Audio Commentaries

Dr. Harold J. Sala

Interpreting Scripture and Capital Punishment

Interpreting Scripture and Capital Punishment

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April 16, 2014

You shall not murder.  Exodus 20:13 “Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was put to death by lethal injection at 7:14 a.m. on Monday, June 11 [2001]” read the banner on CNN as it flashed across the bottom of TV screens the world over.  Outside the prison, demonstrators held hands and prayed.  Family witnesses who had lost loved ones when McVeigh bombed the Federal Building grimaced, as between pursed lips they were heard to say, “Just burn in hell!” McVeigh was unrepentant and defiant to the last breath.  “He got what he deserved,” said most people, repelled by the thought

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Capital Punishment and The Old Testament

Capital Punishment and The Old Testament

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April 15, 2014

Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.  Genesis 9:6 Whenever you go to the Bible to find out what it says regarding a given issue you need to ask three questions:  (1) What does it say?  (2) What does it mean? (3) How do I apply this to the issue under consideration?  Most of us, however, if we are honest have to admit that we arrive at a conclusion (better known as a prejudice) and then go to the Bible to support our views–when

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Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

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April 14, 2014

The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”  Genesis 4:10 “Dear Dr. Sala,” writes a regular listener to Guidelines, “I’d like to know what a Christian’s view on capital punishment should be?”  Answering that question in 500 words or less is almost like summarizing the history of God, man, and the devil, past, present and future in the same number of words.  Why?  Christians do not speak with one voice when it comes to the death penalty.  Judy Skeen, a professor at the Belmont School of Religion, believes that Christians

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Tell Them About Jesus

Tell Them About Jesus

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April 11, 2014

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.  Philippians 3:10 When the 21-year-old spacecraft, Columbia, disintegrated on its reentry into Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003, a new pantheon of heroes was born–men and women who knew the risks they were taking yet chose to take that chance.  With that understanding of the dangers involved, each astronaut was asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding his wishes for a memorial service–who should do it, what he or she wanted said, what kind of a memorial he or she would

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Calling Upon God In The Time of Trouble

Calling Upon God In The Time of Trouble

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April 10, 2014

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.  Psalm 50:15 There’s something tough times accomplish which good days never do. When the going gets tough, people begin thinking about God, wondering if He can make a difference, if He can give them deliverance from their difficulties. The Old Testament book of Genesis tells us that in the second generation from Adam, in the days of Enosh, “men began to call on the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:26).  And what does that mean?  The same thing it does today. When you

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Your Last Chance

Your Last Chance

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April 9, 2014

Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.  Hebrews 9:27 The last person to be rescued from the crumpled remains of the World Trade Center on 9/11 was a woman by the name of Janelle Guzman, who was working on the 67th floor of Tower One on that ill-fated day.  Janelle was able to work her way down to the thirteenth floor when the building collapsed.  As the result of God’s mercy, she was trapped in an air pocket with a steel beam an inch from her head. In the 27 hours that her body was

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Living The Heroic Life

Living The Heroic Life

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April 8, 2014

And what more shall I say?  I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets.  Hebrews 11:32 Heroes fall into two categories: Those who do heroic deeds and those who live heroic lives.  What’s the difference?  The first group of people see a need and without thought for their personal safety or the dangers involved do something. They dash into burning buildings to rescue someone, or plunge into raging rivers to pull someone out of a submerged vehicle; they climb into burning vehicles and pull people to safety. These individuals are not

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Heroes

Heroes

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April 7, 2014

All these people were still living by faith when they died.  Hebrews 11:13 My wife and I were guests of two Chinese government officials, both of whom were members of the Communist party, when I was asked about my most recently published book.  “It’s about heroes,” I said, adding, “about people who have made a difference in our world.”  Immediately I was asked, “Did you include Mao Tsetung and Deng Xiaoping in your book?”  “No,” I responded, “they were not included in this.”  “Oh, big mistake,” said my host, adding, “No book on heroes would be complete without including these

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The Parent Map, 5

The Parent Map, 5

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April 4, 2014

Like arrows in the hands of the archer are the children of your youth!  Psalm 127:4 If you’ve been listening to Guidelines this week, you’re probably aware of the fact that I’ve been talking about parenting.  Today my daughter Bonnie is with us and she’s going to ask questions that, perhaps, have been on your mind. Bonnie Craddick: Dad, you’ve just completed a book on parenting.  Now there are a lot of parenting books out there; why did you write this one? Harold Sala: Many years ago I wrote a book entitled Train Up a Child and Be Glad You

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The Parent Map, 4

The Parent Map, 4

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April 3, 2014

Like arrows in the hands of an archer are the children of your youth!  Psalm 127:4 “If I had know how much heartache our daughter would bring to us as parents, we would never have had a child,” wrote one very distraught parent of a rebellious “in-your-face” teenager who wanted her parents’ money but not their advice or counsel. For some parents the nightmare begins when puberty kicks in—about age 13—and lasts for the next six or eight years. For others gradually turning loose and seeing a child move towards maturity is one of the most gratifying experiences of life.

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