HANNAH – WHAT A MOM! – Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj

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Hannah is a famous mother the Bible talks about. From her life we can learn lessons not just for moms and kids but everyone else.

I took a long look at her life in the first Mother’s Day of my life post my graduation from Bible College. That was when I was a Youth Pastor in Delhi. That was in May 2001. Recently I bumped into the notes I had made then to share a message from her life in the Mother’s Day Sunday service – a service where only a small bunch of people heard me. Here are excepts from that.

1. TEASED HANNAH:

1 Samuel 1:2,6-7 talks about the teased Hannah. She was not the only wife of her husband, Elkanah. The other wife in her husband’s life was Peninnah. The Lord’s command was clear: one man for one woman (Gen. 2:24). Elkanah was copying the example of a murderous sinner in the Bible called Lamech who first married more than one woman (Gen. 4:19). What did this other wife do? Since she had kids, she made fun of Hannah. May be she used these phrases: “I got pregnant. You only get fat!”/“Hey, Hannah, look at my tummy! I am carrying! Nothing for you! Not even an insect inside your stomach! So sad! Tough luck!”/ “I did the job for Elkanah to raise a heir. You failed!”/ “You have no chance of being the promised Messiah’s mom!” This taunt was tossed each time Hannah had her periods. There was no period to these taunts. They were relentless.

Do you taunt others? About their looks? About their inability? Then you have the sinful spirit of Peninnah. If we posses anything good, it is because of the sheer grace of God and sovereignty of God! So do not taunt others for lacking the skill/the blessing God gracious gave you. It is a sin! Paul wrote, “In humility, consider others better than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3).

2. TOUCHED HANNAH:

I Samuel 1:4,5,8 talks about Hannah who was touched by her husband Elkanah’s warm words of romance. He told her as she reeled with heart-sinking feelings of barrenness: “You may not have kids. But you have me. Isn’t that better than having ten sons!” (I Sam. 1:8). When was the last time husband that you talked romantically with your wife? Do you only use your wife for your stomach needs and sex needs while royally ignoring her need for loving chats? That’s being super mean. Repent.

3. TRAVAILING HANNAH:

I Samuel 1:9-11 talks about the travailing Hannah. This is how she prayed: “Give me a son, Lord. I will give him back to you!” This was a noble prayer. Some childless moms pray this way: “Give me a child Lord. I will write about that in a Christian magazine or post a testimony on Facebook!” I believe you can do better. I believe you must pray like Hannah. Oh for moms who will pray like Hannah with a missionary spirit: “Give me a child Lord. And I will feed him with missionary milk and shape him/her into a servant of the Gospel!”

Leonard Ravenhill wrote, “We have preachers who would rather travel, than travail (in prayer)!” Hannah travailed for a physical son. We must travail for spiritual children. We must be ready to go into birth pains, like Paul, till Christ is formed in those we disciple (Gal. 4:19).

4. TAINTED HANNAH:

I Samuel 1:12-15 talks about the tainting of Hannah’s character by Priest Eli, the officiating minister in the Temple Hannah went to pray for a child. She was thought to be drunk. She was taunted by the other wife and now this “pastor” is tainting her. Trouble after trouble. Problem after problem. As long as you are on this side of eternity, you will have trouble and you will be misunderstood. Don’t dream about a life that would be free of all of this. Don’t believe the lies of that popular preacher who tells you that if you come to Christ, your life will be trouble free! Only God who knows everything can understand you perfectly. So, instead of impressing people, become intimate with God!

5. TRUSTING HANNAH:

Hannah believed that God would grant her request. She smiled. She no longer cried (I Sam. 1:17-18). What Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6-7 was true in Hannah’s life. She submitted her petitions to God. She found peace which God alone gave, post that. “Oh what peace we often forfeit/Oh what needless pain we bear/All because we do not carry / Everything to God in prayer” – so wrote the wise hymn-writer. If it was God’s plan for you to have that blessing, no force on earth can stop that blessing in your life. No plan of God can be thwarted, Job learnt (Job 42:2).

