1. Syria and Iran: What Can We Do?

    September 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    I hope you’ve seen the pictures. Three-year-old Aylan washed up on the shore, drowned while escaping. Masses of refugees crowding streets under the shells of bombed out buildings. Inflated rafts spilling over with people fleeing war-torn Syria. The seventy-one suffocated bodies found in a refrigerated truck, all victims of human trafficking. Refugee camps stretched out acre upon acre of makeshift tents.

    The plight of the Syrian refugees is heartbreaking. A humanitarian crisis. An immigrant migration not duplicated since World War II.

    Europe is struggling to handle the crisis as 381,000 refugees have arrived this year alone. Millions more are displaced. Over 3,000 are missing—likely killed or kidnapped. Many are drowning en route to safety.

    In a Wall Street Journal article, Peggy Noonan wrote, “According to the U.N. refugee agency, 53% of the migrants are from Syria, 14% from Afghanistan, 7% from Eritrea, and 3% each from Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq and Somalia. Seventy-two percent are men, only 13% women and 15% children. Not all are fleeing war. Some are fleeing poverty. Not all but the majority are Muslim.”

    And then there is the Iran Deal. I never thought I’d see the day when the President of the United States would sign an agreement that leads to the development of nuclear arms with a sworn enemy of both the U.S. and Israel. The unrest in the Middle East is real, and it is only going to get worse. (more…)

  2. Growth Points 66: A Biblical Response to Changes in Our Culture, Part 2

    July 20, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Most of us recognize a general culture shift against Bible-believing Christianity in America, making Christians who believe and practice the Bible a minority.

    How do we respond to these changes in our culture? In the previous Growth Points video, I highlighted three biblical truths:

    1. Never be be ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
    2. Love and forgive those who oppose Christ.
    3. Hold to the truth.

    In this video, I share five more specific ways for Bible-believing Christians to rightly respond to a changing culture:

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  3. Growth Points 65: A Biblical Response to Changes in Our Culture

    July 17, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    In recent days, particularly through the Supreme Court ruling of June 26 concerning same-sex marriage, we have seen the rejection of biblical revelation around us. The results of this ruling and of the corresponding changes in our culture are yet unfolding, and I believe they are likely to include forms of difficulty and persecution for Christians.

    In the wake of our culture’s rejection of God’s truth and in the face of whatever results may come of it, what should be our response as Christians? In this Growth Points video, I share what I believe should be our biblical response to the changes in our culture:

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  4. The Forgotten Admonition for the Last Days

    July 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    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…)

  5. What the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Means to Christians

    June 26, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    By now, you’ve heard of the landmark 5-4 ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of same-sex marriage.

    As a Christian pastor, I’m deeply grieved at the Court’s decision to ignore biblical revelation and redefine God’s institution.

    Indeed, marriage is God’s institution, and He has clearly defined it for us.

    From Creation itself, God made marriage a sacred union between a man and a woman:

    Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.—Genesis 2:24

    Jesus quoted from this passage, affirming that marriage between a man and a woman was God’s special institution “at the beginning”:

    And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?—Matthew 19:4–5

    To attempt to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, is actually a redefinition of marriage that undermines the very core of what it is. And an honest assessment of what is taking place indicates that the redefinition will not stop with today’s decision.

    So what does this decision mean for Christians? How should we respond to it? (more…)