1. Praising the Lord for Answered Prayer for Chandler

    June 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Chandler walking

    Four days ago, I posted to ask prayer for our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, who even at that time had already been in the hospital for several days. Chandler has been fighting severe, necrotizing pneumonia and has been one very sick little boy. Last week, he had surgery on his lung, followed by continued fever, inability to breathe without oxygen and a breathing tube, and all around rough days.

    We’re so thankful to report now that Chandler’s last few days have been his best. He is breathing without assistance, his appetite is back, and he has been walking around the pediatric unit.

    The severity of Chandler’s pneumonia will mean that he will be on an antibiotic for many weeks still. Yet we’re so grateful for progress—and even hoping that he will come home today or tomorrow (Tuesday or Wednesday). (more…)


  2. Update on Chandler and Waiting on the Lord

    June 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Chandler-in-Hospital

    As many of our praying friends have heard, our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, was taken by ambulance on Sunday night to the emergency room with pneumonia and breathing difficulty.

    The pneumonia was so severe that he was transferred by ambulance to Kaiser Sunset in Hollywood on Monday. Our daughter, Danielle, rode in the back of the ambulance with him, and Terrie drove behind.

    This has been a week of tremendous pain for little Chandler and tears for all of our family as we’ve watched, waited, and prayed.

    Chandler has been on morphine and oxygen most of the week. On Tuesday, he had surgery on his lung (which had collapsed), and a chest tube was also inserted. Peter and Danielle have slept at the hospital with him five straight nights so far. (more…)


  3. How to Protect Your Children

    May 27, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Do you ever tremble at the incredible responsibilities on your shoulders as a parent?

    On one hand, you are called to protect the tender hearts and minds of your children, and on the other, you are trying to do so in a terribly perverse society and while exercising faith in God.

    How do you balance both?

    I preached a recent message on the love and trust Jocabed showed as Moses’ mom, and in it, I highlighted five commands from Scripture for parents regarding protecting their children. (You can see that excerpt from the message here.)

    Although only God can give you the wisdom you need for specific situations, there are several clear instructions in Scripture regarding the protection parents are responsible to give their children: (more…)


  4. When Seventh Graders Surrender to the Ministry

    April 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Matthew's-Ordination

    Last night was a highlight for Terrie and me and our church family as we had the ordination service for our youngest son, Matthew.

    I remember almost fifteen years ago, as I prayed through a stack of decision cards from teens at our youth conference who had surrendered to full-time gospel ministry and came a name that brought great joy: Matthew Chappell.

    yc-decision-cardI look back over the years since then, and I know that where Matt is today is the fruit of so many investments. It’s the fruit of every Sunday school teacher, Christian school teacher, youth worker, West Coast Baptist College faculty and staff, and the Lancaster Baptist Church deacons and church family who have loved our family and encouraged our children.

    After high school, Matt attended West Coast Baptist College where he met his wife, Katie. For the past five years, Matt and Katie have served with my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell, in Oceanside, California.

    As my brother attested to last night, Matt has been diligent in his calling, and the hand of God and fruit of ministry is evident in his life. Matt and Katie have led dozens of teens to Christ through public high school ministry. They’ve established Bible clubs in area high schools. They’ve developed a youth ministry at Coastline Baptist and invested in teens to nurture their walk with God. (more…)


  5. 10 Basic Marriage Truths Every Christian Spouse Should Know

    February 13, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    My wife Terrie and I were blessed to celebrate our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary last December. Every day—and more—I thank the Lord for Terrie and the gift of being her husband. Proverbs 18:22 is absolutely fulfilled in my life through her: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.”

    A marriage that endures through the decades is the result of God’s grace through two people who are committed to one another. Sometimes as I counsel couples, I’m reminded of how important it is when it comes to marriage to keep the basics in mind. If we forget the basic truths about biblical marriage, we easily make assumptions that, over time, undermine the marriage relationship.

    Here are ten basics—in no particular order—that every married Christian should remember: (more…)