THE DAYS OF YOUR YOUTH

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“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth…” The Bible in Eccl 12:1 The voice of Grabbing the Gadget Generation from Gahenna Mission (G Power 4 Mission) Bible truth for modern youth creatively and crisply wrapped around contemporary events

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IS IT ALL ABOUT MONEY, HONEY?
You may roll in a bed of rupees But then, can money buy peace? Just because you are drenched in a rain of dollars It doesn’t mean you can stand, before God, with a lifted collar You may have an excess of euros But without a relationship with Christ, before God, you are a zero Life doesn’t become meaningful just because you have mountains of pounds It does, only when, you are in love with the One, who for you, on the cross was pound

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THE DAYS OF YOUTH YOUTH Issue published in December 2006 This magazine serves as the voice of the Grabbing the Gadget Generation from Gehenna Mission (G Power 4 Mission) – an interdenominational youth organization founded by Duke Jeyaraj in February 2006. Its vision is to captivatingly connect the world of yahoo Youth with the Word of Yahweh so that young people would remember their creator in the days of their youth. Its burden is to make unchanging Word of God relevant to the fast-changing World of Youth. G Power 4 Mission is funded by the freewill offerings/donations of individual Indians interested in the fulfillment of the abovementioned vision and goal SUBCRIPTIONS AND SENDING IN MONEY The subscription for this magazine is just Rs.50/- (for overseas readers it is $10). You will get at least 6 issues per year when you subscribe. The address for sending the subscriptions and posting money orders is as follows: The Days Of Your Youth, C/0 Duke Jeyaraj, 1-30-93/3, Padmavathi Colony, Kanajiguda, Tirumalgiri, Hyderabad 500 015. Phone: 08886040605. .
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GOING CARTWHEELING TO GET CASH?
An article by Duke Jeyaraj that examines what the Bible says on money and how young people should handle it What would you do if you received 23,000 euros (around Rs. 13.5 lakh) by post? Ask Actress Aishwariya Rai. Someone from Netherlands send her just that in a packet. Mumbai custom officials wanted to meet her on the issue: anyone receiving over Rs. 5000 by post can be jailed for up to three years. Some guessed it could payment for the foreign stage shows she demanded ( The Week, November 26, 2006). When French Footballer Zinedine Zidane moved from Juventus to Real Madrid, in 2001, guess what transfer fees he commanded? A mind-numbing 44 million pounds - an all time record (www.soccerlens.com ). When Hollywood stars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones decided to get married, they worked out a pre-nuptial agreement as to how much of Douglas' 150 million fortune Zeta Jones would get, in case, they divorced (even before they got married!) ( www.news.bbc.co.uk). It all boils down to the bucks in the big bad world we live in buddy! As they say, "It is all about money, honey!" The following title of a recent Bollywood movie reflects the mind bend of Indian youth: “Apna Sapna Money Money”.

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With the coming in of callcentres and corporates, and the fat salaries they offer, young people handle money, on a monthly basis, the kind of money the older folk saw only when they approached retirement. How should money be handled? The Bible, the final standard for all matters of our belief and behavior certainly provides an answer for this critical query. To begin with, it helps to know that are 130 verses in the Bible on money. Jesus himself had several things to say about money. It was certainly one topic he talked lots about. If money is one topic that Jesus taught often about, it surely must be one topic we must learn about. As I begin this essay, the response of the Levites to King Joash's charge to them to collect money from all Israel to repair the temple at Jerusalem, comes to my mind. This was their response: "they did not act quickly" (II Chron 24:5). Perhaps they felt it was embarrassing to go around and collect money. I can connect with how they felt. As a preacher collecting money or talking about money has not been my cup of tea. It is something I have almost never done. I have four Peter England boxes housing the notes of the messages I have preached for the past 15 years. But not too many of those are on money. But since the Bible had so much to say about money I decided to get a grasp what it had to say about this crucial subject. May I share with you what I have learnt in the process? When we sift through the "money" verses and passages in the Bible we get understand the following about money: 1. MONEY CAN SEDUCE! The damage the dime can do Money unfortunately can the ability to make people forget their high standards they are called to. For the sake of money girlfriends can ditch boyfriends. Yes, it is true. The reason why Delilah sprayed Samson's secrets (and thereby betrayed him) could be boiled down five letters: m-o-n-e-y. Read Judges 16:18 and you will understand. When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up again, for he has told me all his heart." Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands! For money, servants can give the finger to their masters. Oh, yes. It can happen. It actually happened. Prophet Elisha's servant, Gehazi "accepted money" from the healed Syrian centurion, Namaan, to earn his master's displeasure. His chilling statement is a stern reminder that money, illegally received, does not escape the eyes of the all-seeing God. He asked Gehazi, "Did not my heart go when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male servants and female servants?" (II Kings 5:26).

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Money's power is so potent that ministers of the Lord can say "Good Bye" to their good calling when they see money. Prophet Micah talks about this phenomenon rampant in Judah. He lamented: Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, 'Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us' (Micah 3:11). A Tamil proverb crudely translated into English says, "When cash is shown, even corpses will clap in glee!" Money is so mesmerizing that it could make you forget your Maker and lure you to go behind it. Knowing this, Jesus preached, "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money!" (Math 6:24). In other words Jesus was saying, “Don’t bow before bucks!” Money is so seductive it can sink one to level of even betraying Jesus. It happened to Judas. As soon as "money" was handed over to him, he sought every "opportunity" to hand over Jesus to those who handed him the money (Mk 14:11). How did the demon-casting Judas become the currency-chasing Judas? This terrible transformation did not take place in one second. It took place slowly but surely. Judas' love for money germinated in the house of Simon where the Mary who had messed her life met with Jesus. Judas took offense that Mary took a pound of expensive ointment made of pure nard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped it with her hair. While Jesus appreciated the intense devotion of Mary, Judas eyed the money he could have gotten if Mary had handed over to him that costly ointment that she floored that day. Judas also gave into the temptation to "help himself' with the common moneybag that Jesus and his disciples had, for which he was appointed keeper of (John 12:6). He must have been a trust worthy bloke to have been given that awesome responsibility of being the treasurer of Jesus' team. But that trust, he allowed to rust as he gave room for the sin of "love of money" which is the Bible says is "the root of all kinds of evils" (I Tim 6:10). “The root of all evil?” But why? I have often wondered why that particular sin - the love of money - should be labeled as the root of all evil in the Bible. Think of any sin. Think of any trespass. You will find that there is a clear connection between that sin and the love of money. A lover of money would invariably turn out to be an adulterer. The run away son spent the money he loved and grabbed from his father on "prostitutes" - did you notice? The cash-lover would be a cocky person. You can bet on that. James narrates how "proud boasting" can go along with "profit making" when he wrote, 'Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.' (Jas 4:13, 14). Want to steer clear of all sorts of sin? Why not start by running away from the love of money!

