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Worthy News Brief - January 1, 2019

Friend, the stakes are going up!

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning. 

As we approach the New Year, we’re back to making New Year’s resolutions … but this year is a bit different, since it's not only a New Year but a New Decade! During the past ten years we’ve seen such radical changes in our society; the definition of marriage, millennia-old norms of gender identity, bath and locker-room privacy, have all been affected by court decisions as a sea change in social mores has swept through the western world. People of Biblical faith are witnessing the fulfillment of Isaiah's warning, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" [Isaiah 5:20]

Societal changes are also influencing the body of believers as numerous controversies and divisions in churches are challenging leaders and lay people alike. This is not a negative thing according to the Apostle Paul. He addressed the carnal church in Corinth where factions had developed, saying, "I hear that there are divisions among you … for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized." [1 Cor. 11:18-19]

Those who truly know the Lord and abide in His Word are all the more easily distinguished in today's social and moral climate. Since God's definitions and standards do not vary as human conventions or opinions do -- even when "science" is used to support the new claims, faithful believers will be identified for better or worse. We'll be afforded distinct opportunities to represent our God who is "the same, yesterday, today, and forever."

While the world makes its resolutions to be more fit, financially independent, or cosmically conscious, we can resolve to make this year, this decade, one in which we continue set apart, representing the truth and love of our Heavenly Father.

Friend, as we enter into 2020, may we be the ones that stand out as true believers. Let's resolve to make this year and this decade -- one that our faith is genuinely recognized! May His love, joy, and peace be manifest in our lives for His glory as a witness to the world that so desperately needs Him!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Kansas City, Missouri

Editor's Note: We'll be speaking in Colorado 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. 

Editor's Note: Looking for the best holiday gift EVER for the person who has everything??? How about a LIFE ALTERING trip to ISRAEL?! Join us (George and Baht Rivka Whitten of Worthy Ministries) as we will be your personal hosts through the Holy Land! Together we will experience amazing historical and biblical sites, relax at the Dead Sea Spa, enjoy all the delicious cuisine of the Middle East, join in power packed worship and solid teaching, participate in hands-on ministry, meet Israelis and Holocaust Survivors, an outreach concert, a special Yemenite lunch, tasting at Jerusalem’s outdoor food market, camel rides, Bedouin hospitality, Shabbat dinner at our home, a baptism at the Jordan River, sunset Galilee boat ride, and loads more!! Experience Real Israel with us— you don’t want to miss this!! We have limited spaces available. For more information, visit Worthy Israel Tours or send an email to george [ @ ] worthyministries.com.

Editor's Note: If you have a prayer request, or if you'd be interested in becoming an intercessor, be sure to visit the Worthy Prayer Team!

Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting our work online and in Israel! Thank you for your prayers and gifts! Together, we are making a difference for the Kingdom!
Around the World
Defense officials ready 4,000 troops for deployment in Middle East
Three U.S. defense officials confirmed late Tuesday night that 4,000 troops from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s alert brigade are preparing to mobilize to the Middle East after protesters encircled the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier in the day.
US reinforcements deployed to Iraq following assault on US embassy Trump says engineered by Iran
One hundred marines were deployed to the US embassy in Iraq Tuesday under a "show of force" from two Apache helicopters, as Iraqi protestors assaulted the compound in retaliation for US strikes on Iran-backed forces that killed 25 militants.
Trump warns Iran of ‘BIG PRICE’ to pay for attacks on US
The US flew a rapid response team of Marines into Baghdad to reinforce its embassy on Tuesday after a mob of pro-Iranian demonstrators stormed the compound, setting fires and chanting 'Death to America!'
Anti-Semitic graffiti in UK tails attacks on Jews in US during Hanukkah season
Jewish stars of David adjoined to the numbers "911" were discovered on an Israeli-style restaurant and on a synagogue in the predominantly Jewish areas of Hampstead and Belsize Park in north London in the UK Sunday.
"Apocalypse" descends on southeast Australia as wildfires forces thousands to flee
Scenes reminiscent of the "apocalypse" settled over southeastern Australia Tuesday, as brushfires had forced thousands to flee to beaches and burned down whole towns.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Forced to give up portfolios, Netanyahu set to appoint new ministers
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to appoint three new cabinet ministers on Wednesday after being forced to drop all his ministerial posts due to the criminal charges against him.

Inside the United States
Decade of Debt: Federal Debt Up More Than $10 Trillion in 2010s
The federal debt increased by a record $10,796,419,662,320 in the decade that is coming to a close today, according to data published by the U.S. Treasury.
With Births Down, the U.S. Sees the Slowest Population Growth Rate in a Century
The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Christian News
Iranian Christians, charged with "Zionism," sent to Evin prison, have their bail multiplied for requesting a lawyer
Nine Iranian Christians who had converted from Islam were sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison for "acting against national security" and "promoting Zionism," as Iran's Revolutionary court denied the requests of those who asked for lawyers and transferred them to the country's worst prison.
Translation of ISIS video threatens Christians of the world for killing of al-Baghdadi
A translation from a 56-second video released by the Amaq ISIS news outlet showing the beheading and execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria over the Christmas holiday was provided by the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group in recent days.

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