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  1. by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - Mike Pompeo is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia this week to “build out a global coalition...prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror,” following the downing of a $160 million unmanned U.S. drone by Iran on June 20. The tour of U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states by the U.S. Secretary of State will begin in Jeddah and end in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, before Pompeo heads to India, South Korea, and Japan, as the U.S. and its Middle East Sunni allies circle the wagons against Shi’ite Iran’s aggression. In a press conference Sunday ahead of his trip, Pompeo warned of a "significant set of new sanctions” against Iran to be announced this week designed to curb the Islamic Republic’s ability "to foment terror, to build out their nuclear weapons system, [and] to build out their missile program," the U.S. has blamed Iran for a series of attacks on international vessels in the region’s oil transport waterways over the last month. Simultaneous to Pompeo’s meetings with Gulf Arab leaders, John Bolton, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Nikolai Patrushev, representing the security concerns of the U.S., Israel, and Russia respectively in the evolving Iran crisis, met in Jerusalem Monday to begin a two-day summit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called "a very important summit for ensuring stability in the Middle East during turbulent times." Despite continually holding out the olive branch to Iran contingent upon the abandonment of its nuclear weapons program, Trump said in an NBC interview aired Sunday that conflict with Iran would mean “obliteration like you’ve never seen before" for the Islamic Republic. The post Pompeo in Saudi Arabia to ‘Build Out a Global Coalition' Against Iran appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  2. Worthy News Brief - June 24, 2019 Friend, what are your expectations? 1 Peter 5:8-10 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. The Jewish leaders of His time rejected Yeshua (Jesus) when He first came. He didn't meet their expectations. They were expecting a Messiah who would bring relief from the Romans, restore the Kingdom of David, and usher in an era of tranquility throughout the world. It is probable that their intense jealousy of Yeshua blinded them to the numerous passages in the Tenach (OT) which describe Messiah as a suffering servant, since they were certainly aware of those passages. The Scriptures present two pictures of Messiah, leaving bible interpreters with a dilemma to explain. Zechariah 9:9 portrays him riding a donkey into Jerusalem, lowly and humble; Daniel 7:13 refers to the Messiah as coming on the clouds of heaven. Some of the rabbis concluded there must be two Messiahs – Mashiach ben Yosef – the Suffering Servant, and Mashiach ben David – the conquering king, bringing judgment to the wicked, restoring the Temple and the Kingdom to Israel. The truth is, one Messiah, two advents. When Yeshua (Jesus) failed to fulfill the Jewish expectation of restoring the Kingdom of David, he was dismissed as Messiah. Their own lack of humility, their jealously and self centered pride caused them to miss what should have been obvious from the scriptures, that Messiah had to come first to identify with us, and then through suffering and death, break the power of sin, before he could restore the Davidic Kingdom. Is it possible for our expectations to be likewise colored or even contaminated by sin? We ought not to avoid the question. If our hearts are set in a self-centered expectation of victory that fails to apprehend the suffering to which WE too are called, we can make the same mistake the rabbis made, and end up rejecting the true Messiah. While it's true that our ultimate victory is assured, we can never forget that the journey to that victory is a narrow path fraught with all the dangers of real warfare, with deadly enemies. Friend, check your expectations...what are they based upon? Are there selfish or carnal motives in your expectations of God? If Yeshua said following him would be a narrow path with a cross on your back, then don't presume your victories until they have passed through the purifying fires of suffering. This is simply true fellowship with Him, and leads to the greatest glorious joys and triumphs. Your family in the Lord with much agape love, George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah Arad, Israel Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting our work online and in Israel! Thank you for your prayers and gifts! Together, we are making a difference for the Kingdom! Around the World Russian Scientist Joins He Jiankui in Gene Editing Embryos A Russian scientist will move ahead with gene editing babies, following in the footsteps of a Chinese scientist who attracted widespread condemnation in the scientific community for doing so in November 2018. U.S. cyberattack strikes Iran's military computers The U.S. launched a sweeping cyberattack against the Iranian military last week in direct response to Iran’s downing of an American surveillance drone, U.S. officials told the Associated Press over the weekend, confirming that President Trump personally approved the retaliatory measures. U.S. warns Iran not to 'mistake restraint for a lack of resolve,' military strike still an option Top White House officials on Sunday warned that Iran should not mistake U.S. discretion for weakness after President Trump called off airstrikes last week in retaliation for Tehran’s downing of an American drone, and officials confirmed over the weekend that the Pentagon already struck back with cyberattacks on Iranian military systems. Iranian hackers step up cyber efforts, impersonate email from president’s office Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the US government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. Trump says US to hit Iran with ‘major’ new sanctions Monday US President Donald Trump said Saturday that the United States would impose 'major' new sanctions on Iran in two days — a move sure to exacerbate tensions with the Islamic republic inflamed by the downing of a US spy plane. Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul Turkey's main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul's re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a new beginning in the country's largest city. Israel-Palestinian Conflict White House finally unveils ‘Peace to Prosperity’ economic plan for Palestinians ays before the US-sponsored Bahrain conference, the White House released its proposal to boost the Palestinian economy by offering a $50 billion aid package that can only be implemented through an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Arab League renews pledge to give Palestinians $100 million in monthly aid The Arab League Sunday reaffirmed a pledge to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority, a day after Washington unveiled its Middle East peace plan. IDF said to increase alert amid Iran tensions The IDF has reportedly stepped up its alert status amid concerns that Iran could try and harm Israel as tensions between Tehran and Washington spiral, Channel 12 reported Sunday. Inside the United States 2020 Democrats defend abortion rights at Planned Parenthood forum Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election. Rhode Island governor signs late-term abortion bill minutes after passage A Rhode Island late-term abortion bill appeared to be finished after legislators voted it down last month in committee, but it turns out the Reproductive Privacy Act wasn’t going anywhere. Evangelicals go all in for Trump reelection Faith leaders and anti-abortion groups are ramping up their efforts to reelect President Trump, rewarding a president who has become an unlikely hero of the Christian right because of his commitment to socially conservative causes. Wisconsin School Board Member Censured for Mentioning Jesus A Wisconsin school board member is under fire from the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has filed a complaint for his mention of Jesus at Appleton North High School’s graduation ceremony on June 6th. Christian News Trump May Have Accidentally Imposed 'Bible Tax' Through Sanctions On China, Say Christian Publishers Representatives for major American Bible publishers met with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday and Wednesday, hoping to apprise the Trump administration of potential effects on Bible manufacture in the US-China trade war. Alabama megachurch could soon have its own police force An Alabama megachurch is slated to have its own police force by the fall after Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into a law that allows it to do just that. Letters to the Editor Editor's Note If you would like to submit a note to the editor, simply hit reply. Be sure to add your name and location! We're looking for intercessors to pray for our ministry online and in Israel. If you're interested, please send an email to george [@] worthyministries.com. If you'd like to get a copy of our family newsletter, please send george [@] worthyministries.com an email. Friend, help spread WORTHY BRIEFS, now reaching 126 countries daily! Forward this brief to a friend! IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure delivery of your Worthy Brief please add worthynewsbrief [@] worthynetwork.com to your address book or approved senders list. If you're having problems receiving your Worthy Brief, click here! 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  3. (Worthy News) - Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election. The event sponsored by Planned Parenthood Action Fund - the group’s political arm - was the first of the election season centered on abortion. It came on the sidelines of the South Carolina Democratic Party’s state convention, a pivotal gathering of the party faithful in the South’s first primary state. The candidates were united in decrying a series of tough, recent abortion restrictions approved by Republican-controlled legislatures around the country geared to ultimately provoke a Supreme Court case that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] The post 2020 Democrats defend abortion rights at Planned Parenthood forum appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  4. (Worthy News) - A Rhode Island late-term abortion bill appeared to be finished after legislators voted it down last month in committee, but it turns out the Reproductive Privacy Act wasn’t going anywhere. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the bill Wednesday night minutes after it won final approval following a dramatic week of political finagling, adding Rhode Island to the list of blue states expanding abortion access in the 2019 legislative session. While red states have drawn the lion’s share of media attention for bills curbing abortion access, Rhode Island became the sixth state this year to remove restrictions, joining blue states Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New York and Vermont. