1. 5 Christmas Gifts Every Christian Parent Can Give

    December 8, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Every mom and dad knows that one of the best things about being a parent is giving to your children. Parents delight in sacrificing to meet their children’s needs and to bring them happiness.

    That’s one of the reasons Christmas can be a stressful time of year for parents who are struggling financially. The best gifts you can give your children, however, are not tangible. Regardless of what wrapped presents you may or may not be able to give, here are five gifts every Christian parent can (and should!) give to their children throughout the Christmas season: (more…)


  2. 5 Practical Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

    November 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    I love Thanksgiving for many reasons, but perhaps the greatest is that it helps us schedule a day to do what we should be doing every day of the year—give thanks.

    Thanksgiving, of course, is more than a holiday—it should be a verb. So how, practically speaking, can we make this a day when we actually give thanks? Here are five suggestions: (more…)


  3. 7 Ways Parents Undermine Their Own Influence

    October 27, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    All children have moments or seasons when they struggle with obedience—just like their parents.

    But some young people, particularly in their teenage years, become defiant and overtly disrespectful. Why?

    There are many contributing reasons—including the freewill of every person to follow the Lord or to reject authority—but below are seven factors common when teenagers rebel. Regardless of what you may be doing right as a parent, if you are also doing any of these, you are undermining your own influence: (more…)


  4. Update on Chandler and the Preparation of God

    October 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Just four months ago, in June of this year, our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Kaiser Sunset Hospital in Hollywood with necrotizing pneumonia.

    It was a close call that included a lung surgery, ten days in the hospital, and weeks of quarantine and some of the strongest antibiotics available even after he was out of the hospital. (I wrote about these days and what the Lord taught us in the hospital here.)

    Since June, we have been doing everything we could to guard Chandler from any possible germs or reinfection. But no amount of hand sanitizer or healthy eating could have protected him from the all-boy fall he had Monday night when he became airborne while playing and landed on his head on concrete. He blacked out briefly but came to when our son-in-law, Peter, rushed to pick him up. (more…)


  5. 5 Ways to Help Your Children Walk in the Truth

    July 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the easy traps for parents to fall into is having shortsighted goals for their children.

    • If I can just make it through today… (particularly in the preschool years)
    • My child’s greatest problem is to change _______ behavior.
    • If he can just make a higher grade…
    • If she could just have more friends…

    While it is good to make it through another day(!) and behavior, grades, and friends do matter, 3 John 4 gives one of the greatest goals any Christian parent can hold: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

    This is a long-term goal—that your children would set a lifelong direction of walking in the truth.

    By the grace of God, Terrie and I can personally attest to the joy of having children who not only walk with the Lord, but are actively pursuing Him and serving Him. We thank the Lord that all four of our adult children are loving and serving the Lord with their spouses.

    What helps set the direction for your children on the path of walking in the truth? Here are a few things we’ve learned over the years through our family life and through counseling hundreds of other families. (more…)