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Vol. 4 / Issue 12 / May 2 2002

Contents of this issue

Israel My beloved
Prayer Request
Regional Conference 2002
Annual 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
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback


By Sherly Isaac

Yasser Arafat walked out yesterday as a free man as Israeli troops have ended their siege in Ramallah headquarters where he was held for nearly five months. And Jenin refugee camp and other places of Palestine were devastated. What is the reason behind all these things? The reason is simple, Arafat and Palestine people harbored terrorism and violence. They deliberately allowed terrorists to go and kill Israelites.

Mr. Bush the president of America, chastised Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a Rose Garden speech saying, "The situation in which he finds himself today is largely of his own making." Bush also warned Syria and Iran against fomenting more violence. Mr. Arafat could only come out of his home when he handed over the terrorists. Jenin refugee camp's devastation is no different than the siege of Arafat's Ramallah headquarters. CBN news reported that, "Palestinians claimed that more than 500 people died in Jenin but Israelites claimed that 56 people died and most of them were gunmen." And in other news report they said that Palestinians are digging graves to show more number of dead bodies.

How pathetic and how miserable is the condition? As long as people live in sin and harbor sin they live in miserable and painful condition. Many do not want to come out of their sins neither they want to renounce sin just like Arafat. Most of the people prefer to live in bondage and they blame God or others for their miserable conditions. But it is not God who brings misery, pain and bondage in your lives but most of the times you are the reason of your miserable condition. But Jesus came in this world to save us from sin and to deliver us from our bondages. He wants to remove our pains and misery from our lives. Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

You need not to live in misery and pain. You need not to live in bondage because Jesus has already died on the cross on your behalf to deliver you from bondage and sin. If you repent from your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior in your life, He will deliver you from all your sins and miserable conditions.

Many even live in misery and pain after getting salvation because they do not want to let go their old habits. But if you allow Holy Spirit to take control of your life completely, He will make you a new person. He will change you completely and bless your lives.

Israel My beloved

By Sherly Isaac

Bible talks about Israel as God's chosen nation and a nation in whom God delights. 1 Kings 10:9 says about Solomon, "Because the LORD has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness."

What is the reason that God loved Israel? Moses gives two reply for this question in Deuteronomy 9:4-6, "Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you. It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people."

Because of the wickedness of Canaanites God's punishment came upon them. Because God swore to Abraham that He will give this land to him and his descendants.

One man's obedience gave birth to this noble nation. One man's obedience made this possible that generations of Abraham and other nations be blessed. When God asked Abraham to leave his country and go to a place that He will show him. He obeyed God and left his own country, his own people and his belongings to go to a foreign nation. And God told him that, He would make him a big nation. We read in Genesis 17:7-9, "And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said to Abraham: "As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations."

God kept His promise and made His covenant with Isaac. Then we read further that God changed the name of Jacob, son of Isaac to Israel from whom twelve tribes came and Israel became a nation. This tiny nation experienced worst offences from his neighbors but still stands as a nation because of the promise of God with Abraham. God cannot change His mind or cannot lie, what He says, He is able to fulfill. He is the God who keeps His promises.

We also read about Noah a man whom God said to build an ark to save himself and his family. God also told him to take animals, creeping thing and birds of every kind into his ark. It was not an easy job to do for him because he lived in desert and he might have never seen any kind of boat. If he makes the ark then the problem was how he will bring every kind of animals, birds and creeping things in board? How much food Noah and his family will need and all those living creatures with him will need?

But Noah obeyed God and did what He told him to do. And because of one man's obedience eight people survived in that flood when whole world was destroyed with rain.

Bible says in Romans 5:12 that, "through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." Why? Because one man, Adam, disobeyed God, sin and sufferings came in this world. But when one man, Jesus, obeyed God till His last breath, life and blessings came through Him as we read in Romans 5:15, "But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many."

Billy Graham is the greatest Evangelist of this century. One man who stirred up the world and led millions to Christ. What is the reason of reaching to these heights? Because this man obeyed God when he was a teenager. He dedicated his life for Christ and heard the voice of God. Once I heard him saying in a TV program that when he got saved that time he was dating with a girl. God said to him to end that relationship. Billy Graham said, it was not easy to do that but with very heavy heart he went to her house and told everything. Both cried then Billy Graham bade goodbye to her forever. Why? Because he wanted to obey God. And no wonder he could reach to these heights in ministry.

Today, God is looking for one man or one woman who can obey Him and turn the curses of people to blessings. Today people are in tears, pain, sufferings and in problems. They do not know which way to turn. Will you hear His voice and obey Him? God is looking for you to change this world, are you that one man or one woman?

