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January 31, 1999

NATO authorizes airstrikes to stop Kosovo violence

NATO ambassadors Saturday authorized Secretary-General Javier Solana to order military action if Yugoslavia and its Kosovo province's ethnic Albanian separatists don't reach a settlement within three weeks.

Coalition forces strike northern Iraqi air defense sites

More military action took place Saturday over the skies of Iraq as U.S. warplanes attacked six Iraqi military installations inside the northern no-fly zone.

(Mark 13:8) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

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76. Just as sailors, in the hope of gain, gladly endure the burning heat of the sun, so those who hate wickedness gladly accept reproof. For the former contend with the winds, the latter with passions.

January 30, 1999

John Hine- Healed by Jesus and Now an Intercessor

Forwarded email from Joe & Kristie Martin <[email protected]>

(Modified from its original posting after additional clarification was received.)

Remember that John Hine was healed in Lubbock, TX in 1988 of severe brain damage, lung damage, and a blood disorder. He asked Our Lady to go to Jesus to get him more time because John has 4 sons who fell away from the Church and John wanted the time to get them back. John was cured!!! His healing was a class A healing, that is the best documented healing known, it is all documented. John does not get many public messages, he does get some private ones though. There have been many healings through John's intercession. If you have need to prayers from John, send me a message to [email protected] They will be back on Sunday afternoon. If you have something to me by then, I will read them to him and ask his prayer for you.

Why am I telling you about John Hine now, because I want you to know what Our Lady told John when he first saw Her. This was in their home a couple of months after the healing. She appeared with a Rosary in Her hands, and said "Go tell the people to pray, pray, pray, especially the Holy Rosary, for what is to come." John said that he asked her what is coming, and She wouldn't tell him. She said that "it is not for you to know, it is better that you don't know" then She said "Pray, don't worry". She also told him that those who prayed, She'd protect, and those that didn't, ............. (there was silence).

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75. When the intellect, having grown to full maturity in the Lord, wrenches the soul from long-continued prepossession, the heart suffers torments as if on the rack, since intellect and passion drag it in opposite directions.

January 29, 1999

Update for January 29 was inadvertantly deleted and lost.

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74. Like a yong calf which, in its search for grazing, finds itself on a ledge surrounded by precipices, the soul is gradually led astray by its thoughts.

January 28, 1999

Pope wraps up Mexico trip, declaring 'I feel Mexican!'

(Reprint of story dated 1/25/99)

Before an overjoyed crowd of more than 100,000 followers Monday night, Pope John Paul II called on Christians across Latin America to reaffirm their faith to make the world at the start of the new millennium a safer and more peaceful one.

From the archives:

Father Don Stefano Gobbi's message from Our Lady, December 5,1994 (paragraphs H and I):

"You have seen, my little son, with what enthusiasm I am loved,be sought and glorified by all these Mexican children of mine. For this reason, my great victory against all the masonic and forces will begin from here, for the greatest triumph of my Son Jesus.

I confirm to you that, by the great jubilee of the year two thousand, there will take place the triumph of my Immaculate Heart, of which I foretold you at Fatima, and this will come to pass with the return of Jesus in glory, to establish his Reign in the world. Thus you will at last be able to see with your own eyes the new heavens and the new earth."

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73. When through some sensual pleasure the heart is deflected from the ascetic way, it becomes difficult to control, like a heavy stone dislodged on steep ground.

January 27, 1999

Pope arrives in St. Louis and warns of 'time of testing'

Pope John Paul II arrived in the heartland Tuesday for a 30-hour visit and likened the battle over abortion and euthanasia in America to the bitter legal clash over slavery on the eve of the Civil War.

The pontiff also warned that the country had entered a new and important "time of testing" that could affect the entire world in the next century.

''Today,'' the pope went on, ''the conflict is between a culture that affirms, cherishes, and celebrates the gift of life, and a culture that seeks to declare entire groups of human beings - the unborn, the terminally ill, the handicapped, and others considered `unuseful' - to be outside the boundaries of legal protection.''

Pope John Paul II's words to the youth gathering at the Kiel Center

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72. Do not refuse to learn, even though you may be very intelligent.  For what God provides has more value than our own intelligence.

January 26, 1999

Pentagon investigating Iraqi claims of civilian casualties

Iraqi officials claimed missiles slammed into five areas in and around the oil center of Basra, including three civilian districts, killing at least 11 people and seriously wounding 59 others.

