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Vol. 10 / Issue 47 / December 25 2008

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Peace with God
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

By Sherly Isaac

"I don't want to die" this was the cry of a lady who was stranded in a road where the water main broke on 24th Dec. She was on her way to work and suddenly she found herself in the middle of rushing water. She did not know what to do. She remembered her ailing husband who needed medical care. She cried out, "I don't want to die."

I can say that this cry was not of her alone but of every human being. The cry of every human soul is, "I don't want to die." When God told Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit of the tree which was in the midst of the garden, on that day they will surely die, He meant it. The day Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the forbidden tree they died spiritually though they did not die physically at that time, but they were cut off from the life source that is God Himself. And death came in this world. Genesis 5th chapter lists the names of people who died and their ages when they died. This chapter is called the graveyard chapter of the Bible because in almost every other line it says, "....and he died"

The cry of dying reached the ears of God. He realized the need of saving the people from their sins and to revive their lives again. It was that cry which brought Jesus into this world. Bible tells us in John 3:16-17, "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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."

Yes, Jesus came in this world to give us life. He came in this world to take away death and the consequences of death from our lives. His birth was the greatest gift for every human being on this planet earth. Today when we celebrate Christmas let us not forget the only Savior Jesus Christ who really wants to save us from our sins and wants to give us a new life.

His coming to this earth and giving His precious life for us is an example of His great love. He said in John 10:10, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

No matter what you are facing today, He can bring you out of your situation and can give you a new life. Call upon His name, He can rescue you, He can save you, He can deliver you.

Peace with God

By Sheela Isaac

Mat 5:25 "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison."

Most of the time we think about Satan as our enemy or adversary but Bible says that sin has made us as enemy of God. Sin separates us from God and a sinner cannot come before God because He is holy. Sin makes God our adversary too. Isa 59:2, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear." Deu 31:18 "And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods." When the verse talks about "agree with your adversary" means reconcile with God or have peace with God. In the first place what makes us adversary to God? Bible says that Adam and Eve rebelled against God and sinned thus their rebellion made every person on this planet adversary to God. Gen 2:16, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; Gen 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."

Because of the fall of Adam and Eve, sin came into this world and defiled each and every person who is born in this world. Thus because of their fall sin rules the heart of every person. As God had created Adam and Eve, He was the legal owner over them. But due to sin, the ownership of God was legally transferred into the hands of Satan and Satan became the ruler of this world. Jesus said to His disciples saying, 'I am going away but the ruler of this world is coming and I have nothing to do with him.' John 14:30 "I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me."

Since every person on this earth is born in sin, they are under Satan's authority. That's why every human in this planet is condemned to death. If you and I do nothing and continue to live the same life which we have inherited through birth, we will straight away march into hell fire. Your good works can't change your position because our good works are like filthy rags in the sight of God. Your spiritual rituals could not change anything. Your regular church going can't change anything either. So every person who is born in this world is condemned to die and every person is legally the property of satan. Many times people think, "I am a good person so my goodness will take me to heaven," Once I heard a preacher saying, "A normal person do not need repentance of sin but it is only for those who committed grievous sins. Normally the little things happening like cheating, telling lies and taking bribes are not sin but are just small mistakes which everybody does." Then he said, "those who murder, kill, do robbery and who live highly immoral life only need repentance, but not us." But according to the Bible every person who is born in this world is born in sin and are condemned to eternal death. Hence they cannot enter into the kingdom of God. King David says, Psa 51:5, "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me."

The Bible says in, Rom 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." All have sinned and all need redemption. Let me explain it in a simple way. Every person is born in sin and every person is under the control of Satan. As I explained earlier, satan is the legal owner of every human being. Every person is under Satan's custody and is caged in prison like caged birds. A prisoner does not have the ability to escape unless and until somebody comes to help him out. When God saw that satan had caged His creation and that they are helpless as they cannot get free by themselves, He sent His only begotten son Jesus to die in their place. God had no other option except to pay the full price to redeem the fallen humans. To regain the legal ownership back, God paid the full price of redemption. For redeeming us He sent His son Jesus to die on our behalf.

To do this Jesus had to come down into this world. He was born as a little baby in this world for the only one reason, that is, to reclaim ownership over His own creation. He shed His precious blood on the cross and paid the full price to redeem the helpless prisoners. The Bible says that after resurrection Jesus first went to free the righteous souls from the captivity of satan. Eph 4:9 (Now this, "He ascended"; what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?" Before His resurrection, the resting place for all righteous souls was in one place i.e called paradise where the righteous souls were kept and satan had the keys of hades. Jesus went to free the prisoners the righteous souls from the captivity of satan. He took the keys and the ownership back from satan through His blood. 1 Pet 3:19, "by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison," Rev 1:18 "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."

Through the blood sacrifice of Jesus He reclaimed the keys of hades and delivered the captive souls from the hands of satan. He has done the same thing for us. I can give you simple explanation like this that Jesus sacrificed Himself and brought redemption for the whole human race. It is like He has completed the work of redemption by His own blood shed and He is standing at the prison door to free the whole humanity. He is standing there and asking, "are you willing to come out of that prison?" Are you willing to escape from the clutches of Satan? Choice is yours whether you want to stay in that prison forever or want to leave and come out to free yourself. Choice is yours whether you want to receive forgiveness for your sins or to stay with Satan in that cage. Choice is yours whether you want to free yourself and receive eternal life or to stay there rejecting Jesus. Choice is fully yours; you can choose life or death. You can choose eternal life or damnation. Please never forget that one day this prison cage will be dropped into the fiery furnace called "Hell". This cage is going to burn with fire and brimstone forever and ever. Time is pretty short. If you refuse to come out of it, it will burn you one day but you will live in it and experience the torture forever and ever. The pleasures of this life and sin might look good and beautiful but it is only for a short time. The things of this world might look very tempting and attractive but it is for only some time. One day the dream will be over and you will find that you can't escape from that cage by any means. One day as you will leave this world, the opportunity to escape from the prison will be over. Our lives are very short in this earth. We have only one lifetime given for us to decide. If you fail to come out of this prison cage in this life itself it would be too late for you. Think about it and don't wait for the next moment. You never know when the time will run out and when eternity will begin for you.

Jesus had come to redeem us from the hell fire. That is what Christmas is all about. See that the Son of God came down to make you free from the hands of satan. Don't you want to escape from hell fire? Don't you want to turn around from sin and your evil ways? Don't you want a place in heaven? Please don't say no. It would cost you every thing. The Bible says in Mathew 16:26-27, "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? "For the Son of Man (Jesus) will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."

If you want to receive that great redemption of your soul please pray with me this prayer:
Lord Jesus I believe that you came down to rescue me from the clutches of satan. Lord Jesus I believe that you are the son of God. I belive that you have died for my sins so that I can have eternal life and peace. Lord please forgive and forget my sin. Wash me with your precious blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Today I receive you as my Lord and Savior. Today I surrender my life into your hands. I pray in Jesus precious name. Amen.

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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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