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Vol. 11 / Issue 6 / March 12 2009

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 10
Dad is recovering from surgery

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

When I was watching news about the bad economy, job cuts and bad housing market, I thought about the people who are losing their belongings and there is no hope for them. But I can say that if we are children of God, if we really know Jesus as our Lord and Savior then whatever happens around us does not affect our lives. God has millions or billions of ways to provide for us and help us in our situations. There is more than enough in the treasury of God and it never can be used up. When God appeared before Abraham He introduced Himself as El Shaddai. The Hebrew word for God Almighty is El Shaddai – the God who is more than enough – more than sufficient. It means that He is mighty and powerful enough to bring blessings and prosperity in our lives despite of bad economy, despite of failing banks and government systems.

There was a widow in the Old Testament 2nd Kings 4th chapter. Her husband was a God fearing man. The man died and left her and her two sons in debt. Now the debtors wanted to take her both sons as slaves because she was unable to pay her debtors. In desperation she cried out to God and came to ask prophet Elisha that what should she do now? Elisha asked her what do you have in the house? She said, nothing except a jar of oil. Elisha said, "Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors--empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones."

She went in her house and did exactly as prophet Elisha told her to do. Her one little jar of oil started to flow and multiply and started to fill jars after jars and vessels after vessels. Nothing could stop the flow of oil until they ran out of vessels. She again went to see the prophet and told what had happened. And Elisha said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest."

In one day her life changed forever. Not only her debt was gone but also she had enough to live with her two sons. In the time of greatest pain of her life a blooming business was born and she was debt free. My friend, probably you are going through financial crisis like this woman. But God can turn your situation around just as He did for this widow and for her two sons. The God who called you is faithful and He will not leave you in half way.

There is another story of prophet Elijah in the Bible. There was severe famine in the land. People had not enough to eat but God said to him in 1Ki 17:4, "And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." And we read in 1Ki 17:6, "The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook." God used ravens or crows to bring food for His prophet. He did not allow His prophet to be hungry and die without food. And I am sure that God will not allow them hungry those who walk in His ways.

While Elijah was staying by the Brook Cherith everything was fine, ravens brought him food and he had water to drink from the brook. But it happened that the brook dried up because there was no rain as we read in 1Ki 17:7, "And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land."

What Elijah would do now? He has food but no water. Did he panic? Did he think of worst? But the same God who sent Elijah in brook Cherith came for his rescue once again. We read in 1Ki 17:8-9, Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you."

The same God who came for the rescue of Elijah will come for your rescue. He did not allow His prophet to die without water. My friend, He will not allow you to die without food and without water in the wilderness but He will surely come for your rescue. Be of good cheer because there is a God who cares for you.

Psalmist says in Psa 147:9-11, "He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that cry. He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy."

And also in Luke12:24, "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?"

Look to Him who cares for you and He will never fail you. He will surely come for your rescue.

Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 10

Please read Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Read in Malayalam Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13


When they brought me home this was the scene I saw. Both sides of my home were decorated with grand tents. They brought me inside my home, purified me, burnt down my dress which I was wearing, put on me new dress and adorned me as bride. Then they brought me in front of them and my father said, "daughter, you had been among kafeers(infidle) all these days, you did as they did and called the name of their God but now Baapa (father) has forgiven everything. Though Baapa has forgiven all those things yet you have to do one more thing then only Allah would forgive you.

You have to recant Jesus and admit that Jesus is not God. Then you have to say the faith verse (Shahadat-Kalaam) of Muslims that Allah is the only God and rinse your mouth with water, purify your mouth and accept Allah as your only God and you have to turn to Muslim faith again.

When above things are done then only marriage cermony can be performed. If I had to say the faith verse which my father spoke then I had to renounce Jesus. So I told my father, "Baapa, I cannot renounce Jesus". Why? My father asked. I answered because Jesus is God. He is alive. Then he said,"daughter, Christians say these baseless things, there is no such Jesus, don't believe in their words.." and he started to say Quran Surahs.

I said, "It was not told to me by Christians, Baapa, but when I was praying in my room, Jesus came down in my room and He Himself talked to me. When I said like that, my father said, "it never can happen but Eblis has created hallucination and made you to think like this. He also said that these type of things does not happen.

I asked my father to explain who this Eblis is and how he looks like? Then he said, I have not seen him but I can say for sure that he has black figure and fierce in his countenance. He is ferocious and full of darkness." I said, "who spoke to me is not what you have explained to me but He is glorious and very beautiful man." My father was unable to say anything. But still he said, no daughter, Jesus is not God. You should not call Jesus. I said, "though I die, still I cannot stop calling Jesus and by renouncing Jesus I cannot live in this world.

