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It was India vs Zimbabwe in

1983 World Cup. India elected
to bat first against these
cricket minnows. On that
overcast day of June 18
1983, India was soon
tottering at 17 for 5.
Gavaskar, Amarnath, Yashpal
Sharma and Sandeep Patil
were back in the pavilion.
Roger Binny walked into join
Kapil Dev, Indias captain in the
middle. If Kapil Dev had read
the Nehemiah story in the
Bible he could have perhaps
said this to Roger Binny:
Come, let us rebuild the wall
of Indian batting line up that
we may no longer be a
reproach! (cf. Neh. 2:17).
Kapils partnerships with Binny,
Madan Lal and Kirmani helped
India reach 266 in the allotted
60 overs. Kapil Dev scored
175 runs off 138 balls, hitting
16 fours and 6 sixes. Later,
India bowled out Zimbabwe
for 235 to win the game. India
went on to win that World
The Bible story of Nehemiah
rebuilding the broken walls of
Jerusalem is even more
gripping than that of Kapil Dev
rebuilding the walls of Indian
batting in the Zimbabwe game
we just talked about. In this
article, I would like to outline
the story from the book of
Nehemiah using the acronym
N-E-H-E-M-I-A-H even as I
glean out lessons for the
Google Generation.
Nehemiah, a Jew, lived in the
land of Persia and served as a
cup-bearer to King Artaxerxes
(Neh. 1:11). F. Charles
Fensham explains the
importance of the role of a
cup-bearer: In the Ancient
Near Eastern court, the
cupbearer with his direct
access to the king was
regarded as important and
influential. In Tobit it is said
that Esarhaddons cup-bearer
was only second to him in the
kingdom (Tobit 1:22). For
Nehemiah to have reached
this position was an important
achievement. It shows what
influential positions some of
the Jews of the exile had
Skip Heitzigs comments
about the cup-bearers role in
those days adds to ones
understanding about the
professional heights Nehemiah
had risen as a foreigner in a
Persian court: You may think
of a cupbearer as a type of a
bus boy like we have in our
restaurants. In the Persian
court, the cupbearer equalled
the head of the homeland
security for the whole palace.
Nothing, including documents,
food or drink, came into the
palace of the king unless it
went to the cupbearer
first.only the Kings wife was
closer to the Persian king than
the cup-bearer.
The commendable integrity
levels that the Jewish
Nehemiah showcased is
proved by the fact a pagan
king of an enemy nation
(Persia) hired him to head his
security arrangements. The
cupbearer had close proximity
to the king of Persia and had
privy to state secrets.
At our workplace, are we
people of integrity? Do we hit
Duke Jeyaraj
On For The Lord On
Your Offs Like Nehemiah?
Kapil Dev rebuilt the tottering Indias innings in their
World Cup 1983 game versus Zimbabwe. Nehemiah
took long leave to..
our integrity for a six, by
stealing stationary from our
workplace? Is our integrity
level so unmistakable, that
our non-believing bosses stop
to notice it and perhaps give
us some responsibilities?
Nehemiah received the news
that the walls of the city
Jerusalem he hailed from,
were broken (Neh. 1:3).
James E. Smith writes, A city
with a broken wall was an
open shame, not to mention,
a dangerous place to live. The
news about the broken walls
of Jerusalem broke
Nehemiahs heart. He sat
down and wept and mourned
for days with fasting (1:4).
What do we do when we
receive news from periodicals
that make us perceive that
the moral walls of our nation
are broken? They certainly
are. Sample this: Nine
million-plus Indians download
and view pornography on
their mobile phones paying an
average of Rs. 5500 each
year on procuring content,
according to a 2012 report
on telecom portal In
February 2013, a year-long
survey of 964 collegians by
Rescue, a Mysore-based
moral consciousness group,
concluded that 75 per cent of
all male undergraduate or pre-
university students regularly
consumed porn. In January
2013, 70-year-old Niyaz Raza
of Govandi, Mumbai, was
arrested after he allegedly
raped a 13-year-old girl, his
sixth victim, and circulated a
12-minute mobile phone video
of the teenager performing
oral sex on him. More
recently, on April 15, 2013,
22-year-old garment factory
worker Manoj Sah and 19-
year-old Pradeep Kumar
admitted in police custody
that they had watched porn
on Sahs mobile phone before
raping a neighbours five-year-
old child in East Delhi. (India
Today, 5 July 2013). Do we
take time to intercede that
people would turn to the holy
Lord Jesus repenting from sin?
Do we do so with tears and
great heart-felt emotion?
Leonard Ravenhill wrote, Skip
travel; start travail!
One of my unforgettable
memories as a student
(1993-97) of Allahabad
Agricultural Institute in
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
involved weeping. While
standing over a small bridge in
the deserted side of our
campus, tears rolled down my
cheek. I was praying for the
salvation of the students in
the campus I studied many
of whom were in the grip of
many vices. I was praying
there with a friend. God
certainly answered that teary-
eyed prayer. He enabled me
to start an organisation
Grabbing the Google
Generation from Gehenna
Mission a ministry that
reaches out to the morally
decayed Google Genners with
the life-transforming Gospel,
down the line (in 2006).
Would newspaper articles
bring out the juice from
your eyes?! They must!
Upon noticing that Nehemiah
was sad in his presence, the
King asked Nehemiah, Why is
your face sad? (Neh.2:1).
Nehemiah then explains how
the city he originally hailed
from (Jerusalem) lay in ruins
(2:3). In turn, the King asked
Nehemiah, What are you
requesting? (2:4). Before
Nehemiah answered, he made
a quick prayer (2:4). Then he
said, If it pleases the king,
and if your servant has found
favour in your sight, that you
send me to Judah, to the city
of my fathers graves, that I
may rebuild it (2:5).
Nehemiah wanted a long
holiday to do a holy work
rebuild Jerusalems broken
walls. Here we observe that
Nehemiah obtained leave to
return (Neh. 2:6). The
queen was beside Nehemiah
9 million-plus Indians download and view pornography on their
mobile phones paying an average of Rs.5500 each year.
when he gave permission for
Nehemiah to go (2:6). Some
Bible scholars think that the
queen was Esther who
perhaps encouraged the king
to give Nehemiah the
permission to go. F. Charles
Fensham writes that the
friendly attitude of King
Artaxerxes towards
Nehemiah is
worked by the Lord
(Neh. 1:11). A
kings heart is like
streams of water in
the LORDs hand:
He directs it
wherever He
chooses (Prov.
21:1 HCSB).
In a call center,
typically customer
service agents
handle general
customer queries
and technical
customer queries
over the phone.
Sometimes the
questions the
customers ask the customer
service agents, are tough to
handle. An online post calling
for call center workers for a
top IT firm warns: This is a
tough industry. Just like
Nehemiah who made a quick
prayer before answering a
question posed by his boss,
believers among young
professionals who are
customer service agents can
be encouraged to make quick
prayers before they start to
answer the challenging
questions posed by their
customers. This practice
would improve the quality of
their work, significantly.
John M. Perkins writes,
Nehemiah was not a prophet.
He was not a priest. He was a
businessman, an
administrator. A person need
not have to necessarily be in
full-time ministry for God to
use that person to build His
Kingdom. Nehemiah gave his
time to God. God cannot use
your talents, if you dont give
Him your time, so wrote
Warren Wiersbe, a Bible
Teacher I love. We must be
ready to be on for God
during our offs! Nehemiah
Nehemiah, as we saw, took a
long leave from the
company he worked in (i.e.
the Persian Government),
went to the city of Jerusalem
to organize the wall-rebuilding
program there. His life gives a
push for young professionals,
most of whom have a two-
day weekly off-from-work.
Those two off-days are
usually Saturdays and
Sundays. The Book, In an
Outpost of the Global
Economy talks about
Anuradha, an IT Company
Project Manager who never
had to work on weekends.
This is typical for many Call
Center workers. These two
days can be used profitably by
them in activities that build the
Kingdom of God, either
through the local church or a
para-church organization, or
even individually.
J. Gordon McConville mulls
over how long this leave from
work Nehemiah took could
possibly be:
It is possible to interpret
Nehemiah 13:6 to mean he
spent twelve years
continuously in Jerusalem.
Some think that
Nehemiah 5:14
also implies this.
Yet it is
whether he
would have
been given so
long a leave of
absence initially
(Neh. 2:6)The
likeliest scenario
is that
commuted a
number of times
Jerusalem and
the seat of the
Empire, and
during one of his
absences the
various abuses recorded in
Nehemiah chapter 13 sprang
Modern Young Working
Professionals should take the
cue from Nehemiah when it
comes to applying for leave at
office. Ellie Bishop wrote a
book titled, The Sick Day
Handbook: Strategies and
Techniques for Faking It. This
book was meant to be a book
that gave creative ideas for
young working pros on what
excuses to give and what
white lies to speak when they
want to take a leave from
work in the last-minute.
Bishop is blatant in what to
expect in this book: This is a
course in manipulation. This is
how to call in sick and for
what reasons. This is how to
call in and not have to mark it
on your time sheet. This is
about lying. But you deserve
Nehemiah was not a prophet. He was not a priest. He was
a businessman, an administrator.
it.there isnt too much which
a white lie cant solve.
Books of this type exist
because of the prevalence of
the notorious habit of faking
reasons while taking leaves
among young working pros.
The IT/ITES industry is
plagued with unprecedented
absenteeism according to
Krishnaveni Muthiah. But
believers among working
professionals, inspired by the
example of Nehemiah who
first asked his boss
permission before taking a
leave to lead the wall
rebuilding of Jerusalem, should
be different in this matter. It is
one thing to give information
about a leave to a boss after
having made up ones mind
beforehand. However, it is
totally different to seek the
boss permission first before
availing a leave. Believers
among working professionals
should do the latter.
Nehemiah coupled tearful
intercession with planned
intervention. He prayed and
acted. Just doing one without
the other wasnt good
enough. Lawrence O. Richards
explains this:
Nehemiah is distraught when
he hears of the conditions in
Judea (Neh. 1:1-4) and prays
fervently for his homeland
(Neh. 1:5-11). Nehemiah also
determines to act. When King
Artaxerxes (464-424 B.C.)
notices his distress, Nehemiah
tells us that Nehemiah not
only prayed fervently but also
planned meticulously: His
wall-building volunteers had to
go about the building work
with a weapon in one hand
(Neh. 4:17).
We are often unlike Nehemiah
here. We may pray for the
salvation of our without-Christ
intelligent friends. But at the
same time do we also make
plans to share the Gospel with
them intelligently, answering
any questions they may have?
I am referring to questions
such as, Why is Jesus the
only way?, Why is the Bible,
Gods Word?, Why do
innocent children suffer? etc.
To answer such questions we
need to give time for the
subject of apologetics the
discipline of giving answers for
the hope that we have (I Pet.
3:15). Praying for the
unsaved is good. But also
playing a role in getting the
Gospel to them somehow is
even better! And wiser!
Three local leaders stationed
in Jerusalem, Sanballat, Tobiah
and Geshem, the Arab, whom
Nehemiah categorized as
enemies (Neh. 6:1) wanted
to meet and talk to Nehemiah
at Hakkephirim on the plains
of Ono (6:2). Sanballat was
the governor of Samaria who
offers a quick prayer and
requests permission to rebuild
Jerusalem (Neh. 2:1-8).
Yes, Nehemiah combined
intercession with intelligent
action. He makes requests to
the king for permission letters
to be issued for smooth
transit from Susa in Persia all
the way to Jerusalem a
distance of about 1600 kms
(Neh 2:7). Not only that. He
got permission from the king
to use timber from the
Kings forest (Neh. 2:8). Both
the route-security and the
raw-materials for the
rebuilding were received by
Nehemiah through the King.
Nehemiah called for planning
meeting in Jerusalem (Neh.
2:11-12). The survey of the
broken walls was done by
Nehemiah and Co. along with
supplication (2:12-16).
Nehemiah called for another
meeting assembling the
nobles, the officials and the
people. This meeting was to
determine the population
pattern in the capital and the
country side. This analysis
would help Nehemiah in
determining what districts
could best afford to lose a
portion of their inhabitants to
Jerusalem. Nehemiahs sound
logic was that he did not want
to much crowd around the
rebuilt walls (Neh 11:1). Here
is another piece of info from
the book of Nehemiah that
Nehemiah coupled tearful intercession with planned intervention.
apparently believed in dynastic
leadership (both his son and
grandson succeeded him as
governors down the years).
He had earlier jeered the Jews
who were rebuilding the
Jerusalem wall under
Nehemiah with these
scorching words: What are
these feeble Jews doing? Will
they restore it for
themselves? Will they
sacrifice? Will they complete it
in a day? Will they revive the
stones out of the
heaps of rubbish,
and burned ones
at that? (Neh.
4:2). Tobiah was
the governor of
Ammon, who
abused the
storerooms in
the temple with
the active
cooperation of
Eliashib (Neh.
13:4-5). He had
earlier teased the
efforts of
Nehemiahs team
in rebuilding the
broken wall of
Jerusalem by
speaking these
sarcastic words:
Yes, what they
are buildingif a
fox goes up on it
he will break
down their stone
wall! (Neh. 4:3).
Geshem means
big man in
Arabic and this
big man was perhaps the
Kedarite king whose rule and
influence started from
northern Arabia all the way to
Judah. These leaders,
especially Sanballat, felt
threatened by Nehemiah who
was appointed as the
governor of Jerusalem (Neh.
5:14-15) by King Artaxerxes
and started to retaliate. Lester
L. Grabbe explains this rivalry
between Nehemiahs company
and Sanballats company this
It is the perennial political
rivalry between officials of a
governmental regime,
especially one in which local
governors of far-flung areas
had a good deal of autonomy.
In many cases, these became
almost independent kings with
their own armies and absolute
power in their own satrapies.
