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  •         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
  •        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

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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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