6. TACTFUL HANNAH:

I Samuel 1:19-20 teaches that Hannah not only made intercessions to the Heavenly one so that she would have a son – she also had intercourse with her husband. She not made supplication for a son; she also had sex! Prayer must be coupled with action. You pray, “Lord, save my neighbor!” That’s good. But have you smiled at your neighbor? Have you invited him/her home? Have you started evangelistic conversations with her that started with the latest movie or that hit secular song? Have you given him a copy of the Bible? Or a tract?

7. TRUST-WORTHY HANNAH:

I Samuel 1:24-28 talks about the trust-worthy Hannah who not promised but made good her promise. She became pregnant. She had a baby boy. She weaned that boy. She travelled with to the very place where she travailed that God would make her pregnant with him. She kept her word that she would give him back to God. Have you made a promise to God that you have not kept. I committed for fulltime ministry as a 13-year old in the year 1988 in a camp. On November 7, 2008, as a 34-year-old tent-making missionary with the HSBC Group, I quit my job to join the organization I founded in 2006 called Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission). I still work fulltime for God. What satisfaction and joy I have! What about you? What about the promises you made to God after that moving message?

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission. This is a reader-supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org. Like www.facebook.com/dukebook. Watch www.youtube.com/visitduke).

This article was published by Light of Life magazine – November 2019.

Encountering Bible Truth On Judgement Starting From Disha Rapists’ Encounter Death – Duke Jeyaraj

The punishment for the stubborn-till-death unrepentant, Christ-rejecting rapists is hell (a far greater and much more severe punishment than a police encounter after days after you have committed the rape-murder crime). What should keep us on our toes is that Jesus said the same punishment will be given to believers who are stubborn in the sin of ‘raping-in-the-mind’ [the sin of lust] (Matt. 5:28-29). [Eg. driven-by-lust does our choice of shows via OTT shows – via Amazon Prime/Netflix/Hotstar, etc – show clear preference for OTT (O for obscenity, T for Titillation, T for Topless bits)?]. Did you know that that we believers under the New Covenent will be more severely punished than those under the Old Covenent (those under the law of Moses)? That what the writer to the Hebrews says in Hebrews 12:25 – ‘Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!’ (NLT). This is some food for thought! This provides a scope for self-reflection and a motivation for repentance! – Duke Jeyaraj (dukev.org)

The Two Times The Bible Talks About Ungrateful People – Duke Jeyaraj

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Like our God we must be kind to the ‘ungrateful’ (Luke 6:35) people in our lives and like Paul knew, we too must know that we live in the last few days before Jesus’ Return (though we don’t know when he will come exactly) when we see an increase in the gang of the ‘ungrateful’ people (2 Tim 3:2) – Duke Jeyaraj (brief meditation on the only two verses the Bible uses the word ‘ungrateful’ – ESV version considered).

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more via http://www.dukev.org or via WhatsApp/Telegram to +91-8886040605).

THE CST RAILWAY ANNOUNCER n EZEKIEL’s Message – Duke Jeyaraj

 

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November 26, 2008. The events of that blood-curdling day still remain green in our memory. It was that day when Kasab and co entered the CST Railway Station in Mumbai and went on a shooting spree. They could have killed a lot more people than they actually did. But they didn’t. One of the reasons was this man: Vishnu Dattaram Zende, the announcer who was behind the mike, sitting on an elevation looking over the railway stations’ concourse spread out below his glass window when the terrorist duo started the firing indescriminately. Here is how he did it: He responded to the sound of an explosion and firing from the direction of CST’s long-distance platforms with a flurry of announcements that have left a grateful metropolis amazed at his presence of mind and courage. First Zende directed the railway gaurds to rush towards the long-distance area. Then, repeatedly, in Hindi and Marathi, he told alighting crowds to head to the back of the concourse and leave from a back exit. “All I could think of,” he explains, “is somehow stop them from going towards the explosion and the bullets’.” Having done his job, Zende sank to the floor, below his glass window, hearing a shot shatter glass periliously close to the announcer’s booth. and finally saw the terrorists leave a virtually empty concourse (Outlook, 15 December 2008).

