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  •         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
  •           Few issues arouse the kind of intense debate that surrounds the principle of church/state separation.  A debate that could intensify even further with the recent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and the just-nominated Brett Kavanaugh’s pending confirmation…
    August 24, 2018
  •          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

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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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