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  1. Worthy News Brief - May 20, 2019 Friend, He's coming as Judge, are you ready? Isaiah 51:5 My righteousness is near; My salvation is gone forth, and My arm [z’roah in Hebrew] shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on My arm [z’roah] they will trust. John 5:22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, Revelation 19:11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. On December 25, 1908, a newspaper in Messina, Sicily dared God to make Himself known by sending an earthquake. Three days later, the city was destroyed by an earthquake that killed over 84,000 people. Do we really believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is returning soon? He is – He's coming back to judge this world and no one will escape His wrath except those whose sins are forgiven through living faith in His atoning sacrifice. The world in its increasing sinfulness, rejecting His Son, seems to be daring God to bring judgment. This historical event in Messina speaks with shocking clarity that the God of Creation is real, that He listens carefully to the statements we make about Him and the communications we express toward Him, (as individuals, cities, and nations), and that He is a powerful Sovereign King whose judgments are imminent and totally righteous. Because of sin, we are all born destined to die. Every one of those 84,000+ people were corrupt from the womb and fated for death, so that when this dare came before the Lord in Heaven, He chose the moment to take them and reveal this serious and dramatic testimony of His judgment to all the world. By revealing His judgment as a warning, God shows His mercy to those who remain alive, that we all may seek the eternal safety He offers. Yeshua's sacrificial death provides eternal life for all who are destined to die from sin...that is, all that come to Him in faith. Friend, God is the true, righteous, and final Judge of us all. Will you be found in Him when He judges? If clothed in His righteousness, the Lord Yeshua, we will escape His judgment for sin. Trust in Him completely and know He is not only a just judge but a "merciful, gracious, longsuffering" God who "abounds in goodness and truth". [Exodus 34:6] With judgment looming -- let's also be about His business today! Your family in the Lord with much agape love, George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah Arad, Israel Editor's Note: Check out our new Facebook page for answering readers questions about news, politics, religion, Israel, and ministry. 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 Trump warns if Tehran attacks, it will be ‘official end of Iran’ US President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. US has the military might, but Iran will lean on proxies and militias if they get dragged into conflict The possibility of a military confrontation between the United States and Iran is rising as U.S. officials claim an increased threat risk to troops in Iraq and Syria and shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. The toll of ISIS’s archaeological looting in Syria is just beginning to become clear The Islamic State group surrendered its last scrap of territory, in Baghouz, Syria, this past March. Trump: I don’t want to fight but we can’t let Iran have nuclear weapons US President Donald Trump said in an interview Sunday that while he does not want to go to war with Iran, he will not let it acquire nuclear weapons. Israel-Palestinian Conflict Trump to Release Part of Israeli-Palestinian 'Deal of the Century' June 25 The White House announced Sunday that the Trump administration will release part of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan on June 25 and June 26 in Bahrain. Syria says air defenses intercept Israeli missiles, in 2nd incident in 24 hours Syria claimed its air defenses on Saturday night shot down a number of missiles fired from Israel, for the second time in less than 24 hours. IDF tests new pinpointed rocket alert system in northern Israel The Israeli military on Monday said it was testing a new, more exact incoming rocket alert system in the north of the country as part of a larger exercise taking place this week. Inside the United States House passes LGBT Equality Act; conservatives say it 'undermines women’s equality' The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act Friday afternoon, hotly-debated legislation seeking to codify LGBT non-discrimination protections into federal law. US 'nuclear coffin' on island in the Pacific could be 'leaking' radioactive sludge into the sea Radioactive waste from Cold War nuclear weapons tests could be leaking into the Pacific Ocean. 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! Follow Us on Facebook Worthy News Worthy Devotions George Whitten Follow Us on Twitter Worthy News Worthy Devotions Support our Ministry Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting Worthy Network with a tax-deductible gift! You can give online OR send gifts to: Worthy Ministries 106 Sheffield Place Franklin, TN 37067-4437 Please include your email address in the memo section of your check or money order so we can keep in touch a bit easier than sending mail overseas. This email was sent to <<Email Address>> unsubscribe from this list | Update Subscription Preferences Worthy News · 106 Sheffield Place · Franklin, TN 37067-4437 · USA
