1. If You’ve Ever Had Doubts about God…

    January 16, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Welcome to the club!

    It’s a club comprised of some of the stalwart heroes of the faith. You know, Abraham (Genesis 17:17), Sarah (Genesis 18:12), Gideon (Judges 6:13), Elijah (1 Kings 19:10), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:7), John the Baptist (Luke 7:19)…and Asaph.

    We don’t think about Asaph that often. He’s probably not included in your kids’ Bible story book, and you may not even recognize his name. Asaph was the chief musician leading Israel’s temple worship during the reign of David. And he penned Psalm 73—one of the most transparent chapters in the Bible.

    In Psalm 73, Asaph recorded his doubts about God—about God’s goodness, about God’s righteousness, about God’s faithfulness. And he recorded how God led him, not to suppress the doubts, but to work through them—in the sanctuary of God.

    I recently came across a small book that is packed with helpful study regarding this Psalm. The book is titled Working through an Asaph Moment: and dealing with doubts about God. It is written by Tim Zacharias, pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Branford, Connecticut. (more…)


  2. 10 Lessons from 60 Years

    September 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Two weeks ago, I was sitting on the edge of my seat listening to a lesson Dr. Don Sisk gave at our annual staff training. It was titled “Principles for Life” and was full of biblical, practical advice.

    Dr. Don Sisk is eighty years old and has served the Lord for sixty years in ministry—and he is still full of the joy of the Lord as he serves.

    Each of the ten principles Dr. Sisk gave spoke to my heart, and the entire evening had God’s anointing touch on it. These principles were so meaningful to me that I added them to my daily planner for frequent review, and I wanted to share them with you.

    As you read these, picture yourself sitting in a room with a man who has served the Lord faithfully, fruitfully, and joyfully for over six decades giving you his ten secrets to life: (more…)


  3. Just Do It!

    August 14, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    This summer I read Pastor Rob Fleshman’s book, Buy the Field: Find, Follow and Finish God’s Will for Your Life.

    One of the aspects about this book that I loved was its biblical bias for action. Like Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan, Pastor Fleshman challenges readers to carefully consider a field and then buy it. Jump in—all in—and get to work.

    Sometimes we become so cautious and hesitant that we miss following through on the great opportunities God places in front of us. And sometimes, because we see personal cost or sacrifice involved in following God’s plan, we’re unwilling to step out in faith. But if we would just “buy the field,” acting on the opportunities and directions God lays before us, we would discover great treasure. (more…)


  4. Hot Off the Press: New Resources from Striving Together Publications

    June 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Each year, we work to prepare new resources from Striving Together for release at Spiritual Leadership Conference, and I’m very excited about the brand new resources that are releasing this summer.

    These books, minibooks, and curriculum (including the first quarter in a brand new children’s series) answer needs many have asked us to publish towards. One of the highlights this year for me is the teen curriculum my sons, Matthew and Larry Chappell, first wrote for the youth groups they lead and are now publishing.

    Below is a brief description of each resource with a link for more information and availability to purchase from Striving Together. We’re praying that the Lord will use each of these to encourage spiritual growth and equip saints for the work of the ministry. (more…)


  5. 10 Ways to Know if You Should Read Out of Commission

    May 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    As I wrote my newest book, Out of Commission, I had a specific audience in mind—you!

    Seriously, I wrote this book for both pastors and laypeople with the goal of encouraging and equipping all of us in making Christ’s last command our first priority.

    If you’re wondering if this book is indeed for you (or if it would be a good read for someone you know), here are ten ways to know: (more…)