• On Nov 23

    NUMBERING YOUR BLESSINGS IN GRATITUDE OR ARE YOU LIKE THESE GRUMBLING, 'THINKING ALWAYS ABOUT EGYPT' FOLK THE BOOK OF NUMBERS TALKS ABOUT?

    NUMBERING YOUR BLESSINGS IN GRATITUDE OR ARE YOU LIKE THESE GRUMBLING, 'THINKING ALWAYS ABOUT EGYPT' FOLK THE BOOK OF NUMBERS TALKS ABOUT?

    Dr. Duke Jeyaraj - a Thanksgiving Devotion

    Are you still talking about your Egypt life with a romantic roll in your eyes? That was the sin of Israel. The sin of ungratitude. They did it repeatedly in the book of Numbers I just discovered. At least seven times they talked about their past life - life in Egypt - in this book:

    1. "We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic!" (Numbers 11:5).

    Instead of thanking God for the VICTORIES he gave them along the way to the Promised Land, they were longing for the VEGETABLES they eat once in Egypt!

    2. “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” (Numbers 11:18).

    Instead of rejoicing about the privilege of MEETING with the Living God in the wilderness journey in the Tent of Meeting, they were longing for MEAT they once ate in Egypt!

    3. “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’ (Numbers 11:18).

    Instead of thanking God for LIFTING them during the wilderness journey and carrying them when they could not even walk, they complained about LEAVING Egypt!

    4. “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!" (Numbers 14:2).

    Instead of thanking God for giving them LIFE as they travelled in a desert without life, they wished they had DIED earlier on in Egypt! But insn't having breath enough reason to praise God?!

    5. "Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” (Numbers 14:3).

    Instead of thanking God for the MIRACLES that already happened time and again, they were grumbling against God thinking of the MISHAPS that can possibly happen in the future!

    6. “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” (Numbers 14:4).

    Instead of thanking God for their present leader - the Greatest ever fully human leader, Moses - they were asking God for a new leader! For the tribe of Grumblers, even the very best would seem like the very worst! If you are honest you will know that God has given you the BEST wife and BEST kids, and you still have the nerve to complain? You should be ashamed of yourself if you did that!

    7. “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” (Numbers 21:5).

    Instead of thanking God and calling the food they ate presently as "lip-smacking" they called it "miserable"! If you have three square meals a day, you are richer than most people in the world!

    The result of this grumbling: they got no chance to go into the Promised Land!

    When we grumble as believers, God views it seriously! Paul writes in I Corinthians 10:10 - And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel!

    Ungratefulness and going to hell are married to each other. Only if you are grateful for Grace demonstrated for undeserving you at Calvary, only that you will respond with a gratitude of a repented life! And without true repentance we will not go to heaven - Jesus pointed out (Luke 13:1-5).

    So stop grumbling! And start thanking!

    (Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, a ministry for presentday people that's supported by those blessed by His Writings and Messages. Find out more at www.dukev.org or by liking www.facebook.com/googleduke and www.facebook.com/dukebook ).

  • On Nov 23

    Jesus said,"WHEN storms hit, rain pounded down & waters rose, levies broke & winds beat all the walls of that house."Matt.

    Jesus said,"WHEN storms hit, rain pounded down & waters rose, levies broke & winds beat all the walls of that house."Matt. 7:25,The Voice. He did NOT say, "IF storms hit....." Suffering, challenges, WILL definitely come for the believer. Prosperity Gospel: unbiblical, anti-Jesus. - Duke Jeyaraj, G4 Mission, www.dukev.org.

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  • On Nov 22

    Jesus said,"WHEN storms hit, rain pounded down & waters rose, levies broke & winds beat all the walls of that house."Matt.

    7:25,The Voice. He did NOT say, "IF storms hit....." Suffering, challenges, WILL definitely come for the believer. Prosperity Gospel: unbiblical, anti-Jesus.

  • On Nov 20

    Sending the print version of the color pdf of both our Gospel tracts - Bubbly and Dhoni ones - to those who send their emails to us via +91-8886040605(WhatsApp).

    Sent to two people today! Print out and reach out! That simple! This Christmas season you have lot of opportunities!

  • On Nov 20

    MISS WORLD & 'MISS WORD'

    MISS WORLD & 'MISS WORD'
    Duke Jeyaraj

    When Aishwariya Rai won the Miss World in 1994 I was in secular college (in Allahabad Agri Institute, now SHUATS) and when Priyanka Chopra won the same title in 2000, I was in Bible college (Southern Asia Bible College, now CGLD). Now after seventeen years, in the year 2017, a Haryanvi girl, Manushi Chhillar, has won the Miss World title. Indians are happy and proud! A thought ran through my system once I heard this news. This thought: when it comes to Bible Translation, for Haryanvis, it is still the case of “miss word” – the full Bible is not yet available in their language (Learnt from my google searches - see picture below). The Lord is concerned and cries, “Who shall I send (for the work of Bible Translation in Bibleless languages) in a land(India) that got its first local language Bible(in Tamil) as early as 1714(three hundred years ago)?” (Isa. 6:8). Are we hearing it? Operation World 2010 says there are about 20 believers among 4 million Jats in Haryana. That's fuel for prayer. Who is the person among us with "beautiful feet that carries the Goodnews'' (Romans 10:15) to the beauties of Haryana and beyond (those in unevangelised areas)? Will you be the one?

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

  • On Nov 19

    Yesterday a young man walked into our base and picked up 1800 Dhoni/Bubbly tract of ours that will be used in a Christmas Gospel Outreach in Medical College(s) far away from Hyderabad!

    Yesterday a young man walked into our base and picked up 1800 Dhoni/Bubbly tract of ours that will be used in a Christmas Gospel Outreach in Medical College(s) far away from Hyderabad! The blessedness of writing ministry is this: you can impact folks faraway from where you live! You can read the Dhoni tract in online PDF form here: http://bit.ly/2yD6qiw (issuu.com) or this link, http://bit.ly/2hZn5Fy. And the Bubbly tract here (online PDF): https://issuu.com/dukejeyaraj/docs/bubbly_tract_2015_duke. I can send the PDF via your email, if you send it to +91-8886040605 or inbox. Color prints of this of can be done in any country. There is space in page 4/last page to leave local church/fellowship contact address.

  • On Nov 18

    Doing whatever can be done (preaching, writing, counseling, WhatsApping, etc) so that for the Google Generation, there is NO BLUR-LINE when it comes to knowing what the Bible teaches about issues they are grappling with - sex, love, marriage, porn, and such hot topics.

    Doing whatever can be done (preaching, writing, counseling, WhatsApping, etc) so that for the Google Generation, there is NO BLUR-LINE when it comes to knowing what the Bible teaches about issues they are grappling with - sex, love, marriage, porn, and such hot topics. This picture was taken when Duke Jeyaraj preached in the Youth Alive (NLAG-Secunderabad) organised event, Summer for Jesus 2010, following an invitation by Rev. Younus Samuel.

  • On Nov 18

    DID PETER KILL ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA?

    DID PETER KILL ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA? WERE THEY NOT BELIEVERS?
    Duke Jeyaraj answers hyper-grace teachers who say this couple weren’t believers and that Peter killed them!

    'Peter killed Ananias and Sapphira! Peter misrepresented God!' So says an Indian hyper-grace cult false teacher-pastor in a YouTube video. He was simply taking a cue from a famous Singapore hyper-grace pastor who taught that Ananias wasn’t a believer in a much-watched YouTube video. A hyper-grace supporter with a fake facebook id wrote to me (obviously agreeing with this hyper-grace false teacher), "Peter declared the death of Sapphira..." This person is referring to Acts 5:9 that says, "Behold the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out...." (ESV). Is this correct?

    While interpreting Scripture, the clear passages should take precedence when we interpret seemingly-clouded passages. The Scripture clearly says the right to start a life and end a life is entirely in God's hands. I Sam. 2:6, "The Lord brings death and makes alive." Job 1:21-22, Job said, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away...In all this (including the sentence, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away...") Job did not sin or charge God with wrong."

    Keeping these clear Bible passages in mind, I agree with Bible scholar Ben Witherington, who writes about Acts 5:9b this, "Peter's words to Sapphira, (Behold the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out...) is not a curse formula, but rather a prophetic word. Just as Peter knew the hearts of this couple (Ananias and Sapphira) so also by the Spirit of God he knew their ends as well. He knew who was at the door of the house in which the church was meeting" (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 218).

