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Vol. 8 / Issue 12 / April 27 2006

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Today you will be with me in Paradise
When fact contradicts truth

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
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

A few weeks back I was watching news. They showed a family who went for vacation and they lost their way in the remote snowy mountains. Rescue teams went for searching and they searched for about two weeks and could not find them. When all their efforts failed they called off the search. This family was watching everything on TV they had in their vehicle. They had limited food and they brought snow and melted it and drank. They were somehow surviving but were all-alone in the remote mountain, hopeless and helpless. All their hopes were cut off when the search was called off.

The parents took a hard decision. They left their children in the vehicle, not knowing whether they will ever see their children alive again or not. They walked miles to get some help. When they walked several miles, in one of the places, they saw a forest officer. They were overjoyed seeing someone in that remote area. The forest officer called police and paramedics and the family was rescued after more than two weeks.

It reminded me about the great love of God, when He saw that we are completely hopeless and helpless. We cannot come out of our sins, He decided to come down Himself and die for us. Bible tells us in Rom 5:6-10, "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation."

The whole passage talks about the great love of God that He demonstrated through His Son by giving Him for a perfect sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. The work of salvation is done on the cross by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Those who come to the cross and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior will get forgiveness of their sins and also eternal life. In the same chapter Paul talks further about both destruction and death that came through Adam but life and blessings came through Jesus Christ.

This wonderful life is available for us today because of the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ. are your sins forgiven? Are you sure about your destination? If not, come to Jesus, accept Him as your Lord and Savior. He will forgive and forget all your sins and will give you a new life.

When He came in this world He did not think about only our spiritual life but also He thought about to give us a blessed, abundant life - a life filled with peace and joy, a life full of His blessings. This life is available for us if we give our life to Him. In return He will give the peace and joy that world cannot give us.

We are publishing an article by Nithin Vinod that he delivered in Good Friday Service at CSI Christ Church of Chicago.

Today you will be with me in Paradise

By Nithin Vinod

In Luke 23:43, Jesus says, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in Paradise."

When Jesus stated this quote he was being crucified along with two criminals. Crucifixion was the worst kind of punishment during those times. The Romans crucified those who opposed them and displayed them in public places, as if warning everyone else what would happen to them if they
rebelled or opposed the Romans.

We have three people who are on crosses: the man of redemption in the middle, who is Jesus, the man of repentance on one side, who was the second criminal, and the man of rebuke, the first criminal.

A lot of people near Jesus' cross yelled at him and hurled insults at him.

They also mocked him and told him to save himself for he was the King of the Jews. One of the two crucified criminals was also insulting Jesus. I thought this seemed strange because he's being nailed to the cross, which is very painful and humiliating, but he's busy insulting Jesus. If you were nailed to the cross, like one of the robbers, would not be screaming in pain instead of accusing the one who is being crucified beside you? But the first criminal is focused on mocking Jesus. His heart had hardened and he does not repent.

The second criminal rebukes the first one and says that they were being crucified because of what they had done. He says that they deserve this punishment for their crimes, but Jesus had not done anything wrong.

He then asked Jesus to remember him. The second criminal was repenting. He recognized that he himself is a sinner and he understood what Jesus was doing. He understood why Jesus was on the cross. He wants to be saved, so he asked Jesus to remember him. Jesus tells him "Today you will be with me in Paradise". Jesus assures him of his reward for repentance, which is the kingdom of heaven, at that very moment. He did not say later or 2 years from now or anything like that. He said on that very day, Jesus will take him to Paradise.

Once the second criminal is redeemed, we can probably say that he's resting in peace, because now that he's a saved man, his physical pain is very insignificant. He got the promise from Jesus himself that he'll be in the kingdom of heaven.

As soon as we truly repent of our sins, we inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Zacchaeus repented by saying "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." and Jesus replied saying, "Today, salvation has come to his house." Luke 19

Stephen was one of seven people who helped the Apostles spread the Word of God. He got in trouble with religious leaders for doing his work and they stoned him. As he was being stoned, he saw Jesus up in the heavens and knew he was going to paradise.