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] The post Rhode Island governor signs late-term abortion bill minutes after passage appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  5. (Worthy News) - Faith leaders and anti-abortion groups are ramping up their efforts to reelect President Trump, rewarding a president who has become an unlikely hero of the Christian right because of his commitment to socially conservative causes. The Faith and Freedom Coalition will spend tens of millions of dollars on a voter mobilization effort that aims to register 1 million Christians in key battleground states and reach 30 million people nationwide. The group, which is led by conservative activist Ralph Reed, will pump literature into more than 100,000 churches across 18 states, primarily focusing on the presidential battlegrounds but also with an eye on contested House and Senate races. [ Source: The Hill (Read More...) ] The post Evangelicals go all in for Trump reelection appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  6. (Worthy News) - Days before the US-sponsored Bahrain conference, the White House released its proposal to boost the Palestinian economy by offering a $50 billion aid package that can only be implemented through an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The 40-page plan, which Senior Adviser Jared Kushner will push in Manama next week, rests on three initiatives, according to the document — to “unleash the economic potential” of the Palestinians, “empower the Palestinians to realize their ambitions,” and “enhance Palestinian governance.” The plan — formally dubbed “Peace to Prosperity” — said that the economic package, if implemented, would double the Palestinians’ gross domestic product, create more than one million jobs in the territories, reduce Palestinian unemployment to single digits (it was 31 percent in 2018, according to the World Bank), and cut the Palestinian poverty rate by 50%. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post White House finally unveils ‘Peace to Prosperity’ economic plan for Palestinians appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  7. (Worthy News) - The Arab League Sunday reaffirmed a pledge to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority, a day after Washington unveiled its Middle East peace plan. Arab finance ministers meeting in Cairo renewed a promise first made in April to boost “the Palestinian Authority’s budget with a $100 million monthly transfer… as it faces financial burdens,” a statement said. They also insisted, in an implicit rebuke to the White House’s economic plan, on the “complete Arab support to the Palestinian state’s economic, political and financial independence.” [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Arab League renews pledge to give Palestinians $100 million in monthly aid appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  8. (Worthy News) - The IDF has reportedly stepped up its alert status amid concerns that Iran could try and harm Israel as tensions between Tehran and Washington spiral, Channel 12 reported Sunday. According to the report, which did not cite any sources, the defense establishment has completed a series of steps in recent days to ensure that it can respond to any developments, or any attempt by Iran to hit Israel, either from Gaza, Lebanon or Syria. Iranian proxies, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza have tens of thousands of rockets that can strike deep into Israel. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post IDF said to increase alert amid Iran tensions appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  9. (Worthy News) - Top White House officials on Sunday warned that Iran should not mistake U.S. discretion for weakness after President Trump called off airstrikes last week in retaliation for Tehran’s downing of an American drone, and officials confirmed over the weekend that the Pentagon already struck back with cyberattacks on Iranian military systems. Vice President Mike Pence and White House National Security Adviser John R. Bolton stressed that military options remain on the table after Iran shot down an American surveillance drone last week, just days after accusing Tehran of carrying out limpet mine attacks on civilian oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. Mr. Trump considered responding to the drone downing with targeted attacks on Iranian radar and missile batteries but pulled back after learning that 150 Iranians would be killed. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] The post U.S. warns Iran not to 'mistake restraint for a lack of resolve,' military strike still an option appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  10. (Worthy News) - Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the US government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted US government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity. It was not known if any of the hackers managed to gain access to the targeted networks with the emails, which typically mimic legitimate emails but contain malicious software. