The Days of Your Youth Issue 36
If Mordecai were in Shanghai Lessons for Today's Corporate Pros Who Work In Top World Cities From The Life of Bible Character Mordecai by Dr. Duke Jeyaraj.
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Dr. Duke Jeyaraj End: Assassination Vs Promotion His name was Srinivas. He was a teluguspeaking young man who worked in the United States. One among a group that is 600,000 strong (information source: business-standard.com, 26 Feb., 2017). He was shot dead on a tragic Friday in February 2017 as he sipped away a Jameson Whisky bottle in a bar in Kansas, United States. He was just 32. His end was a terrible assassination. He lived far from his homeland – Israel. He lived in Susa, in Persia. He had a job in the foreign country. His name? Mordecai. How was his end? His end was an incredible promotion (Read Esther 10). May be, you can connect with him – you can connect with Mordecai perhaps. You too work in a foreign land perhaps. You may be an Indian who works in America. You could be an Indian who works for an American Multinational company in India doing a night shift to serve American customers. Or you could be an Indian working in a top corporate company in Shanghai, China. From Mordecai’s life, you too can learn lessons. This Bible Character can be the starting point for inspiring instructions. How would Bible Character Mordecai work, if he worked in a modern-day company like Microsoft? How would this guy, we bump into when we read the Bible, we are talking about Mordecai here, behave, if he lived and worked in a modern world city like Shanghai? In this essay, I would like to explore the answer. 1. IF MORDECAI WERE IN SHANGAI, HE WOULD BE COMPETENT IN HIS CORE JOB!
Mordecai was a Jew in exile who worked in the Persian capital city of Susa ruled
by King Xerxes I (Ahasuerus) (Esth. 2:5). How did Mordecai the Jew, land up in the Medo-Persian city of Susa. 2 Kings 17:6 indicates that even when the end of the Northern Kingdom of Israel came (721722 B.C.), and as a result when the people of Israel were consequently scattered, some of them even landed-up in the land of Medes where Susa was located. After the conquest of Babylon by King Cyrus of Persia, in 539 B.C., some of the Jewish population taken there by the Babylonians (605-586 B.C.) probably moved eastward to the cities of Medo-Persia (like Susa) according The NIV Study Bible. David Mandel in the book, Who’s Who in the Jewish Bible, notes this about Mordecai: “His greatgrandfather Kish, a Benjaminite, had been exiled from Jerusalem with King Jeconiah of Judah.” Esther, an orphan, was Mordecai’s elder “cousin and foster daughter” (Esth. 2:7) according to Abingdon
Old Testament Commentaries on the Book of Esther. Mordecai, “may have been in the
king’s service as a gatekeeper” according to the Concise Bible Commentary. According to sources from outside the Bible, the war between King Xerxes I and the Greeks ended in a disaster at Thermopylae and Salamis in 480 B. C. [The
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Volume Two]. The king chose to marry Esther
shortly after this embarrassing failure in war—a move that may have not gone well with his detractors. This was perhaps the reason why two of his gatekeepers who were also eunuchs named Bigthan and Teresh, supported by a larger group hatched a deadly plot to kill him, according to notes from the Concise Bible Commentary. But Mordecai discovered this and shared this with Queen Esther who in turn shared it with King Ahasuerus. An investigation
was ordered to look into this. This evil duo’s assassination plot was thus exposed. And the King had this event recorded in his book of Chronicles (Esth. 2:19-23). It was quite fitting that Mordecai discovered this plot because, had King Ahasuerus been murdered, Queen Esther, Mordecai’s cousin, could have been easily blamed for bringing bad luck to the king. We must note here that Mordecai was good at the main job he was given: to protect the king. He was not paid for not bowing down before Haman because of his Jewish faith. He was paid to defend the king from any possible danger. It was his job to take a bullet for the king, if he had to (so to speak). What an example Mordecai is for us, when it comes to core-job competence! As an employee of HSBC Global Resourcing in the years 2008-09, I led a three-minute break-time Bible/Prayer fellowship in the office. I gave tracts to fellow-travelers in the cab. One girl took the tract I gave titled, “Bubbly Outside, Yet Empty Inside,” when we went together in the cab to login for work. After 8 hours of work, we rode back in a cab with a few others. At that time, she told me, “This tract which you gave me while I logged in, post our cab ride is aptly titled – I am bubbly on the outside, yet empty on the inside…” While I was working in HSBC, I even shared the Gospel with a call quality coach post log-out time (It was 3 A.M. in the morning). I opened to selected verses from the book of Isaiah, made him read aloud those verses, thereby making clear to him the basic elements of the Gospel – the love of God, the sinfulness of all people, the Cross of Christ, the need for repentance and faith in Christ. All of this happened in processing floor of HSBC
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Global Resourcing!! At the end of this sharing, this call quality coach prayed the sinner’s prayer with me!! While all of the above activities were great, HSBC Global Resourcing did not pay me Rs. 25,000/- per month, then, for doing the above! They paid me to collect dollars from the American car-loan customers of HSBCUnited States. I had to do this via outbound phone calls sitting in India. I was paid precisely for doing this night after night! During one of the twenty months I worked for in HSBC, my call was played as the model call in the processing floor. In that call, I first calmed down an irate customer of the bank I worked for. Not only that – I collected a payment from him! I wish now that I had put-in the same amount of effort in each call of mine while I worked in the HSBC group. The message from the life of Mordecai is precisely the same: do well the work the company you work in pays you for!! The Morde-CRY is this: DO YOUR CORE JOB WELL!! BE COMPETENT IN YOUR CORE JOB!! Are you putting superlative effort into doing the main job you have been given in your place of work – be it teaching a course or training new recruits or collecting dollars or making a booking or assessing the quality of a call or whatever it is? In fact, both the Old Testament and New Testament emphasize that we must do our company-given core jobs exceptionally well. Hear God’s Word from the Old Testament, in this regard: “Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your strength.” (Eccl. 9:10, HCSB). The New Testament says in the same vein: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Col. 3:23 NLT). So, if Mordecai were working in a company such as Microsoft, he would do his basic job given him, brilliantly. If that was to keep updating the basic design of Outlook, Microsoft’s email product, so that it is cutting-edge and ultra-cool, he would be outstanding in that work! If Mordecai worked in a multinational company in Shanghai, he would ensure the job given him by his boss was done well before the deadline given him. 2. IF MORDECAI WERE IN SHANGAI, HE WOULD NOT COMPROMISE HIS CONVICTIONS!
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Haman was the prime minister of the Persian empire (Esth. 3:1). While other king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed before Haman, Mordecai did not (Esth. 3:2). The reason for this is not explicitly stated in the Scripture. Various scholars suggest multiple reasons:
The first reason, I call as the “Embroidery” Reason: Haman, perhaps, sported a garment that had images of an idol embroidered on it, both on the front side and back side. And if Mordecai bowed before Haman, it would be tantamount to worshipping those idols and a clear violation of the ten commandments. I learnt this reason during my doctoral project research as I read Elliot S. Horowitz’s book, Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence.
Another reason for Mordecai’s refusal to bow before Haman comes from the way the writer of the book of Esther introduces Haman to the readers of that book. He is called, “Haman, the Agagite” (Esth. 3:1). So say Raymond Dillard and Edwin Yamauchi: “The term ‘Haman, the Agagite’ most likely refers to Agag, king of Amalek (I Sam. 15:20). The Amalekites had attacked Israel after they fled from Egypt (Exod. 17:8-16; I Sam. 14:47-48); for this reason, the Lord would ‘be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation’ (Exod. 17:16). Israel was not to forget, but must ‘blot out the memory of Amalek under Heaven’ (Deut. 25:17-19). Saul’s attack on Amalek (I Sam. 15) resulted in the death of most, though not all (I Chron. 4:4243), in king Agag’s people and later in the death of the king himself. Centuries after the battle led by the Benjaminite Saul, the Benjaminite Mordecai continues the war with the Amalekites.” This second reason, I call as the “history” reason. The conversation between Haman and Mordecai recorded in the medieval Midrash on Esther known as Panin Aherim throws more light on the tension between the two men: “Mordecai, upon being challenged concerning his refusal to bow before Haman, explained being a Jew prevented him from doing so. But when Haman responded: ‘But do you know that your forefathers bowed before mine?’ citing Genesis 33, where Jacob and the members of the family all bowed before Esau, Mordecai cleverly replied: ‘Benjamin my father was in his mother’s womb then, and did not bow, and I am his direct descendant [cf. Esth. 2:5] …. and just as my father did not bow [before Esau], so too, shall I not bow before you’”[Horowitz, Reckless Rites]. The third and final reason for the possible animosity between Mordecai and Haman can be categorized as the “conspiracy” reason. According to a non-biblical source, “Haman’s (the Prime Minister’s) animosity towards Mordecai is explicitly linked to the execution of the two eunuchs upon Mordecai’s discovery of their plot, implicating Haman, as part of the
assassination conspiracy.” This I read first in the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings edited by Tremper Longman III and Peter Enns. For these three possible reasons, Mordecai did not bow before Haman, his superior at his work-place. The first reason seems to be the most powerful reason. It can be put this way as well: “Haman wears a neck chain with an idol as the dollar! Why should I – someone who worship the only True God of his planet – bow before that idol effectively by bowing before him?!” Like Mordecai, would you take an uncompromising stand in the place of your work? When your boss expects you to do something that is against the written Word of God, would you dare to disobey him/ her? Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News Anchor, revealed that she refused the sexual advances of her boss and company Chairman, Roger Ailes, and was consequently punished, while she worked there, in a lawsuit filed in 2016. (“Ailes has repeatedly, and fervently, denied all allegations of sexual harassment,” according to VanityFair.com). Molly Redden and Sam Thielman write that Carlson faced the following ‘punishments’ for refusing to sleep with her boss: “she received diminishing
assignments to high-profile interview subjects… she saw a drop in her pay when she began hosting her new show…” They write further in an article published in The Guardian: “The lawsuit adds that Carlson confronted Ailes over ‘discriminatory treatment’ nine months before her termination. Ailes used the meeting, the suit claims, to make a direct sexual advance toward Carlson. ‘I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,’ Ailes said, according to the lawsuit. He added: ‘sometimes
problems are easier to solve’ that way.” In 2014, in world-renowned corporate company Yahoo, there broke out a similar story. Here is veteran journalist and conservative commentator, Robert Stacy McCain’s summary of this story: “A highranking executive at Yahoo is being sued by an ex-employee on charges of sexual harassment . . .The high-ranking executive being accused, Maria Zhang, plays a key role in Yahoo’s mobile content development efforts. The complainant, Nan Shi, was working as a software designer at Yahoo, and says Zhang repeatedly coerced her into having ‘oral and digital sex.’ Shi says she was terminated after she later refused Zhang’s advances.” What would you do, if you were in Gretchen’s place? What would you do, if you were in Nan Shi’s place? Would you yield to the pressure? Or would you honor God’s Word? Would your actions be uncompromising in the place of your work like Mordecai’s were? Would you too say to the seductive Mrs. Portipars at your work places what Joseph said at the hour of temptation: “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9). If you are pulled to bed by a person not your spouse in the place of Work, your response must be as courageous and uncompromising as Joseph! Or would you continue to reflect God’s holy character in the place of your work? What if your boss wanted you to tweak your numbers in the reports that had to be sent to the vendors? Would you comply with his devious demands compromising your conviction? What would you do, if your travel-mate, during a work-related over-seas travel, invites you to join him to a topless bar and drink just Pepsi with him there? Would you agree to compromise your biblical standards and stubbornly refuse to watch filth – be it on a screen or live – after having read Bible verses like, Leviticus 18 (from KJV), 2 Samuel 11:27, Job 31:1 (from The Message), Psalm 101:3, etc.? The temptation to bow before a human was the temptation faced by Mordecai in his workplace—a temptation he successfully
won over. Modern Young Working Professionals, worldover, can face the same temptation. In a certain way, when a Modern Young Working Professional flatters the person he/she works under, it can be seen as a case of “bowing” before humans. Vincent R. Waldron in his book Communicating Emotions at Work, explains how flattery happens in a Call Centre setting, “The tactics of the flatterer include offering compliments, muting criticism, publicly defending the boss from the attack of the other employees, and frequently expressing agreement. These tactics all involve verbal (“Wow! That’s a nice tie!”), and non-verbal (smiles; eye-gaze).” If one were to go by the above definition of flattery, a number of Modern Young Working Professionals could be guilty of flattery, which is also one form of idolworship. The life of Mordecai inspires us to shun this form of “idol-worship.” This article is mostly about Mordecai. What the Greek version of book of Esther (part of what was called Septuagint) adds about Esther, gives us an idea about the efforts that Esther took in her place of work to avoid compromise. According to Adele Berlin in myjewishlearning.com, Esther reportedly prays according to the Greek version this way: “I abhor the bed of the uncircumcised and of any alien,” and that “Your servant has not eaten at Haman’s table, and I have not honored the king’s feast or drunk the wine of libations.” The Septuagint has made Esther into a pious Jewess of the Hellenistic (early rabbinic) period, who disdains marriage with a nonJew, eats only kosher food, and does not drink wine used for libations to pagan gods. 3. IF MORDECAI WAS WORKING IN SHANGHAI, HE WOULD CRY OUT TO HIS CREATOR ALONG WITH COLLEAGUES COURAGEOUSLY!
