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Vol. 1 / Issue 19 / June 17 1999

Contents of this issue

EDITORIAL
PEACE IN THE DEEP VALLEY OF DEPRESSION
RAPTURE
Ph.D. DEGREE TO Rev. K.P. KURUVILA
DALLAS UNTITED CHRISTIAN CHURCHE'S 2ND UNITED CHRISTIAN CONVENTION

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

EDITORIAL

Deuteronomy 18:10, 12, 13 "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God."

God wants us to be blameless before Him. The Bible says in Hebrew 12:14, "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." A few weeks back one school teacher wrote to me, "what is wrong in our society, What happened to our children, why they are so depressed?" And I started thinking what is wrong with our society? Some months back I attended a marriage reception and I was surprised and shocked to see that one young mother who was sitting with her two children, she filled her glass with alcohol not only for her but for her two children who were under 10 years old.

This is our problem today we have taught innocent children, how to drink, how do dance but never taught how to read the word of God, never taught how to pray, never taught how to seek God. This week we are going to celebrate father's day. I came here 2 & ˝ years back but could never understand what is the meaning of father's day and mother's day or whatever, but I could understand that a day separated for father and mother or whatever day it may be. But my question is to all fathers and mothers... did you ever find time to see in which direction your child is going? Did you spend time with your child to teach them how to walk in the ways of God? If not this is the time to take a stand for God.

If we read in the Bible we can see that children of Eli were corrupt but he did not restrain them (1 Samuel 3:13) and further we see that God's judgment came upon them and Eli and his whole family were destroyed. But if we read about Joshua, he said in Joshua 24:15, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Yes, My friend, time has come to choose life or death, prosperity or destruction. It is upon you!! I wish you a very happy and blessed father's day and great holidays.

In this issue read Bro. Amarjit Chugh's life story. He is from Sikh background but he found peace in Christ. What a wonderful God we serve!

PEACE IN THE DEEP VALLEY OF DEPRESSION

By Amarjit Chugh

I was born in India in a Sikh family, victim of partition after Indian Independence. After my high school in a small town near Delhi. I went to college to study Master of Arts degree in English and got a job in Tourism Development office in India. In 1975 I came as an exchange student to Finland and joined University of Helsinki and went to hotel school. Deeper loneliness, identity crisis, lack of love and fear of rejection led me to find solace in different religions of works, which teach how to get to God with doing this and that. More I did more lonely and frustrated I became.

A Christian friend gave me the Bible and took me to local Pentecostal Church. I was deeply depressed and out of my simplicity went to alter after the service for healing. Tears rolled down my cheeks and amazing inner healing occurred. Reading of Psalms gave me enormous strength to face my life as a lonely foreigner in Finland. I joined International evangelical Church and I found pastor very caring and godly. He loved me unconditionally and this made me to study Bible more and more.

Once I was reading Matthew 24 and description of Judgment seat of Christ and me standing there shook me. I went to Pastor and asked at my own that I would like to believe in the God of the Bible. He was surprised and warned me of the difficulties, I will have to face to follow Jesus. I was more afraid of hearing from Jesus at judgment seat....... I do not know you than pay any price in this life. And I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and savior on 18th February and I had a born again experience, I felt as a new being. Since then God has done miracles in my life and I had good sharing in of my suffering too. Suffering keeps us humble and helplessness keeps us depend on Him. I can say with experience of 20 years being a Christian that deeper commitment, prayer, study of the word and obedience make us really blessed. The presence of Jesus in your life gives you strength in body, spirit and soul.

Christianity is not a religion like any other. It is a faith, a walk with a God in you or with you. Nobody persuaded me, gave me any money or material benefit but Christ himself met me and there is no turning back. Since last 20 years I have been standing between the gap for my people in India and crying out to the Lord to send more workers and abolish all the curses written in the book of Deuteronomy 28. My desire is more love, more power, more of Jesus in my life.

May God bless you!

RAPTURE

By Sheela Isaac

We read in the Bible that Lord Jesus said again and again about His return.

Rev 22:20, "He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Rev 22:12, "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work." Rev 22:7, "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

How can we know that Jesus is coming quickly? What are the signs of His coming or Rapture.

Mat 24:3, "Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" Mat 24:4, "And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you."

These are the signs which Lord Jesus gave to His disciples.

1. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars:

Mat 24:6, "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". Mat 24:7, "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places." Mat 24:8, "All these are the beginning of sorrows." These are the days when we are hearing lot about wars, ethnic violence. We saw the Iraq war, then Bosnia, violence in Israel-Palestine, Kosova then India – Pakisthan and now in South and North Korea. Then again lot of earthquakes, tornadoes and shootings. These all say that the coming of Christ is near even at the door.

2. Iniquity, Sin, lawlessness is abounding:

Mat 24:12, "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." Mat 24:10, "And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another." These are the days when hatred is increasing. People are killing one another for little and meaningless things. Sin is abounding like in the days of Noah. Drug, sex, violence, murder, bloodshed, these are the indication that this world is going towards destruction. These are the signs of last days.

3. False teachers and false Prophets will rise:

Mat 24:11, "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many." Mat 24:5, "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." Yes this is happening today. Many are warping the Bible teachings. That's why we see lot of cult and occult groups today. Some prophesied about the coming of Christ and killed themselves. That is not the way to reach heaven.

