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CSI Good News
(Church of South India Good News)
Vol. 4 / Issue 38 / November 1 2002
Contents of this issue
Is Bible infallible? III
O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me! - (Part - 11) Life Story
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
October 31st is observed as Halloween or all saints day. History tells us that it originally came from the Roman harvest festival - Pomona and druidism. It is commonly believed that before winter the spirits of dead people visit their loved ones. It is also the time when people believed that evil spirits come and destroy crops, steal away their infants and create trouble in their lives. This is also known as "festival of dead". This festival is celebrated both to drive away spirits and as harvest festival. In these celebrations symbols of ghosts, witches, skulls, black cats, spiders etc. are used to terrorize evil spirits and ghosts to protect their crop and their loved ones.
But the most amazing thing is that Christians have adopted this festival in their Churches and homes. They display symbols of witchcraft and demonic things in their homes and Churches. How tragic it is that people think, if they display these symbols, they will drive away evil powers but reality is somewhat different. Without their knowledge they are inviting devil and evil spirits to come and live in their homes. If you really want to drive away devil from your lives there is only one method i.e. Jesus. The name of Jesus is so powerful that demons tremble before Him. Bible says in Mat 8:16, "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick"
Yes, Jesus' word has power to cast out all demons, sickness, curse and the problems of your lives. You need not to observe Halloween, you need not to put evil symbols in your homes. You need not to fear those evil powers that want to destroy your life, your crop, your business or your family. But you need Jesus in your life. When Jesus comes in, He gives protection that no one else can give it to you. He will bless your lives. If you are celebrating Halloween/harvest festival, get out of it, it is evil, it is demonic. Repent from your sins and turn to Jesus. Give your life to Jesus and you will never be the same again.
Is Bible infallible? III
So far we explored two areas of Genesis account.
1) Eye Witness account and
2) Material evidence. In both of these, we see that the evidence is overwhelming. Today we are going to explore another area, that is, Purpose and Attachment'.
Gen 1:26-27, Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
When God created the other things, every time He said "let there be...." and it was. But when it came to the creation of Humans, He did not say "let there be man" but He is making a special effort giving a special status as well as special attention. "Let Us make man in Our image", "according to Our likeness". That also enabling man to have dominion over the creation.
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Again Genesis 2:7 confirms that God took special effort in creating Humans. He did not simply say "let there be man" but He formed man out of the dust of the ground and then breathed in to his nostrils the breath of life. God being all powerful who brought the animals, plants, birds, fishes and all the other creatures in to existence by just speaking His word could have brought Human being into life in the same way, but no, He breathed into the nostrils of the idol that was made out of clay, a lifeless idol - an artistically designed lump of clay that's all. But when the breath of life was breatheded, this lump of clay became a living creature having the ability to speak, think, react of his/her own. Man made out of this lump of clay also had a special thing called personality which is not available in any other creature in the world. That is exactly what Genesis 2:19-20 says that there is no animal, fish or bird on earth comparable to man.
Gen 2:19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
Gen 2:20 So Adam gave names to all the cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
Not only that, man is incomparable to any other species in that God communicated with man. God created Humans with the sole purpose of having fellowship with them. In Genesis 2:16-17 He gave the commandment that they can eat fruit of every tree in the garden except of one. Freedom to eat the fruit of thousands of trees. Even freedom to choose. Such a great freedom. Genesis 2:19-20 says that He brought animals to Adam and asked him to name those animals. According to Genesis 3:8 God used to come to meet Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. Animals on the earth never got such royal treatment. Adam and Eve had such a prestigious honor and privilege to receive this royal treatment. But they took it lightly. They did that which was forbidden. They broke the law. They misused the freedom. They got their punishment. Separation from God. Separation from God's best. Reason is simple God is holy and that which is unholy cannot go with holy. Man broke the very purpose for which he was created.
Gen 2:16-17, And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Gen 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Not only was there a purpose but also there was attachment. God had loved Adam and Eve. He used to come to talk to them, to have fellowship with them. Purpose was broken, talks were broken, fellowship was broken, man earned his eternal death but the Love, the attachment is not broken.
Gen 3:14-15, So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
In Genesis 3:14,15 He declares that He is going to make a solution for the eternal death that man has earned. Through the seed of the woman i.e. through the seed of Mary the mother of Jesus. And that He is going to crush the head of the serpent the deceiver.
