Neal Pollard A child scolded by an austere stranger may get frightened or bullied, but not persuaded or “reached.” A parent, grandparent, a sibling, or good friend will be much more effective. A church member reprimanded by an aloof elder with none of the skill and instincts of a shepherd will get offended, hurt, and … Continue reading Rebuke Requires Relationship
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 We are blessed to have quite a few young children in our congregation. Little boys and little girls, with unexpected observations, expressive faces, and humorous behaviors, make sure there is not a dull moment when they are around. Inspired writers use terms like “inheritance” (Prov. 13:22) and “gift” (Psa. 127:3) to impress us … Continue reading Adorable Children
Neal Pollard I preface this simply by saying that I have far too imperfectly modeled these lessons far too often, but I maintain their worthiness. The world is rooting for our children to fail and fall, but the Word is written to counteract that! Prayerfully consider the following: --Character Is More Important Than Charm And … Continue reading LESSONS I WANT MY SONS TO CARRY INTO ADULTHOOD
Neal Pollard Contentment is a learned trait (Ph. 4:11). It is a disciplined trait (1 Ti. 6:8). It is a commanded trait (He. 13:5). Yet, it is such a rare trait! Some, like Dr. Rick Hanson, have written elaborate explanations for how contentment is a science, a matter of utilizing the neural capacity of the … Continue reading Enemies Of Contentment
Neal Pollard With the high profile case of an NFL star putting the idea of spanking in the spotlight, it is proper to examine this practice more closely. A sweet young mother asks a couple of questions about the practice of spanking in light of Proverbs 13:24. First, “Is Proverbs 13:24 literal, meaning we are … Continue reading Spanking
Neal Pollard They are currently touting a diet pill that is a normal size when one takes it, but it expands up to 100 times its original size when taken with a 16 ounce glass of water before a meal. This is to give the one who takes it the exaggerated feeling of being full. … Continue reading TAKE A PILL OR EXERT YOUR WILL?
Neal Pollard It is not an interjection or obscure, Cowboy euphemism. It is one of the latest weapons in the fight for weight loss. In fact, it was approved a few years ago by the FDA to be used in the treatment of especially type two diabetes. The drug, exenatide, contains a chemical that is … Continue reading LIZARD SPIT
Neal Pollard "Older people"—in which I include not just the elderly but anyone whose children are older—and even others should practice compassion and sympathy toward our dear parents who are making the effort and sacrifice to be present in our assemblies with their wonderful small children. Attention spans and articulation of needs are challenges … Continue reading Can You Do Something With Your Children?
Neal Pollard There is a video clip all over the internet showing five very young children playing an incredible piece, each with full-sized guitars. Not only is it a complicated piece, "Our Kindergarten Teacher," but their synchronized performance from the play to the choreography, is mind-boggling. The children are from North Korea, leaving many to … Continue reading PRODIGIES OR PRISONERS?