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Worthy News Brief - November 21, 2013

%%First Name%%, come as you are!

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

An artist went searching the streets of New York City for a model to pose for a portrait he wanted to call -- 'The Prodigal'. One day was passing Central Park and saw an impoverished beggar lying on a bench and thought: 'He's perfect! That man would represent the prodigal son beautifully in my painting.' He asked the beggar if he would be willing to sit for his painting and he would gladly pay him for his time. Naturally, the beggar agreed.

On the day and time appointed, a man knocked on the door of the artist's small Brooklyn studio. Excitedly, he answered his door only to find a clean-shaven young man dressed in a suit and tie standing before him. Disappointed, he said, "You must have the wrong door sir, the law office is down the hall". "But you made an appointment with me," the man replied, "No," said the artist, "I don't believe I've ever seen you before. I made an appointment to meet with a beggar here at this hour." "Well," said the man, "I am the beggar." "You?" said the artist, "You're the beggar?" "Yes, he replied. After you left me last week, I found some money and thought I would get a new suit of clothes before you painted me." "Oh," replied the artist, "Well, you're just not right for the job."

The beggar wanted to show himself a masterpiece before the artist -- but the artist wasn't looking for that. He wanted to create the masterpiece himself! Likewise, when we come to God, we must not come in our own garments of self-righteousness. We must come before him transparent, with no inhibitions, or worries, or pride. God has already seen our weaknesses and faults. We're not hiding anything from Him anyway.

%%First Name%%, the Master Artist has an appointment with us today. Let's not come disguised as someone else. Let's come as we are so that He can make a priceless masterpiece.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Around the World
Netanyahu insists on 'real solution' to Iran nuclear crisis - AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday insisted on the need for a "real" solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis, after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Khamenei says Iran will not step back from its nuclear rights - Jerusalem Post
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would not step back from its nuclear rights and his negotiating team had been set limits for talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program, to resume in Geneva later on Wednesday.

Stuxnet's Secret Twin - Foreign Policy
Three years after it was discovered, Stuxnet, the first publicly disclosed cyberweapon, continues to baffle military strategists, computer security experts, political decision-makers, and the general public. A comfortable narrative has formed around the weapon: how it attacked the Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz, how it was designed to be undiscoverable, how it escaped from Natanz against its creators' wishes. Major elements of that story are either incorrect or incomplete.

TEPCO clean-up boss says Fukushima's radioactive water will be dumped into Pacific Ocean - ABC
The man in charge of the clean-up at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant says growing stores of contaminated water from the site will eventually have to be dumped into the sea.

Plastic-eating bugs may tackle waste crisis - Times of India
Plastic objects, from the everyday bag to large containers, are infamous for their immortality. They can survive for hundreds -- even thousands -- of years and are often the cause for indestructible mounds of waste around cities. But two academic institutes from Gujarat have come up with a solution -- gluttonous bacteria that can degrade plastic within a few days.

John Kerry announces deal on Afghan security pact, says no 'apology' - Washington Examiner
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced that negotiators had finalized the language for an Afghan security pact outlining the role of American troops after 2014 and denied the deal included a U.S. "apology" for its conduct in the war.

Kerry: Muslim Brotherhood 'stole' Egypt revolution - Washington Times
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused Egypt's well-organized Muslim Brotherhood of having "stolen" the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Obama pleads for time on Iran - The Hill
President Obama on Tuesday pleaded with senators to hold off on imposing new sanctions on Iran, asking them to allow the administration more time to strike a diplomatic deal to curb the country's nuclear program.

Inside America's Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere - Foreign Policy
The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy, according to diplomatic sources and an internal American government document obtained by The Cable.

The Saudis, Iran and the spreading Islamic Cold War in the Middle East - World Tribune
In 632 the Prophet Mohammad died, leaving behind a struggle between Shi'ites and Sunnis over the true line of succession. Today this rivalry is still alive and well in the Middle East, in particular, between the Sunni/Wahabi Muslim Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shi'ite Islamic republic of Iran.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu, Putin sharply divided over Iran nuclear deal - Jerusalem Post
Significant divisions over Iran were on clear display in the Kremlin on Wednesday as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued statements after nearly two hours of meetings.

