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Vol. 3 / Issue 17 / May 31 2001

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Let the mind of Christ be in you (Part II)
Allah and Elohim - Are they same God? part 13
From Rev. Vinod Victor Achen
15th CSI family and youth Conference

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

Joshua 1:6-7, "Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go."

After the death of Moses God spoke to Joshua about the great responsibility he has to lead Israelites into their promised land. God again and again says to him to be strong and of good courage. Why? Joshua was all the time with Moses because he was assistant to Moses. He saw the murmurings and rebellion of the Israelites and it might have discouraged him. He might have been thinking, "how am I going to lead these people to the Promised Land?" But God says to him, "be strong and of good courage."

We see Another instant in John 20:19-20, "Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

When Jesus suffered the cruel death on the cross and was buried, His disciples were frightened and so they shut themselves inside their house. All their hopes were buried because of the death of Jesus. They might have thought that everything was over. Not only was their future in dilemma but their lives were in danger. Yes, there was sufficient reason for them to be in the grip of fear.

But Jesus comes in and shows Himself alive and well. He shows Himself triumphant and glorious. Yes, death could not hold Him nor could grave corrupt His body. Are you going through tremendous fear so that you might have lost all your hopes. Did you lose your loved one and it frightened you? Look to Jesus who is the prince of peace who can remove your fear and fill your heart with divine peace. The same God who gave peace to His disciples and to Joshua will give you the peace that passes all understanding. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior please invite Him in your life and when He will come in He will change everything and will give you perfect peace.

Let the mind of Christ be in you (Part II)

By Sheela Isaac

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

Bible says, "let the mind of Christ be in you". Last time we meditated on the very same subject. We saw that Jesus is holy. He was without sin. He was perfect in all His ways. And He wants us to be holy like Him. Bible clearly states that without holiness no one can ever see God.

So we found that one of the qualities of Jesus or God is holiness. Now today we are going to see some other qualities of Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Humbleness
2. Obedience

Humbleness:
Phil 2:8, "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross".

This verse talks about Lord Jesus Christ. He is God. He was seated at the right hand of Father (God). But when the time was fulfilled He came down in the form of a man to live among us, to go through all the temptations and trials, to suffer like a human being, to taste sorrows and pain like any human being.

Phil 2:6, who, "being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,"
Phil 2:7, "but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men".


He became a bondservant. Why? To save you and me, to die for you and me, to rescue you and me from utter destruction and hell fire. What a great love, what a great sacrifice. Yes, He did every thing for us to save us at any cost. He did not even spare His own life. He left His heavenly glory. He did not have to do all these things. He could have sat on His throne; He could have sat comfortably in heaven. He could have thought, "who cares, Let this generation die and perish, they did sin let them suffer for what they did". He could have thought, "let me make another better and beautiful creation". But no, He did not think that way. That was because of His great love. That was His great compassion. He came down to suffer for you and me, to die for His own creation to save it from utter destruction.

Yes my friend, that is the love of Lord Jesus Christ we cannot compare Him with any other person. We even cannot imagine about this great love. He humbled Himself to the position of a bondservant though He was the creator of the whole universe, though He was the maker of heaven and earth. You cannot find such a great love in anybody else. Many religions are there on the face of this earth. But we do not find from any religion anybody who did die for the sack of human being or were willing to die, but only Lord Jesus Christ did it because He is the creator.

John 10:7, "Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep".
John 10:8, "All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them".
John 10:9, "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture".


Lord Jesus Himself said, "many came before me but they are thieves and robbers". He said, "I am the door". You cannot enter heaven through another door, because there is no other door. You cannot reach heaven thru anybody else because there is no one else who can save you. Only thru Lord Jesus Christ can we get saved and get a place in heaven.

Lord Jesus was humble. He wants the same humbleness in us too. If you are a stiff-necked person, you cannot reach heaven. The person who is humble comes to Calvary's cross and gets his/her redemption. Many are there who call themselves Christians. Many mainline Churches are there who call themselves, Bible believing Church. But it is really sad to say that they do not fully believe in the Bible. They talk about 'LOVE of GOD' but reject the very concept of FORGIVENESS. They talk about feeding the POOR but forget about the poor condition of their SOUL. They talk about CHARITY and many other things, but ignore the concept of SIN.

