“Immediately”

Neal Pollard The astute reader of the book of Mark finds the word 40 times in 39 verses (the Greek word most often translated "immediately" in Mark is actually found 44 times). It is a key word found consistently throughout the gospel but especially in the first six chapters. Usually, the word is used to … Continue reading “Immediately”

HE QUALIFIED US

Neal Pollard When I was a student at Faulkner University, Schick Corporation sponsored a three-on-three intramural basketball competition known as Super Hoops. The school’s student activity director organized the tournament, and the winning team won a paid trip to the national tournament to compete for the national title. My senior year, four of us decided … Continue reading HE QUALIFIED US

FEAR!

Gary Pollard III Have you ever been terrified? I have: I’ve been hit head-on at highway speed, been attacked by feral dogs on the Navajo reservations, and once had to eat kale. Fear is a normal part of our life, and is sometimes an annoying reminder that we are vulnerable. Fear can save your life, or … Continue reading FEAR!

Serving the Living God 

Carl Pollard I know I’m not old enough to say this, but when I was younger I used to lay in bed at night and try to imagine what God looked like. I would try to put a face to Him, I’d wonder what He was doing, and I would ask myself if God knew … Continue reading Serving the Living God 

“Heartaches”

Dale Pollard (Valdosta, GA) Have you ever been in such emotional pain that your heart felt like it was literally aching? The worst pain in this life is not always physical. Often times it’s the emotional pain of saying “good bye” that can drive us to our knees. It can make us lash out in … Continue reading “Heartaches”

“I Don’t Feel Good Enough”

Neal Pollard How many times have you said that? You may project an air of confidence that would make it hard for anyone to think you felt that way or you may wear it on your sleeves. But, if honesty prevails, we’d all confess to wrestling with that thought. Daily! With Paul, facing the scope … Continue reading “I Don’t Feel Good Enough”

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)

Identifying The Source Of Trouble In The Congregation

Neal Pollard One of my dad’s most memorable sermons, which he preached in more than one location, was actually a two-parter.  The first part was preached Sunday morning. Dad warned that he was going to identify the source of the problems in the congregation. He used a wipe board or chalkboard, and only put the … Continue reading Identifying The Source Of Trouble In The Congregation

God Revealed (poem)

Neal Pollard The mighty arm of creation, brooding or building The hand that tipped the canopy, drowning sinners The finger that stirred the languages, babblers yielding The heart that made the heirs of Abram winners The Majesty presented in a bush, resilient though burning The Master who through plagues made Pharaoh submit The Merciful One … Continue reading God Revealed (poem)

“I Know Who You Are!”

Neal Pollard A rich detail in the study of the gospel of Mark is the testimony of the unclean spirits about Jesus.  Mark 1:24—A man in the synagogue with an unclean spirit said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who You are—the … Continue reading “I Know Who You Are!”