When You Need To Let Go

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard Today was a momentous and somber day for me: I am now bald. After removing my hat – a constant companion – I saw that the battle was lost and shaved my head. ‘Twas a truly humbling moment; I now understand what the greatest youth minister of all timeContinue reading “When You Need To Let Go”

How To Slay A Dragon

Thursday’s Column: Captain’s Blog Carl Pollard There’s a part in Sleeping Beauty where the Prince slays a fire breathing dragon with his sword. This is at the climax of the movie, so this entire time the story has been building up to this one, final moment. It’s pretty epic. In our lives, we have many “FireContinue reading “How To Slay A Dragon”

Spiritual Maintenance

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard Since being mainly confined to home, we’ve had a lot more time to do outdoor activities. One of those activities (besides mowing and building a chicken house) has been target practice and clay shooting. Not only has it been an enjoyable activity, it has also been a great wayContinue reading “Spiritual Maintenance”

ROUTINE IS EXTRAORDINARY

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard It was my privilege last week to spend an hour or more visiting in my office with Bill Page, a longtime member at Lehman Avenue. He wanted to tell me about his interest and involvement in athletics, and he brought some pictures (including one of him below)Continue reading “ROUTINE IS EXTRAORDINARY”

I FORGIVE YOU…

Neal Pollard …But I won’t ever treat you the same …But I will make sure you never forget it …But I don’t think you should serve any more …But I will keep my distance from you …But I will tell others about your sin …But I will make you feel like a pariah The veryContinue reading “I FORGIVE YOU…”

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRIVATE OFFENSES

Neal Pollard The Son of God gives specific instructions for what to do when a spiritual family member sins. Jesus clearly says, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or twoContinue reading “INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRIVATE OFFENSES”

Rebuke Requires Relationship

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, andContinue reading “Rebuke Requires Relationship”

A Story With Many Points

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 himselfContinue reading “A Story With Many Points”

Adorable Children

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 usContinue reading “Adorable Children”

LESSONS I WANT MY SONS TO CARRY INTO ADULTHOOD

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 AndContinue reading “LESSONS I WANT MY SONS TO CARRY INTO ADULTHOOD”