Peter & Paul – 3/17/19 (Lent 2)

Relationships Peter & Paul March 17, 2019  (Lent 2) Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Galatians 2:1-14 Paul first meets Peter in Jerusalem around six years after Jesus’ resurrection and about three years after Paul’s vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus. Peter had been one of Jesus’ closest friends and

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Jesus & Mary of Bethany – 3/10/19 (Lent 1)

Relationships Jesus & Mary of Bethany March 10, 2019 (Lent 1) Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Luke 10:38-42 Jesus enters a certain village, is invited into a home and there, as was his custom, begins to teach. Jesus would be sitting on a chair or a bench. His audience would have

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Divine Patience – 3/3/19

Divine Patience March 3, 2019 (Transfiguration) Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Luke 9:28-36 As Luke describes this mystifying, awe inspiring day on the mountain, he adds a small detail both Mathew and Mark fail to mention. Like the others, Luke tells how Jesus’ appearance changes, and how Moses and Elijah join

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State of the Church 2019 – 2/17/19

State of the Church 2019 February 17, 2019 First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: 1 Corinthians 1:22-31 As First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana enters its 154th year of proclaiming Christ crucified among our neighbors, within our community, we remain faithful to the very one in whom we find our

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The Gift of Love – 2/10/19

God’s Gifts to Us The Gift of Love February 10, 2019 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: 1 Corinthians 13 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful; it does

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The Gift of Weakness – 2/3/19

God’s Gifts to Us The Gift of Weakness February 3, 2019 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: 1 Corinthians 12:13-21   My eighth grade science teacher didn’t have any toes on one of his feet. Toes are one of the many parts of our body we don’t think much about – until

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Gifted for Others – 1/27/19

God’s Gifts to Us Gifted for Others January 27, 2019 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Thirteen words. Profoundly life shattering. Lets break

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Radiant Beams – 1/6/19 (Epihany)

Radiant Beams January 6, 2019 (Epiphany) Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12 Three kings, in regal robes, crowns on their heads, surrounded by retainers, riding across the desert on noble camels, summoned to a humble stable by a strangely radiant star. There, kneeling in the straw, they join

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Christmas Eve – 12/24/2018

Christmas Eve 2018 First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Isaiah 9:2-7 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will

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