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…)
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November 30, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Has God recently placed something new on your heart? Perhaps you’re feeling burdened to launch a new ministry or begin a new goal?
There’s nothing that fuels my energy like dreaming for the future and planning action steps for a God-given vision! But before I begin something new, I always try to take a careful look at what foundation I am planning to build on.
Before you start the project, goal, ministry, or relationship God has placed on your heart, I suggest five foundations to have in place: (more…)
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October 25, 2013 by Paul Chappell
Two of the greatest things parents can do for their children are to instill in their hearts eternal priorities—specifically the priority to reach the world with the gospel—and help them understand the world-wide focus of our mission as Christians. We are to witness to our neighbors and reach the world.
How can you help your children keep a Great Commission focus? How can you help them develop a love for missionaries and a desire to be involved in missions? I suggest five activities. (more…)
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October 16, 2013 by Paul Chappell
In the last Growth Points video, I shared five characteristics of a healthy church. Since God has placed me as an undershepherd of His flock, and since the church belongs to Christ—it is His husbandry, His building (1 Corinthians 3:9), it is important to me that I am laboring with God to encourage health in the local church.
I suppose we could list dozens of characteristics that mark healthy churches, but as I’ve been searching the New Testament lately, the Lord has highlighted ten of these characteristics for me. In this week’s Growth Points video, I’d like to share the final five of these with you.
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October 14, 2013 by Paul Chappell
When we began the Love Works outreach a few weeks ago, we weren’t sure what the response would be. After twenty-seven years of our fall outreach being doorknocking alone, it was exciting to see what would happen when we combined doorknocking with serving our community.
In a word, the response was incredible!
I can’t begin to describe what the Lord has done in our church and our community these past two weeks. I’m sure we haven’t yet seen a fraction of the fruit to come, and what we’ve already seen has been amazing.
Yesterday morning we had our Love Works Sunday with a Neighborhood Barbecue following the service. I want to share what God did for us—how His love worked! (more…)
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