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A 5-minute daily devotional to help you fully live the life God has designed for you.

A 5-minute daily devotional to help you fully live the life God has designed for you.


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A 5-minute daily devotional to help you fully live the life God has designed for you.






Learn More About The Sickness Of Sin

In the comedy, "The Three Stooges," there is a scene where Curly and Moe are angry with each other. The smaller of the two men always comes out being the loser, so Curly says, "I'm going to strap a stick of dynamite to my chest, so the next time he hits me, he'll get blown up!" Sure! That's what happens when you plot revenge on someone who has hurt you. Revenge not only destroys your enemy; it destroys you at the same time.


How Do I Choose Forgiveness Over Revenge or Repression?

The judge called it "strength." The prosecutor called it "refreshing." And the general public called it "crazy!" It was the response of forgiveness which a 70 year-old woman had towards the man who cut her throat and sexually assaulted her.


This Is What You Can Learn From A Church of Birds

An unknown pundit wrote the following: "A group of birds decided to form a church. So they called a meeting and the duck stood up and said, 'I think we should require baptism by immersion. It's the only way we can get their pocketbooks wet.' But the rooster said, 'No, we should baptize people by sprinkling...many people dislike the embarrassment of getting wet all over.' So the argument went on.


Does God Have A Sense of Humor?

"Does God really lack a sense of humor?" That question was the lead sentence in an article that crossed my desk. I read the article and got to thinking about it. John Dart, writing for the L. A. Times, asked some provocative questions and started me thinking. Does God have a sense of humor?


Start Understanding God‘s Answers

"Dear Dr. Sala," writes a friend of Guidelines. "Your messages…are uplifting. I oftentimes tell myself, what is life for? Why should one person be more hurt than others? Why must one's life be lived until you succumb to death? Why can't one evaporate, vanish on one's command, if life is untenable? Can you give some answers to these questions?"


How To Trust In God And Take Responsibility

"Dear Dr. Sala," writes a listener. "First and foremost, I'm mad. Really mad at my life. It's the pits. All of my life, God has been unfair to me. He put me in a dysfunctional family, made me endure things you wouldn't imagine possible and made me ugly. I feel so ugly because people respond to me in a way that I don't like." The last sentence reads, "I wrote this as a last resort." And it is signed, "Whipsawed by Confusion."


Steps To Healing From Emotional Hurt

What do you do when your head and your heart don't agree, besides hurting a lot? A young woman who is a Christian, unhappily married and wanting to find the right person and marry, meets a man, usually married and a few years older than she, and he begins to give her attention. He makes her feel important and tells her how turned on he is by her, that she is exactly what he has been looking for all his life.


Start Living Each Day With Integrity

A couple wanting to spend a quiet lunch together, away from the spying eyes of the office help, picked up a pizza and headed for a nearby park. When the box was opened, however, they found not only the pizza but the funds from the restaurant's previous day's business which had been hidden in the box for safekeeping. Fearing that they might be accused of theft, they immediately returned the money; whereupon, the owner of the shop, so impressed at their honesty, said, "Let me call the...


How To View Eternity

"Our 747 was traveling between the Philippines and Hawaii," wrote John N. Powell, "and we had just passed the point of no return. It was a cold, stormy night and the plane reciprocated with creaks and groans as it lurched up and down in the wintry storm. Half the passengers were asleep and the other half, like me, were watching the movie with one eye half open.


Learn How To Seek God‘s Wisdom

Long before the age of computers, e. e. cummings, the English author and philosopher, asked the question, "With all our knowledge, what has happened to wisdom?" Another English writer, Samuel Johnson, described the lack of wisdom in his generation as a "mental disease." Centuries before, Solomon decried the lack of wisdom and then wrote, "A wise man will hear and increase in learning. And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel" (Proverbs 1:5-6, NASB). Solomon then pictured wisdom...


5 Love Languages Explained

"My husband doesn't love me! The only time he says he loves me is when he wants something." I have heard those words more than once, and I usually prod a bit deeper, asking questions like, "Is he faithful to you? Does he support you and the family? Does he share in the responsibilities of the house? Take care of the kids? Bathe and change the baby? Carry out the trash? Ever give you a compliment? Take you out for dinner?"


How Do I Work Through My Bitterness?

A certain woman, bitten by a dog suspected of having rabies, was immediately rushed to a hospital where she was treated and left in an adjacent room until it could be determined whether or not the dog had rabies. As you probably know, treatment for rabies is painful and expensive. If it can be determined that an animal is not infected, it saves a great deal of trouble and anxiety. An intern on duty explained the seriousness of the situation to the woman, and then was called to other duties.


Is It Ok To Ask God Why?

Dear Dr. Sala, can you explain why God let my dog get hit by a car and die?" There are some questions that even theologians struggle to answer. So should a parent tell a youngster than his dog is now with Jesus in heaven? Or should he or she tell him that when animals die, that's it? Or what should a parent say to assuage the loss of a child's pet? Many adults do not really understand the bond that exists between a child and his pet. When I was a youngster I had a dog that was my constant...


How To Lean On God When Losing A Baby

Nothing can be more devastating in life that for a woman to carry an infant for almost nine months and then lose that child, or to have an infant snatched from her arms in death. That's when the question, "Why?" is poured out in scalding tears and agony.


Why Is God Doing This To Me?

One of the oldest questions that has ever been voiced is the question, "Why? God! Why do you allow suffering?" You find that question voiced by a man whose name was Job and you read about him in the book that bears his name.


How To Wait Patiently For Your Future Spouse

If ever there was a tough little lady who didn't know what she could not do, it was Gladys Aylward. And, "Who is she?" you might ask. In the event that you have seen the movie (still available on the internet) The Inn of the Sixth Happiness featuring the Swedish actress, Ingrid Bergman, you would, at least, know her story. But actress Ingrid Bergman with her blond hair, rather imposing stature, and accent falls far short of depicting both Gladys's looks as well as her character.


Top ‘Why‘ Questions We Ask God

If you could ask God any question, what would it be?" Today I'm going to address some of the "Why?" questions of the human heart.


This Is The Story Of The Rabbis

Toward the end of the first century, the last New Testament book as we know it today was written by the Apostle John as he was living in exile on the island of Patmos. But that didn't mean that the 27 books were ready to go to the printer. Not exactly. First, there was no printer at that time, and secondly, it took another two hundred years for the New Testament church to decide what was the New Testament. You think that it's tough for folks to agree on things today? It was even worse then!...


Discover The Evidence Behind The Bible

Ignorance can be a wonderful thing. It saves you from having to think. Therefore, you avoid the consequences of facing what you don't know, right? Dead wrong! That lump that you thought was nothing was cancer, but you didn't really want to know and it didn't go away. When you could avoid the issue no longer, you faced serious consequences—all of which could have been avoided had you faced the issue head-on.


What You Can Learn From The Bible

There are two kinds of people who are ignorant—those who have never had an opportunity to learn, and those who are willfully ignorant because they refuse to get the facts. There are millions of people in the world trapped by poverty and economic stagnation, who are ignorant because they have no choice, but the latter category includes some who have Ph.D.s and advanced degrees by the handful. Those who refuse the truth purposefully, are not only ignorant, they are to be pitied.