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  •        I couldn’t help but think of the book of Jude, which I recently read, while listening to a “celebrity” use his past attendance in church and his self-fashioned faith to reinforce his determination to live as he saw fit – which was decidedly unbiblical.  (As have…
    August 7, 2020
  •           I couldn’t help but think of the book of Jude, which I recently read, while listening to a “celebrity” use his past attendance in church and his self-fashioned faith to reinforce his determination to live as he saw fit – which was decidedly unbiblical. …
    August 7, 2020
  •        I couldn’t help but think of the book of Jude, which I recently read, while listening to a “celebrity” use his past attendance in church and his self-fashioned faith to reinforce his determination to live as he saw fit – which was decidedly unbiblical.  (As have…
    August 7, 2020
  • A consistent theme of Jesus’ teaching was his equality with God, offering repeated affirmation of his deity in sometimes vague but often clear terminology; such as: “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 “…just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they…
    July 31, 2020
  • I don’t know that judging the success of others is really any of my business, especially when the topic is so subjective and there are so many levels and definitions of what it means to be successful.  But any measure of success we accomplish as Christians must start and finish…
    July 24, 2020
  •         Last week we examined a number of instances of people caught up in sin who reacted in several different ways.  Sorrow that was superficial or immobilizing and consequently counter-productive, or deeply felt motivation for change.  This week we will try to understand why some…
    July 17, 2020
  •         Have you ever expressed sorrow because of circumstances that were beyond your control?  What was your motivation?  I hope genuine sympathy for those experiencing difficulty.  Have you ever apologized because you knew you had done wrong – and been found out –…
    July 10, 2020
  •         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

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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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