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Next, I when I mulled over the "money" verses of the Bible I got to know .... 2. MONEY CANNOT SATISFY ! Rafter's honest confession "If only I have the kind of money a movie star or sport star has, my life would be made!" - This is what many a young person thinks. Nothing could be further from the truth. Pat Rafter, as a talented young Australian player longed to win the US Open - the Grand Slam with the biggest prize money. Then when he finally won it in 1997 he made a statement that speaks volumes about the disability of money to satisfy us. This is what he said after pocketing the fat cheque, "When you did not have it you wanted it; when you have it you don't want it!" Perhaps that is how you felt after having the feel of cash on your hands after the multinational company you work for deposited your six-figure monthly salary in that top-notch private bank. Money can't make many things happen There are many things money cannot buy. Our ad creators agree. The Mastercard ad goes this way: “There are many things money cannot buy. For everything else we have Mastercard!” We often think the only thing money cannot buy is true happiness. That is not all. Money cannot buy a host of things. King Ahab learnt this truth one fine day. He showed the money to an ordinary citizen of his kingdom - Naboth. He wanted to buy the grape garden that was the God-given inheritance of Naboth. But Naboth plainly refused his offer (I Kings 21:2, 15). You can at best postpone a problem with the help of money. But you cannot solve that problem permanently. I learnt this from the life of King Menahem. What did this king of Israel do? Read his story in the Bible book of Kings: "Menahem exacted the money from Israel, that is, from all the wealthy men, fifty shekels of silver from every man, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back and did not stay there in the land." (II Kings 15:20). Money pushed back the king of Assyria from conquering Israel only for a brief time. When King Hoshea did not pay him tribute, king of Assyria invaded Israel (II Kings 17:4-5). You see money could only push back a problem, never push it away completely. With the might of money backing them some folks may attempt to do many Goddefying things. But they will come to pass only if God allows them to happen. Haman learnt this bitter truth that the hard way. "Haman had promised to pay into the king's treasuries for the destruction of the Jews" (Esther 4:7). But did that happen? No. God protected his people. Money can't buy salvation. Salvation is offered to those with a broken heart - not those with full pocket. Hear Isaiah's golden words: "Come, everyone who thirsts,

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come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isa 55:1). What will happen if those even without money come to the Lord? Their soul will live and God will make an everlasting covenant with them (Isaiah 55:3). In others they would be saved! Modern Rich Fools Something far more important than money is your relationship with God! That is why Jesus "overturned the tables of money-changers" in the Jerusalem Temple (Math 21:12). In other words he was telling them, "You must enter this temple thinking about how to get closer to God...not thinking about how to get more money!" Jesus knew money often stood between a person and God, between salvation and destruction. Jesus talked about a "rich" man. He also referred to him as a "fool". Why? He laid up treasure for himself but was not rich towards God (Luke 12:21). He wanted to take efforts to build a bigger barn (with the loads of cash he had). But he did not take the very same efforts to build a stronger relationship with God. Is he not comparable with many who are dying to upgrade their “normal” TV to a digital flat TV or from a digital flat TV to a LCD TV once they get a salary surge without showing the same intensity to get close to Trinity? Is the rich fool not akin to those who go cartwheeling to switch from their unattractive cellphone to an ultra-slim handset with an ultra-fat price, once they get a salary hike, without showing the same enthusiasm to buy a study Bible, which could make them spiritually strong and show them what doctrines are wrong? Money cannot help us escape punishment on the great day of judgment. Prophet Zephaniah put it plainly: "A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed…" (Zeph 1:15-18). If you think you can bribe God on the Day of Judgment you are making the greatest miscalculation on planet earth. Silver-chasing soldiers! We must leave the summary statement of this whole point we are discussing the disability of money to do many things - to the writer of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, for whom money was as common as water. He walked on gold. He slept on silver. He saw so much money that he got sick of it. He wrote, "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income" (Eccl 5:10). If money cannot give us so many things we must not chase it. John the Baptist told this to silver-chasing soldiers who asked him, "What shall we do?": "Do not

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extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages." (Luke 3:14). The writer to the Hebrews would agree with John the Baptist for he wrote, "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have" (Heb 13:5). Are we – from the wirefree generation – love-ofmoney free? Our spending sprees once we our salaries are credited in our bank accounts do not show that we are. 3. YOU MUST BE A STEWARD OF MONEY! The money you have is not your own. It is given you by God. You are called to just take care of it. This principle is underlined through out the Bible. This is done again and again. In fact, the first time the Bible uses the word, "money" this pivotal principle is underlined. We read the "money" for the first time in Genesis 17:12. That particular verse goes this way: "He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring." Note here even what you buy with "your money" should be circumcised (dedicated) to the Lord! So "your money" is not actually "yours". It is the Lord's. And you called to just take care of it. So stop thinking, “I stayed up the whole night and earned this five figured salary as soon I graduated from college. Am I not smart? Is this not ‘my money’? Have I not earned with the sweat on my brow and the quickness of my wit?” Why fool yourself? It was God who gave you the strength to earn your money, buddy! Returning extra cash One way you can show that you are a "faithful steward" of money is when you return money that does not belong to you to its lawful owner. There were days when Jacob took what belonged to others. His brother's inheritance. His father in law's cattle. But his life took a U-turn. When his sons brought back the money they paid for the grains they had gotten in Egypt he instructed them: "Take double the money with you. Carry back with you the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks. Perhaps it was an oversight" (Gen 43:12). In obedience to his call of Jacob his sons told the Prime Minister Joseph, "Behold, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house?" Do we return the extra money that a shop keeper or a bank official gives us by mistake? Suppose an ATM machine, because of a technical error, is dispensing Rupees 500 notes in the place of Rupees 100, do we call up the bank and inform them? Or will we conclude, hypocritically, it is God who is blessing us? When we do that in this "get-grab" world that will invariably open an opportunity for us to witness about Jesus! Climbing God's Holy Mountain and lending money Since what we have is actually God's money, we can lend money to genuinely needy people without interest (not all). This was one of the laws that God gave

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Moses: "If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a money lender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him." (Ex 22:25). The one who will ascend God's holy mountain is the one "who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent" (Psa 15:5). (This article will be concluded in the next issue of The Days of Your Youth) BIBLE TRUTH CRISPLY WRAPPED AROUND CURRENT EVENTS BY DUKE JEYARAJ

FIGHTING TILL THE LAST BALL AND WINNING!
Duke Jeyaraj S. Dinakar's piece in the Sportstar about Australia's amazing winning ways made gripping reading. Here are a few lines from his article, "Skill, Brain and Guts". "A combination of flair and efficiency transforms Australia into a formidable cricketing force. The side's mental attributes make it a winner. To win, and to do so consistently, calls for more than just cricketing skills. Looking at it differently, not all technically accomplished batsmen necessarily make runs at the highest level, not all gifted bowlers end up with a tally of wickets matching their ability. To put it simply, Australia handles pressure better than the most. Adversity only strokes its competitive instinct. Mentally, the side is hard to break. Since August 31, 1999, Australia has won 18 out of the 21 finals. The Aussies are used to the big stage, they lift their game in the summit clashes. They do the simple things much better than the rest; scoring runs at a good clip and at the crunch, bowling to a plan and latching on to catches. It is no surprise that Australia keeps winning. No other side has such a mix of the technical and the mental attributes. It is also a side with great end-game skills (Sportstar, November 11, 2006). We can learn spiritual lessons from Australia's winning ways. Learn from the Aussies who fight till the last ball and win. Learn the Lord Jesus who "resolutely"

