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Worthy News Brief - August 20, 2013

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Matthew 7:16-20 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a corrupt tree bears evil fruit. A good tree cannot bear evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Most people reading this passage tend to focus in on the fruit that is produced. Okay...But a closer look will reveal that the Lord is really focusing on the tree. The fruit merely demonstrates the quality of the tree. We have all encountered this: there are trees whose fruit is healthy and delicious, and there are trees whose fruit is scarcely edible, or even useless.

The fruit doesn't make the tree -- the tree makes the fruit. A tree that produces good fruit is firmly rooted in soil which provides adequate water and nourishment. Likewise, those of us whose lives are rooted in and dedicated to Yeshua produce good fruit. Others who try to produce good works for "religious" reasons, or to prove or approve of themselves, may produce fruit, but it will be much inferior. When our focus is on Yeshua (Jesus), and our lives are centered in Him, the fruit we produce will not be from self-effort, and its quality will be excellent...because it is simply the produce of a good tree.

%%First Name%%, so, stop trying to produce good works in your own strength. Just tap into the Source of your life, Yeshua, allowing the sap of His Spirit to flow through you – and then watch what GREAT FRUIT He is continually able to produce!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Worthy News Features
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.
Uzbekistan: Christian Children's Camp Raided by Riot Police
Last month, a Christian children's camp in Uzbekistan was raided by riot police; all the children were subjected to questioning and the homes of the camp's organizers were searched, according to BarnabasAid.
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.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran will never suspend its Nuclear Program - Ynet News
A top adviser to Iran's supreme leader says the election of centrist Hassan Rohani as the country's president gives an opportunity to world powers to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program -- but that Tehran will never again suspend its nuclear activities.

Al Qaeda 'rat line' from Syria to Iraq turns back against Assad - Washington Times
Syrian President Bashar Assad's anti-U.S. strategy during the 2003-11 Iraq War has come back to bite him.

Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt - Daily Beast
The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup, temporarily suspending most forms of military aid, despite deciding not to announce publicly a coup determination one way or the other, according to a leading U.S. senator.

Britain forced Guardian to destroy copy of Snowden material - Reuters
The editor of the Guardian, a major outlet for revelations based on leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, says the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed the classified documents or handed them back to British authorities.

Encrypted computer files seized from David Miranda 'were from US whistleblower' - UK Telegraph
Police who detained the partner of a journalist under anti-terrorism laws seized encrypted computer files from the American whistleblower Edward Snowden, it was claimed tonight.

Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader detained - Times of Israel
The supreme leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood was captured by police in an early morning riad Tuesday, Egyptian security officials said.

Russia's Far East hit by biggest floods in 120 years - RT
Up to 100,000 people may be evacuated from flood-hit regions in Russia's Far East. Water levels at local reservoirs have already reached historic highs, and officials say the floods raging in the area are expected to continue rising even further.

Israel intensifying bid to rally support for Egypt military rule - Times of Israel
The Israeli government intends to step up this week a campaign urging the United States and the European Union to back the interim military government in Egypt, despite the regime's rise to power through violence and its ongoing crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

500 eruptions in 231 days?! Japan volcano coats city with ash -- again - NBC News
Residents in a southern Japanese city were busy washing ash off the streets Monday after a nearby volcano spewed a record-high smoke plume into the sky.

In declassified document, CIA acknowledges role in '53 Iran coup - CNN
Sixty years after the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a declassified CIA document acknowledges that the agency was involved in the 1953 coup.

25 off-duty Egyptian policemen executed in Sinai - Israel Hayom
Suspected militants ambushed two minibuses carrying off-duty border policemen from the Interior Ministry's Central Security Forces in Egypt's northern Sinai region on Monday morning, killing at least 25 of them execution-style and wounding two, security officials said.

Al-Qaeda 'targeting European rail network' - AFP
Al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed rail network, German mass circulation daily Bild reported on Monday, citing intelligence sources.

Egypt: Coptic church cancels Sunday mass for 1st time in 1,600 years - Times of Israel
Amid escalating violence against Egypt's Copts, churches in Minya, located in upper Egypt, cancelled Sunday Mass for the first time in 1,600 years. Other churches in Minya also didn't hold prayer services.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas patches up ties with Hezbollah, Iran - Times of Israel
In an attempt to to return to the fold of Iranian patronage, the Gaza-based terror group Hamas has been holding meetings with representatives of its Lebanon-based, Tehran-sponsored counterpart Hezbollah.

PA Radio: One Day Israel 'Will be Palestine Again' - Arutz Sheva
As "peace talks" continue apace, prompted on by the ever-optimistic John Kerry, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an NGO dedicated to monitoring hate speech, anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement to violence in the Palestinian Arab media, has highlighted yet another inflammatory statement by official PA organs.

Forgery of the century? Israel in decade-long war over biblical artifacts - Fox News
A 10-year legal battle is drawing to a close in the Holy Land over several astounding biblical relics, including a limestone box said to have held the bones of the purported brother of Jesus and the first-ever relic of biblical King Solomon's First Temple.

Terrorists 'aim to hit Israeli, Jewish targets worldwide' in coming weeks - Times of Israel
Israeli and Jewish targets all over the world are likely to be sought out by terrorist organizations in the coming weeks, the Israeli government's Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned in strikingly strident tones on Monday, listing dozens of countries where it said it had "concrete" indications of a terrorist threat.

Inside the United States
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches - Washington Post
If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.

Report: Welfare Pays More than Minimum Wage, Discourages Workers - Washington Free Beacon
Welfare benefits and the loss of leisure time still act as disincentives to earning a salary despite improvements in the welfare-work tradeoff since federal reforms in 1996, according to a report published Monday.

Christie: Homosexuality Innate, Not a Sin - NewsMax
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who has opposed same-sex marriage, said that gay people are born that way and it is not a sin.

$2,001,093,000,000: Fed's Ownership of U.S. Debt Breaks $2T for First Time - CNS News
The Federal Reserve's holdings of publicly traded U.S. Treasury securities -- federal government debt -- pushed above $2 trillion for the first time last week, hitting approximately $2,001,093,000,000 as of Aug. 14, according to the Fed's latest weekly accounting.

Email encryption services suddenly close over U.S. snooping - Washington Times
In amassing data about every American's communications, U.S. intelligence agencies are not only making many uneasy about their privacy, but also are endangering the nation's leadership in innovation and security in communications technology.

Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11 - Daily Caller
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NSA documents challenge Obama claim that surveillance programs 'not abused' - Fox News
Newly uncovered documents directly challenge statements made by President Obama and other officials who insisted that the National Security Agency was not abusing its authority or knowingly violating Americans' privacy.

TSA to purchase 3.5 million rounds of ammunition - Government Security News
TSA intends to purchase almost 3.5 million rounds of .357 SIG caliber training ammunition, according to a solicitation issued by the agency on August 16.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac delaying billions in write-offs: watchdog - LA Times
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CDC: Lyme disease rates 10 times higher than previously reported - CBS News
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