Knowing how much influence that friends can have on a person’s life, my Mother looked for a way to illustrate that character-building truth to my sister and me when we were quite young. This video tells how she successfully accomplished such an important parenting goal.
If this video contains wisdom that you want to pass on to others, especially the young ones, please send a link to this page to them.
(The song, “The Friends You Keep,” is available at this time only as a part of this You Tube video. If you’re interested in getting a download of the song only, email us at the address found on our “contact” page)
I recently went to Point Pleasant, West Virginia to see my Dad on his 87th birthday and had a great visit. What a blessing to be with the best Dad on the planet!
As always, my visit was much too short and when it was time to head southwest I was standing on the porch of my folk’s house saying goodbye when the sound of a train was heard. At that moment my Mother put her hand up and said, “Stop! That sound is my cue to pray!”
I was so privileged to be there to hear her keep the promise that she made many years ago when she told the entire family that each time she heard the train pass through Point Pleasant she would stop whatever she was doing and lift all of us up to the Lord.
The song featured with this post was written about Mom’s promise to pray for us when she hears the train come through town and is penned from a grandchid’s point of view.
Perhaps if you’re reading this and you live close enough to some railroad tracks to hear the sound of a passing train, it will inspire you to adopt my Mother’s idea to use it as your cue to pray for your family. Or, maybe there’s another daily sound in your area that you could use. If you do, you can be sure that your loved ones will deeply appreciate the prayers as we do those of my Mother.
(“When I Hear That Train” is available only as a download. Thanks for listening!)
We are pleased to announce that along with the joy of four “doe” in the herd of Chapman grandchildren, on June 9th we welcomed the first “buck!”
Williamson George Chapman was born to our son, Nathan and his wife, Stephanie.
Steve’s parents, P.J. & Lillian Chapman, along with his sister, Jeannie, came to Tennessee to see the new addition and a photo was captured that features the four generations of Chapman men.
George is doing fine and his sister and three cousins are having a great time watching him grow.
I am excited to announce that my latest book for hunters is now available. It is titled,
This book features some of my own stories of hunts with our son and daughter as well as great stories shared by several others fathers, sons and daughters who have enjoyed hunting together.
This book is packed with the emotions that are unique to the father/child relationship. And, the adventures that are shared are not only entertaining to read, they are life-changing.
My hope is that “With Dad On A Deer Stand” will not only be a blessing as you read it, I hope it will inspire you to create your own lasting memories that can happen…with dad on a deer stand!
Whether you’re a dad taking your child hunting or an adult making a hunt special for your dad, you’ll enjoy this book!
“With Dad On A Deer Hunt” can be purchased here at our website by clicking here You can also find it on many of the Choice Book shelves at airports, grocery stores, restaurants, and truck stops, and at Lifeway as well as other Christian bookstores.
If you order a copy here at our website and would like it signed to someone, be sure to let us know by sending us an email right after you place the order using the address on the “contact” page on this website.
Please note that at present we have a only a few copies on hand but we should be well stocked by July 25th. You’re welcome to go ahead and order and we’ll ship it as soon as our order arrives.
Blessings on your upcoming season!
If your children are very young, brace yourself for the inevitable. We are referring to what’s happening right now during this summer season to parents of late teen and early twenties children. They are doing what you will eventually have to do, that is, let your arrows (children) fly.
At this moment some moms and dads are in the midst of the wedding of a son or a daughter. Others are registering the first of their eldest for college. In both cases the bow of parenting is bent and the strain forms the the limbs into both a smile and a sad frown.
In one moment there are smiles that come from knowing they have instilled enough courage in their child to step off the edge of the nest and fly while in the next moment the tears flow from knowing a room will soon be empty in their house.
Having “been there and endured that,” the number one bit of advice we offer to parents of small children is…now is the time, while they’re youngsters, to determine that the target for your arrows is a life of knowing the Lord and doing His will.
Through loving and diligent discipline, spending quantities of time with them that leads to quality time, and being mindful to always point them to the truths in God’s written word, you can trust that the painful bending of your heart that is required to release them will result in them hitting the target of a Godly life. Nothing else matters! Why? Because if your little arrows fly to a life committed to knowing Christ and seeking His kingdom then “all these things (such as career, spouse, vocation, etc) will be added” to them.
