A Healing Proclamation – 6/18/17

Growing with God A Healing Proclamation June 18, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana Text: Psalm 19:1; Luke 19:40 Many years ago my friend Matt Krivich and I decided to build a garden on the roof of The Bowery Mission, a seven-story walk up of a homeless

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Sowing God’s Garden

Growing with God Sowing God’s Garden June 11, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Matthew 13:3-9 A group of kids and adults gather in the basement of a church to plant a garden.  Some of the seed falls on the floor where its ground underfoot and ultimately

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Out of the Comfort Zone – 6/04/17

Out of the Comfort Zone June 4, 2017 (Pentecost) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Acts 2:1-36 The great preacher Billy Graham told a story about being sent to visit various backwoods and small town churches when he was in Bible College. In preparation for these visits a

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Restoring Community – 5/21/17

  Restoring Community May 21, 2017 (Heritage Sunday) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Peter 2:4-10 Once, in the midst of that dreamtime between buying a lottery ticket and the assurance of not winning, I devised a plan to transform my humble, vinyl sided ranch house into

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Love’s Tears – 5/14/17

Love’s Tears May 14, 2017 (Mother’s Day) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Luke 13:34; 1 Peter 3: 13-22  As recorded by the gospel writers, Jesus cries only twice during his public ministry. The first occurs following the death of his close friend Lazarus. The second when he considers

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Enduring Injustice – 5/07/17

Enduring Injustice May 7, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Peter 2:16-25  In this post-Easter season, we’ve been working our way through Peter’s letter to the churches in what is now modern day Turkey. Today’s reading brings us into territory so difficult for contemporary readers to

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Blood of Christ – 4/30/17

The Blood of Christ April 30, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Peter 1:17-21  There is a whole genre of old hymns we rarely sing anymore.  I call them the blood hymns.  Here’s one of them, sung by the Gaithers with Vestal Goodman. A fountain filled

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Stained Glass Embrace

Resurrection Hope – 4/23/17

  Resurrection Hope April 23, 2016 Rev. Fritz Nelson, First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9 When was the last time you rejoiced at your salvation?  When was the last time you woke up and said, “God loves me, God died for me, God rose for me, God rebirthed me,

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Risen Lord by Jyoti Sahi

Easter 2017 – 4/16/17

Easter 2017 April 16, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson, First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Ephesians 5:14; Matthew 12:38-42; Jonah; Colossians 3:1-17 What images of resurrection do you see in the painting by Jyoti Sahi.  Jyoti Sahi is a contemporary artist but he draws upon some of the most ancient themes in Christian

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