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Vol. 6 / Issue 15 / May 20 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Why Quran is not the Word of God? Part 5
CSI Congregations list updated
Prayer Requests
KUVBS (Kuwait United Vacation School) - 2004
Official 18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North

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

John 14:13-14, "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."

Prayers of a believer does mighty things. There is great power in prayer. Prayers of a believer moves mountain. What is the secret of effective prayer that could move mountains and do mighty things?

Praying in the name of Jesus:

Jesus said in John 14:13-14 that He will do whatever we ask in His name. Jesus' name has power that makes every mountain to bow down before Him. No matter what it may be. No matter how impossible the situation may be, it has to bow down before the name of Jesus. Bible tells us in Rom 14:11 For it is written: "As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God."

Rabindranath R. Maharaj who wrote his biography in his book, "Death of a Guru" writes his experience that he was born in a Hindu family and worshipped Hindu gods. His grandmother read Bible and was converted to Christianity. Because of her faith in Christ, she suffered great deal of hardship and torture. But she never failed to teach little Rabindranath about Jesus and His mighty name.

One day Rabindranath went to some place where he had to pass through a forest. Suddenly he saw a big black cobra which came in front of him. There was no way to run or hide. Rabindranath thought that this could be the last moments of his life. As he stood there terrified not knowing what to do, his grandma's words flashed in his mind, "whatever you will ask in the name of Jesus, it will be given to you." In those desperate moments he cried out to Jesus and looked in utter disbelief and to his surprise, that furious deadly snake simply turned away from him and went away.


On that day Rabindranath realized how powerful the name of Jesus is which literally saved his life.


Praying by applying the blood of Jesus:

When we pray, applying the blood of Jesus it gives victory and protection in our lives. No matter how poisonous or fiery the arrows may be which are thrown at us by devil, it will not affect us because of the blood of Jesus which has been applied in our life.

When you are covered by the blood of Jesus there would be no effect of evil sent by devil on your way. By applying the blood of Jesus on your life you can win many battles against devil and his powers of darkness.

Why Quran is not the Word of God? Part 5

By Sherly Isaac

During the last few weeks we discussed on many issues whether Quran was from God or not? From where Muhammad got his revelations? Was Muhammad a prophet or not? What type of life Muhammad lived etc. This week we are going to look at 'who wrote Quran?'

Who wrote Quran?:

Muslims say that Bible is not the word of God because it has no known author or that most of the books of the Bible say, "author - unknown". But careful study of the Bible suggests that there are many evidences which indicate that the writers of the Bible were prophets and apostles themselves. For example the first five books of the Bible were written by Moses.

Moses writes instructions for the kings of Israel in Deu 17:18-20, "Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel."

Joshua confirms that there were written Laws with them which was given by God to Moses. In Joshua 1:7-8, "Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

Further we read that Joshua made an altar of the LORD God as it was written in the Book of the Law of Moses in Josh 8:30-31, "Now Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses: "an altar of whole stones over which no man has wielded an iron tool." And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings."

Joshua also made a copy of the Book of Law when they reached the promised land as we read in Josh 8:32, "And there, in the presence of the children of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written."

Further it was confirmed in 2 Chr 17:9 So they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the LORD with them." And throughout the Bible we read about the confirmation that Bible was written by prophets and apostles who had direct contact with God.

Now the question is, who wrote Quran or who was the author of Quran?

Hadith tells us that Muhammad was illiterate and was unable to read or write. So of course Muhammad did not write Quran. Muslims claim that Muhammad dictated the whole Quran to his followers and many of them memorized the Quranic verses word by word and later they wrote it down. The bottom line is that no one knows for sure who wrote the Quran.

After the death of Muhammad there was a time when Uthman the third Caliph of Islam ordered to burn all the copies of Quran except one. It was believed that there were variations in text and recitation practice of Quran at that time and so Uthman took this step. According to Quran and Hadith, Muhammad was the last prophet of Islam. So Uthman was not a prophet and we do not know whether he kept the valid and original Quran or destroyed it? We also do not know how he determined which one was the correct version of Quran?

Muslims claim that Quran was directly given by Allah and Sheikh Ahmed Deedat the Muslim Scholar and other Muslims have claimed that Quran is the word of God because it was written in first person speech unlike Bible, where third person speech is used. But the very first chapter of Quran is written in the third person speech.

Surah 1:1-7. "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds; Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek. Show us the straight way, The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray."

This is not the only one example but there are many Surahs which are written in third person speech. So if we take the word of Muslim Scholars, Quran is not the word of God.

To be continued....

CSI Congregations list updated

We have updated the information of various churches at:
http://csinewsletter.com/congregations.asp

Please take a look and see if we have missed anything. Any new links need to be added/updated.

Prayer Requests

My 20 years old son is having some trouble and complain that this is more than I can handle. Please pray for the youngster. Help him to recognize the seriousness of his call. He was a God fearing pleasant boy. Please pray for my son.
Emily

KUVBS (Kuwait United Vacation School) - 2004

(C.S.I & Mar Thoma )

Theme : "YOU ARE MY FRIENDS " (John(15:14) )

The C.S.I and Mar Thoma parishes in Kuwait, have decided to conduct jointly this year’s KUVBS(Kuwait United Vacation School) – 2004. All children between the age group of 5 – 17 years (Beginners to Senior II) are eligible to attend.

Venue : National Evangelical Church, Kuwait

Date : June 11th – 25th, 2004 (except Sundays)
Final Day on July 02nd, ž2004
Time : 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Director : Rev. Biju George
(Trivandrum)

Official 18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North

Official 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
The Rev. Eric Bryant
Mr. Prabhu Singh

For more information please visit:
http://csinewsletter.com/18th-conference.htm

Conference Convener:
Rev. Dr. Jacob David
(201) 935-2011 - JacobDavid@juno.com

And to register online

visit: http://www.csiconference.com
Email inquires to: info@csiconference.com

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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