Stunned Colombians dig out from beneath rubble of earthquake

Stunned residents in Colombia's coffee belt chose to wait out the night around bonfires rather than venture back into their crumpled homes today after a powerful earthquake killed at least 1,000 people and injured hundreds of others.

U.S. envoy in Kosovo launches new peace drive

The recent massacre of 45 ethnic Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak prompted international outrage and persuaded world leaders to put additional pressure on both sides to end the conflict before it erupts in a new all-out war.

(Mat 24:7) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

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71. Rain cannot fall without a cloud, and we cannot please God without a good conscience.

January 25, 1999

Pope urges help for poor, renewed faith sharing

"Don't fail to respond to the Master who calls. Follow him to become, like the apostles, fishers of men. Make Christ's word reach those who still do not know him," the pontiff urged. "The church needs more evangelizers."

(Mat 24:14) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

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70. A seed will not grow without earth and water; and a man will not develop without voluntary suffering and divine help.

January 24, 1999

Christian missionary, young sons burned to death in India

Five militant Hindus have been arrested for allegedly burning to death an Australian Christian missionary and his two young sons as they slept in their vehicle early Saturday morning.

Graham Stewart Stains, 58, secretary of the New Delhi-based Evangelical Missionary Society, and his sons, Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, died after a crowd of more than 30 people doused their vehicle with kerosene and set it ablaze outside a makeshift church in the town of Manoharpur in the eastern state of Orissa, according to police and witnesses.

Another Word of hope from Jim Bramlett

My wife, Yolly, got up very early this morning to pray and read the Bible. Later, as soon as I got up, she shared this thought with me, I believe from the Holy Spirit...

"God is allowing us to experience such evil, deception and injustice now in this world so that we will long to go home -- to be with Him in our heavenly home."

I have heard that same idea expressed in different ways by many Christians in the past 2-3 years. Along with the many signs of the Lord's soon return and the end of the age, this must be God's way to create in us an actual intense desire to experience what is coming -- and Him. He is preparing our hearts.

In the book Yolly is reading, "In the Grip of Grace," Max Lucado tells about when he traveled to the Midwest to pick up his two daughters at summer camp, to take them home. Due to camp restrictions, he could not see them until 5 p.m. A rope blocked the road. But when the rope finally came down, Max actually ran to see the girls. He says, "God feels the same. God is ready to see His own. He, too, is separated from his children. He, too, will do whatever is necessary to take them home."

We now find ourselves in the midst of imperfection, sin and corruption, in a fallen race, but not far ahead we can see perfection, and the presence of Him who loved us, and died for us. O happy day!

Hang on! "For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry " (Hebrews 10:37).

Source: [email protected] (Jim Bramlett)

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69. When God allows you to be praised, do not become boastful on account of this divine providence, lest you then fall into dishonour.

January 23, 1999

Mother with gambling habit accused of killing infant daughter for insurance money

A woman bent on feeding her gambling addiction suffocated her 7-week-old daughter to collect on a $200,000 life insurance policy, federal prosecutors said.

Hillary Clinton announces funding to guard abortion clinics

The White House has earmarked some $4.5 million in the next federal budget to improve security at abortion clinics, First Lady Hillary Clinton said Friday.

Florida man convicted of killing woman who criticized his rapping

A young man was convicted of murder Friday for beating, kicking and stomping to death an 81-year-old woman who had criticized him for singing a rap song with vulgar lyrics.

(1 Pet 5:8) Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

(Rev 12:12) Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."

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68. When you suffer some dishonour from men, recognize at once the glory that will be given you by God.  Then you will not be saddened or upset by the dishonour; and when you receive the glory you will remain steadfast and innocent.

January 22, 1999

January 22, 1999 is the 26th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Pro-Abortion Group Says Half Of Pregnancies End In Abortion

A think tank connected with Planned Parenthood issued a report on Thursday that said half of all "unplanned pregnancies" in the world end in abortion.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute claimed that 38 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned and said 22 percent of the 210 million unborn children in the world each year are aborted. The report said 26 million women, or 35 of every 1,000 women, have an abortion every year.

A World Apart- Celebrating Life in Christ

A young couple, Darrell and Liz, just recently joined Campus Crusade for Christ staff as missionaries, abandoning a bright career in the U.S. Marine Corps. Evidence of Darrell's sharpness is that he was part of the Presidential Honor Guard, a group of very carefully hand-picked Marines.