Esther kept her identity as a Jew a secret, following instructions from her elder cousin, Mordecai (Esth. 2:10). But the same Mordecai asks her to speak on behalf of the Jews after Haman succeeds in getting the king’s permission to murder all the
Jews. Esther, in response says, “I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esth. 4:16). To have a meeting with the king with a request that he arrange for the safety of the Jews wasn’t easy. The last time she had some personal time with the king was over thirty days back (Esth. 4:11). That Esther put herself in a very dangerous situation is understood from this statement of hers: “Everyone who works for the king here, and even the people out in the provinces, knows that there is a single fate for every man or woman who approaches the king without being invited: death.” (Esth. 4:10). Yes, Esther was willing to even risk her life to save her people. She goes about this mission after a three-day fast with the young women around her even as the Jews in the city of Susa, including Mordecai, also join her in this fast (Esth. 3:16). The king gave her the permission to enter his presence when she goes to his inner court of the palace. After a series of banquets in which Haman was also invited to be part of, Queen Esther succeeded in sending Haman into the very gallows he had made for Mordecai (Esth. 7:8, 9). The book of Esther ends with the record of Mordecai’s promotion to the second in rank to only King Ahasuarus (Esth. 10:3). In the book of Esther, one does not read God’s name even once, but his ‘fingerprints’ are clearly there throughout and one cannot miss the ‘providence of God in the glove of the history’ captured by this book (as Tony Evans put it). The story of Esther and Mordecai is an example of “God’s over-ruling care of his people, even in a distant country” (as Mark Mangano put it). A proof of divine orchestration of events in this book is the perfect timing in which events happened. Barry G. Webb writes: “The perfect of apparently fortuitous events again and again tips the balance in favor of the Jews and against their enemies. The king’s insomnia on the night before Mordecai’s execution (Esth. 6:1-3), Haman’s entry at the moment Ahasuerus is wondering how to reward Mordecai (Esth. 6:1-3), and the king’s entry just when Haman is falling on Esther’s couch (Esth.
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7:8) all significantly affect the eventual outcome, but none is knowingly caused by any of the human characters.” The secret of Joseph’s promotion can be traced back to his deliberate choice to be in God’s presence (See Genesis 39:2,3,21 where this is repeatedly mentioned, not to forget another repetition of this fact in Acts 7:9). It is to be noted that a remarkable similarity between God’s dealing with Esther and God’s dealing with Joseph. To quote Barry Webb again: “Both the stories are set at the court of a foreign king; both Esther and Joseph become the means by which the Jews are saved; in both stories the disturbed sleep of the king, results in the promotion of the Jew (Esth. 6:1-3/ Gen. 41); the reward of both Joseph and Mordecai includes a gift of garments and a ride through the city; and both Joseph and Esther reveal their identities at a banquet (Esth. 7:1-6; Gen. 45).” Keeping in mind, this remarkable similarity, between the careers of Mordecai-Esther and Joseph, it is quite possible that Mordecai-Esther enjoyed being in God’s presence (even though it is not explicitly mentioned). The power of praying together and praying along with fasting is indirectly seen in the book of Esther (though prayer is not directly mentioned). It was most likely that Esther prayed with the young maids around her in the palace. And post this act there was a great result: the enemy of the Jews, Haman, was executed. This is not to say that God always favorably answers prayers done in group and with fasting. Esther was silent about her identity while she was a queen in the Persian palace for sometime. Something similar can happen to Modern Young Working Professionals. They can choose to stay silent about Jesus in their work place. It is quite possible, that even the person sitting next to you in your corporate office, does not know that you are a Christian Believer! We need Mordecais who would encourage Esthers to come out boldly for God in their workplace, through coffee-table conversations, WhatsApp interactions and small group
fellowship meetings! Just as Esther fasted (and perhaps prayed) with her friends in her “work-place” (the palace), Modern Young Working Professional Disciples of Christ can also be encouraged to do the same. A prayermeeting in the place of their Work—even if that prayer lasts only for a few minutes— will go a long way in making believers in the IT/ITES world stronger in their walk with the Lord. God’s powerful hand was evident in the events recorded in the book of Esther post the “fast” that Esther and Mordecai undertook with their friends. In the same way, one can expect God’s strong hand to be exhibited in the lives of Disciples of Christ among Modern Young Working Professionals who fast and pray in their place of work. As an employee of HSBC Global Resourcing in Hyderabad in the years 2008-09, I started and led one small group Fellowship meeting. We would meet around midnight during one of the office breaks. We would meet in the staircase that led to the open terrace from the Cafeteria, which wasn’t generally used. In three minutes, I would read a Bible passage that was relevant to working professionals, explain in practically and pray. If there were folks from other faiths, I would include the Gospel in my prayer. I would pray for God’s blessing upon the company I worked for as well. We would pray for salvation of the corporate pros in our city. “Let the young people working in Dell, stopped from going to Hell!”, “Let the BC (before Christ in terms of life experience) youth in HSBC be saved!” – these are some of the prayers we raised up!! In my doctoral program research that I completed in 2014, I learnt through direct interviews with over a hundred Modern Young Working Professionals across India, that small group fellowships like these exist in Corporate Companies across India, which meet in places like the parking lot or a flat/restaurant near the office, etc. We need more of those in all the corporate companies in India and
Acceleration Anticipating Declaration: Karun Nair and Us Karun Nair’s 1st 100 came in 185 balls, 2nd, in 121 & last in a mere 75 balls making it a total of 303 not out in 381 balls. He was clearly showing acceleration anticipating declaration by captain Kohli in the Chennai 2016 Test Versus England. We too must show acceleration - acceleration in holy living and evangelism in anticipation of the Father God “declaring” humanity’s long “grace” innings to send Jesus again to judge all the world (2 Pet. 3:9-12).
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the world! Will you be the Mordecai that initiates these? Mordecai, perhaps did not know why God gave him a job with the Persian Government when he joined them. But when God used him and Esther to save the entire race of the Jewish people, they knew why God had placed them there, looking back! Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard rightly said, “Life is lived forward, but understood backwards.” Steve Jobs said similarly, “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Just as Mordecai rose to be Number 2 in the kingdom, Modern Young Working Professionals who follow his ways can also rise in the corporate ranks to become Assistant Vice Presidents or Chief Operating Officers, if that be God’s sovereign will. A contemporary example of a person who experienced a Mordecai-like rise is Stephen Green. An ordained minister in the Church of England, he went to finish his glittering Corporate career as the HSBC Bank Chairman. Speaking in an event in New York on February 17, 2010, in a reply to a question by Asia Society President Vishakha Desai, Green said that while he did agree that “one cannot serve both God and mammon (money),” he didn’t quite equate “working with money as worshipping or serving the money.” Here was a believer that God raised to the top like Mordecai, even on this side of eternity! It can be quite possible that you are faithful to Jesus on this side of eternity in your workplace and saw no grand promotion! But let me assure you, that on the other side of eternity your promotion – your lifting up – is guaranteed! On the final day of judgement Luke 19:17 will be a reality – those faithful in small things (including small things at workplace), will be promoted to greater responsibilities in the age to come (which will involve more than just rest and non-stop worship of Jesus!!!)
An appreciation poem for M. S. Dhoni who quit his ODI & T20 Captaincy on 4th Jan 2017 with a message at the end You ran towards Joginder Sharma in the T20 Final 2007 when he bowled that ultra wide final over first ball to calm his nerves! After you volunteered to walk out into the middle before Yuvi in the WC 2011 Final we knew you were the one, the best for the last, preserves! By quitting as captain when you really didn’t have to, you showed us that you really meant it when you said you were just a Indian, who serves! Some of your sacrificial acts remind me of the unique Savior Jesus who endured a sinpunishment each one of us deserves!
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
Sexting, Sexy Selfies and Scriptures
William D. Cohan wrote the following lines about sexting woes faced by Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin’s husband, Anthony Weiner, whom she married on July 10, 2010, with President Clinton presiding and Hillary calling her Huma her ‘second daughter’: (Shortly after they were married…) Weiner had mistakenly tweeted a (filthy) photograph (of a private part of his body), meant for a 21-year-old college student in Seattle, to his 45,000 followers. Desperate for privacy, he and his wife, then pregnant, spent the first weekend of June 2011 at a friend’s house in the Hamptons (in the U.S.). As they were packing up the car to return to New York City, Weiner confessed, “It’s true. It’s me. The picture is me. I sent it.” Abedin was devastated. “It was every emotion that one would imagine: rage and anger and shock,” she told The Times.
At a news conference on June 6, 2011, (a tearful) Weiner tried to come clean. He admitted he had sent explicit messages to six women during the previous three years, but said he had never actually met any of them. One long-time State Department official says that some people’s initial reaction was that Abedin might have
driven Weiner to sexting because she “was never around. She gave so much to Hillary Clinton, what did she have left for him? It was politically incorrect, but we did wonder.” Abedin turned to Hillary. After all, who better to give advice on a husband’s extramarital escapades? The next day Huma returned to work at the State Department. “My compass was my job,” she said. “It was where I could go and life was normal.” In July 2012, Huma, Weiner, and Jordan, then six months old, posed for People magazine in their Park Avenue South apartment, which had been listed for sale at more than $3 million. In the piece Abedin proclaimed, “Anthony has spent every day since [the scandal] trying to be the best dad and husband he can be. I’m proud to be married to him.” Soon thereafter, Weiner announced he was running for mayor. But it turned out he had again sent sexual messages to a woman on social media, starting in July 2012, after the People story appeared. He ended up losing badly in the Democratic primary [a direct consequence of his addiction to sexting]. Adam Goldman and Alan Rappeport wrote for The New York Times, October 28, 2016, these lines about the same controversy: “In a letter to Congress, the (former) F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said the emails had surfaced in an unrelated case, which law enforcement officials said was an F.B.I. investigation into illicit text messages from Mr. Weiner to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. “Mr. Comey’s letter said that the F.B.I. would review the emails to determine if they improperly contained classified information, which is tightly controlled by the government. Senior law enforcement officials said that it was unclear if any of the emails were from Mrs. Clinton’s private server. And while Mr. Comey said in his letter that the emails ‘appear to be
pertinent,’ the F.B.I. had not yet examined them. “In September 2016, a person familiar with the investigation said, F.B.I. agents seized the laptop as well as Mr. Weiner’s iPad and cellphone.” This news breakout considerably brought down Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election (a 12 point lead shrunk to just 1 point, according to some reports), just days before the election. And consequently Trump ended up beating Hillary to become the new U. S. President in January 2017. [In a way, Weiner’s sexting brought down Hillary Clinton’s campaign to become U. S. President]. Reports elsewhere suggests that the 51year Weiner’s sexting with this 15-year old (referred to, in his article earlier) lasted for a few months. Lauren Evans of Village Voice, September 22, 2016, wrote, “According to the tabloid, Weiner’s relationship with the girl began in January 2016, and he was well aware that she was underage. Using Twitter, Facebook, Kik, and Confide — a “confidential messenger” that erases posts after they’re sent — the fallen politician sent a barrage of messages that started with small talk and quickly escalated into something much darker, culminating in him allegedly sending naked photos, porn, and sharing his rape fantasies.” In August 2016, New York Post, reported how Weiner sent a provocative, ‘cringeinducing’ shirtless pictures of him while his four-year son was curled up next to him in bed to a 40-something divorcee – ‘the latest object of his online lust.’ Tierney McAfee, wrote this for People mag on October 4, 2016: “Abedin, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and who also served as vice chairwoman of the Democratic nominee’s 2016 campaign, said in a statement: ‘After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.’ However, a report in January 2017 said that the freshfrom-sex-addiction-rehab Weiner, 52, and Abedin, 40, were still together co-parenting their little son.” Sydney Smith writing for Imediaethics.org on 30 August 2016 reports another consequence of Weiner’s sexting this way: “The New York Daily News and NY1 have dropped Anthony Weiner as a columnist after the New York Post published more sexting photos from the former congressman.” Not just Weiner, closer home, in an interview that Indian Google Gen icon, Priyanka Chopra, gave to Karan Johar brought to the focus the issue of sexting recently. Priyanka ‘gulped more coffee
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be the “extra word” we send that will be brought to judgement on the final day – something Jesus himself warned us about (Matt. 12:36). 2. Examples Against Sexting:
