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Sermons, Bible Classes and Other Addresses by Denny Hartford, Director of Vital Signs Ministries


New Testament

The Calling of Nathanael -Trees in the Bible #6

"The Calling of Nathanael" is an incident that took place very early in Jesus' earthly ministry. it is an account that is full of hope, purpose, promise and appropriate faith.

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Zaccheus in the Tree

The tree in Luke 19: 1-10 was a beautiful tree that usually produced inferior fruit. But in this passage, this tree will produce some very important fruit.

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This is truly a provocative sermon, one in which Denny shows how powerful (and personal) is Paul’s appeal for Christian liberty. The ground covered goes from the sovereignty of God to the radical brotherhood of the Church to American history’s Fugitive Slave Act.

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The Temptation of Christ

Matthew 4: 1-11 There are several important elements of this sermon including the crucial difference between tempting and testing, the importance of knowing the devil’s schemes, how knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God brings success, and the marvelous dependability of God.

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Serve God with a Willing Heart

I Peter 5 - "Serve God with a Willing Heart." There are two themes emphasized in these passages. One is the importance of living in Christ-like humility with one another. And the second is how humility yields not a passive spirit but one that is bold and courageous in its resistance to evil. A paradox? Not really; check out Denny's sermon to see how it all fits.

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Sharing the Sufferings of Christ

I Peter 4:7-19 - "Sharing the Sufferings of Christ." There are specific commands given to believers which underscore the path of happiness and meaning in all of life’s tests. And there’s probably no tougher test than the suffering that comes into our lives. Peter speaks here of how that test can be passed with flying colors - and how passing that test yields the most glorious of eternal results.

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Summing Up

I Peter 3:8-17 - "Summing Up." This passage gives several practical exhortations for a victorious and harmonic life in the Christian community. And remember this just isn't advice - it's Holy Scripture! That makes these exhortations a matter of royal command. It's a passage often gone over too quickly but we think you'll really enjoy its relevance to your life.

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Victorious Over Sin and Death

I Peter 3:17- 4:6 - "Victorious Over Sin and Death." In this sermon, Denny Hartford tackles some of those passages deemed controversial by some - and tough to obey by many more! The fact is this marvelous text contains incomparable counsel on arming ourselves with Christ’s power - power to effectively enact Christ's purposes.

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Marriage Management 101

I Peter 3:1-7 - "Marriage Management 101." Marriage is under attack on many fronts in our age and with an unprecedented furor too. Peter spells out his version of "Marriage Management 101" in this passage - terrific and timeless truths for everyone to embrace.

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Hey! This Building Is Alive!

I Peter 2:4-10 - "Hey! This Building Is Alive!" If you’re into a "worm theology" that sees the Christian as only a miserable wretch, "just" a sinner saved by grace, you need to listen very closely to the correctives Peter teaches in this great passage.

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