January 3, 2011- January 9, 2011 
 News In Review
 Vol 6, Issue 2
In This Issue
Links Of Further Interest
Quick Links

Join our mailing list!

Dear Ron,

The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  The purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of deception from a Biblical perspective.

 January 7 - Sing of salvation...sip some suds
 Article: Emerging Church

It was a Sunday during Advent, and inside a small pub a few blocks up from the north shore of Lake Superior, 17 people gathered around four bar-top tables shoved into a ring. Spending Sunday mornings in a bar sounds like an activity for those running from God. For this small group in a watering hole in Twin Harbors, about 160 miles northeast of Minneapolis, it's about chasing God. It's one unconventional place of worship around the country fostered by an evangelical movement known as "the emerging church." 

"I feel closer to God here than I do at a conventional church," said Nelson, 56, a lifelong churchgoer who until recently could be found every Sunday morning in the pews at First Baptist Church nearby. "Jesus said we're supposed to be a light to the world. What better place to do that than at a bar?" 

Last spring, Fletcher was accepted in Bethel Seminary in St. Paul; he now commutes 150 miles south one to two times a week for classes. Initially he intended to incorporate work as a chaplain into his job working with an ambulance crew, but as he began his seminary studies he found common ground with a recent wave of evangelical thinkers including Brian McLaren and Shane Claiborne. 

McLaren and Claiborne have criticized some of Christianity's more conservative traditions as they try to attract people disinterested in traditional Sunday attendance - in particular, younger people. 

"I often find the people in the bar are a lot more authentic than people in the church," Fletcher said. "If Jesus was in Two Harbors, he'd want to be with the people in the bar. He'd probably get kicked out of the church." 

"It's kind of nice to go to church and have a couple," said Anderson, attending for the first time. "I'm not exactly a churchgoer." Anderson, who grew up Roman Catholic, said he realized the church wasn't for him the day he wore a Ted Nugent T-shirt to Mass and was reprimanded by the priest.

Read Full Article .... 

 January 5 - Subject: Mass Animal Deaths - Google Global Maps
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

- 40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries - thestar.com

- Thousands Of Fish Dead In Spruce Creek - News Story - WFTV Orlando

- UPDATE: Dead birds on bridge is a natural occurrence - KTRE.com Lufkin and Nacogdoches |

- Victoria river mysteriously turns bright green | Posted | National Post

- Swedish birds 'scared to death': veterinarian - The Local

More Links .... 

 January 4 - False Churches and Islam together in war on state of Israel
 Article: Israel Amd The Last Days

The World Council of Churches is at war with Israel and God of the Bible. The document that exposes the WCC, is called:"Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum. Proposed Strategic Plan of Actions 2009-2010″.

This Ecumenical Forum has WCC as one of its main sponsors and supporters, This strategy document includes the war plan, on how the state of Israel can be changed from having a Jewish majority, to became a Muslim state.

To be able to delegitimize Israel, the WCC needs to change the attitude of evangelical Christians. They are the strongest defenders of Israel, outside of Jewish Zionism.

The Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum uses a "Christ" to attack Israel. This "Christ" includes the Muslims as "children of God". That is inline with the teaching of the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.

Lets take a look at the content of the strategic document:

"Since there is no partiality in Christ, all social, political, economic, military and other walls that divide or separate Palestinians and Israelis, Christians, Jews and Muslims, must be dismantled".

What the WCC present to the World is a false religion, with a copy of "Christ" in its center.

"For the last forty years the Christian churches have called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine."

Like the Nurenberg Laws in Nazi Germany in 1935, the WCC wants to make it a criminal offense to do business with true Jews. Because true Jews believe they have a Biblical right to live on the Mountains of Zion, and will refuse to be deported from their homes.

Read Full Article .... 

 January 8 - New juvenile delinquent rehab program may soon include yoga, tai chi
 Article: Misc.

Barry Holman, interim deputy director of the Washington, D.C., Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), has come up with a new approach to overcome the agency's current flailing system: yoga. According to a recent report in the Washington Examiner, Holman has petitioned his staff members for help in finding someone to teach D.C.'s troubled youth the "mind-body" techniques he believe may help them.

