Jesus and Barabbas

The Exchange – 3/18/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week The Exchange March 18, 2018 (Lent 5) Text: Matthew 27:15-23 Every Holy Week the ritual plays out in congregations around the world. A leader plays the role of Pilate. The congregation plays the crowd. Leader: Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas

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Christ in Gethsemane by Jesus MAFA

Pouring it all Out – 3/11/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week Pouring it All Out March 11, 2018 (Lent 4) Text: Matthew 26:36-47 On Thursday night, in the garden, on the Mount of Olives, Jesus breaks. Across two millennia of telling the Easter Story we’ve conditioned ourselves to rush pass the garden to the open tomb,

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Judas - Detail of The Last Supper by Raffaeli

Judas at the Table – 3/4/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week Judas at the Table March 4, 2018 (Lent 4) Text: Matthew 26:14-21 Judas was at the last supper – and Jesus already knew Judas had betrayed him. Let that sink in for a moment. If you knew one of your close friends had already betrayed

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Christ Teaching in the Temple by Phillip Schwartz

The Great Sermon – 2/25/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week The Great Sermon February 15, 2018 (Lent 2) Text: Matthew 21:23 – 25:46 The day after Jesus and his followers had seized the temple; the day after Jesus had welcomed the blind, the lame, the children within the temple’s holy walls, the day after those

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Jesus Cleansing the Temple by Carl Dixon

Jesus in the Temple – 2/18/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week Jesus in the Temple February 18, 2018 (Lent 1) Text: Matthew 21:12-17 Jesus leads his followers on a triumphal march into Jerusalem and seizes the temple. Now the temple wasn’t just a building – it was a complex, a campus, 40 walled acres, the most

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Congregational Values: Walking in Faith – 3/26/17

Congregational Values Value #5: Walking in Faith March 26, 2016 (Lent 4) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 2 Samuel 12:1-7, 13-14 For our scripture reading this morning we turn to the words told to King David by the prophet Nathan after David had lain with Bathsheba. David

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Congregational Values: Radical Welcome – 3/12/17

Congregational Values Value #1: Radical Welcome March 12, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Ruth Our scripture reading this morning comes from the story of Ruth.  Often we view this story through the lens of family loyalty – Ruth as the loyal daughter-in-law to Naomi; Boaz as

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Congregational Values: Welcoming Children – 3/5/17

Congregational Values Value #2: Welcoming Children March 5, 2016 (Lent 1) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Matthew 18:1-5; 19:13-15 What did it feel like to be that child welcomed into Jesus’ presence?  Was it a moment of excitement, of joy, of awe?  Were you afraid?  Scared to

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On Prayer – 3/13/16

On Prayer March 13, 2016 First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana – Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Psalm 27  If you hike high into the mountains of Tibet, you’ll find strings of prayer flags stretched across mountain passes, fluttering in visual vivid testimony to humanity’s desire to connect with our God. To be

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