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Worthy News Brief - January 23, 2014

%%First Name%%, have you given your all?

Psalms 54:6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.

During his reign, King Frederick William III of Prussia found himself in a bind. Wars had been costly, and in trying to build the nation, he was seriously short of finances. After careful reflection, he decided to ask the women of Prussia if they would bring their jewelry of gold and silver to be melted down for their country. Each piece of jewelry he received, he would exchange for a decoration of bronze or iron as a symbol of his gratitude. These decorations would be inscribed, 'I gave gold for iron, 1813'.

The response was overwhelming. But more importantly, the women prized these gifts from the king even more highly than their former jewelry! The reason, of course, is clear. They were proof that they had sacrificed for their king.

When we come to know our King, we, too should want to exchange the flourishes of our former life for Him. The amazing thing about our King is that He not only takes our jewels but He takes our rags too -- and uses them for the good of His Kingdom!

%%First Name%%, perhaps there are some things we need to sacrifice to him today. Let's pray and ask for His revelation. There are great things awaiting those who give.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Currently in Orlando, Florida

Editor's Note: We'll be speaking in Norfolk, VA and Frederick, MD this weekend. You can view our speaking calendar online.

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Worthy News Features
Lebanon: Historic Christian-owned library torched
A blasphemy allegation may have led to an arson attack on an historic library owned by a church leader in Lebanon this month, according to Barnabas Aid.
Church construction halted in Indonesia
Church closures in Indonesia that peaked during the Christmas holidays have spilled over into January as Islamist groups continue to target Christian congregations, according to International Christian Concern.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran's military nuclear bid 'will be stopped': Israel - AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Iran's atomic drive "will be stopped", a day after an interim agreement bringing sanctions relief for Tehran took effect.

Iran's nuclear stockpile may rise for now despite deal with powers - Reuters
An apparent delay in Iran's building of a nuclear conversion plant suggests its stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) gas will grow for a while longer, despite Tehran's deal with world powers to curb its disputed atomic activity.

Iranian official on nuke deal: 'We did not agree to dismantle anything' - CNN
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that "we did not agree to dismantle anything."


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Islamic Waqf Revises History: 'Temple Mount, Kotel are Muslim' - Arutz Sheva
The Islamic Waqf, which supervises the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, has issued a pamphlet that makes new claims regarding the Mount -- arguing, among other things, that King Solomon was a Muslim and that there is no Jewish connection to either the Temple Mount or the Western Wall (Kotel).

After IAF terrorist assassination, Islamic Jihad says 'blood of martyrs not in vain' - Jerusalem Post
The Islamic Jihad's military wing said it would avenge the Israel Air Force strike Wednesday that killed a terrorist responsible for a series of rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Shin Bet thwarts al-Qaeda attack on Israel's US embassy - Ynet News
The Shin Bet says they have captured an al-Qadea terror cell which was planning numerous terror attacks on a number of central sites in Israel.

IAF airstrike kills Gaza terror chief - Times of Israel
The Israeli Air Force launched an airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun early Wednesday morning, killing at least one man, said by Israel to be a terrorist.


Inside the United States
Dueling party chairs signal fight on women, abortion at March for Life - Washington Times
Thousands of pro-life activists donned scarves, gloves and knit hats Wednesday to brave the blowing snow and arctic temperatures on the Mall as the 41st March for Life was punctuated by an unusually blunt exchange between the Republican and Democratic Party leaders that signaled a shifting fight for female voters.

Obama Executive Order to 'Cut Red Tape' Has Added $10.2 Billion in Costs to Economy - Washington Free Beacon
An executive order issued by President Barack Obama that was designed to 'cut red tape' has added $10.2 billion in regulatory costs to the economy, according to a new report.

Oregon: Christian bakery guilty of violating civil rights of lesbian couple - Fox News
The owners of a Christian bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple's civil rights.


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