Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

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 more keenly aware of the sacrifices and hardships a mother makes. God gave me a great mother. Not only did she give me life, she led me to faith in Christ, she raised me to love the Lord, she provided for every need, she was always there when we were sick and...

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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 two churches and then has served as interim at several more. He's a real man of God whom I admire greatly. He's been a mentor and friend to me. You will thoroughly enjoy his preaching. He'll do next week's Sunday AM and PM. Terry Barker, one of our elders, will do...

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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 it contains to seemingly incongruent stories.One of a wealth and successful Fort Worth art dealer, the other a vagrant from the backwaters of Lousiana, now a resident of the streets of downtown Forth Worth. A perfect storm of events, that can only be described as an act of God brought these two men...

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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 a lady come to our church. Angela and I visited with her and her family and I found out that she was a soccer coach! Amazing how God works. Well, over the last year Terrie Ann and I have talked a lot and this summer, in less than two weeks, we're...

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