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?

WHO IS DUKE JEYARAJ? (Originally written in 2011, this article was updated in 2019 on Duke’s 45th Birthday – 31 October 2019)

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Duke Jeyaraj, born to missionary parents from South India (His dad, Bro. A. Jeyaraj was one of the founders of Blessing Youth Mission), was saved at the age of 11 (in a Blessing Youth Mission program in the CSI Ranipet which Bro. A. Lionel addressed). He committed for full-time ministry at the age of 13 in a Blessing Youth Camp (following Bro. R. Stanley’s challenge). Since the age of 16 he has been preaching (his first sermon was in Ida Scudder School – Vellore). During his Agricultural Engineering Course (B. Tech.) in the Allahabad Agricultural Deemed University he actively witnessed for Christ by leading Bible Studies in the college hostel and going for tract distribution in the city with like-minded friends. After completing this course, Duke worked in Chennai briefly. During this time, Duke (who was 23 years at that time) was invited to speak to a group of Sri Lankan Tamil Youth by their pastor who read one of Duke’s articles published in a leading Christian magazine (Blessing Magazine). Since then, God has opened the doors for Duke to speak in various settings across different Church Denominations in over 20 Indian States (Punjab was the most recent new State he preached in) and in a few other countries. Church of South India, Church of North India, Society for Propagation of the Gospel, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Assemblies of God, Mennonite Brethren, Bakth Singh Assembly and other independent, non-denominational Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal churches, etc – these are some of the church denominations that have had Duke speak in their meetings. Duke also gets invited across organisational barriers. He has spoken in events organised by organisations such as Friends Missionary Prayer Band, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Jesus Calls, Youth For Christ, Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship, Indian Evangelical Mission, Indian Evangelical Team, Compassion International, Evangelical Medical Fellowship India, Operation Mobilisation, India Missions Association, Metropolitan Mission, Evangelical Union, etc.

The wide acclaim and acceptance for Duke in Christendom is seen in the fact that Dr. Sam Kamaleson, the founder of Friends Missionary Prayer Band and former vice-president for World Vision International, has written the foreword for Duke’s first book. Rev. D. Mohan, the Assemblies of God General Superintendent of India, wrote an endorsement for Duke’s book, Straight Talk on Sex Love Marriage Porn and More, released in 2018. As did Rev. Anitha Aidinyantz (educator and minister of Gospel), Rev. Stanley Mehta the Overseer and Senior Pastor of the Gateway Ministries International (Mumbai) and Rev. Dr. Y. D. Jeyaseelan the National Overseer for the Victory Churches International (Delhi).

Duke has also served as an English Translator at one time for Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus’ God TV program.

Duke’s writing ministry is also inter-organisational. Light of Life, a leading Christian magazine that goes to about 20,000 folk across the world, publishes Duke’s Bible-light-shining articles on current topics regularly. “The Sowing Circle” (The Bible Society of India’s magazine), “The Sower” (Methodist Church’s magazine), “Insight” (Assemblies of God’s Bible College Annual Magazine), “AIM” (Evangelical Fellowship of India’s magazine), “Blessing” (Blessing Youth Mission’s magazine), “Kerith” (the youth magazine of Friends Missionary Prayer Band) and the printed voice of the Indian Evangelical Team – all have carried Duke’s articles at various times.

At various times, Indian newspapers/news-magazines such as Outlook, India Today, The Week, The Sunday Indian, The Sportstar, Frontline, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle, etc have carried Duke’s hard-hitting comments on sports events and contemporary events.

It has been Duke’s privilege to speak to college students right in their campus on hot youth issues from the Bible, over the years. Duke has addressed students in Christian Medical College-Vellore, Madras Christian College-Chennai, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, National Institute of Technology (REC)-Trichy, Pondicherry Central University, Kurnool Medical College, Lady Doak College-Madurai, Bishop Heber College-Trichy, Karunya University-Coimbatore, etc, at various times on timely topics. Duke has even preached to the students of St. Aloysius College, a Roman Catholic Secular College in Jabalpur at one time.

Duke also has spoken in some schools to teens on subjects like relationships with parents, elders and the opposite gender, on writing exams well, on wise career choice, etc. He was a featured speaker to teens in Mount Carmel Schools, New Delhi.

