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New Book—Real Christianity, Available!

Purchase now and receive the digital copy immediately, for free! My friends at Striving Together Publications have announced the “pre-release” of the new book “Real Christianity.” The physical copy of the book ships on Monday, but you can purchase it starting today, and receive the digital copy immediately for free. Also, quantity discounts are available for the next several days. For more information about the pre-release offers or to purchase please CLICK HERE. I haven’t said much about this book on this blog, so allow me to share a little about it. It’s a 240+ page paperback book with four…

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Best Books for Christian Parents!

Frequently someone asks what books I would recommend on youth ministry or parenting. They are generally the same books. While there are some good books on youth ministry, the most helpful to youth ministry are those on the family. Whether you are a parent, a youth pastor, or a pastor, I would urge you to read everything you can on biblical parenting and working with young hearts. Over the years, these are a few books that have been profoundly helpful to me as a parent and youth pastor. I encourage you to read and pass along the information found in…

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Is This a Book You Would Read?

I’ve never done this. Will you help me out? I’m completing a book project right now about the normal, authentic, daily Christian life. It’s a book about all the misconceptions and misunderstandings that keep us from enjoying our relationship with Jesus. It’s basically the truths that have kept me walking forward with Christ when so often I feel like a failure. The reason I’m writing it is that I have many new Christians in my world, and  I want to hand them something to help them understand that Christianity is a relationship not a religion. I’d like to get your…

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Share the Love!

    The graphic below speaks for itself. Just study it and think about it… The saddest part is, MILLIONS of hearts at the bottom of the list are WAITING to hear the gospel. They are READY to be saved. They just need a voice to tell them. Just today, here in Hartford, a friend and I sat in Panera Bread and shared the gospel with a successful, young couple. We thrilled to watch the Holy Spirit turn the light bulb on! When I asked if they wanted to be saved, they said “YES.” When I asked if they would…

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The New Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast is LIVE!

We are happy to announce the Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast! The messages from Emmanuel Baptist Church of Newington, CT are now available on iTunes and through other Podcast directories (soon) for free download. Usually, three times each week you can download the preaching and teaching series that are presently being delivered. We are excited about this addition to the local ministry of Emmanuel Baptist, and are primarily praying that God will use it (through our church family) to spread the clear preaching and teaching of God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ all across New England. Pray that God’s…

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Passionate Parenting is At Press!

UPDATE: Passionate Parenting is now available through Striving Together Publications. Find out more at this link! The past Spring, the Lord allowed me to complete a book entitled “Passionate Parenting—Enjoying the Journey of Parenting Teens.” This past week, this new 250 page hard-back book is finally at press and will be available sometime around early December. I think this is the scariest book I’ve ever worked on. Why? Because I’m still working very hard at this skill-set! And my kids will be the first to tell you, that their dad is very much a work in progress. I wrestled with…

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SLC2012 Downloads Now Available!

The entire 2012 Spiritual Leadership Conference is now online and available! It is our desire to share Spiritual Leadership Conference with people who couldn’t attend. I’m posting several links below that will help you access videos, audio, photos, and resources that were available at the conference. The entire conference—sessions, services, messages, and videos—is FREE online. Here is where you will find it all:

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New Resources from Striving Together!

Each year at this time, we see the culmination of a full year’s worth of work from our entire Striving Together team. I’m so thankful for the publications team at Striving Together—their hard work, their spirit, their expertise is just awesome! Here is a quick list and description of all the exciting new projects we’ve been working on. We pray that these will be helpful to your church family. You can read more or order any of these resources here!

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Looking Back at SLC2012!

Spiritual Leadership Conference wrapped up yesterday! God gave us a truly incredible week with friends from all over the country. If you were not able to attend the conference, please know that we will post the entire conference for free download at www.strivingtogether.com in the next few days. Every session, message, video, and outline will be available at no charge! Please use this vast resource. Pass it along. Share it, tweet it, and let others know. That link will also help you know more about the new publications resources we introduced this week! As I reflect on this week, I’m…

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The March Spiritual Leadership Podcast

Don’t miss this month’s Spiritual Leadership Podcast from Pastor Paul Chappell. The topic is “Strengthening the Things that Remain”—a lesson taught this past year at the Spiritual Leadership Conference. This lesson will challenge you to have a spirit of encouragement, friendship, and edification toward other like-minded leaders. Don’t forget, you can always subscribe to receive the free companion outline if you visit paulchappell.com and click on the Spiritual Leadership Podcast link. This podcast, and it’s previous editions are available on iTunes. Enjoy this month’s lesson!