History is filled with examples
of unruly satraps who gave
pain not only to their fellow
satrapies but to the king
himself that two Persian
officials governing contiguous
areas had little love lost
between them needs no
explanation. From that point
of view the conflict between
Nehemiah and his fellow
governor Sanballat is what we
should expect. John
Goldingay writes that the
governor of Samaria,
Sanballat knew that he will
loose power through
Nehemiahs arrival and that
was one reason for Sanballat
to oppose Nehemiah.
Nehemiah, who was going
about his God-inspired mission
of rebuilding the broken walls
of Jerusalem with his team,
refused to meet Sanballat and
his friends. He sent
messengers to tell
them, I am doing a
great work and I
cannot come down.
Why should the work
stop while I leave it
and come down to
you? (Neh. 6:3). It
could be that he
believed that talks
with these people
would not advance
the mission of his
team in any way but
would only serve to
distract and
discourage. Earlier
on, when the same
group made fun of
their wall-rebuilding
efforts, Nehemiah
prayed a prayer
asking God to take
care of them, instead
of speaking one
word of defence or
retaliation against
them (Neh. 4:4-5).
During out-bound
phone calls in BPO
processes like loan-recovery,
it is common to hear abusive
language from the customers
at the other end. I know this
through first-hand experience.
I have worked for a third-
party BPO located in
Hyderabad of an American
Digital TV Network called Dish
Network. When customers
who werent happy with the
TV bill they received used the
During out-bound phone calls in BPO
processes like loan-recovery, it is common to
hear abusive language
most vulgar and abusive
language. I have observed
certain colleagues of mine,
who werent believers, would
switch on the mute button of
their phone and then abuse
those customers back. Emily
Yellin writes, Some people
just dont like the abusive
language at all, and theyll
disconnect the call
immediately when the
customer starts swearing. It
is in this context that
Nehemiah is again an
inspiration. When he was
abused, taunted, and teased,
he did not do tit-for-tat. He
did not talk back to those
sharp-tongued abusers. He
talked with his God and asked
his God to give a fitting reply
to his detractors.
When a false accusation that
he was trying to become king
was thrown against him,
Nehemiah squarely refuted it.
When he was told that his life
is in danger and that he had to
run inside the temple and
close the doors, Nehemiah did
not budge (Neh. 6:10). He
memorably asked Should a
man like me, flee? (Neh.
6:11). Daring, Nehemiah
certainly was in the face of
some bitter opposition. We
too should be daring. We
should be daring like Paul who
was not only willing to be
jailed for Jesus but also be
killed for Jesus (Acts 21:13).
We should be even willing to
shed our blood in our fight
against sin for the One who
shed His Blood for us, as the
writer of the book of Hebrews
exhorts us to (Heb. 12:4).
Our fellow believers in Iraq and
Syria were ready to be
beheaded but not betray the
name of Jesus, even as I write
these lines (2014)! What an
We read that as Jerusalems
governor, Nehemiah, nor his
brothers ate the food
allowance of the governor
(Neh. 5:14,15,18). But even
the servants of the former
governors, lorded it over the
people (Neh. 5:15). But
Nehemiah did not do so
because of the fear of the
Lord (Neh. 5:15). John A.
Kitchen explains Nehemiahs
baffling, tough-to-find-these-
days action:
Persian Governors were
allowed to tax the people, not
merely to benefit the Persian
King but also for their official
budget. Through such taxation
a Persian Governor provided
for the material needs of his
household and funded the
entertainment of the many
dignitaries he was expected to
host. Nehemiah had the right
to do that, but he chose not
to out of reverence for God.
Nehemiah governed his
relationships not by what he
could legally do but by what
he should morally do before
God. Paul (see I Corinthians
9) and Nehemiah did not see
others as things to be used
but as people to be served.
As a working professional one
might think that he/she is
entitled to spend his/her entire
salary amount on himself/
herself. But one must learn
from Nehemiah. Just as
Nehemiah, in an expression of
his commendable meekness,
refused to enjoy all that he
was privileged to, we too
must give away our salaries
for Jesus-commanded causes
and learn to be content with
much less. There is a blessing
when one does this. Certainly.
Nehemiah, the governor,
worked with Ezra the priest
and with the Law-teaching
Levites (cf. Neh. 8:9). This
partnership was deliberately
made, for Nehemiah realized
that it was not the broken
walls but broken covenant
that jeopardized what God
intended for the Jewish
remnant. Meanwhile,
Nehemiah stuck to what he
was good at: giving
motivational speeches (Neh.
Nehemiah the governor worked with Ezra the priest and with the
Law-teaching Levites (cf. Neh. 8:9).
2:17; 4:19,20; 6:1-3, 8:10).
When the people wanted to
give up and go home,
Nehemiahs speeches
enlivened them and inspired
them to continue the
rebuilding task.
If we want to make an impact
for God in our workplace or
anywhere else, we must learn
to team-up with others who
may be talented in areas we
are not talented. Billy Graham
often remarked that people
came to hear George Beverly
Shea, the
soloist in his
meetings, sing,
than to hear
him preach. I
am not a great
organizer of
meetings. But I
have teamed
up with several
top meeting
organisers to
preach to large
crowds of
young people. I
have learnt to
do this from
Isaacson, Steve
writes how infuriated Steve
Jobs became during the last
few months of his life:
A few weeks after he unveiled
the iPad in January 2010, Jobs
held a town hall meeting with
employees in Apples campus.
Instead of exulting over their
transformative new product,
he went into a rant against
Google for producing the rival
Andriod system. Jobs was
furious that Google had
decided to compete with Apple
in the phone business. We did
not enter the search
business, he said. They
entered the phone business.
Make no mistake. They want
to kill the iPhone. We will not
let them.Jobs felt personally
betrayed. Googles CEO Eric
Schmidt had been on Apples
board during the development
of the iPhone and iPad, and
Googles founders, Larry Page
and Sergey Brin, had treated
him as a mentor. He felt
ripped off. Andriods
touchscreen interface was
adopting more and more of
the features that Apple had
created. Jobs went to Googles
headquarters in 2008 and got
into a shouting match with
Page, Brin and the head of the
Andriod development team,
Andy Rubin. At first Google
avoided copying certain
features, but in January 2010
HTC introduced an Andriod
phone that boasted multi-
touch and many other aspects
of the i-Phones look and feel.
So Apple filed a suit against
HTC (and, by extension,
Andriod) alleging infringement
of twenty of its patents. As he
sat in his house in Pal Alto the
week the lawsuit was filed, he
became angrier than I had
ever seen him: Our lawsuit is
saying, Google, you
(expletive) ripped off the
iPhone, wholesale ripped us
off. Grand theft. I will spend
my last dying breath if I need
to, and I will spend every
penny of Apples $40 billion in
the bank to right this wrong. I
am going to destroy Andriod
because its a stolen product.
Im willing to go to
thermonuclear war on this.
(Steve Jobs,
We also read
in the book
of Nehemiah
infuriated, at
Read this
below to
grasp that:
cursed, beat-
up and pulled
out the hair
of the Jewish
men who
had inter-married from other
faiths in Jerusalem (Neh.
13:23-25). Ezra, in a similar
situation pulled his own hair
(Ezra 9:3). The reason for
this different approach could
be explained this way: there
are times when we intercede
for the people who are pulling
our own hair (like Ezra) and
there are times when we
confront blundering people
(like Nehemiah who pulled the
hair of blundering people).
Confronting someones bad
behaviour isnt always
I am going to destroy Andriod because its a stolen product.
Im willing to go to thermonuclear war on this - Steve Jobs
pleasant, but if done in love
(Se Eph. 4:15), it leads to
healing and deeper
friendships so wrote Greg/
Melissa Powell. Nehemiahs
hair-pulling event came a full
thirty years after Ezras hair-
pulling event (Ezra 9:1-4).
After giving the people many
chances, the people of Israel
are given their due punishment
from the no nonsense
Nehemiah. He was, in one
sense, like Prophet Nathan,
here the prophet Nathan
who confronted the
adulterous King David with a
God-inspired story. Nathans
you are that man to David is
comparable to the hair-pulling
of Nehemiah of those in
unholy marriage ties. By
pulling their hair, perhaps
Nehemiah wanted to literally
lift them to the heights he
believed God wanted them to
reach! The beating was
probably not life-threatening
as much as it was attention-
grabbing, so wrote a Bible
This event particularly upset
Nehemiah: the grandson of
the high priest married the
daughter of Sanballat, the
enemy of the Jews (Neh.
13:28,29). This marriage
was doubly grievous: First, a
high priest in particular was
not to marry a foreigner (Lev.
21:14), and second, Sanballat
was an enemy (2:19; 4:1;
6:1). so says a Study Bible.
I have seen this happen. A
believer girl, on fire for God,
losing all that because of an
unholy tie a romantic
relationship with a non-
believer. This is true: the one
you take to bed, will influence
your head! The unbeliever you
marry will influence you to
become like him/her in due
course of time. This was
Nehemiah s point: Was it not
because of marriages like
these that Solomon, king of
Israel sinned? Among the
nations there was no king like
him. He was loved by his God,
and God made him king over
Israel, but even he was led
into sin by foreign women
(Neh. 13:26 NIV). Nehemiah
was particularly upset because
only recently the people of
Israel had taken a vow not to
inter-marry (Neh. 9:2). When
the Temple was dedicated, the
people of Israel invited curses
upon themselves if they
disobeyed God in the area of
marrying non-believers (Neh.
10:29,30). Thats
one reason why he
angrily called
curses upon
people who
compromised in the
area of marriage
(Neh. 13:25).
The holy anger of
Nehemiah was seen
in two other areas
where the people of
Israel failed as well:
in the area of non-
payment of Tithes
(Neh. 13:10-12)
and in the area of
not keeping the
Sabbath (which is
basically about
failure to give Time to God)
(Neh. 13:15-22). So, in the
areas of Tithe, Time and Ties
(inter-faith marriages) Israel
had failed God and this
angered Nehemiah to no end.
Talking about tithes, we must
understand that as New
Testament believers, God
expects us to give more than
just tithes. Your monthly
salary may be 10,000. And
you may feel greatly elated
about giving 1000 to the
Lords work. But the Lord is
more impressed with the
person who gives 1000 even
when that person only earns
5000 a month. Give God
what is right - not from what
is left behind, someone rightly
said. Jesus said this about
the widow He met in the
temple: All these people gave
their gifts out of their wealth;
but she out of her poverty put
in all she had to live on! (Luke
21:4). What would Jesus
comment be about our giving?
It is time for some serious
Talking about observing
Sabbath, we must understand
that as New Testament
believers, we do not have to
observe the Sabbath (See Gal.
A believer girl, on fire for the God, losing all that because of an unholy tie
a romantic relationship. I have seen this happen.
4:10). Our rest is not found in
a day, but in a person the
Lord Jesus (Math. 11:28). The
physical rest of the Old
Testament has become the
salvation rest of the New
Testament. This comes when
we repent from our sins and
trust Christ as our Savior
(Hebrews 3 and 4). This is not
to say that New Testament
believers should not take any
physical rest or take a break
from work. It is indeed
important that we take time
to balance our life and work.
Even Jesus told His disciples
that they must take time to
rest awhile (Mark 6:31).
Just like Nehemiah, Paul also
expressed holy anger from
time to time. His spirit was
grieved and he was roused to
anger as he saw the city of
Athens full of Idols (Acts
17:16, AMP). His anger
towards Peter who ate only
with the Jews at one point
was full-blown. But when
Peter came to Antioch, I had
to oppose him to his face, for
what he did was very wrong,
writes Paul (Gal. 2:11 NLT).
Are we moved to holy anger
when we see non-believers in
rampant idol-worship or when
we see believers turn to
unbiblical practices?
Sachin Tendulkar in his stirring
farewell speech in Mumbai
(Nov 2013) had appreciation
for his father (He gave me
freedom at the age of 11 and
told me to chase my
dreams), his brother Ajith
(He sacrificed his career for
my cricket..), wife Anjali
(You are the best partnership
I had in life), coach
Archrekar (He would take me
all over Mumbai to make sure
I got match practice), his
fans (You fasted for me,
prayed for me, done so much
for me.especially your cries
of Sachin, Sachin will
reverberate in my ears till I
stop breathing!) and many
more people.
Unfortunately there wasnt
anyone to appreciate
Nehemiah, it looks like. Thats
why he repeatedly prays to
the Lord, Remember me with
favor, my God, for all I have
done for these people (Neh.
5:19; 13:14; 13:22; 13:31).
In other words, the people he
did good deeds for, never
stopped by to thank him for
the same. They were
ungrateful. So he asked God
not to forget these things.
Do you appreciate the Spiritual
leaders God has used to bless
your life? It could be your local
church pastor, who preaches
apt, anointed messages, time
and again. It could be a
spiritual mentor who laid the
foundation for God to use you
mightily today. It could be a
Sunday School teacher who
made Bible stories come alive
into your imagination.
The Scripture says,
Remember your leaders,
those who spoke to you the
Word of God. Consider the
outcome of their way of life
and imitate their faith (Heb.
13:7); Let the elders who
rule well be considered worthy
of double honor, especially
those who labor in preaching
and teaching (I Tim. 5:17).
When I preached in the Mark
Buntain Memorial Kolkata AG
Youth Camp in 2006, I made it
a point, before I caught my
return flight to Hyderabad, to
visit the home of Rev. Noel
Prabhuraj, the Methodist
Sachin Tendulkar in his stirring farewell speech in Mumbai
(Nov 2013) had appreciation for..
Pastor who came and
preached in my school, the Ida
Scudder School, when I was a
little boy. Uncle Noel, as I
called him, would preach fiery
messages from the Bible with
riveting illustrations and would
not shy away from topics
such as sex, love, marriage
I recall even now. I told myself
then, I want to be a youth
speaker like Uncle Noel
Prabhuraj! He was excited to
see me in Kolkata where he
has now moved to. He
showed me a tattered
yellowed old notebook which
contained the names of my
class mates and I (Shameen,
Prakash, Sarat, Boan,
Solomon Satish Kumar,
Smitha, Sneha, Roshni, etc).
