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* from 2011
Well as many of you already realize, yesterday was a new national holiday called Darrell day, August 31st, the day I entered the world. This was the 34th annual Darrell day celebration and tons of rootbeer, burritos and celebrations were had by all. I had a great day filled with things that characterize the joys that are a part of my everyday life: My girls (Tiffany, Rylie, Macee), friends, Chuy’s Mexican food, rootbeer(thanks for the rootbeer Sterling and Brittney), the students of Southmont Baptist Church and preaching. All of these are things I love dearly, not to mention being humbled by the 250 plus people who took the time to say happy birthday to me via text and Facebook. I feel very blessed to be a part of the life that God has given me.
It is milestones like birthdays that cause us to reflect, and cause us to count our blessings. As I look back over this last year of my life I realize I have experienced so many incredible blessings. There have been ups and downs, but God has been faithful to teach me the lesson of contentment.
Philippians 4:11-13 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
I wanted to end this post with ten photos that speak to God’s faithfulness to bless me this year.
TOP TEN HIGHLIGHTS OF MY 33RD YEAR (No Particular Order)
1.) The Birth of my daughter Macee- We were told that it was a great possibility that we could not have any other children, but on January 13,2011, this beautiful little girl entered the world.
2.) God opened the door for one of the greatest dreams of my life to be fulfilled when my first book “No One Really Knows” was published by Lucid Books in February 2011. www.norkbook.com
3.) Southmont Youth Group- I have seen God do amazing things in the lives of these kids this year and I feel so blessed to be their youth pastor and call them my kids.
4.) Met one of my childhood heroes and got to sit down and hang out with him for 30 minutes: Spud Webb5.) Got asked by my friend, former Major League Baseball All-Star, Glenn Wilson, to co-author his biography with him.
7.) Splurged on the most expensive meal of my life on an awesome date with my wife Tiffany to Pappas Borthers Steakhouse for our anniversary. We try to go to really nice restaurants in Dallas twice a year for her birthday and our anniversary.
8.) Got the opportunity to join the program staff of Camp 220 and speak at both weeks as a Team Bible Study Leader. I love this ministry and I am glad I get to be a part of the behind the scenes of all that God is doing. www.twotwenty.org
10.) Saw the Texas Rangers go to the World Series and the Dallas Mavericks win the NBA Championship. Okay, this does not directly involve me, but it brought me lots of joy to see both of these events happen.
*Honorable Mention: Launched one of the worst webshows in the history of YouTube- Darandumb Moments: http://www.youtube.com/user/durkel777
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I always intend to write here, I really do, but somehow some way I find other things to occupy my time. Today I HAD to write, something is stirring my spirit and I cannot put it aside. I guess it even relates to some of the blogs I have posted in the past but this one is more than anything directed to all of us as who labor as Pastors.
This verse has been really birthing repentance in my heart for the last few days as I have thought on it, meditated on it and have sought to be intentional about living in light of it.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
I attended the C3 Pastors Conference last week and was really shaken by every single message that was preached. Some were delivered by ministry legends like Ed Young Sr., others by pastors I had oftenly judged with scepticism like TD Jakes and Ed Young Jr and others by pastors whose name I had never heard like David Hughes, Leon Fontaine, Dr. John Cross, Samuel Chand, Dino Rizzo and others. All that to say, I am different because these guys listened to God’s Spirit and shared from the depths of their soul what God had spoken to them.
It got me thinking, especially in light of all of the publicized attacks on Ed Young Jr, Pastor of Fellowship Church in the last few months, why do we as pastors seem to ” eat our own” so to speak. It is obvious that Ed is anointed and gifted by God to be a voice to help those without Christ see their desperate need for them. So in his time of attack, why are we blogging about him, slandering him, speaking out against him when I am sure most of us only know of him personally what the media has told us is truth.