    What Peter did here is not much different from Elijah telling the stubborn-in-sin-and-leading-others-also-into-it Jezebel, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the walls of Jezreel” (I Ki 21:23). What Elijah predicted through the Spirit of God happened (2 Ki 9:30-37). Even the death of Ahab, Jezebel’s husband, was predicted through the Holy Spirit from the mouth of Micaiah (I Kings 22:13-37). When are stubborn in sin, after offering enough chances, God allows death – sometimes Sudden Death. After death, there is no chance of salvation (Heb. 9:27).

    Here are more comments from Witherington about the Ananias-Sapphira narrative that is relevant to this debate: "Even in this case, it is not impossible we are talking about death by heart attack brought on by double shock - not only the shock of colluding in a deception of the church but the equal shock of learning one's spouse is already dead and buried!”

    Even if it was death by shock in the case of Ananias – it was clearly allowed by God. Why do I say this? No one can “kill” you, unless God gives permission! This all of us know. Only a fool will deny this. When King Saul tried to assassinate David, time and again, God saved David. Miraculously. But when David had finished God’s purpose for him, he died (Acts 13:36).

    So I do believe that it was God indeed who allowed Ananias and Sapphira’s death during their interaction with Peter.

    You can go with hyper-grace cult false teachers or the written Word of God.

    Were Ananias and Sapphira believers? Indeed. Definitely! If we checked the context of the passage that records their death – Acts 5 – we would understand it. It was a time when believers pooled in resources to take care each other’s needs in the early church (Acts 4:32). Acts 4:32 starts this way, “Now, the full number of those who believed….” That means what follows below was about what happened those part of the believer’s group. One of the believers, Barnabas, sold a field he owned and brought the proceeds to the church leaders, the apostles (Acts 4:36-37). The very next verse talks about Ananias and Sapphira. The next verse happens to be in the next chapter. Remember chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles were not inspired by God. These were not part of the original Bibles. They are inserted later on by humans for our convenience. This unfortunate chapter division between Acts 4 and Acts 5 should not distract us from grasping this: “Just as believer Barnabas gave proceeds of a field sale, believer couple Ananias-Sapphira gave proceeds of a field sale….”

    The last verse of this passage, Acts 5:11, reads, “Then great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard these things.” It is here the word “church” occurs for the first time in the book of Acts! Why would great fear come upon the church when they witnessed the sudden death of Ananias and Sapphira, if they were both unbelievers? If they were both unbelievers and outside the church body, that verse should have read: “Great fear seized the enemies of the church…..or great fear seized unbelievers or Christ-rejectors!” But that verse clearly says “great fear” seized the “church” – the body of believers! The Scripture narrative is clear: Ananias and Sapphira were both believers!

    Ananias-Sapphira “kept back” certain proceeds from the sale, the same way Achan “kept back” (both stories same Greek word, nosphizo, used) loot from Ai (Acts 5:2; Josh 7:1). As Achan was part of the family of faith in the Old Testament. Ananias-Sapphira were part of the family of faith in the New Testament.

    Peter revealed that Ananias allowed Satan to fill his heart, so that he started speaking Satan’s native language which is lying (Acts 5:3; Jn. 8:44). It akin to Peter allowing himself to be filled by the Devil to give fleshly advice to Jesus to give the Cross, a skip (Mark 8:33). Ananias was as much a believer as Peter was!

    Yes, there is a day of judgement coming up. But, “God in some cases have made his judgement manifest as when he took the righteous Enoch and Elijah to heaven to be with him, sent the destructive flood upon the earth (Gen. 6-7) and struck down Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) – so writes Systematic Theologian of repute, Millard J. Erickson. This profound truth we meed to pound from our pulpits, so short of messages on judgement these days.

    In conclusion, I quote John MacArthur who wrote, “Ananias and Sapphira, were nothing more than sinning saints feigning spirituality. Their offering was an affront to God’s glory and their execution God’s Work to keep the church pure” (Sins of the Saints, page 153).

    Hyper-grace false teachers give this reason – including the Singapore Hyper-grace and false teacher I referred to at the start of this article – give this reason for stating that Ananias-Sapphira were not believers: “God does not judge believers, post-the-Cross, because Jesus took up all judgement upon himself on the Cross.” This is rubbish! When we cross-check this 'snake-like' statement with the Bible, we find this to be a BIG LIE. Believers who used communion services to get drunk on a regular basis were “judged” – Paul clearly says (I Cor. 11:29). Indeed, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, as Paul writes (Rom. 8:1). Notice there, it does not say, “there is no condemnation for those who ONCE WERE in Christ Jesus!
    Continuous abiding in Christ is what the New Testament calls us to, using various imageries and phrases (Vine ‘otherwise you will cut off’ imagery – John 15:6; Heb. 6:8, Words like: ‘press on’ – Phil. 3:14; ‘continue in the grace of God’ – Acts 13:43).

    The Singapore hyper-grace pastor, I referred to at the start of this article, goes on to say in that particular YouTube video this after mocking a sermon on holiness a guest preacher preached in his church, this way: “(Can we say to anyone, 'Come join us for service. You just might drop dead?!” (1:30 minute). Here he is revealing the REAL REASON, why hyper-grace false teachers HAVE TO TWIST SCRIPTURE TO MAKE ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA UNBELIEVERS. The reason is this: they feel preaching about a holy God – a God so holy who can choose to send sudden death after having given enough opportunities for believers – with the present generation will not make a church popular. Instead, this hard (but nevertheless truthful) message has to be TONED-DOWN and MADE MORE PALATABLE for the today’s generation. Therefore, it is obvious “Worldly Principles of Crowd Gathering,” are the final authority for these hyper-grace false teachers. It is not Bible.

    Apostle Paul warned, “A time will come when some will no longer tolerate sound teaching. Instead, they will live by their own desires; they’ll scratch their itching ears by surrounding themselves with teachers who approve of their lifestyles and tell them what they want to hear” (2 Tim. 4:3, Voice). Those perilous times, Apostle Paul talks about in the above verse, are well and truly upon us, thanks to the hyper-grace cult false teachers! This is one reason why we must vigorously reject hyper-grace: a bunch of people who in-effect have something else other than the Bible as the final court of appeal for all matters of belief and behaviour, teach it!

    David Pawson, in his book, God and the Gospel of Righteousness, points out that the early church grew in
    the book of Acts without preaching sugar-coated Gospel (shall we say hypergrace Gospel) which talked about only the Love of God. We need to get back to the Bible!

    You may go to Youtube and listen to Duke Jeyaraj’s encouraging message on Ananias and Sapphira: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btz06xmKZ9o&feature=youtu.be&a

    [This article was published in The Days of Your Youth - Issue 36. This mag, which wraps Bible Truth around contemporary events, is the voice of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission, a ministry founded by Duke Jeyaraj. Find out more about this inter-church, Indians-supported ministry at www.dukev.org. If you want the print copy of the issue with this article, please WhatsApp us +91-8886040605. We will send you the bank details. For Rs. 200/- you will get six different pieces of literature: three different issues of The Days of Your Youth, including the particular issue with this article, Duke's book for working professionals called DANIEL IN DELL and two different Gospel tracts of Duke - the Bubbly and Dhoni tract as they are popularly. This offer is for those who live in India. That amount becomes Rs.1000/- for those outside India who want these resources].

  • On Nov 18

    God blessed our outreach to college students yesterday - atleast 300 students received the Bubbly/Dhoni tract.

    God blessed our outreach to college students yesterday - atleast 300 students received the Bubbly/Dhoni tract. Two ministry volunteers joined me. We had a short devo in a Cafe Coffee Day nearby where this happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMMXzu67p-w&feature=share

  • On Nov 17

    Dr. Duke Jeyaraj

    Believers stubborn in sin - are they still children of God bound for heaven as hyper-grace teachers claim? Duke Jeyaraj answers

  • On Nov 16

    Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite being four time champions ONCE UPON A TIME.

    Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite being four time champions ONCE UPON A TIME. Current form matters. Those who ARE(present-tense) in Christ Jesus will not be condemned, not those who ONCE WERE(Paul in Rom. 8:1).Don't get carried away by HyperGrace! - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter.

  • On Nov 15

    Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite being four time champions ONCE UPON A TIME.

