1. How to Teach Your Children Contentment

    November 25, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    We live in a world where “enough” is never enough. Whether we realize it or not, there is a constant pull on our hearts toward materialism and covetousness.

    But it’s not just adults who fight these battles. Our children are bombarded with the offer of more. They need more friends on Facebook. More style in their wardrobe. More entertainment. More money. More fun. More…of everything.

    Of course, more isn’t always bad. But it is harmful if we can’t be satisfied without it.

    In today’s materialistic society, however, it’s not difficult to see why our kids struggle with contentment. Children ages two to five see more than forty thousand commercials on television a year. No wonder they need more. (more…)

  2. 4 Ways to Make Family Devotions Work

    November 19, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Parents are responsible not only to teach God’s Word to their children but to “teach them diligently.” Deuteronomy 6:7 describes the level of persistence with which we are to teach our 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.”

    In other words, your home is to be an ongoing school of discipleship—a Bible school. The most practical way I know to obey the instruction to diligently teach God’s Word to your children is to read the Bible daily with your children. In our home, we called this time “Family Devotions.” Some call it “Family Altar.” But whatever you call it, do it. Have a time every day when as a family you learn from God’s Word together.

    If family devotions weren’t part of your own growing up experience, beginning them in your home may feel intimidating. But it’s not as hard as you think. Any parent with a real relationship with God—even a new Christian—can lead their child spiritually.

    Here are a few tips to help: (more…)

  3. The Christmas My Children Refuse to Forget

    November 12, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    The way I remember Christmas morning when our children were small was a row of eager children sitting on the couch—excited to open their presents, but first basking in the warmth of hearing Dad read the Christmas story. And of course, meditating on the grace of God in taking on human form and…

    Unfortunately, that’s not the way our old VHS tape preserved one of those Christmas morning memories.

    In one particular home video, rediscovered in recent months by our son, Larry, and watched with interest and delight by our other adult children, our four kids were not in a row (or even on the couch). I was reading the Christmas story—or rather, trying to—over Matt’s three-year-old interruptions. (more…)

  4. 7 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children to Love the Ministry

    July 27, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Two of the questions that I’m often asked is how a spiritual leader can keep his family a priority in the ministry and how we can encourage our children so they don’t feel resentful toward the ministry.

    By God’s grace, all four of our children love the Lord and are serving in full time, local church ministry. Terrie and I praise the Lord for that, and we know it is due to God’s grace in their lives.

    There were a few intentional actions on our part that I believe were helpful in our family life during the years that our children were in our home. (more…)

  5. 3 Ways the Church Can Help the Christian Home

    June 20, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    There’s no question about it: the home is under attack today. And I’m not just talking about subtle attacks that cautiously undermine biblical values. I’m talking about a full on, vicious, satanic attack that is shaking the very definition of the family itself.

    How can the local church support Christian families? We must not only support the definition of the family, but we must support actual families as well—the people in our churches.

    For twenty-nine years, we’ve labored at Lancaster Baptist Church to help Christian homes. We have opposed every form of legislation or change in society that undermines the family. I’ve preached hundreds of messages from every Bible passage that pertains to developing a strong home. We’ve held annual couples retreats, offered counseling, taught lessons, and published resources for families.

    When it comes to Satan’s attacks on families, the church cannot stand back and simply observe the carnage. We must step in and help. (more…)