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Vol. 7 / Issue 45 / December 15 2005

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Once Lost Heaven Means Lost Everything for Eternity
Peace on Earth...

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

At the time of Jesus' birth angel and multitude of the heavenly host sang as we read in Luke 2:13-14, "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

Mary and Joseph deserved the celebration, joy and peace in their lives. But for them in the beginning it was not a thing to celebrate at all. Mary and Joseph's heart failed when they heard about the birth of Jesus. There was nothing to celebrate because Mary and Joseph were not yet married. All their dreams came crashing down and even Joseph thought of leaving Mary as we read in Mat 1:19, "Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly." You can see how much chaos and frustration was there. Wedding time is a time of joy for whole family but for Joseph and Mary it was not at all a joyful occasion. Their hearts were in great trouble.

More than that, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. "Joseph went to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.(Luke 2:5-6)" They traveled in that circumstance to find out that there was more chaos waiting for them. Oh, there was no room in the inn. But they find a place in the stable. Bible tells us in Luke 2:7, "And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." How their hearts would have been rejoiced seeing little Jesus who was born in the midst of all the chaos and the worst nightmare. Angels sang beautifully, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

Are you in the midst of troubles, worst nightmares and desperate situations today? Everything may sound completely dark around you and you may not be able to find a way out. Let the Savior of the world come and be born into your hearts so that you could rejoice and glorify God. Let the angels sing over you also, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" The same joy and peace Mary and Joseph experienced in their lives in the midst of all the chaos and troubles, could be yours if little Jesus takes birth in the manger of your hearts.

Once Lost Heaven Means Lost Everything for Eternity

By Sheela Isaac

Mat 16:26 "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” If you gain the whole world and lose your own soul for eternity and reach into hell fire which is burning with brimstone and sulfur what would be your gain or reward? How many of us always think about money, car, house, degree, education etc. But have you ever thought about your life that life is very precious and knowing Christ and making heaven is a must? I believe many do not think. That is why people who think that they are Christians and are regular churchgoers live in sin. If you look at their lives you’ll find that they are totally immersed in sin but still ignorant about it.

Once I tried to give a Christian book to a 10 year old. The father of the child said, “he doesn’t need the book now because he is too young to read spiritual things instead he needs to study well to get good job and make his life better.” I said, “ok, so you can read it, can’t you?” Again the new excuse came up and he said, “I work from morning till night and don’t find time, even to read the newspaper so how can I find time for spiritual book. When I get retired I may think about it” Again once a little boy of the same age visited our house and my parents tried to give him a Christian story book which was meant for children. The surprising reply came from the boy, saying, “my mom would not allow me to read this book so I cannot take this book with me.”

How ignorant they are? These are not non-christians but are churchgoers. If you can teach your children math, science and geography from childhood why can’t you teach them about their creator God (Jesus) who gave them life in the first place? They are worried about their worldly life and are not interested about their own soul or the final destiny of their life. Many think, “let me enjoy the life’s pleasures and when I get old and retired then I would have plenty of time to seek God.” They are so ignorant about their destiny and satan has fooled them so that they cannot see the truth. Who knows if you live until retirement or not, who knows when the death is going to knock at your door, if it does knocks today or tomorrow what would you do? Will you be found prepared for it? Will you be able to stand before your creator guiltless, blameless and without sin? Have you ever thought about it that whatever you do for your body it is just a physical thing? Your body is just a house where your spirit the “real you” is residing. Have you ever thought that the material comfort which you are providing by working 2-3 shift jobs and buying car and house is just for the outer wall of real you. Have you ever thought that you make money by cheating and yelling at others or in illegal ways is just for the outer case of real you? If you are not caring about your spiritual need then it is just like painting the house from outside and decorating it but the people who are living inside are living in rags and hunger. Have you ever thought that the real you which is your spirit and soul is starving without any food. The real you is dead in it’s sin and trespasses. If you don’t know your savior personally then your spirit the real you is in rags and in hunger. If Jesus is not your Lord and Savior then the real you is dead without the savior. If you don’t know Him (Jesus) personally then you are dead in spirit and your dead spirit cannot enter into heaven. Rom 8:5, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Rom 8:6, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Rom 8:7, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God;…” Rom 8:8, ”So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Recently I was reading about the visions of hell and heaven of John Bunyan who lived in 17th century and who was the preacher and the writer of the famous book “Pilgrims progress”. He was about to commit suicide and at that time God showed him visions of hell and heaven. He saw in hell that a demon spirit was continually forcing down the flaming sulfur into the throat of a woman. The demon spirit did it with horrible cruelty so John Bunyan asked, “why do you torment her with such a cruelty?” The demon answered and said, “This is a more than just reward, this woman was when in the world was such a greedy wretch that though she had plenty of gold but she was never satisfied. She collected the money in all wrong ways to collect gold, She didn’t care who she is ruining as long as she could get their gold, that is why I am continually pouring the gold from her throat.” This vision really horrifies us, doesn’t it? The love of money and greed could get you in trouble. If you are not caring about your soul and spending your entire time in making money in wrong ways you could get into trouble. Love of money doesn’t satisfy one but it increases day by day. I talked to many and found it, they always think about money, money and property. If you are worried about your property it really makes sense but when you start worrying about another’s property and lose you peace and joy and keep worrying that how to get more properties doesn’t make any sense. You don’t need ten houses to live in, if you have one good house I think it is plenty to live happily, then why worry and kill yourself thinking about getting ten houses. Forget about money and think about your own soul. Where are you going to spend your eternity think about it? Are you thinking to spend eternity in hell fire with your gold, silver, money, house and car. You are not going to take any of it with you. Every thing is going to get lost in this world itself then why ruin your soul in sin. If so far you’ve not thought about your soul and eternity please begin to think about it. It’s time to turn around from sin and prepare yourself for eternal destiny. What you will do in this world will determine your fate. You are going to spend your eternity in one of the two places it is either heaven or hell.

Two thousand years ago Jesus came and died for your and mine sins. He has already prepared a way for us. He bled and died on Calvary’s Cross to redeem us from the hands of satan. You and I don’t need to spend eternity in hell fire. But if you ignore the free gift of God you are going to spend eternity without Christ. Jesus did every thing. You just need to receive that free gift with a willing heart. Knowing Christ is that simple. Accepting the free gift of Salvation with grateful heart through Repentance and Faith is the key. Repentance, does not mean that one should feel sorry about sin and repent and tell Him that I am sorry for my sins and then keep on sinning. No but Repentance means feeling sorry for sin and turning around from sin and sinful lifestyle once for all is called true Repentance. If you have not repented so far and if you are in sin then you need to turn around. Are you willing to turn around and live a clean life? Do you want to make heaven your home forever? If yes, please pray this prayer from the bottom of your heart.

Lord Jesus, I believe that you died for me. I believe that you came down in this world to save me from hell fire. Lord Jesus I believe that your precious blood which was shed on the cross can cleanse me and make me whole. I repent of my sins and make heaven my home. Please come into my heart. Wash away all my sins with your precious blood. Cleanse my heart from all unrighteousness and sin. I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen

Peace on Earth...

By Sherly Isaac

For those who sat in darkness
For those who were in the shadow of death
For those troubled hearted
Angels sang,
Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men!

For those desperate and needy
For those who were in the midst of chaos
For those who shed bitter tears
Angels sang,
Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men!

For there is born to you
this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.
Angels sang,
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy
which will be to all people.

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.

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