SIN IS SIN. You cannot ignore the truth of it. Once a person wrote to us and said. You talk about peace but I do not see any peace in your literatures. Instead of it you are giving "Poisoness cool aid" to the people. What is poisoness? In America if you warn about sin it is poisoness. They say, "don't talk about sin as sin but say it is a mistake". Don't talk about the sin of homosexuals (gay and lesbian). It is not sin but because God created them in this way and that is why they are like that. Don't talk about abortion. It is women's right to choose. It is women's right to choose whether she want that baby to live or die. Don't talk about dating. It is love to go with 10 or 20 people. Don't talk about drinking or smoking. We are in a modern society so it is not a problem.

Do you say that all these are allowed, do we become so modern that even forgot how to live morally? Sin is sin don't fool yourself. Don't say that I have become so modern that I can drink in parties. Don't say "this is my right to choose". It is not your right my friend. You cannot live as you want and still think that this is your right. You are not the lawgiver. Remember there is a God who watches everything, who made the laws. You are not exercising your right to abort a baby, no but you are killing a baby. Bible clearly says, "Thou shalt not kill". Murderers will not inherit heaven. You cannot kill and still reach heaven. No it is not possible. Clean your life, fall at the feet of Lord Jesus and beg pardon for your wicked deeds, instead of killing innocent babies. Don't say that you are a homosexual because God made you this way. Certainly not!!! God wiped away Sodom and Gomorrah because of their homosexual life style. God does not delight in sin. If you do not repent from your homosexual life style God will wipe you out.

What the Bible says about Sodom and Gomorrah? God destroyed these cities.
Luke 17:29, "but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all".

Why destroyed, because they were ungodly.
2 Pet 2:6, "and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;"

They were exceedingly wicked.
Gen 13:13, "But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD".

Again it says that they were sexually immoral.
Jude 1:7, "as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire".

They were homosexuals.
Gen 19:5, "And they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally."

God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because they were exceedingly wicked not because they were made that way. So you have no excuse.

Humble yourself before God and repent from your sins. King of kings and Lord of lords Jesus Christ became humble for you and me and died on Calvary's cross to save you and me. He was not ashamed though He was God. He was not ashamed to hang on the cruel cross for you and me then why you are ashamed? Why you are standing away from Him? Why don't you become humble and confess your sins. Come to Calvary's cross and ask forgiveness for your sins. He will gladly forgive you and forget your sins and give you eternal life.

Obedience:
Phil 2:8, "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross".

He became obedient to the point of death. Lord Jesus was God but still He was obedient in every respect. In the garden of Gethsemane we find that He was so humble. He said (Luke 22:42), "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Lord Jesus said, "Not my will but yours be done".

Again Lord Jesus said, in Hebrew 10:7-9,
Heb 10:7, " Then I said, 'Behold, I have come; In the volume of the book it is written of Me; To do Your will, O God.'"
Heb 10:8, "Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law),............
Heb 10:9, "then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God."


Lord Jesus came to fulfill the will of God the Father. He was ready to do every thing to save the fallen mankind. He was obedient even to the point of death. Yes He suffered and died on Calvary's Cross to redeem us.

Now the question is? Are we obeying God in everything? Do we have a mind to obey God?
What is obedience? To love God with all your heart, mind and soul.

Mat 22:37, "Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' Mat 22:38, "This is the first and great commandment".

Many times people say, "I believe in God, I love God". But what is love? Lord Jesus replied- if you love Me you will follow my commandments. That is real love. Following Him, walking in His ways, walking in holiness, knowing Him personally. That is real love.

We saw two things today. Lord Jesus was humble and He obeyed God in every thing. He humbled himself even to the point of death. He gave His life for you and me. He shed His precious blood so that we can get rid of our sins, so that we can come out of our sorrows, so that we can have eternal life with God, so that we can get rid of our tears and pain, so that we can get rid of our sicknesses. Do you want to get rid of your problems? Do you want to get rid of your tears, pain and depression? Do you want to get rid of your sicknesses? If yes, pray this prayer with me.