 

When I read this story, I whispered a “sorry” to the Lord. You may wonder why. Let me explain: Zende warned the platform dwellers of CST Railway Station about the dangers they were facing from the 26/11 terrorists. But do we warn our fellow travellers in the journey called life about the real danger of them going to hell. That’s where they will go, Without a knowledge of Jesus, they are doomed,for He alone is the way to Heaven (Acts 4:12). You too are also called to be an “announcer” – the announcer of the Good News of Jesus. You too are also called to be an “announcer” of the sins of the people. That is what Ezekiel 33:8 teaches: If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. I told the Lord “sorry” because, there were times when I have failed to obey His gentle nudge inside of me to share the Gospel to that Hell-heading soul, Jesus told us, “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetop….” (Math 10:27). In other words, the Gospel message is so important that it should be shouted out loud so that our in-danger-of-going-to-hell hearers would take heed. If a house is on fire, would you not run up to the terrace of that house and scream out for help? In the same way, unbelievers need to hear your announcement of the Goodnews, loud and clear. That would be one practical way we save others by snatching them out of the road to eternal fire (Jude 23).

 

(Duke Jeyaraj, the author of this piece, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org. WhatsApp him via +91-8886040605).

WHAT CONSTABLE OMBLE HEROICALLY DID ON 26/11; WHAT JESUS DID FOR YOU AND ME, SIX HOURS ONE FRIDAY Duke Jeyaraj

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The Ram Gopal Verma movie The Attacks of 26/11 chillingly showed how Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Tukaram Gopal Omble, a family man and a father of four daughters, armed with just a baton took on the dreaded terrorist Ajmal Kasab in a Mumbai road on 26.11.2008. Kasab acted as if he was dead when the police fired into the hi-jacked silver color Skoda car he and his accomplice were riding on towards a checkpost. Kasab’s accomplice died in the firing. When Omble daringly took the lead to open the Skoda car door, Kasab suddenly started to move menacingly. Omble acted quickly to catch hold of the barrel of Kasab’s AK47 rifle with both hands. Kasab, in retaliation, opened fire. A spray of bullets entered Omble’s stomach and intestines. Omble tightly held onto the barrel of Kasab’s AK 47 and would not simply let go of it till he breathed his last. This brave act forcefully prevented Kasab’s AK47 – a machine that he had mercilessly used to kill innocent people in the Mumbai CST Railway Station and the Cama Hospital just minutes before this event – from firing at anyone else. Omble died but he gave the police forces enough time to reach the terrorist and catch him alive. Kasab, part of a team of 10 terrorists who entered Mumbai that day, was the only terrorist to be captured alive (Story reconstructed using various news websites). Omble sacrificed his life for many Mumbaikars who did not even know him that day.

Omble’s sacrificial act somewhat typifies what Jesus did for us in an imperfect way. He died a cruel death for each one of us when we were still sinners and far away from him enjoying the temporary pleasures of sin, the Bible teaches (Heb. 11:25; Rom. 5:8, The Bible). The punishment that brings us peace was upon him when he hung on the Cross, the Bible declares (Isa 53:5, The Bible). Our backs should have been whipped as a punishment for the sins of our body – be that over-eating or masturbation coupled with porn-watching or any other unprintable sin. But Jesus took that punishment upon his own back. Strong-armed Arnold Schwarzenegger-like Roman Soldiers whipped Jesus’ back 39 times with leather belts that had broken bone and nail pieces embedded on them. As a result his back was lacerated and looked like a plowed field in accordance to a Bible prophecy – just one of over 110 major prophecies that Jesus fulfilled during his earthly life (Micah 3:12, The Bible). He loves us so very madly that he himself took upon his body, the punishment for our sins meant for our body (I Peter 2:24, The Bible). Because Jesus is 100% God who in turn is beyond the dimension of time he could die for all humans of all times. Because He is 100% human (even while he was 100% God) he could become the substitute for every human being. As the Bible puts it, “Jesus loved us and gave himself for us” (Gal. 2:20, The Bible). No one could have loved us the way Jesus did! No one loves us the way Jesus does. And what is more – Jesus came back to life, a feat that points to the fact that he is God and he is above everyone in the long line of self-proclaimed gods, so records the Bible (Rom. 1:4, The Bible).

