Rejoice Always – 11/26/17 (Thanksgiving)

Rejoice Always November 26, 2017 (Thanksgiving) Rev. Fritz Nelson – Presbyterian Churches of Columbiana and East Palestine Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstance; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” Paul began

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Holy Relationships – 11/19/17

Holy Relationships November 19, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presby, Columbiana & First United Presby, EP Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Where did your mind and spirit go as we read this passage? In the time of silence that followed? Know that wherever you are – whether its in a

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Being Alert – 11/12/17

Being Alert November 12, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First United Presbyterian, EP Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-13 Eight years ago the Nelson household achieved a single minded focus rarely seen before or since. Everything from travel plans to home decorating to every single conversation revolved around THE BABY – this

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Permeable Boundaries – 11/05/17

Permeable Boundaries November 5, 2017 (All Saints) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:9– 13 At one point when I was in college my grandmother shared with me that she still spoke regularly with my grandfather. I’m not sure why this conversation came up, but I

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The Call to Suffer – 10/29/17 (Reformation)

The Call to Suffer October 29, 2017 (500th Anniversary of the Reformation) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 As Paul writes to encourage the young church in Thessalonica church he praises them for “becoming imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are

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Giving our own Selves – 10/22/17

Giving our Own Selves October 22, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 So deeply did we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also of our own selves, because you have become very

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Testimony – 10/15/17

Blessing through Testimony October 15, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10  “For in spite of persecution you received the Word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” As he

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Understanding the Abyss – 10/08/17

Walking with Moses Understanding the Abyss October 8, 2017 First Presbyterian, Columbiana – Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Exodus 19 – 33 I always find meditating on the commandments to be a little painful. The deeper I go, the harder I examine my life against the commandments, the more sinful I

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Morning by Morning – 10/01/17

Walking with Moses Morning by Morning October 1, 2017 First Presbyterian, Columbiana – Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Exodus 16 Morning by morning they gathered the manna. Morning by morning. Reminds me of the line from that old hymn: Morning by morning new mercies I see  Morning by morning. A friend

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Gifted with Story – 9/24/17 (Rally Day)

Gifted with Story September 23, 2017 (Rally Day) First Presbyterian, Columbiana – Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Out of his divine grace and mercy, our God has gifted us with story. If our building burned down. If our congregational leadership became embroiled in scandal. If our broader society stopped

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