Yesterday, Liz began labor to deliver her first baby. Many hours went by. Dangerous complications developed. Still in labor after 30 hours. Suddenly, the baby's heart rate dropped dramatically, from 140 to 50. Then they totally lost the heartbeat. Knowing that only prayer would save the baby, several of us gathered for intercession, storming the gates of heaven. Darrell and many others were praying fervently. We prayed about 20 minutes then went back to work, believing God.

Only about ten minutes later we were notified that the heartbeat returned, normalized, and everything looked good. Incredible timing!

After 36 hours of labor the baby was born. Joshua is still in ICU due to a minor lung inflation problem, but the prognosis is excellent and the doctors are confident. THE VERY NEXT DAY, THIS AFTERNOON, THE NEW MOTHER SHOWED UP IN PERSON AT THE OFFICE!! With the new dad, all of us had a big "praise the Lord session."

God really did a miracle!!! But then, we serve a God of miracles! Praise HIS name!

Source: Jim Bramlett <[email protected]>

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67. Everyone receives what he deserves in accordance with his inner state.  But only God understands the many different ways in which this happens.

January 21, 1999

Is the big crash coming?

As major markets in Asia and South America are forced to devalue their currencies sending unsettling messages through Wall Street, some economists believe that America should brace itself for a serious downward trend in the nation's economy.

Greenspan calls economy 'outstanding', but warns of stock decline

While calling the economy's current performance "outstanding," Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan expressed worries Wednesday that the high-flying stock market could be headed for a tumble that could spell serious trouble down the road.

For a prophetic message from David Wilderson which accurately forecast the 1000 point drop in the Dow in August of 1998, the subsequent rebound, and a crash to come please click here.

For more on the impending worldwide economic crisis: Hoofbeats of the Black Horseman

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66. Once you recognize that the Lord's judgments 'are in all the earth' (1 Chr. 16:14), then everything that happens to you will teach you knowledge of God.

January 20, 1999

Scientist who created Dolly the cloned sheep may try humans next

The scientist who created Dolly the cloned sheep may move into human cloning next, according to a BBC report Tuesday.

The BBC report said Ian Wilmut was in talks with a company funding a team expected to begin an embryo clone project within weeks, for therapeutic research.

Asked if he felt comfortable about creating a human embryo clone, Wilmut, from the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, replied: "Yes, I do".

For more on cloning please see: Eyedoctor's Site: The Desolating Abomination.

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65. When you have found that external events come to you through God's justice, then in your search for the Lord you have found 'spiritual knowledge and justice' (cf. Prov. 16:8. LXX).

January 19, 1999

Pope opens week of prayer for Christian unity

The annual week of prayer for Christian unity was at the top of the agenda when Pope John Paul II addresses his regular Sunday audience on January 17.

After praying the Angelus with the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father reminded his listeners that every baptized Christian is called by God to contribute to "the mystery of communion which is the Church." That communion, he said, "will be manifest at the end of time, but is already present in our history."

(Rev 7:9-10) After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."

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64. He who seeks the energies of the Spirit, before he has actively observed the commandments, is like someone who sells himself into slavery and who, as soon as he is bought, asks to be given his freedom while still keeping his purchase-money.

January 18, 1999

Tornadoes slam parts of Tennessee, 9 dead

Tornadoes accompanied by rain and hail slammed parts of central and western Tennessee Sunday night, killing at least nine people and injuring 70, some critically, CBS World News reported early Monday.

The storm caused widespread power outages and building damage along its track in the central and western parts of the state.

It's on-again, off-again power for Washington area

Power was restored by Sunday afternoon to many of the nearly 745,000 Washington D.C.-area customers hit by a massive ice storm, but a fire at a Maryland substation put at least 70,000 people back in the dark.

Thursday's massive ice storm caused one of the region's worst blackouts ever.

(Rom 8:22-23) We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

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63. Again, grace may be hidden in advice given by a neighbour.  Sometimes it also accompanies our understanding during reading, and as a natural result teaches our intellect the truth about itself.  If, then, we do not hide the talent given to us in this way we shall enter actively into the joy of the Lord.

January 17, 1999

Asia's Christians feel under siege

Asia’s Christians have never had it so bad. Human rights groups report that in recent months persecutions against adherents of the faith have intensified in communist-ruled China and Vietnam. The list goes on.

(Mat 5:11-12) "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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62. Initially grace arouses the conscience in a divine manner.  That is how even sinners have come to repent and so to conform to God's will.

