1. 5 Best Practices for Handling Stress

    September 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    I think the Apostle Paul would laugh at some of our goals of “stress-free living.” Not because he would have had a desire for stress, but because of the lengths we go to avoid it!

    We see stress as an enemy, but in reality, it is part and parcel of life—especially life in the ministry.

    • How can you bear one another’s burden without enduring some stress?
    • How can you love and lead people without demands on your time and energy?
    • How can you be on the front lines of spiritual battle without the tension of spiritual warfare?

    Yes, there is stress involved in ministry.

    But there is a difference between living with stress and living “stressed out.” In contrast to our stressed out living, God offers His peace.

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…—Colossians 3:15

    So how can you live with stress and simultaneously walk with the peace of God ruling in your heart? (more…)


  2. 10 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor

    September 23, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Nearly every week, we have a church call our ministry to ask for a pastor recommendation. We’re often able to recommend someone—in many cases, a graduate of West Coast Baptist College.

    A few days ago, I had a conversation with a deacon from a church in Colorado. His church was preparing for a new pastor, and he called to ask for suggestions on how to best make the new pastor and his family feel loved and welcomed. I was impressed with his heart to serve and was happy to give him some suggestions.

    Here are some of the ideas I shared with him: (more…)


  3. An A-B-C for Fruitful Sanity in Busy Times

    September 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    You know those seasons when you are so busy you hardly feel you have time to even look at your to do list? And you consider what would happen to your family if you actually lost your mind?

    We can get so caught up in tasks, that not only do we lose our focus, but we lose our perspective and fruitfulness. Sometimes it helps to pull away from the task mountain in front of you and step back to remember the basics.

    Are you busy today? Here are three basic elements to guard and develop: (more…)


  4. A Practical Blueprint for a Christian Home

    September 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    If you are constructing a building, you don’t want me as the carpenter! In years of church building programs, I’ve learned a little about construction processes, inspections, and codes. But, trust me, you do not need my construction skills—unless you’re hoping for a shaky finished product.

    Similarly, if you are building a home, you don’t want to trust your own intuition. You need God’s wisdom and God’s help.

    All across our nation, families are crumbling—so much so that Time Magazine ran a recent article titled, “There Is No Longer Any Such Thing as a Typical Family.”

    And yet, God’s Word still holds the blueprint for a Christian home. And God’s Word still tells us that children are a gift from God—the “heritage of the Lord.”

    Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.—Psalm 127:1, 3

    In whatever way you find yourself a guardian of God’s heritage—whether you are raising children as a married couple, a single dad, a single mom, grandparents, or foster parents, the Bible gives the only reliable blueprint for building the lives of those children. (more…)


  5. 10 Lessons from 60 Years

    September 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Two weeks ago, I was sitting on the edge of my seat listening to a lesson Dr. Don Sisk gave at our annual staff training. It was titled “Principles for Life” and was full of biblical, practical advice.

    Dr. Don Sisk is eighty years old and has served the Lord for sixty years in ministry—and he is still full of the joy of the Lord as he serves.

    Each of the ten principles Dr. Sisk gave spoke to my heart, and the entire evening had God’s anointing touch on it. These principles were so meaningful to me that I added them to my daily planner for frequent review, and I wanted to share them with you.

    As you read these, picture yourself sitting in a room with a man who has served the Lord faithfully, fruitfully, and joyfully for over six decades giving you his ten secrets to life: (more…)