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Worthy News Brief - April 2, 2014

%%First Name%%, do ya love me?

John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

An ancient story in Church history tells of the apostle John. He would constantly repeat the words, "Little children, love one another." And his disciples became weary of the phrase. Finally, in his old age, as John was being carried to their assembly, the disciples asked him, "Why do you always repeat these same words?" "Because friends," John replied, "it is the Lord's commandment -- and if only this one were fulfilled, it would be enough."

What is the greatest witness we Christians have to the world around us? I can tell you it's not only our words of wisdom, though they may be wonderful. It's not only our knowledge of the Scripture, though it may be vast. It's not only our material giving, though it may be great.

The greatest witness we have is the kind of love that the Bible defines above. Have we been patient and kind with others? Perhaps instead, we've been envious, boastful, proud, rude, self seeking or easily angered. I know I have. Have we kept a record of wrongs? Have we we delighted in evil? Uggh. When we express the true love of God, we always rejoice in the truth, protect, trust, hope and persevere.

Love never fails. Love can turn evil to good, darkness into light and enemies to friends. True love can totally transform the world around us.

%%First Name%%, I am humbled, are you? Let's strive to start loving the way the Lord would have us love. Yeah -- you know why. 'Cause there's just so much work to be done!!'

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Worthy News Features
Islamic Nigerian Militants Kill 1,500 this Year
Islamic uprisings in Nigeria have caused at least 1,500 deaths this year alone as attacks on unarmed civilians become more commonplace, according to CBN News.
Pakistan: Rights Groups Decry Death Sentence for Christian
Rights groups have decried the death sentence handed down to one Christian man after more than 100 Muslims who destroyed his neighborhood were freed on bail.

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Around the World
British Prime Minister orders investigation of Muslim Brotherhood - CNN
British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns about its alleged links to violent extremism, his Downing Street office said Tuesday.

Russia says JP Morgan 'illegally' blocked embassy money transfer - Reuters
Russia accused U.S. bank JP Morgan on Tuesday of "illegally" blocking a payment from one of its embassies to an insurance agency"under the pretext of anti-Russian sanctions".

NATO rejects Russian claims it has withdrawn troops from Ukraine border, suspends all ties - CNN
NATO will suspend "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia because of its annexation of Crimea, saying it has seen no sign that Moscow was withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border.

South Korea sex change doctor: I correct 'God's mistakes' - Washington Times
As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar feelings.

Germany ready to reinforce Nato-Russia borders - EU Observer
Germany has said its air force is ready to increase security on Nato's border with Russia, despite Moscow's promise not to escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

UK: Parents who deliberately starve children of love face jail under new Cinderella Law - UK Telegraph
Parents who starve their children of love and affection face prosecution under a "Cinderella Law", The Telegraph can disclose.

Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents - UK Independent
Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

Five Dead as Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Hits Northern Chile - VOA News
A strong 8.2-magnitude earthquake has struck off the northwestern coast of Chile, killing at least five people and setting off a small tsunami that prompted evacuations along the country's Pacific coast.

Hagel: US 'Can't Confirm' Russia's Ukraine Withdrawal - CBN News
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is downplaying recent reports that Russian troops are pulling away from Ukraine's border.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Sources: Coalition crisis brewing over prisoner release deal to save peace talks - Jerusalem Post
A possible coalition crisis was brewing on Tuesday over the emerging deal to save peace talks, which includes an Israeli obligation to release 400 more Palestinian prisoners.

Kerry nixes Ramallah trip as Abbas signs UN applications - Times of Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday canceled plans to travel on Wednesday to Ramallah for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The announcement of the cancellation came shortly after Abbas made a public display of signing applications for Palestinian admission to 15 United Nations bodies.

'Supernatural Events' Surround New Phenomenon - WND
Two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was first proclaimed by Jews in Israel to be God's "Messiah," and a flurry of miracles took place. Now, two millennia later, the cycle is repeating itself as Orthodox Jews who once rejected that message are coming to realize the man slain at Calvary in Jerusalem is indeed God's "Anointed One."

Obama faces stiff opposition on Capitol Hill to freeing Pollard - Jerusalem Post
If the Obama administration thought about freeing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in an effort to entice Israel to show more flexibility in the negotiations with the Palestinians, it will have to take into consideration the fierce objections of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Jews Petition Police to Offer Passover Sacrifice on Temple Mount - Jewish Press
Two Jews have petitioned Jerusalem police in the name of dozens of others for permission to carry out the mitzvah of the Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount this year, for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.

Cheney endorses Israeli strike on Iran in GOP gathering - Ha'aretz
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney voiced his support for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities over the weekend, during his closed-door keynote address at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual spring meeting.


Inside the United States
FBI alert: Former Army recruit planning 'Fort Hood-inspired jihad' - Washington Times
Federal agents are actively seeking out a former Army recruit they believe is plotting a "Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers," they said.

'Flash traders' investigated by FBI as book blows lid on their methods to billion-dollar profits - UK Telegraph
The FBI is investigating whether "high-frequency trading" firms are committing insider trading or fraud.

Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured - Forbes
A new study from the RAND Corporation indicates that only one-third of exchange sign-ups were previously uninsured.

Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans -- nowhere near 7.1 million -- have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

Paul Ryan proposes balanced budget plan that reforms entitlements, tax code - Washington Examiner
Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday raised the curtain on his ten-year budget blueprint, unveiling a plan that balances the budget, reforms Medicare and Medicaid and simplifies the tax code.

Senators Predicted Obamacare's Negative Side Effects - Washington Free Beacon
Sens. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) and John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) released a new report Tuesday evening highlighting Obamacare's failures, including forcing millions of Americans off their health insurance plans and adding $1 trillion in new taxes.

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