WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED AND FOR WHAT DID YOU CRY? Duke Jeyaraj

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The pillow is wet. Wet, because of your tears. The handkerchief is damp. Damp, because you cried. Has that ever been your experience? When was the last time your heart melted and flowed out through your eyes as water? When was the last time your tear glands got into action because of a tear in your heart?

With millions watching him on Television, Indian Cricket Legend, Kapil Dev, wept like a small child. This happened when the straight-talking Karan Thapar interviewed him for a BBC show titled, “Hardtalk India” in May 2000. Weeping inconsolably in response to the match-fixing allegations thrown against him. These words flowed out his mouth, even as the tears flowed down his cheeks: “I will commit suicide rather than take a bribe. Who wants money? Take all my money. I come from a family where pride is more important than anything else.” (quoted from hinduonnet.com, 7 May 2000).

Can I ask you a personal question? When was the last time you cried? And why did you cry?

One of the first times I cried as an adult was when I got admission to the famous Madras Christian College for a course B. Sc. Course in 1992. My dad told me then that I could not join even though I got admission. He wanted me to wait for the results of the admission process I had started in Allahabad Agricultural Institute for the B. Tech. Agricultural Engineering course. And I could not take it. So, I cried. Those were kiddish tears. Those were selfish tears.

But in March 1993 I was given admission to this college now called SHIATS. I travelled 2000 kilometers away from home in Vellore (Tamil Nadu) to study in Allahabad. And in Allahabad I cried again. I was away from home in a hostel for the first time. I missed my parents and the world I was so familiar with in Vellore and so I cried. Those were kiddish tears again. Those were selfish tears again.

The tears started flowing down my cheek, afresh, one day in my college campus when I was praying in the mango groves. As I prayed for the unsaved, addicted-to-sinful-habits fellow students, the tears started pouring down! The tears were hot! They took a good while to stop! I will never forget that day in my life. For the first time I was weeping for the lost. My groaning in prayer on this occasion revealed my growth in spiritual life. My tears on this occasion were indicative of a significant spiritual growth.

The call for us to weep for the lost comes to us from the Bible via example after example.

THE PROPHET’S EXAMPLE

It does so through Prophet Jeremiah’s example. This is what the Prophet whom God used to write the longest Bible book in terms of number of words, wrote: “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people” (Jer. 9:1). J. Gordon McConville, an Old Testament Scholar writes, “In Jeremiah 8:22-9:3 there is a confusion between the weeping of the prophet Jeremiah and that of God”. In other words, when we study the book of Jeremiah in the original language it was written, Hebrew, we are not sure who is crying – God or Jeremiah! I would like to think that that they cried together – God and Jeremiah!

Why did Jeremiah cry? He cried because he knew that because of the stubbornness of the people of the Southern Kingdom of Israel the judgment of God was sure to come! He knew they were going to be exiled to Babylon. Some were going to be slain. Some were going to be captured. So, he wept. He kept weeping and praying for his sinful people till God told him to stop four separate times (Jer. 7:16; 11:14; 14:11; 15:1). God had decided to send his stiff-necked people into exile and so he asked his prophet to stop praying for them as they had crossed the line of no-return when it came to rebellion against the living God. So, prophet Jeremiah had to stop praying for his people.

PAUL’S EXAMPLE

In the New Testament times, the chance for the salvation of the perishing people of our time remains till their death (Heb. 9:27) or the coming of our Lord (Heb. 9:28). So we cannot stop praying for the perishing! That’s why Apostle Paul penned these Jeremiah-like words in the book of Romans: “I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people” (Rom. 9:1-3). Paul shed tears for the perishing!

When was the last time you wept for the lost? When was the last time you wept during a time of intercession?

JOHN’S EXAMPLE

Apostle John, the senior-most leader of the church, also had hot tears in his eyes when he thought about end-time spiritual dangers which were about to come upon the people he greatly loved and sincerely shepherded. This is what he wrote: “Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it…” (Rev. 5:4).

NEHEMIAH’S EXAMPLE

When he heard about the deplorable condition about the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah who had a cushy job in a safe foreign location started to weep. This is what the Bible records: “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” (Neh. 1:4). When was the last time a news report with regard to the brutal persecution unleashed on the soldiers of the Cross made you weep and slump onto your knees?

JOSEPH’S EXAMPLE

Joseph was so moved by love for his brother Benjamin that he could not hold back the tears when they met after a long time (Gen. 43:30). Do we have tears for our brothers and sisters in Christ world-over who are systematically terrorized and relentlessly tortured because of their faith in Christ?

Let us weep for the perishing! Let us standing in the gap for the persecuted!

Trivial things bring a torrent of tears in our eyes. A delay in healing brings tears into our eyes. A refusal of a visa makes us cry like children. But far more important things happening around us does not even bring a trickle down our cheeks! I am referring to far more important things like fate of perishing souls and the state of our persecuted brothers and sisters – have we ever wept for them, wept over them?

