My Hope For Youth

Neal Pollard This week has reaffirmed a fundamental view I have about youth. It has been affirmed by what I see in  our youth group, but it is bolstered by what I have seen in so many young people this week. Hearing youthful voices singing whenever they found an opportunity, I thought about how hopeful … Continue reading My Hope For Youth

Learning About Worship From Children

Neal Pollard Thom Vaught gave the “elders remarks” last night after the Young Lions participated in their annual program of Scripture reading, song leading, prayer, and preaching. The fourteen first through six graders obviously listened well and learned much. Thom noted how we look at the Christian life as a marathon, but these boys (and … Continue reading Learning About Worship From Children

WHY TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY (poem)

  Neal Pollard From sea to sea, He is the same No man can change His essence From year to year, His eternal flame Show His power and effervescence. Whoever sits upon a throne Or reigns a group or nation We must that One make fully known Through tireless proclamation For all mankind must know … Continue reading WHY TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY (poem)

That’s The Church For You!

Neal Pollard Where you can build relationships with some of finest, most enjoyable people on earth. Where the world gets smaller and mutual connections are usually a conversation away. Where God’s Word is honored and imperfect people try to follow it. Where Christ is at the heart of every idea, program, and plan, but also … Continue reading That’s The Church For You!

THE PRISON OF “NOT”

Neal Pollard Strayer University shared their video from the day they ran an ingenious experiment in New York City.  They put up a chalkboard on a busy street with this caption written at the top: “Write Your Biggest Regret.”  Scores of people wrote on the chalkboard.  Nearly every answer visible in the video included the … Continue reading THE PRISON OF “NOT”

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

How To See The Good In Others

Neal Pollard Some just can't! They assume bad motives, intentions, and behaviors in others. They like to predict failure and disaster. Some take that attitude toward people, including Christians. "They won't last!" "They can't cut it as a deacon/elder." "He won't ever be a good preacher!" "They just want the praise of men." Think about … Continue reading How To See The Good In Others

THE MORE I KNOW, THE LESS I KNOW

Neal Pollard It is a true paradox. Today,  I’ve been married longer than I have ever been.  I’ve been a father longer than I have ever been.  The same is true for me as a Christian, a preacher, and every other relationship I am in.  My experience in all of these has never been greater … Continue reading THE MORE I KNOW, THE LESS I KNOW

FAITH IN PEOPLE

Neal Pollard There are some people with “trust issues.”  They are stuck in a negative frame of mind, believing the worst in others with little expectation that they will improve.  They may even castigate anyone who would encourage you to put faith in people.  Certainly, our greatest faith must always be in God.  He never … Continue reading FAITH IN PEOPLE

What Does God See In You?

Neal Pollard The inimitable historian, David McCullough, has churned out another masterpiece in his new book, The Wright Brothers.  Chronicling their lives before, on, and after that famous December day in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, McCullough, in his unique way, peels back the layers of the people who made the history.  One particular … Continue reading What Does God See In You?