Duke has the honor of speaking to Corporate Company Employees right inside their office campuses. He had done that in Mindspace IT Park and in CyberGateway IT Park in Hyderabad. He was featured as a speaker in a National-level God@Work Corporate Company Employees Conference in Bangalore. Duke has addressed the believers of one of India’s leading IT companies in their National-level meet. Talking about National level meets – Duke has address youth gatherings of the Assemblies of God, the Indian Pentecostal Assembly, Church of South India, Evangelical Medical Fellowship (Shiloh), etc.

Duke has briefly worked in Corporate Companies (including the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) group). While he worked there, he conducted brief break-time fellowship meetings right inside the office premises.

Duke, at various times in his life, has served as a youth pastor, Bible College Teacher, Writer, Editor, Counsellor, Travelling Missionary Revival Preacher, etc.

Every time and where ever Duke speaks, he constantly seeks to call the audience to repent from their sin and trust in Jesus who is the only way, by presenting Bible Truth wrapped around contemporary events the Jesus Luke 13:1-5 way. And the results have been very very encouraging. Hundreds have to Christ following his messages. Duke also expounds the Word of God in a practical way so that at the end of these messages the audiences are challenged for holy living, witnessing and ministry involvement through the local church and para-church organisations. Some young people have joined fulltime ministry having committed their lives for the same after one of Duke’s messages. Duke in 28 years of itinerant preaching has always adhered to pulpit ethics – he has never used the pulpit of a church or a ministry to shoot down its own doctrines and beliefs. Instead, he has always sought to build up, encourage, challenge, motivate the audience and make them more effective and more energetic in their own local churches or other ministries they are already involved in.

Duke has addressed crowds over one thousand on different occasions. While he has done this, he also keeps addressing small groups of people as well.

Duke lives in Hyderabad with his wife, Evan, who is also an itinerant speaker. They have two little children – Dale and Datasha. Duke has the following theological degrees: Masters in Divinity (Gold Medal) and Master of Arts in Christianity. He started his doctorate in ministry (D. Min.) in Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore in 2009 and graduated in 2014 (he, along with one other classmate, was the quickest to graduate) with his project on making disciples of Jesus out of Information Technology Professionals.

Duke, in Feb 2006, started G4 Mission – an inter-denominational, inter-organisational organisation that aims to grab the Google Generation (modern youth) going to Gehenna (Hell) using creative ways. This Mission is run by free will offerings of Indians who believe in its vision. Duke and his wife are now the full-time staff of this ministry. The day-to-day operations of this ministry are practically executed by volunteers who are in different places and in different jobs (Our video volunteer works with Infosys). G4 Mission is governed by an independent Government-registered Trust which includes non-relatives of Duke in it. The accounts of this Trust are submitted to the Government of India annually. Duke publishes a magazine called, “The Days Of Your Youth”, once in two months. This magazine wraps Bible Truth around contemporary events. In November 2010, Duke released a book titled, “No Beating About The Bush Straight Talk On Hushed Up Matters: Contemporary-event wrapped essays on what the Bible has to say about sex, love and marriage, plus more!” after many years of distributing his books in the photocopy spiral bound format. This book was printed by Word of Christ publishers in an undated format in 2018. Daniel In Dell and The Goodnews for the Google Generation are two of Duke’s other books (out of print now).

The testimonies of those who have been immensely blessed by Duke’s writing ministry come from across the globe from different countries. Duke believes he is called to be one of the donkeys invited to carry Jesus to the modern generation – a generation he calls ‘Facebook Folk’, ‘Hotmail Herd’, ‘Yahoo Youth’, ‘Google Generation’, etc.

You can meet Duke online at various websites:

 

www.dukev.org

www.dukewords.com

www.youtube.com/visitduke

www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud

www.instagram.com/duke_jeyaraj

www.twitter.com/dukejeyaraj

 

NEW IPHONE, SAME OLD ‘ I-PINE’…BUT WHY? DUKE JEYARAJ

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Whenever there is a talked about new phone being launched, this thought comes to me. That the best things thing the world has to offer cannot satisfy us fully ever. Now we have the IPhone 11, the IPhone 11 Pro, IPhone 11 Pro Max and IPhone whatnot. But soon we will get quickly get bored and wait for the next IPhone to arrive next September. We may have the latest IPhone in our hands the day it is launched but it is the same old story of  “I-Pine” – we get quickly bored with it and start pining for the next updated version. I enjoy using the IPhone – don’t get me wrong. Someone gifted me one the other day. I am grateful for the same. But the larger point is best expressed by Jesus himself: “A man’s life does not lie in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). It lies in relating with Jesus him who came to life – life to the full (John 10:10).

Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org.

