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A Counselor for Chaotic Times

Scripture: Isaiah 9

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Titles for a Holy Child

A Counselor for Chaotic Times Isaiah 9:2-7 Dr. Jim Denison Today I have a secret to reveal: my middle name is Clarence. James Clarence Denison. Here’s the story. The oldest Denison male in every family was given the middle name of Irvin, without exception. My father hated that middle name. But he knew the only […]

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A Royal Inauguration

Scripture: Isaiah 9

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: And he will be called…

A Royal Inauguration Isaiah 9:1-7 James C. Denison Christmas is the season for miracles. Someone with too much time on his hands has calculated that if Santa brought a Beanie Baby to every child on earth, his sleigh would weigh 333,333 tons. He needs 214,206 reindeer to pull that sleigh (plus Rudolph, of course). To […]

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Christ Before Christmas

Scripture: John 1

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: None

Christ Before Christmas John 1:1-18 Dr. Jim Denison It was the middle of the Christmas rush at the airport. One passenger, standing in line, asked the clerk, “Why is there mistletoe hanging over the baggage counter?” The clerk replied, “It’s there so you can kiss your luggage goodbye.” You’ve been there. Welcome to the hurried, […]

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Christmas 2.0

Scripture: Luke 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: A Season of Hope

Christmas 2.0 Luke 2:1-7 Dr. Jim Denison A couple of Christmases ago I wrapped Janet’s presents in birthday paper and never noticed (though she did). On Monday I received an email essay forwarded by a compassionate friend. It reads: This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when […]

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Congratulations—It’s a God!

Scripture: Galatians 3

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: None

Congratulations—It’s a God! Galatians 3:26-4:4 Dr. Jim Denison The third grade was staging their annual Christmas pageant. Finally it came time for the birth. Mary, hidden from the crowd by bales of hay, was making the sounds a third-grader might make to tell the audience what was happening. A boy appeared on stage, in a […]

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From Virtual To Reality

Scripture: Revelation 22

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: A Season of Hope

From Virtual To Reality Revelation 22:1-5 Dr. Jim Denison Historians will call this era the “technological revolution.” It’s an amazing time. For instance, just in time for Christmas, a fashion student in England has developed a way for Internet shoppers to feel clothes through their computer screens. Since 40 percent of all clothes bought online […]

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God Goes Where He’s Wanted

Scripture: Luke 1

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Messengers of Christmas

God Goes Where He’s Wanted Luke 1.26-38 James C. Denison The Golden Compass opened on Friday. Starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (the new James Bond), the movie is a spectacular fantasy on the lines of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia. But unlike the classics by J. R. R. […]

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Grace Has a Name

Scripture: Isaiah 9

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: And he will be called…

Grace Has a Name Isaiah 9:1-7 James C. Denison This past Thursday, the New York Post told the story of Joshua Persky, a man who was laid off by an investment bank in New York City a year ago. He has tried everything to get work, even handing out resumes to passers-by on Park Avenue. […]

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Have You Been Changed By Christmas?

Scripture: Matthew 1

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Sharing Christmas With Matthew

Have You Been Changed By Christmas? Matthew 1:1 Dr. Jim Denison Time magazine recently named SpaceShipOne the “Coolest Invention of 2004.” This is the privately built and operated aircraft that made world headlines when it traveled into space last October. Now its inventors are planning to be in the space-tourism business by 2007. All with […]

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