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 July 17 - Coming in 2012: Genetically modified front lawns and the mass spraying of neighborhoods and playgrounds with RoundUp
 Article:Cloning And Genetic Engneering

Thanks to a recent admission by the USDA that it does not have the regulatory framework to even regulate GMOs, the world of biotech is set to unleash a tidal wave of genetically modified seeds upon the United States. This is the upshot of Scotts Miracle-Gro challenging the USDA over its GMO grass seeds, to which the USDA threw in the towel and essentially announced it can't technically regulate many GMOs at all.

Welcome to the new world order of GMO self regulation, where the companies that produce the GMO seeds now get to regulate their own behavior!

Scotts Miracle-Gro is now moving full speed ahead on its GMO yard grass product, which could theoretically be introduced into the marketplace as early as 2012. This is a home consumer yard grass seed which, of course, resists glyphosate (RoundUp), and its introduction into the marketplace would almost certainly result in millions of homeowners across America planting these seeds in their yard and then spraying RoundUp across their entire lawn as a "treatment" for eliminating weeds.

RoundUp, in other words, may be coming soon to a neighborhood near you. And it's not just the lawns, either: This combination of Scotts GMO grass and RoundUp chemicals could be used on playgrounds, schoolyards, community centers and parks. Once this goes into production, there will be virtually no place your family can go in America that isn't contaminated with genetically modified grass seeds and toxic glyphosate chemicals.

The upshot of all this is not merely the astonishing lack of regulation now being admitted by the USDA (which always sided with the biotech industry anyway, so what's new?), but the cause-and-effect results we may soon see. We could be looking at a wave of superweeds spreading across America.

These superweeds will be the baddest, toughest and most chemically-resistant weeds our world has ever seen. They develop as mutant derivatives of the mass spraying of RoundUp chemicals across lawns. In much the same way that superbugs develop in the presence of widespread antibiotics abuse
, superweeds, develop in the presence of widespread glyphosate abuse

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 July 17 - God No Longer 'Father' for United Church of Christ
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

The left-leaning United Church of Christ now wants to be even more politically correct, and to do so its deliberative body has replaced the reference to "Heavenly Father" with the gender neutral term, "triune God," in the denomination's constitution.
"In the process of revamping its decades-old constitution, the Protestant denomination's General Synod endorsed an eye-catching change: It deleted the term 'Heavenly Father,' replacing it with 'triune God,'" Courier Journal reported Saturday.
Though a largely liberal denomination, the United Church of Christ has conservative sections which have objected to the amendment. "Rejecting God as Father in an age of fatherlessness is unthinkable," David Runnion-Bareford, executive director of Biblical Witness Fellowship, an evangelical renewal movement within the denomination, told the Journal.

"Inclusive language has been a long-term project in the UCC for at least three decades," the Journal quoted the Rev. Greg Bain, pastor of Grace-Immanuel United Church of Christ in Louisville, as saying. It was a decision to use "a broader definition" of God, said Bain, who was part of the denomination's national executive council until recently.

The UCC, considered more liberal than most other Christian denominations, also allow ceremonies to sanctify same-sex unions. The General Synod in 2005 passed a resolution making the United Church of Christ the first major Christian legislative body in America to support "equal marriage rights for all people, regardless of gender." However, some congregations did not support the resolution.

"The General Synod, through sound biblical and theological reflection over many years, has affirmed the full dignity, humanity, and worth of all persons regardless of sexual orientation, an affirmation grounded in our creation in the image of God," read the Synod's statement. "We have called for the removal of one's sexual orientation as a barrier to ordination and to all other forms of service in the church. We understand baptism to be the foundation of one's incorporation into the body of Christ, affirming the primacy of grace over every other category of human accomplishment or failure or human status, including sexual orientation," it added.

