from volcanic energy were to begin creeping itself up from the bottom up to the surface of the rock, then there would easily be warnings of impending disaster, all of which can be prevented in Father. Of course, these are physical things, and spiritual things may not follow the same physical laws.

So, as one may determine, faith is a very important factor in a person's being. Faith may never be totally understood, as there is always more to come to understand, just like in coming to further understand Father, but it is easy to see how it is an integral part of our very being, and coming to further understand the spiritual things that do not make sense to the flesh will help one to further have a spiritual mindset, outside of the influences of outside testers and fleshly thinking.

The Way – Part 16
This week we continue looking at Wrong Attitudes to be Avoided. We will be sharing what has been given to us, but in groups of 3. Before our Ministry holds Bible Study each week, we pray to Father Yahweh for guidance and help in understanding Her Word. We pray the wisdom imparted will find its way to your heart where it may be written up on it. Amen. can be used as a reference tool with the Holman Christian Standard Bible as the recommended version.

Avoid screaming at other people:
Ephesians 4:31

Avoid sectarianism (a member or follower of a sect.):
Titus 3:10, 11
2 Peter 2:1

Avoid stealing:
Ephesians 4:28
Exodus 20:15
1 Peter 4:15

Nourishment From The Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Prince of Yahweh II: Psalm 34:16 "The face of the LORD is set against those who do what is evil, to erase all memory of them from the earth." We are to leave no one standing; not even the animal kingdom. In the early part the animals and birds will feed on those first slain by the LOZ, but as we progress, all things must be wiped clean, even the present day animal kingdom. Then this planet will be repopulated for the Kingdom Rule.


Ezekiel 38:20 The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, every creature that crawls on the ground, and every human being on the face of the earth will tremble before Me. The mountains will be thrown down, the cliffs will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground.

Zephaniah 1:2 "[ The Great Day of the LORD ] I will completely sweep away everything from the face of the earth — [this is] the LORD's declaration."

In order to sweep away everything – but to have survivors, there must be a Rapture of those that are faithful; to be left behind is certain death by execution of the holy warriors and Father's nature that will work in unisom to clear this planet for the coming Millenium of Kingdom Rule.

The more you see the holy crafts in the news with frequency, the closer you are coming to the day of the first Rapture.

Regina: Are the crafts connected to all the loud booms that so many people have been reporting across the country?

Prince of Yahweh II: Sasa, think. Yahweh can be heard in the distance; the booms are for a purpose; keep in mind that all things occur in progression.

Isaiah 29:6 "you will be visited by the LORD of Hosts with thunder, earthquake, and loud noise, storm, tempest, and a flame of consuming fire."

Joel 3:9 "Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for holy war; rouse the warriors; let all the men of war advance and attack!"

Micah 2:13 "One who breaks open [the way] will advance before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and leave by it. Their King will pass through before them, the LORD as their leader." The veil will be fully lifted.

Zechariah 9:14 "Then the LORD will appear over them, and His arrow will fly like lightning. The Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and advance with the southern storms."

Matthew 24:25 "Take note: I have told you in advance."

Jeshaiah: Kind of at loss of words right now, but I am sure if there are more words to speak later, I will write them down to post them. Other than that, it is clear to see how the United States is Dawn's Beast, and how it mimics Dawn's very attitudes and mannerisms. It's only a matter of time. Need to keep a mindset focused on Father, and a remembrance of all that we have been taught; so that not one person did not have ample warning.

Prince of Yahweh II: Ditto! Everyone needs to be warned if possible; things are rapidly deteriorating; 3 million Americans are now unemployed; Obama could not possibly institute the new technology aimed at wind power and other green market jobs that is intended to reverse this death-blow in the job market that continues to snowball monthly; the amount of time needed to get that technology working so that jobs could be filled by the amount of people now out of work is a virtual impossibility. Each month that passes things will worsen; they have gone beyond the point of no return; the resource of newly printed money is only a band aid; if Dawn had injected that the trillions be given out to the families of the U.S. citizens in equal proportion so that they could have used those funds to pump the money back into the economy, it might have worked for a short while, but trillions more would still be needed to perfect and fill the jobs that are nonexistent and will remain nonexistent for the greater percentage of people out of work. Soon, the USA will enter the worst depression ever to have occurred.

(Corrected. 3,000,000 are unemployed.)

I made the correction; it is approx 3,000,000; but, things repeat themselves; take a look at the figures on this page when the Great Depression occurred once before; however, this coming depression will be worse than its predecessor.

Signs From Above
“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27

UFOs include shape-shifting object trailing jet
April 12, 2009

Four UFO stories from four states today begins with a couple on a Continental Airline flight over Colorado near Pikes Peak on April 2 when they observed a strange object about one to three miles away. The plane appeared to bank right, away from the UFO. The original shape of the object changed as they watched – finally seeming to morph into a triangular shape. I do not usually post web cam images as I have no eye witness testimony, but the image apparently captured April 10 in Arizona looked particularly odd, although there is no testimony from the ground to back up what we see in the image. A Florida man had his second triangular-shaped UFO sighting on April 10. He describes both sightings and how the second object seemed to disappear "into thin air." Arizona, April 10, 2009 – caught on web cam boomerang UFO / Estrella Mountains I was checking out the Phx web cams and noticed what appeared to be a boomerang UFO over the Estrella Mountains. Florida, April 10, 2009 – Black triangle, three lights in the shape of a triangle. Last Saturday at about 8pm, I saw a black triangle go over my house, I could barely see it, but then it went between me and clouds, I could see it clearly for just a second or two. It was a black triangle, it was approximately 4-7000ft, it made no sound and was moving faster than any commercial aircraft I had ever seen. The whole sighting lasted about 7-10 seconds. I shrugged it off thinking that it was a commercial aircraft because I live close to MCO airport and it caught me by surprise and I didn’t get time to focus and think.

