• On Oct 13

    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

  • On Oct 12

    300,000 (THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND/3 LAKH) VIEWS NOW ON DUKE'S YOUTUBE MESSAGE CHANNEL

    300,000 (THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND/3 LAKH) VIEWS NOW ON DUKE'S YOUTUBE MESSAGE CHANNEL

    3 lakh hits for the YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/visitduke now. Yes, there are millions of Youtube channels with far more views. But God has graciously used this channel to bless Youtube viewers world over (72% India viewers; 8.7% US Viewers; 2.4 Nepal viewers; 2% Pakistan viewers, 1.7% UK Viewers) who are seeking for answers on their questions on sex, love, marriage, missions, holy living and more.If you are one of those blessed by any video hosted on this channel inbox us or WhatsApp us at +91-8886040605 or email us at emailduke@gmail.com.

  • On Oct 12

    Duke

    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

  • On Oct 10

    The Greatest Goodnews.

    The Greatest Goodnews. Wrapped around magic Cricket moments which Indian fans will not forget in a hurry. Dhoni running towards Joginder in the T20 World Cup 2007 India-Pakistan final's last over. Dhoni promoting himself in the batting order in India's World Cup Final 2011 chase after Kohli got out. Ajinkya Rahane getting out in the 2015 World Cup Semis - thanks to the alert ears of Steven Smith. Dhoni's last-ball runout of the Bangladesh tailender to keep India in the hunt in the World T20 group game of 2016. A contemporary Gospel presentation that is uncompromising at the same time, wrapped around events such as these. God bless Ravi Alamothu our voluntary creative designer who worked the layout and a tireless, kingdom-of-God first team of text editors who fished out my swallowed up words (you find their names at the end of the tract on page 4). This is the fourth edition of the tract and the first time we have gone all color. God bless the Indian friend who sponsored this tract's printing. On 8th October, 2017, post our Sound Doctrine Bible Study in Somajiguda, Hyderabad, aunty Grace Nallaraj, the wife of senior IEM Missionary, Rev. Dr. Nallaraj Edward, dedicated this tract for the glory of God. You can read this tract here by following this link, http://bit.ly/2yD6qiw (issuu.com) or this link, http://bit.ly/2hZn5Fy (Flipsnack.com)

  • On Oct 10

    The Greatest Goodnews.

    The Greatest Goodnews. Wrapped around magic Cricket moments which Indian fans will not forget in a hurry. Dhoni running towards Joginder in the T20 World Cup 2007 India-Pakistan final's last over. Dhoni promoting himself in the batting order in India's World Cup Final 2011 chase after Kohli got out. Ajinkya Rahane getting out in the 2015 World Cup Semis - thanks to the alert ears of Steven Smith. Dhoni's last-ball runout of the Bangladesh tailender to keep India in the hunt in the World T20 group game of 2016. A contemporary Gospel presentation that is uncompromising at the same time, wrapped around events such as these. God bless Ravi Alamothu our voluntary creative designer who worked the layout and a tireless, kingdom-of-God first team of text editors who fished out my swallowed up words (you find their names at the end of the tract on page 4). This is the fourth edition of the tract and the first time we have gone all color. God bless the Indian friend who sponsored this tract's printing. On 8th October, 2017, post our Sound Doctrine Bible Study in Somajiguda, Hyderabad, aunty Grace Nallaraj, the wife of senior IEM Missionary, Rev. Dr. Nallaraj Edward, dedicated this tract for the glory of God. We plan to distribute this tract first outside the cricket stadium in Hyderabad before the India-Australia 3rd T20 on 13 October 2017. You can read this tract here by following this link, http://bit.ly/2yD6qiw (issuu.com) or this link, http://bit.ly/2hZn5Fy (Flipsnack.com)

  • On Oct 10
  • On Oct 09

    God blessed my mission challenge msg 4m BibleTowns to 70 believers of different CSIchurches in Hyd in a event organised Rev.Jothiraj sterday

    God blessed my mission challenge msg 4m BibleTowns to 70 believers of different CSIchurches in Hyd in a event organised Rev.Jothiraj sterday

  • On Oct 09

    Duke

    God blessed our Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline Bible Study yesterday. Here is the FB live video of that study in which Duke presented the Bible doctrine of salvation using acronym S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N:
    https://www.facebook.com/dukejeyaraj/videos/10154735723165740/

  • On Oct 07

    JESUS WAS NOT A HYPER-GRACE PREACHER!!

    JESUS WAS NOT A HYPER-GRACE PREACHER!!
    Dr. Duke Jeyaraj.

    Thankfully, Jesus was no "hyper" grace preacher who preached the grace of God as a license for people to comfortably live in/stay in sin.

    Hear the words of Jesus:

    Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." - John 5:14

    "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you,"Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." - John 8:11

    Jesus also warned about coming judgement to audiences that included disciples (believers) and even missionaries (who can be called very serious believers).

    Remember Lot's Wife! - Luke 17:32 (Remember Lot's Wife died when she had ''one last look" at sin! Remember that Mrs. Lot did not have lots of time to repent, turn from sin!). Luke 17:22 (Then he said to the disciples...) clearly states this teaching was for his "disciples".

    Matthew 10:28 - "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (In a message given not just to believers, believers who were involved in mission. Check out Matthew 10:1,5 - this was part of his talk to the Twelve Disciples).

    Curtis Hutson, wrote, "The greatest hell preacher of all time was the Lord Jesus. While on earth, he spoke only once describing heaven in John 14: "In my father's house there are many mansions"; but, he spoke about 14 distinct times, in the Bible, describing hell." (Great Preaching on Hell, Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1989).

    Thank God for Jesus! He is enough! He is sufficient! He is my model in everything (including preaching content!)

    (Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, the author of this piece, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry to presentday people. Find out more at www.dukev.org ).

  • On Oct 07

    Are a Believer's future sins automatically forgiven as hyper-grace teachers tell us?

    Are a Believer's future sins automatically forgiven as hyper-grace teachers tell us? Duke Jeyaraj puts the answer from the Bible in the acronym s-i-n-n-e-d

  • On Oct 05

    An event you don't want to miss this Sunday, BibleLover!

    An event you don't want to miss this Sunday, BibleLover! Event invite design by our ministry volunteer, Eugene Pandian.

  • On Oct 03

    Coming up this Sunday in the heart of heart - in Somajiguda!

