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Worthy News Brief - November 22, 2013

%%First Name%%, which would you choose?

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We came across this story, about a man who was slowly losing his memory. After a lengthy examination, the doctor said that a risky operation on his brain might reverse his condition and restore his memory. However, the surgery would be so delicate that a nerve could be severed, causing total blindness.

The surgeon asked, "So, which would you rather have, your sight or your memory?" The man pondered the question for a while and replied, "My sight, because I would rather see where I am going than remember where I have been."

Our enemy is always trying to dig up the past and keep us all bound up in our failures. But be encouraged! Today is a new day! Today and every day we have a choice to make! Like Paul, we must choose to press forward and put aside our past. We must purpose to keep our eyes on the Lord, not on our successes or failures, but upon on what can we do for Him today!

%%First Name%%, be free from the shackles of the past! Keep your eyes on the prize!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

Editor's Note: We'll be speaking in South Carolina this weekend. You can view our speaking calendar online.

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Lebanon blasts expose Iran and Qaeda face-off over Syria - AFP
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US issues belated condemnation of Khamenei after Israeli protest - Jerusalem Post
Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, condemned on Thursday Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks in which he referred to Israeli officials as those who "cannot be even called humans" and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a "rabid dog."


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel starting to consider 'day after' Iran agreement - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, as Israel begins preparing its "day after" scenario in expectation of an imminent interim agreement between the P5+1 and Iran.

Poll shows ebbing Israeli support for Iran strike - Times of Israel
Slightly fewer than half of Israelis back a military option against Iran's nuclear program, with the number dropping even further should the US not lend support for such an action, a poll released Thursday night showed.

Israeli fighter jets reported flying over Beirut - Times of Israel
Israeli fighter jets were seen flying Thursday over Lebanese territory, including above the nation's capital Beirut, a Lebanese news agency reported.

IDF field intelligence keeps a close eye on Hamas in Gaza - Jerusalem Post
A year after the end of Operation Pillar of Defense, IDF field intelligence units continue to keep a close eye on Hamas in Gaza, mapping out the terror regime's assets and watching its attempts to rebuild itself after a brief yet bruising clash with Israel in 2012.

Israel, Gulf in 'strange alliance' against Iran - AP
When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made another stop in the Middle East this month, he received an expected earful over Washington's outreach to Iran: Don't trust Tehran, tighten sanctions even more, anything short of complete nuclear concessions is a grave mistake.

Iran will not get a nuclear weapon: Netanyahu - AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday vowed Israel would never let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, as world powers sought a deal with Tehran in Geneva over its nuclear drive.


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Insurance commissioners raise concerns about healthcare fix with Obama - Reuters
State insurance commissioners told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that his effort to stem a wave of insurance cancellations caused by his signature healthcare law could lead to higher premiums.

Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change - Fox News
Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP's ability to block nominees, in a move Republicans called a "raw power grab."

US senators promise new Iran sanctions measure within weeks - Ynet News
A group of 14 Democratic and Republican US senators said on Thursday they would work together on legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran over the coming weeks, and work to pass it as quickly as possible.

Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage - Chicago Tribune
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade.

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