Why is Jesus called Immanuel? Janet Denison on The Gift of Immanuel

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Why is Jesus called Immanuel? Janet Denison discusses her new Advent devotional

November 13, 2023 -

“They shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us)” —Matthew 1:23

Janet Denison is the author of numerous Advent devotionals, including this year’s most recent release, The Gift of Immanuel. As a long-time Bible study teacher, Janet offers accessible insight into God’s word at Foundations with Janet.

In this episode of The Denison Forum Podcast, she discusses her newest Advent devotional, how to ensure Christmas remains a holy celebration and not just a holiday season, why Jesus had so many names, and why Isaiah predicted that the savior would be called Immanuel but Joseph named him Jesus.

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  • (02:58): The Janet Denison story (briefly)
  • (05:35): Settling in to a new place
  • (06:48): How Janet Denison became a Bible study teacher
  • (11:43): What’s your favorite part of the Bible?
  • (12:50): What is Advent?
  • (14:47): Why is this year’s Advent devotional called The Gift of Immanuel?
  • (19:59): Why are Christmas devotionals popular?
  • (24:20): On writing this year’s Advent devotional
  • (28:36): How to have a quiet time
  • (34:57): What is Wisdom Matters?


About Janet Denison

Janet Denison has been writing and teaching Bible study for almost forty years and speaks with a voice that has experienced the truth of God’s word. She often says the reason she gets out of bed each day is to help others understand and apply the truth of God’s word to their daily lives. Teaching the Bible is her great privilege, and her goal is to help people live a life that God is able to bless. She is the primary author of the Bible studies at Foundations with Janet.

About Dr. Mark Turman

Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.

About Denison Forum

Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.


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