shots when Karan asked her about having phone sex and sending lusty messages’ (Deccan Chronicle, January 23, 2017). Gulping more coffee shots was a gesture agreed upon before the interview to suggest that she had indulged in what Karan asked her about. All of us reading this agree that sexting is wrong. And the consequences of sexting can be very costly as the above story about Weiner shows: near-marriage breakdowns, public embarrassment and acute heart-break; loss of political fortune, loss of political fortune even for those you are associated with. Yes, the consequences of sexting, as shown above, are horrible! What would the Scripture say about sexting? I believe the Scriptures, through edicts and examples, warn us against the sin of sexting. 1. Edicts Against Sexting:
First, let us look at a few edicts (direct commands) against sexting. Paul writes in Colossians 3:8, “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” (NIV). We can perhaps change the ending of this verse to this: “…and filthy language from your phones….”! If Apostle Paul lived in our time, he would have perhaps written that, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. To the church believers of Ephesus Paul writes thus: “ Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift” (Eph. 4:29 MSG). He goes on: “Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect” (Eph. 5:4, MSG). The NASB version of the same verse hammers the point – the Scripture is against foul language in whatever format – powerfully: “and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” When Paul writes to Timothy, he says, “But avoid profane foolish babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness…” (2 Tim. 2:16, MEV). We must be wary of innocent beginning when it comes sexting – that is Paul’s point here. What may start as “I wish I can see you now” can soon become, “I wish I can see you naked...”! Sexting can The Days Of Your Youth
Next, let us look at two characters in the Bible and their handling of wasteful conversations. Let me start with a positive example of Nehemiah. He had a Government job in Persia. He took a long leave from his boss – the King. He led a team to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. While he was busy with work, a group of people – local leaders named Sanballat and Geshem and the rest – came to meet with him. They wanted to talk to him. The venue for this meeting was the plains of Ono. What was Nehemiah’s response to that Ono Conference invitation? He basically said, “Oh no – I am not coming to the plains of Ono!” He said, “I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?” (Neh. 6:2-3, MSG). When they repeated their invitation to have conversations of distraction with him, four times, he repeated his ‘no’ with great fervour and absolute fearlessness (Neh. 6:4)! Basically, Nehemiah had no time for wasteful talk! And to think this was his standard, even while talking with a bunch of men, reminds us for the taller standards of restraint we must show-forth when it comes to conversations with the opposite sex, who supposedly have so many thousand extrawords to speak on an average day than men!! So, the example of Nehemiah from Nehemiah 6, inspires us to hit sexting for a six!! Not only Nehemiah, Lot is an example for us in this regard! He was “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked,” Apostle Peter writes (2 Pet. 2:7 KJV). What was the particular conversation of the wicked that vexed Lot? We must hit the rewindbutton to recall that. We must turn to the Old Testament to get the answer. There, we come across this conversation the stiff-necked homosexuals of Sodom and Gomorrah had with Lot. When he gave shelter to the angelic visitors in his home, they told him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them” (Gen. 19:5 NIV). For getting put off by this brazenly filthy request, Lot is called “righteous” by Peter in the New Testament (2 Pet 2:7). That brings me to this conclusion: one way, a believer demonstrates his righteousness, freely given him by Christ, is to shun sexting and all modern forms of ‘filthy conversation’. Are you into flirtatious conversation with a person of the opposite gender, not your spouse – through phone texts, WhatsApp messages or even via direct conversation? Do you use the occasion of a “business lunch” to indulge in idle talk with the other person? Do you send romantic messages to a colleague at work from the opposite
sex and delete those messages on a regular basis – lest your spouse finds out? Marital fidelity is not just about “inter-course fidelity” but also about “internet-fidelity”; it is not just about “cot fidelity” but also about “cellphone fidelity”. Repent. Stop. Take a U-turn. Say “tata” (goodbye) to “technosex”! What is the anti-dote for sexting? Read Colossians 3:8 again. It goes this way: “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth”(ESV).Bible Scholar Douglas J. Moo’s explanation of this verse is helpful: “Paul’s concern is that Christians should avoid abusive speech. The first three sins in the list of Colossians 3:8 refer to those attitudes (‘anger, wrath, malice’) that give rise to such speech. Paul’s purpose is to use the three words together to connote the attitude of anger and ill will toward others that so often leads to hasty and nasty speech. Jesus reminds us that ‘the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart’ (Matt. 15:18), and it is this principle that undergirds v.8.”[Pillar
New Testament Commentary: Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon]. So, going by the
principles that Paul put forth as brilliantly explained by Moo, here is the way of escape from erotic texting: think clean thoughts and eschew unclean thoughts; do not allow garbage to settle in your mind! This can be done by our active cooperation with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit (‘by the Spirit put to death the misdeeds of the body’ – Romans 8:13).
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
Becoming a Balaam? Vendam!
(meaning ‘no need to’ in Tamil) Mahendra Singh Dhoni learnt his famous helicopter shot from his friend, Santosh Lal. While Dhoni copied his helicopter shot, he did not copy his drinking habit. This was depicted in the 2016 bio-pic on his life, M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.
There are Bible characters that the Scriptures tells us NOT to copy. One of them in Balaam. As the Bible comes to an end, three writers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, warn us in-effect that we must not become like him. They are Peter (in 2 Peter 2:15), Jude (v. 11) and Apostle John (Rev. 2:14, who quotes the very words of Jesus regarding Balaam). What was so bad about Balaam? Why should we who are in the ministry or we who are lay-people involved in the ministry be wary of becoming like him? Prophet Balaam often spoke the right-sounding words yet his heart was far away from God. He refused to curse Israel when men sent by King Balak asked him to do that (Num. 22:13). But King Balak did not give up. He sent “other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first,” the second time (Num. 22:15). They carried the king’s message that the Prophet Balaam would be “handsomely rewarded” if he cursed Israel (Num. 22:16). Prophet Balaam perhaps knew from the Hebrew Scriptures that Israel was blessed by God (perhaps when he read portions like Genesis 12:2 and Genesis 22:17). This was his right-sounding answer to the offer made by the team of dignitaries that King Balak sent with increased “offerings” if only he would curse Israel: “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and the gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God” (Num. 22:18).
While Dhoni copied his friend’s cricket stroke, he did not copy his drinking habit… As preachers, we must not copy Balaam… 9
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But his right-sounding answer was followed by a strange request: “Now spend the night here so that I can find out what else the LORD will tell me” (Num. 22:19). If Balaam really meant what he had first said, he would not have asked Balak’s party to stay back that night. He would have asked them to return immediately to their king and give his negative answer to him. But by asking them to stay back, Prophet Balaam was hoping that Yahweh would change His mind and allow him to go with them. The Lord did allow him to go with them the following day on the condition that he would only say what was told to him (Num. 22:20). Though Yahweh gave him permission to go, he was “very angry” with the prophet (Num. 22:22). When we shout things which we never really mean as preachers, the Lord is also “very angry”! Prophet Balaam’s path was blocked by an angel with a drawn-out sword (Num. 22:21-33). Balaam again speaks perfect-sounding words to the angel of the Lord. He said, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back” (Num. 22:34). This was the angel’s response to Balaam’s superspiritual-sounding words: “go with Balak’s officials, but only speak what I tell you!” (Num. 22:35). When the King Balak came to meet with Prophet Balaam he says to him, “Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?” (Num. 22:37). Again in response to this Prophet Balaam issues yet another correct-sounding response: “But I can’t say whatever I please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth” (Num. 22:38). Following this Prophet Balaam was invited to climb three different places of height so that he could clearly see the camp of the
when we climb pulpit after pulpit. But the same right-words speaking Balaam, shortly after he spoke those words, gave King Balak a wicked idea. About this wicked idea, we come to know only in the book of Revelation. Revelation 2:14 reveals that Balaam taught “Balak to entice the Israelites to sin.” So the idea of sending Moabite women into the Israelite camp was Balaam’s! And the men of Israel committed sexual immorality with these women and earned God’s wrath (Numbers 25:1-9). Twenty four thousand Israelites lost their lives in this process! The man who voiced good theology almost every time he opened his mouth to speak (as we just Balaam spoke theologically right sounding saw), had a wicked heart. That words often. But, secretly, his heart was wicked heart was deeply in love lured to money (and may be even sex). with money – the money that King Balak was waiting and more than willing to give him in abundance. This prophet was after “profit” as Jude pointed out (Jude 11). And this love of money propelled deceit in him. And from that deceit flowed a dirty idea: “Show Israel’s men, the Moabite girls. When they see them, they will race to sexually sin with them. And when God sees that, he would fume. God would punish them. So that way, your work, O King Balak, which you wanted me to do, will be auto-done!” What about us? We must – answer: “Did I not tell the messengers you sure enough! – voice theologically right sent me, ‘Even if Balak gave me all the statements. We must – make no mistake silver and gold in his palace, I could not do here – speak Scripturally-correct words anything of my own accord, good or bad, to when we ascend to the pulpit as Balaam go beyond the command of the Lord – and spoke as he ascended to the three heights I must say only what the Lord says.’ Now, that King Balak took him to (as we saw I am going back to my people, but come, above)! But let us not just stop with that. let me warn you of what this people will Let us live holy – inside out. Let us be pure do to your people in days to come’ (Num. in the heart. Let us be pure in motive. Let 24:12-14). us take care that we don’t become Balaams down the line! Like Balaam repeatedly did when he climbed hill after hill, it is quite possible that when we say the right-sounding words people of Israel: “up..Bamoth Baal”, “top of Piscah” and “top of Poer” (See Num. 22:41; 23:14; 23:28). When King Balak questioned Prophet Balaam’s decision to bless Israel instead of cursing him, this was his theologicallyterrific reply: “Must I not speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?” (Num. 23:12). After Prophet Balaam refused to do any differently even after climbing the third elevated place, King Balaam was very angry and asked him to “leave at once and go home – no handsome reward for you!” (Num. 24:11). In response to this tirade he gave another truth-filled, terrific-sounding
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Jesus Claimed to be God and Proved it: A Study from John’s Gospel Ammunition for meaningful conversations with Jehovah Witnesses, Islam adherents, Liberal theologians and Hyper-Grace followers Cults like Jehovah Witnesses (perhaps the most aggressive cult) and folks following Islam (perhaps the world’s least-evangelised religious group) deny the deity of Jesus. These people teach that Jesus is not God. Added to this, we have cultic groups like the hyper-grace followers who have almost relegated the divinity of Jesus to a corner since God is just a Daddy-Buddy for them. Liberal theologians have for long maintained that the church made Jesus as god as the years rolled. To answer these guys, we can take this 3-step approach: 1. The Bible is an accurate record of history (we have proof for that, though it is beyond the scope of this article); 2. The Bible is the Word of God (we have good proof for that, though it is beyond the scope of this article); 3. This very Bible teaches that Jesus is God (the focus of this article). The year – 1888. The place – East London Slums. Five women died under mysterious circumstances. An unknown man killed them. The murderer was given a name: ‘Jack the Ripper.’ The police were groping the dark in this complex case. Bl.uk reports: “The Ripper’s mystique made him the first ‘media serial killer’, and in September 1889 he was still in front page news. Puck was a humorous weekly magazine published in the US between 1871 and 1918; this front cover comes from its London edition, which ran briefly from January 1889 to June 1890. The drawing – of a puzzled man
trying to identify the culprit, captioned ‘Who is he? What is he? Where is he?’ – was the work of William Mecham (1853 – 1902), under his professional name Tom Merry.” The question, “Who is Jesus?” is the most important question of all time – far more important than the question, “Who is he?” concerning Jack the Ripper. Down through the centuries people have had different opinions about who Jesus was and who Jesus is. The Bible in general and the New Testament in particular devotes much space to this great question. More than any other book of the sixty-six books of the Bible, the Gospel according to John deals with this query of tremendous implications. If one studies the data given in John’s gospel objectively and without bias, one must conclude that Jesus is God. In this essay, it is my endeavour to show that Jesus is God from John’s gospel. I touch upon other relevant issues and think through the awesome implications of such a conclusion.
