Audio Commentaries

Darlene Sala

Making Decisions God's Way

Making Decisions God’s Way

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April 21, 2014

Job tells us that “It is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty that gives him understanding” (Job 32:8). Because God breathed into Adam the breath of life—His very own breath–and we’re related to Adam, we have a measure of God’s insight. For instance, you don’t have to ask God whether or not to brush your teeth or take a shower. Yet, having the “breath of the Almighty” in us, we sometimes think we know enough to make all our own decisions. And that’s where we get into trouble. God promises to give us guidance.  He says,

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What Can You See?

What Can You See?

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April 14, 2014

If you ever watched one of those documentaries on TV about the riches of ancient Egypt, you were no doubt amazed at the priceless treasures that were buried with the pharaohs. For instance, King Tutankhamun–“King Tut” to most of us–was buried in an immense sarcophagus that held three elaborate nesting coffins, the final one being of solid gold nearly an inch thick. The famous mask at the head of the coffin is considered to be Egypt’s greatest work of art in history, with a value so great that it can’t be calculated. Moses grew up with riches like these. Raised

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How Will You Die

How Will You Die

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April 7, 2014

My friend Donna is an emergency room nurse who has been at the bedside of many dying people.  I asked her if she saw any difference between how people faced death who were believers in Jesus Christ and those who were not.  She said, “I’ve seen panic in the eyes of dying people who don’t know the Lord.  Even their breathing is different as they make every effort to claw their way back to life, bargaining and making deals with God.” In stark contrast, Donna can never forget a certain elderly little man, a believer, who was brought into the

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Fear of Death

Fear of Death

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March 31, 2014

The man lived in China, and his story is true. He had been an idol-maker by trade.  But when it came time to die, he sensed evil spirits all around him–as though Satan himself were holding him in his clutches. In desperation, he asked his family to pray, but he got no relief. Finally, a Christian came to his home and told him he needed to repent of his sins and put his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior.  Would he do it?  Oh, yes, he said–anything to get rid of the terror that was haunting him.  He bowed

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Underneath are the Everlasting Arms

Underneath are the Everlasting Arms

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March 24, 2014

When we hit turbulence during a flight, I’m a candidate for the “Chicken of the Air” award.  I just don’t like being tossed around like a potato chip in a windstorm. But I’ve found a verse in the Bible that helps a lot.  It’s this: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27). There’s something about picturing God’s big arms underneath that bouncing plane that calms my emotions. No matter how far it drops, underneath are God’s everlasting arms holding the plane as a father holds his newborn child. Although air travel was yet

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Greed=Idolatry

Greed=Idolatry

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March 17, 2014

In the Bible in Colossians chapter 3, we’re told to “put to death” some pretty nasty sins—sexual immorality, lust, evil desires and greed.  It’s that last one that caught my attention—greed.  Paul says it’s really idolatry. How could greed be idolatry?  I mean, when I see some expensive piece of jewelry that I’d like to have, I admit that my craving can be greed.  After all, I already have all the basics I need—and many of the luxuries. But is that idolatry?  Well, if I want that item more than I want God, then there’s no doubt that my desire

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The Warfare in my Head

The Warfare in my Head

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March 10, 2014

Have you ever tried to stop thinking? Try it right now! Very quickly you’ll realize the best you can do is to think that you are not thinking! God has made us in such a way that our minds are always active. I find that it’s in my thinking that a lot of the battles of life take place. Especially in the night worrisome thoughts shoot holes in my rest. Painful memories from the past pop up to destroy the peace of God that should rule my life. The Apostle Paul tells us how to deal with this: He wrote,

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Finish the Job

Finish the Job

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March 3, 2014

I still have the report card. My second-grade teacher wrote that “Darlene has trouble finishing what she starts.” Oh, she put it nicely, adding that I tended to put so much detail into my work that I would run out of time to complete it.  I think it was just a nice way of saying that time management is not one of my strong points.  She was right.  You can ask my husband. Half way through writing a book, I noticed a certain verse in the Bible—well, actually the verse stood out to me as if written in neon lights:

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A Husband Who Does Not Share Your Faith

A Husband Who Does Not Share Your Faith

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February 24, 2014

A dear lady in an eastern European country invited us to her home for dinner. Her husband was an unbeliever, and she felt that if we had dinner with him, surely my husband, Harold, could persuade him to become a Christian. She was sincere in her desire, but honestly, we felt sorry for him, for all eyes focused on him during that meal. Afterwards, Harold explained to her God’s way of influencing husbands to become believers.  Listen to these words in 1 Peter chapter 3. “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of

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A Fast From Noise

A Fast From Noise

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February 17, 2014

A friend of mine asked me some questions about the practice of fasting and that caused me to dig into my Bible for answers.  Although not commanded directly in the Bible, you find many mentions of the practice of fasting, including Jesus’ instruction about not doing it in such a way that people notice. Author Dr. Terry Teykl recommends a fast that I think would do many of us a lot of good. It’s a fast not from food but from noise. Isn’t that an interesting thought? He writes, “Decide to embark on a special kind of fast—giving up unnecessary

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