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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.

 March 18 - Eucharistic Congress: Taking it outside
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
This is another example of Eucharistic Adoration and its preparation for the coming of the Eucharistic Christ. This will be part of the Roman Catholic Second Pentecost when it is believed that Mary will pour out the Holy Spirit.
The essence of the New Evangelization is the act of taking that Good News into the streets, beyond the walls of the church, letting it spill over into the world and our every-day lives. This is what happens concretely in the Archdiocese of Boston's Eucharistic Congress, and it's exactly why I look forward to the congress so much each year.

The Friday evenings are first always fun -- a great gathering of friends and new faces -- and then more profound -- adoration, confession, and the earnest entreaty of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, "Have mercy on us and on the whole world!" We close the evening with night prayer and a dessert social, and disperse to our homes for the night. But the next morning we return, eager for more. This was the first thing that caught my attention about the congress, and it is what sets it apart from all other spiritual formation events. Something meaningful and attractive happens in that humble North End church every year that brings us back for a second day.

I have stood outside the church on the Saturday morning of a Eucharistic Congress as the music of hundreds of vibrant voices singing praise to God floats out an open window and reverberates through the twisted cobblestone streets and narrow alleys of the North End. That alone catches people's attention and makes them wonder: what is happening in there?
This is the New Evangelization: to emerge from the church building and take the Good News into the streets where there is both curiosity and hunger to know the source of our joy within it. Through us, the Lord comes to visit the lost and forsaken where they are. And best, on Saturday night at the pinnacle of the Eucharistic Congress when, in our eucharistic procession, we again emerge from the church, led by Our Lord in the Eucharist, and give people a chance to encounter him directly. Suddenly, Saturday night restaurant-goers and tourists trudging along the Freedom Trail are swept up in the excitement, and our joy can become theirs.

Passing by a baseball park I might wonder who's winning until the home team fans I encounter make it clear. Passing by a church, should anyone similarly wonder who's winning, an encounter with a Eucharistic Congress participant gives the world an answer.

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 News Alert - March 18 - Saddleback Church Prepares for Spiritual Need in Japan
 Article: One World Religion

While aid groups are currently focusing on meeting the initial physical needs of disaster-stricken Japan, Saddleback Church is preparing for what they consider to be phase two of the relief effort - spreading the hope of Jesus Christ.
PEACE Japan, a project spawned from the church's global PEACE Plan, is preparing to care for the spiritual needs of those suffering from the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. Instead of sending a team of workers to offer only relief assistance, PEACE Japan plans to empower local churches to reach out to their communities and offer physical aid and spiritual comfort in the hopes of leading people to Christ. The PEACE Plan seeks to mobilize Christians around the world in an outreach to combat global problems by Planting churches, Equipping servant leaders, Assisting the poor, Caring for the sick, and Educating the next generation.
Pastor Dave Holden, global pastor of training at Saddleback Church, described the group's action plan as one of prayer, information gathering and then action. He said he is currently praying for the people of Japan and the 500 churches that were working with Saddleback prior to the devastation.
Holden said that while prayer is important, "our fingers are the bowstring." The church is preparing to lead a delegation to Japan with the goal to train pastors to engage with their communities and spread the gospel.
Prior to the natural disasters that ravished the island nation and its nuclear power plants, Saddleback Church in southern California was actively training Japanese pastors though its global initiative, the PEACE Plan. The global project focuses on tackling five giant problems: spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, extreme poverty, diseases and illiteracy.
With the current disaster, Holden said, "Now we are taking our friendship and relationship to the next level."

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 Jan 20 - Full Screen Gigapan Viewer
 Article: One World Government

Comment from Understand the Times

This is a photograph of 2009 Obama Inauguration. You can see IN FOCUS the face of EACH individual in the crowd !!! You can scan and zoom to any section of the crowd. . . wait a few seconds. . double click anywhere . and the focus adjusts to give you a very identifiable close up. The picture was taken with a robotic 1474 megapixel camera (295 times the standard 5 megapixel camera). Every one attending could be scanned after the event, should something have gone wrong during it.

