March 6, 2017 by Paul Chappell
Words cannot express how thankful I am that the Lord brought Dr. Don Sisk into my life over twenty-five years ago.
I will never forget the day I met him at a pastor’s fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting turned out to be non-edifying and issue-orientated, and before it was over, I found myself seated on the back row in a session, wondering why I had even come.
Minutes later, a white-haired man with a big smile sat down next to me and introduced himself as Don Sisk. Learning I was a pastor, he gave me his recent book, Joyful Giving.
Dr. Sisk and I look back on that meeting and chuckle. During the meeting, we both (separately) wondered why we had come. Today, both of us realize that God led us there for the very simple reason of meeting each other.
Over the years, Dr. Sisk has become one of my dearest friends and most-trusted mentors. He loves the Lord, loves God’s people, and loves the lost like no other man I know. (more…)
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October 24, 2016 by Paul Chappell
It is impossible for any local church to carry out the Great Commission without missionaries.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20
Missionaries, then, are our co-laborers in the harvest. Just as we strive to be a blessing to those we physically labor alongside, we should look for ways to be a blessing to the missionaries we are privileged to support and send.
How can we be a blessing to missionaries? Here are ten suggestions: (more…)
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April 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell
There are some books that you read, finish, and move on. And then there are books that you read and feel profoundly thankful were written. For me, Forward in the Face of Fear: My Life for Christ in the Muslim World by Edgar Feghaly is in the second category.
This newly-released autobiography is riveting. If you think biographies are less than engaging, you haven’t read this book. From preaching the gospel under sniper fire to sheltering refugees in the center of war to witnessing and seeing dramatic conversions of Muslim men and women, this book will hold your attention.
But it’s more than a page turner. Forward in the Face of Fear impacts on a deeper level than simply entertainment. This book will… (more…)
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February 22, 2016 by Paul Chappell
As recently as a couple weeks ago, I stood with Dr. Daniel Kim at the DMZ by North Korea. It’s a heartbreaking feeling to stand just a few hundred yards away from people locked in a country of repression and, for Christians, a place of severe persecution—and be able to do nothing to help them.
Those familiar with persecution statistics know that North Korea has ranked the highest country in religious persecution for the fourteenth straight year. But it’s not just North Korea that is closed to gospel missionaries or persecuting of Christians in the country. The annual study on religious persecution that ranked North Korea at the top has ranked the rest of the top ten as Muslim countries (Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Libya).
What can those of us who live in freedom do for the sake of the gospel in closed nations? (more…)
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February 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell
It would be hard to describe the level of prayer, planning, and preparation that preceded Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia.
And it would also be hard to describe the level of blessing God is placing on it. It’s overwhelming to see what God is doing.
I plan to write more later, but I wanted to post a quick update now to share what the Lord is doing and thank partners who have been interceding with us for the conference this week in Manila. (For snapshots moments of what the Lord has been doing, see the pictures I’ve been posting to Twitter and Facebook.)
Several months before the conference, we chose the theme “striving together for Asia and beyond.” I have been so encouraged by the real striving together that has taken place leading up to and during this conference. This hasn’t been “striving together” in name only, but in Spirit-filled reality. (more…)
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