Audio Commentaries

Darlene Sala

A New Commandment

A New Commandment

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September 15, 2014

Most of us grew up knowing the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). Jesus taught it, based on the Old Testament law that said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). But just before He died on the cross, Jesus said something new and startling. It was this: “A new command I give you: As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). Wow! Love one another as Christ loved us! Now, that’s a tall order! But every now and then you meet someone who has done

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How Long is God's Arm?

How Long is God’s Arm?

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September 8, 2014

Over and over again in the Old Testament of the Bible, you read about God’s mighty power and outstretched arm.

Evaluating Christian Leaders

Evaluating Christian Leaders

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September 1, 2014

Every so often you hear about a Christian leader who has had a moral failure. When that happens, people often ask, “How can I know that a pastor or TV evangelist or any Christian leader is for real? How can I count on what he says to be true?” A verse in the book of Hebrews speaks to this point, giving us guidance. You find it in Hebrews 13, verse 7, and this is what it says: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

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Perspective When You’re Tired

Perspective When You’re Tired

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August 25, 2014

In her book Hope Lives Here, Janet Bly tells the story of Alice, a young mother who was struggling to manage a home and two preschool children. She felt almost overwhelmed by never-ending responsibility and fatigue. She says, ‚One night I fell exhausted into bed and began to pour out my frustrations to God. The kids didn’t listen, the house was a mess, my husband didn’t seem to care. On and on went the list. Then suddenly, as clear as a spoken word, I heard a distinct voice saying, ‘Which one do you want Me to take away?’ ‚ Instantly, Alice realized what precious gifts she

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Remember These Things

Remember These Things

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August 18, 2014

I have some lovely pieces of china that belonged to my Mom—her treasures. But after she went home to be with the Lord, in her desk I found some scraps of paper on which she had written down various bits of information that she wanted her grandchildren to know—special treasures from her heart. I can buy more china, but I can never replace these messages from her heart. For instance, from her experience as a pastor’s wife she wrote how she and my dad settled their differences when they couldn’t agree. She wrote: We made one decision in our marriage that we followed for 63

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God’s Big Chair

God’s Big Chair

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August 11, 2014

If you have a preschooler, you may find it’s often hard to keep the big picture in mind. So much you do takes no brains and brings little thanks. Sometimes you wish you could be a little kid again yourself with no responsibilities. You’d like to just crawl up in your parent’s lap and be hugged as you did when you were little. Did you know that God wants to give you that kind of comfort? Zephaniah says: The Lord your God is with you, He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love. Yes, God, your heavenly Father,

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Facing the Facts

Facing the Facts

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August 4, 2014

Once upon a time God promised two senior citizens, Abraham and Sarah, they would have a baby–something that at their stage in life was obviously an impossibility. Now, Abraham, famous as he was as a man of great faith, was not stupid. He totally understood that 100-year-old men and 90-year-old women don’t become parents. Yet Abraham faced the facts of the situation—and still trusted God. He chose to believe the promise. Notice was what the Bible says about Abraham: “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb

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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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