January 16, 1999

Muslims Demonstrate Vs. Israel, US

Several million Muslims held rallies across Iran and in Arab capitals Friday to protest Israel's continued hold on Jerusalem, the city where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed began his journey to heaven.

The demonstrations for ``Al-Quds Day'' -- Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem -- also spilled over into anti-American protests because of U.S. support for Israel.

By far the largest demonstrations were held in Iran, where more than three million people turned out for rallies held in conjunction with Friday prayers in the major cities. In the capital of Tehran, hundreds of thousands attended a rally, chanting anti-Israel slogans and burning Israeli flags.

(Zec 12:-3) This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares:

"I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.

On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Statement on the Millennium

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61. Grace has been given ally to those who have been baptized into Christ; and it becomes active within them to the extent that they actively observe the commandments.  Grace never ceases to help us secretly; but to do good- as far as lies in our power- depends on us.

January 15, 1999

Killer bees hit L.A

Killer bees have come to Los Angeles, the first major metropolitan area in the United States to be officially declared colonized by the potentially deadly insects.

Southern California now joins four other southwestern states where Africanized bees -- dubbed killer bees because they are more aggressive than ordinary bees -- have been spotted.

(Deu 7:20) Moreover, the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished.

(Deu 7:21) Do not be terrified by them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.

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60. Those who always by choice incline to sensual pleasures refrain from doing what lies within their power on the grounds that they lack help.

January 14, 1999

More Christian Attacks In India; Germany Concerned

Mobs in India's western Gujarat state attacked two more Catholic churches on Tuesday as Germany's embassy said it wants to discuss the anti-Christian violence with the Indian government.

India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticized foreign governments and their representatives for commenting on the incidents. "We see this as an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of India," it said in a statement. "India, as a sovereign nation, is a mature democracy and fully capable of managing its internal affairs without external or gratuitous advice."

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Prayer needed: demonic persecution

While he has a terrible future, the devil is now alive, well and active on planet Earth. The following information came to me from a missionary, for your intercession...

"There is a beautiful 15-year-old girl named Saleema in Pakistan who is a Christian. She converted her close friend, 14. This youngster was so excited about Christianity that she told her parents and they killed her! It looks like the 15-year old is to be publicly executed. We need to send up prayer for this child to give her the strength and resolve to deal with whatever happens to her. Please pass this information on to as many other Christians as you can."

Source: Jim Bramlett <[email protected]>

(Rev 6:9) When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.

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59. There are those who claim that we cannot do good unless we actively receive the grace of the Spirit.

January 13, 1999

Y2K bug hits medical devices

Health care providers are accusing medical device makers of leaving them in a potential lurch come year 2000 by failing to give them sufficient warning that their equipment could fail to function.

Utilities foresee minimal Y2K impact on electrical system

"We don't feel there's going to be a problem keeping the lights on," Gerry Cauley, the council's program manager for the Y2K review, told a news conference Monday. But when asked whether he could guarantee a trouble-free transition into year 2000 for power companies, Cauley hedged.

"No one will stand up here and give you ... a guarantee," he said. "There's just enough uncertainty."

Y2k Links:

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58. A sinner cannot escape retribution except through repentance appropriate to his offence.

January 12, 1999

Balfour Declaration's author was a secret Jew

Leopold Amery, the author of the Balfour Declaration - the 1917 document from British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild which laid the groundwork for the establishment of the State of Israel - was a secret Jew.

As assistant secretary to the war cabinet, Amery not only drafted the Balfour Declaration, but also was responsible for establishing the Jewish Legion, the first organized Jewish fighting force since Roman times, which proved to be the forerunner of the modern Israel Defense Forces.

(Est 4:14) For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"

(Jer 32:37) I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.  They will be my people, and I will be their God.

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57. He who does something good and expects a reward is serving not God but his own will.

January 11, 1999

Japan struggles with Internet suicide sites

He called himself Dr. Kiriko after a dark-cloaked figure in Japanese comics, and welcomed his troubled supplicants with promises of fast relief.

But the 27-year-old science teacher was dispensing more than just friendly advice on the Internet. Nawaki Hashimoto was peddling cyanide pills to suicidal Japanese.

The Internet cyanide case has alarmed Japanese and sparked a debate over whether potentially harmful information in cyberspace, such as the proliferating sites on how to commit suicide, should be kept in check.

A search for "suicide" on a typical Japanese Internet engine turns up more than 20,000 hits. Many sites offer counseling to help prevent desperate people from killing themselves, but scores of others offer guidance on how to end one's life.

