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When Belgium Dark Chocolate Did Not Melt In The Furnace…. – Duke Jeyaraj Bible Devotion starting from the Belgium-Japan Round of 16 Game in Russia 2018

‘Trailing 2-0 to Japan and heading out of the World Cup, the Red Devils mounted an extraordinary comeback, scoring three times in the final 21 minutes to set up a quarter-final against Brazil’ (BBC on the Belgium V Japan Round of 16 game). When the going got tough, the tough got going, for the Belgium team. Instead of melting like Belgium Dark Chocolate in the heat, they became steel-willed. They did not think as Japan led 2-0, “Another 21 minutes, we will be out of this World Cup….. ” Instead, they thought, “Another 21 minutes to fight-back and come back into this game!” Come-back, they certainly did. Only way back in 1970 has any team won a World Cup game after being down 0-2. What about us? Do we give up easily? Do we refuse to fight when the going gets tough? The Bible tells us, “…we never give up!” (2 Cor. 4:1). The reason? “God, in his mercy has given us this wonderful ministry” (2 Cor. 4:1). Because God does not give up on us, we also must not give up! God asks Ephraim, “How can I give you up?” (Hos. 11:8). God asks us, “How can I give you up!” Motivated by such love, we too must not give up in our fight against winning over the porn-temptation, winning over short-temper, winning over laziness, winning over fear when it comes to witnessing, winning over that irritating-cunning guy in the office by love and continuing to finish what God has called us to do!!!!! Yes, we can!!!! As Belgium showed versus Japan!!!!Belgium-goal-0

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Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports 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 (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout www.dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and www.youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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