Audio Commentaries

Darlene Sala

Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights

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July 28, 2014

  David had sleepless nights, the Bible tells us. So do I, especially when the stress level of life is high. It’s amazing how your eyes can pop wide open at 2 AM and your mind work overtime. But instead of merely tossing and turning, David prayed–a good use for those hours. In fact, an interesting study can be done on how all the writers of the Psalms spent their sleepless nights. Notice these examples: My heart instructs me in the night seasons I meditate on You in the night watches I cry…in the night season My eyes are awake

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Shelter in the Time of Storm

Shelter in the Time of Storm

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July 21, 2014

  Bad news? I don’t like it! That’s why I wake up with a start when the phone rings in the middle of the night. Or, I tense up when I hear about a plane crash on a day that my husband is flying. We really can’t help it that the adrenaline kicks in when we hear bad news, for our bodies are made to prepare for “flight or fight” at a moment’s notice. But we can deal with the fear that comes. The writer of the Psalms says that the secret is a trusting heart. He writes, “He will

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Dimensions of God’s Love

Dimensions of God’s Love

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July 14, 2014

When I am in the middle of a difficult time, I may not feel God’s love. That’s because my whole perspective is warped. I’m so close to the circumstances that they seem to tower above His love and block it from my vision. But that doesn’t change the fact that God’s love reaches far above me. It transcends time past and time to come. The Psalmist put it this way: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, … abounding in love. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. From everlasting to everlasting the

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Strong and Loving

Strong and Loving

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July 7, 2014

When we think of masculine and feminine characteristics, we often think of strength as being masculine and love as being feminine. Of course, that’s an oversimplification. But I find it interesting that the Bible says God has both of these traits. Psalm 62 says, “You, O God, are strong, and < you, O Lord, are loving” (Psalm 62:11-12). If God were only strong, I might be afraid of Him. I’m well aware He could zap me into eternity in a split-second. If He were only loving but not strong, He might not be able to help me. His love would

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Those Annoying Interruptions

Those Annoying Interruptions

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June 30, 2014

You have a lot of things you want to accomplish today, right? You get up a little earlier to get started. But then the telephone rings, and it’s someone who needs to talk—and talk—and talk. Eventually you hang up and go back to your work. But only until your son calls, saying he forgot his school project that is due at noon today—and can you please bring it to him? Oh, well, it’s only the morning. Surely this afternoon you’ll get back to your work. But shortly after lunch your neighbor knocks at your door. She has had an emergency

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What to Do in Adversity

What to Do in Adversity

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June 23, 2014

How should you cope in times of adversity? My friend tells the following experience that occurred after his dad’s stroke. “Yesterday was Christmas day and it was a truly wonderful day. We started out in the hospital room. We had brought dad’s favorite Christmas music and cranked up the volume on the little boom box as loud as we dared—and then some. The song is a version of “Joy to the World” done with a massive choir and orchestra. The finale is the word “joy” repeated five times, each one building louder until the final JOY!!!!!!is sung with a chord

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A Friend When You Are Afraid

A Friend When You Are Afraid

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June 16, 2014

I was taking my twin grandsons to a birthday party at one of those places with huge inflated play equipment—a big slide, tunnels to crawl through, a room full of balls, a trampoline-like place to fight with foam swords and jump to their hearts’ content. The boys were 4 at the time and as different as night and day. Carson is the aggressive one who would be ready at a moment’s notice to jump off the roof if you just said the word. Cole is—well, we call him Cautious Cole, who generally thinks before he jumps off anything. In the

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Unchanging

Unchanging

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June 9, 2014

Think about it–can you name one thing around you that is permanent? Anything that won’t eventually change? Rather disconcerting, isn’t it. Not only the weather varies, but children grow up and move out, hair turns gray, the stock market rises and falls, health fluctuates—and, of course, so does our outlook on life. Like the weather, if you don’t like the way things are now—whether it’s circumstances or people or things, just wait—they’ll change. The fact that everything in this life is temporary caused the apostle Peter to ask, “Since everything will be destroyed…, what kind of people ought you to

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Significance

Significance

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June 1, 2014

Do you like to walk through old graveyards and read the headstones? Some might think it’s morbid, but I’m fascinated to see how people’s lives are summed up in just a few words. The following was reportedly found on a tombstone in England: Remember, man, as you walk by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so shall you be, Remember this and follow me. To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone: To follow you I’ll not consent, Until I know which way you went. Two epitaphs appear in the Bible in stark

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Worry

Worry

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May 23, 2014

Someone said that worry is misuse of the imagination—and if that’s true, most of us have a great imagination. Thoughts of “What if<” come to us at all hours of the day and night. “What if my son doesn’t get good enough grades to get into college?” “What if the doctor says I have cancer?” “What if___________”–you can fill in the blank with your own latest worry. It seems to be our nature as women to mull things over in our minds. After a party, I come home, crawl in bed—and then before I fall asleep, my mind goes over

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