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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •        I have to admit that some scripture still confuses me.  In particular, that used to espouse predestination, such as Rom. 9:16 - 21.  Salvation declared as not dependent “…on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”  I get that, but then to…
    February 23, 2018
  •         I recently came across an article published by Readers Digest that I had tucked away for future use – and promptly forgot – that reinforces the idea that people of every age and type face similar issues, struggles and temptations throughout their lives.  Very…
    February 16, 2018
  •        Have you ever wondered how some holidays got their start?  All of them intend to be a reminder of something or someone, commemorating the day a significant event occurred or the person who did it.  Some are obvious; Christmas, Easter and the 4th of July.  Some, however, we…
    February 9, 2018
  •         Sometimes, especially in a crisis, we don’t know what to say or do.  At other times, when we’ve tried all we know and things still aren’t going the way we expected, we’re at a loss to even know what to think!  That’s when we need to learn to…
    February 2, 2018
  •         Paul taught Timothy, a young protégé of his in ministry that, “…requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving (should) be made for everyone…” I Tim. 2:1; which became the essence of the early church’s practice of powerful, effective…
    January 26, 2018
  •        I have no desire or intent to become a social/political commentator, giving my opinion on every social ill, political subversion, entertainment excess or religious stumble.  However, whenever one of these issues are directly dealt with scripturally and specifically impact Christians,…
    January 19, 2018
  •        John Meacham is politically and religiously a dyed-in-the-wool liberal.  He is also highly intelligent and very well-spoken.  I’ve seen him interviewed on television and read a commentary he wrote on an article featured in Newsweek Magazine when it was still in publication;…
    January 5, 2018
  •         At this time of year, when so many people are re-evaluating their lives and their motivation for living – for our purposes here – trying to determine who we are going to follow or serve in the new year, a rather unique song comes to mind; “Gotta Serve Somebody”…
    December 29, 2017
  •        With the pressure to be joyous and generous during this time of year comes the temptation – or for some, the compulsion – to overspend.  But there’s something to be said for the concept of buying less and having more.        In one particular…
    December 22, 2017
  •        So said Lord Melbourne, William Wilberforce’s chief opponent in the drive to abolish slavery throughout the British realm.  A sentiment echoed throughout history – up to and including the present – by those who believe religion to be strictly a private affair, having…
    December 15, 2017
  •        The opening statement of an Associated Press editorial titled, “Institution Under Siege,” refers to a cultural debate intrinsically tied to our religious base as a nation.  Leading with the statement, “The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that outlawed state bans on…
    December 8, 2017
  •        So begins Charles Dickens’ novel, The Tale of Two Cities; describing the social, political and moral atmosphere of society in England and France during the mid-1800’s.  It was a time not unlike our own, dealing with issues that at times seemed insurmountable but by…
    December 1, 2017
  •   Children seemed to readily accept and be drawn to Jesus. (Matthew 21:14-16) In return, Jesus often used child-like faith and trust to encourage, teach and even scold his adult listeners. In responding to the question – ‘Who is greatest?’, “He called a little child and had him stand among…
    November 24, 2017
  •        Author Rodney Stark boldly concludes his book, The Rise of Christianity, by asserting “…Christianity brought a new conception of humanity to a world saturated with capricious cruelty and the vicarious love of death.”1  (As in the “spectacle”…
    November 17, 2017
  •        To proclaim the substitutionary death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the purpose and function of the church.  And there is no more simple yet graphic way to do so than participating in the memorial service of communion; which had, has and always should have a central…
    November 10, 2017

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Fred Price - married (44 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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