1. 10 Christmas Gifts Every Pastor Wants from His Staff

    December 18, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    As a pastor, I appreciate every gift or expression of love from those who serve with me on staff. I’m blessed to serve with the world’s greatest staff, and I thank the Lord for them every day.

    Recently, I began thinking of the intangible gifts that staff members give to me on a regular basis, and I came up with a list of ten. (I’m sure there are many times more.)

    So…if you serve on a church staff and have been wondering what you can give your pastor for Christmas, here you go: (more…)


  2. 7 Priorities for a Blessed December

    December 11, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    It’s a strange thing about Christmas. We celebrate Jesus’ birth, and we use the celebration to further our efforts in sharing the gospel. But somehow we seem to easily lose focus this time of year more than any other.

    We even lose focus on good things—like ministry. Or sometimes we lose focus by turning our thoughts inward.

    Whatever the case, there is One who deserves our focus this month, and His name is Jesus.

    And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;—Colossians 1:18–19

    Here are seven areas, drawn from the first Christmas, in which to make HIM first: (more…)


  3. Thoughts on Presenting the Gospel Gift this Christmas

    December 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the blessings of the Christmas season is people’s openness to talk about Jesus. In my experience, it’s one of the best times of the year in terms of tender hearts and responsiveness to gospel invitations in the community.

    Each year, our church choir and orchestra present a Christmas musical production to which we invite our community. It requires thousands of hours of volunteer labor, but it’s beyond worth it. At the musical, I always preach the gospel and invite guests to receive Christ as their Saviour—to receive the gift of salvation.

    This year, our musical is actually titled “The Gift.” As I reflected on this title, it reminded me of three things: (more…)


  4. The Challenge of Christmas Curriculum

    October 24, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    A Season to Celebrate

    The last six weeks of every year—from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s—are full of incredible reminders of God’s presence and goodness.

    But these weeks also tend to be incredibly busy and demanding. It’s easy to spend these weeks pulled from one special ministry event or family celebration to the next with no time to breathe in between. For many the season simply passes by in a blur of activity and hurry.

    Add to that the pressure as a teacher or preacher of preparing holiday-themed lessons or messages—multiple years in a row to the same people—and there is another demand on a full calendar season.

    Yet, for Christians, Thanksgiving and Christmas ought to be two of the most celebrated and reflected upon holidays of the year. And the New Year ought to be approached with renewed dedication to the Lord, not frazzled leftovers from a stressed out month.

    It is for these reasons that I recently wrote a brand new adult Sunday school curriculum—A Season to Celebrate: Experience God’s Grace in the Busyness of the Season. I am so excited about releasing this mini-series, and I pray it will be a help and blessing to teachers and students alike. (more…)


  5. 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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