Neal Pollard The early church grew (Acts 2:41; 5:14; 6:1,7; 9:31; 11:24). As we read of this growth explosion, we see the key role member involvement played. Christians were spreading the word (8:4), involved in each other's lives and in the lives of the lost around them. This is such a simple concept, but churches … Continue reading I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth
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
(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
Neal Pollard Yesterday afternoon, the Bear Valley eldership stood before us one by one to talk about their priorities both for themselves and for us. They distilled them into five simple words that describe five profound concepts: (1) Worship, (2) Communication, (3) Fellowship, (4) Accountability, and (5) Leadership. They told us that as the religious … Continue reading “I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”
Neal Pollard Preachers have: The greatest message to communicate (Rom. 1:16). It is infinitely better and more important than that shared by broadcasters, news anchors, and sports analysts (cf. 1 Cor. 1:18). The greatest "boss" to please (Eph. 6:6-7). I have known and worked with so many great elders. I understand that they "hired" me and … Continue reading It’s Great To Be A Preacher!
Neal Pollard Planting gospel seed (cf. Luke 8:11) will result in people of all ages, backgrounds, and nations becoming Christians. Overcoming evil with good (Rom. 12:17-21) will soften hard-hearted enemies. Approaching a wayward brother or sister in lovingkindness (Gal. 6:1; Jas. 5:19-20) will bring some back to faithfulness. Faithful attendance will stimulate to love and … Continue reading It Will Work!
Neal Pollard Now, not all our attenders are members, And not all our members are attenders, But if all our attenders were members, And all our members were attenders THEN... We'd have more trouble menders, More gospel defenders, And more true soul-winners! BUT... We'd have fewer people offenders, Fewer spiritual hinderers, And fewer religious pretenders! … Continue reading A Proverb To Ponder
Neal Pollard The old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” seems applicable to time, place, and action. Though the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day stretches back 2500 years and occurred in a totally different culture about 7000 miles from here, it is amazing how what they … Continue reading What To Expect When You Build
Neal Pollard Romans 6:13 tells us our body is an instrument, and we choose to use it for righteousness or unrighteousness. The Greek word translated "instrument" there means "tool or weapon." What kind of tool or weapon are you? Are you an instrument God holds in His hand to do His will? Are you a … Continue reading Tools In God’s Toolbox
Neal Pollard If you were to ask the typical Bible student what the consequences of Israel's following the foolish counsel of the ten negative spies, you might hear talk of the wilderness wandering or the fact that God denied them the Promised Land. This was truly, from a physical standpoint, the most visible result of … Continue reading What The Israelites Lost Besides Canaan