Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Stop Dating the Church

 One of my favorite authors and pastors is Joshua Harris. When people say, "Who is Josh Harris?" I say that he's the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, but that's really not fair, because he wrote that book many years ago. The title of that book induces panic in people, but in its pages is great truth for young men and women in dating relationships. I recommend it for all young people, high-school and college. I also recommend Boy Meets Girl. Both those books profoundly affected my view of relationships as a young person.  But I'm not talking about those books today. Instead, I just finished one of Josh's more recent works, Stop Dating the Church. Now this book was written in 2004, so its not terribly recent, but it is ever relevant today. Josh is now a pastor of a church in Maryland. In Stop Dating the Church, Josh speaks candidly...

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The One Place I Want to Be

 There is something about a storm that brings you closer to God. Nobody in thier right mind asks for storms, but God in His goodness allows us to passage through them because He knows that it is in the storms where we grow. Angela and I have been enduring some storms lately. We seem surrounded by the needs and hardship of those we serve. And yet God has been so faithful to show Himself strong on our behalf.  Last night we had prayer meeting at Gages Lake. I was looking forward to Wednesday prayer all week, because it is in the time of prayer and fellowship with the fellow saints in the church that God really shows up. I felt it last night. One of the things I have learned about Gages Lake Bible Church in the last year is that our people are a praying people. They really are. Lately,...

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Monday Notes

I haven't had as much time to read lately, but when I do find time, I'm reading a fantastic book by my good friend, Dr. Bruce Baker, Senior Pastor of Jenison Bible Church in Hudsonville, MI. The book is on a subject that very few seem to have written on. It's entitled, The Road to Maturity. Its a well-written, easy-to-read, often humorous, sometimes fictionalized treatment of a serious issue. Christian maturity is often a vague concept. What is growth? How do we know we've grown? What discplines foster growth? Besides being a solidly biblical and creative pastor, Dr. Bruce is a fantastic writer. This book is really challening me. I'd encourage you to check it out here. Some other notes: Read the story of the great hymn, Great Is They Faithfulness  A Fantastic sermon by Ray Pritchard on John 7:37-39...

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Stones of Grace

 I love preaching. I love to study. I love how the Holy Spirit puts it all together and uses an unworthy messenger like me. I love every Sunday of church. But every once in a while, I really love preaching, which is to say that the message has so totally overwhelmed me. This coming Sunday is one.  The message: Stones of Grace. The text is John 8:1-11. Its the story of the woman caught in adultery. Some don't believe this was part of the original canon, I do, because its so encapsulates John's theme of grace. Here's a short sample of the message:  We don’t quite understand grace because we don’t want to. We want to think that it’s a grace just wide enough for our little indiscretions but no wider. We want to think that we’ve done something just marvelous enough to merit Heaven, but better than the poor saps who will...

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