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        Worthy         News Brief - January 15, 2014

%%First Name%%, make your difference!
         
          Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
         
         
A young man once went to the beach. There, he saw miles and miles of starfish washed up on the sand. “If these starfish stay out here during the heat of the day,” he thought, “they'll die.” So he began picking up a starfish at a time as he walked and throwing them back into the ocean.
         
          An elderly man also walking along the shore approached him and said, “Do you mind if I ask young man, what are you doing?” “I'm throwing these poor starfish back into the ocean so they don't die in the hot sun,” the youth replied. “But what difference can you really make,” said the old man, “Look at this beach -- there are thousands, maybe millions, of starfish here!”
         
          The young man chuckled as he threw yet another starfish into the sea. “Well -- it made a difference to that one!”
         
          “Faithful in a very little”, the Word of God says! It is faithfulness in the little things that the Lord rewards mightily!          
         
              %%First Name%%, the world is like those millions drying out in the hot sun – and we have reach out to those the Lord has put in our path! If we all do our share, the job will get accomplished!
             
          Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
         
          George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
          Currently in Springdale, 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
Rouhani boasts of West's 'surrender' to Iran in nuclear talks - Jerusalem Post
World powers have surrendered to Iranian interests with the implementation of the interim nuclear deal forged in Geneva, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

NSA carves pathway into international computers - Reuters
The U.S. National Security Agency has put software in almost 100,000 computers around the world allowing it to carry out surveillance on those devices and could provide a digital highway for cyberattacks, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Iran's Rouhani: 'World Powers Surrendered to Iranian Nation's Will' - Weekly Standard
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is taking to Twitter to gloat about the nuclear deal his country struck with the U.S. and other Western countries.

New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says - LA Times
Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran's chief negotiator said Monday.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Lebanon Qaeda group to 'continue striking Iran, Israel' - AFP
A Lebanese group loyal to Al-Qaeda vowed Tuesday to keep up its attacks against Iran, Hezbollah and Israel, less than a fortnight after the death of its leader, Majid al-Majid.

Arab States Will Never Recognize a Jewish State - Arutz Sheva
Arab states "will never recognize Israel", the Palestinian Authority's (PA) foreign minister stated on Monday, according to NRG/Maariv.

PM: Abbas's hard-line speech shows he won't take tough decisions - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's hawkish statements over the weekend show that he is not ready to make the decisions necessary to continue talks with Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told US Vice President Joe Biden Monday night.


Inside the United States
Supreme Court blocks Arizona's 20-week abortion ban - Fox News
The Supreme Court on Monday blocked Arizona from enforcing a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, in the latest blow for states that have tried to enact strict abortion laws.

Judge reaffirms 'Constitution-free zones' near border, teeing up high court fight - Fox News
A federal judge who endorsed "suspicion-less" searches of laptops, cameras and cell phones at the border has set up a possible Supreme Court showdown challenging what critics call "Constitution-free zones" and the Obama administration's dragnet approach to national security.

Court strikes down net neutrality rules - CNN
A federal appeals court has struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from restricting access to legal Web content.

Federal judge strikes down Okla. same-sex marriage ban - USA Today
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

Pushing past partisanship, Congressional leaders back $1 trillion spending bill - CNN
Shaking off three years of partisan freeze, Republicans and Democrats unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending deal Monday night that would roll back some spending cuts, raise federal worker pay and have a surprisingly broad effect on Americans' everyday lives, from the light bulbs in lamps to the lines at airport security.

Spy court judge slams proposed privacy advocate - AP
The U.S. judiciary told Congress on Tuesday it opposes the idea of having an independent privacy advocate on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, while members of Congress lauded the idea at a Capitol Hill hearing.

Obama On Executive Actions: 'I've Got A Pen And I've Got A Phone' - CBS News
Calling for "all hands on deck" to assist the economy, President Barack Obama is urging his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery.

America's Dwindling Economic Freedom - Wall Street Journal
World economic freedom has reached record levels, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. But after seven straight years of decline, the U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries.

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