October 12, 2015 by Paul Chappell
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…)
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August 23, 2014 by Paul Chappell
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…)
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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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