Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

God of the Random Things

    In my personal devotional time I've just begun a study by Henry Blackaby called, Called and Accountable. This week I'm studying thru the book of Esther. Today I was in chapter 3 where Haaman, angered by the refusal of Mordecai to bow down to him, hatches his secret plot to exterminate the Jewish people. Foolish thing to do, considering that God famously said that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed. Also foolish considering God promised that Israel would always remain a people and a nation. But you knew that and I knew that. What I didn't know and maybe you knew was some interesting information about this word, Purim. Now the Jewish people celebrate the Feast of Purim in remembrance of Esther's bold decision to save her people by alerting the King to Haaman's wicked plot. But before Purim was a celebration,...

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Snow Day

Ahh, the best laid plans of men. We had a terrific Sunday planned yesterday, with a focus on one of our missionaries, Linda Johnson in Brazil, and special number by our kids and other really important things. But God had other plans. The huge snow day left most people stranded at home. But for those who came, we had a wonderful time, about 20 of us hardy folks showed up. Even one lady whose car had gotten stuck in a ditch. You can look at the snow in two ways. You can be like me and see it as a huge hassle, an inconvenience, a depressing step back into winter when we all want to embrace spring and summer. Or, like our dear Arlene, who was stranded at home, you can say, "Oh, Pastor, but look how beautiful the snow is on the ground and on the trees." In truth,...

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Profoundly Grateful

One of the things I enjoy most is listening to Bible preaching on my iPod. Anyone who knows me for more than 5 minutes will get a sales pitch on a) why they should own an iPod and b) why they should be into podcasting. There is such a wealth of rich Bible preaching available today that there is no excuse why anyone to not understand and learn and know the Word of God. But enough of that. This morning, both on the way to playing basketball with the guys at Faith Church and on the way into the office, I was listening to one of my favorite Bible expositors, Michael Easley of Moody Bible Institute. Currently, his program, In Context is airing a series of chapel messages entitled, "Why We Believe What We Believe." Dr. Easley did this series to affirm the essential truths of the Christian faith. Its...

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Shocked

    That was my reaction to the news, delivered in an email from a friend while I was driving to Indiana yesterday (I don't recommend the email/driving combo, nor does my wife, the nervous passenger). The email said, "Bears Got Cutler." Here's the deal. I'm a huge Bears fan. I've always loved their teams. They've always prided themselves on defense and an okay, usually bad, offense. I've never liked that. Why can't we have a really good quarterback like other teams? It always seemed the Bears were destined for mediocrity at that position. I mean we're talking about Sid Luckman being our last really good quarterback and good ole Sid played during WWII. I am so juiced by this trade. The Bears never go out and get the hot guy that is available. But we did, somehow! I think Jay Cutler will make the Bears contenders. I don't think they gave up...

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