    Current form matters. Those who ARE(present-tense) in Christ Jesus will not be condemned, not those who ONCE WHERE(Paul in Rom. 8:1).Don't get carried away by HyperGrace!

  • On Nov 15

    Once a Child of God, always a child of God?

    Once a Child of God, always a child of God? Even when in stubborn sin a believer remains a Child of God and will go to heaven according to the Bible? Duke Jeyaraj answers. https://t.co/L4uFMn1k2x

  • On Nov 14

    WHEN JESUS TALKED ABOUT CHILDREN TO CALL FOR SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS OUR ETERNAL DESTINY

    WHEN JESUS TALKED ABOUT CHILDREN TO CALL FOR SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS OUR ETERNAL DESTINY
    Duke Jeyaraj

    Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 18:3, The Bible). Becoming as little children is a matter that concerns our eternal destiny, according to the only God-in-flesh, Jesus Christ. Jesus is talking about trust here. He is using children as an illustration to make his call for total trust in Him and Him alone for the salvation of our souls, quite memorable. If a dad told his child who was standing on a dining table, "Jump!" that kid would jump. Without any second thoughts! That child knows that his/her less-than-perfect Dad would be alert enough to catch her/him. The same way, when totally perfect Jesus claims to be THE way, THE truth, THE life, we need to put our entire trust in Him. We need to put our to total trust on Christ who died for us on the Cross for our salvation. That total truth will make life on earth, heaven and take us to literal heaven one day. Trusting anything or anyone else will affect our eternal destiny - it will put us on the broad road to hell! This was Jesus' point. He who has an ear, let him hear what Jesus says here!

    (Log onto www.dukev.org , to know more about Duke's ministry).

  • On Nov 14

    The other day we had a blessed Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears fasting prayer.

    We prayed for nations (eg:for the refugees in Germany). We prayed for Google Gen issues (eg:against sexual harassment in work place/#MeToo) & for the needs of those who came. Blessed time!

  • On Nov 12

    MY MIRACLE BABY’S STORY

    MY MIRACLE BABY’S STORY
    Duke Jeyaraj recalls the day when Datasha, his daughter was born, 10 years ago, exactly on this day!

    9:38 am. November 12, 2007. Rainbow Hospital Operation Theatre. Dr. Pranathi Reddy and team in action. Evan's stomach sliced open. A baby surrounded by silvery slime is fished out. "Dale Nathan, your son, has a baby sister!", the doctor announces as she holds the bundle of joy planted by God in Evan's womb. I was there right in the Operation Theatre - thanks to the American-like style of functioning of this Banjara Hills hospital. It was the most unforgettable sight I had ever seen. I was numb with excitement - a proud daddy of a girl baby. I kissed my wife on the forehead, as the doctors worked away to sew up her stomach. "What have you planned to name her?" asks Dr. Pranathi. "Datasha!" I say. "Dat is the Bible Word for Royal Command!" Big dreams for our tiny baby - weighing 3.52 kg and 50 cm long at the time of birth. That's what we've got. She would carry out the Royal Command we have from Above - The Bible. She would preach the "Royal Command" to many. That's our dream. In fact, when Evan became pregnant, I wrote a poem for her. The first gynecologist we saw said that Datasha should be aborted. "She is not properly formed," she stated. “There is no heart beat!” she asserted. “Don’t worry – you can always have another baby!” she argued. As soon as we heard that, we were fighting back the tears. We were fighting on our knees - God who gave her to us, in this first place. “Lord Jesus, the only God who has the combination of miracle-working power with the character of sinless-holiness, please do a miracle for us. Yet, not as we will, but as You will!” – We prayed earnestly and desperately. Our friends too prayed. Then, after much prayer, on Good Friday 2007, we took another scan of Evan's womb. "The baby is alive and well!" - this scan report told us. A miracle! After that miracle, I took out my pen. Poetry flowed. May I share with you what I wrote for my wife, believing God would give us a girl baby, long before she was born?

    Evan, I didn't think God would give us another one, honestly,
    But when we came together this February,
    God put in your womb a little one he planned for from eternity
    Once that happened, I had so many a dream in a flurry
    "Will she be as cute as Halle Berry?
    Will she be a blessing to many and make hearts' merry?
    Will she to millions God's word faithfully carry?"

    (This was part of Duke Jeyaraj's book, Goodnews for the Google Generation, now out of stock. It will be soon reprinted after updation).

  • On Nov 09

    Duke

    How an Indian can glorify God in America - A Duke Jeyaraj short message in a Thanksgiving meet. The answer in acronym a-m-e-r-i-c-a

  • On Nov 07

    Today, 7 November, 2017 marks 9 years of my fulltime ministry with Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the ministry that Evan and I started in 2006.

    Today, 7 November, 2017 marks 9 years of my fulltime ministry with Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the ministry that Evan and I started in 2006. I quit my HSBC Global Resourcing job on this day, exactly 9 years ago - on 7th Nov 2008. Datasha, my daughter, who is in this picture, was a baby not even one year old, then! I was actively encouraged by my wife to do this (quit my job and concentrate on the fulltime ministry), following the Lord's leading. She had faith - faith to sleep through the storm because ''God will take care" - faith which I also had, but a very feeble faith. God has been very good and gracious these 9 years. Through the generous giving of Indian believers he has graciously met our needs in a much better way than the HSBC group ever did! We are grateful! This exacting ministry journey has been truly exciting!

  • On Nov 06

    Dr. Duke Jeyaraj

    Apostle Paul, whom Hyper-Grace False Teachers Often Quote, Is NOT for HyperGrace! - Duke Jeyaraj from 2 Timothy

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  • On Nov 06

    G4 Mission, our ministry, submits accounts, after audit, files IT return with Govt & gets acknowledgment 2day.Right both with GodnMen, 2Cor8

    G4 Mission, our ministry, submits accounts, after audit, files IT return with Govt & gets acknowledgment 2day.Right both with GodnMen, 2Cor8

  • On Nov 04

    Four of my Bible Devotion plans of mine with YouVersion, the popular Bible app, are now available in audio as well for those with Apple devices.

    Four of my Bible Devotion plans of mine with YouVersion, the popular Bible app, are now available in audio as well for those with Apple devices. You can listen to these when you are talking a walk/driving. - Duke Jeyaraj.

  • On Nov 03

    Once a month, we have a time of prayer at our base called, FOUNTAIN OF TEARS AGAINST MOUNTAIN OF FEARS FASTING PRAYER (Based on Jeremiah 9:1).

    Once a month, we have a time of prayer at our base called, FOUNTAIN OF TEARS AGAINST MOUNTAIN OF FEARS FASTING PRAYER (Based on Jeremiah 9:1). We pray for nations first and needs finally. We pray for THE world first and YOUR world (need for lifepartner/healing/job/victory over sin, etc) finally. With a Duke Jeyaraj short devotion in between. This is a picture from the Sept 2017 event, when homemakers, retired folks, young IT pros, etc joined. Tomorrow, 4 Nov. 2017, Saturday, 11 AM to 1 PM, we have one such event. Join in! Whatsapp us at 8886040605 and we will give you more details. We praise God for some encouraging reports of miracles from those who have attended this prayer. This meeting is also serves as a convenient occasion for those who want to receive biblical counsels from the Dukes to do so. This meeting is a inter-church, inter-generational meeting organised by Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (www.dukev.org ).

  • On Nov 02

    Kohli sent HPandya even b4 himself in 1st T20 Vs NZ.

    Phil 2:3: Skip selfish ambition.In humility consider others better than yourself(Bible)

  • On Nov 02

    Among all the birthday greeting I received yesterday, the ones that made me fall flat and kiss Jesus' feet were the phone calls from strangers who had watched me on YouTube.

    I have often wondered, 'All these Youtube videos of mine - are they making any impact?' Yes, was the answer, I heard. Encouraged. Will keep going. Thank you everyone. My wife threw the ultimate surprise for me yesterday - a surprise that made my 43rd birthday, the best one yet! Love you, Evan! - Duke Jeyaraj

  • On Nov 02

    Duke

    If I follow, propagate & support 'hyper-grace' - grace as a license to sin - Bible calls me a 'vile', 'poor fool'(Jude 4, The Voice version)

  • On Oct 31

    Martin Luther said, "18 out of 12 apostles are supposed to be buried in Spain!" in a sermon to a congregation where he poked fun on the Roman Catholic rituals of praying to dead saints, something that is forbidden in Scripture.

