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Vol. 8 / Issue 22 / July 6 2006

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Bride of Christ
He will not Allow your Enemies to come near you

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

"And because of your courage, every day is Independence Day in America...." these were the words of President Bush on 4th of July when he thanked the troops for their valor, patriotism and sacrifice for America. How true it is! The freedom we enjoy everyday in our lives is the result of the sacrifice done by the people in uniform. The wounds and pain which we would have to bear, the hardship of bondage which we would have to go through, they take on themselves and fight for us so that we could enjoy freedom.

About two thousand years ago Jesus hang on the cruel cross and shed His precious blood so that we could enjoy a life of freedom. Free from all bondages of sin, sickness and heartbreaks. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed (Isa 53:5).

Freedom from our sins: He gave His life for our transgressions and for our iniquities so that we could come out of our transgressions and inequities and live a holy life. Bible tells us in 1 John 1:8-9, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

We need to admit that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness of our sins. There is no other Savior in this world except Jesus Christ. We have to confess our sins to Him and turn to Him so that our sins could be forgiven. He is faithful to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Freedom from sicknesses: Not only God promised to forgive our sins but also He promised to give us healing. Healing could be physical, emotional or mental, His word promised, "By His stripes we are healed." Before He went to the cross, He was scourged, He was beaten and His body was greatly wounded. He experienced pain and torment in His body, mind and emotion. When we go through different painful experiences, He understands it because He Himself went through all those pains. He understands the agony and trauma with which we suffer. He knows every tear we shed. He is ready to heal us in every area of our lives.

Freedom from burdens of our lives: He is a God who delights in delivering His children from the burdens and pains of their lives. Israelites suffered greatly because of the hard bondage. They cried out to God in agony and in pain and God sent Moses to deliver them. He delivered them from the house of bondage. Today also you may be going through many difficulties, problems and hardships. God can deliver you from all of your troubles.
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Jesus said in Mat 11:28-29, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

Are you carrying heavy load of your sins, sicknesses, burdens of life, mental and emotional agony? Come to Jesus and give all your burdens to Him. He will take care of your burdens and will deliver you from all your troubles.

Bride of Christ

By Sheela Isaac

Eph 5:27’ “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Here the Bible is speaking about the church the bride of Christ. It is so clear that Jesus is coming back for the bride who is holy, spotless, and without wrinkle and blemish. Who is the bride of Christ? Every believer whom Jesus has purchased with His precious blood is the bride of Christ. If you are a saved person you are the bride of Christ. Please note Jesus is not coming for a beaten down, bruised, filthy and unholy bride. It means that you and I need to lead a holy life. Those who talk and think, “little sin is ok” does not fit in here. People who do not believe in Jesus’ teachings and who do not know how to live a holy life simply speak such things. When you do not understand or follow the teachings of Christ, it is so easy to say, “it is your interpretation” or “everybody interprets the Bible in different way.” Well how do you interpret the above verse? Eph 5:27 clearly speaks about a blameless, sinless and holy bride. How can you interpret it? How can you say that, “All are human beings and everybody has mistakes and no one is perfect, so to sin to some extend is ok.” We are human beings but it does not mean that we keep on sinning. Bible does not support this theory anywhere. Jesus Himself said, “be holy as I am holy.” How do you interpret this verse? How can you say that holiness is not possible since Jesus Himself declared that we could live a holy life as Jesus lived. 1 Pet 1:15, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” 1 Pet 1:16, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” If your interpretation is contrary to what the Bible says, then it is not the word of God but it is the word of Satan himself. The Bible says, Satan is a liar and he cannot stand by his own words. Jesus said plainly that if you cannot understand His words it is because you are the follower of devil John 8:43, "Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.” John 8:44, "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:45, "But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me."

