Parables of Jesus


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The Progress Paradox

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: God the Father > God

Series: Parables of Jesus

The Progress Paradox Matthew 13:44-46 James C. Denison Inspirational posters are all the fashion these days. You’ve probably seen them in a doctor’s waiting room or bank lobby or business office. This one, titled Winners, says, “While most are dreaming of success, winners wake-up and work hard to achieve it.” Another is titled Imagination, quoting […]

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Fish or Foul?

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: The Church > Evangelism

Series: Parables of Jesus

Fish or Foul? Matthew 13:47-50 James C. Denison Now that the Democratic presidential primaries are finally over, I can declare my allegiance. I am for Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. At least that’s what their campaigns apparently believe. I am fascinated by politics. I’ve read biographies of at least 20 presidents, and […]

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Of Mustard and Men

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: Occasions > Father’s Day

Series: Parables of Jesus

Of Mustard and Men Matthew 13:31-32 James C. Denison Why are you paying $4 for gas? Blame Deng Xiaoping and a speech he gave in December of 1978. I just finished Fareed Zakaria’s eye-opening new book, The Post-American World. He tells the story: at a gathering of the Third Plenum of the Eleventh Central Committee […]

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Humility and How I Perfected It

Scripture: Luke 18

Topic: Spiritual Life > Humility

Series: Parables of Jesus

Humility and How I Perfected It Luke 18:9-14 James C. Denison This is my tenth anniversary Sunday, I’m told. I didn’t keep track, but our deacon leaders have told me that Janet and I began with you on June 21, 1998. It’s been a wonderful ten years for us; we are so grateful to God […]

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A Tale of Two Sermons

Scripture: Luke 16

Topic: Theology > Salvation

Series: Parables of Jesus

A Tale of Two Sermons Luke 16:19-31 James C. Denison I have been preaching for 32 years, but I’ve never done what I’m going to do today–preach two sermons in one service. I’m going to preach first the sermon I had planned before Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News was published, and then the sermon I need […]

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Bribing God

Scripture: Luke 12

Topic: Human Experience > Greed

Series: Parables of Jesus

Bribing God Luke 12:13-21 James C. Denison The latest Batman movie has grossed $300 million faster than any film in history. I’ve seen it, and was amazed and frightened by Heath Ledger’s Joker along with the rest of the audience. It’s called The Dark Knight for good reason—don’t go expecting a comedy. But while I […]

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Waiting on God

Scripture: Luke 18

Topic: Spiritual Life > Prayer

Series: Parables of Jesus

Waiting on God Luke 18:1-8 James C. Denison When I yawn, you want to yawn, don’t you? No one knows why. Scientists aren’t even sure why we yawn. We live in a confusing world, or at least I do. I don’t know why we drive on parkways and park on driveways, or call it “rush […]

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Dancing With the Devil

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: Theology > Satan

Series: Parables of Jesus

Dancing With the Devil Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 James C. Denison You may know that Miller Cunningham, our Pastor of Worship, drives a pickup truck. I read in this week’s Dallas Morning News that it’s a good thing our church isn’t located in Frisco. They have a city ordinance prohibiting all trucks from parking overnight in […]

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The Seven Last Words of the Soul

Scripture: Luke 5

Topic: Spiritual Life > Future

Series: Parables of Jesus

The Seven Last Words of the Soul Luke 5:33-39 James C. Denison Here’s news you need to know: Singer Jessica Simpson has told People magazine that Tony Romo is her “perfect guy.” How do we know? She wrote a song for him titled “You’re My Sunday,” featured on her new album coming out September 9. […]

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