    He was using humor and sarcasm - two powerful public communication tools - to make an unforgettable point. Prophet Elijah also used this method in Mount Carmel. Speaking to Baal Prophets before a huge crowd he was at his jesting best when he said, “You’ll have to shout louder than that, to catch the attention of your god! Perhaps he is talking to someone, or is out sitting on the toilet, or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!” (I Kings 18:27, TLB). Prophet Amos also spiced his public speeches with sarcasm. Let's hear him. He preached, "Go ahead and sacrifice to idols at Bethel and Gilgal. Keep disobeying—" (Amos 4:4 TLB). Will a prophet of God ask people to sin? The explanation: Amos was using sarcasm to rub in an urgent message. Sarcasm is not a right method in one on one conversation. But in public speeches they are a great tool to deliver memorable, life-changing messages. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay31Devo ...

  • On Oct 31

    FIVE HUNDRED AFTER LUTHER THUNDERED!

    Duke Jeyaraj's practical, short devotions via social media to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which culminates on the 31st October, the exact day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Biblical arguments of protest against the Roman Catholic Church.

    Duke, incidentally, was born on the Protestant Reformation Day - 31 October 1974! God has graciously used Duke to ''reform" youth ministry preaching in a small way and also to "protest" against false teachings that affect youth, especially the hypergrace cult false teaching. These devotions were written from October 1, 2017 onwards daily and posted on Duke's social media sites. Some of these devotions are "twitter-size," some of them are longer. Some have a title, some don't. Here they are:

    Day 1 - October 1, 2017
    "The continued study of Scripture" led Martin Luther to start the Protestant Reformation.Let's study Bible#5hundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo1
    Day 2 - October 2, 2017
    Luther protested against SALE of 'indulgences'(paper certificates that promised forgiveness of sins').Forgiveness,based on Cross,not ''cost" #5HundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo2
    Day 3 - Oct 3, 2017
    Full Bible translatd in2 German in 1534 was de gr8est achievement of Luther.1.5 billion ppl r without de full Bible in der 1st language 2day #FiveHundredAfterLutherThundered Devo3.
    Day 4, Oct 4, 2017 -
    Luther stood 4 Priesthood of ALL believers. God's work can b done both by reverends & rickshawpullers alike,pastors & potters alike(1Pet2:9) #fivehundredafterLutherThunderedDevo4
    Day 5, Oct 5, 2017
    Luther worked with PHILIPP MELANCHTHON,a less charismatic but more organised man 14 yrs his junior in the reformation work.ThumbsUp4TeamWork #FiveHundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo5
    Day 6, Oct 5, 2017
    Luther's awakening against salvation thro works teaching came when he read Rom.1:17. Reading 3:7-8 & 6:1-2 gives us awakening against HyperGrace false teaching. #FiveHundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo6
    Day 7, Oct 7, 2017
    Luther angrily compared infiltrating,clandestine False Teachers 2 being worse than PIG STIES.Holy wrath w.r.t false teachers:need it!Gal5:12 #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered
    Day 8, Oct 8, 2017
    Martin Luther was called "drunken little monk" after he hammered the 95 arguments on church door. Stand up for God, persecution will follow!#FiveHundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo8
    Day 9, Oct 9, 2017
    "As soon as a coin in the coffer RINGS /the soul from purgatory SPRINGS''- so said Roman Catholic preacher Tetzel, promoting the practice of selling ''indulgences"(For offerings, 1. permission for those alive to sin while on earth, 2. and a guarantee for those dead while still unsaved, a place in heaven). Martin Luther protested against his unbiblical teaching and the result was the Protestant Reformation. If carefully chosen rhyming words can be use to promote WRONG Teaching, how much MORE can they be used to bring SOUND teaching? "...in EVERY way...make the teaching about God our Savior ATTRACTIVE," Apostle Paul said in Titus 2:10.#fivehundredSinceLutherThunderedDevo
    Day 10, Oct. 10, 2017
    Philip Melanchthon, the young theologian of the Protestant Reformation said, "It is faith in Christ alone which saves, but the faith that saves is not alone." That was the message of the book of James as well: faith without good/righteous works is dead (meaning, it was not true faith at all). James 2:17#FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDevoDay10
    Oct 11, Day 11
    While Martin Luther was flayed by Roman Catholic officials, he was supported by elector of Saxony (a state in Germany), Prince Fredrick III(someone like a CM of an Indian state). Unexpected support in unlikely times comes, very often, when you stand up for God and His Word. Luther will tell you. "The King's heart is in the hands of the Lord and he guides it as he guides a water-course"(Prov.21:1). So cheer up! And keep fighting anti-biblical/cultic teachings like Jehovah Witness teaching, hyper-grace teaching, etc. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDevo Day11
    Day 12, Oct 12, 2017
    When Luther was in his early twenties, a lightening-bolt struck a tree nearby him and just narrowly missed him. Luther sensed God speaking to him, through this event. He turned his back on a possible lucrative career in law (he was a great communicator) and he said "Yes" to the Divine Calling to study the Law of God. Don't we hear God speak to us through nature? The flowers tell us that our God is a creative God. The storms tell us that our God is a powerful God. Psalm 19:1-4 in the Bible expresses this truth beautifully: God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
    God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
    Madame Day holds classes every morning,
    Professor Night lectures each evening.
    3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
    their voices aren’t recorded,
    But their silence fills the earth:
    unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. (The Message).
    #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay12
    Day 13, October 13, 2017
    After he refused to recant/take back what he taught about the wrong teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, Martin Luther had to travel back to the town he lived. A long travel. A dangerous travel. On the way, he was ''kidnapped". When he came to the place of his confinement, he was told that the Prince of his state who favored him, secretly arranged for this kidnapping knowing his life was in danger. Luther stayed in confinement and wrote books that further shaped the protestant reformation. If not for this prison-like confinement, Luther would not have found the time to write! All things work together for good! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Day 13
    Oct 14, 2017 - Day 14
    Luther regularly fought-talked with the Devil. Theological revolutions involve devil fighting as we deal with those deceived by the devil. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Day14
    Oct 15, 2017 Devo
    No one knows who translated Martin Luther's written-in-Latin, hammered-on-church-door arguments against the Catholic church numbering 95, into easy-to-understand German, giving wings to the nascent Protestant Reformation. Thank God for unsung, unnamed heroes! In heaven great will be their reward! #fivehundredsincelutherthundered devo15
    Oct 16, 2017, Devo
    The atrocities he saw in Rome,sowed the seeds of Holy Anger in Luther to start reformation.Do we keeping sipping coffee after seeing evil? #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay16Devo
    Oct 17, 2017, Day 17
    Martin Luther read the Bible and understood that he could get married though he was in the fulltime ministry. Another revolution. Marriage is a training school to make us more like Jesus. The purpose of doing ministry is also the same. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Day17
    Oct 18, Day 18, Devotion
    Martin Luther built the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone from the Bible verse that is found in FOUR places in the Bible in four different books (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38) and cross-supported by famous Scriptures like Eph. 2:8-9 (It is by grace you are saved, not by works, lest any man should boast....). DON'T BUILD A DOCTRINE ON JUST ONE BIBLE VERSE. Jehovah Witnesses have done that. Children of God cult have done that. HyperGrace false teachers have done that. It's wrong. It's dangerous. That wrong doctrine can even take you to hell. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay18Devo
    Day 19, October 19, 2017
    In 1509, three years before Luther's arrival in Germany's Wittenberg, the elector of that state, Prince Fredrick had collected relics that when seen (of course after a receipt of a fee) supposedly would reduce the time a person spent in purgatory(a place no where mentioned in the Bible) and move that purgatory-dweller onto heaven, quicker. Some relics, Fredrick collected, included (believed to be) milk from virgin Mary, haystacks from the manger of Jesus and one piece of Gold brought to Jesus by the Wisemen. But then Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German and handed over the first copy of the same to Prince Fredrick in 1522 as if to say, "Relics will not save. But the Redeemer this New Testament speaks about will save. And, there is no place called purgatory." When the Word of God is lifted up, all superstitions will get hit for a Hardik Pandya Six! They would get washed away in the Scripture Storm. Why do still follow superstitions like, "marriage only to be done on ''good" days...", "widows should not bless newly wed couples....", "marry only within your caste...", "if a cat crosses that is a bad omen...." #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered DevoDay19 // www.dukev.org
    Day 20, Oct 20, 2017 Devo
    PROTESTING AGAINST HELL-TAKING FALSE TEACHING SUCH AS, “NO JUDGEMENT POST CROSS” AND “PEOPLE WHO GO TO HELL WILL STOP EXISTING” TO COMMEMORATE THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION’S 500TH ANNIVERSARY
    Duke Jeyaraj
    Larry D. Mansch, and Curtis Peters, wrote these following lines about the situation in Wittenberg, the place in Germany where the Roman Catholic Church, the door of which Martin Luther hammered his 95 biblical arguments against its unbiblical practices, five hundred years ago: “With princes throughout Europe. He (Fredrick the Political Ruler of that place) envisioned that visitors would flock to Wittenberg and pay for the privilege of viewing holy articles and thereby receive years off from their time in purgatory. In 1509, three years before arrival, Frederick's collection numbered an impressive 5,005 relics, including the thumb Of St. Anne, hay stalks from the manger of Jesus, milk from the Virgin Mary, a tooth of St. Jerome, one piece of gold brought to Bethlehem by Wise Men, a piece of bread eaten at the Last Supper, and a stone upon which Jesus had stood before he ascended into heaven. It was calculated that if a sinner paid the required fees and Viewed each and every relic on display, his purgatorial punishment would and the potential decrease in purgatory time totaled exactly 127,799 years and 116 days. Frederick's entire collection was put on public display each year on November first, All Saints Day…”
    On 31st October, 1517, five hundred years ago, Martin Luther on the eve of All Saints Day, hammered on the Wittenberg church door why such practices were soundly unscriptural – against the Bible. The teeming crowds in the venue saw his notice.
    The people in those Martin Luther days wrongly believed hell punishment could be REDUCED by an offering given on earth by relatives and loved ones. Hebrews 9:27 teaches only judgement awaits those who have died outside of a living, daily relationship with Jesus. There is no way those dead can be saved. Their punishment cannot be reduced ever.
    Hyper-Grace cult false teachers imply that God’s Judgement has been REMOVED totally post the Cross of Jesus. We read that in Acts 12 (a post-Cross passage) about how the Angel of the Lord sent death to proud Herod. So, we know, that God can send judgment even on this side of eternity to those stubborn in sin after giving enough chances.
    Those who believe in ANNIHILATION, a wrong Bible teaching that those who go to hell will stop existing. The Bible talks about eternal conscious suffering in Hell. The Rich Man who went to hell did not stop existing. He said, “I am tormented in this flame…” (Luke 16). As God lives “forever and ever,” (Revelation 4:9) those will the damned in hell suffer, “forever and ever” (Revelation 14:11) – this is a line which John F. Walvoord wrote I agree with, wholeheartedly. If we do not believe that those who go to hell will not suffer torment forever, we must agree that God will not exist forever, because the same root word is used in Revelation to describe the eternalness of God and eternalness of hell’s torment. That is not possible. Eternal conscious punishment awaits those who reject Jesus here on this earth.
    That is one reason, we need to tell everyone when they are ALIVE about Jesus! We can’t procrastinate that work, because ANY ONE of US can die ANY TIME and after death there is no chance for salvation. #FiveHunderedAfterLutherThundered
    Day20Devo. – www.dukev.org
    Oct 21, Devo No. 21
    Martin Luther was not perfect. At one point, he wanted one night to ponder over his stance against the teachings of the Catholic church, in a grilling meeting. He needed time to make up his mind, when the Catholic leaders called him to recant, take back his words. Maybe he was afraid. That night God dealt with him. He gained courage. He went to say the next: 'Here I stand.... I can't recant...my conscience captive to God's Word.' 'Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again....' Prov. 24:16. Don't END your relationship with God when you fail like Judas did. MEND it like repentant weeping-bitterly Peter. #fivehundredsincelutherthundered #devo21
    Day 22, October 22
    When standing before Roman Catholic authorities Martin Luther apologised for the rude language he used in some of his writings against the wrong teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. He stood by the DOCTRINE he propagated. He did not back down from it. He did not recant. But to DELIVER that, he at times used uncouth language which his opponents used. He felt, at times, that he could have toned down the brutal language he used. He could have used graceful language to argue for “Salvation by grace, alone!” Apostle Paul writes, our conversation must be always full of grace, seasoned with salt (Col. 4:6). #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay22Devo
    October 23, Day 23
    MARTIN LUTHER'S STEP-MOTHERLY TREATMENT TO THE BOOK OF JAMES AND THE ANSWER TO THE LARGER QUESTION, "DO SAVED NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS HAVE TO FOLLOW THE MORAL LAWS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (DO NOT LIE/DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, ETC)?"
    Duke Jeyaraj
    Martin Luther, wrongly underestimated the value of the book of James in the Bible. He called that Bible book, "an epistle full of straw because it contains nothing evangelical" though admitting that book had several "excellent passages". I don't agree with this view of Luther. ALL Scripture is God-breathed, Apostle Paul wrote (2 Tim. 3:16). The book of James is also God-breathed and has vital lessons for us. One way to reconcile Paul's writings (which Luther loved and referred to often) and James' writings is to grasp this: while Paul referred to "works" that cannot save - he was referring to both the ceremonial law and the moral law; while James refers to "works", he refers to the moral law alone. Paul writes you are not saved by "works" (Eph. 2:9), he meant following the works of ceremonial as well as moral law cannot save. But after been saved, those saved had an obligation to follow the moral law. In same book - the book of Ephesians - Paul challenges already-saved people to follow the moral law. One example: do not lie, Paul writes (Eph. 4:25). That is not different from one of the 10 commandments of the Old Testament which says, "Do not bear false witness" (Exodus 20:16). But those already saved from Gentile background need not follow Old Testament ceremonial laws like circumcision, Paul teaches (See Eph. 2:11). James is responding to a distortion by a few poisonous false teachers of Paul's teaching of salvation by grace alone (which Martin Luther restored to the presentday church). These foxy folks said (or implied using spiritual sounding words), "Because you are saved by grace, that grace gives you the license to live as you like and you need not also follow/worry about the moral law!" (like what the dangerous, leading-people-to-hell-and-going-there-themselves-unless-they-repent-immediately, hyper-grace false teachers are doing these days). James, very passionately, calls for those already-saved to follow the moral law. For example, he challenges believers not to be partial (James 2:4).There are so many moral instructions for believers in the book of James: it has been called the proverbs of the New Testament! Following the moral law will not save us. But if a person is truly saved, he will strive to follow the moral law enabled by the Grace of God and the Spirit of God, with his active cooperation. He may not be perfect. But he will strive towards that perfection (one ''perfection" James calls us believers to strive for - taming of the tongue - read James 3). That's what book of James, drives home. James complements - never contradicts - Apostle Paul. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDevo23,