(This is part of Duke Jeyaraj’s tract, Bubbly Outside, Yet Empty Inside?. Duke is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission – a ministry to presentday people. Find out more about Duke and this ministry which is supported by Indians blessed by Duke’s writing and preaching ministry by liking www.facebook.com/dukebook or via Whatsapp at +91-8886040605)

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED AND FOR WHAT DID YOU CRY? Duke Jeyaraj

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The pillow is wet. Wet, because of your tears. The handkerchief is damp. Damp, because you cried. Has that ever been your experience? When was the last time your heart melted and flowed out through your eyes as water? When was the last time your tear glands got into action because of a tear in your heart?

With millions watching him on Television, Indian Cricket Legend, Kapil Dev, wept like a small child. This happened when the straight-talking Karan Thapar interviewed him for a BBC show titled, “Hardtalk India” in May 2000. Weeping inconsolably in response to the match-fixing allegations thrown against him. These words flowed out his mouth, even as the tears flowed down his cheeks: “I will commit suicide rather than take a bribe. Who wants money? Take all my money. I come from a family where pride is more important than anything else.” (quoted from hinduonnet.com, 7 May 2000).

Can I ask you a personal question? When was the last time you cried? And why did you cry?

One of the first times I cried as an adult was when I got admission to the famous Madras Christian College for a course B. Sc. Course in 1992. My dad told me then that I could not join even though I got admission. He wanted me to wait for the results of the admission process I had started in Allahabad Agricultural Institute for the B. Tech. Agricultural Engineering course. And I could not take it. So, I cried. Those were kiddish tears. Those were selfish tears.

But in March 1993 I was given admission to this college now called SHIATS. I travelled 2000 kilometers away from home in Vellore (Tamil Nadu) to study in Allahabad. And in Allahabad I cried again. I was away from home in a hostel for the first time. I missed my parents and the world I was so familiar with in Vellore and so I cried. Those were kiddish tears again. Those were selfish tears again.

The tears started flowing down my cheek, afresh, one day in my college campus when I was praying in the mango groves. As I prayed for the unsaved, addicted-to-sinful-habits fellow students, the tears started pouring down! The tears were hot! They took a good while to stop! I will never forget that day in my life. For the first time I was weeping for the lost. My groaning in prayer on this occasion revealed my growth in spiritual life. My tears on this occasion were indicative of a significant spiritual growth.

The call for us to weep for the lost comes to us from the Bible via example after example.

THE PROPHET’S EXAMPLE

It does so through Prophet Jeremiah’s example. This is what the Prophet whom God used to write the longest Bible book in terms of number of words, wrote: “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people” (Jer. 9:1). J. Gordon McConville, an Old Testament Scholar writes, “In Jeremiah 8:22-9:3 there is a confusion between the weeping of the prophet Jeremiah and that of God”. In other words, when we study the book of Jeremiah in the original language it was written, Hebrew, we are not sure who is crying – God or Jeremiah! I would like to think that that they cried together – God and Jeremiah!

Why did Jeremiah cry? He cried because he knew that because of the stubbornness of the people of the Southern Kingdom of Israel the judgment of God was sure to come! He knew they were going to be exiled to Babylon. Some were going to be slain. Some were going to be captured. So, he wept. He kept weeping and praying for his sinful people till God told him to stop four separate times (Jer. 7:16; 11:14; 14:11; 15:1). God had decided to send his stiff-necked people into exile and so he asked his prophet to stop praying for them as they had crossed the line of no-return when it came to rebellion against the living God. So, prophet Jeremiah had to stop praying for his people.