  2. (Worthy News) - The possibility of a military confrontation between the United States and Iran is rising as U.S. officials claim an increased threat risk to troops in Iraq and Syria and shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. The Trump administration is citing unsubstantiated intelligence that Iranian-backed Shiite militias might attack U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria. Iran may not possess the same level of military might that the U.S. has as the world’s leading power, but Tehran can frustrate U.S. power projection in the region. Iran has one of the largest deployed ballistic missile arsenals in the Middle East, with nearly 1,000 short and medium-range missiles, according to the Arms Control Association. [ Source: Fox News (Read More...) ] The post US has the military might, but Iran will lean on proxies and militias if they get dragged into conflict appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  3. (Worthy News) - The White House announced Sunday that the Trump administration will release part of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan on June 25 and June 26 in Bahrain. The "Peace to Prosperity" workshop will focus heavily on improving the economic prosperity of the Palestinian people and the region. World leaders, including government officials, business leaders, and civil leaders will be there to share their ideas and discuss support for potential economic investments that could be made possible by a peace agreement. "I look forward to these important discussions about a vision that will offer Palestinians exciting new opportunities to realize their full potential. This workshop will engage leaders from across the entire Middle East to promote economic growth and opportunity for the people in this important region," said United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. [ Source: CBN News (Read More...) ] The post Trump to Release Part of Israeli-Palestinian 'Deal of the Century' June 25 appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  4. (Worthy News) - The Islamic State group surrendered its last scrap of territory, in Baghouz, Syria, this past March. While some argue that celebrations of ISIS’s demise are premature, there’s no question that the terrorist group left a trail of destruction in its wake. During the seemingly unstoppable rise of Islamic State, looted artifacts were said to be a significant source of income for the group. Value estimates ranged from a few million to several billion dollars. [ Source: Israel Hayom (Read More...) ] The post The toll of ISIS’s archaeological looting in Syria is just beginning to become clear appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  5. (Worthy News) - Radioactive waste from Cold War nuclear weapons tests could be leaking into the Pacific Ocean. According to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a concrete dome that was built on Runit Island in the late 1970s to contain waste from massive atomic bomb tests conducted after World War II could be leaking toxic sludge into the sea. "The Pacific was victimized in the past as we all know," Guterres said, according to AFP, referring to nuclear explosions carried out by the United States and France in the region. [ Source: Fox News (Read More...) ] The post US 'nuclear coffin' on island in the Pacific could be 'leaking' radioactive sludge into the sea appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  6. (Worthy News) - The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act Friday afternoon, hotly-debated legislation seeking to codify LGBT non-discrimination protections into federal law. H.R. 5 passed by a vote of 236-173. The bill would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to also ban discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition” in housing, public accommodations and hiring. The bill was first introduced in 2015 but never passed in the Republican-controlled House. However, it is unlikely to be voted on in the Republican-controlled Senate. [ Source: Christian Post (Read More...) ] The post House passes LGBT Equality Act; conservatives say it 'undermines women’s equality' appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  7. (Worthy News) - The Israeli military on Monday said it was testing a new, more exact incoming rocket alert system in the north of the country as part of a larger exercise taking place this week. This new system operates by only sounding in individual communities where a threat is identified, unlike the current array of sirens, which are triggered throughout a larger region. The military says the more pinpointed warnings to specific “polygons,” as the army refers to the smaller sections, will allowing civilians who are not directly in harm’s way to continue going about their lives. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post IDF tests new pinpointed rocket alert system in northern Israel appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  8. (Worthy News) - US President Donald Trump said in an interview Sunday that while he does not want to go to war with Iran, he will not let it acquire nuclear weapons. “I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons,” he told Fox News in an interview that aired late Sunday. “I don’t want to fight. But you do have situations like Iran, you can’t let them have nuclear weapons — you just can’t let that happen.” “With all of everything that’s going on, and I’m not one that believes — you know, I’m not somebody that wants to go into war, because war hurts economies, war kills people most importantly — by far most importantly,” Trump said. