November 16, 2015 by Paul Chappell
We don’t have formal commitment contracts for staff at Lancaster Baptist Church. I’ve always felt like I wanted the people who serve on our staff to be here because they want to be, not because they signed a commitment to be.
That said, before someone comes on staff, we do have conversations about intent. If someone is joining our pastoral staff or leading a team, I would prefer that their intention at least is to stay long enough that I can invest in and train them and that they can become a real asset to our church family.
Just over eighteen years ago, Tim Christoson and I had this kind of a conversation. At the time, he was in his last year of Bible college, engaged to Nicole, and looking to serve as an assistant pastor. When I interviewed him, I could see that he had a heart for the Lord and a desire to be used of God. I asked him if he were to come to Lancaster Baptist Church, if he would commit to stay at least ten years. (more…)
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November 7, 2015 by Paul Chappell
I’m so thrilled to announce that Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Stensaas will be joining our missions faculty at West Coast Baptist College.
Our church began supporting Bryan and Cheri as missionaries in Africa many years ago, and I was always encouraged to read their reports. Their letters were full of stories of people saved, churches planted, training national pastors and workers, and pioneering new villages with the gospel.
When the Stensaases would return to the States for furlough, Bryan and I enjoyed great fellowship, and he was always eager to tell about what God was doing in Uganda.
Unbeknownst to me, Bryan began developing neuropathy in his feet several years ago. This is a painful disease for anyone, but for a missionary who is constantly hiking jungle trails, it’s severely limiting. (more…)
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October 23, 2015 by Paul Chappell
Do you ever wonder how a nation that carved the words of Scripture into its stone monuments and inscribed “In God We Trust” on its currency could come to the place where the Bible is openly scorned and its truth is disregarded?
Although there have been concerning trends in our nation for years, it seemed to me that the Supreme Court decision this past summer granting same-sex marriage as a constitutional right brought this rejection of God to the level of an official national position.
Just decades ago, we saw the resurgence of what some called the “moral majority” in America, but today, Christians who believe the Bible can only be described as a “moral minority.”
How did we get here as a nation? Is there hope for a national turning back to God? And more importantly, what can Christians do today to make a difference for Christ? (more…)
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September 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell
Terrie and I arrived one day ahead of our group in the Holy Land and were privileged to attend a luncheon for supporters of Israel. The luncheon was primarily designed to encourage Christian and political leaders from America and Europe to continue their education regarding the needs of Israel.
Talking to members of Parliament from Hungary about the Syrian Refugee crisis. They are wanting to help but are concerned about the spread of Islam in Europe.
We were thankful for the opportunity to meet the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkot, and hear some of his vision for the city.
Thankful to meet Nir Barkot, Mayor of Jerusalem, and express our prayers and support for Israel.
I also met members of the Israeli Knesset from a caucus that promotes relationships with Christians worldwide. They are truly grateful for believers who stand with Israel. (more…)
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June 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell
As laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9), it is imperative that we, as spiritual leaders, are not simply maintaining the work of God, but that we are building.
At Spiritual Leadership Conference 2015, our theme was from Jesus’ words, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Each service and session was filled with biblical truth on building in the local church.
Videos of all the services as well as mp3 audio downloads of the workshop sessions are available—all for free.
The sessions include a wide variety of topics in the following areas: (more…)
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