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Worthy News Brief - August 23, 2013

%%First Name%%, touch someone and bring out their inner beauty!

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.


A young couple was visiting a reknown jewelry store in New York City. They browsed through cases of magnificent diamonds with their gleaming yellow light along with many other splendid precious stones. Among those beautiful stones, one in particular caught his wife's eye. It was completely lusterless and didn't seem to be in the right place."That is one terrible looking stone, do you see that?", the she said. The curious husband asked a clerk if they could see the stone. The clerk opened the case, took out the stone and held it in his hand for a few minutes. When he opened it, there was a perfectly flawless stone. There was not a place on it that didn't gleam with the splendor of the rainbow. "How did you do that?", they asked in surprise. "This is an opal", he replied. "It is what we call the sympathetic jewel. It only needs contact with the human hand to bring out its wonderful beauty."

Merely a touch brings out this stone's beauty. We live in a world where beauty is hidden under pain, sin and suffering. How many lives only need the warm touch of human sympathy, love and compassion, to make them gleam with a radiant splendor? Reach out and touch someone this weekend for His glory! Share with them the love of God and not only will they receive a glimmer of joy, but you will gleam with His radiance too! When the Lord asked whom shall I send, Isaiah replied "Hineni (here am I)".

%%First Name%%, let's say "Hineni" today and be used by the Lord to bring out the beauty of those around us!

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
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Thursday called for the use of force against Syria if claims chemical weapons were used against civilians are confirmed.

Syrian forces bomb area of alleged chemical attack - AP
Syrian government forces pressed their offensive in eastern Damascus on Thursday, bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition said the regime had killed more than 100 people the day before in a chemical weapons attack.

Al Qaeda in Syria warns Western aid workers: We'll kill you - Washington Times
An affiliate of al Qaeda in Syria has sent a stark warning to aid workers from the West who try to enter the chaotic country: You risk kidnapping or killing.

New Images Show Major Alterations at Iran Nuclear Site - Arutz Sheva
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Russians Inspect Missile Defense Base in California - Washington Free Beacon
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Egypt's ex-president Mubarak freed from prison, taken to military hospital - Fox News
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Iron Dome anti-rocket battery stationed in central Israel - Jerusalem Post
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Four rockets fired into north by al-Qaeda-inspired group - Times of Israel
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