1. The Biblical Record – Jesus’ Deity in John’s Gospel: In this section, the material in the Gospel of John is thoroughly searched to establish the deity of Christ. Jesus is 100% God, because of these three main reasons: A. Jesus Christ possesses the names and titles of God: the list
Donald Trump in his run for U.S. President
in 2016 called his opponents with negative nick-names. Marco Rubio was called “Little Marco,” Ted Cruz was labelled “lying Ted,” Jeb Bush was branded, “Low Energy Jeb,” and Hillary Clinton was christened as “Crooked Hillary.” John in his Gospel recorded several ‘nick-names’ (so to speak) for Jesus – that weren’t negative, but positive. Jesus deliberately took to himself the Old Testament names and titles of God. Not only that – Jesus allowed others to call Him by the same names and titles. The Jewish authorities could not miss the point Jesus was making – he was claiming to be Almighty God, so they tried to kill him for blasphemy. Here is the list of names and titles of God, Jesus possessed, as described in John’s gospel. I. Yahweh (Jehovah):
God introduces himself to Moses this way: ‘I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14, NIV). The Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old testament, translated this title of God in Exodus 3:14 as “ego eimi”. Greek was the language of the people in Jesus’ day. On several occasions, Jesus used the term “ego eimi” for himself as it can be used of God, only. The crystal clear illustration of this is when the Jews said to Jesus, “You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I AM” (Greek “ego eimi”). Therefore, they picked up stones to stone him, as per the Law of Moses, for Blasphemy. This was not an one-time happening. Jesus elsewhere in John’s gospel declared, “…for unless you believe that I am (ego eimi) you will die for your sins” (8:24, NLT). He would tell the Jews later, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will remember that I am (ego eimi) he…” (8:28, NLT). In the last two verses the word; “he” is omitted in the
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original Greek. In John’s gospel, Jesus took every chance he got to affirm his deity. On the night before his crucifixion Jesus asked his arresters who were looking for him, “I am (ego eimi) he.” They all fell “backward to the ground.” (18: 4-6, NLT). Commenting on this Josh McDowell says, “They were unable to stand before the force of his claim and the force of his person.” II. God:
The Greek word used many times in the New Testament for God is the word “theos.” This word corresponds to the Hebrew “Elohim” in the Old Testament. Jesus is called by that name in distinction to false gods in a number of instances in John’s Gospel. John 1:1 combined with John 1:14 is one such reference. There is no question the “Word” refers to Jesus, since verse 14 says, “So the Word became human and lived here on Earth among us” (NLT). Taken at face value, verses 1 and 14 teach the deity of Christ. John 1:1 has been mistranslated as “the Word was a god.” This is a gross mistranslation because the Greek text never allows for the use of the indefinite article “a” before “God”. F. F. Bruce, an expert in Biblical languages,
where Jesus is called as “God” is in 20:28, where Thomas after his meeting with the resurrected Jesus, says, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus never tried to stop Thomas from saying that for he knew what Thomas claimed was absolutely true – he was indeed God! Murray J Harris in his mastery book “Jesus as God” summarises and links the three “Theos” texts of John’s gospel: 1:1 and 20:28 form two Christological “bookends” of the Fourth Gospel… within the Fourth Gospel as a whole, John 1:1 is the first of three strategically positioned statements (viz. 1:1, 18; 20:28) that unequivocally affirm the essential divinity of Jesus Christ. III. Saviour:
The God of the Old Testament stated in no uncertain terms that He alone is the Saviour: “I am the Lord, and there is no other Saviour” (Isa 43:11, LB). Yet the Fourth Gospel openly states that Jesus is also Saviour! John the Baptist testified that Jesus was the Saviour when he said, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world!” (Jn. 1:29, MSG). In the fourth Gospel, we read the story of how the Samaritan woman witnessed for Jesus: “He is indeed the
the crowds, which teemed around him as he rode into Jerusalem, praised Jesus as the “King of Israel” (Jn. 1:49; 12:13). Jesus put to rest all doubts if he was really the King, when he confidently told a sarcastic Pilate, “You are right in saying that I am a King!” (18:33-37, NIV). Later in the book of Revelation, John would describe Jesus as the King of Kings (17:14; 19:16). Clearly, Jesus is to be described equal to YHWH who said, “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King” (Isa. 43:15). When this verse is coupled with Peter’s confession that Jesus was the “Holy One of God,” it is again a proof of his deity (Jn. 6:68-69). V. Judge:
The Old Testament left no doubt that God is the judge of every person. Prophet Joel quotes God as saying, “There I, the LORD, will sit to pronounce judgement on all” (3:12, NLT). Yet in the Fourth Gospel, Jesus claimed to be “the Judge of all men,” and that the father “has left all judgement to him” (5:22, 27, NLT). Clearly, he was claiming to be God! Jesus deliberately used popular Old Testament phrases Yahweh used for himself to declare that he was God in an indirect way. In an infinitely imperfect way, it was akin to Melania Trump (in July 2016 Republican National Convention) using
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says that rendering the phrase, as “a god” is a terrible mistranslation because of the omission of the indefinite article is common with nouns in the predicative construction. John 1:18 is another reference in which Jesus is clearly called as “God” and teaches the deity of Christ. The translation of this verse done by a team of top ninety evangelical scholars of today, including Gary M. Burge, Philip W Comfort and Marianne M Thompson, three of the world’s leading evangelical experts on John’s gospel, reads this way : “No one has ever seen God. But his only Son who is himself God is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him” (1:18, NLT). This interpretive translation could not say it better! Even the enemies of Jesus recognised that Jesus was claiming to be God. Their reply to Jesus’ question, “For which of these miracles do you stone me?” was, “we are not stoning you for any of these, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God” (Jn. 10: 10:30-33, NIV). Jesus, in response to this accusation, never denied their accusation. The final reference in John’s Gospel The Days Of Your Youth / 12
Saviour of the World!” (4:42, NLT). This only shows that Jesus is God along with YHWH of the Old Testament, and along with the Holy Spirit God (the Trinity). IV. King:
N’golo Kante, is seen as world football’s new mid-field king. Blues Legend Frank Lampard in March 2017 called him the best midfielder in the world – the king. This 5 ft 7 in tall midfielder with Chelsea was born to immigrants from Mali to France. After a star-turn for his previous English Premier League club, Leicester City (who won the league in 2016), he is all set to do the same for his new club, Chelsea. Kante maybe the emerging football king from Mali. But Jesus is the ultimate king from Glory! John teaches us that. King is a title that expresses the majesty of God. It is best expressed by the Psalmist when he wrote, “For the LORD is a great God, the great King above all gods” (Ps. 95:3, NLT). In the Fourth Gospel, there are repeated descriptions of Christ as King in the same sense that the Old Testament describes God, which clearly shows Christ is God. Nathaniel and
certain phrases that Michelle Obama, the former First Lady used (in 2008 Democratic National Convention) to announce that she would be the next First Lady of the United States! VI. Light:
While the psalmist declares, “YHWH is my light” (Ps. 27:1) Jesus said, “I am the light of the World.”(Jn. 8:12). The point clearly was that Jesus was claiming to be God, here. Referring to himself, Jesus also said, “This is the judgement – that light has entered the world and men have preferred darkness to light because their deeds are evil” (3:19, Philips). Jesus elsewhere categorically stated, “For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of Light. I am the world’s light” (9:5, MSG). The apostle John described Jesus as the “true light, who gives light to everyone” (1:49 NLT). This is a deliberate parallel to the words of the Old Testament, which speaks of god as the Eternal Light (Is. 60:19, 20; II Sam 22:29), pointing to the fact that Jesus is God. VII. Shepherd:
One of the names of God, which one finds in the Old Testament, is “Shepherd” – a
(5:28,29), in claiming the authority to judge all men (5:22,27), in claiming that he was free to lay down his life and take it up again (Jn 10:18), our Lord was clearly claiming an absolute sovereignty and power over the universe – something which God alone could claim.
beautiful term that expresses His care for Human Beings. In that familiar Psalm, David sang, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need” (Ps. 23:1, NLT). The same truth is expressed elsewhere in the Old Testament in Ezekiel 34, Genesis 49:24 and Ps 80:1. One can safely assume Jesus was making an indirect claim to His deity by calling himself “the Good Shepherd” (Jn 10:11, 16).
VI. Preexistence and Eternal Nature:
The Old Testament repeatedly states that God is the Creator (Gen. 1:1; Job 33:4; Ps 95:5,6; 102:25,26; Eccl. 12:1; Is. 40:28). Yet the writer of the Fourth Gospel affirms Jesus as the Creator: “He created everything there is. Nothing exist that he didn’t make” (1:3, NLT). The conclusion one can make out of this is inescapable. Jesus is God. IX. Giver of Life:
The climax of the creating act of God was when God “formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life” (Gen 2:7, LB). Elsewhere God clearly says, “I am the one who… gives life (Deut.32:39, NLT). Speaking to the Jews who were familiar with these portions of the Old Testament Jesus made this stunning statement: “For in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son. The Son gives life in John’s Gospel in 10:10 10:2830 and 5:39, 40. At one point he even said, “I am… the Life” (Jn 14:6, 11:25). Clearly, Jesus was claiming equality with God. In conclusion. to this section, one can say that the Fourth Gospel gives ample proof to the deity of Christ for it shows that Jesus claimed for Himself, and was called by others, names and titles that only God could rightfully bear. Yahweh, God, Saviour, King, Judge, Light, Shepherd, Creator, and Giver of Life. If Jesus possesses the names and titles that only God could possess then logically he would also have the attributes that only God could possess. One finds that the Fourth Gospel teaches this also.
B. Jesus Christ Possesses the Attributes of Divinity: The List In what way did Jesus uniquely share the attributes of God? He possessed the following attributes of God: I. Omnipresence:
Omnipresence is part and parcel of the nature of God which man could not possibly share with him (Prov. 15:3; Ps 139) . Jesus’ promise to his disciples clearly speaks of his omnipresence through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel: “No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm – I will come to you… I will still be present with you” (Jn. 14:18,19 LB). Jesus foretold his disciples about a day when he will be “in” them, through the Spirit (Jn 14:17).
The very knowledgeable Harsha Bhogle said, “I don’t know enough….” (when it came to Football Commentary). Omniscience and we humans – even the most intelligent among us – are far away from each other!
Josh McDowell asks, “How could a mere mortal… claim to indwell the hearts of believers around the world?” II. Omniscience:
As mere humans, we cannot claim even selective omniscience! I remember reading in the year 2006 this quote from Star Cricket Commentator Harsha Bhogle who was called to do Football Commentary (in the FIFA World Cup) as well: “I do not know enough!” God is omniscient (Josh 22:22; I Sam 2:3; II Sam 14:20; Ps 44:21). He knows everything, while mortal man does not (Eccl 9:1). When Jesus surprised Nathaniel with his comment: “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree,” (Jn. 1:48, MSG). Jesus “was revealing a level of knowledge not available to the sons of men and above that of the merely human” (in the words of outstanding Systematic Theologian, Robert L. Reymond). And when Jesus in John’s gospel claimed for himself the right to hear and to answer the prayers of his disciples (eg. John 14:34; 15:7,16) He was making an implicit claim to the possession of omniscience, which God can only have. Reymond further argues this out powerfully: “One who can hear the innumerable prayers of his disciples, offered to him night and day, day in and day out throughout the centuries, keep each request infallibly connected to its petitioner, and answer them in accordance with the divine mind and will need himself to be omniscient.” III. Sovereignty and Omnipotence:
God is sovereign (II Sam 7:22). “No one can hold back his hand or say to him : ‘what have you done?’” (Dan. 4:35 NIV) God is also omnipotent (Gen 18:14; Jer 32:27). In claiming to give life to whomever he chooses (Jn 5:21), in claiming both the right and the authority to call all men someday from their graves
God did not have a beginning. Nor will he have an end. He is eternal. (Is 26:4; Jer10:10) Man by no means has been eternal – he began at a particular point in time, in contrast (Gen 1:26-31; cf. Job 3; 38:4,21). The Gospel of John witnesses that Jesus claimed eternal pre-existence: “Glorify me, Father,” Jesus prayed, “with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was” (John 17:1,5). Little later he prayed, “You gave me the glory because you loved me even before the world began!” (17:24, NLT). When the writer of the Fourth Gospel Writer opened up: “Isaiah… saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him” (Jn 12:41, NIV) he was clearly sketching the eternal pre-existence of Christ. John teaches the same in passages like 3:13, 6:38, 6:46, 6:62, 8:23, 8:38, 8:42 and 16:28. But perhaps the greatest assertion to eternal pre-existence is to be found in Jesus’ “I am” sayings in John. Most of the time, when Jesus uttered “I am” the Jewish crowds understood that Jesus was claiming divine pre-existence for himself thus making himself equal with God (Eg. Jn. 8:59) In 6:20, by his “I am” in “I am, be not afraid,” Jesus obviously might have been simply identifying himself to his scared disciples, but as Bible Scholar D. A. Carson notes: “Yet not every ‘I’ could be found walking on water!” Thus we see how many verses in John’s Gospel reveal that Jesus Christ possesses all the qualities of God.
C. Jesus Christ Possesses the Authority of God – Here is Why Jesus in John’s Gospel showed that he had the authority of God in various ways. They are – I. Hearing and Answering Prayer:
Jesus declared that he will answer the prayers of his disciples (John 14:13). In verse 14, Jesus stated again that he himself will answer his disciples’ prayers – “surely an implicit claim to deity since one would have to be divine to hear, in all the languages of the world, the myriads of prayers being offered up to him at any one moment and then wisely answer each prayer” (as Robert L. Reymond put it in the book, A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith). II. Receiving Men’s Adoration and Praise:
When a young man who studied in a Tamil Medium Government School once-upona-time was chosen to be the new head of Tata, the great global company into making stuff from Salt to Software, in
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The fact he studied in a Tamil Medium Government School one time did not stop N. Chandrasekaran from accepting the huge, new role of being Tata Group’s chairman! The fact that he was 100% human did not stop the 100% Divine Jesus from accepting worship as God.
