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Guidelines For Living with Harold Sala and Bonnie Sala


What Your Pastor Needs Right Now

Monday, October 21, 2019

Harold Sala and Bonnie Sala

When pastors or spiritual leaders of Christian organizations battle with moral failure or get divorced or struggle with their teenagers, we often are perplexed. Aren't they supposed to be different? Don't they have PhDs in “Godly Living?" Aren't they immune to disappointments, depression or other mental illnesses?


Why You Can Count On God - Friday, October 18, 2019

Can you really trust God for your needs?  Perhaps the question should be prefaced by asking, “When you were a kid, could you trust your dad for your needs?”  And if so, why?  “Well,” you say, “we were related.  He loved me and, therefore, provided for me.”  The same line of logic really applies to your being able to trust God for your needs, ones which your earthly father could never meet.  How so?  In a one-word response, it is relationship.

How To Live With Grace At Any Age - Thursday, October 17, 2019

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor,” says the writer of Proverbs, but most of us would just as soon avoid what it represents—growing old.  So we do everything in our power to camouflage the symptoms; but the reality is that as the years go by, we gradually grow older, thereby proving the observation of my son that there are three periods of life: youth, middle age, and “My, you’re looking well today.”

How Can I Inherit Eternal Life? - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Anyone who has ever visited ancient Jericho can testify to the reality that in the summer it can be unbearably hot.  Locals are convinced that hell itself is only ten degrees hotter than Jericho.  There is an old aphorism that in China only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun, and that surely applied to Jericho as well–which is why a drama that unfolded as Jesus approached the city on His way to Jerusalem is so remarkable.

Commit To 5 Minutes A Day With God - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

OK, you have decided to take five minutes a day and focus on God.  You've made the decision to try it.  What can you expect?  For one thing, you'll discover that Murphy's law, "Anything that can happen, will happen," has your name on it.  You will oversleep.  You will discover that your socks don't match.  You will have extra work that keeps you up late, so late that as soon as you close your eyes, you are instantly asleep.  You will set the alarm early, and an alarm that has never failed before, will not go off!  You will settle down with an open Bible or a notebook and begin to ponder your relationship with God, and the phone will ring, or you will immediately think of things that need your attention right now, and you close the Book and skip your quiet time with God.

Does Your Life Reflect Your Faith? - Monday, October 14, 2019

It's a rather sobering thought to realize that the world judges God by what they see of Him in the lives of His children--in my life.  So we look at our lives, and recognize that instead of mirroring His love, justice, character, and peace, we often project a somewhat distorted picture of God, one fogged over by our human failure.  "Not good enough!" cries our incriminating conscience.  Then in failure we feel like turning away.

The Jesus You Can Know - Friday, October 11, 2019

The Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman once stood before a painting of Christ which hung in a cathedral in Europe.  As he gazed intently at the painting, He whispered, "Speak to me!"  But there was only silence, so goes the story. 

How Can We Understand God’s Thoughts? - Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Psalmist wrote, "The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" (Ps. 33:11).  But the question is: Can you really know the thoughts of the Almighty?  Only a fool would deny that man and God think differently.  We just don't track on the same wavelength.  Isaiah had that in mind when he penned the words of God, saying, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'" (Isa. 55:8,9).  Yet that same passage declares that you can seek the Lord and find Him; you can turn to Him and He will show mercy towards you.

5 Ways To Respond To Criticism - Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How do you respond to criticism?  Some are extremely sensitive to the slightest bit of criticism and they respond very negatively to it; others couldn't care less what people say of them.  Some world leaders are keenly aware of the press, and when the news media criticize them they vindictively lash out, deeply hurt – or they seek revenge.  Others, though, take the attitude of Frederick the Great, who was asked how he felt about the sharp criticism that he had drawn.  He replied, "I go through my appointed daily stage, and I care not for the curs who bark at me along the road."  Most of us do not have quite as thick a hide as did Frederick the Great.  We do care what others are saying, and down in our hearts, we often care a great deal more than we are willing to admit.

Does God Exist For Our Benefit? - Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The bullets were dancing all around a certain soldier as he dove into the nearest foxhole.  Finding that the hole wasn't very deep, he took his helmet and started digging for all he was worth to give himself a few more inches of cover.  Suddenly, he stuck a metallic object.  He felt with his fingers and carefully pried loose a metal object made of sterling silver.  It was a crucifix left behind by the soldier who had been the previous occupant of the foxhole.

Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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