1. What True Patriots Do

    July 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  2. A Word about An Evangelist

    October 12, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    I am thankful for godly evangelists who labor for souls and for revival.

    The Bible mentions evangelism three different times:

    And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.—Acts 21:8

    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;—Ephesians 4:11

    But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.—2 Timothy 4:5

    A man with the calling of evangelist whom I highly respect is Dr. John Goetsch. In my first year as a pastor, the Lord led me to call Dr. Goetsch to preach for our winter revival. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. The Lord has blessed our friendship over the years, and when we started West Coast Baptist College, Dr. Goetsch came to help in the work.

    Dr. Goetsch has the calling of evangelist, and he also serves as the executive vice president of West Coast Baptist College. I have the calling of pastor, and I also serve as the president of WCBC. We enjoy working together in the ministry.

    The following reasons have compelled me to ask Dr. Goetsch to preach for our winter revival at Lancaster Baptist Church for twenty-eight consecutive years: (more…)


  3. Government Shutdown, World War II Memorial, & First Amendment Rights

    October 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    The iconic focal point of the partial government shutdown on Tuesday has become the World War II Memorial in Washington. As you are probably aware, the National Park Service was instructed to erect barricades and keep armed guards around the memorial’s perimeter.

    Groups of WWII veterans, however, were not impressed with the barricades. These heroes of the greatest generation insisted on access, sweeping past the barricades two days in a row.

    Politics and budget issues aside, what got me on reading the news stories was the statement made by the National Park Service concerning why the veterans were allowed to push past the barricades: “The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII memorial to conduct First Amendment activities in accordance with National Park Service regulations applicable to the National Mall and Memorial Parks.”

    Did you catch that? First Amendment rights. (more…)


  4. Quotes to Encourage

    July 20, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  5. Against All Odds

    July 4, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)