Four bell-shaped UFOs appear in MD photo
April 10, 2009

A Maryland witness is reporting some odd bell-shaped objects in the sky that appeared in a photo taken April 5, according to a report filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. Three of the objects were silver, the witness stated, and one was black. The witness said he did not observe these objects with the naked eye, but only discovered them after browsing the images later. The bell-shaped UFO account does pop up occasionally in reports, although not quite as often as disc or triangular-shaped objects. The most famous case of a bell, or acorn-shaped object, was the UFO that fell from the sky in what appeared by multiple witnesses to be a controlled landing on Dec. 9, 1965, in a wooded area in Kecksburg, PA. The Kecksburg object, as we know, was retrieved by the military that same night and, with armed guards standing by, moved out of the area under a tarp on a flatbed truck.

IL Boomerang UFO described as one mile wide
April 10, 2009

A northwest, Illinois, man says he came out of his home March 6 after hearing a rumble and feeling his home shake – and witnessed a mile-wide UFO moving across the sky, according to testimony filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. "This thing just 'floated' across the sky," he stated. "The body was a shiny black, which at times looked like it was blending into the sky." He describes the object as he and a girlfriend watched it move. "As we both watched the lights go over our road, the back light of cloud cover began to reveal a solid object from one light to the other. I could see that it was one enormous craft shaped exactly like a boomerang. We both were in awe."

Latest UFO reports coming in from Clairton, Pennsylvania; California and Texas
April 13, 2009

Some exciting UFO sightings have come across the wire today, including a strange object photographed in Clairton, Pennsylvania; multiple objects changing shapes in San Francisco, California; and, a possibly landing/crash in Austin, Texas.

Clairton, Pennsylvania – 4/13/2009 – A family spotted an object flying very slowly over the horizon. They immediately got a camera and began taking pictures. One of the pictures is illustrated on the right. No additional information is available at this time, but Mufon will be investigating.

Austin, Texas – 4/13/2009 – Two witnesses saw a bright white circular object moving very fast towards the ground. There was no tail, the object was circular in shape, and looked somewhat like a continuous electric spark, as the light was blue and white in color. It quickly passed overhead in a northeasterly direction, and appeared to be falling, or crashing. The witnesses continued to drive along the highway, but wasn't able to see any smoke or fire.

Montegut, Louisiana – 4/13/2009 – Witness was driving along highway 665. Upon looking to the northeast, towards New Orleans, the witness saw something that looked like a flare, but much larger and slower. The duration of time of the sighting would seem to indicate that the object wasn't a flare.

San Francisco, California – 4/12/2009 – Multiple witnesses reported an unusual sighting in San Francisco's North Beach district. A circular object was hovering in the evening sky. The weather at the time was clear, with some high altitude clouds. The object's angular size was approximately 1/4 full Moon.

Fleet of UFO's fly in "V" formation over Hattiesburg, Mississippi
April 16, 2009

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – 4/15/2009 A mother and her three children witnessed a strange formation of UFO's fly over their home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The oldest daughter yelled for her mother to come to see what she thought was smoke coming towards them. At first, the mother thought the objects were birds flying information. Looking through binoculars, she described seeing a fleet of many oval, egg-shaped objects flying in a "v" formation. The objects made no sound, and were traveling very slowly from east to west. The speed of travel was slow enough to allow the witnesses to get a good look at the objects. The objects were changing into many different shapes, and at times were transparent. As the objects floated to the end of the house, they suddenly disappeared. The entire incident lasted a total of six minutes.

Chicago, IL – 4/15/2009 The witness was riding the Midway Orange Line train to work. As he looked out the window he saw a glowing disk-shaped object towards the southeast. The object remained stationary for approximately 35 seconds and then just flew away.

Signs Down Below
"But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power."  2 Timothy 3:1-5

Rioting follows state of emergency in Thai capital
By Ambika Ahuja and Grant Peck
April 12, 2009

BANGKOK – Swarms of anti-government protesters attacked the prime minister's car, seized control of major intersections in the capital and commandeered buses, bringing new chaos to the Thai capital as the country's ousted leader threatened to return from exile to lead a revolution. The government declared a state of emergency Sunday but, without the intervention of security forces, it was unclear how any bans could be enforced. In front of the city's biggest luxury mall, demonstrators danced atop two armored personnel carriers they had forced to a stop, waving flags and shouting "Democracy." The red-shirted crowd swarmed around the vehicles and demanded the keys from the unhappy soldiers inside. "Sorry, can't find them," came a muffled reply. The protesters drifted off, and the vehicles left.

Saudi Court Approves Pedophilia–Following in the Prophet's Footsteps
April 12, 2009

When is it OK to have sex with a young girl? Well Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran gave a fatwa about Quran 65.4: "A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual acts such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man's four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl's sister." There is a reason for this fatwa, the Prophet Muhammad Married a six-year-old named Aisha and had Sex with the girl by the time she was nine. Following in the footsteps of their Prophet, the pedophile, a Saudi Court has refused to annul the marriage of an 8-Year-Old to a 47 year-old man.

Homeland Security on guard for 'right-wing extremists'
April 12, 2009

WASHINGTON – A newly unclassified Department of Homeland Security report warns against the possibility of violence by unnamed "right-wing extremists" concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty and singles out returning war veterans as particular threats. The report, titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," dated April 7, states that "threats from white supremacist and violent anti-government groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts."

US economy continues to contract
April 15, 2009

US economic activity weakened in March, but there were some signs of stabilisation, the Federal Reserve has said in its influential Beige Book. The report, used to set US interest rates, said "overall economic activity contracted further or remained weak". But a number of districts had noted a "moderation in the pace of decline", while others were "stabilising". The report comes a day after President Barack Obama and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession was easing. The Beige Book is compiled eight times a year and is based on reports and comments from businesses across the US. The last report was released at the beginning of March.

In black and white, the 'torture' files
The Independent
April 18, 2009

The release of Justice Department memos authorising the mistreatment of terror suspects has caused a storm. Robert Verkaik examines a manual that gave US interrogators licence to abuse their enemies Italics indicate taken from CIA document. 1. As we understand it, Zubaydah is one of the highest-ranking members of the al-Qa'ida terrorist organization, with which the United States is currently engaged in an international armed conflict following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 2001. 1. Abu Zubaydah was captured on 28 March 2002 after a firefight in Faisalabad, Pakistan and was later interrogated at detention centres around the world. Some time before 6 September 2006 he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. But despite the serious nature of the accusations against him, he was never charged with a terrorism offence.

