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Vol. 2 / Issue 36 / October 12 2000

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Jesus appears to a Muslim - II
Praise Him.....

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
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Editorial

Isaiah 53:5, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."

Isaiah prophesied about the sufferings of Messiah many hundred years before His crucifixion. And we see that these prophecies were fulfilled exactly in Jesus. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, He was chastised for our peace and by His stripes we are healed. He is the God of divine healing. He wants to heal us in our soul, mind and body.

Divine healing for our soul:

Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities so that we could get a holy life. We are all born in sin as our first parents Adam and Eve sinned and because of that, sin came in this world. We can not come out of our sinful nature by ourselves or by our good works. We need a savior who can save us from our sins. And Jesus did the same thing for us, on the cruel cross. He was wounded for our transgressions and iniquities though He was sinless. The Bible says in Romans 5:6-7, "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die."

He died for us so that we may come out from our sins and get divine healing in our soul. You may be living in sin, many a times you might have tried to come out of your sins but might have failed miserably. But the blood of Jesus can help you to come out successful. The blood of Jesus can wash you and cleanse you thoroughly from all your transgressions and iniquities. If you have not yet accepted Jesus in your life, invite Jesus in your life and you will never be the same again.

Divine healing for our mind:

Our mind is a part of our body by which we think. Many a times though people might not have committed any sin physically their minds may be filled with wrong and evil thoughts. Sometimes they feel helpless to come out of that situations. But Jesus took all our wrong doings and evil thoughts on the cross so that we may be free from our sinful thoughts.

As the Bible says, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him. We are living in a world that is filled with worry and sorrow. When we feel that everything is going in the right direction and everything seems to be OK, then suddenly problems come and we think, "oh, what is life. In such times of uncertainty and worry how can a person live in peace? Yes, we can live in peace because Jesus was chastised for our peace.

You can not live in peace if you are going through pain and sufferings. You can not live in peace if you are going through sicknesses and terrible heart breaks. But Jesus purchased for us peace and joy on the cruel cross. That’s why Jesus said in John 14:1, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me." Again He said in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

In the midst of pain, in the midst of heart breaking experiences, in the midst of tears He will fill your heart with His peace that passes all understanding.

Divine healing for our body:

And by His stripes we are healed. He was scourged for our healing. Mark 15:15, "So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified." Scourging is an inhuman, cruel and barbaric act. His hands were tied to a pole and He was whipped by whip. Whip was also a very inhuman instrument consisting of a handle with many leather thongs attached to it, and weighted at the ends with jagged pieces of bone, metal and rock. Frequently, the agony of scourging resulted in death or horrible disfiguration.

Yes, Jesus went through the terrible pain and physical torment so that we may not go through these pain and sufferings. Because He went through all these, today we can live in perfect healing and health. You may be suffering from many diseases and thinking, "who will help me in this situation?" I want to let you know that there is a God who cares for you. He is interested in healing you and giving you perfect health to your soul, mind and body.

Last week you read the first part of the testimony of Abdulrahman to whom Jesus appeared and said, "You are the one who is lost; I'm the straight path." He was confused and became an unbeliever.. now read the second part of his life story.

Jesus appears to a Muslim - II

By Athanasios Abdulrahman

Around that time, my father (a high-ranking officer) died in a car accident, which we assumed was a natural accident. So, I kept carrying on with my life, and because I had inherited from my father a good fortune, I was able to do a lot of wicked things-wasting money on sex, alcohol, drugs, whatever I could find for pleasure.

After a period of time, I heard again a voice (which I knew was Jesus' voice), saying, "Run away from your country NOW!"

This voice was firm with me, so I woke up, I bagged my things, and in a few hours, I was outside Iraq and heading for my mother's home in another Arabic country.

When I was in the airplane (that was 1990, and Iraq was not under the siege), I began to doubt my actions and started to blame myself for the stupid thing I was doing. But then, I told myself, "Well, let's have an early vacation. I can at least thank Jesus for that". And I smiled at the evil thoughts about what I was going to do for pleasure on my trip.