HOW GOVERNOR FELIX TRIED TO FIX HIS EMPTY LIFE WITH HONEY, MONEY & POPULARITY; HOW WE ARE ALSO LIKE HIM – Duke Jeyaraj

felixI try to read one chapter from the Book of Acts everyday as we are living in the days when the book of Acts can be relived. I try to read the chapter from that book which correlates with the day of the month. Today  being July 24 2019 I read Acts 24. Some thoughts kept flowing as I chewed that passage. Shall I share them?

Paul kept in custody meets Felix, the ruler. Felix has a vacuum which is tries to fill with three things:

1. Honey – his vacuum he filled with his newly-acquired honey named “Drusilla” (Acts 24:24). Druscilla was not a single girl from Brasilia! She was an already-married woman Felix stole and made his wife. You think if you have that girl, that boy in your life, life will be meaningful and happy. You are wrong. Life’s purpose cannot be found in the discovery of any human.

2. Money – While the ‘judgment’ messages of Paul (Acts 24:25) put him off, Felix was after a possible ‘payment’ which Paul could have given (a bribe). But Paul did not budge. After he won the US Open, Pat Rafter said, “When I did not have it – I wanted it. Now that I have it – I do not want it!” US Open offers the biggest prize money among the Grand Slams in Tennis.  Money cannot fill the vacuum in your heart.

3. Popularity – To ensure that would  continue to be a popular ruler in a Jews-dominated area he continuted to keep Paul, who was perceived as an enemy of the Jews as he was the preacher to the Gentiles, in lockup (Acts 24:26).  After he won another edition of the World Formula One Championships, the greatly popular Michael Shumi said, “I am empty. I am exhausted.” Popularity can never plug the vacuum in your heart. Popular Amitabh Bachan talked about the fear of not being recognized in one of his interviews.

But honey, money and popularity will not plug the vacuum in your heart. Only Jesus – the only sinless one – can! Sin causes the vacuum in the soul and only Jesus did not have that vacuum. And he went to the Cross to shed his blood. From his shed blood a door for forgiveness of sins is opened. When we repent from sin and trust in the living Jesus our sins will be forgiven and the vacuum in the heart will be gone!!!! Why are you still waiting to do that?

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org.)

MARTYRDOM-READY BELIEVERS IN A 5G-INTERNET-SPEED-FOLD-YOUR-PHONE-READY WORLD – Duke Jeyaraj

POLYCARPThis morning (22 July 2019) when I went to get the newspaper in a shop in Diamond Point, Secunderabad, I witnessed a march by school students in memory of the Kargil Martyrs. They walked shouting slogans of respect for the Kargil Martyrs.

The Bible is clear when it calls believers to die for Christ if there is a need to do so. None of us will enjoy dying. But none of us should be scarred of dying for Christ’s sake.

Jesus’ call for martyrdom comes from John 12:24 – Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:23 records that these were the words of Jesus.

Apostle Paul, the person who kept saying we must follow Christ as he followed Christ using various phrases atleast five different times in the New Testament as he was inspired by the Spirit to do so was willing to die for Christ. We read these his brave words in Acts 21:13 – Then Paul answered (a group of five prophets who prophesied that he should not go to Jerusalem and preach about Jesus because that would land him in great danger), “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

The writer to the Hebrews in the Bible was complaining that there weren’t enough brave people in the church he wrote to who chose Martyrdom when he wrote, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Heb. 12:4).

My favorite Christian Martyr is Polycarp. His martyrdom was the first prominent one after the completion of the New Testament. I recommend that you watch the 2015 Movie Polycarp – you, your family, your church. I watched it with my family and a small group I taught God’s Word to. I stopped at strategic points in his life to draw spiritual lessons during that movie.

Here is the gripping report of the martyrdom of Polycarp by Christianity Today website:

‘Polycarp had been a Christian since he was a child, but the Romans didn’t get around to killing him until he was in his eighties. Whatever the reason for the delay, it is still the first recorded martyrdom in post-New Testament church history. Such traits are especially evident in the account of his martyrdom, which was written within a year of his death. It is not clear exactly why he was suddenly, at age 86, subject to arrest, but when he heard Roman officials were intent on arresting him, he decided to wait for them at home. Panic-stricken friends pleaded with him to flee, so to calm them, he finally agreed to withdraw to a small estate outside of town. But while in prayer there, he received some sort of vision. Whatever he saw or heard, we don’t know. He simply reported to his friends that he now understood, “I must be burned alive.” Roman soldiers eventually discovered Polycarp’s whereabouts and came to his door. When his friends urged him to run, Polycarp replied, “God’s will be done,” and he let the soldiers in.’