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 July 16 - [Ex-CIA officer: Israel likely to attack Iran in September
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Israel will probably attack Iran in September, a former CIA officer who spent 21 years in the Middle East, including in Lebanon and Syria, has told a Los Angeles radio show. While Robert Baer didn't reveal the sources behind his prediction, he referred to former Mossad chief Meir Dagan's warnings of an Israeli attack on Iran as "no bluff."
Baer told the KPFK Radio on Tuesday recent comments made by Dagan that an Israeli attack on Iran could lead to a regional war, "tell us with near certainty that [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu is planning an attack, and in as much as I can guess when it's going to be, it's probably going to be in September, before a [UN General Assembly] vote on the Palestinian state."

Netanyahu is "also hoping to draw the United States into the conflict - and in fact, there's a warning order inside the Pentagon to prepare for conflict with Iran,"
Baer said.

The retired senior CIA officer predicted that Israel would attack the Natanz nuclear facility, as well as "a couple of others to degrade their capabilities."

Baer, however, said a regional war was unlikely. "What we're facing here is an escalation, not a planned all-out war," he said.

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 July 12 - Micro-machines are go: The U.S. military drones that are so small they even look like insects
 Article: One World Government

They look like children's toys that are left discarded in wardrobes around the world. But these innocent-looking devices are actually some of the most sophisticated drones on the planet.

The U.S. Air Force is developing the miniature spy craft with the goal of making them so small that they resemble birds and even insects. Some even have moving wings that military chiefs hope will look so convincing that people won't pay them any attention.

The base's Air Force Research Laboratory mission is to develop MAVs that can find, track and target adversaries while operating in complex urban environments.

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has spent years developing a whole host of cyborg critters, in the hopes of creating the ultimate 'fly on the wall'.

Two years ago, researchers revealed that they had created cyborg beetles that can be guided wirelessly via a laptop.

Using implants, they worked out how to control a beetle's take-off, flight and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings. They controlled turns through stimulating the basilar muscles on one side or the other to make the wings on that side flap harder. The embedded system uses nerve and muscle stimulators, a microbattery and a microcontroller with transceiver. They were implanted in the beetles when they were at the pupal stage.

Three types of large beetles from Cameroon were used in the experiments at the University of California in Berkeley. The smallest was 2cm long, while the largest was 20cm.

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 July 14 - Virgin Mary Aids In Miraculous Conceptions, Priest Says
 Artcle:Signs And Wonders

One local priest said that an iconic image of the Virgin Mary in his parish has helped dozens of families conceive in Albuquerque.
Inside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church, Father Christopher Zugger said dozens of couples who were told they couldn't conceive children did because of the Virgin Mary.
"I better believe in miracles. We see them every day," Zugger said. Zugger bought the 200-year-old iconic image of the Virgin Mary back in 1998. "Since them, we've had all kinds of miracles with all kinds of couples," Zugger said.
According to Zugger, it started with one woman in the church who'd had five miscarriages. "She said, 'Holy Mother of God, save this baby. I can't lose another baby,'" Zugger said. "(She) put the icon on her stomach and she says, 'I'm not leaving until the baby kicks me six times.'" That baby is now a teenager.
"Every single couple that has come, there's been at least one child," Zugger said.
As for skeptics, Zugger said they don't have to take his word for it because they can just talk to any of the couples who've been helped.

