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

Finding God in the Boring

Had a chance to interview my friend, Michael Kelly about his new book, Boring, which you should buy. Michael is a Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources. He's a creative speaker and author. If you have not read his book, Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, you should. In that book, Michael walks thru the difficult journey he and his wife endured with their son, Joshua who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2. In this video, we discuss the meaningfulness of the ordinary parts of our lives, how we glorify God in the mundane details of everyday. ...

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The God (little “g”) in Your Pocket

I was talking to my mother last week about the readily available technology we have in our smart phones. She was telling me, half-joking, "I can always Google something. So if I'm in a conversation and I don't know what they are talking about, I can quietly Google it and sound smart." We laughed, because we have all been there. And perhaps with Google glasses we won't even have to figure out ways to inconspicuously look down and type it in our phones. It's sure nice to have Google with us. In the middle of the night when my kid is sick and exhibiting symptoms I'm not familiar with, I can quickly google, "Coughing and fever, plus a rash" and get results. If I'm on a trip to Denver for business, I can google, "weather in Denver tomorrow." Or if we are wandering about and looking for a McDonald's with a...

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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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Why You Should Tithe To Your Church

One of the hardest message a pastor is tasked with giving is the message on giving. I don't like talking about giving at our church. I don't like urging people to give. But giving is clearly a concept that runs through the Scriptures. And if we don't talk about, we miss an opportunity to learn and discover the joy it brings. And I'm not simply talking about giving of time or giving to worthy charities (which you should do). I'm talking about giving consistently, faithfully, cheerfully to your local church. I'm talking about the word we hate to use: tithe. Yes, we know we are not under the law and we don't have to tithe. Yes, we know 10% is not a legalistic number. Yes, we understand that tithing won't get you any closer to Heaven than giving nothing. Yet for a Christian, redeemed, rescued, sanctified, and called--tithing is important. Here are three compelling...

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