1. 5 Practical Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

    November 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I love Thanksgiving for many reasons, but perhaps the greatest is that it helps us schedule a day to do what we should be doing every day of the year—give thanks.

    Thanksgiving, of course, is more than a holiday—it should be a verb. So how, practically speaking, can we make this a day when we actually give thanks? Here are five suggestions: (more…)

  2. Make Today Your Masterpiece

    October 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Coach John Wooden used to say, “Make each day your masterpiece.” I read that statement recently, and it got me thinking.

    When you’re a kid, you’re asked from time to time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you’re like me, your answer to that question changed from year to year, but it always included big dreams. You wanted to do something great—something honorable and noble…or at least noteworthy.

    If I asked you today, “What is your greatest life goal?” or even “What is your next big goal?” your answers would probably include a plan or an event—something you want to do to make a difference for the cause of Christ.

    But if I asked you, “How are you going to make today great?” could you answer?

    I have been thinking a lot about the everyday—what we sometimes call mundane. All of us have repetitive duties, and most of us don’t have particularly glamorous moments scheduled each day into our planners. (more…)

  3. 14 Highlights from 2014

    December 31, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    I’m not much of a slow-down-and-look-back person. Ask me right now about God’s greatest blessings, and I’m likely to tell you about what happened last Sunday or what I’m looking forward to in the coming days.

    But I did something this December that I don’t normally do: I listed specific highlights of God’s blessings from the past twelve months.

    To be honest, 2014 had its challenges. But it also had its blessings. And as I, with the help of my calendar, looked back over the past twelve months, I was amazed at some of the great blessings God gave our family and ministry in 2014.

    Here are fourteen of the highlights—in the order they came: (more…)

  4. 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.

    (If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)

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

  5. 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…)