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set out for Jerusalem to be crucified (Luke 9:51). Satan's seductions did not deter him from going to Jerusalem to be nailed. Peter's suggestions did not stop from marching towards Jerusalem to be killed. You see Jesus had to show some "resolve" to go to Jerusalem. That tells me something. There must have been a thought in the corner of his mind to close shop and go home. "Why die a humiliating death? Why let the very fellows I created crucify me? Why not I figure an easier way of salvation after a discussion with my Heavenly Father?" - those sort of thoughts perhaps went through Jesus' mind. But he resolved not to give in. He did not take a U-turn when he came towards Jerusalem because he had "U" in his mind! We must show steely resolve like them when it comes to challenges in our life. Are you weak-willed? Do you prefer to give us your rights as first born because you can't bear the hunger pangs (think of Easu)? Do you want to close shop and go home because ministry gets tough (think of John Mark)? Do you stop an exercise program you started because your joints started aching? Did your say "good bye" to a relationships because the concerned person was impossible? Do you give in to a secretive dirty habit because of incessant temptation? Don't do it. Hang in there. Finish what you have started. Complete what you have begun. Don't sign off when you see people sigh and ask why. Just do it. Like the Aussies often do in the Cricket field. Like Christ did in the road to Jerusalem.

Sayings: Shreya's Vs Solomon's
Duke Jeyaraj Shreya Reddy, known for her vibrant and very correct English as the VJ in Southern Spice music has of late entered the movie world. She recently made an interesting statement that was recorded in The Week: "Just because a film boasts of a big hero I am not going to shake my hips around him" (November 12, 2006). Whether she actually does that or not is another question altogether. But that Shreya's saying reminded me of another saying by King Solomon made years ago: "Though I have searched repeatedly, I have not found what I was looking for. Only one out of a thousand men is virtuous, but not one woman" (Eccl 7:28, NLT). King Solomon lamented that he did not come across a woman who would say no to adultery when the king was calling her for the same. The king in question was he himself - a man who effectively became the husband to 1000 woman. What about you? Do you fall into sin because some hi-profile handsome big shot calls to you to do it? Would you be daring as Shreya (as her

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quote suggests she is)? Or would you disprove King Solomon's observation by being committed to purity come what may or whoever calls to for impurity?

AKTHAR AND THE THEOLOGY OF DELIBERATE SIN!
Duke Jeyaraj Cricket's "Wild Child" Shoiab Akhtar received a two-year ban after testing postive for nandrolone. This ban could effectively destroy the 31-year old's international career. Fellow fast bowler Mohammed Asif, who tested positive for the same drug, received a one-year sentence; a lighter ban, because the panel believed he did not understand what he was taking and that he stopped as soon as his physiotherapist told him to. The two-year ban is on Akhtar is the heaviest ever imposed on a cricketer found guilty of taking drugs. Akhtar may end up having remembered as the first bowler to officially register 100mph (twice), not as a man who, for example, memorably ripped Australia in 2002 in a display of the highest caliber of fast bowling, dismissing the Waugh twins for zero in energy-sapping conditions. According to the official report, Akthar admitted to using several supplements: Blaze Xtreme, a fat-burning supplement; Nitron5, designed to increase strength; Ergolean AMP, a pre-workout stimulant; Promax 50, a liquid protein diet; Viper, an isotonic drink; and TBomb II, a testosternone-enhancing tablet. In addition, there were "herbal medicines from friends". Indeed, the only thing missing was a diuretic pill given to him by his mother. (Vijay Parthasarathy's piece in Sportstar, November 11, 2006). This narration of what happened to the drug-tainted players of Pakistan made me think of a Bible Truth. The punishment for deliberate sins are far more than punishments for sins we may not be aware of. Unbelief in God is a sin. When she was told by an Angel Gabriel that will become pregnant, Mary asked a question that betrayed her unbelief. She asked, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" (Luke 1:34). Despite this question of unbelief the Angel carried on with the conversation. But see what happened to Zechariah, Priest. An angel of the Lord told him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your

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wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John" (Luke 1:12). This seasoned prophet should have in response told, "Praise the Lord!" But guess what? He shot a question to the angel that underlined his unbelief in the angel's word. Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years" (Luke 1:18). The angel did not carry on with the conversation as if nothing had happened as it was the case with Mary. The angel announced God's punishment for the seasoned senior saint: he would be "silent and unable" speak till what was promised by him came to pass (Luke 1:20)! Was God practicing double standards here? No. The more light one has received the more severe would be the punishment. Zechariah had more light than Mary. While Mary was let off, Zechariah had to pay the price for his unbelief. Remember Jesus' words that highlighted this spiritual truth? "But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more" (Luke 12:48). If we deliberately keep at sin we may have to face more severe and more deadly consequences like Shoiab Akhtar had to. The writer to the Hebrew put it powerfully: "For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries" (Heb 10:26,27). Those who "deliberately" chose to scoff at the second coming of Jesus will have nothing to look forward to expect judgment (II Pet 3:1-7). Isaiah promised "baldness" as a punishment for the "bold" sins of the daughters of Zion (Isa 3:16,17). A "wasting disease" was the punishment for the "wanton (sinful) cravings" of the people of Israel (Psa 106:14-15). Tempted to sin deliberately against the Lord? Think of the costly consequences and shy away from it. Feel compelled to daringly flout God's laws? Just pause. Ponder over the effects of doing so. Apply brakes then and there.

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Coca-Cola composition and the Gospel message!
Duke Jeyaraj In a vault in the bowels of a Sun Trust Bank in Atlanta lies one of the world's most sacred secrets in the business world: the 120-year-old formula for Coca Cola....At least three people recently risked jail life time to breech the company's air of mystery. Ibrahim Dimson, 30, and Edmund Duhaney, 43, Edmund Duhaney, 43, could each face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty last week in a plot to sell Coca-Cola trade secrets to Pepsi for $1.5 million...Experts say it's not possible to decipher the formula and effectively clone Coca-Cola. "Anyone could buy a Coke in a shop and do some powerful (chemical) analysis and have a Coke match...but not 100 %," says Steven Pearce, a chemist and the president of the British Society of Flavorists Council (Jessica Ramirez's piece in Newsweek, November 6, 2006). While Coke's composition details are locked away in a vault, the Gospel's composition must not be. It is to declared to "everyone worldwide" as the Angels put it in the first Christmas (Luke 2:10). When the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teachings prior to his crucifixion. Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret." (John 18:19-20). And he did not want us his disciples to be secretive about the greatest news in the planet - the Gospel. He command to us is straight: "What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops." (Math 10:27). Are you a 'secret' Christian? A “bunker” believer or a bold believer? An underground disciple or outspoken disciple? This bloke works in a call centre for the past 7 months. Yet no one has any clue that he is a follower of Jesus. Is that bloke you? If so, break loose. Blast the Gospel through your life and lip! Don't hold it back! It isn't something like Coca Cola Composition to be carefully locked away in vault of your heart.