January 2017, he agreed to serve. We are talking about N. Chandrasekaran here. He, an one time intern of TCS, was willing to accept that high position, perhaps Corporate India’s most coveted job. If anyone deserved the infinitely top most position in the universe, that of being God, it was Jesus. And he was more than willing to accept worship as God. Jesus himself told Satan, “You must worship the Lord your God, serve only him” (Matt. 4:10, NLT). But after he healed a man, the person exclaimed, “Lord, I do believe,” and worshiped him (Jn. 9:38, Phillips). By receiving men’s adoration and praise, Jesus was claiming to be divine. Later in John’s Gospel, Thomas would worship him saying, “My Master! My God!” (20:28 MSG). Knowing he was divine, Jesus accepted his worship. III. The Object of Man’s Faith:
In the Old Testament, the Scripture teaches our trust should only be in God (Ps 20:7). Prophet Isaiah writes, “Stop trusting in man… of what account is he?” (2:22 NIV). Yet Jesus startlingly says in John 14:1, “You trust God, don’t you? Trust me” (MSG). Clearly Jesus places himself on a equal footing with the Father as the proper object of man’s trust. Robert Reymond writes, “If Jesus was not in fact divine, such a saying would constitute blasphemy.” IV. His Authoritative Teaching:
We live in an authentication-crazy world. We see that when we go online or when we use our gadgets. We live in the times of two-factor SMS based authentication. Michelle Starr writes, “Gmail, will send you a code via SMS that you will have to enter before you can enter your email account, for example. This is in addition to your password, the “second factor” of authentication.” Smartphones/tablets,
these days, come with finger-print scanners to make them more secure so that only an authorized person would be able to use any phone or gadget. Jesus preached messages that were authenticated by His Father, 100 percent. When Jesus preached he claimed to know the will and the true intention of God which lay behind the law. That is why John testifies about Jesus that, “He says such wonderful things… we’ve never heard anything like it!” (7:46 LB). The Old Testament prophets would open their mouth saying, “Thus saith the Lord…” But Jesus asked, “How are you going to believe what I say?” (5:47, NIV). To the Jewish leaders, Jesus constantly remarked, “I have much to say in judgment of you” (8:26, NIV). Jesus places his own words on par with his Father’s when he quipped, “The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work” (Jn 14:10 NIV). In speaking the way Jesus did, writes Bible Scholar I. Howard Marshall, Jesus “Made no claim to prophetic inspiration, no ‘thus saith the Lord’ fell from his lips, but rather he spoke in terms of his own authority… he thus spoke as if he were God (which he was).” Jesus also demanded others to follow him. He said without remorse or reservation, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (Jn. 14:6 NIV).Commenting on this, Scot McKnight, one-time associate professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, says, “Clearly, then, Jesus though he was more than ordinary for it was more important to follow him than to obey parents, love family, to protect life and preserve one’s religious and social status. Clearly, these claims carry imprints of his deity. V. His Address of Other Members of Trinity:
Christ spoke directly and unmistakably of two other persons of the Trinity alongside himself, within the Godhead. The phrases, “we will come” (eleusometha), and, “we will make” (poiēsometha), which Jesus used clearly used while teaching about the Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel teaches his co-equality with the Father-God and the Spirit (John 14:16-26). Jesus claimed God the Holy Spirit will bring glory to him (Jn 16:14). Little later, he asks his Father to glorify him (Jn 17:1). Only God can receive glory – this is the Old Testament teaching (Ps 29:2; 115:1). So Jesus, along with Father and Spirit is God.
2. The Proofs that Jesus Gave in John’s Gospel for His Deity: The List So what kind of evidence did Jesus offer to support his claims to Deity in John’s Gospel?
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Prophet Isaiah and the Psalmist prophesied that Jesus would suffer humiliation and rejection in his death (Ps. 22; Is 53). John records Jesus’ humiliation and rejection: “But although the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted” (1:10,11 NLT). This had been accurately predicted in Isaiah 53:3 hundreds of years ago: “He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief” (NLT). John 7:5,48 gives further descriptions of the rejection and humiliation of Jesus. We read in John’s gospel that Jesus’ side was pierced. (Jn 19:34). This also was precisely predicted hundreds of years ago by Prophet Zechariah (12:10). Jesus’ garments were cast lots for (19:23-24). This was foretold in Psalm 22:18, centuries before this event happened!
Hillary Clinton wasn’t 100% sure of winning the US Presidential race of 2016, despite the lead she held. None of us can be sure of the future. Only Jesus – God in flesh – knows about the future and can fulfil predictions at will.
For one man to fulfil close to a hundred and ten prophecies in his lifetime, like Jesus did, is a statistical improbability. So, all evidence points to Jesus as the divinely appointed person who would fulfil the messianic prophecies. In the second presidential debate (October 2016) between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Hillary used a phrase I never forgot. This phrase – “If I am so fortunate to be your president…” Despite what several media houses were predicting – a clear Hillary win – she wasn’t sure about the future. She wasn’t sure of becoming President, even though a political novice like Donald Trump was her opponent. Well, not just Hillary. No one is sure about what could happen the next moment. That’s typical of all men. But in the case of Jesus, it is different – he was God. He knew what would happen in the future. He would fulfil prophecies at will, the way Chris Gayle seems to hit sixes in the T20 format!!
B. Miraculous and Sinless Life By living a sinless life, Jesus gave one more proof for his deity. In John’s Gospel he challenged his worst enemies, the Jewish leaders, “which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin?” (Jn 8:46 NLT). But no one could fault him. Jesus performed many miracles. John records that he turned water into wine (2:7), walked on water (6:16-24), multiplied bread (6:11), opened the eyes of the blind (9:7) and even raised the dead to life (Jn 11:43-44). Nicodemus immediately connected Jesus’ miracle-working ability to his divine origin (Jn 3:2).
C. His Resurrection Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection (Jn 10:18). Apologist and Bible Scholar Norman Geisler argues, “What could be riskier than predicting your own resurrection? Jesus was willing to let the decision of who he is ride on whether or not this prediction came true!” Jesus died. But he rose again! It is said that the disciples stole his body. But John’s account refutes that. On the night of his arrest, they did not even understand that He was not going to die, let alone be raised (13:36). They did not know what had happened when the first saw an empty tomb (20:4). They hid because they were afraid of the Jews (v. 19). Surely these are not the kind of men capable of stealing a body from a heavily guarded tomb! So Jesus indeed rose again from the dead. This is the greatest proof of his deity! Would a liar resurrect himself?
3. Objections to Arguing for Christ’s Deity from the Text of John’s Gospel Answered Certain folks use verses from the Gospel of John to argue against Jesus’ deity. The next section counters these arguments:
A. “The Father is Greater Than I” Jesus’ statement, “For the Father is greater than I,” in John 14:28, taken at face value seems to teach that Christ’s position is somehow lesser than God. This does not mean that Jesus is lesser than God. The Nelson Study Bible notes, “‘Greater’ indicates only a difference in rank. As the humble, submissive son, Jesus submitted
himself to the authority of the Father (I Cor. 11:3; 15:28)” Arthur W. Pink explains: “It was Christ owning His place as servant, and magnifying the one who had sent him.”Therefore, one can conclude, Jesus’ words that the Father was greater referred to His temporary position, not to his being.” In fact, Jesus looked forward to a time when the Father would “glorify” him (John 17:1).This will not happen, if the Son was lesser in his being than the Father.
B. “Jesus was ‘Begotten’” Some people insist that the term “only begotten” in John 3:16 (also 1:14,18; 3:18) deny Jesus’ divinity, implying that He was only another created being. But this is a case of mistranslation by the King James translators. In the Greek original, the word used is “monogenes” rather than “gennáō” which means “begat”. “Monogenes” means “one of a kind.” And here in this context it means “unique, specially blessed, favoured.” Clearly elsewhere in John’s gospel Jesus’ eternal pre-existence is taught (e.g. Jn 8:58,59). C. S. Lewis explains the sense of the word “begotten” used in the KJV: “What God begets is God; just as what man begets is man. What God creates is not God, just as what man creates is not man. That is why men are not sons of God in the sense that Christ is.” Jesus was a unique Son of God; he had no beginning.
C. ‘All Proofs for Jesus’ Diety are from John’s Gospel Only’ Really? Mark’s Gospel is considered as the first Gospel that was written. Both Luke and Matthew took some material from Mark in their respective Gospels, guided by the Holy Spirit. Right in this Gospel we have a passage that points to the divinity of Jesus. When Jesus healed a paralytic who was dramatically lowered through an opened roof of a home he preached in, he forgave the paralytic’s sins with this statement, “Son, your sins are forgiven!” (Mark 2:5). And this was the thinking of the Jewish leaders who saw happen: “Why does He speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7, HCSB). They were saying this in-effect: “Jesus, you are making a claim for divinity by that statement of yours!” Surely, non-John Gospels also have narratives of Jesus’ claim for divinity!
4. Practical Implications of Jesus’ Deity A careful study of Jesus’ deity in John’s gospel “clearly implies that the whole world revolves around Jesus himself and that the fate of all men is dependent on their acceptance or rejection of him” (in the words of Robert H. Stein). So as a result one has only three choices: “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon, or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God” (as C.S. Lewis put it). In the gospels, twice people see Jesus and mistake him for someone else. Mary Magdalene mistook Jesus as a GARDENER (John 20:15). There are many gardeners out ther in the world, right? Even today, for many people Jesus is just that: a gardener, an ordinary man, another good teacher! For these folk, there are many more people like Jesus and he is not unique. The disciples once mistook Jesus for a GHOST (Matt. 14:26; Luke 24:37 – this happened twice!!). For others, today, Jesus is a ghost, someone who scares them, someone who makes them shudder and someone who is evil and from the pit of hell. But still for others, Jesus is GOD! Like Thomas they bow down and worship Him as GOD (John 20:28)! A study of John’s gospel should lead one to a personal conviction that Jesus is God and that he deserves one’s highest adoration and allegiance. At the close of this gripping study, one can safely conclude that the Fourth Gospel teaches the deity of Christ without a shadow of doubt. We could also say that the Liberal attack on Christ’s deity, based on the later “evolutionary” date they give for John’s gospel is baseless and spurious. John’s Gospel helps one to answer life’s most important query, “What shall I do then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Mt 27:22, NIV). (This was originally hand-written by Duke Jeyaraj during 1999 his days as a Bible College student in the Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore, doing Masters in Divinity. This article has been edited/tweaked hence. Jeffrey Daniel, a young man who has been part of Duke’s Bible Studies in Hyderabad, digitalized it voluntarily during his post-12th-grade-holidays.)
Jesus is not a gardener, as he was mistaken once to be. He is not a ghost, as he was mistaken once to be. But Jesus is God – the only God in ﬂesh!
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Did Peter Kill Ananias and Sapphira? Were they Not Believers? An answer to 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 what Ben Witherington, 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). It is not much different from Elijah telling The Days Of Your Youth
the stubborn-in-sin-and-leading-othersalso-into-it Jezebel, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the walls of Jezreel” (I Ki 21:23) and that 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 we 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). Witherington continues, “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 of 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 were 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 both were 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’s akin to Peter allowing himself 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 has 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. 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-theCross, because Jesus took up all judgement upon himself on the Cross.” This is rubbish! Believers who used communion services to
By branding the struck-down-byGod-while-stubbornlyin-sin couple AnaniasSapphira as unbelievers, hyper-grace cult false teachers are deliberately opening the door for fearless use of grace of God as a credit card for bold, sinful living (Jude 3,4). 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 this, in that particular YouTube video, 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! You may go to Youtube and listen to Duke Jeyaraj’s encouraging message on Ananias and Sapphira: https://goo.gl/jemaA5
Evangelin Duke Preaches God’s Word in Vizag, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad God blessed the preaching ministry of Evangelin Duke, the wife of Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, during Aug 2016-April 2017. She preached a powerful message from Jeremiah 18, the passage that talks about Jeremiah visit to the Potter’s house, to the women who gathered at the Union Chapel, Vizag (Aug 2016) on becoming a Useful Vessel for the Lord. She challenged the working professionals and their families in the Potter’s Clay camp at S.U. Campsite in Mahabalipuram, Chennai from the life of Samson (July 2016). She also joined along with Duke to preach from Paul’s life in the same camp (check this out in YouTube at goo.gl/spSLVs). Evan gave a practical talk to the youth of a Methodist Church in Mumbai along with her husband (Nov 2016). She greatly encouraged over 700 believers who gathered in the New Life AG Church in Hyderabad at a Friday-night all-night prayer (January 2017) with a message that instantly struck a chord titled, “That Night!” (from the Bible passage that talks about 185,000 Assyrians soldiers being miraculously slain in a single night). You can watch this message by searching, “Evangelin Duke That Night” on YouTube. She also shared a message full of practical wisdom at a young woman’s bridal shower in Hyderabad from what the book of Song of Songs taught about brides (Jan. 2017).
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A Prayer for least Evangelised Nations of the World We can use the acronym T-A-M-M-Y-S (remember Thomas, the first missionary Jesus sent to India). The following info can be a memory aid for us to pray for nations that are not only least evangelized, but also, the most densely populated. Let us use the acronym T-A-M-M-Y-S to pray as often as possible of the least evangelized nations of the world.
