“TAKING THE MATCH TO THE VERY LAST OVER AND WINNING IT” DHONI & A BIBLE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION OF THE SOUL / Duke Jeyaraj

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Now I know why Dhoni did not take the 2011 World Cup Final Between India and Sri Lanka in the Wankhade Stadium to the very last over! May be, he knew half of India may have died of heart-attacks in the unbearable tension! So, he finished it off in over number 49 itself by hitting the most famous six in the World with Ravi Shastri in the commentary box saying, “Dhoni finishes off in style! A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup! After 28 years! The Party has started in the dressing room! And its an Indian captain who has absolutely played magnificently!” But in matches of lesser consequence (read India V Australia in Australia Bilateral series 2019), Dhoni seems to deliberately take the game to the last over! Post the Melbourne ODI which just ended (on 18 Jan 2019), he has given us Indian fans two wins in the last over in two straight ODIs! This reminds me of something – the God who waits till the “last over” of our life, to see if you and I will repent, turn our lives over to Christ who died for us on the Cross! That’s is what I make of the Bible verse I read in 2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (NASB). This is not to say will live till their old age and have chance after chance to accept Christ for their salvation. Not at all. We know that is not true. This is to say that God will only allow your life to be taken only after he has given you enough chances to repent! That’s what 2 Peter 3:9 is saying! God can send sudden death into your life while you are still in sin like he did for Ananias and send you straight to hell. But he will still wait. He will still wait for the “last over” like Dhoni! [By the way, knowing the character of God from the Bible we have to say that even Ananias had enough chances to repent]. You will never know if the present chance you have to accept Christ (may be the chance you have now as you are reading this article) is the last chance! You and I will never know if the present chance we have now is the last chance we have to come out of that stubborn sin we are perhaps in, even as a believer (it could be porn-watching or pride, it could be lying or lying with someone not your spouse). Only God knows when that last chance for you to accept Christ will come (or if it has already come)! So, so why not come to him now? The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:2 to come to Jesus now as “now” – not tomorrow, not day after tomorrow – is the day of salvation! Don’t wait till the “50th over” of your life to come to Jesus Christ! Don’t deliberately wait till the “last over of your life” (you never know it if you are already in the last over of your life) to turn from sin, and put your trust in the Unique Christ”! Come now to receive a joy which the World cannot give, money cannot buy and Satan cannot take away!

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission – the G4 Mission – a ministry to presentday people. Find out more at www.dukev.org).

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“You Plucked The Questions from my mind and answered them!”  (Duke Jeyaraj Ministry Report/G4 Mission Ministry Report) / 2018

God graciously used us – Evangelin Duke and Duke Jeyaraj – in the ministry of reaching the Google Gen this year. This year, Duke preached in Delhi in the North to Coimbatore in the South, from Vizag in the East to Kozhikode in the West.
It was an year when God used us both in National Level Programs (Bethel IPA’s National Youth  Conference) and in house fellowships (in a retired Brigadier’s home) to preach His Word.
CHURCH
This year, we were invited by churches to preach God’s Word on Sunday Mornings. In Vizag Christian Assembly (Jan 2018) Duke Jeyaraj preached a message on The Most Central Theme of the Bible’s Biggest Book (Jeremiah). That message blessed the audience. Here is the message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EvQm2fZYbw. Churches in Madurai, Coimbatore and Kozhikode were also touched by the preaching of the Word on a Sunday morning apart from churches in Hyderabad.
God opened doors for Duke to train church believers this year. In the month of September, Duke taught in a church in Hyderabad on how to witness to people living in the city using the Bible Passage where Paul preached to the people of Athens for two hours. After those two hours of practical Bible teaching (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI4p2QgVMOU), Duke spend another one hour or so answering specific questions of those who came to attend this training. This way Duke contributes to graduation of ‘toddlers’ in the church into ‘leaders’!
CAMPS
This year, we were invited to preach in youth camps/youth meetings across India. Young people came to the altar to give their lives to Jesus. Here is video clip that shows that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CK9cfgMIOU (see the last few minutes). In October alone we preached in four youth meetings/camps.
CRYING
This year, we conducted Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears Fasting Prayers at our base/rented home. Small groups of people from different walks of life (corporates/homemakers/senior citizens) came to pray for the nations first and their needs finally. The Karnataka State Elections, The ‘semifinal’ state elections – we prayed for these. Prayer against so-called soft porn via the streaming devices – we raised these.  Duke Jeyaraj preached short messages in between. His two messages that brought out pivotal Bible Truth from two actresses’ lives – Sri Devi and Savitri were preached in this Fasting Prayer. Here are the links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0ydFEbvc7w (Sri Devi)
 
CALLING THEM IN
We went for outreach armed with the Bubbly/Dhoni tract of Duke to various places in Hyderabad this year. Traffic junctions/outside colleges/outside corporate offices were our favorite spots. We had an outreach for transgenders as well. Before/After such distributions we had street-side devotions on why we must evangelise/give tracts. An Assemblies of God pastor joined for one of the outreaches. Here is one video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQQy2v2FjYI. It was a joy to go the highways and byways and call them for the wedding feast of Jesus this way!
 
CATAPULTING
We conducted the Sound Doctrine that Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline Bible Studies. The venue was the centrally located in Hyderabad home of the Daniels. The Doctrine of the Church was put in the acronym c-h-u-r-c-h for example. The fate of the unevangelised was practically studied. Here is one message from that series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt7UoJDInJo. These studies – sometimes lasting for 90 minutes – were solid meat for those who want to be disciples of Jesus. They were meant to catapult baby believers into breeding believers. 
 
