December 7, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Christmastime may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also pass in a flurry of frenzied activity, with no time to enjoy the significance of the season.
Below are ten suggestions for making the most out of Christmastime.
1. Die to self. Let your personal expectations go. Mortify your fleshly tendencies. And surrender yourself anew to serve the Lord this season.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.—Romans 6:11–13
2. Seek the filling of the Holy Spirit. Do you want the peace, love, and joy that is supposed to come with Christmas? Remember, it is a fruit of the Spirit. Yield yourself to Him, and His fruit will fill your Christmas. (more…)
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October 25, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Two of the greatest things parents can do for their children are to instill in their hearts eternal priorities—specifically the priority to reach the world with the gospel—and help them understand the world-wide focus of our mission as Christians. We are to witness to our neighbors and reach the world.
How can you help your children keep a Great Commission focus? How can you help them develop a love for missionaries and a desire to be involved in missions? I suggest five activities. (more…)
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September 13, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Just three days ago, our youngest son and daughter-in-law welcomed their first child into the world—Alivia Love Chappell.
Alivia is our fifth grandchild. Her arrival marks the last of our children to have their first child. Matt is the youngest of our children, and it’s incredible to me that our “baby” now has a baby of his own. Where did the time fly?
Terrie and I are so grateful for the miraculous blessings of God in our family—first in giving us four wonderful children, then giving four godly spouses to them, and now giving us beautiful grandchildren. We’re thankful for God’s grace in our family.
Alivia’s name means “olive tree.” We’re praying that she will be saved at an early age and will live a full and fruitful life for the Lord.
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August 12, 2013 by Paul Chappell
For years, I’ve taught that we must take time to “come apart” (for replenishment) before we “come apart” (from overwhelmment).
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 today’s world of technology puts an extra step in the decision to come apart. It’s not just a matter of location; it’s also a matter of connection.
Disconnecting to connect
I’m pretty connected—both to my smart phone and through my smart phone.
But before our family vacation this year, my wife and our church deacons suggested I leave my phone at home. (more…)
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July 31, 2013 by Paul Chappell
If you are a father with children at home, you are a blessed man. It seems just yesterday that I snapped the picture above. In reality, it was twenty years ago.
When it comes to parenting, time flies. And I don’t regret a second of that fleeting time that I invested in my children.
By obvious implication, Proverbs 4 instructs dads to invest in their children—to prepare them for a successful life.
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.—Proverbs 4:1–2
Contrast these verses with the epidemic of uncommitted fathers in our nation, and you’ll easily understand why we have so many floundering young people. It’s not that dads don’t care about their kids. It’s just that they miss the opportunities. And they forget how fleeting their time is with their children in the home.
How can you redeem the time? How can you instill your walk with the Lord and biblical values in the lives of your children? It’s not always as complicated as you might fear. It’s a matter of opening your world to them and intentionally investing in theirs.
Below are five simple ways you can redeem the time with your kids: (more…)
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