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Worthy News Brief - May 8, 2019

Friend, thank God for independence!

Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Tonight we'll participate in the Independence Day celebration in Israel -- and what a party! -- shows, fireworks, music, dancing, everything under the sun!

But interestingly, today is a very solemn one; Israel's Memorial Day, commemorating all the soldiers who died protecting the nation's birth and continued existence. All the major television stations stopped airing their programs for twenty-four hours in honor of these men and women. At different times during the day, long loud sirens wailed all throughout the Land. Wherever anyone was as the sirens sounded, the entire population stopped whatever they were doing — even standing still on the highways, to give honor to the fallen soldiers. The dedication and camaraderie among Israelis are just amazing to witness and take part in. I have traveled many places and I've never seen anything like it.

This juxtaposition of two of Israel's national holidays speaks powerfully of the gospel. Messiah's death purchased our freedom from sin and eternal damnation. We've often heard and been reminded of the cost paid for our independence by soldiers who gave their lives defending our nation. It is a beautiful and precious thing to remember when you think of the value of human life and the blessing of individual freedom. Yet our Lord willingly laid down His life for our eternal freedom and joy in a New Creation.

Friend, how much more should we give honor to His sacrificial death and then...celebrate the astounding destiny He has bestowed on us!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Arad, Israel

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Around the World
U.S. and Israeli Intelligence: ‘Multiple, credible threats’ from Iran Endanger U.S. Middle East Personnel
Iran is 'considering retaliating against U.S. interests in the Gulf' in response to the Trump administration’s ever-tightening restrictions against the Islamic Republic, according to an anonymous senior Israeli intelligence official.
US official: Intel indicates Iran moved missiles by boat
A U.S. official says intelligence information that prompted the Pentagon to send an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Middle East included indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Persian Gulf.
4 B-52s deploying to Middle East amid threat of 'possible attack'
Four B-52 bombers are being deployed to the Middle East in response to what administration officials said earlier this week are threats of a possible attack by Iran or allied fighters on American troops in the region. Two of the bombers are expected to leave Tuesday from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, arriving at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Wednesday, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.
Iran Threatens To Resume High-Level Uranium Enrichment Amid U.S. Sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said Tehran will resume high-level enrichment of uranium if world powers do not protect its interests against U.S. sanctions.
Pompeo Makes Unexpected Trip To Iraq, Warns Of 'Escalating' Iranian Activity
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Baghdad, where he met with Iraqi officials to discuss the United States’ security concerns amid what he called 'escalating' Iranian activity.
Russia-Backed Assad Forces Pummel Syria’s Idlib
Syrian and Russian warplanes have been escalating airstrikes on the last remaining rebel redoubt in northern Syria. The air raids are as much a message to Turkey as to die-hard rebels and jihadists in the province of Idlib, say analysts.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Islamic Jihad leader expects war with Israel to break out next summer
A leader of the Islamic Jihad said in a televised interview that he expects a war with Israel to break out by next summer.
Israel remembers its fallen soldiers, terror victims
The central gathering ushering in national Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror began at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Tuesday evening at 8:01 pm, following a minute-long siren and moment of silence. President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and police Commissioner Motti Cohen were in attendance.
Qatar Rewards Hamas Rocket Barrage Sends $480 Million
Qatar pledged to send $480 million in aid to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, Qatar’s foreign ministry said overnight Monday.

Inside the United States
Judicial Watch Sues FBI/DOJ for Top Obama Officials' Communications About Russia and 2016 Election
The non-profit government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI to obtain communications between top Obama administration officials -- and some Trump administration officials in early 2017 -- about the manufactured collusion story in the 2016 election.
GA Gov. Stands Up to Hollywood Elite, Signs 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Despite Pressure From Celebs
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he doesn't care what Hollywood thinks, signing the 'heartbeat' abortion bill into law on Tuesday morning.
Trump lost more than $1B from 1985 to 1994: Report
President Trump lost $1.17 billion from 1985 to 1994, according to 10 years of printouts of Trump's IRS transcripts obtained by the New York Times.
'Deep fake' videos that can make anyone say anything worry U.S. intelligence agencies
A video of a seemingly real news anchor, reading a patently false script saying things like the 'subways always run on time' and 'New York City pizza is definitely not as good as Chicago' gives a whole new meaning to the term fake news.

Christian News
Gay Democrat Mocks, Harasses Christians For Praying Quietly On Sidewalk
The pro-life organization Live Action posted the video to their followers saying, 'WATCH: Pennsylvania State Representative @BrianSimsPA harasses an elderly woman who is peacefully advocating for the lives of preborn human beings and women who are considering abortion. This is shameful.' Sims responded, 'Bring it, Bible Bullies! You are bigots, sexists, and misogynists and I see right through your fake morals and your broken values. #BeReal.'

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