Neal Pollard The early church grew (Acts 2:41; 5:14; 6:1,7; 9:31; 11:24). As we read of this growth explosion, we see the key role member involvement played. Christians were spreading the word (8:4), involved in each other's lives and in the lives of the lost around them. This is such a simple concept, but churches … Continue reading I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth
Neal Pollard Don’t you normally associate self-control with self-denial? Certainly, Jesus says that following Him means denying self in a variety of ways (Matt. 16:24). Gluttony, sexual sin, alcoholism and other physically detrimental habits, cursing, and the like involve this negative dimension of self-control. Yet, how many times have you heard a preacher or teacher … Continue reading Self-Control Means Saying “Yes” As Well As “No”
Neal Pollard Last month, Von Miller gathered some of the NFL’s elite sack specialists at Stanford University for what he called a "pass rush summit.” The participates were star defensive players from around the league, with several different teams represented. Addressing concerns that each man was sharing his trade secrets, Miller replied that it was … Continue reading Sharing Trade Secrets Or Sharing The Wealth?
Neal Pollard Obviously, that's not the dilemma. It is not either/or. It is both/and. But, as the church, we can find ourselves weighted one direction or the other. Some years ago, a close relative of mine was explaining why he had left a congregation that heavily emphasized doctrinal truth but were totally invisible to their … Continue reading The Dilemma Of Discipleship: Doctrine Or Duty
Neal Pollard Prayer is a very personal exercise, a life built between an individual and God. Thus, these suggestions may of themselves feel intrusive or foreign to some. However, through the years, I have heard many express some difficulty in knowing how to praise God or what to say in praise to Him when in … Continue reading PRAISE IDEAS FOR PRAYER
Neal Pollard Jesus wants us concerned with people, especially those near us in some way. It may be easier to care about someone who looks like us, who is decent or even attractive, or who is easier to help. The unattractive, strange, dissimilar, or unpleasant may not be ones we are as easily drawn to … Continue reading Studying The Sweet Samaritan