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    by Fred Price

Two critical studies lend credence to concerns the church and parents have concerning who their young people spend time with and what they expose themselves to through entertainment. Cataloging the behavior of young people and the influences that help shape their actions, they corroborate the premise that who teens……  ( Click for more )
The first three commandments of the Decalogue speak directly to our relationship with God. The first being, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Ex. 20:3 For, “The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” Or “alone.” Deut. 6:4 The second commandment cautioning, “You shall not……  ( Click for more )
In these days of excuse-making for sin, tolerance of any and all behavior etc., the Progressives of one party demand we acquiesce to their agenda while the Conservatives lash out in anger against anyone who fails to meet their standards, however low they may be. What’s a Christian to do? First,……  ( Click for more )
A fundamental principle of Biblical evangelism is the need for Godly sorrow, which brings repentance that leads to salvation (2 Cor. 7:10); God commanding all people everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30) An oft-overlooked aspect of the Gospel being, “God will give to each person according to what he has done. To……  ( Click for more )
April 19, 2024
Who in their right mind would desire to be broken (as in experiencing crushing sorrow and disappointment), which can lead to incapacity and ineffectiveness? Yet could it be to our benefit to feel deep sorrow and remorse for our short-comings and sin, which can then lead to a subduing of our rebellious instincts and……  ( Click for more )
April 12, 2024
Almost immediately after Paul’s conversion on the way to Damascus, he began to energetically and persuasively preach the gospel of Jesus Christ; surprising those he had only recently been persecuting and confounding those he had just as recently been supporting. Both found his motives suspect and his actions……  ( Click for more )
April 5, 2024
A noted politician went on record sharing his views on the moral condition of his country, particularly citing the need for religious zeal among true believers in Christ. In addressing those he considered genuine Christians he said, “You are the most important members of our community. (And I doubt this……  ( Click for more )
March 29, 2024
What kind of images do you associate with spring? Baby chicks and bunnies, decorated eggs, new clothes? What about green grass, budding trees and flowers emerging from the ground? Some anticipate an egg hunt, toys and candy. Others participate in a Sunrise Service and contemplate Jesus crucified yet risen. Hopefully……  ( Click for more )
That’s encouraging. God knows me so thoroughly, anticipating my needs so effectively, that – what? He’ll give me anything and everything I want – immediately? Or is it only my legitimate needs he acquiesces to – no questions asked? So say some, at least by inference, in……  ( Click for more )
March 15, 2024
Green – the color of Ireland, the emerald isle; fostering the tradition of the wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day. Images of a pugnacious character, with a look of defiant determination on his face and shamrocks abound. Pride in being Irish is expressed in parades and ceremonies all across the country.……  ( Click for more )
March 8, 2024
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 a mere shadow of the man who roamed the hills of Galilee……  ( Click for more )
The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once challenged Christians to, “Have the courage to have your witness regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.” (For Biblical examples of just such willingness……  ( Click for more )
Does that get your attention? Many in our world today believe just that, primarily because they try to understand the gospel intellectually before they will allow themselves to believe, while the gospel requires us to believe in order to understand. The message of the cross is indeed foolish to some. “…to……  ( Click for more )
The concept of servanthood, let alone slavery, is largely foreign to people in the developed countries of the world today. Many third-world citizens do, however, still toil under conditions of absolute control by others, while some modern-day laborers wonder if their treatment by corporate CEO’s might qualify……  ( Click for more )
February 9, 2024
Have you ever wondered how some holidays got their start? All of them intend to be a reminder of something or someone, commemorating the day a significant event occurred or the person who did it. Some are obvious; Christmas, Easter and the 4th of July. Some, however, we view in a light not at first anticipated;……  ( Click for more )
February 2, 2024
Decades have passed since missionaries Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Nate Saint, Ed McCully and Roger Youderain were killed by Waodoni spearmen in the wilds of Ecuador. (Ironically only ten years after five other young men had been killed in a Bolivian jungle by other antagonistic tribesmen.) But their witness and example……  ( Click for more )
January 26, 2024
Repeated events involving the real and at times imagined desecration of the Muslim holy book make for big news around the world. Predictably, violent acts erupt among adherents of the Quran in response to these supposed slights. Attempting to explain the shock and anger expressed by those brandishing their holy……  ( Click for more )
January 19, 2024
Last week we looked at the lives and “ministry” of a number of women involved in Jesus’ life. Luke seems to intentionally write of them more than any other gospel, noting how, as Jesus traveled the countryside with his disciples, women accompanied them and served Jesus, the Twelve and I’m sure……  ( Click for more )
January 12, 2024
Contrary to poplar opinion, Christianity has raised the profile and status of women around the world. The Jews usually held women in high regard personally, “officially” not so much. A first-century Jewish blessing, offered each morning by Jewish men, began with “Blessed are you, Lord God, Ruler……  ( Click for more )
The importance of counting the cost of discipleship (Lk. 14:25-33) and bearing the cross of faithfulness (Lk. 9:23-26) cannot be overstated. The cultural battles we face today are not only for the soul of our country but of our churches as well, as recrimination and discrimination come more and more from those who……  ( Click for more )
December 29, 2023
A brand New Year with new opportunities and responsibilities is about to unfold. I hope you will look at this New Year as if it were a blank piece of paper, ready to record your responses to the possibilities for success in 2024. But don’t fill it with New Years’ resolutions and promises you won’t……  ( Click for more )
December 22, 2023
Don’t you just love this time of year? The family get-togethers, exchanging gifts, playing in the snow and caroling. Even the charitable contributions we make to food and gift drives for the less fortunate warm our hearts as we express genuine concern for others. (The Christmas season opening our eyes to the……  ( Click for more )
December 15, 2023
A herald is described as someone who foretells what or who is to come, a dignitary announcing significant news; sometimes an ambassador carrying official messages and/or proclamations. Such a person was John bar Zechariah, later identified by his “occupation”, calling sinners to repentance and baptizing……  ( Click for more )
December 8, 2023
Some thought the discovery of a long-lost gospel a few years ago would force Christianity to re-think itself because of its portrayal of the quintessential traitor – Judas – as a trusted friend and confidant of Christ. Rev. Donald Senior, President of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago however,……  ( Click for more )
December 1, 2023
I generally try to be positive with everyone, and my comments now hopefully won’t be interpreted as an attack on anyone. However, ongoing news coverage of three individuals, and the issues they represent, seem to me to be symptomatic of society today. The one featured Melissa McCarthy, a plus-sized……  ( Click for more )
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