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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •          The idea of giving from our material substance to the church in support of its ministry dates back to the setting up of worship by Jehovah.  “A tithe of everything from the land,  …belongs to the Lord.”  Lev. 27:30-33   Prov. 3:9,10 …
    August 17, 2018
  •           A number of polls and interviews over the last several years suggest a resurgence of interest in the tenets of Calvinism – or predestination – among today’s youth.  Coming in an age that is so rights’ conscious and choice demanding, and in an age…
    August 10, 2018
  •         The reluctance some people have in maintaining their weekly observance of the Lord’s Day is nothing new (especially during the holidays), the Hebrew writer finding it necessary to admonish some believers to, “…not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit…
    August 3, 2018
  •          Of real importance to any study of a Sabbath observance is the realization that the scripture cited above was a command, not a suggestion.  And while Sabbath observances were – and are – a hotly debated subject, Jesus points out in Mk. 2:27 that the Sabbath…
    July 27, 2018
  •          Have you ever felt apprehensive about trying something new?  Waiting for test results from the doctor or x-rays at the dentist can be unnerving.  New relationships or old ones changing can make you feel unsure of yourself.  Making decisions about school, work, where…
    July 20, 2018
  •        Let me say at the very beginning of this article that I am not – in any way, shape or form – attempting to disparage Jews or Judaism; with whom we Christians share a number of historical and faith-based tenets.  It is however, an examination of certain elements of faith…
    July 13, 2018
  •          That’s a legitimate question, posed by Elijah to the many “fence-straddlers” of his day – and ours.  In doing so, he reminded the Israelis of Joshua’s insistence years before that the Israelis should, “…fear the Lord and serve him with…
    July 6, 2018
  •         Jonah, called by God to preach to the Ninevites; gentiles – considered ignorant and unclean.  He didn’t want to.  Travel was inconvenient; he would have to leave his home, family, job and friends.  All this for people he disrespected, disliked and maybe even…
    June 29, 2018
  •          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

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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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