CREATING CUTTING EDGE VIDEOS
We produced Short Videos on Hot Topics – thanks to our volunteer Sunny Karumanchi’s hard work. 25 of such videos are already on Facebook/Youtube. Several testimonies about these abound. Here is the most watched video in that series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ukQT7lnews. These videos shot with Sunny’s high-end equipment is cutting edge – in 4k with clear audio.
 
CUTTING UP
We cut up  Duke Jeyaraj messages and uploaded clips to suit Instagram videos (maximum video can be only 1 minute long here). We called this series Under One Minute Punch. Instagram is the preferred social media site of today’s youth. Sunil our volunteer helped in this regard. Here is one such video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxQ3dvz4iKk
CHILDREN
Duke was invited by a school in the National Capital Region to speak to its senior students. Duke spoke in two campuses of this school. Duke wrapped the Gospel/Bible Truth around interesting videos like the Priya Varrier wink video! Students from different backgrounds made commitments to follow Jesus. Hundreds of students were touched.
 
COUNSELING 
We counselled people by having those who reached to us for counsel over phone/over coffee shop conversations. Post these counsels/conversations sinners prayer was prayed, confusions about life partner was cleared, marriage problems were sorted out, stubborn habits were broken. Because we maintain confidentiality we cannot give details of our counselling ministry that even touched someone from far away New Zealand!
 
COUPLES 
In  2018 Duke and Evan together ministered in a couples’ camp.  Duke preached in an engagement of a couple where folks from the movie world were there. 
 
CHANNELS
By visiting our Youtube channel, www.youtube.com/visitduke people found answers to their questions. We have now over 366,000 hits there. This year we created playlists on hypergrace cult / sound doctrine / Bible Studies on all 66 books etc.
 
Our audio channel, www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud has over 88,000 hits. Questions of Youth Answered Through the Book of Hebrews is one such message titled uploaded onto our channel: https://soundcloud.com/shoutaloud/youthquestionshebrewsduke
Duke was invited by IAM TV Vellore to take part in a practical doctrinal discussion this year. This program is being telecast during Sunday nights in the Vellore area.
 
CROSSING
We remained not only interdenominational but also inter-organizational. The Baptist church invited us for their youth program on August 15th. A non-denominational church also did so on the same day. An Assembly of God church invited Duke over to minister to their fasting youth for two days. Asha Foundation (a Christian Organisation) invited Duke to preach in their Christmas Program. In the month of September an organisation that sought to give sexual purity awareness among college students asked Duke to preach in their event where a vast majority of folks who did not know Jesus turned up. Duke preached a sexual abstinence using acronym H-I-V calling for message which was even appreciated by a young Indian living in the US. Listen to the message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuYGqoDS7Q8 
Duke as an individual was ordained by the Assemblies of God of India this year. Duke is not a pastor. Duke attends a local church with his family and gives to that church (rather than receive) and other ministers whom the Lord prompts him to give (from the offerings God blessed him and Evan with). That local church is the New Life Assembly of God, Kompally, Hyderabad. Pastor Arlene Stubbs, this church’s senior pastor, remains a great source of encouragement for the Dukes. Evan Duke was asked to preach in the Women’s Sunday of this church (March 2018). Here is the video of that powerful message to over 5000 people across three services from Jeremiah 18 (the Potter’s House passage): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh-eKSmqALA. Duke helped in fundraisers for this church’s new building by doing cricket commentary! Both Duke and Evan helped in the creation of a souvenir of this church for the year 2018. Duke was invited to serve in the Mission Committee of this church for two years with 2018 being the last year. G4 Mission, our church, is a supplement to the local church – never a substitute. Thank God – we frequently cross both organizational and denominational boundaries – when it comes to ministry!
COPYBOOKS
We published two issues of the magazine that wraps Bible Truth around contemporary events – The Days of Your Youth. Eugene Pandian did the mag design. A doctor in a famous hospital picked up one of this year’s issues and said: “Only RZIM’s mag, Engage is of the same quality and finish like this mag – The Days of Your Youth”. We also published the book Straight Talk (on sex, love, marriage and porn and such hot topics) through Word of Christ publishers. Pastor Clement dedicated Duke’s new book in Coimbatore (June first Sunday). This book is now sold via Amazon apart from Word of Christ book stores across India. OM India’s biggest store also houses this book. 40 hot issues – from porn to sexting to handing romantic rejections – are handled in a biblical way in this book. Top leaders – including Rev. Anitha Aidinyantz, Rev. D. Mohan, Rev. Dr. YD Jeyaseelan, Rev. Stanley Mehta, Rev. Sam (Life Fellowship, Trivandrum), Rev. Abbey George (IJM – USA), etc., – apart from secular leaders (professors in US Universities) were gracious to give forewords/promos for this book. Hepsibah Paul, Lima Eugene, Percy John served as voluntary text editors. “You Plucked The Questions from my mind and answered them!” – that was one response to the book, Straight Talk.
COMPOUND WALL
We held our Board Meeting this year and filed Income Tax through G4 Mission and received the acknowledgement. All our partners are Indians/of Indian origin. We are not supported by any foreign church/organisation. We audit our accounts. Our senior most board member is a non-relative who knows Duke from his childhood: Silver Ramesh Annan. The compound wall of accountability has been set around our ministry this way.
COUNTRYMAN MIKE AND MORE
God added the following gadgets this year to speed up the work of getting the Gospel via Social Media: a countryman mike/a high-end android phone-video recording device/ IPad Pro audio enhancing Rode mike (I-X-Y)/Headphones. Thanks to the giving of God’s people we are able to get the latest gadgets to broadcast God’s Word for the Google Generation!
CHAU
Duke also wrote articles that brought Bible Truth on hot current topics and sent them via WhatsApp. For example the last article was on John Chau, the American Missionary martyr to North Sentinel islands, whom he called “the man of the year for me”. You can read the full article here: https://dukewords.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/the-person-of-the-year-2018-for-me-john-chau-the-daring-missionary-martyr-to-north-sentinel-islands-duke-jeyaraj-his-story-in-a-memorable-outline/ (www.dukewords.wordpress.com is a new website where Duke posts new articles).
CLUSTER
Duke’s articles were published in AIM magazine (published by Evangelical Fellowship of India, New Delhi), Light of Life Magazine (published out of Mumbai) and Better Future magazine published out of Kerala. Here is the title of one of the articles: Excuses for a Homosexual Life Style Refuted. This mag cluster reaches about 40000 English readers around India and the world.
CROSSING LANGUAGE BARRIERS
Duke created a new Hindi Facebook Ministry Resource page. This would serve to teach what God’s Word has to say about sex, love, marriage to Hindi readers. An unnamed volunteer manages the Hindi translation of Duke’s English articles on these topics. Here is the link: http://www.facebook/dukehindi. Also, Duke arranged for the translation of his Bible Devotion Plan with popular App Youversion in several Indian languages. It was translated into Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu and Malayalam. The English plan has seen over 100,000 completions. It can be read here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2317-porn-temptation-beaten. Duke wrote a plan on discovering joy for  Youversion which has finished 10,000 completions. You can read that plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/12225-this-lasting-joy-comes-when-you
CURED
This year Duke had health challenges. In the month of October he had acute abdomen pain just before preaching in Coimbatore. In the month of December, he was diagnosed with kidney stone curable with tablets. He is fine by God’s grace now. Dale, Duke’s son is gearing up to write his grade 10 exams. Datasha, Duke’s daughter is in grade 6. Evan Duke’s behind-the-scenes support is invaluable. She also studies a course in SAIACS – M. A. Leadership (Online).
Note: In the month of November 2018, Duke wrote another, January – October 2018 (10 months) report that was consequently published in The Days of the Youth magazine. Here is that report (which will have some similarities with the above one which is for 12 months (January – December 2018). This report is from reverse order: October 2018 to January 2018:

