MOTHER DONKEY AND COLT: A JOLT TO THOSE WHO GIVE STEP-MOTHERLY TREATMENT TO THE THINGS OF GOD
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
MOTHER DONKEY AND COLT: A JOLT TO THOSE WHO GIVE STEP-MOTHERLY TREATMENT TO THE THINGS OF GOD
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
FOUR 'YOUTH' THAT JESUS MET DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY (FOURTH HE MET ON PALM SUNDAY!)
God allows 'thorns' in our lives to 'keep us from being too elated' (II Cor 12:7, RSV). Ask Paul, he will tell u that this is true. - Duke Jeyaraj
Message time in Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears Fasting Prayer. All top news magazines published obituaries of the dead-actress SriDevi. Duke Jeyaraj brings Bible Lessons starting from those obituaries using acronym s-r-i-d-e-v-i acronym - a message for parents, youth, those in ministry, non-believers and mature believers.
Tract distribution can be one of the earliest steps of influence folks to walk n ultimately crossover from darkness into marvelous light by walking on the only footover bridge to heaven, the Way Jesus! John 5:24 n John 14:6.
Moments before the US-Bangla flight crash-landed on 12-3-18,the Air-Traffic Controller told the pilot,"I tell you again, turn!" Jesus' message was akin to air-traffic-man's:"Unless you repent ("TURN" from sin & towards me in faith),you too will "perish"("BURN" in hell)" (Ezek. 18:30 - OT; Lk 13:5 - NT). - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter
“Fire in my bones” while sharing a message from the book of the Prophet (Jeremiah) who first talked about “Fire in my bones” (Jer. 20:9)! Evangelin Duke’s meditation from Jeremiah’s visit to the Potter’s House (Jer. 18:1-6). NLAG-Hyderabad. 11 March 2018. Sunday Morning. “This is the Lord’s Doing! We rub our eyes. We can hardly believe it!” - Duke Jeyaraj
Since some of you asked us (Evan and myself), I am furnishing the following details about Evan’s Sunday Morning message in NLAG Hyderabad, shared yesterday:
Message Link: https://www.facebook.com/NewLifeAG.in/videos/1867695173263895/
Message Start time: 55th minute. (You will be blessed to listen to the full video as there is heart-touching worship, foot-tapping choreography, etc., in the full video).
Topic: Shaped By The Potter So That You Bloom (Jer. 18:1-6 Mediation).
Note: You need to be logged into Facebook to watch this video. http://www.dukev.org/
What a joy it was for Evan Duke to join this wow ministry team and play her assigned role empowered by the Holy Spirit this Sunday at NLAG-Hyderabad! - Duke Jeyaraj
4 Practical Unforgettable & Effective Ways To Constantly Win Over Porn Temptation - Duke Jeyaraj https://soundcloud.com/shoutaloud/porntemptationbeatenduke?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook
When Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission - www.dukev.org ) was founded in 2006 by Duke and Evan, Duke was working in a call-center as a tentmaking missionary. In the month of Nov 2008, Duke with the active encouragement from wife, Evan, quit his callcenter job. The couple starting living by faith and both of them worked fulltime for the ministry they started - G4 Mission. That's when Duke's beloved teacher Rev. Dr. Jacob Cherian called. From 2009, Duke was invited to be part of the Doctor of Ministry program in Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore. Duke completed it, by God's grace in 4 plus years. Dr. David Balasingh was his encouraging project mentor-guide. In the March of 2014, Duke graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree with his doctoral project on ministry to modern young working professionals (IT/ITES industry workers). Duke also spoke in the graduation service on behalf of his graduating class. It was a privilege! It was a humbling honor! Here is the video of that talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miEkYI-m39Q. If you are reading this before Indian Standard Time 8:30 pm on 9th March 2018, you can watch this year's grand graduation following this link: http://www.thalsamaya.com/cgld2018.
Seventeen years during this time in Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore, I had the humbling honor of speaking on behalf of the graduating class Master of Divinity Class (M. Div). The topic was – servant leadership. Here is a the video of that 13-minute talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPz9QlEz8vQ. Four years ago, I had the honor of speaking again on behalf of the graduating Doctor of Ministry class. I was asked to share about the experience of doing a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) course. One line from that talk was this: “I will stop leading, the moment I stop learning!” Here is the video of that talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miEkYI-m39Q. Today, a group of 10 people (largely from the New Life AG Church, Hyderabad), graduate with a M. Div. degree along with a host of others. I was privileged to part of their journey of learning along with a few others. I taught them 10 different M. Div. subjects. You can watch the graduation ceremony live from 6 PM today (9 March, 2017) here: http://www.thalsamaya.com/cgld2018. As you watch you will also get to know about the wonderful, selfless, ministry that the Lord is doing through Center for Global Leadership Development/Southern Asia Bible College – a ministry that has greatly contributed to the building of God’s Kingdom worldover, over the years.