    Coming up this Sunday in the heart of heart - in Somajiguda! We get into the heart of Christian Doctrine: Doctrine of Salvation. Duke will practically explain it for the Google Gen! The heroes of the Protestant Reformation, which is celebrating its 500th anniversary (yes, it is 'five hundred after Luther thundered!'), will be made ''alive" for Google Gen through multimedia. Young Working professionals, city college students, homemakers with small kids, senior citizens have joined this once-in-two-months inter-church (Methodist/AG/Baptist/You Name It Church), inter-generational Bible Study that Duke Jeyaraj leads. Be there Bible-lover! Share this invite with friends! WhatsApp 8886040605 and the numbers on the invite for more info!

  • On Oct 01

    FIVE HUNDRED AFTER LUTHER THUNDERED!

    FIVE HUNDRED AFTER LUTHER THUNDERED!
    Duke Jeyaraj's practical, short devotions via www.twitter.com/dukejeyaraj 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. Note: Each day's devotion will be shared as a comment on Facebook and via www.google.com/ +dukejeyarajg4mission. Each day's devotion will be posted via edit option wrapped around this picture itself.

    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

  • On Oct 01

    "The continued study of Scripture" led Martin Luther to start the Protestant Reformation.Let's study Bible#5hundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo1 - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

    "The continued study of Scripture" led Martin Luther to start the Protestant Reformation.Let's study Bible#5hundredAfterLutherThunderedDevo1 - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 30

    HEFNER'S PASSION FOR DISTRIBUTING THINGS OF INIQUITY AND OUR PASSION FOR THINGS OF THE INFINITE!

    HEFNER'S PASSION FOR DISTRIBUTING THINGS OF INIQUITY AND OUR PASSION FOR THINGS OF THE INFINITE!
    Duke Jeyaraj

    Hugh Hefner, the Playboy mag founder who died a few days ago, volunteered to distribute/sell Playboy mag himself on the roads and to people everywhere when there was a newstand ban on it in the year 1960 in the US state of Connecticut, I just read in a New York Times article. What a passion for distributing to all, an instrument of utter ungodliness! Why don't we show some passion for the things of the Infinite(God)? Like, for example, an activity like Gospel tract distribution? This morning (30 Sept 2017), four of us belonging to different churches, distributed the Bubbly tract to some 200 travelers in what was a G4 Mission(www.dukev.org ) outreach event! What a privilege! We have miles to go before we sleep! My passion for God is not enough - I want it to grow more! I discovered from Revelation 3:16 that Jesus does not enjoy it when we church believers don't show enough passion! Lukewarm church believers would be spit out, Jesus mouthed there! Being cold is out of question, for us. That means we have only one option: our passion for Jesus must be red-hot!! After all, aren't we all ''blood-bought"? (I Cor. 6:20).

    I also read that Hefner, when he was well into nineties of his life, personally edited to a great extent the Playboy magazine (he did that till April of 2017). That made him the longest serving, active editor of any magazine perhaps! Look at that dogged dedication to make people's minds dirty! Do we show some of that dedication to live holy and motive others to live holy, atleast? We must. The writer to the Hebrews had a complaint: that the church believers he wrote to, were not that serious about holy living and sin-hating! When they had to chose between blows that would make them bleed and or a compromise with sin, many of them chose the latter and easier option! That is why he wrote in Hebrews 12:4 this: ''In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood." Will he make that same sort of complaint against us modern church believers who are often found going soft on sin and petting, impurity? Time for some self-introspection, friend!!!

    (Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, the author of this piece, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission, a reader supported Indian ministry to presentday people. Find out more at www.dukev.org. You may choose to like Duke's facebook minstry pages: www.facebook.com/dukebook and www.facebook.com/googleduke ).

  • On Sep 28

    Always God's Will To Heal Here and Now?

    Always God's Will To Heal Here and Now? Always God's Will To Grant Whatever I desire - to have that Visa stamped, to marry that boy or girl? Duke Jeyaraj answers from the Bible with interesting illustrations from his own life in this 8 minute video (captured during his 24 Sept 2017 Goa ministry):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJrhTBLlOCk&feature=share

  • On Sep 28

    Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder dies at 91.

    If an unbeliever lives long, it is proof that God gave him enough chances to repent (2 Peter 3:9). - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 28

    "No-Matter-What" Christian Commitment /Duke Jeyaraj/7 Bible Stories That Call 4 That/Nabeel Qureshi

    God blessed Dr. Duke Jeyaraj's message on ''no matter what" commitment to the Lord, "come what may" commitment to God, "any how affection" for the Lord Jesus on the first Sunday following the funeral of Christian Apologist Nabeel Qureshi that Duke Jeyaraj preached in a church in Goa on 24 Sept 2017. If you are going through pain - the pain of carrying a dreaded disease, the pain of a job loss, the pain of not being able to be parents of a child, the pain of a breakdown of relationships, the pain of financial loss, the pain of a handicap after an terrible accident, the pain of being at the receiving end of a blatant injustice, etc. - consider listening to this One hour fifteen minute message in entirety. It will set oncourse a biblical process of healing and significantly strength you to face ANY crisis for the rest of your life. If you know anyone who may need to hear this message please feel free to copy paste this message to that hurting person. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arHC1gLBO60&feature=share

  • On Sep 25

    'come what may commitment' my msg topic in a Goa AG church sterday.

    2day lookin fwrd2 speaking2students in Hubli as Evan speaks to women 🙏- duke jeyaraj via Twitter.

  • On Sep 21

    "house of mourning visit better dan house of feasting..death every1's destiny"(Eccl7:2).Nabeel's funeral 8:30pm IST@ Rzim.org/live http://rzim.org/live

  • On Sep 20

    'Paul never preached against sin...'.

    So say Bible-blind lying hypergrace teachers.'Stop lying'(Col.3:9),'stop sinning'(ICor15:34) he wrote. - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 17

    'My mom drank my dad's bottle of brandy': a line from viral vdo, Jimikki Kammal.'Don't even GAZE at wine'- leave alone GULP it down.Pro23:31 *Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter*

    'My mom drank my dad's bottle of brandy': a line from viral vdo, Jimikki Kammal.'Don't even GAZE at wine'- leave alone GULP it down.Pro23:31 *Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter*

  • On Sep 17

    I believe in healing.My daughter's miracle story is on YouTube.But ICor15:26,Rom8:23,Heb11:35&Rev21:4 teach final healing/paincure in heaven - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

    I believe in healing.My daughter's miracle story is on YouTube.But ICor15:26,Rom8:23,Heb11:35&Rev21:4 teach final healing/paincure in heaven - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 17

    Nabeel Qureshi's last vlog's basic msg: while executing the Great Commission(Gospel-preaching) we must not forget the Greatest Command(Love) - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

    Nabeel Qureshi's last vlog's basic msg: while executing the Great Commission(Gospel-preaching) we must not forget the Greatest Command(Love) - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 17

    Nabeel Qureshi was wise by writing books & using YouTube to share Bible messages.

