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Vol. 2 / Issue 46 / December 21 2000

Contents of this issue

Christ is born
King of Glory
Praise Him...

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

Christmas is around the corner. You might have beautifully and tastefully decorated your house putting green trees and ornaments. Lighted Santa Clause may be standing at your door and red stockings may be hanging near your fireplace to welcome Santa Clause who is supposed to enter through chimney on Christmas eve to fill your stockings with goodies. As a child I waited to see Santa Clause coming and filling my stockings with chocolate and gifts and always wondered why he did not come to my house alone? What is wrong with me? I always wondered from where he comes in? I never knew that this is just stories… But the Bible tells us in James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

Yes, Every good and perfect gift comes from above only. And God gave His best gift ever by sending His only begotten Son – Jesus to this world so that we may be saved from our sins and from hell fire. Almost 2000 years ago this wonderful gift of God came down from heaven, took birth as a poor child in a manger, lived among us facing all the temptations and all the problems of this world. We could not recognize His glory and majesty. We could not recognize the wonderful and the most precious gift from heaven. We nailed Him to death. But He rose up on the third day and lives forever and forever. Though we treated Him badly He still loves us and wants to fill our lives with all goodness and mercy. He wants to fill our lives stockings with goodies. And today when we cry, when we go through problems and temptations, He understands us because He went through all these, but came out victorious.

Did you receive this wonderful gift in your own life? Has Jesus the Savior been born in your hearts? If not, your tasteful decorations, giving gifts to friends and relatives and joyful celebrations of Christmas is meaningless. Your stockings are empty and without goodies. You need to invite Jesus into your life so that He may come in and fill all the blessings in your life. Once He comes in then your life will not be the same as today. He will give you peace, joy and happiness that this world can not give. He will exalt you before others and bless you in each and every field of your life.

In this Christmas season invite Jesus in your life and get rid of your miserable life. I pray that Prince of Peace, Lord of lords and King of kings may come into your life and fill your empty stockings with all His goodness and mercy.

Christ is born

By Sheela Isaac

Very soon we are going to celebrate Christ's birth. Here in U.S. people decorate their homes and streets in a great way. It looks as if the whole city is rejoicing over the birth of Christ.

But you may wonder to know that many do not even know why they are celebrating Christmas. When you go out side you will find that the same people who celebrated the festival of demons (Halloween) a month ago are now celebrating Christmas. They have removed all the decorations of Halloween like human skull, skeleton, spider, spider's web, pictures of demon, pumpkin and instead of that now they have installed Santa Claus and red nosed reindeer. It gives the appearance that they are now celebrating Santa instead of Christmas. Now the question is whether it is they are celebrating Christ's birth or Santa's? I do not know from where the idea of Santa and the red nosed reindeer came, though Bible does not describe anything about this.

Why are we celebrating Christmas? What is the reason for Christmas?
Answer is very simple "Christ Jesus is born."
Now who is Christ? Why did He come to this world? Let us see quickly.

1. Christ the anointed one
2. Christ the Savior of the world
3. Christ the Son of God

1. Christ the anointed one:

Isa 61:1, "The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Isa 61:2, "To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;"

Yes my friend, He is the anointed one who came down in the form of a man to preach good tidings and proclaim liberty to the captives. He brought good news for all the mankind of this universe. Good news is that He is the only true savior, good news is that He is the only Messiah who can save you and me from hell fire. No one else has brought salvation, no one else has died for you and me, no one else has offered forgiveness of sin. But only Jesus who being God Himself lived among us as man, who suffered and died for us, who shed His precious blood to redeem us from hell fire. Yes He is the anointed one whom God anointed for this sole purpose to bring liberty to captives. When we were sinners Christ died for us. When we were bound in sin and were captive to devil He (Jesus) proclaimed liberty for us.

2. Christ the Savior of the world:

Luke 2:10-11, "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

Christ is that savior who was born in this world. He came for all the people. He did not come for a particular group of people or for a distinct religious sect of people. But the Angel proclaimed that the Savior is born for all the people. You may belong to any group, any religion it does not matter because He came for you to save you. If you trust in Him you will receive the free gift of redemption.

