Neal Pollard It will happen, at least occasionally. A remark you make gets taken out of context, will not be correctly heard, or will be heard through the personal filters of the listener. Your facial expressions and body language may not accurately express your feelings or at least not tell the whole story. People may … Continue reading WHEN MISUNDERSTOOD
Neal Pollard Has a preacher ever been motivated by finance, popularity, or fame? Has an elder ever been motivated by power, influence, or notoriety? Has a Christian ever served in any way for notice, accolades, or to satisfy pride? In individual cases, it’s so hard to tell (ultimately, it’s impossible). But, knowing human nature, we … Continue reading Why Do You Serve?
Neal Pollard Do you want your marriage to flourish and grow? Do you want to read through the Bible this year? Do you want to lead someone the Savior to know? Do you want to live life without worry and fear? Do you want to lose weight and be healthy and fit? Do you … Continue reading Wanting To Want To
Neal Pollard Rob Heusevelet and his son came upon a bison calf in Yellowstone National Park that was shivering in the cold. They were afraid for the health and survival of the animal, so they put it into their SUV and drove it to a ranger station in the park. A witness who took a … Continue reading When “Help” Is Actually “Harm”
Neal Pollard I want to preface this story by saying that, of all my siblings, I probably got away with more than the other two combined. However, on at least one occasion, I was punished for something I did not do. My brother was about four years old, and he, some neighborhood buddies, and I … Continue reading “He Shot Me”
Neal Pollard Saving for retirement. Exercising and losing weight. Mending a broken relationship. Daily Bible reading. Many are the objectives, goals, and needs we all have in this life, but just as many are the excuses we often give for not addressing them. We fall back on lack of time, how we feel, whose fault … Continue reading EXCUSES OR MOTIVATIONS
Neal Pollard I’ve known individuals whose sole purpose in the assemblies has seemed to be to critique those who lead the worship or show up to engage in it, from their appearance to their aptitude. While we certainly need to avoid having someone blatantly engaging in sin and error (that’s an article for a different … Continue reading THE FOLLY OF CHRONICALLY PLAYING THE WORSHIP CRITIC
Neal Pollard I attend because I want to honor God in the special way that occurs when the church assembles to worship Him I attend because I want to encourage others and be with them every opportunity I can I attend because I find the acts of worship so meaningful I attend because there’s so … Continue reading Bible Classes, Special Services, And P.M. Worship Services
Neal Pollard Are you sure to take credit for works that are done or do you seek to give credit for them? Are you more apt to take others’ time or to give your time to others? Do you take joy from others or give it to them? Are you quicker to take the attention … Continue reading Are You A Taker Or A Giver?