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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State of the Church 2018 – 2/11/18

State of the Church 2018 February 11, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Hebrews 12:1-2 As First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana enters its 153rd year of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ we remain faithful to the gospel on which we were founded. We also find ourselves

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Some Thoughts on Prophets – 1/28/18

Some Thoughts on Prophets January 28, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana & First United Presbyterian, EP Text: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 After church last Sunday, sometime between celebrating the Patriot’s victory and mourning the Viking’s defeat, Eric asked me “What’s a prophet?” In church we’d been talking about Jonah

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Crossing Boundaries – 1/21/18

Crossing Boundaries January 21, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana; First United Presbyterian EP Text: Jonah, Mark 1:14-20 The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time … A second time because the first time Jonah had run off.  A second time because God has dragged

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Being Known – 1/14/18

Being Known January 14, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana & First United Presbyterian, EP Text: Psalm 139, John 1:43-51 Meditation verses: Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; If I make my

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