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
Prayer for the Least/ Un-Evangelized with the acronym T-A-M-M-Y-S as a memory aid Mark 13:27 reads this way: “And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.” This indicates that those saved (‘elect’) will be from every corner, every end, every part, every tribe, every people group of this earth! So, let us pray fervently for the unevangelized. This is more important than praying for a number of other “U”s in our prayer list: perhaps it is a US Visa or an Understanding Partner, etc. We can divide the unevangelised into three “L” categories, according to me: 1. Least-Evangelised in Terms of LAND: North India’s Hindi Belt which is one land that is among the most leastevangelized. Yes, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, are largely unevangelized. There are entire portions in this part of the India, without a single church! We need to pray for the Gospel to penetrate. 2. Least-Evangelised in Terms of LANGUAGE: “THERE IS, perhaps, no single book that has been translated into so many diverse tongues as the Bible. Here is a very interesting and illuminating narrative of an institution that has involved itself for the translation of the Bible into wide-ranging Indian languages from Marathi to Mundari, from Boro to Bengali, from Sindhi to Santali.” – Felix Wilfred, The Hindu, October 2, 2001. Currently there are around 2,000 languages that have a definite or likely translation need. So say, Wycliff Bible Translators. A Bible Translation work for the Sadri People is an ongoing Bible Translation project. The translation of the Malto Old Testament is in progress. Dungra Bhil Old Testament translation is in progress. Dr Alaichamy Paul, Kukna (language) Bible translator, in May 1980 said in-effect, “if you want to achieve something for the Lord which has eternal and lasting impact using your talents, Bible translation ministry is one of the best options for you.” He also says, “Once we give the written Word of God in one’s own mother-tongue, it will work as a permanent missionary among them.” 3. The unreached in terms of LIKES There are several groups of people in our world who can be categorized as per their “likes”. They could say, “I like to be gay...” They may say, “I like to google everything...” They might state, “I like to watch porn…” They might quip, “I like to use those Fs and Bs…” They might prefer to “use their latest gadgets all day…” Under the category of ‘likes’ these folks can be called unevangelised. These people need to be given the same unchanging Gospel with phrases/idioms that these folk can immediately identify themselves with. I started Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission (the G4 Mission) as the Lord lead me to, when I saw that the Gospel wasn’t consistently shared among India’s Google Generation in 2006 in a focused way. The Days Of Your Youth
A-fghanistan: “US officials in Afghanistan suggest Russia arms Taliban”– this is one of the most recent headlines, I read. Captial– Kabul
T-unisia: “As ISIS grows in Tunisia, One Family Hurts from within…” – is one of the latest headlines I read about Tunisia. Captial – Tunis
M-orocco: “Morocco POPULATION
M-auritania: “In Mauritania, doctors compete with sorcerers for patients”– this is a headline that came out recently. Captial– Nouakchott
protests after fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck”– one recent headline.
Captial – Rabat
Y-emen: “US drone strikes POPULATION
S-omalia: “This is how bad the drought in Somalia has gotten” – this is one current headline coming out of Somalia. Captial– Mogadishu
kill 7 Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen” – this is a headline that jumps out from that country.
Captial – Sana’a
It was November/December, 444 B.C. Life went as usual for Nehemiah. He was the cupbearer to the king Artaxerxes, who was stationed at his winter capital of Susa. That’s when he heard that his brother Hanani and a few others had returned after making a Jerusalem visit. Nehemiah wanted to know the condition of the city that was destroyed by the Babylonians about 140 years ago. They responded, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire” (Neh. 1:3). This gory description, made him teary-eyed! This grim report made his resolve firm to seek God in unhurried times of prayer. The deplorable condition of Jerusalem moved Nehemiah into a time of desperate intercession! He started to fast and pray for days on end! “God do something about Jerusalem!” he cried! It is quite dangerous to intercede for an issue/place. Very often God will make the intercessor as part of the solution for the problem he is praying for! God decided to revive the fortunes of Jerusalem through the very man who was fasting and praying for Jerusalem, for many days - Nehemiah! When you pray for these least-evangelized nations listed above regularly, fuelling your prayer through news reports gleaned from Google, chances are that God will make you a part of His grand plan to get the Gospel to these nations in some unfathomable way!
God Placed You in the Corporate World for a Reason!
As a Process Trainer, I not only trained but shared my faith, my Jesus, with over 5000 associates
Archana Singh-Bhandari, a Process Trainer with a Corporate Company in Hyderabad, shares about how she witnesses for Jesus in her workplace The flight of faith in the Corporate World is not easy, but has always been worth it. I am still learning! I believe that our lives are Living Bibles that people get to read every day. Our lifestyles can create a lasting impression on people. I trust that God has placed me in my work space for a reason and that while at work, He will provide an opportunity to minister to my colleagues. For over a decade, I have boldly witnessed for Jesus, sometimes directly and most times through my actions! As a Process Trainer with different corporate companies for over 5 years, I not only trained but shared my faith, my Jesus, with over 5000 associates; most of them still recall that I relied on my Bible in all the circumstances of my life, whether professional or personal and encouraged everyone around to do the same. Each time, I stay clear of gossip, or I treat my teammates fairly, I not only honor God but I leave a Christ centered impact. It makes everyone take notice of my character, which actually is a representation of the character of God! Our lifestyles and
actions at work will minister with greater impact when our character is pure. As a leader, if I walk the path of the Christian principles, my team will follow suit, a team that works with integrity helps the organization grow. Each time I work hard, striving for nothing less than excellence and do that with utmost sincerity, I not only glorify God but I represent God. I have drawn inspiration from Colossians 3:23, ‘whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters’. I strive for excellence without a care for recognition from the humans, my actions are often observed by everyone at work and this is my way of showing them the Christ I represent! When I am rewarded for excellence at work, I have the perfect stage to mention that I imbibe these qualities from God. During my breaks as I sit down reading my Bible, it initiates conversations, I build new relationships sometimes. I share how, when Jesus came into my life, I was a new and a worthy creation with a sense of purpose and direction.
As believers of Christ, I believe we ought to “Rejoice in hope, stay patient in tribulation, remain constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Therefore, my outlook towards things is naturally positive. I always appear cheerful about my work life, my colleagues are puzzled when I don’t complain and rather look for ways to get even a tough assignment done. I find not only the favor of my supervisors but importantly of God, when I carry this mindset. When quizzed about my attitude, I point out the peace and positivity that is granted by God. This answer is what I give to anyone that would ask. My colleagues and clients alike are drawn to me for advice because of this very attitude, it reassures them when I begin with a word of prayer and show care. I know that, when God appoints, He anoints! You are where you are for a reason!
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Doesn’t matter 4 what reason Kattappa killd #Bahubali. What matters mor is dat ur sin & mine took Jesus 2 de Cross & killd him there (Rom 5:8)
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Porn’s Most Enthusiastic Consumers, are now Waking up to its Dangers ONE more reason to quit porn - the anti-porn articles by secular press and non-believers. Apostle Paul quotes from a secular poet in his Gospel presentation to the people of Athens. He said, As some of ‘your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring’ (Acts 17:28) to underline a point of connection between the Gospel and the literature that people in that place were familiar with. Of course, Paul went on to present the teaching about the Final Judgement which did not go well the listening crowd (Acts 17:31-32). This is what I learn from Apostle Paul’s example here: quote from secular sources in your communication of Bible Truth; compare
First Generation of Men Who Grew Up With Unlimited Online Porn Sound The Alarm (pages 40-47). This article has a lot of material
that strongly discourages porn viewing from a secular point of view and I want to reproduce those parts with few of my comments. Right at the outset, I want to say that I do not fully agree with the content of the above-mentioned article and you will see why in my brief comments inter-woven along with the main text which is largely Belinda Luscombe’s (in italics). Listen to the Story of Noah Church,
streaming videos arrived, and he watched those. Often. Several times a day, doing that which people often do while watching that genre by themselves.” “After a while, he says, those videos did not arouse him as much, as he moved to different configurations, sometimes involving just women, sometimes one woman and several guys, sometimes even an unwilling woman. “I could find anything I imagined and a lot of stuff I couldn’t imagine,” he says. After the appeal of those waned, he moved on to the next level, more intense, often more violent.” [Notice
here, what the Bible teaches about sexual
Secular youth who were formerly pornaddicts, are now setting up websites that try to help people come out of porn addiction!
and contrast, biblical truth around those sources; but do not compromise any part of the biblical message in your presentation. In connection with this, I was thinking of content from Belinda Luscombe’s article for Time magazine, April 11, 2016 issue titled, Porn and The Threat To Virility: The The Days Of Your Youth
narrated by Belinda Luscombe, writing for Time magazine: “Noah Church (name of a person) is a 26-yearold part-time wildland firefighter in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. When he was 9, he found naked pictures on the Internet. He learned how to download explicit videos. When he was 15,
sin is proved true. Yahweh says through Prophet Hosea in the Eugene Petersonauthored, Message version of the Bible, “You walk away from your God at the drop of a hat and like a whore sell yourself promiscuously at every sex-and-religion party on the street. All that party food won’t fill you up. You’ll end up hungrier
than ever” (Hos. 9:1-2). The Bible teaches that sinful sexual activity and increasing doses of it (check out Hosea 4:18-19 – ‘it’s sex, sex, and more sex. Bold and sordid debauchery— how they love it’ MSG Version), leaves one dissatisfied and even more hungry. That’s what Noah Church experienced here and it was confirmed by neuroscientist and neuropsychiatrists Valerie Voon and Simone Kuhn say that “people have to watch more porn to get the same thrill” (Time, April 11, page 45)]. Back to the Belinda Luscombe’s, Time magazine article: “In his (Noah Church’s) senior year of high school, he had an opportunity to have actual sex, with a real partner. He was attracted to her and she to him, as demonstrated by the fact that she was naked in her bedroom in front of him. But his body didn’t seem to be interested. ‘There was a disconnect between what I wanted in my mind and how my body reacted,’ he says. He simply couldn’t get the necessary hydraulics going.” “He put it down to first-timers’ nerves, but six years went by, and no matter which woman he was with, his body was no more cooperative. It responded only to sight of porn. Noah came to believe that his adolescent Internet indulgence had somehow caused his problems and that he had what some are calling porn-induced erective dysfunction (PIED).”[Sex with a person, not your spouse is a sin, the Bible teaches]. “A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic – more prone to permanent change – than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely monitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of this experiment, they claim, are a downer.” “So they’re beginning to push back, creating online community groups, smartphone apps and educational videos to help men quit porn. They have started blogs and podcasts and take all the public-speaking gigs they can get. Porn has always faced criticism among the faithful (meaning Christian Believers) and the feminist. But now, for the first time, some of the most strident alarms are coming from the same demographic as its most enthusiastic customers.”
Belinda goes onto narrate two more stories of young men who were porn-addicts quitting porn because it affected their reallife sex life. Their names are 1. Gabe Deem, 28, founder of Reboot Nation, ‘a forum and online video channel that offers advice and support for young people who believe they are addicted to pornography, have sexual dysfunctions as a result and wish to quit.’ 2. Alexander Rhodes, ‘who left a good job with Google to develop counselling and community-support sites, including NoFab. com, for those who are struggling with a porn habit’ and a person who said, “I
fantasized about porn while having sex. I had to depersonalize partners to achieve sexual satisfaction”). Belinda Luscombe continues: “The young porn abstainers do have an unlikely guru: Gary Wilson, 59, a former part-time adjunct biology professor at Southern Oregon University and various vocational schools and the author of Your Brain On Porn: Internet
and bam (the ED was gone!)” (Time, April 11,
2016, page 44). Not just Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal also spoke against porn in recent times. A woman who has posed provocatively for a popular American
Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction. His website,
yourbrainonporn.com, or more commonly YBOP, is a clearing-house for information that support the link between heavy adolescent pornography use and sexual dysfunction. Many people find him through 2012 TEDx talk, which has more than 6 million views (add another 2 million after Time published this article about him). [Note here that as a Christian Youth Evangelist, I disagree with the implication here that watching porn now and then, or watching a little porn, is fine. Watching porn is direct disobedience to God’s Word in Leviticus 18, where God says, ‘a wife’s nakedness is for the eyes of the husband alone’ (in the KJV) and I Samuel 11:27, where it is written, David’s act of watching a disrobed Bathsheba displeased the Lord. Watching porn also brings a demonic influence into our lives. Read Luke 8:27]. Going back to the Belinda Luscombe article: “YBOP contends watching too much
porn ‘trains your brain to need everything associated with porn to get aroused,’ Wilson says. That includes not only the content but also the delivery method. Because porn videos are limitless, free and fast, user can click to a whole new scene or genre as soon as their arousal ebbs and thereby, say Wilson, ‘condition their arousal patterns to ongoing ever changing novelty’…. A heavy porn schedule and the resulting sustained levels of dopamine (a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells as a result of which one feels sexually satisfied, according to the context of this article) reinforces these patterns. “Extreme novelty, certain fetishes, shock and surprise and anxiety – all those elevate dopamine,” he says. “So they need those to be sexually aroused.” Philip Zimbardo, emeritus professor of psychology at Stanford University, says, porn has the same effect on behaviour as a drug addiction does: some people doing much else in favour of pursuing it. “And then the problem is, as you do this more and more, the reward centres of your brain lose the capacity for arousal,” he says. Belinda Luscombe records the response of Gabe Deem to researchers who are “dismissive of any link between porn and erectile dysfunction”: He crosses off every other reason for his sexual dysfunction. Inexperience? “I’ve been sexually confident and experienced guy since the age of 14,” he says. Obesity? He is a certified personal trainer with, he says, under 10% body fat. Drug use? He claims to have smoked about five joints in his life. And his Erectile Dysfunction (ED) couldn’t have been due to performance anxiety, because he says he couldn’t get aroused even when masturbating offline on a relaxed Sunday afternoon. “I ran back to my computer to doublecheck. I turned on porn (in my computer)
Pamela Anderson, along with a Jewish Rabbi, lashed out against porn in one of her recent articles published in the Wall Street Journal.