PAUL’S EXAMPLE

In the New Testament times, the chance for the salvation of the perishing people of our time remains till their death (Heb. 9:27) or the coming of our Lord (Heb. 9:28). So we cannot stop praying for the perishing! That’s why Apostle Paul penned these Jeremiah-like words in the book of Romans: “I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people” (Rom. 9:1-3). Paul shed tears for the perishing!

When was the last time you wept for the lost? When was the last time you wept during a time of intercession?

JOHN’S EXAMPLE

Apostle John, the senior-most leader of the church, also had hot tears in his eyes when he thought about end-time spiritual dangers which were about to come upon the people he greatly loved and sincerely shepherded. This is what he wrote: “Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it…” (Rev. 5:4).

NEHEMIAH’S EXAMPLE

When he heard about the deplorable condition about the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah who had a cushy job in a safe foreign location started to weep. This is what the Bible records: “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” (Neh. 1:4). When was the last time a news report with regard to the brutal persecution unleashed on the soldiers of the Cross made you weep and slump onto your knees?

JOSEPH’S EXAMPLE

Joseph was so moved by love for his brother Benjamin that he could not hold back the tears when they met after a long time (Gen. 43:30). Do we have tears for our brothers and sisters in Christ world-over who are systematically terrorized and relentlessly tortured because of their faith in Christ?

Let us weep for the perishing! Let us standing in the gap for the persecuted!

Trivial things bring a torrent of tears in our eyes. A delay in healing brings tears into our eyes. A refusal of a visa makes us cry like children. But far more important things happening around us does not even bring a trickle down our cheeks! I am referring to far more important things like fate of perishing souls and the state of our persecuted brothers and sisters – have we ever wept for them, wept over them?

Do you hear ‘Weeping Prophet’ Jeremiah final challenge to us: “Arise, cry aloud in the night at the beginning of the night watches; Pour out your heart like water Before the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to Him For the life of your little ones Who are faint because of hunger At the head of every street” (Lamentations 2:19). What will fill our eyes during the watches of the night? Will  waters (tears) fill it or will WhatsApp fill it? During the watches of the night, let there be waters in our eyes for the lost and persecuted, instead of WhatsApp and more WhatsApp!

(This article was published in the Aim Magazine published by the Evangelical Fellowship of India – November 2019 issue).

45 NOW – MY LIFE IN A NINE PART FIVE YEAR PERIOD – Duke Jeyaraj

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As I turned 45 today (31 Oct 2019) I looked back at my life with gratitude dividing it into nine equal parts (9 x 5 is forty five – is it not?):

The First five years: The SILENT Duke (1974-79): As a baby, my mom told me, that I never troubled her. I never passed urine in the wrong places (she may be exaggerating here😊). As my dad interpreted into Tamil for uncle Stanley in the Sunday evening meetings in the Blessing Youth Mission headquarters in Vellore I would scribble quietly and not make any noise sitting right in the front.

The Second Five years: The SCUDDER-SCHOOL JOINING DUKE (1980-84): We spoke Tamil at home and I spoke my first words in English in the world-famous Ida Scudder School where my parents joined me.

The Third Five years: The SAVED/SPIRIT-FILLED/SOLDIER-FOR-CHRIST-SIGNING-UP (1985-1989): I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in the Ranipet CSI Church. Blessing Youth Mission held a special youth meeting there. Lionel uncle was the preacher. I was only 11. The most obvious change was the new found love for God’s Word – it was no longer a tablet I had to swallow. I began to devour the Bible. I was baptised in the Holy Spirit and signed up to be a soldier for Christ (answered a call to become a missionary by uncle R. Stanley) in the Blesso 1988. As a first step in becoming a missionary, I started a fellowship in my colony called Friends for Jesus. I taught this small group of my peers the Bible the best way I knew how. I took them out for tract distribution and village outreach. We went to the nearby hills to pray and study the Bible. Some of the guys in this group are in fulltime ministry/some are serving the Lord as tent-makers using their profession.

