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Vol. 6 / Issue 41 / November 18 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Holiness
I won't go huntin
Prayer and Praise
Reader's Mail
Malayalam Newsletter on hold
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

Bible tells us about the mighty power of God that transforms people inside out. Moses was an young man when he saw the burdens of his people, the pain which he could not bear. One day he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Exo 2:11-12)" Moses who was outrageous, who was a murderer, who was afraid to face people, who was a stammerer when he met God at the burning bush, his life changed dramatically.

Bible tells us that Moses was the most humble man in the sight of God as we read in Num 12:3, "Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth." The same Moses whom people rejected saying, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? (Acts 7:35)", God made him a ruler and judge over them. The same Moses who was so afraid to face people because he was slow in speech but day came when he stood before Pharaoh and his army as a roaring lion. God showed mighty miracles and signs in Egypt to bring the Israelites out through a man who thought that he was not qualified to do that job.

In the New Testament we read about another young man who was so zealous for his religion that he took permission from the high priest to kill and bound Christians or disciples of the Lord. His name was Saul. He was no ordinary man but a Pharisee and his father was also a Pharisee. (Acts 23:6)" Paul says in Acts 22:19-20, "Lord, they know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believe on You. And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death, and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him." He thought and believed that he was doing the right thing. This was Saul whom when Jesus met on the way to Damascus, his life changed completely. He became a faithful and very useful servant of Jesus Christ.

The greatest tragedy of human history is that man fell in sin and lost everything. Today we have achieved big scientific advances, modern equipments and yet we are unable to absolve ourselves of our sin, guilt and past mistakes. There is no medical or scientific cure for our sinful nature. Science cannot transform a person. If a person is violent or a murderer, the authorities can lock him up, that is the only solution they have. But if you turn to Jesus, He will transform your life completely and make you a new person.

Even today God is looking for people whom He can transform completely and use them for His glory. God does not want your ability but He is looking for your willingness to go to the world with His true Gospel of salvation, peace, joy and happiness. You may be thinking that you are not able to do certain things but God does not care what you can do and what you cannot. He is simply looking for your availability. You may be thinking that you are not worthy to be used by God. But it does not matter whether you have lived in utter sin and violence but if you repent and turn to Christ He will change your life and use you for His glory. Come and meet the wonderful Jesus He will transform your life completely and give you a new life.

Holiness

By Sheela Isaac

1 Pet 1:16, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

Jesus said, Be holy, for I am holy. But this is a very less taught subject in our churches. I don’t hear many messages on holiness. Why? I do not know. If you do not know how to lead a holy life or even if you do not know what holiness is, you may not preach on this subject. Right? Instead I heard that giving of bribe is ok if it cost you less money and if it involves fewer trips to offices for getting your work done. Not only that but the preacher emphasized from Colossians or Ephesians that it is wisdom of God. So are you saying that God has given us wisdom to steal, to make dacoity, robbery and to kill others because it takes less effort and less time? Are you saying that God has allowed all these things?

Jesus said, Be holy, for I am holy. It means that holiness is a must in the life of a believer. It is not a choice but obligation for a believer to walk in holiness as our master is holy. If Jesus said, ‘be holy’ it means that it is totally possible. But what people say today, ‘nobody can lead a perfect life so a little sin is ok. Nobody is perfect in church so close your eyes and let things happen the way it is happening’. Do you not see contradictions here? Jesus was speaking about holiness, that is the higher level of holiness which Jesus has and Jesus says that this type of holiness is needed by you, but today churches teach that sin is ok, little bit manipulation is ok, little bit bribe is ok. Today churches are loosing its spirituality why? Because we can see deception and deceptive messages in churches. I was hearing a pastor for more than two months and he was speaking about salvation all the time. At times he was so enthusiastic in his preaching that he spoke about heaven, white garments, going to heaven, salvation, born again experience etc. One day my family was around the dinning table and we were talking. I asked my brother, “do you think this pastor is saved though he speaks lot about salvation but do you not feel that these messages are not coming from his heart? My brother laughed and said, “it is too early to conclude and get happy that this pastor is saved because we saw lot of deception and deceptive messages in resent years.” Well more than two months passed and suddenly he began to speak messages just opposite of salvation. He said, “all are God’s children, we are all going to heaven etc.” I was shocked and thought in my heart, “well finally the deception is over, the truth has come out.” Why should somebody deceive people? Why preach salvation when you are not saved and when you do not believe in salvation. How true is the Bible? Bible says, “in last days false teachers and prophets will emerge and they will deceive many.”

