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Vol. 9 / Issue 46 / December 20 2007

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Jesus – Light of the World!
A special Christmas E-Card is waiting for 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

Many years ago there was a young engineer working with my father. He had a beautiful wife and young children. This engineer was too much addicted to alcohol. Because of this habit he started losing his health. And a day came in his life when he was very sick. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition improved. Doctors warned him that if he drinks again even a small amount of alcohol, he would not survive. Yet he could not control himself and often he would dodge hospital staff and his family members and used to go and drink alcohol. His condition deteriorated continuously. Finally he died within six months or so leaving behind the young family.

Addictions for drinking of this young engineer cost him his life. Though he tried to give up his habit, he could not. Though his family, friends and doctors warned him that alcohol is harmful for him and that it would cost him his life and yet he was unable to overcome his addictions.

Yes, my friend, sin is terrible and it will certainly kill you one day. Bible also tells us in Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death”. This death that crept into the life of Adam and Eve is still flowing in our blood and corrupting our soul. We are separated from God and our lives will continue to be in darkness until we meet God and until our sins are forgiven. Often people say how it is possible that Adam and Eve’s sin could affect our lives? They conclude that it is impossible. But take the example of modern day sickness called AIDS. There are many fathers or mothers who has been tested positive for AIDS and without their knowledge their children get the same sickness. Not because those children sinned but because they inherited the disease from their parents.

Adam and Eve’s sin has affected our lives because sin, pain, sorrow, tears, toil and death came in to this world. But thank God that He sent His only Son in this world to save us from our sins. He came in this world leaving behind His majesty, His glorious abode and humbled Himself to die for us. In the same verse of Rom 6:23 we read, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Probably you celebrate Christmas every year, but have you ever thought how precious the gift was which God gave us in the form of Jesus’ birth? Had Jesus not come in this world, there would have been no hope for our lives. But now we have hope that we could come out of our sins and live a holy life. We could have eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus. If we repent and turn from our evil ways, He is ready to forgive and forget all our sins. Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And also in 1 John 1:7, “and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Jesus came to give us hope and a new life. Come to Jesus and invite Him in your life.

Jesus – Light of the World!

By Vinod Isaac

Light that was about to come in this world. This is the light that shines in the darkness and darkness cannot comprehend it or it could not overcome it. This is the light that was about to come in this world. And this light is Lord Jesus Christ. So today we are going to see two of the stories related to the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. And we will also see one more story how this light affected a person’s life whose name was Saul.

We see that Lord Jesus Christ was born and He was laid in a manger in a stable. When He was born there were three wise men or very learned men who visited Him These people were watching the stars and their movements and these were the people who studied a lot about how the stars appear and about their significance. So these people saw a very bright star and they were perplexed because this star was very bright, the like of which they never saw before. They were astonished about its brightness.

So they tried to figure out what this star was all about. They tried to learn what this star must be telling. And they figured out that this star signified the birth of a special king. They knew that this king is not an ordinary king but a very special king. So they thought, "where can a king be born, he has to be born in the palace of a king." They went to the palace of King Herod and inquired whether there was any birth in the palace. But Herod said No, we don’t have any child born here. And Herod inquired about the child whom they were seeking. They said, "we have seen a special star and we are following that star. They said that this star indicated that there is the birth of a king, a future king. When Herod heard it, he was very much disturbed how a king can be born outside his palace. He was a king and he wanted to cling on to his power. So what he did, he figured out that if a king is born outside of his kingdom, his palace, then he will take away his kingdom. So he planned a very crooked thing. He ordered to kill all the children below two years of age.

But Jesus was spared. So here we see that three people saw the bright star and they followed it. When they came to Herod they could not find the person they were looking for. Then they moved forward and they saw that the star was moving ahead before them. So they began to follow the star further. And they reached the place where Jesus was born. And they saw the child they rejoiced with Him. They gave presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These people were very rich so they gave very costly presents there. So here they shared the story that they saw the star and what it meant. So Jesus’ mother heard everything and kept in her heart. She might have remembered that the angel had come and said to her that the person who is going to be born would be very special and will be the savior of the world. She might have been very joyful that God has confirmed things once again.

