1. 5 Tips to Developing an Effective Summer Routine

    June 15, 2011 by Paul Chappell

    Summer is one of the best times for making memories and becoming more productive. The longer evening hours make for great family and ministry time, and the changes in our routines that happen around this time of year, are the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at our goals and plan our priorities.

    Perhaps it’s the old school days mentality, but for many people, summer tends toward unproductivity—as in a break from responsibility and growth. For some, it even becomes a time of spiritual slippage.

    How can you harness the energy of summer into creating an effective summer routine? Here are a few tips: (more…)

  2. 5 “Stays” for a Great Marriage

    December 28, 2010 by Paul Chappell
    This October Terrie and I revisited the site of our first date of October 1979

    Yesterday, Terrie and I celebrated thirty years of marriage. It’s hard to believe that something that seemed too wonderful to be true on our wedding day is even better now! I praise God for a godly wife and for the ever-deepening relationship He has given us.

    Every newly-married couple knows that marriage is one of God’s greatest gifts. But, after the newness wears off, far too many couples treat their marriage like the kids who get the toy “I’ve always wanted” for Christmas.” They enjoy the gift for a short period, but very soon it is forgotten or neglected.

    Marriage is for the long haul. And it actually gets better through the years when it is given continual attention. If you want a marriage that lasts, then you need these five “stays”: (more…)

  3. There’s No Place Like Home!

    September 18, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    It’s great to be back home and with our Lancaster Baptist Church family! It was a blessing this morning to attend our soulwinning faithfulness rally, and I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s services. I look forward to preaching and to being with the greatest people in the world.

    Terrie and I enjoyed our time together these past weeks to reflect on thirty years of marriage. I’m so thankful for the godly wife the Lord has given me. Her love for the Lord and for me has a greater impact on the ministry here than anyone—including Terrie—will ever know.

    It was great as well to spend time with Larry and Ashley and Ashley’s parents. We’re thankful for the healing the Lord has given Larry these past several months. Seeing him feeling well and able to enjoy this trip was an answer to many prayers by friends all around the world. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he has his monthly checkups.

    On our trip, we followed the missionary journeys of Paul through part of the Mediterranean region. We learned so much and were greatly challenged to realize what God accomplished through Paul’s faithful preaching and witness in pagan cultures. As our own culture continues to morally deteriorate, I’m encouraged to remember what God can do by His Spirit through yielded soulwinners. I truly believe that we live in a day of unsurpassed ministry opportunities, and I believe the greatest days of ministry are yet ahead!

  4. Don & Virginia Sisk

    September 24, 2007 by Paul Chappell

    sisksJust over a week ago, I had the privilege of spending several hours with Dr. Don Sisk, as we waited for his dear wife, Virginia, to come through brain surgery. Mrs. Sisk had been told a few days prior that there was a tumor on her brain that would require removal.

    Thousands of people around the world were praying and by the grace of God, the tumor has been removed and Mrs. Sisk has begun on the road to recovery.

    Dr. Sisk has been a great motivating and mentoring influence in my life since 1991. As a former missionary to Japan and General Director for Baptist International Missions Incorporated, he has seen thousands of people saved literally around the world. He and Virginia have traveled to dozens of countries preaching the Gospel and encouraging missionaries.

    The last several years they have been members here at Lancaster Baptist. I must say they are some of the sweetest members I have ever pastored! Dr. and Mrs. Sisk are faithful soulwinners and real Christians. So many times I meet people who feel they have come to a place in their lives or ministries when they can “take a pass” on the basic things of the Christian life. Dr. and Mrs. Sisk have remained faithful well into their seventies in the areas of soulwinning, tithing, forgiving, serving, and loving the Lord Jesus Christ.

    We often talk about the “greatest generation.” When we do, we speak of the men and women who served in World War II and helped rebuild America during that era. I believe we must tip our hats today to those who have served the Lord in ministry during the same long period of their lives. Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Sisk, for your faithfulness!

  5. A Faithful Friend

    December 30, 2006 by Paul Chappell


    As 2006 passes, I wanted to take just one more moment to ponder one of the greatest friends God gave to me in my lifetime. I first met Mark Lawrence when his dad Bill, a member of our church, took me hunting at Mark’s ranch in Oregon. What was meant to be a hunting trip turned out to be a great time of Bible study, late night discussions, and the bonding of two hearts in friendship. Mark and his dear family were like medicine to my soul in the midst of a very busy season in ministry.

    Over the years, Mark began to spend much of his time here in Lancaster going soulwinning with us and helping to do the work of the ministry.

    Through time, the Lord began to open doors for him in Oregon, and during the last few years he pastored the First Baptist Church of John Day while operating his ranch at the same time.

    Mark was one of the most faithful soulwinners I have ever met. He rarely met anyone without telling them about the Lord Jesus Christ. He would often come into my office with tears in his eyes, burdened for the lost.


    This past summer, I joined Mark and his family and Dr. David Gibbs and their family as I had the privilege to perform the wedding ceremony between Mark’s daughter, Janelle, and Dr. Gibbs’ son, JD. What a joyous occasion it was! The ceremony was conducted on the ranch, and it was a thrill to see this young couple, who are students at West Coast Baptist College, join together in holy matrimony.


    A few days after this wonderful occasion, God called Bro. Mark home. Because Mark had grown up in Lancaster, we conducted a funeral service here at Lancaster Baptist. The auditorium was packed with friends and loved ones testifying to the joy and love of Mark Lawrence. Still stunned at the loss, I traveled to Oregon where I preached the funeral service there. Once again, hundreds of people gathered, many in blue jeans and cowboy hats, to remember a great man. Thankfully, several people accepted Christ as their Saviour at that particular service.


    One of my new year’s resolutions is to be thankful for friends in the ministry and to be a better friend to them myself. Mark had written me dozens of handwritten notes and called me nearly every week simply to say he was praying for me. I miss him, and I look forward to seeing him with our Saviour again.