1. Growth Points 55: Five Ways to Have a Positive Influence in the Life of Your Child

    September 17, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    There is no doubt that spiritual formation in the heart of a child begins at an early age. (Moses, Samuel, Timothy, and others from the pages of Scripture testify to this fact.)

    Children are impressionable and easily influenced. Even in the life of a child, a difference can be made and greatness can be cultivated. But it takes a parent, grandparent, or teacher who is intentionally instilling truth into a young heart.

    In this Growth Points video, I share five vital ways to influence your children for the glory of God.


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  2. A Practical Blueprint for a Christian Home

    September 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    If you are constructing a building, you don’t want me as the carpenter! In years of church building programs, I’ve learned a little about construction processes, inspections, and codes. But, trust me, you do not need my construction skills—unless you’re hoping for a shaky finished product.

    Similarly, if you are building a home, you don’t want to trust your own intuition. You need God’s wisdom and God’s help.

    All across our nation, families are crumbling—so much so that Time Magazine ran a recent article titled, “There Is No Longer Any Such Thing as a Typical Family.”

    And yet, God’s Word still holds the blueprint for a Christian home. And God’s Word still tells us that children are a gift from God—the “heritage of the Lord.”

    Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.—Psalm 127:1, 3

    In whatever way you find yourself a guardian of God’s heritage—whether you are raising children as a married couple, a single dad, a single mom, grandparents, or foster parents, the Bible gives the only reliable blueprint for building the lives of those children. (more…)


  3. 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…)


  4. 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…)


  5. 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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