I open up this notebook and
pray over this list, he told me.
I was stunned. I was moved. I
was grateful.
I want to go back to the
Sabbath violation that
happened during Nehemiahs
time because it has immense
relevance for us. The people
of his time had made a public
promise not to violate the
Sabbath (Neh. 10:31). But
when Nehemiah wasnt
around (he could have
returned back to his job in
Persia), they got right back
into the business of doing
business during Sabbath. This
is what happened: Men in
Judah were treading
winepresses on the Sabbath
and bringing grain and loading
it on donkeys, together with
wine, grapes, figs and all other
kinds of loadsMen from Tyre
who lived in Jerusalem were
bringing in fish and all kinds of
merchandise and selling them
in Jerusalem on the Sabbath
to the people of Judah (Neh
13:15,16). Nehemiah rebuked
the people involved in this
work and ordered the doors
to be shut and not be opened
until the Sabbath was over
(Neh. 13:19). He stationed
guards at the gates to ensure
that these gates werent
opened during his absence on
a Sabbath day (Neh. 13:19).
But even after this once or
twice the merchants and
sellers of all kinds of goods
spent the night outside
Jerusalem, staying close to
the Jerusalem wall hoping to
somehow gain entry into
Jerusalem during Sabbath and
start conducting a normal
business (Neh. 13:20-21).
Nehemiah issued a warning to
this group: Why do you
spend the night by the wall? If
you do this again, I will lay
hands on you (Neh. 13:21).
What Nehemiah threatened to
do, Jesus did during His
earthly ministry, in a similar
situation at the Jerusalem
Temple, years later. In this
way, Nehemiah resembled
Nehemiah resembled Jesus in
yet another way. Sinless Jesus
made intercession for
transgressors (Isa. 53:4-
5,12). Nehemiah too,
accepted responsibility for
this disobedience by
demonstrating his solidarity
with his people, even with the
sins and disobedience of his
ancestorswrites Charles
Fensham (see Neh. 9:33).
Our ultimate goal in life is to
resemble Jesus. The only
person in the planet who is
worthy of total imitation is the
Lord Jesus. The Scriptures
exhort us to imitate Him.
When I studied up those texts
in the Bible, I stumbled upon
reasons why we should
become like Jesus. Paul is
pretty clear that we were
chosen before we were born
to be like Jesus (Rom 8:29)!
Hows that! Ask every parent.
The first question that will go
over their minds when they
behold their babe is this:
Which one of us, does our
baby resemble? Gods Word
tells us that our Creator
planned that we must look like
Jesus resemble Jesus
even before we look like our
parents! Even before we were
conceived. Isnt that
wonderful? The question now
is this: God has chosen us to
be like Jesus. But have we
chosen to become like Him?
All of us have a free will. Each
day of our lives we need to
deliberately bend that free-will
of ours to do Jesus-like acts!
Which one of us, does our baby resemble?
Why were we baptized with
the Holy Spirit? To leap up
and down during the worship?
Hardly. To look to look like
Jesus! Pauls point is that God
gave us His Holy Spirit to
make us more like Jesus. He
scripts, And as the Spirit of
the LORD works within us, we
become more and more like
him and reflect His glory even
more (II Cor 3:18). Billy
Graham said, God gave us
Jesus Christ for our eternal life
and the Spirit for our internal
life. As we stay filled with the
Spirit, He will change our
inner-self to be Jesus-like all
the more!
The Scriptures make it very
plain that when Jesus returns
the second time we will all
become like Him. So we
better get some practice now!
Ask Paul. He would tell you,
We are citizens of heaven,
where the Lord Jesus Christ
lives. And we are eagerly
waiting for Him to return as
our Savior. He will take these
weak mortal bodies of ours
and change them into a
glorious one like His own!
(Php 3:20-21). I John is one
of the last books written in
the canon of Scripture. It is in
that book we are told that we
are living in the last hour (I Jn
2:18). If it was the last hour
two millennia ago then we are
living in the last seconds of the
last minutes of the last hour,
as R. Stanley (I call him
uncle) often says. So we
need to hurry up to look like
The Bhagat Singh drama is
about to start. You are to act
as Bhagat Singh lets
imagine. You must without
wasting time get into the
Bhagat Singh costume, pal. In
the same way, Jesus is
coming back swiftly. Lets
quickly dress up so that we
begin to look like Him.
Killian Bell writes how Xiaomi
phone copies Apple:
When Chinese smartphone
maker Xiaomi announced the
Mi 4 (in July 2014) we and
pretty much every other site
that covered the news were
quick to point out that it bears
a slight resemblance to the
iPhone. This isnt the first
time Xiaomi has been
influenced by Apple, either. In
fact, the company is often
referred to as the Chinese
Apple. So, are the likenesses
to Apple being blown out of
proportion, and are they
purely coincidental? Well
start with the companys most
recent product, the Mi4.
Unlike most of its Android-
powered rivals, its chassis is
made out of stainless steel,
and it has beautifully
chamfered edges all the way
around its front and back.
Its antenna is built seamlessly
into its frame, and its speaker
grille is made up of tiny little
holes carefully drilled into the
metal. Its no wonder
everyone thinks it looks a lot
like an iPhone. Even during the
Mi4 unveiling (in July 2014),
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun couldnt
help but borrow the iconic
one more thing that was
often used by Steve Jobs
while wearing a black top and
blue jeans. Then theres the
MiPad, Xiaomis attractive and
affordable tablet, which is
made out of a strong, colorful
plastic. It looks just like an
iPhone 5c; its even available
in the same colors, and
Xiaomi made changes to the
tablets user interface to
introduce bright colors that
make it look a little more like
iOS7. The MiPad even has
some things in common with
the iPad mini including
exactly the same screen size,
resolution, and aspect ratio.
Xioami doesnt just make
mobile devices. It also offers
a set-top box called the Mi
Box that brings streaming
video to your TV and yes,
you guessed it, it looks a lot
like an Apple TV.It may or
may not be true that Xiaomi
phones imitate Apple phones.
But it is true that the believer
in Christ needs to imitate
Christ. Let Nehemiah inspire
you to imitate Christ!
So, there you have it the
word n-e-h-e-m-i-a-h used
to outline the life and times of
NEHEMIAH for the Google
It may or may not be true that Xiaomi phones imitate
Apple phones. But it is true that
Death can be sudden. This is a
sad fact of life.
As few students from a
Hyderabad college stand in the
River Beas for a photo
opportunity (July 2014). Their
plan was perhaps this: upload a
picture of them-selves in the
River Beas that would attract
likes that like a flower wouldve
attracted bees! Suddenly, they
notice that the the rivers
volume and speed increases by
every passing second.
Thoughts about Facebook
pictures leave them and leaving
their faces pale. Officials at the
Larji hydro power project,
located at a distance of 4 kms
from the site where these
students stood had released
large volumes of water causing
a sudden water level rise. The
water level jumped up from a
few feet to meters in a matter
of few seconds. The students
who stood in the middle of the
river bed were swept away
over 20 of them. They were
gone in 60 seconds as a
English movie title goes.
Our hearts go out to the
families of those who lost their
lives in this tragedy.
Death, the Bible also teaches,
can be SUDDEN. When I was a
B. Tech. student in Allahabad
Agricultural Institute, I came
across several stone benches in
that sprawling campus. Many of
those benches were dedicated
to students who died while they
were still in the Campus. Yes,
death can come to us, without
any notice whatsoever.
The rich man that Jesus spoke
about in the Bible also thought
A Plan To Shoot A Pic For FB Upload
With The Dream Of Getting A Lot Of
Likes Gone Awry.
that he could go to
sleep and wake up like
he normally would
every morning
whistling, taking it cool.
This Rich Man told
himself one day, Soul,
you have ample goods
laid up for many years;
relax, eat, drink, be
merry. (Luke 12:19,
The Bible). His focus
was on goods, when it
should have been on
God. And God said to
him, Fool! This night
your soul is required of
you, and the things
you have prepared,
whose will they be?
(Luke 12:20, The
Bible). The rich man
was talking about
many years when
Gods plan was to allow
the taking away of his
life that same night.
Jesus also pointed out that the
Rich man was not rich in his
relationship with God (who was
in the flesh in the person of
Jesus Luke 12:21) and
therefore this Rich Man was
unprepared for eternity if
sudden death had come
knocking. After a persons
death, there will be no more
opportunities given for him to
be saved this is what the
Bible teaches (See Hebrews
9:27). Do you still foolishly tell
yourself, I could take many
more years before I finally
decide to come to Christ. In the
meantime, I choose to enjoy
the pleasures of the world,
soak-in the short-term
pleasures of sin. Later on, when
its convenient, I will repent and
trust Jesus as my Savior!?
Why fool yourself? Come to
Christ, now! Come in
repentance! The rich man was
called a fool by Jesus for not
preparing for the countless
years he would spend in
eternity, while he was much
concerned about his few years
on earth (60 or 70). On the
other hand, there were the five
virgins who were prepared for
the coming of the Bridegroom
(as evidenced by their filling
their lamps with oil) were called
wise by the same Jesus (Mt
25:4, The Bible)! I hope you are
not foolish and unprepared
when it comes to eternity.
Davids son, the handsome and
winsome Absalom would tell you
that death can come suddenly.
He was Bibles answer to John
Abraham. He unexpectedly
Upload a picture of our-selves in
the River Beas that would attract
likes that like a flower wouldve
attracted bees! Suddenly
Duke Jeyaraj
met his fathers men (II Sam
18:9 NLT, The Bible). He raced
away from them on his car
and consequently died in a
crash you can see it that way,
because the mule he rode on
was the car of those days. His
long locks got locked onto a
low-lying branch even as the
mule sped away and was found
by Joab who brutally killed him.
He died when he was thinking of
unseating his father from the
throne. Death was the last
thing on his mind. He was
dreaming of life as the king
when he was killed suddenly. He
was perhaps dreaming of sitting
on the throne of his dad, just
minutes before he was found
hanging as a dead body
suspended between heaven and
earth without a seat.
If you were to die suddenly,
would you be ready to face
death? What will people catch
you doing busily, if you were to
die, suddenly? Would it be
something that pleases Jesus?
There were some young folks
who had meat that they sinfully
desired, in between their teeth
when they died suddenly (Psa
78:30-31, The Bible). What CD
would be left in your DVD
player, if you were to die
suddenly, without being able to
pull it out? What websites
would you have left open, if you
were to die suddenly, without
being able to close them?
Would envy, bitterness, pride,
remain in your heart, if it were
to stop beating, suddenly?
Would you be left with the
regret of missed evangelism
opportunities, if you were to
die, instantly and suddenly?
Death, the Bible tells us, can be
an occasion to SMILE. Yes,
death can be an occasion for a
beaming smile for some folks. It
is quite true that for folks
without a daily living relationship
with Jesus, death can become
an unbearably hopeless and a
super sad event (I Thess 4:13).
But it is also true that death
can be an occasion to look
forward to, with a smile, for
folks who love Jesus and are
ready to face Jesus when He
returns to this planet the
second time as the Judge of all
the earth. I am talking about
folks like Paul who saw death as
a gain and an experience
better than the present life
(Phil 1:21-23, The Bible). Life
with Christ is an endless hope
while life without Christ is a
hopeless end. All our diseases
would be fully gone on the
other side of eternity the
Bible teaches (Rom. 8:21, The
You may have a gnawing fear of
death, deep down within a
fear that never goes away.
Elizabeth Taylor, the American
actress had guards search
under her bed night after night,
because she was so very scared
of being killed while sleeping.
You may not be Liz Taylor. You
may not be a rich and famous
person like her. But
nevertheless, if there is one
thing you fear on this earth, it
is death! But I have good news
for you: Jesus Christ came to
this world to free those who
struggle, all their lives, with the
nagging fear of death, the Bible
records (Heb. 2:14-15, The
The price Jesus had to pay to
earn that freedom for us was
His death (Heb 2:14-15). After
He rose again from the dead,
He taunted death, by asking the
question, Where O Death is
your victory? Where O Death is
your sting? (I Cor 15:55).
Blessed and Holy is the one
who shares in the first
resurrection. Over such the
second death has no power, but
they will be priests of God and
of Christ, and they will reign
with Him for a thousand years
this is what we read in the Bible
in Revelation 20:6. If I were to
put that verse in my words,
keeping the whole message of
the Bible, I would do it this way:
If you have a living daily
relationship with Jesus, the first
one to be raised from the death
and get into a glorified body,
then, hell (called second death
in the Bible) has no power over
you! You will rule with Jesus
forever and forever (thousand
is a symbolic way of saying
forever or eternal See
Daniel 7:14 and II Peter 1:11,
The Bible)!
If Jesus is in your life, you too
can smile at death, when or
whenever it comes knocking,
however suddenly or crudely.
And what is more your life on
this earth, till the second you
die, becomes full of meaning
and joy (John 10:10; I Peter
1:8, The Bible). And after you
die, eternity with God will
beckon you.
Elizabeth Taylor, the American
actress had guards search
under her bed night after
night, because she was so
very scared of being killed
while sleeping.
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Luis Suarez plays for an
English club. But when he
played for his country,
Uruguay, in the 2014 World
Cup, against England, he did
not do any favours for the
English team. He was at his
brilliant best even though he
was not 100 % fit. I guess
strong patriotic feelings swept
aside any pain he felt. His twin
goals helped Uruguay beat
England in a crucial Group of
D(eath) encounter. We too,
as believers, must show
strong feelings of patriotism.
There is nothing wrong with it.
Nehemiah moved by God
took a long leave from his job
to rebuild the walls of the
capital city of the country he
hailed from, Jerusalem (Neh.
