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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •          From the very beginning, Christians have been tempted to confuse – or even substitute – success for faith.  Whether enduring persecution, subduing “infidels”, acquiring an education or climbing the corporate ladder – and especially in the political…
    June 22, 2018
  •         Lot was Abraham’s nephew.  Their families lived in Chaldea, and as such they were raised among the many “gods” of its people.  But in spite of that, God decided to use Abraham and his family to change the world.  His first directive was for him to …
    June 15, 2018
  •         In an essay titled, “Nice is not the point”, Marilyn McEntyre wrote, “One of my husband’s finer moments in parenting came one day when, after he had uttered an  unwelcome word of correction to a disgruntled child, he leaned down, looked her in the eye and…
    June 8, 2018
  •         Last week we looked at a number of scriptural and historical testimonials of our “Christian” past.  This week I will conclude with a few more reminders of how we became who we are, memorializing the words and activities of the past in an attempt to understand the present…
    June 1, 2018
  •        Holidays are usually set aside to commemorate an historic event or person.  Bridges, buildings, roads, statues, and monuments used to remind us as well.  But why is it important to remember?  In remembering we celebrate and rededicate ourselves to upholding the principles,…
    May 25, 2018
  •           The Apostle John claimed, “No one has ever seen God;…” I John 4:12  And yet, the Bible repeatedly records God as coming among his people.  (Academically referred to as a Theophany.)  One of the more recognizable times God initiated contact with…
    May 18, 2018
  •         Nobody likes change.  We get comfortable where we live, with what we do, who we associate with, how we worship; and want to be left alone.  But change involves work and at times discomfort as we learn something different or new.  The reality being that much of what we…
    May 11, 2018
  •          One of the exciting aspects of being on your own, one we’ve all looked forward to at one time or another, is being able to decide for ourselves what we do or don’t do.  Things like where we go, when we go there, and who we go there with.  Up for debate…
    May 4, 2018
  •         I enjoy watching sports and get particularly excited by a well-thrown pass in football or a well executed play in basketball.  I am also inspired by the harmony and lyrics of a well-sung song or a well-turned phrase in literature; an idea masterfully conveyed by a few choice words. …
    April 27, 2018
  •          Last week, in an attempt to discern the significance of baptism to the Christian believer and thus, its application within the church today; we looked at a number of Biblical calls for its practice and thus, its importance to the early church.  This week I’d like to…
    April 20, 2018
  •        The significance of baptism as part of the plan of salvation is often questioned.  Is it merely a work (which we are supposed to be free of), a ritual (practiced as an initiation rite), or an act of obedience called for by God?        Baptism is included in…
    April 13, 2018
  •           …not so very long ago, everyone – at least every male – carried a pistol on his hip and a rifle in a saddle-holster on his horse.  Not merely for show, they were genuinely needed for personal protection, as well as safeguarding their families and maintaining…
    April 6, 2018
  •         What kind of images do you associate with spring? Baby chicks and bunnies, decorated eggs, new clothes?  What about green grass, budding trees and flowers emerging from the ground?  Some anticipate an egg hunt, toys and candy.  Others participate in a Sunrise Service…
    March 30, 2018
  •   The dual usage of the term man – or mankind/humanity, has long been understood to designate a species and/or the male component of that species. Much as the Hebrew word for the first man – Adam/Adamah is derived from the word for ground/dirt, from which Adam was created and which then consequently became…
    March 23, 2018
  •        Green – the color of Ireland, the emerald isle; fostering the tradition of the wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day.  Images of a pugnacious character, with a look of defiant determination on his face and shamrocks abound.  Pride in being Irish is expressed in parades…
    March 16, 2018

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Fred Price - married (45 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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