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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •         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
  •        With all the bad news emanating from our TV’s concerning the global Coronavirus outbreak, a glimmer of good news has begun to surface as well.  In my area of Indiana, which hasn’t been particularly hard hit – yet – schools have been closed, while the governor…
    March 20, 2020
  •          One of the more pervasive ideals of American society has been that of rugged individualism, where all an individual needs is to be left to his own devices to succeed.  We especially don’t believe we need anyone advising us as to what to do – let alone how to do it…
    March 13, 2020
  •          Last week we looked at Jesus’ call to Peter, not just to follow him but to become a “rock” of the church.  Not that Peter in any way resembled who he would become at his calling, but that once filled with understanding through the Holy Spirit, his faith would…
    March 6, 2020
  •         Little is actually said of most of the twelve disciples throughout the New Testament.  Even John, the “beloved disciple,” is mentioned only about 20 times in the gospels; as is Judas Iscariot.  (He mostly because of the nefarious role he played in the last week…
    February 28, 2020
  •          Some say absolutely not and do everything within their power to keep us from gaining information to the contrary, and while scientists are typically regarded as committed to open-minded inquiry – pursuing evidence wherever it leads – that’s not always true. …
    February 21, 2020
  •        Do you ever get frustrated by what appears to be a lack of response from God to your seemingly dire circumstances?  Do you feel like you’re constantly asking for help, pleading for direction, begging for a way out of indecision or difficulty?  Or maybe you have it all figured…
    February 14, 2020
  •        For you non-Latin speakers, that means “Oh, happy guilt”; a staple of medieval theology still celebrated in the Holy Saturday liturgy of the Catholic Church.  This should, however, not be confused with the issue Paul dealt with in Romans 5 & 6, where he insists that…
    February 7, 2020
  •        Philosophers, theologians and evangelists have long insisted that there is a God-space in us all, seeking satisfaction in a relationship with the Almighty.  All over the world, man has identified and worshipped God or gods in various ways; expressing a universal need to understand the…
    January 31, 2020
  •           Many people are fed up with what they consider to be “business as usual” from their political representatives.  To a certain degree, they are justified in feeling that way.  Congress’ inability to even talk civilly, let alone exchange ideas of any…
    January 24, 2020
  •          Shortly after Paul’s conversion, he went up to Jerusalem to join the disciples there.  His reception was less than enthusiastic as his reputation as a persecutor of all things Christian had preceded him and the sincerity of his turn-around was questioned.  “But…
    January 17, 2020
  •          Grace is like a multi-hued flower, with the various shades of color revealed when we examine it closely.  The first thing coming to mind in any discussion of grace usually being the unmerited acceptance of sinful beings by a Being who has no tolerance of sin.  (See Hab.…
    January 10, 2020
  •          The first mention of Saul – later to be known as Paul – is found in Acts 7:58, witnessing and approving the stoning of Stephen.  Which was merely the start of a “great persecution”  of the newly established church in Jerusalem. (Acts 8:1) To avoid…
    January 3, 2020
  •          As we begin a new year, we would do well to heed the writer of Ecclesiastes 9:10, who says “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,…”  This includes your spiritual and educational endeavors!  However, some people believe education and…
    December 27, 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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