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Worthy News Brief - June 9, 2014

%%First Name%%, Lights! Camera! Action!

Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

The world loves the extraordinary, the spectacular. It relishes on the big, bright, grand and expensive. I remember when we traveled through Las Vegas years ago, to speak at a church in Carson City. Uyy! The lights, the size of everything -- crazy! But all I could think as we rolled down Sunset Strip was how sad it is that this is what the world finds extraordinary. The bigger, the brighter, the more expensive -- the more the world worships it.

I don't think God is very impressed though. I think He Has a slightly different take on the spectacular. One of many examples in the Word is when Gideon defeated the Midianites. It wasn't with a grand army of thousands -- it was with an army of a measly 300! You see, God took a few ordinary men and created out of them an "extraordinary" victory!

We may think to ourselves "I'm just an ordinary person. I don't have much to offer." But when we are born again, God takes our ordinary and makes it "extraordinary!"

%%First Name%%, let's dare to let God in on the things we find weak and uninteresting about our lives today and watch as He turns it to spectacular! Be encouraged! God has great things planned!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Islamists torch Christian-owned shops in southern Egypt
A mob of Islamists burned down several Christian-owned shops in southern Egypt near Luxor, according to Jewish and Israel News.

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US Resembles Diplomatic Team for Iran nuke talks
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10 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt
Ten supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy were sentenced to death Saturday by a criminal court in Cairo, according to state-run Al-Ahram Online.
G-7 Leaders Join Forces to Combat Jihadists Returning from Syria
Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations decided Thursday to tighten defenses against the risk of terror attacks by European jihadists returning from the Syrian front.
Spain approves 'law of return' for Jews
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Israeli Pollsters Find Surprising Results in Iran
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Israel-Palestinian Conflict
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Tensions Grow Between Washington and Jerusalem
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Temple Mount Archaeological Project Yields Unearthed Treasures
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Israeli Defense Minister: Abbas Must Disarm Hamas
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Inside the United States
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