    These will speak to us on earth as He rejoices in Heaven.

  • On Sep 16

    Backlash 4 RAshwin who promoted a @xiaomi phone using a Twitter ac 4m his Iphone!

    Do v witness 4 Jesus while living all de while 4 de Devil? - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 16

    The "Firsts" Women of America & The Bible

    The "Firsts" Women of America & The Bible
    Duke Jeyaraj

    Time magazine September 18, 2017 issue has a interesting cover story. It features women who have the honor of doing somethings first in the USA. For example, Oprah Winfrey was featured because, "she was the first woman to own and produce her own talk show." Ilhan Omar was featured because she was "the first Somali-American Muslim woman to become a legislator." Melinda Gates was featured because, "she was the first woman to give away more than 40 billion USD." Hillary Clinton was featured because she was the "first woman to win a major party's nomination for President of the United States." This entry might interest Indians world-over: Nikki Haley was in this cover-story because she was "the first Indian-American woman to be elected governor."

    This set me thinking. In the Bible, we have stories of how God gave key roles to Women. Mary Magdalene became the first Jesus-appointed witness to the greatest event in the world - the resurrection of Jesus (John 20:17). Deborah was the first woman judge of the Bible whom the Lord used to tame Sisera, the mightiest man on the earth that time whose very name in Hebrew meant, "battle gear." Rehab, became an primier example of this: No matter what your genes are (you can be a Canaanite and not a Jew!), no matter how ungodly what you have done is (you may be a prostitute), God can use you, only if you come to him in faith that is demonstrated in action (Heb. 10:31). Are you a woman? Don't say, "I am only a woman, what can I do?" God can use you to do many a mighty thing - to preach the Word, to send the most powerful enemies of God packing, to show-forth faith-in-action!

    (Duke Jeyaraj, the author of this piece, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, a reader-supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org ).

  • On Sep 14

    DECOMPOSED BODY OF A CLASS TWELVE GIRL & AND AN BIBLE TRUTH-REVEALING ARTICLE ABOUT TEEN ROMANCE I HAD TO COMPOSE

    Duke Jeyaraj

    Hyderabad was stunned as the decomposed body of Chandini Jain, a Class XII school-girl, was discovered in a hillock few kilometers away from her home on 12 September 2017. She was in love apparently and went to the hillock to resolve issues with her lover, also a teen like her. Little did she know that she would be killed as she walked alone into the hillock with her boy-friend that tragic Saturday. Cyberabad Police Commissioner, Sandeep Shandilya summarized the crime this way: "On Saturday, 9th September, Chandini left her home on the pretext of meeting her friends and met the boy. They hired an autorickshaw and got down at Madhavapuri Hills in Ameenpur near Hyderabad, India. While discussing their relationship, the argument heated up and she slapped him and she also threatened that she will commit suicide. This provoked the boy and he punched her head after laying her down and throttled her to death. He then dragged her body to the cliff and fled the scene, throwing her cellphone in a pond" (see the pictured article from the cover page of the Hyderabad edition of the Deccan Chronicle, 14 September 2017 and an additional article on page 6). Telangana Today, a local newspaper published out of Hyderabad, noted, quoting police investigation sources, that Chandini attended an inter-school event in a hotel during September 1-3, 2017, an event she learnt about via social media. The participants were supposedly given hotel rooms and booze-access in this event, according to certain reports. Though the killer-boyfriend wasn't there in this event, his buddy was there. One of the reasons for the couple's heated argument concerned Chandini's participation in this event. Heart-breaking!

    This sad story led me to a Bible truth for every teen and parents/well-wishers of every teen. That truth is this: romantic love can wait when you are younger.

    The Bible teaches this through EDICT as well as EXAMPLE.

    Let's start with the edicts (commands). The Bible book of Song of Songs is straight-forward when it offers counsel for the younger generation: "Don't excite love....don't stir it up, until the time is ripe....and you are ready". This is mentioned three times in this book (2:7; 3:5; 8:5).

    A Bible teacher made this comment about that repeated verse: "It has been suggested that the statement is a warning against forcing love to develop prematurely." Premature birth of love! It is happening all the time. In one's teenage years one's might generally be oscillating emotionally. One may not be steady. So it would be extremely unwise to take any major decision - especially that of choosing your life partner - in that period. It is better to postpone that decision when you are older, more mature and emotionally stable. It is advisable to make that make that critical choice after taking the counsel of older people, at a later time.

    In an another Bible book, the book of Ecclesiastes we read this: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven....a time to love..." (Eccl. 3:1,8). So when you are in school-college, focus on your books - don't get carried away anyone's looks and get hooked to a love affair! So when you are in your teen years, be all ears when your teacher/professor teaches and have no distraction whatsoever. Don't fall in love so very early!

    Don't say, "I can manage both - romantic love and my academic pursuits!" Someone smartly said, "If you chase two rabbits - both will escape!"

    If you fall in love, when you are still in your teens, you set yourself up for at least a five to seven year romance before marriage. That can be emotionally exhausting. Romantic love will sap your energy and take your time. This practical life truth is known by all married couples and attested by God in Scripture (married state is "an extra burden" according to I Cor. 7:28, J. B. Phillips Version).

    Let me narrate a familiar story (You may have heard me spin-this-very-often-very-true-yarn many-a-times in the Q & A sessions I have with youth): Two teens are in love. The boy steals/borrows from his dad and gifts a sleek mobile phone to his girlfriend. The boy also recharges the girl's phone! They talk long hours each night. If the boy misses out on calling the girl on a particular night, "madam" gets mad. Furious. She asks, "Whom have you been talking of late....? Which girl is more attractive than me to you...? Have you lost interest in me...?" After five years of energy-sapping, emotions-draining, romance, this girl finally decides to marry a boy who had a better job and greater salary than her long-standing friend. This poor boyfriend of the girl has two holes - one in his heart and one is his purse! This story is not narrated to put down the fairer sex! In-fact, you can re-narrate this story by swapping the boy's role with the girl's! Why will a teenage boy/teenage girl get into this needless, self-invited trouble, by falling in love, when they still studying?!

