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Worthy News Brief - May 22, 2014

%%First Name%%, become a spring in the desert!

Song of Solomon 1:14 My beloved is to me as a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En Gedi.

En Gedi is a nature reserve about 40 minutes from our home. Surrounded by dry, barren, rocky ground, except to theeast where the Dead Sea lies, it is an oasis, fed year round by springs of fresh water, and home to some of the most unique wild and botanical life in the world.

In the Song of Solomon, the King likens his beloved to flowers in the desert, his experience of En Gedi, evoking thedramatic contrast between a harsh and arid landscape and the exquisite refreshing floral beauty of an oasis. Such was Solomon's experience of romantic love, perhaps with the Queen of Sheba.

Now you may feel like you’re walking through a desert -- wandering in a wilderness...thirsty, and perhaps, longing for love...

Seek the Lord your God. His Presence is an eternal spring and a perpetual oasis in this arid world, and His love is better than the most desirable romantic experience you could hope for. It's a love which flows from an eternal spring, Yeshua (Jesus), Himself, and its sweetness and power will cause flowers to bloom throughout your dry and barren life.

%%First Name%%, drink from the spring of life, your beloved, Yeshua – He will fill you to overflowing, and make you, yourself, a livingspring...for this thirsty, love-starved world.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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State Dept. Won't Say If Christian Toddler Jailed in Sudan is U.S. Citizen - CNS News
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Nigerian Islamists kill 26 in two attacks, police say - Fox News
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US sends in another warship ahead of Ukraine vote - Global Post
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China signs 30-year deal for Russian natural gas - Washington Post
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Washington's High Court Swears In First Openly Gay Justice - AP
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