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Iranian hackers step up cyber efforts, impersonate email from president’s office appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  11. (Worthy News) - US President Donald Trump said Saturday that the United States would impose “major” new sanctions on Iran in two days — a move sure to exacerbate tensions with the Islamic republic inflamed by the downing of a US spy plane. Trump tamped down the threat of military action on Friday, when he called off retaliatory strikes at the last-minute because the response was not “proportionate” to the drone’s destruction over the Strait of Hormuz. But he had said military action is still an option and brandished the threat of sanctions ever since. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Trump says US to hit Iran with ‘major’ new sanctions Monday appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  12. (Worthy News) - Turkey's main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul's re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a new beginning in the country's largest city. Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People's Party, was leading with 54 percent of votes against 45 percent for Erdogan's AK Party candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said. The election was Istanbul's second in three months after results of an initial March vote were scrapped, setting up the do-over as a test of Turks' ability to check what many saw as their president's increasingly authoritarian power. [ Source: NBC News (Read More...) ] The post Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  13. (Worthy News) - An Alabama megachurch is slated to have its own police force by the fall after Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into a law that allows it to do just that. The law permits Briarwood Presbyterian Church to "appoint and employ one or more suitable persons to act as police officers to protect the property of the school or academy." Officials in Briarwood Presbetyrian church say the law is crucial to protect its 4,100 members, including 2,000 students and faculty on its two campuses, according to CNN. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ] The post Alabama megachurch could soon have its own police force appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  14. by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - A Russian scientist will move ahead with gene editing babies, following in the footsteps of a Chinese scientist who attracted widespread condemnation in the scientific community for doing so in November 2018. Dennis Rebrikov plans to disable the proteins in a CCR5 gene using the “CRISPR” method of gene editing, a ploy he hopes will prevent the contraction of HIV in embryos artificially implanted in the wombs of HIV-positive mothers. “The data I have seen say it’s not that easy to control the way the DNA repair works,” said Jennifer Doudna, a molecular biologist at UC Berkley who pioneered CRISPR, suggesting the risk of unintended gene mutilations in the edited embryos--such as those leading to shortened life span and susceptibility to influenza--was high. He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed to have successfully edited the genes of two baby girls in November of last year, was panned when he announced his experiment to the world by scientific authorities such as Francis Collins, a Christian who helmed the mapping of the human genome. “The need for development of binding international consensus on setting limits for this kind of research, now being debated in Hong Kong, has never been more apparent,” wrote Collins in his capacity of director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shortly after He’s announcement, calling the experiment an “epic scientific misadventure.” “CRISPR,” short for “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats,” refers to naturally repeating sequences of DNA used by bacteria to cut off strands of DNA replicated by viruses, which scientists noticed had some utility for scrubbing genes of undesirable traits like proneness to certain diseases. The post Russian Scientist Joins He Jiankui in Gene Editing Embryos appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  15. by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - A Wisconsin school board member is under fire from the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has filed a complaint for his mention of Jesus at Appleton North High School’s graduation ceremony on June 6th. Alvin Dupree, who is also a Pastor, served in the marines, in part, he said, to preserve the constitutional right to freedom of religion he feels is under attack in the controversy, the FFRF having sent a letter to the school board on June 13th requesting he be disallowed from speaking at any further school functions. “To try to say that we can't do what people have laid down their life [for], and what this Constitution and this country has been established on, that's offensive,” Dupree, who was the first African-American elected to the school board in 2017, told Madison365.com. The letter, penned by staff attorney Ryan D. Jane on behalf of the FFRF, accused Dupree of “using a government position to promote his personal religion” for honoring Jesus Christ as his source of strength in the graduation speech. Stretching the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” to include all mentions of faith in the public sphere is an oft-employed tactic of atheist groups against vocal Christians. The post Wisconsin School Board Member Censured for Mentioning Jesus appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
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