That a structure of about 60 meters length can disappear in this world of advanced technology is indicative of the fact that despite the best of man’s advancements we need to connect with our all-knowing Creator and Creator-in-Flesh Christ. - Duke Jeyaraj
The Lord blessed them during the academic year. Grateful. All needs met. - Duke Jeyaraj
My mother gave me BIRTH; my wife takes my BREATH away; there is no BREADTH to my daughter's infinite affection for me. Amazed! Grateful! Salute! Blessed women's day to you lovely women out there! Your ability to bear PAIN without letting out even a WHINE amazes me as a man (for we men make a MOUNTAIN out of a MOLEHILL when it comes to pain and discomfort!)! Forgive us, men, for the times we have been the cause of this "pain" to you all.
PS - By the way, my "fulltime" job is to keep taking pictures of these two women on this frame!!:):):)
The Audio of the Sound Doctrine Bible Study led by Duke Jeyaraj on the topic of Perseverance of Salvation (25 Feb 2018):
JESUS' ENTIRE LIFE IN 188 TWEET-DEVOTIONS
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
There are 188 parts to Jesus' life in a Harmony of the Gospels I have. Starting from from this lent season (which was the 2017 season), I will tweet devotions from Jesus' life. I went upto 32 Tweets in the 2017 lent season. I will continue the same this lent season (the 2018 season). The Harmony of the Four Gospel I am using is by Orville E. Daniel (Baker Books, 1996). Each day's Tweet Devotion from Jesus' Life will appear on my Facebook timeline (www.facebook.com/dukejeyaraj ), Google Plus timeline ( https://plus.google.com/u/1/ +DukeJeyarajG4Mission) and be updated on the text around this photo.
Jesus' life is "carefully investagated" by a doctor inspired by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:3). It is not hear-say. Not a myth. #Jesus'LifeP1/188
Jesus wasn't perhaps a pre-term baby, but he certainly was pre-incarnate, he existed always.(Jn1:1).#JesusLifepart2/188
Jesus came for the good, bad, evil. That's why names such good Jehoshaphat, bad Uzziah & evil Manasseh in his genealogy. JesusLifepart3/188
"He(JohndeBapt)is never to take wine...." (Lk1:15). Saying 'no' 2 certain things positions us 2 'prepare a ppl 4 Jesus'(v17).JesusLifep4/188
"He'll reign over de house of Jacob(symbolic of believers)forever..."Lk 1:33. Jesus should reign over all parts of our lives.JesusLifeP5/188
Jesus made the still-in-the-womb John leap for joy(Luke1:44).ultimate joy-giver,He!My life of tomb, he did comb with joy!!JesusLifepart6/188
Zechariah prophecied, 'Horn of Salvation,Jesus,enables us to walk in holiness before him all our days'(Lk1:67,69,74,75). JesusLifePart7/188
Jesus came,not just 2 save us 4m ultimate sin(rejecting Him)but also from 'sins'(plural, sins=lies,lust,lootin,etc)(Mt1:21)#JesusLifep8/188
amazing humility of Jesus:He who came2offer us 'SalvationCloth'(Isa61:10),was willin 2 b wrapped in 'swaddling cloth'(Lk2:7)#JesusLifep9/188
Angels: Jesus as "Savior" & "Sovereign"(the Lord) (Lk 2:11). Jesus should be BOTH. Like Shepherds let us run toward Jesus! #JesusLifep10/188
Baby Jesus was circumcised (Luke 2:21). Jesus grew up as a Jewish male to fulfil prophecy and never to advocate any race’s supremacy over the other. JesusLifep11/188
Old Simeon's 'gold' on Jesus' uniqueness:others taught about salvation, while Jesus alone was salvation personified(Lk2:30).JesusLifep12/188
Jesus can either 'disturb' you (Herod disturbed,Mt2:3)or 'delight' you (Wisemen saw the star and were overjoyed,Mt3:10).JesusLifepart13/188
Furious Herod gave orders for killing of under-2 boys(Mt2:16). Anger & murder(with words & with weapons) oft go together.JesusLifePart14/188
Herod died long before the one he wished was dead, Jesus, died(Matt2:20). Ironies of life can catchup with any of us. JesusLifePart15/188
John the Bapt grew strong in "spirit"(Lk 1:80). Growing in spirit(inside) is more important than growing in sinews(outside).JesusLifeP16/188
Jesus "grew in height" like we all did,though he wasn't conceived like us all.He outgrew his clothes like us.Fullyhuman&God.JesusLifeP17/188
Jesus' parents assumed he was with em postJeru visit.Lk2:44.So busy with our gadgets dat v don't know what our kids are up2?JesusLifep18/188
Jesus found favor with both God&Man(Lk2:52). It's not just about gettin-along withGod but also about doing de same with ppl.JesusLifeP19/188
John lived in de desert b4 his public ministry(Lk1:80).&what he preachd post-that, Judgment Msgs,wasn't like dessert(sweet)!JesusLifeP20/188
Dos who don't preach de msg of repentance r "crooked" bcos John Bapt who did dis came 2 mak "straight paths" 4 Jesus(Mt3:3).JesusLifep21/188
John[BAPTIST]:repentance without evidence of FRUITS of REPENTANCE will land one in the FIRE[hell] for REPROBATES.Mt 3:8,10.JesusLifep22/188.
