1. How to Teach Your Children Contentment

    November 25, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    We live in a world where “enough” is never enough. Whether we realize it or not, there is a constant pull on our hearts toward materialism and covetousness.

    But it’s not just adults who fight these battles. Our children are bombarded with the offer of more. They need more friends on Facebook. More style in their wardrobe. More entertainment. More money. More fun. More…of everything.

    Of course, more isn’t always bad. But it is harmful if we can’t be satisfied without it.

    In today’s materialistic society, however, it’s not difficult to see why our kids struggle with contentment. Children ages two to five see more than forty thousand commercials on television a year. No wonder they need more. (more…)

  2. 4 Ways to Make Family Devotions Work

    November 19, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Parents are responsible not only to teach God’s Word to their children but to “teach them diligently.” Deuteronomy 6:7 describes the level of persistence with which we are to teach our children: “and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

    In other words, your home is to be an ongoing school of discipleship—a Bible school. The most practical way I know to obey the instruction to diligently teach God’s Word to your children is to read the Bible daily with your children. In our home, we called this time “Family Devotions.” Some call it “Family Altar.” But whatever you call it, do it. Have a time every day when as a family you learn from God’s Word together.

    If family devotions weren’t part of your own growing up experience, beginning them in your home may feel intimidating. But it’s not as hard as you think. Any parent with a real relationship with God—even a new Christian—can lead their child spiritually.

    Here are a few tips to help: (more…)

  3. The Christmas My Children Refuse to Forget

    November 12, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    The way I remember Christmas morning when our children were small was a row of eager children sitting on the couch—excited to open their presents, but first basking in the warmth of hearing Dad read the Christmas story. And of course, meditating on the grace of God in taking on human form and…

    Unfortunately, that’s not the way our old VHS tape preserved one of those Christmas morning memories.

    In one particular home video, rediscovered in recent months by our son, Larry, and watched with interest and delight by our other adult children, our four kids were not in a row (or even on the couch). I was reading the Christmas story—or rather, trying to—over Matt’s three-year-old interruptions. (more…)

  4. 7 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children to Love the Ministry

    July 27, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Two of the questions that I’m often asked is how a spiritual leader can keep his family a priority in the ministry and how we can encourage our children so they don’t feel resentful toward the ministry.

    By God’s grace, all four of our children love the Lord and are serving in full time, local church ministry. Terrie and I praise the Lord for that, and we know it is due to God’s grace in their lives.

    There were a few intentional actions on our part that I believe were helpful in our family life during the years that our children were in our home. (more…)

  5. How to Pray for Your Children

    November 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    There are so many areas for parents to invest themselves in raising their children. And there are many resources available in learning to be godly parents.

    But there is one resource that is more powerful than any book, seminar, or method.

    In fact, this resource is the single resource you cannot afford to ignore or to get wrong. You may fail as a parent in many areas (at least I know I did!), but you cannot—you must not—fail in this area.

    You must pray for your children.

    Make it your goal that your Heavenly Father will hear from you about your child every single day.

    What should you pray for your child? Below are ten biblically-based principles of how to pray for your children. You could even use these as a daily prayer list for your child. (more…)