2 Pet 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 Pet 2:2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 2 Pet 2:3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

If you say that all church goers are saved or all those who are in the church are saved and if all are going to heaven, then why do we see all kinds of sin in churches. Do you not see that churches are full of liars, murderers, witch-crafters, backbiters, drinkers. After coming to USA I attended many weddings. You may wonder to know that Indians (Asians) who think that they are very highly cultured were sitting and drinking in these parties. Once a woman was sitting just in front of us with her 2 years old grandchild on her lap. She was giving the child wine with spoon. To my surprise the 2 year old drank the cup full of wine. Whenever I remember it, it really sends shock waves in my spine. Yes I am talking about Indian people who came from India. These are church goers but do you think that they follow Bible? Does Bible approve drinking? Bible says, drinkers will not inherit heaven. If the said pastor is saying that all are God’s children, all are going to heaven then why do we see open drinking parties? Why we see sin in church?

What is Sin?
The things which is not right in the sight of God is called sin. When you read Bible you can find various small as well as great sin described in it and Bible teaches us to stay away from these sins. That’s why Jesus said, Be holy as I am holy. It means, if you say that you are a Christian, follower of Christ then it is a must or mandatory that you should follow your master in your words, deeds and thought. There are many sins which are considered as silly things. Many people are so indulged in such sins that they even do not know that they are so immersed in it. When they talk they cannot talk anything else but lies. Lies flow from their mouth like river. Another sin is called backbiting. Biting somebody’s ear all the time tastes good but what about God? Do you think whether God likes and appreciates you because of this? No, Bible says that Backbiters will not reach heaven nor can they stand before God in heaven.

Psa 15:1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
Psa 15:3 He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;


Many people talk ill about others. When you meet such people you’ll find they’ll always be talking about somebody. If they do not do it they may not feel good. These habits slowly gets into their system and time comes when it becomes a routine life style. It might be so knitted deep in their life that even they do not realize that they are in grave sin. Spreading false rumors about others is called backbiting. Are you a backbiter? You need to repent from your sins and need to turn around so that you can have a place in heaven.

The other silly sin is called spying on others. Have you ever done it? When I was in India and was a child I used to see aunties send their little children to spy on next door so that they can get updates about their neighbors. Now we got more sophisticated method to spy on others called Telephone. People use many tactics through telephone to spy on others home like, to locate where you are at any given time. Whether you are at home or not, whether you are going by particular route or not, whether you are invited for particular function or not, whether you are going out stations for some particular meetings or not. They might find some function at those dates and they would invite you just to know for sure about your plans. Some times when you return from such trips you might find your caller ID is full of such calls. Spying on others with any motives whether to harm them or just for fun it is not a good idea. Well if you are a saved person you would never involve in such things. If you want to reach heaven you need holiness. Remember one day you have to give an account for each and every deed you do on this earth. Bible says, without holiness no one can ever see God. Heb 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

Holiness – how to gain it?
Bible says clearly that without salvation you can never lead a holy life. It means that holiness is a by product of salvation. You can never deny this truth. So what is salvation or born again experience? Jesus said to Nicodemus, “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Yes that is the key to reach heaven. Born again experience where Jesus forgives ones sins and washes him/her from all past unrighteousness and declares that this man or woman is now My child and Satan has no authority over this child. Yes salvation washes away all the past sins not only that but it helps to lead a holy life. Until I got saved I never felt that secular movies are dirty or sinful. After salvation many years have passed and once I read in a newspaper that old movies were very clean but now a days quality of movie is declining. One day as I was just flipping channels in my TV to find some good program I came across a familiar movie, which I saw before salvation. At that time a dance was playing on TV so I just stopped there for a minute or two. To my surprise I found that, that dance looked very vulgar and dirty. So I started thinking how come I never felt it bad then long years back when I watched it in a theater but now it looked so vulgar to me.

Yes salvation does that for us. Through salvation Holy Spirit of God comes and seals us for eternal life. And this experience transforms us to holiness. When you get saved then only you know that the past things which once looked good is no longer good, past entertainments which looked good to eyes once were sinful, past friends who looked good once but were not good, past hobbies which looked nice once were really not good in the sight of God. This awareness only comes after salvation when you get the seal of the blessed Holy Spirit. That’s why people quit smoking, drinking, quit going to night clubs after salvation and many changes take place. Do you not want to lead a holy life? Then come to Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. When Jesus will come inside of you He will transform you into a new person. And someday when you close your eyes He will take you to heaven.

