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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July 4, 2013 by Paul Chappell
The Declaration of Independence was a statement against all odds. To some, it could have been called, The Declaration of Insanity.
How could thirteen fledgling colonies win a war against the mother country?
How could rough pioneers and poor farmers advance against a highly-trained military?
How could an under-paid, poorly-clothed, and ill-fed bunch of soldiers fight the deep pockets of support flowing to the enemy?
But they did. (more…)
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March 21, 2013 by Paul Chappell
The Bible instructs in Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
This week the Lord gave us a special opportunity to encourage some of our national leaders and let them know that we, as a church as well as other Christians across the country, are praying for them even in this difficult time in our country.
A year or so ago I began to pray with a friend, Pastor Mike Creed from Clinton, Maryland, regarding his burden for our elected officials and their staff members in our nation’s capital. Brother Creed together with Evangelist Chuck Harding, formed an organization entitled Awake America and asked if I would serve on their advisory board. Over the last year they have been notifying pastors and asking them to pray earnestly for their elected officials.
A few days ago, we met for what was called the Capitol Connection. Hundreds of Christian leaders from autonomous Baptist churches across America joined us from forty-five states. We met for preaching and an organizational time on Monday evening. All of the pastors were reminded that our goal was not to “lobby” but to be a witness for Christ and an encouragement to those in leadership.
On Tuesday morning, we headed to Capitol Hill. The week prior to the visit every congressional member received a copy of the original Aitken Bible—the first American Bible printed in 1782. We let our elected officials know that we had sponsored the Bibles to their offices and that we believe American leaders need to rely, once again, on the Scriptures.
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