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Vol. 10 / Issue 46 / December 18 2008

Contents of this issue

Editorial
The Priceless Pearl
A very special Christmas Ecard is waiting for you
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
Your Feedback

Editorial

Born in a Manger - Christmas story

By Sherly Isaac

Many celebrate Christmas but how many of those really know the real story and the real meaning of Christmas? In today's world where even the mention of Jesus and His birth is not heard, it is really difficult to know why people are celebrating Christmas. About 2000 years ago God sent His only son in this world to seek the lost and save them from their sins. That was the greatest, most precious and priceless gift ever given to anybody.

Jesus was born in a stable and was laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. What is manger after all? Manger is nothing but a trough or open box in which fodder is placed for horses or cattle to eat. You can understand how humbling it would have been for the King of kings who had created heaven and earth and the whole universe just by speaking His word. But He chose the lowest point in His life. He became poor so that we could be rich as we read in 2 Cor 8:9, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich."

He even humbled Himself and embraced death so that we could live through Him. Bible says in Phil 2:8, "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross."

That is the love of God for every man and every woman. Being God, being the sole authority of the universe, He could have destroyed us and could have made another creation but instead He chose to come down to save us. It was the love that brought Him to this world. He gave His best for us so that we could have our sins forgiven and that we could be blessed and be happy.

He is ready to deliver you from any situation you are in. You may be in sin, you may be in drugs, you may be sick, hopeless or heartbroken. You might have lost your job and may be you do not know from where the next meal would come from? No matter what your problem is Jesus can help you. Being Himself born in a poor home, He understands what you are going through. David loved the Lord from his childhood but when he was anointed for king, he went through horrible trials and wanderings. He says in Psa 56:8, "You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?" Do you know what God did for David? He never left David nor forsook him but a day came when He exalted David and made him the king of Israel. No matter how unqualified he was, no matter how poor and probably illiterate shepherd he was, God lifted him to rule over all the intelligent and wealthy people of his kingdom.

Oh, God knows every tear you shed and every trial you go through. He is ready to help you. Just call upon Jesus and He will come for your rescue. He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. His promises are yea and amen in Him. What He spoke He will do it. He said in Mat 6:30 "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"

In this Christmas season come to Jesus and find help from Him. He has all the answers of your questions.

The Priceless Pearl

By Sherly Isaac

Once I read the story of missionary David Morse who went to India. While he was staying there, he became friends with a pearl-diver named Rambhau. Over the years these men spent many hours together and had supported each other in numerous situations, Rambhau considered David his best friend, but as hard as David tried to tell him about the simple way of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus, he couldn't convince Rambhau.

Rambhau enjoyed listening to the Word of God, but he would reply, "Your Christian way to heaven is too easy for me! I cannot accept it. If ever I should find admittance to heaven in that manner I would feel like a pauper there...like a beggar who has been let in out of pity. I may be proud, but I want to deserve it; I want to earn my place in heaven and so I am going to work for it."

Many years slipped by. One evening, however, the missionary heard a knock on his door, and on opening it he found Rambhau there.

"Come in, dear friend," said Morse.

"No," said the pearl-diver. "I want you to come with me to my house, Sahib (Sir), for a short time, I have something to show you. Please do not say 'No'".

"Of course I'll come," replied the missionary. As they neared his house, Rambhau said: "In a week's time I would start working for my place in heaven; I am leaving for Delhi and I am going there on my knees." "Man, you're crazy! It's nine hundred miles to Delhi, and the skin will break on your knees, and you will have blood-poisoning or leprosy before you get there."

"No, I must get to Delhi," affirmed Rambhau, "and the immortals will reward me for it! The suffering will be sweet for it will purchase heaven for me!"

"Rambhau, my friend you can't...", said Morse.

But the old man could not be moved. "You are my dearest friend on earth, Sahib (Sir) Morse. Through all these years you have stood by me in sickness, in want, you have been sometimes my only friend. But even you cannot turn me from my desire to purchase eternal bliss - I must go to Delhi!" Inside the hut Morse was seated in the very chair Rambhau had specially built for him, where on so many occasions he had read to him the Bible.

Rambhau left the room to return soon with a small but heavy English strongbox. "I have had this box for years," said he, "and I keep only one thing in it. Now I will tell you about it, Sahib (Sir) Morse. I once had a son..."

"A son! Why, Rambhau, you have never before said a word about him!"

"No, Sahib, I couldn't." Even as he spoke the diver's eyes were moistened.

"Now I must tell you, for soon I will leave, and who knows whether I shall ever return? My son was a diver too. He was the best pearl diver on the coasts of India. He had the swiftest dive, the keenest eye, the strongest arm, the longest breath of any man who ever sought for pearls. What joy he brought to me! Most pearls, as you know, have some defect or blemish only the expert can discern, but my boy always dreamed of finding the 'perfect' pearl one beyond all that was ever found. One day he found it! But even when he saw it, he had been under water too long. That pearl cost him his life, for he died soon after"

The old pearl diver bowed his head. For a moment his whole body shook, but there was no sound. "All these years," he continued, "I have kept this pearl but now I am going, not to return, and to you, my best friend I am giving my pearl."

The old man worked the combination on the strongbox and drew from it a carefully wrapped package. Gently opening the cotton, he picked up a mammoth pearl and placed it in the hand of the missionary. It was one of the largest pearls ever found off the coast of India, and glowed with a lustre and brilliance never seen in cultured pearls. It would have brought a fabulous sum in any market.

For a moment the missionary was speechless and gazed with awe. "Rambhau! What a pearl!"

"That pearl, Sahib, is perfect," replied the Indian quietly. The missionary looked up quickly and said, "Rambhau, this is a wonderful pearl, an amazing pearl. Let me buy it. I would give you ten thousand dollars for it."

"Sahib! What do you mean?"

"Well, I will give you fifteen thousand dollars for it, or if it takes more I will work for it."

"Sahib," said Rambhau, stiffening his whole body, "this pearl is beyond price. No man in all the world has money enough to pay what this pearl is worth to me. On the market a million dollars could not buy it. I will not sell it to you. You may only have it as a gift."

"No, Rambhau, I cannot accept that. As much as I want the pearl, I cannot accept it that way. Perhaps I am proud, but that is too easy. I must pay for it, or work for it."

The old pearl-diver was stunned. "You don't understand at all, Sahib. Don't you see? My only son gave his life to get this pearl, and I wouldn't sell it for any money. Its worth is in the life-blood of my son. I cannot sell this but I can give it to you. Just accept it in token of the love I bear you."

The missionary was choked, and for a moment could not speak. Then he gripped the hand of the old man. "Rambhau," he said in a low voice, "don't you see? My words are just what you have been saying to God all the time."

The diver looked long and searchingly at the missionary, and slowly, slowly he began to understand. "God is offering to you salvation as a free gift," said the missionary. "It is so great and priceless that no man on earth can buy it. Millions of dollars are too little. No man on earth could earn it. His life would be millions of years too short. No man is good enough to deserve it. It cost God the life-blood of His only Son to make the entrance for you into heaven. In a million years, in a hundred pilgrimages, you could not earn that entrance. All you can do is to accept it as a token of God's love for you a sinner."

Yes, Salvation of our souls cannot be bought or earned by any means. That is the reason why Jesus came down in this world took the most humbling birth on this earth lived a humble life and died on the cross to purchase pardon for our sins. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

God gave the priceless gift of His Son for the dying humanity so that they could be saved and have eternal life. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, this is the time to invite Him into your life and ask Him to forgive all your sins. He will gladly do it.

A very special Christmas Ecard is waiting for you

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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.

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.

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Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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