Tuesday, June 28, 2011
In the middle with great resolve would he arrive, when India's first wicket does fall!
When the Indian team is in trouble, he will, 9 times out of 10, answer crisis' call!
It is not for nothing that he is nicknamed the 'wall'!
Plus, he's a world-record-holding catcher - from the grip of his safe hands, often does not slip, the cricket ball!
Into the sunset, after 15-plus years of doing battling batting Rahul Sharad Dravid, is walking tall! He is definitely a deserving member in Indian Cricket Fame's Hall!
It's true, when he bats the run-rate may, like a tortoise, crawl,
Agreed, He may not like Sehwag, entertain the audience and the senses enthrall,
But a player of Dravid's worth, you couldn't buy with a billion bucks in any shopping Mall!
And when he does eventually retire, the hole in the Indian middle order will not be small!
While we talk about the "Wall" here let me introduce another who gave his life to build a wall,
A wall that blocks your path to eternal hell, a wall that's really tall!
He raised this wall by shedding his blood on the Cross and gaving for us his all!
Jesus, God-in-flesh, is this wall-builder's name, and do you hear this his loving call?
"Come to me, and life, with me in your boat, despite the storms, will be a ball!"
But if you turn a deaf ear, to jump over this wall Jesus raised, into hell, you'll fall!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
5000 HEAR DUKE PREACH IN AN OPEN GROUND STARTING GOSPEL MESSAGE WITH THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICA CRICKET'S CURSED PERFORMANCE IN WCs!
Duke Jeyaraj was invited by Rev. Dr. B. Ebenezer, the director of Metropolitan Mission, to preach God's Word on the 13 January 2011 in Bishop Azariah Grounds in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Around 5000 people gathered in that meeting. In the audience were young people and old people. People from villages and people from the towns - both folk were there. Duke preached on the subject of curses. He explained from the Bible the reason why curses come, starting with the story of how South African Cricket Team's apparently 'cursed' performances in the World Cups. He established the connection between sin and curse and preached boldly on sin. He later went to the Cross of Christ, where the solution for the curse problem was permently solved and gave a gripping account of the sufferings of Christ on the Cross. He called for those in the audience to come forward - those who were willing to repent from sin and trust in Jesus as their savior. Hundreds responded. Some were in tears as the conviction of the Holy Spirit was heavy upon the audience in that open ground. Duke lead them in the sinner's prayer. After which Duke talked about four essentials of the Christian life - prayer, Bible-reading, witnessing and fellowship. After Duke preached the message, some pastors walked up to him to appreciate him for the bold message he had preached to bless thousands.
Monday, June 20, 2011
My wife and I travelled to Pune upon the invitation of my Pas. Steven Dar to preach in the Emmanuel AG Youth Camp at Daund (May 16-20, 2011). Pas. Steven was my student when I briefly taught in the Central Bible College in New Delhi (2001). I was so happy to see how the Lord had raised him up to a key leadership role in this church of over 1000 people. 200 young people from 18 towns in Maharashtra and Gujarat gathered for this camp. The Lord moved mightily.
On the opening night, I preached a message that began with Dhoni's heroics in the World Cup Final 2011. This message went to talk to about what Jesus endured the last 12 hours of his earthly life and a graphic, frank description of the sins of the youth (sexual sins included) he bore on his body, the altar was crowded with youth surrendering their lives once again to the Lord. Some were fighting back the tears.
The next day, my more or less my wife's day. She preached three messages that moved the audience. On relationships. On wisely choosing one's life partner. On overcoming temptations. The young people made decisions that were very important. Decisions like, "I will not fall in love with or marry an unbeliever", "I would be willing to shed my blood to overcome temptation and live a holy life!", "I am willing to bring into my life a Nathan-life friend to whom I will be accountable." etc. I, on the other hand, preached to a bunch of pastors who had come along with the youth - about 20 of them. I taught them why God created marriage. At the end of the message, some of pastor's wives in that meeting profusely thanked me for preaching that practical message.
On the Final Day morning, I preached the final message on how the young people could be practically witnessing for Jesus right in the places they hailed from: via Kneeling (intercession for the lost); via Walking (like Christ); via Speaking (like Andrew, like Paul in Athens); via Healing; via Working (in a secular company); via Travelling (as a missionary to an unchurched place)! I also answered this question: "What if I sin after the Camp gets over?" A powerful time at the altar followed. Rev. Nana Dhar, the senior pastor of this church interpreted into Marathi few of the messages while his son, Pastor Steven, did the same for some of the messages. One other message was interpreted into Hindi by a pastor serving in Kashmir.
We had opportunity to counsel youth, one on one. They bared their hearts to us. "These are things we would never share with anyone else," they would say and open their lives to us. We gave them counsels from God's Word in a practical way and prayed for them. One reason, why this happens almost every youth camp we preach in, is that we openly talk about issues youth struggle in, openly, from the light of God's Word - issues like masturbation, issues like porn-watching in secret, issues like boy-girl physical intimacy, etc.
We had an encouraging ministry resource sale at this camp - 20 copies of my book, NO BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH STRAIGHT TALK ON HUSHED UP MATTERS, were sold, as were message CDs, magazines, gospel tracts.
Eggle, Rev. Dar's third son, along with his wife, Shweta, took us around Pune for shopping, before driving us to the airport. By God's grace, I have now, as God opened the way, landed in airports such Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Kolkota, Delhi, and Pune, from Hyderabad to preach God's Word in those respective towns. That's one reason why we prefer to stay in Hyderabad - India's most centrally located big city. From this city we can fly to any big Indian city in a matter of three hours, preach God's Word to the Google Generation, and get back.
When my wife and I landed in Chennai from Pune in the wee hours of the early morning of 21st May, Daniel Pravin was there to pick up from the airport and drive us to his home near Tambaram. Daniel and his wife Ruby were students in Adiaman college of Engineering in Hosur when I had the opportunity to preach to the fellowship they lead in their college while I was a student of Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore, then. We are grateful to God for people like them who make our ministry travels, a lot easier.