1. How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Church Staff

    April 18, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’ve served the Lord any length of time, you know that the outward expressions of service don’t guarantee a consistent heart for the Lord.

    The same is true of serving on a church staff. Being in the ministry is not a guarantee that you will be strong as a Christian or that you will be diligent in the spiritual disciplines of following God and serving His people. In fact, in some ways, serving in an official ministry position (paid or volunteer) makes you more of a target for Satan’s attacks. For if you fall, you’re influencing others.

    So how do you avoid being a casualty in ministry? How do you avoid washing out along the way? Here are eight ways to avoid some of the common pitfalls: (more…)


  2. Book Recommendation: Forward in the Face of Fear

    April 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Forward in the Face of Fear

    There are some books that you read, finish, and move on. And then there are books that you read and feel profoundly thankful were written. For me, Forward in the Face of Fear: My Life for Christ in the Muslim World by Edgar Feghaly is in the second category.

    This newly-released autobiography is riveting. If you think biographies are less than engaging, you haven’t read this book. From preaching the gospel under sniper fire to sheltering refugees in the center of war to witnessing and seeing dramatic conversions of Muslim men and women, this book will hold your attention.

    But it’s more than a page turner. Forward in the Face of Fear impacts on a deeper level than simply entertainment. This book will… (more…)


  3. Because It Is Finished…

    March 24, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Can there be any more startling—or liberating—words in the entire chronicle of human history than those spoken by Christ on the cross just before He died?

    When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.—John 19:30

    It is finished.

    Paid in full.

    What does it mean? More than we can comprehend, let alone write. But this much we can say.

    Because it is finished… (more…)


  4. 10 Basic Marriage Truths Every Christian Spouse Should Know

    February 13, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    My wife Terrie and I were blessed to celebrate our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary last December. Every day—and more—I thank the Lord for Terrie and the gift of being her husband. Proverbs 18:22 is absolutely fulfilled in my life through her: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.”

    A marriage that endures through the decades is the result of God’s grace through two people who are committed to one another. Sometimes as I counsel couples, I’m reminded of how important it is when it comes to marriage to keep the basics in mind. If we forget the basic truths about biblical marriage, we easily make assumptions that, over time, undermine the marriage relationship.

    Here are ten basics—in no particular order—that every married Christian should remember: (more…)


  5. 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…)