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Worthy News Brief - November 5, 2013

%%First Name%%, God only knows!

Est 4:14b who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

This is a story relayed by Corrie Ten Boom, "It was Christmas, 1944. My sister, Betsie, had died. I was in a hospital barracks in Ravensbruck, a Nazi prison camp. Dark it was in my heart, and darkness was around me. There were Christmas trees in the street between the barracks. Dead bodies of prisoners had been thrown under the Christmas trees. I tried to talk to the people around me about Christmas, but they mocked and sneered. At last I kept quiet.

In the middle of the night I suddenly heard a child crying and calling, "Mommy! Come to Oelie. Oelie feels so alone." I went to her and saw a child not so young, but feebleminded. "Oelie, Mommy cannot come, but do you know who is willing to come to you? Jesus will come." Oelie was lying on a bed next to the window, not far from lack of food, she had a sweet face and beautiful eyes. A bandage of toilet paper covered an incision from surgery on her back. That night I told this poor child about Jesus. How He came into the world as a little baby how He came to save us from our sins. "The Lord Jesus loves Oelie and has borne her punishment on the cross.... Jesus is ... [in heaven] right now. He is getting a little house ready for Oelie." Later I asked her what she remembered of what I had told her. "What is the little house like?" I asked. "It is very beautiful. There are no wicked people as in Ravensbruck only good people and angels. And Oelie will see Jesus there." The child added, "I will ask Jesus to make me brave when I have a pain. I will think of the pain that Jesus suffered to show Oelie the way to heaven." Oelie folded her hands; together we gave thanks. Then I knew why I had to spend this Christmas in Ravensbruck."

%%First Name%%, often we find ourself in difficult situations or places and we can't for the life of us understand for what possible reason we're here -- but be encouraged! We may not understand but God does! And who knows whether you have come into the kingdom for such a time as this?

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

Special Praise Report: We took Elianna to the hospital for testing on Sunday. Her Cat-Scan was clean, meaning no tumors etc. praise the Lord! However, her EEG showed a form of epilepsy. We will be working on numerous things to help her and obviously be praying for her complete healing. Please pray for us in this endeavor and for the finances to cover this loss, as we have no health insurance her in the US.

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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
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US embassy officials in Lebanon have been conducting secret and "indirect" talks with Hezbollah, according to Kuwait's al-Anbaa newspaper.

N.Korea developing 'electromagnetic pulse weapons' - AFP
South Korea's spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border.

Boko Haram kill 40, torch 300 homes in Nigeria - AFP
Islamist insurgents last week killed a total of 40 people and wounded a dozen others in two separate incidents in restive northeast Nigeria, a local official said Monday.

US-Saudi ties enduring, differences on Syria: Kerry - AFP
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Monday that US ties with Saudi Arabia are "strategic and enduring", even as the two countries aired differences on how to end the war in Syria despite a visit aimed at easing tensions.

Like the Fed, ECB expected to keep on pumping - CNBC
Even as the euro zone economy shows faint signs of stirring, the European Central Bank is likely to send a dovish message this week that more monetary help will be on the way before long.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
America will intervene with own peace plan by January if talks fail - Israel Hayom
After meeting with senior Palestinian and American officials, Meretz Chairwoman MK Zehava Gal-On released a statement Monday saying that the Americans are "moving from a coordination phase between the two sides to an intervention phase."

Justice Ministry pushes law recognizing same-sex civil unions - Israel Hayom
The Justice Ministry, at Justice Minister Tzipi Livni's request, renewed calls on Sunday for a law that would grant legal rights to couples, including same-sex partners, married in civil unions outside the rabbinical institution. A copy of the initiative was distributed by the ministry among lawmakers.

Meretz chief: Obama wants major Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough in 2014 - Jerusalem Post
The head of the left-wing Meretz party, Zahava Gal-On, said Monday that the Obama administration is determined to achieve a major diplomatic breakthrough next year in the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, including arrangements for a final status agreement.

Analysis: US-Iran nuclear deal unlikely to meet Israel's minimum demands - Jerusalem Post
As is usual for Iranian diplomacy, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came out with contradictory remarks on Sunday.

Israel "to build security barrier between West Bank and Jordan" - UK Telegraph
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US 'Will Force' Israel-PA Deal - Arutz Sheva
The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday.

White House Dividing Pro-Israel Leaders on Nuclear Iran - Washington Free Beacon
Pro-Israel leaders on Monday expressed alarm over what they characterized as the Obama administration's efforts to sow division among Jewish leaders in order to advance a policy that they say would permit Iran to cross the nuclear threshold.


Inside the United States
Supreme Court ends Okla. bid to limit drug abortions - MSN
Oklahoma was appealing its state supreme court's ruling that struck down a law effectively banning abortion by drugs such as RU-486.

Yellowstone National Park records nearly 130 small earthquakes in a week in September - KBZK
Western Montana and Yellowstone National Park are certainly no strangers to earthquakes but this summer, several clusters of earthquakes were raising the eyebrows of scientists.

Politicians on both sides of the pew hope Supreme Court case has a prayer - Fox News
When the Supreme Court this week takes up the issue of prayer before government meetings, both Republicans and Democrats will be looking to a higher power.

Supreme Court dismisses Oklahoma 'abortion pill' case - Washington Examiner
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Handful of Senate Republicans help advance LGBT workers rights bill - Washington Examiner
The Senate late Monday advanced legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers, putting pressure on reluctant House Republicans to take it up.

Biden, Rubio head to Virginia for governor's race - AP
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Affordable Care Act Could Be Further Hamstrung By Shortage Of Doctors - CBS News
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Obama: "What We Said Was You Can Keep It If It Hasn't Changed Since The Law Passed" - Real Clear Politics
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Federal Debt Jumped $409 Billion in October; $3,567 Per Household - CNS News
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White House pushes for gay rights bill - Washington Times
With the Senate set to advance a landmark gay rights bill, the White House on Monday urged Republican critics in the House -- led by Speaker John A. Boehner -- to support the measure or risk being on the wrong side of history.
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