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Early detection is the best protection against temptation!
Duke Jeyaraj Researchers reported in last week's New England Journal of Medicine that early detection of lung cancer is not only possible, but when followed by surgery within one month, results in a 10-year survival rate of 92 percent. That's big news for millions of current and former smokers, who are at increased risk of a disease that tends to develop silently, with symptoms such as chest pain and coughing that often don't appear until the cancer is advanced (Karen Springen's piece in Newsweek, November 6, 2006). This piece of information reminded me of the story of a man who did not detect the "cancer" that was developing in him, early. I refer to the "cancer" of sin. First, he waited for the husband of a beautiful woman to be killed by the Lord in order to marry her. Was it a noble thing to marry a widow? Absolutely. But the only problem was this man, a king actually, was already married. And the Law of God was specific: A king should not multiply wives. Yet he went ahead. He even said, "Praise the Lord!" when the news of the death of husband of the pretty woman's husband reached his ears. The cancer of coveting another man's wife had taken a corner seat in his life. One fine day, this very same king who once waited for God to kill the husband of the woman he had feelings for, had sunk to such levels of depravity, that he himself arranged for the murder of the husband of yet another beautiful woman and raced to marry her. Now the cancer of sin had completely consumed him. Should I tell you that I am referring to the story of David, Nabal, Abigial, Uriah and Bathsheba? Should I actually ask you to read I Samuel 25 and II Samuel 11 to get a hang of what I am talking about? Should I tell you that I Samuel 25 happened before II Samuel 11? Should I tell you that the moral of this story is that most sins do not leap on us – they creep on us? Should I tell you what happened to David could happen to you and me unless we are careful and yield ourselves to Lord every hour, minute and second?

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ORKUT OBSESSION OKAY?
Duke Jeyaraj Sarin Saures, a 27-year old management executive living in Gurgoan, has over 1500 friends from school, college and office with whom he interacts regularly. As 'friend management' can be quite challenging for many young people, the development of online social networking has revolutionized how they keep in touch. Suares uses linkedin.com for business contacts, orkut.com for friends and ryze.com for both. These are the so-called social networking sites which use the principle of six degrees of separation. People meet new friends through others and hence someone on Orkut or myspace.com can have hundreds of friends all over the world, which would not have been possible otherwise. Moreover, people can now express themselves with multidimensional depth via photographs, audio or video clips. Indians have been late to catch the social networking bug but are clearly making up for the lost time. Some four million Indians are logged on to Orkut alone. That's over 11 per cent of India's Internet users and 16 per cent of the 25 million 'active users'. And now a host of Indian social networks are cropping up, hoping to ride on the buzz created by Orkut and youtube.com. One of them is yaari.com started by Prerna Gupta in September 2006. "When people said they were happy with Orkut, they would have liked something especially for Indians," says Gupta. Social networking can partly be attributed to technology which has weaned users from traditional methods of communication pen pals, snail mail etc. That most people use computers at work and can network during breaks has boosted its growth (Nandini Vaish's piece in India Today, December 4, 2006). How do you as a believer respond to these developments in the Internet World? To get the answer I searched the Scriptures. During my search I bumped into this story. Jesus meets a man who cuts himself with stones on the influence of the

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Satan (Mk 5:5). Don't we meet folk like that? They may not literally cut themselves with stones. The objects they use to "cut themselves" - destroy themselves in other words - are little more sophisticated. But nevertheless no less deadly. Don't have buddy who bruise themselves by booze? Don't have chums who cut their life span by cigar smoking? Don't have pals who increase their blood pressure by their envious attitude? What they do to themselves is harm. What they to themselves is nothing better than what the demonized man at Gerasenes to himself till Jesus met him and transformed his life. You know it well because there was a time when you yourself were "cutting yourself with stones". After this stormy man experienced Jesus' sereneness he wanted to stay put with Jesus. Guess what Jesus did? Jesus told him in-effect: "I appreciate your desire to stay close to me. But I have work for you to do which will take you away from me in the literal sense though my presence will be with you always. You have friends who are also cutting themselves with various other despicable and dirty things. Go to them. Tell them about me! Bring them to me!" (Mark 5:19). And the "gentleman" (his new title after his encounter with Jesus) from Gerasenes logged on to www.orkut.com and typed and told his friends world over about what Jesus did to him and for him. Well that is not how Mark 5:20 reads. But if that incident happened today, that's is one possible way it could read! Yes - we need to use all these social network websites which are abounding these days to spread the Good News! But sadly what happens is that through these social network websites, young people, believers included, indulge in erotic talk and "cyber sex". This certainly does not please God. I think Jeremiah's words are relevant here. He lamented that there were false prophets who went about telling people what they wanted to hear rather than what they should hear. What the people needed to hear were God's "holy words" (Jer 23:9,10). If he were alive today speaking to the google generation of youth he would chide them for the "unholy words" they type while they communicate with their cyber friends across the globe. He would rebuke for having missed out an unbelievable opportunity to tell them about "the holy one" the Lord Jesus. How can you tell your orkut pal about Jesus when you typed obscenities to him? Crossing the limits with strangers is a temptation that mankind has faced from the dawn of time. In the very first book of the Bible we meet a guy. He was traveling to a place far from his home. He bumped into a beautiful veiled woman whom he thought was a prostitute. “Surely she doesn’t know I am Judah, the son of the famous Jacob!” he thought to himself and without second thought went ahead and had sex with her. She became pregnant. Later he came to know she was his own daughter in law in disguise much to his dismay and shame (Genesis 38). I believe God was behind the exposure of his secret sin. The same God is alive today. He certainly can expose all our dirty behavior with "strangers" over the Internet to the entire planet even on this side of eternity. And if we do not repent and renounce of such secret sins, he certainly will expose them to on the day of Judgment when God would judge men's secrets (Rom 2:16).

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Even if we only use sites like orkut to spread the Good News of the Lord Jesus and develop wholesome relationships with long-lost friends across the globe, we must take care that we do not get obsessed with these websites. It is quite possible that we go bonkers to have internet buddies only and take no effort at all to gain friends among the people we rub shoulders with on a day to day basis - at our colleges or corporate office or colony. And that is not a healthy sign. Our obsession must only be the Lord Jesus and nothing or no one else. Websites should not take the place of the Word in our life. yaari.com should not take the place of Yahweh in our lives. We must be "bond servants" only to the One person who gave us very own blood - the Lord Jesus (Rom 1:1).

