So You Have A Sinful Past? (POEM)

  Neal Pollard Moses was a murderer, Rahab was a liar, David was an adulterer and to murder he did conspire, Gideon and Timothy were timid, Peter a confirmed denier, Paul wrecked havoc on the church, so full of hate and ire. God, from time immemorial, has used the earthen vessel, Sons of thunder or … Continue reading So You Have A Sinful Past? (POEM)

WHAT DID MOSES CONFRONT?

Neal Pollard Moses is remembered for his meekness, yet he also is the man who in indignation killed an Egyptian slave driver. He was afraid to lead, but what a leader he was with God's help. In Exodus three, we see this man who has gone to hide among his father-in-law's sheep as one who … Continue reading WHAT DID MOSES CONFRONT?

What The Israelites Lost Besides Canaan

Neal Pollard If you were to ask the typical Bible student what the consequences of Israel's following the foolish counsel of the ten negative spies, you might hear talk of the wilderness wandering or the fact that God denied them the Promised Land. This was truly, from a physical standpoint, the most visible result of … Continue reading What The Israelites Lost Besides Canaan

OPTIMISM

Neal Pollard Joshua and Caleb were positively optimistic. They surveyed the situation and saw the taking of Canaan as a no-lose situation (cf. Num. 14:7-9). But have you stopped to consider what made them so optimistic? When the majority was cursed with a pessimistic spirit, these men saw looming victory. They were optimistic about the … Continue reading OPTIMISM

“Go To The Ant, You…DARPA?”

Neal Pollard The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was formed in 1958 for technological advancements and has been responsible for so many of the gadgets and conveniences we enjoy today. They use a variety of means to “both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current practical problems through applied research” … Continue reading “Go To The Ant, You…DARPA?”

THE MOANING OF A DOVE, THE GROWLING OF A LION

Neal Pollard One of the more interesting Hebrew words in the Old Testament is the word translated "meditate" in passages such as Psalm 1:2.   הָגָה ("Haga"), most often found among the poets and prophets, has a wide range of meaning depending on derivation of the root word.  Elihu uses the word to speak of … Continue reading THE MOANING OF A DOVE, THE GROWLING OF A LION

PRAISE IDEAS FOR PRAYER

Neal Pollard Prayer is a very personal exercise, a life built between an individual and God. Thus, these suggestions may of themselves feel intrusive or foreign to some.  However, through the years, I have heard many express some difficulty in knowing how to praise God or what to say in praise to Him when in … Continue reading PRAISE IDEAS FOR PRAYER

Death Is No Respecter

Neal Pollard On the young man's Facebook page, he made hopeful comments.  He had just graduated High School when he wrote, "Can't wait to see what's in store for my future." Randomly, several weeks later, he gushed, "Some day, I'm going to travel the world."  The Colorado Mesa University student from Lakewood, Colorado, was 19 … Continue reading Death Is No Respecter

How Do We Avoid Going Into The Wilderness?

Neal Pollard I thought about this question as I meditated today on the state of the church in our nation.  Composed of so many dedicated, wonderful people, the church as a whole, nonetheless, is tempted to drift from biblical moorings. It is anecdotal to observe seismic philosophical shifts in the leadership and direction of various … Continue reading How Do We Avoid Going Into The Wilderness?