1. 7 Disciplines of Highly Renewed Life Stewards

    January 30, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    The first week of January holds a great success rate for new goals. The last week of January? Not so much.

    Setting goals and wisely stewarding our time and priorities is vital. But we all too easily lose our first-of-the-year focus and revert to old patterns. To stay on track, we need to develop disciplines that become habits.

    Last summer, as I asked my dear friend and the executive vice president of West Coast Baptist College, Dr. John Goetsch, for thoughts on renewal in life stewardship. The truths he shared were so powerful that I included them in my recently-published Stewarding Life Planner.

    These seven daily disciplines are the vital practices of Christians who wisely steward their lives and experience God’s continuing renewal: (more…)

  2. 7 Commitments for Finishing Well

    January 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    No one begins the New Year with aspirations to quit. We want to finish the year well, and we want to finish our life course well.

    I think of the Apostle Paul’s statement in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” You get the picture of a boxing match with a fighter who stayed in the ring until the end of the fight.

    I want to be that fighter. But it won’t happen by accident.

    I believe many times we’re defeated simply because we’re naïve. We write out our goals or visualize coming progress, but we forget that we are in a real spiritual battle. This is a fight, not an exercise. (more…)

  3. Government Shutdown, World War II Memorial, & First Amendment Rights

    October 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    The iconic focal point of the partial government shutdown on Tuesday has become the World War II Memorial in Washington. As you are probably aware, the National Park Service was instructed to erect barricades and keep armed guards around the memorial’s perimeter.

    Groups of WWII veterans, however, were not impressed with the barricades. These heroes of the greatest generation insisted on access, sweeping past the barricades two days in a row.

    Politics and budget issues aside, what got me on reading the news stories was the statement made by the National Park Service concerning why the veterans were allowed to push past the barricades: “The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII memorial to conduct First Amendment activities in accordance with National Park Service regulations applicable to the National Mall and Memorial Parks.”

    Did you catch that? First Amendment rights. (more…)

  4. Quotes to Encourage

    July 20, 2013 by Paul Chappell



    I appreciate the way a concise quote can define and relate profound truth. For a change of pace,  I’m sharing twenty-five quotes on today’s blog that are among my favorites.  (more…)

  5. A Checklist that Matters

    April 12, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    I believe in checklists. Actually, I believe in lists, period. They help me keep focused on completing projects, and they keep me from forgetting important details.

    In Philippians 2, we have a checklist of a different sort—qualities of a productive Christian servant. The first several verses of this chapter describe a servant leader as they reveal the mind of Christ and His humility.

    But then Paul turns a corner and gives a series of personal admonishments. In these verses, we see five characteristics of a Christian servant: (more…)