Has the time come to accept Messianic Jews? - Times of Israel
The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in Dallas had advertised Bush as the keynote speaker at its annual fundraiser on Nov. 14, prominently featuring the former president's appearance on its website alongside pages describing the group's mission to bring "Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah."

Israel Says David's Sling Missile Interceptor Passes New Test - Washington Free Beacon
A new Israeli interceptor being developed in partnership with the United States to counter missiles held by Syria and Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas passed its second live trial on Wednesday, officials said.

Iran's ayatollah: Israel's 'doomed to extinction' - Washington Times
Right around the time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heading to Russia for an 11th hour attempt to influence a global deal with Tehran over nuclear development, Iran's top religious leader was emphasizing the fated fall of the Jewish nation.

Insults fly in U.S.-Israel showdown - Politico
One way to measure just how tense U.S.-Israeli relations have become: Look at how prominent proxies for both sides are duking it out in public.

Leading Fatah critic of Palestinian Authority's Abbas survives assassination attempt - World Tribune
A leading Fatah critic has been targeted in the West Bank. Sufian Abu Zaydeh came under fire outside his home in Ramallah on early Nov. 19. Fatah said a gunman shot some 20 bullets into Abu Zaydeh's parked car.

Inside the United States
U.S. budget negotiators seek two-year funding deal: congressman - Reuters
U.S. budget talks are aiming for a two-year deal that would end divisive fiscal showdowns that have plagued Congress since 2011, while also easing the severe across-the-board spending cuts that otherwise would be triggered in 2014 and 2015, a Republican negotiator said on Wednesday.

Obama says Republicans share some blame for health-care law's failures - Washington Post
President Obama on Tuesday sought to redirect some of the political blame for the botched rollout of the federal health insurance exchange to Republicans, characterizing GOP lawmakers as rooting for the law's failure.

Texas abortion law stands: Supreme Court splits 5-4 on hearing the case - Christian Science Monitor
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to block a tough new Texas law that has forced more than a dozen abortion clinics in the state to close their doors.

Outrage Over Obama Omitting 'Under God' From Gettysburg Address - Breitbart
Many Americans are offended that on Tuesday, President Obama recited a version of the Gettysburg Address that omitted the phrase "under God" for a celebrity project created by progressive documentarian Ken Burns.

Fetal Pain Ballot Initiative Rejected in Albuquerque - Washington Free Beacon
Albuquerque voters rejected a ballot initiative to ban late-term abortion on Tuesday following a flurry of outside spending from pro-abortion groups.

Al Qaeda terrorists entered U.S. as part of refugee program - Washington Times
An ABC News investigation has unveiled that the United States accidentally welcomed al Qaeda terrorists into its borders as part of a refugee program.

Illegal immigrants arrested protesting at Capitol - Washington Times
Activists said that illegal immigrants were arrested while protesting outside of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office on Wednesday in the latest escalation of civil disobedience designed to pressure Congress to legalize them.

Second wave of health plan cancellations looms - Fox News
A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections.

CBS Poll: 84% of Democrats Want Obamacare Changed or Repealed - Breitbart
A fascinating number in Wednesday's CBS poll is that only 7% of the American public want ObamaCare "kept in place." A full 93% either believe that changes are needed to the law (48%) or want a full repeal (43%). This pits President Obama and Democrat lawmakers -- who thus far have refused to make any meaningful changes -- against 93% of the American people and 72% of Democrats.

White House email chain shows launch fears - Politico
Top White House and health officials feared that would not work correctly and would set off a wave of bad publicity, according to emails shortly before the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare enrollment website.

Spy court says NSA exceeded bounds, but judges approved all data requests anyway - Washington Times
The federal government used the Patriot Act more than 500 times from 2005 through 2011 to secretly obtain records from businesses, including bulk telephone and Internet data, and never once did the secret court charged with oversight turn them down, according to the latest document dump from U.S. spy agencies.

FBI Video Shows Al Qaeda in Kentucky Handling Heavy Weapons - ABC News
An al Qaeda-linked terrorist, who was resettled in the U.S. as an Iraq War refugee after allegedly killing American soldiers, was caught on camera in Kentucky handling heavy weapons that the FBI said he believed would be sent to insurgents back in Iraq.

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