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About preacherpollard

preacher, Bear Valley church of Christ, Denver, Colorado

THE TALE OF CYNIC, CYRUS DIFFY

Neal Pollard At the corner of Oak and Griffey Lived an old man, Cyrus Diffy. (*) A lifelong skeptic, centered on self With Dawkins and Darwin on his shelf He scoffed at those he thought “too much,” Who leaned on … Continue reading

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DON’T BE A “BORED AGAIN” CHRISTIAN!

Neal Pollard Steve Martz recently wrote a book he entitled 77 Talks To Bored-Again Teens. Explaining the rationale for his book, Martz says, “With teenage attention spans decreasing as fast as new channels appear on satellite TV, it’s not just … Continue reading

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What If There WAS An Ebola Outbreak In Your Town?

Neal Pollard Kathy avoids any of the depressing news stories centered on the Ebola virus. She believes they heighten stress and fear. I admit to moderate fascination and monitoring of the latest developments. There’s no denying that there has been … Continue reading

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“MY BROTHER SHOT ME!”

Neal Pollard My sons have had some notable incidents involving guns, particularly the air-soft variety.  While these all are thankfully memories from the past, they continued a less than proud tradition from their father.  I have stories involving my BB … Continue reading

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THE MOANING OF A DOVE, THE GROWLING OF A LION

Neal Pollard One of the more interesting Hebrew words in the Old Testament is the word translated “meditate” in passages such as Psalm 1:2.   הָגָה (“Haga”), most often found among the poets and prophets, has a wide range of … Continue reading

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PRAISE IDEAS FOR PRAYER

Neal Pollard Prayer is a very personal exercise, a life built between an individual and God. Thus, these suggestions may of themselves feel intrusive or foreign to some.  However, through the years, I have heard many express some difficulty in … Continue reading

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A COORDINATED RESPONSE

Neal Pollard The leading local story today has to do with how police and fire responded to the Aurora theatre shooting in the summer of 2012, a horrific crime that left 12 dead and most of the other theatre patrons … Continue reading

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KNOWING GOD THROUGH THE BIBLE

Neal Pollard The tendency to try and make subjective experience as more meaningful and valuable than objective truth is age old. We would rather feel something than learn or obey something. Yet, notice how thoroughly the Bible shows that adequate … Continue reading

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Death Is No Respecter

Neal Pollard On the young man’s Facebook page, he made hopeful comments.  He had just graduated High School when he wrote, “Can’t wait to see what’s in store for my future.” Randomly, several weeks later, he gushed, “Some day, I’m … Continue reading

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WAITING EIGHTY-SEVEN YEARS FOR A MEDAL

Neal Pollard Ernest Pusey was the third-oldest person in the world the day he died at age 111 on November 19, 2006. Nine days before, the man who had worked 32 years for General Motors and drawn retirement for 48 … Continue reading

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