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

Guest Post: Finding Grace in the Ordinary by Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley is one of my favorite writers and speakers. He's the Director of Discipleship for Lifeway Christian Resources. He wrote one of the most raw and poignant books on faith and suffering I have ever read: Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, about this journey through his son's rare form of cancer. Now he's back with another fantastic book, Boring, Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life. You can follow Michael at @_MichaelKelley .  I've asked Michael to share a guest post with us about this new book. At the end, find out how you can win one of two copies he's generously agreed to give away.  ---- I’ve never met a president. Or saved a child from a burning building. Or climbed Everest. I don’t run in powerful circles or tweet nuggets of wisdom adored by millions. My office walls don’t have pictures with me and the Queen of England or medals from my...

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Why Going to Church on Sunday is An Act of War

Okay, so maybe that title is a bit melodramatic. But I wanted to get your attention, because I think faithful, weekly attendance at your local gospel-preaching church is important. It's important for all the reasons we know, right? To hear the Word preached. To develop community in the body of Christ. To exercise your spiritual gifts. To support the gospel proclamation both local and international. To obey the Scriptures. Yes to all of these reasons for going to church. And also yes to the well-worn clique, "You can go to church every week for your whole life and still be far from the Kingdom of God." Yes, I'm still preaching that because it's still true. Going to church won't get you one yard closer to the pearly gates. And yet, the simple act of going to church--I'm assuming here a church who preaches the gospel and declares that Jesus Christ is King--is in and of itself...

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Why You Need Your Church Every Week

We live in an age when, increasingly, people are asking the question, "Do we need to gather on Sunday mornings for worship anymore?" It's a valid question. After all, isn't there a plethora of good sermon content online? Aren't there churches that actually offer online services? And isn't it possible to read your Bible, pray, and perhaps listen/watch/read a sermon at home? The truth is that you can experience some of what you get at church at home. You'll likely find a better message by listening to one of the popular preachers. You'll might carve out more time to pray by staying at home. And you can even roll up your sleeves and get involved in works of service in your local community rather than going to church. You can even worship and sing in your shower. Yes, to all of those. And yet, this kind of attitude really misses the point when it...

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“No, You’re Daddy!”

Almost two weeks ago, I witnessed the birth of my fourth child, Lily Mae. Even though this was the fourth time I've seen a child of mine enter the world, the miracle never lessons in it's beauty. There is nothing quite like standing in the hospital room and holding your own flesh and blood, moments after they came into the world. The entire process of birth is a wonder, evidence that in this often gloomy, messed-up world, there is still hope. Because God still values life enough to allow it to happen. I'm reminded of the 2nd verse of Bill and Gloria Gaither's hymn, "Because He Lives" which reads: How sweet to hold a newborn baby, And feel the pride and joy he gives: But greater still, the calm assurance; This child can face uncertain days, because He lives! It's funny, you always dream of marriage and fatherhood, but then one day you're standing there...

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