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Worthy News Brief - August 20, 2019

Friend, life awaits us!

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

There are two kinds of birds that roam the desert: vultures and hummingbirds. The vulture thrives on a diet of rotting meat. He flies overhead searching for traces of leftover carcasses from slow-footed critters eaten by wild animals who've already had their fill.

Hummingbirds, on the other hand, will sweep through the desert, passing over all those repulsive, dead animals and seek colorful patches of beautiful wild desert flowers. They will suckle the delicious juices of those sweet desert blossoms and be satisfied.

While vultures look to the dead for their survival, the hummingbird seeks the living! Likewise, some of us unconsciously look to our past with its regrets, failures, and sins to keep us alive. We think that somehow by looking back to those dead things, we might find some motivation to keep surviving here and now. But let's take a lesson from the hummingbird.

Friend, let's sweep past that which is dead and focus on the sweet new life -- the exciting future that God holds for us as we continue seeking Him and moving forward in our relationship with Him!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Arad, Israel

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Around the World
G-7 Leaders Prepare for Summit Amid Fears Over Global Economy
The G-7 host, Emmanuel Macron, has made fighting inequality the theme for the annual meeting of the seven industrialized nations, which opens Saturday in the French seaside resort of Biarritz with the leaders of the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Canada in attendance.
Afghanistan vows to crush ISIS havens after attack
Afghanistan's president on Monday vowed to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local ISIS affiliate.
As World Watches Hong Kong, Twitter and Facebook Take Down Accounts Associated with Chinese Government
After Hong Kong saw one of its biggest protests yet over the weekend, a social media war has broken out between China and U.S. technology companies over how Chinese state-sponsored media is using social media to spread misinformation and false news about the protesters.
Under Pressure, IS Militants in Somalia Look to Ethiopia
Islamic State militants in Somalia say they will release jihadist materials in Amharic — a step unmistakably aimed at winning recruits in restive, neighboring Ethiopia.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel actively pushing Palestinian emigration from Gaza, official says
Israel is actively promoting the emigration of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and is working to find other countries who may be willing to absorb them, a senior Israeli official said Monday.
Netanyahu hints Israel behind strikes on Iraq, says Iran not immune anywhere
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hinted that Israel was behind recent airstrikes on Iranian targets in Iraq, stressing that the Jewish state will continue to act militarily whenever and wherever there is a need to do so.
Abbas fires all his advisers amid financial crunch
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has fired all of his advisers, his office said Monday, amid a financial crisis in the West Bank that has prompted deep salary cuts.
Jordan lawmakers call to ‘review’ peace with Israel over Temple Mount violence
Jordanian lawmakers on Monday urged their government to kick Israel’s ambassador out of the kingdom and 'review' the 1994 peace treaty with the Jewish state.

Inside the United States
Trump Administration Plans Big International Cuts Including Abortion Funding in Africa
A senior Trump administration official tells CBN News that the White House plans to cut abortion funding in West Africa as part of their goal to drastically cut America's international foreign aid around the world.
Pentagon Tests New Missile System, Weeks After a U.S./Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty Collapsed
The U.S. military carried out a test-flight Sunday of a new road-mobile, ground-launched cruise missile system less than a month after the U.S. and Russia ripped up a landmark arms treaty.
'It Is an Outrage': Rod Parsley and Pastors Group Tour Border Facility, Call on Congress to 'Fix This Crisis'
Pastor Rod Parsley and a group of US pastors from the National Hispanic Leadership Conference (NHCLC) just toured a border facility near McAllen, Texas, and they're calling on Congress to address the situation at the US-Mexico border.

Christian News
Muslim Herders in Nigeria ‘Collaborate With the Al-Shabab' Extremist Group, According To Christian Farmers
A Christian farmer in Nigeria was intimidated by Muslim herdsmen and his crops used for grazing in July, as the herder-farmer conflict in that country takes on a spiritual dimension.
Pastor: Believers in India ‘Have Nothing More To Do Except To Go To God In Prayer’
The oxygen is thinning for religious freedom in India following the reelection of the Bharatiya Janata Party in May, with six attacks on Christians recorded in Telangana State alone in July.
Christian Women in Cameroon Suffer ‘New Kind of Atrocity’ from Boko Haram, Says Open Doors
Eight Christian women abducted by Boko Haram in Cameroon are receiving medical treatment, but not all have yet been released by their captors, according to Open Doors UK.
’Finding a Job, and Rejecting Sex, Is a Constant’: Iranian Christian Woman Challenges Culture of Sex Slavery in Tehran
Single mothers in Iran are embracing Christianity as a way out of sex slavery.

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