Neal Pollard What is the greatest trial? What do men so despise? The hardest climb and dreariest mile Is seeing through another’s eyes. It may appear uncomplicated, Completely cut and dry, But our skills may be overrated, As we try to see through the other’s eye. We don’t know what they’re thinking Can’t know their … Continue reading Seeing Through Others’ Eyes
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
Neal Pollard Jonathan Martindale punctuated an unforgettable worship service yesterday morning with one of the most thoughtful prayers I have ever been privileged to be a part of. What made it so effective was the people and issues he prayed about. This is not exhaustive, but here are some of the specific people he prayed … Continue reading I Sin Against The Lord When I Don’t Pray For You
Neal Pollard Several years ago, when preaching in Virginia, I spoke with a sweet, 69-year-old woman who had watched our TV program and wanted to speak to me. During the course of our visit, she told me a story I will never forget. Tearfully, she told me of her 14-year-old grandson, Matthew, who locked himself … Continue reading A Story With Many Points
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
Neal Pollard The first time I recall understanding the significance of the story in 2 Kings 6:30 was sitting in a class taught by Wendell Winkler. He called the lesson "Hidden Cares." He told us to remember that sitting in the audience each week we preached would be any … Continue reading “SACKCLOTH UNDERNEATH”
Neal Pollard “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. … Continue reading HOW JESUS SAW THE PEOPLE
Neal Pollard I have not had the heart or stomach to watch the viral video of Karen Klein, who achieved infamy at the hands of the proverbial children left to themselves (cf. Prov. 29:15) who hopefully brought shame to their mothers. But, I saw snippets of her being poked and prodded, and I have read … Continue reading BANES AND BLESSINGS
Neal Pollard Yesterday, professional football fans saw one of the most exciting, improbable victories in its history climaxed by the stunning first play from scrimmage in overtime when Tebow hit Thomas for a playoff, overtime record 80 yards in a playoff, overtime record 11 seconds. Local play-by-play man Dave Logan's call, which will likely go … Continue reading THE BEST PLAY WAS NOT EVEN ON THE FIELD!
Neal Pollard Christians are called to be compassionate. There is no denying that. Colossians 3:12 puts compassion at the head of a list of eight important qualities God's chosen are to "put on." Frequently, we see Jesus as a model of compassion (Mat. 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34). The Samaritan in Jesus' parable is upheld as … Continue reading WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE COMPASSIONATE?