Crop Circle Watch

The first formation of 2009 has occurred once again in Wiltshire, not far from the Ancient Standing Stones of Avebury. It is situated on the high downs outside the complex above the Avenue, not far from the Ridgeway track. Its appearance has a certain resonance to it, as if it is vibrating within the Oil Seed Rape! This is certainly a very early example of a formation in this colourful crop, however, because of the immaturity of the crop, its outline will slowly disappear within the growing plants. Located next to an ancient burial mound, once again we see the continued connection to important ancient sites. A befitting start to what I'm sure is going to be a fascinating season.

Signs in Humanity

Family of 5 Is Found Dead, Apparently at Father's Hand
Washington Post
By Matt Zapotosky and Michelle Boorstein
April 19, 2009

MIDDLETOWN, April 18 — Homicide has come to this tiny town in central Maryland for the first time in at least two decades. Police called to a pale yellow house Saturday found the bodies of a mother, a father and their three small children. Authorities said Christopher A. Wood, 34, killed the others and then shot himself. Francie Billotti-Wood, a 33-year-old Sunday school teacher, and the children — boys 5 and 4 and their 2-year-old sister — were each shot once in the beds where they were found, police said.

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India
The Independent
April 15, 2009

Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today. The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels. "The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago," Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine "Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well." Mr Sahu lives in a district that recorded 206 farmer suicides last year. Police records for the district add that many deaths occur due to debt and economic distress.

Child abuse spikes as U.S. economy founders
by Jason Szep
April 16, 2009

BOSTON (Reuters) – One 4-month-old baby was shaken so violently she needed surgery. Another 3-week-old suffered fractured ribs from abuse at home. A 9-year-old diabetic boy stopped receiving proper treatment for his condition. Those cases reported by Boston hospitals are part of a spike in child abuse in United States during a recession that has driven some families to the brink and overwhelmed cash-strapped child-protection agencies. "In the last three months we have twice as many severe inflicted injury cases as we did in the three months the previous year," said Allison Scobie, program director of the Child Protection Team at Boston's Children's Hospital. Typically, her hospital handles about 1,500 such cases a year. That rose to 1,800 last year.

Most U.S. Christians Don't Believe Satan, Holy Spirit Exist
The Christian Post
By Jennifer Riley
April 13, 2009

The majority of American Christians do not believe that Satan is a real being or that the Holy Spirit is a living entity, the latest Barna survey found. Nearly six out of ten Christians either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Satan "is not a living being but is a symbol of evil," the survey found. Forty percent strongly agreed with the statement while 19 percent of American Christians somewhat agreed. In contrast, about 35 percent of American Christians believe Satan is real. Twenty-six percent strongly disagreed with the statement that Satan is merely symbolic and about one-tenth (9 percent) somewhat disagreed. The remaining eight percent of American Christians responded they were unsure what to believe about the existence of Satan.

Group feeds homeless, surprised by turnout
April 13, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The Salt Lake City Mission continued a long-standing tradition today, they fed the homeless in Pioneer Park. But, the volunteers discovered something strikingly different this year. The Salt Lake City Mission fed somewhere between 1,500 to 2,000 people and those numbers really haven't changed, but what has changed is who was in line. It’s families who are now homeless. A mother of four wanted to remain anonymous, but opened up about her and her husband's bleak situation. She told ABC 4 “We both had a working job, we had a house, a roof over the kids head and then his job up and quit, just closed down. And my job did the same thing.” That family has been living in their van for almost a year now.

Arks of Safe Haven
"Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him, and to not ignore your own flesh [and blood]?" Isaiah 58:7

The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.

Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.

How You Can Help?

In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small. Visit and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.

mikenfamily – Port Richey, FL. – My name is mike parks and I am a father of eight children and one on the way. Currently I have 4 children living at home and the rest come on the weekends. I work in the construction industry as a salesman, and jobs are hard to come by. The mortgage on our home is in foreclosure, we were trying to file for bankruptcy but were unable to get the funds needed to proceed. Although this bought us some time to stay in our home, we are now in a paranoid state waiting for them to come give us notice to abandon our home. My wife has made some effort to contact the mortgage company, but with no chance of redoing our loan to better suit us. My wife is 28 weeks pregnant, diabetic, and has been pretty much unemployed for some time. We have a 2 year old, 9 year old and 2 high school age girls that we have crammed into our small home and now face leaving…but to where? and how? or can we stay? Recently i have taken on an additional job but it is commission and is slow getting started. On top of that, my child support is in excess of $1200.00 per month, and I am thousands of dollars behind. I have spent most of the past 2 years unemployed or working for little or nothing. Myself and my wife are facing suspension on our drivers licenses, due to lack of car insurance and me for not being current with child support. There is nothing that we want more but to be able to pay our basic responsibilities and stay in our home. We recently reapplied for assistance for food stamps, WIC, and medicaid for the kids and are waiting to here back. Honestly, even being the "eternal optimist" I am completely lost on what to do! I am working but not reaping the benefits. Literally I feel like I need to win the lotto just to pull out. I do not know what posting this will bring if anything, but I have exhausted any other options and have no where else to turn. Honestly, I am scared for me and my family. I am not trying to show it, but they see something is wrong. What do I do when they look at me with tears in there eyes and ask me why we have to leave? Please consider us in your prayers Mike 727-277-3107

Signs in Natural Disasters
“You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7

Poorest areas at greatest risk in flood
April 13, 2009

If another flood overwhelms Jackson, the city's most impoverished neighborhoods may be the least prepared and suffer the most. Federal insurance rate maps show the greatest danger of flooding from the Pearl River and its tributaries overlaps areas dominated by lower-income families who are more likely to be renters than homeowners. Arizona State University history professor Matthew Whitaker said the fact low-income areas in Jackson are vulnerable to flooding is no coincidence. "Mark Twain said history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. It rhymes because often very little changes," he said.

