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Tools for Breakthrough

In my last post I talked about breakthrough. In this post I simply want to share some tools and how they have helped me with breakthrough. Here are the top software resources that have proven useful to me in a major way: Evernote—I started using Evernote as soon as it was released. Now that I’m…

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Is New England Reachable?

According to 57% of unsaved New Englanders—YES! I shared these stats previously, but in case you missed them… Recent surveys of New Englanders and religion have been published by Lifeway. Here are the HIGH POINTS! 1. Church attendance in New England has dropped over 10% in the last four years. That sounds like bad news, but…

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12 Thoughts On Spiritual Battle

Are you dealing with some spiritual oppression or hardship? Do you feel resistance as you are trying to press forward in faith? You’re in good company! Here are some things God has been teaching me about spiritual battle: 1. It always follows after your step out in faith—Satan hates faith expressed! It’s like saying “sick…

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WAIT! Before You Step Out…

God’s will—how do you know when and how to step out in faith? God’s will is big. It’s also unknown. It’s wonderful. It’s also scary. And being certain that you are in God’s will is critical having the confidence to go forward. Perhaps you’re standing on the shore-line, looking out at the vast unknown that…

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Stop Worrying…

As I was struggling to surrender to God’s will, my biggest road block was worry. I worried over all the unknowns. I carried on a million mental arguments with God over why His call was unreasonable, risky, and impossible. There were a thousand roadblocks seemingly standing between me and His plan. In one God-ordained moment,…

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Jesus Brings People and Churches Back to Life!

 Looking Back on Resurrection Sunday Blessings! God is at work at Emmanuel—and it’s all HIM and HIS PEOPLE! He still moves, He still uses single-hearted church families, and the gospel still changes lives. Here are the blessings that I cherish from this past week of ministry… 1. The Blessings of Souls Saved—yesterday, dozens of New…

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How to Invite Someone to Easter Sunday

Hoping to bring a guest with you to Resurrection services on Sunday? Praying for your pastor as he prepares to preach the gospel? Hoping the Spirit of God will open the eyes of someone you invited? There are a lot of people within your reach that the Holy Spirit is already working on. They are…

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The Best Advice I’ve Received as a Pastor

Since arriving in Connecticut to pastor, I’ve had the privilege of seeking biblical counsel and insight from dozens of godly, gracious pastors and spiritual leaders. I entered the pastorate hungry for spiritual advice from those who have pastored well. And God has consistently intersected my path with such men. I’ve been given a LOT of…

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Confessions of a Subscription Ignoramus

  I’m probably the worst blog strategist on the planet. When starting this blog, I seriously doubted that anyone would read it… and up until recently never thought much about subscriptions. People told me a blog should be “subscribe-able”—so I found the quickest plug-in, activated it, and never thought about it again. In fact, over…

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Who’s in Whose Way

“I being in the way, the Lord led me.” (Genesis 24:27) Are you in God’s way? Or is God in your way? When God is in my way… My agenda is king. My plans reign. My schedule is full of what I want to do. My focus is on “getting my stuff done.” My world…

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Open House Sunday at EBC!

Just a quick report on what God did in recent weeks and yesterday at EBC! We owe many thanks to praying friends and family all over the country who were upholding us before the Lord as we prepared for our first Open House with the Emmanuel Baptist Church family. If you’ve been following our story,…

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10 Ways God Has Blessed Our Transition

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe our recent weeks! About a month ago, I had to take a break from the blog just to completely focus on relocating our family from Southern California to New England. Life has been a bit like living in a whirlwind—something of a Providential chaos… if that’s not an oxymoron….

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The Past Two Weekends at Emmanuel

It has been my joy to travel back to Connecticut the past two weekends to preach to the Emmanuel family, begin having staff meetings, start getting to know the church family, and begin reaching out to the area. God is blessing in many ways and I wanted to share a few for praying friends. Thank…

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Repost: 10 Ways to Renew Your Spirit

Ever get depleted? Ever reach the bottom of the barrel when it comes to spiritual energy or passion? Don’t overreact! It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing all the wrong things with your life. You’re faith is probably still alive and well. There’s no need to go AWOL.  Don’t start doubting every good decision or direction…

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Does God Ever Say “Boo-yah?”

The urban dictionary defines the word Booyah as “an exclamatory statement often said when someone is overjoyed!” (It is usually used in response to some victory or accomplishment.)  Hold that thought and hang with me for a minute… I know we’re supposed to live by faith every day—in everything. But in my life, there have…

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Repost: The Right View of Spiritual Leaders…

There are two very different attitudes towards spiritual leaders. Some Christians seemingly never see anything good, and in fact have given themselves over to criticism and fault-finding. While other Christians opt to be prayerfully and joyfully supportive and encouraging toward leaders. Which position have you taken in life? Just a couple of quick thoughts to…

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Top 20 Posts of 2010

As we wrap up this year, I want to thank you for allowing this blog into your life. Of all the demands on our time and attention, I do not take it lightly that you would stop by and participate in the things that are posted here. I am grateful! And I pray that you…

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A Collection of Posts About Annual Planning

Perhaps you’ve come across this blog in the past 12 months. If so, this post is for you. Over the past few years, I’ve written a number of articles about creating an annual planner for life and ministry and about personal productivity. I thought it might be helpful to re-post these with titles, summaries, and…

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Overtime Rally with Michael Redd

God gave us a GREAT weekend—one of the greatest of my life! Here’s the story. A few months ago, the Lord intersected Pastor Chappell’s path with NBA basketball player Michael Redd (shooting guard for Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Allstar, and Olympic gold medalist.) It was a “chance” meeting at an airport. Michael was sitting reading his…

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Announcing the SM127 Podcast for Students

We are excited to announce a new podcast flowing from the ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church—SM127 Podcast, which simply stands for Student Ministry! This podcast will be a part of the free Ministry127.com family of resources and will be for teens. It will feature messages from our ministry events for teenagers—West Coast Baptist Teen Camps,…

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