Semper Fi

We just returned from our trip to MCRD Parris Island SC where our son, Simeon graduated as a US Marine after a 13 week long, strenuous, difficult basic training! We are truly proud of him for what he achieved in this. We kept hearing this phrase “Semper Fi”as we were getting acclimated as a new marine family. As we understood the meaning of that phrase, it continued to be one of our favorite. Always faithful!

Isn’t it amazing to know that Simeon and these new marines will be always faithful to their country, to each other and their families! Some of these will also be faithful to Lord God, our maker! That’s a virtue that we do not find very easily these days! This virtue makes you aware of the needs of others, makes you respect and honor others.

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What we saw in our brief two-day visit there is they “literally” make marines as that sign says! They take these young, raw kids and make them into well trained warriors who value, honor,and respect God, Country and Corps! We see that now in Simeon, and noticed in many others whom we met in those two days!

I wish we all could say and be Semper Fi to each other, to our spouses, families, church families and express honor, love and respect!

God bless

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New Church Home!!

After fourteen fruitful and long years in a church filled with loving people, compassionate hearts and presence of God; Lord God asked us to move to another church equally filled with loving people, compassionate hearts and His presence!

Lord God was faithful to us in all these fourteen years! Thru His people, prophets and teachers, taught us, took us to a higher level; made us useful in His Kingdom and now with a new purpose and goal, planted us in a this new Church home!

We are so glad that the Lord has faithfully guided us thus far!! The fact that we are embraced by this new church community and the warmth, love and comfort we are experiencing, is a testimony to God’s goodness and care towards us.

We are here Lord! Use us, take us to the new heights and Thank you for making us part of your plan and purpose in our lives!

May you all continue to experience His faithfulness as we have been experiencing!

In His Vineyard

~Suhas

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Lent time!!

Dear friends

This Wednesday we’ll be entering the Lenten period! What a great time to reflect and focus on the Lord’s suffering and what He achieved on the cross for all of us!

Some of us will fast or give up some things, foods during this time! It’s a great thing to do but are we giving up for the Lord? or to lose some pounds? or to gain some favor from our creator? Funny though, how many of these things or  foods are meant not to be in our lives in the first place?

I pray the Holy Spirit will guide each one of you in this special time!

Be blessed and enjoy His Presence

In His Vineyard

~ Suhas

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Marathi Christi Sammelan 2013

Dear friends,

We just concluded the 17th Marathi Christi Sammelan in Silver Spring MD. It’s a great time of fellowship and being together with fellow Marathi Christians. The theme for this year was “Co-relation between OT and NT”

The preacher and teacher was Br. Sunil Albert from Aurangabad. What a terrific expounding of the Word, he gave us all the facts, focus and features around theme with simplicity and ease.

Thanks be to our great God for all the provisions, arrangements and place! Sheelaaunty & her family, Solankis’ and Gadres’ are the best! They all make us feel so much at home and warmth of their love is super..

More on this later..

God be with you all

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Passion of Christ!

Last Saturday we watched Mel Gibson’s movie “Passion of Christ” with some friends! Watching it after a long time once again was a thrilling experience!

Few of our friends were seeing this for the first time and one can imagine their state. It is still a cinematic depiction of the suffering our Lord Christ Jesus, but the very fact that such a thing can happen to a man and WHY would a loving God would choose intentionally to put his own son through such a horrific experience?

As I left that building, this WHY was lingering in my mind and then the words of  Charles Wesley kept echoing; a serene peace started to fill my mind, knowing that it was the Love of my God that made this possible for me and you..

He left his Father’s throne above 
(so free, so infinite his grace!), 
emptied himself of all but love, 
and bled for Adam’s helpless race. 
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, 
for O my God, it found out me! 
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, 
for O my God, it found out me!

Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

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What is the meaning of Lent

Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The length of the Lenten fast was established in the 4th century as 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays). During Lent, participants eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit. It’s not uncommon for people to give up smoking during Lent, or to swear off watching television or eating candy or telling lies. It’s six weeks of self-discipline.

Lent began as a way for Catholics to remind themselves of the value of repentance. The austerity of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Esther 4:1-3; Jeremiah 6:26; Daniel 9:3).

However, over the centuries Lenten observances have developed a much more “sacramental” value. Many Catholics believe that giving something up for Lent is a way to attain God’s blessing. But the Bible teaches that grace cannot be earned; grace is “the gift of righteousness” (Romans 5:17). Also, Jesus taught that fasting should be done discreetly: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen” (Matthew 6:16-18)

Fasting can be a good thing, and God is pleased when we repent of sinful habits. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting aside some time to focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection. However, repenting of sin is something we should be doing every day of the year, not just for the 46 days of Lent.

If a anyone wishes to observe Lent, he or she is free to do so. The key is to focus on repenting of sin and consecrating oneself to God. Lent should not be a time of boasting of one’s sacrifice or trying to earn God’s favor or increasing His love. God’s love for us could not be any greater than it already is.

May the power of His resurrection and life be with you all, always..

Courtesy :  GotQuestions.org

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After Hurricane Sandy!

Hello everyone, First of thanks to be our God, Creator and Savior Jesus Christ for His great Protection throughout this storm! I’m reminded of the words from a song that we sing in our Church, “What a faithful God I’ve, What a Faithful God! He’s our beacon in the storm!”

We were safe and did not loose electricity; that night I was in for emergency duty at our Rescue Squad and took some calls. God was with us there as well with my colleagues and friends in the squad building. Many people have lost power and spending nights at home this time is tough; the power companies are doing their best to restore the power. Our state New Jersey is badly hit, people are posting photos, updates via social media.

Keep our state and town in your prayers. Jesus is our strong tower and we’ll find refuge in Him always, because He’s ever so faithful!

Be blessed and stay safe..

~Suhas

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