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(Church of South India Good News)


Vol. 1 / Issue 52 / February 3 2000

Contents of this issue

Death and Life
Celebrating First Anniversary!
Prayer Request

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


By Sherly Isaac

Matthew 15:8, "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me."

We see many who do the prescribed rituals perfectly and think that they are very holy. But can these rituals give us assurance of heaven? If we read the life of Cain in Genesis 4th chapter, we see how Cain and his brother Abel both brought offerings before God. God respected Abel and his offering, but He rejected Cain's offering and Cain too. But instead of repenting from his sins Cain became very angry. And we see in Genesis 4:8, "Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him." Cain killed Abel and acted as is if he did not know anything. We see the same thing in this world - injustice. Those who have might or power they rule over the innocent by hook or crook and many of them do not want to accept their mistakes. They want to cover up all their ugly acts with their power and authority.

When Cain murdered his brother he totally forgot that there is a God who can do justice. He might have thought, "oh, I have rooted out the problem completely. I have finished it beautifully." But he forgot that God is in control. He totally forgot that there is a God who is just and does justice for the innocent. If we read further we see that God called Cain and said, Genesis 4:9, "Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"

Look at that, how intelligent and cunning was Cain's reply to God. Many a times we want to be over smart. After replying he might have felt very proud thinking, "oh, I cheated God... no one knows what I did." Many think the same way and feel very proud cheating God. But they totally forget that God is all-knowing all-powerful. Listen to what God said to him in, Genesis 4:10, And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground." Bible says that Abel's blood cried out for justice and mercy and it reached the ears of God.

When you do injustice do not think that there is no God who can hear. There is a God who rules with justice and who can hear the cry of the innocent. The Bible says in Psalms 18:6, "In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears." My dear friend, are you facing injustice? Do you think that there is no one who can hear your cry? I want to tell you that there is a God who cares for you and His ears are always there to listen to your cry. Just look to Him. Man may not help you but Jesus can. The same God who heard the cry of Abel can hear your cry and do justice.

And we see in Genesis 4:12 that God cursed Cain. Then he realized, "oh, what I did." And He repented to God as we see in Genesis 4:13, And Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is greater than I can bear!"

If you are in sin repent, if you do injustice repent and ask the forgiveness of God and He will forgive you. Bible says in Acts 3:19, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."

Death and Life

By Sherly Isaac

Jesus said in John 5:24, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life."

There is power in the word of God. That's why Jesus said, "he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life." How can a person get this everlasting life and escape judgment? How can a person pass from death to life?

In the Old Testament, Bible says that word has life and we read in Deu 32:46 -47, "and He said to them: "Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe; all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess." Bible says in Romans 10:17, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

So when a person hears the word of God, faith comes in his/her heart. And by believe on this word and Jesus Christ and accepting Him as personal Lord and Savior a person gets everlasting life. He/she would not face death nor judgment. Why? Because we all are dead in sin and we need a savior who can save us from our sins. Because of our sinful and corrupt nature it is not possible that we can live a holy life or that we may get rid of our sins by our own effort. But it is possible because of Jesus. He came in this world to rescue us from our sins and for that He shed His precious blood on the cruel cross. He died for us so that we may live forever and forever. Yes, this life He wants to give you. He wants to give you eternal life.

Once I heard a true story. In a country there was a cruel king and he persecuted many; those who loved Jesus and walked in His ways. The king took them to a mountain top and when the believers were being beheaded, the king was surprised to see that they were not afraid but they were smiling. He thought how could it be possible that at this time of trouble they are smiling? He could not believe his own eyes and then surprisingly God opened his spiritual eyes. He could see the souls of the persons who were beheaded coming out one by one from their bodies. In mid air Jesus was standing with out-stretched arms and Jesus embraced them and said, "My good and faithful servant enter into my joy." When the king saw this he broke down and knelt before God and got saved that moment.

Yes, death is not the end for those who believe on Jesus but it is a beginning of a blessed life with Jesus.

Celebrating First Anniversary!

Our newsletter is celebrating its first anniversary this month. In the past one-year, our Lord blessed this News Letter and we could send it every week without fail. We have found the newsletter to be a great medium for effective communication and there is more growing interest in the newsletter. Many appreciated this News Letter and we are getting subscriptions every week. Its popularity did grow day by day and now it is reaching many countries.

Our vision is to encourage every CSI congregation to unite together in spreading the Gospel. When our Lord was about to leave this world, He said to His disciples in Matthew 28:19 20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Let this verse become our vision and let us unite to reach the parts of the world where Gospel is not yet reached. Let the world know that there is a God who cares for us. Let the world know that there is a God who is interested in our smallest affairs. Let the world know that there is a God who can wipe away all our tears. Let the world know that Jesus lives forever and forever and that He can help us in any situation.

Our heartfelt thanks to every Pastor, every Congregation, every CSI member to make this News Letter such a blessed and a great success.

Prayer Request

Dear sir

I have a request to you i.e., my father E.SATYANANDAM is admitted in a hospital and he is undergoing cardiac bipass surgery on sunday 30 Jan 2000 at 11-00 am so kindly pray for the success of the surgery and for the wisdom to the Doctors and Nurses attending the surgery and for his speedy recovery. If possible kindly include in news letter so that whole CSI community will pray for this.

Thank you sir.
Rev.Nadh E.B.S
st.John's CSI Town Church
Krishna Godavari Diocese
NUZVID 521201
Krishna District
Andhra Pradesh
South India
Ph. No. 08656-33141

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

Now you can learn Graphics and web designing online at Kid's page. These tutorials are free for kids who subscribe for CSI Kids Newsletter. Currently tutorials for Paint Shop Pro, HTML and Dreamweaver are available.

So please enroll your kids by going to http://kids.csinewsletter.org/member/join.asp

And visit CSI Kid's page at http://kids.csinewsletter.org

Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

Now you can read Bible in Hindi online at http://www.hindibible.org
in Malayalam online at http://www.malayalambible.org
in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

Your Spam Folder

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Your Feedback

Your feedback and comments are Welcome. Please send your Parish news & articles to Editor (Sherly N. Isaac) at this address News@csinewsletter.comThe messages submitted will be checked whether they are correct according to the word of God. Editor reserves the right to accept, reject or edit the messages. The writers are responsible for the contents of their writings.

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