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The Man Who Inspired My First Name

Duke Jeyaraj

When I was born in 1974, this man was in his fifties and was married to the queen of England. I am talking about the Duke of Edinburg, Prince Philip. My mom liked the name Duke and I was named ‘Duke’. The Duke of Edinburg is no more now. He passed away on 9 April 2021 just two months before his 100th birthday having lived with his wife for 70 plus years! She saw him first jumping over a Tennis Net as a 18 year old! She was only 13 then. We are talking about a Romance that lasted for 80 here and was ‘strong as death’ (Song of Songs 8)! The Duke has died. One day, this Duke will also die if the Lord’s coming delays. Death is everyone destiny (Hebrews 9). Only Jesus who died and rose again to live forever can deliver us from the fear of death and give us purpose in life (Hebrews 2, John 10). One of these two things will surely happen sooner than later: our death or Jesus’ coming (1 Thess 4). We must not be caught sleeping in stubborn sinful habits during at time – for that will have eternal consequences for us (Math 25). We must be busy winning souls till we die or till the Lord returns whichever occurs earlier. #PrincePhilip #DukeOfEdinburg #PrincePhilipFuneral

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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