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Vol. 1 / Issue 13 / May 6 1999

Contents of this issue

Welcome Home
I am the clay and you are my potter

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback


This Tuesday worst tornado did hit on Oklahoma. 43 people died and almost 500 injured. And also the Yugoslavia war, Colorado shootings.... The Bible says in Mat 24:6-8 "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."

Yes, my friend, these things are beginning of sorrows. The coming of Jesus is very near, all these things will happen before Jesus returns but Jesus said in John 14:1, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me." You may be having everything in your life but no peace. You may be thinking, what will happen tomorrow? Come to Jesus He is the prince of Peace, He will fill you with His peace and unspeakable joy.

9th May is mother's day. But have you ever thought about the significance of mother. A mother who prays can change her children, a mother who prays can change her community, a mother who prays can change her country and the whole world. A mother who prays: her child will never become a Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who killed many. Once I read this true story.. After pop/rap music shows they give free pass to go and meet the artist from back door. One young girl also got that pass and she was very happy. As soon as she reached the back stage there were 3 ladies standing and one shouted go back, you can not go inside... I see your mother is praying for you and I see an angel is protecting you. She said no its not true, but the lady who was standing at the door refused to give her entry. Yes, a mother's prayer can do this. In this mother's day its my prayer that may God make you a praying mother.

In this issue read the life story of Bro. Fred Osborne. When I asked for permission to publish his life story, he gladly said, "yes". I hope it will be a blessing for many of you. Yes, Jesus loves us and wants that no one should perish. It is not too late to come to Him no matter how far you went, He is calling you lovingly... come!

Welcome Home

By Fred Osborne

I was raised in southern California and I dropped out of Jr. high and got very involved in drugs violence and crime, I stuck the first needle in my arm at age 14.

I was raised by a single mom and my father was very cruel and abusive. I had no talents, education or care for anything, spent time in hospitals, jails and mental institutions. By the time I was 16 I wanted to die and believe me, I really wanted to die, not get attention, die. My parents, the system and the church failed me and I saw no reason to live any longer. I had tried eastern religions, LSD, meditation, sex, drugs, rock and roll and even the established churches. Nothing helped, nothing satisfied ,I had no peace no joy no friends, so I decided to try death, it was the only thing I had not tried. One day on the beach in California I had made the decision to die and while I was musing on how to accomplish this a man I had never seen before was talking to someone I knew, close enough for me to hear and he was telling her of the wonders of heaven and of the Lord. She was a witch possessed with the devil, we used to take acid and she would call up spirits, we thought it was cool, so I know she was possessed and she was fighting the Lord and I felt the battle. Then I heard the voice of the Lord say "He knows me" and I knew that there was a living God and this man knew him so I said to the girl, "you better listen to him, he is telling you the truth" I knew that he was telling the truth. She then took off and the man turned to me and told me that I could have power in God and I had never had power before, I had wanted to stop the things that I was doing and could not.

He then invited me to go to church and when I got there someone asked me if I wanted to get saved and I did not know what saved was but I wanted it, so I said the sinners prayer, My Lord and my God, have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God, I believe that he died on the cross and shed his blood for the forgiveness of all of my sins and I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Ghost and that he is alive ,knowing everything that I do. I open the doors of my heart Lord Jesus, come into my heart Jesus and wash all of my sins away with your blood, I know that you have heard me and I know that you have answered me because your Word the bible says that you will not turn anyone away and that includes me therefore I know that I am saved thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul then at that moment all the despair and the drugs and the sin was lifted off my soul and I was changed from death unto life and I knew that I was saved. No longer was I alone and I did not want to die because I was saved and I felt peace that passeth all understanding and I had power .

For about 11 months I learned of the Lords power and I learned to serve the Lord. But somehow I did not overcome all of my weaknesses and fell back into sin and when I did Satan convinced me that God was done with me and that I had crossed too many lines with God and he would not have me, also others that professed to be holy shunned me and I became an outcast which only confirmed my belief that I was hopeless. There were a few times that I tried to serve God but the doubt and condemnation was to overwhelming and I could not overcome because I would listen to the devil and believe him.

Eventually I came to the conclusion that I was going to hell and there was nothing I could do about it so party hardy and have as much pleasure as possible. I became a complete nut again drugs sex alcohol ,whatever I wanted to do I did hard and much. During this time I had gotten married and wanted to do the right thing so again I made an attempt to serve the Lord and well same story, fell away, lost everything became homeless and lost without hope, this time I was sure there was no hope after all 24 Years had passed and I was no better off than I was at 16. You see I did not kill myself and I was not in hell, so actually I was very blessed but did not know it. Anyway I ended up in a homeless mission and was not about to run to God because you see I was convinced that he was done with me and the people that had brought me to the Lord all but told me the same thing, would not talk to me and I was not allowed to come to church so I was done and that was that. Now in order for me to stay in the mission it was required that I attend church everyday and it was winter and I had no place to go so even though I knew it would do me no good to go to church I would attend to have a place to sleep.

