Politicians who were natural orators(the ability to deliver non-scripted speeches and keep the audience spell-bound) – I have had great admiration for them because as a communicator of the Gospel I wanted to learn from them. There was lots of scope for me to improve as a full time speaker, I myself knew that, and so I grabbed every opportunity that came my way. And the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on 16 Aug 2018 was one the greatest ever natural orators in Indian Politics. Only Lalu Prasad Yadav could rival him, in my opinion. Vajpayee once said, “I am on a search for truth”. I remember quoting him say that in my Gospel presentation to the students of Adiaman College of Engineering, Hosur in my Christmas Gospel message to them in the year 1998 before quoting Jeremiah 29:13 from the Bible which says that the God of the Bible fulfils the desires of honest, sincere seekers and reveals himself to them. One of the best ever and most creatively crafted political advertisements in independent India was coined by Vajpayee’s party before one of the general elections in India in the 1990s. It went this way: ‘abki bari atal bihari’ (now it is the chance of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to become PM). And he did become PM! The word ‘bari’ reminds me of another truth which the Bible teaches: it is everyone ‘bari’ to die (till the time Jesus returns back to the earth to judge everyone who lived no this planet). When I read Hebrews 9:27 in the Bible, “Man is destined to die once and after that face judgement,” I am motivated to be ready for my own death which can come anytime. ‘Duke Ka Death ka Bari Zaroor Ayye Ga!’ (The turn for Duke to die will certainly come – please forgive me if I made a mistake with regards to my Hindi here) – I tell myself. So, I get ready for that day. Jesus is the best preparation to face death, because he is the only one who died and rose again and never died a natural death again! So, let us all turn from sin (Luke 13:1-5) and come to Jesus in faith (John 1:12) ! Now (2 Cor. 6:1-2)! – Duke Jeyaraj.
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])View Archive →