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Worthy News Brief - January 13, 2014

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Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

One of my passions is studying history, especially the American Civil War. Here is an amusing story aboutGeneral Stonewall Jackson's famous Valley Campaign. During the war, Jackson's army found itself on one side of a river when it needed to be on the other.

After telling his engineers to plan and build a bridge so the army could cross, he called his wagon master in to tell him it was urgent that the wagon train cross the river as soon as possible. At once, the wagon master started gathering all the logs, rocks and fence rails he could find and quickly put together a bridge.

Long before daylight, General Jackson got word that all the wagons and artillery had crossed the river. "Where are the engineers and what are they doing?" asked Jackson of his wagon master. "They are drawing up plans for a bridge, Sir." He replied.

%%First Name%%, don't spend so much time drawing up plans -- be an example! Get out an take action!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Currently in Benton, Arkansas

Editor's Note: We'll be speaking throughout the Arkansas area over the next week. You can view our speaking calendar online.

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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Chaos in Iraq could be omen for Afghanistan without U.S. troops - Washington Times
Afghanistan's war planners trying to picture their country without U.S. troops next year might want to cast an eye toward Iraq.

China overtakes US to become world's biggest goods trading nation - UK Telegraph
America has finally lost its crown to China as the world's biggest goods trading nation.

Iran defends development of advanced centrifuges - AFP
Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi on Saturday defended Tehran's "right" to carry out research on advanced centrifuges, media reported.

White House suggests Iran sanctions bill could draw U.S. into war - LA Times
The White House launched a harsh attack on supporters of a Senate bill to impose fresh sanctions on Iran, suggesting that they have a hidden goal of drawing the country into another Mideast war.

Meet al-Qaeda's new poster boy for the Middle East - UK Telegraph
The FBI "most wanted" mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it.

Obama hails Iran deal, argues against new sanctions - Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama hailed an agreement struck on Sunday to curb Iran's nuclear program over six months and argued that imposing additional U.S. sanctions could scupper the deal.

Iran nuclear deal to take effect on January 20 - Reuters
A deal between Iran and six major powers intended to pave the way to a solution to a long standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions will come into force on January 20, the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the European Union said on Sunday.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas says he won't make concessions on Jerusalem - AP
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a defiant message to Israel's leadership and U.S. mediators Saturday, telling cheering supporters that the Palestinians "won't kneel" and won't drop demands for a capital in east Jerusalem.

Iranian military official: Hezbollah capable of pinpoint missile strikes throughout Israel - Jerusalem Post
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander said Saturday that Hezbollah in Lebanon has upgraded its capabilities in recent years and is now able to carry out pinpoint missile strikes on targets throughout Israel.

Abbas reaffirms refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday reaffirmed his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Israel approves 1,400 new housing units over Green Line - Times of Israel
The Ministry of Housing and Construction announced Friday that it had approved tenders for 1,400 new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Obama leads world figures paying tribute to Sharon - Times of Israel
World leaders reacted with sorrow Saturday to the passing of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, hailing him for his contribution to the peace process and the brave decisions for which they said his premiership will be remembered.

Politicians from Right, Left and Center pay tribute to military hero and statesman - Jerusalem Post
Figures from all parts of the political spectrum paid tribute to former prime minister Ariel Sharon Saturday night.

Former PM Ariel Sharon passes away at 85 - Times of Israel
Ariel Sharon, Israel's eleventh prime minister, passed away on Saturday afternoon at the age of 85.


Inside the United States
Obama's use of executive power faces reckoning at Supreme Court - The Hill
Nothing less than the boundaries of executive power are at stake Monday as the Supreme Court considers whether President Obama violated the Constitution during his first term.

Polar Vortex Lifting, Another On The Way? - Arutz Sheva
The polar vortex that recently struck North America left chilling snowscapes and massive damage in its wake. The storm froze the Niagra Falls with record breaking low temperatures. The frigid weather also cost the US economy $5 billion.

Obama to explain changes to NSA surveillance programs next week - Washington Times
President Obama will detail proposed changes to government surveillance programs in a speech next Friday, the White House confirmed.

Hawaii churches prevail against atheists' baseless lawsuit - Hawaii Free Press
A Hawaii court has dismissed two churches from a lawsuit that two atheists brought against five congregations in the Aloha State. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent the two churches, One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu, which the atheists falsely accused of defrauding the government.

More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks - Reuters
Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

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