(Heb 10:23) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

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56. Real knowledge is patiently to accept affliction and not to blame others for our own misfortunes.

January 10, 1999

Real-life X-File? Computer pioneer quits to chase UFOs

Joe Firmage, who at the age of 28 has made not one but two mega-fortunes as a computer pioneer in California's Silicon Valley, has quit the $2 billion company he helped found to promote what he calls ``the most important news event in 2000 years'' -- his belief that many of today's scientific advances came from space aliens.

``Because I believe so much in this theory. And I am in a unique position to communicate an extremely important message. I have the money, credibility, scientific grounding, and faith.''

Firmage has already laid the groundwork for a campaign to publicize his UFO beliefs. He has set up the International Space Science Organization to promote his views, sunk $3 million into an endeavor dubbed ``Project Kairos'' aimed at preparing humanity for alien contact, and posted a 600-page manifesto, entitled ``The Truth'', on his website.

(2 Th 2:11-12) For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

(John 14:6) Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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55. One man received a thought and accepted it without examination.  Another received a thought and tested its truth.  Which of them acted with greater reverence?

January 9, 1999

Astronomers expand estimate of galaxies in the universe

Looking back in time at a tiny section of sky, the Hubble Space Telescope found there may be 125 billion galaxies in the universe, about 45 billion more than the last best estimate, astronomers reported on Thursday.

(Isa 34:4) All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

(Jer 8:2) They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they d and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped. They will not be gathered up or buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground.

(Ezek 32:7-8) When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light.  All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you; I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign LORD.

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54. Those who suffer for the sake of true devotion receive help.  This must be learnt through obeying God's law and our own conscience.

January 8, 1999

Marriage losing allure in U.S.

Just over half of U.S. adults were married and living with their spouses last year, according to a report released Thursday that shows a huge drop in the marriage rate over the past three decades.

Among 25- and 34-year-olds, about 35 percent had never been married.  Among African-Americans in this age group, 53 percent had never tied the knot.  The report said about 28 percent of all children lived with just one parent, a huge rise from 1970 when just 12 percent were raised by single parents.

(Mat 24:12) Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

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53. Philosophize through your works about man's will and God's retribution.  For your words are only as wise and as profitable as your works.

January 7, 1999


The London Times reported that the Raelian UFO cult is trying to push forward advances in cloning technology with the goal of cloning humans, banned in 19 countries, for childless and gay couples by the year 2000.

The cult, founded by a French sports journalist Claude Vorilhon in the 1970s, is based in Canada. Vorilhon, who changed his name to Rael, claims that aliens visited him in 1973 to reveal the role of cloning as a "gateway to eternity." His cult has since built a UFO theme park outside Montreal. The Times report said, "For $200,000 (£123,000) per baby, a company called Clonaid is offering to produce genetic twins of adult parents for infertile and couples, and is predicting success by 2000.

Its founders would doubtless have been dismissed by mainstream science as delusionary, but for one thing: they are completely serious. Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, scientific director of Clonaid and a bishop in the so-called Raelian religion...holds that life on Earth was created 25,000 years ago with DNA imported by aliens. Dr. Boisselier has chemistry doctorates from universities in Dijon and Houston and is at pains to distinguish between her scientific and religious beliefs. "I'm a scientist and very pragmatic even if I do believe in little green men," she told The Times.

Source: Jim Bramlett <[email protected]>

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52. If poor judgment is harmful to everyone, it is particularly so to those who live with great strictness.

January 6, 1999

Israel Maintains Special Millennium Police

The Israeli government on Sunday revealed the existence of a special millennium police unit when members raided the homes of American doomsday cultists.  The unit composed of police and agents from Israel's two spy services arrested 14 members of the Denver-based Concerned Christians after receiving information that the group was planning violent acts in hopes of precipitating the apocalypse.

A Jerusalem psychiatrist predicted that about 40,000 tourists will require psychiatric help and that as many as 800 will need to be hospitalized. Dr. Yair Bar-El first identified the so-called Jerusalem Syndrome, which describes the symptoms of patients who begin suffering from delusions that they are biblical figures once they set foot in the Holy City.

Priest: 500 civilians killed in Congo massacre

Congolese rebels massacred at least 500 civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo between December 30 and January 1, the editor of a Roman Catholic missionary news service said Tuesday.

Father Giulio Albanese, editor of the MISNA agency, said the dead belonged to local ethnic groups and different Christian denominations. One victim was the Protestant pastor of the local church, he said.

