LANDMINES IN RESOLVING CONFLICT

Neal Pollard "I." The late Wendell Winkler once said that beneath most marital conflict is basic selfishness. "What about my needs?" "What have you done for me?" "I am not happy, fulfilled, etc."  The Bible warns of the destructive nature of selfishness (Luke 9:23; Eph. 4:22,24; Phil. 2:3; 2 Tim. 3:2)! One of the most … Continue reading LANDMINES IN RESOLVING CONFLICT

“Immediately”

Neal Pollard The astute reader of the book of Mark finds the word 40 times in 39 verses (the Greek word most often translated "immediately" in Mark is actually found 44 times). It is a key word found consistently throughout the gospel but especially in the first six chapters. Usually, the word is used to … Continue reading “Immediately”

The Courage To Try

Neal Pollard About nine months ago, a man walked into our building a day after being immersed into Christ. He had been searching diligently for the truth, a man whose hunger for the Bible caused him to study his Bible for hours every day (including on audio at his job as a metal fabricator). He … Continue reading The Courage To Try

Deathbed Repentance?

Neal Pollard “From the stirrups to the ground, Mercy I asked for, mercy I found” That is a distorted view of grace, Which seeks God only in death’s face. It cheapens that which cost Him much, To use Him only as a deathbed crutch. Unlike the seeker at his eleventh hour, Who sincerely reaches for … Continue reading Deathbed Repentance?

ATTACKING THOSE WHO SAVE OTHERS

Neal Pollard It’s an unconscionable thought! Who would try to hurt and oppose those dedicated to saving lives? Places like Afghanistan seem more than a world away from us, where this week a yet-to-be-identified terrorist group conducted a suicide attack in Jalalabad that killed two and injured 14. While that sadly is a relatively small … Continue reading ATTACKING THOSE WHO SAVE OTHERS

The Tender Tears Of The Timeworn Travelers

Neal Pollard I suppose I have met more than a few elderly people, including some professing to be Christians, who could be described as “crusty,” “crotchety,” “contrary,” and “curmudgeonly.” These no doubt spent decades developing such a winning personality. But one of the greatest blessings I have received as a member of the church and … Continue reading The Tender Tears Of The Timeworn Travelers

Resolutions Reinforcements–#2

Neal Pollard No matter what your goals and objectives are for 2018, the place to begin, work, and end is with God. I have heard it said, "How can we hope to do God's work without God's help?" Your resolutions may be seemingly insignificant or potentially life-changing. Regardless, He is "able to do far more abundantly … Continue reading Resolutions Reinforcements–#2

Accept Jesus As Your Personal Savior

Neal Pollard The phrase is abused by those in denominations. With it, they suggest that such is the totality of one's responsibility in order to receive salvation. It is synonymous with the idea of the "faith only" doctrine of Christendom. Yet, it is biblical to the core. Observe.    "Accept." Jesus says, "He who rejects … Continue reading Accept Jesus As Your Personal Savior

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARTYRDOM AND A MARTYR COMPLEX

Neal Pollard Will the day come when government attempts to shut down our Bible study and worship services? Looking back at history, particularly the books of Acts and Revelation, we know this can occur. Certainly, the current environment in our society reveals a trend toward greater intolerance of the biblical worldview. We are growing more … Continue reading THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARTYRDOM AND A MARTYR COMPLEX

LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE FOR JESUS

Neal Pollard Periodically, we read or hear of "sightings" that unbelievers have a field day with. I refer to "Jesus sightings," people are claiming in such things as clouds, Cheetos, dental X-rays, cooking utensils, windows, walls, and trees. Wikipedia even has an entry for it ("Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena"). People vehemently defend … Continue reading LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE FOR JESUS