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Worthy News Brief - August 1, 2014

%%First Name%%, let go and let God!

Hebrews 4:9-11 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same example of disobedience.

As the Operation Protective Edge enters its 25th day, a ceasefire is 'supposed to go into effect' for 72 hours. Over the past few weeks, we've received numerous phone calls and emails expressing their concerns -- and understandably so!

Nevertheless, even in this climate of anxiety, we are preparing to enter into Shabbat (the Hebrew word for Sabbath) this afternoon. And as we do, we are remembering again, the deep lesson of God's entering into His rest following the six creation days. After working for six days – He entered into Shabbat. The word Shabbat comes from the Hebrew verb "shavat", which literally means "to cease". Shabbat implies that we need to stop working -- stop trying -- stop doing...simply, to cease from our own work. We need to simply let go, and let God!

In a way it's different kind of work. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews puts it this way: "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." [Hebrews 4:11] So, this is a "work" of faith, where we are no longer working, but trusting God to accomplish the work He has begun and is perfectly able to complete!

This Shabbat, if you dealing with fear of the future, rest in the fact that YOUR future is already secure in the finished work of Messiah! You can trust Him, in faith, knowing that not a single hair of your head can fall to the ground without Him allowing it!

%%First Name%%, enjoy your Shabbat tonight and embrace the profound lesson of the Sabbath – let go, and let God! Remember that the only real rest from anxiety, worry and fear … is found in HIM – Yeshua, the Lord of Shabbat!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

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

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Today's Breaking News
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Israel-Palestinian Conflict
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Inside the United States
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Letters to the Editor
Thank you my dear Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior Yes! we are indeed praying for each one of you, whether on the battlefield, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. The Lord God of Israel is with us in Jesus we trust, Amen. yours in Christ.
--Xavier (Karachi- Sindh- Islamic Republic Of Pakistan)

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