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Vol. 5 / Issue 2 / February 20 2003

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Why Sacrifice was needed? Part 6
Reader's Mail
Prayer Request

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

Jesus said in Luke 12:1, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”

What does it mean when Jesus spoke about the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy? Bible tells us that Pharisees were not walking in the ways of God. Jesus said many things about the Pharisees in Luke 11:39-52 and emphasized that these are not the qualities of a person who is walking in the ways of God. The Pharisees were full of greed and wickedness though they showed themselves to be clean and good from the outside. They followed the rituals but while tithing mint and rue and all manner of herbs they did not care about justice and the love of God. They loved best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and more than that they approved the deeds of their fathers who killed prophets and they built their tombs. And to the Lawyers Jesus said in Luke 11:52, "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered."

Today many pastors and many churches are like that only. Many are involved in making money, engaging in different fraudulent activities and cheating innocent Church members. Very often pulpits are being used to threaten innocent Church members. Once I heard about a Pastor who was charged for fraudulent activities in his Church and who was sent to jail. You may be surprised to hear, what he did when he was also having a job under the Railways beside his pastoral job. He prepared bogus payrolls and drew money by five methods. By signing, by putting his right hand thumb impression, left hand thumb impression and if it wasn’t enough, he used both of his toe impression to take money. This is the condition of our Churches today and of course it was not different in the time of Jesus.

Many play dishonest games for their own gain and put down those who are not wealthy. They have sold their souls to the devil just for some money and status. Bible says in Heb 12:16, “lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.” Esau sold his birthright for one morsel of food and God took it very seriously. When he repented, it was too late. My dear friend, why reach to this situation when God has to tell you, “I have rejected you?” Why not repent and turn to God. And walk in His ways that is pleasing to Him. Peter said in 1 Peter 5:2, “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly.”

Not only that many Churches support wrong policies and deliver wrong messages which are not according to the Bible. Today many Churches support ordination of gay and lesbian pastors and conduct gay or lesbian marriages in Churches while the Bible very clearly says that homosexuality is abomination in the sight of God. If it is abomination then why our Churches are supporting these activities? The simple reason is that they have bowed down before worldly authorities and the devil and who do not know how to tremble before the almighty God. They forgot that there is God above all and that we have to obey God more than any human being. It is true that we should love sinners and tell them about the love of Christ but it does not mean that we should support their wrong policies or sinful acts.

Many preach wrong messages from the Church pulpit and deceive people. They very often preach, “oh you are children of God so you need not to worry about your eternal destiny…. Or God is love; he will not send anybody to hell… etc. etc. That’s why Jesus warned people saying, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Yes, my friend, these are last days, devil is trying hard to cheat and deceive as many people as possible. This is the time for the body of Christ to wake up and oppose those wrong things and wrong policies, which will not do any good but will push people to hell fire.

Why Sacrifice was needed? Part 6

By Sherly Isaac

For our peace:
Isaiah 43:5, “Fear not, for I am with you….”

When Adam and Eve sinned against God, they hid themselves because they were afraid. A great fear came and filled their souls. They lost all their peace, joy and happiness. Their hearts were broken and they were totally devastated. But God always wanted to give us His peace. He wants to see us blessed and happy. That is the reason why God told Moses about the Peace offering. When we read about peace offering, we can see that it is closely related to sin offering. Because of sin a person loses his/her peace and that’s what happened to Adam and Eve. When they sinned against God, they lost their peace. But God gave a solution for our peace.

In the book of Leviticus we read about the peace offering in which they used to take an animal, killed it and shed its blood. Peace offering was offered for reconciliation and for peace with God. Bible says in Isaiah 53:5, “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.”

Jesus was chastised for our peace. He took all our sin, sufferings and punishment upon Himself. Yes, He died for your peace and for my peace. He died on the cross for the whole world’s peace. His peace is available for us today. He shed His precious blood for us so that we could get peace and live in peace.

Once I heard a true story of a woman who lived in Tamil Nadu, India. Her name was Dhannammal. She got married at a very young age. Her husband was an evangelist who loved to preach the Gospel of God but she did not like her husband’s job. She abused him and tortured him very often. But he was zealous for God and did not cease to preach. Everyday, he walked miles after miles to preach the Gospel. When he came back tired after preaching the Gospel, she served burnt bread and tasteless food for him. He praised God for that food and ate happily without complaining anything to his wife. This routine continued for days, months and years and her cruelty toward her preacher husband increased day by day. Meanwhile they had nine kids.

One day she heard the news of the death of her husband. At first she could not believe what she heard, but when she realized that it was the truth, her heart was broken in pieces. She was an illiterate woman who had never gone to school. The lone bread earner was gone and she had no idea how she could survive with her nine children. Oh, in those terrifying moments she knelt down right beside the coffin of her husband and cried out to God whom she rejected all her life. With tears she pleaded for divine help of God. She felt the peace that she never experienced before in her life. Her heart was filled with great peace and she knew in her heart that her prayers were answered.

God provided for her and took care of her. She got filled with the Holy Spirit and God used her with the gift of prophecy. Many foreigners came to her house for prayer and guidance and she prophesied in their own language with full command of the language and with authority as if it was her own language. A woman who did not know a single word of English or any other language except Tamil started giving prophecy in the language of the people. Not only her neighbors and her community were amazed, but also those foreigners who came to her house. Today she is not in this world but whatever she prophesied about people came true and many became world-renowned preachers.

You may be going through terrible trials today. You may be facing the worst disaster of your life and you may be thinking that it is going to be the end of your future, end of your life and end of your dreams. But look to Jesus, He can give you peace that this world cannot give. He can show you the way where you have to go and what to do in these terrible moments of your life. Yes, for your peace He died on the cross. Invite Jesus in your life and receive His peace today.

Reader's Mail

Thank you for the wonderful magazine. You are doing something beautiful for Jesus. Most of us visualize doing something but ending up doing nothing, or at the most giving lip service. May his grace always be upon you.

Please pray for my family, as it will be a source of strength for us in our trials.
THANK YOU LORD! PRAISE YOU LORD!
Love
Flory

Prayer Request

Dear Friends,
Please pray for my wife Jiby who is pregnant with our first child. Jiby's due date is March 24..
Love,
Roy Achen

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

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Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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Your Feedback

Your feedback and comments are Welcome. Please send your Parish news & articles to Editor (Sherly N. Isaac) at this address News@csinewsletter.comThe messages submitted will be checked whether they are correct according to the word of God. Editor reserves the right to accept, reject or edit the messages. The writers are responsible for the contents of their writings.



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