1. 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…)


  2. 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…)


  3. 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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  4. 10 Lessons from 60 Years

    September 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Two weeks ago, I was sitting on the edge of my seat listening to a lesson Dr. Don Sisk gave at our annual staff training. It was titled “Principles for Life” and was full of biblical, practical advice.

    Dr. Don Sisk is eighty years old and has served the Lord for sixty years in ministry—and he is still full of the joy of the Lord as he serves.

    Each of the ten principles Dr. Sisk gave spoke to my heart, and the entire evening had God’s anointing touch on it. These principles were so meaningful to me that I added them to my daily planner for frequent review, and I wanted to share them with you.

    As you read these, picture yourself sitting in a room with a man who has served the Lord faithfully, fruitfully, and joyfully for over six decades giving you his ten secrets to life: (more…)


  5. The Science Behind What Gets Done

    August 11, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’re like me, not everything on your to-do list or project list gets done. And yet, if you’re like me, it’s vital that certain projects do get done.

    Of course, the difference in what gets done and what doesn’t get done fundamentally relates to the choices we make in preparation and execution. But just what are those choices that make a difference?

    Some years ago, I read six of the principles below in a book or article that quoted Gary McIntosh (I believe from his book The Exodus Principle) and then added one of my own to the list. I don’t remember how each principle was described, but below is a description of how I’ve seen it work in my life and our ministry.

    What preparation decisions can leaders make regarding what gets done? Here are seven. Obviously, not all seven of these principles relate to every project or need, but the more that can be applied, the better the chance something has of getting done. (more…)