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 July 18 - Rupert Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandal
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
The Rupert Murdoch PHONE HACKING SCANDAL has now blown open world-wide. There have been a number of resignations by Murdoch's staff and even those who have been put in jail. So far, Murdoch has not admitted that he himself was behind the wiretapping. If he did, he would be in jail as well.
For those who do not know, Mr. Rupert Murdoch also owns Zondervan, a Christian Publishing Company that publishes the book Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. Mr. Murdoch is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations that many believe sets the agenda for the governments of the world. This would make sense if you were pushing for a P.E.A.C.E. Plan involving leaders from all religions plus governments and businesses. Rick Warren calls this the "Three-legged-stool" Plan.
Phone hacking is very illegal in England and also around the world. While this may be a surprise to some, it is not a surprise to those who are in the know. This is often done by "people who love power." It is a means of getting more power and control over others.
This is really tragic, isn't it?
There are instances of this very same thing happening in America. So far, scandals have been prevented by clever cover-ups. However, God knows all things and it is only a matter of time when these dark things will be exposed by the light.
I am presently watching the British Government legal authorities interviewing Rupert Murdoch and his son James live on CNN.The time is approximately 8:55 PST.
WOW what an eye opener.
Just as I was writing the previous paragraph the broadcast was shut off as Murdoch was accosted at the inquiry by someone with "shaving foam,". At this time, we do not know more.
During the interview it was apparent that the wiretapping that occurred by Murdoch's newspaper was not an exception - it was the rule. Why the Murdoch's pretended that they were sorry this had occurred they insisted they were not guilty of any wrong doing and knew nothing about what was happening..
This is fascinating. People of power use lowly members of their corporation to do their dirty work and throw them under the bus when things get tough. When they are caught, they insist they knew nothing about the wrongdoing.
I know for a fact this happens at large churches in North America that turn from churches to corporations that become more concerned about power and property than they are about people.
I believe what we are seeing here is a case where the emperor is discovered without any clothes when all along he did not have any clothes. Some times emperors with power, lose their power, when God reveals the truth. The future will be very interesting for many powerful leaders and pastors. The Bible states that judgment begins in the "house of the Lord."

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 July 19 - Bohemian Grove mystery broken down
 Article: One World Government

Comment from Understand the Times:
A location called the Bohemian Grove has been the meeting place for years for the powerful men who run the world. The following news report (video clip) will provide some interesting facts that everyone should be aware of

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 July 7 - Diocese of Orange may make bid for Crystal Cathedral
 Article: News Alert - Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
The demise of the Peter Drucker mega church program may be underway. Crystal Cathedral may be the first example of what will happen as the Roman Catholic Church may buy these bankrupt businesses that were once called churches.
Anther possibility would be for Muslims to buy the Crystal Cathedral and erect a mosque, or Rick Warren to make the property into a Purpose Driven P.E.A.C.E. Plan center. This is of course just speculation.
A friend of mine had a dream that one popular mega church in Orange County folded unexpectedly. He saw weeds growing in the parking lot because the mega church had collapsed. This occurred because things that had been covered up for years were finally revealed.
Whatever the case, these corporate collapses are opportunities for the Roman Catholic Church to expand and get more property for only pennies on the dollar. The counter-reformation still continues, doesn't it?
A new and intriguing prospect for the Crystal Cathedral emerged Wednesday when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said it was considering buying the bankrupt church in Garden Grove and converting it to a Catholic cathedral.

The announcement by Orange Bishop Tod Brown came one day after Chapman University made a $46-million bid for the 40-acre site. The Crystal Cathedral had earlier reached a tentative agreement for a sale and lease-back deal with a real estate developer, subject to approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kwan.

A sale to the Catholic Church would solve a longstanding problem for the Orange Diocese, which has no central cathedral for its 1.2-million parishioners. It has been planning for more than a decade to build a new, 2,500-seat cathedral in Santa Ana, but has gotten only as far as hiring an architect.

The Crystal Cathedral filed for bankruptcy in October citing more than $50 million in debt. Documents related to the case have revealed generous payouts and tax allowances for church insiders and Schuller family members.

A sale to the diocese would be rich with symbolism. Schuller built the Crystal Cathedral as the physical expression of a Space Age ministry that eschewed orthodoxy in favor of a casual worship style and the self-help spirit of "possibility thinking." It stood in sharp contrast to the sort of dogma and ritual practiced by the Catholic Church.

Brown said his diocese is merely exploring the possibility of a deal and has not decided whether to make a bid. The bishop asked a law firm and lay advisors to look into the matter. "While we continue to develop plans for a cathedral in Santa Ana, it is prudent to evaluate the opportunity to engage in the pending auction of this property and to mitigate the chance that it cease to function as a place of worship, if acquired by others," Brown said.

