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Vol. 5 / Issue 31 / September 11 2003

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Twin-Tower Tragedy
Praise Him...
Prayer Requests

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

It was two years back on 11th September 2001; the whole world watched the most horrific and painful event which took place before their own eyes. Terrorists attacked World Trade Center of USA and the Pentagon by using planes as guided missiles. Both of the 110-story buildings of World Trade Center collapsed within one hour, and more than 3,000 people died.

Even today many are going through painful memories of their loved ones. These tragic events brought tears, sorrow, heartbreaks and unbearable pain in the lives of people. Many survived that tragedy but are still suffering physically. Life is not easy for thousands of people who lost their loved ones and those who are suffering physically, mentally and emotionally.

Of course these events have raised many serious questions regarding the religion of Islam, Allah, Mohammed and Muslims. Though Muslims claim that they worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, still there is no match in the qualities and messages of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with Allah. God of the Bible specifically said that, "you shall not murder." And it is one of the Ten Commandments given to Moses. God of the Bible did not ask a person to go and kill anybody and there by get into heaven.

But instead God said in Num 35:30-34, 'Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses; but one witness is not sufficient testimony against a person for the death penalty. Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death. And you shall take no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the priest. So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it. Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.'"

Murder is considered abomination in the sight of God but Quran and Hadith both say that those who kill others will go to heaven straight away.

In Sura 9:111 says, "Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain:.... "

Quran also gives permit to kill anybody who is not Muslim as we read in Sura 47:4 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks;

And in Sura 9:5 But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

God who should be just, compassionate, loving and caring but we do not see that type of character in Allah.

Today you may be going through terrible pain and sufferings but I want to let you know that there is a God who loves you so much that He gave His life for you. His name is Jesus. He wants to wipe away your tears, pain and sorrow. You might have lost your loved ones, you may be shedding bitter tears today but if you look to Jesus, He will wipe away your tears. He will remove every pain from your hearts and give you peace that this world cannot give.

Twin-Tower Tragedy

By Sheela Isaac

Today America held the memorial for the 2nd anniversary of Twin-Tower tragedy. It was two years back on 11th sep 2001 that the tragedy struck when 19 terrorists flew two Commercial Planes into twin tower.

It was indeed a sad day. I still remember watching those events which unfolded before my eyes. As I woke up in the morning I heard about the news of this incidence. I sat there and watched the live coverage in horror. My sister said, "The building is still standing so nothing bad will happen and they will repair it and everything will be alright." So I felt relaxed thinking that most of the people are going to walk away safely from the tower and everything is going to be alright. But after 1/2 an hour the first tower collapsed and later the second tower also collapsed right before my eyes. I was shocked, tears rolled down from my eyes thinking, "how can somebody destroy such a beautiful landmark. How can somebody destroy these many precious lives?"

Yes it is the work of Satan. Bible says, Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." Bible says, "Satan is a murderer from the beginning, he is a liar." John 8:44, "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."

Satan had been continually deceiving people. As I wrote in previous issue, Satan has several tactics to trick people. Many gets into witchcraft thinking that they are going in the right direction. Many kill people thinking that it is a right way to reach heaven. The nineteen terrorists of Bin Laden group thought that they are doing Jihad for their deliverance. They were deceived by the tricks of Satan. Today what is happening all around the world? Look at the incidences, which recently took place. The 9/11 tragedy, the Bali bombing, the bombing in UN headquarter of Iraq, the recent bombing in a Mosque of Iraq which killed more than 100 people including their Cleric (priest), the ongoing suicide bombing of Israel, which killed many innocent lives. Who are these people creating all kinds of havoc? Who are these people who believe in killing and destroying others? These are followers of Islam. What all these things show? It clearly describes that Satan has tricked Muslims to choose the path of Jihad or Holy war in the name of religion. They are tricked by satan and thinking that by doing it they are serving God. They are thinking that by doing it they will get a special place in heaven.

But Bible clearly says that a killer cannot reach heaven. A murderer will not inherit the kingdom of God. You cannot reach heaven by destroying other people. You cannot achieve a place in heaven by living in sin. It's a lie from devil.

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Bible says in the above verses that those who are practicing such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Check up your life how you are living. Are you practicing one of these above said things? If yes, it could destroy your life in hell fire. I do not say this, but Bible says it. God looks for holiness in our lives. Only those who are washed by the blood of Jesus, people who are walking in holiness will inherit the kingdom of God. Others will not.

Now what is the way out? How can we come out of our sins? How can we lead a holy life?

Yes you can come out of your sins. Your sins may be the worst, you might have committed horrible sins (crimes), but you can still come out of it. You might have gone too far in your sins but still you can have a hope. Yes Jesus came and died to give us freedom from our sins. Because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ we can receive forgiveness of sin and a place in heaven. What a glorious promise it is. Jesus died on behalf of us so that we may not perish in hell fire, so that we may not lose eternity forever.

Now how to receive this salvation?
Jesus finished His work on the Cross but we have to accept the work of the cross. Many have been misled in this field too. Yes again Satan has tricked many. Many are sitting and thinking that as they are born in a Christian home and so they need not to worry about it. Many think that attending Church, taking active part in church and participating in Lord's Supper is the free pass to heaven. Yes many stay in church take part in all the church activities but still lose heaven. Don't get surprised it is true. Attending Church does not give one the assurance of a place in heaven. Bible does not say anywhere that if you are in a Christian home, if you have a Christian name you'll have a place in heaven. But Bible says, "that as many as received Him they become the children of God." John 1:12, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:" Yes accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior to secure a place in heaven. Get the born again experience (John 3:3,7), lead a holy, sinless, guiltless life and it will help you to reach heaven.

Let's pray:
Lord Jesus I am a sinner. Please forgive and forget my past sins. Cleanse me with your precious and holy blood. Change my life. Make me a new creation. Give me an assurance that when I'll close my eyes in this world I could reach heaven. Please come into my heart. Help me Lord to lead a holy life from today onwards. Thank you Lord for listening to this prayer. Thank you for accepting me as your own child. I pray in Jesus precious name. Amen.

Praise Him...

PRAISE THE LORD"
I would like to thank each and every members of the Intercessory prayer group for praying for my wife's sister Philomena when she was suffering from blood cancer. Jesus touched and healed her completely there was no traces of blood cancer when the test was conducted second time it was just a minor operation in the Tata Hospital in Mumbai and also the Expenses was just 10% of the total amount because Jesus helped them to find a Doctor who was their neighbor during their childhood days when they used to go to school. even though she was on a waiting list the Doctor used is contact and gave her first preference this all happened with the powerful and mighty blessing of Jesus Christ..

Secondly my wife's sister Rozlin who was without a child for the past 3 years even after 2 miscarriages Jesus blessed her with a baby boy in April 2003.

Thanking You
Maxim Martha
Dubai

Prayer Requests

I appreciate your prayer page and I will like to you this opportunity to ask for your assistance in prayer regarding my spiritual life that is diminishing and also my business activities that is not going on well as well as my finances.
DAVID
ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST.

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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