CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 137


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

All Things Are Possible
by Marla Trumble 
Submitted by Johanna
I could see
Yet my eyes were dark. 
I was alive,
Yet I was dead. 
I could walk
Yet was going nowhere. 
I could talk,
Yet I said nothing. 
I could feel,
Yet I was empty. 
I could think,
Yet I knew nothing. 
I could hear,
Yet I didn't understand. 
I could give,
Yet I was selfish. 
I had compassion,
Yet I didn't care. 
I could eat,
Yet I was still hungry. 
Until, I asked the Lord into my life.
Then all things became possible. 
Praise the Lord.

Hold on to Hope
By Regina
Hope – The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. A person or thing in which expectations are centered. To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence. To believe, desire, or trust.
Psalm 25:1 [ Dependence on the LORD ] Davidic. LORD, I turn my hope to You.

Psalm 31:24 Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD.

Psalm 33:22 May your faithful love rest on us, LORD, for we put our hope in You.

Psalm 37:9 For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
I could go on and on, sharing scriptures that mention hope and its importance as there are many, but that in itself is the message I wish to convey to the flock this week; the importance of hope.
1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence as were our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Psalm 9:18 For the oppressed will not always be forgotten; the hope of the afflicted will not perish forever.
I think that it is best described in 1 Chronicles 29:15, of how are days on earth are like a shadow without hope. 
Ephesians 2:12 At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, with no hope and without God in the world.
For those who lived before Christ Jesus’ great sacrifice for our sins, it could be said as it does in the scripture above that there was no hope for them. But also in a way, there was hope for them because there was the promise of the Messiah and his coming into the world which in itself was hope. In that way, he embodied hope for all of mankind. 
Where would we be without Father and Christ, but living in the shadows without hope?
It is not so different for those of us living in these End Times and for so many who desperately need and search for hope to cling to and that will get them through the days ahead. While many have already lost hope and will lose hope as things take a turn for the worst, it’s important to remember that there is hope in Christ’s second coming. 
Think back to the time in which the Israelites left Egypt. It had to have been a very frightening time for them. They did not know if the Egyptian army would let them go, or pursue them, capture them or kill them. They left everything that they knew and they did not know where they were going, or where they would find food and water to sustain them. Think about that and apply it to the world we live in today and a time in which many are without jobs, food, housing. It is not so different than it was then. And now think about how much worse it will be when total financial collapse occurs, disaster strikes, or when there is no electricity to power the things that we take for granted today. In essence we will be thrown back to this time, a time in which from day to day people wondered what was to become of them and their loved ones.
Remember in this time that it happened before and Father Yahweh, who is faithful and true, took care of those who were also faithful and true. When they stood at the edge of the Red Sea staring across the waters with the Egyptians in close pursuit after them, She provided a way out for them. When there was no water, She provided water for them. When there was no food, She provided food food for them. In every way She provided what they needed to remain alive and through their journey make it to the Promised Land. She helped them and all of us to understand that even in the most hopeless of situations, there was still hope.
Also remember this, that via the warnings, the prophecies and the signs and in Her Word we are also given reason to have hope. In remembering them, seeing them and coming to understand them we are again given reason to hold on to hope. Father has provided all these things so that we will have hope and continue to hope for our hope is in Yahweh, Her son Christ Jesus and acceptance of him as our Savior and King and The Way which conditions our hearts and makes us worthy of rescue and Salvation.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Weeding Out Any Fear of Sinful Mankind
submitted by Jeshaiah
One of the parts of Father's Way is to avoid the fear of sinful mankind. At first, this may seem quite easy, but there is quite a bit more to it.
Psalm 118:6 – The LORD is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
This is very important now, in how seemingly dangerous it can be outside of one's house, or even within one's house. It is also important in preparation for Father's Rapture. Even into the Millennium and further, Father's Way will remain intact.
On one hand, it may be easy to start thinking that oneself will stop being afraid of murderers, robbers, rapists, and any other vile sin. This may be a surface view, but with all of Father's Wisdom, there is much more deeper, and branching out. This is also not to say that as one will not be afraid, they are not to be prepared in the way that Father intends for them.
Going deeper into rooting out any wrongful fear, fearing many other things will come out.
Proverbs 29:10 — Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person,
    but the upright care about him. [a] 
(the footnote for [a] is – Or person, and seek the life of the upright )

