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(Church of South India Good News)


Vol. 7 / Issue 3 / February 24 2005

Contents of this issue

Unleavened Bread
Prayer Requests
19th CSI Family and Youth Conference

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

I will lift up my eyes to the hills; From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth (Psa 121:1-2).

There is a popular story for children which I read and heard many a times in my childhood. Once a poor lady had nothing with her except a clay jar full of curd. She thought of selling the curd in the local market so that she could feed her family. On the way to market she was daydreaming about a big future. She thought, "after selling the curd, with whatever money I will get, I will purchase more curd. Then I will purchase a few chicken with the money I get from the sale of curd. Then I will sell eggs for handsome price and get more money. Then I will hatch chickens and sell them in market and I will be very rich. Then I will send my son to study and will arrange his wedding in a very grand way...."

While building castles in the air she completely forgot about the curd which was in the jar of clay on her head. She hit against a small rock on the road, sliped and fell down. Her clay jar was broken in pieces and the curd spilled all over the ground. All her dreams came crashing down with her clay jar.

Many of us go through similar situations often when our dreams come crashing down and it is heartbreaking and painful. It is tragic! When we come across such situations we do not understand whom to turn to, what to do and where to go. I remember about seven years back I went for routine eye checkup. Doctor looked at my eyes and was surprised as if he was seeing some new thing. He referred me to advanced eye care doctor. That doctor got surprised too and sent me to another specialist. They looked in my eyes and said, "you have thousands of tiny black spots in your retina. It is possible that this may cause complete blindness in your eyes.." When I heard those words, I was shocked, I was surprised, I was puzzled. I did not know what to do. But I trusted on God, I looked toward God for help. All these years God helped me, protected me from becoming blind.

Bible tells us about the mighty God who cares for you and is ready to listen to your cry and heartbreaking tales. The psalmist says, "I will lift up my eyes to the hills; From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. (Psa 121:1-2)" He understands your tears, pain and suffering because He Himself went through all the human sufferings. He can help you in your problem. Further Psalmist says in Psa 121:3-5, "He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand."

If you look to God, He will not allow your foot to be moved. He is the God who does not slumber nor sleep but He will keep you and be your shade and help.

Unleavened Bread

By Sherly Isaac

Exo 12:8, "Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it."

God told Moses that they should eat unleavened bread. Leaven starts the fermentation process and thus is a natural symbol for moral corruption, perverseness and sinfulness. Leaven modifies the dough completely. It makes the dough porous that represent holes in your life. God wants us to have a holy and pure life without sin.

Sin and Corruption:
Bible says in Genesis 3rd chapter that Adam and Eve sinned against God and they lost their godly nature. Sin came in their lives and in this world. The small sin of Adam and Eve corrupted the whole world just like a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Today we are all under that curse and corrupted nature. Our lives are filled with sin, pain and sorrow. But God sent His sinless Son of God to die for us so that we could come out of our sins and live a holy life.

The story does not end when you have received forgiveness of your sin. Paul says in 1 Cor 5:6-8, "Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, so that you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

Paul explains that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. So he says to those who are saved by the blood of Jesus that they must leave their old bad habits, malice, wickedness and sinful nature. And take the sinless life of Jesus who gave His life for us and live a holy life.

There is holy life through Jesus Christ. Come to Him, give your life to Him and walk in His holy ways. He will remove all leaven from your life and make you a new person.

Leaven of Pharisees, Sadducees and Herod:
Bible says in Mat 16:6 and Mark 8:13, Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." Mat 16:12, "....but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Jesus warned His disciples to be careful about the wrong doctrines of Pharisees, Sadducees and Herod. What was their doctrine after all? Matthew 23rd chapter talks about a big list of their misdeeds and wrong doctrines. They did rituals without having any mercy on poor and needy. All their works they did to be seen by men. They loved good position, status, respect and honor before others. They showed themselves as if they were very righteous but inside they were full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. They devoured widows' houses, and for a pretense made long prayers.

Most importantly they closed the doors of salvation for people who were around them. Jesus said in Mat 23:13, "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."

Today also you can find these types of people who neither go in themselves nor allow those who want to go in. Many churches teach and preach altered word of God. They speak the doctrine of men instead of doctrine of God. Jesus warned us to be very careful when we hear or read messages that does not line up with the word of God. Read the Bible i.e. the unleavened word of God and believe in Jesus and His word instead of believing on manmade doctrines.

May the almighty God help you in this lenten season to take the unleavened bread which came down to the world to give life.

Prayer Requests

I have been married to my husband for five and half years. From the beginning of our marriage my husband does not love me. Now I have a 9-month-old kid. My husband and his family want separation and he is not in good terms with me. Recently when I prayed with a minister of God, he said that someone from my husband's family has done some evil thing so that my husband does not love me nor my child as that person wanted to marry my husband. Can you please pray that my husband and his family must change their minds and live with me and my child and my husband must love and take care of me and my child.
Thanks for your prayers.

19th CSI Family and Youth Conference

Venue: Sheraton Edison Hotel
Raritan Center, New Jersey

Dates: July 7-10, 2005

Theme: "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

Main Leaders: The Most Rev. Dr. B. P. Sugandhar
(Moderator, Church of South India)
The Rev. George Kovoor
(Church of England, Chaplain, Queen of Britain)

For more details contact:
Rev. Dr. Jacob David
PH: 201-935-2011

Mr. Kurian T. Oommen
PH: 845-298-7303

Mr. Joshua Mathew
PH: 718-343-0435

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

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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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