adult magazine over 14 times has also surprisingly spoken against pornography in an opinion piece she wrote along with a Jewish Rabbi Rabbi Shmuley Boteach published by the Wall Street Journal on August 31, 2016. We are talking about Pamela Anderson here. The essay calls pornography “a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness.” It closes by saying “porn is for losers” and calls it “a boring wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality” [according to a U.S. News, September 2, 2016, report]. While these secular porn-fighters suggest that there is nothing wrong in pre-marital sex, as Bible-believers we strongly disagree with them. “Porn-viewing causes harm, including causing the harm of nonenjoyment of actual sex with spouse. Erectile Dysfunction is a definite possibility. So, porn-viewing should be avoided.” We agree with this viewpoint of folks like Gabe Deem, Noah Church and Alexander Rhodes in this article. Their comments about porn can become starting points in evangelistic conversations. You can quote from this Time magazine article in your Gospel presentation with the Google Generation, the same way Apostle Paul quoted from secular writers those in Athens were familiar with. And as Paul signed off with an uncompromising call to repentance as a step to get ready for the day of judgement, we too can sign off with a clarion call for repentance and a total break from porn, which only a living, loving, daily, deep relationship with Jesus can sustain! Duke Jeyaraj’s book, STRAIGHT TALK, which has chapters on this topic and other hot topics can be bought via amazon.in using Cash On Delivery option for Rs.150/-. Search amazon.in for “Duke Jeyaraj books.”
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Can a Stay-AtHome ModernMum do Ministry? Though I am the daughter of a missionary, I grew up like a typical modern girl. The dresses that the Lord gave me, I wore them impeccably well. I did not shy away from sporting a makeup. More importantly, with the Holy Spirit’s help, as a single girl, I tried to be beautiful on the inside – caring for the uncared for, turning away from temptation, spending hours in early morning prayer. Was I perfect? Nope. But I moved in that direction with the power of the Holy Spirit. Then I got married. I married Duke, an itinerant evangelistwriter. Though I have travelled with him and have shared the pulpit with him, I often choose to stay at home and raise my kids. Can a stay-at-home modern-mum do ministry? Of course! Here is how you do ministry, though you stay at home: Conduct:
Apostle Peter talks about how husbands can be “won without a word” by the conduct of the wives (I Pet. 3:1-2). What about our conduct at home? Are we loving and caring towards our husband and kids? Apostle Paul agrees with Peter for he writes, “older women likewise are to be reverent in behaviour, not slanderers… submissive to their own husbands that the word of God many not be reviled” (Titus 2:3,5). Jesus told a demon-possessed man he just delivered, a person who wanted to join his team full-time, this: “Go home and tell them how much the Lord has done…” (Matt. 5:18-20). Witnessing begins in your home – that was Jesus’ point. Witnessing at home is about uprooting the loud arguments and violent words of shrieking that come to us naturally (as naturally as Suresh Raina hits a cow-corner six, my cricket-crazy hubby would say!) and replacing them with loving deeds and sporting a composed outlook when things go haywire at home.
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Martha was worried about preparing food for Jesus who happened to be at her home. Mary, her sister, was more concerned about eating food prepared by Jesus – she sat at Jesus’ feet and lapped up every Word He spoke as it were more than “necessary food” (as patriarch Job put it) [Luke 10:4042; Job 23:12 KJV]. Make it a priority to study the Word of God, the words of Jesus, regularly, as an individual. Contemplate on what you read, till a “message from that passage” jumps out. And go on to share with your children, what you so learnt, for the command of the Lord is pretty straight-forward, in this regard: “You shall teach them (the Word of God) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut. 6:7). The above verse depicts with accuracy the way we treat our
WhatsApp messages than the way we treat messages from the Lord through the Bible, right? Is it not WhatsApp that we use, “when we sit in our house, walk by the way and when we lie down and when we rise?” This should change! Our contemplation subject should change! Susanna Wesley (1669-1742), was mom to 19 kids! If she had three more kids, she could have been the umpire for an in-house cricket game or the referee for an in-the-hall football game! She spent an hour per week with each child individually imparting spiritual life and wisdom! Her famous son, John Wesley said, “I learnt about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians of England!” That’s nineteen hours per week! What a challenge for us! I try my best to challenge and coach my kids to memorize Scripture. Psalm 139, Psalm 27, Isaiah 6 – these are some Scripture portions they have memorized of late. In a church in Kerala where we recently ministered, they even recited these verses before the entire congregation. The Youtube uploads of this, their ministry, has blessed several folks across the globe! When we see our kids are weak in Math, we perhaps send them for Math tuition. If we don’t take the time out then, to lead in Bible Tuition for them, aren’t we giving matters concerning the soul, the unfair, step-motherly treatment? Let us ensure that they learn the Word of God in a systematic way! Let’s get this done! Cry:
Susanna Wesley, mother to 19 kids, patiently trained her kids in the ways of the Lord!
Jael, used a commonly-used military strategy to lay-low the enemy of God’s people, Sisera, who was foolish to seek refuge in her tent (Judges 4:17-22; 5:6,24). As one commentator put it, “Jael sheltered Sisera, hid him, gave him milk when he asked for water, and comforted him until he slept. Then Jael, tiny in stature compared
to the fearsome Sisera, murdered him in his sleep, fulfilling Deborah’s prophecy. Jael’s hands may have been bloodied in the process, but Israel experienced 40 years of peace because of her lion-hearted act.” In the New Testament era, we understand our weapons for kingdom building are not the physical hammer, but the hammer of God’s Word; it is not the literal nail, but the sharing of the real story of the One who took on his body, three nails, to demonstrate Amazing Love! We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil (Eph. 6:12). The god of this age, Satan, has blinded the eyes of unbelievers (2 Cor. 4:4). That is why we need to go on our knees and cry out for the lost! Like Aaron and Hur helped-up the hands of ageing Moses, so that the people of Israel defeated the Amalekites, we need to raise up our hands in prayer, so that missionaries in the unreached areas of our world will be able to win souls (Exod. 17:8-13). India has about 35 States/Union Territories. We can pray for a State a day and two States on weekends. That way, we would have prayed for all of India, in one month! Brother Lawerence (1611-1691), a young Christian monk who lived in France, would practice the presence of God working in the kitchen! This was his maxim: “I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love the of him, and once that is done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before Him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. I began to live as if there were no one except God and me in the world.” A Christianity Today article said this about him: “Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.” Taking the inspiration from Brother Lawerence, we can name people in our lives and world who aren’t yet washed by
the blood of Jesus and cry out to God for them, even when we wash vessels in the kitchen! Counsel:
An ordinary, unnamed woman from Tekoa counselled King David through a cookedup story and coaxed him to bring back his estranged son, Absalom, back to the capital city of Jerusalem. Absalom was living a life in exile in his grandfather’s home after having murdered his brother Amnon, who had raped his sister Tamar (Read 2 Samuel 13 & 14). Do we take time to counsel those under our influence? When your husband goes wrong, or deviates from what God has called him to do, do you offer loving counsels of humble correction to him? Or do you simply turn a blind eye to that? When your teenaged daughter crosses the boundaries of sexual purity, do you have the courage to offer Spirit-of-Counselinspired counsel? Or, are we like the mum of a man named Micah (not the prophet) who was mum(silent) even after knowing that he was into idol worship (Judges 17:1-4). This mom, surprisingly, even sponsored this stubborn son’s idol worship arrangements right inside the house they lived in! As mothers, do we sponsor the gadgets of our kids without totally monitoring how they use it? If we did that, we are perhaps, in some ways, sponsoring the porn-industry’s expansion and growth right from our homes, under our very noses!! Shame!!! These four Cs helped me summarize how I can continue to be a witness for Jesus as a modern-mom. Would you be willing to be used in the hands of Jesus to bring many lost people home even though you are a stay-at-home mom?
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Is it not WhatsApp that we use, “when we sit in our house, walk by the way and when we lie down and when we rise” (Deut 6:7)? This should change!
Wading Through the Wilderness Wowed by His Liberal Resources In the book of Nehemiah we read, ‘Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell’ (Neh. 9:21). This experience of miraculous God’s provision in our ministry through the giving of Indian friends of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission cannot be over-emphasized. These Indians want to see Google Gen being grabbed from going to Gehenna; These Indians are those blessed by our messages. Let us then give you details of expenses paid out of these messages during August 2016 – April 2018 (9 months):
Magazine Printing Charges – Rs.25,000 Internet Charges – Rs. 13000 Refreshments during base meetings and outreach – Rs.2500 Refreshments while on Duty – Rs. 9000 Salaries for all staff of G4 Mission put together – Rs. 3,78,000 Raw Material for magazine work – Rs.9000 Phone and communication charges – Rs. 18,000
Rent for Ministry Base in Hyderabad and related charges – 14400 Outstation and related charges – Rs.11,000 Dispatch of resources to supporters/subscribers – Rs.8000 Local Transport and Vehicle maintenance – Rs.16,500 Ministry Volunteer Gifts – Rs. 16500 Furniture for Office – Rs.15,000 iPad Pro Type-pad and other-related key accessories – Rs.35,000 Offering Given Other Servants of God – Rs. 101250 Grand Total of Expenses for NINE months – Rs.753,150. These accounts are audited and sent to Government after a submission to the Board, year after year. If you are led to give to this ministry that is founded by an Indian (Duke Jeyaraj) and supported by Indians, see page 2 for bank details.
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A ministry to present-day folks, the Google Generation, founded by Duke Jeyaraj in 2006. It focuses on presenting the unchanging Gospel/Bible Truths to the fast-changing Google Generation in a creative way. Not a church. Supported by Indians.
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, in the period August 2016 Young People in to April 2017, Churches from All was invited by pastors/ Over India Charged by the youth ministry Passionate Preaching! leaders of various churches, across India, to minister to their respective church youth. Here are names of those churches: St. Marks Cathedral, Bangalore (CSI), Elim AG Church, Vellore, Bethel Church (Independent), Chandanagar, Hyderabad, Union Chapel (Baptist), Visakhapatnam, Tamil Methodist Church, Bhandup, Mumbai, The AG Church, Cuttack, Odisha. Powerful times were witnessed at the altar of these churches following the powerful preaching of the Word by Duke on topics diverse as a message of freedom from a bound king (Zedekiah), what the poetic books of the Bible teach youth, Q & A on Romance, Life Partner Choice, The Greatest Ever Experience. Young people came forward in response to the passionate messages preached, knelt down and gave their lives to Jesus. Tears of repentance were witnessed! In certain churches, where Duke could preach a second message to youth, he preached on how to live a holy life till the last day. In Vizag, for example, he preached a victorious Christian life message that was titled thus: Take a long look at these women (Bible mentions) and learn how to live holy!!
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Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, was invited by Christian Medical Young People in College and Parachurch Run Hospital, EMFI and other likeConferences from All minded groups SHILOH 2016 Over India Touched by for – a conference for Transparent Preaching! medical college professionals from all over India and beyond. There were medical college students from Ludhiana in Punjab in the North to medical college students from Sri Lanka in the South. Duke was humbled to be a part of a team of esteemed speakers that included Bro. Rajkumar Ramachandran, Dr. Iris Paul and others. Duke brought two addresses in this conference to the main audience on youth issues. Talk one was from Ezekiel 16. It was a Gospel message that touched upon several youth issues from porn to petting. Young people listened with rapt attention. They took notes. When the altar was call given, a vast majority of the audience in the state-of-the-art Scudder Auditorium in Vellore that was packed to capacity (about 1000 people inside) got up, came forward and gave their lives to Jesus. In Talk 2, Duke shared from Genesis 39. He brought lessons for daily victory over sin, using acronym JOSEPH. The young people lifted their Bibles at the end of the message to indicate that they would hide God’s Word in their heart to win over sin. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, Dec 2016 in December 2016 was invited to Young People in Eight share the Gospel Medical Colleges Hear with medical college students The Uncompromising of Osmania University, Gospel and Hyderabad, in Unadulterated Word of their open-air Christmas Gospel event. Duke made God! an uncompromising Gospel presentation that was also equally engaging to a crowd that was about 500. The organisers included Duke’s Dhoni-wala Gospel tract in their gifts to all the participants. Duke, in April 2017, addressed the Guntur Medical College Fellowship organised event for seven medical colleges in that area, in a Government building in Guntur. After Duke’s first message, several medicos came forward and gave their lives to Jesus. Duke did an elaborate 45 minute question and answer session that was bold and balanced. Duke’s books, were bought with enthusiasm in this meeting. In the final session, Duke challenged those who came for daily holy living and consistent Christian growth and maturity from the life of Samson. Dr. Murali, one of the organizers (see picture), was one of the unsung heros whom God graciously used in this program.