Jesus is coming back for His holy bride. So you and I need holy walk with God. Holiness and this holy walk is only possible by repentance and receiving forgiveness of sin. Unless and until you receive forgiveness for your sins you can never lead a holy life. Receiving forgiveness is the first step in Christian life where your fellowship begins with Christ. You may wonder to know that God deals with each and every person on a personal basis. God’s Holy Spirit is constantly working in each and everyone’s life. In our life’s journey there are hundreds of times where you and I can feel the gentle knock at the heart’s door. Jesus is constantly knocking at your heart’s door to rescue you from the snares of the enemy Satan. Rev 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” There are several warning signals, which we receive throughout our journey to turn to Jesus. I still remember my early days of my life. I was raised in church, had many opportunities to hear the Gospel messages and to attend Sunday school. I was attending CNI Church (church of North India). Unfortunately no one ever preached about Salvation or Repentance. No one ever told me that if I want to go to heaven I need salvation. But God’s Holy Spirit was constantly working in my life. Suddenly I began to think about my future and eternity. There was a haunting thought in my heart, “how do I know for sure that I have a place in heaven.”

The thought of heaven was constantly churning my heart. So one day I asked my dad, “how do I know that I am going to go to heaven.” My dad replied, “Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?” I said yes then he said, “If you believe it one day you will go to heaven.” Well I could not buy those thoughts. I was not ready to accept those ideas blindly because I knew that I do not have any assurance of heaven. Then I began to think; “if I am going to go to heaven with my sinful lifestyle then my Hindu and other religion friends who lead similar lifestyle should go to heaven.” I knew without any doubt that my life is not holy before God though I always thought about myself as a good person. I was a good person in my home, I was a well-behaved person in my school, Sunday school, church and among my friends and I was good in studies too. There was no major sin in my life except reading novels, watching movies, telling few lies etc. But still I knew that I do not have any assurance that one day I would go to heaven.

I did not know about salvation then because I never heard anybody explaining it with good details. My dad was also not saved at that time so he could not explain it to me either. God was constantly working in my life and yet another knock came when I was searching for a new novel in my storeroom. Instead of novel I found two-page flier called “I found Jesus”. It had three testimonies of people who got saved. Two testimonies were of people who were born in Christian home but one was of a Hindu Brahmin woman. She was a Bengali woman and was doctor by profession. All the testimonies had one thing in common that they all received a personal encounter with Jesus and their lives were turned around. And they knew very clearly about the day and year in which it happened. This really caught my attention. At this point I really felt to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I began to think, that’s it, and this is the thing I was searching for a long time. I was searching for answers regarding my quest for heaven. When I read the testimonies with all honesty I accepted that I do not have this profound experience.

I am so glad when I heard the knock I did not turn it down but took the right decision. When I read the testimonies I did not know how to pray and what to do to get saved but I prayed a simple prayer. I said, “Jesus I do not know how to get this experience even I do not know what it is but I really need this life changing experience.” Honestly speaking nothing had happened then but God heard the simple prayer, which came from deep within. After few months of this experience I got saved through the letter of my cousin. God honored that simple prayer. Jesus is knocking on every heart’s door. I am sure you might have received many such knocks but the question is when you hear the knock how are you responding. If I had responded negatively I would have continued in sin and would have lived a life separated from savior Christ.

Jesus is still knocking at your heart’s door because He does not want anybody to perish. Jesus died on Calvary’s Cross to save you and me from the hell fire. It is His love that He left His heavenly comfort and came to seek sinners and to rescue them. If you hear the gentle knock today please don’t turn it down. Make sure today itself that you have a place and assurance of heaven. When you go for vacation you book the place in Hotel to make sure you have a place when you arrive there. When you travel by train or airplane you book your tickets before hand so that you may not face embarrassment. Then why not make sure today itself that your destiny is safe? It is a more important matter than traveling and going for vacation. Your eternity hangs on it. I would like to finish my message with a small story, which I heard in TV. There was a wedding of a very rich man’s daughter. Several guests were invited for this wedding and it was taking place in one of the most luxurious hotels. Among those guests a woman and her husband was also invited. In USA when you are invited for the wedding you are supposed to fill up the little card attached with the invitation. You need to fill it so that the host can know how many people are attending and what dish they would prefer for the lunch/dinner. Then this filled little card needs to be sent back to the invitee. When you arrive at wedding reception hall in hotel they provide the same card with allotted table number to locate your table and you are supposed to occupy only those particular seats. The woman was invited to perform the dance during the wedding ceremony. As wedding ceremony was finished she was going to attend the wedding feast in the hotel. She went to the reception counter and told her name. The person who was in counter searched for her name and said, “sorry madam your name is not here.” The woman said in dismay, “how can it be since I was the person who performed the main dance program in wedding?” She asked him to look again for her name but alas her name was not there. She said, “no problem though you cannot find my name but I am a very famous person and I was specially invited for this wedding so can you allow me to join the feast?” The person of the counter said, ”I am sorry I can’t give you entry because your name is not here.” Again the counter person said to her, “Please take this elevator and get down to the parking lot.” The woman left the place with tears in her eyes. She was a special guest for the ceremony but she could not go to the wedding feast because she forgot to send the little card. She returned to her home with tears and missed the most extravagant wedding feast of her life.

