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DELIVERING WHAT THE CAPTAIN WANTS DILIGENTLY Duke Jeyaraj’s Bible devotion from India-Afghanistan World Cup 2019 Group Game on 22 June

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India were restricted to a mere 224 runs in their fifty overs Vs Afghanistan in the Group Game of 2019 ODI World Cup on 22 June 2019. Was an upset on cards? In reply, the least ranked team among the 10 World Cup playing Cricket nations, the nation of Afghanistan, were running away with the game with the score being 106 for 2. That’s when Jasprit Bumrah, the World No. 1 Bowler, struck in the 29th Over. He removed the two well-set batsmen in the middle – Rahmat and Shahidi. And later on, he bowled again during the slog-overs when the match was in a knife-edge. Bumrah produced a great 49th over and that gave the cushion of 16 runs for Mohd Shammi to  defend in the last over. And Shammi picked up a hat trick (including the dangerous Mohd Nabi’s wicket) to memorably secure for India, a 11-run win – the lowest winning margin for India in the World Cups (in terms of runs). In his post-match interview, Bumrah talked about doing what it takes to deliver for his team, whenever the captain tosses the ball to him, irrespective of the match-situation. What about us? “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” – those are words of Jesus in Matt. 7:23. Jesus wants us believers to be people who will complete the assignment he gives us, enabled by his grace. Bumrah took the captain’s instructions and delivered. When our Lord asks us believers to “deliver”, will we do just that and say “Done, Lord!”? What he says to us is found in the Bible. So, when he read in the Bible, “Flee youthful lusts” (2 Tim. 2:22), do we (or do we feed on youthful lusts)? So,  when we read in the Bible, “Snatch those are about to go into the flames” in Jude (vs. 23), do we drag our feet when it comes to evangelism? When the New Testament asks us to remain in our Ephesus and command the folks teaching false teaching, not to teach it (I Tim. 1:3), do we “just do it” or do we give excuses? Let’s deliver for our Captain of the Heavenly Armies! And after that, let’s say “It is finished!” (like our Master did). Let’s tell the Lord, “The work you gave me, I finished it! Thank you for your enabling grace and empowering Spirit!”

By dukewords

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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