“THE CHURCH”

Neal Pollard Did you know that Paul uses the phrase, "the church" nine times in the relatively brief letter to the church at Ephesus? This is a church Paul worked with for three years (Acts 20:18,31). He taught them in person and then he sends this epistle full of teaching (Eph. 1-3) and application (Eph. … Continue reading “THE CHURCH”

After Cuts Become Scars

Neal Pollard David was broken and battered by sin. He would feel its effects from his public life to his private life for the rest of his life. In the aftermath of his actions with Bathsheba and the subsequent cover-up, the wounds of sin left visible scars. Nathan's accusing words perhaps ringing in his ears, … Continue reading After Cuts Become Scars

“WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED?”

Neal Pollard Philip encounters a man returning from worshipping God in Jerusalem. The man, an Ethiopian eunuch, was reading from the scroll of Isaiah.  Philip engages him in conversation, asking the African man if he understood what he was reading.  This very important man was humble enough to ask for help, and Philip climbed into … Continue reading “WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED?”

Speaking What Must Be Heard

Neal Pollard In World War I, German intelligence was able to steal American plans at will. Tapping enemy lines was extremely easy, especially at night. Faced with such a dilemma, a regiment full of Choctaw Indians thought of a potential solution. The commander inquired into how many Choctaws knew their mother tongue. The men hesitated. … Continue reading Speaking What Must Be Heard

Adopting Orphans

Neal Pollard It was nearly twenty years ago that I walked with Keith Kasarjian through an orphanage in eastern Ukraine. I cannot remember how many children were there, but there were many. My first impression was their appearance--unwashed and tattered clothes, dirty bodies, and many had mussed or shaved heads. But my overwhelming impression was … Continue reading Adopting Orphans

“I’ll Love You Forever”

Neal Pollard We read it to our sons when they were growing up. We made up our own tune to the song, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be." It's been hard to remember those days in the rocking chair, reading it over and … Continue reading “I’ll Love You Forever”

Every Day Is “New” With God

Neal Pollard We sing a new song (Ps. 40:3; Isa. 42:10; Rev. 5:9). We gain new strength (Isa. 40:31). We have a new name (Isa. 62:2; Rev. 2:17). We have a new covenant (Jer. 31:31; Heb. 8-9).  We have God's compassions which are new every morning (Lam. 3:23).  We have a new heart and a … Continue reading Every Day Is “New” With God

THE MYSTERY OF INFLUENCE

Neal Pollard Several years ago, a fourteen-year-old girl named Shannon Smith was shot to death in her own back yard. A bullet lodged in her brain. Though already tragic and horrific, the story was made more tragic by the inexplicable nature of the shooting. Police, judging from the trajectory made by the entry would, concluded … Continue reading THE MYSTERY OF INFLUENCE

The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Neal Pollard Quick. Name the top three accomplishments of Grover Cleveland's presidency. I'll wait.  Nothing? Don't feel dense or unpatriotic. He's not in most historians' top 10 (25?) of American presidents. But on yesterday's date, 132 years ago, he was at the helm and dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  This, if … Continue reading The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Are You Grateful?

Neal Pollard Jesus asked a lone, appreciative soul, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine--where are they? Was no one found who turned back to give glory to God, except this foreigner?" (Luke 17:17-18). They were terrified (13), terminal (12), transformed (14), but they were not thankful. They were saved, but to what end? … Continue reading Are You Grateful?