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    by Fred Price

Last week we considered the opinions of two knowledgeable men, Pastor Nathan Wilson and former Congressman Lee Hamilton. Both spoke articulately on the function of politics in general, while Mr. Hamilton spoke more specifically on the role of government in our daily lives. Mr. Wilson’s comments included……  ( Click for more )
Pastor Nathan Wilson believes so, having written an op-ed article for the Indianapolis Star explaining how. His assertion being that politics and religion are not natural enemies but should be deeply related, neither using the other as a tool of coercion but one informing the other as decisions are made and policies……  ( Click for more )
I realize this scripture speaks primarily to salvation, but could it not address other areas of need as well? The confidence we feel originates in God’s blessing and provision for our afterlife certainly, but likewise promises his presence and provision while we abide here on earth; offering us mercy and……  ( Click for more )
September 10, 2021
I am not an overly political person. I do believe Christians should be aware of the issues and involved in policy-making for our country, but I certainly don’t believe politics or any one political party to be the salvation of America. Furthermore, I can’t say I totally agree with either of the major……  ( Click for more )
Last week’s article dealt with the idea of properly understanding who we are in relation to God and what impact that can and should have on our lives; now let’s look at some Biblical examples to help us realize our own vision. Abraham was told to leave his family,……  ( Click for more )
What is vision? Could it be more than the ability to see? Might it be a mental picture, an image of how something ought to be? Or possibly the ability to perceive something not visible – yet? Our own personal vision is at times dependent upon what we are looking at or for; what we want to see……  ( Click for more )
August 20, 2021
I thought faith did it all? Regarding salvation, it does, but in consequence of grace being extended to us, scripture admonishes us to add certain aspects of graciousness to our lives; none more specifically than Peter’s Epistle. In encouraging us to escape the corruption of the world by participating in the……  ( Click for more )
August 13, 2021
My mom died several years ago, enduring two weeks of intense pain and suffering beforehand. It was an extremely difficult time for my family as we stood around her bedside, making decisions for her we were ill-prepared to make and watching her waste away a little each day; which did not cause us to doubt the……  ( Click for more )
August 6, 2021
In attempting to answer the questions posed in last week’s first installment of, “…the battle is the Lord’s,…” I Sam. 17:47; we examined the lives of several Old Testament men who faced tremendous obstacles yet overcame them all – David, Noah and Gideon. Being baffled, confused……  ( Click for more )
Have you ever been confused by incidents you didn’t understand, questioned an insurmountable task you were expected to perform, had difficult decisions to make that you didn’t feel capable of? Well – you’re not! None of us are; life being too big, the decisions to be made too important and……  ( Click for more )
One of the expectations God had of his newly-formed overseers of creation was for them to be fruitful and multiply like the rest of the inhabitants of earth (Gen. 1:22 & 28), in part a natural consequence of their coming together in thought, word and deed; and in so doing provide order and stability as they subdued……  ( Click for more )
Last week we looked at the possibility of using Paul’s challenge to the Corinthian church to, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong.”; as part of a Christian standard of living. Some may see these attributes as aggressive, even confrontational, though Paul sought to……  ( Click for more )
In speaking of Winston Churchill’s influence over his British countrymen, America and indeed the world during WWII, George Bernard Shaw noted, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.” (People with strong personalities……  ( Click for more )
Academic philosopher, atheistic author and anti-religion activist Sam Harris enthusiastically criticizes and energetically campaigns for at least the restriction if not the outright abolishment of all religion. He does give a nod to those of us who are not wise enough to see things as he does and persist in seeking……  ( Click for more )
  Have you ever found being a disciple of Jesus Christ challenging? Have you ever found it difficult to genuinely live a Christian life? Have you ever been hard put to witness and testify – in word and deed – because of the words and actions of others? Probably not to the extent of early believers who……  ( Click for more )
When Jesus started His earthly ministry, He called fishermen and challenged them to become “fishers of men.” (Mk. 1:16-18) The idea was that they were to be intentional and diligent in seeking the lost. (One difference being that fishermen catch living things that die, while fishers of men catch……  ( Click for more )
“Shallow preaching that does not grapple with the terrible fact of man’s sinfulness and guilt results in shallow conversions; and so we have myriads of glib-tongued professors today who give no evidence of regeneration whatever. Prating of salvation by grace, they manifest no grace in their lives. Loudly declaring……  ( Click for more )
June 4, 2021
As a result of recurring “contractions” in our economy, deep budget cuts are often proposed that hurt most those least able to cope. (The most memorable being the “Great Contraction” of 08-09, until the most recent precipitated by the Coronavirus pandemic.) From youth programs to education, housing……  ( Click for more )
  Although this question was used by Cain to challenge God when He inquired as to his brother Abel’s where-a-bouts ( Genesis 4:9), it could go much deeper than that. Do we have a responsibility to care about and respond to our “brothers” who are in need? How do we define what help is and who deserves……  ( Click for more )
Two easily overlooked verses of scripture recently attracted my attention because of their potential to speak to our own time and circumstances. That could be said of all scripture, these two seemingly out-of- the-way verses spoke more powerfully to me because of their unexpectedness. One comes from the Israeli history……  ( Click for more )
May 14, 2021
The ability to find contentment even in the midst of hard times is a character trait that every Christian should and can possess. I’m not talking about being resigned to our fate and making no effort to improve our circumstances, but cultivating the ability to recognize what we legitimately can and can’t……  ( Click for more )
A conversation between Jesus and a rich young man has particular significance for all ages and people, none more so than today. “‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life? …Obey the commandments. ….I have… What still do I lack? If you want to be perfect, go,……  ( Click for more )
“For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Mat. 7:13, 14 I must admit that this scripture has at times bothered and confused me. Jesus said, “…God……  ( Click for more )
April 23, 2021
People struggle with the concept of grace in all its manifestations. Spiritually speaking, the Christian understanding of God’s grace is that of divine favor – unmerited forbearance and mercy. But scripture also promotes the idea of gracefulness and graciousness where we mimic God and thereby attract……  ( Click for more )
“…rather than what we think it is or want it to be.” So challenged Sheila Suess Kennedy, a public policy expert and law professor at IUPUI a few years ago. Carol Rogers, Director of Indiana University’s Business Research Center concurs, noting a trend that has rapidly increased……  ( Click for more )
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