July 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell
In 1776, American patriots pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to sign the Declaration of Independence. And then they gave of themselves in unspeakable sacrifice to birth this great nation.
These men understood that patriotism meant so much more than grabbing the family rifle and charging the red coats. It involved giving whatever was necessary to uphold the God-given values of freedom and equality which they had come to embrace. For many, patriotism meant giving their lives, their families, and their fortunes. They purchased freedom at a heavy personal expense.
I’m thankful for the heritage of these patriots, statesmen, and soldiers who embraced and upheld freedom—even at the expense of themselves.
I’m thankful for men and women around the world today (some from our church family) who are sacrificing for continued freedom.
But more than the patriotism of a soldier, we need another kind of patriotism today. America is in a state of spiritual and moral decline that, frankly, is frightening. We seem to have lost our moral compass and our willingness to sacrifice for the biblical values of truth and righteousness. (more…)
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May 1, 2014 by Paul Chappell
Every Bible-believing Christian I know sees the need to pray for our nation. Indeed, I would guess that most Bible-believing Christians know and have referred to 2 Chronicles 7:14 multiple times in the past twelve months.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
But knowing we need to pray is not the same as praying. As a friend of mine has well-stated, “Praying is the least that we should do for our nation, and it’s the most that we can do.”
That friend is Colonel John Teichert—a man who has served his nation in the United States Air Force for the past twenty years. When he talks about the most we can do and the least we should do, he knows what he’s talking about. (more…)
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October 30, 2013 by Paul Chappell
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…)
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August 21, 2013 by Paul Chappell
I’m burdened for my country—on many levels. I don’t believe there are any quick fixes, but I do believe there is one foundational fix that would change everything—revival. A genuine, Spirit-sent revival of God’s people.
Actually, most Christians I know are burdened for revival in America. But too few actually pray for revival. We hope for it, long for it, dream of it. But do we pray for it?
This summer I read a book by Dr. Benny Beckum, a friend in the ministry—Prayer for Revival: A Textbook on Prayer, Fasting, and Revival.
I found the book to be an encouragement to me in my prayer life, and I’ve since recommended it to several others others. It’s biblical, practical, and applicable for every Christian. (more…)
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July 20, 2013 by Paul Chappell
I appreciate the way a concise quote can define and relate profound truth. For a change of pace, I’m sharing twenty-five quotes on today’s blog that are among my favorites. (more…)
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