July 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell
In 1776, American patriots pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to sign the Declaration of Independence. And then they gave of themselves in unspeakable sacrifice to birth this great nation.
These men understood that patriotism meant so much more than grabbing the family rifle and charging the red coats. It involved giving whatever was necessary to uphold the God-given values of freedom and equality which they had come to embrace. For many, patriotism meant giving their lives, their families, and their fortunes. They purchased freedom at a heavy personal expense.
I’m thankful for the heritage of these patriots, statesmen, and soldiers who embraced and upheld freedom—even at the expense of themselves.
I’m thankful for men and women around the world today (some from our church family) who are sacrificing for continued freedom.
But more than the patriotism of a soldier, we need another kind of patriotism today. America is in a state of spiritual and moral decline that, frankly, is frightening. We seem to have lost our moral compass and our willingness to sacrifice for the biblical values of truth and righteousness. (more…)
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October 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell
The iconic focal point of the partial government shutdown on Tuesday has become the World War II Memorial in Washington. As you are probably aware, the National Park Service was instructed to erect barricades and keep armed guards around the memorial’s perimeter.
Groups of WWII veterans, however, were not impressed with the barricades. These heroes of the greatest generation insisted on access, sweeping past the barricades two days in a row.
Politics and budget issues aside, what got me on reading the news stories was the statement made by the National Park Service concerning why the veterans were allowed to push past the barricades: “The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII memorial to conduct First Amendment activities in accordance with National Park Service regulations applicable to the National Mall and Memorial Parks.”
Did you catch that? First Amendment rights. (more…)
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May 27, 2013 by Paul Chappell
How do you thank those who willingly place themselves “between their loved home and the war’s desolation”?
And especially, how do you thank those who never returned to their loved home, because they paid the ultimate price for our freedom?
We owe these heroes a tremendous debt of gratitude. As free-men, they chose to stand in the gap to purchase and protect the freedom of their families and country. There is no way to properly eulogize the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.
The least we can do is remember.
Will you take a moment today to remember?
And to thank God for freedom?
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May 25, 2013 by Paul Chappell
The “progressive” America taking shape around us is digressing in almost every way.
Morally, politically, financially, socially, and spiritually, we long ago untied our beliefs and practices from our early faith and values.
To say that our nation is speeding down a slippery slope is not an understatement. It would be more accurate to say that we are careening toward a frightening cliff. Short of the intervention of revival, the future I see is deeply concerning.
We have been complaining of this decline for several decades, but what are we doing to change it? What can we do to change it? (more…)
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March 21, 2013 by Paul Chappell
The Bible instructs in Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
This week the Lord gave us a special opportunity to encourage some of our national leaders and let them know that we, as a church as well as other Christians across the country, are praying for them even in this difficult time in our country.
A year or so ago I began to pray with a friend, Pastor Mike Creed from Clinton, Maryland, regarding his burden for our elected officials and their staff members in our nation’s capital. Brother Creed together with Evangelist Chuck Harding, formed an organization entitled Awake America and asked if I would serve on their advisory board. Over the last year they have been notifying pastors and asking them to pray earnestly for their elected officials.
A few days ago, we met for what was called the Capitol Connection. Hundreds of Christian leaders from autonomous Baptist churches across America joined us from forty-five states. We met for preaching and an organizational time on Monday evening. All of the pastors were reminded that our goal was not to “lobby” but to be a witness for Christ and an encouragement to those in leadership.
On Tuesday morning, we headed to Capitol Hill. The week prior to the visit every congressional member received a copy of the original Aitken Bible—the first American Bible printed in 1782. We let our elected officials know that we had sponsored the Bibles to their offices and that we believe American leaders need to rely, once again, on the Scriptures.
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