Do you hear ‘Weeping Prophet’ Jeremiah final challenge to us: “Arise, cry aloud in the night at the beginning of the night watches; Pour out your heart like water Before the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to Him For the life of your little ones Who are faint because of hunger At the head of every street” (Lamentations 2:19). What will fill our eyes during the watches of the night? Will  waters (tears) fill it or will WhatsApp fill it? During the watches of the night, let there be waters in our eyes for the lost and persecuted, instead of WhatsApp and more WhatsApp!

(This article was published in the Aim Magazine published by the Evangelical Fellowship of India – November 2019 issue).

45 NOW – MY LIFE IN A NINE PART FIVE YEAR PERIOD – Duke Jeyaraj

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As I turned 45 today (31 Oct 2019) I looked back at my life with gratitude dividing it into nine equal parts (9 x 5 is forty five – is it not?):

The First five years: The SILENT Duke (1974-79): As a baby, my mom told me, that I never troubled her. I never passed urine in the wrong places (she may be exaggerating here😊). As my dad interpreted into Tamil for uncle Stanley in the Sunday evening meetings in the Blessing Youth Mission headquarters in Vellore I would scribble quietly and not make any noise sitting right in the front.

The Second Five years: The SCUDDER-SCHOOL JOINING DUKE (1980-84): We spoke Tamil at home and I spoke my first words in English in the world-famous Ida Scudder School where my parents joined me.

The Third Five years: The SAVED/SPIRIT-FILLED/SOLDIER-FOR-CHRIST-SIGNING-UP (1985-1989): I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in the Ranipet CSI Church. Blessing Youth Mission held a special youth meeting there. Lionel uncle was the preacher. I was only 11. The most obvious change was the new found love for God’s Word – it was no longer a tablet I had to swallow. I began to devour the Bible. I was baptised in the Holy Spirit and signed up to be a soldier for Christ (answered a call to become a missionary by uncle R. Stanley) in the Blesso 1988. As a first step in becoming a missionary, I started a fellowship in my colony called Friends for Jesus. I taught this small group of my peers the Bible the best way I knew how. I took them out for tract distribution and village outreach. We went to the nearby hills to pray and study the Bible. Some of the guys in this group are in fulltime ministry/some are serving the Lord as tent-makers using their profession.

The FOURTH Five years: SWAGGART-CRAZY/STARTING-TO-PREACH/SENT-TO-NORTH-INDIA-TO-STUDY-DUKE (1990-1994): My uncle, Mr. A. Gnanasekaran, gave our family a video tape of famed (then) evangelist Jimmy Swaggart then. And I converted that video tape into an audio tape. And listened to those messages so often that I knew one message of his by heart. The message was titled, HELL IS NO JOKE. When School Captain Shameen Prashantham asked me to preach in the Captains Assembly in Scudder on 9 August 1991 (I was 16 then) I preached on hell. One senior student – a girl – fainted after that message, my first ever from stage! One another student is now a fulltime apologist having found Christ following that message! It was an unusual baptism into preaching for a 16 year old! I joined Voohrees College in Vellore as I waited for the result of my B. Tech. application to Allahabad Agricultural Institute. We cleaned up an unused room in the college and ran prayer meetings there along with a young man named Emmanuel Paul (the present pastor a thriving church in Vellore).  When I got into B. Sc. Chemistry course in the Madras Christian College, Chennai in the year 1992, my dad refused to give me permission to join. I wept. But this was God’s plan – I would later join the B. Tech Agri Engg course in Allahabad Agricultural Institute (now called SHIATS in March 1993). The next four years I did my best to be a witness for Jesus there by cycling into the city to give tracts, by leading small group Bible Studies, not only in my college but also in the near-by colleges. I gave tracts walking up and down the train in my Chennai-Allahabad journeys (this is something I still do). I preached in the college chapel. I took my first Bible Study on what the Bible Teaches about Sex sitting in the open ground near the Chemistry Department to a few fellow students. I also preached on the same topic in the chapel in a Student Christian Movement meeting following president Aju P. George’s invitation (he was my class-mate too). I had tears in my years when I prayed for the perishing in the Mango groves of our college. I launched my first magazine in the year 1994 (typed and xerox format). I would go to the city, check into a computer center and work on the magazine. Down the line, I would start a mag on my own (The Days of Your Youth) and see God take my writings to some of the leading Christian mags in the India (Aim/Light of Life). I was baptised in water by Rev. S. A. Sundarraj – one of my first preaching heros –  on March 31, 1991. He also recommended to Southern Asia Bible College. In Agricultural Institute I was there in the home of the Dicksons every other day sipping coffee and receiving counsel. Uncle Silas who worked in the CMC hospital would take me to preach in the hostels in and around Vellore in this period. He would ask me to preach in English and would go on to interpret my message into Tamil. I was getting a first taste of traveling and preaching. Mrs. Hepsibha Pandian invited me to Thanjavur to preach shortly after I passed ISC 1992 exams. Annan Manivannan invited me to Dharwad, Karnataka, to speak to the students there in the same year (I was 17).

