Peace Be Still

by Dr. Harold J. Sala Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27 It happened long ago when Jesus was ministering to the large crowds which came to hear him teach.  Mark tells us […]

Guidelines for Communication

by Dr. Harold J. Sala Dear friends, even if I myself should come to you talking in some language you don’t understand, how would that help you? But if I speak plainly what God has revealed to me, and tell you the things I know, and what is going to happen, and the great truths of God’s Word–that is what […]

Listening and Understanding, Part 2

by Dr. Harold J. Sala They said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.’ If he said, Sibboleth,’ because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan.” Judges 12:6 Effective communication is the mutual exchange of ideas, thoughts, attitudes, information, and feelings, and the important word is mutual.  It isn’t hurling words […]

Listening and Understanding, Part 1

by Dr. Harold J. Sala Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.  Genesis 26:30 A certain high school teacher introduced a course entitled, “Home Ec for Boys!”  Nobody touched it.  So she changed the course title to, “Bachelor Living for Men,” and the enrollment quickly filled up.  Same stuff‑‑cooking, sewing, and washing.  It was what […]

Guidelines 51st Anniversary

by Dr. Harold J. Sala So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.  Matthew 19:6 Fifty-one years ago today, the first Guidelines commentary was released over radio KFSG in Los Angeles. I had just produced a week of programming using an Electrovoice 664 microphone plugged into a used—very used—Ampex 350 […]

The No-Faulters

by Dr. Harold J. Sala The soul who sins is the one who will die.  Ezekiel 18:20 Since the days of Adam, who explained, “She took of the fruit and I did eat,” we have avoided accepting responsibility for our actions.  It is always easier to blame the other guy‑‑or just to believe that we are victims of circumstances‑‑rather than […]

Prophecy and the Coming of Jesus Christ

by Dr. Harold J. Sala For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:21 In 1983, one of my favorite authors, James Michener, wrote a book entitled, Poland.  Actually, I think it’s one of Michener’s best works.  But what most impressed […]

Jesus And Femininity

By Dr. Harold J. Sala O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.  Matthew 23:37 Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., the founder of the university I attended, used to carry a […]

Tough But Not Crazy

by Dr. Harold J. Sala Blessed are those whose strength is in you…. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.  Psalm 84:5, 7 When a Canadian psychiatrist went to see Amy Carmichael in India, the doctor expected to find an interesting case study of a neurotic old lady.  Says biographer Elisabeth Elliot, “Five minutes […]

Amy Carmichael

by Dr. Harold J. Sala Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  Proverbs 31:30 In her book, A Chance To Die, author Elisabeth Elliot tells of the time a lad who had been raised under the influence of Amy Carmichael was visiting Madras and was asked whether he belonged […]

Peace In Your Life

by Dr. Harold J. Sala “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Guidelines’ programs are released on a network of stations the world over by radio, and by internet, including Facebook.  As I […]

Choose Peace

by Dr. Harold J. Sala You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.  Acts 10:36 We say that we love peace, yet we are unwilling to take wounds for it as we are willing to do proving that we are right.  This makes […]

Peace Is Your Choice

by Dr. Harold J. Sala If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Romans 12:18 A generation ago John F. Kennedy spoke before the United Nations General assembly and said, “Mankind must put an end to war—or war will put an end to mankind.”  We are now more than a generation downstream […]

The Song of the Black Hole in Space

by Dr. Harold J. Sala Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  Psalm 19:4 “Black hole sings a note humans can’t hear,” said the headline. The subtitle read, “Astronomers pick up sound from 250 million light years away, 57 octaves below middle C.” (Paul Recer, Orange County Register, Sept. 20, 2003, […]

Split-Ville and the Elderly

by Dr. Harold J. Sala Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.  Proverbs 16:31 The elderly couple stood in front of the judge who peered at them over his spectacles. They were in their late 70s and had been married for more than 50 years.  “Hm,” intoned the judge, “it seems to me […]