1). Apostle Paul was even
willing to go to hell, if his
countrymen, the people of
Israel would come to heaven
(Rom. 9:1-3). One way to
show your patriotism would
be to share the gospel with a
fellow Indian - someone
whose culture you understand
very well. And there are LOTS
of Indians out there in the
Dutch forward Robben mouth-
watering goal against World
Cup 2010 Winners, Spain, had
speed and smartness. We
need both those qualities
when it comes to sharing
Christ. We must rush towards
a Gospel-sharing opportunity
and use it smartly like Paul did
in Acts 17.
Ghanas ball-possession
percentage was more than
the U.S. in their World Cup
World Cup Football 2014
and The Word
Group Game Clash (2014).
But still the U.S. won because
it scored more goals than
Ghana. More than mere
possession of the Bible what
matters more is the following
of the Bible (James 1:25).
If someone says, Australia
lost to the Netherlands you
immediately and without
realizing it ask, in what
game? Because the context
colors the meaning. If
Australia had lost to the
Netherlands in a game of
Football as they did in the
World Cup 2014, it is not a
shame. But if they did in a
game of cricket, it is a shame
and its an upset! When we
read a verse in the Bible, we
must also ask questions that
leads us to the context of the
verse. Otherwise, we will
misunderstand Authors
Intended Meaning (AIM) of
that Bible verse. If Paul writes,
I do not allow a woman to
speak we must ask in what
context? If he writes, Christ
is the firstborn of creation...
we must ask in what
context? Otherwise we will
use the Bible to teach
doctrines the original God-
inspired writers of the Bible
never intended us to teach.
Lionel Messi scored in the 91st
minute - in stoppage time - to
earn Argentina World Cup
2014 group game win over
Iran. Our God can intervene in
our life in the 91st minute -
between the neck and the
knife as He did to save the life
of tied-on-the-altar Isaac
from the sword of Abraham -
and do a miracle for us. So,
lets not lose hope!
Portugals star player
Christiano Ronaldos
devastatingly accurate cross
in the LAST MINUTE of the
What is the connection between the Australia Vs Netherlands
game and reading the Bible in context?
Duke Jeyarajs daily devotions starting with gripping moments from the 2014 Football World Cup
stoppage time (the 95th
minute) in his countrys
gripping game against the US
in the World Cup 2014 helped
them get a goal and
prevented their knockout
from the Cup - atleast at that
time. Some young people
want to come to Jesus in the
last minute of stoppage time
in the game of life after having
enjoyed the pleasures of the
World all their lives. Thats not
a good idea. It is like burning
the candle of your life for the
Devil and blowing the smoke
on the face
of Jesus.
Now is the
time to
repent and
come to
Jesus, the
teaches (2
Cor. 6:2).
may be too
late because
after death
there is no
chance of
being saved
and death
can come to
any of us at
any time (Read Heb. 9:27;
Absaloms, Ahabs examples).
When Jesus gives us better
life than we can ever dream
of we would be fools to delay
our coming to Him in
repentance and faith even by
a nano-second (John 10:10,
Eugene Peterson Version)
Uruguays Star Striker Luis
Suarez apparently bit Italys
Giorgio Chiellini on his
shoulders in the nail-biting
World Cup 2014 Group D
encounter which Uruguay won
to advance to the knockout
reported that Suarez has
twice been banned for biting
opponents - for 10 matches in
2013 for biting Chelseas
Branislav Ivanovic and in
2010, he was given a seven-
game ban while playing for
Ajax for biting PSV
Eindhovens Otman Bakkal.
BBC Sport asked, Had
Suarez really bitten another
player for the third time in his
remarkable and controversial
career, this time with the eyes
of the world on him? What
are we constantly biting? I
hope its not a fellow human!
Thats despicable! What are
we constantly biting into? May
I suggest a wholesome menu
- something that is unlike
Suarezs? Here it is: Gods
Word. Job ate Gods Word -
it was his necessary food
(Job. 23:12). We can afford
to skip breakfast but not our
time with the Bible - this we
learn from Jobs example.
Physical food strengthens our
body. Spiritual food - which
the Bible offers us in plenty -
strengthens our soul. When
Prophet Ezekiel ate Gods
Scroll and it tasted like honey,
he wrote (Ezek. 3:1-3). The
Psalmist writes, How sweet
Your word is to my taste
sweeter than honey in my
mouth (Psa 119:103 HCSB).
Is that our confession too?
This imagery helps to learn
how we must read our Bibles.
Let me explain: We let honey
linger in our tongues so that
its sweet taste can linger
longer. Do we let thoughts
from what we read from the
Bible return to our minds and
allow them to linger in our
hearts so that our actions will
be altered? Do we linger in a
Bible passage till the meaning
of that passage jumps out by
asking relevant who, what,
when, why, how questions?
Let us keep biting the Bible as
Luis Suarez
keeps biting
fellow players
(as it
Listen to this
message by
yours truly
where I talk all
the food
related images
in the Bible for
the Bible -
thats available
in plenty -
Columbia, Brazil, Uruguay,
Argentina and Chile. These five
South American nations
qualified for the knock-out
stage of the FIFA World Cup
2014. If one were to draw a
line from Maracaibo in
Columbia (which seems to be
northern-most town in the
South American sub-continent
according to the map stuck on
the walls of our ministry base)
to Cape Horn (the southern-
most tip of the South
American sub-continent) in
Chile, we could cross all these
five countries. It is safe to say
that the religion of Football is
so widely spread from the
Luis Suarez bit an Italian defender. Do we bite into
Gods Word, the Bible, the Bread?
length and breadth of South
America, so much so that five
nations from that sub-
continent are among the top-
16 of the Worlds best
footballing nations based on
current form! So much about
Football. Apostle Paul wrote
that he preached the Gospel
of Christ (which is not a
religion, but a relationship)
from Jerusalem all the way to
Illyricum (modern Croatia)
(Rom 15:19). The distance
between two places was
about 5600 kms and it would
take about 71 hours of
continuous travel by road to
reach one place from another
in current traffic according to
Google. Yet Paul traveled that
distance without modern
travel facilities like the car and
preached the Gospel! What a
challenge this is for us to be
missionaries (Lk 10:1),
supplicate for missionaries
(Math. 10:37,38) and send
missionaries (Acts 13:1-3)
with our finances so that
every area from Kutch to
Kohima, from Kashmir to
Kanya Kumari is reached with
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul Pogba was in the
Manchester United team once
but left this famous club
because he was constantly
warming the bench. He could
not be a spectator any longer
and so he joined Juventus.
This 21-year old (seen as the
best young footballer
presently) couldnt be a mere
spectator when the Nigerian
goalie, Vincent Enyeama,
goofed up post a corner kick
in last 16 encounter France
had with Nigeria in World Cup
2014. He jumped higher than
anyone around him and
headed in a goal to become
the toast of France. Are you a
spectator kind of Christian?
Do you merely watch things
happen? God wants you to
make things happen - not
watch things happen. Dont be
a church seat-warmer. Be a
Kingdom of God builder. There
was a time when Paul was a
spectator. He was spectator
to the murder of Stephen
(Acts. 8:1). But after he met
Christ he became the man
who made things happen: he
turned the world upside down
in fact! (Acts. 17:6).Paul said,
I worked harder than any of
them, though it was not I, but
the grace of God that is with
me! (I Cor. 15:10). Paul
could not warm the bench,
even for a minute! He worked
hard to make a difference with
the Grace of God enabling
Towards the end of the
second half of extra-time in
the Argentina-Switzerland last
16 knockout game in the
World Cup 2014, aggressive-
till-that-point Switzerland
looked like waiting for the
penalty shootout. They
werent exactly looking to
win. And Argentina wasted no
time in pouncing upon the
surprising Swiss slow-down
and went on to punish them
led by the magical Lionel Messi
who usurped the ball from the
Swiss defence, gave it a few
deft touches like only he can
before passing the ball to
compatriot Angel Di Maria who
scored for Argentina to make
it 1-0 in the 118th minute -
with just 90 seconds of
regulation time left. As one
observer put it, Switzerland
were supposed to keep the
ball near the Argentine goal as
the game inched towards the
penalty shootout. Instead
they were passing the ball
around near their goal and this
lead to their downfall. When
King David did not attack but
chose to stay back then he
fell into temptation (2 Sam.
11:1). He was supposed to
be busy leading his country in
a war. But he chose to stay
back in the palace and sleep
till late afternoon when he
committed adultery with
Bathsheba. Resting David
became rusting David.
Laziness is an open invitation
for the Devil to tempt you!
Being an attacking Christian -
which practically means that
you dont miss any
opportunity to witness, you
Paul Pogba could not remain a spectator. What about you?
Are you a Spectator or a Solder?
race for those weekend
outreaches, you dash when
you get a chance to share
your testimony, etc - is a
great safeguard against
Belgium, in its first four games
in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
never scored a goal before
the 70th minute in anyone of
the games they played.
Strange! When they beat the
United States in their last 16
game, they scored only in the
first half of the extra time. So
in four matches in the 2014
World Cup Belgium never
scored in the FIRST half of the
game. Some believers treat
the Bible, the way the Belgian
football team has treated the
first half of their first four
matches in the 2014 World
Cup: they do not see much
use for the first half of the
Bible - the Old Testament. But
we need to read the Old
Testament as well as the New
Testament. All Scripture is
God-breathed, Paul wrote (2
Tim. 3:16). That includes the
Old Testament. All Scripture is
useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in
righteousness, so that the
servant of God may be
thoroughly equipped for every
good work. (2 Tim.
3:16,17). Let us read the Old
Testament as well as the New
Testament. Let us not ignore
the message of the Old
Testament. Jesus asked a
question several times during
His earthly ministry. It was
this question: Havent you
ever read....? He asks us,
Havent you ever read the
Bible I read which is the Old
Testament? We must! The
Old Testament contains
examples that serve as
warnings for us New
Testament Christians, Paul
penned (I Cor. 10:11). Are we
Karim Benzemas fierce shot
at the German goal was
brilliantly fisted away by the
Goalie Manuel Neuer in the
last few seconds of the 2014
World Cup Quarterfinals.
Benzema smiled, shook his
shoulders and seemed to say
with his eyes, I tried my very
best till the end, but today -
against the consistent
Germans - it isnt enough to
get my team a win! This
reminds me of the quote I
heard when I was still in
School: If you try and fail,
you may be disappointed. But
if you dont try at all, you will
be doomed! We must try.
When it comes to evangelism,
we must not say, This
particular person in my office/
in my college/ in my
neighborhood is never going
to accept Jesus. So I will not
even try to share the Gospel
with him. We must go ahead
and share the Gospel with
that person. That person, may
or may not come to Christ.
But share, we must! Till the
end. Till our death or our
Christless Colleagues death.
Or till Jesus returns.
Conversion is not in our
hands. But sharing the Gospel
is (Read Ezekiel 3 where the
lesson is that God is going to
call us to account if we do not
share, with the those staying
under our influence, HIS
WORD; but if we do share HIS
WORD and those who heard
us disobeyed Gods Word, we
are absolved of blame and
blood-guilt on that FINAL DAY)
James Rodriquez, the
Columbian mid-fielder who
scored 6 times in the FIFA
World Cup 2014, did not
notice a giant insect sitting on
his t-shirt collar in his teams
quarterfinal against Brazil even
as he celebrated a successful
penalty kick. We too might
not notice the fact we may be
backsliding without our
knowledge in our busy-in-
Sunday-Worship Christian life.
Strangers devour his
strength, and he knows it not;
gray hairs are sprinkled upon
James Rodriguez did not realize that an insect sat on his
jersey. Do we backslide without realizing it?
him, and he knows it not
(Hos. 7:9). What was true
about Israel may be true
about our spiritual lives - we
may be going away from God
and we are too busy not to
notice it! We may be like King
David. The true life of Uriah
spoke to him, yet he did not
realize his sin and repent. The
gripping parable of prophet
Nathan spoke to him, yet he
did not own up his sin - he
was perhaps oblivious to it.
Nathan had to say, You are
the man! for David to realize
that he was being talked
about in Nathans mutton-
biriyani preparation story (2
Sam. 11, 12). Is there a King
David on Facebook reading
this? Is there a King David on
Google Plus reading this?
Netherlands coach Louis van
Gaal pulled off a masterstroke
by substituting their teams
goalie, Jasper Collessen, in the
last few seconds of the extra-
time in the Netherlands Vs
Costa Rica Quarter Final World
Cup 2014 game. The
substitute goalie, Tim Krul,
then superbly saved two goals
in the penalty shootout to
give the Dutch a rare penalty
shoot-out win in the World
Cup Stage and a place in the
World Cup semi-finals. Louis
van Gaal had a plan and role
for each of the players in his
team, it became evident after
this gripping game of Football.
Our Maker also has a unique
plan and a specific role for
each one of us on planet
Earth, the Bible teaches (Jer.
29:13). No plan of God for us
can be thwarted (Job. 42:2).
His thoughts for our lives are
higher than ours (Isa. 55:8).
So lets not fret and just do
what He has called us to do
having considered us faithful
(2 Tim. 1:12).
After having reached the
semi-finals on the virtue of
winning a penalty shoot-out in
the quarter-finals, the
Netherlands, perhaps the best
footballing nation never to win
a World Cup yet, should have
been extra keen to avoid a
penalty shoot-out in the World
Cup 2014 semi-final against
Argentina. Every day is not a
Sunday. You dont win every
penalty shootout, even
though you may be the best
team, the most consistent
team. But it was not the case.