Lord Jesus I come to your throne of grace. Lord please come into my heart. Wash away my sins. Give me a life of peace, joy and happiness. Please come into my heart. Restore my broken life. Forgive my sins. You died for me; you shed your precious blood for me. Please come into my heart and remove all the depression and pain. Make me a new creation this day. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Allah and Elohim - Are they same God? part 13

By Sherly Isaac

The greatest difference between Allah and Elohim is that Allah promised hell fire and torture for his follower while Elohim promised heaven and eternal life for his followers! Mohammed could portrait and visualize it while he was in this world as we read in this Hadith:

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 770:
Narrated Abu Huraira:

The people said, "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?" He replied, "Do you have any doubt in seeing the full moon on a clear (not cloudy) night?" They replied, "No, O Allah's Apostle!" He said, "Do you have any doubt in seeing the sun when there are no clouds?" They replied in the negative. He said, "You will see Allah (your Lord) in the same way. On the Day of Resurrection, people will be gathered and He will order the people to follow what they used to worship. So some of them will follow the sun, some will follow the moon, and some will follow other deities; and only this nation (Muslims) will be left with its hypocrites. Allah will come to them and say, 'I am Your Lord.' They will say, 'We shall stay in this place till our Lord comes to us and when our Lord will come, we will recognize Him. Then Allah will come to them again and say, 'I am your Lord.' They will say, 'You are our Lord.' Allah will call them, and As-Sirat (a bridge) will be laid across Hell and I (Muhammad) shall be the first amongst the Apostles to cross it with my followers. Nobody except the Apostles will then be able to speak and they will be saying then, 'O Allah! Save us. O Allah Save us.'

There will be hooks like the thorns of Sa'dan in Hell. Have you seen the thorns of Sa'dan?" The people said, "Yes." He said, "These hooks will be like the thorns of Sa'dan but nobody except Allah knows their greatness in size and these will entangle the people according to their deeds; some of them will fall and stay in Hell forever; others will receive punishment (torn into small pieces) and will get out of Hell, till when Allah intends mercy on whomever He likes amongst the people of Hell, He will order the angels to take out of Hell those who worshipped none but Him alone. The angels will take them out by recognizing them from the traces of prostrations, for Allah has forbidden the (Hell) fire to eat away those traces. So they will come out of the Fire, it will eat away from the whole of the human body except the marks of the prostrations. At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons. The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water......

Let us analyze this Hadith and see what does it say?

This Hadith says that Mohammed is not in heaven right now but he is waiting for the 'Day of Judgment' to go into heaven and he will be the first to cross the bridge to go to heaven as we read this, "Then Allah will come to them again and say, 'I am your Lord.' They will say, 'You are our Lord.' Allah will call them, and As-Sirat (a bridge) will be laid across Hell and I (Muhammad) shall be the first amongst the Apostles to cross it with my followers. Nobody except the Apostles will then be able to speak and they will be saying then, 'O Allah! Save us. O Allah Save us.' "

Hadith Volume 1, Book 8, Number 345 also says that while Mohammed was in this world he ascended into heaven and saw many prophets and other Bible characters like Adam, Moses, Jesus and Abraham. And he saw the paradise while he was still alive and on this earth but why he should wait to go to heaven after his death? I asked many Muslims where Mohammed is right now and why he is waiting for the 'Day of Judgment? Why he could not reach heaven while he saw many ancient prophets and the first human of this planet earth - Adam who lived many thousands of years before Mohammed. All are in heaven but Mohammed says, he will reach heaven on the Day of Judgment, why? But no Muslim could reply these questions.

Yes, my friend, death is not the end of your life. There is a life after death and the God of the Bible promised heaven for those whose sins are forgiven. All the Bible prophets were dead sure that they are going to heaven after death but Mohammed was not. It is because Allah does not promise eternal life for anybody. The Hadith further says that Mohammed will say, 'O Allah! Save us. O Allah Save us.' But the Bible says that there is no hope after death for our salvation. We have to get salvation in this world itself as we read in Isaiah 38:17-18, "Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back. For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.

When David sinned against God, he asked God to restore the joy of salvation as we read in Psalms 51:12, "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit."

David was saved when he was in this world itself. Isaiah got the forgiveness of his sins while he was in this world itself. So Bible makes it clear that we have to get saved in this world itself and that after death there is no hope to know God or to get salvation.

The same Hadith that I quoted above says this, "He will order the angels to take out of Hell those who worshipped none but Him alone. The angels will take them out by recognizing them from the traces of prostrations, for Allah has forbidden the (Hell) fire to eat away those traces. So they will come out of the Fire, it will eat away the whole of the human body except the marks of the prostrations. At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons. The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water....."

This Hadith clearly says that the followers of Allah are going straight to hell fire as this Hadith says that Allah will order the angels to take out of Hell those who worshipped none but Allah alone. And angels will recognize them by the marks of prostrations.

