1. What to Do When You Need Renewal—Part 1

    July 24, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    It’s easy to explain why we need renewal because all of us can easily identify with the all-too-familiar sense of depletion.

    But what do we do when we come to this point? How do we renew?

    When I’m aware that I’m running on fumes, I follow this five-step process. (We’ll look at the first three steps in this post and the last two in the next.)

    1. Retreat

    Renewal doesn’t happen on a treadmill. We need time out of the current to regain focus. Jesus Himself is our example in this. Even in busy ministry with people clamoring for His time, Jesus carved out time to spend with the Father.

    And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.—Mark 1:35

    How often should you retreat? Every day—minimum. This is your daily quiet time when you still your heart before the Lord and seek His face. Spend time in His Word, ask Him to search your heart, and evaluate the coming day in light of His priorities for your day. (more…)


  2. Building Trust in the Church

    July 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Every godly pastor labors to build a foundation of trust in the local church—between the people and God, the people and their pastor, and the people one with another.

    But what do you do when that trust is challenged? When it is craftily undermined? When poor decisions of judgment are made as a result?

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Pastor Doug Fisher lifts a familiar story from the pages of the Old Testament of an unlikely character who exemplifies how to keep the big picture when trust in a relationship has been challenged.

    Doug Fisher has served as the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in San Diego, California, for thirty years. His transparent approach on the realistic issues of trust in the local church will be a help to you.

    (If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here. If you would like to download an audio mp3 of this message, you can do so here.)

    Note: All messages and videos from Spiritual Leadership Conference 2014 are available here.


  3. What True Patriots Do

    July 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    In 1776, American patriots pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to sign the Declaration of Independence. And then they gave of themselves in unspeakable sacrifice to birth this great nation.

    These men understood that patriotism meant so much more than grabbing the family rifle and charging the red coats. It involved giving whatever was necessary to uphold the God-given values of freedom and equality which they had come to embrace. For many, patriotism meant giving their lives, their families, and their fortunes. They purchased freedom at a heavy personal expense.

    I’m thankful for the heritage of these patriots, statesmen, and soldiers who embraced and upheld freedom—even at the expense of themselves.

    I’m thankful for men and women around the world today (some from our church family) who are sacrificing for continued freedom.

    But more than the patriotism of a soldier, we need another kind of patriotism today. America is in a state of spiritual and moral decline that, frankly, is frightening. We seem to have lost our moral compass and our willingness to sacrifice for the biblical values of truth and righteousness. (more…)


  4. An Alert to the Pulpit and the Pew

    June 30, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Do preachers make too much of preaching? Does biblical preaching amount to mere noise of the sort we’re always wanting to lessen in our busy lives?

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Dr. Sam Davison powerfully reasons from the Word of God on the importance of preaching and the resulting importance we should give it in sermon preparation, the act of preaching itself, and partaking of messages.

    In a culture that downplays the importance of preaching, writing it off as “foolishness,” this is a much-needed message. God Himself places high value on the action of preaching. If we lightly esteem something that God highly esteems, are we not lightly esteeming God?


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    Note: All messages and videos from Spiritual Leadership Conference 2014 are available here.


  5. 5 Ways to Use the Spiritual Leadership Conference Free Workshop Downloads

    June 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Every year, the workshops at Spiritual Leadership Conference cover a wide range of topics and provide many practical helps. This year, however, although we offered more workshops than ever before, we divided them into just two tracks—workmen of God and works of God. Every workshop was focused on providing renewal in one (or both) of these two areas.

    If you were able to attend the conference, you know that between the variety of the topics and the experience of the speakers, there was practical encouragement and help for everyone.

    The good news is that all of these workshops are available for free download at strivingtogether.com. I suggest five ways these downloads may be helpful to you: (more…)