Prayer is Key. I spent the month of September preaching and teaching on the subject of prayer. It has been deeply impressed upon my heart the importance of prayer, and I’m convinced that no true success in ministry is had without fervent prayer undergirding it. I don’t hear prayer emphasized so much today, but when … Continue reading September Newsletter 2022
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. – 1 John 5:14-15 When I read verses like … Continue reading When Our Prayers are Not Answered [Principles of Prayer – 5]
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it shall be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like the wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not … Continue reading We Must Pray in Faith [Principles of Prayer – 4]
Then [Jesus] spoke a parable to them, the men always ought to pray and not lose heart… – Luke 18:1 One of the principles that Jesus teaches us in regard to prayer is that we must pray with stubborn persistence. He gives us two parables in the book of Luke that teach us this. We … Continue reading We Must Pray with Persistence [Principles of Prayer – 3]
You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. – James 4:3 The Bible, in many places, gives us great and precious promises that God will hear and answer our prayers. “Ask, and it shall be given,” is what our Lord has taught us. As we … Continue reading We Must Pray with Right Motives [Principles of Prayer – 2]
Every Christian should be keenly aware of the importance of prayer in our lives. It is our connection to God. Through prayer we have the ear of the most powerful Being in the universe, and with Him nothing is impossible. Tahis being the case, we ought to understand carefully the principals regarding prayer, that we … Continue reading We Must Ask. [Principles of Prayer – 1]
Growth! I very pleased to report that we have already seen growth in the short time that we’ve been in leadership at Connect Church! Last Sunday our sanctuary was fuller than any previous Sunday, and many children and workers in the other building. Almost every Sunday we have new visitors who find our church somehow … Continue reading August Newsletter 2022
Pastoring a church. Pastoring a church is no easy task, especially if one wishes to honor God in all that he does. It may be that those who ignore the sins of their congregation and only speak happy and upbeat thoughts have an easy time. And why wouldn’t they? Certainly the devil would have no … Continue reading July Newsletter 2022
Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! – Deut 5:29 The ‘Fear of the Lord’ is a reoccurring theme in the scripture, and to ‘fear God’ has long been a … Continue reading What does it mean to Fear the Lord?
Pastoring a Church As you may be aware, Katrina and I were voted in as senior pastor at Connect Church on June 12, 2022. I wanted to share with you how this came about: We first visited Connect Church a few months ago with no intention of becoming the senior pastor. My family and I … Continue reading June Newsletter 2022
Then [Jesus] said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted … Continue reading The Prodigal’s Father
As a pastor, what should you expect of me? And as a congregation, what should I expect of you? And together, what can we expect of God? It’s good to be clear about expectations when anyone is considering entering some kind of relationship. Marriage, for example, can be quite the downer for someone who enters … Continue reading What You Can Expect of Me, What I Expect of You, and What We Can Expect of God.
We are excited to announce that, as of June 12th, Katrina and I have been elected as pastor of Connect Church in Lake City, Florida. After much prayer and counsel, we feel like this is the direction the Lord is leading us in. I hope that you’ll join with us in prayer as we walk … Continue reading Quick Note: Exciting News!
Since college classes are over for the year, I took most of the month of May to build out a much need office space for myself. We took a 16×10 shed and converted it into a beautiful spot to be able to focus on study and prayer. It took longer than I thought it would, … Continue reading May Newsletter 2022
College Season Coming to a Close April marked the end of the semester at the University. I ended up spending almost all of my time at the University of Florida. It was the most convenient school to get to, and, because of a gracious host, I had a place to stay the night beside in … Continue reading April Newsletter 2022
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. – John 15:4 In the first eight verses of John chapter 15, Jesus reveals to us what measures we must take to be fruitful disciples. He … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Abide In Christ?
Hell No? Is Hell too much? I hear this objection as I am out ministering on the college campus. How can a loving God send someone to hell for all eternity? Does a temporal life of sin merit an eternity of torment? The modern mind recoils at this thought. But perhaps we aren’t considering hell … Continue reading March Newsletter 2022
Turbulent times. It seems to be one thing after another in our world today, as if the world is groaning in birth pangs. It’s as a pregnant woman who only gets a short respite before another painful contraction comes upon her. We’ve had years of COVID–now we have war. What will be next? Will things … Continue reading February Newsletter 2022
New Stomping Grounds. Now that school is back in session, I have had the privilege of ministering regularly at the University of Florida. It has been a great experience! In contrast to the University of Delaware, I am able to freely ministry right on campus, in the midst of the students, with no trouble from … Continue reading January Newsletter 2022
The Faithfulness of God As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but think about the faithfulness of God. It’s hard to believe that at this time five years ago I left my job with a good regular paycheck to launch out into full-time street evangelism. And although it hasn’t been without its … Continue reading December Newsletter 2021
There is a very popular teaching in the church today that asserts the idea that Christ’s righteousness has been imputed to believers. It’s a teaching that sounds really good, but it is unbiblical and dangerous, and I’ll explain why. First, I must be clear that I am not speaking of the general idea of imputed … Continue reading The False Doctrine of the Imputed Righteousness of Christ
Changing seasons. As I write this newsletter, we are preparing to head south for the winter, planning to spend a season in Florida. We are not sure how long this next season will be, but we are keeping our ears pressed up to the Lord for the direction that He will give in His time. … Continue reading November Newsletter 2021
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 Thanksgiving, that is, the act of giving thanks to God, is an important defensive … Continue reading 3 Ways Thanksgiving Guards the Mind
Baby Boy #4, Welcome to the Chaffee Family! We are pleased to announce the arrival of our sixth child, Roger Fenn Chaffee! Roger was born on October 30th, 2021 at 2:41am. He weighed 6 lbs 14oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. His name is taken from his mother’s grandfather on her mother’s side (Kenneth … Continue reading October Newsletter 2021
Ministry Surge! September has been a bustling month of activity! The pandemic may not be over, but it hasn’t stopped the students from engaging with us day by day at the University. More than ever before (in my five years of doing this), students are arguing, spitting, and even dumping smoothies on us (yes, really!). … Continue reading September Newsletter 2021
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