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Trump: I don’t want to fight but we can’t let Iran have nuclear weapons appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  9. (Worthy News) - US President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump said in a tweet. If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019 Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been on the rise as the United States has deployed a carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over what it termed Iranian “threats.” [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Trump warns if Tehran attacks, it will be ‘official end of Iran’ appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  10. (Worthy News) - Syria claimed its air defenses on Saturday night shot down a number of missiles fired from Israel, for the second time in less than 24 hours. The official SANA news agency said the military intercepted “hostile targets coming from direction of occupied territories.” Syrian state TV said the missiles were shot down over Quneitra and near Damascus. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Israel fired at least three missiles. Two of the strikes targeted a Syrian army brigade which supervises the country’s Quneitra province, he told AFP, while the third missile was destroyed by Syrian defenses. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Syria says air defenses intercept Israeli missiles, in 2nd incident in 24 hours appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  11. Worthy News Brief - May 17, 2019 Friend, He understands our sufferings more than you know! Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted (me-u-neh). But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 12:2 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. When I studied Isaiah 53 earnestly in the ancient Hebrew, I was taken back by the Hebrew word for "afflicted" (me-u-neh). In modern Hebrew, this word means "tortured". When I was young, and first learned what torture actually involved, my soul was shocked that this could happen to people; in fact that it was happening to people. That a person could be kept alive for the purpose of intentionally causing him intense agonizing pain was an astounding enigma for my young soul. It really frightened me; and I think that fear of torture is probably the greatest fear that humans can experience. We read about people who have been tortured, with a kind of horrified awe. And quietly we wonder inside, "How can this be?" And, "Could this ever happen to me?" Crucifixion was a form of torture which the ancient Romans used frequently. And while I had a concept of the suffering that our Messiah endured for us, for some reason the understanding that He was tortured for our iniquities brought my awareness to a new level. I did not begin to appreciate or fathom the suffering Yeshua went through. His identification with our suffering and our sin was total, and His experience of this torture so fully absorbed Him that He experienced what must have felt like infinite isolation and pain. Somehow, this is a deep comfort; to know that the Son of God understands by experience, torture, and suffering unthinkable. But then, I suddenly realized that I also could not begin to comprehend the glory that awaited Him after His suffering. And that His suffering purchased for me a portion in that glory as well. It was the other side of the story, and somehow, these two extremes complement one another; suffering, and glory. The apostle Paul states his revelation about our sufferings with almost light-hearted conviction; that they are not even “worthy” to be compared with the glory that awaits us. This, to me, could be the most amazing promise in all of scripture. Friend, suffering is everywhere, a constant part of this life; it may be you, or someone you love, or people you don't even know but are agonizing over and praying for. This world casts suffering in every direction at every level of intensity. But all of it, every flaming ounce of it has been successfully absorbed into the body of Yeshua the Messiah. He was tortured for us – suffered death for us – so that our sufferings are trifles in the light of eternity. It's been said this way: from heaven, the most miserable earthly life will look like one bad night in a cheap hotel. Thank the Lord. Your family in the Lord with much agape love, George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah Arad, Israel Editor's Note: Check out our new Facebook page for answering readers questions about news, politics, religion, Israel, and ministry. 