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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Creating a Touchstone – 9/17/17

Walking with Moses The Red Sea: Creating a Touchstone September 17, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Exodus 13:20 – 31  From Sunday school lessons to Hollywood blockbusters the story’s been etched into our imagination. The Israelites, now escaped slaves, are running from Egypt to freedom. The

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The Plagues – 9/10/17

Walking with Moses The Plagues September 10, 2017 As I was prepping for preaching I read the entire story of Moses and the Ten Plagues for the first time in ages.   At some point I realized that the story – its language and flow, the refrains and the pacing –

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God Listens – 9/03/17

Walking with Moses God Listens September 3, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Exodus 3:1-12 “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry…” These words, passed from generation to generation around ancient desert campfires have become so imbedded

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Pharaoh’s Fear – 8/27/17

Walking with Moses Pharaoh’s Fear August 25, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Exodus 1:8 – 22 Pharaoh is afraid. Very afraid. Pharaoh in this story is likely Ramses II. Years ago, when Pharaoh’s grandfather – Ramses the Great ruled Egypt, an army officer and member of

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Charlottesville 2017 – 8/20/17

Charlottesville – 2017 August 20, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 John 4:7-8 Germany – 1934: Adolph Hitler has declared himself head of the German church and replaced gospel truth with Nazi ideology. A small group of pastors and church leaders gather to draft a response.

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Bread of Life – 8/06/17

Growing with God Bread of Life August 6, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: John 6:35  A few weeks ago I discovered this incredibly sweet video by filmmaker and Youtube star Meir Kay. You may have seen it – apparently it was all over Facebook and the

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Vines and Branches; Roots and Soil

Vines and Branches, Roots and Soil July 30, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: John 15:1-7; Galatians 5:16-26 Soil, roots, vines, branches, fruit.  Orchardists have long understood that if you want good fruit, it starts with good soil and good roots.  My father, for whom growing fruit

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Consider the Lilies – 7/23/17

Growing with God Considering Lilies July 23, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Matthew 6:25-34 Daylilies form the backbone of the large flower garden by my driveway.  I’ve always loved daylilies.  As a kid I would pick the wild ones along the roadside for my mother.  As

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