Proverbs 28:24 — The one who robs his father or mother
    and says, "That's no sin,"
    is a companion to a man who destroys. 
In this, there is then the uprooting of any fear of those whom are oppressive, those that have arrogant pride, or perhaps even of drunks and revelers. Those that would influence oneself towards ways that are not of Christ's and Father's teachings would hold no power over oneself. Further, taking a stance for righteousness and truth is also stronger because such a hindrance is removed.
The avoidance of the fear of sinful mankind can also be linked to the other parts of Father's Way that one should avoid. For instance, avoiding gluttony can help maintain one's strength in staying away from the fear of evil. Avoiding the love of money or material things also can be linked, in that by loving material possessions, one can become afraid of evil coming and stealing their possessions, and thus, become fearful of robbers. One item to avoid taught in the Way Christ shared is linked to the other.
In consideration of the times at hand, and in preparation for the Rapture, Father certainly provides for Her servants in more than one way:
Proverbs 31:21 — She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed. 

Matthew 4:4 — But He answered, "It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. " 

Revelation 13:10 — If anyone is destined for captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed with a sword, with a sword he will be killed. Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.

Season with Salt
By Deborah
What is salt? According to Wikipedia, “Salt is a dietary mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride that is essential for animal life, but can be toxic to many land plants. Salt flavor is one of the basic tastes, making salt one of the oldest, most ubiquitous food seasonings. Salting is an important method of food preservation. Chloride and sodium ions, the two major components of salt, are necessary for the survival of all known living creatures. Salt is involved in regulating the water content (fluid balance) of the body. Overconsumption of salt increases the risk of health problems, including high blood pressure.”
The word salt is found in different scriptures. Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back on Sodom & Gomorrah. Grain offerings to Father were salted. Too much salt would spoil land for farming or living on. It is also used to describe the covenant Yahweh made with us.
Numbers 18:19

"I give to you and to your sons and daughters all the holy contributions that the Israelites present to the LORD as a perpetual statute. It is a perpetual covenant of salt before the LORD for you as well as your offspring."
And was used to show healing, purification and preservation.
2 Kings 2:21

Elisha went out to the spring of water, threw salt in it, and said, "This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. No longer will death or unfruitfulness result from it.' "
When you read the following, what do you think it means? 
Colossians 4:5-6  
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person. 
Does it mean that the words used should be pleasing and palatable to the person you are speaking with? Or perhaps the following scripture might aid you in understanding the deeper meaning. 
Matthew 5:13
Believers Are Salt and Light
 13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It's no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. 
If salt is a covenant or pure mineral that has been tampered with, contaminated, altered, it is no longer good for use. But the covenant that was made when Christ died on the cross for us is a NEW covenant replacing the old covenant.
Hebrews 8:6-8  
6 But Jesus has now obtained a superior ministry, and to that degree He is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been legally enacted on better promises. 
 
A Superior Covenant
 7 For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, no opportunity would have been sought for a second one. 8 But finding fault with His people, He says: 
    "Look, the days are coming," says the Lord,
    "when I will make a new covenant
    with the house of Israel
    and with the house of Judah—
So when we read Colossians 4:6 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person., we see that is is the truth of the new covenant with its healing, purifying and preserving qualities that we are to speak of.
1 Peter 3:15  
15 but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you
Hold onto that truth and hope and share it with those that will listen. It will be a lifeline in the coming days.

