1. In the Fullness of Time

    December 16, 2009 by Paul Chappell

    Each December our Christian school performs a Christmas play. This year’s presentation is at 7:00 tonight—”We Worship Him.” Parents, grandparents, and family friends come to watch the children’s production. From before the play begins until the last child in costume exits the stage, one can feel the enjoyment of the audience.

    But the play really begins long before the audience arrives. Months before the performance, teachers have begun the work of preparing for the play—writing the script, selecting the cast, practicing with the choir, constructing the costumes, and preparing the props.

    With far greater precision than the most elaborate school production, God meticulously and precisely prepared and set the stage for the birth of Christ. From eternity past this event was planned. Prophets foretold it; Old Testament saints watched for it; and God’s people longed for it. (more…)

  2. Back to School!

    August 24, 2007 by Paul Chappell

    These past several days have been busy days getting ready for the school and college new year here on the campus. One of the main emphasis over the last several days has been the subject of “orientation”. We have conducted school staff orientation, college staff orientation, all staff orientation, high school student orientation, and of course parent/teacher orientation.

    The significant aspect of each of these times has been that God’s Word has been opened at every meeting. The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” None of us have a real orientation for life until we have an awe and reverence for the Lord. Our greatest goal in this new academic season is to cultivate a heart for God within the life of each student.

    All around us we see people on a daily basis who have lost their way. They have the wrong orientation regarding morals, ethics, and values. Even many Christians have lost their way and the orientation that comes from a proper heart-felt reverence for God.

    Maybe you’re not heading to school this week, but let me encourage you to take a moment to ask the Lord to refresh and orientate your heart to His purpose. Please pray for the Lancaster Baptist School and West Coast Baptist College students as we endeavor to cultivate their hearts for the Lord Jesus Christ!