The Quality That Makes Us Excited For Hard Times

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard Joy is something we’re supposed to have when we go through trials (Jas. 1.3). It’s χαρά, which means, “to experience gladness.” It describes a forward-thinking mentality that says, “Right now isn’t great, but I can learn from this and grow.” Our joy comes from anticipating the ultimate growth weContinue reading “The Quality That Makes Us Excited For Hard Times”

LESSONS FROM ADVERSITY: LIVING WITH ONGOING ADVERSITY

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard  While in the exceptional care of the physicians of the University of North Carolina Healthcare System, I met Dr. Alan Siqueiros as he was completing his Fellowship. He could tell I was depressed. My lung function was at 25% from my history of three pulmonary emboli. I had noContinue reading “LESSONS FROM ADVERSITY: LIVING WITH ONGOING ADVERSITY”

Be Fearlessly Fervent 

Tuesday’s Column: Dale Mail It takes a special individual of both breed and brand to truly impact the world. The fact is, many will live their lives comfortable and content to never break any molds or “step outside the box,” as they say. Most believers understand that God has called us out of this worldContinue reading “Be Fearlessly Fervent “

Lessons From Adversity: An Introduction

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard Without delving into the minutiae of my medical history, suffice it to say I’ve been through a lot. Consequently, I could not accomplish all I hoped and dreamed to do in life. If you were to ask others about my legacy, you might well hear expressions of admiration aboutContinue reading “Lessons From Adversity: An Introduction”

“No One Supported Me, But All Deserted Me”

Neal Pollard These are some of the last words written by one of the greatest men who ever lived. He wrote them while in prison, waiting to die for his faith. He has just spoken of people he trusted who had deserted him. He is lacking even the bare essentials. A man, knowing how difficultContinue reading ““No One Supported Me, But All Deserted Me””

P.A.I.N.

Neal Pollard Problems aren’t inherently negative.  Will you remember that? The middle-aged man with the persistent pain goes to the doctor, who discovers the malignant mass and gets him to the surgeon. The man’s life is saved by pain. The teenage Christian girl who endures the hurt of breaking up with the boy who isContinue reading “P.A.I.N.”

Struggling Through Our Troubles

Neal Pollard Have you ever had a problem or struggle that started out small but kept growing until it was larger than life? Did it come to consume your thoughts, keep you up at night, and become an overwhelming obsession? Maybe you devoted a lot of emotion to it. Just by virtue of living onContinue reading “Struggling Through Our Troubles”

Coping With Thorns

Neal Pollard Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). He is the author of audacity, and he showed it first in Eden. He is at work today through temptation and suffering to try and dismantle our faith. He is a presence in our personal lives (1 Pet. 5:8). If there’s hurt, he’s happy.Continue reading “Coping With Thorns”

FOURTEEN SUGGESTIONS FOR BUILDING YOUR DEVOTIONAL LIFE

Neal Pollard Maybe you have resolved repeatedly to become a better, more faithful Bible student, person of prayer, or simply one who truly desires to build a closer relationship with God. While a lot of that will be personal and peculiar to you as an individual, you may lack direction about how to get startedContinue reading “FOURTEEN SUGGESTIONS FOR BUILDING YOUR DEVOTIONAL LIFE”

And The Rain Fell

Neal Pollard You’re building your house for life, not a day By all that you do and everything you say But more important than roof or even the walls Is your foundation, for there’s coming floods and squalls. Today the sky may be sunny and fair And life may seem easy with no burden orContinue reading “And The Rain Fell”