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Worthy News Brief - May 12, 2014

%%First Name%%, Emmanuel! (God with us!)

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not leave you, nor forsake you.

Moses was used mightily by the Lord, yet we all know he had his inadequacies and limitations too. Still he was the vessel through which God chose to work through as He carried out the plagues over Egypt, divided the Red Sea and miraculously led and fed the children of Israel for forty years. That's pretty big stuff. Can you imagine having to be Moses' successor after all that? That's exactly what Joshua had to do. I can't even begin to imagine what Joshua was thinking at the time -- How can I possibly live up to Moses? But the Lord comforts and reassures Joshua and says, "as I was with Moses, so I will be with you!"

Those words for Joshua are also for us today. You know why? All the men and women who have done great things for the Lord were just ordinary men and women --- with a great God. The same God who walked with Moses, Elijah, Daniel and all the great men and women of God -- is with us today! Not only is He with us, He is FOR us too!

%%First Name%%, Let's walk in confidence! God is with us! He will never leave us nor forsake us! In His presence and with His power, let's expect to do great things for the Kingdom today! God loves to show off his supernatural power through us ordinary people!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Sri Lanka: Christian Criticize Creation of Religious Police
The government of Sri Lanka has created a religious police unit to settle disputes arising from an increasing intolerance against minorities ​​by Buddhist groups, according to AsiaNews.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran says it has built copy of captured American drone - Fox News
Iran says it has "succeeded" in copying an American drone it captured in 2011 and will soon take the replicated aircraft on a test flight.

Even Al Qaeda decries Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings, as 276 still go missing - Washington Times
Even al Qaeda has come out in opposition to the kidnappings of hundreds of Nigerian school girls, saying their abduction and planned sale into slavery does not honor Islam.

UN Urged to Tell Catholic Church it Has No Right to Oppose Abortion - CNS News
The Center for Reproductive Rights, a non-governmental organization that advocates for legalized abortion, is urging the United Nations Committee Against Torture to tell the Catholic Church that "the freedom of speech and of religion" do not give the church the right to advocate against abortion.

Jihadists capturing southern Syria, local fighter warns - Times of Israel
Lack of funds and quality weaponry may enable the Islamist Al-Nusra Front -- a group classified as a terror organization by the US and other Western countries -- wrest control of Syria's southern province of Daraa away from the opposition's Free Syrian Army, an FSA spokesman told The Times of Israel on Sunday.

Defiant Iranian leader tours missile exhibition - Times of Israel
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to express a confrontational attitude Sunday, just ahead of a new round of talks with Western nations over Iran's nuclear program, touring an exhibition of surface-to-surface missiles, drones and other weaponry.

UK: Taxes will rise unless we can raid bank accounts - UK Telegraph
Taxes will have to rise unless officials are given new powers to raid people's bank accounts, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

U.N. should encourage redistribution of wealth, pope says - Reuters
Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday that the world body must do more to help the poor and should encourage the "legitimate redistribution" of wealth.

U.N. should encourage redistribution of wealth, pope says - Reuters
Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday that the world body must do more to help the poor and should encourage the "legitimate redistribution" of wealth.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF declares Syrian border area a closed military zone as fighting nears Israeli Golan - Jerusalem Post
The IDF Northern Command declared the Quneitra crossing area a closed military zone on Sunday, following intense exchanges of fire between Assad loyalist forces and rebels in the region.

Sisi: If Needed, We'll Amend Peace Treaty with Israel - Arutz Sheva
Egypt's former army chief and leading presidential candidate, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, said Sunday that, if elected, he would be willing to consider making changes to the peace agreement with Israel.

More Than 200 Christian Leaders Call for Protection of Mideast Christians - Algemeiner
More than 200 Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant leaders, as well as several secular leaders, joined forces to call on the U.S. government to take action to protect Middle East Christians and other minorities under threat from extremism.

Israeli ministers approve bill aimed at blocking prisoner swaps - Ha'aretz
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation passed a bill restricting presidential pardons for convicted murderers by a majority of seven to three on Sunday. This approval paves the way for the bill to be brought to Knesset for a preliminary vote.


Inside the United States
$474M for 4 failed Obamacare exchanges - Politico
Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles -- and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.

Insurance execs: Millions of health plans to be canceled - WND
Millions of American families still must face the loss of their health insurance policies because of Obamacare, members of Congress learned at a hearing with insurance company executives this week.

U.S. Naval Academy Hosts First Same-Sex Wedding for Maryland Couple - NBC News
Beneath the magnificent cupola of the Navy's most recognizable religious structure, two men -- accompanied by their two children and about 100 guests -- gathered here Saturday for the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel's first-ever same-sex wedding.

Feds' next land fight: New Mexico ranchers angered over water fenced off to cattle - Washington Times
The Obama administration's crackdown on Western land use has sparked a furor over the Forest Service's decision to fence off a creek used by thirsty cattle in drought-stricken Otero County, New Mexico.

Online porn surfing opens government computers to viruses - Washington Times
For two hours a day, a General Services Administration employee visited dating websites, scoured the Internet for pornography and even maintained a user account at an X-rated social networking site.

GOP vs. GOP: Fight over official stance on gays, abortion roiling Republicans - Washington Times
Gay marriage and abortion, divisive issues within the Republican party, have flared again at the RNC's meeting here, with Nevada's delegation firing back at criticism of its April decision to remove anti-abortion and anti-gay language from its state platform.

Tornado damages or destroys hundreds of homes in Missouri town - Reuters
A tornado destroyed or damaged 200 to 300 homes in a small town east of Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday but caused no injuries, officials reported.

Congress to Boost U.S. Military Presence Against Iran - Washington Free Beacon
Congress is seeking to boost the U.S. military presence in the Gulf region in order to deter Iran from taking hostile military action and ensure that U.S. allies are in a position to defend themselves should Tehran become hostile.

Wisconsin Democrat's Bike Business Hasn't Paid State Income Taxes For Three Decades - Washington Free Beacon
The family bicycle business of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has not paid state income taxes for more than three decades.

Congress to Boost U.S. Military Presence Against Iran - Washington Free Beacon
Congress is seeking to boost the U.S. military presence in the Gulf region in order to deter Iran from taking hostile military action and ensure that U.S. allies are in a position to defend themselves should Tehran become hostile.

U.S. to Conduct Strategic Bomber Exercise - Washington Free Beacon
The U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of waging nuclear war, will hold large-scale bomber exercises this week -- days after Russia held what Moscow called "massive" war games simulating a U.S. and NATO nuclear attack.

Twins Blame Show Cancellation on 'Smear Campaign' - CBN News
Christian brothers and business owners David and Jason Benham are citing a "smear campaign" as the reason their reality show was dropped by HGTV.

Arkansas first Bible Belt state to issue same-sex marriage licenses a day after ban lifted - Fox News
Gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt on Saturday, beginning with two women who had traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line.

After Google, Yahoo Removes Pro-Life Ads from 'Abortion Clinic' Searches - Christian Post
Weeks after Google pulled pro-life ads from its "abortion clinics" search results, Yahoo has also followed suit after being petitioned by the pro-choice groups NARAL Pro-Choice America and UltraViolet.

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