Nourishment From The Throne
Prince of Yahweh II: Things are worse than any of you could imagine. The United States will soon go into armed conflict within. You'll wake up in the near future to dreadful news. The gold reserve in the USA is about to be evaluated as worthless. When that happens it will be the final straw that breaks this camel's back. China and other nations holding U.S. loans will rock and reel as though an earthquake hit them from beneath and knocked out the supporting beams that were holding them up. Then the domino effect will follow. Look to Greece for the mini episode of a much larger one that will circle the entire globe like a wildfire. The inevitable is on borrowed time. Or better yet, on worthless printed currency that will soon lose all of its value. No one will be able to halt what is just around the corner. The European Union will pull itself together and make a move on the chess board. They will move into the dominate position in a pushing match against China and the Middle East. Israel will come under attack and be overrun when the U.S. falters in power. The military will try and roadblock the cities to keep people in. They will try to bring order but will come under attack from within with turncoats and as military bases fall to subversive groups.

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
UFO Sightings in Australia Spark Invasion Fears
Unexplainable.net
4/30/2010
Australia's recent massive sightings of UFOs have sparked concerns by many in the area that it may be the beginning stages of an unknown maneuver, and the word "invasion" has been coming up quite a bit. The incidents have been reported every day for over a week now, and several are voicing concern over the matter.
We're being invaded
NT News
4/29/2010
A MASS of UFO sightings has Territorians wondering if we are on the brink of an alien invasion.
There have been seven separate Top End UFO sightings reported in the past week. Hardly a night has passed without a sighting of some "unexplained phenomena" since the first sighting last week.
Mysterious, Cylindrical UFO Spotted over Richmond, Virginia
UFO Casebook
Published: 11:52 AM 5/2/2010
Virginia – 04-30-10
During my daily exercise walk, I spotted a mysterious cylindrical (cigar-shaped) UFO hovering low over a suburban section of Richmond, Virginia.
I noticed the craft during beautiful weather and clear skies at approximately 6:30 PM, while walking east down Riverside Drive on the south bank of the James River.
Unknown Object Photographed over Colombia
UFO Casebook
Published: 1:34 PM 5/6/2010
Columbia – 04-04-10
We were with four of my friends visiting some of the National Parks in Colombia called "Cañón del Chicamocha", the second largest canyon in the world, after Colorado's of course.
Three Photographs Taken – UFO over New Mexico
UFO Casebook
Published: 11:18 AM 5/5/2010
New Mexico – 05-03-10
I watched the late news and saw the weather report 5-3-10, the following day was going to be windy, so I had to go outside to move my Bonsai trees to a location that they wouldn’t be damaged by the wind.

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
Congress Refuses to Outlaw Insider Trading For Lawmakers
Blacklisted News
Yahoo Finance
May 6, 2010
Even a cynic can find Washington's hypocrisy shocking at times. The Wall Street Journal reports today a House bill that would force lawmakers to make greater disclosures on financial transactions and disallow them from trading on nonpublic information is going nowhere fast. 
Europe leaders warn of contagion, 3 die in Greece
Reuters
by Renee Maltezou and Dave Graham
May 5, 2010
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe's fate was at stake and France declared the euro was under speculative attack but said it would fail, while the Greek government vowed not to retreat a single step despite violence on the streets of Athens.
Rain-making lasers could trigger showers on demand
Blacklisted News
Nature News
by Zeeya Merali
May 2, 2010
The rain dance is getting a twenty-first-century revamp using laser technology. Optical physicists have demonstrated that shooting lasers into the air can trigger the formation of water droplets, a technique that could one day help to stimulate rainfall.
American Meat Infused with Heavy Metals, Veterinary Medications, Agricultural Pesticides
Blacklisted News
Alternet
by Ari LeVaux
May 1, 2010
In 2008, Mexican authorities rejected a shipment of U.S. beef because the meat exceeded Mexico's regulatory tolerance for copper. The rejected meat was returned to the United States, where it was sold and consumed, because the U.S. has no regulatory threshold for copper in meat.
Obama Administration Gives Priority to Bioweapons Research
Blacklisted News
by Sherwood Ross – BLN Contributing Writer
May 1, 2010
The priorities of the National Institutes of Health(NIH) in the area of bacteriology have been “catastrophically re-ordered” by emphasizing bioweapons research over non-bioweapons research, a prominent authority states.

Crop Circle Watch

Herewith the first crop circle of 2010. It is in oil seed rape and measures approx: 180 foot diameter. It is a circle containing six arcs intercepted by a small circle surrounded by a larger circle. A lozenge shape lies alongside the sixth arc with seven circles lying in an arc below. It lies below the ancient Hill Fort Old Sarum in Hampshire. Sadly due to the fact that it lies in Boscombe Military Air space it is also directly below the helicopter low flight approach zone, the images were taken from 2000 feet and also the crop is not yet in full bloom so the imprint is poor. 
The first week in May we witness the first English Crop Circle in southern Wiltshire. The area around Old Sarum is certainly not an active part of the countryside for the phenomenon. In fact it has only witnessed a few events of the last two decades, which makes this ‘Curtain Opener’ to the 2010 season quite a surprise. Many of the researchers and followers of the Connector were probably expecting the Avebury area to ‘take the prize’ for the first official Crop Circle in 2010. Perhaps this is the start of a migration for the Circle makers? Only time will tell!
On further investigation, it would appear the positioning of the crop circle in relation to Old Sarum, actually lies on the direct path of a very well know Ley Line which has an alignment with Stonehenge, and cuts the nearside edge of the inner banks of the fortified encampment of Old Sarum. This Ley Line then straight through Salisbury Cathedral itself, and the hillforts of Clearbury Rings and then Frankenbury Camp in Hampshire. 
This clearly indicates that the positioning of Crop Circles could indeed be connected with Ley Lines, which are aligned to well known Ancient Sites. Are we being shown a doorway to ancient knowledge? Will we find the key in 2010?

Signs in Humanity
Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets
Fox News
by Judson Berger
May 6, 2010
The number of American soldiers seeking treatment for opiate abuse has skyrocketed over the past five years, at a time when the U.S. military has been surging forces into the heart of the world's leading opium producer. 
Syphilis cases rise sharply in China
BBC
May 6, 2010
China has seen a dramatic rise in cases of syphilis, as a result of rapid social change, US researchers say.
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine says syphilis is now the most commonly reported communicable disease in Shanghai, the second-largest city.
Poll: 83% say God answers prayers, 57% favor National Prayer Day
USA Today
by Cathy Lynn Grossman
May 4, 2010
Americans are overwhelmingly sure there's a God who answers prayers.
But that doesn't mean they all favor an official annual National Day of Prayer — or that its goal should be promoting Christianity.
Pitiless slaughter of magnificent minke whales for meat no-one wants: How I harpooned the viking whalers
Daily Mail
by David Shukman
May 2, 2010
When I began reporting on the environment for the BBC, I was inclined to avoid the more obvious themes: the rainforest, ozone, the drying of Central Asia's Aral Sea.
Broken Britain: Boy, 14, beaten to the brink of death for his iPod
Daily Mail
by Claire Ellicott
May 4, 2010
Surrounded by tubes and medical technology, a 14-year-old boy clings to life in intensive care.
Tyler Molloy was beaten nearly to death by a gang of teenagers after they stole his iPod.
He was in a coma for two days and will not be able to return to school until September at the earliest.
Last night his mother called for action on the gang culture.

Arks of Safe Haven
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 http://www.arksofsafehaven.org and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.