October 2018

Duke was ordained by the Assemblies of God of India on 3 Oct. His parents were present to celebrate the occasion.In the month of October 2018, Duke Jeyaraj preached in four youth camps/retreats. In the Emmanuel House of Worship Youth Retreat in a serene camp center, Duke brought two Bible Studies from the Hebrews. Young people came forward and rededicated their lives. In the United Church in BHEL Campus, Duke and Evan ministered together. 200 youth were blessed. In the Sunday service that blessed over 700 people in the same church Duke warned against false teachings, biblically. In Coimbatore, over 800 youth were blessed by Duke’s theme-based, straight message from the book of Nehemiah on the subject of victory over sin, consistently and witness for Living God boldly. The venue was Bethel City Cathedral of the Indian Pentecostal Assembly in Coimbatore. The IT Returns of G4 Mission was filed this month after audit. The acknowledgement was received. The visit of Malini akka to our base was an encouragement. October 26-28 – SPG Youth Camp in Bibi Nagar. Oct 28 – Sound Doctrine Study on the Destiny of the Unevangelised. God blessed us with some money to buy equipment that would further our video ministry this month, thro the giving of an Indian (long-time) sacrificial supporter.

Sept 2018

In the month of September 2018, Duke Jeyaraj ministered in a City Transformers event for students from various faiths from reputed colleges with the focus on HIV Awareness and Porn Abstinence in YMCA, Secunderabad. Duke presented a Gospel message using H-I-V Outline giving reasons as to why one should say no to sex outside marriage and to porn-viewing. He also presented the Gospel in an event for girl students from all faiths of the Youth For Christ in Hyderabad, this month. Duke gave an altar call and the girls responded positively. Duke travelled to Vellore this month to take part in IAM TV’s program on answering questions of common people concerning doctrines such as Trinity, Uniqueness of Christ, Hyper-Grace, etc. A young doctor ordered our ministry’s Dhoni/Bubbly tract. In fact, this year, someone living in the United States ordered these tracts to be given to Indian IT Professionals in Sioux Falls and in South Dakota state! Duke also taught believers in Ekklesia Evangelical Fellowship in Hyderabad using acronym A-T-H-E-N-S as to how to share the Gospel with urban people, this month, from Acts 17.

Aug 2018

In the month of August 2018, Dr. Duke Jeyaraj ministered thrice in the Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad – in the Friendship Day Special Meeting, in the August 12th Sunday Evening service and in the August 15th retreat. Each time, he gave an altar call which was responded to. People got saved, committed for fulltime ministry. In the August 15th meeting, Mrs. Evangelin Duke joined Duke in the ministry speaking to the girls (see picture). Duke also preached a liberating message from Ezekiel 23 on the story of two bound-to-sexual-sin-sisters in the Rock Church in Masab Tank, Hyderabad, to about a thousand people. There were tears in the altar. “The best message for youth I have heard in a long, long time” – this was one testimony heard that day. You can listen to the message here: https://bit.ly/2q7nBSQ. The books that Duke took for sale got exhausted within minutes in this church.

