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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •         Deciding whose counsel is acceptable and whose advice is best disregarded can be complicated and achieved primarily through experience.  Jesus declared that wisdom is proved right by the actions it promotes.  (Mat. 11:19); reinforcing Proverbs’ injunction to, “Listen…
    July 3, 2020
  •         Whenever a sensational event happens that is so steeped in controversy, as the George Floyd murder is, I often try to keep quiet for a while, sorting fact from fiction – where possible – sifting through the hyperbole and raw emotion to ascertain who really did what to whom. …
    June 26, 2020
  •     According to Jesus, faith is nothing less than a complete exchange of all we are for all he is. His declaration, recorded in John 12:25, intriguing and concerning me. “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Does…
    June 19, 2020
  •         Although we are called to be holy (I Pet. 1:15, 16) and perfect (Mat. 5:48), we are never called to be better than anyone else; merely better than we were before.  We are said to be saints (Col. 1:12), a title we should aspire to while recognizing we are yet sinners (I John 1:8)…
    June 12, 2020
  •         Scripture at times gives frustratingly few details of many of the characters involved in spreading the gospel story; large gaps even left out of the life of Christ.  There’s a reason for that, seeing how we have such a difficult time accepting, understanding and sharing…
    June 5, 2020
  •        In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he speaks both of God being “Blessed” (the NIV’s “Praise be”) by our acceptance of his grace and purposes, and our receipt of a seven-fold blessing in return.        First,…
    May 29, 2020
  •        So says Psalm 34:7, with the assurance then that “he delivers them.”  But what does that mean?  There have been a number of tragedies in our church family over the years, with the resultant questions of: Why?  To what purpose?  And finally, How could God make…
    May 22, 2020
  •         Precious little is written about John Mark in scripture, but what is recorded is fascinating and instructive.  His story actually begins with Peter, who had been arrested by Herod as part of a pacification program, probably intending to kill him as he had James.  But God…
    May 15, 2020
  •        In continuing our examination of the lives of Joseph (last week) and now Esther, we are compelled to once again remember Romans 8:28 “…we know that in all things God works for the good of those how love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”       …
    May 8, 2020
  •         A brief look at the lives of Joseph and Esther – heroes of faith and action – quite effectively illustrate how God’s will can be found in confusing,  even contrary circumstances.  Their stories highlighting the fact that we are never promised an easy, problem-free…
    May 1, 2020
  •         So writes Paul to the Corinthians, finishing that thought by explaining, “…so that by all possible means I might save some.”  Does this suggest an elasticity that allowed him to change according to whoever he was with at the moment, becoming who they were to accommodate…
    April 24, 2020
  •          The extent to which many of us worry can hardly be overstated.  We are concerned for our future, fuss over politics, and wonder about our health.  We fear violent crime, bemoan racial divisions, and fret over the economy.  Insecurity abounds and often wreaks…
    April 17, 2020
  •        The gospel’s offer of salvation is both an appeal and a command for sinners to repent and follow the dictates of the Savior; not a plea of passive acceptance, becoming a salve for guilty consciences – nor a means of enabling willful individuals to do as they please even as they…
    April 10, 2020
  •         The concepts of mercy and grace are cornerstones of Christian salvation, but do the spiritual attributes of mercy and grace have anything to do with our personal relationships with others?  We know Jesus, “…came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Lk.…
    April 3, 2020
  •         Songs and liturgy have always been used to reinforce ideals.  Some are better at it than others; while some we recite without consideration.  ‘Holiness’1 is a praise song with the unique capability of teaching and inspiring if we pay attention and let it.       …
    March 27, 2020

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Meet the Author

Fred Price - married (47 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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