LIKE JOHN ABRAHAM OR LIKE SHAH RUKH?
Duke Jeyaraj I recently read statements of contrasting styles by two of the top movie icons of Bollywood - John Abraham and Shah Rukh Khan. This is what Shah Rukh said, "Ther is only Genghis Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. There is no other Khan" ( India Today, October 30, 2006). On the other hand, this is what John Abraham said in an Aaj Tak interview when asked how he compares with the famous "Khans" of the Hindi Movie World: "Their hits outnumber the total number of my movies!" Again, I must put a premise on the lessons I am going to draw from these statements: movie stars are not the best of models from whom we can learn life truth. They are not examples for us by any stretch of imagination. But nevertheless the humility of John Abraham shines forth in this context while the arrogance of Shah Rukh is distasteful. In the Bible we read, "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves" (Phil 2:3). Shall we say, at least in this context, like John Abraham? Hear Peter's

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words: Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." (I Pet 5:5). Our shirt brand need not be Armani. But we must take care it is not "arrogance". Our jean brand may not be Pepe. But we must take care it is not “pride”. This is the message of the Bible. Do you strut? "Destruction" is around the corner - you bet for the Bible says, "Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor" (Prov 18:12). Therefore let phrases like "by God's grace" decorate your CV. Say like Paul, "But by the grace of God I am what I am!"

THE MOST PRECIOUS PICTURE!
Duke Jeyaraj Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were recently in Pune to shoot a movie on the life of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter captured and beheaded in Karachi while following a story on the Al Qaeda network in Pakistan. Jolie plays the role of Daniel's wife Marianne, on whose book the film, A Mighty Heart, is based. Photographers from across the planet were running rings around Hollywood's Golden Couple to click them and their kids. People magazine recently won a tabloid bidding war, paying a reported $4.1 million for exclusive North American rights of the first pictures of their baby girl Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt - the highest ever sum to be ever paid for a celebrity picture ( Outlook, 23 October 2006). This piece set me think. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago there were no cameras to click him. There were no Canon DVD Camcorders to record the breathtaking story of the birth of the Bethlehem babe and convert it in a diamond-priced DVD. All we have is "word" pictures of his birth recorded by Mathew, Luke and John. "John?!" - you ask. Yes, the most precious word picture of Jesus' birth was sketched by John. He photographed Christmas in nine terrific words: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). Wow! The God, who by definition was without form took the form of a little baby. The God whose name is "An Everpresent Help" decided to be become a helpless baby who needed a teenage Jewish Girl help to take care of him. The God who floated the entire universe with his powerful Word now floated in the amniotic fluids of Mary! Why all this hassle for the Holy One? Why all this trouble for the

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Truth? Why? He loved you. He loves you. He will love you. That makes for a pretty picture isn’t?

WHAT ARE YOU SELLING?
Duke Jeyaraj From Srinagar to Kochi and Ahmedabad to Shillong, 14 lakh direct sellers are on a journey towards financial independence. What is Direct Selling? Direct Selling is the direct-to-home service of consumer goods, cutting the middlemen in the manufacturer-distributor-wholesaler-retailer channel. Globally, it is a $98 billion industry. It also offers a business opportunity with a little or no investment, fewer work hours and no boss. The 14 lakh direct sellers in India have sold products like Amway, Forever Living, AMC Cookware, Tupperware, Oriflame, Max New York Life Insurance and Avon Beauty Products to their friends, relatives, social contacts using aggressive marketing skills and struck "gold". They have earned cool cars, foreign trips and of course a huge amounts of money! Anjum Sharda, a housewife in New Delhi turned terrific Tupperware pusher, has a monthly income of Rs 1 lakh and upward, and has been to Florida (where the company is headquartered) for award functions. Significantly, nearly 60 per cent (8,45,000) of direct sellers are women. Forever offers its distributors products at 43 per cent discount. This means for every Rs. 1000 purchase from the company, one can earn Rs. 430 profit (Info gathered from The Week, November 12, 2006). If there is one person who is truly worthy of "direct selling" (if we may call 'personal evangelism' that way) is Jesus Christ. The Samaritan Woman after having an encounter with Jesus became his "direct seller". She even forgot why she came to the well the first place - to draw water. She left her bucket right there after she tasted the living water which Jesus offered that far outbeat all her passionate encounters with the five men in her life. And she ran. Ran to her village and told whomever she met about Jesus. Rather than "Direct Sell" cosmetics why sell "Direct Sell" Christ? Rather than push Insurance policies why not push Immanuel? The reward you will get for doing that would be handsome. It will beat hollow the ones you get for pushing earthly goods. Among the lasting rewards for "pushing" the Prince of Peace are the following: everlasting honor from the Greatest Ever Person in the next life (John 12:26; Daniel 12:3) and inexplicable joy amidst all kinds of insult and injury in this life (Acts 5:41).

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HARSHA’S HUMILITY
Duke Jeyaraj Ace Cricket Commentator spoke with Chitra Sanam, a reporter with the Times of India recently. This Hyderabadi who has graced some of the world’s renowned sports channels as a broadcaster made statements that spoke volumes about his humility. Talking about his recent tryst with the FIFA World Cup he remarked, “I was a studio presenter for the FIFA World Cup. I will never venture into football commentary, because I do not know enough – and it’s not fair to the audience. I’d like it to be cricket all the way through” (Hyderabad Times, 6 December 2006). His words reminded me of Paul’s. Despite being much more knowledgeable than this contemporaries he made honest statements like these, “I do not know, but God knows” (II Cor 12:2). Even after having known Christ deeply for many years he wrote to the Philippi church, “I want to know Christ…not that I have obtained all this, or have been made perfect” (Phil 4:10-12). Do we choose to bluff and boast on subjects we do not know enough about? Take the cue from Bhogle and Paul. Don’t do it. Study a subject well before you go ahead and speak about it. Discuss a topic with experts on that topic before you start a discourse on that topic!

“I will kill you if you get inside the kitchen!”
Shwetha Mabel A couple of weeks ago 'The Week' carried a story on 'The Indian Male Cracking Up'. I enjoyed reading the article thoroughly because I agreed with the writers on most points. I remembered my MBA days… when I was supposed to speak on a topic of my choice for the Public Speaking class. My speech left many men uncomfortable – some even stopped speaking to me for a few days. Male chauvinism was my

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topic. I chose the topic because I knew I could do justice to it. I have always felt very strongly that many Indian men have double standards and that most of them are chauvinists. It was small wonder, then, that I spoke with great enthusiasm and conviction. "What is dad doing in the kitchen? He is not supposed to be there", says my mom, every time my dad ventures into the kitchen. I hardly ever see my dad in the kitchen. Only recently, I asked my mom why dad should not cook or sweep the room. She said she had 'brought him up' that way and that it was too late to change it. "Anyway, when I'm around what is the need for him to do these household chores", she added in a stern voice. In fact, she was surprised that I asked her this question. According to her, it was an unnecessary question. But for me, it was, and still is, one of the many important questions that I ponder on frequently. If my dad was ever caught sweeping or wiping the kitchen table… that's it….my mom would come running as though the house is on fire, screaming "Stop! What are you doing?" Not just in my home, I know that in almost every household, the male folk stay away from household chores. If a man attempts to do any task at home, it creates havoc. It's like the woman is disrespecting him by allowing or making him do that. It's like the man's honor is being mocked at. The woman also ends up feeling guilty about it and pours out her sympathy on him. Let's get out of the home for a moment. When I was a teenager, I was involved in many youth activities (I still am!) in my church. We had to do a lot of running around, organizing stuff and moving things around. We also use to sweep and tidy places together, after an event. Up to this point, no gender inequality. We all worked together. One day, one of the boys picked up a broom and began to sweep (good boy!) and whoosh! A girl ran up to him and snatched the broom away. "Go do something else!" she said. The boy obeyed (bad boy!), feeling very happy and honored. Well, as for me, I gave both of them dirty looks….extra dirty looks for the girl. WHY? Are household chores demeaning? Are household tasks meant only for women? If yes, then they should have been 'women-hold' tasks and not 'household' tasks. If they are in fact, lowly jobs, then why are they considered fit for females? Does that mean that females are lowly creatures? I think the best place to begin with is motherhood. As mothers or future mothers, teach your boy child to treat women with respect. Teach him that it's ok to mop the floor and take out the trash. Teach him that learning to cook is as much a necessity for him as it is for his sister. Teach him that our father of faith, Abraham, not only helped in grocery purchase but also in serving food to his visitors (Gen 18:7-8). Teach him while Stephen was a provocative preacher he was also a proactive “server” of women – he was also part of team that had to “daily” “wait on tables” serving food for widows (Acts 6: 1-3 and Acts 7). Teach
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him that a woman's honor lies in much more than clothes and education. Teach him that God made man and woman, equal, in His own image. (Mabel works for an MNC in Hyderabad and is an active volunteer with the New Life Assembly of God church. This article is abridged from her post in her blog – www.shwethamabel.blogspot.com)

