Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "Elijah"

Elijah: Jack Bauer of the Old Testament, Spiritual Living, Christian Faith

I was honored to have an article chosen as one of Crosswalk.com's top ten articles of the year. It is the article: "Elijah, Jack Bauer of the Old Testament." Here is an excerpt: There’s a part of Elijah’s life that doesn’t often get told. This is the scene that would get left on the cutting room floor. This is the chapter the editor would delete. You turn to 1 Kings 19 and you can hardly believe what you read. This is just after Elijah’s epic spiritual victory on Mt. Carmel, so you’d think you’d find Elijah celebrating. But there’s no postgame champagne for this guy. Instead, we find this Bible superhero in the fetal position, miles from the city, under a juniper tree. He’s crying and asking God to take his life. This is not something we expect from our superheroes. They are made of something bigger than this. They don’t cry. They don’t break down. They...

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Reboot Your Life

Sometimes you just need to reboot your computer and sometimes you need to reboot your life. Elijah realized this. In 1 Kings 19, we see the raw human side of this fiery prophet of God. His lessons are powerful lessons for today's connected generation. I flesh that out in great detail in chapter five if iFaith. Here are some key excerpts: I’m finding that rebooting is essential for the long-term viability of the soul. I believe God allowed Elijah to suffer this discouragement for a purpose, because He wanted to correct a fatal flaw in his theology. Elijah bought into a common spiritual myth. It plagues believers today. I call it the superhero mentality. Others have labeled it the missionary mind-set or the martyr complex. It’s the mistaken idea that activity for God is a worthy substitute for intimacy with God. We take responsibility for outcomes and results, and convince ourselves that normal,...

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