Harold G. Stoltzfus…”Faith Is Like a Melody” (My Father’s Song)

While in the Lancaster, PA area we stayed at The Hurst House Bed & Breakfast in Farmersville. During breakfast on Sunday morning March 30th we were privileged to meet Sylvia Stoltzfus and her two daughters, Crystal and Yvonne.

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Harold G. Stoltzfus
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Sylvia’s husband of 54 years had gone to be with the Lord just the morning before. The loss that she and her daughters were feeling was written on their faces and heard in their tender words about a man who was a caring husband and a wonderful father.

Before Sylvia and her daughters left to tend to the preparation of Harold’s service a very moving story was shared by Crystal about a dream she had about her Dad. It inspired the song that is included in this post. The lyric reveals what she told us. We hope the video that was added to the song will bless the Stoltzfus Family as they walk through these days of loss, and we hope it will bless others who see it as well.

(Our grand daughter, Lily Anne Beall, is singing the part of Crystal and I’m singing Harold’s part. A free download of the song is below).

 

39 Years Together!

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Established 3/29/1975

On Saturday March 29th we will celebrate 39 years of marriageIts been nearly four decades of marital bliss..ters! Of course, we’re kidding. Instead, its been an incredible time together. We don’t regret a single mile that the Lord has allowed us to walk with each other.

And how thankful we are for family and friends to share this milestone. God bless each of you for your love and prayers. 

S&A Chapman

 

 

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.

 

New Gift Book For Hunters!

Steve’s newest paperback book, “With Dad On A Deer Stand,” has been well received! With Dad on a Deer Stand

Now our publisher, Harvest House Publishers, has created a hardback gift  book by the same title.

Using excerpted stories, memorable quotes from other writers, and the incredible paintings of artist, Dona Gelsinger, this book will be a wonderful gift for dads, sons and daughters who enjoy the hunter’s woods!W dad cover W dad to from

There’s a “from/to/date” page inside the front cover that can be used to make the book an even more special gift.

If you order a copy (click here) at our website and you would like for Steve to sign the book to a specific individual include a note with the order or send us an email using the address on our contact page.

Happy Hunting!

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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.

“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

Newly Released Book! “I Love You & I Like You”

We’re excited to present this newly released book titled,

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A great gift for any couple!

I Love You & I Like You. Subtitled, “How To Be Married and Still Be Friends,” this book offers you real-life, doable advice such as…

  • Find out what makes your mate feel really loved
  • Establish a communication style that works for both of you
  • Encourage emotional and physical intimacy
  • How to handle conflicts as they arise
  • Implement guidelines to protect your union

Whether you’ve been together for days or years, I Love You & I Like You offers practical relationship pointers that will enable you to create a lifelong marriage overflowing with love and romance.

(Note: This book is a revised and updated release of our book formerly titled, Married Lovers, Married Friends. It contains new material never before published.)

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.

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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

He Knew The Lord

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On October 16th our long-time friend, Al Jaynes, made his journey home to heaven at the age of 81. All who knew and loved him will sorely miss his encouraging smile and his inspiring words he’d say each time we saw him.

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Especially inspiring was his love and devotion to Era, his sweet wife, throughout their 60 plus years of marriage. As a victim of Alzheimer’s disease, Era was faithfully cared for by Al until she went home to be with the Lord only three months earlier.

Al was also the loving father of one daughter and son, Gini and Wade.

When Annie and I got married in 1975 we went to Al & Era and asked them, “If ever there is something we can’t work through as a married couple, can we come to you for guidance?” Being the loving servants they were to folks they quickly agreed to be our help in time of need.

A few years ago as we sat at a dinner table with Al and Era, he asked us, “Why did you never come to us for advice with the stuff you couldn’t work through.” Annie smiled and said, “Because we never had a problem we couldn’t work through!” I added, “But we hope the offer still holds!”  Al returned a satisfied smile and assured us the offer was still good.

As a husband, Al was indeed a worthy example of how to do marriage right. The way he tenderly tended to Era as she progressed through her struggle with Alzheimers was an illustration to all of us what it means to keep the “in sickness and health” part of the marriage vows. God knows our culture could sure use a lot more men like Al Jaynes.

Saying farewell to someone as dear as our brother brings a lot of sadness indeed. However, there is one thing that brings comfort to all of us when the waves of the reality of his absence washes over us. That source of comfort is mentioned in the song featured in this post.

In addition, the kind of life that Al Jaynes lived challenges us all to ask an extremely important question…Can we leave the same comfort in the hearts of those we love that Al left for us? May God help each one of us to be able to answer a confident, Yes!

 

“He Knew The Lord”

Today we told our brother goodbye

Sad are the tears that filled our eyes

But there is a comfort deep in our souls

When it comes to our brother one thing we know

 

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He knew the Lord

He called Him friend

And we have no doubt

The Lord knew Him

They were not strangers

When they met on that shore

O what a comfort it is to know

He knew the Lord

 

Someday I know my turn will come

When I’ve gone my last mile and my race is run

When my family gathers Lord let it be

What we said ’bout our brother, let them say about me

 

(Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music, Inc/BMI)

“He Knew The Lord” is available only as a free download at this website.