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 Iran's regional proxies ensure it will never fight alone In the event of war with the United States, Iran 'will not be alone.' Chinese, Russian hypersonic weapons advances a growing concern, Air Force chief says The U.S. cannot turn a blind eye to Russia and China’s rapid advances in the field of hypersonic weapons and must expedite efforts to build up its own weapons in the field, the Air Force’s top official said Thursday. US official: Iranian missiles spotted on boats in Gulf A US official said Thursday that Iranian missiles loaded on small boats in the Persian Gulf were among the 'threats' that have triggered a beefed-up military deployment in the region. Kurdistan region worried as U.S. and Iran tensions grow Top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has met with Iran-linked Iraqi militias in Baghdad, telling them to 'prepare for proxy war,' according to a report Thursday, amid rapidly rising tensions between the Washington and Tehran. Israel-Palestinian Conflict US Republicans launch bid to force House vote on BDS Republicans want to force a vote on a controversial bill meant to oppose the anti-Israel boycott. Inside the United States Trump Announcing New Immigration Plan, Border Security, Legal Citizenship Key After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Trump is announcing a new immigration plan Thursday at the White House. He's calling for sweeping changes, but Democrats say his plan ignores a critical issue. Congressional leaders briefed on classified Iran threat Congressional leaders received a classified briefing on Iran from the White House Thursday following criticism that lawmakers have been kept out of the loop about recent military moves in the Middle East. Missouri passes "one of the strongest" abortion bills yet in U.S. Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama's governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law. The Missouri bill needs another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who voiced support for an earlier version Wednesday. Christian News Christianity a Threat to Chinese National Security, Xi Jinping's Government Determines "Christianity’s Enormous Harm on China’s Security" is the title of the most recent seminar held by party officials of the Chinese communist party, which took place in Henan last month amidst Xi Jinping’s campaign to assimilate all Chinese house churches into the communist-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). Promise Keepers to relaunch men's ministry with first stadium rally in 20 years After years of fading and stagnation, the once popular evangelical men’s ministry Promise Keepers is ushering in a 'new era' with plans to host its first national stadium event in over two decades next summer in Texas. 21 Christian leaders: Equality Act would gut religious freedom protections Twenty-one prominent conservative Christian leaders including Franklin Graham and James Dobson are calling on congressional leaders to oppose the pro-LGBT Equality Act because of the 'threats to religious liberty' the legislation poses. 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! Follow Us on Facebook Worthy News Worthy Devotions George Whitten Follow Us on Twitter Worthy News Worthy Devotions Support our Ministry Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting Worthy Network with a tax-deductible gift! You can give online OR send gifts to: Worthy Ministries 106 Sheffield Place Franklin, TN 37067-4437 Please include your email address in the memo section of your check or money order so we can keep in touch a bit easier than sending mail overseas. 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  12. (Worthy News) - Republicans want to force a vote on a controversial bill meant to oppose the anti-Israel boycott. The bill, which earlier this year passed the Senate, has been held up in part because the Democrats, who control the US House of Representatives, say it poses a threat to First Amendment free speech protections. The bill would uphold the right of states to ban Israel boycotters from doing business with the states, and protect the states from lawsuits. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post US Republicans launch bid to force House vote on BDS appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  13. (Worthy News) - Congressional leaders received a classified briefing on Iran from the White House Thursday following criticism that lawmakers have been kept out of the loop about recent military moves in the Middle East. Members of the so-called Gang of Eight were tight-lipped as they left the briefing. The ranking member of the Senate intelligence committee, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, refused to comment on the classified information discussed but said more lawmakers should be informed of the Iran threat. Classified briefings on Iran will also be given next week to the full House and Senate. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Congressional leaders briefed on classified Iran threat appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  14. (Worthy News) - After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Trump is announcing a new immigration plan Thursday at the White House. He's calling for sweeping changes, but Democrats say his plan ignores a critical issue. The president is expected to focus on two key issues: border security and legal citizenship. His plan aims to overhaul the green card system and put more emphasis on people with high level skills, degrees and command of the English language. [ Source: CBN News (Read More...) ] The post Trump Announcing New Immigration Plan, Border Security, Legal Citizenship Key appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  15. (Worthy News) - In the event of war with the United States, Iran “will not be alone.” That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. “If America launches war on Iran, it will not be alone in the confrontation, because the fate of our region is tied to the Islamic Republic,” Hassan Nasrallah said. From Lebanon and Syria to Iraq, Yemen, and the Gaza Strip, Tehran has significantly expanded its footprint over the past decade, finding and developing powerful allies in conflict-ravaged countries across the Middle East. Hezbollah is one of the most prominent members of the self-styled “axis of resistance,” armed groups with tens of thousands of Shiite Muslim fighters beholden to Tehran. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] The post Iran's regional proxies ensure it will never fight alone appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  16. (Worthy News) - The U.S. cannot turn a blind eye to Russia and China’s rapid advances in the field of hypersonic weapons and must expedite efforts to build up its own weapons in the field, the Air Force’s top official said Thursday. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson listed hypersonics as one of several next-generation weapons technologies that could pose a risk to the U.S. and its allies in the near term. “I do not think we should be naive in what we are facing” from Beijing and Moscow, in terms of their staggering advances in hypersonics, as well as artificial intelligence and 5G telecommunications, the outgoing secretary said. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] The post Chinese, Russian hypersonic weapons advances a growing concern, Air Force chief says appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  17. (Worthy News) - A US official said Thursday that Iranian missiles loaded on small boats in the Persian Gulf were among the “threats” that have triggered a beefed-up military deployment in the region. “The missiles on civilian boats are a concern,” said the official, who asked not to be named. The person was confirming reports in The New York Times saying that Washington reacted to aerial photos from US intelligence agencies showing traditional boats carrying Iranian missiles in the Gulf, one of the world’s most strategic waterways. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post US official: Iranian missiles spotted on boats in Gulf appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  18. (Worthy News) - The United States ordered its non-emergency government employees to leave its Baghdad embassy and the consulate in Erbil on Wednesday. Erbil is the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and locals are concerned that US-Iran tensions will now engulf the Kurdish region at a sensitive time. The Kurdistan region is strategically important and has been a center of security in the area between the Iraqi central government, Turkey and Iran. Over the last two weeks, the US has warned of Iranian threats across the region and that any attacks by Iran or its proxies will result in retaliation. According to reports, the US has also shared information with Baghdad and with European allies that indicate direct Iranian threats in Iraq. For instance, a BBC Arabic report said that Pompeo had handed Iraqis evidence of Iranian plans, and other reports indicated Iranian-backed Shia militias had deployed missiles in Iraq. The Kurdistan region knows Iran’s capabilities well. Last September, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired ballistic missiles at Iranian Kurdish dissident groups in northern Iraq’s Koya. For years, some Kurdish groups that oppose the regime in Tehran have been based in northern Iraq. Iran has warned that any moves by those groups will be met with force. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ] The post Kurdistan region worried as U.S. and Iran tensions grow appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  19. (Worthy News) - After years of fading and stagnation, the once popular evangelical men’s ministry Promise Keepers is ushering in a “new era” with plans to host its first national stadium event in over two decades next summer in Texas. On July 31, 2020, Promise Keepers aims to convene 80,000 people at AT&T Stadium in Dallas for the official relaunch of the national men’s gathering, which once saw hundreds of thousands from various denominational backgrounds gathered at its 1997 “Stand in the Gap” rally in Washington, D.C. “Promise Keepers struggled. It really needed a new board and fusion of energy, a new vision,” Promise Keepers Chairman Ken Harrison told The Christian Post. “It has all those things now. Promise Keepers had to get back to the basics of what it was. … For Promise Keepers, we had to realize what is its brand and identity.” [ Source: Christian Post (Read More...) ] The post Promise Keepers to relaunch men's ministry with first stadium rally in 20 years appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  20. (Worthy News) - Twenty-one prominent conservative Christian leaders including Franklin Graham and James Dobson are calling on congressional leaders to oppose the pro-LGBT Equality Act because of the “threats to religious liberty” the legislation poses. In the letter sent to both House and Senate leaders as well as Vice President Mike Pence, the religious and political leaders decried the much talked about bill that, among other things, would codify discrimination protections on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in federal law. “Not only is it incompatible with God’s Word (the Bible) and the historic teaching of the church, but the Equality Act is also riddled with threats to religious liberty and the sanctity of human life,” the letter stresses. “For these reasons, we must state that we adamantly oppose this proposed legislation.” [ Source: Christian Post (Read More...) ] The post 21 Christian leaders: Equality Act would gut religious freedom protections appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  21. (Worthy News) - Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama's governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law. The Missouri bill needs another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who voiced support for an earlier version Wednesday. