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Vol. 7 / Issue 11 / April 21 2005

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Women's Role in the Church
Praise Him...
Prayer Request
19th CSI Family and 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 we have a new Pope in the Catholic Church. There were fierce debates going on, on the subject whether this new Pope will allow the Catholic priests to marry or not. Not only the Catholic Church but some other denominations also followed the same tradition but I have no idea from where this tradition came or how it started.

Peter had family:
Bible tells us that Peter whom the Catholic Church considers as the first Pope was married. Once Jesus went to Peter's house and saw that his mother in law was sick of a fever as we read in Matthew 8:14-15, "And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them."

Bible also tells us that Peter's wife went with him in all his missionary journeys. We read in 1 Cor 9:5, "Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?" Catholic Encyclopedia gives few more details about the life of Peter. Clement of Alexandria wrote about Peter that he was married and had children. Further he writes that Peter's wife suffered martyrdom, in other words she was persecuted and was killed as Peter and other Christians were.

Peter was an Apostle:
We read in Mat 10:1, "And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease." And in the 2nd verse we read the names of the twelve apostles.

What are the qualities of an apostle? An apostle is a person whom God gives the power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons. When Jesus sent the twelve Apostles in the field, he gave them power. Bible tells us in Mat 10:7-8, "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."

So the main task of the apostles was to make the people aware of the kingdom of heaven and to make them prepared to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Not only that, He gave them power to deliver the people from oppression of devil, sicknesses, mental, emotional and physical torture and to relieve those who are in the bondage of devil etc. Jesus gave them power from above to do all these things. When Jesus was leaving this world, He was aware of the fact that His disciples would be all alone and they needed power to do His will. That is the reason why He promised to send Holy Spirit in this world who will be always with those who will believe in His name. Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1:5, "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." And in the 2nd chapter of the Book of Acts we read that the mighty and precious Holy Spirit descended on about hundred and twenty people who were praying in the upper room. And mighty things were performed through their lives.

Even today, God wants us to have this wonderful and mighty power from above to shake the nations. If you are called for ministry, don't ever go in the field without this power or resource. Wait until you receive the power from above. God will equip you before He sends you in the field just as He equipped His disciples before sending them in the field.

God is looking for yielding vessels who can receive His power and take His Gospel to the ends of the earth. Are you one of them?

Women's Role in the Church

By Sherly Isaac

There are many opinions about women being in the ministry. Most of the mainline Churches believe that women should not preach the Gospel. Let us look from the Bible what the Bible says. We read in Eph 4:11-13, "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."

Jesus Himself appointed five types of ministries (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) in the Church and we do not find in the scriptures as if women cannot do that.

Prophetess:
Even in the Old Testament there were Prophetess and women Judges whom God used for His glory. In the New Testament we read about Anna the Prophetess who served God and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption as we read in Luke 2:36-38 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem."

Women Evangelists:
Let me bring your attention towards two women who evangelized the world around them. In the 4th chapter of John we read about a Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well. Jesus spoke to her and at the end she was convinced that Jesus was the promised Messiahs about whom God prophesied in the scriptures and who was about to come. She did not stop there but she left her water pot there and returned to her own people, in her village and proclaimed the Good News that she found Christ the Messiah. Bible tells us that Many Samaritans believed in Jesus because of the word of that woman who proclaimed the Good News in her village as we read in John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did." And in John 4:42, "Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

Jesus could see a potential evangelist in that woman. The Samaritan woman evangelized many and turned them to Christ by her testimony which no one other could do in her village. When she met Christ, her heart bubbled with joy and she could not contain that joy to herself. She spread it. That's what happens when a person knows Jesus Christ personally. Whether you are a man or woman you cannot contain that unspeakable joy to yourself but you will proclaim it to others if you do really know Him personally.

Another woman evangelist about whom we read in Mark 16:9-10, "Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept."

The Good News about Jesus' resurrection was first spoken by a woman named Mary Magdalene and few other women who were with her.

Woman Ministers:
Paul writes in Rom 16:1-2, "I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also."

Paul used the word diakonon which basically means "minister" or "spiritual servant". Paul used the same term for himself in Col. 1:25 (diakonos). We read in Col 1:25-26, "of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints." Phoebe was not the only one in the ministry with Paul but there were many women who served Christ in the Church.

Further we read in the same 16th chapter of Romans a list of men and women who served with Paul in the vineyard of Jesus Christ.

All these things tell us that women have always played a major role in the Church and of course God is still interested in women preachers, evangelists, prophetess, apostles and ministers. God can use you mightily for His glory if you give your life in the mighty hands of Jesus. You may be thinking that as a weaker vessel you cannot be used in the ministry of God but if you place your life in the mighty hands of Jesus, He will use you as He used other women in the Bible.

Praise Him...

I had requested to pray for my friend to have a baby. We have send request to pray for her. Praise God she is conceived now.
Susan

Prayer Request

Please pray for my son, he is being accused of something he did not do, he is innocent. Please pray that this is dismissed against him and that it will not go to court. He is such a kind man, thank you.
P.

May i humbly request you to please pray for me to Jesus and ask Jesus the savior of the world to bless me with a good Job as a Telephone Operator in a Call Center or any other Company or Hotels but only according to Jesus will and in Jesus name. I am Jobless for the past 2 months. Thanking you for your constant prayers.
M.

19th CSI Family and Youth Conference

Venue: Sheraton Edison Hotel
Raritan Center, New Jersey

Dates: July 7-10, 2005

Theme: "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

Main Leaders: The Most Rev. Dr. B. P. Sugandhar
(Moderator, Church of South India)
The Rev. George Kovoor
(Church of England, Chaplain, Queen of Britain)

For more details contact:
Rev. Dr. Jacob David
PH: 201-935-2011

Mr. Kurian T. Oommen
PH: 845-298-7303

Mr. Joshua Mathew
PH: 718-343-0435

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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