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Upcoming Media Appearances

My latest book, Crash Course, is set to launch on the first week of April and so I am going to appear in interviews in the next few weeks. You can typically go their website and listen live or hear the archives: April 8th Northland Notebook with Ted Elm April 13th – The Harvest Show on Lesea Broadcasting. This show is heard around the world on cable and satellite networks. May TBD – Women of Today with Vonette Bright Pray for me as I try to share what God has laid on my heart in the message of Crash Course.

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Welcome to My New Website

Well, its been long overdue. But I finally updated my website. My last site was nice–for 2007. But its three years hence and life has moved on.

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Crash Course

Releases – April, 2010 To Order: Amazon.com Barnes and Noble Christianbook.com ISNB#: 9781596692855 Life contains more surprises and twists than most teens couldever imagine.These unforeseen, often difficult, events routinely lead todoubt, worry, and anxiety. Crash Course, a 100-day devotionalfor teens, encourages teens to form a solid foundation of faithin God’s Word that will support them when life’s obstaclescome harder and faster. This unique 100-day devotional is a crash course on life for young people ready to face life on their own. Developing a faith they can confidently defend Pursuing a faith they can call their own Building a faith that…

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Teen People of the Bible

To Order: Amazon.com Barnes and Noble Christianbook.com ISBN#:9781596690882 – Nominated for a Gold Medallion – Recommended by Brio and Breakaway – Endorsed by Susie Magazine A unique, 100-day devotional that explores the lives of 29 teens in the Bible, comparing their struggles and triumphs to the lives of everyday teens. Reviews: “Daniel Darling has produced a compact, 100-day Bible study for teens packaged in a very attractive format. Youth pastors will find it a helpful tool in their arsenal. And hopefully many students will discover that the stories of the Bible are incredibly relevant to the questions they ask and…

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Books I Plan to Read This Year

Every year I read a pile of books, some from friends, others for ministry and preaching, and still others that really peak my interest. Here is my pile of books for 2010 with some comments: Every year I read a pile of books, some from friends, others for ministry and preaching, and still others that really peak my interest. Here is my pile of books for 2010 with some comments: The Power of His Presence by Ray Stedman – I’m currently reading this–its a devotional book compiled from his sermons, which were always expository, deep, and convicting. I regularly read…

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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…

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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…

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The Bible Stands

 When I was a kid, we sang this song, "The Bible Stands." You can find the words to the song here. Its a simple song with profound theology.  This Sunday we’re talking about Why We Believe What We Believe About the Bible. I thoroughly enjoyed this study. Its a powerful study. What do we mean when we say we believe the Bible? Do we believe all of the Bible, part of the Bible, most of the Bible? And do we believe it is really God’s Word? We’re going to dive into some words like verbal, plenary, inspiration, and inerancy.  What…

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Who Knew Doctrine Could be Fun?

Its Tuesday and I’m in the office doing the usual pastoral stuff–checking mail, following up with people from Sunday, catching up on church business, etc. But I’m still basking in the glow of a wonderful Sunday this week. As a pastor, I look forward to Sundays, I look forward to preaching, I look forward to the fellowship of the saints.  But this Sunday was especially cool, because we began a new series, "Why We Believe What We Believe." This was a series that I felt God wanted us to do for sometime, rekindling again a focus on the core doctrines…

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New Sermon Series

I’m very excited about a brand-new sermon series we’re calling "Why We Believe, What We Believe." It begins this Sunday, October 4th. This doesn’t mean we are done with John, its just that we’ll be done with John until sometime next year. John is an awesome study and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed preaching through it. We’ll start up in chapter 10 probably in February.  Why stop our study in John? We’ll, I really have sensed God calling us again to what Jeremiah describes as the "old paths." Today in the evangelical church, doctrine is often dismissed as outdated. But doctrine is…

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Personal Project Updates

 Its been a while since I updated everyone on some projects I am working on, so here we go: Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life – This is my second teen devotional. Like Teen People of the Bible, it will be a 100-day devotional. Crash Course is geared for jr high and high-school students and college freshman. The idea is to give them a "crash course" in the "fundamentals of life." It is divided up into five sections: Doctrine, Decisions, Direction, Devotion and Delight. We almost titled it "5 Big Things" because we boiled all of life down…

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Appreciating Someone You Love