The FIFTH Five  years: STUTTGART-VISITING, SABC-JOINING DUKE (1995-1999): My last day in Allahabad Agri Institute was on 31 August 1997 – the day Lady Diana died in a car crash – a story I used when I preached to the Sri Lankan Tamil Youth of the Living Word Missionary Church in Germany (I preached in Bottrop, Stuttgart, Bremen, and in other German towns) in April 1998. Wrapping Bible Truth around contemporary events like Jesus (Luke 13:1-5) became my passion. I worked briefly in Chennai for a couple of cell phone companies. I met the Evangelin Early Star, the pretty, ministry-involved missionary kid in Chennai in the Student for Jesus meetings in Nungambakkam again (She already made my heart skip a beat when we met earlier – in the BYM Missionary Kids Meet 1993 as a 18 year old). Pretty soon – in the year 1998 – I joined the M. Div. program of Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore (Yes, when I answered the altar call for fulltime missions as a 13-year old – I was dead serious!). I was elected class-rep in the second semester of the same year. My first year fees was paid by a professor couple. Thereafter I won full scholarships. My weekend ministry teaching God’s Word to the boys of the Bishop Cotton Boys School in the home of the couple Vincent (Sir) – Sheela (aunty). I also finished a M. A. in Christianity by traveling to Mysore University in this period, from time to time.

The SIXTH Five years: SHIFTING-ORGANISATIONS DUKE (2000-2004): After I graduated in Southern Asia Bible College (It was my God-given privilege that I became the Student Body President and the speaker-representative for the graduating class) in the year 2001 I joined Central AG Church in New Delhi as Youth Pastor and Central Bible College as Lecturer upon the kind invitation of Rev. Robert Jeyaraj. I wrote the first version of the Gospel tract for the Google Generation titled Bubbly Outside Yet Empty Inside so that the youth I pastored (they grew from 0 to 30 within months and Anupama Gummadi our present board member was there) could give them at Ansal Plaza, South Delhi. My wife and I journeyed to minister to the youth of the AG Kolkota in the same year – 2001 (Yes, by then, I had married Evangelin Early Star!). I later joined Blessing Youth Mission and we moved to Trivandrum to work under Uncle Arthur John. We memorably traveled from Trivandrum to New Jalpaiguri in North West Bengal to minister in a youth camp (a three-day travel). I started writing for Blessing magazine. I also got invited to interpret into English for Uncle Mohan C Lazarus’ God TV program. We moved to Jabalpur and worked under uncle E. L. Mathan Singh for the Blessing Youth Mission.  It was obvious that I was shifting organisations because of a deep seated restlessness which signaled that I had not still found what I had to do with the one life I had!

The SEVENTH Five Years: THE SLEEPLESS/SHAPING G4 MISSION DUKE (2005-2009): Evan and I prayed and the Lord led us to move to a centrally-located big city so that from that city we could travel and touch the Google Generation India-wide. As Pastor Younus Samuel of the New Life AG Church (following Pastor Chaitanya’ recommendation) had already invited me to preach in Hyderabad as early as in 2002, Hyderabad was an obvious choice. We moved into the city by October end of 2005 from Jabalpur. Our son, Dale, turned two in a few days after we landed – on November 4, 2005. We met Bro. Christopher, the senior-to-us spiritual counselor in Hyderabad, about the same time. Franklin Eden, our board member now, visited our first ever office cum residence in the A. S. Rao Nagar area (Ashok Colony). I started working in call centers to support the new ministry I would launch called Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (Gehenna was the Greek word that Jesus used for hell – remember the first sermon I preached was also on hell?). I did night shifts those days. They days were literally sleepless ones. My dad, Mr. A. Jeyaraj, helped us register our organisation with the Government of India. A group of trustees with non-relatives also in it was set up. Silver Ramesh annan (formerly with State Bank of India) eventually became the senior-most trustee. Our daughter was born in 2007. During the call center days I ran prayer fellowships right inside the office building. By 2008, I quit my job with HSBC Global Resourcing. I could not travel and preach and manage a full-time night-shift job at the same time. My wife was constantly encouraging me to quit my job and do the ministry fulltime all along. From November 7, 2008, both of us became full-time workers with the organisation we ourselves started – G4 Mission. G4 Mission was an inter-church organisation from day 1 working to revive, revitalize existing churches/corporate-fellowships/para-church organisations. We did not have a goal of starting our own branch church or fellowship or representative group anywhere. When we did not travel for ministry we were at our local church – New Life Assembly of God Hyderabad (led by Rev. Arlene Stubbs). By this time, I also uploaded my first Youtube video. The restlessness was now gone. I was more at peace now. I felt that I was in the center of God’s will for me.

