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Vol. 5 / Issue 49 / January 15 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Blessing and Cursing
Congratulations!
Praise Him...
Old songs were restored!
18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North America

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

Psalms 91:16, "With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation."

Bible tells about many blessings for those who walk in the ways of God. This is one of the blessings which God wants to give us in our lives - long life. God promised long life for those who love Him, who know His name and who call upon Him. We read in Psalms 91:14-15, "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him."

On the other side there is curse which is the opposite of blessing. Bible talks about a priest named Eli who received the curse of God. 1 Sam 2:12 says, "sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD." God sent prophets to warn Eli about his son's behavior but Eli did not do anything about it. Finally God's word came to Samuel who was just a boy who was not even a priest and who was not even from the lineage of the Levites but an Ephraimite. God told through Samuel that He will destroy the whole family of Eli because he honored his sons more than God. And a prophet came to him and said in 1 Sam 2:31-33, "Behold, the days are coming that I will cut off your arm and the arm of your father's house, so that there will not be an old man in your house. And you will see an enemy in My dwelling place, despite all the good which God does for Israel. And there shall not be an old man in your house forever. But any of your men whom I do not cut off from My altar shall consume your eyes and grieve your heart. And all the descendants of your house shall die in the flower of their age."

What a tragic situation for Eli's family when God said, "no one from his family will reach to the old age." And further readings of Bible tells us that it happened exactly. On the one side there is blessing for those who walk in the ways of God but on the other side there is curse. If you are living in sin, you cannot escape from the wrath of God unless you turn to God and repent from your sins.

And the other curse which is more tragic has been mentioned in 1 Sam 2:33, "But any of your men whom I do not cut off from My altar shall consume your eyes and grieve your heart." This is more tragic to see a family member suffering and you are looking at him/her helplessly.

But if we walk in the ways of God, blessings awaits for us. Abraham walked in the ways of God. He obeyed God and the result was that God promised blessings to him. Bible says in Gen 22:17-18, "blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
Because of one man who obeyed God, he and his descendants received all the blessings of God, but another man who disobeyed God lost not only his blessings but his generation suffered because of him. What is your position today? You may be suffering or seeing no blessings in your life. Bring your curses, pain, sorrow, sufferings and tears under the blood of Jesus Christ. He took all our curses, pain, sorrow, tears and sufferings on the cruel cross so that we could have a blessed life. By His precious blood you can break all curses from your life and get His blessings.

Blessing and Cursing

By Sherly Isaac

Before Moses died he set before the Israelites Blessings and Curses which can come upon them. He wrote blessings for those who will be obedient and curses for those who will be disobedient which is mentioned in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy. And finally he says in Deuteronomy 30th chapter 19th verse, "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."

Yes, there is a way of life and a way of death, there is a way of blessing and there is a way of cursing. Moses set both the ways before the people and said, "choose life that both you and your descendants may live." Why Moses said like that? Because death is not a blessing. There was no death before Adam sinned. His life was cut short because of his sin. Death came in this world because of his sin and God's curse came upon him. Death is not a pleasant thing, it is painful and it is horrible.

When Jesus saw us suffering because of death and curse, He could not see anymore. He came down to give us life and blessings. Jesus said in John 6:33, "For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." And also in John 6:35, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."

Jesus also said in John 3:15, "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." This eternal life is available for us today. This wonderful life and wonderful blessings are available for us today. If you want to see life and blessings of God in your life, you must turn to God. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior and get new life from Him.

In John 4th chapter Bible says about the Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well where Jesus was sitting. Jesus spoke about the living water to her that "whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life, ( John 4:14)." When she had finished talking with Jesus, she was so excited that she left her pitcher and went to the city and said, "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ? (John 4:29)"

Today Jesus wants to give you bread of life and living water so that you may never hunger nor thirst but have eternal life. Moses urged people to choose life so that they and their descendents could live. I also invite you today to choose life and blessings so that you and your descendents may have blessings and life.

Congratulations!

The 29th Synod meeting of the Church of South India (CSI) was held from January 10 to 14th 2004. In this meeting new office-bearers and members of the executive committee were elected.

Moderator: Rt. Rev. Dr. B. P. Sugandar, Diocese MEDAK, A. P.
Deputy Moderator: Rt.Rev.S.Vasantha Kumar, Karnataka Central Diocese of Bangalore
General Secretary: Dr.Mrs.Pauline Sathiamurthy

Our hearty congratulations, best wishes and prayers for newly elected office-bearers and members of the executive committee. May God almighty guide them and lead them according to His will and purpose.

Praise Him...

Thank you for your prayers my mother underwent a successful operation only by Gods grace and by your kind prayers.
Nirmala

Old songs were restored!

We have restored the 14th CSI Family & Youth Conference songs.
http://csinewsletter.com/conference/conference14/song14.htm

18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North America

18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North America will be conducted from July 1 to 4, 2004 in New Jersey under the direction of the Council of CSI Congregations in North America.

From: July 1-4, 2004
Theme: "That they all may be one" John 17:22
Place: Dolce Hamilton Park Executive Conference Center
Morristown, New Jersey
Leaders: Moderator, Church of South India
The Rev. Dr. Martin Alphonse
The Rev. Dr. Valson Thampu
Mr. Prabhu Singh
Bishops representing all 4-language groups are expected to attend this event.

For further information please contact:

The Most Rev. Dr. K.J. Samuel
CSI Moderator/President
PH: 91-442-852-1566

The Rev. Itty Mathews
Vice-President
734-479-4945

Mr. Cherian Abraham
Secretary
215-638-4534

Mr. Samuel Johnson
Treasurer
708-361-2345

The Rev. Dr. Jacob David
Youth Director
201-935-2011

This is an annual event for members of CSI Community since 1987 for fellowship and celebration. It is one of the main activities of the Council of Church of South India Congregations in North America. CSI Council of North America is the only organization authorized by the CSI Synod to represent Church of South India in North America. More than 30 congregations, consisting of Malayalam, Tamil, Telgu & Kannada speaking families, are members of the CSI Council. Church of South India is the largst protestant Christian denomination in India with 22 dioceses. The Moderator is the head of this Church, which is headquartered in Chennai. CSI is in full communion with Church of North India and Marthoma Churches.

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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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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