The FOURTH Five years: SWAGGART-CRAZY/STARTING-TO-PREACH/SENT-TO-NORTH-INDIA-TO-STUDY-DUKE (1990-1994): My uncle, Mr. A. Gnanasekaran, gave our family a video tape of famed (then) evangelist Jimmy Swaggart then. And I converted that video tape into an audio tape. And listened to those messages so often that I knew one message of his by heart. The message was titled, HELL IS NO JOKE. When School Captain Shameen Prashantham asked me to preach in the Captains Assembly in Scudder on 9 August 1991 (I was 16 then) I preached on hell. One senior student – a girl – fainted after that message, my first ever from stage! One another student is now a fulltime apologist having found Christ following that message! It was an unusual baptism into preaching for a 16 year old! I joined Voohrees College in Vellore as I waited for the result of my B. Tech. application to Allahabad Agricultural Institute. We cleaned up an unused room in the college and ran prayer meetings there along with a young man named Emmanuel Paul (the present pastor a thriving church in Vellore).  When I got into B. Sc. Chemistry course in the Madras Christian College, Chennai in the year 1992, my dad refused to give me permission to join. I wept. But this was God’s plan – I would later join the B. Tech Agri Engg course in Allahabad Agricultural Institute (now called SHIATS in March 1993). The next four years I did my best to be a witness for Jesus there by cycling into the city to give tracts, by leading small group Bible Studies, not only in my college but also in the near-by colleges. I gave tracts walking up and down the train in my Chennai-Allahabad journeys (this is something I still do). I preached in the college chapel. I took my first Bible Study on what the Bible Teaches about Sex sitting in the open ground near the Chemistry Department to a few fellow students. I also preached on the same topic in the chapel in a Student Christian Movement meeting following president Aju P. George’s invitation (he was my class-mate too). I had tears in my years when I prayed for the perishing in the Mango groves of our college. I launched my first magazine in the year 1994 (typed and xerox format). I would go to the city, check into a computer center and work on the magazine. Down the line, I would start a mag on my own (The Days of Your Youth) and see God take my writings to some of the leading Christian mags in the India (Aim/Light of Life). I was baptised in water by Rev. S. A. Sundarraj – one of my first preaching heros –  on March 31, 1991. He also recommended to Southern Asia Bible College. In Agricultural Institute I was there in the home of the Dicksons every other day sipping coffee and receiving counsel. Uncle Silas who worked in the CMC hospital would take me to preach in the hostels in and around Vellore in this period. He would ask me to preach in English and would go on to interpret my message into Tamil. I was getting a first taste of traveling and preaching. Mrs. Hepsibha Pandian invited me to Thanjavur to preach shortly after I passed ISC 1992 exams. Annan Manivannan invited me to Dharwad, Karnataka, to speak to the students there in the same year (I was 17).

The FIFTH Five  years: STUTTGART-VISITING, SABC-JOINING DUKE (1995-1999): My last day in Allahabad Agri Institute was on 31 August 1997 – the day Lady Diana died in a car crash – a story I used when I preached to the Sri Lankan Tamil Youth of the Living Word Missionary Church in Germany (I preached in Bottrop, Stuttgart, Bremen, and in other German towns) in April 1998. Wrapping Bible Truth around contemporary events like Jesus (Luke 13:1-5) became my passion. I worked briefly in Chennai for a couple of cell phone companies. I met the Evangelin Early Star, the pretty, ministry-involved missionary kid in Chennai in the Student for Jesus meetings in Nungambakkam again (She already made my heart skip a beat when we met earlier – in the BYM Missionary Kids Meet 1993 as a 18 year old). Pretty soon – in the year 1998 – I joined the M. Div. program of Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore (Yes, when I answered the altar call for fulltime missions as a 13-year old – I was dead serious!). I was elected class-rep in the second semester of the same year. My first year fees was paid by a professor couple. Thereafter I won full scholarships. My weekend ministry teaching God’s Word to the boys of the Bishop Cotton Boys School in the home of the couple Vincent (Sir) – Sheela (aunty). I also finished a M. A. in Christianity by traveling to Mysore University in this period, from time to time.

