1. Growth Points 42: Thinkfulness Is Thankfulness

    November 28, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    Someone told me years ago that thinkfulness is thankfulness. It’s true, and I’ve never forgotten it.

    When I pause to ponder the goodness of God, it brings thankfulness to my heart. When I ponder unfinished tasks and looming deadlines, gratitude escapes.

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    I encourage you today to give thanks to your everlastingly good God. (more…)

  2. When You Count Your Blessings, Begin Here

    November 26, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    When you begin your Thanksgiving gratitude list, what do you include?

    Most of us probably begin with God’s gifts of salvation, family, church family, and friends. We then move to tangible gifts such as shelter, clothing, vehicle, and financial provision. If we stay at our list long enough, we add events and highlights of the past year.

    I want to encourage you this year to add a new category to your list. This category represents one of the greatest reasons to be thankful—and every item on the list can be found between the covers of your Bible.

    What is it? God’s promises.

    Through God’s promises we have comfort for today and hope for tomorrow. Regardless of what we’re facing in the moment, God’s promises provide an unending reason for gratitude.

    If you want to count your blessings, begin with God’s promises! Here are ten to get you started: (more…)

  3. How to Slay the Enemy of Gratitude

    November 23, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    Do you know the single greatest enemy of gratitude?

    It’s not poverty.

    It’s not stinginess.

    It’s not mistreatment.

    It’s expectancy.

    That’s it—expectancy.

    We don’t often recognize the expectancy in our own hearts, because it seems so normal—so right—to us. But we can see it in others. (more…)

  4. 2 Practical Thanksgiving Admonitions

    November 21, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    Psalm 105 is rich with practical admonitions for Thanksgiving. But two in particular have captured my attention this year:

    “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.”—Psalm 105:2

    Sing to Him

    I’m planning to preach this Sunday from Luke 1 about Mary’s song of worship. When she sang, her whole purpose was to exalt the Lord. In fact, her worship convicted me that sometimes mine is too shallow. It’s so easy for our singing—especially congregational singing—to become mechanical rather than purposeful.

    This Thanksgiving, pick up a hymn book, and sing praise to the Lord. (more…)

  5. The Overlooked Problem of Speed

    November 17, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    Patience has never been one of my natural virtues. My preferred mode of operation is to set my eyes on a goal and start moving that direction—as quickly as possible.

    In part, I believe this drive in the hearts of leaders is a God-given gift. It keeps us challenged, and it helps us to motivate others.

    But there’s a downside to it as well. Sometimes we chug so fast that we fail to pause to give thanks. It’s as if the train is careening so quickly along that all of our focus and attention is concentrated into just keeping steady in this forward momentum. But we never get to enjoy the scenery…or look back over the distance we’ve covered.

    The Thanksgiving holiday is an opportunity to briefly pause the train…and give thanks. (more…)