The EIGHTH Five Years: THE STUDYING-DOCTORAL-PROGRAM DUKE/STUDY OF THE WORD LEADING DUKE (2010-2014): Rev. Dr. Jacob Cherian, my beloved teacher at the Southern Asia Bible College, invited me to join the Doctoral program offered in Southern Asia Bible College as soon as I quit my HSBC Tent-maker job. I joined. One of my classmates was Rev. Dr. V. T. Abraham, the long-standing South India Assemblies of God General Superintendent and he became a father-like friend (Though my ministry was independent – I deliberately chose to around senior, seasoned folks who could speak into my life). I wrapped up the doctoral program by 2014 ably guided by Dr. David Balasingh (who was also my preaching teacher at SABC). The course fees was paid by the same professor couple who had sponsored my M. Div. Studies. I spoke in the graduation service again (an unique God-given honor). I conducted Bible Studies in the home of the Daniels in Somajiguda to small groups (inter-church and inter-generational). I summarized all the 66 books of the Bible by taking up the study of one book each month. The very names of the books were used as an acronym for its message. This process took seven years. Every February we had a special sex, love, marriage Bible Study (When Moses Gave Roses / Which J are you love with? / The Hottest Topic Study From the Bible’s Greatest Book (in terms of length) – some of the titles). Two of my sexual purity calling for Bible Plans on Youversion, the popular Bible App, have seen over a lakh completion.  I preached in National Level events – Rev. Valson Varghese asked me to preach in the National Youth Convention of Assemblies of God twice with a focus on inner purity – and I did so in Chennai and Hyderabad.

The NINETH Five Years: THE STRAIGHT TALK BOOK PUBLISHING AND SOUND-DOCTRINE TEACHING DUKE (2015-2019): Once I completed my doctoral program, I was freer to travel and take up non-stop preaching invitations (It is a miracle they keep coming and I chose about  7 out of the 10 invitations I receive on average). I always ask the organisers to book my tickets and email them to me – this has been my practice from day 1. I endeavour to preach the truth without any fear when I get to the venue. And head straight back home to return to the work of writing which God has also called me to (I do this even when I am invited to speak overseas and I did this when I was in Dubai in August 2019). Word of Christ publishers decided to publish my book, Straight Talk (Bible Teaching wrapped around contemporary events on 40 hot topics from porn to petting; from masturbation to married sex) in 2018. This book was sold out by 2019. Eugene Pandian is our wow volunteer book cover/mag cover designer. Presently I am working on the updated version. Plans for other books are bubbling too: The Youth Chapters (messages from Bible Chapters where youth-related issues are addressed like Genesis 39) / The Book-Twisting Crooks (a book on modern false teachings such as hyper-grace, hyper-supernaturalism, etc) / The Sixty Six Fix (the message of the 66 Books of the Bible in a practical, memorable way – perhaps in a daily devotion format) / Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline (All the major doctrines of the Bible put in a practical way in typical Duke-acronym style). Yes, I started a once-in-two months new Bible Study Series titled Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline in 2016. This month (October 2019) we finished studying the 18th Bible Doctrine! We also do tract distribution every month outside corporate hubs, colleges, malls, metro stations, etc. We have done that from Feb 2006 when we started. As a small group we intercede for the nations, the nation, the Google Generation in an event called Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears Fasting Prayer. These last five years it has been my joy to preach revival-spark-bringing messages on church pulpits across this nation as well as counsel youth people and young couples.With Sunny Karumanchi behind the video lens I started a Youtube series called Short Videos on Hot topics in this period.

And yes, we have miles to go before we sleep!

In October 2018, as an individual, I was ordained by the Assemblies of God of India. Our organisation, G4 Mission, continues to be financially-independent, inter-church and inter-organisational.

We are supported by Indians who believe in our vision of grabbing the Gehenna-going Google Gen via passionate pulpit preaching (replete with altar calls), contemporary-events wrapped, frank writing, warm counseling that tells people what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear, fervent intercession, on-the-field tract distribution.

We file our IT return each year with the Government of India following an audit. This year (2019) was no different.

So that’s me – donkey carrying Jesus to the Google Generation in the one life I have! What will you do with the one life you have?

WHO IS DUKE JEYARAJ? (Originally written in 2011, this article was updated in 2019 on Duke’s 45th Birthday – 31 October 2019)

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Duke Jeyaraj, born to missionary parents from South India (His dad, Bro. A. Jeyaraj was one of the founders of Blessing Youth Mission), was saved at the age of 11 (in a Blessing Youth Mission program in the CSI Ranipet which Bro. A. Lionel addressed). He committed for full-time ministry at the age of 13 in a Blessing Youth Camp (following Bro. R. Stanley’s challenge). Since the age of 16 he has been preaching (his first sermon was in Ida Scudder School – Vellore). During his Agricultural Engineering Course (B. Tech.) in the Allahabad Agricultural Deemed University he actively witnessed for Christ by leading Bible Studies in the college hostel and going for tract distribution in the city with like-minded friends. After completing this course, Duke worked in Chennai briefly. During this time, Duke (who was 23 years at that time) was invited to speak to a group of Sri Lankan Tamil Youth by their pastor who read one of Duke’s articles published in a leading Christian magazine (Blessing Magazine). Since then, God has opened the doors for Duke to speak in various settings across different Church Denominations in over 20 Indian States (Punjab was the most recent new State he preached in) and in a few other countries. Church of South India, Church of North India, Society for Propagation of the Gospel, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Assemblies of God, Mennonite Brethren, Bakth Singh Assembly and other independent, non-denominational Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal churches, etc – these are some of the church denominations that have had Duke speak in their meetings. Duke also gets invited across organisational barriers. He has spoken in events organised by organisations such as Friends Missionary Prayer Band, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Jesus Calls, Youth For Christ, Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship, Indian Evangelical Mission, Indian Evangelical Team, Compassion International, Evangelical Medical Fellowship India, Operation Mobilisation, India Missions Association, Metropolitan Mission, Evangelical Union, etc.

