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Vol. 4 / Issue 8 / April 4 2002

Contents of this issue

Who is Israel?....
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

Hebrew 4:15, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."

God sent sinless Son of God to die for us. Jesus who was sinless and without blemish, who never sinned nor did any wrong but came down in the form of a man. Took all our sins on Himself and died on behalf of us.

Once I heard a message in which it was said that, "Mrs. Indira Gandhi the former Prime Minister of India who was assassinated. One of her assassin while in jail, read the Bible and found that, Jesus who never did any mistake or committed any crime was executed as a criminal. So that assassin said, I am also like this Jesus, without any wrong doing and they are killing an innocent person like Jesus was killed."

When I heard it, I was really shocked. I thought that, "how a pastor can ever compare sinful man with Jesus?" How sad it is that people compare the sinless Son of God with sinful human being. Few days back one of my friend told me that, "why God need only one incarnate, why cannot God send incarnates whenever He needs. Further he said that God sent Krishna and other incarnate to this world." But the greatest difference between Jesus and others was, Jesus showed the qualities of God like holiness. Paul says, "Jesus was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." Other than Jesus no one in this world can ever live a complete holy life, no one ever lived a total pure life nor anybody in future will. The life of Jesus was a great example where He defeated all kinds of temptations, lust, sin and sinful nature.

Today world is struggling to have a good and holy life but with all their modern equipments, with all their highly advanced technologies they are unable to produce a complete holy life. The more we are modernizing the more we are embracing nudeness and filth. But Jesus offered a holy life for those who believe on Him. Though He was sinless, He gave Himself for sinful humanity so that we may come out of our sins and live a holy life. Jesus came for the very purpose. He shed His precious blood on the cruel cross and died for our sins and for our bondage so that we may be free.

Will you accept His wonderful life - the life that is free from sin and filled with peace and joy? If yes, please pray this prayer with me:

Loving Jesus, I am a sinner. I want to come out of my sins and live a holy life, as you are holy. Please wash me with your precious blood and make me free from all bondages. Please give me grace to walk in your holy ways. Lord Jesus today, I invite you as my Lord and Savior please come into my life and make me whole. Thank you Jesus for listening my prayer. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Who is Israel?....

By Sherly Isaac

Today whole world's attention is on Israel though it is a tiny nation. Why is it so and what does the Bible talks about Israel. Let us look from the Bible.

Bible says in Genesis 17th chapter that God appeared to Abraham and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 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. This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you." (Genesis 17:1-11)

And further God told him in Genesis 17:15-16, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her."

When Abraham heard all these things, He could not hold his laughter and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?" And Abraham said to God, "Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!" Then God said: "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him." (Genesis 17:17-19)

God specifically told Abraham that He will establish His covenant with Isaac not with Ishmael. Then we read that God gave Abraham a son named Isaac. Isaac got married and had two sons named Esau and Jacob. We all know the story of Esau and Jacob. Jacob ran for his life because he deceived his own brother by taking all his blessings and birthright. He went to his mother's home and lived there. While returning he was afraid thinking that, Esau will harm him or kill him. So he prayed to God in Genesis 32:11, "Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and the mother with the children." And he encounters with God and His angels. Finally God says to him, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed." (Genesis 32:28)

So Israel is none other but Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons that are the twelve tribes of Israel. Then Bible goes on speaking about the twelve tribes of Israel but we do not see much mention of Ishmael in the Bible. Israel is God's chosen people and chosen land because of God's promise to Abraham. God also told Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3, "I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

That's was the reason why when Balaam tried to curse Jacob's tribe or Israel then God said to him no, you cannot. We read in Balaam's own words in Numbers 23:7-8-10, "And he took up his oracle and said: "Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, From the mountains of the east. 'Come, curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel! For from the top of the rocks I see him, And from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone, Not reckoning itself among the nations. Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number one-fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, And let my end be like his!"

Balaam tried to curse Israel again and again but did not succeed. Why? Because God has already blessed Abraham and his seed, no one can overturn the promises of God. This is the lone reason why Israelites stands still though these tiny nation and handful of people went through terrible persecution; many tried to kill and destroy them but could not. Yes, as long as God reigns no one can wipe away this tiny nation nor these people.

Prayer Request

Dear Sir
First of all thanks for listening to me and accepting my prayer request. I am very sad and sorrow because of losing my father Selim 3 days ago. More important no christian society or church here because there is any christian more than me. I want some christians to pray for the peace and consolation of my family.
Thank you very much

To get a good pharmacist job in UAE

I would like you to pray for me so that I will se if this man is right for me or not in my life. I want to know if I should marry this guy or not...

Dear Sir
I am working in Dubai.4 months ago I got married. My prayer request is, I have a plan to bring my wife to here in Dubai, My company can give the family status to me. Please pray for this subject.

I just want for every one to pray for me so that I might get more faith. I feel bad like I don't have enough. I pray at night before I go to bed, but I just am missing something I guess :( I want to have faith and courage and to be happy.

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
in Malayalam online at http://www.malayalambible.org
in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

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