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Vol. 4 / Issue 33 / September 26 2002

Contents of this issue

Editorial
O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me - 6 (Life story)
Prayer Request
Reader's Mail
Golden Jubilee Celebration
Change of Email Address

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

Last week Muslim fundamentalist attacked Christians in Pakistan and killed seven people. Similar incident took place in India where two Muslim gunmen opened fire and killed more than fifty people and injured many. India and Pakistani killing is not exceptional cases, there are hundreds of incidents in different parts of the world where people are killed in the name of religion. What is the reason for all these killings after all?

Bible says in James 1:14-15,"But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death."

The only reason for all these killings and atrocities is - Sin and the root cause behind it, is devil. Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Devil does not want any good thing in your life but he wants to steal your blessings, kill and destroy your life. Yes, this is the number one aim of devil. He does not want you to prosper but he wants to destroy your life. But on the other side Jesus came to give abundant life. He wants us to enjoy our lives and live in peace. That is the reason why He shed His precious blood on the cruel cross so that we may never die but live forever in heaven. He gave Himself for us so that we could come out of our sins and reconcile with God and obtain perfect peace that comes from above alone.

You may ask then what about religion or what is religion? The Bible says in James 1:27, "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."

James makes it clear that in the sight of God undefiled religion is to care about hurting people and remain holy or unspotted from the world. How can a person care others unless he/she has the love of Christ? How can a person live a holy life without knowing Christ? Many think that by killing others they are doing the work of God or performing the ritual duties toward God but the Bible says in 1 John 3:15, "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him."

Today, in this troubled world where there is no peace or tranquility, where there is no love for others, Jesus wants to give His peace that world cannot give, He wants to fill you with His love and joy. If you want this wonderful life of Jesus then accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today. When Jesus will come into your life, He will give you His divine peace. He will bless your life.

O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me - 6 (Life story)

Till this time you have read that, Gulshan Fatima was paralyzed at her left side when she was only 6 months old. Her mother died when she was an infant. Her father loved her so much that he took her to England for treatment but when they heard the disappointing words of doctor, "it has no cure", their hearts broke down. Her father encouraged her and said, "We will go to Mecca and knock the door of Allah, and he will heal you." So they went to Mecca and visited Ka'aba - the house of Allah. Even she kissed the cubical shape of ka'aba but to their utter despair nothing happened. To avoid her father's troubled look, she kept her face down. Then they visited Safa and Marva from where they bought Zamzam water. She bathed with that water but nothing happened. She and her father returned home heart broken. Next blow for her was, her beloved father's death!! But while she was so disturbed, she heard a low, gentle voice telling her to read about Jesus in Quran Sura Maryam.
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Aunt has just gone out of the Gulshan's room after spending little time with her and silence wrapped around her. She opened her Urdu Quran and started reading from Sura "The Imrans" as she was searching more about Jesus and His healing power. She read in there, "By Allah's leave I shall give sight to the blind man, heal the leaper, and raise the dead to life." Many of the things said in those Suras she could not understand. Whether Jesus was a mere prophet, a created thing, made like Adam but still he could perform all these miracles by Allah's power? She thought, "but who is this prophet who knew about my need and spoke to me like a living person out of heaven?"

She lost her best friend and father in this young age and she knew that a lonely future is ahead of her but she was seeing a ray of hope that somehow one day she could be able to unveil the unknown and mysterious prophet from the pages of Quran.

Days were passing though the blue Mercedes of father stood in the garage and driver Majid came regularly and polished it very often. Brothers and sisters had their own lives to live but they faithfully followed the commandment of their father about Gulshan. One day Samina her sister asked about her troubles seeing her sad face. She told about being burden for them then Samina said, "no you are not a burden for us, we love you very much." So whenever she had those feelings of disappointment, she told herself the encouraging words saying, "I have so much luck that father left this much property for me. I am not born in a poor home. My sisters and brothers care about me." She also remembered the words of her father saying, "God will one day heal you." And more than that she remembered the voice about, Jesus the healer. Everyday she repeated these thoughts until she came out of her despair. Still she was in the grip of fear thinking about the uncertainty of her healing.

Her whole day was scheduled on the basis of five-prayer times of Muslims. Everyday she woke up in the morning to prepare herself for dawn prayer (Fazr ke Namaz). Till the morning she would read Arabic Quran then four more prayer time in whole day. Though she was doing all these prayers, still she had the growing fear in her heart about Allah who was so far away from her that she could not approach him in anyway. She had a drastic change in her heart and life during the three years after her father's death that was hidden from others even from her two maids. She reserved the night time for reading the Urdu Quran when other go to bed. She was surprised and puzzled thinking that, if Jesus is such a powerful healer then why Quran talks about him so little? One day she asked her Aunt about Jesus. Aunt told her that, "He is the only prophet in the Holy Quan who gives eyes to the blind and raised the dead and who is coming again. I do not remember at which Sura it is written, she said." When Gulshan tried to show her from the Urdu Quran, she felt that her thoughts were not accepted there.

"By Allah's leave I shall give sight to the blind man, heal the leaper, and raise the dead to life." these words seemed echoing on her ears every time. It seems Aunt told about it to other members of the family because when Safdar Shah, her brother came, he asked her about her faith and about reading the Arabic Quran. Gulshan told him that she read both Arabic and Urdu Quran and she did not give up her faith. He left her room satisfied and thinking that his sister is deeply rooted in her faith. For years she read the Quran with great respect but gradually she was losing her faith in Allah and Quran but still she believed that what was written about Jesus is true and that he could heal her. She started praying, "O Jesus, Son of Mary it says in the Holy Quran that you have healed the leaper and raised the dead and done miracles. So heal me too." As she prayed this prayer again and again she felt new hope of healing which she never felt in Muslim prayers. She took her string of beads which she bought from Mecca, rolled every bead and after that she said Bismillah. And with every bead rolling she prayed, "Oh Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me".

Her prayers changed even between the five-prayer times, after every prayer and every bead, she prayed, "Oh Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me." The more she prayed the more she felt attracted toward this secondary prophet who had amazing power of healing which Mohammed the greatest prophet of Islam never claimed of. She kept on praying this prayer for three long years after her father's death.

To be continued...

Prayer Request

Praise The Lord
This is Rachel Ram from Bhopal. I request you to pray for our Family Matters, Health/Illness and Kids.
Rachel Ram
Bhopal

Reader's Mail

May God bless all the hands who work behind this news letter and keeping the website updated..Thank you
Joseph Thomas

It was so good reading about Pastor Ciniraj - May God Bless Him and give Him all the strength to withstand the strong wind he is passing thru..
Jerry Cherian

Golden Jubilee Celebration

Kolkata CSI Malayalam congregation is celebratiing its Golden Jubilee this year. Bishop Rt.Rev: Thomas Samuel will be the chief guest. Celbrations are to be held on the 2nd and 3rd of Novemebr 2002..
Vicar: Rev.J.John Kulathumkal

Change of Email Address

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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.

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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Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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Your Feedback

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