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Worthy News Brief - July 19, 2013

%%First Name%%, our crown awaits!

Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In 490 B.C., the Athenians won a crucial and decisive battle over the forces of King Darius I of Persia, on a plain near the Greek coastal town of Marathon. Upon delivering the important message of their victory, the Greek soldier who came to tell the good news died -- he had completed the 26 mile course running and bearing good news, and did it totally unreserved until the moment he died. Today marathons are run all over the world, commemorating that very event 2500 years ago.

Anyone who has run a marathon can tell you how difficult the race is. No matter how good you are, how well trained, how prepared, there are times in the race you just want to quit. But those who persevere till the end receive a prize. Back in King Darius' day, one would win only a crown made of laurel leaves. Today, athletes compete for trophies and medals. But in God's race, we win something far more precious -- a crown that is incorruptible.

%%First Name%%, I bet you're tired today. You are overworked, overstressed, overwhelmed ... DONE!  Be encouraged! Just when you think you can’t run any further, you can! C'mon! Press through and press on for the great prize! God is with us, strengthening our feeble knees and moving us in the right direction!!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Egyptian leader, military warn against violence ahead of planned protests - Washington Times
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour said Thursday that elements in the country want to plunge it into turmoil, and the military issued a stern warning against violence a day before large protests are planned by supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Alarm as steam seen rising from Fukushima reactor - UK Telegraph
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is investigating a plume of steam that is rising from within the No. 3 reactor building but says radiation levels in the air have not risen.

U.S. military prepares for potential chemical weapons in Syria - CBS News
On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Syrians who've fled the two-year-old civil war. He visited a sprawling refugee camp in Jordan that holds 115,000 refugees. Some pleaded with Kerry for U.S. military intervention in the war between rebels and the dictatorship of Bashar Assad.

As 'tide seems to have shifted' in Assad's favour, U.S. considering military action in Syria: top ge - National Post
The U.S. is considering the use of military force in Syria, the country's top general said Thursday.

Scientists find way to silence extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome - Fox News
For patients suffering from Down syndrome, the source of their condition can be traced back to just one extra chromosome inherited during development -- chromosome 21.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel 'readying peace gestures' to Palestinians - Fox News
The Israeli military is preparing to lift some restrictions on Palestinian movement in advance of possible renewed peace talks, army radio said on Thursday.

Wall Street Journal: Netanyahu Has Red Lines, Obama Doesn't - Wall Street Journal / Arutz Sheva
A Wall Street Journal editorial has claimed that Israel has attacked Syria at least four times in 2013.

Archeologists dig up King David's palace - Jerusalem Post
A joint excavation led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authorities discovered two of the largest structures ever uncovered from the Kingdom of Judea, the Israel Antiquities Authorities announced on Thursday.

Netanyahu denies agreeing to peace talks based on '67 lines - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denied on Tuesday an official's remarks that Israel had agreed to resume peace talks based on the borders of a Palestinian state being drawn along lines from before a 1967 Middle East war, and agreed land swaps.

Muslims Demonstrate for Morsi on Temple Mount, Call for Destruction of U.S., Europe (VIDEO) - Algemeiner
Upon the Temple Mount, on the first Friday of Ramadan, last week, a demonstration was held in favor of restoring the recently deposed Egyptian President Muhamed Morsi to power.

Palestinians will resume talks if US specifies goal is state based on '67 lines - Times of Israel
The PLO leadership decided in principle Thursday to return to peace talks with Israel on condition that the American invitation to such talks specifies that the negotiations will be for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 lines, a senior Palestinian source told The Times of Israel on Thursday evening.

Palestinians: Israel must agree on borders - Times of Israel
A stormy, high-level meeting of senior Palestinian leaders called to discuss US Secretary of State John Kerry's latest peace proposal ended with a decision early Friday to demand guarantees that Israel agree on the general border of a future Palestinian state, officials said.

Inside the United States
Gov. Perry signs sweeping abortion restrictions - USA Today
Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure that has caused weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the Capitol.

Detroit files for largest municipal bankruptcy in US history - Fox News
Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history Thursday after steep population and tax base declines sent it tumbling toward insolvency.

California considers abortion expansion - World Magazine
As other states move to restrict abortions, the California Legislature is considering two bills that would increase access to abortion -- despite public opinion against the move, according to LifeNews.

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