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Worthy News Brief - May 5, 2014

%%First Name%%, sing, dance for joy, for you are free!

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Israel is celebrating its Independence today. Just before Israel celebrates its independence, its very solemn in the land as the nation mourns those whose blood was shed for its freedom.

And if you've ever been to Israel around these times, you'd know the kind of celebrating that goes on here! …parades, various events and fairs, flags waving and music playing, people dancing and performing in the streets, all sorts of entertainment around town, old and young spraying white foam and bopping people on the head with plastic musical hammers -- it's a riot. Israeli's sure know how to party!

It's good to have days and celebrations to remember our freedom and those whose blood was shed to pay it. But there's one work of freedom that we need to remember every day. So often, we forget the price that was paid for our spiritual freedom. We get distracted by all the little things our worlds tend to begin to revolve around.

%%First Name%%, let's break out the confetti, turn up the music, and celebrate our freedom today! We were bought with a price! We were set free from the law of sin and death! Our mourning has been turned to joy! Let’s celebrate! If the Son has set us free, we are free indeed!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Christians in India Outraged by Candidate's Remarks
Christian leaders condemned the claim made by a Hindu nationalist party candidate when he denied any knowledge of the many attacks on members of their communities and its churches in India, according to International Christian Concern.
New Hungarian Law Strips Registration from Churches
The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that a Hungarian law had violated the rights of churches and other religious groups by stripping them of their state registrations, according to Barnabas Aid.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
U.S. Sanctions Push Putin Toward His Dream of A New Financial System - Time
Although Monday's sanctions will hurt Russia in the short term, they will also force Putin to step up his efforts to weaken U.S. influence over the global economy, which so far has been "little more than wishful thinking because of the difficult reforms it would require".

Solar eclipse set to cast its shadow - Brisbane Times
Australian star-gazers will be treated to a rare celestial spectacle from late Tuesday afternoon, as an annular solar eclipse casts its shadow across the land down under.

Eastern Ukraine slips further into chaos as violence flares and mayor shot - UK Telegraph
The mayor of Ukraine's second largest city was fighting for his life on Monday after an assassination attempt in broad daylight and an eruption of street violence in Donetsk dragged the east of the country further into chaos.

Ukraine crisis: Mayor of second city Gennady Kernes fights for life after murder attempt is blamed on Kremlin - UK Independent
The day began with the police station and administration building Konstantinovska being overrun; next the airport at Kramatorsk was attacked with rocket propelled grenades and then the mayor of Kharkiv was shot in the back. It ended in a vicious ambush on a demonstration in Donetsk. While America and the European Union impose new sanctions on Russia, violence and turmoil continues unabated in eastern Ukraine.

U.S. Said to Sanction Seven Russians, 17 Companies - Bloomberg
The Obama administration will sanction seven Russians and 17 companies, including some involved in the financial, energy and infrastructure sectors, according to a congressional official briefed on the actions.

Political uncertainty and violence in first Iraqi election since U.S. withdraw - Washington Times
Amid increasing violence by a resurgent al Qaeda, Iraqis will vote this week in the first parliamentary elections since the departure of U.S. troops in 2011 as the country edges closer to outright sectarian warfare and the government moves closer to Iran.

Egypt judge sentences 683 Islamists to death over Morsi-tied violence - Washington Times
The Obama administration and the U.N. reacted with alarm on Monday after an Egyptian judge sentenced the spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and more than 680 others to death for inciting and committing violence that led to the death of one police officer.

US and Gulf states plan missile defence system to counter Iran - UK Guardian
A senior US official on Sunday signaled optimism about a possible resolution of the Iranian nuclear dispute, but said Washington remained concerned that Iran's ballistic missiles threatened Gulf Arab states.

Former NASA Scientist: Global Warming is Nonsense - Breitbart
A former NASA scientist has described global warming as "nonsense", dismissing the theory of man-made climate change as "an unsubstantiated hypothesis" and saying that it is "absolutely stupid" to blame the recent UK floods on human activity.

Russia threatens to cut gas to Europe if Ukraine doesn't pay debt - EU Times
Russia says Ukraine's failure to pay its growing gas debt may impact gas delivery to European countries.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Iranian diplomat: Israel sole obstacle to nuclear weapons-free Mideast - Jerusalem Post
Iran's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations has blamed Israel as the sole obstacle for "a Middle East free of nuclear weapons." Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Netanyahu links Holocaust to Iran's suspected nuclear ambitions - Fox News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the country's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust by issuing a stern warning Sunday to the world to learn the lessons of the past and prevent another Holocaust.

Abbas calls Holocaust 'single greatest tragedy in modern-day history' - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust the "single greatest tragedy in modern-day history" during a meeting with a visiting American rabbi in Ramallah on Sunday.

Kerry apologizes for 'apartheid' remark about Israel - Washington Examiner
Secretary of State John Kerry apologized Monday night for using the phrase "apartheid state" during a closed-door meting to describe what Israel could become if both sides fail to agree on a two-state solution in the Middle East.


Inside the United States
U.S. pending home sales jump, end losing streak - Reuters
Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose in March for the first time in nine months, a sign the housing market could be stabilizing after suffering a setback from a rise in interest rates and a severe winter.

United Church of Christ Sues North Carolina to Allow Gay Marriage - Time
It's the first time for a national Christian denomination to sue in favor of same-sex marriage, citing restricted freedom of religion. Currently ministers who marry couples without a marriage license can face misdemeanor charges punishable by up to 120 days in jail.

BLS: In 20% of American Families, No One Works - CNS News
In 20 percent of American families in 2013, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), not one member of the family worked.

Report: Pentagon to destroy $1B in ammo - Military Times
The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.

Federal Court Hears Miss. Abortion Law Case - CBN News
A federal court of appeals heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

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