Jesus offers dos cling2him a dinner fork(Rv.3:20) &de winnowing fork of judgement to those who finally reject him(Matt3:12).JesusLifep23/166
Sinless Jesus took de Sinner's Q 2 b baptized(2 b an eg. 2 us)much b4 he went 2 de cross to b battered (&act out W.baptism)#JesusLifep24/18
Jesus with"wild animals"during temptation(Mk1:13).Prayin alone(eg. where WILD animals live)empowers us 2 tame WILD passions.JesusLifeP25/188
John the Baptist:Am Not worthy to untie Jesus' sandals (Jn 1:27). Hot-message preaching John was humble: a rare combination.JesusLifep26/188
Jn.1:32-Dove "remained" on Jesus.Following de HolySpirit(HS) Baptism,We must continue to celebrate de HS &cooperate with Him.JesusLife27/188
2 of John's disciples became Jesus' disciples after John pointed them to Jesus(Jn1:35-37)!Let's build His kingdom, not ours.JesusLifep28/188
1st lesson abt miracles is dat Jesus can't b arm-twisted 2 do a miracle 'now' ('my time not come'Jn2:4)OnlyRequestHim#Cana.#JesusLifep29/188
Jesus stayed with his mother,brothers, along with disciples for a few days(Jn. 2:12). Qualify family time is important. JesusLifePart30/188.
When furious Jesus overturned the tables in the Temple, it was an urgent call to overturn our attitude toward money(Jn2:15).JesusLifeP31/188
Jesus did not trust folks who trusted him after a miracle.These possibly fickle-minded folks weren't trustworthy(Jn2:23-25).JesusLifeP32/188
Join Duke in the Gospel Tract Distribution later today in a Hyderabad location. Starting 6:15 PM till 7 PM, today (2 March, Friday). Whatsapp Duke if you want to join in, as soon as you see this.
A scene from the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G-4 Mission: www.dukev.org ) organised "Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline" Bible Study we had at the centrally-located flat of the Daniels on 25 Feb 2018. Young and old, married and single, folks from different churches, fulltimers and laypeople involved in ministry, homemakers and working women, joined in. Susan Brandon led in an awesome time of worship. John Christian Shailesh and David Raj accompanied with music superbly. Duke shared on the Doctrine of Perseverance and Assurance of Salvation using relevant acronyms (persevere and assure). A lot of Billy Graham stories/anecdotes were shared too. You can listen to the full message on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88fvm1mRQYs. We went "Facebook Live" and as of now we have had 500 hits for that video. Daniels served dinner to those who came. Sunny Karumanchi, took the pictures and organised a video shoot. This is the ninth doctrine that Duke is summarizing in this once-in-two-months Bible Study which started in Sept 2016. Did not Apostle Paul ask his young ward Timothy to "watch" his "life and doctrine" (I Tim. 4:16)? Aren't those who say, "Let's only talk about Jesus but not doctrine as silly as those who say, "Let's get on with the game of football without the football?" Next study will be in a convenient Sunday evening in April 2018.If you want to be invited to this event please whatsapp +91-8886040605.
LEARN HOW TO COME OUT OF SMART PHONE ADDICTION FROM THE BIBLE THROUGH A FOUR DAY DUKE JEYARAJ DEVOTION YOU CAN NOW READ VIA A BIBLE APP ON YOUR SMARTPHONE!
A new Duke Jeyaraj's Bible Devotion plan on "Decoding and Overcoming Smart Phone Addiction" is now online at the popular Bible App, Youversion (it can be downloaded onto smartphones/tabs). You can check it out here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/11213. Feel free to share this information to those who may need it. Duke has now seven plans on Youversion on topics as diverse as Porn Temptation victory, Sexting Temptation victory, Sexual Touch Boundaries & Scripture, Overcoming Procrastination, The Wedding Knot - For What?, Beating Sexual Temptation, etc. Some of these are audio read to you by the author and so you can listen to them while you going for your morning walks. Go to www.bible.com and click on "plans" and search for "Duke Jeyaraj". God bless Gershom Meshach Arul, who keeps encouraging Duke to contribute to YouVersion.