Tornado season 2009: it's been a busy week: SPECIAL REPORT
April 13, 2009

The period April 8-13 saw the greatest concentration of tornadoes so far in the 2009 season. Over 100 tornadoes were reported during the period; almost all of these were during the April 9-10 outbreak which gouged states from Oklahoma to Georgia with tornado damage and 5 deaths. Mena, Arkansas, in the western part of the state, had three fatalities and 30 injuries, and many millions in damage. Two other fatalities were reported in Rutherford County, Tennessee on the 10th of April.

Flood-threatened city urges vulnerable to leave
April 15, 2009
The Associated Press

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — Faced with the threat of a major flood, the mayor of Valley City called Tuesday for the evacuation of sick and elderly residents, as well as those living in low-lying areas, so that emergency crews could focus on trying to hold back the swollen Sheyenne River. Mayor Mary Lee Nielson asked affected residents to leave their homes by Wednesday evening, saying it would help keep emergency routes free of traffic. "We may need to get people in and out of there in a hurry," she said. Nielson said the evacuation order is voluntary but "strongly recommended." She said it would affect about 1,450 homes — "not quite half the city" of nearly 7,000 people.

Early morning winds, damage caused by gravity wave
Birmingham News April 13, 2009

No, it wasn't a tornado. The strong winds which swept through the Birmingham area downing trees and power lines late last night and early this morning were produced by a phenomenon known as a gravity wave. The gravity wave created winds traveling 60 miles per hour as it moved west to east, said Tara Golden, National Weather Service meteorologist. A gravity wave forms on the back of a very large area of rain, Golden said. Winds may blow in one direction and when the gravity wave moves through, winds will do an 180 degree shift and move in the opposite direction, she said. "The wave is completely different from a tornado in that in a tornado you have rotation and touch down on the ground "and we had nothing of the sort with the gravity wave," Golden said.

Drought threatens `Garden of Eden' marshes in Iraq
By HADI MIZBAN – Associated Press Writer
Apr. 15, 2009

HOR AL-HAMMAR, Iraq — A severe drought is threatening Iraq's southern marshes – the traditional site of the biblical Garden of Eden – just as the region was recovering from Saddam Hussein's draining of its lakes and swamps to punish a political rebellion. Marshes that were coming back to life a few years ago with U.N. help are again little more than vast expanses of cracked earth. The area's thousands of inhabitants, known as Marsh Arabs, are victims of the debilitating drought that has ravaged much of Iraq and neighboring countries the last two years. "I have no work. Our livestock have died, our children have left school because we don't have money to buy them clothes," said fisherman Yasir Razaq. He spoke in front of his wooden boat, which sat on a dried-up lake bed in the Hor al-Hammar marsh near Nasiriyah, 200 miles south of Baghdad. "Before when there was fishing, we could get money for children's clothes," he said. "Now we have lost everything and our situation is miserable."

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INDONESIA – Two more earthquakes, both 5.3 [5.5] magnitude, hit South Pagai on the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia's West Sumatra early Friday. The quakes followed a 6.0-magnitude tremor Thursday that shook island residents but caused no injuries or damage. The epicenter of the Friday incident was 43 kilometers, about 27 miles, southwest of South Pagai island. The island chain lies just off Padang, capital of an earthquake-prone province. Some experts warn the area will bear the brunt of Indonesia's next major earthquake.

ITALY – Six earth tremors were recorded in the Italian province of Abruzzo on Sunday, a week after the prior devastating earthquake. 10,000 aftershocks since last week's earthquake in Italy of which 1000 aftershocks (measuring 2.5 or more on the Richter scale) could be felt. A top expert warned that the tremors will probably get stronger. "We do not exclude slightly stronger aftershocks, it's even probable” that there will be tremors above 3.0 on the Richter scale. Italy needs to spend 12 billion euros ($16 billion) to reconstruct housing and other buildings in the earthquake-devastated region of Abruzzo.

SRI LANKA – The earth tremor which was felt in three provinces in Sri Lanka yesterday could be due to a new plate that had formed under the sea just off Sri Lanka. The new plate that was forming was discovered when surveys were made in the seas off Sri Lanka to demarcate the fishing area of the country. No one thought that Sri Lanka would be at risk of earthquakes until the tsunami struck in December 2004. “We have been experiencing tremors frequently and we may have this risk in the future." Yesterday’s tremor, which was felt in many areas in the Southern, Eastern and Uva provinces, registered under 4 on the Richter scale and has been recorded at the Pallekele monitoring station. However it has not been recorded at the California headquarters. Tiles of many houses and a temple had been displaced as a result of the tremor. The windows of one house have come off their hinges. Glass window panes in some houses were reported to have been blown off by the tremor. Meanwhile, a tsunami scare was reported from coastal areas in Polhena, Paramulla, Devinuwara, Gandara and Dikwella. The people in these areas were seen running in panic, leaving their homes after the tremor made the earth tremble.

AFGHANISTAN – Two moderate earthquakes have hit eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 19 people and destroying dozens of homes. The US Geological Survey says a 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 0157 local time (2127 GMT), followed by a 5.1-magnitude aftershock two hours later. The quakes struck in Nangarhar province, about 50 miles (80km) east of Kabul near the Pakistan border. At least two villages were reported to have suffered serious damage. Villagers told reporters that the death toll was higher.


RWANDA – An innovative plan to extract methane gas from the depths of Lake Kivu in central Africa might save millions from a deadly natural catastrophe and help solve this country's severe energy shortage. This month the New York-based energy company ContourGlobal signed a $325 million deal to develop a power station using natural gas extracted from Lake Kivu. In the depths of Lake Kivu, an estimated 65 billion cubic meters of methane gas are dissolved, as well as three times that amount of carbon dioxide. Combined with the region’s almost constant volcanic activity, these gases are a volatile and potentially deadly combination for the 2 million people who live around Lake Kivu. The heavy upper water keeps the gas in place, much like a lid on a bottle of beer, but experts warn that a sudden increase in heat could ignite the methane and break that seal in a phenomenon known as "lake turnover," releasing a toxic cloud of suffocating carbon dioxide. Not only is the lake’s bed itself volcanic, but an active volcano overlooks the Congolese city of Goma just a few miles from the lake's northern shore. Nyiragongo last erupted seven years ago. Fractures yards wide opened up in the ground and rivers of lava poured out, running through the city destroying everything in their path and killing 150 people. The fractures have been moving closer to the town and the lake with each eruption. “We expect the next eruption will be a fracture opening up in the town. If that happens Goma is finished. Right now the carbon dioxide and methane below the surface of the lake do not pose much of a danger. But if the lava flow from Nyiragongo reaches the lake, it could force the gases out. The poisonous cloud could spread for miles in every direction killing all people, animals and plants. It would be a biological extinction.” This is not idle doomsday speculation. In 1986, seismic activity caused Lake Nyos in Cameroon to release a massive toxic cloud that killed 1,700 people in an 18-mile area around the lake. Scientists have called the methane in Lake Kivu a potential detonator for an explosion that could release a thousand times more gas than Lake Nyos.