    Let me now move to an EXAMPLE from the Bible that warns us from falling in love early: The example of Joseph. When he was 17 or thereabouts, a woman was after him (Gen. 37:2). But he ran away from her. He knew there was a time for everything. God gave him the daughter of Potiphera as his wife when he was much older (Gen. 41:45). I see that as a reward for having said 'no' to Mrs. Potiphar! It is God's job(joy!) to 'settle the lonely in families!' (Psa. 68:6). Let's us give God the time to do that! Let's us not hurry things up and do things like Abraham did - sleep with the maidservant (fall in love early without thinking)! If we did that, we will have to live with Ishmaels (face the consequences - a marriage that often drives you to tears of regret/loss of life like it happened in the tragic case of Chandini Jain perhaps).

    While you still studying, instead of spending all your time with a "boy-friend"/"girl-friend", be friends with everyone in your class. Talk to that boy/girl whom no one talks with, the person everyone routinely ignores because of that person's weight, nose-shape or complexion. Go the extra-mile to be nice to the ignored folk in your class. Through that gesture you will have brought Jesus into your campus, in a small yet significant way!

    Note: If you feel like, share this article with parents of teens or teens themselves. Thank you.

    (This piece is adopted by a section of a chapter in Duke's book,"Straight Talk on Hushed Up Matters: Bible On Sex, Love, Marriage and More Wrapped Around Contemporary Events of Interest To Google Generation." Find out more about Duke's ministry, Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission, at www.dukev.org. This particular YouTube video of Duke found here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZImf9bCND_U , supplements this article). ...

  • On Sep 14

    Solid "meat" served to a large church congregation without beating about the bush on a Sunday Morning from a not-so-familiar-for-many Bible book by Duke Jeyaraj.

    Solid "meat" served to a large church congregation without beating about the bush on a Sunday Morning from a not-so-familiar-for-many Bible book by Duke Jeyaraj. https://t.co/19SS1UMWuR

  • On Sep 13
  • On Sep 13

    IPhoneX, de 1st phone with a OLED Screen.Raising de bar!

    St.Paul raised bar when it came 2 life & ministry. Phil. 3:14 press on 2 perfection - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 12

    Mohd Atta, 1 of de 9/11 pilots, was ready 2 die 4 his terror mission.

    Wd v b ready 2 die, if needed,while evangelism,like Paul was(Ac20:24)? - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 11

    2 planes went into twin towers 16 years ago.

    World terrorized.3 nails went into Tower of Eternity, Jesus, 2000 years ago. World can be saved - Duke Jeyaraj, via Twitter

  • On Sep 10

    Zech10:1 'LORD who makes the storm clouds'.

    The Creator (God) has the right to make his creation (Storm Clouds) to do whatever he wants it to do. #Irma - Duke Jeyaraj via Twitter

  • On Sep 07

    Check www.purposespot.blogspot.com to read Duke Jeyaraj writings that bring the Goodnews wrapped around gripping contemporary events.

    Check www.purposespot.blogspot.com to read Duke Jeyaraj writings that bring the Goodnews wrapped around gripping contemporary events. The latest post wraps the Gospel around the Blue Whale Challenge suicides. http://www.purposespot.blogspot.com/

  • On Sep 05

    THE BLUE WHALE & THE ONLY CURE FOR THE LIFE THAT HAS GONE STALE

    THE BLUE WHALE & THE ONLY CURE FOR THE LIFE THAT HAS GONE STALE
    Duke Jeyaraj shares the ultimate Goodnews surprisingly starting from the Sadness-Causing, Suicide-Encouraging, Sickening Online Game

    Blue Whale. We are not talking the big fish in the sea. The “Blue Whale,” referred to in this piece, is an online game that ultimately dares its players to act out a death-wish – their own! This smartphone game pushes the users of this game to carve an outline of a Blue Whale on their skin and eventually drives them into suicide. That’s one reason this game got the name “whale” – a fish with suicidal-tendencies that is known at times to deliberately swim towards beaches only to die. If a player refuses to obey the “dare” for a dangerous task, threats such as, “We will have your parents killed…” rapidly follows. Yes people – including children and teens – World-over are either talking about the Blue Whale challenge or playing it.

    The Blue Whale is ultimately indicative of a “true tale” – certain truths about Life – life about living with capital L. Only a person deeply disillusioned with life would take the lead from games such as this and eventually decide to end it. But the Bible, God’s Word in human words, presents Satan as the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:9). It is quite possible that Satan uses online games such as the Blue Whale, get unsuspecting folks to fall-in-line with his sinister plan of destruction. In the Bible, we read of a demon-influenced man ‘cutting himself with stones’ – attempting suicide (Mark 5:5). Satan does not just sow inside of us thoughts of suicide. The Bible teaches that His primary goal is to lead us towards fleeting-pleasure offering sin – something that separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and robs us of all lasting joy. “Joy” leaving our lives, when “Sin” enters is not just a fact found in the Bible (Lamentations 5:15; Psalm 51:12) but an experience we all relate to in our day-to-day lives. The shot-put ball of guilt in the heart after a sin - be it an affair with a colleague in the work-place or hours of porn-surfing when your spouse is asleep - stands testimony to that.

    No, we do not read of anyone in the Bible narrative playing the Blue Whale game. But we do read of some folk who ended up committing suicide. The circumstances in which they committed suicide gives us key-perspectives about why people think of taking their own life. Abimelech (See Judges 9:54 in the Bible) did not want to be killed by a woman, and so he asked a young man to kill him instead. We see here that PRIDE (the first ever sin of the universe, according to the Bible) cannot give us purpose and meaning in life. But tragically, it can even be instrumental in the finishing of our life.

    Let's move on Suicide No. 2 recorded in the Bible. King Saul feared torture by enemy forces as a prisoner of war and he decided to fall onto his sword while on a battle field to finish-off his life (See I Samuel 31:4). In his case, PANIC (the result of sin according to the Bible - See Genesis 3:10), robbed him of his desire to live and he sadly chose to put a fullstop to his own life.

    Now moving on the suicide story number 3 in the biblical records. Ahithophel, a professional Counselor to the king, upon discovering that his advice was not followed, decided to hang till he stopped breathing (2 Samuel 17:23). He chose to hang, instead of a life of having to hang his head in shame. However awesome a PROFESSION is, it cannot that person meaning, purpose, lasting joy in life. This I figure-out from this story.

