Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

10 Things I’m Thankful for this Thanksgiving

1. I'm thankful for my life--given to me by God. Every breath is a blessing.  2. I'm thankful for my salvation, purchased for me on the Cross 2,000 years ago by Jesus Christ, secured forever by the Holy Spirit. This gives me the promise of eternal life in Heaven.  3. I'm thankful for my beautiful wife of seven years. Marriage to her is infinitely more blessed than I ever imagined.  4. I'm thankful for my children. Grace Marie is almost five and fills our home with such joy and laughter. Dan Jr. is 1 and is walking and has his own unique and curious personality. And Emma Rose is awaiting her entrance into this world, sometime around Christmas. Can't wait to see what she looks and sounds and acts like.  5. I'm thankful for my parents, who courageously raised us children in the Lord, who provided more than we needed, who encouraged us along...

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A Ruckus at the Back of your Bus

I just finished a powerful new book written by my friend, Pastor Bill Giovenetti. I highly recommend it. Here is my full review: How to Keep Your Inner Mess From Trashing Your Outer World Bill Giovanetti Monarch Books Every person has a cast of ugly characters riding in the back of their bus. If you’re not careful, they’ll consume and control your life. That’s the premise of a refreshing book by author and pastor, Bill Giovanetti. Bill is pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding California. The characters Bill describes—Inner Saint, Inn CIA Agent, Inner Legalist, Inner Idiot, Inner Flirt (his list covers just about every sin)—together they make up your Inner Mess. And Giovanetti makes the case that the reason Christians fail in taming their Inner Mess is because they have the wrong prescription. Writing in a humorous yet to-the-point style, Giovanetti systematically lays out a Biblical course for allowing Jesus to control the inner...

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What I’m Enjoying This Christmas Season

My wife of seven years, who, besides my relationship with Christ, is the greatest gift God has given me.  My children: Grace Marie, 4, who is a delight, a joy, and whose infectious personality lights up our home, Dan Jr, who at 15 months is a one-man wrecking crew, but whose curiosity is so cute, Emma Rose, who as of this writing is still "in the oven" but is ready to make her entrance into the world.  My church, filled with the most loving, wonderful, Christlike people in the world. In our two years here, you have become family. I enjoy serving you.  My calling. I enjoy studying and preaching. I enjoy shepherding and administrating.  My writing. I'm so glad God allows me to write about Him. I'm humbled at the doors He has opened for me.  ...

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My 2010 New Year’s Resolutions

 I really take New Year's seriously. I love this time of year, because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on what God has done in the last year and to set new goals for the next year. I know that by February most of us ditch our resolutions, but I don't think that means we shouldn't ever set goals. So here are mine:  Make a concerted effort to lose a significant amount of weight. Time to put the fork down.  Spend more and better time in the Word.  Serve my wife and kids with less eye-rolling and more of a Christ-like attitude.  Read more good books, even ones that are more of a discipline to read.  Care more about things on God's heart, like the work of the church and the salvation of souls...

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