Archive for May, 2012

Summertime, and the Livin’ is Easy

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

This time of the year we approach the end of the school year for most students and that means a change in the daily/weekly routine for their families.  Even families without children in school take breaks from their normal schedule to get away for a summer vacation.  The Dean family is planning to do so as well.

Times like these can allow families much needed rest and a chance to catch up with each other after a busy year of school and work.  We may take advantage of the time off to read good books, catch up on sleep, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.  God has built a rhythm of rest into our week called the Sabbath.  It underscores our need as creatures to be recharged physically, emotionally, and (most importantly!) spiritually. (more…)

May 27, 2012 “My Kingdom or God’s Kingdom”

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
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May 27, 2012 “My Kingdom or God’s Kingdom”

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Now open your Bibles to the prophetic book Obadiah.  I’ll give you a moment because it’s a little difficult to find (Pew Bible pg.914).  It’s a very short book, just one chapter with twenty-one verses, sandwiched between Amos and Jonah, so it’s easy to miss.  Scholars are not certain where Obadiah fits in the timeline of OT history, but most likely he is a contemporary of Jeremiah, so he would be in that category of prophets through whom God spoke in the days of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the exile that followed.  To get started, let’s just read v.1.
Obadiah 1 - The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Sovereign LORD says about Edom— We have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, “Rise, and let us go against her for battle” (more…)
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Overcoming Evil with Good

Friday, May 25th, 2012

There’s plenty going on in our country during this election cycle to stir people of conscience to anger.  Pronouncements by high ranking public officials supporting gay marriage and government mandates that violate religious convictions can make some Christians “fightin’ mad.” I’m writing today to challenge all Christ-followers to not be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). (more…)

May 20, 2012 “The Daniel Calendar”

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
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May 20, 2012 “The Daniel Calendar”

Sunday, May 20th, 2012
When our kids were little we spent a lot of time out at Six Flags over Texas.  Now when Nan goes to Six Flags she’s the roller coaster queen.  That’s the way she loves to experience it.  When I go, I like to watch people and shows … mostly because you can do that in the air conditioned places.  In fact, my favorite ride is the big red Oil Derrick Observation Tower.  I like it because when get to the top you can see everything in perspective.  Walking around a place like Six Flags, with the crowds and winding trails, it can become a little bewildering.  But from that high vantage point you can see how everything fits together.  You can see the Batman Ride, Flashback, Judge Roy Scream and the Titan.  You can see how the park is laid out and how everything fits together from that high perspective.
Well that’s what I’m attempting to do in our study though the OT prophets, a series I’ve called “Profiting from the Prophets.”  It’s to help you see how these 17 books in the OT fit into the big picture of God’s activity.  Today we come to Daniel, a truly amazing personality and a truly amazing prophecy. Open your Bibles to Daniel 7:1
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May 13, 2012 “Passing the Faith to Your Child”

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
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Loving God vs. Loving the World

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15).

A continuous battle rages in the heart of every believer. A continuous battle rages for the heart of every believer.  The battle is over which love reigns supreme in the believer’s heart.   Is it the love of the world or the love of the Father?

This boils down to how we are inwardly sustained in our everyday lives.  As we go through the day are we sustained by the clinging to and cherishing the “world,” or are we sustained by clinging to and cherishing the Father?  The two loves cannot exist alongside each other.  At any given moment we are either finding life in the world or we are finding it in the Father.  If we strive to fill our thirsty souls through the love of the world, the love of the Father is not filling us. (more…)

May 13, 2012 “Passing the Faith to Your Child”

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Open your Bibles with me to II Timothy 1.  One of the most inspiring men in the NT is a guy by the name of Timothy.  Two letters from the great Apostle Paul to Timothy are found in our NT.  In addition to that Timothy is mentioned numerous times in Acts, as well as in ten other books in the NT.  He’s one of Paul’s missionary teammates and later the pastor of the important church in Ephesus.  On this Mother’s Day you wouldn’t be surprised to know that Timothy’s illustrious life of faith began with the influence of his mother and grandmother.  Timothy’s name meant “honoring God” and we learn in these verses how to pass the faith along to children who will grow up honoring God. (more…)
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May 6, 2012 “Standing in the Gap”

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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  • 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 three 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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