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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Reflections on a Mustard Seed – 7/09/17

Growing with God Reflections on a Mustard Seed July 9, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Matthew 13:31-32 One of my favorite memories growing up was the annual Nelson family summer feast.  It usually happened in late July or early August.  In our household we anticipated this

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Living Water – 6/25/17

Growing God’s Garden Living Water June 24, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: John 7:37-38; Isaiah 35:1-7 Once again Jesus is making trouble in Jerusalem.  Its the Festival of Booths, Sukkoth, the great harvest festival.  Everyone has come into Jerusalem from the countryside.  They’ve constructed small booths

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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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