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
QUAKES
5/1/10 - 
5.5 SAIPAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS
5.0 OWEN FRACTURE ZONE REGION
5.0 SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA
5.1 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.0 VANUATU
5/2/10 –
5.1 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS. 
6.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.0 FIJI REGION 
5.3 NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
5/3/10 –
5.3 SULAWESI, INDONESIA
6.2 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.5 SOUTH OF ALASKA
6.1 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5/4/10 - 
5.4 ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
5/5/10 - 
6.3 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA 
5.2 WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
5.6 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.
5.3 SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND
5/6/10 - 
5.3 KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
5.4 PACIFIC-ANTARCTIC RIDGE
5.0 VANUATU
6.4 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE
5/7/10 –
5.4 GUAM REGION
CALIFORNIA -Since the start of this year, Los Angeles has experienced 70 small quakes. That is more than in the last two years combined. Nothing to worry about, say the experts.
CHINA – A stunning "parade" of over ten thousand toads on a street in Chengdu, stretching over 200 meters long, aroused public jitters over possible upcoming tremors on Tuesday in Sichuan province, where a powerful earthquake jolted in 2008, killing tens of thousands. However, animal experts and seismologists refute the earthquake fears, saying the massive toad exodus was merely animal migration, in search of a cooler habitat before the summer heat arrives. (photo)
VOLCANOES
ICELAND – Flights in and out of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic have resumed after being grounded for several hours owing to a fresh volcanic ash threat. Services were cancelled but restarted after it was confirmed the ash had dispersed. Ash is drifting from the same Icelandic volcano that caused flights to be halted for six days in April. In the rest of the UK, schedules are operating as normal. The CAA warned that the situation remained "very dynamic". Winds from the north could cause further problems later in the week. Hundreds of flights have been affected. (map)
ICELAND – Airports in parts of Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland closed for a second day due to risks from a rise in volcanic ash levels.
ICELAND – volcano 'has become more explosive'. The airspace across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland was closed on Wednesday because of volcanic ash from Iceland. The Civil Aviation Authority has warned that the disruption could spread to northern England. (photos)
Ireland to shut airports again – Airports in the west of country will be closed today due to the arrival of a huge new cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano which shut down Europe's skies last month. A "massive ash cloud" 1600 kilometres long and 1126 km wide was hovering over the Atlantic, and was drifting into the country's airspace. "While the northerly winds are keeping the bulk of the cloud out in the Atlantic, the increased size of the cloud is encroaching on Irish airspace along the west coast of Ireland." The shutdown is the third to hit Ireland this week, after two earlier closures led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and travel misery for thousands of passengers. The fresh disruption came after Europe's skies were closed for up to a week last month following the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjoell volcano. 
Images show volcano intensifying – The UK Met Office has released a vivid series of images that show the Eyjafjallajokull volcano intensifying. In the satellite pictures, which use infrared wavelengths, the ash plume appears as bright orange colours spreading out from the volcano. The plume gradually increased in size over a period of approximately six hours on Thursday morning. Activity from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano had been increasing since Wednesday night, taking the ash plume to a height over 30,000 ft. The winds forecast over the next few days were likely "to keep the plume out to the west". Because it was exploding through a glacier, the Eyjafjallajokull eruption had been creating its own cirrus cloud. "It appears now there's a clean clear signal because all of the ice above the volcano has melted."
TROPICAL STORMS –
The otherwise disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could have an upside: If the slick is still there this summer, the oil could help put a damper on hurricane formation in the Gulf, by putting a barrier between the atmosphere and the ocean. "The oil would have the effect of suppressing evaporation of ocean water into the air. The impact would only be in the genesis of the storm." Once wind speeds reach 40 mph, the oil's effect would be moot, as the storm's stronger winds would break apart the thin layer of oil. A decades-long dream of hurricane researchers – some would call it a fantasy – has been to come up with ways to diminish the intensity or duration of tropical storms and hurricanes. Ideas have spread the gamut from fanciful to far-fetched, such as cooling the ocean water by dragging icebergs into hurricane formation zones, to dropping nuclear weapons in their projected path. One idea, which seems to make some sense, is to spread some sort of substance over the ocean as a preventative barrier between the ocean and atmosphere. Some have suggested vegetable oil or other similar man-made substances. For better or worse, the oil slick would serve this purpose. The chances of a hurricane forming in the Gulf in June may not be so outrageous: most tropical storms that form in June tend to develop in the Gulf of Mexico or near the Southeast coast of the USA, as opposed to later in the season, when the formation zones shift out into the Atlantic. However, as far as the oil slick actually affecting a developing storm, "an awful lot would have to come together for that to happen." The federal government's Climate Prediction Center will issue its seasonal hurricane outlook on May 20.
Gulf storms could bring more oil ashore – If a storm passes through the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, it could spray oil on the beach and inland when it makes landfall, weather experts said. "One of the ways we could get more oil on shore is for a strong hurricane or tropical storm that would bring the oil on shore. Also, if it's a strong storm, it could bring oil inland, which could do more damage to the ecosystem." Hurricane season begins June 1 and goes through Nov. 30. About 210,000 gallons of oil a day has been gushing from a well 5,000 feet under the Gulf. There are different theories on what happens when storms and oil mix, so it's difficult to tell until it happens. "It's kind of an open question. We don't know what would happen, but if they don't clean up the oil spill by September, then we definitely could see some hurricane and oil spill interaction."
The weather-altering El Nino condition in the Pacific Ocean seems to be easing and could be over by June, US government climate experts report. If conditions do revert to neutral, it could complicate forecasting this summer's hurricanes, since El Nino years tend to have fewer storms than normal in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Last month, forecasters said they foresee above-average storm activity for the Atlantic hurricane season due to a warming of tropical Atlantic "and a more confident view that the current El Nino will weaken". So-called La Nina years, when the Pacific is colder than usual, can lead to an increase in Atlantic hurricanes, but neutral conditions between the two make the storm season harder to predict. This year, things were complicated by high pressure over Greenland that pushed cold, wet weather south leading to blizzards along the East Coast. Warm conditions in the Pacific continue, but have weakened since the end of February. Most computer models predict neutral conditions through the end of the year, but a few suggest the possibility of a La Nina developing.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, KENTUCKY – At least 27 people were killed in three southern states over the weekend. Seventeen people were killed in Tennessee, most of them drowning in flash floods, while the others died in Mississippi and Kentucky. Parts of Nashville, Tennessee, have been evacuated after a levee protecting the southern city sprang a leak. Nashville landmarks like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the symphony centre are surrounded by water. In Nashville, more than 13in (33cm) of rain fell over two days, almost doubling the previous rainfall record. Hickman county, to the east of Nashville, requested large quantities of water after their waste water and water treatment plants broke down. "This situation is going to require a very large recovery process. The safety of some of our infrastructure is questionable." 
