Workplace Integrity

Do you feel alone as a Christian in your workplace? Do folks consider you strange because you don’t take part in behavior that you prefer to avoid? If so, you might recognize yourself in 1 Peter 4:2-6b.

DSC_3595“…and you won’t be spending the rest of your life chasing after evil desires but will be anxious to do the will of God. You have had enough in the past of the evil things the godless enjoy- sex sin, lust, getting drunk, wild parties, drinking bouts, and the worship of idols, and other terrible sins. Of course, your former friends will be very surprised when you don’t eagerly join them anymore in the wicked things they do, and they will laugh at you in contempt and scorn. But just remember that they must face the Judge of all, living and dead; they will be punished for the way they have lived. That is why the Good News was preached…”

To encourage you to not waver in your determination to maintain high moral standards at your job (or anywhere else for that matter!), here’s a story in song about a coal miner who chose to do so.

“He’s Got A Line” / Steve Chapman / Times & Seasons Music / BMI / 2014 / This song is available only as a download here at this site.

“So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right and trust yourself to the God who made you, for He will never fail you.” (v. 19)

Mother-in-Law Issues/WellsboroHomePage Interview with Annie Chapman

AnnieChapmanInterviewAnnie visits with Sara Vogt on WellsboroHomePage.com                on Friday 1/31/2014!   (Click HERE)

The interview begins with Annie reading an excerpt from her book, “The Mother-in-Law Dance.”

“The candles are lit, the room glows with a soft yellow hue, the groom, the pastor and the wedding party are in place at the altar. As all eyes eagerly watch the closed doors at the chapel’s entrance, suddenly the air is changed from a sweet stillness of anticipation to the first notes of the beautiful music chosen for the 9780736914567_mediumwedding processional. As the doors swing open the bride’s heart races at the sound of the melodic cue to make the long-awaited, slow walk down the aisle of matrimony. But as the song plays the lovely bride does not realize that she is not the only lady in the room who has been cued by the music.”

During the interview, Annie shares what some of the mother-in-law and daughters-in-law told her they desired in the relationships such as: the daughter-in-law wants the mother-in-law to be positive and encouraging, to let them live their own lives and give advice only when needed; and the mother-in-law wants the daughter-in-law to love her husband, to be teachable, and to not complain about her son to other people.

The subtitle of the book is, Can Two Women Love the Same Man and Still Get Along? Annie explains that the answer is, “Yes they can…but not without a lot of work and maturity!” Also, she states that being kind and respectful to each other are some of the keys to successful relationships. Annie’s closing word of encouragement to the viewers is, “In the idea of the dance, the question is who leads in that dance? The answer is…the mother-in-law leads, but she leads by backing off.”

You’ll glean even more helpful insight from Annie’s discussion with Sara when you go to WellsboroHomePage.com   We invite you take advantage of this important and life-changing resource and pass this page on to others who can use the encouragement!

 

Hear Steve & Annie’s Interview with Debbie Chavez

 

We invite you to hear our interview on The Debbie Chavez Show
(click here)

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Our lively conversation centered around our newly released book,

“I Love You & I Like You/How to Be Married and Still Be Friends”

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     Thanks to Debbie for an enjoyable interview that we are sure will be helpful to couples especially during this upcoming Valentines season! We hope you’ll tune in.

Here’s what Debbie says about her work:

My passion is to provide women (and all people) with the wisdom, encouragement, and hope I’ve discovered for myself in God’s Word.  I especially love to provide nuggets of Bible wisdom to wives who are struggling with serious challenges in their marriages.  SO MANY marriages have been completely transformed when wives begin to truly understand and apply God’s principles found in the Bible!
I invite you to listen to my daily podcasts, in which I interview top Christian authors, experienced Christian therapists, and renowned pastors.  They will inspire you and guide you with Biblical wisdom!  And, please take advantage of my daily 2-3 minute youtube videos devoted to encouraging and counseling wives. 
By the way, I’m a pastor’s wife with a 32 year background in talk radio.   I also lead the dynamic wives’ ministry called Squadron of Sisters.  Check out the free resources available to you at http://www.squadronofsisters.com.

 

“Overcoming Negative Emotions” eBook is Available!

For those who enjoy reading eBooks, our publisher, Harvest House Publishers, sent us this exciting announcement that we wanted to pass on to you…

“We received notice from Amazon that between January 17 and February 2, they will be promoting your discounted eBook in their “Big Deal.” 

The “Big Deal” is promoted to Amazon’s Kindle users through targeted emails, and the eBooks are featured on an exclusive landing page on Amazon’s website.”  

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Overcoming Negative Emotions

The book included in this promotion is Annie’s, Overcoming Negative Emotions. You can read about this life-changing book and hear what Annie has to say about it by clicking here .

You’ll find this e-book at Amazon using the following link:     http://amzn.to/1dxHne7

WellsboroHomePage.com

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See Steve interviewed on WellsboroHomePage.com

WellsboroHomePage.com is a NEW MEDIA experience combining an electronic Newspaper/Magazine with TV like video news coverage.  It’s all wrapped up in the convenience of a Home Page which gives our viewers access to many of their favorite and most used internet resources.  Our main story for Thursday, January 9th features Steve Chapman discussing A LOOK AT LIFE FROM A DEER STAND.  This feature includes a special, never seen before, video of the song, “First One,” that Dad’s will not want to miss!

