1. If I Don’t Pray for You…

    October 30, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    I was in Korea on a missions trip last year and was driving between churches with my dear friend Dr. Daniel Kim, pastor of the Bible Baptist Church in Seoul. Dr. Kim is a gracious man, and he expressed (as he often does) his joy in seeing what the Lord is doing through Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College. With the kindness of a mentor, he affirmed, “Dr. Chappell, I pray for you every day.”

    I was touched that a man with the responsibilities of Dr. Kim would pray for me daily. I must have expressed my grateful surprise, and that is when he made a statement I will never forget:

    “How can I tell you I love you if I do not pray for you?”

    He was right—convictingly right.

    My heart for the people I serve, those I lead, those I’m privileged to call my friends will be proportionate to my prayer list. After all, how can I tell them I love them if I don’t regularly pray for them? (more…)


  2. Discretionary Priorities

    October 28, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the first budget categories financial counselors tell their clients to identify is “discretionary spending.” Whether you are overseeing personal, business, corporate, or ministry expenses, you need to know what is discretionary and what is essential. (The electric bill is essential. Eating out is not.)

    Our problem as Americans, however, seems to be a mis-definition of “discretionary.” In an economic recession, Americans this month will spend $7 billion on Halloween.

    $7 billion on, of all holidays, Halloween. (more…)


  3. 5 Ways to Become a Missions-Minded Family

    October 25, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    Two of the greatest things parents can do for their children are to instill in their hearts eternal priorities—specifically the priority to reach the world with the gospel—and help them understand the world-wide focus of our mission as Christians. We are to witness to our neighbors and reach the world.

    How can you help your children keep a Great Commission focus? How can you help them develop a love for missionaries and a desire to be involved in missions? I suggest five activities. (more…)


  4. Young, Fundamental, and Servant-Hearted

    October 30, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    Many pastors have legitimate concerns over some of the challenges and problems within independent fundamental circles. And yet, I am thankful to the Lord for those who are developing their own solid position and continuing with a servant’s heart to win souls in this generation.

    I am often brought to both sides of the concerns. Frankly, I don’t blame some of the young men who have heavy hearts regarding idiosyncrasies, inconsistencies, sins, and problems of leaders and/or institutions who greatly influenced them.

    On the other hand, I am grateful for those who with a discerning spirit work through those issues and look past the personalities, pettiness, and sometimes just plain weird behavior to the core beliefs and practices of Baptists. I’m thankful for these young men who, when frustrated or confused over the problems, dig deeper into God’s Word and recognize that it is still right to be fundamental in their position on the Word of God and passionate to reach people in their generation for Christ.

    Yes, there are some young men who, with a spirit of desperation or even a spirit of rebellion born out of hurts of ministry, have turned away from a fundamental context of ministry. My spirit toward such men is to love them and pray for them still. (more…)


  5. Repeating Miracles

    October 27, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    If you want to read some thriller stories, pick up a biography about Hudson Taylor, David Livingstone, or William Carey.

    If you want to be stirred by heroic endurance and courage, read about Adoniram Judson, Mary Slessor, or Amy Carmichael.

    These Christians—and a host of others—saw God do the impossible in foreign fields. They took seriously Christ’s command to give the entire world the Gospel, and they acted. And because they acted, to this day there remains fruit to their efforts.

    But God’s power and our obedience are not limited to yesteryear. I hunger to see God’s work flourish today.

    When all we do is talk about works of God in the past and don’t care to dream for the future, we are in a state of decay. (more…)