November 5, 2014 by Paul Chappell
Attitudes regarding money are learned, and children learn theirs primarily from their parents.
You’ve seen it: Families that charge themselves into deep debt often see new debt perpetuated in the next generation. Likewise, families that are inconsistent in giving often see similar inconsistencies in the next generation.
This is because habits of stewardship—whether they be generosity or stinginess, frugality or waste, budgeting or recklessness—tend to be learned in the home. Even if parents do not intentionally teach these habits, children observe and tend to copy them.
First Corinthians 4:2 says, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Although the context of this verse is speaking about stewarding the truths of God’s Word, the principle applies to being stewards of God’s blessings in our finances.
All of us who are parents could tell of the stewardship mistakes we have made. And none of us want to see our children make the same mistakes. What then are the habits that we need to teach our children regarding wise financial stewardship?
I believe there are four stewardship habits every Christian should practice and intentionally teach their children: (more…)
Category: Christian Life, Family
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November 3, 2014 by Paul Chappell
Years ago, a friend told me, “It is impossible to follow Jesus without hurts.” Little did I know how prophetic that statement would be. The fact is, there are going to be difficulties in ministry. Jesus plainly said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation,” and thankfully He followed with, “but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
Perhaps you are even now going through a period of difficulties in your life or your ministry. In this Growth Points video, I’d like to share with you some of the reasons we go through difficulty as well as some of the solutions God gives for these heavy seasons.
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Category: Ministry Leadership
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October 30, 2014 by Paul Chappell
In celebration of the twentieth year of West Coast Baptist College, I am planning to post a monthly interview with WCBC alumni who are serving around the world.
This month’s interview is with Missionary Brent Hawley who graduated from WCBC in 2011. Two things I have always appreciated about Brent and Dawn are their faith and perseverance. They came to Lancaster as married students, leaving a successful career behind, and they are currently serving in one of the poorest nations in the world. It is a joy to see how God is blessing their faith!
1. In what ministry and role do you currently serve?
I am serving the Lord as a missionary to the Miskito people in the region of Waspam, Nicaragua. My family and I arrived on the field early this year after completing a year in Language School in Costa Rica. (more…)
Category: Ministry Leadership, Ministry News
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October 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell
You’ve likely read the news regarding Brian Houston, pastor of Hillsong Church, refusing to answer questions concerning Hillsong’s position on same sex marriage. Although this is not the first time Houston has made similar statements, it is the most recent.
Does Hillsong’s position matter? After all, even Houston himself made a press release with a follow up statement that he personally believes in the traditional definition of marriage. (In effect, his “clarification” covered his personal belief but reiterated that Hillsong would not take a public position on these matters as a church.)
Over the years, many have spoken out against Hillsong. The overall assessment I have heard has centered on music issues—specifically their CCM style. Sometimes we critique an area that may be worthy of attention (after all, music is a powerful, important part of worship and worthy of concern), but we can miss the larger picture and the deeper issues. Thus we condemn a ministry for an expression of a deeper issue rather than identifying and separating from the real issue(s).
Why would I be concerned when a Baptist pastor becomes enamored with a ministry like Hillsong? My fundamental concern is that those enamored with Hillsong’s style will end up compromising Bible doctrine.
Notice the three points of concern below, and ask yourself if these aren’t substantial issues—issues that would keep you from working with the church in your hometown that believed and practiced in these ways? (more…)
Category: Current Events, Ministry Leadership
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October 24, 2014 by Paul Chappell
The last six weeks of every year—from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s—are full of incredible reminders of God’s presence and goodness.
But these weeks also tend to be incredibly busy and demanding. It’s easy to spend these weeks pulled from one special ministry event or family celebration to the next with no time to breathe in between. For many the season simply passes by in a blur of activity and hurry.
Add to that the pressure as a teacher or preacher of preparing holiday-themed lessons or messages—multiple years in a row to the same people—and there is another demand on a full calendar season.
Yet, for Christians, Thanksgiving and Christmas ought to be two of the most celebrated and reflected upon holidays of the year. And the New Year ought to be approached with renewed dedication to the Lord, not frazzled leftovers from a stressed out month.
It is for these reasons that I recently wrote a brand new adult Sunday school curriculum—A Season to Celebrate: Experience God’s Grace in the Busyness of the Season. I am so excited about releasing this mini-series, and I pray it will be a help and blessing to teachers and students alike. (more…)
Category: Media/Resources, Ministry Leadership
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