G POWER 4 MINISTRY REPORTS by Evangelin Duke

SHARING THE WORD IN A ‘NAVI’ WAY AT NAVI MUMBAI
Duke was there during October 21-22 in Navi Mumbai, following an invitation by Rev. Tennison Peter of the Methodist Church, in a catholic school sharing God's word to 400 youth from the Methodist Churches and the Evangelical Churches of India in the Mumbai area. He gave four talks based on I Timothy 4:12, which was the theme verse for the camp. Lord blessed each of those talks that were titled as follows: “How to become a believer”, “Being an example in purity”, “Being an example through loving relationships” and “Being an example in speech”. Though he stuck to preaching old fashioned Bible truths he made the come alive by reciting speeches of Karunanidhi and John F. Kennedy (These talks are available in the MP3 format. See the last page for details). He shared the pulpit with Rev. Christopher Vijayan, the youth director of the CSI Kanyakumari Diocese. The climax came when 15 young people answered the challenge given from Paul's life for “fulltime” ministry (and several more for active ministry involvement). "We are hearing a strong word against boy-girl intimacy before
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marriage from the Bible for the first ever time!", "Interesting!", "Burden for youth is obvious!" - these were some comments overheard. Tears were seen during the "Sandhya" session where Duke spoke on overcoming temptation and surrendering one self 100 % to Jesus. Giving the "Ashwariya Felt It: The Vacuum in the Heart" tract to the Airhostess was a moment he cherished during his trip. The Gospel is for "everyone"! And "everyone" means everyone! On his way to the airport after the meeting Duke stopped over and handed out a few tracts to some youth teeming at the famed and hip Nirmal Mall at Mumbai (and of course he remembered to buy something for Dale and myself). He took 10 sets of "Youth Hows" and "Youth Whys" for that meeting. All of them were sold out. 20 message CDs that were placed for sale. They too disappeared following a brisk sale. We had new subscribers for "The Days of Your Youth" magazine. God is good and such results encourage keep preaching and writing.

VIKRAM OF THE BIBLE
On October 29, Duke addressed the young people of the St. Thomas Cathedral (SPG) - a church almost kissing the Secunderabad station. He brought a character study on Absalom, the guy whose hair resembled actor Vikram in "Anniyan"! Three lessons - one on popularity, one on peace and another on procrastination - were explained to youth who listened with rapt attention. The time of prayer was powerful. This talk would be added to the MP3 CD “Captivation Character Studies”. More subscribers were added to "The Days of Your Youth" mag following this meeting too.

CHURCH AT KITCHEN
On November 5 Duke spoke to the corporates employees-filled AG church lead by his Bible College friend and roommate, Pastor Chaitanya, at Hitec City. He brought five lessons on money from the Bible (the first three appear as an article in this issue of The Days Of Your Youth). The church interestingly meets at a restaurant – the Wong's kitchen.

OLD FASHIONED PREACHER PREACHES TO MOST MODERN GIRLS
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On November 8 and 10 Duke led a Bible Study for interested students of St. Ann's College for Women, Mehdipatnam, in their campus. On the first day I spoke on the topic, "Temptations, Girls Face" and another day Duke threw light on six burning issues such as Exposing/Nudity, Homosexuality, Falling in Love, Petting, Flirting (These talks are available in MP3 format. See the last page for details). The girls, some of the most modern in the city, were all ears. It was a sight to see the most modern girls in Hyderabad listen this old fashioned Bible preacher! They committed their lives to be holy. Paul's discussions in the lecture hall of Tyrannus inspire us to go the 8000 plus campuses without a single witness group in India with the Word of God.

MBA STUDENTS HEAR OF THE MASTER
On November 16, the students of the David Memorial Management College, an Osmania University affiliated college in Hyderabad, had Duke over to share the message in their Christmas celebration. We learnt this was the first Christmas function in the city. Over 50% of the 150 strong crowd of MBA and MCA students were from non Christian background. Duke used the story of the wiseman as a background for his 30 minute Gospel presentatation. Like the wiseman we are searching (for purpose, meaning, happiness in life) , like them we are surprised (knocking at wrong palace doors - the palace of science, sex and success) and like them we need to surrender our lives to Jesus! This was the essence of Duke’s message. The theme was "Love came Down". Students and faculty of this college voluntarily came and took home the tract, "Aishwariya Felt It - The Vacuum in the Heart" published by us. The founder president of the college had some encouraging words for Duke: "This is how we must share the Gospel with young people of today. I have never heard any presentation like this!" Duke was glad for the opportunity to announce the Goodnews to so many students. The students also conveyed the Gospel using skits, choreographies and carols.

TRACTS TRANSLATION
Duke was glad to get a call from a dear brother from Kolkota asking him if he could translate, "Aishwariya Felt It: The Vacuum in the Heart" (his gospel presentation for modern youth presently available in English) in Bengali and Tamil. Duke gave an instant "go ahead"!

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JOHN 3:16 SHARED IN LIG – B- 316!
From time to time we make ourselves available for young people in case they need our counsel. Of late, Duke, could spend some time with a couple of young people after his cab dropped him at 24/7. On seeing that he had some time left still to login he would walk out of his office premises and meet with young people who fixed prior appointment with him. Sitting with them on the stone benches outside the Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda, Hyderabad (which is located in front of his office), he explained what he knew was the best solutions from the Scriptures for the perplexing problems they were facing. What was said about Israel is so true of modern youth: "For they are a nation void of counsel," (Duet 32:28). Many hip youth who want to see lips of right counsel open. God has also opened the doors for me to counsel women. When the ladies who walk into our home in AS Rao Nagar seek counsel on sensitive issues that were breaking their heart I would offer Holy Spirit-inspired and Scripture-girded Bible Counsel. One comment from a lady who received such counsel thrilled me and I thank God: “I followed your counsel you gave me earlier today. My problem was solved. I shared with my friend. She too had a similar problem. So I have brought her along too!" We want to make LIG - B - 316 - A S Rao - Nagar as a place where young people would walk in without second thoughts hear John 3:16 being offered as the solution for all their heart-crushing problems.