In Mississippi, where tornados killed 10 people nine days ago, driving rains and more tornados tore through farming regions damaging homes and destroying crops. "The month of May started off with numerous storms which caused major damage and took the lives of six people." Reports of damage continue to roll in. The Red Cross and Salvation Army evacuated dozens of people from their homes to area shelters. In Tennessee, two days of driving rain have caused widespread flooding, forcing scores to evacuate homes and businesses. At least two more people were listed as missing. Thousands of homes were flooded and entire neighbourhoods submerged across the state. President Obama signed a disaster declaration for Alabama, releasing federal aid to help recovery efforts in two counties damaged by tornados and flooding. No weather-related casualties have been reported in Alabama. The National Weather Service has forecast more severe weather for the next few days in the region, with several rivers at or near flood stage and nearby areas under flood warnings.
U.S. – Officials in Nashville, Tennessee, fear the death count from flooding will continue to grow as the waters recede.
CHINA – At least 23 people were killed and more than 160 injured when a tornado struck China's southwestern mega-city of Chongqing today, smashing homes and destroying crops. The tornado hit two rural counties in the giant municipality about 2am (local time). The numbers of dead and injured were still being tallied.
YEMEN – Heavy rain has killed seven people in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. The torrential downpour on Wednesday also swept away a large number of homes in a shanty town north of the city. There has been UNUSUALLY heavy rainfall across the Arabian peninsula this week, with two people killed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Monday. In 2008, severe flooding killed approximately 180 people. 10,000 people were made homeless. (map)
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE- 
UGANDA – The ice cap on Uganda's highest peak has split because of global warming. The glacier is located at an altitude of 5,109m (16,763ft) in the Rwenzori mountain range, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The authorities say a crevasse has blocked access to the Margherita summit – the third-highest peak in Africa, and a popular destination with climbers. Scientists say glaciers in the Rwenzori range could disappear within 20 years. A team has been sent to the mountain to assess the extent of damage on the route to Margherita. According to researchers, the ice cap covered 6 sq km (2 sq miles) 50 years ago. It is now less than 1 sq km. The mountain range, which is one of the few places near the equator to have glaciers, was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1994. (photo)
SPACE WEATHER- 
A high-speed solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field on May 2nd, sparking a geomagnetic storm that lasted more than 15 hours. Red auroras spilled across the Canadian border and were spotted in several US states. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of continued geomagnetic activity over the next 24 hours. The sun is peppered with spots today. These sunspot groups are not big, but they are remarkably numerous. The last time five such groups appeared simultaneously was more than four years ago — before the Great Solar Minimum of 2008-2009. Slowly but surely, it seems, the sun is coming back to life.
NEW MEXICO – 5/3/10 – A lot of people thought they saw a meteor just after 5 a.m. Monday, and they were right. Video from Sandia National Laboratories and a different sky camera in El Paso shows that meteor flying across the sky over New Mexico. There were actually three meteors visible, but that one was the most prominent. It could be seen for four seconds.
TEXAS – 5/4/2010 – A skycamera in El Paso, Texas, recorded the basketball-sized meteorite that lit up the early morning sky Tuesday. (youTube video)
INDONESIA – 4/30/10 – The city’s social services agency is planning to provide support to three families in Duren Sawit district in East Jakarta, whose houses were struck by a meteorite last week at 4pm. The agency had prepared for the humanitarian assistance, but it needed confirmation from the authorized institution about the cause of the accident, which caused severe damages on the houses. “The assistance must wait for the research team’s conclusion that the accident was a natural disaster." ( Damage photo.)
The meteorite is believed to have been the size of a coconut, an outer space expert said. The National Aeronautics and Space Agency said the agency had established the object was a sporadic meteorite. The object was actually part of a space rock that had fallen apart and not the remnant of a comet. The meteorite was known to have a fragile structure and may have disintegrated on impact because the team had not found any object that was still intact at the spot where it reached the ground. The meteorite is the FIRST KNOWN TO HAVE HIT A RESIDENTIAL AREA IN THE COUNTRY. In the past, several meteorites had falled in open spaces such as in Bone, South Sulawesi and Jimbaran, Bali. The house owners were asked to report to the authorities immediately if they found any strange alien objects.
HEALTH THREATS –
H1N1 infected 20% of Nicaraguan kids – Researchers who studied flu in 4,391 Nicaraguan children found that 20.1% of the group had pandemic flu in 2009 – compared with seasonal flu attack rates of 11.9% in 2007, when influenza A dominated, and 24.2% in 2008, when types A and B were both common. Children who had pandemic flu were more likely to have sore throat, lower respiratory symptoms, and gastrointestinal problems, including nausea and loss of appetite.
The 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus continues to decline worldwide, with some circulation still occurring in West and Central Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Influenza B continues to circulate at detectable levels in China, Mongolia, Korea, Ghana, and Cameroon, and seasonal A/H3N2 flu has been found in Southeast Asia. In the Americas, Cuba and Peru have reported increases in UNIDENTIFIED respiratory disease.
Pandemic may force UK primary-care cuts – The cost borne by primary care practices in England to combat pandemic H1N1 flu may lead to cuts in services. A survey of 107 primary care practices found that each practice paid an average of $512,000 (US) to fight novel H1N1. This may lead one in six of the practices to cut other services, and some have already made cuts. A British Medical Association official said the government should foot the pandemic bill rather than individual practices.
New Zealand sees increase in flu-like illness – As New Zealand heads into its traditional flu season, surveillance data from physicians' offices and the national Healthline hotline show a continued increase in those reporting influenza-like illness. Though numbers are still below baseline, they are higher than at this time last year. The increase could signal higher pandemic flu activity.
RECALLS & ALERTS:
U.S. inspectors found thick dust and contaminated ingredients at the Johnson & Johnson plant that produces Children's Tylenol and dozens of other products (Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec) that were recalled last week. Inspectors found thick dust and grime covering certain equipment, a hole in the ceiling and duct tape-covered pipes at the Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, facility that made 40 products recalled last Friday. Inspectors also found raw ingredients contaminated by an unspecified bacteria, a lack of quality control procedures and poor handling of complaints. The findings were a further blow to J&J's reputation, as the FDA urged parents to choose private label alternatives for the over-the-counter medications and said it was weighing possible further regulatory action. A full list of more than 40 affected products made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare can be found at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com.
ROMAINE – Freshway Foods on Thursday said it was voluntarily recalling products containing romaine lettuce sold chiefly in the eastern United States because of potential contamination with E.coli bacteria.

