Why I Attend Wednesday Night Church Services

Neal Pollard I need the fellowship of Christian family in the middle of a week spent exposed to the world. I draw strength from the teaching of God's Word and the comments others make on the subject being studied. Others need my encouragement and influence, and my presence can be so faith-building to them. Bible … Continue reading Why I Attend Wednesday Night Church Services

What To See When False Prophets Speak

Neal Pollard Peter has a sobering warning for the church, writing, "But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves" (2 Pet. 2:1). He warns them about the … Continue reading What To See When False Prophets Speak

“Immediately”

Neal Pollard The astute reader of the book of Mark finds the word 40 times in 39 verses (the Greek word most often translated "immediately" in Mark is actually found 44 times). It is a key word found consistently throughout the gospel but especially in the first six chapters. Usually, the word is used to … Continue reading “Immediately”

Communication Landmines

Neal Pollard Paul writes two letters of instruction to Timothy, the preacher at Ephesus. As his father in the faith (cf. 1 Tim. 1:18), Paul wanted the younger man endowed with the wisdom and courage to be God’s man.  Timothy would face pressures and temptations from many different directions. The apostle’s words also provide some … Continue reading Communication Landmines

Teachers’ Aids

Neal Pollard Several of our classes have assistants to the Bible class teacher.  She (or perhaps in select cases “he”) serves in a support role, helping students do handwork, find Bible verses, or occasionally keep order.  These are vital roles, and often a teacher’s aid later actually becomes a teacher.  Teachers’ aids are part of … Continue reading Teachers’ Aids

Learning About Worship From Children

Neal Pollard Thom Vaught gave the “elders remarks” last night after the Young Lions participated in their annual program of Scripture reading, song leading, prayer, and preaching. The fourteen first through six graders obviously listened well and learned much. Thom noted how we look at the Christian life as a marathon, but these boys (and … Continue reading Learning About Worship From Children

Should We Let The Devil Make The Rules Of Engagement?

Neal Pollard Thanks to the hospitality of my good friend, Jason Jackson, I had the opportunity to visit beautiful AT&T Park in San Francisco, witnessing a rarity (a Rockies win) against his beloved Giants.  It was LGBT Night at the old ballpark, an annual sponsorship of “SF Pride.” It was also the day of the … Continue reading Should We Let The Devil Make The Rules Of Engagement?

Whose Voice Should Be Heard? Another Look At 1 Timothy 2:11-15

Neal Pollard Paul averred that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17, NIV). Its source is God. Its value is exhaustive.  Its result is practical.  That is how the all-wise … Continue reading Whose Voice Should Be Heard? Another Look At 1 Timothy 2:11-15

Ten Important Words With Good Illustrations

Neal Pollard I--nteresting (illustrations are to grab attention or make the point memorable; beware of being one-dimensional--always quotes, poems, sports, etc.) L--asting ( the preacher joke is that you can re-preach most sermons, you've just got to change the illustrations.  Why?  We remember good illustrations.  An illustration can help make a Bible lesson live on in … Continue reading Ten Important Words With Good Illustrations

His Name Meant “Comfort”

Neal Pollard Whose name meant "comfort"?  Noah's! Lamech says as much.  When Noah was born, Lamech proclaimed, "This one shall give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed" (Gen. 5:29). The NIV and KJV, among others, puts the word "comfort" for … Continue reading His Name Meant “Comfort”