1. How to Pray for Your Children

    November 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    There are so many areas for parents to invest themselves in raising their children. And there are many resources available in learning to be godly parents.

    But there is one resource that is more powerful than any book, seminar, or method.

    In fact, this resource is the single resource you cannot afford to ignore or to get wrong. You may fail as a parent in many areas (at least I know I did!), but you cannot—you must not—fail in this area.

    You must pray for your children.

    Make it your goal that your Heavenly Father will hear from you about your child every single day.

    What should you pray for your child? Below are ten biblically-based principles of how to pray for your children. You could even use these as a daily prayer list for your child. (more…)


  2. 4 Stewardship Habits to Teach Your Children

    November 5, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Attitudes regarding money are learned, and children learn theirs primarily from their parents.

    You’ve seen it: Families that charge themselves into deep debt often see new debt perpetuated in the next generation. Likewise, families that are inconsistent in giving often see similar inconsistencies in the next generation.

    This is because habits of stewardship—whether they be generosity or stinginess, frugality or waste, budgeting or recklessness—tend to be learned in the home. Even if parents do not intentionally teach these habits, children observe and tend to copy them.

    First Corinthians 4:2 says, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Although the context of this verse is speaking about stewarding the truths of God’s Word, the principle applies to being stewards of God’s blessings in our finances.

    All of us who are parents could tell of the stewardship mistakes we have made. And none of us want to see our children make the same mistakes. What then are the habits that we need to teach our children regarding wise financial stewardship?

    I believe there are four stewardship habits every Christian should practice and intentionally teach their children: (more…)


  3. 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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  4. 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…)


  5. 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…)