When I landed in the Arabic country that I was traveling to, I went to my grandfather's house. There, I called my mother back in Iraq saying, "Mom, don't worry-I'm visiting here for a while, and then, I'll return home".

She replied, "Don't ever think about coming back-there was a police unit seeking you!"

Knowing that I had never broken the law or even been involved in any political opposition, I answered in shock, "What??!! What you are talking about?!"

She said, "They were seeking some military documents that they think that your father hid, and for this (they had told her), he was assassinated. Thank God that you left-they thought that you had the documents. They took your brothers (from another mother), too, to investigate them".

[Note: My mother was protected during all of this because she was an Arabic journalist working with her country's embassy, so nobody could hurt her or arrest her for investigation without permission from the ministry of foreign affairs.]

I was shocked. I felt dizzy. I could not imagine what would happen! But if I were there in Iraq, they would torture me to confess what I had not done, and maybe they would kill me. What an unexpected danger I had escaped from! I had never imagined that I would have to flee for my life. I had never had a thought that I could ever be in such danger.

Who could have known such a future for me?! God alone could have known it! So, was Jesus God?!! I really became confused, shocked, dizzy, and-in this condition-passed out. After a few hours, I woke up from my comatose state, and I start to pray to God, sincerely asking Him to show me the way, the truth.

After that, I dreamed again of Jesus, and he said to me, "I love you. Why you don't love me likewise? Come to me because I have a plan for you". I woke up crying. He was looking for me, and I was trying to escape from him. He wanted me to be with him, and I was not. He had saved me from the hands of the Iraqi torture machine, so I told him, "I'm coming to you, Jesus, even if this costs me my life".

At that moment, He entered my life, and become my Lord and Savior. I really was washed in His pure blood, becoming another person, one reborn in His grace.

Local Christian churches refused to help me at first, and for a period of time, I felt that I was very alone and that only God was with me.

The only real worry that I had, however, was about my means of living, for I had left my wealth behind me, and unfortunately for me, the Iraqi authorities had confiscated all my property.

But the Lord showed me that I couldn't rely upon material wealth anyway, for a few months later, Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the Iraqi Dinar, which was officially 3 dollars and in the black market merely 30 cents, fell enormously in value. Most of the wealth that I had inherited from my father had been in Iraqi currency, and I had it in the bank while I was living in Iraq. If I had still been living in Iraq during the Gulf crisis, then instead of having $800,000, I would have had only $800!! Thanks be to Jesus for showing me that I can only depend upon him, not upon worldly things. From this, I derive comfort.

After a long period of time in my mother's country, where I was witnessing for Jesus, extremist Islamic groups there discovered my apostasy from Islam. They held a faith court about me, and commanded me to repent and renew my faith in Islam, or they would kill me for being a Murttad (i.e., "apostate"). They gave me 2 days to make my decision.

I tried to go to the police for protection, but the police arrested me for inciting activities against Islam and disturbing community security. They put me in jail and started to investigate me, asking about other converts and about missionaries. I was lucky that I had not been baptized yet because they emphasised the following questions: "Have you ever been baptized?!" "Who baptized you?!" "Which church do you attend?!" "Who evangelized you?!".

My being a foreigner helped me, for they eventually released me and commanded me to leave the county, giving me only a very short period in which to do so. God provided me a visa to an Eastern European country, and I left my mother's country within the time they had demanded.

I'm seeking asylum now in a safe country, so please pray for me to get asylum-and pray for my mother, too, for she is still a Muslim, and I don't know when I will ever see her again. Unfortunately, I'm her only son, and I was her only financial source till I left.

May God bless you, and guide you to His truth.

Praise Him.....

Thank you for your prayers. The power of prayer ceases to amaze me every day. I thank God for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thanks!
Laurie

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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