They did not play attacking
enough. They did not come
out all guns blazing like they
did against Spain in the
opening game of this World
Cup to, stunningly and
emphatically, win 5-1. And
when the penalty shoot-out
came, they were caught
napping. Two of their penalty
takers missed their penalties
and Argentina won to reach
the final. And when it comes
to the things of God
(especially salvation -
repenting from Sin and
returning to Jesus who died
and rose again for us), we
should not wait till the fag
end, the penalty-shoot-out
stage, so to speak. Because
we never know what would
happen then: we may never
be alive at that stage (Luke
12:20); Jesus may have
already returned as Judge at
that stage (I Thess. 5:2); the
Spirit of God may have
stopped speaking to us at that
stage (Gen. 6:3). The dying
thief got a last chance, may
be, because he never had any
chance to come to come to
Christ while he was alive. But
living thieves like us who
have many, many chances to
come to Christ - thanks to the
deluge of Gospel preaching
these days - may not get
opportunities to come back to
Jesus, again and again, even
though we may seek it with
tears when its already too
late (after death, after
Second/Secret Coming/after
Spirit stopped speaking to
stubborn us) (Heb. 12:17,
New Living Translation).
Thanks Scolari for 2002.
Hope to never see you again!
That was one placard held in
the stadium where Brazil lost
0-3 to the Netherlands in the
game to decide the third place
winner in the FIFA World Cup
2014. While it was true that
Lionel Messi may have thrown his Golden Ball award in a
dustbin, if that would give him the World Cup instead.
Brazils current manager
Scolari led Brazil to a record
fifth World Cup win in 2002,
he seemed far from his
managerial best in this edition
- 2014 World Cup. Some of
us, believers are like
Scolari. In our 2002 we
were on fire for God. We
were blazing hot for Jesus.
We won souls for Jesus.
We gave out Gospel tracts
enthusiastically. We lapped
up Gods Word hungrily. We
fasted and prayed without
watching the watch. We
gave sacrificially for the
Lords work. We beat
temptations on a
consistent basis. During
the times we slipped, we
immediately rushed back
to Gods presence in true
repentance. When? Then!
Yes, that was in our 2002
- in the past. In the past, it
was all glory. But now -
alas - its another story. But
now, perhaps, our faith has
gone cold. We are
comfortable with certain sins
in our lives. We have become
lukewarm Christians. We go
through the motions in the
church. We have backslidden.
We are dragging our feet as
Christ-followers. What we
were in our 2002 we are
clearly not in 2014. We need
to repent. We need to come
back. We need to fall in love
with Jesus all over again and
stay in love with him 24/7.
Remember this: There is no
condemnation for those who
ARE in Christ Jesus! the
Scripture says in Romans 8:1.
The Scripture does NOT say,
There is no condemnation for
those who ONCE WERE in
Christ Jesus! Present
continuous tense is used by
Paul here - please note! So,
dont believe the once saved,
always saved rubbish which
hyper-grace hell-heading false
teachers dole out and live a
luke-warm Christian life!
Instead, be on fire for Jesus -
day-in and day-out! Then the
Lord Jesus will not tell us this:
So, because you are
lukewarmneither hot nor
coldI am about to spit you
out of my mouth (Rev.
He returned to the pitch
with the Golden Ball
trophy of the FIFA World
Cup 2014 dangling limply
by his side, as if waiting
to be dispatched in the
first dustbin he could find.
So wrote Dominic Fifield
of The Guardian about
Lionel Messi. Messi could
have thrown away his
golden ball, if that could
be exchanged for a World
Cup Winner medal. For
him, winning the World
Cup with Argentina was
more important than
winning the Golden Ball.
Apostle Paul, in the same
vein said he would trash
all his qualifications in the
trash can if that would help
him to know Christ (Phil 3:8).
We could give up anything -
family ties, property, wealth,
just anything, in order to
know Christ! When it came to
the golden ball or the World
Cup medal, Messi preferred
the World Cup medal. When
we have to choose between
the world and all that it offers
and knowing Christ, we must
choose knowing Christ.
As Duke Jeyaraj and Evangelin Duke take the plunge to grab the Google Generation from going to Gehenna, God sends into their lives the
widow and the crow to meet their financial needs (think of the Elijah story)! It is only right that we reveal how we spent the money
sacrificially sent by these fab folks all of whom are Indian. Here is an account of what we did with the money spent from JUNE 2014 to
OCTOBER 2014 (5 MONTHS): Magazine Printing Charges Rs.20,000/-; Internet charges with printout Rs.9,500/-; Refreshments during
meetings at base and tracts outreach Rs.9,000/-; Refreshments while on duty Rs.9,500/-; Salaries for all together Rs.1,35,000-; Rent for
ministry base and related charges Rs.60,000/-; Outstation Ministry and related expenses Rs.17,500/-; Dispatch of Ministry Resources to
subscribers/supporters Rs.7,000/-; Local Transport charges plus vehicle maintenance Rs.16,000/-; Ministry Volunteer Gifts Rs.10,000/-;
Message CD production/Youtube Video editing work Rs.3500/-; Raw Material for magazine work Rs.5,000/-; Phone communication charges/
Phone-Computer accessories Rs.19,000/-; Furniture for the ministry base Rs.37,000/-; Board Meeting Related / Accounts Related Expenses
4500/- Offerings given to other servants of God/ministries Rs.50,000/-; Grand Total 4,12,500/-
After our annual board meeting held during September 2014 in Chennai, a Chartered Accountant submitted our ministry accounts to the
Government after an audit. If you are led to give to this ministry which is founded by an Indian and supported by Indians who are blessed by
Dukes writings and messages please use the bank information/contact address found on page 2 of this magazine. God bless you!
This World Cup 2014 poster challenges
us not to become lukewarm Christians.
God-Raised Crows and Widows
Who Have Blessed Us Financially!
James 2:10 is often used by
hyper-grace false teachers to
say that no one is sinless and
so its okay to live in sin after all
we are all saved by grace! I
have heard them use it like a
broken-record! But what they
teach is anti-Scriptural. I invite
you to see the context of this
verse James 2:10. A Bible
text, taken out of context is a
pretext! Certain believers in the
church, the Apostle James
wrote to, insulted the poor
(James 2:6, four verses above)
and showed favouritism to
the rich (James 2:9, one
verse above). These
believers, it looks like,
thought that it was not a sin
to do so. It is in this context
that James says in-effect:
Even insulting the poor is a
sin. Even showing
favouritism toward the rich is
a sin. Giving a good seat for
the rich man while asking the
poor man to sit on the floor
in a local church context is
also a sin (see James 2:1-4,
6 verses above James 2:10).
You may not have committed
adultery. You may not have
murdered anyone. But if you
insult the poor and show
favouritism to the rich that also
is sin and that amounts to
breaking Gods law. For
whoever keeps the whole law
and yet stumbles at just one
point (like siding with the rich
and rallying against the poor, in
this case) is guilty of breaking
all of it. (James 2:10,11). So,
this passage is an
encouragement that we must
eschew ALL kinds of sin found
in our lives, in the light of Gods
written Word! And to think
hyper-grace false teachers
regularly use it to teach that we
James 2:10 Which Hyper Grace False
Teachers Use Like A Broken Record Is
Actually An Anti-Hyper Grace Verse!
Duke Jeyaraj
can remain in many sins
because committing many sins
is the same as committing just
one sin, is against the spirit of
this verse! And the message of
the New Testament and the
Bible, as a matter of fact. In
fact, the next verse James
2:12 teaches that we are
going to be judged by the law
that gives freedom and the
believers (who abide in Christ)
who have shown mercy to the
poor will be shown mercy on the
day of Judgement. But on the
other hand, the believers who
have been mean to the poor
(thereby effectively cutting off
their relationship with Christ) will
not be shown mercy. By
showing mercy believers can
ensure mercy triumphs over
judgement as this verse says.
If they do not show mercy, they
will be judged (James 2:13). So,
James 2:10 is actually a
motivation for holy living in the
area of our social behaviour. To
use it as an excuse to live in sin
is a travesty. It is a rape of the
context. Also, James clearly
writes in the same chapter, You
see that a person is justified by
what he does and not by faith
alone (James 2:24). James
does not contradict Paul who
teaches that people are saved
by faith and not good deeds
(Romans 3:28; Gal. 2:15-16).
James says in-effect, If your
faith in Christ is true and
genuine, it will always result in
good deeds. And that kind of
faith SAVES you (See James
2:14). The faith that doesnt
result in life-change does not
SAVE in other words. This does
not mean that the believer
becomes sinless overnight and
stays that way till his death or
the Second coming. Not at all.
James himself writes, We all
stumble in many ways (James
3:2). But the call to pursue
holiness is there throughout
the Bible: Let him who is holy
continue to be holy (Rev.
22:11). The Scripture nowhere
says, Let him who is a believer,
continue to live in sin. Read
Romans 6:1,2. What shall we
say then? Shall we go on
sinning so that grace may
increase. By no means! We died
to sin, how can we live in it any
longer Paul repeats this in
Romans 6:15 lest we miss it!
But hyper-grace false teachers
change the grace of our God
into a license for immorality
(Jude 4). When we see the
entire essence of the Bible, we
come to a conclusion that no
Scripture should be used to
encourage believers to say: No
one is sinless. So, it is okay to
sin! You will still go to heaven!
But the message of the
Scripture is this: As a believer,
if you fall in sin come back to
God immediately without
wallowing further in that sin.
Ask God to forgive you. Let the
blood of Jesus cleanse you.
Dont delay! (I John 1:7-9).
James 2:10 challenges
Hyper-grace false teaching,
we discover here.
The law that gives freedom
mentioned in James 2:12 is
called by James as perfect law
of liberty in James 1:25.
Daniel K. Norris, quoting
James 1:25 writes, The law
was not given to restrict his
people from freedom, but to
release them into it! The
context here, is that certain
folks to whom James
addresses this letter were
side-lining the poor while
warming up only with the rich
(James. 2:2-5). But the law
of liberty is the law of love
- a summary of the Laws that
God gave through Moses
which Jesus brilliantly
summarized as this: Love God
and Love People (Math.
22:36-40). Because we have
experienced Jesus great love
toward us, we can love the
unlovely - the poor as well as
the rich. Experiencing the
undeserving love of God
makes free - empowers us -
to love the poor who are
generally side-lined and
ignored. When we were
poor sinners, Christ loved us
and offered us salvation, didnt
He? In the same way, we
must not be partial but show
love for EVERYONE - including
the rich and poor and not just
the rich. Thats why the
phrase the law that gives
freedom is used here.
On the day of judgement, we
will be judged by this law of
liberty, that is God will call us
to account with this question,
Have you loved me? Have
you loved people? We must
be ready to give an answer
(James 2:12). If we merely
claim to love people with just
words and not through
Should New Testament Believers
Still Follow The Moral Law?
Duke Jeyaraj
concrete actions - like
feeding the hungry, by giving
drink to the thirsty, by
befriending strangers, by
clothing the naked, by
visiting-praying for sick, by
visiting those in prison and
offering whatever help we
can for those in need - we
might cut a sorry figure on
the day of judgement as we
have not fulfilled the law of
liberty (See Math. 25:31-
46). If we are really saved,
we will love God and love
People and we will indeed fulfil
the law of liberty.
Hyper-grace false teachers try
to say that we do not have to
follow the law at all. This is
yet another big error, they are
sadly teaching. While following
the law will not save us, the
law of liberty empowers us
through the love of God to
love people as we have just
seen. We, as New Testament
Christians, need not follow the
ceremonial laws of the Old
Testament like the ones
involving animal sacrifices as
they have become obsolete
(Heb. 8:13, see verse 3,
verse 6). But as we are saved
not by works but for works
we need to still follow the
moral, non-ceremonial laws of
the Old Testament/Bible the
summary of which is the law
of liberty/love - Love God
and Love people. Thats why
the writer to the book of
Hebrews comes up with
instructions/laws like these:
Do not forget to entertain
strangers, for by doing so
some have unwittingly
entertained angels (Heb.
13:2). And instructions/laws
like these: Marriage is
honourable among all, and the
marriage bed undefiled, but
fornicators and adulterers God
will judge (Heb. 13:4). If God
did away with the moral law,
we will not have verses like
these! So the moral law is still
applicable. Let me quote
Daniel K. Norris again here: If
we are under grace (and
therefore need not follow the
law), why hold people
accountable for lying to you?
Why not invite your neighbor
over to sleep with your
spouse? Why prosecute a
murderer? Why pay for
anything at Walmart when you
can just take it? If we are
really born again, we will
follow verses such as these!
And if deliberately, daringly,
repeatedly and stubbornly
flouting/breaking these laws
and in case we die before our
repentance and U-turn
towards Jesus, we will indeed
be judged (Heb. 13:4)! So,
lets be careful. Loving God,
empowers us to love people
as I already said. So lets fall in
love all the more with Jesus,
every passing second, so that
we will fulfil the law of liberty
by loving the unlovely and by
living holy!
If were under grace and not
law why pay for anything you
buy in a super-market - you
might as well shop-lift?!
The following news report by
Geeta Pandey for
on 15 September 2014 was
intriguing: Bollywood stars
have joined hundreds
expressing outrage after a
top Indian newspaper
published a photo and report
on actress Deepika
Padukones cleavage. On
Sunday (14 September
2014) the Times of India
tweeted a photo taken last
year with a link to a web
photo gallery and caption:
Oh My God: Deepika
Padukones cleavage show.
An angry Padukone responded
on Twitter: YES! I am a
Woman. I have breasts AND a
cleavage! You got a
problem!!?? The daily later
put out a tweet urging her to
consider it a compliment. The
newspaper has since removed
the original tweet about
Padukones dress, which she
wore to a film launch last
year. Supposedly Indias
LEADING newspaper and this
is NEWS!!??, Padukone
wrote on her Twitter account
on Sunday (14 September
2014). Dont talk about
Womans Empowerment when
YOU dont know how to
RESPECT Women! she added.
Much of the outrage is
summarised by the comment
posted by Hindustan Times
columnist Madhavan
Narayanans tweet: They
think Deepika Padukone has a
cleavage. I think shes got a
Deepika later wrote another
article about this controversy.
