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Worthy News Brief - October 18, 2013

%%First Name%%, are you on rocky groun8d?

Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I came across an old legend about three cowboys crossing the desert on horseback by night. Suddenly, as they reached a rocky spot, a voice came from heaven and commanded them: "Friends, pick up some pebbles, put them in your pockets and do not look at them till morning." The men looked at each other in astonishment and began to do as they were told. The voice went on to promise that if they obeyed, they would be both glad and sad. The perplexed men put a few pebbles each in their pockets and went on their way.

As the very first sign of dawn arrived, the cowboys pulled out their pebbles. To their amazement, the ordinary pebbles they had picked up the night before, had all been transformed into diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems. At that moment, they realized the significance of the promise that they would be both glad and sad. They were happy to see their beautiful treasure, but sorry -- oh so sorry -- that they had not collected more.

All of us were once ordinary looking pebbles -- shabby, discolored pebbles among many others of the like -- seemingly nothing special. But we were so mercifully picked out of the dust and gently placed for safekeeping into the pocket of the faithful saints who loved us or prayed for us or shared the Gospel with us and took us along on their journey. And God continues to refine us that we would become precious gems when morning comes. Thank God for His great mercy!

%%First Name%%, it is yet dark -- and the pebbles are many. We still have a little more time to pocket as many as we can. But morning is drawing near! We don't want to regret that we didn't get more!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Worthy News Features
Jews arrested for praying on Temple Mount
About a dozen Jewish men were removed by police while touring the Temple Mount after praying and singing Monday, according to The Jewish Daily Forward.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Russia says Iran nuclear talks were 'quite promising' - Reuters
International talks this week on Iran's nuclear program were "quite promising" and Tehran's new proposals could produce progress toward ending the standoff between global powers and the Islamic state, Russia said on Thursday.

Russia: Lift Iran sanctions in exchange for int'l control of nuke program - Times of Israel
Russia reportedly proposed on Wednesday the lifting of all economic sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic agrees to have its nuclear program placed under international control.

Saudi Arabia among 5 countries elected to Security Council - Ynet News
Saudi Arabia, Chad and Nigeria were elected by the UN General Assembly on Thursday to serve a two-year term on the UN Security Council as human rights groups called for all three countries to improve their records.

New EU rules to curb transfer of data to US after Edward Snowden revelations - UK Guardian
New European rules aimed at curbing questionable transfers of data from EU countries to the US are being finalised in Brussels in the first concrete reaction to the Edward Snowden disclosures on US and British mass surveillance of digital communications.

Iran will likely retain nuke breakout ability, warns ex-defense minister - Times of Israel
Former defense minister and Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz on Thursday said that any agreement reached between world powers and Iran would likely keep Iran's uranium enrichment infrastructure intact, and therefore guarantee Tehran's ability to kickstart development of nuclear weapons.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF concerned: 'Increased motivation to carry out terror attacks' - Ynet News
"There is an atmosphere that creates motivation to carry out terror attacks." The IDF is continuing to investigate Thursday evening's attempted terror attack, during which a Palestinian rammed a tractor into an IDF base and tried to run over soldiers until he was shot dead. Following the incident, which took place between Jerusalem and Ramallah, army officials expressed fear that the terror attacks in the West Bank will continue.

Israeli Strike Coming? - Washington Times
The clearest indicator of growing Israeli concerns, according to defense officials, is the recent large-scale Israeli air force drill Tuesday in the northern part of the country. The exercises along the northern border and over the Mediterranean were considered unusually large.

Turkey deliberately blows cover of up to 10 Iranians working for Mossad - Times of Israel
In a move apparently intended to harm Israel, the Turkish government in early 2012 blew the cover of several Iranian intelligence assets who had secretly been meeting with Mossad handlers in Turkey, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Israel PM Netanyahu to meet pope, Kerry next week - AP
Israel's prime minister plans to meet with the pope on a trip to Italy next week.


Inside the United States
Networks blamed shutdown on GOP in 41 stories --- 0 for Dems - Washington Examiner
Republicans never expected to get a fair shake in the Big Three networks' coverage of the 16-day government shutdown, but the final tally of stories blaming the GOP is stunning: 41 stories blamed Republicans and zero blamed Democrats.

Obama to Supreme Court: Don't Take NSA Cyber-Snoop Case - NewsMax
President Barack Obama's administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up the first case it has received on controversial National Security Agency cybersnooping.

Hours after deal is signed, budget negotiators start work to avoid the next showdown - Washington Examiner
Just 90 days away from the next budget showdown, congressional lawmakers were back at work early Thursday, initiating talks on a long-term budget deal they hope will end the gridlock and their crisis-driven management of the federal budget.

House stenographer sent for mental exam after floor rant: 'Praise be to God' - Washington Times
House stenographer Dianne Reidy stunned congressional members late Wednesday evening at the tail end of the government shutdown vote when she wound her way to the podium, ranting about God, Free Masons and the inability of the nation to serve two masters.
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