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Are You Caiaphas? The Jews and the Christ

Scripture: Matthew 26

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Journey to the Cross

Topic Scripture: Matthew 26:57-68 Here’s an issue that skeptics often raise about our faith, a question many Christians don’t know how to answer: why did the Jews condemn Jesus? If he really is the Son of God, why did his own people reject him? We learned last week that everything about the Sanhedrin’s legal proceedings […]

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Are You Pilate? The Trials of the Christ

Scripture: Matthew 27

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Journey to the Cross

Topical Scripture: Matthew 27:11–14 Fishermen recently caught a sixteen-foot, 3,000 pound great white shark off the coast of South Carolina. Or, I should say, the shark caught them. The owner of the fishing charter told reporters, “A 3,000 pound animal is massive. People don’t realize just one wag of the tail can pool a 26-foot […]

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Are You Simon? The Cross of the Christ

Scripture: Matthew 27

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Journey to the Cross

Topical Scripture: Matthew 27:45–54; Mark 15:21 Whom do you trust? Ninety-three percent of Americans say that they and nobody else determine what is and isn’t right in their lives. Eighty-four percent say they would violate the established rules of their religion if they thought those rules were wrong. Apparently, we trust ourselves. However, 91 percent […]

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Aren’t All Religions the Same?

Scripture: John 14

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Hard Questions About God

Aren’t All Religions the Same? John 14:1-11 Dr. Jim Denison Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a disease caused by tiny virus particles which attack the brain and spinal cord. Until this generation, polio was a kind of AIDS in American society. Many of you remember those days when polio was a feared enemy; many of us […]

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Darth Vader Doesn’t Wear Gray

Scripture: Matthew 16

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Knowing Jesus Through Matthew

Darth Vader Doesn’t Wear Gray Matthew 16:13-20 Dr. Jim Denison As everyone in the so-called “civilized world” knows, the final Star Wars movie opened this week. The first Star Wars movie, made back in 1977, used 360 visual effects; the last episode has 2,151. The six movies have sold $9 billion in merchandise to date. […]

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Four Words Which Changed My Life

Scripture: Revelation 7

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Jesus of Revelation

Four Words Which Changed My Life Revelation 7:9-17 Dr. Jim Denison A friend once sent me some advice from kids. It gives us a sense of what mothers must deal with: Never trust a dog to watch your food (Patrick, age 10); When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t […]

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Global Warming and the Power of God

Scripture: Revelation 1

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Jesus of Revelation

Global Warming and the Power of God Revelation 1:12-20 Dr. Jim Denison In a month, the world will see The Da Vinci Code on screen, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. Forty million books have been sold worldwide. This is a global phenomenon, and a global opportunity for us to tell the world […]

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Imagination Remixed

Scripture: Colossians 1

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Finding God in Colossians

Imagination Remixed Colossians 1:15-20 James C. Denison This morning we’re going to try perhaps the strangest experiment you’ve seen attempted in this Sanctuary. You may not feel up to this. But those of you who do: while sitting in your pew, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing […]

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Story Remixed

Scripture: Colossians 2

Topic: Jesus Christ > God

Series: Finding God in Colossians

Story Remixed Colossians 2:20-3:4 James C. Denison I want to try a trick on you. Let’s say that I have a bow and arrow in my hand, and I’m about to shoot it at you. I’m at point A, and you’re at point B. Before the arrow can get to you, would you agree that […]

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