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Worthy News Brief - August 19, 2013

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Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

When Jim Burke became the head of a new products division at Johnson & Johnson, one of his first projects was the development of a children's chest rub. The product failed miserably, and Burke expected that he would be fired. When he was called in to see the chairman of the board, however, he met a surprising reception. "Are you the one who just cost us all that money?" asked Robert Wood Johnson. "Well I just want to congratulate you. If you are making mistakes, that means you are taking risks, and we won't grow unless you take risks!" Apparently, Mr. Johnson wasn’t joking! Years later, Johnson & Johnson remains one of the largest multi-national manufacturers of pharmaceutical, diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, personal hygiene, baby and biotechnology products.

Likewise, we believers are called to take some risks so that God’s Kingdom may grow! So often, we cower at the opportunities He makes available because we are too afraid things won’t go the way hope and others might be disappointed or sneer at our failure. But God wants us to go forth boldly, sometimes taking a risk or two, so that we may accomplish great things for Him! Yes, sometimes we’ll get it wrong and there may be a hard lesson to learn. But we will learn-- and eventually great things will happen as result of our courage and persistence!

%%First Name%%, the time is short and there is so much work to do for the Kingdom! We cannot afford to stand in the sidelines any longer! Let’s ask the Lord to cause to us have courage and go in boldness! God’s Kingdom won’t grow unless we start taking some risks!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Egypt Vows to Rebuild Churches
Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has ordered the repair of all churches that were damaged during the Muslim Brotherhood's violent protests after Egypt's military removed President Mohamed Morsi from office, according to a report by the Mid-East Christian News.
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Pakistan: Christians, Muslims both against human rights violations
Last week in Faisalabad, Christian and Muslim activists laid down guidelines for the creation of a new interfaith network to curb any abuses arising from Pakistan's notorious blasphemy laws, according to AsiaNews.

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Around the World
In classified cyberwar against Iran, trail of Stuxnet leak leads to White House - Washington Times
The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar on Iran's nuclear program, internal State Department emails show.

U.N. inspectors arrive in Damascus on chemical probe - USA Today
U.N. inspectors arrived Sunday in the Syrian capital on a mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons, as Syria's government vowed to fully cooperate with them.

Report: Hezbollah's Top Syria Commander Killed - Arutz Sheva
Arab media reported Sunday that a senior Hezbollah terror leader was killed in recent days in a battle with Syrian opposition forces. The battle occurred in the Damascus area.

Muslim Brotherhood taking out rage on Christian churches, businesses - World Tribune
The Muslim Brotherhood has targeted Christian communities in its insurgency campaign against Egypt's military-backed regime.

Scores of policemen killed in northern Sinai attack - Times of Israel
Egyptian security officials say suspected militants have ambushed two police minibuses in northern Sinai, firing rocket-propelled grenades and killing 24 policemen.

Ayatollah Khamenei blames Israel and US for Egypt turmoil - Jerusalem Post
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is placing the blame for Egypt's political turmoil on Jerusalem and Washington.

Iran has 18,000 uranium centrifuges, says outgoing nuclear chief - Jerusalem Post
Iran has installed 18,000 uranium-enrichment centrifuges, the country's outgoing nuclear chief was quoted as saying by Iranian media on Saturday.

Regional unrest sparks anti-Israel, US conspiracy theories - Times of Israel
An Iranian legislator accused Israel and the US Saturday of plotting to instigate widespread crises and instability within Islamic countries by operating and funding double agent militias in regions throughout the Middle East.

Saudi prince fires celebrity TV preacher for Brotherhood links - Reuters
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has fired a renowned Kuwaiti preacher and motivational speaker from the top job at the religious television channel he owns for what he described as "extremist inclinations" and links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt considers outlawing Muslim Brotherhood - AP
Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, a government spokesman said Saturday, once again outlawing a group that held the pinnacle of government power just more than a month earlier.

Saudi king calls on Arabs to stand with Egypt - Reuters
Saudi King Abdullah called on Arabs to stand together against "attempts to destabilize" Egypt, in a strong message of support for the country's military leadership read out on Saudi television on Friday.

Security forces storm protester-held Egypt mosque - AP
Egyptian security forces stormed a Cairo mosque Saturday after a heavy exchange of gunfire with armed men shooting down from a minaret, rounding up hundreds of supporters of the country's ousted president who had sought refuge there overnight after violent clashes killed 173 people.

McCain: U.S. has 'no credibility' in Egypt - CNN
It's high time for the United States to cut off its $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt as the military regime cracks down violently on protesters, Sen. John McCain argued Sunday.

Cairo march nixed over 'security concerns'; army chief says he won't back down - Times of Israel
The head of Egypt's army vowed to not back down in the face of violence, as a deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood showed the first signs of wearing down Islamists.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel pays a painful price for peace talks - USA Today
Israel released 26 prisoners, most of whom were murderers or who assisted in murders, were greeted with fireworks, flags and cheers upon their return. The men were met at the Ramallah compound of President Mahmoud Abbas, who kissed them and vowed that more prisoners would follow them.
Israel's leaders have agreed to free 78 more prisoners to revive the peace process that many say is a painful sacrifice by a country that has lost thousands of citizens to Palestinian terrorism.

IDF deploys sixth Iron Dome battery - Times of Israel
One day after a rocket was fired from Sinai toward Eilat, and amid mounting tension in Egypt, the IDF last Wednesday brought a sixth Iron Dome anti-missile battery online, boosting the country's burgeoning air-defense array, it was confirmed Sunday.

IDF strikes Syrian army post following mortar shells falling on Golan - Jerusalem Post
The IDF fired a Tamuz surface-to-surface missile at a Syrian army post on Saturday, after several Syrian mortar shells exploded in the Golan Heights.

2,700-year-old Hebrew inscription found in Jerusalem - Times of Israel
Archaeologists working in Jerusalem have discovered what they say is a 2,700 year-old pottery fragment with an ancient Hebrew inscription possibly containing the name of a Biblical figure.


Inside the United States
Judge: Foreigners can sue U.S. pastor over sermons - WND
A federal judge has backed a homosexual-rights group in its claim that members were injured by an American pastor's biblical preaching in Uganda against homosexual behavior.

Inhofe wants to investigate NSA, following new report about surveillance - Fox News
Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says new revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance program suggest the Obama administration has "abused the authority granted to them by Congress" and that he will investigate the matter.

Congress split on cutting off aid to Egypt - Times of Israel
Members of Congress are split over whether the US should cut off military aid to Egypt, highlighting the difficult choices facing the Obama administration amid spiraling violence on the streets of an important Middle East ally.

NSA admits 'mistakes' amid criticism after audit shows it broke privacy rules - CNN
The National Security Agency spent Friday on the defensive, after details got out about an internal audit that found the agency had broken privacy rules "thousands of times each year" since 2008.

American al-Qaida militant calls for attacks on US diplomats - Jerusalem Post
An American al-Qaida militant has called for more attacks on Western diplomats in the Arab world, praising the killers of the US ambassador to Libya on September 11 last year, a US-based monitoring group said on Sunday.

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