1. 5 Christmas Gifts Every Christian Parent Can Give

    December 8, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Every mom and dad knows that one of the best things about being a parent is giving to your children. Parents delight in sacrificing to meet their children’s needs and to bring them happiness.

    That’s one of the reasons Christmas can be a stressful time of year for parents who are struggling financially. The best gifts you can give your children, however, are not tangible. Regardless of what wrapped presents you may or may not be able to give, here are five gifts every Christian parent can (and should!) give to their children throughout the Christmas season: (more…)

  2. 10 Ways to Share Christ during December

    December 5, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    One of the reasons I love the Christmas season is that it is such a great time of year for initiating gospel conversations. Between the special church events and the fact that many people still do want to go to church to celebrate Christmas, this is also the easiest time of year to invite people to church.

    Our annual Christmas musical service at Lancaster Baptist is this weekend—Saturday night and Sunday night at 5:00 both evenings. We’ve been inviting our community and are praying for many people to trust Christ through the gospel preaching. (If you live near Lancaster, please join us! And if not, feel free to join us via live stream at lbclive.tv.)

    But even in a season like Christmas when it may be easier to invite people to church or begin a gospel conversation, it still doesn’t happen automatically. It usually requires that you and I take the initiative to share Christ. Here are ten ideas to help you take that initiative: (more…)

  3. 7 Ways You Can Keep Christ in Christmas

    December 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    You’ve heard it (and maybe shared it): “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

    It’s a great thought…but do you do it?

    December can be such a busy month. Even busy with ministry. But sometimes in all the busyness of the season, we’re as guilty as the innkeeper of not making room for Jesus, even if our reasons are well intentioned.

    How can you, throughout the month of December, not only keep your head above water but actually make this month a season of worship? Here are seven suggestions: (more…)

  4. 7 Ways to Actually Decompress on Your Day Off

    November 28, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Have you ever gotten to the end of a “day off” and felt just as exhausted as you did at the beginning? Have you ever looked back over the day and wished for a do over?

    God so kindly designed our lives to function best with one day out of seven as a day of rest. Although “the Sabbath” is not a New Testament requirement, time for rest is something God created us with a need for.

    Many people, especially “Type A” leaders, struggle to take this time of rest to actually decompress mentally and emotionally and renew spiritually. (I know, because I am among those people.)

    Here are seven suggestions that may be helpful: (more…)

  5. 5 Practical Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

    November 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I love Thanksgiving for many reasons, but perhaps the greatest is that it helps us schedule a day to do what we should be doing every day of the year—give thanks.

    Thanksgiving, of course, is more than a holiday—it should be a verb. So how, practically speaking, can we make this a day when we actually give thanks? Here are five suggestions: (more…)