Going to heaven would have the same type of experience. If you fail to book your place in heaven, if you fail to register your name in the lamb’s book of life, you might be turned down at the last moment. Rev 20:12, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Rev 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” How sad that would be, how horrible mistake that would be? Have you ever considered it? Those who will not find their name in lamb’s book of life would be cast out in utter darkness and burning fire. The Bible says, this fire is going to burn forever and ever and you have to spend the rest of your eternity in this fire. Think about it. She only lost the wedding feast, but you will lose everything, your life, your soul, your whole being to live in hell fire forever. Do you want to go to such place? I am sure you do not. If you want to escape eternal damnation please pray this prayer with the bottom of your heart and book your place in heaven today itself.

Lord Jesus I believe that you died for my sins. I believe that you can save my soul from hell fire. I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that your precious blood can cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Please come into my heart. Forgive and forget all my sin. Cleans me with your precious blood and give me eternal life. I repent of my sins and accept you as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

ps: If you have prayed this prayer please let us know we would be praying for you.

He will not Allow your Enemies to come near you

By Sherly Isaac

Once my sister and I were returning after a visit to our friend. The road was not tarred yet. Big heaps of stones were laid in blocks on both sides of road because construction of road was in progress. There were no homes near the road, but about fifteen or twenty meters away a few homes were there. It was hot summer afternoon. When we came to a certain place we saw many people gathered in one place. All of them had big rods in their hands. My sister and I were trying to figure out what they were doing. As we were looking towards them, they shouted, girls, run...run ... run... I thought in my heart, "why we should run after all?" Without giving much thought we started running. Suddenly we saw a big black raging snake coming right in the direction where we were. Then only we realized that the people who were gathered there were trying to kill the snake but could not.

My sister and I held hands and ran as fast as we could but despite all our efforts, I realized we will not be able to make it. I thought, "Snake will soon catch us, because snake is coming in full speed and our speed is many folds less than snake's speed." The snake was frightened too and so it was running for its life. I had never seen any snake running like this in my life. When we saw the snake coming straight to us, we were frightened. In those frightening moments there was nothing we could do except asking help from God. The snake came just steps away from us and went inside one of the heaped stone blocks beside the road. When we saw that, we uttered a great sigh of relief. We were greatly shaken with this incident. But we praised God for saving our lives and protecting us from a great mishap.

The Israelites came out of Egypt. When they reached the shores of Red Sea they saw the Egyptian army following them. They were so much frightened thinking that their end is inevitable. But we read in Exo 14:19-20, "And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night."

What a marvelous miracle which took place. God came between the Egyptians and the Israelites so that Egyptians could not come near them. God Himself protected the Israelites. Yes, my friend, if you have given your life in the mighty hands of God, He will not allow your enemy to come near you. He will stand between you and your enemy so that your enemy could not catch you.

Next thing God did was when the Egyptians pursued them and went after them into the midst of the sea, Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians as we read in Exo 14:23-24, "And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians."

Yes, He is an awesome God. If you have put your trust in Him, He will neither allow your enemy to come near you nor will He allow your enemy to catch you and tear you apart. He will intervene for your life and protect you. He will look at your enemies and will trouble them.

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.

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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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