1. When Godly Leaders Differ

    October 18, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    We all know there are plenty of situations in which good people differ. But why do good people differ? And how can we understand and benefit from these differences?

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but below are five areas which can easily account for many of the differences godly leaders may have with one another—as well as five ways we can benefit and work through these differences.

    Temperamental Differences

    Terrie and I now have six grandchildren—two sets of which are siblings. Even at their young ages, it is amazing to me to watch the temperamental and personality differences already beginning to show. In both of these families, there are two children with the same two parents and surroundings—who each have absolutely different preferences, tastes, and approaches to life.

    The reality is that we do all have different personalities and temperaments. Even within the twelve apostles, we see this clearly. To mention just a few: There were James and John who Jesus called “the sons of thunder.” Apparently they had strong personalities. There was Peter who was impetuous. There was Andrew who seemed to have an ability to relate to others. And there was Philip who apparently had organizational capabilities. And yet, they were all chosen—and used—by Jesus. (more…)


  2. Growth Points 56: Growing through Adversity

    October 15, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    After twenty-nine years in the pastorate, I can tell you I have faced difficulties I never thought I’d face in ministry. (Of course, I’ve also had more blessings than I anticipated too!) When you think about the reality of adversity, we probably should be more perceptive about the fact that it’s going to come. Second Timothy 3:12 tells us, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

    Whether you are facing financial burdens, ministry trials, family difficulties, or any other kind of adverse circumstances, I’d like to encourage you that God has a purpose and is working. In this growth points video, I share several reasons God allows adversity in our lives as well as five steps to make your season of adversity a time of growth.


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  3. 5 Best Practices for Handling Stress

    September 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    I think the Apostle Paul would laugh at some of our goals of “stress-free living.” Not because he would have had a desire for stress, but because of the lengths we go to avoid it!

    We see stress as an enemy, but in reality, it is part and parcel of life—especially life in the ministry.

    • How can you bear one another’s burden without enduring some stress?
    • How can you love and lead people without demands on your time and energy?
    • How can you be on the front lines of spiritual battle without the tension of spiritual warfare?

    Yes, there is stress involved in ministry.

    But there is a difference between living with stress and living “stressed out.” In contrast to our stressed out living, God offers His peace.

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…—Colossians 3:15

    So how can you live with stress and simultaneously walk with the peace of God ruling in your heart? (more…)


  4. An A-B-C for Fruitful Sanity in Busy Times

    September 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    You know those seasons when you are so busy you hardly feel you have time to even look at your to do list? And you consider what would happen to your family if you actually lost your mind?

    We can get so caught up in tasks, that not only do we lose our focus, but we lose our perspective and fruitfulness. Sometimes it helps to pull away from the task mountain in front of you and step back to remember the basics.

    Are you busy today? Here are three basic elements to guard and develop: (more…)


  5. Growth Points 54: Three Truths for Discipleship

    September 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Those of us who are passionate to see reproduction in local church ministry know that there is a process involved in Christian growth and maturity. This is true whether we are talking about a new Christian developing into a leader within the church or a young man who is called into the ministry developing into the ability to serve as a pastor.

    Philippians 4:9 gives us this necessary process for discipleship: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

    And yet, too often, we become one-dimensional in how we train new Christians and develop new leaders. If we neglect—or only partially fulfill—any of the process, we end up with only partially-matured Christians.

    In this week’s Growth Points video, I invite you to look with me at the three-fold process the Apostle Paul followed as he discipled others.


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