HAWAII – A magnitude-5.0 earthquake beneath the south flank of Kilauea Volcano shook the entire Big Island of Hawaii on Tuesday.

INDONESIA – Three volcanoes around the country are currently on alert status and another 11 have shown signs of increasing activity in the last month, an official said on Sunday. Officials had raised the status of Mount Ibu in Maluku Province in December 2008, Mount Semeru in East Java Province in early March and Mount Karangetang in North Sulawesi Province in mid-March. They have no predictions of imminent eruptions, but warned locals to stay outside a two-kilometer radius of each volcano due to the increasing activity. “They are now dangerous for local residents. Karangetang is dangerous for its great deal of volcanic ash, Ibu for its molten lava spray and Semeru for its eruption activity. We are monitoring them intensively because there has been no sign of decreasing activities.” Indonesia has the highest number of active volcanoes of any country in the world. In the past two years, Anak Krakatau off the coast of Banten Province and Mount Merapi in Central Java both showed signs of increasing activity, but neither had produced a serious eruption or any fatalities.

ECUADOR – La Cumbre volcano is erupting in the Galapagos Islands and could harm unique wildlife. La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island on Saturday after four years of inactivity. The eruption is not a threat to people living on nearby Isabela Island. But lava flowing to the sea will likely affect marine and terrestrial iguanas, wolves and other fauna. Fernandina is the island with the most volcanic activity in the archipelago. La Cumbre last erupted in May 2005.

ALASKA – The Alaska Volcano Observatory says the Redoubt volcano continues to produce many small, discrete earthquakes. It also is producing a steam plume.


SOLOMON ISLANDS – Deadly Pacific quake keeps surprising scientists – The 2007 earthquake in the Solomon Islands that launched a deadly tsunami is raising a host of challenges for scientists working to understand what happened. The quake generated a larger-than-expected tsunami that claimed 52 lives and caused extensive property damage in an area that had little seismic activity previously. Quakes often occur in areas where one of the plates that make up the crust of the earth is moving downward, beneath another section of crust, a process called subduction. But researchers report that in the Solomon Islands quake there were actually three sections of crust involved, two of them sliding at different rates beneath the third. The Australia Plate is moving beneath the Pacific Plate at about 5.5 inches-a-year, while the adjacent Solomon Plate is moving about 4 inches-a-year. In addition,the Australia and Solomon plates are moving in slightly different directions. The quake started in the boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates, and then suddenly jumped to the Solomon-Pacific boundary. "Normally we think earthquakes should stop at the plate boundaries." When the earthquake moved from one plate to the other, it quickly changed direction, mimicking the different plate motion directions of the plates involved: "I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY OTHER PLACE WHERE WE HAVE OBSERVED THAT BEHAVIOR DURING AN EARTHQUAKE BEFORE, but it most certainly has happened here before." The combination of motions caused the Pacific plate to bunch up by a couple of yards. And that uplift is probably the reason for the unexpected size of the tsunami waves that followed. Coral islands are common in that area, and they may be the result of similar previous instances of uplift. This is also some of the youngest oceanic crust known to be subducting and seismologists do not expect young sections of the Earth's crust to be locations of major earthquakes.


BANGLADESH – Cyclone Bijli, packing winds of up to 90 kilometres (56 miles) an hour, lashed Bangladesh's southeastern coastal area, damaging houses and uprooting trees Friday. A few casualties were reported after Cyclone Bijli weakened before making landfall late Friday. "The cyclone was not very strong. We took precautionary measures and all people living in low-lying areas went to shelters." Those evacuated were allowed to return home on Saturday morning. "Dozens of thatched houses were destroyed in the cyclone and some trees were uprooted." Three people died, including a 50-year-old man and a month-old baby, both of whom had medical conditions that deteriorated while being moved to the shelters. Rescue workers were still trying to reach remote areas. The tide was low which meant the tidal surge was not too severe.

Tropical Cyclone Bijli, with sustained winds of 50 mph, is located off the coast of Orissa, India and will slightly strengthen while tracking to the northeast along the coastline of Orissa, West Bengal, Bangladesh before making landfall in the vicinity of the Bangladesh and Myanmar boarder region on Saturday.

MADAGASCAR – Five more people were found dead in Madagascar after tropical cyclone Jade, pushing the death toll to 15. A further 22,900 people were also registered as homeless, bringing the number without shelter to over 60,800. The new deaths and homeless figures were reported in the northeastern district of Antalaha, where Jade made landfall on April 6. Officials had been unable to collect the data from the district because of rising waters in the area. The emergency management office also reported that 63 percent of Antalaha's coffee and vanilla crops, the region's key exports, were damaged. Three-quarters of subsistence crops and 65 percent of fruit trees were destroyed. Madagascar's cyclone season runs from November to April. In January, at least nine people were killed and more than 20,000 lost their homes after two cyclones hit the Indian Ocean island.

BANGLADESH advised ports to hoist cautionary signals and asked all fishing boats and trawlers not to venture into deep seas as a tropical storm [Cyclone Bijli] brewed in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. The storm packing winds up to 50 km (31 miles) was 1,135 km (710 miles) southwest of the country's main Chittagong port at 0000 GMT. "It (the storm) is likely to intensify and move in a northwesterly (towards the Indian coast) direction."