SUDDENLY-DEAD SRIDEVI, ALCOHOL, ALERTNESS AND A BIBLE VERSE!
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
Only eternity will reveal in what circumstances Actress Sridevi died so suddenly at the age of 54 in a hotel restroom. Yes, there was alcohol content in her bloodstream. Yes, she died as she drowned in the bathtub. That’s what reports say.
I am reminded of this Bible verse at this juncture: Proverbs 23:35. In the New Living Translation that verse goes this way: And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?" (NLT).
Yes, alcohol consumption makes one less-alert and an easier prey to harm. The Bible itself records this as we just saw. If Sridevi was alive she would have told us that. Perhaps, she may not have drowned in that bath tub if she was not under the influence of alcohol. As I said, only time and eternity will reveal what exactly happened in that Dubai Hotel restroom on that shattering Saturday, 24th Feb. 2018. Several women have been stripped, raped, molested, when they were under the influence of alcohol. Several accidents have taken place when the persons on the wheel have been under the influence of alcohol. We have perhaps read that classic WhatsApp forward about the passenger in a flight who was gulping down alcohol but strongly objected to the pilot doing the same!
So, Proverbs 23:35 is one verse that motivates me to steer clear of alcohol. I do not even drink in moderation, with Jesus’ grace enabling me. I know many of my believers may not agree with me when I take such a stance. That’s fine. But I personally believe when I refuse to consume alcohol, I am able to follow the biblical call to be “alert” (Acts 20:31; Eph. 6:18, ESV), even though I very well know that the context of the verses I have mentioned is about spiritual alertness.
I also saw a YouTube which showed a “drunk” Sridevi coming out of a venue after her 54th Birthday celebration (She unfortunately would not live to celebrate another birthday – the same way). Hmmm.
Alcohol is one popular thing people world-over use to plug the emptiness in one’s heart. Job’s friends in the Bible rightly observed “emptiness in the only reward” in a life of a person who rejects the Creator and chases sin and its allurements (Job 15:31). Only a living, daily, deep, relationship with God-in-flesh, Jesus, who died on the Cross and rose again, will fill the vacuum in the heart of every sin-chasing, pleasure-chasing human. Jesus famously said, “I have come to give you life – life to the full. Come to me all you, who are (sin)-weary and heavy-laiden. I will give you rest. My peace I give unto you – not as the world gives” (John 10:10; Matt. 11:28; John 14:27). Come to Jesus in repentance and faith and he will plug that emptiness in your soul – an emptiness which alcohol cannot fill.
(This was written by Duke Jeyaraj, the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission, an Indian reader/viewer supported ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org ).
SUDDEN DEATH FOR SRIDEVI; SUDDEN DEATH POSSIBILITY FOR YOU AND ME AND GETTING READY FOR IT!
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
NDTV reported how suddenly and how shockingly death came for Actress Sri Devi:
“Sridevi was getting ready for dinner with her husband Boney Kapoor in Dubai when she reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest in her room in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel, says a report in the Khaleej Times, quoting family sources.
“According to the report, Boney Kapoor, who had left Dubai for Mumbai, returned on Saturday evening to surprise his wife. He reportedly woke Sridevi around 5.30 pm and the couple chatted for around 15 minutes, the report says.
“Then Boney Kapoor asked her to dinner. The 54-year-old star went to the washroom to get ready. When she didn't come out for some time, her husband knocked, then forced open the door to see the actor "lying motionless in a bathtub full of water", according to the Khaleej Times.
"He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9pm," the report says, quoting a source.
“She could not be revived. Her shocked family says she didn't have any heart condition.” (NDTV website, 26 Feb 2018 post).
Death. It can come suddenly. We all know that. But when it comes for a movie star, we sort of get jolted and remember this truth all over again. The Bible tells us our life can be uncertain and our end can come anytime.
The rich man that Jesus spoke about also thought that he could go to sleep and wake up like he normally would every morning whistling, taking it cool. This Rich Man told himself one day, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ (Luke 12:19). His focus was on goods, when it should have been God. And God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ (Luke 12:20). The rich man was talking about “many years” when God’s plan was to allow the taking away of his life that same night! Jesus also pointed out that the Rich man was not rich in his relationship with God (who was in the flesh in the person of Jesus – Luke 12:21) and therefore this Rich Man was unprepared for eternity if sudden death had come knocking. After a person’s death, there will no more opportunities given him to be saved – this is what the Bible teaches (See Hebrews 9:27). Do you still foolishly tell yourself, “I could take many more years before I finally decide to come to Christ. In the meantime, I choose to enjoy the pleasures of the world, soak-in the short-term pleasures of sin. Later on, when it’s convenient, I will repent and trust Jesus as my Savior!”? Why fool yourself? Come to Christ, now! Come in repentance! The rich man was called a ‘fool’ by Jesus for not preparing for the countless years he would spend in eternity, while he was too concerned about his few years on earth (60 or 70). On the other hand, there were five virgins who were prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom (as evidenced by their filling their lamps with oil) were called “wise” by the same Jesus (Mt 25:4)! Are you foolish and unprepared? For eternity? Or wise and prepared? For eternity?
