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Worthy News Brief - September 2, 2019

Friend, approach the season for repentance!

The Hebrew calendar month of Elul began over the weekend. Each day during the month of Elul, a shofar blast is sounded to announce the coming month of Tishrei – wherein the festival of Yom Teruah – the feast of trumpets-- takes place, calling for all people to repent. Elul, therefore, is identified as a month during which a serious emphasis is placed on personal self-examination and repentance, an end-of-the year opportunity to set our lives in order before Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashana), the days of Awe, and finally, Yom Kippur. Chronologically, Elul begins 40 days before Yom Kippur.

The number "forty" throughout the Bible consistently denotes a season of probation, trial or testing. For example, Yeshua fasted for 40 days in the wilderness before he was tested by Satan; the children of Israel wandered 40 years in the desert; Goliath tormented Israel 40 days before David stood up to the giant; God caused the rains to come down 40 days and 40 nights during the days of Noah, to name a few examples.

We in the Body of Messiah may also sense and identify with this season on the Lord's calendar if we choose, to initiate a time of self-inspection and reflection.

The Hebrew calendar extends to all of us an invitation to concentrate on and pray about the particular areas of our lives which need attention, adjustment, or even elimination. We can be sure that our Lord will honor and respond to a humble self-inquiry along the line of Psalm 139:23-24:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts, and see if any wicked way is in me; and lead me in the way everlasting."

Friend, while this ought to be an attitude we walk in all year round, perhaps a particular emphasis on it during this season will please the Lord, and prepare us for the times ahead.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Arad, Israel

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Around the World
Hong Kong Protestors March for 13th Straight Weekend Despite Ban on Demonstration
Hong Kong protestors marched out Saturday night in spite of city officials having banned a petition for a demonstration commemorating the 5th anniversary of China’s ruling against fully democratic elections in the former British colony.
Pro-Democracy Protest Leaders Arrested in Hong Kong Amid Fears of Crackdown
Hong Kong authorities arrested two young leaders of the pro-democracy protests sweeping the former British colony Friday.
Trump says trade talks still planned for September after China tariffs go into effect
President Donald Trump said trade talks with Beijing are still planned for September after a new round of tariffs went into effect on Sunday.
IAEA report raises suspicion Iran is hiding 'undeclared nuclear material'
A forthcoming report from the International Atomic Energy Agency has stoked concerns that Iran is hiding illicit nuclear activity, according to government officials familiar with the agency’s still-unpublished assessment.
Syria war: US missile strike on 'al-Qaeda leaders' in Idlib
The US says it has carried out an attack on leaders of a group it calls al-Qaeda in Syria, in the country's rebel-held Idlib province.
Iranian Oil Tanker Held for Six Weeks Now Under US Sanctions and Stranded at Sea
An Iranian oil tanker detained by the British in July and since released has been blacklisted by the US Treasury Department.
At Least 100 Killed in Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen staged multiple airstrikes on a detention center operated by the Houthi rebels in the southwestern province of Dhamar, killing at least 100 people and wounding dozens more Sunday, officials and the rebels’ health ministry said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
UN says ‘general calm’ restored along Israel-Lebanon border as tensions linger
The United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon said 'general calm' had been restored on the volatile border after a rare burst of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah sparked fears of an escalation and prompted concern from world powers.
Hezbollah fires anti-tank missiles at military jeep, IDF base; none hurt
The Hezbollah terror group fired several anti-tank guided missiles at an army base and a military jeep just inside northern Israel’s border with Lebanon on Sunday afternoon, causing no injuries, the Israel Defense Forces said.
Israel Reveals Details About Lebanese Hezbollah Project to Convert Missiles into Precision Weapons
Israel has released more information about the Lebanese weapons facility it hit Sunday morning with two drones.
US ‘concerned’ by northern tensions, backs Jerusalem’s right to self-defense
The United States voiced concern Sunday after Israel and Hezbollah exchanged fire along the Lebanese border, slamming the 'destabilizing role' of Iranian proxies in the Middle East.
Iran praises Hezbollah missile attack on IDF targets
A senior Iranian security official praised Hezbollah’s firing of anti-tank missiles from Lebanon at Israeli territory on Sunday, as the deputy leader of the Iran-backed terror group said the attack changed the rules of the game.
Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq watching Israel-Hezbollah crisis closely
From the minute Hezbollah fired their anti-tank missiles at Israel, the entire Middle East was glued to what might happen next. This is because what is happening in northern Israel pits Iran’s ally against Israel, a key ally of the US, and that has regional implications because Iran’s allies and proxies – from Syria to Iraq and Yemen – are all impacted by how Hezbollah performs and how Israel responds.

Inside the United States
Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm
Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches, and shelters.
Texas gunman fleeing traffic stop randomly shoots dead five in wild chase; 21 people wounded before cops corner and kill himo gather information
Five people were killed and at least 21 were wounded -- including three cops -- in a wild West Texas shooting spree by a lone gunman finally slain by police Saturday in a movie theater parking lot, authorities said.
Evidence request by Flynn's lawyer seeks to expose Clinton-FBI alliance in Russia probe
The new attorney for retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn is putting the scandal-marred Trump-Russia investigation on trial in a bid to make federal prosecutors produce more evidence.
Economy grew at 2.0% in second quarter, revised data show
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.0% annualized rate in the second quarter of 2019, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday in a second estimate of gross domestic product.
Timing of Hurricane Dorian's turn north will be 'critical' for Florida
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U.S. Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation
Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel 'large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,' as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

Christian News
Hong Kong Christians Call for Reform
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Israeli Archaeologists May Have Found Emmaus, Where Jesus Appeared After Crucifixion
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