By Gary Pollard Wednesday's Column: Third's Words Peace conjures a number of different images in our minds; from hippies to nature's beauty to inner calm to lack of anxiety. Nearly every group of people in the world craves peace as no rational human being wants to live in constant upheaval. We all want to have … Continue reading Is Peace Possible?
Neal Pollard In Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus, the writer quotes the prophet Micah. This prophet, whose ministry was to both the northern and southern kingdoms (1:1), writes much to warn these divided kingdoms united in sin and rebellion against God. But, he also extends hope for the future. He speaks of One … Continue reading “One Will Go Forth”
Neal Pollard It was painful to watch my Georgia Bulldogs pulverized by the Auburn Tigers (my fellow Bronco fans can easily relate this year). Yet, later that Saturday evening, I found myself smiling and even cheering for a familiar face who was calmly embracing a signature win against college football’s number three team, Notre Dame. … Continue reading SEARCHING FOR THAT SLIPPERY SERENITY
Neal Pollard The beleaguered prophet, Jeremiah, had had it. He was, in the words of Andy to Barney, “beat to the socks”—and then some! He was surrounded by sin and disobedience. At every turn, he was being disappointed by people he expected so much more from. He was fed up, and he wanted to escape … Continue reading Longing For The Desert Lodging Place?
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)
Neal Pollard “Rancor” is synonymous with hostility, bitterness, spite, and vitriol. In Ephesians 4:31, Paul warns the Christian against “bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander [and] malice.” While it didn’t seem possible that this election cycle could produce more heat and saber-rattling than the last couple, it has already exceeded it. It … Continue reading DIVIDING OVER POLITICS
Neal Pollard “Peace” is a geopolitical term associated with such terms as talks, treaties, accords, and the like. It’s the political antithesis of war. Of course, the term is co-opted by a wide variety of people in society, but so often peace is a misunderstood concept. Or, people turn to the wrong source for peace. … Continue reading Not All Peace Is The Same!
Neal Pollard Paul’s words in Romans 14:19 seem to have fallen upon hard times, often among those who are in a position of greater trust and influence. In that particular verse, the apostle is drawing a conclusion about his instructions to Christians, saying, “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the … Continue reading Are We Trampling Upon Romans 14:19?
(video by Wes Autrey) Neal Pollard I cannot imagine anyone present yesterday morning to witness Janice Lee baptized into Christ could have failed to be touched at a very deep level. J.J. and Lila Brennan had been studying the Bible with Janice, and she came to the conclusion that she needed to be baptized for … Continue reading “NO MATTER WHAT” OBEDIENCE
Neal Pollard Recently, I was corresponding with Arthur Ohanov, a gospel preacher in Donetsk, Ukraine, who served as my translator on a couple of mission trips to eastern Ukraine in the early 2000s. In part, he wrote me, “As I am typing this letter I hear bombing in our city, but God is good! We … Continue reading Act While You Can!