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Vol. 1 / Issue 38 / October 28 1999

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Life Story of Chandra Lila Sadhuni III
You have a better tomorrow
CSI Christ Church of Chicago Celebrated 15th parish day

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

I was working in an office. On 31st Oct. 98 when I went to the office I felt as if I reached in hell. It was such a horrible scene. People all over there painted their faces, made some special type of hairstyles and wore costumes and they were looking like devil. I felt like running away from there and at that time I thought how bad and horrible a place hell will be. People say that terror night (31st Oct., Halloween day) is coming but it was a terror day for me… one day in literal hell. I talked to one of my colleagues and she said, "no one taught us that these things are wrong, we are celebrating Halloween from childhood and it is fun." Is it not that we have somewhere missed our goal; we have somewhere missed the right direction. We have forgotten the ways of the true and living God.

Gothic movement, witchcraft, literal devil worships, murders and immorality are all over here. Persecution has increased against Christians all over the world. Who can forget the Colorado school shooting when two students killed their fellow students just because they believed in Jesus. They asked, "do you believe in Jesus?" Whoever said "Yes" they were killed. In India a missionary and his two young children were set on fire just because they believed in Jesus…. Yes, we have replaced God with all these things because we have allowed all kinds of nonsense in our lives. We have showed our back towards God and followed the ways of devil. King Solomon did the same thing. He forgot the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and turned to idols and because of that his next generations lost the kingdom. You can not get any blessings when you turn from God and worship devil.

We talk about religions, denominations and all other stuff but very often we forget about our own soul. Life is very short and we have to think about our soul - where will it live after death, in hell or heaven. There is no time to fight about religion or denomination but it is high time to turn to the living God who is able to save us from hell fire. Last week we had a convention in our church and our respected Bishop preached in those meetings. I really liked his messages. He said, "we have to take a break, we have to put a period (full stop) in our lives and examine ourselves about where we are going. We have to come back to the first belief the belief of the first Church." Oh, Yes we have to come back to our first belief and come back to the Bible. Then only we will be able to see any improvement in our lives and in our society.

In the last two issues you have read about Chandra Lila Sadhuni how she became a widow when she was just 9 years old. Because of that it made her to think, what her sin was that made her a widow. She left her house to search for the true God and to find out the reason for her widowhood. She finished her 4 pilgrimages and after that she decided to torture her body. But after doing all these things she could not find any peace, get remission of sins. Also she did not get the answers to her questions. She lost all her faith in Hindu religion. In this issue read what happened next….

Life Story of Chandra Lila Sadhuni III

Chandra Lila used to visit that kid’s house. That time Parvati the kid’s sister got married and she would come and go to her in laws house. Her in law’s house was near the mission compound and Pastor Philip’s wife used to teach that young bride. One day Chandra Lila went to her house and found her reading books of Christian religion and she came to know that the Pastor’s wife gave her the books to read. Chandra Lila talked to the Pastor’s wife and got a New Testament in Bengali language from her. She read it day and night but she could not find any peace till that time. She used to go to Pastor’s wife to know the meaning of the Bible verses. Chandra Lila got all the answers to all her questions from her. After some days she started loving those books and she not only read those books but started teaching her disciples also. When people came to listen to her from Ramayana or from Hindu scriptures she used to say, "I will teach you from a new book." When they asked why she did not you read from the old books? She said, "this new book is very nice." The ladies listened happily but men said, "what are you doing…this is book of Christian religion." They said, "we will bring a Pandit (hindu priest) for you and he will teach you hindu scriptures." She said, "I do not want any Pandit, but I will learn from Madam." They threatened and frightened her but she did not get afraid of those things, but she taught them about Christ and said it is better for them also to accept Jesus. After two months she went to the Pastor and said, "I want to accept Christianity." Pastor asked, "are you a sinner or a holy person?" Chandra Lila said, "My parents were born in sin, I did worship all the idols of India, I lied many times and deceived many times… how can I say that I am a holy person and without any sin?" Then pastor said, "You said that you have worshipped every god and goddess, did you get any hope of remission of sins?" Chandra Lila said, "I went on pilgrimages after pilgrimages but I never heard at any place how a person get rid of their sins or get remission of sins and not only that I did not get any peace in my life or assurance of forgiveness of sins.

Pastor again asked, "what was the reason that your gods could not forgive your sins? If they could not forgive your sins how do you expect to get remission of your sins?" Chandra Lila said, "I have read about a savior and He is Jesus Christ and I have learned that he forgives all our sins. That’s why I believe on Him and want to be a Christian. After eight days she went to the church and she said, "When I heard the message I felt that today I received the same thing for which I was in search for so many years and for which I suffered for such a long time." Chandra Lila got a great joy and peace in her heart. She said to the Pastor, "I am ready to take baptism. Pastor said, "If you take the baptism you will have to go through much problems. Your hindu brothers will leave you and when you will not get any food what will you do?" She said, "God feeds to animals, would He not give me? God is my shepherd, I will not want anything." After returning from church she could not sleep. Her heart was flowing with joy. For the whole night she thought how to come out from all these worldly things and give all her life to Jesus.

When people heard that Chandra Lila accepted Christ and dedicated her life to Jesus then all her disciple came to her and requested her to go back to their faith but she refused to go back. All the Hindus got upset and they said that she has now become an untouchable and saying these things they went from there.

Chandra Lila went to the king’s house where she had stayed for seven years and told about Jesus that He came in to this world and died for us so that we may be without sin. He believed in Jesus but could not take baptism because he was afraid of the people and he was also afraid that he may lose his kingship.

