Resting and Recalibrating

March 29, 2011 by Paul Chappell

Over the past few weeks I haven’t posted on the blog, so I wanted to take a moment to update you! I shared these thoughts with our church family in last week’s bulletin, and hope they might be a blessing to you as well.

A few weeks ago, after a couple of emergency room visits and succeeding doctor appointments, I was advised to take some time and get some rest. During the past few weeks, I’ve undergone several medical tests and also spent much time in prayer and planning for the days ahead. Thankfully, my physical challenges are easily treatable and my test results were all normal.

During these days of testing, waiting, resting, and receiving counsel, the Lord has impressed upon my heart that, in His sovereign plan, He is lovingly using these signals from my body to help me hear His still small voice regarding the need for more rest, and also time to carefully design a strategic plan for ministry that will include some mid-course adjustments in my schedule and management style. It would not be feasible to hear counsel, study, and make adjustments for life and ministry, while trying to maintain my normal schedule. It would be like trying to rebuild an engine while the car is driving down Interstate 14.

My passion for the Lord, my family, and my church is stronger than ever. Yet, I have felt the need to physically rest and spiritually recharge for the days ahead. I believe the pace at which I had been doing ministry for the Lord was beginning to hinder my health, as well as my time with Him. I truly believe the greatest success in life is maintaining the fear of the Lord and my love for the Lord. To continue on in a lifestyle of marginless living would no doubt hinder me from keeping these goals for my life and also the goal for lifelong ministry to our Lord, Lancaster Baptist Church, and our community. I have seen other leaders ignore such seasons in their lives by trying to continue working their regular schedules, and it is never a wise choice.

I’ve been able to spend some time at our family farm in Colorado. This has allowed some wonderful time with the Lord and time to rest and restore. I’m very thankful that over the past week, the health challenges I was experiencing have been subsiding.

I praise God for our staff and the daily counsel, leadership, and spiritual guidance they are providing for our church and ministry. I thank God for  the love and prayers of our church family and many Christian friends around the country. I am looking forward to being back soon and to sharing the many scriptural insights the Lord has given during this time. I believe God has many victories in store during upcoming seasons of ministry, and I’m looking forward to them with great anticipation!


  1. Pastor,
    Thank you for being sensitive to the Lord’s leading. So thankful that you are getting some much needed rest so that you can continue on as our loving pastor for many more years.
    Thank you for your faithfulness.

    Comment by Adam Fridenstine — March 29, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  2. Praying for your physical healing and restoration; and wisdom, discernment, and Godly counsel during this time of growth in your life.

    Comment by Michael Yarborough — March 29, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  3. Just a short note to let you know that we love you and your family and we are praying for you. Hope you have some time to refresh yourself. We are grateful for your impact in our lives and ministry!

    Comment by Pastor Rogers — March 29, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  4. Only the best preachers take time off for their family and health! I am so glad you are resting and making changes with your schedule! Praying for you!

    Comment by Neil Hocker — March 29, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  5. Pastor, glad to hear you are doing well. Tina and I are praying for you. We love you and your family dearly. Thank you for the update. God is good!

    Comment by Rob Badger — March 29, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  6. Please know that folks as far as the Fiji Islands are thinking of you and praying for you. Keep the faith and thank you for your investment in our lives!

    Comment by Navi Bola — March 29, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  7. Dr. Chappell,
    I pray God’s continued favor and wisdom in your life, ministry, family, and health! God has and is using you to help advance His kingdom like very few men alive today! Your ministry encourages multitudes that you will never see this side of eternity. Thank you for all you do. And thank you for being wise enough to heed good counsel!

    Comment by christian powell — March 29, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  8. Thank you so much for all your years of following God’s leading. His plan for you and the Antelope Valley and beyond is an ongoing miracle. God’s plan has been developing through you and the strong people that he has directed to come and help you with his vision. I know that your leading saved me and my family in the truest sense. I am so glad that you are still listening to that still small voice in you. I pray that you will gain the strength to continue leading all of us through the coming years. We love you and your family and everything you do for all of us every day.

