Avoid Being Ironic

Neal Pollard Friday night, Carl and I flew to Bismarck, North Dakota. Why? Well, of course, we wanted to attend the “Melita Banana Days” in Melita (pronounced Meh LIT Uh), Manitoba. That, and stay in a Bed and Breakfast in Carnduff, Saskatchewan, that doubles as an ice cream shop. Saturday night, we were back in … Continue reading Avoid Being Ironic

THE HUMAN CHAIN AND SALVATION

Neal Pollard Incredibly, nine people in one family were in serious danger of drowning as they were swept into a riptide in Panama City Beach, Florida. It started with some little boys, but soon included would-be rescuers that included their mother and some other relatives. All of them were floundering in about 15 feet of … Continue reading THE HUMAN CHAIN AND SALVATION

BARRIERS TO COMMUNICATION

Neal Pollard I was asked by a preacher from Texas to go and provide emotional support to a family of brand new Christians he reached with the gospel. In a tragic circumstance, the matriarch of this family was in the hospital Sunday morning to have a gallstone removed and doctors accidentally severed the hepatic portal … Continue reading BARRIERS TO COMMUNICATION

Your Impact

Gary Pollard III (Hope, AR) On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bomb itself, compared to the city, was quite small; the devastation is still at the front of many minds today. There is a lot of evidence on earth of multiple meteor impacts. It is … Continue reading Your Impact

Victories Of Our Friends And Family Day

[Disclaimer: I mention specific names, knowing that I cannot possibly know every story and detail. These are included to encourage. God saw it all and will reward accordingly!] Neal Pollard There was an air of excitement. We did not meet our numerical goal, but there was a noticeable buzz yesterday. So many new faces milling … Continue reading Victories Of Our Friends And Family Day

Producers Versus Consumers

Doug McNary Allow me to take you back to the early 1930's, when the U.S. economy was in the throws of the Great Depression. It was a time of record setting negative economic growth. Many Americans lost their means to sustain basic life functions. Many Americans lost all Hope. At the time, President Herbert Hoover … Continue reading Producers Versus Consumers

Dying Villages (And Dying Churches)

Neal Pollard Liza Zhakova and Dima Zharov have written an extensive expose of a phenomenon I was totally unaware of—the depopulation of villages throughout the Kostroma region northeast of Moscow, Russia. 200 villages have been abandoned and 20,000 villages have faded away, a remarkable, mystifying fact for a vast region—it counts merely “660,000 residents for … Continue reading Dying Villages (And Dying Churches)

Use The Resources Available To You

Neal Pollard Judging from Candice Millard’s straightforward account of the assassination of James Garfield, there were two men responsible for his death. The more obvious villain was the shooter, Charles Guiteau, an unquestionably insane loner. The less obvious accomplice, judging from her words, was the man who seized control of Garfield’s care and appointed himself … Continue reading Use The Resources Available To You

Everyone Can “Do” Evangelism

Neal Pollard Pray, specifically, about having opportunities to share your faith. Think about the people in the various places you spend your time and ask God for inroads with these individuals specifically. Pray for courage, wisdom, and your words (cf. Col. 4:2-6). Pray for their hearts. Pray to pick opportune times to approach them. Cultivate … Continue reading Everyone Can “Do” Evangelism

What Would Our Slogan Be?

Neal Pollard A Bear Valley member gave me a mailer she received from a new, area denomination.  The oversized postcard, in attractive colors (the background of which looks to be a paint palette), leads with the header, “Messy Grace.” The subtitle reads, “It’s okay to not be okay.” The brief message beneath says, “God loves … Continue reading What Would Our Slogan Be?