Here are some excerpts:
A Bible Meditation On The OGLE
Temptation For The Google Generation
Duke Jeyaraj starts with a no-beating-about-the-bush, red-hot, Deepika Padukone tweet
Deepika Padukone angry tweet brings to the fore
some key issues about ogling.
When an actress inner wear
decides to do a peek-a-boo,
she most definitely did not
step out with the intention to
do so. So instead of zooming
in, circling it and pointing
arrows at it, why dont we
give her some respect and
let it go instead of making it
headlines!? Are we not
Masaba Gupta, cricketer
Vivian Richards daughter and
perhaps Indias leading young
fashion designer was brutally
blunt when she wrote on
twitter about this burning
issue: We dont see pictures
of men who wear unflattering
pants (in our leading
newspapers with the crotch
zoomed-in, circled, with
pointing arrows on it). The
penis is holy or what?
Radhika Santhanam
responded to this controversy
with an open letter to Times
of India (TOI) newspaper while
writing for The Hindu on 23
September 2014. Here are
some extracts from that
gripping, much-shared art:
No, TOI, there is a difference
between zooming into a
womans cleavage and making
a story out of it with a
headline that says OMG!
Deepikas Cleavage Show and
posting pictures of her that
she has posed for voluntarily.
The first is a blatant invasion
of privacy; the second is her
choice. Consent or the lack of
it is the issue youre missing
here. Deepikas body is her
own she can choose to do
whatever she wants with it. By
focussing solely on her body
parts and commenting on
them, you are doing exactly
what women fight against
everyday objectification.
Your response to her cleavage
is no different from that guy
on the street who whistles at
a woman when she walks by
fully clothed or not or
the man on the bus who leers
at a woman when her dupatta
slips. What is the difference,
really? They are zooming in
with their eyes; youre
zooming in with your camera.
This whole debate brings to
the fore some core issues that
concern todays youth
issues for which we need
direction from Gods Word, the
Bible. The first issue concerns
OGLING. What would God
thinking of gawking? Does the
Bible give place for a believer
in the Lord Jesus to gaze at a
woman with impure intent?
Please note here that the
ideas even secular writers
have against OGLING very
carefully (as we have just
seen above). And rightly so. Is
it okay to look at a woman
you are not married to and
think that she is beautiful?
There is nothing wrong about
this. Yes, admiration of beauty
of a person from the opposite
sex isnt wrong. Let me show
that to you from Scripture.
We are told that every writer
of Scripture was inspired by
God when he wrote (2 Tim.
3:16). Moses wrote the first
five books of the Bible.
Moses, a man, under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit
writes this about Rebecca, a
woman who was not his wife,
thus: The girl was very
beautiful, a virgin(Gen.
24:16, NASB). While the
Spirit-inspired Moses was
generic in his observation that
Rebecca was beautiful, he was
even more specific when he
talked about Rachel another
woman who was not his wife.
He wrote that Rachel was not
only beautiful (a generic
description of her beauty) but
lovely in figure (an even
more specific description of
her beauty) (Gen. 29:17,
NIV). Moses was not sinning
when he wrote thus, as he
wrote those words under the
Holy Spirits inspiration (2 Pet.
1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16).
Therefore, just looking at a
woman, and thinking that is
she is beautiful or looking at a
man and thinking that he is
handsome is
not sin, per se.
In fact, we
must praise
God that each
one of us is
fearfully and
made this
the Scripture
teaches (Psa.
Billy Graham, in
his refreshingly
Just As I Am,
writes that
some women
I am not
referring to his
wife Ruth Bell here - he met in
his life journey were beautiful
and stunning. He understood
from the Scriptures that to
think a woman was beautiful
was not sinful. I recall hearing
an accomplished, godly,
Christian apologist in a
conference in Allahabad when
I was a student of Allahabad
Agricultural Institute (1993-
97). I still remember (in 2014
when I write these words)
that He talked about the
stunning beauty of an
unknown woman he spotted
while he stood in an airport to
board a flight. He mentioned
that he thanked God for
having made her so beautiful
and moved on to think about
other things instead of
dwelling upon her. This man of
God surely understood from
Gods Word that it was not
iniquity to admire the beauty
of a woman even if that
woman wasnt your wife.
Please wait, I havent finished
yet. If you quote me, please
quote me along with the rest
of the lines in this piece,
please! Having said this, I
must say that we must be
careful and diligent that our
admiration of beauty of the
opposite sex does not graduate
into lustful look. What is lustful
look? It is to strip the person of
the opposite sex who is not our
spouse, naked and imagine
situations of sexual intimacy
with that person. Famous
Indian author Kushwant Singh,
who died in 2014 at the age of
99, once said, When I meet
some women, I imagine what it
would be like, if I went to bed
with them. I am talking about
that Kushwant Singh kind of
sinful look here. It looks like
thats how Bill Clinton looked at
Monica Lewinsky as well.
Monica told Time magazine in
1999 about how Bill Clinton
looked at women: And the
way he was flirting with me
was inappropriate. So I think
was the eye contact. And the
way he looks at women hes
attracted to. He undresses you
with his eyes. And it is slow,
from the bottom of your toes
to the top of your head back
down to your toes again. And
its an intense look. He loses
his smile. His sexual energy
kind of comes over his eyes,
and its very animalistic
Mary Winsteads tweets underlined the
biblical truth that a womans nakedness
belonged to the eyes of her husband alone.
Job talked about how
conscientious he was, not to
do this very thing, we are
talking about: I dictated a
covenant (an agreement) to
my eyes; how then could I
look (lustfully) upon a girl?
(Job 31:1, AMPLIFIED
VERSION). Eugene
Peterson renders the
same verse so that it
speaks directly to
present-day people who
are used to hearing
straight talk when it
comes to matters of sex:
I made a solemn pact
with myself never to
undress a girl with my
eyes (Job 31:1, The
Message). Jesus point in
Matthew 5:28 was this:
You dont need a bed to
commit adultery. All you
need is a dirty head!
[This is what I learn from
his statement there: But
I say to you that
everyone who looks at a
woman with lust has
already committed
adultery with her in his
heart (Matt. 5:28,
NRSV).] The story of
Noah lying naked and
exposed may be relevant
here. One of his sons (Ham)
got to see what Noah did not
intend him to see: his
nakedness. He had no control
over two things: his eyes and
his mouth. He saw the
nakedness he was not
supposed to see and went and
told his two brothers about it.
Yes, he had no eye control
and no mouth control. But his
brothers (Shem and Japheth),
took a garment and laid it
across their shoulders; then
they walked in backward and
covered their fathers
nakedness. Their faces were
turned the other way so that
they would not see their
fathers nakedness. While God
cursed the ogler Ham, he
blessed Shem and Japheth
who refused to take indecent
advantage to see something
they had no permission to see
(as one Bible Scholar put it)
(Gen. 9:20-26). The Bible is
direct that we must not engage
in look with lust at women we
arent married to here: Do not
lust in your heart after her
beauty or let her captivate you
with her eyes (Prov. 6:25
At this juncture, let me quote a
telling tweet from Mary E.
Winstead, a Hollywood actress
who is known for her role in
horror films. She was affected
by the much-talked about 31
August 2014 hacker-
orchestrated i-cloud nude
pictures world-wide leak. She
wrote on Twitter thus: To
those of you looking at photos
I took with my husband years
ago in the privacy of our home,
hope you feel great about
yourselves. She is speaking
sarcastically here it is
outrageously obvious. She is
saying actually here: You
should NOT be feeling great
looking at the nude pictures of
me and my husband! Though
I am not sure if it was wise on
her part to click nude pictures
of herself with her
husband using her
phone, I can say that the
Bible agrees with her. We
should not be feeling
great looking at the
nudity of anyone who is
not yet our spouse; in
fact we should be
ashamed of it, and
repent from that God-
displeasing act. This, the
Bible teaches. Show me
where? may be your
question. Here: Leviticus
18-21. The Hebrew
word for indecent
exposure or revelation
(erwah) appears thirty
four times in Leviticus
chapters 18-21, all in
reference to various acts
of immoral sex. The
word is commonly
translated as
nakedness (by KJV)
these are the findings of
a Bible Scholar. So the
repeated message of the Bible
in Leviticus 18-21 is simple: a
husbands nakedness is for the
eyes of his wife alone; a wifes
nakedness is for the eyes of
the husband alone.
So, let us assert what we
learnt from the Scriptures on
the burning issue of ogling
from the Bible: admiration of
beauty is fine but stripping of
the person of the opposite sex
in the mind and imagining sex
acts with that person is not. If
we have fallen into that sin,
we must acknowledge it,
confess it to the Lord Jesus
who died for oglers (and, of
course for everyone) on the
Rebecca, Moses records under the
Spirits inspiration, was beautiful. Is
plain admiration of beauty sin?
Cross, get washed by His
blood and live holy with the
enabling power of the Spirit
(Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:7-
9; Romans 8:13). In a 1976
interview to Playboy
magazine, Georgia Governor
and then-Presidential
Candidate Jimmy Carter said:
Ive looked on a lot of
women with lust. Ive
committed adultery in my
heart many times(Carter
later went on to become US
President). Jim Carter
confessed to lust in a
magazine interview. And we
must confess to lust in our
moments of intimacy with
God and come clean washed
by the precious blood of
Jesus, if we are guilty of the
same. Radhika Santhanam
wrote to Times of India thus,
Your response to her
(Deepikas) cleavage is no
different from that guy on the
street who whistles at a
woman when she walks by
fully clothed or not or the
man on the bus who leers at a
woman when her dupatta
slips. What is the difference,
really? They are zooming in
with their eyes; youre
zooming in with your camera.
We just read those lines
above, at the start of this
write-up. Here are some
brutally frank questions for
Google Generation believers:
When we travel alone in a bus,
will our eyes be holy like His
(Jesus)? Lets say we are at
our job, and lets imagine that
a female colleague had to
bend to do something, would
our eyes be pure like that of
Jobs? (We have seen his
shining example above).
Radhika Santhanam in the
article I have referred to
earlier on said, Deepikas
body is her own she can
choose to do whatever she
wants with it. She was
defending Deepikas decision
to expose her cleavage in
various movie roles she
has done so far. Deepika
Padukone is not a believer.
But you whos reading
this article is perhaps
one. And Gods call to
every woman is that they
dress modestly. This is
mentioned twice in the
epistles not just once
(See I Tim. 2:9-10; I Pet.
3:2-3). While our dressing
can be modern, it should
still remain modest.
Cleavage, breast-
exposure must be
reserved for only the eyes
of the husband this is
what the Scripture
teaches [I understand this
from Proverbs 5:18-19
where it says, May you
rejoice in the wife of your
youth.may her breasts
satisfy you always
(NIV)]. Exposing ones
nakedness either
partially or fully was
considered shame in the
Biblical record (See Isa. 47:3;
Micah 1:11 and Isa. 20:4).
Lets not think what is
supposed to be shameful
according to the Bible can be
celebrated as a right!
Let me leave you with an
unforgettable story as we
bring this Bible Meditation on
the Ogle Temptation for the
Google Generation. It is found
in the helpful Christian book,
Every Mans Battle: Winning
the War on Sexual
Temptation, One Victory at a
Time by Stephen Arterburn,
Fred Stoeker and Mike
Author and pastor Jack
Hayford once sat in his car
after a bank transaction with a
lovely bank teller and said to
himself: Im either going to
purify my mind and
consecrate myself to God, or
Im going to have to
masturbate right here. That
Jack could say this before
tens of thousands of men at a
Promise Keepers conference
was inspirational. [page 89].
Yes, the temptation to lust
after even a fully clothed
woman is quite common,
including for ministers of the
Gospel. Feeling temptation is
not sin. Remember that even
our Lord Jesus was tempted
at all points (Heb. 4:15).
But as it was possible for Jack
Hayford, it is also possible for
us to purify our minds and
consecrates ourselves to God
and come out triumphant over
the lust temptation singing
Majesty! the legendary
worship song this great man
of God wrote!
Jack Hayford, the great American
Pastor, not only sang
Majesty but also openly talked
about the temptation to
masturbate which he overcame!
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I am the only begotten son to
my parents, who are from a
Hindu background family,
belonging to the Naidu clan,
hailing from Chittor and
Nellore district. I was a
naughty kid at home, setting
fire to dust bins on the
streets, jumping from the
sunshade, just to see how
long I would linger in the air. I
use to design bow and arrow;
out of sticks I could find, to
enact the fighting scenes from
Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Then I tried some rifle designs
on the wood, in my uncles
timber factory, to imitate
Rambo. I was into sports like
Cricket, Basketball,
Badminton, Volleyball and
Kabadi while in the school. I
loved to act as well. So I
The Scotty Story
tried dressing up like Tipu
Sultan with bed sheets
and as a He-man with a
sword. I got a chance to
act for 20 seconds in an
old Telugu movie along
with some neighbor kids.
I was studying in one of
my most reputed schools
in Chennai. I was
introduced to Indian
classical music at school
and to Indian and western
dance. You could say that
I was having ball of a
childhood. Little did I
know these days were
about to change.
I remember while I was
preparing for my 6
final exams, my mom
complained of head ache
and a glaring feeling in her
eyes. Dad took her to the
hospital, but mom never came
back that day. I was told that
mom is not well and she is
undergoing treatment in the
hospital. They took me to the
hospital only after 3 weeks to
see mom. Only then did I
know that my mom had lost
her eye-sight. They didnt tell
me that she could never see
me again. This fact would
become more real to me as I
grew up. I came back home
and started missing the
mouthwatering snacks my
mom used to prepare for me.
I have seen my Dad comb his
hair with tears rolling down his
cheek. I told my dad, Dad,
what is this life without mom.
