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Vol. 7 / Issue 52 / February 2 2006

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Ahhh.. Now its my Home Town
Celebrating the Completion of Seven Years! - Part 2

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

Moses was the greatest leader and prophet of Jews as we read in the Bible in Deu 34:10, "But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face." In Old Testament we do not see people gathering as a congregation until the time of Moses.

Though God appointed Moses to lead Israelites out of Egypt yet we see various problems in that early congregation. We can see clashes between God appointed leader and worldly congregation members. At times they spoke ill of Moses and even of God. There were times when the whole congregation was ready to stone Moses. There were times when the whole congregation rebelled against God and refused to go in the Promised Land. There were times when they tried to overthrow the God appointed leader and choose a leader who was likeminded. They were not only murmuring all the way but also sinning against God and were involved in illegal activities.

Moses was so upset with their murmuring and complaining that often he prayed that his life must be taken away from this earth. He pleads with God and says in Num 11:14-15, "I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now; if I have found favor in Your sight; and do not let me see my wretchedness!" Not only Moses was upset but God was Himself upset with them and He says in Num 14:27, "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me?"

You can see a congregation with whom God Himself was angry. And how challenging and how difficult it would have been for Moses to work in a congregation such like this. But the Bible tells us that even in that situation Moses was faithful to God and sincerely worked for the welfare of the congregation. Though he was rejected by his own congregation yet he pleaded for them so that their lives be spared and may not be destroyed. That is the heart of a true servant of God.

When Jesus called people to follow Him, He simply told them that this is not an easy task but a very difficult job. Jesus said in Mark 8:34, "When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."

Every person who desires to follow Christ truly has to go through persecution and hardship. It is the way of cross not the bed of roses. Paul writes about Epaphroditus in Phil 2:30 that, "because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me." Many were killed and were tortured for their faith in Christ. Even all the disciples of Jesus Christ were killed. It may surprise you that most of them were killed by religious authorities of that time.

Even today in the 21st century these things have not changed but remains the same. There are ongoing clashes between godly people and ungodly people. That is one of the biggest reasons why we do not see unity and peace in our congregations. If we want peace, unity and one mind, we need to repent and turn to Christ. Unless Jesus Christ comes and dwells in our hearts we cannot see peace and unity among people.

Ahhh.. Now its my Home Town

By Sherly Isaac

Many of you might have heard about the persecution going on in the various parts of India. Last week more than 25 Christians were brutally beaten up by Hindu extremists in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.. They were praying in a home. Some of the Pastors and people were well known to us. They loved the Lord and were ready to do anything for Him. You can read about the details of attack Indian Christians injured... Or click here:

This is not the first incidence in Madhya Pradesh but there were series of attacks. Even in the last week there were three separate incidences of attack on Christians. It is really shameful for largest democratic nation like India where freedom is vanishing in a rapid pace. But isn't it the human nature of fallen man?

Years ago when missionaries went and preached in the remote parts of Africa, they found out that people were cannibals. Many missionaries were killed and were sacrificed by local people. But they preached the Gospel to them and slowly people of Africa started accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Their lives changed and they started living as civilized people.

One day a poor man was sitting outside of his hut and was reading his Bible. There was a pot before him in which he was cooking something to eat. A foreigner who was traveling looked to him very carefully and asked what he was reading? The man told him that, it was Bible that he was reading. The traveling foreigner started laughing at him and making fun of his belief. The man listened very carefully then he pointed towards the pot on fire and said, "If Jesus had not changed my life, you would have been in this pot by this time!"

Even in the Bible we can see outrage of religious leaders when many turned to Christ. Apostle Paul was zealous in his mission to bind and kill Christians. But a day came in his life when he met Jesus and it changed his life completely. Acts 9th chapter talks his meeting with Christ and the beginning of great transformation, which came in his life. We read in Acts 9:1-6, "Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

What religion could not do for Paul was done in one moment when he met Jesus. No matter what your sins are, no matter how big or small they may be, Jesus can forgive and forget all your sins. When He steps in one's life, it would never be the same again. Jesus came for the very purpose to give us a reconciled life with God and forgiveness of our sins. If you have not yet invited Jesus in your life, please pray this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. Please forgive and forget all my sins and cleanse me with your precious blood. Today, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Please change my life and make me a loving person. Thank you for hearing my prayers. I give you all the glory. I pray in Jesus name, amen.

Celebrating the Completion of Seven Years! - Part 2

By Sherly Isaac

Here are some more letters and praise report:
Thank you four valuable messages. It was so beautiful and thoughtful. thank you so much and wish you all the best.
Sr. Ans

Sheela and Sherly,
You're doing a good work. Keep it up. Our prayers are with you.
Cherian

Recently I joined in your mailing list for online 'Newsletter'. I have received the same which is very useful to me. May the Living God Bless you and your ministry abundantly.
K.P.Kumar

Dear in Christ, Thank you for your magazine. I am very much edified with it. My friend too likes it.
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I am really inspired by the devotional thought by Shirly Issac.Thank you for sending me the copy.
Annie

One thing I need to tell you is that I look forward to the newletter in my inbox whenever I check my mail. The messages have never once failed to be a blessing. Those who write the messages have an anointing on them, surely God speaks through these messages. I hope you all are not discouraged! those are powerful emails to me.
Cindy

The weekly news letter gives me weekly “Manna” to keep me in good spirit. I find something very special in each article. I often re-read it when ever I find time. Your comments regarding the selection of Pope are highly commendable. Every higher authority in our churches may opt to find any viable solution in selection of any denomination rather than conducting elections. I pray for your boldness to react with every contemporary situations and helping to convince about the realities.

Please pray for me to gain more wisdom and knowledge to equip myself to be a humble servant of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior in any field which He prefers. With love and best regards,
PRASAD

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

Got a chance to read about the following :
Editorial regarding “COMPASSION” as per Bible and The Story of Two Malaysian Sisters in holiday at Phuket.
I once again Praise God….. Thank you very much and forward me messages again and again…
Regards
Isac G. Chacko


I am impressed with your web site. Love all the Christian thoughts.
Phyllis Griffin

Dear Shirley, I enjoy reading your articles. God has given you a blest ministry,. God bless you and all there, as you continue serving the Lord and blessing hearts.
In His Eternal Bonds,
Nancy Dooknie


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Praise GOD. In the last fasting prayer I had requested to pray for my Brother-in-law to settle his financial matters. Last week our Dear LORD helped him wonderfully to settle some of the debts amount. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for him.
With Kind Regards,
Xavier


Thank you to all that prayed for Bro. R. the 2nd he has stopped using drugs although he still needs healing from past pain and hurts. Please pray for healing from all the hurts he has suffered. Thank you and God Bless.
Avis

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

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Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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Your Feedback

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