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Worthy News Brief - August 12, 2019

Friend, become spiritually disciplined!

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

A foreign soldier was brought before his commanding officer and accused of communicating with the enemy. He had been seen emerging from an area where their troops were known to patrol. The poor man summed up his defense in a few words, stating that he had slipped away to spend an hour alone in prayer. "Have you been in the habit of spending an hour in private prayer?" demanded the officer. "Yes, Sir," he replied. "Well," said his commander, "never in your life have you been in more need of prayer than right now. Kneel down and pray aloud so that we all may hear you."

Expecting cruel punishment, maybe even death, the soldier dropped to his knees and poured out his heart to God. His prayer revealed a deep intimacy with God. His earnest fluency, humble appeal for divine intervention, and very evident trust in one who was strong to deliver told without a doubt that he came regularly to the throne of grace.

"You are free to go," said the officer. "No one could have prayed that way without a long apprenticeship -- soldiers who never attend drill are always ill at ease for the review."

Friend, we need to practice prayer in our lives that we may be able to endure when trials come our way and stand strong against the enemy and his tactics! Let's ask the Lord to help us become even more disciplined in this area today.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Arad, Israel

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Around the World
Trump 'not ready' to deal with China, says September talks may be canceled
President Trump said he was 'not ready' to make a deal with China on trade and that a planned September meeting between White House officials and Beijing could be called off.
Thousands protest for fair elections in Moscow, largest in 8 years
Frustration over the exclusion of opposition candidates from Moscow’s local election next month drew tens of thousands of protesters on Saturday, making it the city's largest protest rally in eight years, by some estimates.
Yemeni separatists capture Aden
Yemeni separatists have captured the strategically important southern port city of Aden following days of fighting against government-loyal forces.
Hong Kong police and protesters refine battle tactics
Hong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where many are chafing at Chinese rule.
Typhoon Lekima strikes China’s east coast, kills at least 22
Nearly two dozen people have died and more than 1 million forced from their homes as Typhoon Lekima continued to batter down on China’s eastern coastline.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Record number of Jews visit Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av, despite riots
Riots erupted on the Temple Mount on Sunday, as Muslims celebrating Eid al-Adha ('Festival of Sacrifice') attempted to prevent Jews from entering. Police ultimately pushed back against the protesters to allow a record-breaking number of Jews to visit the site.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar condemn Israel over Temple Mount clashes
Saudi Arabia and Qatar on Sunday joined a chorus of condemnation of Israel for using force against Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after clashes erupted there between the Israel Police and Muslim worshipers earlier in the day.
IDF says large-scale terror attack thwarted as troops prevent Gaza infiltration
The Israeli military said on Saturday that a 'large-scale terror attack' was thwarted as troops killed four Palestinians who attempted to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip, armed with AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades, hunting knives and bolt cutters. The Israel Defense Forces released a number of photos of the seized weapons.

Inside the United States
Republican plans to cancel Trump primaries in some states see pushback
As California Democrats try to keep President Trump off the state’s Republican primary ballot next year, Republicans in other states are pondering plans to cancel or modify their own 2020 presidential nominating contests and essentially affirm the party’s support for Mr. Trump before voters head to the polls.
Firearms cases loom before Supreme Court after deadly summer
The U.S. Supreme Court will start its next term after a summer punctuated by mass shootings that left more than two dozen dead, heightening the impact of pending cases that focus on when civilians can carry weapons in public.
Poll Finds Evangelical Christian Presence in Public Schools, Favorable Attitude to Bible Classes Among Teachers and Parents
A new public opinion poll found a surprising openness in American adults toward the idea of teaching the Bible in school.
Clinton operatives fed false information to FBI on Trump, review of interview reveals
Hillary Clinton operatives fed the FBI false information on President Trump and his aides in the months following his election, according to an analysis of an FBI agent’s interview with a key conduit.
One killed in shooting at rural Mississippi church, police say
Authorities say a man was killed during a shooting at a small northeast Mississippi church.
Judge Blocks 3 Arkansas State Abortion Laws
A ban on the enforcement of three new state laws that restrict abortion, including one that was expected to shut down the sole clinic providing surgical abortions in Arkansas, was extended indefinitely Tuesday by a federal judge.

Christian News
Case Against Sudanese Pastors Reopened Amidst Hopes For Democracy, Freedom of Religion
In a discouraging sign, 9 Sudanese pastors originally indicted under Islamist dictator Omar al-Bashir have been brought up on charges again.
American, Korean Christians ‘Treated As Criminals,’ ‘Kept in a Miserable Condition’ In Nepal
Three Christians have been arrested in Nepal since June, all on charges of 'attempting to convert.'

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