Let us examine if this purpose, this attachment and this solution is persistent during times of centuries or not. If it has been persistent, that gives a major credibility to Genesis account. Because you have God declaring that He created every thing. You have evidence of what He created as most of it still exists. You are given purpose of creation and attachment with creation. Now let us examine if this purpose and attachment is persistent or not.
Psa 32:1-2, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit."
In Psalms 32:1,2 God is calling people to righteousness and the psalm writer says blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven. Whose sin is covered. Sin is still the center stage of concern and blessedness depends on forgiveness of sin.
Isa 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
In Isaiah 1:18 God is calling people to repentance. Again sin is the center stage and washing away of sin is the best state for mankind. God is pleading and trying to communicate saying that their sins are like scarlet they are so dark, they are so terrible and asking them to turn to Him so that He can wash them clean and make them as white as wool.
Let us move to New Testament and see if this persistence continues.
Eph 2:13-16, "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
Col 1:20-21, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
in Eph 2:13-16 and Col 1:20,21 we see two or three interesting words like "once far off", " brought near", "abolished enmity" and "reconcile to God". That is exactly what happened in Genesis-separation, alienation and enmity. Here it is speaking about the death of Lord Jesus Christ in terms of alienation and reconciliation as if the blood of Lord Jesus Christ is some kind of binding factor between God and Man or transforming factor from alienation to reconciliation.
Did Jesus knew what His death meant, and how He is going to die? Or was it an accident? Now if find answer to this question and if we find that Jesus knew exactly what His death is all about, then we can know for sure that the purpose and attachment are persistent.
John 2:19 Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
John 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Mark 8:31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 14:27 Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.'
In all these above verses Jesus is explicitly talking about His death, His very purpose of coming to this earth. He knew exactly that He was going to be killed. He was going to be lifted up like the serpent in the wilderness.
John 3:14-16, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
The very purpose in climbing on the tree (cross) was to bring eternal life i.e. to revert the eternal death and to bring the human race back to the fellowship of God. Purpose is persistent even unto the death of the Only begotten of God. Attachment (For God so loved) is persistent even unto the cross. Evidence is overwhelming that God created you and me and He was even willing to die on the cross for your sake and mine.
Yes you are precious in His sight. He created humans with special attention. With special purpose. With special care. But Man got separated from God and He is calling you today to come back. You may have done worst things. You may have messed up yourself. Even if your sins are like scarlet He is ready to receive you back. You may also be a person who has not done much wrong but still you need Jesus. Come to Him today and He will wash you clean. He will make you a new creation. For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten son so that you do not perish. You need to only believe.
If you want this great forgiveness pray this prayer from the bottom of your heart. "Lord Jesus I know I am a sinner and I am alienated from you. I believe that you died on the cross for me so that I can have eternal life. Lord Jesus please forgive me of my sins. Wash me with your blood and make me a new creation. Come in to my heart and live in me. You be my Lord and my Savior. I ask in Jesus name. Amen
O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me! - (Part - 11) 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. From the very first day, she realized the growing opposition from her relatives and acquaintance. Three weeks after she got a Bible. While reading the Bible she discovered the amazing fact about the Lord's Prayer that was taught by Jesus to her in her vision which was found in the Bible word by word. Later she realized that baptism is necessary according to the Bible, so she took baptism.
After taking baptism she asked Rev. Aslam Khan about witnessing but he refused saying, "You can witness by your actions, it is not necessary to witness by your mouth." But she precisely remembered the words of Jesus saying, "You are my witness, go to my people..." She insisted saying, "it seems to me that Jesus wants me to witness before others, can I speak in Church?" When Rev. Aslam refused her proposal, she said, "Let me go back to my home and witness to my family." She said, "I want to do that at any cost." No they will not like your baptism and they can harm you", said Rev. Aslam. Though she did not believe that there may be any danger from her own family members but she asked, "could I go to a Bible college so that I may learn more to witness them." Rev. Aslam looked at her as she was insisting very hard.
Rev. Aslam told her firmly that she couldn't do it because she is very young in her faith. But he said that any job in a Christian institute would be better for her. So he arranged for her to work as housemother in Sunrise School for the Blind where she took care of small group of blind children. She experienced a new beginning with new destination and total cutoff of her old life. In her section there were 40 students. Half of them were Muslims and others were Christians. She got a meager income of Rs. 40/- but it did not bother her. She had to look after younger boys, make their beds, help them to wash their clothes, to be their eyes when they go around, be with them at meal times etc. She also had the work of cleaning windows and tables. There were two more housemothers who were cousins. They did not speak to her at first but later on they became friends and helped her in her difficult tasks. They also interpreted her message to principal who knew only English not Urdu. As soon as she joined, she called her younger brother Alim Shah and told that she became a Christian and working in a school for Blind Children.