DOING HIS JOB IN THE JOB FAIR
The question which Jesus asked in "the eleventh hour" to some folk who were "standing idle" pricks our consciences. He asked, "Why are you standing idle?" They bluffed: "No one hired us!" He told them, "Go to my vineyard and work" (Mathew 20). It's true - evangelism is supposed to every believer's job. Knowing there was a major job fair in the Hitex City grounds, Hyderabad, Duke was there on 18 November doing his job - evangelism through tracts evangelism. He passed out the Gospel Tract of G Power 4 Mission, "Ashwariya Felt It: The Vacuum in the Heart", to youth who sought inner peace as much as they sought a fabulous job.

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TRACT-DISTRIBUTION IS NOT MY CUP OF TEA, I THOUGHT….
Franklin Eden It was a rock show sponsored by Airtel in the YMCA premises in Chennai. The music was loud. Boys and girls were smoking and drinking. They were losing control of their self. Some of my friends urged me to go out of YMCA Hostel, where I stayed, so that we could get away from this deafening noise. I do not know why. But I told them that I was not coming along. I peeped out of my room. The “youtube” youth of Chennai were swinging. I look around my room. The tract which Duke annan had given to distribute to my friends were stacked up. The tract was attractively titled, " Aishwariya felt it: The vacuum in the heart". This was the best time for me to do, I thought to myself. So I jumped out of my bed. I armed myself with some of those tracts in my hand and went down. “Will anyone mock me? What if I am sneered at?” I thought to myself as I was to begin the tract distribution. “What if some youth just tossed the tract away?” I further thought. I was about to get back to my room. “Tract distribution is not my cup of tea….” I mumbled. But when I was on my way back, God spoke to me. His whisper in my soul was crystal clear. He spoke to me through the Bible verse, “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). This verse broke my pride. I made a decision then and there. “Even if they spit on my face I will not be discouraged Lord. But I give away your Gospel in the printed form which is what this tract is!” And I started. Soon some of the most modern youth of Madras had a gospel presentation they could straight away identify with in their hands. giving the pamplets. After the distribution I went out and had dinner. I had the satisfaction I was instrumental in giving the Gospel which the most essential food for the soul to some of the most needy youth. When I return the show was over. I checked to see if what I feared had happened: youth tossing the tract in disinterest. I could see only one flier lying down. The devil had told me a lie that the google generation were not interested in the things of God. Thank God I did not believe him. Franklin Eden works as a Thermo analytical Systems Service Engineer with Netzsch Technologies India Pvt Ltd, German company at Chennai

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Want to distribute tracts in your city, in your hostel, in your corporate office? But are you unable to find the right tract? Email us (catchduke@gmail.com) and we will keep you supplied. Or call us at 9441352433 (Hyderabad). Did you have similar testimony like Franklin to share? Go ahead and email it to us. We will publish it so that it inspires other young people to do the same!

MY HERO’S 88 BIRTHDAY!
Duke Jeyaraj

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On November 7 Billy Graham saw his 88th year. I am doffing the hat to man who has been used by God to preach the Gospel in person to most number of people in all of history. You can’t see him do it but I am actually doing it: standing up from my chair, taking a break from key-board punching, to clap for the man whose influence upon me is great. I remember how I stuck a picture of him preaching in my Hostel Room in Allahabad Agricultural Institute. "I too want to preach the Gospel!" I told myself when I gazed at that picture. I remember how I learnt to connect what the Bible says with what the newspapers saw after reading his book, "World Aflame". I recall how I had a clear understanding of the Gospel and how to present to people who haven't heard it after having read his classic "Peace with God". "Billy, you did not preach the cross" – his honest declaration of what God told him following a gospel message that did not bear much fruit impacted me immensely. My gospel messages based on the tools of torture, used on Jesus, in the last 12 hours running up to the cross, were prepared as I continued to be haunted by that Billy anecdote. The wise practical steps he took to beat temptations that come to popular evangelists like "never travel, meet, or eat alone with a woman other than your own wife” has helped and inspired me immensely to stay pure. The story of how he, as a man who then 60-plus, politely refused to meet Hilary Clinton when she wanted to have lunch with him and talk with him in his autobiography, "Just As I am" based on this his conviction still lingers in my memory. I memorized the exact words he used to Hilary Clinton in this context: “I would be delighted to. But I don’t have private luncheons with beautiful ladies. We could sit in the middle of the dining room at the Capital Hotel where everybody would be able to see us and still have a private conversation” (page 651). His statement that the "first thing" he would ask God why he - "a farm boy from North Carolina" as he called himself - was chosen as the evangelist to the World when he gets to heaven, speaks of his humility. I thank God for him. I praise the Lord for his example. May the Lord add many years to his life. His tribe is rare.

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Mails that made our day
My dear Evangeline, I am indeed happy to know God is using you with the youth and my prayer is that He will use you more mightily in the meetings to be. God bless you and your husband. You are young and there is a vast field to cover. Mrs. Rose Ambrose, Vizag Mrs. Rose Ambrose is the founder of several public schools in some of the most needy parts of India like the public schools in Jeypore and Sunabeda in Orissa. Evangelin studied in one of her public schools. Dear Duke, My heartiest congratulations. I went through the web site and articles written by you. It touched my heart and soul…. We need more and more leaders like you to lead and shepherd the youth of today. Love, prayers and good wishes. Father Dr. Davis George, Principal, St. Aloysius College, Jabalpur. Hi Bro Duke, Greetings to you in Jesus Name. I am Isaac Jayakumar writing from Vellore. A few words about myself...After graduating from Southern Asia Bible College ( SABC) in March 2005. I came back to Vellore and I am pastoring a new English Congregation (rather pioneering one) in Vellore (Elim AG Church, Bagayam). My Dad is the senior pastor of the Church and he takes care of the Tamil Service. I recently got to read your Magazine "The Days of Youth." Its really interesting. It is very contemporary and relevant to the youth of today and thought-provoking as well. Thank God for the amazing gift of creative writing that he has given you…I share the same burden you have for modern youth. I read your article which described you first preaching experience at Ida Scudder School as a 16–year old ("When my knees knocked"). Did you know that I was there in School that day? You were my senior in Scudder school. I was a tiny 6 th grader...coming from Vidyalayam School. I was a fresher in Scudder School.I vividly remember that day. Sitting in the front row I heard you preach that fiery sermon (only after reading your article did I come to know that your knees knocked!). You were bold and I would say spoke under the Anointing of God. I
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also remember that some girl at the back rows fainted. And some of the teachers had to pray specially for her after that. And i knew there was something different about this man. And ever since, to a certain extent, I have heard of ur progress in the ministry... Though I was a Pastor Kid (PK), I was a pious pretender until I got saved when I was 19 yrs old. Though I had plans to become a doc, I felt God’s clear call for ministry. So completed my BA and then joined for the M.Div. at SABC in 2002...Whenever I said I was from Vellore in SABC, some senior folk would ask me if knew a guy called Duke! God was with me there and helped me in all the Leadership responsibilities I held over there. Now it’s almost a year since God helped me start the English service. There are 10 of them at present. You must know of the huge student population in Vellore. Its my burden to reach out to them. Just within the Vellore Institute of Technology campus there are 10,000 students. What a harvest field! There are nearly 12-15 Colleges in Vellore… I am keen to distribute the tract of yours titled, " Aishwarya felt it"....Well I think this is quite a long mail... Pastor Isaac Jeyakumar, Vellore Hi Duke, I like the way you work with the youth and also admire the way you write. I feel I need to support you in your cause in whatever way I can because I too have a burden to see more young people saved and get closer to God. Swetha Mabel, Hyderabad Hi Duke, It was great to talk to you yesterday after so many years. Those memories of Allahabad are still quite vivid and seem surreal at times…when I found your work on the web and went through it I was greatly impressed by it and its impact on young people in urban India. Mark Devaraj, Kalrayan Hills, Tamil Nadu (Mark was Duke’s college mate at Allahabad and a missionary kid) Hi Duke anna, It was a joy to have you preach in our church (the SPG church) this Sunday and it was a “right on target” message for me. Others whom I interacted with also felt the same. I have read your magazine, The Days Of Your Youth. And it

