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Worthy News Brief - October 7, 2013

%%First Name%%, don't forget!

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Junk mail -- those annoying letters that fill your mail box. Along with the junk comes the delightful bills, and renewal notices. Of course the junk, we can just throw away, the bills, unfortunately can't be ignored, but the renewal notices, those we're thankful to see. Without them, we'd likely forget that we need to renew our licenses, our credit cards, membership cards, whatever else. Without those renewal notices, we might go to the ATM one day and not be able to get the cash we need because our card is expired -- oops! We might be asked to show our identification and the authorities might say, "Sorry Charlie, this license is not valid - you didn't renew it!"

Sadly though, the most important things in life that need renewing, do not come with renewal notices. We will never open a piece of mail and see a notice to renew our love for our spouses, our children or our friends. But if we don't continually renew our love for them, it will eventually grow cold. We'll also never receive the most important renewal notice -- to remind us to renew our relationship with God. Our relationship with God is the most important relationship we can have. It must be renewed daily!

In Hebrew, the word "le-cha-desh" means to renew. Here you go. Here is your renewal notice. Renew your love for the ones you love today. Renew your love for the Lord. Renew your love for the things of God and for his calling upon your lives.

%%First Name%%, we all need a little renewing today. Let's ask the Lord to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. There is so much work to be done!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Currently in Baltimore, Maryland

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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran calls for new offer from world powers before talks - Reuters
World powers negotiating with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program must come up with new proposals before talks in Geneva on October 15-16, Iran's foreign minister said.

Iran says four arrested for trying to sabotage nuclear site - Reuters
At least four people have been arrested in Iran for trying to sabotage a nuclear site, an Iranian official was quoted by Iranian media as saying on Sunday.

Egypt: 51 killed in new bout of violence between army, Muslim Brotherhood - Times of Israel
Security forces and Islamist protesters clashed around the country Sunday, leaving 51 killed, as a national holiday celebrating the military turned to mayhem. Crowds from Egypt's two rival camps -- supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, and backers of the military that deposed him -- poured into the streets and turned on each other.

UN: Destruction of Syrian chemical program begins - Times of Israel
International inspectors began destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, a United Nations official said Sunday, racing under a tight deadline aiming to eliminate President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program within nine months.

Obama says Iran a year or more from nuclear weapon capability - Reuters
The United States believes Iran is a year or a more away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press released on Saturday, although he described the estimate as "conservative."


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
UNESCO passes six resolutions condemning Israel - Jerusalem Post
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization passed six anti-Israel resolutions at the meeting of its executive committee in Paris on Friday.

Shutdown delaying aid to Israel, Sinai peacekeeper funding - Times of Israel
The ongoing shutdown of the US government could negatively impact Israel's security, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Abbas, US envoy Indyk discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Ramallah - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with US special envoy to the peace process Martin Indyk in Ramallah, Israel Radio reported on Friday.

IDF locates escape route used by assailant in Psagot attack - Jerusalem Post
The IDF have found a hole in the fence of the West Bank settlement of Psagot which they believe was used as an escape route for the assailant involved in a suspected terror attack, an IDF spokesperson confirmed for The Jerusalem Post on Sunday morning.

Netanyahu blames Mideast conflict on refusal to recognize Jewish state - Times of Israel
In a marked change in emphasis from a speech at the same podium four years ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday voiced doubt over the possibility of a two-state solution, citing the Palestinian leadership's refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

'Hezbollah's long-range missiles can carry chemical weapons' - Times of Israel
Hezbollah is in possession of long-range missiles capable of carrying a chemical warhead, a Lebanese parliamentarian said according to a report Sunday.

Urging halt to Iran nuke program, Netanyahu signals discord with Obama - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for Iran to be kept from having any capability to enrich uranium, reiterating an Israeli demand that could put him on a collision course with US efforts to engage Tehran diplomatically.


Inside the United States
Obama uses American tales of shutdown woe to pressure GOP on spending bill - Washington Times
With the federal shutdown headed toward its second week, President Obama on Saturday continued to pressure House Republicans to immediately pass a "clean" spending bill to get Washington back up and running.

House passes bill to give back pay to furloughed workers, Dems plot new strategy - Washington Examiner
Republicans and Democrats headed back to the House on the fifth day of a government shutdown Saturday approving back pay for 800,000 furloughed federal workers but making little progress toward resolving its budget standoff with the Senate.

US government shutdown: banks stockpiling cash - UK Telegraph
America's biggest banks are stockpiling extra cash in their ATMs, amid fears that the government shutdown and the threat of a US default will induce a sudden panic among their customers.

32 Republicans Who Caused the Government Shutdown - Atlantic
Friday was the fourth day of the government shutdown, and there's still no sign of an exit. What's surprising about the ongoing fight is how a small group of members of Congress have managed to bring Washington to a halt.

Boehner: House will not pass bill to re-open government until Obama agrees to negotiate - McClatchy
Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that the House of Representatives will not pass bills to re-open the federal government or raise the debt limit unless President Barack Obama comes to the negotiating table.

Town Finds 'God Bless America' Signs in Violation, Threatens Fines - AOL
How far is too far when it comes to patriotic displays? Residents of a central Florida town who have posted "God Bless America" signs on their front lawns for months are now facing fines if they don't remove them. The temporary lawn signs that were distributed by a local church around the Fourth of July have been determined by City of Bartow Code Enforcement to be in violation of a local ordinance. If not removed soon, the city warns, those displaying them could be fined $25 per day.

Ohio school forced to remove Jesus portrait - AP
A middle school in Ohio will be forced to permanently remove a portrait of Jesus from its school grounds and pay nearly $100,000 after reaching a settlement with two groups, including the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Sources: Obama to usurp Constitutional power from Congress - Examiner
According to sources in Congress and the White House, Barack Obama is preparing to usurp the Constitutional power of Congress to control the purse strings of the federal government. The Obama plan entails using the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to bypass Congress on the upcoming debt ceiling debate and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling without the approval of Congress.

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