Be Patient!

Neal Pollard In James 5:7, James gives us some specific instructions concerning being patient. It is said as a response to those whose patience was being inflamed by the sinful actions of those in James 5:1-6. In just a few words, James has some pretty exhaustive instruction. He addresses the who—“Be patient brethren." There’s an ethic … Continue reading Be Patient!

Working Together To Survive The Hunt

Neal Pollard 1 Peter 5:8 calls the devil a roaring lion prowling around seeking someone to devour. It is obvious that Peter’s readers would have seen or at least heard about these kings of the jungle for the analogy to make sense and be practical.  Lions lurk, longing for lunch. In the savannas of East … Continue reading Working Together To Survive The Hunt

A Family, A Fraternity, And A Fellowship

Neal Pollard A little over a week ago, my son Dale called me to tell me one of his elders gave him tickets for the Georgia-Missouri football game. He asked if I could swing coming. Thanks to a generous travel voucher from American Airlines, I was able to go on short notice on their nickel. … Continue reading A Family, A Fraternity, And A Fellowship

It’s Not Business; It’s Personal

Neal Pollard Some years ago, when our sons were all teenagers and they were given a cell phone, there were times when they failed to use those to communicate if they got to their destination or answer when we needed to reach them. While I never did it, I was tempted on more than one … Continue reading It’s Not Business; It’s Personal

Some Things I Love About Assembling On The Lord’s Day

Neal Pollard Watching young parents gather their kids and lead them into the building The happy, excited chatter of people who act like they’re attending their favorite reunion ever The many brief, but meaningful, conversations Seeing the new faces that are inevitably there and being thrilled at the prospect Noticing members greeting and welcoming people … Continue reading Some Things I Love About Assembling On The Lord’s Day

What It Takes To Grow The Church In Our Culture

Neal Pollard It was such a treat to be among the hearty, faithful Christian men of central Wyoming and the Bighorn Basin. By Bible-belt comparison, they come from small congregations. But their passion and desire to grow the church is humongous. Near the end of their men’s retreat, they divided into groups to discuss the … Continue reading What It Takes To Grow The Church In Our Culture

That’s The Church For You!

Neal Pollard Where you can build relationships with some of finest, most enjoyable people on earth. Where the world gets smaller and mutual connections are usually a conversation away. Where God’s Word is honored and imperfect people try to follow it. Where Christ is at the heart of every idea, program, and plan, but also … Continue reading That’s The Church For You!

The Same Minute From Many Perspectives

Neal Pollard A visitor comes to worship services for the first time. This person is searching for meaning, purpose, and answers, perplexed and troubled by life and wanting to know the way. The services have already started, and the visitor slips into the first vacant seat available. This one is intrigued and engaged by what … Continue reading The Same Minute From Many Perspectives

Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not

Neal Pollard If I have a favorite chapter of the Bible, it would have to be 2 Timothy 4.  Yes, I love the first eight verses, but that alone is not what cinches this chapter as dearest to me.  It’s Paul’s personal remarks starting in verse nine.  There’s his longing to see his spiritual son, … Continue reading Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not

On The Other Side Of Security

Neal Pollard Gary Hampton tells the story of his first missionary trip, which he made in the 1980s—shortly after the “Jonestown Tragedy” and during a time of great national instability.  He recalls soldiers lining both sides of the runway, armed to the teeth, and having his bags checked thoroughly by those whose friendliness was not … Continue reading On The Other Side Of Security