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
Neal Pollard Marge Singleton and Merle Kilgore cowrote a song that was a hit for Teresa Brewer at the end of the "doo wop" era, entitled "He Understands Me." The heart of the lyrics, which are repeated, is: "He understands me the way you never did. He loves me the way you never did. He … Continue reading He Understands Me
Neal Pollard The astute reader of the book of Mark finds the word 40 times in 39 verses (the Greek word most often translated "immediately" in Mark is actually found 44 times). It is a key word found consistently throughout the gospel but especially in the first six chapters. Usually, the word is used to … Continue reading “Immediately”
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…
Neal Pollard The phrase is abused by those in denominations. With it, they suggest that such is the totality of one's responsibility in order to receive salvation. It is synonymous with the idea of the "faith only" doctrine of Christendom. Yet, it is biblical to the core. Observe. "Accept." Jesus says, "He who rejects … Continue reading Accept Jesus As Your Personal Savior
Neal Pollard Heather Christensen, a 33 year old music teacher from Spanish Fork, Utah, contributed the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of dozens of band students on October 10, 2009. The bus driver, bringing back the band competition winners from Idaho State University, slumped over in his seat and Christensen left her seat and grabbed the … Continue reading Another Heroic Sacrifice
Neal Pollard Periodically, we read or hear of "sightings" that unbelievers have a field day with. I refer to "Jesus sightings," people are claiming in such things as clouds, Cheetos, dental X-rays, cooking utensils, windows, walls, and trees. Wikipedia even has an entry for it ("Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena"). People vehemently defend … Continue reading LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE FOR JESUS
Neal Pollard Since I was a boy, "A Wonderful Savior" has been one of my favorite hymns. A multitude of reasons are cited in this beautiful song, all of which builds my adoration for the Lamb of God! Let me suggest three reasons why I think Jesus is a wonderful Savior. He has a wonderful … Continue reading A Wonderful Savior!
Neal Pollard I recently heard D.C. Brown, illustrating proper conduct, mention a list I’ve seen at times in my adult life. The list he mentioned was of people whose personal checks the cashier was not to take. The offenders apparently wrote “bad checks,” checks they did not have sufficient funds to cover. The names, as … Continue reading ARE YOU ON THE LIST?
Neal Pollard The manger scene was sweet and mild, But it was only a part of the plan, The gift was not given by the swaddling child, It was paid by the blood of the Man. His Bethlehem birth was a crucial cog, Without which His death could not be But the people who … Continue reading The Gift (POEM)