February 27, 2017 by Paul Chappell
We know that a biblical perspective on our finances is based in the awareness that God is the ultimate owner of everything and has entrusted resources to us to steward, or manage, for Him. Our job, then, is to be faithful stewards.
It’s easy to talk about faithfulness and to assume we are faithful just because we have the desire to be. But what does faithful stewardship look like in terms of our day-to-day lives?
Over the years, I have observed five habits consistently present in those who wisely handle finances. (more…)
Category: Christian Life
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March 27, 2014 by Paul Chappell
As a new pastor, I had one very good reason to preach about finances—the church had no money!
But I had an even more compelling reason not to preach about finances: I didn’t want to offend our few members!
Pastors probably know the jokes and one-liners about preachers who only preach about money and churches who are always wanting more money better than anybody. No pastor in his right mind is eager to stir the discomfort of the church family and risk hard feelings.
So, in my early years of ministry, I was hesitant to preach about tithing and giving. I preached passionately about seeking the Lord, being filled with the Spirit, growing in the Christian life, witnessing for Christ…but I hated to preach about giving.
I’m long past that fear.
Now, I consider it a sin of omission to not preach about giving. (more…)
Category: Christian Life, Ministry Leadership
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December 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell
It seems that everywhere I go I get asked similar questions:
- How do you organize your life?
- How do you plan your time?
- How do you determine your priorities?
These are excellent questions—questions, in fact, to which I’ve sought answers for years.
After writing the book Stewarding Life two years ago, I began looking to develop a personal resource that would serve as a tool to put life stewardship principles into practice on a daily basis. The result was the Stewarding Life Planner. (more…)
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March 24, 2012 by Paul Chappell
The spiritual, political, cultural, and economic landscape at this point in American history is unfriendly toward forward momentum for God.
Yet I believe that the greatest works of God are accomplished during the most limited times humanly speaking. In fact, some of the most financially intense projects recorded in Scripture took place during lean times.
- The wilderness tabernacle was constructed by laid-off brick layers.
- The second Temple was constructed by refugees.
- The first century church was funded by poverty-stricken Christians.
The economic insecurity, political instability, cultural turmoil, and spiritual upheaval of today makes a very large platform for God to be magnified! When significant works of God happen against this backdrop, the glory obviously goes to God. (more…)
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March 22, 2012 by Paul Chappell
My wife is a godly lady who has cheerfully endured many difficulties for the sake of the ministry over the years. But she hates cockroaches.
Unfortunately, one of the hotel rooms we stayed in while in Central America last week had these unwelcome critters. More unfortunately, Terrie was the first to discover our guests.
She killed the first one in the bathroom and brought me in to see the expired victim. Then she suggested that I ask the hotel manager for a new room.
We were on a tight, busy schedule, and I couldn’t talk to the manager until the following day. By that time, Terrie had stepped directly on one and spotted more. She even captured one in a jar to prove the invasion. (more…)
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