July 2018

In the month of July 2018, like it happens each month, the Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears Fasting Prayer took place in the G4 Mission base in the Dairy Farm Road, Secunderabad. Prayers for the nations/Google Gen issues were raised first. Prayers for needs of those who came/issues faced by those who came, were raised finally. In between, Duke Jeyaraj preached this practical, powerful message: “Actress Savitri: Bible Lessons Starting From Her Life Using Acronym S-A-V-I-T-R-I / Duke Jeyaraj w.r.t Nadigaiyar Thilagam/Mahanati”.The tract distribution ministry of G4 Mission also continued in the month of July 2018 as it does each month. Folks from AG, Lutheran, SPG joined Duke in the distribution. Duke shared a brief message, standing on the road, post one such tract distribution that saw over 200 people receive tracts. He spoke on two motivations for evangelism (from Veere Di Wedding Masturbation Ref as learnt from Movie Review from papers and the Hands on Hip Senegal Defender in the Senegal v Columbia Group Game No. 3 in Russia World Cup Football 2018). Here is the link to that talk: https://bit.ly/2q7RQZP

June 2018

In the first Sunday of June 2018, Duke’s enlarged from 20-chapters (2010 edition) to 40-chapters book named “Straight Talk” (on sex, love, marriage, porn and more) was dedicated and released by Rev. Clement Clarence Ebenezer in the Blessed Life AG Church, Madurai. Duke preached an expository message on the Kind of Church Believers We Must Not Be from Numbers 25 – the Bible chapter that housed a sexual immorality story that was repeated in the New Testament (I Cor. 10). In the same month, there was a Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline Bible Study – an once in two months event – in the home of the Daniels on the topic of miracles and healing. Duke’s balanced presentation was appreciated by those who watched the study online.

May 2018

Rev. Dr. V. T. Abraham, the South India Assemblies of God General Superintendent, invited Duke Jeyaraj and Evangelin Duke to ministry in the Assemblies of God Church he leads in Kozhikode, Kerala, this May (2018). As it was the Summer Vacation time, even Dale and Datasha, the kids, joined Duke and Evan, in this program. Datasha Duke (10 years), recited Isaiah 53 in entirety before the congregation (of about 1000 people) (“Will she be cute as Halle Berry and, to millions, God’s Word, carry?” – was one line in the poem that Duke wrote for Evan when Datasha was inside her mom’s womb!). Duke preached God’s Word on the topic Blessings of Suffering (put in a series of CRs) – a message that challenged and comforted the people. Evan Duke preached God’s Word in the second Malayalam service with unusual authority. Dale Duke (14) coordinated the recording of these messages. The couple prayed for the needs of the congregation. It was a joy to do ministry as a family!

April 2018

Rev. Akash invited Duke Jeyaraj to minister to the School Children of Mount Carmel School (Dwarka/Anandniketan campus) studying in class 9 and 10 in the month of April 2018. The Lord touched hundreds of School Children in this trip. Duke taught value education from the Bible messed with carefully chosen secular videos (clips from the Oscar-sent movie, Visaranai/Deepika Padukone GoIbibo Ad/Priya Varrier’s Wink/etc) in both the campuses. He spoke in the School’s morning devotion for four straight days across different campuses. He also ran a quiz which excited the students as well as educated them in the ways of the Lord! He also spoke to the hostel girls of this School in two evening devotions on topics such as Four Youth Jesus Met. Meeting and fellowshipping with the Owner/Director couple of the School, Dr. and Mrs. Williams was a special honor for Duke. Duke also got to meet the mentor-couple from his Allahabad Aggie College Days, Dr. Dickson-Mrs.Grisalda  during this trip (What joy!).

March 2018

Bro. Prashanth who works for  Trans World Radio invited Duke Jeyaraj to the studios of Vishwavani in Hyderabad in the month of March 2018. And he requested Duke to give short conversational talks on hot topics that concerned matters of sex for about two to three minutes from the Bible. Topics from admiration of beauty of the opposite sex to living in were covered. Prashanth directed the shooting of these videos, creatively. These videos were then uploaded onto Facebook and Youtube through Transworld Radio’s ministry to urban people, Crosswave, following editing. Some of these videos – which were among the best quality videos of Duke ever recorded – were widely watched.

Feb 2018

Dr. Duke Jeyaraj was invited by Pas. Moncy to share God’s Word in the Revival Center AG Church in Gachibowli during Feb 2018. Duke brought three messages: Isaiah on holiness/Naughty Boy and Flirty Aunty – Proverbs 7 Meditation/ Not Spectators but Soulwinners (from Judges). These messages lit the hearts of the congregation that included people from top corporate houses. In the same month, Duke traveled to Guntakal, Andhra Pradesh upon the invitation of Pas. Benedict to speak in a regional AG youth meeting. Duke preached two messages: The Valentine’s Vineyard – Isaiah 5 / Win-over-Temptation Lessons from Temptation-Losers (2 Peter 2). Young People came to Jesus in large numbers.

Jan 2018

Dr. Duke Jeyaraj and Sis. Evangelin Duke were invited to minister in Vizag Christian Assembly, Vizag, along with Pastor Georgy Abraham by Rev. Anitha Aidinyantz. The programs included a youth meeting (in which both Duke and Evan preached), a couple’s meeting (in which both Duke and Evan ministered) and a Sunday Morning service (in which Duke preached on the most repeated theme in the longest Bible book – Jeremiah). The youth meeting witnessed a powerful altar call time, while the couples renewed their marriage vows. Rev. Sidney Peter also warmly welcomed the speaking team.

January 2018

Rev. Matthew George invited Dr. Duke Jeyaraj to share God’s Word in the Revival Center AG Church, Fateh Nagar, Hyderabad on 20 January 2018. Duke shared three messages: What The Prophets of Old Teaches Youth Of Today/All About The Holy Spirit/Who Will Go To Heaven? Who Will Go To Hell. These messages are now on Youtube. Powerful times at the altar followed these passionate, pointed messages. Duke also answered the questions of the young people live (including questions like “How can I handle peer-pressure from lustful friends in my place of work which is the airport?”).

