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Worthy News Brief - July 25, 2013

%%First Name%%, you're His masterpiece!

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Throughout the world, millions of dollars are spent on priceless works of art. I'm always amazed at how much people will pay for one painting -- some are considered virtually priceless. But what makes a masterpiece? It's not a what -- it's a "who" -- a master makes a masterpiece!

There's a Master at work on you. Your life is a priceless work of art in the Lord’s hand. God's masterful artistry, His perfect "touch", is painting, sculpting your life day by day to create the masterpiece He envisions you to be. Every stroke of the brush, every strike of the chisel, places color, renders shape to your individual identity in Him. You can trust His craftsmanship, rely on His artistry, because not only is He the consummate Master Artist, but He loves His works.

"We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works"....so it seems the Master Artist has created you to be an artist too; to walk in good works which reflect His work in you. You are a beautiful masterpiece in the making, designed to portray a beautiful Master in all you do.

%%First Name%%, the Lord's work is beautiful, it's the best, highest quality available, three dimensional, living and breathing...and it's truly "priceless" in terms of this world's reckoning– but wait until you see just how He values you and your good works where it really counts -- in the World to Come. So realize that you are a work of God -- created for good works to be valued, highly valued, in Eternity.

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
Edward Snowden Seeking to Join KGB Veterans Group - Washington Free Beacon
Renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to join a group of former Russian intelligence and security officials, according to the group's director.

Experts: Iran Nuclear Weapon Closer than Some Think - Washington Free Beacon
A panel of experts told an audience at the Heritage Foundation Wednesday afternoon that the United States can expect more of the same rhetoric from incoming Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and that Iran is much closer to getting "the bomb" than many people believe.

Pentagon report: China, Iran and North Korea close to nuclear capability - Ha'aretz
China, North Korea and Iran will all soon have nuclear missiles capable of reaching the U.S., according to a report published by the Pentagon Thursday.

U.S. Delays Delivery of F-16s to Egypt - Arutz Sheva
The U.S. is delaying the planned delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt because of the "fluid situation" in that country after the military's ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday, according to Bloomberg.

Experts raise fears of antibiotic-resistant superbugs spread through food supply - ABC
Medical experts have raised fears of a new strain of antibiotic-resistant superbug spread through food and even drinking water.

High radiation levels found near area where steam spotted at Fukushima plant - Asahi
High levels of radiation were detected near an area where steam was spotted July 23 at the No. 3 reactor building of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator, said.

Putin to visit Iran to revive nuclear talks - Times of Israel
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Tehran next month in a bid to restart nuclear talks, and reportedly offer Iran the chance to purchase a sophisticated missile defense system.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Angered by U.S. Leaks of Submarine Missile Attack on Syria - Washington Free Beacon
Israeli government officials voiced anger at U.S. press leaks traced to the Pentagon following the July 5 Israeli missile attack on the Syrian port of Latakia that destroyed a shipment of Russian-made anti-ship missiles, according to U.S. officials.

Majority of Israelis would back a peace deal, poll finds - Times of Israel
A full 55 percent of Israelis are likely to support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he were to submit a peace agreement with the Palestinians to a public referendum, according to a poll whose results were released Wednesday.

Quiet settlement freeze: Netanyahu denies, Ariel thinks otherwise - Ynet News
The renewal of the peace process is becoming a more realistic possibility, but the policy regarding continued construction beyond the Green Line is still unclear. In a letter sent Tuesday, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel reveals the ambiguity with which Netanyahu is managing the issue: To those within his party, the prime minister says that construction in the territories continues without reservation, but the minister states that there is no coordination between the two men on the subject, and hints that policy on the ground does not allow for the promotion of projects in the settlements.

Lapid to back bill calling for referendum on any peace deal - Jerusalem Post
Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) plans to support legislation that requires a referendum on the terms of a peace treaty with the Palestinians.


Inside the United States
San Antonio proposal could set the stage for barring Christians from city council - Washington Times
The San Antonio City Council is proposing an updated non-discrimination policy that effectively bans any city council member from being elected if he or she has ever "demonstrated a bias."

Look! Up in the sky! It's an antimissile blimp! - CNet
If you visit the Washington, D.C. area in coming years and see a pair of large blimp hovering high overhead, there's a good chance they won't belong to Goodyear.

California Set to Release 10K Moderate to High-Risk Inmates - Breitbart
California is all set to release up to 9,600 more prison inmates into society, most of them moderate-to-high-risk criminals, under the terms of a 2008 Supreme Court ruling suggesting that overcrowding was violating inmates' Constitutional rights.

Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys - CNet
The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users' private Web communications from eavesdropping.

House Fails to Repeal NSA's Dragnet Phone Surveillance Authority - Wired
The House today narrowly defeated an amendment to a defense spending package that would have repealed authorization for the National Security Agency's dragnet collection of phone-call metadata in the United States.

NBC/WSJ poll: Faith in DC hits a low; 83 percent disapprove of Congress - NBC
The American public's dissatisfaction with Washington has reached new heights, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, as the political world continues to fight the same intractable battles over the budget, health care and immigration.

Lawmakers battle over push to create military 'chaplain' for atheists - Fox News
Members of Congress are set to square off over a push to create military chaplains for people who do not believe in God.

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Simon Anderson
N.Ireland

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