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Worthy News Brief - June 14, 2013

%%First Name%%, anyone can be restored!

Isaiah 11:11,12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush (modern day Ethiopia), from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea. He shall set up a banner for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

For centuries in Ethiopia, there have lived a people we now know as the Falashas. They kept all sorts of Biblical traditions and call themselves Beta Yisrael (House of Israel). As experts began to study the matter, it became clear that these were descendants of the Jewish people who came to Africa in ancient times and intermarried. Unbeknownst to many, a percentage of them became believers in Jesus over the years. Jesus (or Yeshua, as they called Him) became a part of their identity as Jewish people. Many Falashan Jews worshipped Jesus as their Messiah and continued to practice Jewish tradition.

Amazingly, in 1975, the Israeli rabbinate officially recognized the Falashas as Jews. In the years to follow, a number of circumstances including famine and civil war caused this group of Jewish people to begin facing extinction. In a wonderful effort to save them, Israel began sending planes into Ethiopia and airlifting thousands of these Falashan Jews to the land that they, too, were promised -- the land of Eretz Yisrael.

Today, thousands of Falashas live in the Land, serve in its army, raise their children to speak Hebrew, and take part in every day life here in Israel. This week it's reported the final 2,000 Falasha Jews have cleared their final legal hurdles and will be arriving to Israel over the next 18 months.

The restoration of the Falashas is not only a prophetic sign for us that God is faithful to His Word, but that He will also be faithful to us! God always keeps His promises -- and He is in the business of restoration. It doesn't matter how cut off we are or how far we may have strayed -- we can be restored! With one call to the Lord, He can lift us out of whatever circumstance we may be in -- whether it be spiritual, physical, emotional, financial or anything else! With a single touch of His hand He can bring complete restoration to our lives and give to us what He has promised!

%%First Name%%, be encouraged. We can never be so far removed that we can’t be restored -- our troubles are never so great that we can’t be heard -- the Lord’s arm is never too short that it cannot save!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Negev Desert, Israel

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Two Christians Unlawfully Arrested in Ethiopia for "Crimes Against Islam"
International Christian Concern recently reported that two Christian men were arrested in separate incidents in Ethiopia.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
White House: Syrian Regime Has Used Chemical Weapons, Crossing Obama's 'Red Line' - CNS News
Declaring its "red line" crossed, the Obama administration said Thursday U.S. intelligence agencies believe the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons in the conflict there, at the cost of up to 150 lives.

U.S. Military Proposal to Arm Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone in Syria - Wall Street Journal
A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels who would train there, according to U.S. officials.

Russian lawmaker says US claims on Syria 'fabricated' - Times of Israel
A senior Russian lawmaker pushed back Friday against US accusations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime, calling the American claims "fabricated" and suggesting they were to be used as a pretext for military action.

UN says nearly 93,000 killed in Syrian conflict - AP
Nearly 93,000 people have been confirmed killed in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar Assad began more than two years ago, the U.N. said Thursday, a sharp rise in the death toll as the fighting turns increasingly sectarian and the carnage gripping the country appears unstoppable.

50 million Iranians head to polls to replace Ahmadinejad - Jerusalem Post
Iranians headed to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Friday with the reformist camp united behind one candidate, Hassan Rohani, and the hardliners split between several.

New $1 patch can deliver vaccines without injections - UK Independent
Speaking last night at the TEDGlobal event in Edinburgh, Pofessor Mark Kendall discussed his new Nanopatch invention that delivers vaccinations without the need for injections.

China fears: U.S. officials worry Edward Snowden will pass NSA secrets to Chinese - Washington Times
The Pentagon is concerned that a former National Security Agency contractor who is now in Hong Kong will compromise top-secret electronic intelligence programs targeted against China, according to a defense official.

Obama says Syria has crossed 'red line' with chemical weapons, will send weapons - Washington Times
The Syrian government used chemical weapons against rebel forces trying to overthrow the regime, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that President Bashar Assad has without doubt crossed the "red line" President Obama laid down for U.S. action in the country's bloody civil war.

Belgium looks at euthanasia for minors, Alzheimer's sufferers - AFP
Belgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer's sufferers to seek permission to die.