Chandra Lila went to every street and every corner to give the message that Jesus died for our sins and there is forgiveness of sins in Him. She went to every house and every village of Madinapur. It took six months for her to cover the whole area. She prayed for this every day. Many believed in Jesus listening to her messages and many were tortured because of their belief in Jesus. Her nephew came to meet her and she gave the gospel messages to him and he also believed in Jesus.

She decided to go back to the places where she went before as a pilgrim and to preach the saving grace of Christ. She returned to her own country Nepal after 27 years and she preached everywhere there. Many people wanted to kill her or to torture her but no one could harm her. There her brother accepted Christ on His death bed and when he died, all his Hindu friends came and they wanted to cremate him according to hindu custom but Chandra Lila said, "he became a Christian before he died so he should be buried according to Christian custom." But they did not listen. Finally they took him to the cremation ground. Chandra Lila prayed very hard for her brother that he should not be cremated. That was a rainy season. They took the dead body, put on wood and tried to put fire on it but fire got quenched because of the heavy down pour. They tried several times until night but could not succeed. Chandra Lila who was praying very hard said, " please give me the dead body of my brother, it is not God’s will that he be cremated. In fact God has listened to my cry and He only protect my brothers body from cremation. Finally they gave her to dead body and she buried him according to Christian custom.

Chandra Lila went everywhere even to the houses of kings and told about Jesus. Big crowds gathered to listen to her messages and people were astonished to see her boldness and authority. She quoted from hindu scriptures and said there is no salvation in Hindu religion. At the age of 65 she went to be with the Lord after serving Jesus for 30 years. On 26th Nov. 1907 before she closed her eyes, she said, "I have no fear, every thing is bright before me. Four angels have come to take me home." And she closed her eyes peacefully.

You have a better tomorrow

By Sheela Isaac

If you open your heart's door
If you accept Jesus as your Savior
If you take a dip in the crimson flow of Calvary
If your sins are forgiven
You have a better tomorrow

If you are a child of God
You'll walk through the pearly gates of heaven
You'll walk on the golden streets of heaven
You'll walk by the fountains of the living water
You have a better tomorrow

If your name is written in the "book of life"
You have a better tomorrow!!!
Yes, you have a better tomorrow!!!

CSI Christ Church of Chicago Celebrated 15th parish day

It was a moment of joy, offering praises to the King of kings and look to the future as CSI Christ Church of Chicago celebrated it's 15th Parish day. Our Honorable Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Sam Mathew and many other dignitaries graced parish day celebration. As at all times Choir was led by Mr. Babu Philip which added special flavor to the celebration.

K. K. Cherian Achen and Ninan Mathew Achen shared their experiences of how this church was started and the first church service was held. K. K. Cherian Achen called each member of the church to become living stones as written in 1 Pet 2:5, "you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." And he said that we can become living stones only by getting connected to the Corner Stone that is Jesus Christ. Ninan Mathew Achen called the church to turn to Bible and become Christ Centered. They also expressed concern about the future of church specially when new generation is having a mixed up culture of Kerala and America.

Mr. Jacob Mathew released Souvenir.

Mrs. Annie Mathew reflecting on 15 years of Church History spoke that how God helped the church to grow from scratch to today's position when we have our own church building.

Mr. Thomas Koshy gave vote of thanks.

Our Bishop speaking in the convention and on Parish day called the Congregation to turn to the basics, turn to the first century church. Again and again he emphasized that today our churches are facing a grave situation of Spiritual Invalidity and that there is a need to turn back to God with Repentance, with a change of heart, with an open commitment for Christ.

Our Bishop was speaking with concern for the future of our CSI churches and what should our church be in the next millennium. He said that for the survival of our churches we need to be Christ Centered as the first century church was. For the membership in first Century church, there was only one condition that was by being saved by repenting. Acts 2:47, "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." And also It was Christ who was adding them. They were not being added by pastors or bishops but the Lord Himself. He emphasized that members were added by Christ, They were united in Christ and They were empowered through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Church is not an organization but the organism of the Holy Spirit.

He said that the first century church studied the word together and prayed together and were united in Christ. Today we have unity like plastic balls in a bag which rub each other and make noise. Instead we need to melt together in Christ and become one in Him. In every thing Christ should be the center.

Speaking He said that the mission of our church is to take life to the lifeless. As Peter said in Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." we need to take life to the lame, we need to get empowered by the power of Holy Spirit and carry the life that flows from Christ alone.

With such magnificent messages by our Bishop I have no doubt that if these messages are translated in the life of each and every listener the day is not far off when the world will see CSI Christ Church taking life to the lifeless, bringing spiritual as well as physical healing to the public.

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.

Download Articles in Handheld Computers

You can now download articles in Palm Doc format for your palm handheld computer. It will work with any devise that has Palm OS and Palm Doc Reader installed. To download click on the link named "Palm Doc Format" i.e. at the top of this page by the side of each articles.

Kids Page - Free Tutorials

Now you can learn Graphics and web designing online at Kid's page. These tutorials are free for kids who subscribe for CSI Kids Newsletter. Currently tutorials for Paint Shop Pro, HTML and Dreamweaver are available.

So please enroll your kids by going to http://kids.csinewsletter.org/member/join.asp

And visit CSI Kid's page at http://kids.csinewsletter.org

Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

Now you can read Bible in Hindi online at http://www.hindibible.org
in Malayalam online at http://www.malayalambible.org
in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

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Your Feedback

Your feedback and comments are Welcome. Please send your Parish news & articles to Editor (Sherly N. Isaac) at this address News@csinewsletter.comThe messages submitted will be checked whether they are correct according to the word of God. Editor reserves the right to accept, reject or edit the messages. The writers are responsible for the contents of their writings.



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