    The next suicide event in the Bible relates to a once-servant-of-the-king turned throne-usurper Zimri. His reign was short-lived as Omni, the commander of the army gathered around the place he stayed. Instead of owning up his sin of usurping the throne, Zimri, set fire to the house of the King, where was put up and died as the flames enveloped him (I Kings 16:8-18). He committed suicide unwilling to face the ramifications, the BY-PRODUCT of his sin. Even today, people commit suicide being afraid of the consequences of their sin. Here's the goodnews: your sin may be unprintable, it can be still forgiven (see Isaiah 1:18 in the Bible). There may be an earthly punishment for it. But Christ is able to give a place in heaven to worst of sinners, if only they would repent and turn to Him, in faith.

    Let's get into the last story of suicide found in the Bible - the story of the Jesus-betrayer, Judas. The hole in his heart became bigger after receiving a PAY for leading an arresting party to the place the only the God-in-flesh, Jesus, often met with his disciples. This suicide story tells me that money cannot bring ultimate purpose and meaning to life.

    This leads me to a well-known statement that Jesus made that is found recorded in the Bible: “I have come to give Life – Life to the full”(in John 10:10). This implies, apart from the “alone and apart from everyone” Jesus (Jesus said he was the ONLY WAY in John 14:6 of the Bible) no one can find that paramount peace, that supreme serenity, that maximum meaning, that Himalayan happiness.

    Apostle Paul, a Jesus-follower, wrote about the “purpose in each step” (I Corinthians 9:26, NLT, The Bible) that Jesus gave him, when he followed Jesus through the smooth and stormy phases of his life.

    One of Jesus’ names in the Bible is this: “Author of Life” (Acts 3:15). He is also the maker of life – this the Bible teaches (John 1:3). Human Life was made “for” Jesus Christ, the Bible notes (Colossians 1:16-17). When we wade though “the book of life’s journey” living “for” Jesus, life will become meaningful and purposeful!

    The same Jesus who said, “I have come to give you life,” also mentioned that he came to die as a ransom for the sins of the World. This, the Bible records (Mark 10:45). This was the price he he had to pay to give us a meaningful life – through his cruel death on the Cross. When Jesus shed his precious, sinless blood for us, he opened the door for each one of us to escape from living an “empty” life on this earth, the Bible declares (I Peter 1:18).

    Jesus rose from the Dead. Jesus promised to return again to judge the World. Those who firmly and finally reject Jesus, the name of the only person who qualifies to save humankind by the virtue of his absolute sinlessness, will live a life of “living” hell here and now and go to a “literal” hell.This the Bible, a book which has never gone wrong when it comes to predictions, predicts.

    As I end this essay, let me narrate a Bible Story that involved a big fish - a whale perhaps. A disobedient prophet named Jonah ended up in the stomach of a fish. It seemed all over for him as the digestive juices of that fish started working on him. But that's when he cried out to God from the belly of that "whale". God heard his wailing from inside of a "whale". He was rescued miraculously. The "whale" obeyed the "spit-him- out" order of God. Then the Word of God came to Jonah the second time, the Bible records (Jonah 3:1)!

    The God of the Bible wants to give you a second opportunity! Have you been fooled into thinking by the Blue Whale Challenge or any other life challenge (a heart-breaking divorce around the corner/a dreaded disease that is taking its toll/etc) that "all is over and there is no hope whatsoever - therefore the only way ahead is to commit suicide"? Don't buy that black lie from the Devil. When the Devil speaks, he speaks his native language which is telling lies, the Bible declares (John 8:44). God wants to give you a second chance, like he gave Prophet Jonah. Would you turn to him in repentant prayer? Would you not turn to Christ, God-incarnate, who died and rose again for your sake, right now?

    What should we do now, exactly? Would you pray this prayer with faith? 'Dear Father in Heaven, I come to you in Jesus name. I turn from sin (Luke 13:1-5, The Bible). I come to Jesus in faith (Matthew 11:28 & John 1:12, The Bible). I am coming now (2 Corinthians 6:2, The Bible). Please forgive me. Please cleanse me. From this day on, I will live for you, with your Spirit enabling me. I love you Jesus. In your name I pray."

    (To know more about Jesus download a Bible app onto your Smart Phone and read it/play it. Suggested App: ESV Bible. Order a copy of the Bible from Amazon. Try the Voice Version of the Bible - it is easy to understand. You can walk into a Bible-Believing church so that you would receive continual encouragement to follow Christ. If you choose to contact the author of this article, use this email id – emailduke@gmail.com. To know more about the author's reader-supported ministry log onto www.dukev.org )

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  • On Sep 01

    TIME FOR BIGG BOSS - YES.

    TIME FOR BIGG BOSS - YES. TIME FOR THE BIGGEST BOOK - NO. IS THAT TRUE ABOUT US?
    a Duke Jeyaraj read-ALL-of-the-Bible challenge

    The Tamil Reality TV Show, Bigg Boss, has catapulted the popularity of Vijay TV by leaps and bounds. An August 13, 2017 article on FirstPost by Sujatha Narayanan noted, “Vijay TV has garnered a 10 per cent hike in their viewership thus eating into Sun TV's large market share, which has now fallen to below 50 per cent.” People all over – believers included – do not mind spending 90 minutes every day to watch what the small-time celebrities speak and act in Bigg Boss each night, without any outside world influence (no phones, no gadget, etc) with 30 cameras 'eyeing' them 24/7. Some viewers ensure that they also catch up on the YouTube videos based on each episode/promos of each episode offering interesting news about each contestant. Yes, we live in an generation that is more familiar with Oviya than Orpah (of the Bible!). You may not watch the Tamil Bigg Boss show. You may be watching the Telugu version of it presently. Or some other 'sceen-show' that may have captured your daily attention.

    This phenomenon set me thinking! It reminded me of the step-motherly treatment we give to the things of God. There is surely a better way to go about our daily schedule – a schedule in which we can atleast have half-an-hour for the reading/hearing of nothing but the Word of God - the greatest book in the planet!