David’s son, the handsome and winsome Absalom would tell you that that death can come suddenly. He was Bible’s answer to John Abraham, this Absalom. He “unexpectedly” met his father’s men (II Sam 18:9 NLT). He raced away from them on his “car” and consequently died in a crash – you can see it that way, because the mule he rode on was the car of those days! His long locks got locked onto a low-lying branch even as he sped away and was found by Joab who brutally killed him! He died when he was thinking of unseating his father from the throne. Death was the last thing on his mind! He was dreaming of life as the king when he was killed suddenly! He was perhaps dreaming of sitting on the throne of his dad, just minutes before he was found hanging as a dead body suspended between heaven and earth without a seat!
If you were to die suddenly, would you be ready to face death? What will people catch you doing busily, if you were to die, suddenly? Would it be something that pleases Jesus? There were some young folk who had meat that they sinfully desired, in between their teeth when they died suddenly (Psa 78:30-31). What websites would you have left open, if you were to die suddenly, without being able to close them? Would envy, bitterness, pride, remain in your heart, if it were to stop beating, suddenly? Would you be left with the regret of missed evangelism opportunities, if you were to die, instantly and suddenly?!
Death, the Bible tells us, can be an occasion to SMILE. Yes, death can be an occasion for a beaming smile for some folks. It is quite true that for folks without a daily living relationship with Jesus, death can become an unbearably hopeless and a super sad event (I Thess 4:13). But it is also true that death can be an occasion to look forward to with a smile, for folks who love Jesus and are ready to face Jesus when He returns to this planet the second time as the Judge of all the earth. I am talking about folks like Paul who saw death as a ‘gain’ and an experience ‘better’ than the present life (Phil 1:21-23). Life with Christ is an endless hope while life without Christ is a hopeless end. All our diseases will be fully would be fully gone then – the Bible teaches (Rom. 8:21).
Jesus, who died for us on the Cross and rose again calls us to repent and trust Him. He preached, “Remember Lot’s Wife!” (Luke 17:32). Lot’s wife was a Bible Character who suddenly died when God’s judgement came upon her when she had one last look at the sinful city of Sodom and Gomorrah, instead of fleeing as instructed by God. So, basically was telling us there: Judgement is coming! It was come when I come back the second time! But before that repent! Put your faith in me! I love you! I died for you on the Cross!
Will we pay heed to Jesus’ call? In Sridevi’s movie, English Vinglish, she is made out as born to be a ladoo-maker by her on-screen hubby. The Bible teaches, we are born to love God and glorify Him forever. If we do not do that, there would be a vacuum, a vacuum only a relationship with God’s Only Son Jesus can plug. Come now to this Jesus!
Sridevi suddently died when she went into her hotel bathroom to get ready for a romantic dinner with her husband. The Bible talks about a romantic dinner - the wedding feast which Jesus organises for his bride. He calls each one of us to be his bride (2 Cor. 11:2; Matt. 25, The Bible). He wants you, whoever you may be, to have an intimate, daily, deep, relationship with him - a relationship that will bring meaning to your life. But you must turn from sin and put our faith in Jesus who claimed to be the only way to Heaven(John 14:6). After death it will be too late to repent and truth Jesus. After death there will only judgement, the Bible declares (Heb. 9:27). And after that judgement there will be hell for those who finally and firmly reject Jesus. That's sad, but true. Jesus himself talked about hell eight times in the Bible. If you don't believe in hell, it is as if you don't believe in Jesus!
Come now to this loving Savior who is waiting with his arms open wide! "I will never drive away the person who comes to me!" says Jesus. Your sin may be unprintable. But he still loves you. Your situation may be hopeless. But he still wants to hold you close and offer you forgiveness, love and hope. He loves you just the way you are. His love will move your heart to change your way of living as you cooperate with him and the Holy Spirit. So come to Jesus. Now! Tomorrow may be too late! The road of by and by will lead to the town of never, someone rightly said. Don't plan to repent at the 11th hour! You may die at 10:30! Think of Sridevi!
(This article is adapted from Duke Jeyaraj’s book, Goodnews for the Google Generation. This book is out of stock and will be reprinted. Duke is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is an Indian reader-viewer supported ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org. Like Duke’s facebook page atwww.facebook.com/googleduke andwww.facebook.com/dukebook ).