Numerical weather prediction models suggested that the system may not cross the east coast but instead re-curve in a northeasterly direction. True to predictions, 01B [Bijli] has tracked initially north-northwest (towards India’s southeastern coast) and will keep doing so for another day to reach within striking distance off Orissa coast. Nearly all international models see the system being steered away east-northeast over the next 24 hours under the influence of a big seasonal anti-cyclone coming into its own over North and Northwest India. International models predict a likely landfall over the Myanmar coast, but the cyclone will keep the entire Andhra Pradesh-Orissa-West Bengal coast on tenterhooks as it is put through the paces by an overarching anti-cyclone and a prevailing western disturbance. The strongest impact on the Indian coast could likely be off the Orissa coast (around Bhubaneshwar) over the next two days, and later Kolkata. In neighbouring Bangladesh, Cox Bazaar, Chittagong and Dhaka too might feel the ‘gust’ as it careens off for its eventual landfall just to the south. Another round of intensification is indicated in three days, with prevailing wind speeds touching 111 km/hour gusting to 138 km/hour when 01B could be prowling the waters just south off the West Bengal coast. It will more or less mimic the path, if not the destructive behaviour, of killer cyclone Nargis of last year that killed lakhs of people in one of Asia’s largest rice-growing belts and devastated acres and acres of the standing crop.


TEXAS – Massive storms swept across Southeast Texas Saturday, claiming the lives of five Houston children who drowned in a Lincoln Town Car that was overcome by high water. Rainfall that severe is usually only seen in tropical storm conditions.

ALABAMA – The gravity wave that hit Scottsboro early Monday morning, causing widespread damage and destruction, was a 'RARE OCCURRENCE'. A gravity wave is a vertical wave produced by mountains and thunderstorm updrafts. The air is forced to rise in stable air. Over time, it is forced to sink back down and momentum increases the wind speed. It continues to rise and sink and its' intensity increases and decreases. Gravity waves usually come in behind thunder storms. "It's VERY RARE. It might happen once every five years or so." The high winds lasted up to three hours. Most times winds that strong last about 30 minutes.

OREGON – Intense winds in an EXTREMELY RARE WEATHER EVENT destroyed Old Growth timber up to eight centuries old in Oxbow Regional Park near Troutdale in late March. Metro naturalists hypothesize that a "microburst extreme weather event" – an intense downdraft of wind – occurred between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 28, felling about 20 trees and shearing others off 15 feet above ground. Some of the trees are believed to have been saplings around the time King John of England signed the Magna Carta in 1215, a turning point in the creation of constitutional law. Downdrafts begin as a column of rapidly falling cold air that, once they hit the ground, can accelerate to 120 mph or more. Like a tornado in reverse, these extreme downdrafts disperse quickly. The Western red cedar, Western hemlock and Douglas fir, some up to 800 years old, fell in a symmetrical pattern along the park's main road, pushed downhill and towards the Sandy River.

NORTH DAKOTA – Last month’s RECORD-SETTING RAIN was an incredible 63% higher than the previous record of 2.83 inches, and is likely a record that will not be broken.

CANADA – Massive ice floes from the Red River destroyed homes north of Winnipeg on Sunday as the floes were carried overland by flood waters.

SRI LANKA – The Meteorology Department has warned the public to be extra careful and vigilant over the next few weeks, during which heavy thunderstorms are expected. The prevailing inter-monsoonal weather conditions have been exacerbated by an inter-tropical convergence zone that has formed over the country. The inter-tropical convergence zone is the result of winds from the southern and northern hemispheres colliding. The UNUSUAL weather was characterised by UNUSUAL cloud formations.


ARCTIC – Extreme weather conditions are hampering attempts by a team of three British explorers to survey the Arctic sea ice around the North Pole. "The extreme weather, even by Arctic standards, has affected much of the team's standard kit. They've had breakages to equipment such as stoves and skis because of the harsh conditions." Typical daily temperatures are still as low as -40C, with significant wind chill plunging temperatures still lower. Despite equipment failures, the team have been able to continue their work using more traditional survey methods. They show the floating sea ice over which the team travelled in the early stage of their expedition is predominantly "new ice", with an average thickness of 1.77m. Finding "first year ice" in this part of the ocean had been unexpected, suggesting that the older, thicker ice had either melted or moved to a different part of the ocean. "To discover that there's virtually no 'multi year ice' in this part of the transect is a real surprise." The first year ice will only have formed since September 2008 and, being thinner, is less likely to survive the Arctic's annual summer thaw. It points to an ever-smaller summer ice covering around the North Pole this year.


Forests' role as massive carbon sinks is "at risk of being lost entirely", top forestry scientists have warned. Forests are under increasing degrees of stress as a result of climate change. Forests could release vast amounts of carbon if temperatures rise 2.5C (4.5F) above pre-industrial levels. "We normally think of forests as putting the brakes on global warming. But over the next few decades, damage induced by climate change could cause forests to release huge quantities of carbon and create a situation in which they do more to accelerate warming than to slow it down."

West Africa faces 'megadroughts'  – DROUGHTS LASTING CENTURIES occur regularly in West Africa, scientists find – and another one is coming, climate change or not. Analysis of sediments in a Ghanaian lake shows the last of these "megadroughts" ended 250 years ago. Man-made climate change may make the situation worse. But the droughts are going to happen again anyway, and societies should begin planning for them. "It's disconcerting – it suggests we're vulnerable to A LONGER-LASTING DROUGHT THAN WE'VE SEEN IN OUR LIFETIME." Droughts lasting a few decades appear to be linked to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), a natural climatic cycle in which sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean vary over time. However, the cause of the longer, multi-century droughts is not clear. "That's one of the scary aspects – we have no idea what causes them." There appears to be a similarity between the outlook for West Africa and the southwestern portion of the US. There, research has also shown a history of shorter and longer droughts.