    Today as I punch these words on my All-in-One keyboard, is September 1st, 2017. It can be any day, if you are reading this article down the line. That does not matter. 120 days from now, the year will end. The Bible has 1200 chapters approximately. 1200/120 is 10. If we read 10 chapters of the Bible every day, we would have all of it – Genesis through Revelation – in 120 days flat. So, if started this on September 1st, we would have finished it all by December 31st! Why should we even attempt to read all the Bible? Because “ALL” Scripture is God-breathed and is useful (2 Tim. 3:16). We must progress in the discipline of reading ALL of the Bible daily, because, like it was for the Old Testament kings, reading laws of God daily (Dt. 17:19) is something that will make us really wise in whatever we are upto. If you are an IT Pro, reading the Bible daily with understanding, will make you a wise IT Pro. So on and so forth. Reading the Bible everyday gives us CONTENT to overcome temptation (Psa. 119:9-11) and praying daily gives us COURAGE to overcome tempations (think of Jesus in Gethsemane Garden who said, "Watch and pray lest you fall into temptation). It is imperative that we read ALL of the WORD of GOD will greatly help because there are twisters of God’s Word like the hyper-grace gang of false teachers who are having a field day, just focusing on some verses of the Bible taken out of context. And because, in our time where folks have more time for WhatsApp than for What In The Word, more time for touching the screen(IPad/Smartphone/etc) than turning to the Scriptures, folks simply do not know ALL the Bible, they get fooled by these jokers/Bible Twisters/Hell-headers. This MUST change!

    The other day, when I went for a walk in the colony I live in, I carried my phone. I put on a headset as I walked. I searched Youtube on my Blackberry Passport Smartphone for “Esther Bible audio.” I heard the audio of someone reading the book of Esther entirely through a Youtube video which jumped out post my search. In 30 minutes, flat, the reader had read 10 chapters of the Bible (Esther has 10 chapters). I heard him through my head-set as I walked. In 30 minutes I was taking the lift up to the flat I live in, post my walk, having listened the entire book of Esther - a book with 10 chapters - read to me via YouTube. This gave me an idea - an idea which can be carried out in this age where most telecom operators in India offer 1 GB of data to use daily for amounts as low as 400 rupees a month. What if we believers walked every day with a plan like this? In 120 days – in four months flat – we would have HEARD all the Bible!!! Our heath - physical and spiritual - will greatly improve!!!

    When you do this audio-Bible-on while your walk, you might receive an incoming call! You don't have to take it! While the audio Bible is on, God is speaking to you - others can wait!!! Hear what he has to say with concentration! Come back back home and write down in a notebook/file atleast one new thing you grasped from the hearing of 10 chapters of the audio Bible in that half-an-hour!!!

    Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, right? Not just faith, but a challenge for holiness. Not just a challenge for holiness, a clarity about Bible Doctrines. Not just a clarity about Bible doctrines, but encouragement when we feel discouraged.Not just encouragement when we feel discouraged, but fuel at the hour of temptation.

    Why are you waiting? Will you attempt to start today, your listening of God’s Word via an audio Bible today? That can be via Youtube of through an Bible App like YouVersion. You can hear 10 Bible chapters a day in about half hour – this has been my experience as I narrated above! This I suggest you do, in ADDITION to the other regular Bible reading plans you may have in place. Or if you don’t want to hear the Bible being read to you, you can read the Bible like you always do. I believe both these disciplines should go hand in hand. But there is no substitute for not having an ongoing plan to read ALL of the Bible when ALL of the Bible is God-breathed!

    (Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, a fulltime BibleTeacher/Evangelist, is the writer of this piece, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported ministry to presentday people. Find out more at www.dukev.org ).

  • On Aug 31
  • On Aug 31

    August 31, 1997 - exactly twenty years ago, I completed my B.

    August 31, 1997 - exactly twenty years ago, I completed my B. Tech in Agricultural Engineering in Allahabad Agricultural Institute. August 31st, 1997 was my last day in campus before I took a train from Allahabad back to Vellore where my parents were, 2000 kms away. I remember the day so very well, because that was the day Lady Diana was killed in a tragic car accident. As I look back at those four years in college, I recall the Bible Studies the Lord enabled me to lead (sometimes to just one person, sometimes in a large hostel room full of people, as I did sometimes in a room called 'heaven'). This is a picture of my Bible Study notebook then. I studied up a theology book (I picked my theology book long before I set foot into Bible College - that was only in June 1998) by J. Rodman Williams and shared what I learnt with my interested fellow students. J. Richard Wurmbrand, now with World Vision, was one faithful fellow student who showed up in many of those meetings. It was a training ground for the Bible Studies I would take to folks all across India down the line! I had my ups and downs during my college. But am glad, I could be a witness for Jesus in my campus! - Duke Jeyaraj, www.dukev.org.

  • On Aug 30

    PASSIONATE KISSES IN MOVIE ARJUN REDDY & THE BURNING QUESTION, “CAN PASSIONATE KISSES AND MORE WITHOUT ACTUAL SEX BE SHARED BETWEEN THOSE IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP BEFORE MARRIAGE?”

    PASSIONATE KISSES IN MOVIE ARJUN REDDY & THE BURNING QUESTION, “CAN PASSIONATE KISSES AND MORE WITHOUT ACTUAL SEX BE SHARED BETWEEN THOSE IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP BEFORE MARRIAGE?”

    Dr. Duke Jeyaraj answers from the Bible frankly

    An August 23, 2017 article published in the Hindustan Times talked at length about the kissing-scenes in the released-in-August2017 Telugu movie, Arjun Reddy. It reported Actor Vijay Deverakonda statement about the kissing-scenes this way: “When people watch the film, they would understand the purpose behind the scene. He kisses her out of love and passion. I don’t understand what’s vulgar about kissing when in a relationship. It’s not like we have shot the lip-lock sequence in poor taste.” This actor was arguing for passionate kissing between those in a romantic relationships before marriage here. Shalini Pandey, the heroine involved in the film that had 16 kissing scenes going by a Hyderabad Indian Express edition’s supplement on 30th August 2017 report said that she didn’t find the kissing scenes weird and had no inhibitions in doing them.
    What would the Bible answer modern youth who are asking the question, "Can I kiss passionately without going further, my faithful boyfriend?" - that is what I was contemplating. What would the Bible's reply to youth who are asking, "How far is too far when it comes to boy-girl intimacy before marriage? "Can Jesus-loving girls sing with Barbie, "You can touch my hair and touch me everywhere?" “What will the Maker of my body, God, think about me making out with my boy-friend/girl-friend?” Well, that is the question!