‘He was escorted to the local proconsul, Statius Quadratus, who interrogated him in front of a crowd of curious onlookers. Polycarp seemed unfazed by the interrogation; he carried on a witty dialogue with Quadratus until Quadratus lost his temper and threatened Polycarp: he’d be thrown to wild beasts, he’d be burned at the stake, and so on. Polycarp just told Quadratus that while the proconsul’s fire lasts but a little while, the fires of judgment (“reserved for the ungodly,” he slyly added) cannot be quenched. Polycarp concluded, “But why do you delay? Come, do what you will.”’

‘Soldiers then grabbed him to nail him to a stake, but Polycarp stopped them: “Leave me as I am. For he who grants me to endure the fire will enable me also to remain on the pyre unmoved, without the security you desire from nails.” He prayed aloud, the fire was lit, and his flesh was consumed. The chronicler of this martyrdom said it was “not as burning flesh but as bread baking or as gold and silver refined in a furnace.”’

‘The account concluded by saying that Polycarp’s death was remembered by “everyone”—”he is even spoken of by the heathen in every place.”’

Should there be a rule in our land that we should not worship Christ or follow him or share his love, what would you do?

Would we respond like Peter and the apostles did in a similar situation: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) – would we boldly say that to those who persecute us?

“Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus” – that’s what the persecuted apostles did (Acts 5:41-42). And would we make Acts 5:41-42 a reality in our lives in case there is persecution in our world?

One small way we as a ministry show that we are not afraid of persecution is by distributing tracts. We still choose a spot and give tracts in that spot once a month. My joy knows no bounds whenever a new team member would say: “This is the first time I giving a gospel tract!” I tell myself, “Even if I were to die and be with Jesus, this wave of fearless witnessing will continue till the return of Christ!”

Mobile companies are preparing the world to be 5G super-fast internet speed-ready world where your 5G enabled phones can be folded! They are preparing mobile handsets that will be 5G ready. Huawei Mate X –  a phone that can be folded – is one such phone. As believers, I write this article with a passion to see martyrdom-ready believers.

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(Duke Jeyaraj is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad], 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, instead. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call  by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission to finally find serenity after having served formerly as a pastor with a large denomination/missionary with a large organisation/employee of HSBC Global Resourcing. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works fulltime for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/author since 2008 putting to use the formal theological training he received from a reputed Bible College in Bangalore [M. Div & Doctor of Ministry from CGLD-SABC]. Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (15) and Datasha (11) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin and calls Hyderabad his adopted home – a town from where Duke has travelled by invitation to over 15 Indian States and to a few countries to preach God’s Word. In case your curiosity is triggered by reading all this, you may checkout http://www.dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], http://www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and http://www.youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation]. G4 Mission is a listener/reader/viewer supported Indian ministry.)

 

THE SEE-SAW BATTLE LIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN – Duke Jeyaraj Bible Devo on the heart-stopping World Cup Final 2019 / England V New Zealand on 14 July 2019 in the Lords Cricket Ground London

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Life is like a see-saw game. Perhaps there was no better see-saw game than the 2019 World Cup Final. England and New Zealand played the World’s greatest ever One Day International – an incredible sine-curve game. Vic Marks wrote this about this game: “This was the most astonishing, fortuitous, preposterous climax to any cricket match I’ve witnessed, let alone a World Cup final.” He was right.

For some time, England seemed to win. During some other times, New Zealand seemed to win. New Zealand created pressure. England got out of it. Repeat. Till your heart-beat almost stops.

When New Zealand won the toss and batted first, it looked like New Zealand had the upper hand. Nicholls and Williamson were going great with their team at 103 for 1 in the 23rd Over. That’s when one of seemingly innocuous delivery of Liam Plunkett caught the faintest of edges of Williamson’s bat. He was out caught behind. The captain who had scored the most runs in a World Cup edition was gone. If this duo had continued a score of 300 was a possibility. But they ended by at 241 – thanks to Jofra Archer’s superb death bowling. His last two overs went like this: 111000110111. Advantage England.