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MAYANK AGARWAL RANJI TRIPLE HUNDRED JIBE BY AN AUSSIE COMMENTATOR IN THE MELBOURNE TEST 2018 & IGNORING THE NAYSAYERS TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO / Duke Jeyaraj

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India beat Australia in the Melbourne Test (Dec 26-30. 2018) to go 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. One of the hot stories of this gripping test match revolved around what Australian commentator had said. Sidharth Monga wrote about that story this way: ‘On day one of the Test, O’Keeffe ran down debutant Mayank Agarwal’s Ranji Trophy triple-century, saying it must have come against the “‘Jalandhar Railways Canteen Staff”’. 27-year old Mayank’s reply did not come with his mouth. It came from his bat: On a difficult pitch, he returned with the scores of 76 in the first innings and 42 in the second innings to become the highest total scorer of runs in that Test. Not a bad achievement for a Test Debutant in a Test Match that featured Kohli, Pujara and Rahane.
Have people passed rasping remarks about you? You may have heard these heart-scorching words: “You are good for nothing!”/”Have you looked at your face?”/”You are absolutely a misfit here!” – so on and so forth! It happened to one of the leaders the Bible mentions. When Nehemiah led a team in rebuilding the broken walls of Jerusalem, this was what he was told by the local leaders: “What they are building–even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones” (Neh. 4:3)! If they had said, “If an elephant walks on the walls they rebuilt, it will fall” the remark may have been palatable. But they swapped “fox” for an “elephant” with a goal to stop the work of Nehemiah’s team! How did Nehemiah’s team react? Instead of talking back to those ‘sledgers’ (to use a cricket term), they sent up, prayers! The next verse, Nehemiah 4:4, goes this way: “Hear us, O God, for we are despised. Turn their scorn back upon their own heads, and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity. Do not cover up their iniquity or let their sin be blotted out from Your sight, for they have provoked the builders.” And thereafter returned back to their work of wall-rebuilding which was completed (Neh. 4:6; 6:1).
When you hear discouraging dialogues that involve you, you don’t have to retaliate using your mouth. Go to God in prayer. Speak frankly to Him. That will lighten your heart and strengthen you to complete what He has called you to do! It did so for Nehemiah! I did so for me.
A Christian Leader told me in 2005 when I resigned my job with his organization: “You will never make it in the ministry, Duke!” I did not respond back. I did not retort. I came home. I prayed. I fought back the tears kneeling in God’s presence. I left the matter to the Lord and went back to do the work God had given me – the founding of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. To start with – then – in 2005, I was led to work in a call center. I took that step (though there was criticism for that too). I used the extra money I made then to start The Days of Your Youth magazine. Of course even then, God stirred the hearts of people – all Indian friends – to give and I didn’t have to use a single rupee of mine to do His work! That was the story of the start of G4 Mission…. In 2008, I quit my HSBC job. These last 10 years of doing fulltime work with the ministry we started have been very fulfilling for both Evan and I. We ignored the naysayers. We prayed. We got busy doing what God wanted us to do! You too can!
(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org)

THE PERSON OF THE YEAR 2018 FOR ME – JOHN CHAU, THE DARING MISSIONARY MARTYR TO NORTH SENTINEL ISLANDS / Duke Jeyaraj (His Story in a memorable outline)

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For the Time magazine, the people of the year were the “guardians” – journalists who risked their lives to tell the truth. One of them was Jamal Khashoggi. He was brutally murdered, heartlessly butchered, allegedly with weapons that included a bone saw when he went to the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018. Jamal was a well-known critic of the Saudi Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

Who was the Person of the year for me? It was the 26-year old young man by the name of John Allen Chau. John Chau who? The missionary from America who dared to go to the tribes in the North Sentinel Islands to share about the love of Jesus with them in 2018. We know John Chau lost his life in this noble process.

In the honour of his memory I want to summarize John’s life using a memorable outline the Holy Spirit gave me:

First, John Chau was HOOKED. He was hooked to the mission of reaching the tribals in the North Sentinel Islands – the most dangerous island in the world. He prepared himself for this mission with great passion.

I consider myself a missionary to the Google Generation, the Facebook Folk, the Whatsapp World, the Twitter Troupe, the Hotmail Herd, the Presentday People. John Chau’s story inspires me to keep doing what I am doing with greater fervour. Jeffrey Gettleman, Kai Schultz, Ayesha Venkataraman and Hari Kumar write in New York Times on November 30, 2018 write very eloquently about the way John Chau prepared like a man possessed, like a man totally hooked-to-a-cause, for a mission that would cost him, his very life:

“Just months before undertaking the most forbidding journey in his life as a young missionary to a remote Indian Ocean island, John Allen Chau was blindfolded and dropped off on a dirt road in a remote part of Kansas.

“After a long walk, he found a mock village in the woods inhabited by missionaries dressed in odd thrift-store clothes, pretending not to understand a word he said. His role was to preach the gospel. The others were supposed to be physically aggressive. Some came at him with fake spears, speaking gibberish.

“It was part of an intensive and somewhat secretive three-week missionary training camp. Mary Ho, the international executive leader for All Nations, the organization that ran the training, said, “John was one of the best participants in this experience that we have ever had.”

“For Mr. Chau, 26, the boot camp was the culmination of years of meticulous planning that involved linguistics training and studying to become an emergency medical technician, as well as forgoing full-time jobs so he could travel and toughen himself up.

“He did it all with the single-minded goal of breaking through to the people of North Sentinel Island, a remote outpost of hunters and gatherers in the Andaman Sea who had shown tremendous hostility to outsiders.

“It was an obsession. Ever since Mr. Chau had learned in high school through a missionary website, the Joshua Project, that the North Sentinel people were perhaps the most isolated in the world, he was hooked. Much of what he did the rest of his short life was directed toward this mission.

“He would pull up Google Maps and point to a green speck in a place no one had ever heard of — the Andaman Islands, far off the coast of India — and tell his friends with a buoyant smile: “I’m going there.”