But how sad it is that Muslims are waiting to go to this horrible place. How sad it is that they are following a god who promised hell fire for them. How sad it is that they put all their trust and belief on Allah with all their heart and with all their passion just to go to Hell fire! But no, there is a way out, there is a God who gives eternal life and heaven to His followers whose name is Jesus. Jesus said in John 5:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

Yes, after death there is no chance to come out of hell fire but you can have assurance of heaven in this world itself through Jesus. Further this Hadith says, "So they will come out of the Fire, it will eat away from the whole of the human body except the marks of the prostrations. At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons. The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water"

But this is not true saying! Jesus came to give the "living water" or 'Water of Life' while we are in this world itself. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman in John 4:10, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

We can receive this living water i.e. Holy Spirit in this world itself. When Jesus was about to go from this world He promised to send His Holy Spirit and He fulfilled His promise. After 50 days of His ascension to heaven He sent His Holy Spirit and filled them. (Acts 2:4) And Jesus also said in John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."

Yes, my friend, you need not to wait till the 'Day of Judgment' and after being removed from hell fire as the Hadith says, but living water is available freely for you when you are still in this world. You can receive this living water and live forever and forever in heaven!

So we can clearly draw a line between Allah and Elohim and we can say that Allah and Elohim are not same God but opposite to each other. If they are the same God then why did they promise two different things? Both of them should have promised heaven and eternal life. But we can see that Allah promised hell fire and eternal doom for his followers but Elohim/Yahweh/Jesus promised heaven and eternal life for His followers!

If you want this eternal life and if you want to go to heaven please pray this prayer with me:

Loving Jesus, I am a sinner and I know that by my own efforts I can not achieve forgiveness of my sins or salvation. Please save me from my sins and hell fire and please give me eternal life so that I may never go into hell fire but have eternal life and live in peace and joy with you. Please save me Lord. I confess all my sins before you and I invite you to come into my life. Please come into my life and give me assurance of heaven. Thank you for listening to my prayers. I give you all the glory. I pray in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

From Rev. Vinod Victor Achen

Thanks for those prompt issues of the CSI News letter. It keeps people like us linked so strongly with a vibrant Diaspora community in the United States.

After leaving the Synod Youth Department I am now in an exciting parish Punnakkamugal near Trivandrum. About 100 families but most of them recent converts. Their longing for the Word is inimitable. Our Sundays begin at 7.30 am with a Children's worship. The children themselves do the worship and I do a Bible Story with them and we have started with Genesis. The divine service is at 8.30 and what marvels me most is the participation in the responsive readings and spontaneous prayers. They love the liturgy but are very open to improvisations. The Sunday school is at 10.30. And before the classes begin there is short time with the pastor titled "thought for the week". After the Sunday School at 12.00 noon the choir meets for practice. We discuss together the theme of the following Sunday chose the songs and practice them together with profound reading of the verses and their meaning. Then is a short lunch recess. After the recess there are short prayers arranged at the houses of people who celebrate their birthdays in the following week. At 3.00 the Youth Fellowship meets. We are now doing a discussion on the Fruit of the Spirit: How practical can they be and I do a Bible Study on Daniel with them. At 4 pm the Women's Fellowship meet. They are studying the Acts. Every Sunday at 6 there is a cottage prayer
meeting. We visit the houses in one locality and then congregate in one house for fellowship meal. Tiring yet very exciting and the people are enjoying much more than I do their stint with their first full time pastor.

I am also entrusted with the pioneering ministry of Caring for the families of the life prisoners. When one person is sentenced for life imprisonment infact an entire family is affected and faced with social ostracisation and related trauma they go through lot of difficulty. Bishop Gladstone has envisaged a programme wherein we take care of the education of the children of prisoners, help ensuring alternate income for the sustenance of the family, arrange for the care of the dependents of the prisoners, help rehabilitation of released prisoners and perhaps in deserving cases help legally too. Many people are unable to wriggle out of the labrynth because of the inaccessibility to proper legal aid. This is an exciting programme. The government has given the go ahead and we are now in the process of meeting the prisoners in the various prisons to seek their approval for the care of the families. Perhaps when the Bishop Gladstone visits you soon he would tell you more of this.

Pastoral ministry is indeed exciting and I wish many educated and talented youngsters would opt for the joy of serving the Living Lord full time.

Vinod Victor

15th CSI family and youth Conference

The 15th Annual C.S.I. Family and Youth Conference of North America will be held from August 9 - 12, 2001 at Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center Houston TX. For more info click here

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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