1. What You Shouldn’t Be Good At

    August 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Here’s a faith-building exercise: Take one of the miracles of the Bible—any miracle will do—and write a list of reasons why it couldn’t be done.

    For instance, let’s take the feeding of the five thousand. That one’s easy because Philip and Andrew already told us why it couldn’t be done:

    Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.—John 6:7

    There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?—John 6:9

    “We don’t have enough money” and “There are too many people.”

    Philip and Andrew were right, of course—they didn’t have enough money, and there were too many people.

    We can never do ministry to the “exceeding, abundantly above” level that God desires for us—and God doesn’t expect us to. He wants us to come to the end of ourselves and then look to Him to do something bigger than we are capable of. (more…)


  2. Just Do It!

    August 14, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    This summer I read Pastor Rob Fleshman’s book, Buy the Field: Find, Follow and Finish God’s Will for Your Life.

    One of the aspects about this book that I loved was its biblical bias for action. Like Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan, Pastor Fleshman challenges readers to carefully consider a field and then buy it. Jump in—all in—and get to work.

    Sometimes we become so cautious and hesitant that we miss following through on the great opportunities God places in front of us. And sometimes, because we see personal cost or sacrifice involved in following God’s plan, we’re unwilling to step out in faith. But if we would just “buy the field,” acting on the opportunities and directions God lays before us, we would discover great treasure. (more…)


  3. Starting the Summer Right

    May 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    It’s hard to believe that we are already entering another summer season of ministry. Depending on your occupation and age, the word summer likely holds varying connotations for you. If you are a student, it means vacation! If you are a teacher, it means preparation. If you are a farmer, it means work. For our church family, the beginning of summer is a busy time of preparation for the Spiritual Leadership Conference June 8–11.

    But whatever the summer may hold for you, there are three phrases found in 1 Thessalonians 1 that should characterize your service for the Lord this summer:

    We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;—1 Thessalonians 1:2–3

    Work of Faith

    Faithful servants of God have ongoing routines in their ministry—perhaps making class visits, writing notes, going out during scheduled soulwinning times, etc. These routines are important and, if empowered by the Holy Spirit, touch lives. (more…)


  4. Gaining Biblical Perspective through Adversity

    January 27, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    When the winds of adversity come upon us, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose our perspective amidst the swirling dust.

    David experienced this sense of overwhelmed uncertainty, and he knew where to look for help.

    From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.—Psalm 61:2

    When we’re overwhelmed, we think we need answers. But often, what we really need is perspective.

    The promises of God’s Word provide the perspective we need. Through His Word, He gives us truths to which we can anchor our lives in the midst of the storm.

    I’ve recently been meditating on five truths that give me perspective:  (more…)


  5. Do You Have a Vision or a To Do List?

    December 18, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    We’re just a couple of weeks out from our annual church vision night, when I share with our church family opportunities to serve the Lord as a church in the coming year. It’s always an exciting time as I attempt to cast vision for what God has placed on my heart and we dream together as a church family.

    We need biblical vision—in our lives, our churches, and any sphere of influence God has given to us. Proverbs 29:18 warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

    But as you prepare to cast vision, remember that biblical vision isn’t simply listing what you want to do. That is a list of goals. If our vision is not drawn from God’s Word and embraced by faith, it’s not a vision at all; it is simply a to do list.

    How can you tell the difference between a biblical vision and a to do list? (more…)