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Worthy News Brief - August 15, 2013

%%First Name%%, He is the potter, we are the clay!

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Early in the last century, sculptor Gutzon Borglum gazed at the cliffs of South Dakota's Black Hills. As any great artist would, He saw what no one else could the sculpted faces of US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. After 14 years, he finally completed his project -- Mount Rushmore.

How in the world did Borglum foresee such a work of art by looking at a cliff? He envisioned what those Black Hills could become.

God is envisioning what we are to become in Him! But in order for the Him to make a beautiful monument of us, we must allow ourselves to be moldable. He wants to mold us into the image He desires -- His own! He wants to chip away at our rough edges and make us into a fine work of art, that all who see us will be awed and enriched. In the hands of a great artist, we can be created into incredible works of art that survive the ages, even after we have passed through this life into the next!

%%First Name%%, let's become moldable in the Father's hands and make Him proud to show off what He's created!

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
Turkey urges U.N. to stop Egypt 'massacre', Iran fears 'civil war' - Reuters
Turkey urged the U.N. Security Council and Arab League on Wednesday to act quickly to stop a "massacre" in Egypt, and Iran warned of the risk of civil war, after Egyptian security forces killed dozens of Islamist demonstrators.

Ya'alon to Dempsey: We must prevent 'axis of evil' from winning regional conflict - Jerusalem Post
Israel must be prepared for a long-term standoff and instability in Syria while deterring the "axis of evil" - Tehran, Damascus and Beirut - from winning the conflict, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Wednesday.

Obama's foreign policy fails to gain footing in renewed Middle East - Washington Times
The Middle East pro-democracy movement hailed over the past two years as the Arab Spring was transformed Wednesday when the military junta now controlling Egypt opened a bloody assault on protesters -- a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown that seemed to expose the limits of American diplomatic power to pursue lofty goals once envisioned for the region.

UN Chemical Weapons Team Departing Soon for Syria - AP
After months of negotiations, the United Nations announced Wednesday that U.N. experts will depart imminently for Syria to investigate alleged chemical weapons use.

US warns Egypt to step back as death toll nears 300 - Times of Israel
Washington delivered a stern warning to Egyptian authorities Wednesday to step back from deadly violence after a day which saw hundreds killed in clashes between security forces and protesters loyal to ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Analysis: It's official, military chief Sisi is the new king of Egypt - Jerusalem Post
Anyone who was expecting liberal democracy to sprout in Egypt following the series of revolutions, protests, elections and crackdowns since president Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011 will be sorely disappointed by Wednesday's military assault on protesters and the imposition of emergency law.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas claims Abbas agreed to security fence border, forfeited right of return - Times of Israel
Hamas on Wednesday claimed it had obtained the contents of meetings held between US Secretary of State John Kerry and PA President Mahmoud Abbas last month, with an outline of proposed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.

Nasrallah: Hezbollah behind last week's blast near border - Ynet News
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addressed last week's incident, in which four IDF soldiers sustained injuries as a result of a blast near the border fence, during a televised interview on the Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen channel, and rejected the claim that the blast was a result of a mine left behind from previous wars in the region.

Netanyahu: Threat from Iran 'dwarfs' other challenges - Times of Israel
The threat of Iran attaining nuclear weapons "dwarfs" the other security challenges facing Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday night, at the start of talks with the visiting US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Celebrations in Gaza, West Bank for freed Palestinian prisoners - Times of Israel
Twenty six convicted Palestinian terrorists were freed by Israel overnight Tuesday, and welcomed home to the West Bank and Gaza, as part of the US-brokered deal that enabled the resumption of peace talks.

IAF launches early morning attack in response to Gaza rockets - Jerusalem Post
The IDF launched an airstrike over the northern area of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, targeting concealed rocket launching sites in the enclave, the IDF said in a statement.

US army chief, visiting Israel, stresses 'joint security interests' - Times of Israel
Visiting US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey met with top Israeli military brass on Wednesday to discuss regional cooperation and the strengthening of military ties between Israel and the US.

Peace talks resume against backdrop of prisoner release - Jerusalem Post
Israel and the Palestinians began substantive talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday, amid extremely low expectations on the Israeli side and Palestinian threats that Israeli announcements of settlement plans could torpedo the talks.


Inside the United States
Utah: State has 'sovereign' right to bar same-sex marriages - Salt Lake Tribune
Utah has a "sovereign right" to define and regulate marriage and a constitutional amendment that bars recognition of same-sex marriage enshrines that right, state attorneys say in a brief filed in U.S. District Court.

California: Parents threaten to pull kids out of school over transgender law - KBAK
Angry over a new state law that requires public schools to allow transgender students access to whichever restroom or locker room they want to use, parents in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District threatened to pull their children out of school.

Treasury Ran $98 Billion Deficit in July -- But Debt Stayed Exactly $16,699,396,000,000 - CNS News
The Treasury Department's Financial Management Service (FMS), which publishes both the federal government's official Daily Treasury Statement and its official Monthly Treasury Statement, is reporting that in July the federal government ran a deficit of $98 billion but that the federal government's debt remained exactly $16,699,396,000,000 for the entire month.

Christian churches warned of Boy Scout legal risks - Washington Times
Christian churches are being warned that if they continue to sponsor Boy Scout troops, they are opening themselves to multiple legal challenges that could affect whether they can "freely preach the Gospel."

Rubio warns Obama could act to legalize immigrants if Congress fails to pass reform - Fox News
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is warning that if Congress doesn't pass immigration reform, President Obama may act on his own to legalize the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally.

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