Dust plays larger than expected role in determining Atlantic temperature – The recent warming trend in the Atlantic Ocean is largely due to reductions in airborne dust and volcanic emissions during the past 30 years, according to a new study. Since 1980, the tropical North Atlantic has been warming by an average of a quarter-degree Celsius (a half-degree Fahrenheit) per decade. Though this number sounds small, it can translate to big impacts on hurricanes, which thrive on warmer water. For example, the ocean temperature difference between 1994, a quiet hurricane year, and 2005's record-breaking year of storms, was just one degree Fahrenheit. More than two-thirds of this upward trend in recent decades can be attributed to changes in African dust storm and tropical volcano activity during that time. African dust and other airborne particles can suppress hurricane activity by reducing how much sunlight reaches the ocean and keeping the sea surface cool. Dusty years predict mild hurricane seasons, while years with low dust activity – including 2004 and 2005 – have been linked to stronger and more frequent storms. 70% of the upward pattern of warming in the Atlantic is being forced by the combination of dust and volcanoes, and about 25% of it is just from the dust storms themselves. Only about 30% of the observed Atlantic temperature increases are due to other factors, such as a warming climate. While not discounting the importance of global warming, this adjustment brings the estimate of global warming impact on the Atlantic more into line with the smaller degree of ocean warming seen elsewhere, such as the Pacific. "This makes sense, because we don't really expect global warming to make the ocean [temperature] increase that fast." No one yet understands what drives dust variability from year to year. "We don't really understand how dust is going to change in these climate projections, and changes in dust could have a really good effect or a really bad effect."

Even a slight increase in temperature could result in drought-stricken trees dying five times faster.


Fruit and vegetables allergies soaring – "We have seen a big rise in the number of cases in the past four to five years. It is a bit like the peanut allergy was the epidemic of the 1990s. I think fruit and vegetables are becoming the epidemic now." "Normally we would see this among young adults as they start to develop hay fever but we are starting to see more of it among young children. As there is more allergy, the severity seems to be increasing and the patterns are changing." Particles from diesel exhaust may be making the situation worse as these make pollen more allergenic.

10 simple ways to beat the blues
– UK charities are calling for a nationwide campaign to help promote mental health after a survey suggested more people are growing anxious.


The Sun currently emits less radio noise THAN AT ANY POINT SINCE 1955. The solar wind pressure is currently LOWER THAN AT ANY OTHER RECORDED TIME (NASA first kept track in the 1960's). More galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) bombard the Earth now THAN AT ANY OTHER RECORDED TIME (due to the low solar wind pressure). This means you're soaking up an extra dose of GCRs if you fly in an airplane or live at a very high altitude. Satellites are currently experiencing less atmospheric drag than normal, resulting in greater orbital stability with less fuel expended for station-keeping. Since 2004, we've had 602 sunspot-free days. The typical Solar Minimum lasts for 485 days. 91 days in 2009 have been sunspot-free (that's 88% of all days so far).

The most powerful solar explosions are now moving in slow motion. "Lately, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) have become very slow, so slow that they have to be dragged away from the sun by the solar wind." A researcher who has examined thousands of CMEs recorded by SOHO over the past 13 years said he's RARELY SEEN such plodding explosions. In active times, CMEs can blast away from the sun faster than 1000 km/s. Even during the solar minimum of 1996, CMEs often revved up to 500 or 600 km/s. "Almost all the CMEs we've seen since the end of April 2008, however, are very slow, less than 300 km/s." Is this just another way of saying "the sun is very quiet?" Or do slow-motion CMEs represent a new phenomena?


CANADA – 4/17/09 – Vancouver residents report mysterious, very loud, sound – Much of Vancouver got an ear-splitting wakeup call Friday morning. Was it an explosion? A volcanic eruption? A thunderclap? No one had an definitive explanation, despite many theories about the big bang that shook Vancouver shortly after 6 a.m. "We did have a weather front move through the area in the early-morning hours. But there were no lightning strikes at all in the area." Seismic monitors registered nothing out of the ordinary.

Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion
"For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also." 2 Timothy 3:6-9

Churches are in the Resurrection 'business'

Editor's note: The following is the Easter sermon given by the Rev. Clarke French, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown. Few things in life are absolutely certain these days. If you had told me last Easter that this year we would be celebrating the Resurrection in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, I wouldn't have believed you. It goes to show just how fickle the changes and chances of our vulnerable world can be. But one thing I can rely on year after year is that certain news media will take aim at Christianity, just as we prepare to celebrate our most joyous day. Early last week the New York Post broke the story about a former colleague of mine from Staten Island who, over the course of the last three years, embezzled almost $85,000 of church funds to finance several Botox and plastic surgery treatments. The Post, known for its salacious headlines, dubbed him Friar Tuck. Ouch. Everything about the case was sad — not the least its timing.

Is Joel Osteen's Message Recession Proof?
April 13, 2009
The Wall Street Journal

If you've made your reputation by preaching that folks can achieve happiness and prosperity through a positive attitude, what do you tell them after they've been laid off? Joel Osteen has become one of the most popular preachers in America, filling a basketball arena each Sunday in part with a message that God will reward an optimistic approach. "God wants to increase you financially, by giving you promotions, fresh ideas and creativity," he wrote in his bestselling book, "Your Best Life Now." I asked him, if a positive disposition is supposed to bring you success, how should you interpret it if you're failing economically? Do hard times flow from grumpy dispositions? "People in tough times — it doesn't mean they don't have a great attitude," Mr. Osteen told me at The Wall Street Journal's office after scoping out Yankee Stadium where he will preach on April 25. "All through the scripture there's people like Joseph [who] was treated so unfairly [and] spent 13 years in prison for something he didn't do. But he kept that good attitude, and in the end, he saw God's blessing and favor. I wouldn't ever say if you're having tough times then there must be something wrong with you or your attitude. Life's a fight. It's a good fight of faith. I encourage people to stay up, stay hopeful, stay faith-filled."