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the best magazine I have read. K. Santosh William, Olive Technologies, Hyderabad Dear Duke So so blessed by just reading your mail. Joy, Hyderabad (Note: if you want to receive regular emails from Duke carrying ministry reports, prayer requests and riveting youth issue related articles send a mail to
emailduke@gmail.com)

Dear Duke, I got your magazine, “The Days of Your Youth”. I can sense you are trying to do the youth of
our time what Uncle R. Stanley did for the youth of those days – rousing them up for holy living and aggressive evangelism through a creative approach. Keep it up! I went through your tract, “Aishwariya Felt It: The Vacuum in the Heart” . It is good. However I want to offer a correction without wanting to sound negative. You have mentioned it was The Beatles who sang the song, “Can’t get no satisfaction” in that tract. It was actually The Rolling Stones.

Arul Balaiah, Bangalore. Dear Duke, The Days of Your Youth magazine is one of the few magazines which I feel compelled to read,
from cover to cover, in one sitting, without a break, as soon I receive it. Praise the Lord!

Artaban, Hyderabad
Dear Duke Jeyaraj, I was give a copy of The Days of Your Youth May issue. You have done an excellent job. It is a great blessing to millions of young people in India. Keep up the good work, be strong in the Lord, be sensitive to His voice and God will use you. Rev. Dr. J. N. Manokaran, Chennai.

Terrific Talks in English to Tamil
, Telugu and Nepali

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Duke talks to youth and believers originally preached in English and translated simultaneously into Tamil, Telugu and Nepali in the audio format is available. Each CD would have at least 5 messages with relevant topics such as how to beat sexual temptation. Write to us which version you require. Price – Rs. 50/See page 2 for details to send in money. Postage Rs. 20/- extra.
4 Videos featuring Duke’s direct messages in the English to Tamil format is also available. The topics include, “Do You It In You?”, “Wrong Ideas About Missions”, “Choosing Your Life Partner Wisely” and “Beating Sexual Temptation”. Each of these VCDs are priced at Rs. 50/-. Postage Rs. 20 for the entire pack.

CAPTIVATING CHRISTMAS MESSAGES
Duke’s messages to various youth audiences in this Christmas season is available in one
MP3 Audio CD. The topics of these messages are: “You can be a wise man this Christmas!”, “Popular Philosophies Christmas Questions”, “What Joseph Gave Up For Jesus”, “Lies Satan Tells Youth Busted By Christmas” and “Do you resemble this King?” (A talk on Herod). These talks were given directly in English to audiences that included several first time hearers of the Gospel. They are studded with illustrations from the world of cricket, movies, etc. Price – Rs. 50/-. Add Rs. 20/- for postage. See page 2 as to how send money.

GOD’S WORD FOR YOUNG GIRLS
Duke preached two important messages to girls of St. Anns’ college in Hyderabad recently. The
topics are: “Temptations, Girls face” (with tips to overcome them) and “Hot topics, Honest answers” (what the Bible says on hot topics such as dating, falling in love, petting, flirting, etc). These talks will touch your heart and change your life. Fathers may get these for their young daughters and brothers for their sisters. This MP3 audio CD is available for just Rs. 50/-. Add Rs. 20 for postage. See page 2 for details to send in money.

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FIVE VIDEOS THAT WILL SET YOU ON FIRE
Four video CD messages by Duke and one by his wife Evan preached to the youth of Hyderabad
who had gathered at the Assemblies of God Church is available for just Rs. 200/-. Topics include, “Close Shave With Dave”, “Hooked to the Book”, “Finding Purpose in Life”, “True Romantic Love” (by Duke) and “Relating With Parents, Elders, Friends and the Opposite sex” (by Evan). Individual CDs are available for Rs. 50/- See details in page 2 to send in cash.

BOOKS FOR YOUTH BY DUKE
Duke has written four books for youth. They are titled as follows: “Youth Hows” (answering common How questions of youth such as how to preach to modern youth), “Youth Whys” (such as why youth need not break their head over masturbation), “Youth Whens” (such as how youth should respond to various situations they face in their life such as call for compromise) and “Bubbly on the outside and empty on the inside” (a gospel presentation for modern youth). The first three costs, Rs. 60/- each. The last one costs just Rs. 20/-. All the four books with postage costs Rs. 200/- See page 2 to see details as to how to send money.

ACCOUNTS
The Lord has blessed the ministry of G Power 4 Mission, the organization that produces this magazine, with generous offering from people who sacrificially and voluntarily contributed for the advancement of God’s kingdom among modern youth. We feel it is appropriate then to declare the main expenses in preparing this issue of the magazine and doing the ministry for the past two months: Tracts Distribution Expenses – Rs. 300/Raw material for this issue - Rs. 1100/-

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Printing Charges – Rs. 4,800/Magazine Distribution Charges – Rs. 2000/-

Communication charges (thro phone, email) – Rs. 1700/Transport Charges (including repairs) – Rs. 1000/Office Room Rent Charges – Rs. 1000/CD Covers and designs – Rs. 500/Youth Book Photocopies – Rs. 500/Refreshment while on duty – Rs. 500/Grand Total………………..Rs. 13,400/-

WHAT G POWER 4 MISSION DREAMS
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The Google Generation found in abundance in callcentres, corporate offices, city
colleges being grabbed from Gehenna (hell in greek) and going gaga over God’s Word.

WHAT G POWER 4 MISSION DOES
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Creating literature for the Yahoo Youth that wraps crisply and creatively wraps Bible
truths around contemporary events (like the material you hold in your hand). Conducting outreaches to reach out to the Youtube Youth. Challenging the modern youth to reach out to fellow modern youth in callcentres, corporate offices, colleges, colonies by starting witnessing prayer cells. ---------------

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www.youtube.com/visitduke
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