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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •          The gospels reveal frustratingly little personal information about Joseph and Mary.  The Christmas story, featuring Mary, is found primarily in Luke’s Gospel while Matthew reveals a bit more of Joseph.  In fact, the gospels include only a handful of incidents concerning…
    December 6, 2019
  •          Christians aren’t supposed to live like unbelievers do.  (See I Cor. 5:1, 2) Nor are we to excuse what the Bible identifies as “unrighteousness” in others, especially within the church.  The popularized gospel of many twentieth century churches making…
    November 29, 2019
  •         That seems unreasonable, doesn’t it?  Not everything benefits me.  In fact, I don’t like a lot  of what happens.  Yet much of thankfulness has to do with our perspective and attitude toward life.  Some people suffer through hardship or calamity…
    November 22, 2019
  •          This type of scripture makes me uncomfortable.  The assurance of Lk. 6:21, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”; doing little to calm my feelings of unease.  Upon further reflection however, I find that the problem – as it usually does –…
    November 15, 2019
  •         Many in our society today question, not so much the person of Jesus – who is too widely accepted as a leading historical figure in one form or another; but questioning – even attacking – the cross.  Its function and value declared grotesque and insulting to today’s…
    November 8, 2019
  •        Sometimes we say things we don’t really mean, often as a result of anger, in an attempt to impress someone or to simply disguise the truth.  It happens as well in church as we sing praise choruses to a God we don’t really know but want to impress none-the-less.  One…
    November 1, 2019
  •         Should Christians be involved in the celebration of Halloween?  A good first indicator might be to consider the images it conveys.  Ghosts, witches, monsters, blood and gore; the devil, demons, graves and black magic – symbols of evil or good, wholesomeness or unwholesomeness? …
    October 25, 2019
  •         Two critical studies published in the Indy Star newspaper lend credence to concerns the church and parents have concerning who their young people spend time with and what they expose themselves to through entertainment.  Cataloging the behavior of young people and the influences…
    October 18, 2019
  •     Luke 19:10 could very well sum up Christ’s mission on earth, representing one of – if not the – single most important truth in scripture. “…the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.” (See also Ezekiel 34:16; Luke 5:31,32 & 1 Timothy 1:15)Salvation…
    October 11, 2019
  •            How’s that?  I understand and applaud a God who, “…will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel…”  2 Thess. 1:8  But why judge me – a Christian – at all, let alone first?  Amos gives us a…
    October 4, 2019
  •        To understand this phrase fully we should define what it means to be yoked.  Webster defines it as the harnessing together of two individual creatures to fulfill a job.  The yoke being a farming apparatus that fits over a pair of animals’ necks, combining their strength to…
    September 27, 2019
  •        One of the first recorded acts of civil disobedience appears in scripture.  As a result of unfounded fear of immigrant Israelites, Egypt’s Pharaoh had enacted a number of draconian decrees against these aliens within his borders; culminating in his demand that two Hebrew midwives…
    September 20, 2019
  •          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

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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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