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Worthy News Brief - July 8, 2019

Friend, character counts!

Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers to ever compete, uniquely known for winning the "Grand Slam" of golf winning all four major tournaments in the U.S. and Britain in a single year. In 1925, early in his career, having reached the final playoff in the U.S. Open, at a certain point in the match, Jones was setting up to strike his ball which was in the rough just off the fairway. His iron accidentally touched the ball. He immediately became angry with himself, turned to the marshals, and called a penalty on himself.

But the marshals had not seen the ball move, so they left the decision to Jones, whether to invoke the penalty -- a two-stroke penalty. Bobby called the penalty on himself, not knowing that he would lose the tournament by a single stroke.

When praised for his honesty, he replied, "You may as well praise a man for not robbing a bank!" Jones may have lost the tournament, but his character was legendary and today the United States Golf Association's award for sportsmanship is known as the "Bobby Jones Award."

It's been said, "Character is what you do when nobody is watching. Character is how you treat people who can do absolutely nothing for you. Character is how you react when the pressure is on. Character is deciding beforehand that you are going to do the right thing."

Friend, every day we're faced with decisions -- many of which are made when no one is watching, at least no one we can see. But let's purpose in our hearts to do the right thing -- because character truly counts. We may not see the dividends immediately -- but be assured that God is keeping track of our decisions, and He will make good on every one!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Arad, Israel

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Around the World
Trump warns Iran to ‘be careful’ after Tehran says it will breach uranium cap
US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Sunday to 'be careful,' shortly after the Islamic Republic said it would breach a uranium enrichment cap set by the 2015 nuclear deal.
'Seize a British Oil Tanker,' Says Iranian Official in Response to Iranian Ship Taken in by British
Iran is calling for the detention of a British oil tanker in retaliation for an Iranian ship carrying crude oil to Syria that was detained in the British territory of Gibraltar.
Ex-IAEA official to 'Post': Iran cutting nuclear breakout time by two months
Iran's violation of nuclear limits by enriching uranium to the 5% level will reduce its breakout time to a nuclear weapon by approximately two months, former deputy director-general for safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Olli Heinonen told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
Iran says Europe has 60 days to save nuclear deal
Iran says the last chance for saving its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers will pass after a 60-day deadline.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Former PM Ehud Barak reveals name of newly-formed Israel Democratic Party
Former prime and defense minister Ehud Barak revealed the name of his new party on his Facebook profile as the Sabbath drew to a close on July 6, insisting that his 'Israel Democratit' party should be translated from Hebrew to English as 'Israel Democratic Party,' the Jerusalem Post reported.
Archaeologists say they found town where future king David took refuge from Saul
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Inside the United States
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ObamaCare will be back in court on Tuesday in a closely watched case hanging over the health care system.
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On Monday the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who toured the same Texas border facility maligned by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, disputed the freshman congresswoman’s characterization.
U.S. economy beats projections with 224,000 jobs in June
The United States added 224,000 jobs during the month of June, beating analysts' expectations by about 60,000, the Labor Department said in its monthly workforce report Friday.
Trump to sign executive order to lower drug prices
The White House is writing an executive order that would reduce what the U.S. pays for drugs so that it's more in line with the lowest price paid elsewhere in the world, Trump told reporters Friday.
Maryland voter registration will allow 'X' or 'unspecified' for gender identity
Maryland will soon allow people to put an 'X' or 'unspecified' for their gender on their voter registration.
FBI, ICE using state driver's license photos without consent for facial recognition searches
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Fight over vaccine exemptions hits state legislatures
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Aftershocks in California Continue After 2 Major Earthquakes
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Seismologist says 1 in 10 chance of another major earthquake in Southern California
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Banners Promoting Atheist Event Offend Fort Worth Residents
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Christian News
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Church of England says it will recognize marriages of transgender worshipers
The marriage of worshipers who transition to a different gender will still be valid, the Church of England has said.

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