Neal Pollard The Son of God gives specific instructions for what to do when a spiritual family member sins. Jesus clearly says, "If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two … Continue reading INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRIVATE OFFENSES
Neal Pollard Paul makes an interesting statement while addressing the successful effort the Corinthian church made in disciplining an erring brother along with the successful outcome of his having repented. He urges them to show him love, comfort, and forgiveness. The bottom line Paul gives for the urgency of their obedience is "so that no … Continue reading Satan’s Schemes
Neal Pollard Misty Ann Weaver made a tragic decision. The Houston-area licensed vocational nurse is charged in the burning death of three people after she started a fire in her six-story office building. Why did she take such horrible measures that resulted in the unnecessary, tragic deaths of these victims? She was apparently behind on … Continue reading The Peril Of “Covering Up”
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
Neal Pollard ...Of concerns over the future--decisions to make, the specter of tomorrow, growing old, retirement? ...Of sin--fighting temptation and not always winning, beating one thing and then finding another cropping up in its place, and the guilt it brings? ...Of disappointment--both of what I inflict and what is inflicted upon me? ...Of fear--when it … Continue reading When Will I Ever Be Free…
Neal Pollard With a name like "Lamentations," you know it isn't a joke book. It's not lighthearted or jovial. It's the inspired record of Jeremiah's tears and troubled spirit over the punishment of Judah for her idolatry and abandonment of God. It is graphic (see 2:20-21; 4:4-10; 5:11-14). Conditions became terrible for the nation (cf. … Continue reading “Good That Comes From Bad”
Neal Pollard The theme of our recently completed lectureship was, “Every Man Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes.” This seems to be the summary statement of this entire period of Bible history. It is interesting that this idea shows up more than in just the two verses where the statement appears (Judges 17:6; … Continue reading The Eye Of The Beholder
Neal Pollard Many know that Psalm 119 is the greatest, inspired tribute to the Word of God known to man. 176 verses, eight verses under the heading of every Hebrew letter, grace these pages of our Bibles. All but a few verses mention some synonym for God's Word. So many individual studies can be made … Continue reading Why We Need The Word
Neal Pollard Jeremiah asks that question rhetorically? It comes at the end of an oracle God gave this prophet to share with his people, Judah. He had asked if the people had turned to idolatry because God was not in Zion (Jer. 8:19). He then ends by saying, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is … Continue reading Is There No Balm In Gilead?
Neal Pollard You hear comments in Bible classes that amount to what’s wrong with the church, what we’re doing wrong, what we’re not doing, and what it’s doing to us, our children, and the world. You read people’s minds through their social media rants, raves, and ramblings, and the bottom line message is that the … Continue reading Is The Church Broken?