Be Dependable!

Neal Pollard One of the hamstrings of most every church is a lack of dependable Christians. When Christians do show themselves undependable, they contribute so much to a church—much frustration, disappointment, and friction. We should all be dependable. You probably know little about Shelemiah, Zadok, Pedaiah and Hanon.  Little is said about them. But listen … Continue reading Be Dependable!

HOW I SHOULD WEAR OUT MY KNEES

Neal Pollard This past May, I began my twenty-second year of running. In that time, I've logged thousands of miles. At 49, I am happy to say that my knees are doing fine but time may change that. One of the risks of running, to listen to some, is wearing out places like knees and … Continue reading HOW I SHOULD WEAR OUT MY KNEES

Where Is Your Faith?

Neal Pollard. How many household conversations begin, "Where is my?" Women leave purses in restaurants, men leave their wallets in the other pants pocket, and kids are apt to leave just about anything anywhere. How many vacations begin with the family wondering where some vital item is, fearing that it is sitting at home and … Continue reading Where Is Your Faith?

The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

Neal Pollard May 14, 2004, was the day I preached my maternal grandfather's funeral. It was a signal honor to do so. He had passed away early on Wednesday morning, May 12. The morning he passed, I wrote this about him: Within you today are a temper and trends A view toward the unfolding tomorrow … Continue reading The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

A Tribute To Harry Denewiler On The Morning Of His Passing

Neal Pollard I met him 20 years ago, the man with the twinkling eyes He and his wife opened their home to me, and I could recognize Their love for Christ and Christians, and how well they'd harmonize Those loves in all their actions, it was there in those twinkling eyes He shepherded me for … Continue reading A Tribute To Harry Denewiler On The Morning Of His Passing

The Problems Of A Two-Headed Snake

Neal Pollard A woman in Woodbridge, Virginia, saw a rarity in her front yard: a two-headed copperhead snake. The snake only has one heart and one set of lungs, but each head has its own brain. This produces multiple problems. Both heads want to eat, and since eating takes time the snake is vulnerable to … Continue reading The Problems Of A Two-Headed Snake

What Are We Saying About The Church?

Neal Pollard Recently, in an excellent lesson about gossip, the teacher recounted an incident I, and many others, could echo from the background of our own experience either in ministry or our personal lives. A mother asked her wayward daughter why she no longer was a member of the church. Her convicting reply, “The way … Continue reading What Are We Saying About The Church?

Paul’s Portrait Of God For Timothy

Neal Pollard Devoting himself to a theme of godliness in writing his spiritual son, Timothy, Paul writes to encourage him to teach godliness to people who enjoy financial prosperity (1 Tim. 6:3-10, 17-19). Part of his instruction is to point rich Christians (the case can easily be made that American Christians qualify as this in … Continue reading Paul’s Portrait Of God For Timothy

How To Improve Your Love Life

Neal Pollard Even when provoked, endure without complaining. Give your spouse a gift (not necessarily monetary) as an act of kindness. Avoid intensely negative feelings toward your spouse’s success and jealousy over them. Avoid an exaggerated conception of yourself or an inflated ego. Avoid behaving in a way that shames, disgraces, or embarrasses your mate. … Continue reading How To Improve Your Love Life

Spiritual Olympics

Neal Pollard Well, as the Olympics pervade our attention and national and individual stories of overcoming odds and working hard to achieve greatness make the news over the coming weeks, I want to remind you that Scripture, in many places, encourages us as we are writing our stories which will someday be known by all. … Continue reading Spiritual Olympics