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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  • Have you ever said "I'm sorry" because of circumstances that were beyond your control? What was your motivation? Fear, genuine sorrow for how things worked out, because you were expected to after being found out? Have you ever apologized because you knew you had done wrong - even when no one else had caught on…
    July 2, 2004
  • Recent articles, interviews and books have questioned not the person of Jesus, who is too widely accepted as a leading historical figure in one form or another; but questioning even attacking the cross. Its function and value has been declared grotesque and insulting to today's sensitivities. After all, doesn't…
    June 25, 2004
  • To understand this admonition fully we should define what it means to be yoked. Webster defines it as: A pair, harnessed together to fulfill a job; the yoke being a farming apparatus that fits over the animals necks that combines their strength to accomplish a goal. A condition of being under control. Who's?…
    June 18, 2004
  • I must admit that this scripture bothers and confuses me. Jesus said that, "…God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 Paul re-enforces that by stating, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."…
    June 11, 2004
  • I must admit that this scripture bothers and confuses me. Jesus said that, "…God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 Paul re-enforces that by stating, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."…
    June 4, 2004
  • As the embarrassment of Abu Ghraib continues to unfold, many are left wondering how could well-trained American soldiers engage in such activity and why would they stoop to behavior that mirrors what they were sent to Iraq to stop? We have convinced ourselves that as a civilized people a "Christian nation"…
    May 28, 2004
  • School is almost over for some it may well be already and I want to congratulate you on your effort this year and send some of you out into the big bad world with sound advice and encouragement. In meditating on what to say, an old-time hymn came to mind, "Take the Name of Jesus With You." In looking for it…
    May 21, 2004
  • Sometimes we say things we don't really mean, often as a result of anger or in an attempt to protect other's feelings. It happens as well in church as we sing praise choruses to a God we don't really know but want to impress none-the-less. One of the more insightful choruses being sung is "Breathe".…
    May 14, 2004
  • The concepts of mercy and grace are cornerstones of our faith; salvation depending on them. But does that have anything to do with our relationship to others? We know Jesus, "…came to seek and to save what was lost." Luke 9:10 To do so he became the substitutionary sacrifice for our sin; offering forgiveness…
    May 7, 2004
  • Jesus' comment to the Samaritan woman was not merely a rebuke but a challenge to her complacency. Like many today, what beliefs she had she held strongly; but her knowledge of the truth was limited and she was not motivated enough to seek a more complete understanding of her faith. She was comfortable in the knowledge…
    April 30, 2004
  • Only in part, the scripture noted here fully rendered asks, "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?" It continues by cautioning against self-deception - 'God made me this way' 'A loving God wants us all to be happy', in whatever condition we place ourselves in and defines what…
    April 23, 2004
  • In continuing last week's article, "They Sow the Wind and Reap the Whirlwind," let's look at a few things we often convince ourselves are no big deal, yet which nevertheless influence our lives in ways we fail to consider. A major factor in so many of these incidents is our comfort level. As the shock or…
    April 16, 2004
  • What kind of mental picture do you get from that? A little 'sowing of wild oats'? Having fun, even as it borders being on the wild side? Hosea was speaking to the people of the covenant, the good guys; those who had been called, responded, and should have known better. Like most of us. What's wrong with being…
    April 9, 2004
  • Songs and liturgy have always been used to reinforce ideals. Some are better at it than others; many we recite without consideration. 'Holiness' is a praise song with the capability of teaching and inspiring if we let it. 'Holiness, holiness is what I long for.' Do you? Longing is defined as strong yearning…
    April 2, 2004
  • In an article for World Magazine titled, "Gods and Country", Gene Veith makes several statements and poses questions which deserve consideration. His central premise is, "America's civil religion is becoming polytheistic, raising the question: Should we prefer a naked public square to the…
    March 26, 2004

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Fred Price - married (47 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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