The Eternal Optimist

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard Wiley Miller is the creator of the comic strip, Non Sequitur. When apolitical, Miller’s strip can be enjoyable. I cut one of his strips from a daily edition of The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC) back in the early aughts featuring “the eternal optimist.” In the one-panel comic, the grimContinue reading “The Eternal Optimist”

Longing For Hope

Thursday’s Column: Captain’s Blog Carl Pollard We’ve spent three weeks looking at a few areas where the world is desperate. They long for guidance, purpose and finally, hope (1 Pt. 5:10). We have abused this word. We say things like, “I hope there’s some food at the house” or, “I hope the weather is niceContinue reading “Longing For Hope”

How To Make The Best Of A Bad Situation 

Tuesday’s Column: Dale Mail Dale Pollard Rattlesnakes are large, venomous snakes that live throughout North and South America. In my humble opinion, they are one of the most terrifying creatures on the planet–from the hair-raising sound of that rattle to those intimidating fangs that can be up to six inches long. The bite from oneContinue reading “How To Make The Best Of A Bad Situation “

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 knowContinue reading “WHY TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY (poem)”

That’s The Church For You!

Neal Pollard Where you can build relationships with some of finest, most enjoyable people on earth. Where the world gets smaller and mutual connections are usually a conversation away. Where God’s Word is honored and imperfect people try to follow it. Where Christ is at the heart of every idea, program, and plan, but alsoContinue reading “That’s The Church For You!”

OPTIMISM

Neal Pollard Joshua and Caleb were positively optimistic. They surveyed the situation and saw the taking of Canaan as a no-lose situation (cf. Num. 14:7-9). But have you stopped to consider what made them so optimistic? When the majority was cursed with a pessimistic spirit, these men saw looming victory. They were optimistic about theContinue reading “OPTIMISM”

How To See The Good In Others

Neal Pollard Some just can’t! They assume bad motives, intentions, and behaviors in others. They like to predict failure and disaster. Some take that attitude toward people, including Christians. “They won’t last!” “They can’t cut it as a deacon/elder.” “He won’t ever be a good preacher!” “They just want the praise of men.” Think aboutContinue reading “How To See The Good In Others”

FAITH IN PEOPLE

Neal Pollard There are some people with “trust issues.”  They are stuck in a negative frame of mind, believing the worst in others with little expectation that they will improve.  They may even castigate anyone who would encourage you to put faith in people.  Certainly, our greatest faith must always be in God.  He neverContinue reading “FAITH IN PEOPLE”

What Does God See In You?

Neal Pollard The inimitable historian, David McCullough, has churned out another masterpiece in his new book, The Wright Brothers.  Chronicling their lives before, on, and after that famous December day in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, McCullough, in his unique way, peels back the layers of the people who made the history.  One particularContinue reading “What Does God See In You?”

“What’s Wrong With The Church…”

Neal Pollard The blogosphere is getting pretty rife with posts about how the church is inept in method or impure in motive on just about everything, from good works to evangelism to preaching to leadership to cultural relevance. It appears that we (the church) have a skewed perspective of the past, we are doing practically nothing nowContinue reading ““What’s Wrong With The Church…””