Archive for January, 2011

“Quick to Listen”

Monday, January 31st, 2011

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” (James 1:19).

One of the greatest acts of love and respect we can show to another human being is to listen to them. (more…)

Jan 30, 2011 “Compelling Witnesses”

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

We’ve been talking about the fact that our main assignment as followers of Christ is to be His witnesses. After Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection He promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to come to indwell them. And the purpose for which He would invade our lives with His Spirit is to give us power for being His witnesses.

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Jan 23, 2011 “Capable Witnesses”

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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“Two Doors of Service” Pt. 2

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I wrote last week that a great goal for every believer is discover two doors of service through which they can walk.  One is a door of meaningful service in the church; the other is a door of meaningful service in the community.  The first builds up the local church, the Body of Christ.  The second puts us into the position to demonstrate the love of Christ in our community. (more…)

Jan 23, 2011 “Capable Witnesses”

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Jesus said, “You’ll receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses.”  That’s who we are.  Today we’re going to talk about being capable witnesses (because there is a skill to be learned).  Let me read just the first few verses to get us started.  Read Acts 8:26-30. (more…)

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Jan 16, 2011 “Compassionate Witness”

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
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“Two Doors of Service” Pt.1

Monday, January 17th, 2011

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Jesus constantly battled the worldly mindset of His followers. They tended to look at life the way their pagan neighbors did. Important people have many people serve them. Jesus turned that mentality upside down. We are not measured by how many people serve us, but by how many we serve. Nonbelievers think, “Serve us!” Christ-followers think, “Service.”

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Jan 16, 2011 “Compassionate Witness”

Monday, January 17th, 2011

We need to be reminded of our essential identity as the Church.  It’s not negotiable or optional.  Jesus said before He ascended to the Father in heaven, “You will be my witnesses.”  Earlier He challenged His followers, “Follow Me, and this is what I will do … I will make you to fish for men.”  That’s who we are as the people of God … witnesses. (more…)

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Jan 9, 2011 “Courageous Witnesses”

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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“Obeying God and Denying Self”

Monday, January 10th, 2011

When Jesus calls us to follow Him, He calls us to a life of complete surrender to the will of God. He said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Jesus anticipates that the life to which He calls us is great beyond our wildest dreams. The life of a passionate follower of Christ is the Life for which we were created from the beginning. It is filled with purpose and power. (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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