The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

Neal Pollard Some time ago, I wrote, "I passed by a skunk and a snake, fighting tooth and nail. I didn't stop and pet either or take sides. I got out of there as fast as I could." That was metaphorical rather than actual, though I've had encounters with each animal individually. My point had … Continue reading The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

What Are We Saying About The Church?

Neal Pollard Recently, in an excellent lesson about gossip, the teacher recounted an incident I, and many others, could echo from the background of our own experience either in ministry or our personal lives. A mother asked her wayward daughter why she no longer was a member of the church. Her convicting reply, “The way … Continue reading What Are We Saying About The Church?

A Tangled Mess!

Neal Pollard Late in 2010, Jason Good was surveying timber in Meigs County, Ohio, when he came upon a bizarre sight. Three huge whitetail deer were dead, floating in a creek with their antlers locked. It was an 11-pointer, a 10-pointer, and an 8-pointer. The landowner, Brien Burke, figured that two of them were fighting … Continue reading A Tangled Mess!

Before You Type Or Talk Today

  Neal Pollard A pick, a poke, a controversy, Hit and run, a verbal grenade, We may see it as clever, though without mercy And own it like an accolade But are we making people think When what and how we say it scars? If it causes a stir, a strife, a stink Instead of … Continue reading Before You Type Or Talk Today

Enmities

Neal Pollard “Enmities” is a work of the flesh, found in Galatians 5:20. It’s something we may not quite understand. How do “enmities” arise and is this something you and I may fall prey to? Enmities arise by holding a grudge.  In fact, it can be very difficult to know when you cross the line … Continue reading Enmities

NO SMILE RULE!

  Neal Pollard “Stop smiling!”  DMV photographers in Virginia, Arkansas, Nevada, and Indiana are among the states requiring grin-free pictures on residents’ drivers licenses.  Apparently, face-recognition software is thrown off by curled up kissers.  The objective is to curtail fraudulent drivers licenses.  So, by rule, there will be no smiling when the photographer says “cheese.” Like you, … Continue reading NO SMILE RULE!

You Sure Do Have An Attitude!

Neal Pollard Unavoidably, you do! And consider what hinges on what kind of attitude you have. Often, the difference in winning and losing is attitude. Happiness and sadness is a matter of attitude rather than circumstances. Failure and success is determined, many times, by what kind of attitude we have toward the task. Even one's … Continue reading You Sure Do Have An Attitude!

OPTIMISM

Neal Pollard Joshua and Caleb were positively optimistic. They surveyed the situation and saw the taking of Canaan as a no-lose situation (cf. Num. 14:7-9). But have you stopped to consider what made them so optimistic? When the majority was cursed with a pessimistic spirit, these men saw looming victory. They were optimistic about the … Continue reading OPTIMISM

Fickleness

Neal Pollard Here is my estimation of Peyton Manning’s few seasons in Denver so far: “Football fans frenetic for a famous flinger fawned over his fabulous finesse. A few festive, favorable football seasons fashioned full fondness for this fabled figure. Following his foot foibles and flawed, flat functioning, fickle followers flung their festering frustration field-ward, … Continue reading Fickleness

Enemies Of Contentment

Neal Pollard Contentment is a learned trait (Ph. 4:11). It is a disciplined trait (1 Ti. 6:8). It is a commanded trait (He. 13:5).  Yet, it is such a rare trait! Some, like Dr. Rick Hanson, have written elaborate explanations for how contentment is a science, a matter of utilizing the neural capacity of the … Continue reading Enemies Of Contentment