    JESUS TOUCHED WOMEN, BUT…

    You know what? Jesus, a normal red blooded young man touched women and allowed them to touch him. In fact about one woman he said, "from the time I entered, she has not stopped kissing my feet" (Luke 7:45). Jesus took Jairus' young daughter by the hand (Mark 5:41). Before we punch the air to exclaim, "My Master touched the opposite sex and therefore I can have a whale of a time!" do notice in what situations he touched women. It was in public places before the eyes of the several others. There was no secrecy about it. And nothing obscene about what he was doing. Period. So those fun-games we play in the church in front of each other which involve touching the opposite sex in an appropriate way would be cool in Christ's eyes.

    DO A CLINTON? DO A LEWINSKY?

    But we must probe this matter little deeper. "What about touching the opposite sex, the way Bill Clinton touched Monica Lewinsky?" – that's probably the question that hides at back of your mind. In Scripture we do find the answer for this burning issue. Certainly. Here I outline what four different books of the Bible have to say about this sensitive subject:

    THE PAGAN'S CLEAR CONVICTION –

    When a Pagan (a Non-believer) king saw, Isaac 'fondling' his wife Rebecca through the window, he shot a question: "Why did you not tell me that Rebecca was your wife, Isaac. Why did you instead say that she was just your sister?" Stop. Listen. There is a moral in this narrative. A truth for youth hidden in this story found in Genesis 26:1-9. It is this: even a disbelieving king knew instinctively that only a husband and wife can fondle each other – not just any couple! Even a pagan king instinctively knew that you could fondle only your wife – not anyone else of the opposite sex. When this is the case, it is quite sorrowful to note young people who are church-regulars also being casual sex regulars.

    THE PROVERBS' PENMAN'S PENETRATING QUESTION –

    The Proverb's penman's question to this generation of youth who have no qualms about exploring every inch of the body of the opposite sex is this straight-forward: "Why embrace the breasts of another man's wife?" (Prov 5:19). Just the previous verse in this passage makes out that the breasts of young wife must be caressed by only by her young husband (verse 18).

    Physical intimacy with the opposite sex before marriage is like scooping fire on your lap and expecting nothing to happen (Prov 6:27). Duffy Robbins said, "You can't spend your time heating up hormones – by indulging in petting – and expect nothing to come out of it!" .

    The problem with petting is this: you will want to get more and more intimate with the person of the opposite sex you are getting physical with. I haven't yet met a young man who told his girlfriend, "Girl that kiss was awesome. However, from our next meeting onwards we will just shake hands – okay!" Even in the Bible I read about a young man who first "strolled" near a seductive woman's home; then he started to "smooch" her only to finally "sleep" with her (Prov 7:8-23). Notice how he graduated from lesser forms of intimacy to greater forms. Our body is wired that way. The Bible calls him "a youth who lacked judgment" (Prov 7:7). And if we get physically intimate with the opposite sex we too will earn that same name. You don't want it – do you? "If you cannot stop, don't start!" – that was a signboard put up in a Brake Station. Relay that principle in the area of sexual intimacy and the message is crystal clear: if you want to stay a virgin and please the Lord, don't even start to be physically intimate with a person of the opposite sex! Be the Joseph who ran away from the woman who touched him the wrong way (Gen 39:12).

    THE POETRY OF SOLOMON'S CONCLUSION –

    The young lady in Song of Songs describes the way she is physically intimate with her man very graphically: "His left hand is under my head and his right hand embraces me" (SS 2:6 NLT). Shortly after this statement, comes the call which was referred to earlier in this piece: "Promise me, O Women of Jerusalem…not to awaken love until the time is right" (v. 7). Keeping the context of this verse just quoted, we can conclusively say that the young woman of Song of Songs is saying this: "Do not get physically intimate with the opposite sex until the time is right! Show some temperance. Show self-control! " And we know from Scripture that 'the right time' for climaxing one's sexual desires is within the boundary of marriage. Therefore true romantic love certainly will not indulge in intimate touching of the opposite gender before marriage.

    Sure, the couple in Song of Songs did pet and fondle each other a lot. The man in question in this book 'browses among the lilies' (2:16). He also goes to his garden 'to pasture and pluck lilies' (6:2). And you know what – sheep never eat lilies! So obviously in the boy's vocabulary the girl is the "lily" he wants to pluck – fondle, caress and touch intimately (See 2:2)! But remember they were already married (5:16). The young man calls the girl his "bride" – not girlfriend (4:12; 5:1). So we learn again from Song of Songs that petting is out of bounds for those not married to each other.

    THE PROPHET'S GRAPHIC PARABOLIC NARRATION -

    Prophet Ezekiel in his 23rdchapter wrote a graphic parabolic narration of how two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah (symbolic of Israel and Judah) allowed men to touch them in places they shouldn't have touched. God did not mince words when he named the act of allowing one's breasts to be fondled as "prostitution" and explicitly said that he was "disgusted" with such behavior in this shocking passage (Ezek 23:3,18,19,21). Bible Scholars explain, this passage actually speaks of "the elect people of Israel's figurative promiscuity in Egypt where they sought to be caressed by a foreign faith and culture" (New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis: Volume 4 - London: Paternoster Press, 1996, page 1091). They brilliantly observe that, in this passage, the breasts fondled by illicit lovers of these young girls were being torn as part of God's judgment upon them (Refer to Ezek 23:21,34) (Ibid., Volume III, page 214). I believe that even through this passage, God is teaching modern youth that he is pretty peeved when they get intimate with the opposite gender without the benefit of marriage. Have you grasped this truth for youth that emanates from Ezekiel 23? There were days you learnt truths only from elementary passages like Psalm 23 when you were a child. You aren't one anymore! You have grown up! Grow up to grasp this lesson that jumps out from Ezekiel 23!

    OUR PATRIARCH'S PRACTICAL WISDOM LED SUGGESTION -

    Talk without holding back with your grandpa. Have a frank discussion with your grandmom. Ask them why they are not comfortable when you get touchy-feely with the person of the opposite gender before marriage. They may not quote any of the Scripture passages or verses you have read so far in this article. But they could say something like this: "We don't know what will happen tomorrow or in the days to come when it comes to your relationship with this person. When this is the case, why do have to become so close physically with him or her. What if, something goes wrong and you actually do not marry this person with whom you are merry-making without holding any part of your body back? Will you not feel bad? Would you not feel miserable? And those scars can stay with you for a lifetime and affect your marriage with someone else! So, keep the opposite gender at an arm's length from you, dear!"

