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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •        To be or not to be – really is a question posed by today’s concept of tolerance.  In this age of political correctness and an all-embracing of anything and everything as equally good, proper and correct; defining tolerance is a must.  Webster’s Dictionary defines…
    December 7, 2018
  •        Defining what having a relationship is can be difficult, as it often depends on individual needs as well as a person’s ability – or willingness – to accommodate others.  For our purposes here, it can broadly be said to represent the connections, understanding and expectations…
    November 30, 2018
  •         There are times when those in authority over us make decisions we don’t understand or agree with.  At other times, usually when our needs are being met, we fully support those who represent us; but that consensus is rare these days.        Decisions…
    November 23, 2018
  •         Johann Gutenberg was born in the city of Mainz, Germany around 1400, right in the middle of a movement to make God personal by revealing Him to people in their own language, making Him available to any and all who could read.  He greatly facilitated and energized this movement…
    November 16, 2018
  •         What an intriguing image, a statement shrouded in obscurity yet possessing a number of profound possibilities.  Not an exhortation to get fired up but possibly referring, at least in part, to being passionate.  It could be a promise, similar to that found in Joel 2:28, that…
    November 9, 2018
  •        Scripture speaks to the problem of quarreling rather decisively; as in “Starting a quarrel is like breaching (breaking) a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”  Prov. 17:14 And, “He who loves a quarrel loves sin.” Prov. 17:19  Which raises…
    November 2, 2018
  •         For many, Jesus is the nicest person they can imagine.  For others, he is for the most part irrelevant.  The problem for both sets of people is that they don’t really know him at all.  For way too many people today, he has no real substance, existing as…
    October 26, 2018
  •         The seriousness of this attempt and the effort needed to achieve it is indicated by several scriptures.  Paul asserting that, “Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”  Gal. 5:24 Insisting that, “I…
    October 19, 2018
  •         There is a little-known phrase in scripture, especially among younger believers, that has worth none-the-less.  Its importance lying in its ability to highlight significant phrases, teachings or ideas; prompting us to sit up and pay attention.       …
    October 12, 2018
  •         In an excellent book titled Jesus Mean and Wild1, a number of incidents from Mark’s Gospel concerning Jesus’ behavior are noted; of particular interest for me was His virtual “expulsion” into the desert and His experience with temptation there. …
    October 5, 2018
  •        What is a community?  Most people would start with a description of their families, a group of people living together with common goals and interests, striving for success as individuals and as a group.  Beyond that, many people would consider their neighborhood, towns, counties,…
    September 28, 2018
  •          Why is that so hard – accepting a message of advice and direction?  Why do we so often rebel against “help” even when we know it’s well-intended and beneficial?  It may have something to do with the condition of our hearts.  Scripture insisting…
    September 21, 2018
  •          Have you ever considered the practical applications of your faith?  Many think religion is superfluous – excessive, burdensome, un-needed; impractical to everyday living.  Others see it as mystical, beyond our grasp – intriguing, even inspiring, yet it’s…
    September 14, 2018
  •         Can there be such a thing as misdirected compassion?  I believe there is, the words we use to describe how we relate to people in trouble giving us a clue as to how that might happen.  Such as sympathizing with someone, sharing and understanding their feelings and ideas to…
    September 7, 2018
  •        Even with the freedom of religion guaranteed all Americans in the first amendment to the Constitution, there was – and still are – some fundamental concerns about the institutions of government and church becoming too closely allied in an official sense.  The duality of…
    August 31, 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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