When I said like this, my father again asked, "Do you firmly believe that Jesus is God?" I said, "Yes". Is Jesus God? Yes... again and again he asked and finally he got angry. When again and again he asked, Is Jesus God?, and when everytime I answered Jesus is God, Jesus is God, he asked last time and before my answer comes out of my mouth he slapped on my mouth so that I could not reply. I felt dizzy. He said, now tell me, Is Jesus God? Even then I said, Jesus is God. Because of pain due to slap I cried and said, "Jesus is God."

I could not deny Jesus because the truth that Jesus is God was filled in my blood vessels and it was flowing through and in my body. How could have I spoken that Jesus is not God?

He slapped on my face again and again. Teeth fell on the ground. When I saw the blood in fear I cried out, Jesus! When I cried out Jesus, my father got angry. He pulled the iron rod with which the petromax (paraffin lamp) was hanging above. He threw the petromax and removed iron rod and started to beat on my head with it. My head was broken here and there. Till this date I have deep scars of those beatings. In my left side eye I received 3-4 beatings and I felt as if my eye had came out. I lost my eye sight. Eight years I had no eye sight in my left eye.

When I tried to prevent beatings on my face and head with my hand, my fingers received beating and all the bones of fingers were broken and my fingers twisted. My hand was twisted when I received beating in my wrist joint. As I ran outside, my father threw a big knife and it hit my right leg and broke my leg bone. My hand, fingers of both hands and right leg were broken.

I lived like that for two years. But the same Jesus who healed blind, lame and lepers gave life to my broken limbs and I could experience His healing power in my life two years after this incident. The reason was that if I had to declare among my people that Jesus is God, these miracles should take place. To these miracles to take place my fingers should have broken. My hand was twisted so that these miracle shold take place. Because it is a witness for them. Because my father saw me walking as a lame person and saw my bone was broken. If my family had to come to know Jesus, I had to shed my blood there.

All the blood of my body was shed there. I felt as if I will die. My father said, according to Quran if a person left Islam and did not come back, he/she should be killed, that I am going to do it today. He held my neck but Muslim priests prevented him and said, you should not do anything because you alone is not but we also have to go to prison. At present we cannot do according to the Quran. In India we are not allowed to do according to our scripture, so please do not do anything. When they were speaking like this, I laughed in my heart thinking that they keep aside scripture to follow the law of the country.

When I was in the church for ten days, I studied in John chapter 16 that, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. When my father was trying to kill me I said, Lord, my father is offering service to his god but I give my spirit for you completely. For your name's sake I dedicate my life for you. My father did according to the words of Muslim priest and he draged me and threw me outside of my home. It was evening. He said, go wherever you want, you should not be seen in front of my eyes. We do not want to see even your shadow. Go and die wherver you want. If anything happens to you we have nothing to do with it. Because Allah has rejected you, I am also rejecting you. Thus saying my father went back.

Testimony part 11

Dad is recovering from surgery

Please keep him in your prayers

By Vinod Isaac

March 1st we had to call 911 to take our Dad to hospital. When he reached hospital his blood pressure was low. Doctors started giving him IV but his blood pressure would not regain. Four and half hours passed by. They gave him 6000ml IV yet blood pressure didn't come up. They called ICU doctor and started giving him blood pressure medicine to bring blood pressure up. Standing there I was praying and also trying to figure out what was going on and what specifics I need to pray. I called doctor friend of ours and she said that it looks his system has some kind of shock and probably his system is trying to shut down. Hearing that and seeing Doctors and Nurses coming and checking again and again and seeing frustration in their faces, I knew something is definitely not right.

It was more troubling because just few weeks back I attended a funeral of a teenage girl. Sitting there in funeral home I prayed, Lord you raised so many people, can you not bring her back to life. Moments after I heard from the Lord, "Rebuke the spirit of death", which I did. Well, funeral was over but girl didn't come back to life. So I was trying to make sense of what was the Lord saying when He said "Rebuke the spirit of death". Next morning we were in family prayer and Lord said that spirit of death is moving in your church and I am going to remove it. After hearing it we prayed for every person we heard was not doing well. We tried to block the spirit of death every moment.

Standing there in Emergency room lot of thoughts went through my mind, "Has the spirit of death come even to my house. What about the promises of God that He has given for Dad. Will I ever see them coming to pass." Going through all the thoughts I was frantically praying and calling my sisters and mom to pray, informing them what was going on. I was hearing from the Lord again and again that every thing is going to be all right.

Well blood pressure began to rise and dad began to stabilize. Emergency room nurse came to check and with beaming face said, "he is regaining." Within few hours he was stable and blood pressure was holding good without medication. Next day he had to undergo surgery and is recovering well.

Please keep him in your prayers for speedy recovery.

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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