(“John Chau Aced Missionary Boot Camp. Reality Proved To be a Harsher Test.” The New York Times, November 30, 2018).

Daniel Wesley, someone who used to receive John Chau’s monthly ministry newsletter writes in detail about John was hooked to the mission of reaching the people of the North Sentinel Islands:

“Countless young Christians, in their youthful exuberance, go through a “stage” of their faith wherein they too desire to reach the unreached with the gospel. Most of these move on to other goals which draw their attention away, but John wasn’t like most people. He held on to his love for the North Sentinelese through college and began taking every opportunity to prepare himself for such a radical calling and purpose for his life even these past few years after college.

“Let’s briefly consider how he prepared himself for the rigors of life among a stone age tribe like the North Sentinelese. He chose to study Health, Exercise Science, and Sports Medicine as an undergraduate. He subsequently received wilderness survival EMT certification after graduating from university and became a wilderness emergency medical technician to be prepared for the many emergencies that are an inevitable part of the life he was choosing. At one point he survived a rattlesnake bite. It turns out, John did almost everything a person could do in order to prepare for the life he was choosing by moving to North Sentinel Island.

“….no one on the planet, aside from the North Sentinelese themselves, know their language. Historical attempts to have other islanders come close and listen have been fruitless and, as far as anthropologists know, they appear to have been isolated far too long for their language to have any contemporary cousins. This means that the only way a person could ever speak their language is to live among them and learn it. To this end, John took a highly specialized course in linguistics and cultural anthropology which emphasizes how to learn a language from scratch. This particular course trains one in how to preserve a language that has never been written down. To further strengthen his linguistic skills, John’s private reading list in 2017 and 2018 included seven different books on linguistics, phonology and language acquisition. He also read 9 different books on the Andaman Islands, most of which were about North Sentinel Island in particular. In addition to those books, he read a variety of others written by those who had successfully reached stone age tribes with the gospel at various points in history. All told, John read 113 books in the 21 months before landing on the shore of North Sentinel Island. The average American reportedly reads 12 books in a year, John read 65 books in the first 9 months of 2018 alone.”

(“A friend’s reflection on John Chau’s journey to North Sentinel Island”, Christian Post, December 28, 2018).

John Chau was totally hooked to the cause of mission to these totally unreached tribes. Are we hooked to the cause that God has called us to do? If God has called us to be a Tent-making missionary to Gurugram in the National Capital Region, are we hooked to that cause?

Second, John Chau not only HOOKED TO THE CAUSE, he refused HOOK-UPS THAT WOULD DISTRACT HIM FROM THE CAUSE. John Chau refused to get into romantic relationships deliberately in the years that ran-up to his fatal mission in 2018. The Quint (28 November 2018) reports “His friend, John Middleton Ramsey, claims Chau was so obsessed with the island that he even avoided “romantic attachments because of his planned mission.” He knew that it would be extremely unfair on his part to fall in love with a girl when he was about to go on a dangerous mission for God. Or, it could be that he knew “the one who takes you to bed, will influence your head”. So, if he married a materialistic girl, there was a good chance she would talk him out of his plans to go as a missionary to North Sentinel Islands.

If God has spoken to you about a group of people you have to reach as fulltime missionary or a tent-making missionary (I am sure God would lead every serious believer to one group or many groups to be a missionary – fulltime/tent-making missionary – to them), how have you go about the task of choosing your life partner? If you are single, you must choose someone who is as feverish like you about that mission, like you are! “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” the Bible asks us in the book of Amos. Marriage is a life-long walk and you must find some agreement about your life goals with the person you will marry. I was very particular that the person I married, would have committed for full-time ministry prior to that person’s romantic interest in me. Evan and I became romantically interested in each other in our mid twenties. But both of us, in different venues, under the influence of different preachers, committed for fulltime ministry when still in our teens! It was because of this very reason, it was not tough for Evan to tell me to stop working in the Corporate World when she knew it was too much for me to do “full time ministry” and still have “full time corporate job” on the long run!

Finally, John Chau was literally HOOKED (by the spears of the tribes of the North Sentinel People). Now over to Jeffrey Gettleman, Kai Schultz, Ayesha Venkataraman and Hari Kumar who wrote about John Chau’s last few days for the New York Times, these lines (November 30, 2018):

“Mr. Chau landed in Port Blair on Oct. 16, 2018, traveled to another island in the Andamans and then returned to Port Blair (He was not a stranger to the Andamans. “In 2015, he made his first of four trips to the Andaman Island chain, basing himself in Port Blair, the main city. The men at the hotel where he usually stayed said he was friendly and always requested the same room: 121, a small single with a good view.” This room was like a two-star hotel room).

“There, he holed up for 11 days in a small apartment that he referred to as a “safe house” in a long note that the police found after his death. He wrote that he never saw sunlight that whole time.

“The police say he was doing this to avoid being spotted; his friends say he was trying to prevent himself from getting sick to protect the islanders, whose immune systems have been isolated so long that some experts say they could be wiped out by the common cold.

“With the help of a local evangelical, Mr. Chau hired five fishermen. Their boat was a battered wooden craft about 30 feet long, with a roof made of bamboo sticks and a plastic tarp. They chugged out the night of Nov. 14, 2018.

“When they reached North Sentinel in the morning, Mr. Chau assembled a collapsible kayak because the fishermen refused to go to the island with him, insisting on staying a half mile out.

“Mr. Chau saw some islanders on the beach, paddled up to them and tried to preach, saying: “My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you,” according to the note. They raised their bows and he paddled back to the fishing boat.

“A few hours later, he tried walking onto the beach with some gifts like scissors and safety pins.

“A boy shot an arrow into a waterproof Bible he was carrying.

