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The CSI Immanuel Cathedral, Ernakulam (formerly known as CSI Immanuel Church under the Diocese of North Kerala of the Church of South India ) was dedicated more than 110 years ago. The site, originally comprising 56 cents, was bought in 1905 by Rev. J.H. Bishop and the original church was built largely through his efforts, in memory of Rev. E.B. Russel who was a missionary of the Church of England in 


Dear Friends,
Warm Greetings!!!
“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”(Jeremiah: 29:11)
The background of this verse is striking, actually it is the part of a letter written by prophet Jeremiah and placed into the hands of an exile who was taken to Babylon. (Jeremiah: 29:3) As far as the Israelites were concerned, this period for them was a transitional period both physically and mentally. The captives had a difficult journey eastward across the desert and after they reached Babylon, they were forced to do hard work for their Masters, as their forefathers had to do in Egypt. Obviously many of these captives would never see their homeland again. Yet the prophet says that the Lord has a plan for the welfare of his people.
We are also in a transitional period; yes we have entered into a new year. Some of you may have your own list of things you wish you could do or change. But we do not know how the forthcoming days would be for us. However it may be, the unchanging word of God comforts us with the powerful promise that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews: 13:8) Jesus Christ is the unchanging God and Shepherd, who will lead us through the dark valleys in our life. And nothing will happen to us, without the knowledge of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, for everything in this world moves according to the directives of our Lord. Therefore we need not hesitate to move forward to continue our journey.

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