What vicious God would demand Jesus sacrificed for our sins? We should ditch this view of Easter
By: Giles Fraser (Giles Fraser is the vicar of Putney)
The Guardian, Saturday 11 April 2009

The cathedral church of Sefwi-Wiawso, set on the top of a hill in a remote part of western Ghana, looks out over miles of what was once forest. The land from here and across the border to nearby Ivory Coast is where the majority of the world's chocolate comes from. The chances are the chocolate in your Easter egg comes from somewhere nearby. But in order to produce more chocolate, vast areas of the forest have been hacked down and converted to cocoa production, with the result that much of the good soil is washed away when the rain comes. There are echoes here of past miseries. For the European sweet tooth drove the slave trade in the 18th century, creating the demand for sugar that led to the capture and forced deportation of millions of Africans to work on the plantations of the new world. Huge seaside forts were built on the then Gold Coast to act as holding pens for slaves. And above these prisons, the Europeans built their churches and chapels. Given the way Christianity arrived on the west coast of Africa, it amazes me that it has flourished as it has.

Richer than St Paul's: church that attracts 8,000 congregation to a disused cinema
By Robert Booth
The Guardian, Saturday 11 April 2009
• Controversial pastor says God wants you wealthy
• Growing popularity leads to assets of £22.9m

A pentecostal church based in a disused cinema in north-east London has emerged as one of the country's richest religious institutions. The Kingsway International Christian Centre, in Walthamstow, has filed company accounts which reveal it made a £4.9m profit over the last 18 months. It also has assets of £22.9m – more than three times the amount held by the foundation which maintains St Paul's Cathedral. The church is led by a controversial Nigerian pastor, Matthew Ashimolowo, who earns a salary of £100,000 a year and preaches that God wants you rich.

Afghan Cleric Defends Law Legalizing Rape in Marriage
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Associated Press

KABUL — A key backer of an Afghan law that critics say legalizes marital rape and rolls back women's rights rejected an international outcry as foreign meddling on Saturday and insisted the law offers women many protections. The law, passed last month, says a husband can demand sex with his wife every four days unless she is ill or would be harmed by intercourse, and regulates when and for what reasons a wife may leave her home alone. "It is essential for the woman to submit to the man's sexual desire," the law says.

Faith under Fire
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12

“You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered.” Matthew 10:22

YouTube community tells kid to kill himself
Christian 12-year-old slammed for posting views on homosexuality
By Drew Zahn
April 11, 2009

A self-described Christian 12-year-old boy who dared post his views on same-sex marriage on the popular Internet video site, YouTube, has since been ridiculed and insulted by tens of thousands of comments that attack the boy, his sexuality and his faith. "Kill Christianity, and then kill yourself," responded a YouTube community member identified as greenacidfusion. A commenter calling himself WizzyBoy 520 added, "How do you know the Bible isn't full of lies? You, just like everyone who is against gay marriage, is a mentally retarded bigot. No exceptions. Now go to h—." Thousands of others have simply slammed the boy by calling him a "homo" or making comments like the one from chao129: "You are against gay marriage because you are a fag in denial."

Wives stoned protesting law requiring regular sex
'Death to the slaves of the Christians,' yells boisterous crowd pelting rocks
April 15, 2009
By Aaron Klein

JERUSALEM – Hundreds of Afghan women reportedly were pelted with stones today in the capital Kabul while protesting a law that gives husbands the right to demand sex with a wife every four days unless she is ill or would be physically harmed by intercourse. The law, passed last month, would legalize marital rape, critics contend. It also requires a wife to seek her husband's permission to go outside in public. "We don't want Taliban law," said one female protester, referring to the fundamentalist Islamist movement that governed Afghanistan until the U.S. invasion following the 9/11 attacks. The law only applies to Shiite families in Afghanistan, who comprise about 10 to 20 percent of the country's 30 million strong population. The law states: "Obedience, readiness for intercourse and not leaving the house without the permission of the husband are the duties of the wife.

Kingdom silences convert, prohibits him from leaving country.

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (Compass Direct News) – In a surprise move, a Saudi Christian arrested in January for describing his conversion from Islam and criticizing the kingdom’s judiciary on his blog site was released on March 28 with the stipulation that he not travel outside of Saudi Arabia or appear on media. Hamoud Saleh Al-Amri (previously reported as Hamoud Bin Saleh), 28, reportedly attributed his release to advocacy efforts by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). The Cairo-based organization had campaigned for his release along with other rights groups, reported Christian advocacy organization Middle East Concern (MEC). Gamal Eid, director of ANHRI, told Compass by telephone that he believed his organization had nothing to do with Al-Amri’s release. Rather, he said he believed officials were loath to keep a person of questionable mental stability in prison. “He is mentally not stable, because he had the courage to say in his blog that he is a Christian,” Eid said. “Anyone in his right mind in Saudi Arabia wouldn’t do that.”

Pastor threatened with death, historic Methodist sanctuary ransacked, during Holy Week.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 16 (Compass Direct News) – Buddhist mobs attacked several churches in Sri Lanka last week, threatening to kill a pastor in the southern province of Hambanthota and ransacking a 150-year-old Methodist church building in the capital. On April 8, four Buddhist extremists approached the home of pastor Pradeep Kumara in Weeraketiya, Hambanthota district, calling for him to come out and threatening to kill him. The pastor said his wife, at home alone with their two children, phoned him immediately but by the time he returned, the men had left. Half an hour later, Kumar said, the leader of the group phoned him and again threatened to kill him if he did not leave the village by the following morning. Later that night the group leader returned to the house and ordered the pastor to come out, shouting, “I didn’t bring my gun tonight because if I had it with me, I would use it!” “My children were frightened,” Kumara said. “I tried to reason with him to go away, but he continued to bang on the door and threaten us.” Khmu Christians in Laos Stand Firm Despite Intense Persecution Fourteen Khmu Christian families in Laos are standing strong in their faith, despite the Communist government forcing them to relocate to another village and their homes and church building being destroyed, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. In 2003, the families were evicted by the government and relocated to another village where they were moved again. "After these 14 families stayed at this village for a year, the Communist party members of the village found out that the head of the village loved them," VOM contacts said. "[The village leader] even allowed them to build a bamboo church on his land." The Communist district governor was not happy with the head of the village. "… [The] governor kicked him out from his post and then replaced [him] with another man. The new head of the village started persecuting them from 2006 to 2009," VOM contacts report. The leader refused to allow them to register, making them illegal residents and he stopped them from farming land, the contacts said.

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