The wide acclaim and acceptance for Duke in Christendom is seen in the fact that Dr. Sam Kamaleson, the founder of Friends Missionary Prayer Band and former vice-president for World Vision International, has written the foreword for Duke’s first book. Rev. D. Mohan, the Assemblies of God General Superintendent of India, wrote an endorsement for Duke’s book, Straight Talk on Sex Love Marriage Porn and More, released in 2018. As did Rev. Anitha Aidinyantz (educator and minister of Gospel), Rev. Stanley Mehta the Overseer and Senior Pastor of the Gateway Ministries International (Mumbai) and Rev. Dr. Y. D. Jeyaseelan the National Overseer for the Victory Churches International (Delhi).

Duke has also served as an English Translator at one time for Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus’ God TV program.

Duke’s writing ministry is also inter-organisational. Light of Life, a leading Christian magazine that goes to about 20,000 folk across the world, publishes Duke’s Bible-light-shining articles on current topics regularly. “The Sowing Circle” (The Bible Society of India’s magazine), “The Sower” (Methodist Church’s magazine), “Insight” (Assemblies of God’s Bible College Annual Magazine), “AIM” (Evangelical Fellowship of India’s magazine), “Blessing” (Blessing Youth Mission’s magazine), “Kerith” (the youth magazine of Friends Missionary Prayer Band) and the printed voice of the Indian Evangelical Team – all have carried Duke’s articles at various times.

At various times, Indian newspapers/news-magazines such as Outlook, India Today, The Week, The Sunday Indian, The Sportstar, Frontline, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle, etc have carried Duke’s hard-hitting comments on sports events and contemporary events.

It has been Duke’s privilege to speak to college students right in their campus on hot youth issues from the Bible, over the years. Duke has addressed students in Christian Medical College-Vellore, Madras Christian College-Chennai, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, National Institute of Technology (REC)-Trichy, Pondicherry Central University, Kurnool Medical College, Lady Doak College-Madurai, Bishop Heber College-Trichy, Karunya University-Coimbatore, etc, at various times on timely topics. Duke has even preached to the students of St. Aloysius College, a Roman Catholic Secular College in Jabalpur at one time.

Duke also has spoken in some schools to teens on subjects like relationships with parents, elders and the opposite gender, on writing exams well, on wise career choice, etc. He was a featured speaker to teens in Mount Carmel Schools, New Delhi.

Duke has the honor of speaking to Corporate Company Employees right inside their office campuses. He had done that in Mindspace IT Park and in CyberGateway IT Park in Hyderabad. He was featured as a speaker in a National-level God@Work Corporate Company Employees Conference in Bangalore. Duke has addressed the believers of one of India’s leading IT companies in their National-level meet. Talking about National level meets – Duke has address youth gatherings of the Assemblies of God, the Indian Pentecostal Assembly, Church of South India, Evangelical Medical Fellowship (Shiloh), etc.

Duke has briefly worked in Corporate Companies (including the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) group). While he worked there, he conducted brief break-time fellowship meetings right inside the office premises.

Duke, at various times in his life, has served as a youth pastor, Bible College Teacher, Writer, Editor, Counsellor, Travelling Missionary Revival Preacher, etc.

Every time and where ever Duke speaks, he constantly seeks to call the audience to repent from their sin and trust in Jesus who is the only way, by presenting Bible Truth wrapped around contemporary events the Jesus Luke 13:1-5 way. And the results have been very very encouraging. Hundreds have to Christ following his messages. Duke also expounds the Word of God in a practical way so that at the end of these messages the audiences are challenged for holy living, witnessing and ministry involvement through the local church and para-church organisations. Some young people have joined fulltime ministry having committed their lives for the same after one of Duke’s messages. Duke in 28 years of itinerant preaching has always adhered to pulpit ethics – he has never used the pulpit of a church or a ministry to shoot down its own doctrines and beliefs. Instead, he has always sought to build up, encourage, challenge, motivate the audience and make them more effective and more energetic in their own local churches or other ministries they are already involved in.

Duke has addressed crowds over one thousand on different occasions. While he has done this, he also keeps addressing small groups of people as well.

Duke lives in Hyderabad with his wife, Evan, who is also an itinerant speaker. They have two little children – Dale and Datasha. Duke has the following theological degrees: Masters in Divinity (Gold Medal) and Master of Arts in Christianity. He started his doctorate in ministry (D. Min.) in Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore in 2009 and graduated in 2014 (he, along with one other classmate, was the quickest to graduate) with his project on making disciples of Jesus out of Information Technology Professionals.