Signs in False Shepherds/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
The Big Picture: Divine presents
The Independent
Tuesday, 4 May 2010 
Hindu pilgrims carrying holy water from the River Ganges make their hurried way to a sacred temple near Allahabad in India's north west. There the pilgrims, wearing saffron dyed clothes and known as Kanwarias, will offer the water to Shiva, the Hindu deity.
Pope Benedict views Turin shroud
BBC News
May 2010
Pope Benedict XVI has viewed the Turin shroud – the cloth in which, according to many believers, Christ was buried.
"The Holy Shroud eloquently reminds us of Jesus' suffering", he said in Turin.
Largest Lutheran group reinstating 2 gay ministers
May 4 2010
By KATE BRUMBACK
Associated Press Writer 
ATLANTA (AP) – A gay Atlanta pastor and his partner who have been at the center of a battle over the treatment of gay clergy by the nation's largest Lutheran denomination are being reinstated to the denomination's clergy roster, church officials announced Tuesday.
The Rev. Bradley Schmeling and his partner, the Rev. Darin Easler, have been approved for reinstatement, the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said in a news release.
Police hunt fake Hindu faith-healing priests
Posted Thu May 6, 2010 6:02am AEST
AFP
Guyanese police are searching for at least four Indian nationals they say posed as miracle-healing Hindu priests and fleeced their local followers.
Sweden: Imam charged with sex offences
06-05-2010
The Muslim News
The Local: 
A 48-year-old imam who teaches children about the Koran has been charged with sexually molesting an 11-year-old female student. 
According to the charge sheet the incidents are alleged to have occurred in August and September 2009 in the girl's family home south of Stockholm. The 48-year-old was a regular visitor to the apartment and taught the girl and her 14-year-old elder brother about the Koran and the Arabic language. 