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 March 18 - Tony Blair: We can't just be spectators in this revolution
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
It is apparent to everyone that there is a huge problem to resolve in the Middle East, if there is going to be PEACE. What is interesting is the fact that the Bible indicates that if a PEACE agreement is reached it will be a false peace. Tony Blair and Rick Warren are at the forefront of this PEACE movement. Warren has plenty of support from major church denominations who are interested in building the kingdom. He and others like David Barton think there can be peace on earth without the presence of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
This is obviously the plan of the antichrist. Why would Warren, Blair and those who support them not see what the Bible teaches? Why would some church leaders just keep quiet and NOT say anything? Is it possible that no answer at all, lends support to the system that the antichrist is establishing? Where are the pastors? Why are they so silent?
The crisis in Libya has forced back on to the agenda all the tough choices of modern-day foreign policy. Should we intervene? Do we do so for moral reasons as well as those of national interests? How do we balance the need for a policy that is strong, assertive and well articulated with the desire not to appear overmighty and arrogant, disrespecting others and their culture?

First, there is no doubt that the best, most secure, most stable future for the Middle East lies in the spread of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. These are not "Western" values; they are the universal values of the human spirit. People of the Middle East are no different in that sense from the people of Europe or America.

Second, however, getting there is a lot more complex than it was for Eastern Europeans when the Soviet Union collapsed. In that case you had hollowed-out regimes that were despised by a people eager for change and, vitally, agreed as to the type of society the change should produce. They looked over the Wall, saw the West and said: that's what we want. By and large, that is what they now have.

Third, working in that framework, we should differentiate when dealing with different countries. This too will require difficult decisions in instances where things are often not clean and simple, but messy and complex.

Fourth, in respect of Tunisia and Egypt, they now need our help. Protests don't resolve policy questions. Demonstrations aren't the same as governments. It is up to the emerging leaders of those nations to decide their political systems. But that is only one part of their challenge. They have young populations, often without jobs. Whatever the long-term benefits of political change, the short-term cost, in investment and the economy, will be big. This will require capital. It will also require the right policy framework, public sector reform and economic change that will sometimes be painful and controversial. Otherwise be clear: the danger is that in two or three years the political change is unmatched by economic progress and then in the disillusion that follows, extreme elements start to get traction. So talk of a Marshall Plan-type initiative is not overexcitable. It is completely to the point.

Fifth, we ignore the importance of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians at our peril. This absolutely must be revitalised and relaunched. I know it is said that this wasn't the issue behind the uprisings. That is true. But we are deluding ourselves if we don't think that its outcome matters profoundly to the region and the direction in which it develops. In any event, the change impacts immediately and directly on the parties. For Israel it makes peace all the more essential; it also sharpens acutely its security challenge. For the Palestinians it gives them a chance to be part of the democratic change sweeping the region, but only if they are on the march to statehood. If not they are highly vulnerable to their cause being hijacked yet again by extremists.

Finally, in the Middle East religion matters. Nothing in this region can be fully explained or understood without analysing the fundamental struggle within Islam. That struggle can only ultimately be resolved by Muslims. But how non-Muslims have a dialogue and, if possible, a partnership with Islam can influence crucially the debate between reform and reaction.

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 March 19 - Commentary: Emergence movement finds home in Memphis
 Artcle: Emerging Church

Comment from Understand the Times:
As the article below states the Emerging Church is about: "its belief that the Kingdom of God is here and now, its concern for the communal over the individual, its understanding of social justice as being Godly work, not a civil or moral concern, and a host of other defining traits and principles..."
THE EMERGING CHURCH IS A CONVERGING CHURCH WITH ROME, ISN'T IT?  Isn't this was the Jesuit plan is all about? Isn't this what David Barton's plan is all about? Isn't this what Obama's Plan is all about? Isn't this what Rick Warren, Sarah Palin, Tony Blair and the pope's plan is all about?
For the second time in less than four months, Memphis is to be the site of a significant gathering of Emergence Christians. Last December, a body of Emergence teaching-pastors gathered here for the first Re-Union of Outlaw Preachers, a meeting that, as its name indicates, primarily drew Emergence workers and worship leaders.

The gathering this month, to be at St. Luke's Methodist Church on Highland and labeled as the Navigate Conference, is different in that it is being held not only for Emergence Christians, but also -- and perhaps even most important -- for those from other branches of the faith who want to learn more about this relatively new and rapidly growing division of Christianity.

Coming up out of all the shifts and turmoil of our times in just the same way that Protestantism arose 500 years ago out of the upheavals of the 16th century, Emergence is characterized by its de-institutionalized nature, its rejection of hierarchy and favored status, its belief in narrative theology over propositional or doctrinal theology, its belief that the Kingdom of God is here and now, its concern for the communal over the individual, its understanding of social justice as being Godly work, not a civil or moral concern, and a host of other defining traits and principles.

