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Holding On To Hope

Scripture: Isaiah 61

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: A Season of Hope

Holding On To Hope Isaiah 61:1-7 Dr. Jim Denison We cannot live without hope. That’s not just a sentiment, but a proven fact. The American Psychological Association has found that people who have positive views on aging live 7.6 years longer than those who have negative views. Depression is fast becoming the second-leading cause of […]

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Holidays to Holy Days

Scripture: Isaiah 9

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Christ of Christmas

Holidays to Holy Days Isaiah 9:6-7 / Hebrews 4:14-16 Dr. Jim Denison As you know, our mission teams returned from Cuba this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The week was for me the best of my five trips to the island. We are now working with three sister churches, and have an opportunity to help the […]

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Hope Is Born This Day

Scripture: Luke 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Advent Hope, Peace, Love And Joy

Hope Is Born This Day Luke 2:1-7 Dr. Jim Denison This week I’ve been saving a few headlines from various newspapers. Here are some I’ve collected: “Debt woes nearing record: filings for bankruptcy protection on the rise” (USA Today 11-26-02 B1). “‘Draconian’ budget cuts loom, governors group says” (USA Today 11-26-02 A1). “Female HIV cases […]

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Jedi Spirituality

Scripture: Acts 1

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: A Season of Hope

Jedi Spirituality Acts 1:3-14 Dr. Jim Denison You have probably heard the news that America’s ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, will not return to his position. You may have missed the other piece of important U.N. news: A pair of London science fiction enthusiasts are petitioning the world body to recognize the Jedi […]

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Joy Is Born This Day

Scripture: Luke 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Advent Hope, Peace, Love And Joy

Joy Is Born This Day Luke 2:15-20 Dr. Jim Denison This is the Advent week of joy. “Joy” is most simply defined as “contentment which transcends circumstances.” “Happiness” is based on “happenings;” joy transcends them. Would you like real joy today? Where will you go to find it? Many of us will try possessions, especially […]

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Love Is Born This Day

Scripture: Luke 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Advent Hope, Peace, Love And Joy

Love Is Born This Day Luke 2:8-14 Dr. Jim Denison This is the Advent week of love. No subject is a greater mystery to us. Children try to help. When asked why love happens between two people, Mae, age 9, replied, “No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to […]

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Outlaws for In-laws

Scripture: Matthew 1

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: None

Outlaws for In-laws Matthew 1:1-17 Dr. Jim Denison The Christmas season is full of surprises. A lady was preparing her Christmas cookies. She heard a knock at the door. She went to find a man, clothes tattered, obviously looking to make some money. He asked her if there was anything he could do. She said, […]

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Peace Is Born This Day

Scripture: Luke 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Advent Hope, Peace, Love And Joy

Peace Is Born This Day Luke 2:1-7 Dr. Jim Denison This is the Advent week of peace. Does the topic appeal to anyone this morning? “Al Qaeda: Alive and Killing” (Newsweek, 11-25-02). “Ready to move in: U.S. forces could be primed to start fighting Iraq again in short order” (Time, 12-2-02). “Ammunition plant fired up” […]

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Peace Is the Absence of Fear

Scripture: Isaiah 9

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Christ of Christmas

Peace Is the Absence of Fear Isaiah 9:6-7 / Luke 2:8-14 Dr. Jim Denison There is good news for our hectic world: scientists have determined that our earth is spinning more slowly with each passing day. In merely 200 million years, a day will have 25 hours in it; in 400 million years, we’ll have […]

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Peace, Be Still

Scripture: Mark 4

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Titles for a Holy Child

Peace, Be Still Mark 4:31-35 Dr. Jim Denison A friend sent me these actual newspaper headlines: “Include your children when baking cookies”; “Iraqi head seeks arms”; “Miners refuse to work after death”; If strike isn’t settled quickly, it may last a while”; “Typhoon rips through cemetery; hundreds dead”; “Kids make nutritious snacks”; and most insightful […]

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