"It was an exercise on my part to see what other qualities, besides the professional qualities, that they can bring to the job," explained Holman to the Examiner about his idea.

"We're always looking at expanding our offerings," he is quoted as saying. "The benefits of
yoga or tai-chi are no different for youth in a correction facility than for anyone else." And his plan could work, as it just might provide troubled youth with the physical and mental stimulation they need to stay out of prison.

Yoga has also been shown to alleviate depression and improve mental health, reduce stress, boost heart function, and reduce inflammation, among other things.
These factors together
have the potential not only to improve the mental stability of troubled youth, but also improve their overall physical health, in conjunction with standard rehabilitation protocols.

Read Full Article .... 

 January 7 - Researchers discover a shocking 96 percent decline in four major bumblebee species
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that another vitally important pollinator, the bumblebee, is in serious decline. According to the figures, there has been a shocking 96 percent decline in four major species of the bumblebee, and an up to 87 percent decrease in their overall geographic coverage.

"We provide incontrovertible evidence that multiple Bombus species have experienced sharp population declines at the national level," explained researchers in their report. And in a phone interview with Reuters, study author Sydney Cameron from the University of Illinois, Urbana, explained that these bumblebee species are "one of the most important pollinators of native plants."

Over the course of three years, the
research team evaluated 382 different sites in 40 states, and mulled data from over 73,000 museum records. They determined that bumblebees are needed to pollinate various fruits and vegetables, and that they accomplish this task in a very unique way.

In other words, without bumblebees and the special way in which they pollinate, entire segments of agriculture are threatened with extinction. Like honeybees (
http://www.naturalnews.com/028899_h...) and bats (http://www.naturalnews.com/027971_p...), bumblebees are vital in order to grow food. Without them, humanity will starve to death.

Misleadingly, many experts largely blame various pathogens, fungi and viruses for the die-offs of these pollinators, while giving only a brief mention -- if any at all -- to the toxic
pesticides and herbicides that are increasingly being linked to things like colony collapse disorder (CCD), the name given to the mass bee die-off phenomenon. A recently leaked report, for instance, has revealed that a popular Bayer herbicide is responsible for killing off bees (http://www.naturalnews.com/030921_E...

Read Full Article .... 

 January 8 - Scientists uncover truth about fluoride and other water contaminants
 Article: One World Government

There have been numerous studies highlighting the adverse effects of water fluoridation and other drinking water contaminants, but a slew of new scientific findings have sparked even more opposition to these chemicals than ever before. Most shockingly, a study has even linked fluoride to lower IQ in children. In the same vein, deadly carcinogens have been found in cities across the United States. Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, is a deadly carcinogen that was found in the drinking water of 31 U.S. cities.
Fluoride is added to 70% of the U.S. water supply. Kids who drink this water suffer from decreased cognitive function, according to research published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The study followed 512 children between the ages 8 and 13, with varying degrees of fluoride exposure. One group lived in a Chinese village with high fluoride levels, and the other in a Chinese village with low fluoride levels. With these variables eliminated, researchers found that the number of intelligent children in the village with low fluoride levels was 350 percent higher than those in the high fluoride village. Even more disturbing, 15% of the highly fluoridated children scored low enough to indicate mental retardation, verses 6% in the other village.

While fluoride and hexavalent chromium are cause for concern, there are other substances in the country's drinking water that also warrant concern. The first of which is
lead, which can enter the water supply through corrosive pipes or improper water treatment. Pathogens, which are infectious agents, can also be found in many cities worldwide. Chlorine, while a hazard itself, actually reacts with other chemicals to create even more poisonous substances. Trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids are two such by-products, which have been linked to cancer and reproductive problems. While it is not possible to discuss the long list of drinking water toxins in depth, as it is too extensive, arsenic and radon are among the other primary chemicals found in the water.

It is important to remember that exposure to these chemicals is not limited to simply drinking the water. Showering and bathing in tap water will lead to the absorption of these substances through the skin, and can account for even more toxic buildup than drinking the water.