Among others, both local and otherwise, who will facilitate the conversation and guide the course of discussion will be Doug Pagitt, founding pastor of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis. As a practitioner of, and major influence in, Emergence Christianity in this country as well as abroad, Pagitt's particular gift is in being able to combine theory, theology and concept with the more mundane business of practice, liturgy and application.

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 March 18 - Mrs. God? Asherah goddess worshipped along with Yahweh scholar finds
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
Of course it is no secret that the Children of Israel were worshipping a female god. Anyone who has read the Old Testament can figure that out. This was the Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah chapter 7 and also chapter 44. God called this an abomination. Although today the pope, the Jesuits and the Roman Catholic Church consider "Mary" the mother of Jesus to be the Queen of Heaven. 
If you think this is absurd, it is because it is absurd. Mary, the true mother of Jesus would have never wanted a title like that, as she stated that she herself needed to have a Savior. This idea that there is a Holy Quartet is not biblical. Also as you will soon see, the claim will be made by Rome that "Mary" is pouring out the "Holy Spirit" as part of what is called the Second Pentecost. Charismatics will really get excited about this, as they are conditioned into believing that everything that smacks of the dove is the real dove. 
The Bible states that there should be no worship of any idol including a dove. Christians should wake up and smell the smoke. Judgment is coming!
The ancient Israelites were a polytheistic culture, worshipping Yahweh (El)  and his female consort, Asherah according to a British theologian.  Discovery News today published a report that states in 1967 Asherah was first mentioned by scholar Raphael Patal.  The current studies of Francesca Stavrakopoulou have reinforced that theory.   Stavrakopolou is a scholar who began her studies at Oxford, and currently is a senior lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter.

"You might know him as Yahweh, Allah or God. But on this fact, Jews, Muslims and Christians, the people of the great Abrahamic religions, are agreed: There is only one of Him," writes Stavrakopoulou in a statement released to the British media. "He is a solitary figure, a single, universal creator, not one God among many . or so we like to believe."After years of research specializing in the history and religion of Israel, however, I have come to a colorful and what could seem, to some, uncomfortable conclusion that God had a wife," she added.

Asherah's connection to Yahweh, according to Stavrakopoulou, is spelled out in both the Bible and an 8th century B.C. inscription on pottery found in the Sinai desert at a site called Kuntillet Ajrud.

"The inscription is a petition for a blessing," she shares "Crucially, the inscription asks for a blessing from 'Yahweh and his Asherah.' Here was evidence that presented Yahweh and Asherah as a divine pair. And now a handful of similar inscriptions have since been found, all of which help to strengthen the case that the God of the Bible once had a wife."

Also significant, Stavrakopoulou believes, "is the Bible's admission that the goddess Asherah was worshiped in Yahweh's Temple in Jerusalem. In the Book of Kings, we're told that a statue of Asherah was housed in the temple and that female temple personnel wove ritual textiles for her."

Asherah is mentioned five times in the Book of 1 Kings, showing the supremacy of El/Yahweh over Asherah when Asherah idols and poles are destroyed.   Asherah is also named in the Old Testament books of Exodus, Deuteronomy, Judges, 2 Chronicles and the books of Isaiah, appearing as pole honoring the Ugaritic goddess Asherah, consort of El.  Her sacred pillars, or poles once stood beside the altars of Yahweh (El).

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 March 26 - Obama Sees Success in Libya but U.S. Considers More Firepower
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

President Obama said Saturday that international forces are succeeding in their mission in Libya after a week of U.S.-led air strikes. But forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi are still a potent threat to civilians, say Pentagon officials who are considering expanding the firepower and airborne surveillance systems in the military campaign.

Obama also readied for a speech to the nation Monday evening to explain his decision-making on Libya to a public weary of a decade of war.

"The United States should not and cannot intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world," Obama said in the speech Saturday. But with Qaddafi threatening "a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region ... it's in our national interest to act. And it's our responsibility. This is one of those times."

U.S.-led forces began missile strikes last Saturday to establish a no-fly zone and prevent Qaddafi from attacking his own people.

Obama spoke with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders about Libya on Friday afternoon. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he was concerned that the current military action might not be enough force Qaddafi from power, his spokeswoman said.

Brooke Buchanan said McCain, the top Republican in the Senate Armed Services Committee, supports the military intervention but fears it could lead to a stalemate that leaves Qaddafi's government in place.

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