A few days back we were talking to sister Kadambari Advani. I was very curious to know how she came to find Christ in her life. She shared her testimony. She said, "I had every thing in life money, fame, name etc as I was in Indian Film industry. I never thought about God because I never felt that I needed him. I was religious and was engaged in devotion and prayer as a hindu performing pujas (Hindu prayer) etc. But a time came when I lost all my loved ones except my sister. I was about to marry a multi billionaire, but I lost my fiancé too. And I was in great pain. I thought of committing suicide. At that time somebody called over the phone to give me condolences. I was crying over the phone and exclaiming that I prayed a lot but I got nothing. The person on the other side said, 'your prayers were wrong, as you did not pray to the true God and that is why you did not receive anything. God created us but you were praying to a god created by man with stone, wood, mud etc." I was shocked because I never heard such thing before or thought about it earlier. But the words were constantly working in my mind and I realized that she was right. I was praying to stone and mud (idols). I telephoned her but could not find her. I started searching for her address in yellow pages and finally found it. She invited me to her prayer meeting which I attended. Their prayer, their devotion, and the way in which they meditated were all entirely different than what I was doing. I knew then that Jesus was the real God. I cried for long time and when I left that meeting I knew that I was not alone but Jesus came into my heart and that Jesus was with me. The joy which I got was so real. I never had such a joy in my life though I had name, fame and money. Jesus compensated every thing that I lost."

Yes my friend, this is what Jesus can do for you. He is not a respecter of person. Every one who comes to His Calvary and asks for forgiveness gets it.

3. Christ the Son of God:

He is the Son of God. He is God Himself. That is why Bible says that whoever has son has life. But whoever reject Him has no life.

1 John 5:12-13, "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

Yes my friend, do not reject Him. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior and get this eternal life. Don't think that it is an emotional experience told by somebody because of brain damage. No! But Jesus Himself said in John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:18 -19, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

You may be born in a Christian family, you may have Christian label upon you like John, Jacob and so on.......but you must realize that if you have not invited Jesus in your heart till this time you are still lost.

In India there is a famous malayalam movie singer by name Yesudas. His name's meaning is that he is a servant of Jesus or follower of Jesus. But you may wonder that he is not a Christian though he was born in a Catholic family. Long back around late 70's I read somewhere about him that he believes in reincarnation and he goes to Shabari Malai for worshipping some hindu goddess or so.

Well, name and birth can not give guarantee to anybody to reach heaven. Only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ you can get redemption and become Christian. Think about how many Christmas you might have celebrated, and how many times you might have visited Church. But have you ever invited Jesus into your heart? Have you ever-said, "Lord you were born in a manger as a poor boy but now be born in my heart." Have you ever said, "come and become my savior and Lord?" If not, this is the time, let this Christmas be a turning point in your life. Let the savior be really born in your heart at this Christmas. Invite Him in your heart. Pray this prayer from the bottom of your heart.

Lord Jesus, I need you. Please come into my heart at this Christmas. Come and wash away my sins and sin stains and dwell in my heart. Today I invite you into my heart. Today I accept you as my one and only Lord and Savior. In Jesus name I pray Amen.

King of Glory

By Sherly Isaac

Who is in the Manger?
wrapped in swaddling cloths,
King of Glory born, oh, King of glory
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Angels sung the praises saying
"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Mary marveled thinking about child Jesus
Angel told to shepherds, I bring you
good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Will you invite King of Glory and Prince of peace
Lift up the lids of your hears
And King of Glory will come in
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Praise Him...

Praise God we have settled our custody issues after 2 1/2 years. My son and I must stay in NJ until Dec 28th then we will be flying home to join my husband and step daughters in Washington State. Please pray for all involved for peace, financial provision and health as we make the transition. Thanks for your prayers.
Merry Christmas and a Blessed new year!
Love in Christ,

God is blessing your efforts, I stand as testimony to this, for I have been blessed and certainly educated by your Ezine... Thank-you, from the other side of the globe!
May God continue to bless and use you well, to His glory...
A brother in the Lord,
Ken Kriese

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.

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Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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