August 22, 2016 by Paul Chappell
We cannot always measure effectiveness by visible fruit. Some of my favorite testimonies of salvation are of people who trusted Christ after repeated witnessing attempts by multiple people.
Even the Apostle Paul experienced times when he witnessed and the fruit wasn’t immediate.
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.—1 Corinthians 3:6
So if we try to measure the effectiveness of our witness on fruit alone, we may miscalculate. Perhaps during a season when we are diligently sowing seed, we won’t see fruit. On the other hand, we may be in a season when we are reaping another man’s labor and are seeing great fruit although our own witness may or may not be effective.
The bottom line is that God grades on faithfulness, not evident fruitfulness.
So how do we measure faithfulness? Is it simply by our heart to continue? Is it because we are open to sharing the gospel if the opportunity arises? (more…)
Category: Christian Life, Ministry Leadership
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August 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell
If you saw the news headlines back in early June regarding the Zavala family and the Desert Rose Elementary School, you’ll remember why we were concerned about the threat of religious freedom being taken from a seven-year-old boy.
In short, a young boy in our local Palmdale school district was told that he could not give out cards with Scripture verses to classmates who were requesting them during his lunchtime.
It all started when the boy’s mother, Christina Zavala, included an encouraging note and verse in his lunch each day. As this first-grader read his notes to his friends, they began looking forward to the note and verse each day. This led to his mother making extra copies for him to give to his friends…which in turn led to a complaint and to the school dispatching an officer to the home to tell the family to stop. (more…)
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July 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell
One of the easy traps for parents to fall into is having shortsighted goals for their children.
- If I can just make it through today… (particularly in the preschool years)
- My child’s greatest problem is to change _______ behavior.
- If he can just make a higher grade…
- If she could just have more friends…
While it is good to make it through another day(!) and behavior, grades, and friends do matter, 3 John 4 gives one of the greatest goals any Christian parent can hold: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
This is a long-term goal—that your children would set a lifelong direction of walking in the truth.
By the grace of God, Terrie and I can personally attest to the joy of having children who not only walk with the Lord, but are actively pursuing Him and serving Him. We thank the Lord that all four of our adult children are loving and serving the Lord with their spouses.
What helps set the direction for your children on the path of walking in the truth? Here are a few things we’ve learned over the years through our family life and through counseling hundreds of other families. (more…)
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July 18, 2016 by Paul Chappell
I believe the Great Commission is worthy of—and even calls for—purposed times and strategic plans for spreading the gospel. Thus, we have several times and locations each week available to members of our church to meet up with a partner for the purpose of saturating our community with the gospel.
And yet, there is a danger in using only those times for sharing the gospel.
In reality, we are surrounded by people who need the Lord—some of which are our family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. We want to lead them to Christ as well, even if not on a Thursday night at 6:30 or a Saturday morning at 10:00.
Acts 8:4 tells us of the early Christians, “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.”
How do we also develop this “everywhere mentality” where we are ready to share the gospel at all times and are seeing fruit among our friends and family?
In my recent book, Take It Personally: A Practical Guide to Owning and Obeying the Great Commission, I suggest four ways: (more…)
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June 30, 2016 by Paul Chappell
We’re so excited to announce the release of our first professionally-recorded audiobook through Striving Together Publications.
The book is Making Home Work in a Broken Society, a highly-practical book with biblical principles for Christian parents that I wrote this fall.
To help you determine if you need to get this audio book, I’ve created a simple test for you. (more…)
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