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Worthy News Brief - March 14, 2014

%%First Name%%, are you at rest with the sky falling?

Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Over the past week, the world has experienced some severe birth pangs. If you’ve been reading Worthy News, you’ve read the situation in Ukraine has intensifed with the Russians massing their troops along the border with the West condemning the referendum taking this weekend in Crimea. In Israel, scores of rockets were fired out of the Gaza Strip and rockets continue to be fired despite a "ceasefire".  The Iranians continue to threaten the destruction of Israel as an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander stated, "Islam has given us this wish, capacity and power to destroy the Zionist regime so that our hands will remain on the trigger from 1,400km away for the day when such an incident (confrontation with Israel) takes place." Wars and rumors of wars embrace the headlines! The world is on the brink of going over the edge!

Nevertheless, even in this climate of anxiety, we are preparing to enter into Shabbat (the Hebrew word for Sabbath) this afternoon. And as we do, we remember again, the deep lesson of God's entering into His rest following the six creation days.

After working for six days – He entered into Shabbat. The word Shabbat comes from the Hebrew verb "shavat", which literally means "to cease".  Shabbat implies that we need to stop working -- stop trying -- stop doing...simply, to cease from our own work.  We need to simply let go, and let God!  In a way it's different kind of work. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews puts it this way: "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." [Hebrews 4:11] So, this is a "work" of faith, where we are no longer working, but trusting God to accomplish the work He has begun and is perfectly able to complete!

This Shabbat, if you dealing with fear of the future, rest in the fact that YOUR future is already secure in the finished work of Messiah! You can trust Him, in faith, knowing that not a single hair of your head can fall to the ground without Him allowing it!

%%First Name%%, enjoy your Shabbat tonight and embrace the profound lesson of the Sabbath – let go, and let God! Remember that the only real rest from anxiety, worry and fear … is found in HIM – Yeshua, the Lord of Shabbat!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Obama calls for a 'rethinking' on Crimea vote - Israel Hayom
Counting down to the high-stakes Crimean referendum, U.S. President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. would "completely reject" a vote opening the door for the strategic Ukrainian peninsula to join Russia if the election goes ahead on Sunday. Adding pressure on Russia, the Senate advanced a package of potentially tough economic sanctions against Moscow.

John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine - Washington Examiner
Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance.

Russian troops gathering at Ukraine border for exercises as standoff continues - Washington Post
Russia is gathering thousands of troops, as well as artillery and other equipment, at its border with Ukraine as part of military training exercises that also serve as a blunt reminder of Russia's ability to easily move deeper into the neighboring country.

The Putin problem: U.S. needs Russian rockets for spy satellites - Washington Times
Call it the Crimea conundrum or the Putin problem: the United States needs Russia's RD-180 rocket engine for national security-oriented satellite launches.

US Suspends Some Aid to Uganda Over Anti-Gay Law - VOA News
Ugandan officials say the United States has suspended some aid to their health ministry because of the country's harsh new anti-gay law.

Stolen F-35 Secrets Now Showing Up in China's Stealth Fighter - Washington Free Beacon
A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China�s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts.

'Thousands' of South Sudan Deaths After Cease-Fire - Time
The U.S. envoy to South Sudan says "thousands" of people in South Sudan have died since a cease-fire was signed in January.

Super lice on verge of conquering Canadian scalps as mutant parasites develop immunity to insecticid - National Post
A new generation of mutant lice, immune to the poisons of decades past, is on the verge of conquering Canadian scalps, says a new report from the University of Massachusetts.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Sporadic rocket fire from Gaza continues to hit South despite 'ceasefire' - Jerusalem Post
Sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip fell in southern Israel on Thursday evening hours after the Islamic Jihad claimed that Egypt had brokered a ceasefire to end two days of hostilities that has seen nearly 70 rockets fall in the South.

Kerry: Netanyahu wrong to insist Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish state - Jerusalem Post
Secretary of State John Kerry told members of Congress on Thursday that international law already declares Israel a Jewish state, and called Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's insistence on a public declaration of Israel's Jewish character from the Palestinians "a mistake" in the diplomatic process.


Inside the United States
Obama administration endorses cut in drug sentences - Reuters
The Obama administration on Thursday threw its weight behind a proposal that it says could cut the average prison sentence for a federal drug defendant by 11 months, a change designed to help reduce the massive U.S. prison population.

NSA pretended to be Facebook to infect millions of computers - Fox News
As part of its efforts to install malware on "millions" of computers worldwide, the National Security Agency impersonated Facebook to trick targets into downloading malicious code.

Bipartisan Bill Would Eliminate Useless Government Reports - Washington Free Beacon
Congress is moving forward with legislation that would eliminate hundreds of useless government reports, including the annual review on "Dog and Cat Fur" by the Department of Homeland Security.

Congress Seeks to Restrict U.S. Travel to Syria - Washington Free Beacon
A new bill would severely restrict Americans from traveling to Syria and would imprison violators for up to 20 years for breaching the restrictions.

Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard - Fox News
The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said.

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