'Intersex' included on Australia's new gender guidelines - AFP
The Australian government has announced new guidelines on gender recognition which state that individuals should be given the option of selecting "male", "female" or "intersex" on their personal documents.

Iran nuke policy 'unchangeable' no matter who wins - AP
Just hours after Iran's presidential candidates bickered over nuclear policies during a televised debate, the country's foreign minister stepped in with a comment of his own: Nothing will change regardless of the winner.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Under shadow of arms transfers, US and Israeli defense chiefs holding critical talks - Times of Israel
Hafez Assad kept Hezbollah on a short leash. Although the terror organization was founded with Syria's consent in the autumn of 1982, the father of the current Syrian dictator did not allow Hezbollah to arm itself with anything more than Katyusha rockets.

Washington rebukes Israel over plans to build new settlement homes - Times of Israel
Plans to build more than 1,000 homes in two settlements deep in the West Bank drew swift and sharp condemnation from the US and others Thursday.

Shaath: PA wiling to resume talks on basis on 1967 borders - Ynet News
The Palestinian Authority will return to the negotiating table if Israel agrees to negotiate on the basis of 1967 borders or freeze settlements and free "political prisoners", Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath said Thursday.

Netanyahu warns of another Holocaust from Iran - Fox News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his two-day visit to Poland, which Germany's Nazis occupied during World War II and where they committed the worst crimes ever against the Jewish people, with a stern warning about a potential Holocaust from Iran.

Ethiopia's last Jews prepare for 'Promised Land' - Ynet News
The last of some 2,000 descendants of Ethiopia's Jewish population, called the Falash Mura, or "wanderers" in Ethiopia's Amharic language -- is expected to move to Israel over the next 18 months, the end of an ancient chapter of Ethiopian history.


Inside the United States
Obama issues Gay Pride month proclamation - Baptist Press
For the fourth straight year, President Obama has issued a proclamation recognizing June as Gay Pride month, saying "more remains to be done" in advancing gay issues and for the first time acknowledging his support for gay marriage within a proclamation.

Senate rejects Republican effort to gut immigration bill - Reuters
A landmark immigration bill survived a major challenge in the Senate on Thursday when its bipartisan "Gang of Eight" sponsors beat back an amendment that would have delayed a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal residents.

Snowden Smuggled Documents From NSA on a Thumb Drive - Wired News
The dreaded thumb drive has struck the Defense Department again as word comes that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden smuggled out thousands of classified documents on one of the portable devices, despite the military's efforts to ban them.

Pastor Goes to Jail for Hosting Home Bible Study; Starts 60-Day Sentence Today - Christian Post
Michael Salman, the pastor from Phoenix who was fined and sentenced to jail for holding Bible studies in his home, started his 60-day jail sentence at 10 a.m. today.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Patents on Human Genes - Wired News
The Supreme Court said human genes isolated by scientists may not be patented, ruling unanimously today in a dispute weighing intellectual property associated with genes known to detect early signs of breast and ovarian cancer.

FBI director in the dark about IRS probe, defends surveillance programs - Fox News
The country's top investigator seemed to be in the dark Thursday when pressed to provide details of the IRS investigation into the tax agency's targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.

Massive storm system surges toward Mid-Atlantic - AP
A massive storm system surged Thursday toward the Mid-Atlantic after causing widespread power outages and flash flooding, but largely failed to live up to its fierce billing through the Upper Midwest.

Thousands flee Colo. wildfire; 92 homes destroyed - AP
Sheriff's officials released a preliminary list Wednesday showing the Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 92 homes and damaged five more. The fire was among several that surged rapidly Tuesday along Colorado's Front Range.

Rand Paul: Your Taxes Fund Regimes That Kill Christians 'for Blasphemy Against Islam' - CNS News
In a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference on Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was angry over the fact that U.S. tax money is used to support foreign regimes where Christians are killed "for blasphemy against Islam," and where "Muslims who convert to Christianity" are also put to death.

Obama: 'Gov't Can Help by...Educating our Children From the Earliest Years' - CNS News
The private sector may drive the economy, but government also has a key role to play, President Obama told an enthusiastic crowd of Democrats in Boston on Wednesday.

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