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

“I’ll Love You Forever”

Neal Pollard We read it to our sons when they were growing up. We made up our own tune to the song, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be." It's been hard to remember those days in the rocking chair, reading it over and … Continue reading “I’ll Love You Forever”

Showing Love To Your Mate In Ways That Count

Neal Pollard 1--Do Something That Is Truly Meaningful To Them (Acts Of Service)(Phil. 2:3-4) 2--Say Something That Is Essential To Them (Cf. Col. 4:6) 3--Pray Something That Is Helpful To Them (When You're Close Or Not, It Will Benefit You Both)(1 Pet. 3:7) 4--Lift Something That Is Too Heavy For Them (Your Thoughtful Compassion Will … Continue reading Showing Love To Your Mate In Ways That Count

My Father, From An Early Age

Neal Pollard My father, from an early age you taught me to be true, But when I wavered on what that was, I could always look at you. You taught me how the Lord comes first at work, at school, at play But how much easier that became when you practiced that each day. Dear child, … Continue reading My Father, From An Early Age

Lessons Learned At The Stadium

Neal Pollard Corey Sawyers and I decided a few weeks back to go to the Georgia-Tennessee game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, this past Saturday. Thanks to various reward programs and good deals, we were each able to do it all for less than a discount airfare. We were gone about 24, action-packed hours. … Continue reading Lessons Learned At The Stadium

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?

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

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!

Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

Neal Pollard What is the greatest trial? What do men so despise? The hardest climb and dreariest mile Is seeing through another’s eyes. It may appear uncomplicated, Completely cut and dry, But our skills may be overrated, As we try to see through the other’s eye. We don’t know what they’re thinking Can’t know their … Continue reading Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

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