October 30, 2014 by Paul Chappell
In celebration of the twentieth year of West Coast Baptist College, I am planning to post a monthly interview with WCBC alumni who are serving around the world.
This month’s interview is with Missionary Brent Hawley who graduated from WCBC in 2011. Two things I have always appreciated about Brent and Dawn are their faith and perseverance. They came to Lancaster as married students, leaving a successful career behind, and they are currently serving in one of the poorest nations in the world. It is a joy to see how God is blessing their faith!
1. In what ministry and role do you currently serve?
I am serving the Lord as a missionary to the Miskito people in the region of Waspam, Nicaragua. My family and I arrived on the field early this year after completing a year in Language School in Costa Rica. (more…)
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October 18, 2014 by Paul Chappell
We all know there are plenty of situations in which good people differ. But why do good people differ? And how can we understand and benefit from these differences?
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but below are five areas which can easily account for many of the differences godly leaders may have with one another—as well as five ways we can benefit and work through these differences.
Terrie and I now have six grandchildren—two sets of which are siblings. Even at their young ages, it is amazing to me to watch the temperamental and personality differences already beginning to show. In both of these families, there are two children with the same two parents and surroundings—who each have absolutely different preferences, tastes, and approaches to life.
The reality is that we do all have different personalities and temperaments. Even within the twelve apostles, we see this clearly. To mention just a few: There were James and John who Jesus called “the sons of thunder.” Apparently they had strong personalities. There was Peter who was impetuous. There was Andrew who seemed to have an ability to relate to others. And there was Philip who apparently had organizational capabilities. And yet, they were all chosen—and used—by Jesus. (more…)
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October 15, 2014 by Paul Chappell
After twenty-nine years in the pastorate, I can tell you I have faced difficulties I never thought I’d face in ministry. (Of course, I’ve also had more blessings than I anticipated too!) When you think about the reality of adversity, we probably should be more perceptive about the fact that it’s going to come. Second Timothy 3:12 tells us, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Whether you are facing financial burdens, ministry trials, family difficulties, or any other kind of adverse circumstances, I’d like to encourage you that God has a purpose and is working. In this growth points video, I share several reasons God allows adversity in our lives as well as five steps to make your season of adversity a time of growth.
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October 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell
The Lord gave us a phenomenal Sunday yesterday, and how we praise Him for it! I preached a message from Luke 16 about the rich man and Lazareth and the need to consider eternity. What a privilege to preach Jesus and lift up the cross! God blessed as scores of people responded during the invitations and trusted Christ as their Saviour.
After a Sunday of such abundant fruitfulness, I not only feel grateful, I also feel very responsible. I want to follow up on guests and nurture young Christians to grow in Christ.
I believe that “big days” of ministry must be just the starting point for continued discipleship and training. Aggressive soulwinning must be followed with aggressive discipleship. Second Timothy 2:2 makes it clear that our job is to “teach others also” in the things we have learned.
So how do we practically do that? Below are five ways to follow up on guests and new Christians after a special Sunday of outreach: (more…)
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October 11, 2014 by Paul Chappell
In the previous post, I suggested ten ways you can use an evangelistic Sunday (such as Open House or a Christmas musical) to reach people with the gospel.
In this post, I want to encourage you to steward every opportunity for sharing the gospel and reaching people for the Lord that a special Sunday brings.
What can you do on Sunday morning to lead people to Christ? Here are five suggestions: (more…)
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