1. 5 Expectations That Ruin a Marriage

    March 23, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    One of Terrie’s early, unspoken expectations of marriage was that I would help around the house. Shortly after we were married, we had invited company over for dinner. I noticed she was stressed with the preparations and offered to help. I was pleased with how delighted she was at my offer and silently congratulated myself on my sensitivity and kindness.

    Then I rolled up my sleeves and tackled what looked to me like the biggest project—alphabetizing the bookshelf.

    Although we both laugh at that incident now, it didn’t strike Terrie funny then. But it was one of our early discoveries of how easily expectations collide in marriage.

    It is expectations and misunderstandings like these that set couples up for an ongoing stream of disappointment. In marriage counseling, we almost always find that marital disappointment comes from unrealistic, and often unspoken, expectations spouses have one of another. (more…)


  2. 10 Resources for Outreach and Discipleship

    March 20, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our church is praying and working to impact our community with the largest gospel outreach in our history. Many of our friends around the country are similarly using Easter Sunday as an opportunity to magnify the message of the gospel.

    Over the years, we have developed printed resources for soulwinning, outreach, and discipleship to use here at Lancaster Baptist Church. As the Lord has blessed these in our efforts, we’ve made them available to other churches through Striving Together Publications.

    As we all approach a season with extra emphasis on outreach—personal soulwinning as well as training new soulwinners—and then, prayerfully, with new Christians needing to be discipled, I thought this would be a helpful time to share these resources: (more…)


  3. A Tribute to a Wonderful Mother-in-Law and to the Importance of Soulwinning

    March 15, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    This past Monday, right after preaching at the Capitol Connection meeting in Washington D.C., I received a phone call from Terrie letting me know that her mother had just gone to be with the Lord.

    In some ways, we were not shocked as Shirley (aged ninety-one) had been in hospice care since this summer. But her call Home on Monday came so quickly that we were surprised, and I wished I had been able to be with Terrie at that time.

    These past couple of days, as I’ve been preparing for Shirley’s funeral service, I’ve been remembering the many ways Shirley served her family and her Saviour. And I’ve been remembering the difference that Jesus makes in a life.

    Shirley was born in Chicago. Her father suffered from polio, and her mother died of tuberculosis when Shirley was just five years old.

    At the age of sixteen, she and her friend, Frances, set out for California where she found work in the naval shipyards at Mare Island, San Francisco. She was part of the famous women’s group known as “Rosie the Riveters” who made weapons for the war effort. She told us that at one time her job was to “cap” torpedoes at the factory. (more…)


  4. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 3

    March 11, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God and offered three principles related to music. In part 2 we looked at seven more principles, for a total so far of 10:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.
    4. I believe sacred music is for the purpose of worship, thanksgiving, rejoicing, consecration, edification, evangelism, and preservation of our faith.
    5. I believe in the priority of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as taught in the Word of God.
    6. I believe a hymn is a celebration of God based on Scripture.
    7. I believe Christian music should reflect the orderliness of God in its melodies and rhythms.
    8. I believe the CCM movement as a whole denies the scriptural teaching to come out and be separate.
    9. I believe music can be used in a moral fashion to glorify God or in a worldly fashion to glorify man.
    10. I believe new songs are commended and helpful in worship.

    If you have not yet read the previous posts (1 and 2), I’d encourage you to do so before reading this one.

    Otherwise, here are five final principles as well as a few concluding remarks: (more…)


  5. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 2

    March 10, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God, and we looked at three principles related to music:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.

    Before reading this post, I’d encourage you to go back and read part 1 if you have not read it already.)

    In this post, we look at seven more biblical principles for music and worship: (more…)