Duke, in Feb 2006, started G4 Mission – an inter-denominational, inter-organisational organisation that aims to grab the Google Generation (modern youth) going to Gehenna (Hell) using creative ways. This Mission is run by free will offerings of Indians who believe in its vision. Duke and his wife are now the full-time staff of this ministry. The day-to-day operations of this ministry are practically executed by volunteers who are in different places and in different jobs (Our video volunteer works with Infosys). G4 Mission is governed by an independent Government-registered Trust which includes non-relatives of Duke in it. The accounts of this Trust are submitted to the Government of India annually. Duke publishes a magazine called, “The Days Of Your Youth”, once in two months. This magazine wraps Bible Truth around contemporary events. In November 2010, Duke released a book titled, “No Beating About The Bush Straight Talk On Hushed Up Matters: Contemporary-event wrapped essays on what the Bible has to say about sex, love and marriage, plus more!” after many years of distributing his books in the photocopy spiral bound format. This book was printed by Word of Christ publishers in an undated format in 2018. Daniel In Dell and The Goodnews for the Google Generation are two of Duke’s other books (out of print now).

The testimonies of those who have been immensely blessed by Duke’s writing ministry come from across the globe from different countries. Duke believes he is called to be one of the donkeys invited to carry Jesus to the modern generation – a generation he calls ‘Facebook Folk’, ‘Hotmail Herd’, ‘Yahoo Youth’, ‘Google Generation’, etc.

You can meet Duke online at various websites:

 

www.dukev.org

www.dukewords.com

www.youtube.com/visitduke

www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud

www.instagram.com/duke_jeyaraj

www.twitter.com/dukejeyaraj

 

NEW IPHONE, SAME OLD ‘ I-PINE’…BUT WHY? DUKE JEYARAJ

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Whenever there is a talked about new phone being launched, this thought comes to me. That the best things thing the world has to offer cannot satisfy us fully ever. Now we have the IPhone 11, the IPhone 11 Pro, IPhone 11 Pro Max and IPhone whatnot. But soon we will get quickly get bored and wait for the next IPhone to arrive next September. We may have the latest IPhone in our hands the day it is launched but it is the same old story of  “I-Pine” – we get quickly bored with it and start pining for the next updated version. I enjoy using the IPhone – don’t get me wrong. Someone gifted me one the other day. I am grateful for the same. But the larger point is best expressed by Jesus himself: “A man’s life does not lie in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). It lies in relating with Jesus him who came to life – life to the full (John 10:10).

Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org.

September 11 Still Speaks – Duke Jeyaraj

 

sept 11New York. Big City. The City of Sky Scrappers. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centres it’s pride and joy. Over 100 storeys high. 414 metres tall.  September 11, 2001,  said the calendar. Two aircraft ram into these strapping structures. The buildings sway like a boat in a rough sea. They come down crumbling.   For thousands it was all over. In a flash it all happens.

Rewind two thousand years. The town – Jerusalem. In the country of  Israel. Another tower crashes. 18 people get killed as a result. The tower had a name – the tower of Siloam. Some escape by the skin of their teeth. Narrowly. There was no newspapers then. No Times of India. No Hindustan Times . By word of mouth the news reaches this man. Who? Jesus. He told the crowd around him something which made their ears tingle: “Those 18 in Jerusalem the other day, the ones crushed and killed when the Tower of Siloam collapsed and fell on them, do you think they were worse sinners than all other Jerusalemites? No not at all. Unless you repent, you too will die!” (Luke 13: 3-5, MSG). The NASB renders the same set of verses thus: but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:5). “Perish” is the Bible word for punishment in hell (Rev. 21:7-8). But God does not want anyone to perish but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Have you repented? Have you repented from sin? If not do so now! Come to Jesus who died for you on the Cross!

DON’T MISTAKE WOLVES FOR LABRADORS! – DUKE JEYARAJ ON FALSE TEACHERS

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While we appreciate our true-to-the-Word-of-God teachers, we must also be wary of “false teachers”. This is what the Bible says about “False Teachers”: “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be FALSE TEACHER among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1, ESV). The ‘man of God’ you listen to Sunday after Sunday – if he teaches hyper-grace, immortality on earth and such salvation-affecting false teaching is a ‘false teacher’.

This verse says, false teachers are first of all ‘secretive’. That means they want to show that they are part of the main-stream Christianity while they are cultic. They vehemently deny that they are cultic (but they are secretly are indeed cultic, because ‘popular opinion’ and not the Bible is their final court of appeal; they don’t mind saying ‘The Bible is not the Word of God’). False Teachers are called ‘wolves’ elsewhere in the Bible (Matt. 7:15). Wolves (False Teachers) have a deceptive appearance. We can mistake them to be Labradors and pamper them (attend their church and support their ministry)!!! Beware! Don’t get fooled!!!!

This verse also says that false teachers bring in ‘destructive heresies’. The meaning? Unless they repent)(2 Peter 3:9), these false teachers are heading towards hell and taking people who follow them blindly also to hell.