When England chased 242, New Zealand kept creating pressure. If-he-bats-till-twenty-overs-then-game-over Jason Roy got out. Out-of-sorts Joe Root got out. Not-the-usual-self Jonny Baristow got out. Maximum-sixes-in-a-single-ODI Eion Morgan got out. At 4 for 86 in the 24th Over, England were in serious trouble. Advantage New Zealand, now. That’s when Jos Buttler joined Ben Stokes. Their 100-plus stand threatened to take the game away from New Zealand. The blue-eyed Buttler was giving the Blackcaps the blues! But in the 45 over Lockie Ferguson struck. He had Buttler spoon a catch. New Zealand were back in the game. Advantage New Zealand. When England needed 22 off nine balls they were in a similar situation like India were in the semi-finals with Dhoni on strike. Like Dhoni did, Stokes hit the ball in the air. Let Akash Sarkar take over: “As the equation slipped to 22 off 9, Stokes slammed one Neesham delivery wide of long-on. Trent Boult settled under it and took a clean catch. There was more drama though as the pacer then took a step back and stepped on the rope to give England crucial six more. In hindsight, the game was lost there by the visitors.” Advantage England, now. In the final over with 9 runs needed off 4 balls, Martin Guptill’s throw from the deep deflected of Stokes’ bat (without Stokes deliberately doing the deflecting so much so the English fans named the event the “The Bat of God” after Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal versus England in a Football World Cup). The ball went to the boundary. Umpire Dharmasena signaled a 6. 2 runs plus 4 for overthrows. Advantage England there. With 3 needed of 2, Trent Boult and the nerveless Kiwis pushed the game to a SuperOver – thanks to some nerveless boundary riding. In the Super Over, with England making 15 runs – thanks to a boundary each by Buttler and Stokes – New Zealand had to score 16 runs to win the game having scored lesser boundaries than England. England’s SuperOver bowler Jofra Archer (called Prophet Jofra as he had tweeted 16 off 6 via Twitter way back in 2014) started with a wide and conceded an early six to Jimmy Neesham. It is now 7 off 4 for New Zealand. Not tough to do. Advantage New Zealand. Later it was 5 off 3. Neesham could not hit a six and make his country the World Cup winners in the next ball. He managed a two. It was 3 of 2, now. Neesham could not hit a four and make his country the World Cup winners in the next ball.  In the penultimate ball, Neesham takes a single and puts Guptill on strike for the last ball. Yes, Jofra Archer pulled things back after a poor start and brought it down to 2 off 1 ball. Martin Guptill instead of swinging for the hills, tried to work it around. Though the throw from Jason Roy was not accurate Jos Buttler collected the ball and whipped the bails without wasting time to catch the man who caught Dhoni out of his crease in the Semis, Guptill, outside his crease. The Cup was England’s. For the first time! The greatest ODI had come to an end.

Ups and downs – are not just part of the Greatest ODI – but also our lives. It was part of Apostle Paul’s life. He writes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Phil. 4:12). In the same chapter we read of a minister of the Gospel being killed and another minister of the Gospel rescued from certain death. I am talking about Acts 12. I am talking about James (dead) and Peter (rescued) here. Some women received back their dead in Hebrews 11. Some were sawed/cut with sharp metal into two in Hebrews 11. Glamour and Gloom were pinned together in one Bible chapter. Yes, highs and lows can be joined together, inter-twined together in one life, no matter how dedicated for the Lord that life is. Ask Job. Job 1 recorded the lows and Job 42 the highs.  There was a time when the lip-smacking grapes crowned the vines in Prophet Habakkuk’s garden. There was a time – just before the Babylonian invasion – that they were no grapes in his garden and the prophet felt gobsmacked (astonished) at what God allowed to happen to his children (Hab 3:17). But Habakkuk decided rejoice in God his Savior without batting an eyelid. That’s what ultimately matters.

There was a slip between the cup and the lip for Kane Williamson. So near, yet so far. One reason could have inexplicable duck and leave by Michael Santner when he faced the last ball of the New Zealand’s regular innings by Jofra Archer. This was the same guy who hit a last ball six for CSK in the 2019 IPL, mind you. Santner could have put bat on ball and picked up any run(s) that came by, who knows, the World Cup would be New Zealand’s! What a massive miss! John Bunyan wrote in the classic book, Pilgrim’s Progress, “Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gates of heaven.” So we must have an A to Z commitment when it comes to Christian Commitment. A, for Abide (John 15:4 – Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me) to Z for Zeal (Rom.  12:11 – Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord). Unless we persevere – enabled by grace – we will perish. When we “keep ourselves in God’s love” (Jude 21) he will “keep us from falling and present us without fault in his glorious presence on that day” (Jude 24).

(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. Duke’s articles are hosted at http://www.dukewords.com. Watch Duke at http://www.youtube.com/visitduke).