Neal Pollard Near the end of August, 1883, a humble working woman of Panama, Ceylon, carrying a sheaf of paddy from rice fields, was “swept away from the harbor bay by an immense influx of water.” This poor, anonymous woman was killed by a long wave produced by the unparalleled explosion of Mount Krakatoa, a … Continue reading You Are Making Waves!
Neal Pollard Take a moment to think about what happens in the course of a typical day. The coffee's too hot (or not hot enough) or it tastes funny. The car in front of me is going too slow. The internet's malfunctioning. The waitress has forgotten me. My coworker is lazy or undependable. My spouse … Continue reading It Isn’t Hard To Find The Flaws
Neal Pollard Drives one regularly, even daily, into His Word. Draws one constantly to the throne room of prayer. Decides matters with a view toward what He wants. Declines those things that put distance between Him and oneself. Deplores the things that hurt His cause. Defends His name, honor, reputation, and values in one's relationships … Continue reading Some Marks Of A Christ-Centered Life
Some thoughts revisited while studying for a lesson on Daniel 1 this afternoon.
One of the fond memories I have from my first local work was attending a gospel meeting in a tiny block building in York, Alabama, conducted by the late gospel preacher and teacher, W. Gaddys Roy. He was talking about authority that evening, and a member of a nearby non-institutional congregation took umbrage with some of brother Roy’s lesson. Particularly, the brother did not like the idea that eating in a church building was a matter of opinion. He thought it was a matter of faith, and his question for brother Roy was, “Where’s your authority to eat in the building?” Brother Roy said, “Where’s your authority for the building?” The brother pressed his point, but ignored brother Roy’s question.
Sometimes, we hear people asking “where is your authority?” for something when they have misunderstood that the Bible authorizes generically as well as specifically. In fact, a…
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Neal Pollard Have you ever researched famous people born on your birthday? I have. I share a birthday with Babe Ruth, Bob Marley, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Queen Anne, Isidor Strauss, J.E.B. Stuart, Tom Brokaw, and, of course, a great many others. Two of the more fascinating, by contrast, were born a year apart. The one … Continue reading THE DIFFERENCE OF MORE THAN A YEAR
Neal Pollard It was September 24, 1869. The Civll War was barely an excruciating national memory and the nation was rebuilding. That specific day was a Friday, the day a cruel scheme by two Wall Street investors was discovered and led to an implosion of the Stock Market. It was referred to as "Black Friday." … Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY
Neal Pollard Bloomberg Businessweek's Ira Boudway wrote a fascinating article about the perennially successful head basketball coach of the San Antonio Spurs. He called the piece, "The Five Pillars of Popovich." Gregg Popovich, who has led the Texas team to five NBA championships in a little over 20 years, is the epitome of steady in … Continue reading HOW TO TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS
I pray for more of God’s people to appreciate the value of each assembly, and may that be reflected in our preparation, leadership in, and enthusiasm about each class and worship service.
It is an eclectic club. Some of its members have only ever come one service per week, whose perceivable spiritual progress has been hard to measure. Others, perhaps more tragically, have waned from greater faithfulness in the past to the more tepid attitude toward the assemblies at which God is always present. The Bible makes it clear that those who fail to put Christ first have put something in that place. This is an unenviable position to be in. Yet, these who neglect faithful attendance deprive themselves of so much.
- They miss information. Bible classes, sermons, table talks, and mid-week devotional talks all help increase our knowledge and strengthen our conviction in what we already know. This information is like a flashlight for the journey in a dark, dark world (Ps. 119:105). If we take heed to that word, we do well (2 Pet. 1:19). To identify the…
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Neal Pollard Tim Gean has a 5/8 wrench that belonged to his dad, who is now deceased. He and his dad overhauled several cars together. His father owned that wrench for decades. Tim had his hands on that wrench countless times through the years. Several times, Tim was in a garage with his dad and … Continue reading A Notch On A Wrench And A Stigma For The Savior