Numerous groups have been sending out feelers about buying the Crystal Cathedral property, according to the ministry's bankruptcy lawyer, Marc Winthrop. Regarding the Catholic diocese, he would only say: "We might be interested.... If something formal is presented, the church will respond."

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 July 19 - Power to Change the World - BY GREG LAURIE
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Comment from Understand the Times:
This article provides interesting insight. Greg Laurie makes a statement in the article below that is almost word for word to what Rick Warren wrote in his book Purpose Driven Life. Rick stated that when Jesus was asked by his disciples what the signs would be that would indicate his return, Jesus supposedly said: "It is none of your business."
Anyone who has read Matthew 24 knows that Jesus DID NOT say that - therefore Rick Warren has misquoted the Bible on purpose.
While Greg Laurie states that he does believe in Bible prophecy, he seems to indicate in his article that when Jesus emphasized spiritual deception as a sign of the apostasy that would take place in the last days that it is not important in comparison to witnessing.
It is also interesting that many leaders in Calvary Chapel and other churches who once emphasized Bible prophecy are not interested in exposing apostasy in the days in which we are living. Is this because they don't see apostasy as a problem that needs to be dealt with? If so, why?
While it is important to be given the power to witness, it is even more important that we be a witness and tell the whole truth. If we are not going to warn those who are being deceived that they are deceived, then we are being used as tools of the devil. The Bible warns about a coming One World Religion for the cause of Peace - the 6-6-6 Peace Plan.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
- Acts 1:8

There are people today who are always studying Bible prophecy, trying to figure out the date of Christ's return or claiming to have discovered some special Bible codes, hidden codes that no one has ever seen before.

While I am a student of Bible prophecy and believe that we have seen signs of the times and have seen Bible prophesies fulfilled before our very eyes, Jesus said, "No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows" (Matthew 24:36).

So rather than focusing on when Jesus is coming back, we should focus on what we are to be doing as we await His return. Prior to His ascension, Jesus gave His marching orders to the church:

"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)

The apostles were in no way ready for such a task. How could they "make disciples of all the nations"? They would do it with a power they had never known before, a power to change the world.

Jesus told them, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). That same power is available to us today: Power to share your faith. Power to do what God has called you to do. Power to change your world.

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 July 19 - Campus Crusade for Christ drops 'Christ'
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
The name Campus Crusade for Christ is being modified to make the organization more acceptable to our generation as we are told by the CCCI website. All three words are apparently unacceptable to the postmodern generation. Campus is too limiting, Crusade also has negative connotations and Christ is far too specific if you are trying to reach pagans.
Of course Campus Crusade can do whatever they want. For years our experience has shown the organization to be very ecumenical.
I am reminded of a Bible School I once taught at that also changed their name. They took our Bible and School and just called the institution a college. How sad.
What will Cru end up becoming? Time will tell.
Why did Campus Crusade for Christ change its name?

Our name presented obstacles to our mission. The word "campus" does not adequately represent all our ministries in the United States and confuses our constituency as well as potential partners. The word "crusade"-while common and acceptable in 1951 when we were founded-now carries negative associations. It acts as a barrier to the very people that we want to connect with. It's also a hindrance to many Christians who would like to partner with us but find the word Crusade offensive.

Our surveys show that, in the U.S., twenty percent of the people willing to consider the gospel are less interested in talking with us after they hear the name. We are changing the name for the sake of more effective ministry.

Campus Crusade for Christ has inherent meaning. Cru has no apparent meaning. How do you explain that?

Campus Crusade for Christ is a very descriptive name. It also took on additional meaning in the lives of people as it was filled with experiences and memories.

Since Cru began as a nickname at the local level in the mid-90's it has taken on much of the positive equity of the organization without any of the negatives. Like, Google, Starbucks and other abstract names we expect to fill Cru with meaning as it embodies all that we are as we go to the world with the gospel.