The SIXTH Five years: SHIFTING-ORGANISATIONS DUKE (2000-2004): After I graduated in Southern Asia Bible College (It was my God-given privilege that I became the Student Body President and the speaker-representative for the graduating class) in the year 2001 I joined Central AG Church in New Delhi as Youth Pastor and Central Bible College as Lecturer upon the kind invitation of Rev. Robert Jeyaraj. I wrote the first version of the Gospel tract for the Google Generation titled Bubbly Outside Yet Empty Inside so that the youth I pastored (they grew from 0 to 30 within months and Anupama Gummadi our present board member was there) could give them at Ansal Plaza, South Delhi. My wife and I journeyed to minister to the youth of the AG Kolkota in the same year – 2001 (Yes, by then, I had married Evangelin Early Star!). I later joined Blessing Youth Mission and we moved to Trivandrum to work under Uncle Arthur John. We memorably traveled from Trivandrum to New Jalpaiguri in North West Bengal to minister in a youth camp (a three-day travel). I started writing for Blessing magazine. I also got invited to interpret into English for Uncle Mohan C Lazarus’ God TV program. We moved to Jabalpur and worked under uncle E. L. Mathan Singh for the Blessing Youth Mission.  It was obvious that I was shifting organisations because of a deep seated restlessness which signaled that I had not still found what I had to do with the one life I had!

The SEVENTH Five Years: THE SLEEPLESS/SHAPING G4 MISSION DUKE (2005-2009): Evan and I prayed and the Lord led us to move to a centrally-located big city so that from that city we could travel and touch the Google Generation India-wide. As Pastor Younus Samuel of the New Life AG Church (following Pastor Chaitanya’ recommendation) had already invited me to preach in Hyderabad as early as in 2002, Hyderabad was an obvious choice. We moved into the city by October end of 2005 from Jabalpur. Our son, Dale, turned two in a few days after we landed – on November 4, 2005. We met Bro. Christopher, the senior-to-us spiritual counselor in Hyderabad, about the same time. Franklin Eden, our board member now, visited our first ever office cum residence in the A. S. Rao Nagar area (Ashok Colony). I started working in call centers to support the new ministry I would launch called Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (Gehenna was the Greek word that Jesus used for hell – remember the first sermon I preached was also on hell?). I did night shifts those days. They days were literally sleepless ones. My dad, Mr. A. Jeyaraj, helped us register our organisation with the Government of India. A group of trustees with non-relatives also in it was set up. Silver Ramesh annan (formerly with State Bank of India) eventually became the senior-most trustee. Our daughter was born in 2007. During the call center days I ran prayer fellowships right inside the office building. By 2008, I quit my job with HSBC Global Resourcing. I could not travel and preach and manage a full-time night-shift job at the same time. My wife was constantly encouraging me to quit my job and do the ministry fulltime all along. From November 7, 2008, both of us became full-time workers with the organisation we ourselves started – G4 Mission. G4 Mission was an inter-church organisation from day 1 working to revive, revitalize existing churches/corporate-fellowships/para-church organisations. We did not have a goal of starting our own branch church or fellowship or representative group anywhere. When we did not travel for ministry we were at our local church – New Life Assembly of God Hyderabad (led by Rev. Arlene Stubbs). By this time, I also uploaded my first Youtube video. The restlessness was now gone. I was more at peace now. I felt that I was in the center of God’s will for me.