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
Al Shabaab Militants Execute Christian Leader in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 (CDN) — Islamic militants yesterday killed another leader of the underground church movement in Somalia, sources said.
School sued after teachers hide in closets to pray
Posted: May 04, 2010
By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
Teachers say they are literally forced to pray in school closets to avoid contempt charges
A Florida school district is being accused in a lawsuit of making a deal with the ACLU to criminalize "protected religious expression," banning students from saying "God bless" and forcing teachers to "hide in closets to pray."
Uzbekistan Police Raid Church Feeding Homeless
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 
By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest
TASHKENT/BUDAPEST– Police in Uzbekistan broke up a Protestant youth conference, detaining dozens of Christians, and separately raided and Protestant church feeding homeless people for allegedly violating local regulations, a religious rights group said Wednesday,
April 21.
India Evangelist Hacked To Death
Friday, May 7, 2010 
By BosNewsLife Asia News Service 
NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– A police investigation continued Friday, May 7, into the killing of an Indian evangelist who investigators said was hacked to death in eastern India after showing a film on the life of Jesus Christ. 
Muslims Burn Christian Center under Construction in Indonesia
By Compass Direct News|Samuel Rionaldo
May. 05 2010
JAKARTA, Indonesia (Compass Direct News) – Hundreds of people calling themselves the Muslim Community of the Puncak Route last week burned buildings under construction belonging to a Christian organization in West Java Province.

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