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Vol. 9 / Issue 20 / June 21 2007

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Ruth Graham – A Tribute

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

Mat 19:19, “….'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Probably the greatest example of love shown in the Bible is by Joseph. Joseph was deeply wounded by his own brothers. We can only visualize a small fraction of the pain and sorrow he went through because of his own brothers. One may ask how it was possible that anybody could ever show any sympathy or love toward those who betrayed Joseph, sold him as slave and did not hear his pleas and cries. No body could do it unless God’s love is flowing in the heart of a person.

Those who did this much evil to Joseph, one day came and stood before him. In his power Joseph could have killed all his brothers or imprisoned them for life. Yet he chose to forgive his brothers. Later on when Jacob their father died, their fear returned and they approached Joseph asking for pardon. We read in Gen 50:15-17, “When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him." So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, "Before your father died he commanded, saying, 'Thus you shall say to Joseph: "I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you." ' Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.”

Joseph’s reaction and reply is found in Gen 50:18-21, “Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are your servants." Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

A few years back Graham Staines, an Australian missionary was working in one Indian village helping lepers. One night when he and his two small boys were sleeping in their jeep, a mob attacked them and burnt them alive. When they tried to come out of the jeep, they could not because their attackers had locked the door of the jeep from outside. In the morning Gladys Staines, wife of the missionary got the news that her husband and sons died this gruesome death. In the funeral ceremony of her husband and sons, the heartbroken Gladys told that she had forgiven the killers.

How anybody could ever forgive those who did this much damage? But it is the love of God that helps a person to not only forgive but also love those who does such bad things against them.

Above all the unique example we see in the Bible is of Jesus who though He went through complete humiliation, ridicule, scourging and sufferings and yet He could forgave His enemies and pray for them from the cross.

Even today when a person accepts Jesus in his/her life His love is poured in their hearts. Unless a person has the love of God, he/she cannot forgive in spite of atrocities done against him/her. No matter how many lectures and moral teachings a person hears those cannot remove the hatred from the heart of the affected person until God comes and dwells in their hearts. As we read in Rom 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

If you want a heart full of love that forgives others, ask Jesus to come into your heart. When He will come in, He will change everything. He will remove hatred and animosity from your heart and fill you with love and compassion for others.

Ruth Graham – A Tribute

Billy Graham the renowned preacher who preached for more than sixty years lost his wife on June 14th, 2007. What a great life she had. Who could have known Ruth Graham better than Billy Graham. I am publishing his tribute to Ruth Graham taken from http://billygraham.org

Billy Graham Tribute to Ruth Graham on the Occasion of her Death, June 14, 2007

My wife Ruth was the most incredible woman I have ever known. Whenever I was asked to name the finest Christian I ever met, I always replied, ‘My wife, Ruth.’ She was a spiritual giant, whose unparalleled knowledge of the Bible and commitment to prayer were a challenge and inspiration to everyone who knew her.

My favorite photograph shows her sitting on our front porch at sunrise, quietly reading her Bible and sipping coffee—her daily routine for many years. A night never went by, when we were together, without us holding hands and praying before we went to sleep.

Ruth also was a wonderful mother. Her task wasn’t easy since I was away from home so much, but she handled our children with both great love and wise discipline. She felt it was her calling, and without her willingness to bear the major responsibility for raising our children, my work simply would not have been possible. She spent hours every week teaching them the Bible and praying with each of them. She also was full of fun, always ready to play a joke on someone. Our children all knew that life was never dull with Ruth around!

She was committed also to her church and her community. She was a devout churchwoman who loved her Presbyterian heritage, which came from her parents who were medical missionaries in China. She was friends with several presidents’ wives and had been received on occasion by Queen Elizabeth II, but whenever she heard of anyone in our community who had a need, she always was there to help with food or flowers or in other ways. Many people went to her for advice and counsel, or just to pray with her, and she was a close friend to the wives of many associates.

Ruth loved sports and was quite athletic, although she rarely played athletic games herself. Years ago she was fixing a swing for some of our grandchildren, and when she climbed the tree to test the swing, it broke and she fell about fifteen feet. She fractured several bones (including a crushed vertebra), and was never quite the same physically after that. For years she suffered severe back pain and was hospitalized here in Asheville and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester because of this and other ailments. She was a gentle, smiling, and kind person whose primary goal was to live for Christ and reflect His love. In her last days she talked repeatedly of Heaven, and although I will miss her more than I can possibly say, I rejoice that some day soon we will be reunited in the presence of the Lord she loved and served so faithfully.

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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