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Worthy News Brief - June 12, 2014

%%First Name%%, it's not about us!

Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Many of you know that we've been in Israel a little over ten years now. I am still trying to adjust to the spiritual atmosphere, culture and language. Those few things, in and of themselves, are enough to become overwhelmed. But if that's not enough, we are pioneering a new ministry here, trusting totally in God for His provision, trying to raise two young children in a way that is pleasing to Him and all the while, going through our own personal trials.

When we face difficult trials, often we get to feeling sorry for ourselves -- we wallow in our self pity, thinking things like "I'm not worthy enough, not strong enough, not able enough, not adequate enough to get through these things -- I just can't do it!"

But hear the truth of God's word today! HE will perfect that which concerns us! It is not us -- it is HE who perfects us! It is HIS great strength and mercy that works through us, that allows us to be worthy, strong, able and adequate!

%%First Name%%, let's start giving to the Lord all those things which concern us. God will have the victory!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Worthy News Features
Iran: Pastor Irani Beaten in Prison and Taken to Unknown Location
Christian Solidarity Worldwide has learned that imprisoned Pastor Behnam Irani -- who was sentenced in 2011 to six years on political charges -- was beaten and transferred to an unknown location Saturday.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Russia Accused of Breaking Treaty
Russia's recent missile developments represent a "material breach" of its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a senior House Republican said Wednesday.
Russian Bombers Intercepted by U.S. Fighter Jets within 50 Miles of California Coast
Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.
Nuclear Negotiations with Iran 'Hit a Wall'
Iran, after talks with senior U.S. officials, questioned whether a July deadline for a nuclear deal with world powers will be met, fueling doubts on the outcome as France spoke out, saying talks on curbing Tehran's uranium enrichment had "hit a wall".
Jihadists Seize Saddam Hussein's Hometown of Tikrit (Video)
Sunni jihadists pushed in a lightening offensive from northern Iraq and seized Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, just 80 miles north of Baghdad.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US Embassy in Israel Flies LGBT Flag for First Time in History
The U.S. ambassador to Israel hoisted a gay pride flag over an American embassy for the first time in history celebrating LGBT Pride Week with Israelis in Tel Aviv.
Don't Expect Inspectors to Stop Iran Nukes, Israeli Ambassador Says
Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, said Israel cannot rely on inspections of nuclear facilities to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons.

Inside the United States
Federal Appeals Court: Warrant is Needed for Cellphone Location Records
A federal appeals court has for the first time ruled that a warrant is required for the government to obtain an individual's stored cellphone location records.
Satanic Temple: Gay Marriage is 'a Sacrament'
The Satanic Temple, which gained international notoriety in May when it tried to hold a Black Mass reenactment at Harvard University, said one of the issues it feels strongly about is "gay rights" and explained that homosexual marriage is "a sacrament," just like heterosexual marriage.
Surge in Illegal Immigrants Blamed on U.S. Policy, Memo Says
Illegal immigrants from Central America are surging across the U.S.-Mexico border because they believe they can take advantage of American immigration policy and gain at least a tentative foothold in the country, according to an internal Border Patrol intelligence memo.
Attorney General Slams Boy Scouts Over Gay Scoutmaster Ban
Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the refusal by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay adults to be scout leaders "perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes."
Kindergarten Children Indoctrinated by LGBT Agenda (Video)
In an historic first, Glenview Elementary in Oakland, California celebrates LGBT month as teachers taught five and six year-old children how to celebrate gay pride. Watch as the instructor encouraged the kids to celebrate families with two moms, two dads, or even four moms.
'Duck Dynasty' Producer Speaks Out (Video)
"I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs," Deirdre Gurney, executive producer of A&E's breakout hit, said during The Hollywood Reporter Reality Roundtable. "I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on it."
Hagel Throws Obama Under Bus During Congressional Hearings
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apparently isn't going to let the Obama administration throw him under the bus in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl scandal. In fact, you could say just the opposite.
Border Sheriff Says Influx of Illegal Immigrants Like Hurricane Katrina
Officials say that nearly a thousand illegal immigrants a day are crossing into Texas from Mexico, an anomaly that is now being compared to Hurricane Katrina.
Obama Praises Australia's Confiscation of Guns
Speaking to users of the blogging platform Tumblr, President Obama today praised Australia's confiscation of firearms.

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