4. The Gospel will be preached through out the world:

Mat 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." Lord said when this gospel of love and salvation reach in the whole world then end will come. Today this is happening. 30-40 years back we never imagined that there will be TV. or Internet will come into existence. But it is happening in our days. Gospel is reaching to the ends of the world through TV and Internet today. We are receiving many many letters from different countries and it really surprises that they are reading our magazine.

Yes my friends these are the last days. Bible prophecies are being fulfilled rapidly. Things are moving quickly and it says that the coming of Lord Jesus is very near even at the door. He can come at any time, but question is are you ready to meet your King. Jesus is coming quickly to take His bride ( His Church), But can you say that you are that person for whom the Lord is coming. Do you have that quality, which is required to become the bride of Christ?

Let us see quickly, what qualities should be in the bride of Christ:

1.Who are Saved or blood washed:

Those who are saved will only reach heaven. If you are not sure weather you will reach heaven or not, if you are not sure weather your sins are forgiven or not, if you think that your life is not right with God make it right, get saved. Pray and ask the Lord to forgive your sins and wash you with His precious blood. Rev 21:24, "And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it."

2. Who walks in holiness till the end:

Those who will endure till the end and keep walking in God's ways and keep themselves holy will reach heaven. If you are a saved person cheer up, but protect your salvation till the end. Do not lose your faith, always keep looking toward Lord Jesus and finish your race victoriously.

Rev 22:14, "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city." 1 Tim 6:14, "that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing," 2 Pet 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Pet 3:14, "Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;" Rev 21:7, "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son."

3. Whose cloths are white as snow:

Again whose sins are washed by the blood of the lamb and those who have received the white cloth of righteousness will reach heaven. Rev 19:7, "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." Rev 19:8, "And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."

My dear friends, Jesus is coming quickly to take His bride with Him. Get ready for that because nobody knows the time and the hour when He will be coming. Mat 24:44, "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." May God help you to get ready for the day so that we can rejoice with Him forever and ever.

Ph.D. DEGREE TO Rev. K.P. KURUVILA

Rev. K. P. Kuruvila has succesfully earned his Ph. D. degree in theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, affiliated to the Univerisity of Chicago. His research topic was The incarnation and the cross: The two inseparable paradigms for an Indian Christian theology of Inculturation and liberation. He had already his doctorate in Ministry (D. Min) form the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He had his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Leonard Theological Seminary at Jablapur and the Master of Theology degree from United Theological Colllege at Bangalore.

Rev. Dr. K. P. Kuruvila is a faculty member of the Kerala United Theological Seminary at Kannamoola, Trivandrum. He is also a CSI pastor of the North Kerala Diocese. He hails from Kodukulanji. He is the son of K. N. Pothen and Annamma of Kadakkal Kizhakethil. His wife Elizabeth is a Government High School teacher. He has got two Children one son and one Daughter-- Ebby, working as a Web Site Designer in Trivandrum and Seby, studying for under graduate in Computer Science in the East West University at Chicago.

DALLAS UNTITED CHRISTIAN CHURCHE'S 2ND UNITED CHRISTIAN CONVENTION

Place: EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION
11540 Ferguson rd.,Dallas,TX 75228{635 Exit Ferguson Rd.West}
Date: June 25,26,& 27, 1999
Time : 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Main Speaker: Sister JOHN CHUNKAPURA Ph.D
Sister Joan Chunkapura is the director of TRADA{Total Response to Alcohol and Drug Abuse}, Kottayam, a center for Alcohol and Drug tratment. She is a Psychologist by training and a Psychotherapist in practice. She was also a speaker at Maramon Convention.

The Scripture Says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame". For There is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved"..... And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is Written, "How Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news". Rom 10:11-15
Participating Churches:

1. CSI Congregation of Dallas
2. CSI Church of Dallas
3. The First CSI Congregation of Dallas
4. Mar Thoma Church of Dallas, Farmers Branch{Luna Church}
5. Mar Thoma Church of Dallas, Grand Prairie
6. St. Paul's Mar Thoma Church
7. St. George Orthodox Church
8. St. Gregorios Orthdox Church
9. St. Mary's Orthodox Church
10. St. Thomas Orthodox Church
11. St. Thomas Kananaya Church
12. St. Ignatius Jacobite Church
13. St. Mary's Malankara Jacobite Church
14. St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church
15. St. Thomas Catholic Church

YOUTH SESSION:
On 26th June 9:30 AM at the MarThoma Church of Dallas, Farmers Branch, Luna Church.{11550 Luna Road, Dallas, 635 exti Luna Road South}

For More Imformation Please Contact:
Rev. Jiji Mathews{Convener} 972-613-5512
Rev. Fr. Raju Daniel {Co-Convener} 972-303-1449
Rev. Sajan P.Mathew{Choir Coordinator} 972-445-0188

~*~ Love Offerings will be taken.
~*~ Nursery will be provided
~*~ Strict disipline and coonperation is expected from all participents
~*`~ U.C.C.Convention tapes or any other U.C.C.Conventin related items are the only purchasable items on the premises.

Thank You
May God Bless You all
CSI Congregation of Dallas Youth Leader,
Merlin Mathew

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.

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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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