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Worthy Brief - 4/16/2019

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Worthy News Brief - April 16, 2019

Friend, know Him and the power of the resurrection!

Philippians 3:8-11 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

In today's world of Smart Phones, tablets and instant Internet access, there are many things that we can "know." "How long is the Golden Gate Bridge?" Pop out your iPhone, ask "Siri", the golden-voiced digital encyclopedic genius, and you'll have the factual answer in seconds.

But there's more to the Golden Gate than just length; truly another "dimension" of knowledge and understanding of the bridge over San Francisco Bay, which might be acquired from the 95-year-old retired construction worker who spent 2 years of his life building it. The knowledge you'll glean from his salt-parched lips will hold you spellbound as he describes wrestling with massive cables in stormy bay weather, or nearly losing his balance leaning over to paint an inaccessible bolt.

There are facts -- head knowledge, and there is the knowing of and from experience. We all know this, and it's why we prefer the mechanic who has been fixing cars for 35 years over the novice who just graduated from vocational training school.

Friend, the apostle Paul wanted experiential knowledge of the Lord Jesus. He wanted fellowship with His sufferings, experiential resurrection power, even, if it were possible, the absolute death of his sin nature. Paul wanted the actual reality of the living Messiah manifested in his life, and he knew and believed this to be his inheritance in the death and resurrection of the Lord. Paul wanted to know Yeshua intimately and personally and share in the Lord's own experiences. This Passover Resurrection Day season as we celebrate and meditate on the factual reality of what happened in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, we might also join the apostle Paul in his own sincere passion; "that I may know Him...."

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Arad, Israel

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Around the World
EU approves copyright changes that could affect social media content
The European Union agreed Monday to a wide range of copyright reforms, including one that makes tech companies liable for violations.
Firefighters fear burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris can’t be saved
A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly millennium-old building and its precious artworks.
EU approves tougher EU copyright rules in blow to Google, Facebook
Google will have to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook filter out protected content under new copyright rules aimed at ensuring fair compensation for the European Union’s $1 trillion creative industries.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
EU wants new round of peace talks for Israel, Palestinians
The European Union is calling for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the wake of Israel's election last week.
Israeli scientists say they 3D-printed a heart
Israeli researchers said on Monday they have printed the world’s first 3D heart with blood vessels, describing it as a major breakthrough in engineering replacements for diseased organs.

Inside the United States
'Made in the Image of God': How Indiana's Pro-Life Laws Could Change US Abortion Battle
The battle over abortion is in high gear in state legislatures across the nation. Lawmakers like those here in Indiana keep churning out measure after measure to limit abortion. And those measures keep getting challenged in court.
600 Cases of Superbug Send Chills Through US Medical Community
A superbug spreading in the United States is sending chills through the medical community. It's a fungal infection that can't be killed by our best medicines.
CDC: U.S. measles outbreak grows to highest level in 25 years
The measles outbreak in the United States has grown to its second-highest level in a quarter-century, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
'Born alive' abortion bill passes North Carolina Senate
A bill requiring doctors and nurses to protect and care for children born alive during a failed late-term abortion cleared the North Carolina Senate on Monday, handing social conservatives a victory that could ultimately be undone by the Democratic governor.
Yale Law School defends new pro-LGBTQ fellowship policy
Yale Law School is defending a new policy that ends funding for fellowships with organizations that refuse to hire LGBTQ students, saying it complies with federal non-discrimination laws.

Christian News
Asia Bibi Leaving Pakistan ‘Very Soon’ According to Prime Minister
Pakistan’s Prime Minister has assured media that Asia Bibi, the Christian woman holed up in solitary confinement for ten years after being charged with blasphemy, "will be leaving in weeks," according to the BBC.
Culprit in Series of Black Church Arsons Charged with Hate Crimes
Holden Matthews, the 21 year-old culprit in a series of Louisiana church arsons, was charged with three additional hate crimes Monday, in addition to the three prior counts of simple arson of a religious building with which he was charged at his arrest on April 11th.
South Carolina church vandalized with ‘submit to God thru Islam’ on Palm Sunday: police
A South Carolina church had three of its 125-year-old windows broken and was vandalized with Islamic-themed graffiti Sunday hours after celebrating Palm Sunday.
Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement
Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons.

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