Goose Hunting

Scott Philliips A few years back I started goose hunting and I found out something very interesting about myself. I like it a lot! They are exciting to hunt, easy to harvest the meat, and they are delicious when I smoke them into jerky. Many of you probably don’t understand the challenge and excitement involved … Continue reading Goose Hunting

Do Brotherhood

Neal Pollard Hayden Holland, who obeyed the gospel less than three years ago, taught his first Bible class last night at Teens in the Word. It was an excellent, hour-plus long study of the parallels between serving in the military and living the Christian life. In this very practical study, Hayden mentioned the Army’s concept … Continue reading Do Brotherhood

It’s Not Business; It’s Personal

Neal Pollard Some years ago, when our sons were all teenagers and they were given a cell phone, there were times when they failed to use those to communicate if they got to their destination or answer when we needed to reach them. While I never did it, I was tempted on more than one … Continue reading It’s Not Business; It’s Personal

Identifying As A Christian

Neal Pollard There are so many “identifying” stories these days. A white woman, Rachel Dolezal, identifying as a black woman, was back in the news over the weekend. A biological female who identifies as male and has taken testosterone, Mack Beggs, won the Texas girls wrestling title. In a recent interview, Dr. Keith Ablow suggested … Continue reading Identifying As A Christian

Caesar’s Citizen Headline: “The Jerusalem Church Splits Over Politics!”

Neal Pollard Barak monitored the results of the latest Imperial policies out of Rome. And he hashed it and rehashed it with his brethren at the fellowship meals, on his job at the fish market, and definitely, with vehemence, within his inner circle of friends and family.  Elchanan came from a long line of zealots, … Continue reading Caesar’s Citizen Headline: “The Jerusalem Church Splits Over Politics!”

Going Places (GUEST BAKER: Trent Woolley)

Trent Woolley The other day I stumbled upon this rather innocuous quote – “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before" (Life's Little Instruction Book).  Obviously, this quote is talking about travel, but I would like us to think of it as challenging ourselves to do things that we may have never done before. … Continue reading Going Places (GUEST BAKER: Trent Woolley)

The Religion Of Resolutions

Neal Pollard Have you ever wondered about the origin of New Year’s resolutions? I have. If they are to be trusted, the folks at the History Channel denote the Babylonians, nearly 4,000 years ago, as the founder of such culture-wide determinations. It was as part of a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu. Later, at … Continue reading The Religion Of Resolutions

Remarkable Statements, In Historical Context

Neal Pollard AD 30—Tiberius, who became cruel and mad, was the Roman Emperor when the church was established. Under his reign, right around the time of Pentecost, Rome was filled with terror after the murder of his once trusted advisor turned traitor, Sejanus (tribunesandtriumphs.org). Sanderson Beck comments that he was “preoccupied with sexual and sadistic … Continue reading Remarkable Statements, In Historical Context

Christian, Who Are You?

Neal Pollard You Are An Insurance Agent—Life (Philippians 2:16), Health (cf. 1 Peter 2:24), and Fire (2 Peter 3:9-10). You Are A Tour Guide (1 Peter 2:9; Acts 8:31). You Are A Soldier (Ephesians 6:10ff; 2 Timothy 2:1-3). You Are A Slave (Romans 6:17). You Are A Firefighter (Jude 23). You Are An Ambassador (2 … Continue reading Christian, Who Are You?

Characteristics of Hope

Neal Pollard An epistle centering around the superiority of Christi as our all-sufficient One would certainly be expected to contain a message of hope. While some had apparently given up Jesus as their hope (6:4-6), the writer of Hebrews had a higher estimation of those to whom he writes. for one thing, they had a … Continue reading Characteristics of Hope