1. Meeting the Mayor of Jerusalem

    September 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Terrie and I arrived one day ahead of our group in the Holy Land and were privileged to attend a luncheon for supporters of Israel. The luncheon was primarily designed to encourage Christian and political leaders from America and Europe to continue their education regarding the needs of Israel.

    Talking to members of Parliament from Hungary about the Syrian Refugee crisis. They are wanting to help but are concerned about the spread of Islam in Europe.

    Talking to members of Parliament from Hungary about the Syrian Refugee crisis. They are wanting to help but are concerned about the spread of Islam in Europe.

    We were thankful for the opportunity to meet the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkot, and hear some of his vision for the city.

    Thankful to meet Nir Barkot, Mayor of Jerusalem, and express our prayers and support for Israel

    Thankful to meet Nir Barkot, Mayor of Jerusalem, and express our prayers and support for Israel.

    I also met members of the Israeli Knesset from a caucus that promotes relationships with Christians worldwide. They are truly grateful for believers who stand with Israel. (more…)

  2. Supporting and Training Missionaries

    September 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    While en route to Israel for the Holy Land tour which we’re hosting, Terrie and I had a long layover in England where we got to visit several Baptist heritage sites. We also got to visit two Baptist missionary couples in London. It was a blessing to on one hand thank God for our heritage and on the other visit with people currently carrying the torch.

    Our church has the privilege of supporting the Bunnells (pictured above center, with their two sons) who are planting churches in London. They are doing a great job winning souls and also helping to train Baptist leaders in Muslim countries.

    It was good also to see Nick and Alicia Unger, West Coast Baptist College alumni (2011), who are serving alongside the Bunnells in London. (The Ungers are pictured above left with their daughter.) I’m thankful we were able to have a part in preparing them for Christ’s work in England. (more…)

  3. Thankful for My Baptist Heritage

    by Paul Chappell

    En route to Israel for our Holy Land Tour beginning this week, Terrie and I were able to meet part of our group, get our bodies adjusted to the time difference, and visit a few Baptist history sites during a layover in England.

    I’m so thankful for my Baptist heritage and was reminded at each of these sites how rich it is. Psalm 44:1 says, “We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.” As I visited many of the locations where Baptist leaders of past generations preached and sacrificed for the faith, I thanked God for the message which “our fathers have told us”—that Scripture alone is our authority for faith and practice, that the gospel is worth giving everything (including life) for, and that God rewards faith in Him.

    I’d like to share with you pictures from a few of the places we visited in England.

    Below is a picture of the remains from the earliest Baptist church in Wales—located in Ilston and established in 1649.


    The church was founded by and pastored for several years by John Myles, as seen in the plaque below. (more…)

  4. Growth Points 67: How to Rebuild Your Joy

    September 23, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    If your experience is like mine, you’ve discovered that Satan does everything he can to rob you of your joy in the ministry.

    But it’s not just ministry. In every area of life, we face ongoing pressure and the potential for a loss of joy. We have to be wise to sense when that discouragement is developing so we can rebuild and maintain the joy of the Lord.

    In this short growth points video, I share six ways the Lord has taught me to maintain or rebuild joy:

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  5. Syria and Iran: What Can We Do?

    September 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    I hope you’ve seen the pictures. Three-year-old Aylan washed up on the shore, drowned while escaping. Masses of refugees crowding streets under the shells of bombed out buildings. Inflated rafts spilling over with people fleeing war-torn Syria. The seventy-one suffocated bodies found in a refrigerated truck, all victims of human trafficking. Refugee camps stretched out acre upon acre of makeshift tents.

    The plight of the Syrian refugees is heartbreaking. A humanitarian crisis. An immigrant migration not duplicated since World War II.

    Europe is struggling to handle the crisis as 381,000 refugees have arrived this year alone. Millions more are displaced. Over 3,000 are missing—likely killed or kidnapped. Many are drowning en route to safety.

    In a Wall Street Journal article, Peggy Noonan wrote, “According to the U.N. refugee agency, 53% of the migrants are from Syria, 14% from Afghanistan, 7% from Eritrea, and 3% each from Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq and Somalia. Seventy-two percent are men, only 13% women and 15% children. Not all are fleeing war. Some are fleeing poverty. Not all but the majority are Muslim.”

    And then there is the Iran Deal. I never thought I’d see the day when the President of the United States would sign an agreement that leads to the development of nuclear arms with a sworn enemy of both the U.S. and Israel. The unrest in the Middle East is real, and it is only going to get worse. (more…)