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Sanj Kalra
Full Name: Sanjeev Kalra
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Email Address: sanjkalra1@gmail.com
Sanj has tasted all the world has to offer. You name it, he's "been there done that." Or, better, "been there had that." But the passing pleasures of sin and materialism no longer grip Sanj's heart. Why? Because he's found a greater treasure. Jesus Christ. Sanj is a husband, and father, and a medical sales rep. He enjoys public speaking and appears occasionally with his friend, Ravi Zacharias.

About Sanj Kalra

Sanj has tasted all the world has to offer. You name it, he's "been there done that." Or, better, "been there had that."

But the passing pleasures of sin and materialism no longer grip Sanj's heart. Why? Because he's found a greater treasure. Jesus Christ.

Sanj is a husband, and father, and a medical sales rep. He enjoys public speaking and appears occasionally with his friend, Ravi Zacharias.

I Must Have This THING!

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I Must Have This THING! | October 23rd, 2013

I Must Have This THING!

911 (2)It was California in the summer of 1989. I had just graduated from college and was driving home from work in my Suzuki Samurai on the 90-Marina Freeway. I was following a Porsche 911 with a spoiler on its back. I wanted to catch up to it and get beside it to see who was in the car. Traffic began to slow and the spoiler began to lower and then disappear. WOW! That was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

I said to myself, I have to have that. I want that now. I must have that. I want to be that guy in that car. If I have that car then everyone will pay attention to me.

That night I took out my bucket list and added the word, Porsche.

As my income increased I began going to Porsche dealerships but the sales guys wouldn’t give me the time of day.

A few years went by and I still didn’t have the money but I was getting closer. Then my income jumped up a few notches and I was ready to make the purchase. I decided to dress in jeans and white t-shirt, walk into the dealership, and pay cash for the car. I ended up ordering a custom 911. It would be delivered directly from Stuttgart, Germany.

My car arrived in December 2004. Fifteen years had since I first got a glimpse of that rear spoiler disappearing and I was about to drive away in my very own 911. I pealed out of the dealership wanting everyone to check me out. But what happened on the ride home was not what I expected.

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Dasvidaniya Comrade!

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Dasvidaniya Comrade! | June 19th, 2013

Dasvidaniya Comrade!

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I recently had the privilege of sharing my testimony in Moscow, Russia with Ravi Zacharias at The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith National Conference. It was an amazing conference that had packed seating where many made commitments to Christ.

The Fall of Communism occurred in 1989. Prior to that, many church leaders and ordinary believers fell victim to the persecution of the Communist regime. There were brutal imprisonments and executions.

Things are different now. I actually saw a tee-shirt that read: “God is dead.” –Fredrick Nietzsche, 1883                      “Nietzsche is dead.” –God, 1900

Today in Russia the Church is rising and giving new hope to the people—there is a Savior.

Upon my return, many have asked about the highlight of my trip. It would have to be going to the same restaurant in downtown Moscow near Red Square. We were warned that the food in Russian may lack flavor. They were wrong because we found a wonderful restaurant whose name when translated into English meant Neverland. Hmmm?? We ate there four times because the food was so tasty. Beef stroganoff, lamb dishes, and of course borscht. The dishes just needed a dash of salt. The servers got used to seeing us and began to warm up to us by smiling once in a while.

One server in particular began talking to us more because her English was very good. She said that she had lived in Brooklyn, NY for three years. Was this my opening to see if she knew about the Gospel?

“Have you ever heard of The Brooklyn Tabernacle?” I asked.

She said she wasn’t sure. She said she went to an Orthodox church once in a while in NY. Then she walked away. Bummer I thought. There went my opening for the Good News. But she later came back and the conversation went like this:

“Now I remember the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It’s a very big church.”

“Yes it is. And Moscow also has beautiful big churches all over the city. And there are crosses everywhere on top of the churches.”

“But your cross is different than the Russian crosses. Ours is on an angle”

 She used her fingers to describe it.

“No, we have the same cross as you. What does our cross mean?”

“Jesus was killed on it.”

“Yes, and why was he killed?”

She couldn’t answer. She made an excuse and walk away. Oops. I looked at my friends and thought I had blown my second chance to share the Good News. I closed my eyes and said to Jesus, “Sorry I turned her away.”

But moments later she came back with a smile and asked,

“Tell me, why did he die on the cross?