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Young people from different church backgrounds (Assemblies Young People from Rain- of God, Baptist, Methodist, Pearl City, King’s Temple, etc) working Bow Range Backgrounds in different companies (Amazon, Infosys, etc), studying in different Gather to Hear Sound colleges (including Villa Marie College), gathered in the home of Doctrine Taught! Daniel-Magdalene in centrallylocated Somajiguda in Hyderabad to hear Sound Doctrine taught by Dr. Duke Jeyaraj. In this bi-monthly study, Duke used his trademark acronym method to practically summarize four doctrines: the doctrine of God, Bible, Angels and Demons. Over dinner which the Daniels gladly served, Duke also answered questions, cleared doubts of the audience. What’s more, this event is a great place for youth to use their talents for the
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Lord – Arpan Paul, David Raj, David John Nimmagada played the keyboard at sometime or the other during these events while Mulu, a research scholar from the African continent, led in worship. At our base in Dairy Farm Road, Secunderabad, we continue to have the Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears Fasting prayer as well, where we pray for the needs of the world first and needs of our world finally.
Young people who access internet using various gadgets world-over were given opportunities via YouVersion, a popular Bible Devotion app to receive solid spiritual food through Dr. Duke Jeyaraj’s writings. This App has published four of Duke’s Young People from devotions thus far (with the last one published in January 2017). The topics Duke Rain-Bow Range has written on ranged from, Procrastination and Porn-addiction Redemption, God’s Viewpoint on Sexual Touching from the Bible and God’s Backgrounds Gather to Understanding Purpose For Each Marriage. These reading plans have seen over 75,000 plan reading completions (all four reading plans combined with the plan on What the Hear Sound Doctrine Bible Teaches on Porn alone crossing over 50,000 reading completions). This way Taught! we are able to impact the young generation – the Google Generation, the Hotmail Herd, the Twitter Throng, the Facebook Folks, the Amazon Army, the Snapchat Swarm, the Instagram Insane Young people – in some small way. Duke also gave permission for magazines out of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, permission to use/translate his writings for various readers. The page set up in FaceBook as “Dr. Duke Jeyaraj” (author) – a page seeking to bring Scriptural truth on timely taboo topics on the link facebook.com/ dukebook – has seen over 4300 likes in less than 30 days time. The posts that wrap Bible truth around contemporary events on the G4 Mission facebook page – facebook.com/googleduke – sees an average of 800 hits per post.
Testimonies we at G4 Mission have received of late
A young man after listening to Duke Jeyaraj in a camp featuring those who worked in the Corporate World.
I like Bro. Duke’s messages because it is so straight!
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A young woman writing from Altstätten, Switzerland. Hi Duke anna, I saw your Message in YouTube. We need more such messages. Thank you. A young woman I have seen your messages, Bro. Duke in YouTube. God has touched me through your words and I need to clarify some doubt with you. A famous convention speaker from Andhra Pradesh Duke, your articles present good biblical principles.
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A Government-owned Company employee in Orissa. Hi Duke Anna, Received your latest mag. Loved reading it especially the anti hyper grace articles. Sadly quite a number of my former school-mates are into it too. Thanks for the extra copies. I distributed them to my friends here.
A young missionary from Tamil Nadu serving God in Nepal. God has used your messages to equip us lead godly lives. My classmates from the school you preached in, years ago, tell the same.
A young man who works for an IT firm in Malaysia. Your messages, Bro. Duke, have blessed me.
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A professional working with the HSBCGroup. Bro. Duke, I have viewed your videos which is very inspiring . Thank you brother for being a blessing and reaching out to lost souls. A working professional from Hyderabad. Bro. Duke, I have been following your materials for quite sometime and really appreciate what you and your wonderful family does in terms of Evangelism. An Engineer and Musician with one of India’s leading churches in Chennai. Dear Duke anna, I had lots of confusion regarding my life. That’s when I saw your messages from YouTube. Those messages cleared all my doubts! Every youth should watch your videos. Upload more videos if possible. Thank you anna.
September 5 , 1 9 8 6 began just as a regular day for Neerja B hanot, the head purser of Pan Am F light 7 3 to New Y ork from M umbai. Just 2 2 years old this gutsy beauty was to c elebrate her birthday on the 7 th September, but events took a heart stopping turn when the flight, en route to New York, stopped at Jinnah International Airport in K arac hi, Pakistan. At about 4 : 30 am, the stop for refueling at K arac hi spun around to be a spot for terrorist-boarding! Four Palestinian terrorists entered through the business class doors along with the last of the passengers boarding the flight dressed in airport security uniforms. Toting the submachine guns and grenades sc ared everyone out of their wits. Neerja moved swiftly to the phone inside to call the Pilot and the cockpit crew. “Hijack,” she muttered and the three people inside the cockpit escaped through a hatch-way in the roof. The flight was now effectively frozen - immobilised. With the crew gone, the terrorists’ plan to fly the plane to Cypress and demand for the release of Palestinian prisoners being held there went for a toss. F or the next seventeen hours, the plane stood in the airport under the control of the armed terrorists – “emotionally surcharged burly terrorists” (as Neerja’ s dad, a journalist, would write later) . Neerja, the senior-most flight official inside the plane, stayed cool, calm and c ollec ted making announc ements on behalf of the terrorists and reassuring the sc ared-to-death passengers. Neerja knew that the terrorists meant business when they shot dead Rajesh Kumar, the 29-year-old Indian American when the plane’s pilots did not return even after their repeated requests and warnings. When she overheard the terrorists’ plan to kill American passengers of the 379 terrified passengers one by one, till the pilots returned to the flight, she and her crew members managed to hide the passports of the Americ an passengers. The flight plunged into darkness due to fuel exhaustion. That’s when the terrorists themselves panic ked, knowing the Pakistani forc es inside the airport c ould engage in c ombat at any sec ond. They started shooting passengers and hurling hand grenades indisc riminately. Neerja swung into action by opening one of the emergency doors guiding frantic and ducking passengers to that emergency exit. Neerja used her body to shield three children inside the flight even as she guided them to the exit door’ s c hute. She rec eived at least three bullet wounds – on the abdomen, the shoulder and on her arm. Around 2 0 passengers died and 1 2 0 were injured in the mayhem unleashed by the terrorists. Neerja too died but not before resc uing those c hildren and many other passengers bravely. Just as Neerja chose the safety of the still-inside-the-flight children before the chute-escape, Jesus Christ, the only God-in-flesh, chose to love and save you and me, instead of esc aping the c ruel c ross – the only way that was available for our salvation. Jesus’ disciple, Peter, suggested that Jesus skip the c ross – the c ruel punishment that was reserved for the worst of scoundrels of that time – some two thousand years ago (Matthew 16:22-28). Yet, Jesus chose to march towards Jerusalem to be crucified on a cross, the Bible, God’s Word in human words, records (Luke 9:51). Jesus was beaten till his back looked like ploughed field. He was nailed to a rugged c ross. T hey taunted Jesus while he hung there. “Come down from the Cross”, they sneered (Matthew 26:40). He could have. He had the power to. Certainly. Rusty nails cannot hold all-powerful God to a Cross, can they? Yet, he stayed on. He died. Why? He died for each one of us. On Good Friday. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this – while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” – This the Bible teaches (Romans 5:8). Unlike Neerja, Jesus was sinless (In the 2016 gripping movie, Neerja, some of the imperfections of Neerja are shown in a lighter vein: she doesn’ t eat the food pac ked for her by her dear mom at her workplac e, she c arelessly forgets to wear a ring her mom asked her to…). Unlike you and me, Jesus was spotless. We have ALL sinned, the B ible dec lares (R omans 3: 2 3) . T he wages of sin is death, which is to ultimately burn in hell. M ake no mistake here: Jesus wasn’ t dying for his own sin like we all deserve to. One of the thieves crucified next to Jesus realized this
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and said: “We rightly deserve to die. But Jesus has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23: 39-43). Jesus never committed any sin. His close relatives, his best friends and his worst enemies could not find a single sin in him, (Matthew 3:14; John 8:46; I John 3:5). Jesus Christ died as a sin-substitute for each one of our sakes (Isaiah 53:5, The Bible). Because he was 100 % God infinite, he could die for an infinite number of people of all times and ages (Hebrews 9 : 2 8 ) . Jesus invites you with these loving words: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest!” (Matthew 11:28). Are you ready to come to Christ? Don’ t delay your c oming to Jesus. Here’ s why: the Jesus who died, rose from the dead and said he would c ome again as Judge of all the earth, at any time (Revelation 1:7; 16:15). He is the Judge from whom there is no escape for those who reject him on the final day. At that time, there would be chance for salvation or forgiveness of sin, the B ible reveals (Hebrews 9 : 2 7 ) . So, do it now! And when you place your entire trust in Jesus, you will have “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). After you come to Christ and receive his forgiveness: 1) CHEW on the Bible. To read the Bible you could download the free ESV Bible App onto your Smartphone. 2) CHAT with Christ in prayer. 3) CHECK-INTO a local Bible-believing, Holy Spirit-directed church. 4) CHAMPION Christ’s cause through your life and lips using your time, talents and treasures. (You can read more writings of Duke at www.purposespot.blogspot.com).
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Lessons A&B from Facebook COO’s New Book, Option B Dr. Duke Jeyaraj Belinda Luscombe’s article, Life After Death, for Time, April 24, 2017, made gripping reading. This article basically gave the background for Facebook Chief Operating Oﬃcer, Sheryl Sandberg’s new book that is titled, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. From that article I was reminded two basic Bible lessons:
The Lesson About SUDDEN DEATH. Luscombe writes, “For David Goldberg, May 1, 2015, was the best day with the worst ending. The SurveyMonkey CEO was celebrating the 50th birthday of one of his closest buddies at the palm-fringed, $12,750-a-night vial in Punta Mita, a secluded Mexican resort favored by the Silicon Valley elite. The vacation had been full of what he loved: games with family and friends, walks and long talks by the pool. When he climbed on the ﬁtness-center tread-mill that Friday, nothing but blue sky appeared ahead: his company was doing well, his children were healthy, and he was as in love as ever with the superwoman wife Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO and author of Lean In. Then his heart gave out. Goldberg – Goldie to his friends – was only 47 when his younger brother Rob, Rob’s wife and Sandberg found him lying in a pool of blood, his skin blue.” Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, David Goldberg, had died suddenly. Sudden Death. Sudden Death can come to any one of us. The Bible teaches so. It does so by STATEMENT. Job’s friend, Bildad, was right when he wrote, “Our days on earth are as ﬂeeting as a shadow...” (Job 8:9). In fact, one of the few times that Job agreed with his friends was on this very topic: that life is short and can be cut short. Hear him, yourself (his words put in cool English): “Humankind, born of woman, has a few brief years with much suﬀering. Like a short-lived bloom, he springs up only to wither; like the brief shade gained by a fast-moving cloud, he passes swiftly” (Job 14:1-2, The Voice). Bible writer James agrees with Job and co. He wrote, “What do you know about tomorrow? How
can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears” (James 4:14 , CEV). Yes, our life can be very short! Next, we will brieﬂy, look at STORIES (real life ones) to understand the same truth via illustrations. Prince Absalom wasn’t thinking about death, when death knocked at his door, most suddenly (He was thinking about knocking out his father King David from his seat, when he got knocked over by Sudden Death (2 Sam. 18). King Ahab was head-to-foot protected to ﬁght in a battle (I Kings 22). But a stray arrow hit him inside the joint of his kingly armor and he joined the ranks of the suddenly dead!! Are we ready to face to death, should it come suddenly? We can face death with conﬁdence when we have a living relationship with the One ‘who came to free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death,’ even Jesus (Heb. 2:15 NLT).
The Lesson About SOUL’S HOLE. The second lesson from Sandberg’s new book, Option B, was about the hole in every soul without Jesus. Over to Luscombe: ‘In June 2015, a month into her widowhood, after a particularly lousy day, Sandberg posted on Facebook the social-media equivalent of Edvard Munch’s Scream: “I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice,” she wrote. “You can give into the void, the emptiness that ﬁlls your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to ﬁnd meaning. These past 30 days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void.” This post has since drawn over 75,000 comments, including ones from Facebook employees.’ This ‘open-book’ admission by the Facebook superwoman points to the permanent void in a person’s heart, if that person – whoever it may be, as famous as Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO or an ordinary Facebook user – has no living relationship with Jesus (See John 10:10 where the message is this: No full life without a relationship of love with Jesus). Can this Sandberg anecdote above be a starting point of many-a-Gospel-sharing time with Google Genners, world over? It sure can be!!
In the Issue 36 of this magazine which wraps Bible Truth around interesting contemporary events based on a model presented by Jesus in Luke...