“Another islander, a man wearing a crown possibly made of flowers, stood on a coral rock and yelled at him.

“Mr. Pandya, one of the few anthropologists to have set foot on North Sentinel, said these were clear warnings.

“The islanders, he said, were saying: “I don’t want to engage with you, go away.”

“If they were so savage,” Mr. Pandya said, “they would have slaughtered him straight away.”

“The islanders chased Mr. Chau into the surf. He saw the fishermen far away, standing in the boat, waving their arms up and down, and swam to them.

“The last part of the note conveys fear. He wrote, “It almost seems like certain death to stay here.”

“But the next morning he insisted on sending the fishing boat away, saying in the letter he had met someone in South Africa who went through a similar experience on a different island in the Andamans and won the trust of islanders only after being dropped off by a boat.

“He seemed now to be contemplating the end, writing in the note, “Remember, the first one to heaven wins.”

“The fishermen told the police the next morning that Mr. Chau swam to the island. They then went to the ocean to fish.

“When they returned to North Sentinel a day later to check on him, they saw a group of islanders on the beach dragging Mr. Chau’s body with a rope.” (The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2018).

John Chau was hooked literally – killed – for the cause of Christ! Apostle Paul wrote, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24). In the next chapter – Acts 21 – five prophets warned Paul not to go to Jerusalem to preach because of persecution they foresaw through the Spirit. And this was Paul’s response: Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13). John Chau followed those words of Apostle Paul to the letter!

Would we be willing to take risks for the cause of the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus? For example, even now, we have the freedom to propagate any faith in India as per the constitution. So, that means, distributing Gospel tracts is legal in India. Would we be willing to pass out a good Gospel tract to fellow traveller, atleast? Or, will we be super-afraid?

With God-enabling us, we at Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission have made it a point to have atleast one tract-distribution event (using our Bubbly/Dhoni-wala Gospel tract) per month. Only once, in all these years, we have faced any tinge of opposition. When that came, we quietly moved to another spot nearby to give tracts. And returned to the same place later on, to continue what we came to do! My tract ministry volunteer and friend, Arul Johnson, is particularly daring. If he spots a Policeman, he would give him a gospel tract! I am not that daring!

What is the worse thing that can happen to us when we boldly witness for Jesus? We can get killed for the same! So what? That would be “an out of turn promotion” to glory (as Evangelist Rajkumar Ramachandran often says).

John Chau is dead but his life speaks like the one the Bible speaks about in Hebrews 11:4. Like Jim Elliot’s missionary martyrdom in the 1960s inspired a wave of missionaries from America in the decades that followed, John Chau’s death in 2018 as a missionary martyr would do the same in a greater way (of this I am sure!). The Hindu Newspaper had his death as one of the events of the year in their 30 Dec 2018 edition. If the secular press rightly remembers the daring adventure of John Chau, how much more should we as believers do so? We must narrate his story to our kids and pump mission blood into them. We must narrate his story to our congregation (If I was a pastor I would do that) so that missionary spirit is pumped into our church members!

(Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. Find out more at www.dukev.org).

CHRISTMAS QUIZ FOR KIDS – Duke Jeyaraj

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Today (23 Dec 2018 – the first day post the second term exams), I asked my children – Dale (15), Datasha (11) – read 6 Christmas Chapters – Matt 1 & 2 / Luke 1 & 2 / John 1 and Rev. 12. I gave them two hours to do it. Post that I had them answer these questions: 1. The Genealogy of Jesus is found in which chapter? Matt.1
2. Sun clothed woman – in which chapter do we read about her? Rev. 12.
3. Fill in the Blanks, choosing one of the options: Math 1:21 says, “You shall call him Jesus for he will save his people from their_______!” (sin/sins). It is sins.
4. Name the mother of John the Baptist – Elizabeth.
5. Name the infirmity of Zechariah – dumb
6. Identify the odd thing in list: Gold, Frankinsense, Silver, Myrrh/ It is silver (gifts wisemen got Jesus)
7. True or False: Joseph had sex with his wife Mary, before Jesus was born. (false)
8. The longest chapter in these five chapters: Luke 1
9. The chapter in which you read the phrase, a classic Christmas definition: “The Word became Flesh” (John 1)
10. The chapter in which you read this phrase: “I bring you good news of great joy that is for all people!” (Luke 2)
11. Identify the Odd one in this list: Rahab, Sarah, Uriah’s Wife, Ruth, Tamar. (It is Sarah. Rest found in Jesus’ genealogy)
12. “Horn of Salvation” – Who? (Jesus)
13. “Sunrise from on High” – Who? (Jesus)
14. Simeon told who, “A Sword will pierce your soul?” (Mary)
15. Fill in the blanks: And at the end of ________days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (eight)
16. Fill in the blanks: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name___________ which means ____________ (Immanuel / God with us)
17. Fill in the blanks: Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were _____years old or under (Two)
18. Who said to who: “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” (Herod to Wise Men).
19. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. Who is the True Light? (Jesus)
20. and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for _______days. And what does that signify? (1260 days. It means 42 months. The sun-clothed woman is perhaps Mary. Mary is type of a believer (who is living a life with challenges). Believers live in the wilderness. They are strangers while on this earth. This world is not their home. Their life on the wilderness called earth will be 42 months in this sense: 42 can be written as 6 x 7. 6 symbolizes Satan. 7 symbolizes God. Believers, when are in the earth will have to fight Satan, till their last breath. But God will help them, enable them to win over Satan.
21. The Dragon, Caesar, Herod. Identify the odd person out. (Caesar – the rest tried to kill Jesus).
22. Write four things that Joseph gave up for Jesus? (1.Rights – to have sex with wife till Jesus was born. 2. Reason – He rejected logic and married already-pregnant girl; Joseph had faith. 3. Residence – He kept moving to protect Jesus’ physical life. 4. Resources – He used the gold the wise men gave baby Jesus for his travels to protect Jesus perhaps.
23. “The angel told him, And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.” Who the angel speak to and about whom? (Zechariah and John).
24. In whose song do we read: he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. (Mary’s).
25. Name your favourite Christmas Character and explain he is your favourite by drawing examples from your life. Answer in 10 sentences. (For Dale, it turned out, it was Jesus,and for Datasha it was Mary).
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Both the kids did well! Let our kids get into the Word during this Christmas season! 