Please pray this simple but powerful prayer from the bottom of your heart:
Lord Jesus I am a sinner. I know that my life is not clean in your site. So I know that I cannot reach heaven. I am involved in such silly sins. Please forgive and forget my sins. Wash me with your precious blood and cleanse me today itself. Today I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Please come into my heart and cleanse my life thoroughly. Take away all sins and guilt from my life. Help me so that today onwards I can lead a holy life. Thank you for listening to this prayer. Thank you for accepting me into your family. I pray in Jesus precious name. Amen.

I won't go huntin

By Unknown

Back in the 50's there was a well known radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named
Stuart Hamblen who was noted for his drinking, womanizing partying, etc. One of his bigger hits
at the time was "I won't go huntin with you Jake, but I'll go chasin women".

One day, along came a young preacher holding a tent revival. Hamblen had him on his radio show presumably to poke fun at him. In order to gather more material for his show, Hamblin showed up at one of the revival meetings.

Early in the service the preacher announced, "There is one man in this audience who is a big fake." There were probably others who thought the same thing, but Hamblen was convinced that he was the one the preacher was talking about (some would call that conviction), but he was having none of that. Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher's hotel door around 2 am demanding that the preacher pray for him! But the preacher refused, saying, "This is between you and God and I'm not going to get in the middle of it." But he did invite Stuart in and they talked until about 5 am at which point Stuart dropped to his knees and with tears, cried out to God.

But that is not the end of the story. Stuart quit drinking, quit chasing women, quit everything that was "fun". Soon he began to lose favor with the Hollywood crowd.

He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor. Hard times were upon him. He tried writing a couple of "Christian" songs but the only one that had much success was "This Old House", written for his friend Rosemary Clooney.

As he continued to struggle, a long time friend named John took him aside and told him, "....all your troubles started when you 'got religion', was it worth it all?" Stuart answered simply, "Yes". Then his friend asked, "You liked your booze so much, don't you ever miss it?" And his answer was, "No". John then said, "I don't understand how you could give it up so easily." And Stuart's response was, "It's no big secret. All things are possible with God." To this Stuart's old pal John said "That's a catchy phrase. You should write a song about it."

And as they say, the rest is history. The song Stuart wrote was "It Is No Secret" - It is no secret what God can do. What He's done for others, He'll do for you. With arms wide open, He'll welcome you. It is no secret, what God can do....

By the way......... the friend was John Wayne. And the young preacher who refused to pray for Stuart Hamblen? That was Billy Graham!!

Disclaimer - I received this from a yahoo group where I am a member of.

Prayer and Praise

With your prayers my husband has got his residence permit to work in the new company in a foreign country. Lord help him in getting his driving license. Lord please continue to shower your blessings upon us and in our smooth relocation as I am in India and yet to join my husband. Help him dear Lord to get his employment confirmation letter. Oh Lord, with your blessings my head office have called me for an interview to join them. Please Lord help me to get my visa on time and help me to get this job as this will help a financial boost for my husband. Please deliver me from the negative/evil thoughts that haunt me at times. Please fulfill my dream of starting the Esther prayer group.
Thank You!
Reema

I am married and lived with my husband for 10 years. Now his mother and father is separating my husband from me. I feel alone, sad, sorrow and helpless. My husband's parents are brain washing to my husband to say to me that he doesn't love me. My husband's parents is stopping him not to speak with me on the phone. I feel hurt deep inside my heart. I love my husband very much deeply. I need happiness through my husband. My husband's parents are stopping him not to come and see me and live with me also. Satan has bound him with chains. God have to break the chains from my husband and bring him back to me. My husband is so stubborn. God have to change my husband's heart and bring him to me as soon as possible. I can't live without him. God have to speak in my husband's mind and change his heart towards me. So he will love me and come to live with me permanently. I don't want to wait too long. I am in mental agony. Now my husband's parents is forcing him to divorce me. I want my husband so badly to be with him and to start the family. My husband's parents have Church, they read bible, they pray, but they are separating me from him. I need prayer that god must do miracle in my life and bring my husband back to me and live with me forever. God have to change my husband to love me and care for me. I love him very much but he doesn't realize how much I hurt deep inside. That's why I am begging you to pray that god have to reunite my husband with me. God must break my husband's chains
Sharmaine

Reader's Mail

I have visited your website 'CSI News Letter' and read your articles which was very encouraging me in my dilemma. Chechi, really I want to say that these articles (in Malayalam) are very good in growing spiritually. I would be grateful if you could send Malayalam translation and books to me. PLEASE DO NOT SAY "NO"..
With lots of love & prayer,
NIZY MOL

Malayalam Newsletter on hold

We have received many letters asking why they are not getting "Malayalam" edition of newsletter? We are very sorry to inform you that at present we are unable to publish it in Malayalam. When we will be in a position to restart it, we will let you know. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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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