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Worthy News Brief - August 21, 2013

%%First Name%%, where's your heart?

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

When a Michigan man entered the hospital for tests one day, he never would have guessed what the doctors would find. A routine chest x-ray revealed that the man's heart was on the wrong side of his chest! Because of a rare reversed-organ condition, his heart was in the wrong place. This is a strange story indeed, although I think some of us suffer from this condition in a spiritual way.

Do you ever find yourself thinking you're in a good place with the Lord? I haven't done this sin or that sin in a long time. I'm doing much better in this area of my life than so and so is. I am in leadership in my church or ministry and and I think I'm a better Christian than the people I lead. You know what I'm talking about? We get to thinking we're in a good place -- a safe place -- home free.

This safe place is a dangerous place! The reality is that Satan wants us to be content in where we are. He wants us to compare ourselves to others and feel we've arrived! But we haven't! God wants us to continually strive to be more like Him! It is only when we come to a place of humility and dependence upon the Lord that we can have a heart that's truly in the right place.

%%First Name%%, we need to daily examine ourselves to see if our hearts are where they need to be. Are we depending on God in every way? Are we constantly acknowledging that all we have and are is by His hand of mercy and grace? Let's stop comparing ourselves to others and our pasts and strive for God’s perfection today!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Worthy News Features
Pakistan: Muslim Cleric Who Framed Christian Girl for Blasphemy Acquitted
A court in Islamabad Saturday dismissed charges against a Muslim cleric arrested on suspicion of framing a Christian girl for blasphemy, according to Morning Star News.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Fukushima apocalypse: Years of 'duct tape fixes' could result in 'millions of deaths' - RT
Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT.

Egypt's Coptic Christians face unprecedented reprisals from the Muslim Brotherhood - Washington Times
Islamist mobs have torched schools and businesses owned by Christians, looted churches and even paraded captive nuns through the streets of a city south of Cairo in a display of rage unseen in Egypt's recent history.

Egypt crackdown may not crush Brotherhood - Reuters
Until Monday night, Farid Ismail was one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders who still answered his phone, even when many of his associates had been arrested or gone underground.

Sun Fires Solar Storm Directly at Earth - Space
The sun unleashed a powerful storm early Tuesday morning (Aug. 20), sending an enormous cloud of superheated particles rocketing toward Earth.

Japan nuclear plant suffers worst radioactive water leak - CBC
The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 270 tonnes of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there -- its worst leak yet from one of the vessels.

China Government Forces Threaten To Kill House Church Leader and Family - BosNewsLife
Chinese government forces threatened to kill a prominent church leader and his family after beating him, as part of a crackdown on house churches, his supporters said Tuesday, August 20.

Pakistan ex-leader Musharraf charged in Bhutto death - USA Today
The murder indictment Tuesday of Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military chief and president, in the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto is the first time an army chief has been charged with a crime in Pakistan.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie set to face trial Sunday - LA Times
The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was arrested early Tuesday, will stand trial with other members of the Islamist organization on charges that include inciting murder, Egyptian prosecutors said.

Saudi King Offers Support to Egyptian Military - Wall Street Journal
Saudi King Abdullah is turning out to be the most prominent foreign supporter of Egypt's military generals in their armed push against Egypt's Islamic movement, sending field hospitals and words of support over the weekend for what he called Egypt's fight against "terrorism and extremism."


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators hold unannounced Jerusalem meetings - Jerusalem Post
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met completely out of the media's eye on Tuesday, as one meeting was held in Jerusalem during the day, with a second meeting expected in the evening.

Israeli, PA Negotiators Met Secretly for the Second Time - Arutz Sheva
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met secretly in Jerusalem on Tuesday, a senior Palestinian Authority official said, a week after US-brokered peace talks were relaunched in the Holy City.

Polio vaccine debate hits High Court - Times of Israel
A petition filed with the High Court of Justice demands that the government stop its current campaign of vaccinating children against polio, claiming that, among other things, the solution could be a lot more dangerous than the problem itself.

Turkish PM accuses Israel of engineering Egyptian coup - Times of Israel
Israel was behind the early July military coup in Egypt, which saw the democratically elected Islamist president Mohammad Morsi removed from power, and Turkey has the evidence to prove it, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleged on Tuesday.


Inside the United States
Public School Promotes 5 Pillars of Islam - Fox News
Parents at a Wichita, Kan. elementary school were shocked to discover a giant wall display inside the building promoting the five pillars of Islam.

Vote set for proposed new state in northern Colorado - Fox News
When voters in Colorado's Weld County head to the polls in November, they'll be asked to consider a proposal backed by several counties to form a new state called North Colorado.

Obama urges renewed push for Wall Street overhaul - AP
Passage of a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulations in 2010 was a hallmark of President Barack Obama's first term. Three years later, amid delays and compromises that critics say have diluted its ambitious goals, the president is trying to rekindle the law's promise.

Louisiana Governor accuses 'radical left' of blocking Keystone pipeline - Globe and Mail
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal launched a blistering attack on "the radical left" Tuesday, accusing it of attempting to wreck the U.S. economy by opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and Canada's vast oil sands in favor of unrealistic "green" energy.

Some black clergy not comfortable with LGBT movement sharing mantle at civil rights march - Washington Post
Gay men and lesbians will be represented in the coalition of groups marching this weekend in commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington. But the question of whether gay equality is a "civil right" -- the way Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of rights denied to people on the basis of their skin color -- remains a matter of disagreement, particularly among black Christians.

Wildfires burning in 11 Western states - CBS News
First came the drought, then the summer heat -- the perfect formula for wildfires. And as of Monday night, there are 49 large fires burning in 11 western states.

NSA surveillance covers 75 percent of U.S. Internet traffic - Reuters
The National Security Agency's surveillance network has the capacity to reach around 75 percent of all U.S. Internet communications in the hunt for foreign intelligence, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

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