Occasions


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12,600 Miles of Ties

Scripture: Galatians 5

Topic: Occasion > Father’s Day

Series: Spirit-filled Relationships

12,600 Miles of Ties Galatians 5:22 Dr. Jim Denison Today is Father’s Day–the Christmas of tie makers. How many neckties would you guess will be given to fathers today? 12,600 miles. That’s enough ties tied end-to-end to cross the country six times, with enough left over for 800,000 men to wear to church today. This […]

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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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Another Nice Holiday

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15

Topic: Occasions > Easter

Series: None

Another Nice Holiday 1 Corinthians 15:1-20 Dr. Jim Denison I have been prepared all week to defend the relevance of Easter theologically. It bothers me that we ask Americans their favorite holiday, and Easter gets 2%. It bothers me that we ask non-Christians why Christians celebrate Easter, and 46% don’t know. And they don’t care. […]

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Beginning Well

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4

Topic: Occasions > New Year

Series: None

Beginning Well 2 Timothy 4:6-8 Dr. Jim Denison William Barclay once wrote, “A man will never become outstandingly good at anything unless that thing is his ruling passion. There must be something of which he can say, ‘For me to live is this.’” I believe passionately in the truth of those words. As we begin […]

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Ben Franklin Was Right

Scripture: Luke 17

Topic: Thanksgiving > Occasions

Series: None

Ben Franklin Was Right Luke 17:11-19 Dr. Jim Denison You and your fellow Americans consumed 45 million turkeys over Thanksgiving, eating 525 million pounds of turkey meat. I thought you should know something about the meal you just consumed, so I looked up turkey facts in preparation for today’s message. Here is what I learned: […]

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Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord

Scripture: Psalm 33

Topic: Occasions > Fourth of July

Series: None

Topical Scripture: Psalm 33:12 Welcome to the Fourth of July weekend. Last year, over the holiday weekend, Americans spent $6.9 billion on food. We consumed 150 million hot dogs—that’s enough hot dogs to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. We also ate 700 million pounds of chicken. In addition, we spent $825 million on […]

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Broken and Spilled Out

Scripture: Genesis 30

Topic: Occasions > Mother’s Day

Series: None

Broken and Spilled Out Genesis 30:22 Dr. Jim Denison Today is Mother’s Day. Every one of us has had a mother, obviously; however, we don’t all see her in the same way. For instance, there was a little girl who, when shown the wedding pictures of her parents, asked her father, “Daddy, is that the […]

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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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