What does it gain for us or the kingdom for us to be the cheerleading bloggers that are adding to the fire of those who are questioning his motives? It sickens me that sometimes I feel it gives us some kind of joy when we see one of the “big dogs” in Church leadership fail because then we can pat ourselves on the back and feel better about our shortcomings as leaders. All of us who pastor know how difficult being a pastor is, the behind the scenes stuff that can steal our joy and exhaust us if we do not stay intune with God himself for filling, contentment and power. Many of us know the pain of slander that has been aimed at us or our family. So why are we the ones sitting behind our comuter screens firing darts of accusation at one of our fellow co-laborers for Christ?
Don’t we believe that Ed needs prayer from us right now? If the pastors aren’t willing to stand with their own who will? Whether we agree with his actions, his theology, his method of ministry, he is still one of us. One of us who is impacting lives all over the globe for the kingdom. Rather than perpetuate the slander, lets unite to pray!
I was also convicted by my quickness to judge or be skeptical of the motives of pastors that I really knew little about. I will tell you I felt pretty foolish that I had long been skeptical of TD Jakes when I heard him preach God’s Word Friday. This man allowed God to work through him in a way I have seen few others do. He spoke with power, he spoke biblically, but most of all he allowed the Spirit to use him as a vessel. His message ate my lunch, gave me hope, pointed me toward Christ and helped trim away some dead branches in my life.
I guess in all of this the principal I learned is we can spend a lot of time slandering other leaders, jumping on our blogs and facebooks when another leader “fails” legitmately or by our standards or we can be a people who stand with one another, pray with and for one another.
Does the world know we are followers of Christ by the way we love each other or conversely do they see people who are quick to cast a stone at easy targets. God is telling me to put my rock down, that unless I have not failed as a leader then my stone belongs as an ornament of the dust rather than a weapon of accusation. Honestly I think this is a universal principle, who needs more prayer than our government leaders right now? Who needs to know the Lord more than the celebrities and atheletes that we see fall into moral failure?
We can continue to comment on our opinions of peoples failures or we can become serious about standing in prayer before God as broken people praying for other broken people, I know the road of change God is leading me down. I have no voice nationally, no one knows who I am in the Christian world but my prayer is that the things God has convicted me of will affect and resonate with Christian leaders around the globe
Praying, Loving and Standing with other broken leaders,
Allow me to just be transparent for a second, and just say sometimes being a leader is so hard. With all my heart I want to please God, but sometimes in pleasing God I have to displease people. That is hard for me, because I have such a desire to please people, to be respected by them and to have them on board with where I am leading. This is another time in which I feel God is stretching me. There are great decisions that face me in the coming weeks, vision to be cast and steps of faith to be taken.
God give me the courage to follow you, even when the choices that need to be made may not be popular. God help me to hear you clearly, let this be your youth ministry and not my own.
I have never been much for the idea of New Years resolutions because rarely do I end up keeping them. So I am hesitant to call these New Years resolutions, but I had made a few promises to myself and Tiffany about things that I want to do now that I have finally finished seminary. These are things I have thought about for a long time and have already begun working on since my graduation on December 14. For so long Seminary has taken a lot of my spare time that normally would be filled with recreation and hobbies. My desires not for just 2008, but for the rest of my life here on Earth are:
1.) Memorize more Scripture
2.) Read more for enjoyment
3.) Eat Better
4.) Make working out a part of my life
5.) Do more spontaneous and romantic things for Tiffany
6.) Start collecting autographs again
7.) Attend more events that my students are involved in
Some of these may seem trivial and some if you know me may make you laugh, but I have never felt so free and driven in my entire life. I am already working hard at 2,3,4 and 6 and plan to get on the others starting today.
– I have not had a Soda in 6 days
– I have not had fast food in 6 days
– I have already completed a book this year
– I joined 24 Hour Fitness on December 27 and have been working out hard
– I have been watching my calories and writing down everything I eat since Dec 27
– I have already lost 4 pounds
More updates will come as I go, please help hold me accountable