Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Profoundly Grateful

One of the things I enjoy most is listening to Bible preaching on my iPod. Anyone who knows me for more than 5 minutes will get a sales pitch on a) why they should own an iPod and b) why they should be into podcasting. There is such a wealth of rich Bible preaching available today that there is no excuse why anyone to not understand and learn and know the Word of God. But enough of that. This morning, both on the way to playing basketball with the guys at Faith Church and on the way into the office, I was listening to one of my favorite Bible expositors, Michael Easley of Moody Bible Institute. Currently, his program, In Context is airing a series of chapel messages entitled, "Why We Believe What We Believe." Dr. Easley did this series to affirm the essential truths of the Christian faith. Its...

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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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