In 2 Peter 2:4, just three verses below, Apostle Peter promises ‘hell’ for unrepentant false teachers.In the same chapter (2 Peter 2) – ‘They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!’ (verse 14, ESV).

This brings to the fore two more characters of false teachers: they work up a theology that excuses sin, that excuses the ‘eyes full of adultery’ ‘after all – the grace of God is ALWAYS there’ (to put it in their words) (notice the word ‘entice’). Yes, they use the Grace of God as a license for immoral living as Jude explains (in verse 4).

Not only that. These false teachers twist the Word of God motivated by ‘greed’ (a love for money) as 2 Peter 2:14 says. They preach a God of love but won’t tell you about the wrath of God which the same Bible talks about, lest you get offended and won’t sent them an offering or stay in their church.

They will tell you about a hell, but give you hope that even from hell you can come to heaven, so that your ears are tickled and you feel good.

They tell you that Jesus will never return back to earth, till a generation believes in Immortality on earth (that is not likely to happen, so Jesus won’t ever come back, or come back anytime soon, and so you can live in sin in-effect, according to them).

Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, calls them ‘accused children’ (he knew they were already hell-headed, but he would not simply watch as believers follow them, so he wrote these words primarily not to warn these false teachers but the believers who follow them without second thought)!

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Wolves (False Teachers) have a deceptive appearance. We can mistake them to be Labradors and pamper them (attend their church and support them)!!! Beware!!!

 

WHEN THE LOVING-TO-BE-YOUNG JESUS MET YOUNG PEOPLE Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj

young peopleJesus loved being “young”, like most of us do – the time of our lives when our prettiness/handsomeness is at an Himalayan high and our energy-levels at an Everest high. Why did I say that Jesus loved being young? Here’s why – follow the line of my argument carefully: Jesus had the power to choose when he could die (John 10:18); He chose to die when he was in the prime of his youth; He was about 30 when he started his ministry – Luke records (Luke 3:23);  John, the Gospel writer, talks about three Passovers which Jesus took part in (John 2:13; 6:4 and 11:55);  Since the Passover was an annual festival for the Jews (Lev. 23:1-8; I Sam. 1:3, 21), we know Jesus’ ministry on the earth lasted for three years, before he was crucified and buried;  He rose again as a young man, three days later. And he ascended to heaven as a young man of 33;  He sits at the right hand of the Father as a young man;  In all these years, his glorious body has not aged – I believe – because the Bible says “the same” young Jesus whom the disciples ascend into heaven will return back to this earth (Acts 1:11).

 

Young people, Jesus can understand you because he is God who is all knowing. Not just that. He can stand you(th) because he is young even right now!

 

Jesus also loves meeting young people. In his earthly ministry, Jesus met several youth and ministered to them. However, the Gospel writers were moved by the Holy Spirit to give details of Jesus’ interaction with three different youth (only these three persons whom I will refer to are explicitly called ‘youth’).  Let us take a long look at those biblical incidents when Jesus met youth and draw lessons for the youth of today.

 

  1. WHEN JESUS MET A COLD YOUNG MAN

 

Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian Fast Bowler, has a nick-name. He is nicknamed “Bootlace Bomber”, because of his ability of bowl yorkers accurately and high speed. Jesus can be given a nick-name. Jesus can be called “the Funeral Spoiler”! He is seen disrupting three funerals at various stages of increasing difficulty – one which took place in a home, the other when the body was being carried from the home to the graveyard and still yet another when the body was buried in the graveyard! He disrupts the funeral of the young man who was being carried to the graveyard. He was the only son of his widowed mother (Luke 7:12). And he was being carried to the grave! This is what happened according to Dr. Luke: He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” (Luke 7:14). That young man rose again from the dead and Jesus gave him back to his mother (Luke 7:15).

 

Have you touched dead bodies? I have. I recently touched the dead body of my maternal uncle who passed after battling Parkinson’s Disease for 25 years. Dead bodies are cold. I want to draw an analogy here. Are you cold, spiritually speaking? Are you cold in your love towards the One whose love for you is warm? There was a time when you used to pray for long hours without looking at the clock. There was a time when you would witness without any second thoughts. There was a time when you fled from temptation and enjoyed the fleeing because you knew sin’s pleasures were, at best, fleeting. But not any longer. Now, prayer times have become a drag for you. You do not witness for Jesus at all. And you run towards temptation feeling super-excited. You need to repent. You need to come back to Jesus. You must come back to the “first love” you had for Jesus (Rev. 2:4). Your love for Jesus needs to be warm.

