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

The 4th Commandment--"The Sabbath" Or "The Lord's Day"

The 4th Commandment–“The Sabbath” Or “The Lord’s Day”

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September 30, 2014

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Exodus 20:8 After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Russia inaugurated a ten day work-week but then abandoned it in 1940 to re‑establish a seven day week. It just didn’t work!  Why? Ten timeless guidelines for families‑‑for husbands, for wives, for teens and for children–are found in the Ten Commandments.  The first four speak of your relationship with God; the next six, your relationship with other people. The fourth commandment deals with a day of rest and worship–no, not to simply get caught up on everything that you didn’t get done during the

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The 3rd Commandment--"God's Name Is Holy"

The 3rd Commandment–“God’s Name Is Holy”

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September 29, 2014

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.  Exodus 20:7, KJV Profanity has become so common today that often the individual who does not use it stands out as much as the person who did use it a few years ago.  That reality was driven home to me recently when an acquaintance took a job as a parts man for an auto firm.  After a few days a fellow employee was trying to remember his name. When it would not come to him, he identified the man saying, “That new guy in parts‑‑the one that

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The 2nd Commandment--"No Graven Image"

The 2nd Commandment–“No Graven Image”

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September 26, 2014

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.  Exodus 20:4, KJV Long ago God said, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them…”(Exodus 20:4,5).  You will find the Ten Commandments recorded in Chapter 20 of the book of Exodus.  And if you will read a bit further you will discover that before Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, where he received the Law, the Hebrew children had taken earrings and pieces

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The 1st Commandment--"No Other Gods Before Me"

The 1st Commandment–“No Other Gods Before Me”

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September 25, 2014

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Exodus 20:3, KJV “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me!”  When those words were first spoken they were accompanied by bolts of lightning and claps of thunder that brought fear to the multitude assembled at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Dr. Cyrus Gordon of Brandeis University stated that the Ten Commandments (and these are his words), “…sum up in a few verses so much of what society and the individual need for a good, orderly, and productive life.”  Thousands of other contemporary leaders would agree with the statement that these ten

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God Has Spoken

God Has Spoken

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September 24, 2014

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live….  Deuteronomy 8:1 Some time ago, newspapers carried a small, insignificant story.  Hidden on an inside page was a story about a young man who lost his life attempting to set a world record for depth in ocean diving.  According to the reporter who wrote the story, the young man determined to dive deeper than anyone had ever previously done.  He succeeded in his objective, but lost his life in the process.  Taking a rope with him so that observers on the surface could measure

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Are The Ten Commandments A Moral Straightjacket?

Are The Ten Commandments A Moral Straightjacket?

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September 23, 2014

…I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…  Exodus 20:5 A little old lady entered the post office with a package containing a Bible.  The postal attendant looked over the tightly wrapped parcel, shook it, and then asked, “Got anything breakable in this, Ma’am?”  “Nothing but the Ten Commandments,” replied the little lady.  And who would deny that those Ten Commandments are breakable? Harold Hughes, a former U.S. Senator who has left the Senate to devote all his time to Christian work, speaks of his life before he became a Christian, saying that he had broken every one of

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Why The 10 Commandments Are Important

Why The 10 Commandments Are Important

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September 22, 2014

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God…. Deuteronomy 7:9 Try something!  Take a piece of scrap paper and write down as many of the Ten Commandments as you can remember.  Give yourself a few minutes; then just for fun, write down the books and chapters in the Bible where you will find them.  Got it? How did you do? A recent poll indicated that one in three could not write three of the ten, and one in ten could not even name one of them.  Pretty sad!  And by the way, if you wrote down Exodus 20 and

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Loneliness

Loneliness

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September 19, 2014

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  Psalm 25:16 In case you are ready to lose faith in humanity, let me tell you about Mrs. Jean Rosenstein and what happened to her.  Mrs. Rosenstein sat down at a small table in her cramped, one‑bedroom apartment and painfully put her thoughts on paper.  The arthritis in her fingers made the writing difficult and painful. The scrawled words read, “I’m so lonely I could die.  So alone, I cannot write.  My hands and fingers pain me….  I see no human beings.  My phone never rings. 

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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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