    Day 24, October 24, 2017
    As a student of University of Erfurt, Martin Luther saw a copy of the Bible for the first ever time - a Latin Bible. The first Bible story he read was that of Samuel. He kept reading. He prayed, "Lord, If you can give me a copy of the Bible for my own use, I would so grateful. I will ask you for no other wealth!" It would take years for this prayer of his to be answered. Till then, Luther devoured the library copy of the only Bible that was available to him. Does this anecdote from Luther's life speak to us who have multiple copies of the Bible. Bibles of different sizes. BIble in different font sizes - Giant Print, Large Print, Small Print. Bibles of different bindings - leather bound, hard bound. Bible in print, Bible online, Bible on the kindle. Do we treasure the Bible? Is it "more costly than gold" for us, as the Psalmist put it (Psa. 19:10)? Do we look at the Law of God "intently" (James 1:25)? #FiveHundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo24.
    Day25, Oct 25, 2017
    One of the reasons Martin Luther chose to hammer his 95 arguments on the church door against the wrong teachings of the Roman Catholic church on 31st October, 1517 was this: the following day - 1 November - was All Saints Day. Several people would arrive in Wittenberg where this church was located to celebrate that Day by praying to dead saints inspired by the sight of several things these saints used when they were alive (called relics). To ensure his call for true-to-the-Bible doctrine reached AS MANY AS POSSIBLE, Luther chose the eve of All Saints Day - 31st October. What about us? If there is a big crowd expected to gather in a place, do we look for ways to proclaim Christ somehow there? Atleast via Gospel Tract Distribution? Jesus told us to go to the highways and byways (areas where you would find a lot of people) and invite people for His Final Day Wedding Feast (Luke 14:23). A well-written Gospel tract is like an invitation for the Final Day Wedding Feast of Jesus - I see it that way! Also, do we use mediums such as Facebook to counter poisonous, leading-people-to-damnation false doctrines like the hyper-grace teaching? Commanding people not to preach false doctrine is a Divine-given mandate (I Tim. 1:3). #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Day25Devo
    Day 26, October 26, 2017
    Martin Luther fought for the doctrine of priesthood of all believers. He said, "all believers" - not just church priests/fathers - have the right to hear confession. All believers can share God's Word of judgement and grace with each other - not just the church father/priest - he maintained. He was soundly biblical. I Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6, 5:10 and 20:6, Ex 19:6, Isa. 61:5-6 - these passages teach the priesthood of all believers. The basic meaning of this: all church believers can/must do the work of the church pastor!!! The pastor's work - preaching, teaching, counseling, praying for the sick, etc - can and must be done by EVERY BELIEVER!!! So, let us stop being mere seat-warmers in the Church. And become soldiers in Christ's army. Lead a carecell. Do village evangelism. Give tracts. Pray for the sick. Teach Sunday school. Go on a mission trip. Upload a Youtube video with a Bible-Truth sharing song/message/drama. Get involved somehow in Kingdom Work! Do something for Jesus! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Day26
    Day 27, October 27, 2017
    Martin Luther endorsed the bigamous marriage of Philip of Hesse one of the promoters of the Protestant Reformation quoting Old Testament examples. Luther was clearly wrong in this regard. The Bible, not Luther, is the final court of appeal on all matters of belief and behavior. After having read the Old Testament in entirety Jesus summarized the view of God the father in New Testament this way: "a man will leave his father and shall cleave to his wife"(Matt. 19:5, quoting from Gen. 2:24). Jesus taught one man gets married to one woman and they both stay married till death. This was God's original plan which Jesus also endorsed. The apostles were called by Jesus to "teaching them to observe everything that Jesus commanded" (Matt. 28:20). And this is what they taught about marriage: for one husband, there is only one wife (I Tim. 3:2). This is very clear from both from Jesus' as well as the apostles' words that God's Will for New Testament saints was monogamy. In anycase, the bad examples of Old Testament (including things like POLYGAMY, obviously), Apostle Paul wrote SHOULD NOT BE FOLLOWED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT (Check out I Cor. 10:1-11, especially verse 11). Any other view of marriage came because of "hardness of man's heart" (Matt. 19:8). The are several New Testament passage that teaches us that hardness of heart by believers will not be excused by God (Eph. 4:18). Revelation 16:9,11 teaches refusal to repent (in other words, 'hardening of hearts' after knowing the truth will lead one to eternal damnation. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay27Devo
    Day 28, October 28, 2017
    MARTIN LUTHER’S SHOCKING ANTI-JEWISH FEELINGS DOES NOT HAVE BIBLICAL SUPPORT – LET US NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY RACE, CASTE, PERSON OF ANY NATION, ANY COMPLEXION....
    Duke Jeyaraj
    Martin Luther! Yes there are several things we love about him. His courage. His defiant spirit, his missionary spirit to get the Bible in common people's language etc. But there are things about Luther, which any Bible-believer should rightly loathe. This short devotion will talk about that. Luther wanted the political leaders of Germany to persecute the Jews. Mark A. Smith writes about this bizarre action of Luther this way: In his book On the Jews and Their Lies, Martin Luther instructed "our rulers who have Jewish subjects" to act like "a good physician who, when gangrene has set proceeds with-out mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow." Luther demanded that rulers burn down synagogues, raze and destroy Jews' houses, confiscate prayer books and Talmudic writings, and forbid rabbis to teach "on pain of loss of life and limb." I was stunned to read that, first! The person who wrote this was not Hitler, but Luther!!!
    Why did Luther want this? The reason was more wrongly understood theology than racial prejudice. He believed – based on some Scripture verses interpreted out of context – that God hardened the hearts of the Jews and there was no chance that they would be saved. What is the lesson for us?
    The Biblical prediction is clear: a remnant (a faithful few) among the Jews will be saved. I understand that from Scriptures such as Isaiah 59:20 – ‘“And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression…” declares the Lord.’ Paul prayed for the salvation of Israel – the Jewish people. See Romans 10:1. He was doing what he would to “somehow save some”!! The context of “some” in Romans 11:14 implies this: Paul was busy in his efforts to somehow save some of the Jewish people – the people of Israel. When the Bible proclaims a faithful few from among the Jews will be saved, who was Martin Luther to order their killing? He should not have done that ever. It was a big blunder!!!
    What is the lesson for us from this anecdote from the latter part of Luther's life? Two lessons. 1. Read the Bible in context. Otherwise, blunders that will take us and our hearers to eternal damnation can easily result. 2. Do not hate any community, just because their interest in the Gospel is zero. Love everyone. Share the Gospel with everyone. The Bible teaches that a remnant of folks from every language, people, tribe and nation will be in heaven (Rev. 7:9). Therefore we have no excuse for hating any people group, caste group, person of a particular country. Let us not commit the blunder that Luther committed!
    Here is a true way to commemorate the Protestant Reformation: by repenting of all hatred! As a person from coastal Andhra repent of your ill-feelings to those from Telangana! Nadars should turn from their shameful caste-superiority feeling when it comes to marriage match-making! By God's grace I was able to raise above stupid caste consideration when it came to my life partner choice! (I am not saying those who have married within their caste have sinned - not at all!). Can we South Indian believers warmly embrace believers from North India? We must! Can whites in America love blacks without reservation? Can the vice-versa happen? Let us repent of our ultra-craze for fair skin! I prayed for that Lord would give me a daughter who would share my complexion - brown! And He did! Do we eat only with Christian friends in our company canteen, day after day? That is another shameful thing! Do we vote only for those who belong to our language-group, when there are other strong candidates who can do a better job? That's loathsome! Let's take a U-turn! Let's say 'bye' to bigotry and bias! Let us undergo a spiritual surgery to eke out every hint of sectarianism in our life! Let us flog the castigate the casteist inside of us with inspired by Christ and enabled by His Spirit who wrote in the Bible, "It makes no difference whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a freeman, a man or a woman, because in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, you are all one" (Gal. 3:28, The Voice)! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay28, http://www.dukev.org/
    Day 29, October 29, 2017
    SHOULD WE DISMISS ALL DOCTRINAL DIFFERENCES WITH GROUPS LIKE THE HYPER-GRACE GROUP FOR THE SAKE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY? WHAT ARE PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND, BEFORE WE LAUNCH ONTO A DOCTRINAL DEBATE PASSIONATELY?
    Duke Jeyaraj
    Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, "born within seven weeks of one another, were co-originators of the Protestant Reformation" writes Church History Professor Dr. John B. Payne. They agreed on several things. Things like, "Bible, not the Pope or anyone else was the final court of appeal for all matters of belief and behavior." Things like, "we are saved by faith in Christ alone." Yet they strongly disagreed with each other when it came to the Lord's Supper. While Luther believed that the Lord Jesus was PHYSICALLY AND ACTUALLY present when believers observed the Lord's Supper, Zwingli believed that Christ was present only IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE in the hearts of the Believers as He physically sat in heaven at the right hand of his father, post his ascension. Zwingli said Jesus' words, "This is my body...." in the classic communion-calling passage should be interpreted this way, "This signifies my body...." the same way, we don't take it that Jesus is literal vine, when he said, "I am the True Vine....". They also further disagreed on the METHOD of HOLY COMMUNION. Zwingli believed the communion items could be passed by the presiding pastor to chosen assistants who then could serve it to the congregation. Luther said the pastor had to serve the communion single-handedly to each one present, individually. Luther and Zwingli went back and forth on this matter. When they met in Marburg, Germany, on October 1-4, 1529, they found out that they they agreed on 14 matters of the Christian faith and theology, but on the 15th item - the one on Communion - they simply could not agree! So the Protestantism split into two major camps eventually: Lutheran (with Luther) and Presbyterian/Reformed Church/Congregationalists (with Zwingli). How sad! I believe, Luther and Zwingli could have thrown their doctrinal difference on the Lord's supper to the back-burner and continued to worked together. I will explain why I feel so in the next paragraph.
    What is the lesson in this for us as presentday believers? I believe we must agree to disagree on matters that do not concern one's eternal future. While we can discuss and debate any theological issue, we must recognize what is core issue and non-core issue. When hyper-grace teachers teach, "We do not have to confess our sins, when we sin as believers...." I fight it tooth and nail. Why? Because if we don't confess our sins, according to Scripture, our sins will remain unforgiven. And unforgiven people will go to hell. On the other hand, ïf someone teaches, "removing Jewels is a matter of consecration....I will not wear any Jewels....", I will not fight that tooth and nail. I might mention, "I disagree with you..." and quote a few Bible verses in support of my view. But at the end of the day, I will acknowledge that brother/sister is very much part of the body of Christ and that I will spend eternity with him/her. "And some of these things can be thrashed out after we get to heaven," I will tell that person with whom I have a difference on a subject which does not concern one's eternal destiny. BUT I CAN'T SAY THAT TO A BROTHER/SISTER WHO IS MAKING A BIG BLUNDER THAT CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S ETERNAL DESTINY.
    In conclusion, I want to quote Dr. Payne's unforgettable words about the Luther-Zwingli fight over the meaning and method of the Lord's Supper: "How ironical that the service of communion, which most dramatically depicts Christ’s prayer for Christian unity, would be the one point on which Luther and Zwingli would bitterly divide. But, that was unfortunately not the first, nor the last time for such division among Christians."
    As believers from different backgrounds and churches, let us unite for the task of evangelism and mission. Let us unite for the task of giving the Gospel to youth and calling them for holy living. But, let not simply watch when it comes to dealing with false doctrine that affects a person's eternal destiny like the hyper-grace cult doctrine, Jehovah Witness teaching, Children of God cult, etc.
    #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Devo29. - www.dukev.org
    Day 30, October 30, 2017
    There were Bibles in the German language before Martin Luther translated the Bible into simple, easy-to-understand, German. He wanted everyone - including the commoners of Germany - to read and understand God's Word. What a challenge for us to communicate God's Word in a way folks can understand! If we need to use a parable, current event, to make people grasp God's Word, like Jesus often did we need to go ahead and do it. If we need to use a secular poet's quote or what you saw in that location to make people go, "Yes, I get what you are saying..." when you share God's truths from the Bible like Apostle Paul did in Athens, we must do it! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay30Devo
    Listen to Duke's messages this season with reference to the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther's heroics:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpH4P0KHy10
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXdChuGzr0g
    [Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. Find out more at www.dukev.org. This is a Indian listener/reader supported ministry to presentday people. It is not a church.] ...