We were to born to "know Him and enjoy Him forever!" We are also told in the Bible, "Man is destined to die once (and that 'die once' can come very suddenly) and after that to face judgment" (Heb. 9:27). #Sridevi #EnglishVinglish - Duke Jeyaraj
The 120plus youth from five churches (including AG, CSI, SPG) who were blessed in the Chosen Generation youth organised meeting at Agape AG Church in Gunatakal, Andhra Pradesh, on 10 Feb 2018. Pas. Benedict invited me warmly. Amazing altar call time. Preached this message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RExkUo5PqqE&feature=youtu.be (The Valentine's Vineyard - from Isa. 5). My SABC class mate, Rev. Varla of Ananthpur, did a wow job in Telugu translation.
BILLY GRAHAM: AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW FOR PRESENTDAY MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
Billy Graham who went to be with Jesus on 21 February 2018 at the age of 99 was rightly called the most important evangelist in the history of the world since Apostle Paul. He was 99 when he died. He showed us “how to leave the 99 and go after the 1 that was missing” (think of Jesus’ evangelism-encouraging Lost Sheep parable!). Apostle Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ!” What about Billy Graham? We could have quoted Hebrews 13:7 – “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith”(ESV) – and said that Billy Graham is one such leader worthy of “Hebrews 13:7 emulation” on most fronts.
I preached my first sermon as a 16-year old standard 12 student in Ida Scudder School in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. After I finished my grade 12 (the year being 1992), during the long vacations, I was invited by a dear senior aunty to the town of Thanjavur, a town that was about 340 kms from Vellore to preach God’s Word in a fellowship meeting. It was the first time I got invited to preach in a location that was not in my town. Little did I know then, it was a beginning of an itinerant ministry for me. I completed my preaching assignment. Post that assignment I was given this priceless advice by a respected Bible Teacher who happened to be there: “Duke, I see you are going gaga over this particular American television evangelist (I shall leave him unnamed). I want to suggest that you follow a better model. I suggest that you follow the model of Billy Graham. He is not perfect. But he is a very good example to follow.” Shortly after this advice, I picked up Billy Graham’s book, Peace with God. I started a process of memorizing every Scripture he quoted in that book. I was preparing to be an evangelist that way. I stuck Billy Graham’s picture in my room as a student of Agricultural Engineering in Allahabad (1993-97). In the year 2016, I bought Billy Graham’s last published book, Where I Am, and sought to learn things from it.
Billy Graham is an example to us younger preachers/pastors/evangelists/servants of God. In what way? These ways:
FIRST, HE WAS AN EXAMPLE IN THE MANNER HE DID MINISTRY:
David Van Beima writing for Time magazine had this to say about Billy Graham: “He also established standards of financial and sexual propriety that maintained his reputation over a half-century of possible temptations and served as a model to shell-shocked colleagues after the televangelical scandals of the 1980s.” His steadfast refusal to get into “locked” door situations with persons of the opposite sex not his wife was well known. He wrote that he was simply obeying, 2 Timothy 2:22 which said, “Flee youthful lusts.” Once, he refused to have a private luncheon with Hillary Clinton because of this very reason (a detail I gathered from the 769th page of Billy Graham’s 700-plus page autobiography – a gift someone gave me following my ministry in a youth camp in Germany, the year being 1998 ).
I do not think Billy Graham used social media like WhatsApp or Facebook like we all do. But if he had done so, I am sure, he would have clear-cut boundaries when he interacted with the opposite sex, even via that channel. In 2015, Ed Stetzer, wrote these lines for Christianity Today: “Pastors have been caught on the Ashley Madison list, and it’s devastating to hear the stories.” Ashley Madison is a website that helps one connect with others who are looking to have adulterous relationships. 400 church leaders (pastors, elders, staff, deacons) who lived in the U. S. and Canada had accounts with this website – it was discovered. This generation must learn from Graham – he not only talked about sexual purity but lived it out! He showed it is possible to have a scandal-free ministry (if not a perfect ministry), when you cooperate with the Holy Spirit!
SECOND, HE WAS AN EXAMPLE IN THE MESSAGE HE MAGNIFIED:
Billy Graham preached the biblical message of repentance. Even the secular press recognized this. Larry Goodstein wrote for The New York Times, about Billy Graham these lines: “Mr. Graham drew his essential message from the mainstream of evangelical Protestant belief. Repent of your sins, he told his listeners, accept Jesus as your Savior and be born again.” His message on the second shortest verse in the Bible (Remember Lot’s Wife – Luke 17:32), a message on Judgment, is widely remembered (You can search that message on Youtube).
