1. 4 Simple Ways to Express Thanks to the Lord

    November 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    A few weeks ago, I preached from Luke 17 where Jesus healed ten lepers.

    One of the most convicting statements to me in that passage was Christ’s question to the man who returned to give Him thanks: “Where are the nine?”

    What really gripped my heart from that question is the fresh realization that Jesus considers our lack of response to the many blessings He lavishes upon us.

    Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.—Psalm 68:19

    So how do we give Him thanks? (more…)


  2. Why We Must Pray for Laborers

    November 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    We hear much these days from politicians regarding the size and lifespan of the Baby Boomer (my) generation.

    Consider these facts:

    • Until recently, the Boomers were the largest generation in the United States, with the succeeding Generation X being smaller. (The Millennial generation has recently exceeded the Boomers.)
    • Add to this the greatly expanded life expectancies of the Boomers compared to preceding generations, and the concerns—from an economic angle—involve retirement, workforce replacements, and social security deficits.

    But economics and politics aside, I believe there is an even greater reason these size demographics should be considered.

    That reason is the harvest fields.

    Not only do we have the usual shortage of laborers because of the overwhelmingly needy fields in front of us (7.2 billion people with teeming metropolitan cities void of independent Baptist churches), but we have an impending shortage of laborers because of an aging generation of current laborers with a smaller generation coming behind them.

    What does all this mean? (more…)


  3. Enemies of a Passionate Walk with Christ

    November 17, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    What single word best describes your walk with the Lord?

    I think all of us would love for that word to be passion. And not just today, but every day. We’d like consistent passion in our walk with God.

    Yet, if we’re honest, we’d have to admit that our passion for the Lord easily wanes.

    What is it that steals or diminishes our passion?

    It’s not always (or usually) the blatant, outward sins. The enemy is usually more concealed than we anticipate. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I can suggest four common enemies of a passionate walk with Christ. (more…)


  4. How to Pray for Your Children

    November 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    There are so many areas for parents to invest themselves in raising their children. And there are many resources available in learning to be godly parents.

    But there is one resource that is more powerful than any book, seminar, or method.

    In fact, this resource is the single resource you cannot afford to ignore or to get wrong. You may fail as a parent in many areas (at least I know I did!), but you cannot—you must not—fail in this area.

    You must pray for your children.

    Make it your goal that your Heavenly Father will hear from you about your child every single day.

    What should you pray for your child? Below are ten biblically-based principles of how to pray for your children. You could even use these as a daily prayer list for your child. (more…)


  5. How to Die a Hero

    November 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    This post is by my good friend, Dr. R. B. Ouellette. Dr. Ouellette is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport, Michigan, where he has served for over thirty-seven years. The church has grown tremendously under his leadership and sees consistent, lasting fruit through soulwinning and outreach. Dr. Ouellette is also the author of several Christian books.

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    It is a sad, tawdry tale—and one in which the hero isn’t who you might guess it would be.

    The cast?

    • David—The young man of faith who slew Goliath with a mere slingshot and who became God’s chosen king should have been the hero of this story. But he’s not. He’s over fifty now and has grown self-indulgent in many areas.
    • Joab—He’s a crafty, self-serving general who happens to be David’s nephew. He’s fierce but unscrupulous and always looking for an expedient way to increase his power.
    • Bathsheba—For her, the story is especially sad, for she is the victim.
    • Uriah—His name means “Flame of Jehovah.” And as you might have guessed by now, it is Uriah who died a hero.

    You probably know the story, but if you don’t you can read it in 2 Samuel 11. Verses 6–17 specifically deal with Uriah and his heroic death. What can we learn from him? How can we, too, be sure that as our lives end—regardless of circumstances outside our control—we bring honor to our Lord and die heroes? (more…)