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We’re Coming to Memphis, TN

Just a reminder that Bryan Samms and I are privileged to be in Memphis, TN this Friday and Saturday, preaching to youth groups and encouraging youth leaders and parents! We sure hope you will join us there for the Higher Call Student Summit! This meeting is a two-day event hosted by Eastside Baptist Church of Memphis, TN in conjunction with West Coast Baptist College. The two days will feature Bible preaching and teaching for students, as well as practical training and encouragement for leaders and parents. These events are free for your youth groups, and take place on Friday evenings and…

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We’re Coming to West Florida!

Just a reminder that Bryan Samms and I are privileged to be in West Florida next week, preaching to youth groups and encouraging youth leaders and parents! We sure hope you will join us there for the Higher Call Student Summit! This meeting is a two-day event hosted by Victory Baptist Church of Milton, FL in conjunction with West Coast Baptist College. The two days will feature Bible preaching and teaching for students, as well as practical training and encouragement for leaders and parents. These events are free for your youth groups, and take place on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings….

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A Book You MUST Read…

Have you ever read a book, started highlighting, and then realized you are highlighting MOST of the book? That’s the experience you will have as you read The Calvary Road by Roy Hession. This little book is free for the Amazon Kindle software. It’s a quick read, and worth reading slowly, twice. It will convict your heart and give you a scriptural perspective of authentic revival in your relationship both with God and men. The overwhelming impact of this book is that God showed me with great clarity how much “self” still needs to die in my life. I hope…

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Christmas is a Gift—Dr. Chappell’s New Book

This week, Striving Together Publications introduced a new, hardback, full-color, mini-book from Dr. Paul Chappell. Christmas is a Gift—Unwrap the Significance of the Season is just over 130 pages, and is filled with encouraging insights from the Christmas story, as well as a clear salvation message. It makes a perfect gift for a Christian friend or a tool for sharing the gospel with someone that is lost. The book is available now, and significant quantity discounts are available. To find out more about Christmas is a Gift, or to order a copy today, visit www.strivingtogether.com! We pray that this resource…

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Done—Free for the Amazon Kindle!

This post is all about sharing the gospel with friends, family, and co-workers. If you know someone who doesn’t know Christ, read on: Perhaps you are familiar with the little book I wrote several years ago entitled “Done—What Most Religions Don’t Tell You About the Bible.” It’s a small book (about 100 pages) that shares a simple, clear presentation of the gospel. It’s been a tremendous joy to receive emails every week from people around the world who trusted Christ after reading “Done.” I’m happy to report that this little book is now available for free at both Amazon.com and…

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New Podcast: Biblical Vision for Growth

The newest edition of the Spiritual Leadership Podcast from Dr. Paul Chappell is posted. This month the lesson is entitled “Developing a Biblical Vision for Every Stage of Growth.” This lesson discusses the various stages of growth that every church experiences, and how to develop vision for each of those stages. It’s a very practical and challenging lesson. Don’t forget, you can always subscribe to receive the free companion outline if you visit paulchappell.com and click on the Spiritual Leadership Podcast link. This podcast, and it’s previous editions are available on iTunes. Enjoy this month’s lesson!

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More Christian Books for Kindle

Our team here at Striving Together Publications has been quietly and aggressively working to bring the full Striving Together book library to the Kindle format! I’m pleased to announce that almost the entire Striving Together Publications book library is now available through Amazon.com for the Kindle. To see the entire Striving Together selection of books available for the Kindle, simply click here.

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SL Podcast – Staying the Course

The most recent Spiritual Leadership Podcast is one you SHOULD NOT miss! It’s entitled “Staying the Course Through Troubled Waters” from Pastor Paul Chappell. This lesson challenges spiritual leaders to stay faithful through difficult times! I promise you it will encourage your life and strengthen you in the ministry. You can listen above, or better yet, subscribe through iTunes. The Spiritual Leadership Podcast is a monthly resource that is offered free from Pastor Chappell. To subscribe to the complimentary outline, click HERE. Submit your email address and you will receive the outline along with a notification that the newest podcast…

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Book Review: Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

I just completed reading one of the most practical, helpful, well-written books about the Christian life that I’ve ever read. I wanted to share it with you. Coming out of my cancer struggle, the Lord allowed my path to cross the book entitled “Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health” by Donald S. Whitney. It was timely, because I desired to step back and assess my life before the Lord, before I just resumed my “pre-cancer” mentality. I wanted to emerge from the cancer struggle with a deeper walk with the Lord, having grown in His grace through the trial….

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