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  •          Only in part, the scripture referenced here fully rendered asking, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?”  It continues by cautioning against self-deception – ‘God made me this way’ – ‘A loving God wants…
    September 13, 2019
  •        Author Mark Galli has written a book titled, “Jesus Mean and Wild”; the secondary title piquing my interest no less than the first – “The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God.”1 The reason being that I have felt for some time that Jesus’…
    September 6, 2019
  •         Although Saul was a “godly” man, according to his own understanding and definition of godliness, it took an intervening act of grace to actually bring him to a correct and genuine acknowledgement of God.  An undeserved act of favor, mercy and grace interjected…
    August 30, 2019
  •         I have heard any number of sermons based on the idea that all people everywhere have a “God-spot” deep within their hearts, a place yearning for God – even if we fail to properly recognize it as such or identify it as something entirely different.  In fact there…
    August 23, 2019
  •         Almost immediately after Paul’s conversion on the way to Damascus, he began to energetically and persuasively preach the gospel of Jesus Christ; surprising those he had only recently been persecuting and confounding those he had just as recently been supporting.  Both found…
    August 16, 2019
  •        This comment by Jesus to a Samaritan woman was not merely a rebuke but a challenge to her complacency.  Like many today, what beliefs she had she held strongly; but her knowledge of the truth was limited and she was not motivated enough to seek a more complete understanding of her faith. …
    August 9, 2019
  •         Belief and unbelief in the same person; is that even possible?  Does your faith ever waver?  Are we a REAL Christian if it does?  Can a person question God’s existence, wondering about his ability to provide for us?  Did he really love us enough to die for…
    August 2, 2019
  •          The message of salvation has many layers, some of which take a while to fully grasp.  Much of the New Testament, largely embodied in Paul’s pastoral letters – particularly his message to the Roman’s – focuses on the reality of unmerited mercy and grace;…
    July 26, 2019
  •        I believe in the supposition, up to a point, that people value religion on the basis of cost.  I know that contradicts the easy-believism many espouse today and arouses the protests of faith-only believers – which I am not in disagreement.  My point being that after salvation,…
    July 19, 2019
  •   Jeremiah is characterized as the weeping prophet for good reason, torn as he was between proclaiming the message God insisted his people hear and respond to even as they insisted on hearing a conciliatory, “uplifting” message. They expected pronouncements of peace and prosperity while God was seeking…
    July 12, 2019
  •           In continuing the theme of last week’s article, let’s look at a few things we often convince ourselves are no big deal, yet which nevertheless influence our lives in ways we fail to consider.  A major factor in so many of these incidents is our…
    July 5, 2019
  •         What kind of mental image do you get from that?  A little “sowing of wild oats”, with an expectation of danger or trouble?  Pertinent to this scripture is the fact that Hosea was speaking to the people of the covenant, the good guys; those who had been called,…
    June 28, 2019
  •          What is righteousness?  Paul argues convincingly that it, like salvation, is dispensed solely by God’s grace (Rom. 3 & 4); the righteous living by faith. (Rom. 1:17) Using Abraham as a prime example of a man living and responding to God in faith, and considered righteous…
    June 21, 2019
  •          This article is not meant so much to scold as to encourage; which is indeed part of the function of church.  (I Thess. 4:18)  We have been commissioned by Christ to make disciples, baptizing them into the community of believers – his church – and teaching them…
    June 14, 2019
  •            Many find the gospel to be somewhat mysterious and hard to understand.  The reason, in part, can be attributed to the vast gulf that exists between us finite beings and God’s infinite character.  Literally, his “…thoughts are not (our) thoughts,…
    June 7, 2019

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Fred Price - married (46 years), father of two grown children, grandfather of six.

Attends First Christian Church in Brazil, Indiana, having served as a Deacon and Discipleship Leader for youth. 

Factory worker with a heart for young people and the challenges they face today, thus his participation in his church and this column.

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