The studies are conclusive, and the information is being compiled more steadily than ever before. Water
and pollution now stands as a mainstream issue that must be addressed. When the people loudly voice their opposition to the chaotic state of their drinking water, it will be the end of governmental water contamination.

Read Full Article .... 

 January 7 - God Behind the Big Bang, Pope Says
 Article: Creation/Evolution - Evolution Propaganda

The Big Bang was an act of God, with divine will bringing the universe into being, Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of Catholics at the Vatican.

Benedict has worked
to integrate modern scientific theories into religious teaching, saying that God is responsible for evolution and that the Bible story of the world's creation in six days is an allegory.
Reaction to Benedict's comments have been mixed. An MSNBC poll showed 40.7 percent of respondents agreeing that "there is no God and the Big Bang was probably responsible for all creation." Nearly 30 percent responded, "I agree with the pope. If there was a Big Bang, it was God's work."

PZ Myers, an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris, was unimpressed by Benedict's scientific qualifications to discuss the Big Bang. "The Pope has announced that God was the cause behind the Big Bang, which is nice,"
Myers wrote on his blog
. "Unfortunately, he hasn't shown any data, nor has he published in any of the physics journals."

Read Full Article .... 

 December 18 - Isle Unitarians celebrate the light
 Article: New Age

Long before Dec. 25 became the date for the celebration of Christmas, the darkest days of winter frightened ancient people into performing rituals that evolved into religious celebrations of light.

"Pagans used to light fires and bang drums to chase away the darkness because they were afraid the light wouldn't come back," said Joan Schumacher, a lay minister at The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. "They needed it for crops. Otherwise they were going to starve." A Solstice Service to celebrate the return of light and spiritual renewal will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church, featuring the Celtic group Dharma.

Unitarian beliefs are drawn from all different paths of faith, including an "earth-based spirituality," said Schumacher, one of the service's organizers. Recognizing the winter solstice pays respect to the "cycles of the earth and the universe. ... It brings our lives into harmony with the earth," she said.

Fewer and fewer people are satisfied with mainline religions or dogmatic interpretations of God, and have increasingly turned to earth-based spiritual practices in recent years, he said.

"What you would call paganism is just an appreciation of nature. It's concrete, not abstract. ... It's (nature) what sustains us," Bond-Upson said. "We're looking for religious truth wherever we can find it and we're increasingly drawing on other wisdom.

Some of the congregation have strong Jewish, Christian and Buddhist roots and retain their core beliefs, "but they're seekers, free thinkers," Bond-Upson said.

As First Unitarian is a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Association of Congregations, "Unitarians believe God is One, not divided into a trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost). This universe is all united; all is one thing because God was one, rather than three. ... We Unitarians embrace it all, unless it is hateful, exclusive or contrary to reason." He added: "In the end, nobody goes to hell. God is too good. God is not a sadist. We focus on the unity and goodness of God."

Read Full Article.... 

 December 26 - News Alert - Rick Warren Goes Green
 Article: Emerging Church

It has been reported that Rick Warren has gone green. This is no surprise to those who see the emerging church as another bridge to Rome and also the hug a tree for Jesus movement as the final straw for ecumenical madness. 
While UTT tried to warn Calvary Chapel several years ago what was going to happen, Gayle Irvin was busy promoting The Shack, Boby Coy was joining hands with Rob Bell and Skip Heitzig was dancing with Billy and Franklin Graham. 
Then just in case there is any doubt, Greg Laurie became may became the new banner boy for dancing with the stars as his crusade overflowed Due to inclement weather there will be no skating on Anaheim pond. 
UTT looks forward to see who will be in the remnant and go on to share the gospel to the lost while the majority will be have fun pretending to be born again Christians while attending church the odd Sunday.

Read Full Article .... 

We hope the Weekly News In Review has been a blessing to you.

Roger Oakland

Forward email

This email was sent to ronpierotti@volcano.net by understandthetimes@cox.net |  

Understand The Times, International | P.O. Box 27239 | Santa Ana | CA | 92799