We had to learn, in the coming
years, to live without moms
In the same year, 1992, my
father was contemplating
doing the act of strangling my
mother, myself and
committing suicide by jumping
from the 5
floor of Apollo
hospital due to this sudden
shock of our lives. About that
time a Christian friend came
with a pastor from Hyderabad.
We were living in Chennai.
They gave us a Bible, which
was kept under my mothers
pillow. One night my mom
started uttering the words in
her sleep, Luke one forty
eight. Dads Christian friend
told us, it might be Luke
chapter 1 verse 48. It read,
for he has been mindful of
the humble state of his
servant. Following this, one
night my mother had a vision
or dream, where she saw a
man dressed in dazzling white,
carrying a sheep on one hand,
coming and touching my
mothers head and
disappeared. These incidences
happened after the time
doctors gave up hope on my
mothers eye condition. We
realized that, these are divine
interventions, not caused in
the human error. All our life we
knew we have to seek the
ones we worshiped, but here
was a one God who was
looking for us, trying to
communicate with us and
connect with us. Our quest
began, Who is this God of the
Bible that is trying to talk to
My dad and I began to read
the Bible on this quest. The
Samuel Sandeep (Scotty) found
Christ from a staunch Hindu family.
Sandeep Babu Pasupuleti (Samuel Sandeep) tells his story
more we read, the more we
wanted to know Jesus,
because He connected to our
life and situation like no one
else we worshiped. We did not
know any Christian in Chennai,
so we went to a cathedral,
just to sit and pray like we do
in our temples. All of a
sudden, a Telugu speaking
Christian, who usually never
comes to that cathedral came
to the pew where we were
sitting and began to talk to us.
Soon we were introduced to a
church and prayer groups.
My world began to change
after my mothers eye sight
loss. My noisy house, filled
with cousins, who were
studying with us, became
quiet. Their parents came and
took their children away. I was
left alone. It was then that
my 11-year-old mind began
to think Jesus as my friend.
The more time I spent with
Him, the more I loved Him and
wanted to know about Him.
My parents gave their life to
Jesus and were filled with the
Holy Spirit. I became jealous,
in the sense; I wanted badly
what they had. One fine day, a
prophet of the Lord, Mrs. Anne
Martin, came to our house to
pray for my mother. She laid
her hands on me and I started
speaking in a language I never
knew. It was 12
1992. A year after 19
September 1993, I got
baptized in water, as a 13
year old.
I had to stop playing all my
sports, because I had to come
back and take care of my
mother during this phase of
my life. My grandmothers
cousin, a sweet lady, a widow,
has stayed with us ever since.
She has been helping my
mother, when my dad went to
work and when I
went to my
school, college
etc. Dad went out
to office early in
the morning and
came back late in
the night. I began
to do all house
chores and hardly
knew anything
about going out
with friends. The
word fun was
now an alien word
to me. Moms
condition became
a big challenge for
all of us. Her blindness which
occurred in the middle age
began to affect her mind.
Anger, frustration, irritation,
fear, depression became an
everyday occurrence. I
remember, I used to get hot
coffee on my face, getting
beaten by my mother,
because she didnt know
whom to vent out. Apart from
this, mother was going
through spiritual battle, being
tormented by demons due to
witchcraft. The Lord helped us
step by step, through many
loving Christian families to
come out of it. There used to
be fights and quarrels in my
house often. I hardly knew 2
days which went peacefully for
about 7 years in my life.
One place I used to enjoy
going to was the Church. I
used to go to church on
Saturday afternoon and come
back home by Sunday
evening. I was involved in
cleaning the church premises,
putting chairs and mattresses.
I would roll them back after
the Sunday service. Sunday
afternoon was a time to
conduct Sunday school for
300 kids in 3 different slum
areas. I was with a team of
young boys and girls who
spent their Sunday afternoons
with kids. What a blessing
they were in my life! This went
about for about 8 years.
The time came for me to
leave the country. By Gods
grace I finished two
undergraduate degrees at the
same time and wanted to
pursue MBA studies. Every
time I had an MBA exam, my
mother would end up in
hospital because of a
emergency or because of an
operation. My dad decided to
send me out of the country as
I was facing tough situations.
To cut a long story short. I left
to Edinburgh, Scotland, UK to
complete my MBA studies.
God really changed me inside
out in Scotland. I would have
to write few pages more to
write this story. Due to lack of
space, it would be suffice to
say that, I never gave into the
temptation of drinking,
smoking, drugs, women and
illegal student visa working
permits activities. What kept
me grounded was my
relationship with God. My stint
in Scotland gave me the nick-
name, Scotty.
My mother lost her eye-sight. But this bitter
experience moved me closer to Christ.
Every job, part time or full
time, was a training ground
for me. I worked for Royal
Mail, my first job in life, for 10
days, 12 hours each. It tested
my patience to the core. The
second job I was in was at
Caledonian Hilton Hotels, a 5
star hotel where celebrities
like Sean Connery, Shah Rukh
Khan would stay. I learned
how to think in the customers
perspective. I learnt the skill of
hospitality. This was never my
cup of tea. I was trained to
keep my jam bottles in the
perfect direction and make
sure the fork and knives on
the right side of the plate. This
international exposure
broadened my horizon, but
made me humble too. I
finished my studies and
passed out in distinction by
Gods grace. I came back to
India and I joined Dell Canada.
I had to work night shifts. This
was a place where I was
pushed to do things that I
never thought I could. I had 6
different role changes, all
without me asking for it. The
temptation to fake numbers in
sales were quite prevalent. I
began to think, if I dont set
an example of integrity, none
would ever respect my stance
as a Christian in my
work place. I realized
it was not easy, but
not impossible, to be
realized that I was
being watched for the
things I stood for as a
Christian. Later I
worked for a Swiss
bank called UBS and
now I work for a
telecom company
called Uninor. The
temptations are still
there, but in different
versions. Through it
all, God has always
helped me to
overcome and be an
example for Jesus.
My testimony would be
incomplete if I dont mention
about my lovely and beautiful
wife, Mamtha Sagiraju. She
was also born in a staunch
Hindu background family, only
believer in a her clan. I have
become a better person after
she has come into my life. She
complements me in every
way. For all my weak areas in
life, she has been my strength.
In a time when I thought I
would never get married, she
came as my summer rain. I
still have lot of things to learn
The Lord kept me as a witness for
Him in companies such as Dell.
from her. Our world was
blessed again with our
morning delight, our daughter,
Ikya Zarah Samuel. Ikay
because we wanted Unity in
our family and church, Zarah,
because she is our morning
delight and Samuel, because
we asked of the Lord.
I sincerely pray that God
would enable me and help me
be a good husband and father,
to exceed their expectations
in every way. My desire is to
be like Jesus. I will serve Jesus
till my last breath.
My Actions Spoke Louder I Discovered: Snippets from my Life
Duke Jeyaraj
On Father's day, something that happened when my son Dale was 2 years old comes to my mind.
Someone had passed away. At short notice, I was called to the home where the dead body was kept. I
put my 2 year son on my scooter and reached the place. I made my way through the crowded house.
And I paid my last respects. The pastor in that room asked me to share something. I had my Bible in my
hand. With my son on one lap and the Bible on one hand I rattled off a message on what the Bible
taught about death. Point 1. Boom. Point 2. Boom. All the way to point 5. My little son, tried to yank the
Bible and the little paper note I had inside from me. But I held fort and finished the assignment I was
given and walked out. When I did a young man followed me. He had a big smile on his face. I knew he
worked for a top corporate company in Hyderabad. The way he smiled and walked towards me I
instantly knew I was in line for some appreciation for the message I just preached on death. "May be, he
would appreciate me for this point I made..." I imagined. He inched close. And spoke up. "Anna," he
said. "I really appreciate the fact that you did not lose your cool when your baby son pulled at your
notes and Bible when you spoke. In my whole life my father never gave one loving look or spoke one
loving word to me!" I was stunned. I just discovered that my actions had spoken louder than my
words. No - I am not the perfect pop. Far from it. But that young man's compliment made my day. -
Here is a true-to-life incident:
A person, after many years of
faithful, full-time ministry,
committed suicide. Some of
the believers who knew him
were heard conversing about
his/her tragic death this way:
Even though he/she
commited suicide, he/she
would definitely go to heaven
because even a believers
future sins are forgiven, the
moment he accepts Jesus.
Really? Think of the possible
implications of this horrendous
teaching. Let me
outline a couple of
scenarios for you: If
a believers future
sins are
forgiven, couples
who are believers
could also plan for
an one-night stand
within the confines
of a car, say post an
half-night prayer
they attended
together, without
thinking too much
about it; If a
believers future sins
are already forgiven,
the latest porn movie could be
watched without a see-saw
battle inside that believers
conscience! Yet, Hyper-grace,
false Gospel teachers
constantly rattle that a
believers future sins are
forgiven, the moment they
commit them. Is this true? Is
this biblical? I want to use the
acronym S-I-N-N-E-D to give
a direct answer:
S stands for the Saviors
Sayings. We dont need to
look beyond the saying of our
Savior Jesus to understand
A Believers Future Sins: Are They
Automatically Forgiven?
Duke Jeyaraj
Hyper grace false teachers wolves in
sheep clothing tell us that even our
future sins are forgiven automatically.
that our future sins are NOT
auto-forgiven. He said, For if
you forgive others their
trespasses, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you,
but if you do not forgive
others their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive
your trespasses (Matt. 6:14-
15). If we stubbornly refuse to
forgive the sins of those who
may have hurt us, harmed us
and keep doing that in the
future till the time we die our
Father in heaven could choose
to withhold His forgiveness
towards us.
I stands for the
Instructions from the
Intimate Friend. John,
Jesus most intimate friend,
writing under the Spirits
inspiration taught us in-effect,
a believers future sins are NOT
automatically forgiven. He
taught that if we confess our
sins, Jesus is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all
unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
This implies, if we do not
confess our sins with a
repentant heart, our sins, they
would remain unforgiven. In
the Greek language the
language in which this verse
was first written the
meaning of this verse is this: if
we go on confessing our sins
(when we sin), Jesus will go
on cleansing us with His blood.
Present continuous tense is
used for both confession
and cleansing.
N stands for the Nabis
example. The word
Nabi means prophet.
The Nabi I refer to
here is Prophet Isaiah.
He knew Yahweh as
his God. He was a
believer if we were to
use New Testament
terms. Yahweh
appeared to this
believer to
commission him for
ministry. That was
when this Nabi realized
he was a man of
unclean lips (Isa.
6:5). A realization of
his sin gripped Isaiah
and called a woe on
himself. He realized that God
was holy, holy, holy while he
was holey, holey, holey (full
of sins and holes) (Isa.
6:3,5). It was ONLY AFTER
THIS confession and
realization that one of the
seraphim flew to Isaiah having
in his hand a burning coal that
he had taken with tongs from
the altar and he touched
Isaiahs mouth and said:
Behold, this has touched your
lips; your guilt is taken away,
and your sin atoned for (Isa.
6:6-7). Though Jesus died
two thousand years ago, in
Gods mind, He was slain
before the foundation of the
World (Rev. 13:8). Old
Testament saints were saved
and forgiven of their sin by
looking forward to the
sacrifice of the Messiah. This
was the Gospel preached by
Yahweh to people who lived
right up to the time of Jesus
historic sacrifice of Himself on
the Cross(Gen. 15:6; Isa. 53;
Gal. 3:8). Indeed, Isaiahs sin
was atoned for after he
admitted to his sin and
confessed them in Gods
presence. This did not happen
N stands of yet another
Nabis example. The Nabi
Jeremiah. When the going got
tough in his ministry path, he
called God, a deceptive
brook (Jeremiah 15:18). The
Lord God immediately issues a
call for him to repent this
way: If you repent, I will
restore you that you may
serve me; if you utter worthy,
not worthless, words, you will
be my spokesman (Jeremiah
15:19). Because Jeremiah
repented in response to Gods
rousing call, he was able to
later prophetically record the
repentance experience of the
country of Ephraim: After I
strayed, I repented; after I
came to understand, I beat
my breast. I was ashamed
and humiliated because I bore
the disgrace of my youth
(Jer. 31:19). The forgiveness
of the sins of the born-again
Jeremiah or born-again
Ephraim was not automatic
it was a response of God to
their repentance.
E stands for Ezras
confession. Ezra, as the
leader of Israel, owned up the
sin of marrying unbelievers
which his people had
horrendously committed and
confessed it with a heart of
repentance (Ezra 9). The
people followed their
leaders example and did
the same (Ezra 10:1-5).
Sins of the people were not
automatically forgiven even
in this case.
D stands for the Davids
example. King David had
already walked with Yahweh
for many years when he fell
into sin with Bathsheba.
After Prophet Nathan
confronted him with what I
call as the mutton biryani
preparation parable, King
David confessed, I have
sinned against the Lord (2
Sam.12:13). King David was
immediately forgiven of his sin
after this confession. That is
why he writes in Psalm 32, I
said, I will confess my
transgressions to the Lord,
and you forgave the iniquity of
my sin (Psa 32:5). Davids
sin-confession example from
Psalm 32 is used as an
illustration by Apostle Paul
when he wanted to show that
New Testament believers can
be forgiven by confessing their
sins with a repentant heart
without having to do works
(the context suggests that
these works are animal
sacrifices) (Rom. 4:5-8; See
Romans 12:1 where Paul
writes that New Testament
believers have to offer their
own bodies as living sacrifices
to God, rather than animals).
King Davids sins were
certainly not auto-forgiven
without him confessing them
and renouncing them.
In response to this s-i-n-n-e-
d line of argument, Hyper
grace false teachers, you will
discover, rush to quote from
the book of Hebrews.
They would quote Hebrews
10:10 to teach that we have
been forgiven forever when
we came to Christ first for our
salvation. That argument
cannot stand as we will see.
Just four verses later, that is in
Hebrews 10:14 we read that
He has perfected for all time
those being sanctified (NKJV)/
perfected (ESV). Notice the
present-continuous tense
here: being sanctified.
