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Vol. 6 / Issue 39 / November 5 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
He shall Judge the world
Second National Youth Conference

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

Now elections in USA are over and we have the results before us. One exit poll conducted by Washington Times says that moral values were the most important issue for voters above economy and jobs and terrorism. Results have really baffled media and others. I never saw media persons this much confused on any issue. They were trying to put puzzle pieces together in place why Kerry could not win in the elections and what went wrong. One news reader said, "It seems we were out of touch of main stream people." Another person said, "Media is not in the church and so they do not know what is going on in Churches. One another person said, "From the last two times now, economy is no more the most important issue for voters.

More than that 11 states approved constitutional bans on gay marriage. Voters were given a chance to decide whether their state constitutions should be amended to ban gay marriage and they voted in favor of that with more than 70% in many states. We can see the changes taking place in a greater way. The Holy Spirit is moving mightily in this country. More and more people are recognizing that we need to draw a fine line between good and evil.

Bible tells us about a young man who feared God and because he did not embrace evil and because of his actions God blessed him and exalted him to become ruler over Egypt. His name is Joseph. Bible tells us in Genesis 39th chapter about the story of Joseph. Joseph was sold and taken to Egypt. He served his Egyptian master and because of Joseph God blessed everything in the house of his Egyptian master as well as the egyptian's field because God was with Joseph. His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made whatever he did to prosper in his hand. So he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had, he put under Joseph's authority. When the Egyptian master's wife saw that Joseph was handsome, she cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me." But Joseph refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?(Gen 39:9)"

Later on Joseph was falsely accused and was put in jail and yet God was with him because he feared God and walked in the holy ways of God. A day came when the king of Egypt ordered to bring Joseph out of that prison and made him ruler next to him in power all over Egypt. God exalted him above all his brothers and gave him great honor in that strange land where he was a slave.

When one man walked in the holy ways of God, God blessed him and exalted him. Then how much more will God bless and exalt a nation if the nation starts walking in the ways of God and acknowledging His holy will. Such a nation will not see defeat but God will exalt and bless that nation.

Today you may be far away from God and may be indulging in so many bad habits and because of that you may be facing defeat, shame, misery, pain and sorrow, but if you look to Jesus, if you confess your sins and turn to the living God, He will change you and make you a new creation. He will help you to live a holy life. He will bless you and exalt you.

He shall Judge the world

By Sherly Isaac

Psa 98:9, "For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity."

Not only in the Old Testament but also in the New Testament we read that God will one day come and judge the world. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 25:31 onwards that, when He will come again, He will separate sheep from goats. In other words He will separate righteous from sinners and then He will say to the righteous, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.' Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.(Mat 25:41)"

He shall judge the sinners:

Those who rejected the great salvation of Christ will come under the category of 'goats' and they will get punishment of hell fire. Jesus said in John 3:18, "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." All these things make it very clear that God will not separate people according to their religion but according to their status, "righteous" or "sinner". Bible puts people in two categories "righteous" or "sinner". A person who believes in Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior is exempted from judgment. Jesus again said in John 5:24, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life."

Many are there those who are born in Christian families and who think that they believe in Christ but if they have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior then also they come under the category of 'goats' who are condemned and are destined for hell regardless of their denomination/religion.

He will judge backsliders:

Ezek 18:24, "But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die."

Ezekiel 18th chapter tells us about those who will live and who will die. Of course this chapter deals with the life and death of soul. A person who sins will die but a righteous person will live. This is the same message Jesus spoke again and again and asked the people to repent from their sins so that they could live forever. Bible talks about two deaths. One is physical death and the other is spiritual death. A person born in this world is already spiritually dead because of sin. But he/she can get life by accepting Jesus as his/her personal Savior. Bible says in Rev 20:6, "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." But if you die un-repented, unsaved, you will face the judgment of God because you have died twice - a spiritual death and physical death both.

Once you are saved you must walk in holiness otherwise you will lose your salvation and you will face the same fate as sinners.

He will judge false teachers and false prophets:

Those who teach false things from Bible and those who prophecy in the name of God but the message being not given by God, will be judged by God. Gal 1:9, "As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed."

Yes, Jesus is coming very soon to judge the world. Today check yourself and know whether you are in the category of 'sheep' or 'righteous'. If you are not sure, you must make sure by praying this simple prayer:

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner, please forgive me and forget all my shortcomings. I repent from all my sins. Today, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Please come into my heart and give me a new life. Now on I will live for you and walk in your holy ways. Thank you for listening to my prayers. I give you all the glory and pray in Jesus name, amen.

Second National Youth Conference

THEME:
"Fear of the Lord gives life, security, and protection from harm." - Proverbs 19:23

DATES:
Thursday, December 30, 2004 @ 6:00 PM - Sunday, January 2, 2005 @ 1:30pm

VENUE:
Sheraton North Houston @ George Bush International Airport
15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77032

COST:
$150/single person, $190/person for married couples (includes room and food)
Make checks payable to "CSI Youth" and send to:
"Second National Youth Conference, 110 First Street, Wood Ridge, New Jersey, 07075"

REGISTRATION:
Online Registration available @ http://www.csiyouth.com
Paper Registrations Form = send email request to registration@csiyouth.com for form.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
December 1, 2004 -- no money or registration will be accepted after this date.

QUESTIONS/CONTACT:
Rev. Jacob David, Youth Director, 201-935-2011, registration@csiyouth.com

LEADERSHIP MEETING:
December 29, 2004 @ 7pm and December 30, 2004 @ 1pm at Youth Conference venue.
Each Youth League, please send at most 2 delegates to the Leadership Meeting prior to the Youth Conference.
Paper Leadership Registration Form = send email to registration@csiyouth.com

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Message from National Youth Director, Rev.Jacob David:

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Dear Pastors, Secretaries, Youth Leaders, and Friends,

The First National CSI Youth Conference held from January 1-4, 2004 was a tremendous success. After much planning and prayer, here we are again, making preparations for the Second National CSI Youth Conference. The time spent earlier in prayer and fellowship has united us as CSI Youth in North America. We felt the togetherness and decided to continue to prepare for the Second National Youth Conference.

The Second National CSI Youth Conference will be held from December 30, 2004 to January 2, 2005 at the Sheraton North Houston next to George Bush International Airport. The theme of the conference will be “Fear of the Lord gives life, security, and protection from harm” (Proverbs 19:23).

I would like to take this opportunity to formally invite you and the youth of your congregation to this event. Enclosed with this invitation is the Second National Youth Conference Flyer and copies of the registration form. Please feel free to make copies of these as needed. Online Registration is also available at http://www.csiyouth.com.

Please take the time to announce this event to your congregations.

At this time, I would also like to inform you of the Leadership Meetings to be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 7pm and Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 1pm, both to be held at the youth conference venue. For the special Leadership Meetings, we request each congregation to send at most two delegates to represent your congregation’s youth league. The leadership registration form is included in this packet.

Please note that the registration deadline for both the Youth Conference and the Leadership Meetings is December 1, 2004. No registration or money will be accepted after this date.

Thank you for your time and attention.
Yours in Christ,

Sd/-

Rev. Jacob David
CSI Youth Director

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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