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




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 Gerasene Demoniac

Mark 5: 1-20 In this sermon, Denny explores the depths of depravity which men can experience, the damage demons can do, the knowledge demons possess, the authority of the Christ, the drama of conversion, and the responsibilities incumbent on the convert to Christianity.

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The Stoning of Stephen

Acts 7:54 - Acts 8:4 (Also Acts 6: 1-15) This covers a long section of Scripture but Denny highlights its relevance to world missions, to servant leadership, to abiding in the power of the Holy Spirit, the impact of martyrdom, the awesome response of Jesus, and more.

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A King's Appeal

Psalm 61 Denny gives here several interesting observations about the Psalm’s style as well as its religious content. Particularly noteworthy is the progression of intimacy as shown in four striking metaphors.

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Companionship of Jesus

Various passages Everyone is looking for love, for the intimacy of a stimulating, caring and trustworthy friend. This sermons looks at various Scriptures to see how only Jesus Christ can really handle that immense job.

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Behold Your Mother

John 19:25-30 This sermon covers just a brief text but the importance of its message is quite expansive: the service of just “being there,” Jesus’ loving obedience to the 5th Commandment, the new family of faith, the honoring of motherhood, and gratitude for our redemption won by Jesus through the cross.

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The Good Samaritan

Luke 10: 25-37 This sermon not only illuminates the need to honestly deal with sin and the responsibility to live as the good neighbor, it also gives counsel regarding evangelism techniques, hermeneutics and a dedication to pursue the Christian way of life.

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Never Did a Man Speak

John 7: 40-52 The “Temple police” were assigned the job of arresting Jesus and bringing Him before the officials. But they did not do so – because of the force, wisdom and authority of the Lord’s teaching. This passage tells us much about this remarkable action as well as the great differences in character and knowledge between Jesus and the Temple powers.

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A Liberating Sabbath

Luke 13: 10-17 This text gives us a fascinating look at how Jesus related to the Sabbath, to man-made religion, to Satan’s cruel torments of a woman, and of her complete, wonderful liberation by Jesus from the devil’s curse.

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Christmas of the Talking Animals

If a quiet 1/2 hour ever comes along in your hectic holiday schedule, you might enjoy this rural Christmas story I wrote several years ago. I think you'll find it a winsome, wholesome story with a very old-fashioned ingredient; namely, a spiritual moral. It's a story (not strict autobiography, by the way) about a 9-year old boy and his lively imagination spending a remarkable 1952 Christmas at his grandpa's Missouri farm.

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