PAINE-KOHLI PERTH ON-FIELD FIGHT & BOASTING ABOUT TOMORROW – DUKE JEYARAJ

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India were desperate to dismiss Australian Captain Tim Paine in the evening of the third day of the Perth Test (Dec 2018). A caught-behind appeal was turned down in the final over of the day. India did not review. But that’s when Kohli walked upto his Aussie counterpart and started talking. He talked about Paine loudly to his team-mates: “If he messes us, it’s 2-0”. Kohli referred to India’s lead of 1-0 at that point following a hard-found win over Australia in Adelaide. That’s when Paine retorted: “You’ve got to bat first, big head!” And when India batted the following day – Day 4 – chasing 287 on an unpredicable pitch, they folded, fumbled, fizzled-out and failed. Taking the 2-0 lead – well, that did not happen. India fell 140 odd short of the target and scoreline became 1-1. Even Kohli, arguably the world’s best batsmen failed in the second innings, after scoring a superb hundred in the first.

This incident reminds me the wise words we read about in Proverbs (a Bible book): “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring!” (Prov. 27:1). Eugene Peterson put the same verse this way: “Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow!” Some young people speak like Kohli did on the third day in the Perth Test. They say, “Tomorrow I will repent!”. They say, “Only today, I will watch this porn site. From tomorrow onwards I will be holy!” So on and so forth. That’s being foolish. Now is the time to come to Jesus in repentance (Luke 13:1-5). The Spirit of God may not keep speaking to you (Gen. 6:3). When the Spirit stops speaking, you wont want to repent. Sudden death may come like it did for in the case of Prince Absalom when you are dreaming about what you do in the future. James warns against boasting about what you will do tomorrow, precisely warning about the real possiblitity of sudden death using the mist that quickly disappears analogy (James 4:13-14). After death there is no chance of salvation (Heb. 9:27). After Jesus returns unannounced – like a theif in the night – it will be too late to repent (I Thess. 5:2). So do not talk about what you do tomorrow. Some people say this: “When I get older, then I will obey God’s call and become a missionary!” When you get older, even lavotory journey would become tedious – what missionary journey can you do then (check Eccl. 12 for problems of the old age)?! Now, is the time to let it rip for Jesus. I was 31 years of age when I founded the Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission and was 34 years when I quit my job with the HSBC group to rejoin fulltime ministry to work fulltime with the organistation I started. I am glad to have had the joy of giving the best years of my youth in the service of Jesus. It is a priceless feeling. When I became sick at the age of 44 (recently because of a curable-with-tablets kidney stone), that feeling came powerfully back: “Now, you are no longer a youth, Duke, who can eat what you want because ‘a youth’s stomach can even digest a stone’ (as they say when they keep serving food, post the meetings you get to preach in)! What a joy to have been serving Jesus even before all these old-age related problems set in!”

Don’t boast about what you do tomorrow. Do it now. Live for Jesus. Now.

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

‘THE NETHERLANDS BEAT INDIA’ & A KEY BIBLE TRUTH – Dr. Duke Jeyaraj

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The Netherlands Beat India. When you read that what comes to your mind? Don’t you ask automatically, “In what sport?” Don’t you automatically seek to find the context? Don’t you want to know the fullstory before you jump to conclusions? Today as I write these words – on 13 December 2018 as I write these words – the Netherlands, the World Number 4 team beat India in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, in the 2018 World Cup Hockey Tourney, the scoreline being 2-1, in the quarterfinals. Though disappointing it was not a shock because, the last time India reached a World Cup Hockey Semifinal was way back in 1975 (when they went on to eventually win the World Cup, incidentally their only Hockey World Cup win!). But if Netherlands were to beat India, say (God forbid) in the 2019 Cricket ODI World Cup, it will be a shock! Why? While India are former World Cup champs twice over in ODIs, Netherlands are minnows – chota bachas – when it comes to ODI World Cups! You see, the context determines the meaning! You see, the context is very important! When this is so, why don’t we read the Bible in context? Why doesn’t this come automatically to our minds, the way it comes when we read the head-line, “The Netherlands Beat India”.

Hyper-grace cult false teachers quote 2 Cor. 5:21 which teaches that believers are the righteousness of God to sort of say, “God winks at the stubborn sins you commit as a believer because, “no matter what you do”, you are the righteousness of God!” But the very next verse – which is incidentally is in the next chapter – 2 Cor. 6:1 clearly teaches that we must not use the grace of God in vain (i.e. we must use the grace of God to overcome sin – Rom. 6:15!). Hyper-grace Bible Twisters use Eph. 2:8-9 to teach we are saved by grace and not by works in a tone and manner which suggests that doing good works as a believer out of gratitude because we are saved by grace is NOT important. But is that what Paul means to teach there? Look at the context. Reading below and above a verse will often give us the context of a verse, typically. Look at the next verse – Eph. 2:10 which teaches that we are saved to do good works!!! So, do not allow anyone to pullout verses out of context from the Bible, to teach false teaching like hyper-grace and take you to hell along with them! Beware! “Rightly handle the Word of Truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

(Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission. This is a reader-supported Indian ministry to presentday people. Find out more at www.dukev.org).