What Does 1 Timothy 4:8 Mean?

Neal Pollard "The Battle of the Bulge." It was not just a crucial conflict in a world war. It has come to describe America's battle with its expanding waistline. Obesity is a national problem. Weight gain often seems inevitable.  "Dunlap's Disease" is many man's (and woman's) problem.  Solomon is rebuking many of us when writes, … Continue reading What Does 1 Timothy 4:8 Mean?

Laying Aside “Every Weight”

Neal Pollard I try to write very seldom about my favorite hobby, running, which I picked up when our baby, who Pooh Duke has dubbed “Carlnormous,” was still in the womb (This is Carlnormous).  Running produces so many wonderful benefits, physically, psychologically, and mentally.  Yet, as I have heard said, exercise is only about 20% … Continue reading Laying Aside “Every Weight”

Diversions, Distractions, Or Deviations?

Neal Pollard All the following are legitimate outlets, kept in proper perspective: Social causes and needs. Politics. Sports, recreation, leisure and fitness. Wholesome forms of entertainment. Family events. Social media. Socializing and fellowship with fellow Christians. Church buildings. Addressing controversial issues and false teaching. Material possessions. Hobbies. But our common struggle is allowing these to … Continue reading Diversions, Distractions, Or Deviations?

“Marathon Heart”

Neal Pollard A protein called “troponin,” indicating heart damage, is typical with the majority of runners tested after running a marathon.  Malissa Wood, a Harvard-affiliated cardiologist who has competed in four marathons says that the danger comes in not training enough, running forty-five miles or more each week.  Her pithy summary was, “Use your head … Continue reading “Marathon Heart”

SHE CARRIED HER SISTER TO THE FINISH LINE

  Neal Pollard At the southern Illinois state track meet, Claire and Chloe Gruenke, twin sisters, were signed up for several races.  Chloe would even win the one mile race in 5:23 that day.  But in the 800 meter race, Chloe heard a pop in her knee and absolutely could not run another step.  Claire … Continue reading SHE CARRIED HER SISTER TO THE FINISH LINE

What You Can Do With A New Heart!

Neal Pollard This morning while running indoors with Rob Sinclair and Bob Turner, we happened to notice a news story about a woman who just completed 52 half marathons in 52 weeks.  That alone is impressive, but then we learned that Aurora De Lucia had open heart surgery in 2010.  She was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White, … Continue reading What You Can Do With A New Heart!