Dr. Harold J. Sala

Dr. Harold J. Sala, well known speaker, author and Bible teacher, has served as founder and President of Guidelines International, Inc., since 1963. He is the featured speaker on the daily “Guidelines-A Five Minute Commentary on Living” which is broadcast on over 1000 radio stations around the world and translated in over 15 languages.

Author of over 40 books published in various languages and hundreds of publications, Harold is also a popular guest lecturer and teacher at universities such as Donetsk Christian University in Ukraine , national and international conferences, seminars, and churches. His television program “Guidelines for Living” is still seen weekdays in Asia on satellite and GMA-7 in Manila , Philippines .

Dr. Sala earned his Ph.D. from Bob Jones University . His further graduate studies have been at the University of Southern California, California Baptist Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Conservative Baptist Seminary in Denver , Colorado . Residing in Mission Viejo , California , Harold and his wife, Darlene, have three adult children and eight well-loved grandchildren.

 

Dr. Sala’s latest commentaries

Hypocrites

Hypocrites

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September 18, 2014

We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now.  Joshua 9:19 Did you ever hear anyone labeled as a “hypocrite?”  Chances are you have.  The English word hypocrite is an interesting word.  It comes from a much older Greek word hupocritas‑‑but it means exactly the same thing.  The ancients used it just as we do‑‑to express insincere appearance, feigning knowledge or ability which did not exist.  The Greeks used the word to cover all sorts of situations‑‑from those who pretended to be physicians but really were not, to those who

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J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney

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September 17, 2014

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36 When the U.S. stock market crashed in 1929, J.C. Penney had made some unwise personal commitments.  He became so worried that he could not sleep.  Night after night Penney tossed and turned and became obsessed with a fear of death.  Out of this nervous condition, he developed a disease known as shingles.  He was hospitalized and given sedation to relieve the intense pain.  A combination of circumstances, physical and mental, led him to believe he would not live until morning.  He wrote

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Purpose In Living

Purpose In Living

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September 16, 2014

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.  Philippians 3:10 The person who has no idea of where he is headed in life‑‑usually arrives at his destination: NOWHERE.  There are lots of people like that. Are you one of them?  Life is pointless, and purposeless.  Ernest Hemingway was like that.  As a college student I always admired Hemingway for his ability and style.  His death came as a shock to me and to many others.  In retrospect, though, I pity a man who

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Success

Success

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September 15, 2014

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.  Ecclesiastes 9:10 Some of the world’s most successful individuals have ended up as miserable failures who learned how to make a living but never learned how to live.  I’m thinking of the businessman who sat down with me and said, “I’m the president of my company.  I have more than 2,000 employees who are directly under my responsibility.  I have been extremely successful in my field, but I’m a miserable

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Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini

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September 12, 2014

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  2 Corinthians 5:17 Not until he forgave the ones who tortured and abused him, did his nightmares go away!  His name: Louis Zamperini, and from his childhood, he was a tough cookie himself. Here’s the story.  He smoked by age five and, according to his own account, got through school only because he cheated. His favorite pastime was stealing beer from the bootleggers and running from the police. When kids provoked him, trying to get him to curse them in Italian,

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God's Pockets

God’s Pockets

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September 11, 2014

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  Luke 11:13 When the family of Pastor Jack Loo immigrated to America, his mother announced that they would no longer speak Czech but only English in their home. His grandparents who came with them, however, didn’t much like the idea. They knew that God spoke Czechoslovakian so why bother to learn English. As Jack grew older, though, he forgot his native language, and since grandfather didn’t learn

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I Have Finished The Course

I Have Finished The Course

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September 10, 2014

I have finished the course.  2 Timothy 4:7 A man’s last words are always important. At the end of his journey, Paul wrote to Timothy and made three declarations. He said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  But what does it mean to keep the faith? Notice what he doesn’t say.  He didn’t say, “I did better than the rest. I’ve reached more people, traveled farther, preached to larger crowds than anyone.” No, he simply says, “I have kept the faith.” What does it mean? 1. KEEPING THE FAITH MEANS

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I Have Finished The Course

I Have Finished The Course

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September 9, 2014

None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.  Acts 20:24, KJV Running the marathon is not for sissies! It’s a tough, grueling 26-mile grind that produces burning muscles and lungs that threaten to explode. Long before the modern marathon began in 1896, the Greeks remembered the historic run by Pheiddipes on the Plain of Marathon long ago. Here’s how it happened. About 490 BC, the

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I Have Fought A Good Fight

I Have Fought A Good Fight

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September 8, 2014

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.  John 16:33, NKJV Life is a battle, and for those who are believers in Jesus Christ, it is spiritual warfare. As John Piper wrote, “Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that!” When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, he used several analogies of the Christian life—that of a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer. None is more graphic, however, than that of

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Peace Be Still!

Peace Be Still!

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September 5, 2014

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27 It happened long ago when Jesus was ministering to the large crowds which came to hear him teach.  Mark tells us that Jesus used many parables or stories to illustrate truths He was teaching.  Then when He was alone with the disciples He explained things further, but they still had trouble understanding. One day along towards evening Jesus got into a fishing boat with His disciples.

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