    Guess what? There is a lot of practical wisdom in what they are concerned about. Not only that. There is Scriptural truth behind this counsel as well. Yes, the Bible in many places tells us we do not know what will happen to us in the future (James 4:14).So getting physically intimate with a person you know you can never be 100% sure of marrying, until the event has actually happened, is nothing but plain folly!

    The concern of our older folk is illustrated by the story I have narrated below:

    KARAN'S QUESTION AND SHAHID'S ANSWER

    Karan Johar shot a point blank question to Actor Shahid Kapoor in the Star World TV program that was aired on March 9, 2007 titled "Koffee with Karan". This was the question: "In one word tell me what you think of casual sex?" His girlfriend of three years, actress Kareena Kapoor was sitting beside him in the show. When Shahid answered that "casual sex was convenient" he was only airing the views of the google generation that they didn't mind exploring the bodies of the opposite gender without actually having "sex". And we know what happened to the much publicized relationship between Shahid and Kareena. They broke up. And Kareena is now going around with the already-married actor, Saif Ali Khan (at the point of writing this piece, I must add, because we never know in the world of Formula One Speed World of Bollywood Liasions…!). After reading this real life incident, do you now see why your older folk were not cool or happy when you got too close physically with your friend from the opposite gender?

    WHAT DISGUSTS DICAPRIO -

    Your grand pop seem to have a very unlikely person agreeing with them in this regard. Who? Leonardo Di Caprio of the Titanic Movie fame. I was surprised to read this about the man who probably did the most watched kiss of all time on the screen: "Kissing disgusts Dicaprio!" He went on to say in the news item, "The human mouth is one of the dirtiest things in the planet! There's so much bacteria, slime and trapped food. A dog's mouth is cleaner!" (learnt fromwww.imdb.com on 9 March 2007). If you avoided kissing altogether before marriage, apart from keeping you off from sexual sin you would have kept your mouth from bacteria, it looks like!

    WHAT CONSTITUTES FOREPLAY -

    In the excellent book, "Every Man's Battle" authors Steven Arterburn and Fred Stoeker, write these lines - lines that throw practical light on the hot topic being discussed here: "What ..is foreplay? Mutual stroking of the genitals is foreplay. Even stroking the top of the thigh can be foreplay.When a girl lays her head on the lap of a young boy, that's foreplay. Slow dancing can be foreplay when certain parts of the body are in close contact. Heavy kissing around the neck and chest leads naturally to stripping, which leads to mutual masturbation, which leads to intercourse." Foreplay - these authors - rightly assert on the basis of God's Word is to HAPPEN ONLY BETWEEN THOSE ALREADY MARRIED, NOT JUST ANY COUPLE!

    UNCLE BILLY GRAHAM'S EXAMPLE -

    Therefore never get into a confined space alone with a person of the opposite sex and lock yourself in. This simple practical step will save you from the temptation to have the kind of physical intimacy that will displease the Lord. Billy Graham writes in his best selling autobiography JUST AS I AM about how he refused to meet with Hilary Clinton in private but insisted that they sit in front of others in a restaurant and meet. Here are the exact words he used in reply to Hillary Clinton's request, "I would be delighted to. But I don't have private luncheons with beautiful ladies. We could sit in the middle of the dining room at the Capital Hotel where everybody would be able to see us, and still have a private conversation" He was in his seventies when this particular incident happened! (USA: HarperSanFrancisco Zondervan, 1997, page 651). Billy Graham certainly understood all what the scripture said about physical intimacy limits with a member of the opposite sex! Thank you for the example, uncle Billy!

    "I HAVE ALREADY BEEN FONDLED, SO WHAT I DO I DO" -

    After having read so far, you could say this: "I have already been intimate physically with a boy who is not a believer. What should I do now? If I break up with him at this point, he will never marry me!" You know what? That is your golden opportunity to just do that and break up with him. By doing that you will please the Lord who word clearly says believers must marry those who are ALREADY believers (not becoming one or in the process of becoming one – I Cor 7:36 onwards and II Cor 6:14). Any boy (or girl) who touches you the wrong way cannot be a true, practicing believer. By marrying the person who is physically intimate with you before marriage you will convert your single sin into double sin. So why do it?

    SOME WAS SMACKED BECAUSE YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF TO BE FONDLED -

    Come to Jesus. NOW! He will wash your sins away – not matter how bad you have been all this while in this area. He died for you on the cross so that he can wash away your sin. He was beaten in His sinless body for the sins of your body – including the sin of allowing the opposite gender to fondle you, before marriage (I Pet 2:24). He was beateN that you might have peace – peace you tried to unsuccessfully get by allowing that friend of yours to touch you places that you should not be touched (Isa 53:5). Yes, someone was smacked, by cruel Roman Soldiers because you allowed yourself to be fondled! That was Jesus! He took your punishment upon Himself! Though your sins are blood red, they will become white as snow when you ask Jesus to cleanse you (Isa 1:18). You will be pure in His eyes and that is what counts! He will make you a real virgin again! So why are you waiting? Are you getting already sent that SMS to your friend from the opposite gender, saying that it is over between you both?

    (This is an extract from Duke Jeyaraj's book, NO BEATING ABOUT BUSH STRAIGHT TALK ON HUSHED UP MATTERS! The price of his book is Rs.100/- (courier charges extra Rs.100/- for India address and Rs.600 for Overseas addresses). Online transfer can be done on the bank info found in www.dukev.org/about ) For more info text/call +91-8886040605)

    Listen to the same content in video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qytuyi1eK-k

    Here is a full message on what the Bible teaches about sex and sexual sins:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMiCqPbCszE (video)

    https://soundcloud.com/shoutaloud/bodies-pure-holy-no-sex-abuse (audio).

    (Duke Jeyaraj, an Engineer turned Doctor of Ministry graduate, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, a ministry that is supported by individual listeners/viewers/readers like you. Find out more about Duke and this inter-denominational ministry by liking www.facebook.com/googleduke ).

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    Rain Flood in Mumbai.

    Rain Flood in Mumbai. Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. Why do we ever get excess rain if God is the one who sends it? Listen to Duke's message on What the Bible teaches about Rain put in the acronym R-A-I-N? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh3saS38WD0&t=121s

  • On Aug 30

    Three Bible Imageries of Evangelism - Watchman, Fisherman and Farmer - and How They Relate To The Whys and Hows of Practical Evangelism - Duke Jeyaraj in a street-side meeting with G4 Mission volunteers.


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