1. 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…)


  2. 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…)


  3. #SLC16 Live Stream and Conference App

    June 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    The 2016 Spiritual Leadership Conference begins in less than twenty-four hours. I am praying for the Lord to empower every moment of this conference for His glory and for the encouragement of His servants.

    Our conference theme is one word, taken from 2 Timothy 3:14—Continue.

    But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;—2 Timothy 3:14

    If there has ever been a time when we need to continue, it is now. In addition to the natural tendency of leaders and churches to drift, we’re facing a mounting onslaught of opposition to our faith from unbelievers. For both reasons, we must be intentional about continuing in the gospel. Please pray with us that the Lord will use this conference to challenge, encourage, and equip pastors and Christian servants.

    I wanted to let you know of two conference resources that I hope are a help to you whether or not you are able to be with us here in Lancaster, California, for the conference. (more…)


  4. What If You Took It Personally? 

    June 6, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Over the past thirty years of ministry here in Lancaster, we have attempted to reach our community for Christ in many ways—including billboards, television ads, promoted Facebook posts, radio programs, community newsletters, gospel-centered acts of community service, and more. And we’ve seen fruit through these methods.

    But of the hundreds of people saved and baptized in our church over the past twelve months (or any twelve month period), the single greatest tool for reaching them for Christ has been simple—a personal witness.

    Whether it be through door-to-door soulwinning, a coworker, or a follow-up visit, fruit comes when people personally take the gospel to the lost.

    I love the testimonies in this video because they underscore the value of personally sharing the gospel.


    (If you can’t see this video in your email or RSS reader, you can watch it here.)

    Think again of those three stories, and ask yourself what if? (more…)


  5. 3 Often-Overlooked Ways Every Spiritual Leader Can Be Engaged in the Great Commission

    June 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    If there is one thing that is clear in the New Testament, it is that the gospel doesn’t end with receiving it. It is a truth to pass on to others.

    From the woman at the well who immediately “left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” (John 4:28–29) to the Thessalonicans who told everyone they came in contact with about Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:8), it’s clear that spreading the gospel is the normal response to receiving the gospel.

    Many spiritual leaders who lead others to faith in Christ stop a little too soon—they miss involving a new Christian in the Great Commission as well.

    Our responsibility does not end with leading a person to Christ and seeing them baptized and on their way in spiritual growth. We are to teach them to likewise share the gospel and lead others to Christ.

    What can you do to obey the Great Commission by engaging new Christians in it? (more…)