A PROVEN RECIPE FOR PEACE

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard Peace conjures a number of different images in our minds; from hippies to nature’s beauty to inner calm to lack of anxiety. Nearly every group of people in the world craves peace – no rational human being wants to live in constant upheaval. We all want to have peace,Continue reading “A PROVEN RECIPE FOR PEACE”

A Passage I’ve Neglected To Apply To Myself

Neal Pollard To be fair, there have been several passages I’ve neglected to apply to myself, but, given the time of year we are in, this is certainly one. Paul writes, “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He whoContinue reading “A Passage I’ve Neglected To Apply To Myself”

A Warm And Welcoming Church

Neal Pollard Once, I received a call from a woman who watched our TV program. She shared her religious background with me, including the fact that she was raised in a church of Christ. While she was baptized many years before, she committed fornication, became pregnant, and had a child out of wedlock. She saidContinue reading “A Warm And Welcoming Church”

Accept Jesus As Your Personal Savior

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 rejectsContinue reading “Accept Jesus As Your Personal Savior”

The Lost Loved By The Lord

Neal Pollard The prostitute on the street with a painful past who’s made dreadful decisions. The grownup who’s the product of unbelievable dysfunction and endured issues like abuse, abandonment, alcohol, and anxiety.  The teen who has never been shown true, Christlike love. The religious adherent whose idea of God and the Bible has been filteredContinue reading “The Lost Loved By The Lord”

A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS

Neal Pollard Deuteronomy was apparently a favored Old Testament book for our Lord.  It was this last book of the Pentateuch Jesus quotes each time He is tempted by the Devil in the wilderness (Mt. 4:4,7,10).  His writing on discipline (Mt. 18:16) and divorce (Mt. 5:31; 19:7) draw on Moses’ writings in that book, too. Continue reading “A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS”

Let’s Not Mistake What Some Mean By “Tolerance”

Neal Pollard Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian declared war on establishments which wished to decline services to those of the LGBT community. Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes bakery, were driven out of business by a lawsuit in the wake of their refusal to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. According toContinue reading “Let’s Not Mistake What Some Mean By “Tolerance””

Can He Accept Me As I Am?

Neal Pollard Can God accept me as I am?  I know me better than I know anyone else—my thoughts, feelings, motives, intentions, desires, temptations, and attitudes.  I know I have sin in my life, and I have for many years.  I know I struggle today and I will continue to struggle until He takes meContinue reading “Can He Accept Me As I Am?”