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Worthy News Brief - November 4, 2013

%%First Name%%, have you experienced catastrophe?

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Grand Canyon Park bookstore operated by the National Park Service found itself in the midst of some controversy a few years ago when they were selling a book written by creationists much to the ire of the National Center for Science Education.

The book detailed how the Grand Canyon could have been formed from a “catastrophic” event – acatastrophe such as the flood of Noah’s day. Imagine that, it may have been a catastrophe that created such beauty!

Nearly 2000 years ago, the disciples witnessed a catastrophe -- the crucifixion of our Lord. But the Lord used this tragedy to redeem all mankind. This great catastrophe was turned to ultimate beauty.

Each of us has experienced tragedy in our lives. Inevitably the question arises -- Why? Let’s be encouraged by one of God’s most beautiful masterpieces. The Lord can turn our great catastrophes into great beauty -- into great victory!

%%First Name%%, let’s turn to the Lord with our catastrophes. He can turn the most difficult tragedy into an incredible work of art!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

Special Prayer Request: On Sunday morning, our daughter, Elianna had a seizure that lasted a few minutes just a few hours before we started our speaking tour in the United States. This is the first time, we've seen her have a seizure, so we appreciate your prayers in this situation.

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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
28 solar flares in the last seven days, and more may be coming - LA Times
The sun has erupted more than two dozen times over the last week, sending radiation and solar material hurtling through space -- and scientists say more eruptions may be coming.

ECB under growing pressure to cut rates - AFP
The heat is on the European Central Bank to cut rates amid growing deflationary fears in Europe, but analysts are divided over whether it will act as soon as this week.

New 'Death to America' songs unveiled in Iran - Times of Israel
Hard-liners in Iran have unveiled two new "Death to America" songs at the former US Embassy in Tehran, hoping to keep anger high ahead of nuclear talks with Western powers.

Iran's parliament erupts in 'Death to America' chants - Times of Israel
The Iranian parliament on Sunday rang out with chants of "Death to America" after the vice speaker delivered an impassioned speech defending the country's continued use of the expression ahead of the 34th anniversary of the storming of the US Embassy in Tehran.

In midst of Syrian war, giant Jesus statue arises - Fox News
In the midst of a conflict rife with sectarianism, a giant bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions in the country's civil war.

Panetta: 'We May Very Well Have to Use Military Force' Against Iran - Washington Free Beacon
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta cautioned the Obama administration about engaging in endless negotiations with Iran, stating that "we may very well have to use military force" to stop Tehran's pursuit of nuclear arms.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards committed to 'Death to America' - Ynet News
The Revolutionary Guards, the elite Iranian regime's army, said Saturday they are committed to the slogan "Death to America," chanted at official ceremonies, just days before the 34th anniversary of the storming of the American Embassy in Tehran.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel to US: Syria raid leak 'endangers our national security' - Times of Israel
Israel conveyed a series of bitter protests to the White House and to others in the US administration over the weekend over the Obama administration's confirmation that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia last Wednesday.

Israel 'furious' with White House for leak on Syria strike - Times of Israel
Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday, hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah.

Khamenei: Israel is 'illegitimate, bastard' regime - Ynet News
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday Israel is 'illegitimate, bastard' regime. He further expressed pessimism about talks with world powers over its disputed nuclear program but backed them.

Bolton: Israel must make 'fateful decision' on Iran strike - WND
Israel does not have much time to make a "fateful decision" about whether to strike Iran's nuclear sites, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said Sunday in a radio interview.

John Kerry: U.S. won't allow attacks on Mideast partners - Washington Times
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in an apparent warning to Iran, tried to reassure America's Arab friends on Sunday that the United States will not allow them to be attacked "from outside."

Inside the United States
Two men married at West Point chapel for first time - NY Post
Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men.

DC on fast track to decriminalizing pot possession - AP
It took nearly 15 years after voters approved medical marijuana for it to become available in the District of Columbia, but the next major change to pot laws in the nation's capital is on the fast track.

Supreme Court to Consider Religious Prayer at Government Meetings - Religion Today
In a case that could determine restrictions on expressions of faith in the public square, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (Nov. 6) will consider religious prayers that convene government meetings.

Virginia race seen as crucial election bellwether - AFP
The semi-rural, increasingly diverse state of Virginia elects a new governor Tuesday in the most watched US race of the year, as political parties jockey for supremacy ahead of 2014 and 2016 elections.

Pentagon training manual: white males have unfair advantages - Fox News
A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that "healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian" men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called "White Male Club."

Senate Committee Votes in Favor of NSA Phone-Records Snooping - Wired
A key Senate committee approved today a measure that would give congressional blessing to the NSA's bulk collection of domestic telephone metadata, and bolster the legal underpinnings of the controversial snooping program.

Obama orders government to prepare for impact of global warming - Washington Times
President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming.

Warning Signs Flash as Stock Market Soars to Records - Wall Street Journal
For some investors, it feels a lot more like 1999 than 2013.

Fed Gives Banks New Dire Scenarios for 2014 Stress Tests - Bloomberg
Lenders including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Citigroup Inc. (C) will have to show they can survive the demise of a trading partner or a plunge in value of high-risk business loans in the 2014 version of U.S. stress tests.

Report: Food insecurity rising as crop production falls - Washington Times
America's food security is at immediate risk, according to a report leaked this month by the New York Times. Americans should expect crop production to fall by as much as 2 percent each decade for the rest of the 21st Century.

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