1. 5 “Musts” of Christ

    April 17, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    You can’t miss the urgency and passion with which Jesus carried out His ministry. Throughout His life on Earth, He was busy about the Father’s business.

    As young as a twelve-year-old He said, “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49).

    Throughout Christ’s ministry, He spoke in musts, conveying the urgency He felt to do the will of the Father.

    • “I must preach the kingdom of God” (Luke 4:43).
    • “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).
    • “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. (Luke 9:22)
    • And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (John 3:14)

    I wonder how often these priorities characterize our days? (more…)

  2. 7 Practices to Balance Your Schedule

    February 27, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    Developing balance is an ongoing pursuit in the life and heart of every spiritual leader.

    In fact, it’s been a quest in my life and ministry for over thirty years. I definitely have not arrived, but here are a few guidelines that I have tried to practice in balancing my schedule.

    1. Be watchful.

    An Olympian on the balance beam exercises every muscle to maintain equilibrium. As spiritual leaders, we need a similar level of sensitivity to imbalance and a commitment to keeping our lives centered on Christ.

    As the circumstances around us shift, we must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in adjusting our balance.

    2. Be hopeful.

    I am always busy, but there are some seasons of the year when just looking at my schedule is exhausting. It is in these busy and stressed times that we especially must maintain a spirit that says, “God is able!” (more…)

  3. My Most Productive Week of the Year

    December 26, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    I decided years ago that December 26–31 would be filled with more than Christmas dinner leftovers. Yes, this is a time of year to enjoy the season and celebrate, but I have found that it’s a wonderful week to get ready for the year ahead.

    Typically, I begin jotting down ideas for my new year goals as early as November. But after Christmas, I schedule some time to prayerfully go over each role in my life (Christian, husband, father, grandfather, pastor, college president, etc.) and make specific, measurable goals for growth in the year ahead.

    Scheduling this time is key—otherwise, it won’t get done. Most of us feel that we need to be in a particularly reflective mood or create an ambiance to effectively set goals. The truth is, we just need to make the time and seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

    And one more tip: I recommend using the SMART acrostic to position your goals for success.

    Action oriented  (not just philosophical)

    I challenge you to take the momentum of the last week of this year and let it carry you into the new year with renewed purpose and focus.

  4. How Jesus Got Everything Done

    May 19, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    It’s staggering to contemplate the demands placed on Jesus’ life. Not only did He come to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10), but He was continually sought out by the multitudes. Naturally, once you heal a blind man and cleanse a leper, you’re pretty much in high demand!

    Jesus could have spent all day every day and pulled frequent all nighters to meet the expectations of others, and He still would have had more to do than could be completed in a lifetime.

    So how did Jesus determine what should have His attention each day? How did He replenish Himself so He could give freely to the needs of others? (more…)