We preachers want to tell people we get to preach to that all is well with the them and their world. We try to speak in a way to please them so that we will receive a fat offering at the end of our “buttering” message. How starkly different our generation of preachers are from Billy Graham! We must “repent” of our careful avoidance of the message of “repentance” in our messages! One hyper-grace preacher frankly admitted: “(anti-hyper-grace preachers) complain that we grace preachers don’t emphasize repentance sufficiently. It’s true. I hardly emphasize it at all!” How shameful!
Not only was Billy Graham an example for me in terms of what should be an evangelistic message’s main content, he was also an example when it came to what sort of sermon illustrations one can use. During my secular college years (1993-97), I got hold of Billy Graham’s book, World Aflame. I recall till date his opening illustration for the chapter, The Old Immorality, in that book. Let me recount it to you: “Some time ago a friend and I were walking down Oxford Street in London, when we saw what appeared to be an actress or model getting into a chauffeured limousine while a small crowd gathered to watch. Several photographers begged her to get out of the car so that they could get better pictures. When she complied, they began to yell: “Pull your dress down at the top. The editors won’t use the pictures unless you do!” (Surrey, UK: The World Work Publishers, 1966, page 32). Billy Graham used this illustration to demonstrate how immoral the world we live in, is. I figured out that Billy Graham was only following Apostle Paul when it came to illustration choice. Apostle Paul, in his Athens Gospel address recorded in Acts 17, quoted from secular sources – did he not? And there, in the mid 1990s, as a twenty-year-old I began my now-regularly-done practice of wrapping Bible Truth around interesting-to-youth contemporary events.
THIRD, BILLY GRAHAM WAS AN EXAMPLE IN THE WAY HE WAS MAGNANIMOUS IN THE WAY HE MOVED WITH OTHER MEN/WOMEN OF GOD
Speaking about the soloist George Beverly Shea, who often sang, before he preached to packed audiences, Billy Graham said, “It was my privilege to preach to crowds that primarily came to listen to George Beverly Shea sing!” That kind of hard-to-miss humility blows my mind away! It is so rare in our generation! He was meticulous in directing “his converts” post his massive crusades to the local church, whose pastors he deeply respected. This would be one of the four things he mentioned after the altar-calls he gave: “join a church!” Billy Graham, knew he was not an island! When he could not move out from his home, as disease ravaged his frame that was nearly ten decades old, he had a pastor come and preach to him and serve him communion regularly. He was quick to recognize the talents of other evangelists. When he was played a cassette tape message of an evangelist of Indian origin, he was impressed. He invited that young preacher to preach a message in his global conference for evangelists in Amsterdam. We are talking about Ravi Zacharias here. Ravi Zacharias writes, that after he spoke in Amsterdam, he was flooded with invitations to preach from all over the world in his autobiography, Walking from East to West. So, in a way indirect way, Billy Graham, inspired the founding of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He visited fallen TV Evangelist Jim Bakker when he was in prison and encouraged him, through words and dollars. He often said the first question he would ask when he got to heaven was this: Why me, Lord? Why did you choose a farm boy from North Carolina to preach to so many people?
Even Cricketers like Rahul Dravid who famously said, “It will take a 10-day test for me to reach a triple hundred!” had a remarkable humility. Arunachalam Murugananadam, who made affordable sanitary napkins for rural women in India, has a humility which many modern preachers unfortunately do not. Muruganandham shies away from the accolades that keep coming to him post the hindi movie Padman (released in February 2018) which told his life story, with words like these, “I was like any other husband who was trying to impress his new bride.” Let us be magnanimous in our dealings with others.
I could keep writing about Billy Graham and his legacy all day long. But being brief is something I learnt from Billy Graham. Most of his sermons ended before the clock reached the 40th minute!
(This was written by Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry to presentday people. Find out more at www.dukev.org. Reach the author via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via WhatsApp at +91-8886040605)
Note: That is a picture of a thirty-seven year old Billy Graham preaching (the year being 1955).
Why did you choose a farm boy from North Carolina to preach to so many people?’”He would have gotten the answer today!This humble man was my preaching hero! We will miss Him. - Duke Jeyaraj, www.dukev.org , via Twitter
This is a book which Duke Jeyaraj has written for believers in the Corporate World/believers who are working. It is a chapter-by-chapter practical Bible Study from the book of Daniel. There is a chapter on how to start and sustain small group fellowships in one's office space/near office space (from the author's own experience). There is a chapter on Steve Jobs and what Bible lessons those in the Corporate World can learn starting from him. Questions like What the Bible teaches on porn, boozing, etc are briefly answered. There is one entire chapter on what one must do, when those working with you in the Corporate World rub you the wrong way/become mean. If you live in India, the price of this book (including courier charges) is Rs. 200 (you will get two magazines and two tracts published by G4 Mission, Duke's ministry along with this). If you live outside India, the price is Rs. 500/-. WhatsApp us at +91-8886040605 and we w will give you the bank information. This book (cover and inside pages) were designed by Ravi Alamothu, our ministry volunteers who works with the HSBC group (We look for volunteers to broadcast the Gospel through this ministry - feel free to contact us using the same number; we are especially looking for folks who can help us with video editing in the specific work of audio-cleanup of Duke's YouTube videos.
