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

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Neal Pollard I woke up just before 5 AM to an ominous notification from my Jerusalem Post app. Downstairs, turning on the news, the horrific truth was confirmed. The worst mass shooting in modern American history. Not long after, I was in my gym locker room. A gym buddy, Mike, a self-described C&E (i.e., “Christmas … Continue reading Processing…

What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

Neal Pollard The ship is breaking apart. The timbers of civility. Crack! The planks of morality. Splinter!  The mast of critical thinking. Pop! As we hope to stay afloat, we cannot help but feel growing apprehension over the current state of our society. It's not a matter of preserving or plastering over a past. It's … Continue reading What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

My Hope For Youth

Neal Pollard This week has reaffirmed a fundamental view I have about youth. It has been affirmed by what I see in  our youth group, but it is bolstered by what I have seen in so many young people this week. Hearing youthful voices singing whenever they found an opportunity, I thought about how hopeful … Continue reading My Hope For Youth

WHY TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY (poem)

  Neal Pollard From sea to sea, He is the same No man can change His essence From year to year, His eternal flame Show His power and effervescence. Whoever sits upon a throne Or reigns a group or nation We must that One make fully known Through tireless proclamation For all mankind must know … Continue reading WHY TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY (poem)

Characteristics of Hope

Neal Pollard An epistle centering around the superiority of Christi as our all-sufficient One would certainly be expected to contain a message of hope. While some had apparently given up Jesus as their hope (6:4-6), the writer of Hebrews had a higher estimation of those to whom he writes. for one thing, they had a … Continue reading Characteristics of Hope

In Awe Of The Greatest Freedom

  Neal Pollard I once was without representation, Not a citizen of that chosen nation, Enslaved and oppressed, Deprived of the best, And discouraged by my lowly station, But my freedom was bought at a price, With the one ransom that would suffice, Sweet liberty was bought, And my freedom I sought, When I opted … Continue reading In Awe Of The Greatest Freedom

“Truly In Vain Is Salvation Hoped For From…”

  A politician or political party. Wall Street. Military might. Our net worth or economic savvy. Government programs. The second amendment. Popularity and fame. The worship of nature. Exercise and fitness. The appeal of our good looks. Walls. The importance of our occupation or position. Our national identity. The Supreme Court. Ethnicity and race. Science … Continue reading “Truly In Vain Is Salvation Hoped For From…”

Can You Imagine Being $53 Million In Personal Debt?

Neal Pollard USA Today’s Maria Puente is reporting music star Kanye West’s tweet where he writes, “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt…Please pray we overcome…This is my true heart….” (USAToday.com).  Hearing that Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla were going to give away some of … Continue reading Can You Imagine Being $53 Million In Personal Debt?

Confident And Unafraid

Neal Pollard Some are afraid of death because they’re uncertain of where they are going, but others are afraid of death because they are certain of where they are going! Paul was confident even in the face of death (2 Tim. 4:6-8). He could see his end coming but he embraced it. While it is … Continue reading Confident And Unafraid