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Vol. 4 / Issue 35 / October 10 2002

Contents of this issue

Editorial
O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me - 8 (Life story)
Prayer Request
National Ecumenical Youth Assembly
CSI Wesley Church Ramkote, Revival meetings

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 suddenly shooting started in Washington D.C. Ordinary people who were either shopping in the mall or fueling their vehicle at gas stations were shot dead. Even a thirteen years old school student was shot when he was about to enter into school building. No one could understand why these shooting are happening. But the whole community is in the grip of fear. No one knows who will be the next target of sniper

This type of similar incident took place in India last week where two gunmen opened fire and killed more than 50 people and wounded many. Such news brings great fear and insecurity in our hearts. Take any part of the world, everywhere more or less have the same situation. There is no peace in this world but fear and chaos. How many times our hearts cry out, "Where, or when will we find peace?" Why this fear and peacelessness in our lives?

1. Sin brings fear and destroys our peace:

Bible tells us about Saul whom God chose to be king over Israel. But he did not walk in the ways of God. He sinned against God constantly even he tried to kill David. The result of his sin was, that he was in constant fear of losing his kingdom. Finally God stopped talking to him and so he turned to mediums and fortunetellers who could tell him about what is next in his life.

When he heard the words of Samuel predicting about his defeat, destruction and death. He lost all his courage. Bible says in 1 Sam 28:18-20, "Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines. Then immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, and was dreadfully afraid because of the words of Samuel. And there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day or all night."

Yes, sin is terrible, it will destroy your peace, it will bring fear and frustration in your life and finally it will destroy your soul. But there is a way out. Jesus came in this world and died on behalf of us so that we could come out of our sins and live a blessed life. He is the prince of peace who wants to give His peace in your life.

2. Our problems destroys our peace:

David was a young man but he had to run for his life. What was his crime? His crime was that God chose him to be the king of Israel. When Saul saw that because David killed Goliath he became very famous he got very angry. When Saul saw that people of Israel were with David more than with him, he got very nervous and very angry. He tried his best to kill David with all his might. Many a times David cried and said to Jonathan in 1 Sam 20:3, "Your father certainly knows that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said, 'Do not let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved.' But truly, as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death."

Oh, he ran for his life. He went to one mountain after another, one valley after another, because he knew that his life was in danger. He was in distress and in pain. He had no idea whether he will survive or not. Whether he will escape death or not. Yes, our problems bring fear and peaceless situations in our lives. But look to David, even in this terrible time of sufferings and pain, he looked toward God. He trusted on God with all his heart and found peace in Him. David says in Psalms 55:18, "He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me.

He also says in Psalms 23:4, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."

This was the faith of David that, "no matter what happens, no matter if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death still I will not fear because God is with me." And he says in Psalms 4:8, "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."

And the Bible tells us that God delivered him from all evil, death and destruction and made him king over Israel. Even it amazes me how Saul being king could not catch David till his last breath. The only reason of it was, God was with him and protected him. If God is with you, you need not to worry or fear for anything. He will give you complete peace that world cannot give.

3. Sicknesses destroys our peace:

If you are sick and suffering with any disease, you cannot live in peace. Sickness and disease will destroy your peace. How it feels when doctor says, "you have such and such disease." It is not easy to hear a bad news.

But Jesus came in this world to not only take away our sins but also to take away our sicknesses. Isaiah 53:5 says, "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." Yes, Jesus died on the cruel cross to give us peace and healing - physical and spiritual.

He is the prince of peace. If you do not have His peace in your life today, if you are going through sicknesses and problems, if you have lost all your hope of a better life, come to Jesus and accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. When Jesus will come into your life, He will heal you and bless your life. He will give you the peace that world cannot give. No matter what you are facing today, Jesus has answers of all your problems.

O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me - 8 (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. She started reading Urdu Quran and started praying, "O Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me!! Three years later her prayers were answered with a marvelous vision of Jesus. Jesus personally came and healed her.
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When Gulshan was born her parents consulted one palm reader to know her future. He told them that, "your daughter will be famous one day." Her parents were amazed and pleased of his saying so they gave him a huge amount as gift. But when she became a cripple, her father frequently cursed that palm reader for cheating and lying. But when she took her first steps in the dawn of January morning, she got instant fame as a walking miracle. She had no idea that, she is taking a step toward great fame that no one ever sought for her. Servants and women came running to her room and looked at her in amazement. They asked, "Bibiji, is it you, has God healed you after all?" She told them, "Jesus, Immanuel healed me." Male servants listened from outside and were stunned.

First day, Aunty droved them all out and made her two maids to stand beside her. She looked anxiously as Gulshan walked out of her room to Verandah wondering whether she may fall down walking on the unfamiliar edges of carpet, smoothed tiles or rough cemant floor. But her mind took control of her body. She felt excited as she stood on the verandah talking with her uncle. She was the head of the family, how this change will affect her Uncle? She watched him from behind her veil, his eyes were filled with tears and he said, "For us, you are born today. If your father had been alive he would have been jumping with joy. We have the same kind of joy for you." He telephoned her brothers and sister and told the good news of her healing. She was calm from outside as she sat for the first time for breakfast with other members of the family and ate without the help of others. She felt curious eyes were all over staring at her. Children had many questions to ask but they were afraid of aunty.

