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Worthy News Brief - December 20, 2019

Friend, react with boldness!

Psalms 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed [in Hebrew it is the word Meshiach], saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Acts 4:25-28 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

When Peter and John had gone up to the Temple for prayer [Acts 3], they saw a man who was lame from birth, and were moved to heal him in the name of Yeshua (Jesus). Immediately the religious leaders laid hands on them [Acts 4:3] and kept them imprisoned for a day. The following day, with boldness, they declared this miracle was done in the name of Yeshua. I love what the "religious" leaders said next --- "they perceived that they were unlearned men and they marveled at their boldness!" Why were they bold? They had been with Yeshua, and the leaders took note of that!

It is no surprise that the world rages against the Messiah. Psalm 2 declares it clearly. Every year there are tens of thousands of believers suffering and dying for their faith, in large part because the kings and the rulers of the earth RAGE against the Lord and His Anointed. As followers of the King, we should expect this and be prepared for it when it comes.

Friend, but, the examples of Peter and John, and every other true martyr are there to inspire and encourage us that if and when the time of persecution comes for us, we too can be bold as a lion. And this boldness is no merely human bravery, but an unction from the Holy Spirit Himself. So, though the kings of the earth will rage, our simple faith and Holy Spirit boldness will testify that we too have been with Yeshua!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Lapeer, Michigan

Editor's Note: We'll be speaking in Kentucky, and Indiana this weekend! Check out our calendar for our upcoming speaking engagements. If you would like us to minister at your congregation, home fellowship, or Israel focused event, be sure to let us know ASAP. You can send an email to george [ @ ] worthyministries.com for more information. 

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Around the World
Pompeo rolls out new sanctions on Iran for protest deaths
American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday a new wave of sanctions against Iran for its harsh repression of protests that began on November 15 over austerity fuel prices.
Hezbollah-backed professor likely candidate for Lebanese premiership
A university professor and former minister received the backing of the Hezbollah terror group and its allies Thursday, making him the likely candidate to be appointed Lebanon’s new prime minister.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu pledges US support for West Bank settlement annexation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday pledged to secure United States support for the annexation of the Jordan Valley and other West Bank settlements.
IDF attacks Hamas weapons production site following rocket fire from Gaza
Several Palestinians were lightly injured after IDF fighter jets attacked a Hamas weapons production site in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, according to Palestinian media.
Islamic Jihad: We agreed with Hamas to respond to future ‘aggression’ together
The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups have agreed that they will respond together to any future Israeli 'aggression,' Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ziad al-Nakhala asserted on Thursday.
UK PM Boris Johnson pledges to move forward with anti-BDS law
Newly reelected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Thursday to fulfill an election campaign promise to introduce legislation aimed at undermining the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
Israel cuts electricity to West Bank over $519M bill
The Israel Electric Corporation said Wednesday it was continuing power cuts to several Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria to press for payment of the $519 million owed by a Palestinian electricity company.
Researchers in Israel discover possible temporary resting place of Ark of the Covenant
A large stone slab was discovered in Beit Shemesh, Israel that researchers say is reminiscent of the biblical description of the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant in the book of 1 Samuel.

Inside the United States
House passes Trump USMCA trade deal replacing NAFTA
The House voted Thursday to pass President Trump's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, granting the White House a policy win just one day after impeaching the president.
Congress Raises Tobacco, E-Cigarette Purchasing Age To 21
The Senate voted on Thursday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21, a provision included in the $1.37 trillion spending measure to fund the U.S. government.

Christian News
Boko Haram wreaks havoc on Christian community in Cameroon
A spate of attacks on Christian villagers in Cameroon by Boko Haram has left a community grieving beloved pioneer church planter David Mokoni and 7 others, as well as a bevy of sleepless victims in deep psychological distress.
Primitive Christian church burned in eastern India, Bibles set ablaze
Christians in a tribal village in India had their bamboo hut church burned down by animists on December 1st, 5 days after their Bibles were confiscated and set to a bonfire.

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