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

Twenty Random Things I’m Thankful For in 2012

I love Thanksgiving. Here are twenty random things in no certain order that I'm thankful for: 1)     I'm thankful for Angela, my beautiful wife of ten years (tomorrow is my anniversary). I'm the luckiest man alive. But more on that tomorrow. 2)    I'm thankful for my four children, Grace, Daniel, Emma, Lily. Each is so uniquely different and yet so precious. 3)    I’m thankful for my family: parents who raised me in the Lord and have always loved me, my brother Tim, my sister Laura and how they have enriched my life. 4)    I’m thankful for Billy Graham, whose ministry helped bring my father to Christ. 5)    I'm thankful for the Church. I'm thankful for my church. I'm thankful to serve as a pastor. 6)    I'm thankful to live in the 21st Century with technology like my iPhone, my Macbook, Twitter, GPS, and other such things. I don't pine to live in some other era like the...

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Shouldn’t Gratitude Should Be Our First Language?

Yeah, yeah, of course we're supposed to be thankful on Thanksgiving. But it occurs to me that we're not very good at this. By we, I don't mean the editorial "we" by which I'm pointing the finger at the rest of Americans for being ungrateful while I ignore my own ingratitude. By we I don't mean the "Church" by which I think the problem is the rest of those ungrateful brothers and sisters in the Lord while I silently pretend I'm not full of unhealthy entitlement. No, I'm talking about me and my own ingratitude. And of all people, shouldn't it be me that's the most thankful? Whose first language is one of thanksgiving? After all, it's me who was sovereignly chosen to salvation, who was brought from death to life by the mercy of God at the cross. It's me who is the recipient of God's resurrection power, giving me...

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10 Things I’m Thankful for in 2011

Today is Thanksgiving. This year (2011) I have much to be thankful for. I could fill pages. But I distilled them down to ten: Nine years of marriage to a beautiful and godly woman, Angela who has faithfully stood with me in ministry, trains our children in the Lord every day, and enjoys watching crime dramas with me. Four beautiful children, Grace, Daniel, Emma, and the latest edition, Lily. They are all beautiful gifts from God. I'm humbled to be their father. And I'm finally learning how to change diapers without passing out. A relationship with God through Christ. The mystery of God's love expressed in Jesus continues to amaze me, that He loved me enough to sacrifice His son, purchasing my redemption, satisfying His wrath, and displaying His glory. Parents who loved me enough to introduce me to Jesus, take me to church regularly, and be there when so many kids grow up...

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Why We Need Music

I once heard a well-meaning Christian leader say something like this, "Ahh, music is so overrated. You don't need music. If you were stranded on an island, you would get along fine without music." I actually believed him for a time and used to think this. But then, when I faced some of my darkest moments, I realized that it was music that helped bring me back. It was music that cleared the rubble of my heart and brought it tenderly before Jesus. I need music. As we approach thanksgiving, I think it's important to offer worship and gratitude to God, not only through our thoughtful expressions and notes, but also through music. Consider this passage from Ephesians 5:15-21: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of...

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