1. Advice from Dr. Lee Roberson

    December 3, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    with Dr. Lee Roberson

    In the early 1990s, I was a twenty-something-year-old pastor with a ton of questions.

    Our church was beginning to average near a thousand on Sundays, and I was invited to preach a tent revival in Fremont, California, with Dr. Lee Roberson.

    I was excited to get answers from an eighty-year-old veteran of the faith who had seen 60,000 people baptized in his forty years of pastoring the Highland Park Baptist Church.

    As I traveled to and from the airport with Dr. Roberson, I brought with me a yellow pad with a long list of questions for him.

    One of my first questions to Dr. Roberson was, “How did you stay in one place for forty years?” I’ll never forget his two-part answer: (more…)

  2. Discerning True Concern

    November 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    The Lord has given me the privilege of having dear friends in ministry—friends who love me and my family, challenge me in my spiritual growth, rejoice with me in God’s blessings, and hold me accountable in my personal life.

    Often in my life, and perhaps in yours as well, there will be those who express a desire to counsel me or share a concern with me. In these days of many voices and opinions, it is important to know who to hear and who to filter out.

    I’ve discovered these seven ways to be an accurate discerner of those who have had genuine concern in my life: (more…)

  3. 4 Simple Ways to Express Thanks to the Lord

    November 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    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…)

  4. Growth Points 58: How to Finish Your Course…with Joy 

    November 25, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    The gospel ministry is not sprint. It is a lifelong calling. And yet, we’re told that only one in ten pastors will finish as a pastor. This statistic seems validated from the pages of Scripture where we find that many spiritual leaders in the Bible didn’t finish well either.

    And yet, many did finish well—including the Apostle Paul. I am always motivated by his statement in Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

    I am thankful for the journey of faith God has had led me on to this point—only by His grace. But I want to press on and finish well. And I want to reach the finish line with joy.

    In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts from Scripture on how to finish your course with joy in your heart.

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  5. Why We Must Pray for Laborers

    November 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    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…)