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  • Jonah, called by God to preach to the Ninevites; gentiles considered unclean, unsaved and ignorant. 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, even hated. He went elsewhere and made himself unavailable.…
    January 9, 2004
  • Some view statements like this 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 three, competing ideologies." Yet he believes there are now indeed three competing ideologies…
    January 2, 2004
  • The best-selling novel, The DaVinci Code, purports to reveal hidden information regarding Jesus Christ and the early church's development within its story-line; adding fuel to the debate concerning the role of women in the church then and now. It repeats allegations that have circulated for centuries; that Mary…
    December 26, 2003
  • Don't you just love this time of year? The family get-togethers, exchanging gifts, playing in the snow and caroling. Even the works of charity in the food and gift drives for the less fortunate make us feel better for those we've provided for and about ourselves as we feel a warm glow of accomplishment and satisfaction!…
    December 19, 2003
  • 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 interesting yet unattainable. The Bible's authors expended much time and effort to reveal how practical…
    December 12, 2003
  • The words intolerance and prejudice are being used quite frequently these days! What do they mean and are we? More importantly, what does the Bible have to say concerning this? Prejudice defined is: a dislike or distrust of people solely based on their being of another race, religion, or country. An opinion formed…
    December 5, 2003
  • The recent uproar over Florida Governor Jeb Bush's rescue of Terri Schiavo from starvation has once again spot-lighted America's shifting morals concerning the value of life. Mrs. Schiavo is severely handicapped as a result of illness which first struck her twelve years ago; but she did not die nor is she in…
    November 28, 2003
  • At this time of year when we are encouraged to take stock of our blessings and to share our bounty, love and thankfulness like no other - who should we give thanks to? Our parents, for raising us well, for doing their best? Our families and friends for sticking by us and putting up with us through good and bad…
    November 21, 2003
  • The seriousness of this attempt and the effort needed to achieve it is indicated by several scriptures. "Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires." Gal. 5:24 "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Gal. 2:20 "For…
    November 14, 2003
  • One of the exciting aspects of being out on your own, one we all look forward to as young people, is being able to decide for ourselves what we do and don't do. Things like where we go, when we go there, and who we go there with. Up for debate is whether we study or not, get up early or late, eat our vegetables,…
    November 7, 2003
  • Lot was Abraham's nephew. Their families lived in Chaldea. Abraham was raised among the many "gods" of his people, but was evidently a righteous man as God decided to use him and his family to influence the world. His first directive was for him to "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and…
    October 31, 2003
  • What does it celebrate and should Christians be involved? A good first indicator would be to examine it's decorations. Consider the images it conveys: ghosts, witches, monsters, demons, dead people, blood and gore, the devil, graves, pumpkins with garish faces, black cats, and black magic - symbols of evil or…
    October 24, 2003
  • Why is that so hard accepting a message, advice, instruction and direction? Why do we often rebel against "help" even when we know the advice is well-intended and beneficial? It may have something to do with the condition of our hearts. "He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is…
    October 17, 2003
  • What change? Nobody likes unexpected change. We get comfortable where we live, with what we do, who we associate with, how we worship; and want to be left alone. Change is associated with work, discomfort, learning something different or new. But so much of what we do and who we are is superficial; camouflage…
    October 10, 2003
  • Nearly everyone curses today. Many Christians do; if not in public then in private, especially if they get really mad. In fact, we seem to have set up a standard of practice for cursing. It's not permissible at this time and place but almost expected in another set of circumstances. When are you most apt or …
    October 3, 2003

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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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