Matthew

Chapter 13

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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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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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Giving Up, Giving In, or Going On

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: Spiritual Life > Perseverance

Series: Hope for Hard Times

Topical Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30 You know things are tough when Starbucks is losing money. The iconic coffee chain reported this week a net loss of $678.4 million during the quarter that ended last month. Revenue declined 38 percent from the same period the prior year. I could depress you quickly with statistics about the pandemic, […]

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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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Planting Trees You’ll Never Sit Under

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: Success > Human Experience

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Planting Trees You’ll Never Sit Under Dr. Jim Denison Matthew 13:1-23 Thesis: Your lasting success is defined by your spiritual effect on other lives Charles Spurgeon admonished his people: write your name on hearts, not headstones. Write your epitaph on the lives of those you influence. And your influence will be eternal. If you were […]

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Stopping at the Tollbooth Of Life

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: God’s Judgment > God

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Stopping at the Toll Booth of Life Dr. Jim Denison Matthew 13:24-30 Thesis: Those who serve the Kingdom will be rewarded; those who oppose it will be punished This week’s parable will teach us two lessons about judgment and the Kingdom of God. Here’s the first lesson: it’s always too soon to judge others. No […]

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The Mustard Seed Movement

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: Spiritual Life > Purpose

Series: Hope for Hard Times

Topical Scripture: Matthew 13:31-32 Roman Trofimov is a traveler from Estonia who landed in Manila last March but was not allowed to leave the departures area due to coronavirus restrictions. He spent 110 days at the airport before he was finally able to return home. His experience is a metaphor for how we feel in […]

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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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