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Vol. 6 / Issue 30 / September 2 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
When Death Knocked our Door
Reader's Mail
Prayer and Praise
Another good News

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

2 Cor 4:7-10, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body."

Paul tells of his experience of hardship in his ministry, but at the same time he recalls the faithfulness of God when he faced such hard and bitter times. He tells that though there were situations when he could have been destroyed or completely crushed, yet he prevailed. This is the hope of a believer in Christ. Being a follower of Christ is not an easy task, but it is the way of the cross. It is the way of hardship, torture, persecution, despair, perplexity and sorrow. But God is faithful. If you are a child of God, He will uphold you with His righteous right hand and He will walk with you in times of trouble. In the most dark hours of your life, He will not allow you to be crushed or destroyed.

But those who do not trust in Christ have no hope in their lives. Once I heard a tragic story. There was a young man who lived in south India. He was a hard working laborer. He took some loan and planted a banana garden and arranged for the marriage of his marriageable sister. Banana plants started growing and soon fruits were on the trees. He was happy and was seeing a bright future for himself and for his family. One day heavy storm and rain came and destroyed the whole banana plantation. When he saw the devastation, he knew immediately that he was doomed because he knew that he could never be able to pay the loan back and may not be able to give dowry for his sister's wedding. He was so devastated that he could not bear the pain and committed suicide. He killed himself because there was no hope for him.

But not so with those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ because they know that God will make a way for them, rescue them and sustain them in times of trouble. I know this from my own experience that God will not leave nor forsake His children who walk in His holy ways. There were times when we thought, "that's it, we are finished..." but every time God came to our rescue when we were in the most critical times of our lives.

Today you may be going through terrible problems, sicknesses, sorrows or bearing unspeakable burdens in your heart and may be not knowing what to do or where to turn? Let me tell you that suicide is not the answer to your problems but turn to Jesus. He is the answer to your problems, your sicknesses and your sorrows. He can help you to come out of your troubles.

When Death Knocked our Door

By Sherly Isaac

It was in the 90's when we were doing a small ministry and had great burden for the perishing souls. The events which took place that day and weeks before shook us badly. I knelt down beside my bed to pray in our covered verandah where we used to sleep in hot summer nights. Tears streaming down my cheeks I cried out to God. A few moments later God opened my eyes and I saw a vision so clear as if I was seeing it before my eyes.

I could see the boundary wall of our house and the secure iron gate. A few moments later one saffron clad sadhu came to the gate and started opening the latch of gate. He tried his best to open it but could not. As I was watching and wondering, why he could not open the gate as even a child could open it easily. I saw Jesus in bright white cloths, standing inside the boundary wall putting both His hands on the latch. In a split second I knew why that person could not open the gate. It appears that when I saw Jesus at the exact time he also could have seen Jesus, and he was blown up in pieces. I could see small fragments of saffron cloths etc. scattered around our gate. The vision ended there but for many months I could not really understood the real meaning of it.

A few months later, one morning I woke up late and tea was already cold. I put my tea on stove to reheat it. While I was sipping my tea and chit-chatting with my brother and sister, my mother got very angry and said, "Because you wake up late we have to do our family prayer very late in the morning.... are you coming or not, I am going for prayer in prayer room." So saying she climbed up the stairs to go to the prayer room. When she climbed half way and looked outside from lattice, she saw a man who parked his bicycle in front of our gate and was walking up to three homes to the right side and three homes to the left side of our house.

My mother was shocked and ran to us and said, "don't open the door, there is a man outside.." So we went upstairs and looked from the trellis and he was still walking around our house. He made sure that no one was watching him and then he opened the gate and came inside. As soon as he came inside, my sister asked, "Who are you and whom do you want to meet?" The man was wonderstruck, looked towards the lattice and in confusion he could not speak anything. Then he mumbled something and left our house.

On that day we realized how close we were to death. Just one knock and we would have opened the door and it would have been the end of our stories, but God miraculously saved our lives. The vision became real for us. I can say that it was the first or second attempt to take our lives or may be the first time we realized that our lives were in danger. But several similar attempts were made on consequent days, months and years. Yet God saved our lives in a very miraculous way. If God was not standing at our gate, we would have been destroyed at that time.

David says in Psa 23:4, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."

All these years God has been our refuge and strength. He never allowed the enemy to take over and destroy our lives. He stood at that time by our gate and I believe, He is still standing to protect our lives from all evil and danger. Yes, God can protect you more than any security system we may have in this world.

Today you may be afraid of your safety but submit your lives to Jesus, He will take care of you and protect you and keep you secure.

Reader's Mail

Hi, Thanks for sending me the e-mail which I really consider a valuable factor in restructuring my daily life. Thanks and I pray that, "May Jesus Bless and Guide You..."
Shibu

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus (Sheela, Sherly, etc)
I am writing to say I have been trough hard times of making the right decisions as a true Jesus witness. Thanks for the testimonies and the inspired word of God you have sent me by CSI Newsletter. It has encouraged me a lot and I also use it to evangelize someone in India (by mail) I shall write about the testimony of the victory !! I want to say that even though I do not know you (CSI Family) I do love you for all you are and all you have done for Children of God around the world. Wishing you all the needed wisdom and blesses to go on a victorious life and bless our brothers and sister in India and all around the world with the living Word of God.
Sister Antonia
(From Brazil)

Prayer and Praise

Greetings to you in the name of lord Jesus, My name is Vijay. I am the eldest son in my house. Recently I got a job as web designer, my parents where very happy because I am helping them to run the house. even I felt very proud. But this joy did not last long. Now my parents are worried all the time about me. The reason is written below.

When I was in intermediate I met with an accident and I had a surgery in my brain
to remove a blood clot. There after I was all right. Five years have passed. Recently I had seizures (fits) for the first time in my life. When I went for check up the MRI scan reports of the brain revealed that I had some collection of some fluid in the brain where I had the surgery previously of size (2.5X3cm). Doctor advised for radio surgery since I already had surgery in the brain. But the radio surgery is very expensive around 2 lakh rupees, which I cannot afford. So the only way for me out of this problem is God's miracle. Now I want to live to serve my parents and to see the happiness in their eyes when I helped them to run the house and make them feel proud of me. Only a miracle can save me. Please prayer for me. I will be waiting for a reply from you, and God's miracle.
Vijay

I am 57 old. I am in search of a suitable job. But till this time no success. Please pray for me.
N. R. Joshi

Thank you for your prayers. I received good news on becoming pregnant. Please pray for a healthy child and safe delivery. Thank you again. And God Bless You.
Arti

Another good News

Three Christians who were in Bhopal Jail were released. Thanks a lot for those who prayed for them. Please continue to pray for other Christians who are in jail.

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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