November 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell
Four weeks ago, I spent Monday night at gate 76 of Detroit International Airport, fervently praying for my three-year-old grandson, Chandler, who was undergoing an emergency surgery.
A CT scan had revealed a fractured skull and bleeding near the brain, but beyond that, I really didn’t know or have the medical understanding of exactly what was going on. In an email I sent the next day to some praying friends, I wrote, “I don’t have all the technical info. I just know we need to pray fervently.”
Those statements capture the intensity and yet ignorance I felt that Monday night in the airport.
How do you pray when you don’t exactly know what to pray for? When your spirit is fervent, but your knowledge is limited and your ability to help is non-existent?
Sometime during that Monday night, I read Psalm 39. In this short, thirteen-verse chapter, I found clarity for prayer and reminders of the power of God. (more…)
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October 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell
Just four months ago, in June of this year, our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Kaiser Sunset Hospital in Hollywood with necrotizing pneumonia.
It was a close call that included a lung surgery, ten days in the hospital, and weeks of quarantine and some of the strongest antibiotics available even after he was out of the hospital. (I wrote about these days and what the Lord taught us in the hospital here.)
Since June, we have been doing everything we could to guard Chandler from any possible germs or reinfection. But no amount of hand sanitizer or healthy eating could have protected him from the all-boy fall he had Monday night when he became airborne while playing and landed on his head on concrete. He blacked out briefly but came to when our son-in-law, Peter, rushed to pick him up. (more…)
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October 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell
Coach John Wooden used to say, “Make each day your masterpiece.” I read that statement recently, and it got me thinking.
When you’re a kid, you’re asked from time to time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you’re like me, your answer to that question changed from year to year, but it always included big dreams. You wanted to do something great—something honorable and noble…or at least noteworthy.
If I asked you today, “What is your greatest life goal?” or even “What is your next big goal?” your answers would probably include a plan or an event—something you want to do to make a difference for the cause of Christ.
But if I asked you, “How are you going to make today great?” could you answer?
I have been thinking a lot about the everyday—what we sometimes call mundane. All of us have repetitive duties, and most of us don’t have particularly glamorous moments scheduled each day into our planners. (more…)
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June 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell
As many of our praying friends have heard, our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, was taken by ambulance on Sunday night to the emergency room with pneumonia and breathing difficulty.
The pneumonia was so severe that he was transferred by ambulance to Kaiser Sunset in Hollywood on Monday. Our daughter, Danielle, rode in the back of the ambulance with him, and Terrie drove behind.
This has been a week of tremendous pain for little Chandler and tears for all of our family as we’ve watched, waited, and prayed.
Chandler has been on morphine and oxygen most of the week. On Tuesday, he had surgery on his lung (which had collapsed), and a chest tube was also inserted. Peter and Danielle have slept at the hospital with him five straight nights so far. (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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