After Cuts Become Scars

Neal Pollard David was broken and battered by sin. He would feel its effects from his public life to his private life for the rest of his life. In the aftermath of his actions with Bathsheba and the subsequent cover-up, the wounds of sin left visible scars. Nathan's accusing words perhaps ringing in his ears, … Continue reading After Cuts Become Scars

The Lost Loved By The Lord

Neal Pollard The prostitute on the street with a painful past who's made dreadful decisions. The grownup who's the product of unbelievable dysfunction and endured issues like abuse, abandonment, alcohol, and anxiety.  The teen who has never been shown true, Christlike love. The religious adherent whose idea of God and the Bible has been filtered … Continue reading The Lost Loved By The Lord

A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS

Neal Pollard Deuteronomy was apparently a favored Old Testament book for our Lord.  It was this last book of the Pentateuch Jesus quotes each time He is tempted by the Devil in the wilderness (Mt. 4:4,7,10).  His writing on discipline (Mt. 18:16) and divorce (Mt. 5:31; 19:7) draw on Moses’ writings in that book, too.  … Continue reading A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS

Celebrating Independence Day

Neal Pollard Scores of people from virtually every nation on earth make the journey by land, sea, and air to come to the United States, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  The day in American history, marked by the signing of the Declaration of Independence during the Revolutionary War with … Continue reading Celebrating Independence Day

Can You Imagine Being $53 Million In Personal Debt?

Neal Pollard USA Today’s Maria Puente is reporting music star Kanye West’s tweet where he writes, “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt…Please pray we overcome…This is my true heart….” (USAToday.com).  Hearing that Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla were going to give away some of … Continue reading Can You Imagine Being $53 Million In Personal Debt?

19 WAYS TO TANGIBLY IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD TODAY

Neal Pollard Try to spend 5 minutes of prayer in which you do nothing but praise Him. Do something for Him that requires you to step out of your comfort zone—initiate a conversation with a stranger, give a tract to a co-worker you’ve been talking with, etc. Have a devotional with your family. Call a … Continue reading 19 WAYS TO TANGIBLY IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD TODAY

What Do We Make Of God’s Second Chances?

Neal Pollard We were living in Cairo, Georgia, and I was in the third grade. It was during a game of kickball on the playground and I was the “pitcher.”  A kid kicked it hard and I caught it.  As the ball hit me in the gut, I felt a sharp pain.  Something wasn’t right.  … Continue reading What Do We Make Of God’s Second Chances?

“Redemption Is Tailor-Made For The Wretched”

Neal Pollard If you did not know the source of this quote already, you might be hard-pressed to guess it.  This was said by Stanley “Tookie” Williams, two weeks before he was executed in California in 2005 for four 1979 murders he committed while the apparent leader of The Crips gang in Los Angeles.  Though … Continue reading “Redemption Is Tailor-Made For The Wretched”

“NO MATTER WHAT” OBEDIENCE

(video by Wes Autrey) Neal Pollard I cannot imagine anyone present yesterday morning to witness Janice Lee baptized into Christ could have failed to be touched at a very deep level.  J.J. and Lila Brennan had been studying the Bible with Janice, and she came to the conclusion that she needed to be baptized for … Continue reading “NO MATTER WHAT” OBEDIENCE

“What Have You Done For Me Lately?”

 Neal PollardThis is not just something Janet Jackson once wondered.  The late summer and early fall of each year, college football programs have alumni, boosters, and fans asking head coaches the same thing.  Companies ask the same of employees, and stockholders ask it of companies.  While it can be an unfair question, it cannot be … Continue reading “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”