1. 5 Ways to Help Your Children Walk in the Truth

    July 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  2. 4 Ways to Develop an “Everywhere Mentality” for Sharing the Gospel

    July 18, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  3. A Simple Test to Know If You Should Get Making Home Work Audiobook

    June 30, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  4. 10 Lessons from a Hospital Stay, part 2

    June 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    In my previous post, I shared five of the lessons the Lord has been teaching me through my three-year-old grandson Chandler’s illness illness and hospitalization with severe pneumonia. These are in no real order—just the raw truths the Lord has been teaching me during one of the most difficult times in our family’s life.

    (If you’ve just come across this and are seeing part 2 first, I hope you’ll take a moment to read part 1 which more thoroughly develops those first five lessons with Scripture verses and explanation.) But as a recap, here are the first five:

    1. God is sovereign. He has a plan and purpose that is greater than ours.
    2. Mercy may be found. Even in our darkest moments, God gives mercy and grace.
    3. Remember to be thankful for the little things. There is nothing like great difficulty to remind you of what you have been taking for granted. Give thanks.
    4. Serving a hurting heart is sowing seeds that bring a great harvest. There is a multiplying effect to service ministered to a broken heart.
    5. Trials are common to all people. Everyone you encounter needs encouragement and perhaps to see the compassion of Christ in you.

    Here are five more truths the Lord has been teaching me: (more…)


  5. 10 Lessons from a Hospital Stay—part 1

    June 27, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Just over two weeks ago, our lives were turned upside down when our three-year-old grandson, Chandler was taken to the hospital by ambulance with severe necrotizing pneumonia. We’re so thankful for the many who have prayed for Chandler in these past days, and we’re thankful for how the Lord has answered prayer in bringing healing.

    Although Chandler is now at home and resting well, he still has pneumonia and is taking strong antibiotics. We ask for continued prayers for his full recovery and that he would regain the weight he lost in the hospital. He has a follow up appointment the second week of July, and we ask for prayers for that as well.

    During those long days in the hospital, there were many times when in a quiet moment I would ask, “Lord, what are You trying to teach me in this?” (more…)