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted. Republican Senate handler Sen. Andrew Koenig described it on Thursday as "one of the strongest" abortion bills yet passed in the U.S. [ Source: CBS News (Read More...) ] The post Missouri passes "one of the strongest" abortion bills yet in U.S. appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  22. by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - "Christianity’s Enormous Harm on China’s Security" is the title of the most recent seminar held by party officials of the Chinese communist party, which took place in Henan last month amidst Xi Jinping’s campaign to assimilate all Chinese house churches into the communist-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). According to credible sources, the seminar is part of a wider effort, also begun in April, to “dismantle the scale [of unregistered churches], dissolve the organization, and dismiss the church,” International Christian Concern reports. Called “Return to Zero,” the recent initiative by China’s government, which increasingly sees Christianity as an uncontrollable foreign threat, has meant an ultimatum to convert or perish for Beijing’s Zaidao Church, a branch of the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) network of house churches, which received an ominous visit from government officials on April 23rd that portends further harassment and likely shutdown. Shouwang Church and Zion Church were the other two major Beijing house churches that the Chinese government has attempted to commandeer since September. Early Rain Covenant Church, whose Pastor Wang Yi published a Christian manifesto of civil disobedience against the government leading to his apprehension on charges of "inciting subversion of state power," was a third casualty of the unregistered church movement. In 2016, Xi Jinping’s government began its program of “Sinicization,” which entailed a five-year plan to make Christianity conform to the tenets of Chinese communism and nationalistic ambitions. The post Christianity a Threat to Chinese National Security, Xi Jinping's Government Determines appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  23. Worthy News Brief - May 16, 2019 Friend, this fight ain't got any rear! Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Historian Shelby Foote tells of a soldier who was wounded at the battle of Shiloh during the American Civil War and was ordered to go to the rear. The fighting was fierce and within minutes he returned to his commanding officer. "Captain, give me a gun!" he shouted. "This fight ain't got any rear!" In Ephesians, Paul describes the armor that we should put on daily. Have you ever noticed that every part of the body is covered except for one? The back! The Lord didn't want us to run away and turn our back toward our enemy -- it would leave us vulnerable, with no armor to protect us against his attack! And just as a dog would when he senses fear, if we run from the enemy, he will relentlessly chase us until we are broken. But if we take courage and stand strong in the power of God's might, then the battle will be the Lord's... and He has already won the victory! Friend, the battle is raging and "this fight ain't got any rear!" It's time to take up our armor and face the enemy head-on! Don't worry about tomorrow's battles -- tomorrow battles may never come. There's no turning back -- it's time to press through and press on -- and claim His victory today! For today, He's given you the power to be victorious, so boldly walk in it! Your family in the Lord with much agape love, George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah Arad, Israel Editor's Note: Check out our new Facebook page for answering readers questions about news, politics, religion, Israel, and ministry. 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 Iran on the brink of ‘full-scale confrontation with the enemy,’ IRGC chief warns The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps on Wednesday warned Tehran was on the brink of full-on conflict with its enemy, a day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would not be a war with the United States amid escalating tensions. Trump Promises Escalating Trade War with China ‘A Little Squabble,’ Will Result in ‘Great Deal’ for the U.S. President Trump promised a deal with China will come “when the time is right” Tuesday, calling the current atmosphere of mistrust between the two countries, which has produced an increase in tariffs on both nations’ goods, “a little squabble.” Russia's Putin Says He May Meet Trump Next Month At G20 In Japan Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he may meet U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G20) summit next month in Japan. US orders embassy staff from Iraq over ‘imminent’ Iran threat The United States Wednesday ordered non-emergency staff evacuated from its Baghdad embassy due to an 