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Worthy News Brief - January 14, 2014

%%First Name%%, revival is available to us today!

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Revival is that sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing. -- Robert Coleman

Over the years I've often gotten emails asking "Do you think revival will ever come to the United States?, When do you think it will come?" While re-reading Charles Finney's lectures on revival recently, I was reminded that a key aspect of world revival is revival within ourselves. Revival must begin within each of us.....and it's not just a one time event but an ongoing process of desiring to be closer to Him. Once, a lady asked Billy Sunday "Why do you keep having revival meetings?" And he quickly retorted, "Why do you always take a bath?"

%%First Name%%, revival is an ongoing transformation of our hearts to be constantly moved by the Spirit of God. We need to be daily breaking up our fallow ground, those places in our hearts which we've allowed to grow hard. How? We have to first ask the Lord to reveal those hard places, pray that He would forgive us and ask Him to heal all our rough edges that we might be soft before Him and sensitive to His leading. Only then will we be changed and be in a place where we can contribute to revival around us.

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
IAEA gains more Iran access, but not enough for bomb probe - Reuters
The U.N. nuclear watchdog's increased access in Iran to monitor a landmark agreement with world powers still falls short of what it says it needs to investigate suspicions that Tehran may have worked on designing an atomic bomb.

Iran: 'We Will in No Way, Never, Dismantle' Nuclear Infrastructure - Washington Free Beacon
Iran vowed to maintain its nuclear infrastructure and threatened to boost its uranium enrichment capabilities just hours after announcing that it had agreed to a deal to halt some aspects of its contested nuclear program.

Pope says abortion evidence of 'throwaway culture' - AP
Pope Francis on Monday criticized abortion as evidence of a "throwaway culture" that wastes people as well as food, saying such a mentality is a threat to world peace.

Militants threaten fragile step to Syrian peace - Washington Post
In a first yet fragile step toward peace, Syria's government and the main but disputed moderate opposition group seeking to oust it have agreed to allow humanitarian aid into some blocked-off parts of the scarred Mideast country.

Continued Eruptions of Mount Sinabung - The Atlantic
Mount Sinabung, in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, has been erupting sporadically since last September, spewing massive clouds of superheated gas and ash into the sky and down its slopes in deadly pyroclastic flows. The most recent series of eruptions began January 4, with hundreds of eruptions recorded in the days since.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Kerry says Israeli-Palestinian peace process at 'critical point' - Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State John Kerry told Arab League foreign ministers late Sunday that Washington was determined to bring Israel and the Palestinians together in an effort to end the decades-long conflict.

IAF strikes Gaza in response to rockets fired on southern Israel - Jerusalem Post
The Israel Air Force struck two targets in Gaza on Monday evening in response to rocket fire on southern Israel earlier in the day. The rockets, which landed in fields in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, came shortly after the completion of the funeral service for former prime minister Ariel Sharon in the nearby Sycamore Ranch.

Peres and Biden meet: Two-state solution only hope for Israel - Ynet News
Peres meets VP Biden who praises Sharon as great leader who understood peace, two-state solution pertinent for Israel's survival. Peres says now is time for tough decisions.

Two rockets fired from Gaza at the end of Ariel Sharon's funeral - Ynet News
Only a short time after leaders from Israel and the world left the northern Negev ranch where former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was laid to rest, two rockets were launched at the area. There were no injuries or damage reported.

Ariel Sharon buried at Negev home, after Knesset and IDF honors - Ynet News
Israel honored former prime minister Ariel Sharon with a three-part state funeral Monday, beginning in the Knesset plaza and ending with his burial at his beloved Sycamore Ranch, the family home in the Negev.


Inside the United States
Harry Reid Blocks Iran Sanctions Vote - Weekly Standard
The Iran nuclear deal is in place. And Senate majority leader Harry Reid is preventing the Senate from voting on Iran sanctions to be implemented in case the Iran deal fails. Reid is holding up the vote at the urging of President Obama.

Feds investigate Christie's use of Sandy relief funds - CNN
Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faced questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds.

White House: Give Iran time to comply before new sanctions bill - Washington Examiner
The White House urged Congress not to pass new Iran sanctions, calling on lawmakers to wait and see if Tehran complies with an initial agreement with Washington and other world powers before pushing more punitive measures.

Obama's Recess Appointments Challenged By Supreme Court - Washington Free Beacon
The Supreme Court grilled the Obama administration over the president's abuse of executive power on Monday.

US 'superweeds' epidemic shines spotlight on GMOs - AFP
The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant "superweeds" that some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs, an accusation rejected by industry giants.

Yakima firm's labor fight turns into test of Obama's powers - Seattle Times
In a case involving a labor-relations-board ruling against a bottling company in Yakima, the high court on Monday will hear arguments on the appointments that presidents can make to government bodies during a Senate recess.

High court rejects review of Arizona's 20-week abortion ban - CNN
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned aside Arizona's appeal to reinstate its law banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

'Impeachment'? Dems escalate NJ bridge probe, while some defend Christie - Fox News
Democrats sharpened their swords Sunday over the New Jersey bridge scandal, with one state lawmaker suggesting impeachment is an option for Gov. Chris Christie -- even as other prominent politicos said they were inclined to believe the governor's side of the story.

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