I Am Not Irreplaceable 

Neal Pollard It is said to have housed between 400,000 to 700,000 scrolls containing essentially everything that had been written up to its point in time. But the Royal Library of Alexandria, Egypt, was eventually destroyed. The first residential university, home to perhaps 2000 teachers and 10,000 students from the fifth to the 12th century … Continue reading I Am Not Irreplaceable 

Labor Day

(Bulletin Preview) Neal Pollard Tomorrow, most of us will be able to celebrate the Labor Day Holiday. That means, ironically, that most of us will have a day off from--well--labor. Schools and workplaces across the nation will shut their doors and many will be off for their last "summer vacation." Friday, an anticipated 3 million … Continue reading Labor Day

“Just A Broken Guy…”

Neal Pollard The chilling audio from Richard "Beebo" Russell reveals an internal conflict nobody, not family, friend, or co-workers, knew was going on. The 29 year old ground worker at Seattle-Tacoma International airport took a Horizon Air Dash-8 airplane on an unauthorized joy ride, complete with complicated aerial stunts before crashing into a remote island … Continue reading “Just A Broken Guy…”

The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

Neal Pollard He was appointed an elder during the Reagan administration. At the very time he was appointed, the congregation was reaching the climax of a very traumatic incident. A man who was a charter attender, but not a member, when Bear Valley began meeting, he has seen every great work this congregation has dared … Continue reading The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

“Killfies”

Neal Pollard What do high cliff ledges, train tracks, animal game parks, bridges and buildings have in common? They are apparently popular sites for people to take selfies, and places, among others, where over 200 people have died in the last 5 years in pursuit of that “perfect selfie.” The Economic Times of India, a … Continue reading “Killfies”

Working Together To Survive The Hunt

Neal Pollard 1 Peter 5:8 calls the devil a roaring lion prowling around seeking someone to devour. It is obvious that Peter’s readers would have seen or at least heard about these kings of the jungle for the analogy to make sense and be practical.  Lions lurk, longing for lunch. In the savannas of East … Continue reading Working Together To Survive The Hunt

Why Do You Serve?

Neal Pollard Has a preacher ever been motivated by finance, popularity, or fame? Has an elder ever been motivated by power, influence, or notoriety? Has a Christian ever served in any way for notice, accolades, or to satisfy pride? In individual cases, it’s so hard to tell (ultimately, it’s impossible). But, knowing human nature, we … Continue reading Why Do You Serve?

But, They Were Certain!

Neal Pollard Have you ever been absolutely sure about something, only to find out you were wrong? Maybe, it was the name of the band that sang your favorite song or the name of the third baseman on your favorite team when you were in elementary school. Sometimes, the stakes are higher and being wrong … Continue reading But, They Were Certain!

Service With A Smile

Neal Pollard Jesus showed the greatness of service by washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:12-17). As they fought over who was the greatest, Jesus revealed that He came to serve and not to be served (Mat. 20:25-28). God refers to Him in the great prophesy about His suffering as “My Servant” (Isa. 52:13; 53:11). Why, … Continue reading Service With A Smile

A Footprint, A Fingerprint, And An Imprint

Neal Pollard “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “What will they put on your headstone?” It’s the kind of fundamental questions that accompany us all along the road of life. We want to have significance, to serve purpose, and to matter.  Whether motivated by legacy or something larger than self, the … Continue reading A Footprint, A Fingerprint, And An Imprint