Permeable Boundaries – 11/05/17

Permeable Boundaries November 5, 2017 (All Saints) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:9– 13 At one point when I was in college my grandmother shared with me that she still spoke regularly with my grandfather. I’m not sure why this conversation came up, but I

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The Call to Suffer – 10/29/17 (Reformation)

The Call to Suffer October 29, 2017 (500th Anniversary of the Reformation) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 As Paul writes to encourage the young church in Thessalonica church he praises them for “becoming imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are

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Giving our own Selves – 10/22/17

Giving our Own Selves October 22, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 So deeply did we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also of our own selves, because you have become very

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Testimony – 10/15/17

Blessing through Testimony October 15, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10  “For in spite of persecution you received the Word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” As he

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Understanding the Abyss – 10/08/17

Walking with Moses Understanding the Abyss October 8, 2017 First Presbyterian, Columbiana – Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Exodus 19 – 33 I always find meditating on the commandments to be a little painful. The deeper I go, the harder I examine my life against the commandments, the more sinful I

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Morning by Morning – 10/01/17

Walking with Moses Morning by Morning October 1, 2017 First Presbyterian, Columbiana – Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Exodus 16 Morning by morning they gathered the manna. Morning by morning. Reminds me of the line from that old hymn: Morning by morning new mercies I see  Morning by morning. A friend

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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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