1. A Grave Concern for Christians in America

    June 24, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    In current deliberation among California legislators is Senate Bill 1146. I am gravely disturbed by this bill that strikes a direct blow to religious liberty and severely infringes on personal freedoms and the freedoms of Christian institutions in California.

    The so-called “Equity in Higher Education Act” is designed to erode the free exercise of religion given us in both the United States Constitution and the California Constitution, by limiting the involvement of colleges to have students, faculty, and employees live according to the dictates of God’s Word.

    This bill reads, in part,

    “Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code, including the perception that the person has any of those characteristics or that the person is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.”

    West Coast Baptist College is staunchly opposed to this bill that erodes religious liberty and opens the door for the state to impede our purpose of “training laborers for the harvest.”

    As Bible-believing Christians, we believe that every person is made in the image of God and is thus worthy of and should be treated with respect. We welcome students of all nationalities, ethnicities, and backgrounds. We cannot, however, change our biblical convictions regarding morality and adherence to a biblical moral code.

    SB1146 purports to protect against discrimination. This bill, however, is a form of discrimination against religious liberty itself. In the words of Senator John Moorlach, “Restricting private institutions from adhering to its religious beliefs is a violation of their First Amendment rights and an act itself of intolerance.”

    The Constitution prohibits laws which impede religious and biblically-held beliefs. Christian colleges for hundreds of years, have had biblically-based codes of conduct prohibiting extra-marital sex and other activities prohibited by Scripture.

    Not only would this bill impact an institution’s ability to hire or retain staff and accept students based on faith-based practices and morality, but it would impact students themselves who wish to seek education at an institution that aligns with their beliefs. If passed as law, this bill would reach into the dorms, locker rooms, restrooms, and even the academic and spiritual programs of institutions. The bill also creates a system whereby faith-based institutions must report their beliefs before the state, in essence, for approval.

    Although West Coast Baptist College receives no funds from the state of California, we adamantly stand in opposition to SB1146 as a gross overreach of government and a direct violation of religious liberty and personal freedoms. We ask you to help us stop this bill as well.

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  2. Making the Most of Free Resources

    June 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the miracles of last week was how the Lord anointed every service of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Because of Chandler’s hospitalization, I wasn’t as able to tend to the details of the conference as normal, yet, God, in His own way, touched this conference for His glory.

    Our theme was Continue from 2 Timothy 3:14, and the emphasis was on continuing with a heart for God and in the work of God with renewed passion and commitment to Christ. I’ve been praying for the conference guests and for each pastor and church represented that the Lord will use the truths and helps from the conference to bear fruit that remains in their churches and communities.

    For the past several years, we have placed as much of the conference as we can online for two groups of people—those who could not attend the conference and those who could.

    I’d like to highlight the online resources available to you and suggest a few ways you might use them. (more…)


  3. Praising the Lord for Answered Prayer for Chandler

    June 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Four days ago, I posted to ask prayer for our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, who even at that time had already been in the hospital for several days. Chandler has been fighting severe, necrotizing pneumonia and has been one very sick little boy. Last week, he had surgery on his lung, followed by continued fever, inability to breathe without oxygen and a breathing tube, and all around rough days.

    We’re so thankful to report now that Chandler’s last few days have been his best. He is breathing without assistance, his appetite is back, and he has been walking around the pediatric unit.

    The severity of Chandler’s pneumonia will mean that he will be on an antibiotic for many weeks still. Yet we’re so grateful for progress—and even hoping that he will come home today or tomorrow (Tuesday or Wednesday). (more…)


  4. Update on Chandler and Waiting on the Lord

    June 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    As many of our praying friends have heard, our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, was taken by ambulance on Sunday night to the emergency room with pneumonia and breathing difficulty.

    The pneumonia was so severe that he was transferred by ambulance to Kaiser Sunset in Hollywood on Monday. Our daughter, Danielle, rode in the back of the ambulance with him, and Terrie drove behind.

    This has been a week of tremendous pain for little Chandler and tears for all of our family as we’ve watched, waited, and prayed.

    Chandler has been on morphine and oxygen most of the week. On Tuesday, he had surgery on his lung (which had collapsed), and a chest tube was also inserted. Peter and Danielle have slept at the hospital with him five straight nights so far. (more…)


  5. #SLC16 Live Stream and Conference App

    June 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    The 2016 Spiritual Leadership Conference begins in less than twenty-four hours. I am praying for the Lord to empower every moment of this conference for His glory and for the encouragement of His servants.

    Our conference theme is one word, taken from 2 Timothy 3:14—Continue.

    But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;—2 Timothy 3:14

    If there has ever been a time when we need to continue, it is now. In addition to the natural tendency of leaders and churches to drift, we’re facing a mounting onslaught of opposition to our faith from unbelievers. For both reasons, we must be intentional about continuing in the gospel. Please pray with us that the Lord will use this conference to challenge, encourage, and equip pastors and Christian servants.

    I wanted to let you know of two conference resources that I hope are a help to you whether or not you are able to be with us here in Lancaster, California, for the conference. (more…)