Why did we take the name "Christ" out of our name?

We were not trying to eliminate the word Christ from our name. We were looking for a name that would most effectively serve our mission and help us take the gospel to the world. Our mission has not changed. Cru enables us to have discussions about Christ with people who might initially be turned off by a more overtly Christian name. We believe that our interaction and our communication with the world will be what ultimately honors and glorifies Christ.

Why is the logo in all lowercase letters? Will it be lowercase even as the first word in a sentence?

Lowercase letters are used in the logo to avoid confusion as an acronym or abbreviation. In sentences, the letter "C" will be capitalized.

Will Cru be used for all ministries around the world?

Cru will become the name of our U.S. Ministry. Around the world, many national ministries also go by a name other than Campus Crusade. They will continue using their current names.

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 July 22 - Archaeologists Uncover Ruins of Biblical City Shekem in War-Torn Palestine
 Article - Biblical Archeology

Archaeologists in tumultuous Palestine are digging up the ruins of Shekem, where Abraham once stopped, Jacob once camped -- and today litter is strewn. The biblical ruin lies inside a Palestinian city in the West Bank, where modern researchers are writing the latest chapter in a 100-year-old excavation that has been interrupted by two world wars and numerous rounds of Mideast upheaval.

Working on an urban lot that long served residents of Nablus as an unofficial dump for garbage and old car parts, Dutch and Palestinian archaeologists are learning more about the ancient city of Shekhem -- and preparing to open the site to the public as an archaeological park next year.

"The local population has started very well to understand the value of the site, not only the historical value, but also the value for their own identity,"
said Gerrit van der Kooij of Leiden University in the Netherlands, who co-directs the dig team.

The city also appears often in the biblical narrative. The patriarch Abraham, for example, was passing near Shekhem when God promised to give the land of Canaan to his descendants in the Book of Genesis. Later, Abraham's grandson Jacob was camped outside the walls when a local Canaanite prince raped his daughter, Dinah. Jacob's sons sacked the city in vengeance. The body of Jacob's son Joseph was brought from Egypt hundreds of years later by the fleeing Israelites and buried at Shekhem.

Two millennia ago, the Romans abandoned the original site and built a new city to the west, calling it Flavius Neapolis. The Greek name Neapolis, or "new city," later became enshrined in Arabic as Nablus. In Hebrew, the city is still called Shekhem.

The identity of the city's ancient residents at the time remains unclear. One theory posits that they were Hyksos, people who came from northern Syria and were later expelled from Egypt. According to the Bible's account, the city was later Canaanite and still later ruled by Israelites, but archaeology has not corroborated that so far, van der Kooij said.

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 July 16 - Pastors: Homosexuality not a sin
 Article - Perilous Times

A group of Omaha pastors has issued a proclamation that states homosexuality is not a sin.

More than 100 ordained Christian ministers have signed the proclamation, including leaders from Lutheran, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and Presbyterian churches.

David Bydalek is executive director of Family First, the family policy council for the state of Nebraska. He deems this effort troubling for many Nebraskans and contends the ministers involved are from liberal denominations that do not respect the orthodox biblical teaching on homosexuality.

"When they come out with this sort of statement, I think they really do not reflect the mainstream feeling in the state of Nebraska," Bydalek suggests. "When we passed our marriage amendment years ago, we had about 70 percent of those in Nebraska who opposed 'gay marriage.'"

But when Christians take a stand to support traditional biblical teaching on the issue, the Family First executive director laments that they are often perceived as "bigots" or "homophobes." He suggests, however, that the loving response to those trapped in homosexuality teaches that the lifestyle is indeed sinful, but that freedom can be found through Christ.

"It's going to be more difficult, the more these activists gain inroads into our culture and the more common it becomes," Bydalek warns. "So we have a very difficult task ahead of us as those who stand for truth."

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