 

  1. WHEN JESUS MET A HALF-COMMITTED YOUNG MAN

Matthew records the conversation of a “young man” (Matt. 19:20,22) of “great wealth” (Matt. 19:22) had with Jesus. He had the right question – “What must I do to get eternal life?” (Matt. 19:16). He wasn’t talking about earthly things but things of eternal value. So, in that sense, he asked the right question. Having read the full Bible we know that we do not have “do” anything to get eternal life. All we need to do to be saved is to believe in the Lord Jesus who died and rose again for us with a truly repentant heart (Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31 – two passages where we read the question of unbelievers, “What shall we do now?”). The rich young man not only asked the right question, he exhibited the right posture. Mark records that this young man “knelt” down before Jesus when he asked that question (Mark 10:17 ESV). This tells me that he respected Jesus and wanted to express that respect by the posture of kneeling.  But the rich young man who asked the right question with the right posture responded wrongly to Jesus. Jesus, who knew everything as God (John 2:25), knew about his greed and love for money problem. So, Jesus touched that aspect of his life in response to his question. But he did not do that in an angry tone. He did it lovingly. Mark records that Jesus looked at this young man and “loved him” as he gave his response to his question (Mark 10:21). Jesus loves young people. But he does not desire that young people stay in their sins – be it pride or porn-watching or peer-pressure yielding or prayerlessness. So he lovingly calls youth to repent – especially of their “pet” sins. If you are given to the secret habit of shooting and sending nude selfies via WhatsApp Jesus would say this to you, looking at you in a loving way: “Yet one thing you lack. Surrender your WhatsApp life to me!” (Read Mark 10:21 to understand what Jesus told the Rich Young Ruler). Here is the message we need to get: Jesus loves us just the way we are, but he won’t leave us that way. He would woo us with his love, wow us with his love. He love when truly experienced will transform our life. But if we keep rejecting his love, a time will surely come when the Holy Sprit may stop talking to us and we will land in eternal hell (Rev. 21:7-8; Gen. 6:3; Romans 1:18-24).

 

So do not be half-committed, when it comes to your commitment with Jesus! The rich young man walked away “sad” when he took a U-turn from Jesus and walked away because he was unwilling to repent of his love of money in a practical way by selling all his possessions, giving what he got to the poor, and following Jesus (join Jesus’ ministry team) [Mark 10:21]. He level of commitment to Jesus was not 100%. He kept some parts of his life for himself, for sin, for Satan. This young man wanted to serve Jesus and Money. And that led to sadness. Double-mindedness leads to delight-loss – this was James’ message (Whoever wavers in his mind is troubled in all his ways – James 1:8, Aramaic Bible in Plain English). Don’t lock a corner of your life secretly to porn by watching nudity via streaming platforms like Netflix. Don’t make room in your heart for a little pride in the name having good self-esteem. Give up “all” sin and surrender your “full” life to Jesus (note Jesus’ stress on the word “all” in his response to the young man who was rich in Mark 10:21). Then, the lasting joy which the young rich man missed will be yours (Mark 10:22; Matt. 19:22). When you surrender your life to Jesus without holding anything back – I repeat without holding anything back – you are sure to experience the joy which the world cannot give, money can’t buy (the rich young ruler should have known this) and Satan cannot take away. I can testify to that!

 

 

  1. WHEN JESUS MET A COWARDLY YOUNG MAN

 

There was a young man who followed Jesus enroute to the Cross. But when the Roman Arrest party closed-in on Jesus he had to choose between suffering with Jesus or scooting from Jesus. He chose the later option, for lack of courage. You can read about him in Mark 14:51 – ‘A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. But he [v]pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked’ (NASB). When this young man had to choose being naked in public and being nerveless in public, he chose the former. He was a coward. He was curious about Jesus (that why he followed Jesus). But he could not make up him mind to be courageous for Jesus. He was exactly the opposite of John Chou, the young American who went to North Sentinel Islands to proclaim Jesus, pretty well knowing that his life was at risk at the hands of the untamed, javelin-wielding, tribal people who lived there in 2018. He sure lost his life. But great will be reward on the other side of eternity. Do you know in the list of people who will go to hell even “cowards” are mentioned? (Rev. 21:7-8). The book of Revelation was written as an encouragement for people who were being persecuted. The message of that book is simple: “Endure”. Revelation 13:10b read this way: ‘Here is a call for the perseverance and faith of the saints.’ Revelation 14:12’s message is also the same: ‘This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.’ When Revelation 21:7-8 places even the ‘cowardly’ in the list of people who will go to hell, we understand this way: those who repeated, stubbornly, deny Jesus through their words and actions for the fear of a repercussion (repercussions like ‘my friends will make fun of me, if I refuse to drink along with them’, ‘if I say no to sex when this girl is offering it offering to me, she will think I am not even a man!’, ‘if I question my pastor about this false teaching he is preaching, he will not have me on stage as a worship leader in this church’, etc) are in the real danger of going to eternal hell.

 

So, in your campus life, show people that you have a backbone. In your corporate office, let people know that out of that popularity contest. Live for Jesus courageously!

Note: This article was published in the August 2019 issue of Aim Magazine published by Evangelical Fellowship of India.

(Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his flat, during his spare time. He could have been a cricket commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around cricket magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission to finally find serenity after having served as a pastor/missionary/editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works fulltime for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher since 2008 putting to use the formal theological training he received from a reputed Bible College in Bangalore [M. Div & Doctor of Ministry from CGLD-SABC]. Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (15) and Datasha (11) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin and calls Hyderabad his adopted home. In case your curiosity is triggered by reading all this, you may checkout dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation]).