1. The Forgotten Admonition for the Last Days

    July 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Now, more than ever before, current events remind us that we are living in the last days.

    The events of this past week have pointed to Bible prophecies concerning the progressive lifestyles of sin (2 Timothy 3:1–4) and the oblivion of and disregard for God’s judgment (Matthew 24:37–39).

    As we know, Scripture gives us many admonitions for these last days: We are to contend for the faith (Jude 3). To preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2). To witness to the lost (Matthew 24:14). To be sober–minded (1 Peter 4:7). To watch with prayer (1 Peter 4:8).

    But there is one command that many of us forget. This command is expressly given in relation to the last days. And it is specifically stated to be an issue of vital significance. Tragically, it is often neglected. (more…)


  2. A Free Toolbox—Spiritual Leadership Conference Session Downloads

    June 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    As laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9), it is imperative that we, as spiritual leaders, are not simply maintaining the work of God, but that we are building.

    At Spiritual Leadership Conference 2015, our theme was from Jesus’ words, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Each service and session was filled with biblical truth on building in the local church.

    Videos of all the services as well as mp3 audio downloads of the workshop sessions are available—all for free.

    The sessions include a wide variety of topics in the following areas: (more…)


  3. 3 Ways the Church Can Help the Christian Home

    June 20, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    There’s no question about it: the home is under attack today. And I’m not just talking about subtle attacks that cautiously undermine biblical values. I’m talking about a full on, vicious, satanic attack that is shaking the very definition of the family itself.

    How can the local church support Christian families? We must not only support the definition of the family, but we must support actual families as well—the people in our churches.

    For twenty-nine years, we’ve labored at Lancaster Baptist Church to help Christian homes. We have opposed every form of legislation or change in society that undermines the family. I’ve preached hundreds of messages from every Bible passage that pertains to developing a strong home. We’ve held annual couples retreats, offered counseling, taught lessons, and published resources for families.

    When it comes to Satan’s attacks on families, the church cannot stand back and simply observe the carnage. We must step in and help. (more…)


  4. More than a Cliché: How Godly Leaders Remain Strong in the Work of the Lord

    June 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Strengthen Your Hands minibook

    There are some phrases we’ve turned into something like cliché prayers. That is, we say them without really giving thought to the specifics of what we’re asking or the practical ramifications of what they may entail.

    “Bless all the missionaries” is a good for instance.

    Another may be, “God, please give us strength.”

    The truth is, we do need strength. As spiritual leaders, we have monumental tasks before us. Whether you are a parent, teacher, pastor, Sunday school class teacher, ministry helper, or any Christian leading others in any area, you have been entrusted with responsibilities beyond human ability—reaching the world with the gospel, shepherding young hearts for God, changing lives, building a church, nurturing spiritual growth. And with each of these responsibilities comes obstacles unique to your situation.

    It’s easy to become overwhelmed and to find ourselves weak in the most vital callings. After all, what is one person against so great a task? (more…)


  5. What to Remember on Memorial Day

    May 25, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I’ll just come right out and say it: I believe America is the greatest nation on earth.

    I know, I know. In today’s globalist times, nationalism isn’t always revered as a virtue. But there is not an unpatriotic bone in my body, and I unashamedly practice patriotism and believe it should be taught to a younger generation.

    I love America. I love the freedom that she stands for. I love her flag. And I love those who have sacrificed to make her what she is.

    I love the fact that we celebrate Memorial Day to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I love that we memorialize their sacrifice.

    What about our nation and our veterans do we remember on Memorial Day? (more…)