The EIGHTH Five Years: THE STUDYING-DOCTORAL-PROGRAM DUKE/STUDY OF THE WORD LEADING DUKE (2010-2014): Rev. Dr. Jacob Cherian, my beloved teacher at the Southern Asia Bible College, invited me to join the Doctoral program offered in Southern Asia Bible College as soon as I quit my HSBC Tent-maker job. I joined. One of my classmates was Rev. Dr. V. T. Abraham, the long-standing South India Assemblies of God General Superintendent and he became a father-like friend (Though my ministry was independent – I deliberately chose to around senior, seasoned folks who could speak into my life). I wrapped up the doctoral program by 2014 ably guided by Dr. David Balasingh (who was also my preaching teacher at SABC). The course fees was paid by the same professor couple who had sponsored my M. Div. Studies. I spoke in the graduation service again (an unique God-given honor). I conducted Bible Studies in the home of the Daniels in Somajiguda to small groups (inter-church and inter-generational). I summarized all the 66 books of the Bible by taking up the study of one book each month. The very names of the books were used as an acronym for its message. This process took seven years. Every February we had a special sex, love, marriage Bible Study (When Moses Gave Roses / Which J are you love with? / The Hottest Topic Study From the Bible’s Greatest Book (in terms of length) – some of the titles). Two of my sexual purity calling for Bible Plans on Youversion, the popular Bible App, have seen over a lakh completion.  I preached in National Level events – Rev. Valson Varghese asked me to preach in the National Youth Convention of Assemblies of God twice with a focus on inner purity – and I did so in Chennai and Hyderabad.

The NINETH Five Years: THE STRAIGHT TALK BOOK PUBLISHING AND SOUND-DOCTRINE TEACHING DUKE (2015-2019): Once I completed my doctoral program, I was freer to travel and take up non-stop preaching invitations (It is a miracle they keep coming and I chose about  7 out of the 10 invitations I receive on average). I always ask the organisers to book my tickets and email them to me – this has been my practice from day 1. I endeavour to preach the truth without any fear when I get to the venue. And head straight back home to return to the work of writing which God has also called me to (I do this even when I am invited to speak overseas and I did this when I was in Dubai in August 2019). Word of Christ publishers decided to publish my book, Straight Talk (Bible Teaching wrapped around contemporary events on 40 hot topics from porn to petting; from masturbation to married sex) in 2018. This book was sold out by 2019. Eugene Pandian is our wow volunteer book cover/mag cover designer. Presently I am working on the updated version. Plans for other books are bubbling too: The Youth Chapters (messages from Bible Chapters where youth-related issues are addressed like Genesis 39) / The Book-Twisting Crooks (a book on modern false teachings such as hyper-grace, hyper-supernaturalism, etc) / The Sixty Six Fix (the message of the 66 Books of the Bible in a practical, memorable way – perhaps in a daily devotion format) / Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline (All the major doctrines of the Bible put in a practical way in typical Duke-acronym style). Yes, I started a once-in-two months new Bible Study Series titled Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline in 2016. This month (October 2019) we finished studying the 18th Bible Doctrine! We also do tract distribution every month outside corporate hubs, colleges, malls, metro stations, etc. We have done that from Feb 2006 when we started. As a small group we intercede for the nations, the nation, the Google Generation in an event called Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears Fasting Prayer. These last five years it has been my joy to preach revival-spark-bringing messages on church pulpits across this nation as well as counsel youth people and young couples.With Sunny Karumanchi behind the video lens I started a Youtube series called Short Videos on Hot topics in this period.

And yes, we have miles to go before we sleep!

In October 2018, as an individual, I was ordained by the Assemblies of God of India. Our organisation, G4 Mission, continues to be financially-independent, inter-church and inter-organisational.

We are supported by Indians who believe in our vision of grabbing the Gehenna-going Google Gen via passionate pulpit preaching (replete with altar calls), contemporary-events wrapped, frank writing, warm counseling that tells people what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear, fervent intercession, on-the-field tract distribution.

We file our IT return each year with the Government of India following an audit. This year (2019) was no different.

So that’s me – donkey carrying Jesus to the Google Generation in the one life I have! What will you do with the one life you have?