Once Saved, always Saved? Once a Child of God, so always a child of God? Future sins also forgiven? Answers to such tough questions as Duke Jeyaraj leads in a Sound Doctrine Bible Study that is both inter-church and inter-generational in the heart of Hyderabad on 25th Feb 2018 (Sunday), starting 6:30 PM. Q and A time over dinner. More details on the poster (feel free to share this with folk who may want to attend; IT Pros, Medicos, College Students, Homemakers, Senior Citizens, Those in Full time ministry have attended previous such events in the same venue.). Thank you.
At Duke's base. V-35 AWHO Ved Vihar, Dairy Farm Road, Tirumalgiri, Secunderabad. Prayer for the nations and Google Gen first. Prayer for your needs finally. 11 AM to 1 PM. On 17th Feb 2018. Saturday. A short Duke Jeyaraj message in the middle. We thank God for miracles, folks - from the IT World to Home-makers - who have attended previous such prayers have received. Call 8886040605, on the event-day, if you need help with the directions. Please do not WhatsApp. However, a reply via WhatsApp that you will join us will encourage us. "To stand before men on behalf of God is one thing. To stand before God on behalf of men is something entirely different," wrote Leonard Ravenhill. Let's do the "entirely different!" Organised by Grabbing the Google Gen from Generation Mission. Inter-denominational. Inter-generational. www.dukev.org. ...
That God does not WINK at sin - especially stubbornly done by believers - and calls us to de-LINK (repent) from sin immediately, is an oft-repeated Bible Truth (I Cor. 5; Rev. 2:20-22). - DUKE JEYARAJ VIA TWITTER
If you wanted to listen to a different, lively, thought-provoking, challenging-tradional-interpretations message on the Second Coming, then listen to this message by Duke Jeyaraj preached in RCAG, Hyderabad (Jan 2018):
A message that Duke Jeyaraj preached to the youth of Vizag Christian Assembly during Jan 2018. There was a powerful move of God following this message.
Aim magazine published by Evangelical Fellowship of India carried my article, The B Questions To Ask Before You Zero In On Your Life Partner in their Feb 2018 issue. A Valentine Month special. WhatsApp me at +91-8886040605 or email me at email@example.com, if you want to read this article. - Duke Jeyaraj.
As Evangelin Duke and Duke Jeyaraj both preached God's Word and ministered to the youth of Vizag Christian Assembly, the Holy Spirit graciously moved (26 Jan 2018). Youth came forward to the altar. Evan spoke on relationships. Altar call followed. Duke also took the mike. Duke's frank, liberating message that evening from Leviticus 18, the Bible Chapter with maximum references to the youth-talking-about topic of 'nakedness' can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2XVy2qC3ss
When Life Itself Becomes A Problem/Psalm 88 (Saddest Psalm) Meditation with Duke Jeyaraj https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmxLGNsHpEI&feature=em-comments
Only then I understood that she was talking about the altar-calls I gave during this weekend’s meetings at Vizag which she witnessed live:) #CuteKidExpressions. - Duke Jeyaraj
An encouraging testimony that motivates us to keep going following our last weekend ministry in Vizag:
The next issue (issue no. 37 in a journey that began in Feb 2006) of our magazine, The Days of Your Youth, a mag that wraps Bible Truth around contemporary event Jesus-style(Luke 13:1-5), is finally out! The cover story is on Phone Addiction with this Duke-penned caption:
It your phone you check right before you go to sleep,
It is your phone you reach for, when in the morning, out of your bed, you creep,
In the middle of the night, you end up looking at the phone, in case your sleep is not that deep!
God bless Eugene Pandian who tirelessly worked to design this entire issue, cover to cover. We had Percy John, Lima Eugene and Hepsibah Paul help edit the text.
Hot topics touched on this issue: Is I John 4:17, a hyper-grace supporting verse? Is the "hell to heaven" teaching put forth by a Chennai Hyper-grace cult pastor, biblical?, Why We Must Give The Theology Put Forth By The Shack Hollywood Movie, A Whack? Bible Lessons gleaned from Hugh Hefner, the George Bush Sr. Groping Scandal, Malayalam Actor Dileep Controversy, Virat Kohli's Wedding Timing, etc. Articles on practical Christian Life like, "Does the Bible tell us to read it daily?" in this issue. The testimony of Sherlyn Roy and Evan Duke in this issue. WhatsApp us at 8886040605 and we will help you with how to get the print edition of this magazine delivered to your home.