1. Update from Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia

    February 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    It would be hard to describe the level of prayer, planning, and preparation that preceded Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia.

    And it would also be hard to describe the level of blessing God is placing on it. It’s overwhelming to see what God is doing.

    I plan to write more later, but I wanted to post a quick update now to share what the Lord is doing and thank partners who have been interceding with us for the conference this week in Manila. (For snapshots moments of what the Lord has been doing, see the pictures I’ve been posting to Twitter and Facebook.)

    Several months before the conference, we chose the theme “striving together for Asia and beyond.” I have been so encouraged by the real striving together that has taken place leading up to and during this conference. This hasn’t been “striving together” in name only, but in Spirit-filled reality. (more…)


  2. 3 Adjectives That Will Transform Your Prayer Life

    January 28, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Do you ever feel ineffective in prayer?

    True prayer is really a foundation of true ministry. Without regular, fervent prayer, we may produce much activity, but we won’t see lasting spiritual fruit.

    Not only that, but our own spiritual growth is dependent on regular communion with the Lord in prayer. An old Scottish pastor, Thomas Brooks, observed, “The power of religion and godliness lives, thrives, or dies as closet [private] prayer lives, thrives, or dies. Godliness never rises to a higher pitch than when men keep closest to their closets.”

    And yet, if you’re like me, you find yourself often echoing the words of Jesus’ disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). (more…)


  3. Why We Still Have Winter Revival

    January 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Over the past thirty years, there are many types of activities that have come and over time been discontinued on our annual church calendar. But our January Winter Revival is not one of them.

    In fact, this Sunday will begin our thirtieth consecutive year of these meetings. Each year, our guest speaker has been Dr. John Goetsch, and the Lord has used his preaching to convict, stir, and renew our hearts.

    I’m aware that many churches have discontinued multi-night meetings of special revival services. But there are many reasons we have chosen not to. Here are four: (more…)


  4. Why I Recommend One Year of Bible College

    January 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    It’s a conversation I’ve had many times:

    High Schooler: I don’t know what I should do when I finish high school. Maybe I should go to trade school or university.

    Me: Have you considered attending a year of Bible college?

    High Schooler: I don’t feel “called to ministry.” Wouldn’t that be like a waste of a year and of money?

    Me: No, and here’s why. (more…)


  5. 7 Priorities for a New Year

    December 31, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    A new year is a fresh start. And a fresh start is a great time to reset your priorities.

    What’s really important? And what’s just preferred?

    I would suggest seven areas of importance that you would consider and work into your routines in this coming year: (more…)