The Quality That Makes Us Excited For Hard Times

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard Joy is something we’re supposed to have when we go through trials (Jas. 1.3). It’s χαρά, which means, “to experience gladness.” It describes a forward-thinking mentality that says, “Right now isn’t great, but I can learn from this and grow.” Our joy comes from anticipating the ultimate growth weContinue reading “The Quality That Makes Us Excited For Hard Times”

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 “

LESSONS FROM ADVERSITY: LIVING WITH ONGOING ADVERSITY

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard  While in the exceptional care of the physicians of the University of North Carolina Healthcare System, I met Dr. Alan Siqueiros as he was completing his Fellowship. He could tell I was depressed. My lung function was at 25% from my history of three pulmonary emboli. I had noContinue reading “LESSONS FROM ADVERSITY: LIVING WITH ONGOING ADVERSITY”

THE TACTICS OF TROUBLEMAKERS

Neal Pollard When you come across Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the unnamed others of Nehemiah six, you can’t help but be struck by how timeless some things are.  The book of Nehemiah recounts the great construction project led one of the Bible’s great leaders, Nehemiah.  In fact, this Bible book is a greatContinue reading “THE TACTICS OF TROUBLEMAKERS”

“NO MATTER WHAT” OBEDIENCE

(video by Wes Autrey) Neal Pollard I cannot imagine anyone present yesterday morning to witness Janice Lee baptized into Christ could have failed to be touched at a very deep level.  J.J. and Lila Brennan had been studying the Bible with Janice, and she came to the conclusion that she needed to be baptized forContinue reading ““NO MATTER WHAT” OBEDIENCE”

Blown By Storms

Neal Pollard Yesterday, several of us traveled from Siem Reap out to Tonle Sap Lake to visit two of the graduates from the first class at the International Bible Institute of Siem Reap, one of our Bear Valley extensions.  They live on a raft and operate a water filtration system capable of servicing dozens ofContinue reading “Blown By Storms”