1. Trusting God from Nazareth to Bethlehem to Lancaster

    December 21, 2009 by Paul Chappell

    A little over six months ago, our family had the privilege of visiting the little town of Bethlehem, about six miles southeast of Jerusalem. I still recall the day vividly. We drove through the terraced hills, past a security checkpoint, and entered the city. Looking past the political tensions of the present day, I allowed my mind to consider the rich history of this City of David. As we walked through caves there in Bethlehem, we considered what it might have been like that first Christmas morning.

    As our family has approached this Christmas day, we have looked forward to the joy of the Christmas celebration. At the same time, our hearts have also been filled with the emotions and challenges that trials can bring our way. (more…)


  2. Our Visit to the Holy Land

    June 30, 2009 by Paul Chappell

    xx2My wife and I returned last week from one of the most incredible vacations we’ve ever been privileged to take—a trip to the Holy Land. These days were a time of spiritual growth and renewal, even beyond my expectations. I felt like a race horse pausing for a long, refreshing drink.

    Our schedule was packed from early morning to late night as we tried to fill every minute and absorb every bit of what the Lord might teach us through this trip. Below is a partial list of the many sights we were privileged to visit:

    Ceserea

    Caesarea

    • Saw amphitheater where Paul confronted Agrippa
    • Saw the emperor’s seat where Agrippa said to Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian”
    • Saw recently excavated ruins of the city
    • Saw where Paul set sail for his missionary journeys

    Mount Carmel

    • Stood on the mountain where Elijah had his showdown with the prophets of Baal
    • Viewed the Valley of Armageddon

    Megiddo

    • Saw one of Solomon’s chariot cities
    • Saw a great view of the Valley of Armageddon

    Nazareth

    • Visited the boyhood town of Jesus

    Cana

    • Visited the village where Jesus attended a marriage feast and turned water into wine

    Sea of Galilee

    Sea of Galilee

    • Took boat across and docked at Ein Gev and visit Kursi, located in the land of the Gadarenes

    Caperneum

    Capernaum

    • Visited a synagogue built in the area where Jesus taught

    Mount of Beatitudes

    • Traveled to the top of the mountain where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount

    Spring of Gideon

    • Saw where God chose Gideon’s army of 300 men

    Bet She’an

    • Saw where the Philistines hung the bodies of Saul and Jonathan

    Masada

    • Visited the fortress where Jewish zealots made the last stand of the Judean revolt against Rome

    Qumran

    • Saw the caves where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

    Bethlehem

    • Saw the Church of Nativity, the traditional site of the birth of Jesus
    • Visited the Plains of Boaz and Shepherd’s Field

    Eastern Gate

    Temple Mount

    • Saw where Abraham offered up Isaac
    • Walked behind the Eastern Gate
    • Saw the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the man who had been infirmed for 38 years

    South Wall Excavations

    • Walked up the steps Jesus would have climbed when He entered the Temple
    • Saw a great view of the Mount of Olives

    Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

    • Saw portions of the wall that were built by Harod the Great
    • Toured the Western Wall tunnel and saw excavations underneath the Temple Mount area

    Garden of Gethsemane

    • Prayed among the olive trees in the garden where Jesus was arrested

    Garden Tomb

    Calvary and the Garden Tomb

    • Viewed the sight where many believe Jesus was crucified
    • Toured the garden holding Jesus’ tomb
    • Entered the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty!

    Throughout the trip, the Lord opened some unique witnessing opportunities, one just outside of the Garden Tomb. What a joy to stand outside the empty tomb and tell of a risen Saviour! I was able to pass out over five hundred tracts, and the Lord allowed me to lead one person to Him.

    Returning from a vacation is always a reminder of how thankful I am for my family, the Lancaster Baptist Church family, and the USA!


  3. Greeting from Israel 07—Dead Sea Scrolls

    June 16, 2009 by Paul Chappell


  4. Greeting from Israel 06—Jericho

    June 15, 2009 by Paul Chappell

    For updates on Pastor Chappell’s trip visit his twitter page.


  5. Greeting from Israel 05—Golan Heights

    June 14, 2009 by Paul Chappell

    For updates on Pastor Chappell’s trip visit his twitter page.