After some days there I was in church and no one could reach me nor would I allow anyone to reach me because you see I was gone and God was finished with me so I was not even going to try (you should know that I would not cry out to the Lord because I believed that he would not have me because he was done with me and there was no hope for me, not because I did not want to serve him, I was unworthy, a vessel to dishonor ) then while I was sitting in church ,for some reason I picked up a Bible and it opened to Psalms, I do not know why I picked it up I had no intention or reading it I just did and I read of Gods mercy and my heart started to break and I said to God Why are you doing this to me you know that you are done with me why are you tormenting me? Then the Lord tugged on my heart even stronger and I fought harder thinking that I can not live an overcoming life in God so why are you doing this to me? Then I found myself in the aisle still contending with God , Why are you tormenting me?

Then I was at the alter and I said to the Lord I know you wont have me but here I am one more time and when I said that, my heart broke into a million pieces and I gave up and again said the sinners prayer but this time I knew that God almighty had called me personally, then the Lord spoke to me and said very clearly and for certain "Welcome home son"! then the Lord took me to what we call the back side of the desert for almost three years and tutored nurtured and taught me many things. The main thing I have learned is that he loves me personally and cares about me alone he is omnipotent enough to love me only, personally and I am not his stepchild nor am I on probation I am indeed Welcome I am home and I am his son he really does love me and has showed me in a very powerful way how to overcome and live a upright life before him and it is not by power nor by might but by my spirit saith the Lord. now here is the secret, my words they are spirit and they are life.

Sister I am still not worthy nor will I ever be good enough to deserve the wonderful things the Lord has and is going to give me but he called me and his calling is without repentance he has called you and the enemy is out to get you ,go to the Word of God and read you see we are saved by faith and we get faith from the Word of God.

WE overcome by faith we enter into heaven by faith we receive answers from God by faith so I pray the Lord open your understanding and you read his Word.

I am the clay and you are my potter

By Sheela Isaac

Jeremiah 18:3, "Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. Isaiah 64:8, "But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand."

Have you ever seen how potter makes a vessel? It looks very interesting to see how he takes the clay that looks very dirty and useless. But when it is done it becomes a beautiful vessel of attractive shape and size. It looks beautiful, adorable and useful.

God does the same thing. When He made Adam and Eve and kept them in to garden of Eden." They were perfect Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." But something happened in between. Satan came and stole everything from them. They failed to obey God and transgressed by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:17, "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." They did not die physically, but they did die spiritually and because of that all human race which came from Adam is in sin today.

When God saw His own creation in such a pathetic condition God decided something great. He decided to send His only and only son Jesus to save you and me. Lord Jesus has completed the work of redemption on Calvary by defeating devil, sin and death. He has made a way for us to get to heaven. He paid the price for you and me so that we may not die in sin and be lost in eternal destruction (Hell).

Have you ever accepted the free gift of redemption? Have you ever come to Calvary's Cross and prayed, "Lord save my soul, give me a place in heaven, wash me with your precious blood and make me whole and holy." If not my friend, please pray to the Lord and get that great salvation for which Lord Jesus came and suffered for you.

Now when a person comes to the Lord and get redemption for his/her sins by the blood of Jesus he/she becomes a member in God's family. After that the real transformation starts, that is - the molding process. God takes that clay which was once useless and unclean, but now is washed by the blood of His son. And makes a vessel which will be useful for the master, and which can glorify the master in every way.

Let us see how God molds His people for His work:

1. Joseph:

If we see the life of Joseph, it seems very miserable. When he was very young, may be 2-3 years old his mother died and when he was 17 his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites. After that he lived as a slave boy in Egypt. Later they put him in jail without any cause and he was in jail for many years. It looked as if God was not caring for him.

But God was with him all the time. Genesis 37:5-10, says God showed him certain dreams. When he was in jail God was with him. Genesis 39:21, "But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison."

Why? because he was a man of God. He loved God. All these years God was molding him with a purpose. God knew that one day he will become the prime minister of that nation. And the day came when he become a great man. Pharaoh said to him in Genesis 41:40, "You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you."

Yes, my friends God molded him and in due time He exalted Joseph before his brothers and before the world. If you are a God's child, cheer up, God is molding you for a purpose. Today you may be going through lot of problems, today you may be going along the path of tears, but cheer up, God will never leave you.

2. King David:

Secondly we see the life of David. David went through the same path as Joseph. There was a time when he thought that his life was going to an end. King Saul was seeking his life, to kill him. He was running in the wilderness, hiding himself in caves to save his life. Why? because God had chosen him to be a future king. Why? because he was a chosen vessel from God. God was molding him according to His plan. And when God's time came He became king of Israel.

Yes, my friends, God has a purpose in your life too. If you are a God's child, be happy, God is molding you with a purpose. He has a great plan for you. When he molds you according to His will, you will become a vessel of honor. Are you in ministry? Are you serving God in the midst of tears and trials cheer up God has not forsaken you. God has not left you. He is polishing you so that you can shine as gold for Jesus. He is putting you in fire not to destroy you but to mold you, so that you can regain your luster and shine for Jesus.

God will never leave you. The day will come when He will exalt you as He did for Joseph and David.

May God bless you.

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

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