October 24, 2014 by Paul Chappell
The last six weeks of every year—from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s—are full of incredible reminders of God’s presence and goodness.
But these weeks also tend to be incredibly busy and demanding. It’s easy to spend these weeks pulled from one special ministry event or family celebration to the next with no time to breathe in between. For many the season simply passes by in a blur of activity and hurry.
Add to that the pressure as a teacher or preacher of preparing holiday-themed lessons or messages—multiple years in a row to the same people—and there is another demand on a full calendar season.
Yet, for Christians, Thanksgiving and Christmas ought to be two of the most celebrated and reflected upon holidays of the year. And the New Year ought to be approached with renewed dedication to the Lord, not frazzled leftovers from a stressed out month.
It is for these reasons that I recently wrote a brand new adult Sunday school curriculum—A Season to Celebrate: Experience God’s Grace in the Busyness of the Season. I am so excited about releasing this mini-series, and I pray it will be a help and blessing to teachers and students alike. (more…)
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November 14, 2011 by Paul Chappell
The next six weeks are some of the busiest on the calendar. Between now and Christmas, life can easily swallow us up in a whirlwind of holiday preparation and activity. Yet, these busy weeks also hold some of the most sacred moments of the entire year…if we will intentionally look for them.
Thanksgiving, in particular, is easily passed over without us really pausing to give God thanks. Below are five simple suggestions that have helped me use this holiday to draw closer to the Lord through the month of November. (more…)
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December 2, 2008 by Paul Chappell
I enjoyed spending time with my family for the Thanksgiving holiday last week. We had a great time being together especially since our youngest daughter Kristine will be getting married one week from this Friday.
After we had finished eating one night and were coming out of the restaurant, we ran into Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. It was nice to be able to talk with him for a few minutes and thank him for his work to promote the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign in our state. I thank the Lord for a good man standing for traditional marriage and biblical values during this time in our nation.
I pray you had a joyful Thanksgiving with your family. May the Lord bless you as we enter this Christmas season.
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