The Lord, Our Helper

August 6, 2010 by Paul Chappell

This week was filled with unexpected challenges. Although these challenges were unexpected by us, they were, of course, known to our sovereign and loving God.

Our son, Larry, preached a powerful message at Coastline Baptist Church Sunday morning, where my brother Steve pastors. After the service, Larry became extremely ill and for the next thirty-six hours was in intense pain. After meeting with the doctors, they felt that Larry would need to have emergency surgery for what appeared to be an obstruction in his bowels, perhaps related to his previous surgeries.

We made the very difficult drive back down to Los Angeles to one of the major hospitals of our HMO. After spending twelve or thirteen hours in the emergency room, we met with surgeons, and through various therapies, they were able to avert the need for emergency surgery.

We are tremendously grateful that this setback is not related to cancer, yet it has been a extremely difficult and painful week for Larry. It is also difficult for us, as a family, to see Larry have times of suffering like this.

Larry’s wife, Ashley, has grown as a godly young wife in ways that only a trial like this could bring. We are so thankful for God’s grace in each of their lives.

Yesterday I read to Larry 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17: “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”

During these times we must look to the Lord for our help. I noticed from these verses that the origin of our help is the Lord Himself—our Father who has loved us from the beginning.

I noticed secondly, that the outpouring of our help comes in the forms of love, eternal consolation, and good hope through the grace of God.

Finally, I see the outcome of our help is comforted hearts and established lives.

It is my prayer today, that my son will know the comforting presence of our Lord and that he will be established spiritually for the great usefulness I believe God has in store for him.

Sometimes it is hard to put into context the feelings and details of a week like this one. Often, the details of our lives do not even allow us to reflect as we should.

For now, we are beginning a new day, thankful that Larry is home and praying that he will be strengthened. We are asking that you pray that his body will be strengthened and completely healed.

Terrie and I spent time this morning in prayer, fellowship and Bible reading, and we look forward to the blessings God has in store just around the corner. We thank our church family and friends across the nation for your prayers and communications over the last week.

We are so thankful for the spiritual and Christ-like response we have sensed from so many fellow pastors, church members, and faithful friends. May God bless you as you continue to serve Him.


  1. Thank you for the update Pastor. We’ve been praying for Larry this week (my daughter was in summer school at LBS and heard the news). We’re all so thankful that he is on the road to recovery and this incident had nothing to do with cancer. Larry means a lot to our family!

    Comment by Kim Yamaguchi — August 6, 2010 @ 11:34 am

  2. We are so thrilled! Prayers are answered! Hang in there!

    Comment by Jeff Hollis — August 6, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

  3. We will continue to pray for Larry and your family. So thankful he is home and doing a little better. God bless you all.

    Comment by Osuna's — August 6, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

  4. We will continue to pray for Larry. Thankful he is home and doing a little better. We are also praying for you and your family. God bless you all.

    Comment by Osuna's — August 6, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  5. Dear Larry, Ashley, Pastor, and family,

    We continue to pray for Larry daily. We are trusting God for his total recovery. Thanks for the update it is great news! God Bless – The Cones

    Comment by Keith and Vivian Cone — August 10, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

  6. Dear Pastor, Terrie, and family,
    You are all so special to us.
    We continue to pray for Larry and all your family. What a great verse in II Thes. for strength and physical comfort
    Your family is a model in the Christian life. God bless each of you as this week continues. May God ease Larry’s physical pain and heal him completely according to His will.
    We love you all,
    Jim and Janet Ballew

    Comment by Janet Ballew — August 12, 2010 @ 7:30 am

  7. Dear Larry and Ashley
    We are praying for the two of you. We love you and we know God will bring you thru this. The Wilsons.

    Comment by Willie & Shirley Wilson — August 18, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  8. We are praying for Larry and the entire Chappell family. I am so grateful for Bro. Chappell’s influence on my son, Connor’s, life. He is a blessing to us. So thankful for the opportunity to pray for him.

    Comment by Jennifer Williams — August 22, 2010 @ 1:41 am

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