What Is The Church To Be?

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard Conceived of in God’s mind in the eternity before time (Eph. 3:9-11), purchased by Jesus’ blood (Acts 20:28), spoken of as the body (Eph. 1:22-23) and bride (Rev. 19:7) of Christ, and described as the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16), the church is valuedContinue reading “What Is The Church To Be?”

THE DAILY PLANNER

MONDAY COLUMN: “NEAL AT THE CROSS” Neal Pollard It’s the time of year when so many are buying or receiving calendars and planners or using an electronic version of the same. These can be key to organizing our lives, maximizing our time management, and strategizing ways to grow and improve in the future. Good stewardshipContinue reading “THE DAILY PLANNER”

Resolutions Reinforcements–#7

Neal Pollard Already, we have looked at six reinforcements for our resolutions: (1) Specificity (Resolutions Reinforcements–#1), (2) Prayer (Resolutions Reinforcements–#2), (3) Tenacity (Resolutions Reinforcements–#3), (4) Hope (Resolutions Reinforcements–#4), (5) Self-Control (Resolutions Reinforcements—#5), and (6) Accountability (Resolutions Reinforcements–#6). I’d like to close this series of articles with one last tool of support. To keep our resolutionsContinue reading “Resolutions Reinforcements–#7”

Resolutions Reinforcements–#6

Neal Pollard “Who cares?” That is not necessarily an expression of apathy or scorn. All of us need to feel like we have people in our lives who care about us and our wellbeing. Such people should do more than offer positive reaffirmation and reassurance. We benefit from those who keep us honest and areContinue reading “Resolutions Reinforcements–#6”

Resolutions Reinforcements—#5

Neal Pollard If this is not one of your resolutions, it is a part of all of them. It is almost a dirty word, if we ponder what it demands. “Self-control.” We call it will power, self-discipline, or restraint, but it invokes those difficult life principles like commitment, duty, and drive. It’s doing a littleContinue reading “Resolutions Reinforcements—#5”

Resolutions Reinforcements–#4

Neal Pollard Well, it has been nearly a week. Can you remember what your resolutions were? The holidays are over and you’re back in your routine. Life happens and it can eclipse our view of the better self we intended to be. Hopefully, this can be a reminder to regroup and maybe rededicate yourself toContinue reading “Resolutions Reinforcements–#4”

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 abundantlyContinue reading “Resolutions Reinforcements–#2”

Resolutions Reinforcements–#1

Neal Pollard Did you make any resolutions for 2018? Dan Diamond cited a statistic I’ve often found, that over 40% of Americans make them every year and only about 8% succeed (Forbes, 1/1/13). Websites like statisticsbrain.com break it down into all kind of categories, but they amount to body and soul, material and spiritual. IfContinue reading “Resolutions Reinforcements–#1”

The Ambition Of A Burmese Python In The Everglades

Neal Pollard No, I have not gone geographically goofy! It’ll take more than a sack lunch to go from Florida to southern Asia, but because some pet owners have deposited their no-longer-wanted pythons into the Everglade Swamp there have arisen some interesting ecological dilemmas. The most spectacular one I have seen had pictorial documentation toContinue reading “The Ambition Of A Burmese Python In The Everglades”

What Vision Is

Neal Pollard It is the ability to see what a thing could be. A carpenter, looking at a tree, sees with a trained eye much more than others can see. With his expert shaping, appropriate tools, and seasoned patience, he can make out of that tree what was once only in his mind. The LordContinue reading “What Vision Is”