1. Growth Points 45: The Seed of Hope

    December 24, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    Isn’t it amazing how the news of Jesus, which brings such peace and joy to our hearts, is increasingly troubling to the world in which we minister? This has been the case since the very first Christmas when Herod “and all Jerusalem with him” were troubled at the news of Christ’s arrival.

    In this growth points video, I’d like to remind you that when the seed of hope is planted into the hearts of troubled men, great things spring up for the glory of God.

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  2. Ten Tips for the Next Ten Days

    December 16, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    10 Tips for the Next 10 Days

    It’s amazing to me that during such a wonderful time of year as Christmas—a celebration that is so significant to our faith—there are Christians who don’t benefit from the season. It’s incredible that we are willing to settle for “getting through” it rather than celebrating it and benefiting from the focus on Christ.

    Here we are, just a few days now from Christmas. And I’d like to recommend ten tips to make these next several days memorable, enjoyable, and focused on Christ.

    1. Enjoy the season.

    Celebrate what Christ has done for you. Don’t let Christmas pass without taking time to worship Christ and to ponder His gracious gift of Himself.

    2. Live a reconciled life.

    Determine that you will not enter the New Year harboring resentment toward even one person. Romans 12:18 instructs, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (more…)

  3. Making the Most of Christmas: 10 Ways to Enjoy an Effective Christmas Season

    December 7, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    Christmastime may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also pass in a flurry of frenzied activity, with no time to enjoy the significance of the season.

    Below are ten suggestions for making the most out of Christmastime.

    1. Die to self. Let your personal expectations go. Mortify your fleshly tendencies. And surrender yourself anew to serve the Lord this season.

    Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.—Romans 6:11–13

    2. Seek the filling of the Holy Spirit. Do you want the peace, love, and joy that is supposed to come with Christmas? Remember, it is a fruit of the Spirit. Yield yourself to Him, and His fruit will fill your Christmas. (more…)

  4. How to Unwrap Christmas

    December 24, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    Don’t make the mistake of enjoying the wrapping of Christmas—activities, time with family, gift exchanges, traditions—without enjoying what is behind the wrapping—the gift.

    Quite simply, Jesus is the gift of Christmas. And, with Paul, we exclaim, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

    How do we unwrap this Gift?

    Receive the Gift

    I pretty much assume that regular readers of this blog know Christ as Saviour. But perhaps you’ve stumbled across this post by accident—or by God’s purpose—and don’t know Christ personally. Romans 6:23 tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” A gift, however, must be received. If you haven’t made the choice to receive Christ, I’d encourage you to follow this link to discover how you can.

    Enjoy the Gift

    Salvation is just the beginning. But sometimes Christians—including we who are in ministry—become so consumed with the functioning aspects of the Christian life or ministry that we fail to personally revel in who Jesus is to us. (more…)

  5. Kevin’s Letter—What Happens When We Make Room

    December 22, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    The story is told of a struggling community who called an open town meeting to discuss their financial straits. Included in the group of a couple dozen people at the meeting was a stranger. No one knew him, and no one paid him any attention. In fact, once when he tried to speak up, he was interrupted as the townspeople continued to hash out possible solutions. Soon the stranger left.

    A few minutes after he left, a late-arriving town resident ran breathlessly into the meeting. “What was he doing here?” he asked excitedly. “Is he going to help us?”

    “Who?” the others looked at the man with surprise. “You mean that stranger? Who was he anyway?”

    “You mean you really don’t know?” The latecomer’s body sagged with disappointment. “That was John D. Rockefeller. His yacht is in our harbor. Didn’t you get his help?”

    This town missed its golden opportunity because they didn’t know who Rockefeller was.

    Does this story sound familiar? (more…)