VISITORS—HANDLE WITH CARE!

Neal Pollard I’m not sure where the phrase, “handle with care,” originated. It’s usually reserved for advice regarding that which is fragile or even volatile. It really is applicable to those who visit our assemblies because of their value and importance. They came through the doors of our church building intentionally and with a purpose. … Continue reading VISITORS—HANDLE WITH CARE!

“I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

Neal Pollard Yesterday afternoon, the Bear Valley eldership stood before us one by one to talk about their priorities both for themselves and for us. They distilled them into five simple words that describe five profound concepts: (1) Worship, (2) Communication, (3) Fellowship, (4) Accountability, and (5) Leadership. They told us that as the religious … Continue reading “I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

Sharing Trade Secrets Or Sharing The Wealth?

Neal Pollard Last month, Von Miller gathered some of the NFL’s elite sack specialists at Stanford University for what he called a "pass rush summit.” The participates were star defensive players from around the league, with several different teams represented. Addressing concerns that each man was sharing his trade secrets, Miller replied that it was … Continue reading Sharing Trade Secrets Or Sharing The Wealth?

Victories Of Our Friends And Family Day

[Disclaimer: I mention specific names, knowing that I cannot possibly know every story and detail. These are included to encourage. God saw it all and will reward accordingly!] Neal Pollard There was an air of excitement. We did not meet our numerical goal, but there was a noticeable buzz yesterday. So many new faces milling … Continue reading Victories Of Our Friends And Family Day

Are We A Friendly Congregation?

Neal Pollard While we must be concerned with doing what we do in worship according to Christ's expressed will, we must also be sure to reflect His love to strangers, newcomers, outsiders, and otherwise unfamiliar faces. It offends my sensitivities anytime I hear anyone complain that a church I love so much seems cold and … Continue reading Are We A Friendly Congregation?

Preach Him!

Preach Him... In spite of opposition. When men sin. When men hurt. When the world is on the brink of disaster. When all forsake you. When the stakes are high. When men don't listen. When anguish sweeps over your soul. When it is not popular. To all men...black...white...rich...poor...educated...uneducated...nice...hateful...friends....enemies...high...low... When paid and when not paid. When … Continue reading Preach Him!

What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?

Neal Pollard V--ictorious? Faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 Jn. 5:4). No coach hopes to win without first planning and architecting. The blueprints have already been put in place (Rom. 6:17), but we must work the plans to be a success in God's eyes! I--nvolved? Do we want to merely keep house and meet … Continue reading What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?

FACTS AND TRIVIA RELATED TO OUR LECTURESHIP

Neal Pollard When the boys were younger, I would ask them questions about Old Testament characters as part of a quiz.  Included in that were questions about the Minor Prophets.  How well do you know the following without consulting your Bible (or Google)? He wondered why God used a more wicked nation to punish his … Continue reading FACTS AND TRIVIA RELATED TO OUR LECTURESHIP

A Mass Appeal To Help Us Reach A Worthy, Wonderful Goal!

Melvin Otey's lecture from the 2013 lectures. Stay tuned for details on 2014's program!

A Runaway Ford

Neal Pollard Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is eating up news headlines these days, from admitting "to smoking crack cocaine, buying illegal drugs, and driving after consuming alcohol" (Allison Martell, Reuters, 11/18/13).  His profanity-laced tirades, graphic sexual remarks, domestic incidents, and general godless behavior are all marquee letters on a sign that reads, "No self control … Continue reading A Runaway Ford