 For the first time in almost 7 years, I have been living at home by myself. My wife and two children have spent the last three weeks in Texas. We lost a good friend, Ben Kottwitz and Angela is there trying to help her best friend, Ashli, get thru the initial grief. Even though we know that God is in control, that Ben is in Heaven, it is still a very tough situation that needs the prayers of everyone. We had to make the travel plans quickly so Angela could get down there. Both of us felt it would be…

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Reflections on the 4th of July

This year, I’m celebrating the 4th in a most unusual way. My wife and two kids, Grace, and Dan Jr, are out of town. I have quickly realized what a great woman she is and how much I depend upon her. I realize how lonely it is around here without her. She has enriched my life in so many countless ways. I would not be who I am without her. And I miss the noise and conflicts and love of my kids.  The 4th of July is a special holiday, because it forces us Americans to sit back and embrace…

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The Fall of Sanford

Anytime a politician falls, it is a terrible and sad disgrace, not a time for gloating or "I-told-you-so’s." The last two weeks have seen two promising conservative politicans, professing believers, who have admitted to extramarital affairs. As a guy who has been in and around politics, I have a few thoughts:  We evangelicals belief in the inherent sinfulness of man. Anyone can fall. Nobody is immune to moral failure. Nobody nowhere. That’s why preachers and Christian leaders especially must set up boundaries and guidelines. From all accounts Mr. Sanford was a model husband and father. And yet the seemy culture…

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Calling an Audible

 Except for holidays, we’ve been going thru the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings. Its an incredibly wonderful study of Jesus’ life and mission. John has some of the most profound theology in all the Scriptures. It answers the question: "Who is Jesus?"  Last week we wrapped up chapter 6 and I was all ready to go with the first of a few messages in Chapter 7. But as this week progressed, I felt that God wanted me to go in a different direction. I must say that I rarely do this. I’ve never liked it when preachers say, "God…

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Soccer Camp

About a year ago, I went to an Awana training meeting to get more aquainted with the Awana leaders in our area. I also needed to brush up on basic Awana stuff, since it had been several years since I led an awana group. At the meeting the leader discussed a new ministry called, "High Power Soccer." It took me back and I went home thinking that we could do this at Gages Lake and reach kids in our area with the love of Christ. I toyed with the idea for a couple of weeks. Then, one Sunday, we had…

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Same Kind of Different As Me

 On the way down to South Carolina, we stopped in Knoxville, TN. There we found a fantastic Christian bookstore. As I was browsing the shelves, I saw the book, Same Kind of Different As Me, a book I’ve wanted to read for some time. Lynn Vincent, the collaborater, is a good friend of mine.  I’ve read this book throughout our vacation and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Its one of those books that has the capacity preconceived notions you might have about certain people or groups. This book definitely challenged my view of homeless people.  The book is unique in that…

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Two Guest Speakers

 So the Darling Family is going to be headed to South Carolina for a couple weeks of R&R. Its a little wierd having a couple weeks of not preaching. Since I began in June, I’ve really looked forward to preaching. There is a certain "holy adrenalin rush" that comes when you’re sharing the Word of God. But the rest will be good for all of us, especially as we gear up for a very busy summer.  The guest speakers I’ve lined up will bless your heart. Pastor Bill Swanger has many decades of experience as a preacher. He successfully pastored…

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On Moms and Mother’s Day

It was Mother’s Day last year that God brought me to Gages Lake Bible Church. I preached my candidating message and was blessed to have my mother and my mother-in-law (all the way from Texas–she refuses to miss a single big moment of our lives). I shared a message from the life of Hannah, whose struggle with infertility and faith in God is one of the most poignant stories in all the Bible. Its been a year and I’m profoundly grateful on many fronts.  First of all, I’ve been blessed with an incredible mother. Now that I’m a father, I’m…

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Hang on a Second, Whoopi

Somehow I got suckered into viewing a small video clip of "The View," that famous forum for conversations centered around Biblical truth. I’m kidding. These women were discussing religion. Apparently the Vatican has released a list of new sins. Whoopi Goldberg started out by saying, "How can the Vatican decided what is a sin? How can there be new sins?" I agree. Sins are defined by what God has said and spoken on in His Word–the Bible whose truth has stood the test of time. But, then Whoopi really went off the reservation. She said this (and I’m really paraphrasing…

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