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Vol. 10 / Issue 42 / November 20 2008

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Testimony of Bro. James - Part 2
Through the Valley of Death
A New Christian Song Website

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
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Editorial

Deliverance through Jesus

By Sherly Isaac

God of the Bible delights in delivering His people. In the Bible we read again and again how He rescued His people whenever they called upon His name. When Jesus was in this world, He delivered people from their sins, sicknesses, sufferings and pain and even from death. Whenever He saw people suffering, He was moved with compassion and performed mighty miracles. He wiped away their tears and put smile on their faces.

Bible also tells us that He is the same unchanging God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is even ready to deliver us today. Let us see in which areas He brings deliverance:

1. Deliverance from sin:
Once a paralytic man was brought to Jesus lying in bed When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." The scribes thought in their hearts, "This man blasphemes." But Jesus said in Mat 9:5-6, "For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"; then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."

The paralytic man immediately arose and left for his house. That was the power of God displayed by Jesus, when He was in this world. He came in this world to take away our sins. He gave His precious life for our sins and shed His blood on the cross so that we could receive forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. We can attain salvation of our souls and can have eternal life because of His shed blood. Bible says in Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

2. Deliverance from sicknesses:
When Jesus was in this world, He healed the sick and delivered them from their sicknesses. Many who were sick for long time got deliverance just by one word of Jesus. Once a person who was sick for thirty-eight years got delivered instantaneously and he walked away with his bed. A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years got delivered instantaneously when she just touched the hem of His garment. There are hundreds of incidents recorded in the Bible where people got deliverance in one moment because of the mighty power of God. The same Jesus is ready to deliver us from all our sicknesses and is ready to give us a healthy life.

3. Deliverance from Death:
Once Jesus went to a city called Nain. When He reached the gate of Nain, He saw a big crowd coming out of that city carrying a dead man who was the only son of his mother who was a widow. Probably this is one of the most moving stories of New Testament. She was a widow and now her young son probably the only bread earner was also gone. The widow was in great trouble and she had the sympathy of those great numbers of people of that city who were with her in the procession. When Jesus looked at her devastated, heartbroken and anguished face, He was moved with compassion. In Luke 7:13-15, we read that when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother."

Oh, what great joy she might have found. She might have danced, shouted, rejoiced and would have been overwhelmed seeing her son alive.

That is the power of precious Jesus. who moves with compassion for us and comes to help us and deliver us. Even death is defeated before His mighty power. He is resurrection Himself. Do you say that your life is like that of a dead person? He can resurrect your life and can give you full life to you. His name is Jesus. All things are possible, when we call on His name.

Testimony of Bro. James - Part 2

This is the continuation of last week's testimony. Please click here for Part 1.

When I came out I saw four of my friends standing afar. As soon as I saw them I got angry because we all planned together and did the mischief together and now they have joined together to betray me. All these years I was thinking that friends are my security and that they can do anything for me. But this incident proved to me that friends also could deceive me.

First Attempt of Suicide
One of my friends asked me what the end of the episode was? Then I told him what the clerk had told me to do before 8 O’clock in the morning. The authority of the school also was very strict in maintaining discipline. I thought that they are definitely going to take action against me. While I was thinking in my mind, my friend suggested to me that committing suicide is the best solution for this problem. I don’t know whether he was joking or serious about his suggestion, but I took it seriously and decided to commit suicide.

So I went to my home, removed my shirt and put it in washing machine. I took some poisonous powder, one glass and a spoon to mix the powder with water. I kept everything ready to end up my life. Before I could act further, I saw on that day, my parents and my brothers were sitting together in the sofa. I thought to myself that in a few seconds I would be gone, then what will these people do. Thinking thus, when I was about to close the door, my father asked me why I am closing the door. I told him that I am going to pray. Hearing the reply my father laughed at me, because I never gave importance to prayer in my life.

After closing the door, I knelt down on the floor and before taking the poison I thought myself that I have been faithfully worshipping Muruga for the last two years. I loved him also. Now as I was in a problem I thought that if he is a true god, he should rescue me from my horrible situation. So I called Murugan to rescue me and wept for fifteen minutes; but there was no reply from Murugan. Then I turned to Allah and told him, “Some sects of the people believe that you are one god. If you are truly one god you have to rescue me from my trouble so that I may put my trust on you”. I gave ten minutes to Allah but no reply came from him. Finally I had no other way than to ask Jesus to rescue me. I told him, “Jesus, I know that my parents believe in you as God, but I don’t believe you even one percent. If you are a true God you have to rescue me.” Thus I prayed, but did not give enough time for him to act. For the other gods I gave fifteen, ten minutes respectively but not to Jesus. I felt for sure that Jesus also will not rescue me, so I took the glass of poison in my hands to drink, but I could not take my hand any further to my mouth. My hand and my whole body became stiff and I could not stand any further but fell on the ground along with the glass of poison.