While leaving for office, Uncle told her to go around and see her own house. She went to every room of her house for the first time and found people cheering seeing her. she went to her father's room and spent some time there. On the wall she saw his big photograph taken in his young age and some photos of Mecca and Medina. She felt her father's presence very near to her. Tear came to her eyes. She whispered, "Look, Aba-Jan, your prayers have been answered." She did not find any picture of her mother in that room. She cried bitterly and said, "Oh Ma'ji, if only you were here. Why were you taken away from me at such an young age? Now I have neither you nor father to rejoice with me."

Her brothers and sisters came to share her joy. For the first time in last three years they saw real joy after the death of her father. Everyone wanted to hear her whole story from beginning to end. How she was desperate after the death of her father that time how she heard the voice who told to read about Jesus in Quran, how she studied all those three years about Jesus in Quran. When she did not see any healing her prayers became more and more desperate until Jesus came and healed her.

Anis the eldest sister of her told, "we will do a feast and invite our friends and neighbors." Safdar Shah, her brother said, "yes indeed. We thought your trip to Mecca was of no use but God has always wanted to heal you." At the end of the first day, she was tired physically. Her days of sickness were wiped out. She was healed physically but still her mind has the same feeling of a crippled. Next few days people came from far and near to see her. And the feast was on weekend when maximum people could come. She told everyone who came to her home that, "Jesus healed me." But his brothers felt discomfort hearing the name of Jesus again and again. Safdar Shah being the head of the family and religious leader of the family said, "We will respect you more, if you say that Mohammed had healed you." "But I cannot say Mohammed healed me. It was Jesus and He told me to say so", Gulshan said. Safdar Shah said, "It would be wise not to broadcast these type of things here. Jesus' people are in America, England and in Canada. You are not going to tell them there." Safdar Shah's statement did not sound like a threat but she could read the alienation and enmity between both religions which was taught by their father. She wondered if Jesus was not that important person in the Quran, then how He healed her? Quran claims that it is the ultimate guide for humankind, if it is so then why it talks so little words about Jesus?

Her heart longed to see the Gospels and read by herself. She was suddenly finding herself in a new relationship with her own. Many a times she had arguments with her brother Safdar Shah but he realized that it is rather difficult to win with a walking miracle. From the beginning aunty insisted that her duty is to give alms to poor. Being a Muslim woman she could not even imagine of leaving her home and preach the Gospel. With her puzzling heart she went to Jesus and asked, "Who are your people? Where are they? And how I can go when my family members are prohibiting me?" She knelt down for prayer in her room at night and she heard a voice, "If you are frightened because of your family, I won't be with you. You have to remain faithful to me in order to go to my people " And further she heard the voice saying, "My people are your people, you must take my message to them."

Though she did not say anything about the voice she heard but they were looking the changes taking place in her life. They asked, "you are not going to leave this home, are you? You are not going to Canada and England...etc." She gave 50,000 Rs. as annual alms to poor and needy. And in last weeks she spent 10,000 Rupees. Uncle came to her and said, now you may be happy. But she said in low voice, "I am not happy because I did not give myself to Him." She thought her uncle did not hear but she got a sharp reply from her uncle saying, "Listen Gulshan, whatever you want to give to Jesus, land, money etc. But don't leave your home, your country and don't give yourself." Soon she realized the growing tension between her and family members.

Whenever prayer time came she went to her room and prayed the new prayer she learned. She had written down "Our Father.." prayer. She felt as if this prayer was specially written for her but she had little idea that it is well-known and well-loved prayer of Christians that is spoken in family prayers. At other times of the day, she took her strain of beads and spoke the "Our Father" prayer after every bead in Muslim fashion. After every bead she spoke the whole prayer, in that way that she could say the prayer where she wanted and when she wanted. People thought she was doing her Namaz. By the next few days, she might have spoken that prayer more than thousand times. She found a new vocabulary to call God "Our Father". Oh, she thought, "He is supreme being though He is also the father she had lost." She wept and her heart cried out, "How good of you to be my father." And she felt a great love coming and filling her heart. She thought about the whole prayer and marveled seeing the deep meaning of that simple prayer.

"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us." She found her five times of Islamic prayer totally different which never taught this type of forgiveness. Every Muslim performs his religious duties and five pillars of his prayer in fear seeing the awaiting judgment before them. There was no assurance of forgiveness in Islamic prayers. She thought there is no ritual spoken in this short prayer of Jesus but the assurance of forgiveness that she never heard nor experienced nor knew before. As a Muslim, she had to pay for her own sins. Quran says, on the day of judgment, Allah will weigh the sinful acts and good works of people and if their good works are more than sinful act they will be admitted in the heaven otherwise hell is waiting for them. But her new discovery of God as father gave her new hope and assurance of forgiveness. She longed to read the Christian's book.

To be continued......

Prayer Request

I pray for those who truly know Jesus I pray that they remain SteadFast and Focused on our Loving King Jesus now and Forever AMEN
Stephen

National Ecumenical Youth Assembly

Dear friends,
The National Ecumenical Youth Assembly orgainsed by the NCCI Youth unit will be held from the 21st to 27th October at Nagpur. Over 500 delegates representing the 29 member churches of the NCCI would be participating. Please pray for this great youth gathering of India held once every 5 years..
Rev. Vinod Victor

CSI Wesley Church Ramkote, Revival meetings

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
CSI Wesley Church Ramkote, Medak Diocese is conducting revival meetings from October 17th to October 20th, 2002. The meetings are in the church premises and starts everday at 6:00 PM. There will also be Morning sessions on October 18th and October 19th, 2002 on topic "Christian Family"..

We request all of you to pray for the Speaker, Translator, Choir,arrangements, Weather and for revival of souls and the church and many to come to knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.. Thank you
Yours in Christ

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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