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    Duke

    There were Bibles in the German language before Martin Luther translated the Bible into simple, easy-to-understand, German. He wanted everyone - including the commoners of Germany - to read and understand God's Word. What a challenge for us to communicate God's Word in a way folks can understand! If we need to use a parable, current event, to make people grasp God's Word, like Jesus often did we need to go ahead and do it. If we need to use a secular poet's quote or what you saw in that location to make people go, "Yes, I get what you are saying..." when you share God's truths from the Bible like Apostle Paul did in Athens, we must do it! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay30Devo

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    On October 30th, 2017 - 12 years ago - with little Dale (not even two years old), Evan and I landed in Hyderabad because the Lord guided us to go there.

    Datasha wasn't even born, then! "Go to Hyderabad, the most centrally located big metro city in India and from there I will use you to bless the Google Gen of India." That's what we believe the Lord Jesus told us. And we obeyed. Evan, my dear wife, was more daring in this regard than yours truly. The Lord has been gracious and good to us over the years. And he has given us precious friends along this exciting and fulfilling journey. We are grateful. We fall at Jesus' feet and kiss it. We were able to stay in a decent place for rent, pay rent in time, have enough for our needs to be met all these 12 years, and travel nationally preaching the Word, thanks to the giving of folks who have been touched by our preaching and writing or folks who just want to see the Word being preached in a relevant and refreshing way, without compromise, to presentday people. www.dukev.org ...

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    “Every year, according to the World Health Organisation, more than 8,00,000 people die by suicide, and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt!” - Jayant Sriram, The Hindu, October 29, 2017.

    Let us attempt to stop these ‘suicide-attempters’ by sharing this biblical message: suicide is never the end, because God has put ‘eternity in our hearts’ (Eccl. 3:11) and Jesus gives meaning to our life and existence (John 10:10).

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    SHOULD WE DISMISS ALL DOCTRINAL DIFFERENCES WITH GROUPS LIKE THE HYPER-GRACE GROUP FOR THE SAKE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY?

    SHOULD WE DISMISS ALL DOCTRINAL DIFFERENCES WITH GROUPS LIKE THE HYPER-GRACE GROUP FOR THE SAKE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY? WHAT ARE PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND, BEFORE WE LAUNCH ONTO A DOCTRINAL DEBATE PASSIONATELY?
    Duke Jeyaraj

    Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, "born within seven weeks of one another, were co-originators of the Protestant Reformation" writes Church History Professor Dr. John B. Payne. They agreed on several things. Things like, "Bible, not the Pope or anyone else was the final court of appeal for all matters of belief and behavior." Things like, "we are saved by faith in Christ alone." Yet they strongly disagreed with each other when it came to the Lord's Supper. While Luther believed that the Lord Jesus was PHYSICALLY AND ACTUALLY present when believers observed the Lord's Supper, Zwingli believed that Christ was present only IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE in the hearts of the Believers as He physically sat in heaven at the right hand of his father, post his ascension. Zwingli said Jesus' words, "This is my body...." in the classic communion-calling passage should be interpreted this way, "This signifies my body...." the same way, we don't take it that Jesus is literal vine, when he said, "I am the True Vine....". They also further disagreed on the METHOD of HOLY COMMUNION. Zwingli believed the communion items could be passed by the presiding pastor to chosen assistants who then could serve it to the congregation. Luther said the pastor had to serve the communion single-handedly to each one present, individually. Luther and Zwingli went back and forth on this matter. When they met in Marburg, Germany, on October 1-4, 1529, they found out that they they agreed on 14 matters of the Christian faith and theology, but on the 15th item - the one on Communion - they simply could not agree! So the Protestantism split into two major camps eventually: Lutheran (with Luther) and Presbyterian/Reformed Church/Congregationalists (with Zwingli). How sad! I believe, Luther and Zwingli could have thrown their doctrinal difference on the Lord's supper to the back-burner and continued to worked together. I will explain why I feel so in the next paragraph.

    What is the lesson in this for us as presentday believers? I believe we must agree to disagree on matters that do not concern one's eternal future. While we can discuss and debate any theological issue, we must recognize what is core issue and non-core issue. When hyper-grace teachers teach, "We do not have to confess our sins, when we sin as believers...." I fight it tooth and nail. Why? Because if we don't confess our sins, according to Scripture, our sins will remain unforgiven. And unforgiven people will go to hell. On the other hand, ïf someone teaches, "removing Jewels is a matter of consecration....I will not wear any Jewels....", I will not fight that tooth and nail. I might mention, "I disagree with you..." and quote a few Bible verses in support of my view. But at the end of the day, I will acknowledge that brother/sister is very much part of the body of Christ and that I will spend eternity with him/her. "And some of these things can be thrashed out after we get to heaven," I will tell that person with whom I have a difference on a subject which does not concern one's eternal destiny. BUT I CAN'T SAY THAT TO A BROTHER/SISTER WHO IS MAKING A BIG BLUNDER THAT CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S ETERNAL DESTINY.

    In conclusion, I want to quote Dr. Payne's unforgettable words about the Luther-Zwingli fight over the meaning and method of the Lord's Supper: "How ironical that the service of communion, which most dramatically depicts Christ’s prayer for Christian unity, would be the one point on which Luther and Zwingli would bitterly divide. But, that was unfortunately not the first, nor the last time for such division among Christians."

    As believers from different backgrounds and churches, let us unite for the task of evangelism and mission. Let us unite for the task of giving the Gospel to youth and calling them for holy living. But, let not simply watch when it comes to dealing with false doctrine that affects a person's eternal destiny like the hyper-grace cult doctrine, Jehovah Witness teaching, Children of God cult, etc.

