“I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

Neal Pollard Yesterday afternoon, the Bear Valley eldership stood before us one by one to talk about their priorities both for themselves and for us. They distilled them into five simple words that describe five profound concepts: (1) Worship, (2) Communication, (3) Fellowship, (4) Accountability, and (5) Leadership. They told us that as the religious … Continue reading “I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

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 resolutions … Continue reading Resolutions Reinforcements–#7

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 little … Continue 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 to … Continue 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 abundantly … Continue 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. If … Continue 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 to … Continue reading The Ambition Of A Burmese Python In The Everglades

Wanting To Want To

  Neal Pollard Do you want your marriage to flourish and grow? Do you want to read through the Bible this year? Do you want to lead someone the Savior to know? Do you want to live life without worry and fear? Do you want to lose weight and be healthy and fit? Do you … Continue reading Wanting To Want To