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Vol. 2 / Issue 49 / January 11 2001

Contents of this issue

Pressing Toward the Goal

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
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In the book of Exodus we read about the sufferings of the Israelites and the birth of Moses. Moses was born and brought up in an environment of persecution of the Israelites they being accused falsely. He was raised at such a time when the Israelites were being discriminated and when they did not have any freedom. And the Bible says in Exodus 2:11-12, "Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand."

Though Moses was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, his nurse was his own mother who was a levite.

And he had the heart having sympathy for his own people. He could not see them suffering, he could not see them in pain and so his anger arose against the Egyptian whom he killed. Many of us are like Moses. Many of us are raised in Christian homes and brought up by Christian parents. We have knowledge of the doctrines and rituals of Christianity and even we know the Bible. We have head knowledge and concern for our own people but many of us do not know who God is and what He can do in our lives.

But something happened in Moses’ life and His life dramatically changed. We read in Exodus 3:1-4, "Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn." So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."

Yes, "Moses, met God" and it changed his life and his way of thinking. The same Moses who is of hot temperament, when he led the Israelites and when God got angry with them, he pleaded with God as we read in Exodus 32:9-11, "And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! "Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation." Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and said: "LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?"

A man who in his anger killed the Egyptian but how his thinking and perspective have changed and is now pleading for the Israelites, that God may not destroy them. Yes, my friend, you may know your rituals very well but it is not enough to earn Salvation. For the experience of salvation you must come to the spot where you can meet God. Moses’ life changed when He met God. And it happens to a person when he/she meets God. If you have not yet a personal relationship with God, this is the time and this is the day of your salvation. Repent from your sins and invite Jesus in your life and you will never be the same again. Instead of thinking to destroy others, you will then start pleading to God for them.

Today millions and millions of souls are marching towards hell fire. Who will plead for them? Do you have a heart to pull your brothers and sisters from the burning fire of hell? Will you reach out and save those souls who are heeding towards eternal death and destruction? Will you, my friend, will you?

Pressing Toward the Goal

By Sherly Isaac

In Philippians 3:12-15 Paul says, "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you."

Hear Paul wants to forget those things which are behind and to reach forward to those things which are ahead. Sometimes we think and think about our past life or past experiences which may not only be painful but discouraging. The more we think the more it makes us upset. Very often we forget that thinking over the things which are behind can harm us. Israelites did the same thing. They complained and murmured against God and brought the wrath of God in their lives. Numbers 11:5-6, "We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; "but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!"

They did not appreciate the heavenly food, manna and started thinking about their old days when they had fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and the garlic. They forgot the sufferings and pain through which they went when they were in Egypt. Instead of praising God for the deliverance and mighty deeds which God did in their lives, they started cursing God. And it never brought anything good in their lives. Many died because of this and many could not reach the Promised Land.

Before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah the angel warned Lot saying, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed." (Genesis 19:17) But Lot’s wife could not resist herself to look back and when she looked back she became a pillar of salt as we read in Genesis 19:25-26, "So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."

Why should we look back and bring the wrath of God in our lives. Instead let us reach forward to those things which are ahead of us as Apostle Paul said, let us "press toward the goal".

Yes, whatever might have happened, let us forget the past and look forward because there is a better tomorrow for those who love Him. Forget the past and trust God because there is a glorious future waiting for you. Forget the past and press toward the goal that is set by Lord Jesus Christ and there is blessed reward for those who work for Him.

As we have entered in this New Year, let us have this vision before us, forgetting the past and pressing towards a bright future.

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

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Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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