    Comment by Carmen Roth — March 29, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  9. Thank you for so many things, I am also thankful that you directed me to Christ and that I am reading my Bible again thanks to you, I thank God for you and for Church, it is something that it is the highlight of our week, I hope that you and your wife are both resting and taking care of yourselves, that both of you are enjoying family good food and each other. There are so many things that I want to say but the most important I guess is that you rest and rest well.

    Comment by Graciela Irene Bielma — March 29, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  10. Pastor Chappell, this is yet one more way in which you are setting a godly example as a leader of leaders. Many times preachers feel guilty in taking time for themselves. They feel less than spiritual if they are not workaholics. Your choice tells other pastors that its not only okay but in fact the right thing to do in order to prolong your ministry and protect your family.

    God bless. You are in my prayers.

    Comment by Gary Click — March 29, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

  11. Thank you for being sensitive to the Lord Pastor Chappell. You are a great example to all of us in so many ways. We love you and continue to pray for your health.

    Comment by Tommy Burgess — March 29, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  12. Pastor and Terrie, I am praying for you both I know that this has been a trying time for the both of you. May God continue to lift you up and give you the much needed rest that you need.


    Comment by Ginger Brown — March 30, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

  13. I have been praying for you, and will continue to do so. May God grant you grace for the race. Thank you for all do over the internet with your blog and podcasts, they are a HUGE blessing.

    Comment by Josh Hall — April 2, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  14. Pastor Chappell,
    Thank you for the vision that you had and for following God’s plan for Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College. My family and I were there just last week for a visit to WCBC. My son feels God’s calling for him to be in full-time ministry as a missionary.

    We could feel the excitement of the people there, both students and staff. We toured the campus and church with Brother David Soto and met with Dr. Rasmussen and were greatly encouraged. We then attended Wednesday morning Chapel service and then went out to visit on Bus Route 11 for your Big Bus Day. What a great encouragement to us to see the excitement of the college students going out to canvass the community. The Holy Spirit is alive and well at Lancaster Baptist Church and WCBC.

    We are sure that WCBC is where my son needs to be to get the education and training he needs so that God can use him effectively in missions. We had a few minutes to talk to Dr. Sisk. Words escape me to describe the encouragement he was to us for the burden my son has for missions. There is no doubt that my son would greatly benefit from receiving his education at WCBC.

    I am praying that I can carry the excitement that I felt while at your church back with me to my home church.

    Comment by Jerry Farren — April 3, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  15. We are so thankful for the many ways you and LBC/WCBC have been used by the Lord to be a blessing to us. We appreciate your leadership and faithfulness and are praying for your health and for wisdom from the Lord as you continue to rest and trust in Him.

    Comment by Pastor Randy Graham — April 5, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  16. We remember the first time we heard you preach the word of God and the impact that you had on our lives. Your knowledge of the Bible, your sincere convictions and your ability to make our Lord come alive in our hearts is truly a gift from God. Follow His voice now so that you can continue to impact lives in the future.

    Coming to Lancaster was the best thing you and your family ever did for the people of Lancaster. Thank you for making such a difference in our lives, as well as in the lives of others. Continue to rest so that you can complete your work when the Lord says it is safe for you to return. May God Bless you and your family.

    Comment by Jim & Betty Giblin — April 6, 2011 @ 4:40 am

  17. Pastor Chappell, thank God that you are in good health, it is my prayer to meet you someday. You are such a blessing to me–you may not know me but i watch you on live stream on Sundays and also read the daily devotion you send to my husband. My daughter will be going to bible sch. I thought this might be the chance to meet you, i am excited to see you. I know you’ve been sick, but thank God you are normal now. I hope i will also meet your wife. God bless you and your family.

    Comment by esther kengkengan — May 11, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

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