1. 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…)


  2. 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…)


  3. 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…)


  4. Book Review: The Making of a Man of God

    May 17, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    In churches today there is a dearth of men of God—men whose hearts follow after the Lord and who are spiritual leaders in their homes.

    But this dearth is not unique to our time period or culture. In 1 Samuel 13:14, Scripture notes that God had to search for such a man to lead His people: “…the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart….”

    What does it take to become a “man of God”? It is not as simple as merely being a Christian man, for not every Christian man has his heart fixed on things of the Lord. Nor is it as simple as being a pastor or preacher, for doing the work of God does not guarantee that a man’s heart is right with God.

    In The Making of a Man of God, author Alan Redpath develops what it means to be a “man of God” and how God develops the man’s heart who is yielded to Him. I appreciate this book for its emphasis on the heart and on spiritual leadership. I even asked the men in our church this January to read it this year. We’ve scheduled a few times throughout the year to meet for prayer and discussion of the chapters we’ve read. (more…)


  5. Read Out of Commission before It Ships

    May 12, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Hard copies of my newest book, Out of Commission, will be available May 27. But beginning this week, Striving Together has opened the book for presales with bonuses for purchasing early.

    One of these presale bonuses is a free ebook copy—available for immediate download! (Other bonuses include free tracts and quantity discounts.) For more information or to order your copy, visit Striving Together Publications.

    Please pray with me that the Lord will use this book to reignite a passion for the lost and a commitment to obeying the Great Commission among Christians and churches around the world.