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

Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

Neal Pollard What is the greatest trial? What do men so despise? The hardest climb and dreariest mile Is seeing through another’s eyes. It may appear uncomplicated, Completely cut and dry, But our skills may be overrated, As we try to see through the other’s eye. We don’t know what they’re thinking Can’t know their … Continue reading Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

Encourage!

Neal Pollard Steven Covey has said, “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” There is great wisdom and truth in that. Encouragement requires unselfishness and thoughtfulness. It requires our looking … Continue reading Encourage!

“Act Like You Like One Another”

Neal Pollard Someone tasked with taking a picture of a couple or small group will coach them to stand closer together, maybe adding, “Act like you like one another.” They will typically chuckle and comply. How many moms have exhorted their squabbling children with a similar phrase? A quick perusal of social media, with its … Continue reading “Act Like You Like One Another”

Do Brotherhood

Neal Pollard Hayden Holland, who obeyed the gospel less than three years ago, taught his first Bible class last night at Teens in the Word. It was an excellent, hour-plus long study of the parallels between serving in the military and living the Christian life. In this very practical study, Hayden mentioned the Army’s concept … Continue reading Do Brotherhood

Help Them On Their Way!

Neal Pollard As Paul nears the close of his short epistle to Titus, he urges, “Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way so that nothing is lacking for them” (3:13). Whatever Paul had in mind, whether financial, transportation, lodging, emotional, or similar help, it is an interesting plea. It isn't said, but … Continue reading Help Them On Their Way!

The Holiday Blues

Neal Pollard It is amazing how many people lose loved ones around the holidays. If you consider that there are about six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, you realize the statistical probability. But, for one who loses a mate, child, or parent, the situation is not remotely clinical. It is deeply personal. It … Continue reading The Holiday Blues

Are We Trampling Upon Romans 14:19?

Neal Pollard Paul’s words in Romans 14:19 seem to have fallen upon hard times, often among those who are in a position of greater trust and influence. In that particular verse, the apostle is drawing a conclusion about his instructions to Christians, saying, “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the … Continue reading Are We Trampling Upon Romans 14:19?

WHEN MY FLAME FLICKERS

Neal Pollard A fire requires just a few basic things to keep going—starter, combustible material, oxygen, and maintenance.  It can take a while to get a fire started, but it needs ventilation to get going and stay going.  After it’s caught, the fire must be cared for and tended.  Otherwise, the fire dies. Paul says … Continue reading WHEN MY FLAME FLICKERS

SARCASTIC, STORMY SQUABBLES AMONG THE SAINTS

Neal Pollard (Imagine The Following 1st-Century Social Media Thread) “Apostles And Disciples On Facebook” James of Jerusalem: I believe the gospel should only go to the Jews. Or at least we should circumcise Gentiles who want to become Christians. Simon Peter: Poor James.  I used to think that way, too.  But I know better.  You … Continue reading SARCASTIC, STORMY SQUABBLES AMONG THE SAINTS