When You’re Caught Dead To Rights

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard In 1976, I was in first grade attending school in Barrackville, West Virginia, where my dad preached. One of my buddies was a black-haired kid named Carl. He got me in more trouble, wetting paper towels and throwing them on the bathroom ceiling in our school, exploringContinue reading “When You’re Caught Dead To Rights”

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”

When You Hit An Elephant In Enid

Neal Pollard No, not Enid, Kenya, or Enid, India. Enid, Oklahoma. On November 4, 2009, a Wednesday night, Bill and Deena Carpenter were returning to their home from church services. Driving down the highway in their SUV, Bill at only the last second saw the 4,500 pound animal standing in the middle of the road.Continue reading “When You Hit An Elephant In Enid”

Carelessness And Ignorance

Neal Pollard Of course it happens on a week where you are already running a little late, and it contributes to an improper decision.  Sunday morning, en route to teach my Bible class, I approached the red light at Ken Caryl and Wadsworth to turn right and head up to the church building.  However, IContinue reading “Carelessness And Ignorance”

Mercy Personified

Neal Pollard Anita Geurink relates the incredible story of locals finding and rescuing a little baby boy who was abandoned in a forest outside Maseru, Lesotho. Hours later, a freak hailstorm pounded the area, damaging windows and roof, causing flooding, and striking the very spot where the baby had just been laying. The little boyContinue reading “Mercy Personified”

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?”

Mission Accomplished

Neal Pollard Reader’s Digest tells the story of Walter Wyatt, Jr., an amateur pilot whose plane goes down in the Atlantic between the Bahamas and Miami, Florida.  He’s in the deep all night, fighting off bull sharks and feeling he will not survive.  He does live and a ship, the Cape York, rescues him afterContinue reading “Mission Accomplished”

Remember I Am Dust (Poem)

Neal Pollard I read the words of David today They were so full of hope and trust They spoke of God’s merciful way That He is mindful we’re but dust. He knows that transgressions we commit That His forgiveness is a must His lovingkindness He gives those who try to quit Because He knows thatContinue reading “Remember I Am Dust (Poem)”

Can He Accept Me As I Am?

Neal Pollard Can God accept me as I am?  I know me better than I know anyone else—my thoughts, feelings, motives, intentions, desires, temptations, and attitudes.  I know I have sin in my life, and I have for many years.  I know I struggle today and I will continue to struggle until He takes meContinue reading “Can He Accept Me As I Am?”