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A Home in Your Microwave

Scripture: Luke 10

Topic: Spiritual Life > Priorities

Series: Relationships in God’s Eyes

A Home in Your Microwave Luke 10:25-37 Dr. Jim Denison The microwave oven for homes was first sold in America in 1952, and it’s changed our lives so much that sociologists call us the “microwave society.” I’m old enough to remember when popping popcorn meant getting out the popper, putting in the oil, stirring in […]

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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 […]

11 pages

Acres of Diamonds in a Day of Discouragement

Scripture: Luke 18

Topic: Spiritual Life > Prayer

Series: Hope for Hard Times

Topical Scripture: Luke 18:1–8 Temple University was founded in 1888 by Dr. Russell Conwell. He raised $7 million by traveling all over America and telling the following story more than 6,000 times. It is a true story he called “Acres of Diamonds.” There was once an African farmer who heard tales of settlers making millions […]

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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: […]

9 pages

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 […]

12 pages

Building On Purpose

Scripture: Luke 10

Topic: Spiritual Life > Purpose

Series: None

Building on Purpose Luke 10:38-42 Dr. Jim Denison I read this week an unusual list of instructions, purportedly written for those traveling the jungle regions of South America. The title: “What to Do If Attacked by an Anaconda.” The instructions are as follows: If an anaconda attacks you, do not run. The snake is faster […]

10 pages

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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Finding Joy in Strange Places

Scripture: Luke 10

Topic: The Church > Evangelism

Series: None

Finding Joy in Strange Places Luke 10:1-24 Dr. Jim Denison Americans lead the world in consumption of aspirin, and in physical problems caused by stress. Depression is a very real issue in our country and culture. More than 35 million Americans take Prozac. By 2020 depression will likely be the world’s second-most disabling disease, after […]

11 pages