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Worthy News Brief - January 20, 2014

%%First Name%%, so many commitments!

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

One of my favorite ministers of the Gospel is D.L. Moody. He tells a story about having heard Pastor Henry Varley once say that, "The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him."

As Moody pondered the pastor's words, He realized something. Pastor Varley did not say that God would use an intelligent person. He didn't say an educated person, nor did he say a person who was ultimately gifted. What the wise pastor said was that the person with whom God will work with and for and through will be the person "who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him".

This radically changed Moody's ministry... and ours too, for that matter. We realized that God isn’t looking for people with amazing minds or hands or voices or computer skills. He’s not looking for those who are wearing the nicest suits or dresses at church. And He’s not looking for the people with the highest grade point averages at the local Christian College. What God is really looking for, are people who are simply sold out for Him!

%%First Name%%, One of the great secrets to a successful walk with the Lord, is understanding total commitment to Yeshua (Jesus). But being totally committed requires us to daily take up our cross -- leave the past behind us -- and despite all the obstacles the enemy tries to throw in our path, press forward for the Lord and His work! Let's consecrate ourselves to the Lord again today. 

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Currently in Tampa Bay, Florida

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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
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Senior Iranian officials have launched a full blown diplomatic charm offensive across the Middle East and Europe following the recent signing of a nuclear accord that Tehran has celebrated as victory over the West.

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The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Al Qaida militias were recruiting Americans for the war in Syria.

Jihadists from at least four Al Qaeda groups in on Benghazi attack - Washington Times
The militants who gathered on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, to torch and kill inside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, were a who's who of the modern al Qaeda movement, newly declassified documents show.

New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims - McClatchy Newspapers
A series of revelations about the rocket believed to have delivered poison sarin gas to a Damascus suburb last summer are challenging American intelligence assumptions about that attack and suggest that the case U.S. officials initially made for retaliatory military action was flawed.

Voters overwhelmingly back new Egypt constitution - AP
Almost everyone who cast ballots supported Egypt's new constitution in this week's referendum, results announced Saturday show, but a boycott by Islamists and low youth turnout suggest the country is still dangerously divided.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IAF strikes Islamic Jihad terrorist in Gaza - Jerusalem Post
The Israel Air Force struck an Islamic Jihad member in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday morning.
The target, named as Ahmed Sa'ad, took part in the firing of rockets at southern Israeli communities, the IDF said, and planned further attacks in the near future.

Kerry expected to unveil framework at end of month for continuation of peace talks - Jerusalem Post
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PM: Hamas should be wary of Israel's policy of responding forcefully to every rocket fired - Jerusalem Post
Israel will maintain the quiet in the South by forcefully responding to every rocket attack coming from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet at its weekly meeting Sunday.

Netanyahu lauds Harper's 'moral leadership' upon arrival to Israel - Jerusalem Post
With the ceremonial trappings generally reserved for kings and presidents, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warmly greeted his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper to Jerusalem on Sunday, praising him for his "courage, clarity and convictions."


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Judge strikes down photo ID requirement for Pennsylvania voters - Fox News
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Fate of NSA snooping program in hands of Congress - Washington Times
President Obama says the NSA's snooping programs need changes -- but he tossed the biggest decisions to Congress, where the tide appears to be running against letting the government continue to scoop and hold Americans' phone data.

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