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Worthy News Brief - March 25, 2014

%%First Name%%, the fields are white in the world!

Matthew 9:37-38 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Since we returned to our home in the Negev Desert in Israel, we've noticed that the usual "desert scene" we are so accustomed to, has completely blossomed with grass and flowers -- what an amazing difference! It suddenly occured to me, as we were delighting in the beauty of it all, that the seed was already there! No one planted it. All the hills, now rolling endlessly with green -- they are not owned by anyone. Miles and miles of grass and wild flowers suddenly shoot forth where there was nothing but brown before! It was just waiting for someone to water it! And God brought the rains.

%%First Name%%, be encouraged today!! The desert is blooming! This is a sign to us! Pray for the rains to come! God has planted seed from the beginning of time! In each of us -- even those who seem furthest from the Lord -- God has planted seed! And we will see salvation and revival because of His great mercy and love!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Worthy News Features
Four Killed in Attack on Kenyan Church
During Sunday morning service, two gunmen fired into the crowded congregation of Joy Jesus Church in Likoni, Kenya, killing two parishioners, according to International Christian Concern.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Aid proposed to stop Christian persecution in the Middle East, panel says - Washington Times
The United States can help Christians being persecuted in the Middle East by using foreign aid to modify behaviors in countries where persecution is rampant, educating U.S. diplomats about the issue in their assigned regions and asking for help from Arab-Americans, a panel of religious freedom researchers said Monday.

Atheist 'Noah' director brags film is least biblical Bible movie ever - Washington Times
Note to Christians and those who believe the Bible: The producer of the movie "Noah," a self-professed atheist, says he is proud of the fact that he's taken a story inspired by God's word and turned it into something so secular.

Russia's price to pay: Investor exodus not sanctions threatens country - Washington Times
Russia is paying a heavy price for its annexation of Crimea, with its financial markets crashing, economic growth falling, and foreign investors and citizens pulling money out of the country at a frenetic pace.

Russia seizes another Crimean base as G-7 emergency summit convenes - CS Monitor
Russian troops seized a Ukrainian military base this morning, the third such capture in Crimea since Friday. President Barack Obama and other Group of Seven (G-7) leaders are set to hold an emergency summit today in The Hague to discuss how to respond to Russian policy in Eastern Europe.

Acknowledging defeat, Ukraine pulls troops from Crimea - Reuters
Ukrainian troops and their families began evacuating from Crimea on Monday, as Kiev effectively acknowledged defeat by Russian forces who stormed one of the last of their remaining bases on the peninsula.

Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals - UK Telegraph
The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as 'clinical waste' by hospitals in Britain with some used in 'waste to energy' plants.

U.S. Scurries to Shore Up Spying on Russia - Wall Street Journal
U.S. military satellites spied Russian troops amassing within striking distance of Crimea last month. But intelligence analysts were surprised because they hadn't intercepted any telltale communications where Russian leaders, military commanders or soldiers discussed plans to invade.

Japan plans to turn over plutonium, uranium to United States - Fox News
Japan plans to turn over to the United States more than 700 pounds of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly-enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama's efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world.

World Vision: Why We're Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages - Christianity Today
World Vision's American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF on high alert across Judea and Samaria - Israel Hayom
The Israel Defense Forces has declared a high alert in Judea and Samaria after riots broke out in the sector over the weekend. The IDF is concerned that Palestinian violence may escalate to include the use of Molotov cocktails and potential stabbing and shooting attacks.

Israel: In historic first, Foreign Ministry goes on strike - Israel Hayom
For the first time in Israel's history, the Foreign Ministry has gone on strike, closing all diplomatic missions abroad as well as the ministry's Jerusalem headquarters indefinitely.

Washington reportedly fears collapse of peace talks - Times of Israel
The Obama administration is very concerned that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks could collapse soon, and is working to find a solution that would allow the talks to continue beyond the April deadline which marks the end of the agreed-upon nine month negotiating period, according to a Sunday report.

Abbas said to support extending talks for settlement freeze - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded an Israeli settlement freeze and continued prisoner releases as his conditions for continuing with US-brokered peace talks past a late-April deadline for their conclusion, the Palestinian news site Ma'an reported Monday.

Inside the United States
Pro-Israel Students Called 'Kike,' 'Dirty Jew' at University of Michigan - Washington Free Beacon
The University of Michigan would not explain how it is responding to death threats and racial epithets that were reportedly issued by pro-Palestinian activists at students who oppose a resolution to divest from Israel.

Obama to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs - Washington Free Beacon
President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.

Obama administration to propose NSA stop collecting, storing phone call data - NY Daily News
The White House is expected this week to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call data for 18 months, as they do now, instead of the government sweeping up the phone records and holding them for five years.

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thank you very much for every message i read through sending me emails. i always pray that God will continue to bless you and your family. God bless you brothers in Christ. praying -- dexter

I treasure these daily messages so much. Today's note hit home. I have been taking for granted all that God has done for me. Instead, I've dwelled on the trials I'm going through now. Thanks -- Judy

Actually, this was what I needed to hear. I just messed up recently because I wasnt sensitive enough to hear God. Thanks for the mesaage. God bless you -- Ehineni (Famagusta)

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