I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth

Neal Pollard The early church grew (Acts 2:41; 5:14; 6:1,7; 9:31; 11:24). As we read of this growth explosion, we see the key role member involvement played. Christians were spreading the word (8:4), involved in each other's lives and in the lives of the lost around them. This is such a simple concept, but churches … Continue reading I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth

THE MYSTERY OF INFLUENCE

Neal Pollard Several years ago, a fourteen-year-old girl named Shannon Smith was shot to death in her own back yard. A bullet lodged in her brain. Though already tragic and horrific, the story was made more tragic by the inexplicable nature of the shooting. Police, judging from the trajectory made by the entry would, concluded … Continue reading THE MYSTERY OF INFLUENCE

AN IRRECONCILABLE IRONY

Neal Pollard Some years ago an AP wire report yielded this incredible, true story.  Apparently a dirty joke was sent by a company employee to 6,000 people!  What was so unusual?  The perpetrator, intending to send a daily report to reporters and government officials, was a federal communications commission employee!  The headline read, “Joke Is … Continue reading AN IRRECONCILABLE IRONY

Self-Control Means Saying “Yes” As Well As “No”

Neal Pollard Don’t you normally associate self-control with self-denial?  Certainly, Jesus says that following Him means denying self in a variety of ways (Matt. 16:24).  Gluttony, sexual sin, alcoholism and other physically detrimental habits, cursing, and the like involve this negative dimension of self-control.  Yet, how many times have you heard a preacher or teacher … Continue reading Self-Control Means Saying “Yes” As Well As “No”

The Peril Of “Covering Up”

Neal Pollard Misty Ann Weaver made a tragic decision.  The Houston-area licensed vocational nurse is charged in the burning death of three people after she started a fire in her six-story office building.  Why did she take such horrible measures that resulted in the unnecessary, tragic deaths of these victims?  She was  apparently behind on … Continue reading The Peril Of “Covering Up”

“The Moscow Rules”

Neal Pollard Once, while I was in the Washington, D.C., area holding a gospel meeting, I had the privilege of going through the International Spy Museum near Chinatown.   Having an avid interest in both military history and the former Soviet Union, I was thrilled at the opportunity.  The museum displays just how ancient the espionage … Continue reading “The Moscow Rules”

Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany* 

Neal Pollard We are a diverse group who gather to sing for worship. We vary in age, education, religious background and literacy, race, and doubtless other factors. Some of us have been singing the same hymns for decades, while others may be seeing those hymns for the first time.  There is a mutual responsibility, one … Continue reading Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany* 

I Met A Soul Today (POEM)

Neal Pollard A lonely soul was crying out For someone to direct Their mind to know the will of God But I chose to deflect. An edgy soul was acting out Intimidating and coarse Yet they were searching for the truth I recoiled with too little remorse. A hopeful soul was reaching out And attended … Continue reading I Met A Soul Today (POEM)

The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Neal Pollard Quick. Name the top three accomplishments of Grover Cleveland's presidency. I'll wait.  Nothing? Don't feel dense or unpatriotic. He's not in most historians' top 10 (25?) of American presidents. But on yesterday's date, 132 years ago, he was at the helm and dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  This, if … Continue reading The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Are You Dogmatic?

Neal Pollard Brett Petrillo, one of my co-workers at Bear Valley, showed me a word (in Colossians 2:20) I did not know was in the Bible. Actually, it's in the Greek Bible, and the word is "δογματίζω  (dogmatizo). According to BDAG, it means "to put under obligation by rules or ordinances; obligate" (Arndt, et al, … Continue reading Are You Dogmatic?