“BLESSED”

Neal Pollard I've never known a day when I didn't live in a "preacher's home." "Preacher's homes" are very much like every other home--problems, inside jokes, traditions, hobbies and interests, sin, laughter--except the chosen profession of the father is to serve either full-time or part-time as a proclaimer of God's Word. At times, the home … Continue reading “BLESSED”

Are You Grateful?

Neal Pollard Jesus asked a lone, appreciative soul, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine--where are they? Was no one found who turned back to give glory to God, except this foreigner?" (Luke 17:17-18). They were terrified (13), terminal (12), transformed (14), but they were not thankful. They were saved, but to what end? … Continue reading Are You Grateful?

The Gift That Jesus Gave

Neal Pollard Often, during this time of year, there is an emphasis placed upon the gifts brought by the magi to Jesus—“gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Mat. 2:11).  They understood how Jesus was worthy of worship (2:2,11) and celebration (2:10).  Their giving flowed from that recognition. The book of Hebrews turns the tables and … Continue reading The Gift That Jesus Gave

Keeping Our Thoughts On The Lord During The Lord’s Supper

Neal Pollard "Three babies are crying across the auditorium... Somebody dropped a songbook... Everybody has a cough today... Oh, good... brother So 'N So sure prayers nice prayers... My big toe sure is bother me... I think I forgot to write out the check for the giving again... Better do... Wow! Are we done already?" … Continue reading Keeping Our Thoughts On The Lord During The Lord’s Supper

Assorted Blessings

Neal Pollard Running water. Electricity. A stove. A microwave. Family. Sanity. Health. Domestic tranquility. Health care. Dexterity. Opposable thumbs. Involuntary muscle movement. Singing. Friends. Children. Parents. Nature. Mountains. Breezes. Fireplaces. Automobiles. Law enforcement. Aspirin. Hot water. Showers. Eyesight. Clotting. Emotions. Dogs. Sunsets. Siblings. The ocean. Companionship. Passion. Nerve endings. Shelter. Rocking chairs. Reading. Running. Refrigerators. … Continue reading Assorted Blessings

A Small Portion Does Not Mean Small Proportion

Neal Pollard Those who address us prior to our giving often make a statement like this, that we are giving back but a small portion of what God has blessed us with. In other words, if you could owned and could contribute all the world’s wealth, week after week, how would that compare to the … Continue reading A Small Portion Does Not Mean Small Proportion

You Sure Do Have An Attitude!

Neal Pollard Unavoidably, you do! And consider what hinges on what kind of attitude you have. Often, the difference in winning and losing is attitude. Happiness and sadness is a matter of attitude rather than circumstances. Failure and success is determined, many times, by what kind of attitude we have toward the task. Even one's … Continue reading You Sure Do Have An Attitude!

Enemies Of Contentment

Neal Pollard Contentment is a learned trait (Ph. 4:11). It is a disciplined trait (1 Ti. 6:8). It is a commanded trait (He. 13:5).  Yet, it is such a rare trait! Some, like Dr. Rick Hanson, have written elaborate explanations for how contentment is a science, a matter of utilizing the neural capacity of the … Continue reading Enemies Of Contentment

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, YOUR FACE WILL SURELY SHOW IT!

Neal Pollard Oh the stories that song leaders and preachers could tell!  Often, when we sing such standbys as “I Love To Tell The Story,” “Rejoice In The Lord,” or “When We All Get To Heaven,” we do so with little visible enthusiasm or apparent joy.  If we sing devotional songs like “Thank You, Lord,” … Continue reading IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, YOUR FACE WILL SURELY SHOW IT!

THE BEAUTIFUL QUALITY OF THANKFULNESS

Neal Pollard Her name was Mrs. Broadhead. She was a resident in a west Alabama nursing home. She was known for saying one thing with great frequency: "We have a lot to be thankful for, don't we?" Emaciated, confined to a wheel chair, with a speech impediment due to a stroke, and filled with aches … Continue reading THE BEAUTIFUL QUALITY OF THANKFULNESS