Archive for October, 2010

Oct 31, 2010 “Shepherds of God’s Flock”

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

It’s inspiring to read the Spirit-inspired words of a man who was personally so close to Jesus.  Peter calls himself  “a witness of Christ’s sufferings.”  He was a witness of the sufferings of Christ.  He was there so close. (more…)

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Oct 24, 2010 “Glory in Suffering”

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Our friend Peter is serving up a spiritual, Scriptural diet for some believers in a time and a place where there was really no room for recreational, casual Christianity.  He was writing to believers who were going into battle every day, primarily because they lived every day constantly surrounded by people and ideas that were anti-Christian.  The spiritual diet these high-performance believers needed was not the cotton candy comfort food that made them feel good.  No, Peter knew these believers who lived in challenging times needed fuel to run the race with perseverance, fuel to stand firm in the battle.  (more…)

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The Vision of God

Monday, October 18th, 2010

What sort of life did God the Father envision for us when He sent His Son Jesus into this world as the sacrifice for our sins?  When Christ was hanging on the Cross, dying for our sins, what kind of transformation did He envision happening in a person’s life?  When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in an individual what sort of change does He envision?

The answer to those questions is at the heart of what is called “spiritual formation.”  (more…)

October 3, 2010 “Living for God”

Sunday, October 17th, 2010
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October 10, 2010 “Till He Returns”

Sunday, October 17th, 2010
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October 10, 2010 “Till He Returns”

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

When you reject the God of the Bible you’ll only find meaning in sensuality. When this world, for however long you live, is all that you have, then you live for pleasure. You eat for yourself. And you pray to yourself. You love for yourself. Why not?

In I Peter we have been learning that God calls us, as His people, to a different kind of life … a life with a great sense of urgency to it. (more…)

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October 3, 2010 “Living for God”

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The grace of God is sufficient to sustain in times of adversity and suffering.  We must take our stand in that grace.  There’s nothing life can throw at us that isn’t more than equaled by the grace of God. (more…)

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“A Helpless, Hopeless Nation”

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?” Jonah 4:11 (NIV)

I’ve always been amazed at the sweeping spiritual awakening that occurred in the ancient city of Nineveh recorded in the book of Jonah.  You may recall the details.  Jonah was a reluctant prophet of God.  One day God came to Jonah with the daunting assignment that he was to go to Nineveh and preach to the inhabitants of that great and sinful city. (more…)

“How Much Do You Know about Religion?”

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

A recent survey revealed what may appear to be some surprising, perhaps even shocking, information.

According to a USA Today article: “Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life. On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.” (more…)

  • Bio & Introduction

    Dr. Michael Dean has been the senior pastor at Travis Avenue Baptist Church since 1991, having also served churches elsewhere in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife Nan are blessed with two married children and two grandchildren. With a keen sense of calling to shepherd the flock of God entrusted to his care, Michael longs to see people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ. His hobbies include long-distance running, golf and hunting.

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