We encourage you to log on often and enjoy the informative, entertaining and inspiring content.  Annie’s interview about her book, “The Mother-in-Law Dance” will follow and we’ll let you know when.

Cerebral Palsy and A Life Worth Celebrating

In 1946, on December 20th, George Stonewall Chapman III was born in Chapmanville, West Virginia to my uncle Bud Chapman and his wife, Betty. They would soon learn that “Junior,” the affectionate nick name their baby was given, was born with Cerebral Palsy that would hinder his development.

I was always impressed with how much love was shown to Junior by his Mom and Dad as well as his sister, Julia. More important, God was honored by how well they cared for him for the 21 years of his life.

Recently I began to recall Junior and the times I was blessed to be near him. His demeanor was so sweet and though unable to use words he seemed to communicate with his smile and the sounds he made that resembled a song melody.

As I remembered Junior I was moved to write a song and create a video to honor his memory. I hope it will remind all who see it, especially those who care for loved ones who are similar to Junior, that each of us have great value.

“Junior”/written by Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/2013 (song not yet available as a single song download)

 

“Down To Logan”

If you gather with family during this Christmas Season (or any other special time through the year) we encourage you to use some of your visit to share your life story with one another. You just never know what gems of information can be discovered. For me, several years ago it yielded the telling of how Christ entered into our family by the way of my Mother’s salvation experience back in 1949. 

During a recent co-writing session with my friend and fellow songwriter, Dana Bacon (Elizabethton, TN), my Mother’s conversion story was finally written into a song called, “Down To Logan.” (Logan is a town in West Virginia twelve miles south of Chapmanville where I was born). 

       After the song was finished and recorded I could hardly wait to make the drive to my parent’s home in Point Pleasant, West Virginia to let them hear it. My Mom was not aware I was filming her as she listened and relived the details that are true to life. With her permission the video below shows her hearing the song for the first time. There’s only one word to describe the footagepriceless!     Steve Chapman


“Down To Logan” – written by: Steve Chapman/Dana Bacon (Times & Seasons Music/Dana Bacon Music/BMI 2013)  Available only as a download at this website

Hear an Interview with Steve on “Field Dressed”

Theme Background-Field DressedI was privileged to do an interview with two gentlemen named Josh Cantrell and Kevin King on their podcast called “Field Dressed.” It will be aired on Nov. 15th!

On the episode we talked abou topics that range from why I hunt to how to get a child involved in hunting to what it means to be a gentleman in the hunters woods.

Josh and Keven are delightful young men and do an excellent job broadcasting through the medium of the internet. Their stated goal for www.fielddressed.wordpress.com is explained in a paragraph on their “about page”:

On our show, we will always give you accurate, relevant, up-to-date information about outdoor pursuits while providing useful tips and rules that will allow you, as an outdoor gentleman, to take to the fields in a manner that is dignified, respectful, careful, and safe.  Thank you for your interest in Field Dressed and we hope you enjoy listening to our show as much as we enjoy making it.

I invite you to visit www.fielddressed.wordpress.com and listen to the interview.

You can also go to Stitcher by clicking on the following link:  http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/field-dressed-podcast/field-dressed

Or you can get the interview via iTunes by clicking on the link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/field-dressed/id709650948

I hope you enjoy hearing this episode as much as I enjoyed the conversation!

Steve Chapman

Run!

“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness…” 2 Timothy 2:22Red heels 2

In the story of Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39:11-12 we find a great example of how to “flee youthful lusts” when the devil attempts to lead us astray.

11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

Joseph’s response to the opportunity to “have” another man’s wife did not include words. He wisely didn’t reason with the temptress nor did he reason with himself. To have argued with her would have resulted in hearing more of her enticing flattery that he’d have to process.

To have talked to himself about how strong he thought he might be to resist her would likely have been futile since “…the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)  

Instead of words, Joseph reacted with action. He chose to RUN!

One of the reasons his decision to run was so smart is because its impossible to be involved physically with someone when you’re running from them. (And, its not possible to watch a computer or TV screen or look at a magazine when you’re running!)

I offer the song, “Run,” to help you remember this powerful response to temptation. I hope it helps you to keep your spiritual tennis shoes on and be ready to…RUN! 

I also hope this song and visual will remind you to not only run FROM temptation but to run TO the Lord who has provided the way of escape…its called, a door…the one that leads to the Cross!

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man, and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will with the temptation provide the way of escape also, that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Isabelle Stover Update and “Isabelle’s Song”

On October 19th we drove to Lynchburg, VA with our granddaughters, Lily & Josie, to attend a party to celebrate little Isabelle Stover’s completion of chemo treatments. Jeff & Sarah, Isabelle’s parents, along with family and friends prepared a beautiful setting for the party. We were so honored to be invited and share in the festivities and to see Isabelle doing well and in good spirits.

Isabelle, Josie & Lily

Isabelle, Josie & Lily

Lily & Josie have prayed for their cousin, “Issy,” every day for over two years. They finally got to meet her in person for the first time at the party. The three were so excited to get to see each other.

In advance of the gathering we wrote and rehearsed a song called “Isabelle’s Song” to give to her as our gift. As you will see in the video below, Lily played her violin and Josie danced. They also sang a duet for Issy called, “Footprints of Jesus.”

How grateful we are to provide this update to all of you who have been so kind to pray for Isabelle. She now has five years ahead of regular check ups and labs to complete so we ask you to continue to remember her in your prayers. Thank you so much!

S&A