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Worthy News Brief - May 20, 2014

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1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Perhaps you've seen pictures or have even visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, what many believe to be the last standing Wall of the Second Temple. But people come from all over the world to pray there and put their prayer notes into the cracks between its stones. Believe it or not, I've actually come across a few websites which advertise their desire to receive your faxed prayer requests -- and for a low, low fee of 29.99, will take and put them into the cracks of the wall for you!

This is a very nice gesture and all -- but who needs it? God is ALIVE! He hears us whenever and wherever we call!

When Solomon set out to build the first temple, the Lord told Him that He cannot be contained in a manmade structure. He is infinite and all-encompassing! He’s not in a wall or any other man-made object! And amazingly, infinite as He is, He promises to draw near to us as we draw near to Him!

God wants to have a deep and intimate relationship with us. He wants us to experience the life-changing power of His healing and deliverance in our lives.

%%First Name%%, let's not get distracted by the man-made ways people try to connect with God -- let's cry out for intimacy with Him right here and right now. And let's also not forget pray for revelation for all who seek Him – that they would see the truth of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Worthy News Features
Pakistan's Blasphemy Double Standard
Nazir Bhatti, President of the Pakistan Christian Congress, said his country has a double standard when it comes to enforcing its own blasphemy laws.
Myanmar May Pass Law Against Mixed Marriages
Nearly 100 multi-ethnic groups in Myanmar have rejected a proposal by Buddhist extremists to restrict interfaith marriage and other religious rights and freedoms, according to AsiaNews.
Persian Film Depicts Nuclear War with Israel
A Persian-language animated film shows an Iranian reprisal for a failed Israeli nuclear attack on Iran, and depicts the destruction of Israel by Islamic military forces.
North Korea Blames Missionaries for Trafficking, Terrorism
North Korea has tried to deflect international criticism away from itself by accusing Christian missionaries of human trafficking and even terrorism in the DPRK, according to the Christian Post.
1st Century Town Discovered in Israel
The construction of a resort in Galilee for Christian pilgrims may have inadvertently uncovered the hometown of the biblical Mary Magdalene.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Rouhani: Nuclear talks will lead to agreement 'despite difficulties' - Ynet News
Talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran's nuclear program will lead to an agreement "despite the difficulties", because it is in everyone's interest, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday.

Floods affect over 1 million in Balkans, destruction 'terrifying' - Reuters
Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its 4 million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the "terrifying" destruction to that of the country's 1992-95 war.

Kremlin again says Putin has ordered troops from Ukraine - Reuters
The Kremlin announced on Monday President Vladimir Putin had ordered Russian forces near Ukraine back to their bases, but NATO and the United States said they saw no sign of a pullback and Moscow had failed to carry out such promises before.

US Missionary Murdered in Haiti, Killer Missing - CBN
Police in Haiti are looking for the killer of a well-liked American missionary, George Knoop.

Sex change drugs 'to be offered to nine-year-olds' - UK Telegraph
Children as young as nine are to be prescribed drugs which delay the onset of puberty as the first step towards a sex change operation, according to reports.

Worst thunderstorms in 50 years to rip through Britain this week - UK Express
Britian's scorching early summer will erupt into the most violent thunderstorms seen in decades within 72 hours, forecasters warned today.

Chinese hackers infiltrated U.S. companies, attorney general says - CNN
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that members of the Chinese military have engaged in the hacking of American businesses and entities, including U.S. Steel Corp., Westinghouse, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies, the United Steel Workers Union and SolarWorld.

Army declares martial law in Thailand; government wasn't informed, aide says - CNN
The Thai army declared martial law throughout the country Tuesday in a surprise move that an aide to the embattled Prime Minister said the government didn't know about beforehand.

Syria war death toll tops 160,000 - CBC
The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has exceeded 160,000, an activist group said Monday, a harrowing figure that reflects the country's relentless bloodletting that appears no closer to a resolution.

58 countries appeal for UN to send Syria to ICC - Times of Israel
Nearly 60 countries urged the UN Security Council on Monday to refer the war in Syria to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible crimes against humanity and war crimes.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Pope Will 'Recognize Palestine, Call to End Occupation' - Arutz Sheva
Palestinian Authority (PA) and Arab Christian sources are already celebrating Pope Francis's visit to Israel starting next Sunday, saying his choice to begin the trip directly in PA-held Bethlehem is meant to "recognize Palestine" and "oppose the occupation."

Jerusalem imam urges Muslims to invade Israel - WND
An imam at the Al Aqsa Mosque atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount has publicly urged the armies of the Arab world to invade Israel thus fulfill the great Muslim longing of destroying the hated "Zionist entity."

U.S.-Armed Syrian Rebel Group Seeks 'All Syrian Land Occupied by Israel' - Washington Free Beacon
One of the militant Syrian rebel groups provided access to advanced U.S. missiles said that it is seeking "the return of all Syrian land occupied by Israel," a stance that could potentially complicate U.S. military support to the armed rebel group.

Israeli defense official: Iran can break out to nuclear weapons 'very quickly' - Jerusalem Post
Iran can break out to nuclear weapons "very quickly," and Israel must maintain operational readiness for any threat that may arise, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, director of political-military affairs at the Defense Ministry, warned on Monday.

All Israeli army reserve training canceled for 2014 Read more: All Israeli army reserve training canceled for 2014 - Times of Israel
Warning that the army was operating under unprecedented financial constraints, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Monday that he had cancelled reserve training for the rest of the year because of cuts to the defense budget.


Inside the United States
U.S. Charges Five Chinese Military Officers With Spying - Bloomberg
The U.S. dramatically escalated its battle to curb China's technology theft from American companies by accusing five Chinese military officials of stealing trade secrets, casting the hacker attacks as a direct economic threat.

Wireless Medical Implant Is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice - NBC News
A breakthrough in wireless power has enabled the creation of a tiny medical implant, no larger than a grain of rice, that could be used as a pacemaker or in place of drugs.

Huge fish die-offs in California and Minnesota. What's happening? - Christian Science Monitor
A lack oxygen in the water brought on by the recent Southern California heat wave is one of the reasons experts are suggesting for a huge fish die-off in the waters of Marina Del Rey.

More VA Whistleblowers Coming Forward, Campaign Says - US News and World Report
The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America unveiled an encrypted web submission form Thursday soliciting horror stories in the wake of a nationwide furor about fudged wait time records and related veteran deaths in Phoenix.

Americans tend to fib about church attendance, study finds - Washington Times
American churchgoers tend to fib about how often they actually go to church, regardless of their denomination, a recent study shows.

Utah ordered to recognize over 1,000 gay marriages - Washington Times
A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages that took place in the state before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay. If the rulings stands after a 21-day hold the judge placed on it, the state would be required to lift its freeze on benefits requested by gay couples.

Pastor Jailed for Displaying Anti-Abortion Sign - CBN
A Christian legal group is defending a pastor who was arrested for protesting outside an abortion clinic in Mississippi.

Dozens of Texas communities with less than 90 days of water - KHOU
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality keeps tabs on those places where the water is scarce enough to draw concern, and it lists over 30 municipalities which could be out of water within three months.

Revealed: Just one Obamacare enrollment on first day - Washington Examiner
The horrendous rollout of Obamacare last Oct. 1 was even worse than the administration has revealed, with just one person able to enroll on healthcare.gov, according to new documents uncovered by a public watchdog group.

House may begin debating NSA measure this week - Washington Examiner
Congress this week could begin considering an anti-snooping measure that would end the government's dragnet collection of telephone call data.

Judge strikes down Oregon gay marriage ban - Washington Examiner
A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional.
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