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Vol. 11 / Issue 17 / May 28 2009

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 21
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Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

First Church was a caring church. They not only took care of the spiritual needs of the people but also fulfilled the physical and financial needs of the congregation. When this new church grew and multiplied there came the need to look into the grievance of the widows and to take care of them.

Act 6:1-7, “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”

The twelve disciples did not want to abandon the work of spreading the Gospel. So they chose Stephen and others to help them for this work. When we read about Stephen in the Bible we can understand that Stephen was a man of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. Stephen loved the Lord and Lord used him greatly. Act 6:8 says, “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.” On the one side Stephen was a man of God and on the other side he served to help the poor and the needy. I would say that he was filled with compassion and love for others.

Those spiritual leaders who were supposed to support and encourage people to live spiritually, instead of supporting and helping him to carry out his work, they killed him just because they could not resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke. (Act 6:9-10), “Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.”

Do we have loving and caring heart for others? Do our Churches really care for the needy and the poor? We really need to ask these questions and we need to walk as the first Church walked. The first Church had a mind for others and they thought about others even though they had to sacrifice too much for others.

One Sunday morning we were going to Church. As we approached near the Church we saw a banners announcing 'Auction of a house'. With great sorrow my sister said, “How their hearts would have cried being forced to leave their home… it is not good for anybody.” We were talking like that and when we reached the Church we were shocked and it surprised us that the house which was on auction was just next to the Church. I heard messages after messages on poverty but never thought that those were mere words and not for action.

Yes, today we need action and not mere words. First Church was a caring church which stood rubbing shoulder to shoulder with those who were going through the darkest hour of their lives. They provided spiritual as well as physical and emotional help for them. No matter how big that Church became still they took care of other’s needs.

I remember that about three years back when my dad was dying in the hospital, we felt all alone in the whole world. But I am so thankful for those individuals and families who helped us in those moments of despair. Their presence brought comfort in our hearts.

The first Church was a Church that did bear the burdens of the congregation. They even shared their money with each other and the Bible tells us that they lacked nothing. Act 4:34-35, “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.”

This was the first Church! Today’s Churches have to learn so much from this first Church.

Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 21

You can read Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20


To read in Malayalam Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21

As I said before that I grew up in a Muslim home where I had not much freedom to do anything according to my desires or my wish, but was always involved in Muslim scriptures. And I had dedicated my life completely for this purpose but God called me, separated me and not only did He bring me to His love but also anointed me and authorized me to proclaim His love.

Holy Spirit led me in this anointing. My father, my mother, my brothers, my relatives, members of my mosque, my neighboring priests who had argued saying that Jesus is not God, rejected me and tortured me. But they heard my testimony about Jesus and My Lord opened the heart of them so that they could accept Jesus, and love Him.

Dear people, let me say it again, wherever I go, I cannot keep quiet not telling about Jesus. Whenever I think about it my heart fills with gratitude for my Lord and I cannot stop praising God with heart full of gratitude and to glorify Him. While I went in those prayer meetings hiding myself so that no one should see me, sitting in a corner like a refugee or like a beggar, hearing the messages from the preachers, I never thought even in my dreams that one day I will be preaching along with those servants of God. When I saw posters about meetings, I would go in those meetings and sit at a corner but my God lifted me up and sat me with those elders and servants of God and allowed my name and photo to come with them and He also made me to preach like them, I praise God and glorify Him thinking of His mighty acts.

I say that my God is a God of orphans, poor and helpless people. His righteous judgments are for the despised and poor. He raises the poor from dust and makes them to sit with princes. When he sits with the princes, that dust will not be lingering on their dresses. Whenever I go, my God keeps a seat for me among the mighty ones. His love, mighty works, power and miracles will be revealed in those who love Him and walk in His ways.

You can watch whole Nazeela Beevi story in Malayalam or in English at:
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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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