Hebrews 10:10 talks about
our positional sanctification
(the Sanctification God gifts us
with because of what Jesus
has done on the Cross) while
Hebrews 10:14 talks about a
progressive sanctification (a
sanctification that is ours
when we hate sin and obey
Christ using our free will,
every second of our ongoing
life, enabled by the Spirit). So
the message of Hebrews
10:14 is this: As long as we
cooperate with the Lord Jesus
and the Holy Spirit and choose
to be sanctified by rejecting
sin, we would be perfected.
Eugene Peterson puts that
verse in a way we can
understand better, this brilliant
way: By that single offering,
he did everything that needed
to be done for everyone who
takes part in the purifying
process (Heb. 10:14 MSG).
What the writer to the
Hebrews is saying is this: The
historic event of Jesus dying
for our sins will not be
David is shown as a model
for repentance and confession
for New Testament believers
in Romans 4:5-8.
repeated each time when any
of us, todays believers,
commits a sin. It is a once-
for-all-time event. It is
unrepeatable event. Jesus has
already done what needs to
be done for our sins to be
forgiven. Yes, Christ has made
the provision for even our
future sins to be forgiven. But
we need to be willing to take
part in the purifying process to
make that provision ours. If
the writer to the Hebrews
meant we are auto-forgiven
even of our future sins, he
would have written these lines
immediately after: 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).
Deliberate, unrepented-of sin
committed by a believer in the
future will not be automatically
forgiven this was the
somber point of the writer.
But this sort of future sins,
instead of being forgiven,
would put us in a position to
be fried in eternal hell. So,
lets be careful!
There is one more reason why
I believe that Hebrews 10:10
does not teach that a
believers future sins are auto-
forgiven. Right below that
verse is an instruction to
have our hearts sprinkled
clean from an evil conscience
before we enter Gods holiest
presence (Heb. 10:19,22).
What is the implication of this
verse Hebrews 10:22- a
verse obvioulsy loaded with
Old Testament imagery? Just
as the high priest sacrificed an
animal for his sins before
entering the Most Holy Place
(Lev. 16:3,4), modern
believers should wash
themselves in the blood of
Jesus (that is, ask Jesus to
cleanse them of any sin that
they are guilty of through His
shed blood with a repentant
heart) even as they appear
before Him. But a danger
awaits those believers who
think they can appear before
Christ with delibrate sins in
their life, just as a danger
awaited a high priest who
entered the Holy of Holies
without going through the
cleansing process (Lev. 10:1-
2). The same danger awaits a
believer who thinks God would
excuse, delibrate un-
confessed sin. That danger
can be Sudden Death that
takes one to eternal
condemnation like it happened
to Ananias and Sapphira (Acts
5:1-9) or it could be
consignment in the eternally-
burning flames of hell, after a
normal, long life (Heb.
Some hyper-grace teachers
also quote Hebrews 7:25 to
teach that a believers future
sins are forgiven forever. That
verse goes like this:
Therefore, He is always able
to save those who come to
God through Him, since He
always lives to intercede for
them (HCSB). It is pretty
clear that only those who
keep coming to God through
Him (Jesus) would be forever
saved or be forever forgiven.
The phrase those who come
to God does not mean
those who once upon a time
came to God. The Orthodox
Jewish Bible uses the word
approaching in this verse
and this word suggests an on-
going action. The writer of
Hebrews is talking about a
continual, ever-on drawing
near to God, here. Only those
who consistently keep short
accounts with God only
those who immediately repent
when they fall into sin,
confess it to the Lord
immediately, and strive to
walk in holiness enabled by
the Spirit are referred to in
this verse, as being forever
saved/forgiven. This verse is
definitely not teaching that
those who deliberately live in
sin are saved forever or
forgiven forever. If the writer
of this book, thought
otherwise, he would not have
made statements such as
these in this book: Pursue
peace with everyone,
and holinesswithout it no
one will see the Lord (Heb.
12:14, HCSB).
Philip Yancey wrote, Can God
forgive you (of the sin you
plan to commit)? Of course.
What we have to go through
to commit sin distances us
from God we change in the
very act of rebellion - and
there is no guarantee we will
come back. You ask me about
forgiveness now, but will you
even want it later, especially if
it involves repentance?
Perhaps Judas planned to
commit the sin of betraying
Jesus with the view to get
back to Jesus as soon as he
received his payment. But you
know what happened: he did
commit the sin, he planned to
commit. But he did not ever
come back to Christ. He had
changed in the very act of
rebellion (as Yancey put it
above). Judas had reached a
Heb.10:26 talks about the
possibility of us getting fried in
hell because of our stubborn
sins committed in the future!
point of no return which Jesus
alone knew (Jesus words to
Judas in John 13:27 What
you are about to do, do
quickly suggests this). That
is the kind of sin which I John
5:17 talks about a sin that
leads to death, which is hell
punishment also called
second death (Rev. 21:8).
Judas committed a sin that
led to second death and
was sadly, hell-bound (John
Let not what happened to
Judas, happen to us. Let us
not plan to sin purposefully
against the Lord because
we know forgiveness is
around the corner. We may
never return to the Lord in
the first place. Whats more
we may even die while
we are in the act of
committing that sin and get
doomed to hell
This happened to the young
men of Israel. God struck
them down dead, when they
still had in their mouths the
sinful food they craved for
(Psa. 78:30-31).
Ananias and Sapphira were
struck down by God when
they were in the act of
committing the sin of
deception a sin they planned
together to commit (Acts
5:1-9). Sure, Jesus was
praying for them (Heb. 7:25).
But Jesus would not violate
their free will to force them to
choose Him and His holy
ways. He gave them many
chances (the Bible does not
record how many chances He
gave them) and decided to
finish them off. He did this
when they did not please Him
in what was their final chance
when they appeared before
Peter with a plan to deceive
him in Acts chapter 5.
This wasnt the solitary case
of God striking down dead
sinners post Jesus work on
the Cross, resurrection,
ascension and present
intercession for us sitting at
God the fathers right hand.
King Herod also died in a
similar fashion. An angel of the
Lord struck down a cocky
Herod (see Acts 12:21-22).
Even what seems like a
natural death while we are in
the act of stubborn, habitual,
wanton sin can be
catastrophic for there is no
chance of forgiveness or
salvation post ones death as
the Bible teaches (Heb. 9:27).
Lets say, we commit a sin. At
that point, we must realize
that it is because of Gods
great mercy that we arent
yet consumed we arent yet
slain (as Prophet Jeremiah put
it in Lamentations 3:22). We
must return back to God in
repentance and sin-confession
immediately (I John 1:9). This
kind of sin is what John calls
as sin that does not lead to
death (hell) in I John 5:17
(Rev. 21:8). Sins that do not
lead to death that the Bible
book of I John talks about are,
sins for which we have
repented of and asked God for
forgiveness. These are sins we
choose not to linger in (I John
1:9; 3:9). But if we laze
around in sin deliberately,
thinking nothing of it,
brazenly, and God forbid, if
we were to die while we are
still in sin, they can turn out
to be sins that lead to
death (hell) (I John 5:18).
It certainly seems that
those who are hell-bent on
saying Our future sins are
already forgiven; so there is
no need to ask God for
forgiveness for them, are
well on their way to hell.
Jude 4 suggests so. Often
times, we understand from
that verse that the grace of
God is sadly used like a
credit card to justify a swim
into sensuality, a foray into
sexual sin. In other words
some hyper-grace
believers, the Bible tells us,
are telling themselves, I will
commit this sexual sin and get
back to God once I get my fill
of pleasure. And I will keep
doing this as and when I need
pleasure, after all, God is
gracious. These folk are
already condemned to hell
as Jude records (in Verse 4).
But if they are willing to
change their opinion, God
would forgive them and they
would be on their way to
heaven. The choice is theirs.
Whoever conceals his
transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and
forsakes them will obtain
mercy. Proverbs 28:13, The
Bible. You can go with the Bible
or hyper-grace false teachers.
The choice is yours.
When we plan to sin, and go ahead with
our plan, we change in that sad process
and may never ever come back to God to
ask for forgiveness Yancey
EVERY Book Of The Bible Summarized
For The Google Generation
EVERY Google Genner On The Street:
An Attempt To Reach Them!
The G4 Mission tracts outreach to St. Anns College, Mehdipatanam, reached over 700 girls,
many of whom were friends from different faiths. A tract distribution with our Bubbly and
Dhoni tract ofcourse - outside a Kukatpally Shopping Mall put the Gospel in the hands of
several Google Genners.
In the month of July 2014 at the G4 Mission rented base in Hyderabad, Duke Jeyaraj, finished
summarizing in a practical and powerful way, employing his unique acronym after book name
method, ALL the 66 books of the Bible for small groups of Google Genners . This process began
in August 2007.
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Secular COLLEGES: Preaching
Gods Word Relevantly There!
Bible COLLEGES: Preaching Gods Word
Passionately There!
Duke Jeyaraj was invited in the month of Aug 2014 by Andhra Pradesh Bible College to speak to
the student body during their Spiritual Emphasis week. Dukes rousing messages melted hearts.
Is there a streak of Samson in your life? Duke also taught from the book of Jude on the topic
of effective preaching to some Distance Learning M. Div. Students of Southern Asia Bible College
in New Life AG Church Bible College building during the same month.He also fielded questions on
preaching post the class.
Duke Jeyaraj was invited to speak in the Lady Doak College Madurai for three days in July 2014.
Gods Spirit moved among the 400 plus girls who turned up on the retreat day. After Dukes
message from the Samaritan Woman account, several accepted Jesus as Savior. In the month of
Sept 2014, Revival Church gathered over 300 students in the Seva Bharat base and asked Duke
to speak to them. The altar was full of youth after Duke spoke to them about Sauls Conversion.
(Go to for fuller reports with many more pics)
Duke Jeyaraj was in five church-premises meetings recently preaching the Word. In the New Life
AG Church, Hyderabad, he addressed over 5000 believers (Sept 2014 First Sunday). He challenged
them from the life of Uriah the Hittite. He warned believers against doctrines like hyper-grace,
prosperity, etc., with prophetic unction. Duke was in the Bethesda Church, Dr. A. S. Rao Nagar, led
by Rev. Dr. Wesley, preaching in their annual Youth Retreat (August 2014). It was raining that day,
yet hundreds of youth turned up from that area. Duke preached from the book of Proverbs on the
doctrine of two ways. The altar was crammed with youth making life-changing decisions, fighting
back the tears. Duke also answered questions frankly on hot youth topics in the second session.
Duke was in the Youth Service of the FGAG Church, Bangalore, for two successive Sundays of
September 2014, preaching. After one of the messages shared there, the young people placed
their phones on the altar as an act of surrender to God. Duke also taught this bunch of Google
Genners to overcome sexual temptation the Jesus Way, during the second Sunday message.
Witnessing during the Hyderabad-Bangalore flight journey was wonderful for Duke. When Duke
preached in Pearl City Church recently, he called for a balance between privilege and responsibility.
During October 2014, on a Sunday, Duke preached a stirring, unforgettable message from the
Ananias-Sapphira story to the believers of the New Creation AG Church, Panjim, Goa. Goa became
the 19
Indian State/UT that God has opened the door for Duke to preach in.
CHURCHES: Preaching Messages That
Set Fires Of Reformation and Revival!
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Different Denominations; Different
Organizations; Daring Messages!
Duke Jeyaraj preached in a Youth For Christ Friendship Day program this August 2014. Duke
wore a Germany Football jersey and connected a moment in the World Cup Football Final 2014
with the Gospel message that was heard by folks from various faiths. Kneeling with him and
praying to receive Christ were the stunned youth at the end of that meeting. In the Assemblies of
God Denomination Youth Leaders Meet of Karnataka-Goa, Duke brought messages on Youth
Ministry Biblical Motivations, How To Start, Sustain Youth ministry effectively, etc (Aug. 2014).
We were blessed to have you, Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, minister to us in our Students Retreat (July 2014).
The first day we had three different sessions. The first session opened the treasures from the
passage, John 4, where the Samaritan woman had an encounter with Jesus. Your outline rhyme
made it memorable for us. It enriched the weary and thirsty; it influenced to reveal the
mystery; it upheld our Lords oratory and the womans humility; it challenged us to repent from
the dirty; it made clear that it is not about the worship itinerary, but that it was about unity
with deity.
The second session gave us explicit ideas, in the light of Gods word about the physical relationship
(sex) God created. It strongly emphasized that God created it so that there could be fruitfulness
and multiplication; You mentioned that it is also for pleasure within the boundaries of marriage. We
learnt about the boundaries God placed in this area and we learnt how to overcome sexual
temptation, through your frank talk. The afternoon session was on how to keep the flame going
based on the book of Hebrews.
This morning chapel service, you spoke in, was enriched with lessons on how a leader should not be
based on Jezebels life that had leadership flowing in her veins. The leadership conference which
followed gave music to the ears as we internalized the interpretation of the longest poem on the
greatest book. It focused on how the Bible should be read. We learnt that we ought to Bend our
knees, Immerse ourselves, Brainstorm, Live it and Express it (B-I-B-L-E).
The second session we had today influenced us to take right decisions in life when it came to our
life partner; It was based on the Bible. It was about marriage and romance. Todays last
session delivered the missionary call from God, Gehenna (Hell), Guts, Guna (evil things) and from the
Good Old Days from the book of Amos.
We are in awe to see that our Almighty God has brought Dr. Duke Jeyaraj for delivering his message
in a unique way. We thank you for enhancing our secular knowledge as well as our scripture
knowledge through your interesting quizzes. We also thank you for the valuable words you spoke to
influence us in the path of life.
- Eucha, B. A. II Year, Lady Doak College, Madurai.

A Young Girl Writes To Us After Dukes Ministry In Her College