Encountering with Jesus Christ
While I was lying on the ground, I could hear a crystal clear voice saying to me, “Don’t be afraid and dismayed. I am with you and I will rescue you”. As soon as I heard the voice I understood that Lord Jesus Christ has spoken to me directly. So I committed my life to him, confessing all my sins that flashed back in my mind. When I got up from the ground I saw the poison spilled everywhere. I took one cloth and wiped all the spilled poison and cleaned that place with wet cloth.
Suddenly a thought came to my mind, doubting whether the voice was from Jesus or from some phantom. I knew for sure that I had an encounter with Jesus, but still I wanted to confirm His encounter. So I made a simple prayer, “Lord, if you have really spoken to me, you have to prove it. When I go to school now, nobody should ask anything about the question paper episode”. I went to the school at 8.00 p.m. As I entered the school, I saw from afar that the clerk was standing in the verandah at the same place. When nearing him, I wished him “Good night”. In turn, he asked me whether I had food and whether I am ready for the exams tomorrow. Then he told me, “Go and study well”. He didn’t ask anything about the question paper. I went to my place and with broken heart I cried aloud thinking how Lord Jesus Christ had rescued me from the situation even though I could not trust Him completely. All my friends were watching what had happened to me (James). I told my friends the whole story of how the Lord Jesus Christ has helped me in that situation.

Some of my friends did not believe what I had told them. But two of them challenged me, whether the God who had spoken to you, will he speak to us also? Blindly I challenged them that He will speak to them also on Sunday thru my pastor if they are open-minded. So I was with them till Saturday night and brought them to my home to introduce them to my father. I told my father that they wanted to come to the Church. But my father could not believe that I brought two souls to Christ, instead, he laughed sarcastically. But I prayed in my heart that my father has to help me to take them to the Church.

Friends Believing Jesus Christ
I took my friends to Pastor Nellaiah’s assembly, where worship was going on. During the worship time the pastor told that there are two young boys who have come here. This is the Word of the Lord for them: “Don’t be afraid and dismayed. I am with you and I will rescue you”. As soon as we heard this verse, It gave great shock to us because the Lord gave them the same promise that He had given to me a couple of days back. They also were taken aback and wondering for the way the Lord has spoken to them. That became a turning point in their lives. After six months they confessed the Lord through water baptism.
Since then my life has changed completely for Jesus Christ. Though I continued my studies in the same school, the Lord has used me to start prayer cells with 10-15 students. After my high schooling we moved to Chennai and my father was ultimately transferred to Orissa.

When I was studying in College I felt that I had lost my intimate relationship with the Lord, because of my worldly love. In Chennai, I had attended a fasting prayer meeting and while coming to my home, I was not satisfied in my Christian life. I felt on the other hand, the Lord has deserted me because I could feel a vacuum in my life that led me into depression, which I was not able to overcome. So I was questioning the purpose of living in this world? So I decided to commit suicide by throwing myself on the railway track with the bike.

Second Attempt of Suicide
One day there was a convention taking place near to my house. On that day, my father was at home and others were gone for the convention. That was the day when I had decided to throw myself into the railway track. When I took my bike to put my plan into action, my father asked me where I was going. I told him nothing but I said, 'I will come.' Actually at that particular time, I was going to throw myself into the track before the oncoming train. After reaching the spot, a thought came to my mind that, "any how I am going to die in a few minutes but before that happens let me see my mother and relatives for the last time." So I stood in a corner of the bridge near the convention place and searched for my mother and brothers but I could not find them anywhere.

By that time the worship leader spoke, pointing his hands directly towards me and said there is a young man standing over there who had decided to end up his life. But this I want to tell you that the Lord is caring for you. He wants to use you to do great things. When he said like that all the past happenings of my life came before me. I cried aloud saying, ”Lord there is over 20,000 people seated here, and you are pointing me that I am that young man. Your love and concern for me is so great. If you think that I am that young man, now you have to do a miracle. That is, I do not want the speaker Mr Coral Thomas, who came from Canada, to give the message; but I want pastor Koshy to give the message in this meeting. If you do this miracle I will believe that I am that young man”.

After the worship was over, the speaker took the pulpit, and read a portion from the Bible and prayed. After the prayer the speaker told the public that the Lord is not allowing him to speak but He is asking Pastor Koshy to speak. But Pastor Koshy was insisting the speaker to speak, and not to joke, But the speaker told that it is not his time but Koshy’s time. Then the crowd prayed for Koshy to deliver the message. When Pastor Koshy took the pulpit, I asked the Lord to speak about missionary call. The Lord did fulfill my desire. Pastor Koshy finished his message with missionary call giving an example from African country. I broke in my heart and cried to the Lord and committed my life for fulltime ministry. Though there were many opportunities which came from cine field, the Lord confirmed His call and made me to stand firm in it.

Through the Valley of Death

As many of you know that three years back 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 amazon.com

A New Christian Song Website

Now you can hear and watch Christian Songs in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and in English. More languages will follow. Please visit at: Masihi Geet website

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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