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Santa Claus Goes to Church

Scripture: 1 John 1

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Christmas

Santa Claus Goes to Church 1 John 1 Dr. Jim Denison Nicholas of Myra was born around AD 270 in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey. He became bishop of Myra, was exiled and imprisoned by Emperor Diocletian, released by Constantine the Great, and died in Myra around AD 350. In 987 he was named the patron […]

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Soulhacking

Scripture: Luke 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Messenger of Christmas

Soulhacking Luke 2:8-20 James C. Denison I learned a new term this week: “Lifehacking.” This is the word being used in the computer world to describe programs which are supposed to make our lives easier. Software to organize our to-do lists, programs to prioritize our priorities, reminders set for all hours of the day and […]

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Strength for Stormy Days

Scripture: Matthew 14

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Titles for a Holy Child

Strength for Stormy Days Matthew 14:22-36 Dr. Jim Denison I hate roller coasters. As long as I can remember, I have hated high places. Jesus said, “Lo I am with you always,” and that’s enough for me. So you can imagine what I think of roller coasters. They used to have simple names. Now those […]

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The Baby Who Made His Cradle

Scripture: Isaiah 9

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Christ of Christmas

The Baby Who Made His Cradle Isaiah 9:6-7 / Colossians 1:15-20 Dr. Jim Denison We’re talking today about the power of power. The most recent BusinessWeek features the latest electronic gadgets: a cell phone which surfs the web, takes pictures, plays music, and makes video calls; a camera a which seamlessly connects to a Wi-Fi […]

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The Concentric Circles of Christmas

Scripture: Luke 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: None

Topic Scripture: Luke 2:15-20 Last week, Janet and I were setting out our Christmas decorations. Many of them. Boxes and boxes of them, in fact. As we were doing so, she wondered what the Chinese workers who make our Christmas decorations think of the way we celebrate the Christmas holiday. It’s a great question. I […]

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The Fourth King

Scripture: Matthew 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: The God Of Christmas

The Fourth King Matthew 2.2 Dr. Jim Denison What do you give a King who has everything? The nation of Brunei sits on the northwest coast of the island of Indonesia in Southeast Asia. It occupies just over 2,200 square miles, about the size of Delaware, or the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. 358,098 people live there, […]

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The Gift Only You Can Give

Scripture: Matthew 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Sharing Christmas With Matthew

The Gift Only You Can Give Matthew 2:1-12 Dr. Jim Denison In 1858 a scientific expedition passed through what we today call the Grand Canyon. A young lieutenant wrote in his report: “This region is altogether valueless. It can be approached only from the South, and after entering it there is nothing to do but […]

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The Hope of Christmas

Scripture: Galatians 4

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Knowing the Christ of Christmas

Topical Scripture: Galatians 4:4 Let’s begin with a quiz. The real St. Nicholas was born in what country? Turkey. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created as a promotion for what department store? Montgomery Ward. What song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play on his piano in A Charlie Brown Christmas? “Jingle Bells.” Eggnog was first […]

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The Humility of Christmas

Scripture: Philippians 2

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Knowing the Christ of Christmas

Topical Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11 It seems that everything about Christmas gets bigger each year. A Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, floats in a lagoon and stands 279 feet tall. Conversely, an 82-foot-tall tree hangs upside down from a stain glass ceiling of a mall in Paris, France. The 77-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree […]

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The Redeeming Grace of Christmas

Scripture: Revelation 13

Topic: Occasions > Christmas

Series: Knowing the Christ of Christmas

Topical Scripture: Revelation 13:8; Romans 5:8 Here are some Christmas facts I didn’t know: The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers. Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas. Thus, the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely female. Two weeks before Christmas […]

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