It was unpleasant news for him. He said, "What have you done, come back home and forget everything." But she said, "I have found the way, the truth and the life, how can I forget and leave all these things?" He said, "you are gone mad, if you talk like this, my doors are closed for you forever, you are dead for me... I do not want to see your face anymore." She smiled and said, "Its ok if your door is closed but my heavenly father's door is open and if I am dead for you, it is as you said, I am dead in Christ." He did not reply to her words but banged the receiver and hanged off the phone. The same day she wrote to her uncle and elder brother Safdar Shah saying that she became a Christian and took baptism. She waited for their reply with anxious expectations that they may allow her to live among them but from the bottom of her heart she knew that it would never happen.
Days passed by working among blind children and telling the stories from Bible to them. Every time when she opened the Bible to read, she felt as if someone is interpreting for her. One day she got letter from her brother Safdar Shah saying, he never expected this type of news from her. He continued, "You are my beloved sister who used to love God very much and father loved you so much and taught you about Islam. Daughter of a Sayed cannot go the way you are going, turn back. You believe in Jesus as God's son that is not good for our family or religion. You know that father left so much property in your name and all the deeds are with me which cannot be given to a Christian." He further wrote, "Because the whole Pakistan knows about your conversion, the properties no longer belong to you or cannot be given to you." He also wrote, "if you will not leave Christianity, I will leave no stone unturned to bring you back. Islam gives me the right to kill a sister who turned from Islam to Christianity and can still go to heaven."
As she read the mail, her heart was filled with grief that her brother was treating her in this way though she had legal rights on those properties. She was comforted by the verses from the Bible while reading John 14th chapter where Jesus promised home for believers, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:1)
Three days later she got a ten page letter from her uncle saying, "Have you become an atheist, come back to your religion and your home." She stood there with the letter afraid and filled with doubt praying, "O Lord Jesus, I did not do anything wrong for them but why are they behaving with me like this? Will you tell me what answers should be given to them?"
After much prayers she wrote back to him giving the Bible verses saying:
1. I have found the Way: She referred 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." She also wrote that, when a person wants to enter into a home, he/she has to go through door of that home and Jesus is the door to God or heaven.
2. I have found the Truth: She quoted Jesus' words found in John 8:45-46,"But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?"
3. I have found the Life: John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
4. I have found forgiveness of sin.
5. I have found eternal life: John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
She challenged him saying, "Prove by all these five points whether I am an atheist, if not, take my warning not to call me an atheist." She never got any reply of that mail but later she heard about her uncle and aunty that they packed their belongings and left Pakistan and went to Iran. Because they feared Safdar Shah who was accusing them for not preventing the conversion of Gulshan.
December came, it was the time of Christmas and this was the first Christmas for her. Some children went home and some stayed there, so they decorated the school's dining room with a small manger and tree with lights on it. It was a time of excitement and joy for everyone. But soon after Christmas, one unexpected guest came to meet her and gave her the tragic news about her sister Anis. At the visitor's room she saw her brother-in-law Blund Shah standing with completely exhausted and crushed looks. He told her that Anis was seriously ill as she was seven months pregnant and the child was dead and doctors could not stop the bleeding. She is about to die and she is repeating your name. I have a car outside, would you come with me right away, he asked?
Oh yes, but I have to take permission first. She left that room to take permission but a tiny whisper told her, "She will be dead by the time you will reach, it may be a waste of time and it is possible that they may never allow you to return." So before taking permission from the principal she went to her room and prayed and got clear answer from God, "You go down to her, I will keep her alive, she will not die." She took two days leave, packed her bag within a little time and went with him at 5PM. After three hours journey they reached Gujerat where her sister was living in a rented bungalow from the last three months. As soon as they reached there, they were greeted with the dreadful news, "She is dead". Gulshan went to the room where Anis was lying. Her sister's face was turned to yellowish gray color and lips were blue. Room was filled with mourners; many relatives and neighbors came to pay their last respects.
