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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •          Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, including the “poem” in chapter 2:6-11 – a masterpiece of compressed biblical theology that in all probability pre-dates his letter – less than 30 years after Jesus’ execution; somewhere in the mid-50’s…
    January 18, 2019
  •           Last week we looked at a number of people who seemed to have little to recommend them for greatness who none-the-less were used by God to accomplish extraordinary things.  We ended up with David, a man of great success and failure, who was repeatedly redeemed…
    January 11, 2019
  •          Even though God demands perfection (Mat. 5:48), he recognizes our human frailty and limitations; helping us, reclaiming us, redeeming us for good.  The concept of redemption literally meaning to get back, as in the reclaiming of an item by paying off a debt; with an inference…
    January 4, 2019
  •          Some view statements like this one by social commentator Dennis Prager as unnecessarily alarmist while others greet it with a yawn.  Rabbi Prager admits that, “Such moments are extremely rare in history.  And when they have occurred, they have been between two, not…
    December 28, 2018
  •       Such is the way Jesus describes all His followers, continuing with, “A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on it’s stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your…
    December 21, 2018
  •         In any consideration of God’s essence, John’s definition of Him as love immediately comes to mind. (I John 4:16) All of us finding comfort as well in Mat 11:28 - 30 where Jesus described the task of following him as easy and light (at least when compared to the consequences…
    December 14, 2018
  •        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

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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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