Mbah Gotho, Methusaleh, And Mortality

Neal Pollard Incredibly, his residency card and his nation's official documents, state his birthday as December 31, 1870 (The Guardian). For clarification, that was almost three weeks before Germany became an official nation, only five years after the end of the Civil War (reconstruction was just underway and Ulysses Grant was president), 28 years before … Continue reading Mbah Gotho, Methusaleh, And Mortality

A Leadership Legacy

Neal Pollard I am not sure how long our congregation has conducted what we call "Young Lions And God's Precious Daughters," but I would guess it has been at least 15 years and probably longer. All three of my sons participated in Young Lions and feel it was helpful in getting them over nervousness when … Continue reading A Leadership Legacy

ARE YOU ON THE LIST?

Neal Pollard I recently heard D.C. Brown, illustrating proper conduct, mention a list I’ve seen at times in my adult life. The list he mentioned was of people whose personal checks the cashier was not to take. The offenders apparently wrote “bad checks,” checks they did not have sufficient funds to cover. The names, as … Continue reading ARE YOU ON THE LIST?

“3-2, With The Bases Loaded”

Neal Pollard Dave Stewart, former Oakland A's pitcher known for pitching well in the big games, was asked how he was able to shine when the spotlight was brightest. He explained that as children he and his brother would play against each other in the backyard. They would pretend they were in the "big game," … Continue reading “3-2, With The Bases Loaded”

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Neal Pollard Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the event which drew our country into World War II. 2,343 men were killed, 1,143 were wounded, and 960 unaccounted for or missing. The Japanese chose Sunday to attack as it was the most relaxed day of the week for the servicemen. … Continue reading Tora! Tora! Tora!

What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?

Neal Pollard V--ictorious? Faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 Jn. 5:4). No coach hopes to win without first planning and architecting. The blueprints have already been put in place (Rom. 6:17), but we must work the plans to be a success in God's eyes! I--nvolved? Do we want to merely keep house and meet … Continue reading What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?

The Appointment We Cannot Escape

Neal Pollard William T. Turner was captain of the Lusitania when it was torpedoed by a german U-boat in May, 1915. He was one of the few officers saved (Montreal Gazette, 6/24/33, obituary). The Atlantic writes in an article that Turner was “relieving captain” of the SS Ivernia when it was torpedoed by a German … Continue reading The Appointment We Cannot Escape

In Awe Of The Greatest Freedom

  Neal Pollard I once was without representation, Not a citizen of that chosen nation, Enslaved and oppressed, Deprived of the best, And discouraged by my lowly station, But my freedom was bought at a price, With the one ransom that would suffice, Sweet liberty was bought, And my freedom I sought, When I opted … Continue reading In Awe Of The Greatest Freedom

WHEN GOD PAID A VISIT TO ISRAEL

Neal Pollard The Bible tells the beautiful story about the day God visited earth as a human being, coming as a baby by way of the virgin Mary (John 1:14). Because He came here, we can hope to go to His home (John 14:1-3). But one day, He’s going to pay another visit, a visit … Continue reading WHEN GOD PAID A VISIT TO ISRAEL

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