1. 5 Free Resources for Your New Year

    January 7, 2017 by Paul Chappell


    If you’re looking for encouraging, yet intensely-practical and thoroughly-biblical, resources to help you move forward for God in this New Year, here are five completely free resources that I believe could be a help to you: (more…)

  2. 3 Life Stewardship Principles for the New Year

    January 5, 2017 by Paul Chappell


    I love the New Year for the fresh start it gives us on setting goals and making life adjustments.

    But in all our preparing and planning, it’s good to remember that our lives belong to God, and we are simply stewards—managers—of what He has entrusted to us.

    How do New Year’s goals look different when you remember this? (more…)

  3. How to Align Your External World with Your Internal Commitments

    December 31, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    At the start of a new year, we make goals, resolutions, or commitments. And we sincerely want to transform them into reality over the coming months.

    Very often, however, there is a disconnect between the internal commitments we’ve made and our everyday living. This can be the case for every kind of goal—from spiritual goals to physical goals. We may have positive thoughts, but we keep ending up with negative results. Why?

    Reaching a goal requires more than good intentions. We have to make changes in our lives that align what we do with what we plan. In other words, we must align our external world with our internal commitments. How? (more…)

  4. 7 Ways to Find More Time to Read

    December 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Over the years, I’ve made it a practice to read regularly and on a variety of subjects. Reading not only gives information, but it gives inspiration too. A well-written book can challenge you to think, inspire you to use your life for God, and (particularly with books on history or biographies) give you gratitude for how God has used others.

    Sometimes people ask how I am able to find time to read. It’s not that some people have more time than others, but that some people put a higher priority on reading than others.

    If you believe reading more than you are should be a priority in your life or if you’d like to read more in the coming year, here are seven ways to help you find the time. (more…)

  5. 7 Practices to Build into Your Annual Calendar

    December 26, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    If planning counts as productivity, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is my most productive! This is my week for setting goals and planning out the “big rocks” in my calendar for the coming year.

    I have found that if I am to wisely steward the multiple roles God has entrusted to me—including husband, dad, grandfather, pastor, college president, friend, and more—it helps if I set aside blocks of time for what is central to meeting these roles.

    In other words, I can’t just hope it will all get done or assume my calendar will clear throughout the year. I need to be intentional about carving out time for what God has entrusted to me to accomplish.

    Here are some I work in every year. (If you’re not a pastor, yours will be a little different, but hopefully this list will give you a clearer picture of what yours would be.) (more…)