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Worthy News Brief - May 10, 2019

Friend, hold the fort, Jesus is coming!

Luke 19:12-13 He said, therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

During the American Civil War in the 1860's, a fierce battle took place at Altoona Pass. It was a key supply point for the Union Army, so the Confederate Army led by General Hood sought to take Altoona Pass which held over a million and a half rations. When Union General Sherman realized Hood's plans, he dispatched General Corse along with 1,500 men to hold the city.

As the battle ensued, General Corse and his forces were forced into a small fort on a crest of a hill. The Northern army was being overwhelmed, with nearly half the men either killed or wounded in the battle. Things were looking extremely bleak when in the distance from a mountain top twenty miles away flags were being used to dispatch a message, and those in the fort knew the message being sent, "Hold the fort; I am coming. W.T. Sherman."

This sign gave the beleaguered army renewed strength to continue fighting the battle for another three hours until reinforcements finally arrived.

From this battle, a famous Christian song was written and its chorus is so eloquent for us today, "Hold the fort, for I am coming, Jesus signals still; Wave the answer back to heaven, By thy grace we will!"

Friend, in the midst of spiritual battles we can often feel besieged on every side – but HOLD THE FORT! Get some rest this weekend and renew your strength in the Lord for the victory is already won – we just need to continue fighting because He is coming!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Arad, Israel

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Around the World
North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles, 5 days after previous launch
North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Thursday, according to South Korean military, as the U.S. responded with an intercontinental ballistic missile test of their own just 10 minutes later.
Trump's top intelligence and military advisers held unusual meeting at CIA on Iran, officials say
In a highly unusual move, national security adviser John Bolton convened a meeting at CIA headquarters last week with the Trump administration's top intelligence, diplomatic and military advisers to discuss Iran, according to six current U.S. officials.
US-China trade talks to continue into Friday
Trade talks between the U.S. and China are expected to continue on into Friday despite the Trump administration's plans to hike tariffs on virtually all Chinese goods to 25% at midnight Thursday. The extension indicates the sides still think they can reach an agreement, even after missing Thursday's deadline.
US seizes North Korea cargo ship linked to exporting tons of coal in violation of international sanctions
U.S. authorities have seized one of North Korea’s largest cargo ships in connection with a scheme to illicitly export tons of coal in violation of international sanctions, Justice Department officials said Thursday.
EU rejects any ultimatums after Iran's move on nuclear deal
European countries said on Thursday they wanted to preserve Iran's nuclear deal and rejected 'ultimatums' from Tehran, after Iran scaled back curbs on its nuclear program and threatened moves that might breach the pact.
EU Leaders Say Escalation Must Be Avoided In Iran Crisis; Trump ‘Open To Talk’ To Iran
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have cautioned against an escalation in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear deal after Tehran said it would stop abiding by parts of the deal and U.S. President Donald Trump said he was open to talks with Iranian leaders.

Inside the United States
Trump overhauls crucial U.S. appeals courts at record pace: 'It's a generational change'
The Senate confirmed Michael Park to be a judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, making him the 39th circuit court judge to be confirmed under President Trump in a process on a record pace that is steadily reshaping the bench.
ICE: 160,000 immigrant family members caught at border and released on street since December
At least 160,000 people who entered the United States illegally in family groups have been released in southern border towns since December because the federal government is unable to hold the tens of thousands entering the country each month, according to the Trump administration.
Blue states move to bump Trump off 2020 ballot over tax returns
Democrats have redoubled their efforts to force President Trump to release his federal tax returns by threatening to keep him off the 2020 ballot in deep-blue states, to which he might say: So what?
Change Your Faith, or Else: Nancy Pelosi's 'Equality Act' Will Make Religious Freedom Less Equal
Just days before the midterm elections, now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed from Harvard University to make passing the 'Equality Act' one of her top legislative priorities — and she wasn’t bluffing.
Colo. House passes LGBT-inclusive sex ed bill blocking schools from teaching abstinence only
The Colorado House has passed a controversial bill requiring schools that offer sex education classes to either teach gay and lesbian issues and not focus on abstinence-only programs — or to provide no instruction on sexuality at all.
Calif. approves new sex ed guidance; critics say it is too explicit, morally corrupt
California’s Department of Education voted to approve a controversial guidance for sex education for elementary and middle school students despite protests by parents and others.
Arkansas Holocaust event interrupted by white supremacists with Nazi flags
Sir Beryl Wolfson, now 96 years old, witnessed the liberation of Holocaust concentration camps. From his wheelchair, adorned in a World War II Veteran cap and Star of David belt buckle, he shared his story on Sunday at a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Russellville, Arkansas.

Christian News
Massive 'Super Station' Radio Signal Carrying 'Message of Jesus Christ' to Blanket North Korea
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Rome opens up exorcism course to all major Christian faiths to fight rising demonic forces
For the first time in 14 years, the Roman Catholic Church has opened up its annual exorcism class in Rome to all major Christian faiths in a bid to stem the rising tide of demonic forces around the world.
Chinese Officials Warn: Christianity Causes ‘Enormous Harm’ to Society
Government leaders in China’s third most-populous province held a seminar last month to warn communist officials of the 'enormous harm' Christianity poses on China’s security, according to China Aid, which promotes religious freedom within the country.

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