Gulshan knelt down beside the bed and cried out to God, "O, Jesus you told me that she will not die, you will keep her alive. What would I do now? She is dead." Gulshan continued her prayer saying, "O, Jesus you are the way, the truth the life, so please resurrect her “ She continued praying until the thought came to her strongly, "She will not die, I will keep her alive." So she prayed, "Please put some life in her for few moments so that I may talk about you." She heard a voice saying to her, "She is not dead but she is alive. I have added to her life."
Gulshan stood up and said to everybody, "Why are you crying? She is not dead - she is alive." People said, "She is mad, lock her up in other room." So they locked her up in a bedroom. Her prayers did not stop there. She continually prayed, "Lord please wake her up so that they may believe." People outside were preparing the coffin for her sister. Her sister's clothes were changed and they washed her body once. But they would wash her body second time and as it was night they postponed it for next day morning. At 8AM the next day her room's door opened and she was released to pay her last respect to her sister. She stood at Anis' bedside with few other ladies. Imam's wife said the Kalmas over her body and her body was handed over to three other ladies for final bath. She saw red henna on her sister's hands which was the sign of happiness and blood. After that they will wrap her with a sheet and put her in her coffin.
Suddenly Anis moved her hand, opened her eyes and sat upright. Looking toward others in wonder she asked, "What happened?" There was commotion and tremendous panic in the room. People screamed, fell backward and some ran away from that room. Gulshan looked at Anis and embraced her. Many looked at Gulshan and asked, "What have you done, how could a dead person sit?" She smiled and said, "Ask her what happened." Anis said, "Don't be afraid of me, I am alive."
Her husband and Imam and other people came running on hearing the news. Maulvi touched the head of Anis and asked, "daughter, tell me, what really happened to you? 14 hours ago you were dead and we were preparing for your funeral. Anis said, "I was not dead but I was sleeping. Lady doctor said with emphasis, "You were dead, there was no life in you." "No I was not dead but I was sleeping, Anis said. She said further, "While sleeping I saw a dream that there was a ladder and I was about to put my foot on ladder. At the top of that ladder there was a man standing in white robs. He was wearing a gold crown and light was coming from his forehead". She also saw that he put his hand on her and light was coming from his hand. He said, "I am Jesus Christ. I am the King of kings. I will send you back and at the appointed time I will bring you back again." She said, "At that moment I opened my eyes." Her face was beaming with joy. Whole house was filled with joy that cannot be described. Gulshan took opportunity to talk about Jesus.
Anis’ husband who showed the most opposition when Gulshan became a Christian now said that, "her prayers have brought his wife's life back." Three days later when all the guests left her home Anis’ husband asked, "Who is this great prophet you have seen?" Gulshan took out her Quran and showed about Jesus from Sura Maryam and also from the Bible where Jesus raised dead Lazarus and gave new life in John 11:43-44.
He slowly said, "I believe that it is Jesus, Son of Mary who gave second life to my wife." He seemed very happy and accepted what Gulshan told. Anis told her vision of Jesus to everyone even to Imams who listened very carefully but after listening they disfavored Gulshan.
To be continued....
First of all we thank you for the blessings Jeemon and Sheeba have received through your prayers and many others. Sheeba is confirmed pregnant. A pastor's daughter Ms. Jass is having brain tumor (has shown some improvement in the tumor). Mr. K. Kunju got a temporary placement and still request your prayer support.
Now we have received some more request. One Mr. Roy and Annie are without any issues for the past 12 years. In their case, they always have miscarriages. Then we request your prayers for two more couples Thomas and Rosamma and S. Ayyapan and his wife who are having no issues. The other requests are for:
Lillykutty is having severe eye related problems basically Retina degeneration and bleeding and she under medical care but still she is facing problems. Please pray for S Rose who is very poor in her studies and Samson, who is trying to settle in a job and require the confirmation from his sponsor.
Sheila is yet another individual, who is having problem in her neck, she has blood coating and it is very difficult to have any operation. The children who are studying in the Indian Embassy School are having their examinations and request your prayer support.
Lord jesus please bring Ainsworth and Ryon my son and husband home to live with us in america so we can be a family under one roof. please help india with her situation. thank you for all the help you've given me. please bless c & r tax service. in Jesus name amen
My brother-in-law (Mario) is suffering from cancer and very sick in the hospital. Doctors said he is in his last stage. I know there is nothing called last stage for God. God is great. Please, Please,I am begging to each and every person in this minsitry to pray for my brother-in-law Mario. I know that and my heart is telling me that God will heal him, he need prayers. Please pray for my brother-in-law. Thank you
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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