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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Rise Up and Follow — 01/07/18

Rise Up and Follow January 7, 2017 (Epiphany) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana; First United Presby, EP Text: Matthew 2:1-12 Why did the Wise Men leave home?  What compels us to rise up, to leave our comfort zone, the security of routine, the sameness of the everyday, to

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Christmas Eve 2017 – 12/24/17

Christmas Eve 2017 December 24, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First United Presbyterian, East Palestine Text: Isaiah 9:1-7 An old carol goes something like this: Bring  a torch, Jeanette, Isabella Bring a torch, come swiftly and run Christ is born tell the folk of the village He is asleep, he’s

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Mary and the Upside Down World – 12/17/18

Mary and the Upside Down World December 17, 2017 (Advent 3) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana & First United Presbyterian EP Text: Luke 1:26-56 The angel Gabriel comes to visit.  Mary says, “yes.” Yes to being the scandal, the talk of the town, that girl.  (Why do you

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Ferocious Love – 12/10/17

Ferocious Love December 10, 2017 (Advent 2) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Mark 1:1-8 This morning, instead of a traditional sermon, I want to share a little of Brenda Hamilton’s story.  She was one of the speakers at THE HUB workshop Thursday night. Of Brenda’s four children,

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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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