May God bless you as you watch your arrows fly…and may these words and melody encourage you to prepare for the inevitable release.
Steve & Annie
This song was written to honor my Dad who pastored for many years in Point Pleasant, WV. He is a well respected man of great integrity and I’m proud to be called his son.
Happy Father’s Day to Paul J Chapman!
“Daddy’s Best Sermon” is available at this time only as a free video view. If you, too, were raised in the home of a Dad who was a pastor and who earned your respect, I hope you’ll share this song with him.
We had a great time at Sandy Cove Conference Center last week. It was homeschool week and the families who were there were some of the best folks we’ve ever met. In addition to being so impressed with how engaged the parents were with their families we were absolutely amazed by the excellent behavior of the children. Plus, its been a long time since we were blessed to be around young students who were so friendly to us “old folks!” We are grateful to have been with the group.
We want to also add that the staff of Sandy Cove is first class! There were a host of very enjoyable activities that were pre-planned for the homeschool families. They were kept busy and entertained but most important every attendee was deeply encouraged in their walk with Christ.
Because of the inspiring worship team and program planners, the excellent food service staff, the housekeeping staff, all the young summer staff who took care of a huge crowd of youngsters each day and the bookstore personnel, the week was a great success.
We had the opportunity to present four sessions to the adults each morning. The gatherings were very well attended and the feedback was especially encouraging.
We highly recommend Sandy Cove to everyone who would like to be at place where the Lord is welcome and obviously present. If you’re a homeschool family we are confident that you will benefit greatly by being there at a future event with your fellow homeschoolers. And there are other multi-day events throughout the year with different emphasis that would be a great blessing to you. To find out what’s happening, click on the link below. You won’t regret it.
Our thanks to all the folks at Sandy Cove Conference Center in the town of North East, MD for being gracious hosts and for their sincere dedication to those who attended.
To find out more and make plans to be at Sandy Cove click on the following link:
Or call Marsha at 800-234-COVE (2683) to get your 10% off.
Steve & Annie
“…So Father God, to You I come, In the name of Your Son, I bring my children to Your throne, Father hear my cry…”
In those times when we’ve struggled to be consistent and forgotten to follow through, You have not forgotten our deep longing that our children know and follow You.
We pray that as we continue to cry out to You on their behalf that You will keep them in Your good care. In Jesus’ name, amen.
A note from us:
Thank you for joining in these weeks of concentrating your prayers on Wednesdays for your children. We sincerely pray that God will give you the strength to continue making a regular sacrifice for them.
We invite you to start over at week #1. And, whenever you need encouragement, please feel free to return to this post and listen again to the song posted below. Or, as some folks are doing, you could listen each Wednesday and use it as your prayer. We’d be honored if you will!
God bless you and your children!
Steve & Annie
“And as my flesh cries out for bread…”
On this day, Oh! Lord, we come to your throne of grace bearing the offering of fleshly hunger. In no way is this small sacrifice comparable to what You gave to us in Your Holy Son, Christ Jesus. Still, we come with a hopeful heart that You will see this hunger as a cry for Your attentive ear.
We know that without Your merciful intervention in the lives of our children, they will never experience the peace and purpose You have planned for them. As parents who love their children more than life itself, please accept this small but sincere gesture of fasting food on their behalf. Please credit this sacrifice to their account.
Hear us, O, Lord. In Jesus’ name.
“…is not life more than food…?” Matthew 6:25
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face…and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:16-18
More about Fasting:
Fasting is a voluntary act of devotion and is not required as an expression of salvation. Fasting is used and encouraged in the Bible:
- Fasting in times of personal sorrow (2 Samuel 1:12; Nehemiah 1:4)
- Fasting as a part of repentance (Jonah 3:5)
- Fasting practiced as a part of important events (Exodus 34:28; Matt. 4:2; Acts 13:2,3; 2 Cor. 6:5; 11:27)
- Fasting is not for the purpose of showing one’s spiritual superiority or self-righteousness. It is only beneficial and accepting from the Lord when done with the right motive. (Isaiah 58; Matt. 6:16-18; Luke 18:9-14)
Additional benefits of fasting: Fasting has physical health benefits; fasting is honored when done as an expression of dependence and contrition; fasting helps promote self-discipline