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Worthy News Brief - January 7, 2019

Friend, work it out!

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

One of the paradoxes of our walk is that God’s gifts often require work on our part. After He delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians, the Lord led them to the Promised land and told them He was going to "give" it to them. It wasn't long before they realized, however, that they were going to have to fight battles and overcome fortified cities in order to inhabit the land. God did promise that they would not have to fight the battles on their own, but even with this divine advantage the Israelites themselves would be required to destroy their enemies – they would still need to fight.

They might have preferred that God just give them the land, without having to do anything; to just walk into already built cities and houses without any conflict or opposition. But this was not God’s plan. He desired and expected their full cooperation, expecting them to take serious responsibility for the destiny He had prepared for them, and to grow in faith, thereby.

Our situation is similar. Though the gift of our salvation is free, the Lord requires us to work it out...with fear and trembling! [Phil. 2:12] We are not automatically or supernaturally filled with knowledge of the Bible, or faith to move mountains, or the power to pray without ceasing. Instead, we discover that we have to fight the fight of faith, taking serious responsibility for the destiny He has prepared for us.

Friend, are you discouraged because the walk of a believer is more difficult than you imagined and the challenges greater than you expected? Don’t be! God is calling you to the simple responsibility of working out your faith and participating in your own destiny. You can be grateful that He doesn't treat you like a helpless infant who has no part in shaping his/her life, but as a growing adult who can rejoice in his/her participation with a loving and powerful Creator.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Denver, Colorado

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Around the World
Europe Frets as Iran Nuclear Deal Appears Near Collapse
The fate of the Iran nuclear deal appears to hang in the balance following an announcement by the regime that it will no longer comply with the curbs on its nuclear program, imposed by the 2015 agreement.
Iran abandons nuclear deal after Soleimani killing
Iran vowed Sunday to defy the limits placed on its nuclear enrichment by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and completely abandon the deal, in a response to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani that also saw a red flag of Islamic martyrdom and vengeance raised over his funeral service in Qoms.
'It was a mistake': Pentagon backtracks on Iraq troop withdrawal amid chaos over general's letter
The most senior U.S. military officer said that a letter appearing to announce an American troop withdrawal from Iraq was 'a mistake' and should not have been sent to officials in Baghdad.
US deploys 6 B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean after Soleimani strike
The U.S. Air Force is deploying six B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia, an island base in the Indian Ocean, amid the rising threat from Iran after the U.S.-led airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Fox News confirmed Monday.
Venezuela dictator Maduro takes over legislature in move condemned by Pompeo
Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro took over his country's National Assembly Sunday, consolidating his power by co-opting the legislature largely considered the South American nation's last democratic institution.
Brushfires in Australia could become "mega blaze"
Australian brushfires have burned over 12 million acres in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, encompassing an area twice as big as Maryland, as officials over the weekend suggested the inferno may metastasize into a 'mega blaze.'

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
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Iran’s dramatic announcement that it no longer intends to honor its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers could soon revive discussions in Israel over a possible military strike on Iranian targets.
Possible marketplace from the time of Jesus discovered near Pilgrimage Road
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Inside the United States
War powers act put forward by Pelosi to limit Trump against Iran
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a resolution this week to limit the war powers of President Trump should a conflict with Iran erupt.
Trump’s Appeals Court Nominee Introduces His Same-Sex Husband and Twin Baby Daughters
Then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Bumatay, whom President Donald Trump had nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Night Circuit, introduced his same-sex husband and their twin baby daughters when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing on Oct. 30, 2019.
Donald Trump launches evangelical coalition as he defends Iran decision
President Donald Trump launched his 'Evangelicals for Trump' coalition on Friday night as he defended the US killing of Iran's top military leader, Qasem Soleimani, in the face of strong criticism.
More Than Third of US Healthcare Costs Go to Bureaucracy
U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion in 2017 on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person -- more than four times the per-capita administrative costs in Canada's single-payer system, a new study finds.
March against anti-Semitism in New York draws huge crowd
A solidarity march against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City saw over 25,000 attendees Sunday, as New York governor Andrew Cuomo promised to commit another $45 million to fight the epidemic.

Christian News
Church and cars destroyed in India on New Year's
A church was virtually demolished and three cars destroyed in India's Tamil Nadu state on New Year's eve, leaving a pastor uncertain of his flock's future but determined to continue his ministry.
New Jesus Movie Planned: Actors Using Sign Language to Reach Deaf Audience of 70 Million Worldwide
Although numerous movies and television series with biblical themes and stories that have been produced over the years, there's one audience that has never seen of the story of Jesus Christ in their own heart language -- the estimated 70 million people worldwide who are deaf.

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