We are born sinners. We have also sinned a lot in our lives and just like the second criminal had said, we all deserve to die for our sins that we committed. But Jesus, who had done nothing wrong, came down from heaven and died for our sins. Because of him, we didn't have to die for our sins, because Jesus wants us to be with Him in Paradise. In Genesis, Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of Eden, which was a paradise. They did not have to worry about any problems and had a wonderful life there. But after they sinned, the humans lost paradise and were driven away. Jesus is welcoming us back to Paradise and all we have to do is repent wholeheartedly and accept his gift.

When fact contradicts truth

By Vinod Isaac

Josh 6:5 "It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him."

As God was leading Israel from Egypt to the land of Canaan, Joshua and the Israelites faced an impossible task of conquering Jericho. Jericho was a fortified city and it's gates were securely shut. There was no way that the Israelites could enter Jericho. The fact was for getting into Jericho was impossible but the truth was that God had already given Jericho in the hands of the Israelites.

In the physical realm, fact and truth are one and the same but in spiritual realm most of the time truth contradicts the fact. Joshua's situation was exactly the same. Every thing that he was seeing didn't look good. He was not in a position to be able to find a solution, but God gave clear instruction to go all around the city once a day for six days and then on the seventh day to march around the city seven times and blow the trumpet.

Well, there is a problem. The very army that is supposed to prepare for the war is asked to go round and round around the city till they are exhausted. After making regular rounds around the city for six days and then making seven rounds on the seventh day, will they be left with strength to fight? Not only that was a fact, there was no way that walls are going to come down making just rounds around a city and blowing the trumpet. Well that is what the fact was. But truth was totally contradictory to the fact.

Truth was that when they do it, not only will the walls of Jericho come down but the Israelites will get victory also. Only what they had to do was to trust and obey. Any time if a person wants to see God moving into action and making impossible into possible he/she needs faith.

Keeping that faith when nothing seems to be happening is another challenge for a believer. The Israelites marched on the first day, went back to their camp, but nothing happened, not even a small stone fell. They marched the second day and again nothing happened. They marched six days like this and nothing happened. Probably by this time devil is trying to tell them, "see nothing happens, not even one stone falls." But they continued to march and they marched seven times on the seventh day and again nothing happened. Probably they may be thinking by this time, "now what"? Well then the trumpets sounded and Joshua said to the people "Lord has given you the city". Joshua, are you kidding? I don't see even a stone falling. I don't even see a small crack in the walls of Jericho. Was Joshua telling a lie? No, he was speaking the truth. Then who was it that was telling the lie? It was the fact that was telling the lie.

Josh 6:16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: "Shout, for the LORD has given you the city!

And at the command of Joshua, people shouted believing and trusting that Lord had already given the city. And lo and behold the city walls came crashing down. The walls that could not be moved by mighty warriors fell down like a sand castle falls to the ground. Something non factual and impossible has become a fact now. Fact has contradicted itself and the truth had it's victory.

I remember when we were sitting in the family room of hospital on Oct 3rd. Doctors have said that there is nothing more that can be done for your dad. Even putting him on ventilator will not help. While sitting in that room chaplain walked in and he was trying to say consoling words. My Mom said no he is not going to die he is going to live. I thought in my mind, "Oh no, not at this time. Now we have to get into another series of dialogues that will drain the faith". Well chaplain looked at all of us as if we were a bunch of people sitting there who have lost their mind. Well, to cut him off I kept the conversation short and thanked God he didn't linger long. When we were alone in that room, we prayed, we believed, we confessed that all the promises that Lord has given are going to come to pass. Another thing we did was we wanted to hear from God. I shared what Lord was saying and I asked my sister, "Is Lord revealing anything". She prayed and got the word from the Lord and we did everything that Lord had asked us to do.

Well the fact was that there is no chance of my dad's survival and truth was that he was going to survive no matter what. And we knew that it was the time we can't afford to lose our faith. For time after time Jesus had scolded people because of their unbelief.

Here are few conversations Jesus had with his desciples.

Mat 8:26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Mat 16:8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?


Mat 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mat 17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"
Mat 17:20 So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.


Well, so we guarded our faith vigorously. And we saw those facts that looked impossible to move did move. For there is nothing impossible with God.

Do you see facts in your life that seems impossible to move? Do you see situations that are very hard? Look to Jesus with faith and He will move those mountains. He will make those impossible situations into possible ones. He will turn things around.

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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