Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Shocked

    That was my reaction to the news, delivered in an email from a friend while I was driving to Indiana yesterday (I don't recommend the email/driving combo, nor does my wife, the nervous passenger). The email said, "Bears Got Cutler." Here's the deal. I'm a huge Bears fan. I've always loved their teams. They've always prided themselves on defense and an okay, usually bad, offense. I've never liked that. Why can't we have a really good quarterback like other teams? It always seemed the Bears were destined for mediocrity at that position. I mean we're talking about Sid Luckman being our last really good quarterback and good ole Sid played during WWII. I am so juiced by this trade. The Bears never go out and get the hot guy that is available. But we did, somehow! I think Jay Cutler will make the Bears contenders. I don't think they gave up...

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Praising God for Freedom

Today is election day in Lake County, Illinois. And Gages Lake Bible Church is privileged to offer our facility to the county as a polling place. I'm always encouraged every election day by the dozen or so dedicated men and women who serve as election judges. These are folks who took time off from work or school and sit for over 12 hours, making sure we have a fair election. We Americans tend to take this for granted, as if every person on the earth has the opportunity to voice their opinion on who leads them, but it is a rare thing this form government. I've travelled overseas a bit. I've spent time in India and in the Middle East. I've seen how messy governments are in other countrys, whether its a sort of cobbled-together democracy or a dictatorship or a police state. The common, ordinary person doesn't have any...

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From Round Lake to Alabama to Rochester to Pakistan

I have a really cool story about my book, Teen People of the Bible. Several months ago, a Pakastani church-planter was in Rochester, New York, preaching at a church and raising funds for his mission. He is a native Pakistani pastor who conducts revival meetings and plants churches across Pakistan. While he was in Rochester, New York, he stayed in the home of a family. The man, whom I've yet to meet, had somehow got his hands on a copy of my book, Teen People of the Bible. He showed it to this Pakistani missionary and said, "You've got to read this book. Its great." So he did. He liked the book. In fact he liked it so much he began using it to teach his fellow pastors in his various seminars and training. I had no idea a devo book for teens would be used that way! The pastors...

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Good Friday Musings

I just finished my Good Friday sermon and boy am I juiced for Friday. A few nuggets to chew on: What put Jesus on the cross? Was it the religous authorities? Was it the Romans? Was it our sin? Or was it something else? Find out on Friday. Some quotes and verses to meditate on: Horatio Spafford wrote: My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul   Paul wrote:  “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Colossians 2:14 (KJV)"   Ray Pritchard wrote in his book, An Anchor for the Soul, “God is not trying to sell you salvation. He’s not offering salvation at half price. He’s not offering salvation on an installment plan. God is offering...

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