Spiritual Olympics

Neal Pollard Well, as the Olympics pervade our attention and national and individual stories of overcoming odds and working hard to achieve greatness make the news over the coming weeks, I want to remind you that Scripture, in many places, encourages us as we are writing our stories which will someday be known by all. … Continue reading Spiritual Olympics

Keeping Our Thoughts On The Lord During The Lord’s Supper

Neal Pollard "Three babies are crying across the auditorium... Somebody dropped a songbook... Everybody has a cough today... Oh, good... brother So 'N So sure prayers nice prayers... My big toe sure is bother me... I think I forgot to write out the check for the giving again... Better do... Wow! Are we done already?" … Continue reading Keeping Our Thoughts On The Lord During The Lord’s Supper

Coping With Thorns

Neal Pollard Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). He is the author of audacity, and he showed it first in Eden. He is at work today through temptation and suffering to try and dismantle our faith. He is a presence in our personal lives (1 Pet. 5:8). If there’s hurt, he’s happy. … Continue reading Coping With Thorns

The Religion Of Resolutions

Neal Pollard Have you ever wondered about the origin of New Year’s resolutions? I have. If they are to be trusted, the folks at the History Channel denote the Babylonians, nearly 4,000 years ago, as the founder of such culture-wide determinations. It was as part of a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu. Later, at … Continue reading The Religion Of Resolutions

WHY WE KEEP FAITHFULLY SERVING AND LEADING

Neal Pollard It took the Expert House Movers of Sharpstown, Maryland, 17 years and 23 days to complete the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 2900 feet away from the eroding Atlantic Ocean beach on the North Carolina Outer Banks location where it had been standing. They started in 1982 and finished in 1999. Little … Continue reading WHY WE KEEP FAITHFULLY SERVING AND LEADING

I Don’t Want To Know!

Neal Pollard Too often, it's a great disappointment to learn about the personal lives of politicians, athletes, musicians, actors and actresses, and other professional entertainers. Their public persona and abilities may attract, inspire, and move us, but the aforementioned details are all too sordid. What might look wholesome on closer examination has a very seedy side. … Continue reading I Don’t Want To Know!

Confident And Unafraid

Neal Pollard Some are afraid of death because they’re uncertain of where they are going, but others are afraid of death because they are certain of where they are going! Paul was confident even in the face of death (2 Tim. 4:6-8). He could see his end coming but he embraced it. While it is … Continue reading Confident And Unafraid

Baptized Boys And Bible Class

Neal Pollard 1 Timothy 2:11-14 clearly states, "A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but … Continue reading Baptized Boys And Bible Class

Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not

Neal Pollard If I have a favorite chapter of the Bible, it would have to be 2 Timothy 4.  Yes, I love the first eight verses, but that alone is not what cinches this chapter as dearest to me.  It’s Paul’s personal remarks starting in verse nine.  There’s his longing to see his spiritual son, … Continue reading Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not

On The Other Side Of Security

Neal Pollard Gary Hampton tells the story of his first missionary trip, which he made in the 1980s—shortly after the “Jonestown Tragedy” and during a time of great national instability.  He recalls soldiers lining both sides of the runway, armed to the teeth, and having his bags checked thoroughly by those whose friendliness was not … Continue reading On The Other Side Of Security