    #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Devo29. - www.dukev.org

  • On Oct 28

    MARTIN LUTHER’S SHOCKING ANTI-JEWISH FEELINGS DOES NOT HAVE BIBLICAL SUPPORT – LET US NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY RACE, CASTE, PERSON OF ANY NATION, ANY COMPLEXION....

    MARTIN LUTHER’S SHOCKING ANTI-JEWISH FEELINGS DOES NOT HAVE BIBLICAL SUPPORT – LET US NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY RACE, CASTE, PERSON OF ANY NATION, ANY COMPLEXION....
    Duke Jeyaraj

    Martin Luther! Yes there are several things we love about him. His courage. His defiant spirit, his missionary spirit to get the Bible in common people's language etc. But there are things about Luther, which any Bible-believer should rightly loathe. This short devotion will talk about that. Luther wanted the political leaders of Germany to persecute the Jews. Mark A. Smith writes about this bizarre action of Luther this way: In his book On the Jews and Their Lies, Martin Luther instructed "our rulers who have Jewish subjects" to act like "a good physician who, when gangrene has set proceeds with-out mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow." Luther demanded that rulers burn down synagogues, raze and destroy Jews' houses, confiscate prayer books and Talmudic writings, and forbid rabbis to teach "on pain of loss of life and limb." I was stunned to read that, first! The person who wrote this was not Hitler, but Luther!!!

    Why did Luther want this? The reason was more wrongly understood theology than racial prejudice. He believed – based on some Scripture verses interpreted out of context – that God hardened the hearts of the Jews and there was no chance that they would be saved. What is the lesson for us?

    The Biblical prediction is clear: a remnant (a faithful few) among the Jews will be saved. I understand that from Scriptures such as Isaiah 59:20 – ‘“And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression…” declares the Lord.’ Paul prayed for the salvation of Israel – the Jewish people. See Romans 10:1. He was doing what he would to “somehow save some”!! The context of “some” in Romans 11:14 implies this: Paul was busy in his efforts to somehow save some of the Jewish people – the people of Israel. When the Bible proclaims a faithful few from among the Jews will be saved, who was Martin Luther to order their killing? He should not have done that ever. It was a big blunder!!!

    What is the lesson for us from this anecdote from the latter part of Luther's life? Two lessons. 1. Read the Bible in context. Otherwise, blunders that will take us and our hearers to eternal damnation can easily result. 2. Do not hate any community, just because their interest in the Gospel is zero. Love everyone. Share the Gospel with everyone. The Bible teaches that a remnant of folks from every language, people, tribe and nation will be in heaven (Rev. 7:9). Therefore we have no excuse for hating any people group, caste group, person of a particular country. Let us not commit the blunder that Luther committed!

    Here is a true way to commemorate the Protestant Reformation: by repenting of all hatred! As a person from coastal Andhra repent of your ill-feelings to those from Telangana! Nadars should turn from their shameful caste-superiority feeling when it comes to marriage match-making! By God's grace I was able to raise above stupid caste consideration when it came to my life partner choice! (I am not saying those who have married within their caste have sinned - not at all!). Can we South Indian believers warmly embrace believers from North India? We must! Can whites in America love blacks without reservation? Can the vice-versa happen? Let us repent of our ultra-craze for fair skin! I prayed for that Lord would give me a daughter who would share my complexion - brown! And He did! Do we eat only with Christian friends in our company canteen, day after day? That is another shameful thing! Do we vote only for those who belong to our language-group, when there are other strong candidates who can do a better job? That's loathsome! Let's take a U-turn! Let's say 'bye' to bigotry and bias! Let us undergo a spiritual surgery to eke out every hint of sectarianism in our life! Let us flog the castigate the casteist inside of us with inspired by Christ and enabled by His Spirit who wrote in the Bible, "It makes no difference whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a freeman, a man or a woman, because in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, you are all one" (Gal. 3:28, The Voice)! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay28, http://www.dukev.org

  • On Oct 27

    Duke

    Martin Luther endorsed the bigamous marriage of Philip of Hesse one of the promoters of the Protestant Reformation quoting Old Testament examples. Luther was clearly wrong in this regard. The Bible, not Luther, is the final court of appeal on all matters of belief and behavior. After having read the Old Testament in entirety Jesus summarized the view of God the father in New Testament this way: "a man will leave his father and shall cleave to his wife"(Matt. 19:5, quoting from Gen. 2:24). Jesus taught one man gets married to one woman and they both stay married till death. This was God's original plan which Jesus also endorsed. The apostles were called by Jesus to "teaching them to observe everything that Jesus commanded" (Matt. 28:20). And this is what they taught about marriage: for one husband, there is only one wife (I Tim. 3:2). This is very clear from both from Jesus' as well as the apostles' words that God's Will for New Testament saints was monogamy. In anycase, the bad examples of Old Testament (including things like POLYGAMY, obviously), Apostle Paul wrote SHOULD NOT BE FOLLOWED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT (Check out I Cor. 10:1-11, especially verse 11). Any other view of marriage came because of "hardness of man's heart" (Matt. 19:8). The are several New Testament passage that teaches us that hardness of heart by believers will not be excused by God (Eph. 4:18). Revelation 16:9,11 teaches refusal to repent (in other words, 'hardening of hearts' after knowing the truth will lead one to eternal damnation. #FiveHundredSinceLutherThunderedDay27Devo

  • On Oct 26

    THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: NOT JUST PASTORS, EVERY BELIEVER TO DO MINISTRY!

    THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: NOT JUST PASTORS, EVERY BELIEVER TO DO MINISTRY!
    Duke Jeyaraj

    Martin Luther fought for the doctrine of priesthood of all believers. He said, "all believers" - not just church priests/fathers - have the right to hear confession. All believers can share God's Word of judgement and grace with each other - not just the church father/priest - he maintained. He was soundly biblical. I Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6, 5:10 and 20:6, Ex 19:6, Isa. 61:5-6 - these passages teach the priesthood of all believers. The basic meaning of this: all church believers can/must do the work of the church pastor!!! The pastor's work - preaching, teaching, counseling, praying for the sick, etc - can and must be done by EVERY BELIEVER!!! So, let us stop being mere seat-warmers in the Church. And become soldiers in Christ's army. Lead a carecell. Do village evangelism. Give tracts. Pray for the sick. Teach Sunday school. Go on a mission trip. Upload a Youtube video with a Bible-Truth sharing song/message/drama. Get involved somehow in Kingdom Work! Do something for Jesus! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Day26

  • On Oct 26

    Duke

    Martin Luther fought for the doctrine of priesthood of all believers. He said, "all believers" - not just church priests/fathers - have the right to hear confession. All believers can share God's Word of judgement and grace with each other - not just the church father/priest - he maintained. He was soundly biblical. I Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6, 5:10 and 20:6, Ex 19:6, Isa. 61:5-6 - these passages teach the priesthood of all believers. The basic meaning of this: all church believers can/must do the work of the church pastor!!! The pastor's work - preaching, teaching, counseling, praying for the sick, etc - can and must be done by EVERY BELIEVER!!! So, let us stop being mere seat-warmers in the Church. And become soldiers in Christ's army. Lead a carecell. Do village evangelism. Give tracts. Pray for the sick. Teach Sunday school. Go on a mission trip. Upload a Youtube video with a Bible-Truth sharing song/message/drama. Get involved somehow in Kingdom Work! Do something for Jesus! #FiveHundredSinceLutherThundered Day26

  • On Oct 25

    Following a warm invitation by Gershom Meshach Arul, last week in Chennai, I read out my already-written plans/devotions for YouVersion, the popular Bible app.

    Following a warm invitation by Gershom Meshach Arul, last week in Chennai, I read out my already-written plans/devotions for YouVersion, the popular Bible app. Going forward, these plans on hot topics like - porn temptation, sexting, sexual touch boundaries, procrastination - will also have an option for listening via audio. In this five hour long process, I also discovered that it was easier to preach extempore than read a written text! You can search for my plans on YouVersion Bible App by going to search option under PLANS and typing 'Duke'. Or follow this link - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans - and type 'Duke'.

  • On Oct 25
  • On Oct 25

    Four Practical Unforgettable Ways To Win Over Porn Temptation - Duke Jeyaraj (14 Oct 2017 Message).

    Four Practical Unforgettable Ways To Win Over Porn Temptation - Duke Jeyaraj (14 Oct 2017 Message). In 10 Minutes. https://t.co/sQWT4s3eO2

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