1. The Role of the Church in Christian Education

    August 25, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    At 8:00 this morning, Lancaster Baptist School begins its twenty-sixth year of cultivating hearts for God and minds for Christ.

    As I look back over these past twenty-five years, I thank God for the investments we’ve made in the lives of young people, many of which are still serving the Lord and are now raising their children for God.

    I often tell parents, “Christian education doesn’t cost—it pays.” I believe this is true, not only for parents, but also for the local church that invests labor in building the Christian school as a ministry of the church. Truly, the rewards for our efforts over the past twenty-five years have been beyond measure in the lives of our graduates.

    God’s desire for young people is that they would cultivate a heart for Him and develop the mind of Christ. And God instructs parents to invest in their children to that end:

    And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.—Deuteronomy 6:6–7

    The local church also plays a tremendous role in this development as pastors and teachers team with parents to encourage young hearts for God and provide biblical teaching for the home. (more…)


  2. Don’t Waste Your Summer

    June 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    The principle of rest is woven into the pages of Scripture. But in our twenty-first century mentality of hurry, we often miss it.

    God built cycles of work and rest into creation. (See Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 20:11.) Even Jesus highlighted the necessity of having times of rest.

    And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.—Mark 6:31

    But there is a subtle temptation that comes with times of rest: selfishness.

    Vacation is all about me, right? Taking a day off is my day off.

    Or is it? Isn’t it rather about renewing our energy to more effectively invest our lives for the Lord?

    And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;—Colossians 3:23

    What can you do to enjoy times of rest with purpose this summer? Here are a few thoughts: (more…)


  3. Growth Points 50: How to Nurture a Godly Family in a Fervent Ministry Environment

    May 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    All of us that are passionate about ministry recognize that we often have competing interests between family and ministry. If we’re not careful, we can yield to the addiction of the urgency in ministry to the neglect of our families.

    I know that at times I was on the wrong end of that equation as I raised our children. I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and a godly wife who reminded me over the years to keep that balance. By God’s grace, and I believe Terrie’s sensitivity to this need for balance, we’re thankful today to have four married children happily serving the Lord in ministry.

    I’d like to share a few thoughts on how you can nurture a spiritual family while being involved in a busy ministry environment:


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  4. 10 Gifts Your Teens Need

    April 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    We’ve been privileged this week to host hundreds of teenagers for the West Coast Baptist Youth Conference. It has been a joy to see their responsiveness to the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.

    Teenagers are a delightful challenge—even to themselves! The teenage years can be full of fun and yet puzzling and frustrating all at the same time. There’s so much growth, change, and transition taking place in this move from childhood to adulthood.

    Sometimes it’s a challenge to parents to know how to respond and what hat to wear at any given moment. Parenting or leading teens is weighty business. These young lives are sensitive and moldable, but they are also easily frustrated and sometimes reactionary.

    Below are ten helps your teenager needs you to give during these teen years. I write primarily to parents here, but this list is applicable to pastors, youth pastors, teachers, and coaches as well.

    These helps will make a difference in a teenager’s life. (more…)


  5. Four Men at a Table

    February 27, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Earlier this week I had the joy of sitting with my brother and my two sons over a breakfast table for fellowship. We try to get together once or twice a year to talk about the state of our lives spiritually and the state of the work of God in America. Specifically, there were four topics we discussed this week: (more…)