We were able explain the Gospel to her and she thanked us with her big smile. While leaving I said to her,

“Das-vi-daniya  Comrade!” (Which means, Good-bye or Until we meet again  good friend. For the non-believer it means Good-bye and to the believer it’s Until we meet again).

Thinking back I came to realize something. [Read more...]

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Know the Code

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Know the Code | May 15th, 2013

Know the Code

Sanj Round 4 photoI have been to Las Vegas several times. When I returned my friends would ask, How was your trip to Vegas? Before I could answer they would say the famous line, What Happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Then I would disagree and say, No–what happens in Vegas never happened. I would always get a laugh and a nod of approval.

Las Vegas now has new slogan: Know The Code. The ads portray a gal who goes to Vegas with her girlfriends and posts pictures on Facebook of their first night out. Here it is:

The rest of the trip she is ignored by her friends. Why? She has broken the code. If Vegas is so great, why is no one aloud to share or tell anyone about it?

When I started following Jesus my desire to go Vegas began to wear off. He put a new desire in my heart–to tell everyone about Him. Each of the Gospels ends the same way–with a command from Jesus to tell the world about Him.

Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. -Mark 16:15

Now this is the opposite of Know the Code. This news [Read more...]

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My Password

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My Password | April 17th, 2013

My Password

PasswordMy wife likes to guess the Wifi password at places where it’s required to get online. She’s actually pretty good at it. She’ll tell you the most common codes are 1234, 0000, and admin.

Like it or not, we live in a password world.

I need one to access my home, my computer, my iPhone, and my iPad. I need one to enter my Ford with its keypad on the door. I need one to check my investment account, my expense account, and my airline flight status. I need one to pay my bills and one to buy stuff online. I even need one to access my Bible app—I guess that’s so that you can’t see what verse I’m reading.

I average a dozen passwords a day to access my stuff that I don’t want anyone to take, steal or know about. When stuff is no big deal, I use a simple password like 1234. But for more valuable things, I make it more challenging to crack by Pu##!nG-it/inCaps&symbol$.

Why all the security? Simple. We live in a world where there is evil. But if there is evil then there also has to be good. I try to be good but I always come up short. I’ve felt insecure most of my life because I know what’s in my heart. My heart is the one place I never want anyone to know about. The one place I want to lock down with the ultimate secure password.

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How to Break Up with Your Hair Stylist

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How to Break Up with Your Hair Stylist | February 21st, 2013

How to Break Up with Your Hair Stylist

HairI’ve had many hair stylists during my lifetime. I would stay with one for a year or so and then find another one. Until I found Sara—she did my hair for five years because she always cut and styled my hair just the way I wanted.

Once in a while Sara would be unavailable and I would get another stylist named Kris. I began to prefer Kris but couldn’t bring myself to make the switch because I felt bad. Sounds like a Seinfeld episode right?

Recently I ran into Kris and she told me she was working at another salon. She even gave me some coupons to make it easier for me to switch. I got up the nerve to cancel Sara and make an appointment with Kris. But I instantly began to feel really bad. I wanted to tell Sara I was sorry—but if I told her the truth it would hurt her feelings!

My dilemma amounted to the question, When do you tell the truth?

I even googled, How to break up with your hair stylist? The most common answer was, Write her a nice note and just move on. Really?

Anyway, when I arrived at my appointment with Kris [Read more...]

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No, Yes, Yes, Yes . . .Yes, No, No, No . . .

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No, Yes, Yes, Yes . . .Yes, No, No, No . . . | January 17th, 2013

No, Yes, Yes, Yes . . .Yes, No, No, No . . .

Sanj Kalra

Sanj Kalra

I’m a stutterer. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember. I would say my name like this, Ssssanj and Ttttalk like this. It has always kept my confidence down. I would even avoid speaking if I could when I was a child. I could say Yes by just nodding my head and No by moving it side to side.

I wanted to feel accepted but my stammer got in my way. I thought if I could make people laugh, and dress sharp, and have cool hair, and play sports well, then people would look past my ssstttuter. This formula worked and my confidence began to improve a little. By now I was in college on a tennis scholarship, hair past my shoulders, I had a POLO logo on all my clothes, and I was getting the attention I had always wanted.

When I turned 45 I had so much confidence, my favorite word was YES! And this word became my downfall.

Yes, I will try that. Yes, I will look at that. Yes, I will do that with you. Yes, I want that job. Yes, I want that money! [Read more...]

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