Prayer Request

Dear Vinod and Sheela,
Just thought of sharing with you about an interesting ministry I am involved in now. The South Kerala Diocese has decided to support the families of the people who are sentenced to life terms in prison. The conditions of the wives and children are pathetic and it is a wonderful experience bringing the love of God through humanitarian interventions in their lives. Please do pray for this ministry.
Rev. Vinod Victor

please pray for me and my family that we find a decent place to live. Also please pray that my son daniels get off drugs, and that I stop smoking ciggarettes, and that my son jose come home safely, and my daughter mary realize that being gay is wrong. please pray that the Lord Jesus put a special blessing on my sick son sharto. i have
faith in my prayers, but it's good when there are more praying with you. god bless you.

Hi, my name is sandra I have a strep and staph infection on my bones. Please pray that I can find a place to live outside of my area, to seek medical care, thank you.

Dear brother and sister and prayer group, please pray to God for one good job. pray for my chruch people and my family.
D.senthil kumar

Would you please pray for my grandbaby Gabriel. At 1 years old he was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent 41/2 years undergoing painful chemotherapy treatments, without the aid of pain medicine due to the fact he had the opposite reaction. He is suffering from seizures and effects on his neurological system. Please pray for Gabriel's total healing. Please pray for healing of his parents marriage Jim and Rupal and his salvation of his sisters.

Please pray for my daughter Meg. She has battled anorexia bulimia for over 20 years. She loves the Lord. She has been in treatment before. Meg has almost died several times. Please pray that the Lord heals my daughter completely.

I have lost 2 children, my first baby Eileen of 5 at leukemia. My second baby Joseph at 30 of a rare rare cancer. Please pray for healing for my Gabriel and Meg.
Praying for you all, Love
Grandma Eileen
Please pass this on to your church prayer network
God bless you!

Hello prayer partners, My name is Rob and my wife's name is Mary. Last year we had a miscarriage. We have been trying for a while to have a child, but have not been able to. Would you please say a prayer for us that we can get pregnant, and have a happy healthy pregnancy. We appreciate your reading this. We are praying for all
your requests in your hearts, and God bless you my friends,

Please pray for my dear friend who is facing lot of family and health problem. Please pray for peace, happiness and all the pleasure for my dear friend. prayer for good health and all the peace happiness, pleasure and good health all her life. thank you.

Regional Conference 2002

Regional conference will be held at the beautiful campus of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti Michigan.

Hosted by
19476 CASCADE DR.,

Date: May 17-19, 2002

Theme: "Jesus Christ is our Peace" Eph. 2:14"

For more details please contact:
Rev. Itty Mathews, Vicar & President
Email: ittymathews@hotmail.com
Mathew Oommen, convenor

Annual Family and Youth Conference

XVI Annual CSI Family and Youth Conference, Hosted by Emmanuel CSI

This years Family and Youth Conference will be held at the Pocono Manor Inn, Pocono Manor PA 18349, from July 4th - 7th.

The Moderator Most Rev. Dr KJ Samuel will preside. The new Bishop of Central Kerala Diocese Rt Rev. Thomas Samuel will also be a leader. The main speaker is Rev Valson Thampu of St Stephen's College Delhi a well known author and preacher of Maramon Convention fame. Pastor Robbie Sortino and Scott Armstrong will lead the Youth sessions. Many dignitaries and officers of the CSI are also expected to attend.

The program will be mostly interactive and there will be a special revival meeting on Saturday night. There will be a Talent show on Friday night. The program will allow for plenty of time to socialize or to go sight seeing.

The venue is panoramic, scenic and relaxing. The accommodation is comfortable and the cuisine tasteful. The room availability now is limited as we have been receiving good response to our early registration drive. Registrations will close on April 14th due to limited space at the hotel.

Please visit our website www.emmanuelcsi.com or download and print the registration form from www.2002conference.csichurch.org/

For details call Convener Koshy Ittyeipe at 610 363 3967 or e- mail: koshy@libertynet.org
We look forward to seeing you there
Koshy Ittyeipe

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.

Download Articles in Handheld Computers

You can now download articles in Palm Doc format for your palm handheld computer. It will work with any devise that has Palm OS and Palm Doc Reader installed. To download click on the link named "Palm Doc Format" i.e. at the top of this page by the side of each articles.

Kids Page - Free Tutorials

Now you can learn Graphics and web designing online at Kid's page. These tutorials are free for kids who subscribe for CSI Kids Newsletter. Currently tutorials for Paint Shop Pro, HTML and Dreamweaver are available.

So please enroll your kids by going to http://kids.csinewsletter.org/member/join.asp

And visit CSI Kid's page at http://kids.csinewsletter.org

Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

Now you can read Bible in Hindi online at http://www.hindibible.org
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in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

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