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Worthy News Brief - October 11, 2013

%%First Name%%, have you taken your vitamin today?

Psalms 119:103  How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Recently, my wife and I have had a renewed sense of the need to take vitamins for our health.  As I was pondering vitamins, it dawned on me how taking vitamins is like a mature approach to reading the Word of God.  When I first became a believer, I remember reading each passage and it was like a bolt of lightening each time I read it!  As I've grown in the Lord, reading His word, I still get an occasional bolt, but now it's more like taking vitamins.  What am I saying here?

Well, why do we take vitamins?  We take them for long-term benefit to our physical health.  Taking a vitamin pill will not produce a sudden burst of adrenaline or bolt of energy, but over time, taken regularly, vitamins will strengthen our immune system and improve our general health and well-being!

%%First Name%%, take your daily dose of God's Word, and you will find that the long term effects of regularly digesting scripture will promote your spiritual health and well-being. Though it may not be like a bolt of lightening every time you sit down --you can be certain it will boost your immunity to the fiery darts of doubt, disbelief, and deception!  As the scripture says, "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God!"  So by all means, take your "vitamins" today. Don't you know,  there's 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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Iran 'moving nuclear research centre to hoodwink world' - Reuters
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