'imminent' threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias, but President Donald Trump predicted Iran would 'soon' want to start talks. Iran’s defense minister: ‘We will defeat the American-Zionist front’ Iran’s defense minister said Wednesday his country would defeat the US-Israel alliance in the region, amid rising tensions and fears of a potential war between Iran and the US. Yemeni Armed Drones Attack Saudi Oil Pipeline A major oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia was struck by armed drones and temporarily shut down, the kingdom's energy minister said Tuesday, calling the move an 'act of terrorism and sabotage' that marks the second attack on the Saudi oil infrastructure in as many days. No easy options for China as trade war, U.S. pressure bite China is running out of options to hit back at the United States without hurting its own interests, as Washington intensifies pressure on Beijing to correct trade imbalances in a challenge to China’s state-led economic model. Israel-Palestinian Conflict Nearly 50 Palestinians Reportedly Injured in ‘Nakba Day’ Riots on Gaza Border Nearly 50 Palestinian rioters were reportedly wounded in 'Nakba Day' demonstrations on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Wednesday. Israeli military readies for potential violence during Nakba Day and Eurovision Israeli security forces and communities near the Gaza border prepared for thousands of Palestinians to take part in Nakba Day demonstrations along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave on Wednesday, though these were expected to be tamer than last year’s Nakba Day clashes in which protesters attempted to breach the security fence, threw explosives at Israeli troops and, in one case, shot at soldiers. EU to probe Palestinian textbooks for incitement to hatred, violence The European Union will conduct an examination of new Palestinian school textbooks following a study that found them to be more radical than in the past and containing incitement and rejection of peace with Israel. Saudi Paper Urges Palestinians to Consider Trump Peace Plan The editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper is urging Palestinians to keep an open mind toward a Mideast plan being devised by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Inside the United States Trump’s Iran moves trigger warnings, demands from Congress Lawmakers from both parties in Congress demanded more information on the White House’s claims of rising threats in the Middle East, warning US President Donald Trump of a dangerous escalation with Iran. Alabama passes nation's strictest abortion ban, would send doctors to prison for procedure Alabama lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday that would put doctors in prison for 10 to 99 years if they provide abortions. Birth rate in U.S. falls to lowest level in 32 years, CDC says The number of babies born in the U.S. in 2018 fell to the lowest level in 32 years, according to a government report released Wednesday. Trump issues executive order to protect US networks amid China spying concerns President Trump on Wednesday declared a national emergency, signing an executive order that bans U.S. companies from using foreign telecom services that could pose a national security threat. Christian News India's evangelicals fear more persecution if Modi is re-elected Hundreds of millions of Indians are casting their votes in the world's biggest democratic elections, but the country's evangelicals fear that another term under Narendra Modi will not be good news for Christians. 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. 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  24. (Worthy News) - The European Union will conduct an examination of new Palestinian school textbooks following a study that found them to be more radical than in the past and containing incitement and rejection of peace with Israel. The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, confirmed the planned investigation in a statement on the EU website, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, or IMPACT-se, said Wednesday. The development comes after the European Parliament in April 2018 passed legislation geared to prevent hateful content in Palestinian textbooks. In October the parliament’s budgetary committee recommended freezing more than $17 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority over incitement against Israel in its textbooks. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post EU to probe Palestinian textbooks for incitement to hatred, violence appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  25. (Worthy News) - Nearly 50 Palestinian rioters were reportedly wounded in “Nakba Day” demonstrations on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Wednesday. According to the IDF, around 10,000 protesters gathered in several locations along the border fence. “The rioters are setting tires on fire and hurling rocks,” the Israeli military said as the unrest transpired. “A number of explosive devices have been hurled within the Gaza Strip, as well, and a number of attempts have been made to approach the security fence. IDF troops are responding with riot dispersal means.” [ Source: Algemeiner (Read More...) ] The post Nearly 50 Palestinians Reportedly Injured in ‘Nakba Day’ Riots on Gaza Border appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
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