(Mat 24:12) Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

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51. When the intellect forgets the purpose of true devotion, then external works of virtue bring no profit.

January 5, 1999

Vatican missionary service says Chinese police tortured priest

A Roman Catholic priest in China was arrested, imprisoned and tortured by police - including by female agents who sexually assaulted him - the Vatican missionary news service said Monday.

The director of  the news agency Fides, the Rev. Bernardo Cervellera, said Li's case appears to represent a resurgence of the tactics of China's brutal Cultural Revolution, when priests were forced to marry.

China's underground church, to which Li belongs, remains loyal to the Vatican and rejects the state-approved Catholic church, autonomous from Rome, that was set up by the Chinese government in the 1950s.

(Mat 5:10) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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50. You will lose nothing of what you have renounced for the Lord's sake.  For in its own time it will return to you greatly multiplied.

January 4, 1999

Israeli police detain members of Denver-based apocalyptic cult

Israeli police swooped down Sunday on two homes in a quiet, wooded Jerusalem suburb, detaining 14 members of a Denver-based cult and foiling what they said was a bloody plot the apocalyptic group hoped would hasten Christ's return.

Infertile couples hope Ivy League eggs mean an Ivy League kid

Some infertile couples want strictly Grade A eggs.

One of the nation's biggest fertility registries has been focusing more on newspapers at Ivy League schools as couples increasingly seek out eggs they hope will grow into brainy kids.

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49. We cannot with all our heart forgive someone who does us wrong unless we possess real knowledge.  For this knowledge shows us that we deserve all we experience.

January 3, 1999

Scientists copy evolution in quest to create life

Researchers in dozens of laboratories around the world are struggling to create rudimentary forms of life in a test tube. Their hope is to evolve biological structures that will be able to survive, grow and reproduce on their own -- without human or divine intervention.

``We are going into the laboratory and playing God,'' said David Morrison, space director at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., which is coordinating the search for life on other worlds.

Indian Christians to carry on despite attacks

Every day hundreds of Christian missionaries visit India's poor in remote pockets, bringing food and medicine and other basic necessities.  

But their activities have ignited violence on an unprecedented scale in recent months, sending shivers of terror through their community.  Churches have been burned and nuns raped as a small but dedicated fringe of Hindu activists accuse missionaries of seeking forcible religious conversions.

However, church leaders say they will brave the attacks and have no plans to stop their work for those who need it.

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

48. The sign of sincere love is to forgive wrongs done to us.  It was with such love that the Lord loved the world.

January 2, 1999

Thai scientists want to clone dead white elephant

Scientists in Thailand have their sights on the ultimate white elephant: They want to clone one that belonged to a 19th century king.

The scientists said they were inspired by reports that Japanese scientists were attempting to clone a mammoth, a prehistoric elephant-like mammal.

After century of death camps and war, Pope looks to future

Pope John Paul II stopped on the threshold of the new century to look back on the old one, speaking on New Year's Day 1999 of the death camps and world wars of the 20th century.

1999 roars in like lion

Much of the Midwest and eastern United States is getting a major taste of winter this weekend from a massive storm that came roaring out of the southern Plains.

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

47. It is a great virtue to accept patiently whatever comes and, as the Lord enjoins, to love a neighbour who hates you.

January 1, 1999

The end of the world as we know it and we feel fine

Americans overwhelmingly believe the world, as we know it, will come to a sudden and apocalyptic end as predicted in the Bible.

But despite the predictions of doomsday cults fixated on the coming of a new millennium, Americans don't think the world is going to end soon, according to a poll of 1,027 adults conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University.

The poll found that the relatively small number of Americans who believe the millennium could bring an apocalypse are more concentrated among young adults, people who have not completed a high school education, people in very low-income households, and among churchgoers who believe they are spiritually "born again."

Clinton tops Gallup's most admired poll

Despite scandal and impeachment, President Clinton was again named the nation's most admired man, while Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in the Gallup Poll's annual survey.

Clinton was selected by 18 percent of those questioned, becoming the top choice for the sixth year in a row. Last year, he was selected by 14 percent of those Gallup surveyed.

Pope John Paul II was runner-up, named by 7 percent.

The Philokalia excerpt: St. Mark the Ascetic "No Righteousness By Works"

46.  Voluntary affliction in one of these parts of our nature benefits the other: to suffer affliction with the mind benefits the flesh, and to suffer it with the flesh benefits the mind.  When our mind and flesh are not in union, our state deteriorates.

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