Then we see another group of people. This group of people was the shepherds who were tending their sheep at night and suddenly they saw that there was a bright light which shown around them and they saw an angel standing there. They were afraid because there was light and then an angel standing there. But the angel said, 'do not be afraid, I am telling you a good news a very joyful news that there is a Savior born in the city of David. And this is how you are going to find Him. He will be wrapped in cloth and laid in a manger." So they were amazed at it and suddenly after that they saw a group of angels ascending and descending and praising God and saying, 'glory to God and peace on earth and goodwill to men..' So this was what they were singing and those shepherds were astonished. They decided that they are going to see who this child is. They went and they went to the place where Jesus was and they saw Jesus and they rejoiced with them. And they shared the story and they said that this was what the angels told them. And probably Mary’s heart might have been rejoicing at that as it is another confirmation.

So here we see two things; once the star was seen and then the light shined to indicate that the light that was coming to the world has already arrived. And this is the light that shines in the darkness. And when this light shines in the darkness, darkness goes away because darkness cannot stand there. Every time at night there is darkness, but morning comes and sun rises from the east and when the sun rises from the east, suddenly everywhere there is light. You do not have to push darkness away, darkness just flees seeing the light. So when this light that was going to come to the world when that light shines darkness goes away automatically. But even though the sun rises from the ground if there is a room which has all the doors and windows shut and all the windows and doors sealed so that no light could enter in, then still there would be darkness in that room.

Sometimes our lives are also like that. we have so closed our lives that we do not want the light to enter into our hearts. We are afraid of darkness. We are tired of darkness but still we do not want to open ourselves so that light can come in. Jesus says that he is knocking at the door and if anybody opens the door He is willing to come in. And when this Jesus comes, there is light. And this light makes a person lighted. This light transforms a person into a smaller light.

And when this light comes in, it takes away all the darkness. Then all the things that are works of darkness goes away. And this is what happened to the person called Saul. This person called Saul was a very cruel person. He was thinking that he was very religious. He was going and persecuting people. He was thinking that he was doing it for the sake of religion. And it became a habit for him to go on killing people. And with the same intention he was traveling towards Damascus. As he was traveling, suddenly a light shown around him. This light was so bright that he became blind. And he lost his eye-sight. He was not able to see anything around him. And he heard a voice, Saul, "Saul why you are persecuting me.' And he asked, 'who are you Lord that I am persecuting? And he said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting”. So here we see that Saul was not persecuting Jesus directly. What he was doing was going to the people who were believing in Jesus and persecuting those people. And here Lord Jesus Christ is saying, “Saul, Saul why you are persecuting me”. Why it is so? Because Bible says that everyone of us who put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is like the apple of the eye of God. So anybody who touches us, touches the apple of the eye of God. So here the Lord is having a conversation with Saul and He instructs him to go and to wait for Ananias who will be directed to meet him. On the other side Ananias was informed of the place where Saul will be staying and instructed to go and to meet Saul at that place. Ananias knew who Saul was and he tells the Lord, "Saul is a very cruel person and why you want me to go there. It is possible that he may kill me." But the Lord said, "go and talk to him." So Ananias goes and talks to Saul. As soon as Ananias goes and lays his hands on Saul, Saul’s eye sight was restored. And this whole incident transforms Saul and makes him completely a new person. This person who was going on killing people was transformed so much that even when people were attacking him still he was not retaliating. This person was so transformed that he became a person of love. So here we see that this transformation was so profound that all the darkness in his life had fled away and he was totally a new person, a brand new person. So here we see that when Lord Jesus Christ comes into the life of a person, his life transforms into a beautiful thing. And this is what is meant by Christmas. This is what Christmas is all about. This is what Christmas is all about that Jesus who is the light of the world came in this world. He also wants to come in to our hearts to transform us, to change us, to totally make us new.

May this Christmas bring lots of joy in your heart, lots of peace in your heart and may this Christmas bring all the blessings that you are looking for in your life in this Christmas season. May God Bless you.

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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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