Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Teen People of the Bible

They hear you when you’re speaking

Right before I got married, a wise man, married for many years, gave me a piece of advice. He said, "Dan, always talk favorably about your wife when she is not around. She can hear what you say about her even when she is not around." This is a maxim I have tried to follow in my marriage. We've all been around folks who dis their spouses with regularity. It's cringe-inducing for those of us who have to hear it and it only makes us wonder how good that marriage can be. I also believe, strongly, that spouses can sense when we don't have their back, when we're kind of smiling when we are in their presence, but cutting them down when they are gone. Real love doesn't do this. I also think this is an important principle when it comes to our children. It's  easy to criticize our kids when they are...

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Satan’s Hidden Tax

I wrote this for my weekly devotional (published at Crosswalk.com and also Clash Entertainment):  It was almost midnight and I was nearly finished filing my income taxes. I had finished my federal return and was now almost done with my state return. I live in Illinois and typically the state portion of my taxes is a snap. But the one thing you have to know about living in Illinois is that our fine Land of Lincoln loves to tax things. And sure enough, as I was nearly to the end of the Illinois return, up pops up a new tax, one I had not heard of in the news. Its creatively titled the “use” tax and it goes like this. If you were smart enough to make a big purchase in another state where there is no sales tax, then Illinois wants a piece of that action. So you’re required to put...

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Teen Devos for the New Year

If you'd like to get encourage your young person to develop a study of the Scriptures in 2012, you can help them along the way with some resources I've developed. I'd like to share about two of them here: Teen People of the Bible, Celebrity Profiles of Real Faith and Tragic Failure  This was my first book and it continues to sell well. It's a unique, 100-day devotional that features the stories of 29 young people in the Scripture. Each day shares a bit about the Biblical teen, offers a contemporary story about a teen and/or a few practical life lessons, then offers journaling space. Each day also comes with a probing question answered from the Bible and some thought-provoking discussion ideas. I wrote this book to help young people get interested in the Bible. Quite often they crack open the Scriptures and might get lost in Leviticus or think that perhaps...

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Friday Five Interview: Scott Phelps

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Scott Phelps is a leading author of a critically acclaimed abstinence curriculum used around the country, including A.C Green’s Gameplan and Navigator. He is the founder and executive director of the Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership.

Scott has worked with youth in San Francisco and Chicago and each year speaks to thousands of teens around the country on the benefits of abstinence until marriage. He provides training seminars nationally to help educators and parents effectively communicate the message of abstinence to teens.

I highly recommend his materials for use in schools, youth groups, and homes.

Scott was kind enough to stop by and answer questions for today’s Friday Five: