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Worthy News Brief - February 19, 2014

%%First Name%%, see heaven, change your world!

2 Corinthians 4:17, 18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

As believers, we are all called to transform the little world around us. C.S. Lewis offered a thoughtful perspective on remaining heavenly minded while continuing to make an impact in this present world. In Mere Christianity, he said. "Hope...means...a continual looking forward to the eternal does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next...It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you will get neither."

%%First Name%%, being heavenly minded is not natural. It happens when we focus and meditate on the reality and wonderful hope of the world to come. When we do, we can bring a taste of heaven to the little world around us. So let's not become complacent -- but stay focused there, so we can be effective here... and soon enough we will hear the Lord saying, "Well, done thou good and faithful servant!"

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Negev Desert, Israel

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Boko Haram Targets Christians in Nigeria
Officials confirmed Sunday that suspected Islamists killed more than 100 Christian villagers in northeastern Nigeria, according to BosNewsLife, a news agency that has been covering persecuted Christians since 2004.
Kidnappers target Christian children in Egypt
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Around the World
Washington critics sound alarm as Iran talks resume - Times of Israel
As a first round of talks toward a long-term comprehensive nuclear agreement between the P5+1 states and Iran began Tuesday, critics warned that the Vienna negotiations could end in a deal -- or a stalemate -- that would leave Iran dangerously close to a nuclear weapon.

Iran, powers hold 'substantive' nuclear talks; U.S., Iranians meet - Reuters
Six world powers and Iran began "substantive" talks on Tuesday in pursuit of a final settlement on Tehran's contested nuclear program in the coming months despite caveats from both sides that a breakthrough deal may prove impossible.

Iran at talks: No scrapping any nuclear facility - AP
Iran drew a red line on Tuesday on how far it would go at landmark nuclear talks, saying as the meeting opened that it would not buckle to pressure from the U.S. and five other world powers to scrap any of its nuclear facilities.

Globalists Unveil Socialist-backed New World Tax Regime - New American
As various tax-funded international institutions explicitly outline plans to plunder humanity's wealth to prop up governments drowning in odious debts, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) last week officially unveiled a new socialist-backed plot to create a global tax information-sharing regime to ensure that nobody except the establishment escapes the upcoming fleecing.

EC vice-president calls for 'United States of Europe' - World Bulletin
Vice-president of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, called for a 'United States of Europe' while speaking at Cambridge University's law faculty, reiterating a similar call made by Britain's war-time prime minister Winston Churchill in a famous speech in Zurich in 1946.

Kiev Death Toll Rises To 14, Police Say Six Officers Shot Dead - Washington Free Beacon
Six Ukrainian policemen were shot dead in clashes with anti-government protesters on Tuesday, police said, raising the overall reported death toll to 14.

Egyptian militants warn tourists to leave or face attack - Reuters
A militant Islamist group has warned tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack any who stay after February 20, raising the prospect of a new front in a fast-growing insurgency in the biggest Arab nation.

Brazil rations water in 140 cities amid worst drought in decades - RT
Over 140 Brazilian cities have been pushed to ration water during the worst drought on record, according to a survey conducted by the country's leading newspaper. Some neighborhoods only receive water once every three days.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Knesset debate on Temple Mount raises ire in Amman - Times of Israel
An upcoming Knesset debate on "the loss of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount" has raised hackles in the the Jordanian parliament, where lawmakers consider custodianship of the holy site part of their duty.

Iranian animated film depicts nuclear 'holocaust' against Israel - Ha'aretz
A short animated film being aired across Iran depicts the nuclear destruction of Israel. The film opens with the word 'Holocaust' appearing on the screen, with a Star of David underneath it, Israel's Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.

Inside the United States
+106%: Obama Has More Than Doubled Marketable U.S. Debt - CNS News
The marketable debt of the U.S. government has more than doubled--climbing by 106 percent--while President Barack Obama has been in office, increasing from $5,749,916,000,000 at the end of January 2009 to $11,825,322,000,000 at the end of January 2014, according to the U.S. Treasury's latest Monthly Statement of the Public Debt.

Warmup to Bring Flooding, Roof Collapse Risk Midwest, East - AccuWeather
In addition to the warmup bringing a break from winter this week, rain and rising temperatures will also bring the potential for flooding and roof collapses.

The coming crash of American diplomacy in the Middle East - LA Times
President Obama has three significant Middle East diplomatic initiatives underway, treating, respectively, Iran's nuclear weapons program; Syria's deadly, exhausting conflict; and the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Into these negotiations, Obama and his administration have poured enormous amounts of American prestige, time and effort.

CBO: $10.10 minimum wage would lower employment by 500k, raise incomes for 16.5 million - Washington Examiner
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would increase wages for 16.5 million workers but lead to a loss of about 500,000 jobs, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday afternoon.

Iranian hacking of Navy computers reportedly more extensive than first thought - Fox News
An Iranian hack of the Navy's largest unclassified computer network reportedly took more than four months to resolve, raising concern among some lawmakers about security gaps exposed by the attack.

Poll: Only 79% of Obama voters would vote for him again - Washington Examiner
Given a chance to do it all over again, only 79 percent of those who voted for President Obama would vote for him again and 71 percent of Obama voters now inclined to vote for somebody else "regret" their vote to reelect the president, according to a new poll.

Could California's Drought Last 200 Years? - Nat'l Geographic
Two years into California's drought, Donald Galleano's grapevines are scorched shrubs, their charcoal-colored stems and gnarled roots displaying not a lick of life. "I've never seen anything like this," says Galleano, 61, the third-generation owner of a 300-acre vineyard in Mira Loma, California, that bears his name. "It's so dry ... There's been no measurable amount of rain."

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