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Worthy News Brief - August 20, 2015

%%First Name%%, our crown awaits!

Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In 490 B.C., the Athenians won a crucial and decisive battle over the forces of King Darius I of Persia, on a plain near the Greek coastal town of Marathon. Upon delivering the important message of their victory, the Greek soldier who came to tell the good news died -- he had completed the 26 mile course running and bearing good news, and did it totally unreserved until the moment he died. Today marathons are run all over the world, commemorating that very event 2500 years ago.

Anyone who has run a marathon can tell you how difficult the race is. No matter how good you are, how well trained, how prepared, there are times in the race you just want to quit. But those who persevere till the end receive a prize. Back in King Darius' day, one would win only a crown made of laurel leaves. Today, athletes compete for trophies and medals. But in God's race, we win something far more precious -- a crown that is incorruptible.

%%First Name%%, I bet you're tired today. You are overworked, overstressed, overwhelmed ... DONE!  Be encouraged! Just when you think you can’t run any further, you can! C'mon! Press through and press on for the great prize! God is with us, strengthening our feeble knees and moving us in the right direction!!

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
Around the World
United Nations to let Iran Inspect Alleged Nuke Work Site
Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
U.S. Withdrawing Patriot Missiles from Turkey
The U.S. Army will withdraw two Patriot air defense missile batteries and their approximately 300 support personnel from Turkey in October, according to a joint announcement by the U.S. embassy in Ankara and the Turkish government.
Islamic State claims Cairo courthouse bomb which wounded 29
Islamic State's Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 29 people near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb early on Thursday.
Twin Storms: Goni a Threat to the Northern Philippines, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands; Atsani a Super Typhoon
Twin typhoons Goni and Atsani are churning through the tropical western Pacific Ocean. One is increasingly likely to potentially affect the northern Philippines, Taiwan and Japan's Ryukyu Islands later this week into the weekend. The other's future is more uncertain.
IAEA says access to Iran's Parchin military site meets demands of nuclear deal
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said access it will receive to Iran's Parchin military site, suspected by some states to have in the past hosted atomic bomb-related experiments, will satisfy its requirements.
Iran says all UN inspectors must receive stamp of approval
Any international inspector wishing to enter Iran as part of the agreement reached between Tehran and six world powers over the Islamic republic's nuclear program will need to be approved by the nation's intelligence agency, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Half of Jerusalem Arabs want to be Israelis
A slim majority of Palestinians living in Jerusalem would prefer Israeli citizenship to being citizens of a Palestinian state, a poll conducted by a Palestinian research institute indicates.
Israel testing 'top priority' anti-tunnel measures
A year after Hamas used cross-border tunnels to launch deadly attacks during the Gaza war, Israel is testing new techniques to detect the hidden passages as a 'top priority,' sources say, but has yet to announce the system fully operational.
US weighs withdrawal of forces from Sinai
The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America's three-decade deployment to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence.
Hamas frogmen capture dolphin alleged to be Israeli spy
Hamas naval commandos detained a 'suspicious' dolphin that was accused of being used by Israel to attack members of the Eziddin al-Qassam, Hamas's armed wing.

Inside the United States
Organ-Harvesting Abortionists Kept Hearts Beating for Better Quality
Abortionists and tissue resellers toyed with fetal organs before selling them off, according to a former procurement official.
Letter: Obama Administration Releasing Violent Illegal Immigrants Back into U.S. Towns
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been releasing illegal immigrants with violent criminal records back into local U.S. communities, where they have often gone on to commit violent crimes against American citizens, according to new disclosures by a leading lawmaker and local law enforcement agencies.
Obama administration emails found in Ashley Madison data dump
Hundreds of email addresses from the Obama White House and key federal agencies appear to have been uncovered in a leaked list of clients who use Ashley Madison, the website that encourages people to sign up for a chance to cheat on their spouse.
More racial unrest in St. Louis after police kill black suspect
St. Louis police fatally shot a black teenager on Wednesday who they say pointed a gun at them, and later faced angry crowds, reigniting racial tensions first sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teen in another Missouri town a year ago.
Thousands of .mil addresses potentially leaked in Ashley Madison hack
Huge amounts of personal information, including sexual fantasies and thousands of e-mail addresses, was leaked online Tuesday after the extramarital affair Web site Ashley Madison was hacked in July, according to a report first published in Wired.
California hospital patients contract antibiotic-resistant 'superbug'
A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country.
A Shariah-approved nuclear attack
Congress must stop President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. The most important reason -- Iran can threaten the existence of the United States by making an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack using a single nuclear weapon.
Greater tsunami risk from Southern California quake, study finds
An earthquake along the California coast could pose a greater tsunami threat to the Ventura area than previously understood, according to a new study published Tuesday by UC Riverside and U.S. Geological Survey scientists.
California is sinking: Central parts of state are dropping two inches per month due to pumped-out water
Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, NASA said in new research released Wednesday.
Three Firefighters Killed in Washington as Wildfires Spread Across West
Three firefighters were killed and four others injured in central Washington Wednesday battling one of the more than 100 wildfires burning across at least 1.1 million acres in the West, authorities told NBC News.
Reuters twists its own poll numbers to defend Planned Parenthood
Reuters on Wednesday published a report titled 'Americans back federal funds for Planned Parenthood health services' on the same day that a pro-life activist group released another jarring undercover video.

U.S. Politics
Common Core education standards divide Republican presidential candidates
The Common Core education standards continue to cleave the Republican presidential field, with two of the contenders defending them Wednesday as successful ways to raise students' achievement, but others who have now abandoned their support, insisting the standards are a symptom of dangerous federal overreach.
Hillary's latest defense: What is classified information, anyway?
In her latest attempt to address questions about the presence of classified information on her private, unsecured email system, Hillary Clinton is attempting to cast doubt on the methods the entire U.S. government uses to handle its secrets.
Cruz 'absolutely' supports ending birthright citizenship
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz reaffirmed his support for much of Donald Trump's immigration plan Wednesday, including the controversial end to birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Huckabee shows solidarity with Israel
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee left Iowa this week for a short fundraising trip to Israel, where he spoke to the media and raised money in both Jerusalem and the West Bank.
How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election
America's next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google's secret decisions, and no one -- except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers -- would know how this was accomplished.
Report: BlackBerrys Belonging to Key Clinton Aides Likely Destroyed
BlackBerrys belonging to top Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were returned to the State Department, but likely have been destroyed, The Hill reports.
The Hill: Despite Poll Surge, Fiorina May Miss CNN Debate Cut
A recent surge in the polls may not be enough for Carly Fiorina to earn an invite to the second Republican presidential debate, scheduled for September 16 on CNN.

Christian News
D.C. Bible Museum to display artifacts from Israel
The Museum of the Bible being built in Washington will feature ancient artifacts and treasures from the Holy Land under a new deal that ensures Israel's leading archaeological organization will have an outpost in the nation's capital.
Cuba having a 'Bible boom'
As the United States and its leaders push for a democratic revolution in the country, Cuba has also seen an increase in another belief: Christianity.
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