1. 3 Adjectives That Will Transform Your Prayer Life

    January 28, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Do you ever feel ineffective in prayer?

    True prayer is really a foundation of true ministry. Without regular, fervent prayer, we may produce much activity, but we won’t see lasting spiritual fruit.

    Not only that, but our own spiritual growth is dependent on regular communion with the Lord in prayer. An old Scottish pastor, Thomas Brooks, observed, “The power of religion and godliness lives, thrives, or dies as closet [private] prayer lives, thrives, or dies. Godliness never rises to a higher pitch than when men keep closest to their closets.”

    And yet, if you’re like me, you find yourself often echoing the words of Jesus’ disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). (more…)


  2. Why We Still Have Winter Revival

    January 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Over the past thirty years, there are many types of activities that have come and over time been discontinued on our annual church calendar. But our January Winter Revival is not one of them.

    In fact, this Sunday will begin our thirtieth consecutive year of these meetings. Each year, our guest speaker has been Dr. John Goetsch, and the Lord has used his preaching to convict, stir, and renew our hearts.

    I’m aware that many churches have discontinued multi-night meetings of special revival services. But there are many reasons we have chosen not to. Here are four: (more…)


  3. 7 Priorities for a New Year

    December 31, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    A new year is a fresh start. And a fresh start is a great time to reset your priorities.

    What’s really important? And what’s just preferred?

    I would suggest seven areas of importance that you would consider and work into your routines in this coming year: (more…)


  4. 5 Christmas Gifts from Jesus

    December 23, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Every year at Lancaster Baptist Church, we give “Christmas gifts to Jesus.” It’s an opportunity for us as a church to tangibly give to the Lord whose birthday we celebrate, and it’s a great way for children to be reminded of the real purpose of Christmas.

    But the truth is, regardless of the gifts we present to Jesus at Christmas, Christmas really is all about His great gifts to us.

    What are the Christmas gifts given from Jesus? (more…)


  5. Growth Points 69: The In Between Week

    December 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    The intricacies of God’s timing in how and when Christ came to earth remind us that God does have a sovereign timetable and that it’s not always according to our timetable.

    And yet, the passing of a year and beginning of a new year right after Christmas is a reminder to us that we want to do our best to align ourselves with the purposes of God and invest our best energy in fulfilling His will for us in the new year.

    In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts on how you can use the week between Christmas and New Year’s to seek and prepare yourself to do God’s will.


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