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Worthy News Brief - May 6, 2014

%%First Name%%, find the secret of stability!

Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Have you ever felt uneasy, unsettled or unstable? Or maybe a better question is -- who hasn't? How do we overcome these feelings? This is what George Muller wrote in His diary on May 9, 1841:

"Now, I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed...by breakfast time, with rare exceptions, I am in a peaceful if not happy state of heart."

The word faith in Hebrew is "emunah" (em-oo-nah). But interestingly, the word stability in the verse above is the Hebrew word, 'emunah"! Faith and stability are linked one to another. How do we become more stable and settled despite the circumstances surrounding our lives? By gaining faith! "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."

%%First Name%%, when we search for wisdom and knowledge in His word, we become more stable in our walk -- and in our lives! Let's aim to spend more time in the Word and gain more stability in our lives.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Eritrea even persecutes its own officially recognized religions. Just last week, five Christians about to be ordained in Eritrea's state sanctioned Evangelical Lutheran Church were arrested instead, according to Morning Star News.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Warns of War in Ukraine - Time
Michael McFaul, who served as President Obama's ambassador to Moscow until February, has warned that the Ukraine crisis is approaching a state of war that could trigger a large scale invasion by Russian military forces.

US to unleash IRS on Russian banks - AP
The United States is deploying an economic weapon against Russia that could prove to be more costly than sanctions: the Internal Revenue Service.

U.S. warns Russia to quell crisis with eye on Ukraine's May 25 elections - Washington Times
As violence escalated in Ukraine on Monday ahead of critical elections, the Obama administration stood pat with calls for Russia to obey the terms of a diplomatic agreement to ease the crisis and warned that the West was ready to impose more economic sanctions.

Iran's frontline has reached Israeli border, declares senior official - Ha'aretz
Iran's front line of defense against Israel is now the southern Lebanese border, a senior military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader declared last week, several Iranian and Arab news agencies reported on Saturday.

China Arrests Spy Who Used Internet to Provide Military Secrets Abroad - Washington Free Beacon
China's communist government has arrested a man in southern China who was charged with being a spy for a foreign intelligence service for providing military secrets through the Internet, Chinese state media revealed on Monday.

Iran, China Expand Military Ties - Washington Free Beacon
The Iranian and Chinese defense ministers held high-level talks Monday in a bid to expand the military relationship between Tehran and Beijing, according to reports in China and Iran's state-run media organs.

Report: N. Korea Has Nuclear Warheads for Missiles - Washington Free Beacon
North Korea has developed nuclear weapons capable of being launched on its ballistic missile forces, according to a new report by a defense analyst.

Quake rocks central Tokyo; 16 hurt - Japan Today
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 jolted central Tokyo on Monday morning -- the strongest temblor to shake the capital since the Great East Japan Earthquake three years ago.

World Powers Resume Iran Nuclear Talks - CBN News
Negotiators from Iran and six world powers kicked off another round of expert-level talks in New York with the hope of reaching a deal regarding Iran's nuclear program, Monday.

IAEA Inspectors Commence Iran Visit Ahead of Nuclear Talks - Bloomberg
Inspectors from the United Nations atomic agency arrived in Iran to visit sites related to the country's nuclear program before talks between the Islamic republic and world powers resume next week.

Iranian navy chief: We aim to destroy the US Navy - Times of Israel
The naval commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, said Monday that the destruction of the US Navy is a major operational goal of his forces, an Iranian news agency reported. In an unusually aggressive interview, he was said to have declared that Iran's navy had been conducting drills on how to sink US vessels in any potential combat, that Iran "naturally" wants to sink these vessels, and that it could sink a US aircraft carrier in less than a minute.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Palestinians become signatories in 5 UN human rights conventions - Ynet News
The Palestinians on Friday officially became signatories in five UN human rights conventions to which they appealed on April 1, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement.

PA, Hamas chiefs hold first talks since unity deal - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was to hold talks with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal in Doha on Monday for the first meeting since their rival movements signed a surprise unity deal.

House Restores Funding for Israeli Missile Defense - Washington Free Beacon
Funding for joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs has been significantly boosted by House lawmakers following a bid by the White House to reduce the amount of money spent on these critical systems, according to funding documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Hamas official: Unity deal forbids security cooperation with Israel - Times of Israel
Hamas is preparing to incorporate 3,000 Palestinian Authority security men from the West Bank into its Gaza apparatus, a Hamas official has announced. He also referred to a previously unknown "security clause" in the agreement with Fatah criminalizing security coordination with Israel.


Inside the United States
Podesta: Congress Can't Stop Obama On Global Warming - Daily Caller
White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration's efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming.

Final Fed Climate Report Will Present Dire Picture - ABC News
The Obama administration is more certain than ever that global warming is changing Americans' daily lives and will worsen -- conclusions that scientists will detail in a massive federal report to be released Tuesday.

House to Advance Bill to End Mass NSA Surveillance - National Journal
A bill that would effectively end one of the National Security Agency's most controversial spy programs is finally getting its day in congressional court.

Teacher banned fifth-grader's Bible during 'free reading' time, legal group says - Washington Times
A South Florida elementary school teacher banned "religious books" in her classroom and told a fifth-grade student that he couldn't read his Bible during "free reading" time, according to a release by conservative legal group Liberty Institute.

Supreme Court green lights detention of Americans - WND
A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court means the federal government now has an open door to "detain as a threat to national security anyone viewed as a troublemaker," according to critics.

Court's Prayer Ruling Has Nationwide Implications - CBN News
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that cities and towns across America can continue praying at public meetings.

John Boehner working on resolution that would give Benghazi panel 'strongest authority possible' - Washington Examiner
House Speaker John Boehner's office is working with the Rules Committee to craft the resolution that would determine the contours and function of the select committee to investigate the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Supreme Court: Opening prayers at council meetings constitutional - Fox News
The Supreme Court has upheld the right of local officials to open town council meetings with prayer, ruling that this does not violate the Constitution even if the prayers routinely stress Christianity.

First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Divorces Husband - CBN News
Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop of the Episcopal church, publicly announced he is divorcing his husband, Mark Andrew, on May 3.

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