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Vol. 6 / Issue 6 / March 18 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Promise of Holy Spirit
Prayer Requests
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

Many a times we find that some who are criminals go unpunished while some who are not involved in any criminal activities get punishment. When I was watching the trial of Martha Stewart the founder of Home Decor company who got convicted, I felt very sorry. It seems that she had not committed any crime serious enough, yet she was convicted and will be sentenced in the month of June 2004. There are many who might have killed people or committed big crimes but are roaming on the streets freely.

There have been widespread violence against Christians in India but most of the Newspapers never even report those violence. Those who report the news of persecution are also threatened by Hindu activists, RSS, VHP and BJP workers. Injustice!

Recently there were many inappropriate decisions taken by Judges on gay marriages. From the Conservative Petitions website, "The God-ordained institution of marriage just suffered the most tragic and ominous blow yet at the hands of the well-organized and well-funded homosexual movement. On Nov. 18 the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts struck at the heart of the traditional family by ruling the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, thus deciding homosexual couples should be allowed to apply for marriage licenses." This resulted in many homosexual couples arranging their weddings and getting marriage licenses.

Violence has become a part of this world. You can see horrible bombings, killings, suicide bombings and these types of violent occurrences are in everyday news.

When we see injustice, wrong doings and violence, very often we ask, "where will all these things end?" Is there any justice or law or morality? David prayed the same prayer in Psalms 7:9-11, "Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day."

You may be going through injustice. But there is a God in whom you can trust who is righteous, just and His judgments are true. He is a God who loves righteousness and hates wickedness. Bible tells us in Rom 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Bible also says in Rom 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." God puts human being in two categories righteous or sinner. If your sins are forgiven by the shed blood of Jesus, you are righteous in the sight of God. If your sins are not forgiven you need salvation of your soul.

Jesus is coming back to judge the world. Have your sins been forgiven and are you ready to meet Him? If not, ask Jesus to forgive your sins. He will gladly do that and will give you eternal life.

Promise of Holy Spirit

By Sherly Isaac

Jesus said to His disciples in John 16:7, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you."

Jesus promised to send the Helper or Holy Spirit after His departure from this world. He spoke about the bad things which would happen to His followers. Those things filled the hearts of His disciples with sorrow. But Jesus told them that He will not leave them alone but Spirit of Truth will come and guide them and lead them and will be with them to teach them in every step.

Jesus also said in John 16:16 "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father." When Jesus spoke these words, the disciples were confused and said, "we do not understand what he was saying?" Jesus saw their confusion and replied them in John 16:22, "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you."

Jesus was trying to tell them that on earth He is in human form, but it is good that He goes back because He will be coming back in the form of Holy Spirit. Bible tells us that, "God is Spirit." Holy Spirit is none other than the Spirit of God. When a person gets filled with the Holy Spirit, God Himself comes down and lives in him/her. Bible says in Prov 2:10 that God protects them from evil when wisdom enters their hearts, and that knowledge is pleasant to their soul. Bible also says in Prov 1:23, "Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you." Jesus said in Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

We read time and again from the Bible that when the Spirit of God came and filled a person, he did mighty things for God. Not only in the Old Testament but also in the New Testament the pattern is the same. In the book of Acts, 2nd chapter we see that when the disciples and others were gathered in one place, Holy Spirit came and filled them. Those ordinary fishermen who had not studied in any school or theological collage became so powerful and dynamic that the high priests, Pharisees and Sadducees were disturbed and they lost their sleep. They were very much worried because this small group of disciples have converted many to Christ.

Yes, Holy Spirit gives power to preach the Gospel with might and power. When Holy Spirit comes in one's life, He transforms him from the ordinary to extraordinary. But unfortunately many Churches have ignored the power of Holy Spirit. Many believe that Holy Spirit is not for them or when a person gets salvation he/she is already filled with Holy Spirit. But Bible speaks differently. It is like a person who is very thirsty who goes to a spring and takes bath several times but does not drink the refreshing water from the spring. Unless he drinks the water, he cannot quench his thirst. Taking bath can refresh a person and cleanse him but it cannot quench his thirst. Taking bath and drinking water both are two different experiences. Both are important in its respective places. The same is with the experience of Salvation and the Holy Spirit. Both experiences are different and when a person gets salvation he/she is eligible to receive the filling of the Holy Spirit.

When a person accepts Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior he/she gets the seal of Holy Spirit as we read in Eph 1:13, "In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise." Bible also says in Acts 5:31-32, "Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Salvation and Holy Spirit both are available for every human being. These are free gifts given graciously by God. If you have not yet received these precious gifts, you are missing the most wonderful thing in your life. Come to Jesus and receive. He said in John 7:37-38, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." He is calling you today, will you come to Him?

Prayer Requests

please pray for Kenny and Nona that God restore their relationship and remove all bitterness and doubt from Kenny's heart.
Thank you

Please pray for my Mom who lost her money. My psychological health. Redemption from sin. Salvation of whole family. Financial breakthrough and upcoming advanced level English exam.
David

Please pray for me and my family. It has been over a year now since I got married but I still don't have good relations with my wife. And this has taken away my peace of mind I am unable to decide what to do. We want to have a child at the earliest. Please pray the situation to improve and may God perform a miracle in our lives.

Earlier when ever I posted a prayer on this website all my request have been answered by God so I believe God is going to work wonders now too.
Thank you
K.

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
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

Your Spam Folder

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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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