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Vol. 13 / Issue 30 / August 25 2011

Contents of this issue

Editorial
From Death to Life - Part 3
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Through the Valley of Death & other Books
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

Jesus said to His disciples, "Go and preach the Gospel". Now what is Gospel? Gospel means, 'good news'. What is good news? If you hear someone died that is not good news. If you hear that someone is sick, that is not good news. But good news is that for someone a baby is born which is the opposite of death or someone is free from sickness or from danger, or if you hear that something good is going to happen to someone.

When God created everything, He looked at what he had created and saw that everything was beautiful and everything was good. There was nothing bad and there was no pain, toil or even death. There were no tears but only joy and peace. But one day Adam and Eve sinned against God disobeying Him and sin came in this world. With sin pain, toil and death also came. Today we see death, pain, sufferings, sicknesses, violence etc. which is the result of sin that entered in this world.

And who can save us from all these troubles? Who can help us to live peacefully and joyfully? Is there a way? And when we think about God, we think that He should be very powerful and He should be able to save us from our sins, He should bring peace and joy in our lives. And many worship different gods, some worship idols, some wood or sun and the creations of God thinking that somehow they will save them from their sins and from their misery. But how something that could not save us be God at all? Mohammad the founder of Islam said that he did not know where he is going to and that he cannot save anybody. Allah in Quran never promised forgiveness of sins and eternal life but only death and hellfire according to Sarah 3:185. Buddha, the founder of Buddhist religion said, "I do not know the way". But look at Jesus who clearly said that, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)

God graciously made a way for us so that we could come out of our sins and live eternally and not die and perish.

Bible tells us in Mat 1:21, "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."

Mat 18:11, "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost."

Today we can get forgiveness of our sins because of the shed blood of Jesus and because of the great sacrifice Jesus did. If you want forgiveness of your sins and eternal life, there is no other way except Jesus Christ the Savior. Just come to Jesus because He is ready to save you from your sins.

From Death to Life - Part 3

Life Story of Bro. Parminder Puri

By Bro. Parminder Puri

You can read previous issues by clicking here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

In the meantime my sister started saying that on a particular day, some bearded man would come and take her away forever. We would of course try our best to console her but she kept repeating this. Then one night my sister kept our dog Betsy, close to herself, and seemed very scared. Around 4:30 am she woke up with a loud shout, saying, ”someone is coming from the window to take her away”. My Mama (maternal uncle) took her in her lap, gave her some water and tried to talk lovingly to her, ”That its all your imagination, nothing else”. But then all of a sudden my sister raised herself half up, gave a loud scream (a sort of hiccup) and collapsed in my mother’s arms. She went lifeless. My mother became hysterical and said, "Your sister is gone; this chapter is closed now forever." I rushed to our neighboring doctor, from the Sikh community. He came immediately, shook my sister, checked her pulse but said nothing and instead he kept his hands on her eyes. But my sister remained lifeless.

Then it all started….. God’s awesome plan

Instead of crying at that time, I departed from that scene. I came in the living room and started thinking what should I do to save my sister now? I started pacing in the living room. I don’t know why I acted so, but I guess it was the Lord’s plan. Suddenly I remembered that I had joined a 3 months diploma course 2 years ago and a Christian man (Mr. Vincent) had come there once, and I could distinctly remember people saying that he was very powerful and that when he prayed God listened. Immediately I ransacked my cupboard for that notepad, which I used during that course. As It was God’s plan, I found it. Now I wasn’t sure whether I had written Mr. Vincent’s number or not. Slowly I started turning over the pages of the pad, looking carefully. I found the number scribbled carelessly and dialed it. Mr. Vincent did not recognize me but being a true servant of God, so humble, he asked me what was the problem. I plainly told him, "I had heard when you pray people get healed. My sister is lifeless." I briefed him about the recent happenings. Hardly had I spoken to him for about 5-7 minutes, when he asked me, "Go and check your sister." And lo, behold, she was opening her eyes! Halleluiah! Vincent uncle said, "Your sister has been touched by Jesus and he has given her a new life." But he also asked us to be patient and give her time to recover. Jesus broke that worse spell of black magic in no time because there is nothing impossible for our Lord and Saviour and Master!

Then he asked me, Do you have a Bible in your home?”


Let us pause here for a moment and go back in time.


This is the first life changing incident that happened in our lives in 1991, but we realized this later. Please read on ….

What happened in 1991 (a flashback)

This happened when we used to live in a joint family, before shifting our home in 1992

I was taking part in an annual college festival of IIT Delhi. After making merry we were returning home late evening, when in the IIT campus, we saw some western girls who must have been around 20-23, that’s my guess. Out of sheer curiosity, we approached them, exchanged pleasantries and asked them what were they doing there. They said they were preaching about Jesus. This dialogue took place between us. I was doing most of the talking.

Them : "Hi, do you know about Jesus? Ever heard of Him?"

Us : "Of course, He is the God of Christians".

Them : "Do you believe in Jesus?"

Us : "Well, no, but we respect all religions".

Then they said something about Him being Saviour of mankind but we were not very interested. In fact we were more amused because we believed nothing and no one was above our Gurus and Scriptures. Moreover Jesus was a foreign God for us.

Them : We would like to pray for you. Can we all join hands? Just close our eyes, keep a hand on your heart and we will pray for you.

We did as told and they offered a small prayer. Now I know it was the Lord’s prayer that they said. They gave us some hard cover book to read and said it was Bible. (It was New Testament published by Gideon’s). Then we departed.

At home I told about this incident excitedly to my folks. We tried our best to read that blue book but could not make head or tail of it. Matthew, Mark, Luke , John seemed like some stories to us. I said to myself "hey, this is not how Holy Books are supposed to be!" Our scriptures seem much more refined, and easy to read and are more spiritual. After some attempts we gave up and thought we would give this book away. Whenever we tried to dispose of that book (The New Testament) we would never find it somehow. Once I even said lets give it to the old newspaper wallah (a vendor who deals in old newspapers). But at that time we could never locate it. Praise the Lord! We soon forgot about it and soon our home was sold in 1992, much to our relief and we shifted to our new home. We do not remember having packed this New Testament and are still clueless how (and in which package) it came to our new home. But I still distinctly remember seeing that blue book (as we used to call it) occasionally.

(The above is a flashback)

To be continued....

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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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