1. Book Recommendation: Forward in the Face of Fear

    April 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Forward in the Face of Fear

    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…)


  2. 3 Ways We Can Pray for Closed Nations

    February 22, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    at-DMZ

    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…)


  3. 3 Adjectives That Will Transform Your Prayer Life

    January 28, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    solitude

    Do you ever feel ineffective in prayer?

    True prayer is really a foundation of true ministry. Without regular, fervent prayer, we may produce much activity, but we won’t see lasting spiritual fruit.

    Not only that, but our own spiritual growth is dependent on regular communion with the Lord in prayer. An old Scottish pastor, Thomas Brooks, observed, “The power of religion and godliness lives, thrives, or dies as closet [private] prayer lives, thrives, or dies. Godliness never rises to a higher pitch than when men keep closest to their closets.”

    And yet, if you’re like me, you find yourself often echoing the words of Jesus’ disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). (more…)


  4. 3 Helps to a Vibrant Prayer Life

    October 12, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    prayer

    A few weeks, ago before the Sunday evening service, we had one of the meetings that I most look forward to—a Pastor’s Prayer Partners fellowship. This is a group of people in our church who have committed to pray with a partner for me, my family, and the ministries of our church. Their commitment and faithfulness is a tremendous blessing and encouragement to me.

    In addition to sharing prayer requests in our meeting, I shared with them three basic helps to a vibrant prayer life. None of these will catch you by surprise—they truly are basic—but I’ve discovered that they are basically missing in too many Christians’ lives.

    All of us have times when we struggle in prayer. As Jesus said, “Watch and pray…the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Your spirit is willing (that’s why you’re reading this). How then can you overcome the weakness of the flesh?

    Here are three simple places to start: (more…)


  5. Moving the Arm of God through Social Media

    August 23, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    smart-phone

    You know the traction-gaining tool for social media: hashtags. Whether it’s #WeAreN or #icebucketchallenge, people turn to hashtags to use their Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram posts to make a difference.

    Why? We want to use social media to effect change. With or without a hashtag, we post because we have something to say that we want someone else to read—and we hope our words will find a place in their attention, if only for a moment.

    Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

    But could I remind you of a form of posting that always works? It’s called prayer, and it is guaranteed to move the arm of God. (more…)