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WHAT DHONI SAYS ABOUT THE PITCH AND THE PAR SCORE WHEN WE BAT FIRST, WE JUST BELIEVE IT – KOHLI AFTER THE WEST INDIES GAME. Duke Jeyaraj’s Bible Devo post the India-West Indies World Cup 2019 Game of 27 June

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After India’s seemingly below-par batting performance was countered by amazing-above-par bowling performance in their Group Game against the West Indies on 27 June 2019 in the ODI World Cup, making them win by a whopping 125 runs,  Virat Kohli spoke about M. S. Dhoni. This is what he said, “If he says 265 is a good score on a pitch, we don’t aim for 300 and end up scoring 230. His experience, eight out of 10 times, works for us.” Kohli trusted the experience of Dhoni in assessing the pitch and conditions in deciding what would be a winning score when India has to bat first. Dhoni’s words were taken to be words of authority – without any questions being asked – in Kohli’s opinion.

That reminds me of something. For how many of us believers, the Bible’s words are the most authoritative? Do we trust the words of a popular preachers/worship leaders more (so, is that why so-called miracles are seen as proofs of validity of any ministry we support and associate ourselves with)? Do we regard church tradition more (so, it that why we discourage women from preaching and disobey God when it comes to water baptism)? Do we trust the mood of the popular societal sentiment more (so is that why, we don’t stress on the uniqueness of Jesus as the only way of salvation over coffee-table conversations with colleagues from other faiths)? When it came to formulating doctrine, Apostle Paul’s question was simple: “What does the Scripture say?” (Rom. 4:3; Gal. 4:30). In Acts 15, we see that the early church which was all Jewish at one point had this crucial question: “Can the Gospel be preached to the Gentiles (non-Jews)?” The answer for this question came from Apostle James who spoke after everyone in that conference spoke (Acts 15:13). He quoted and elucidated from one of the written prophecies of Amos (the written Word of God, the Bible he read) to underscore the clear command of God from Scripture that the church had to preach to the Gentiles (non-Jews). And that was the end of the debate (Acts 15:13-21). So, what was written in the written Word of God was enough to decide which way to go when it came to controversial decisions in the early church. Let us take the cue from the apostles.  So, let’s also make the Bible as the final court of appeal for all matters of belief and behaviour, like they did.

While Dhoni’s pitch assessment and par score assessment has about 80% accuracy (according to Virat Kohli), the Bible’s assessment of any matter is always 100% accurate and binding on all.

(Duke Jeyaraj, the author of this piece, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a listener-supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org).

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Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj 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 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 (G4 Mission) 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 since 2008 putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore [M. Div & Doctor of Ministry]. Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (16) and Datasha (12) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin and calls Hyderabad, India, his adopted home. 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). 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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