Archive for October, 2012

October 28, 2012 “Disposable Life”

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Open your Bibles to Jeremiah 22. As you’re turning I trust you’re continuing to pray for the people in your circle of relationships who need a personal relationship with Christ. Prayer softens the hearts of non-believers and strengthens the witness of believers. Now here in Jeremiah 22 God has given the prophet a message for people in high places when the nation was in a time of great moral and spiritual decay. Read vv.1-5.

It is a tragedy when a nation, or any group of people, comes to the place to where they view life as being disposable. (more…)

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October 28, 2012 “Disposable Life”

Sunday, October 28th, 2012
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October 21, 2012 “Marriage Options”

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

In a few short weeks there will be a very important election. Early voting begins tomorrow with the election coming on Nov.6. Has it occurred to you that you and I will have an opportunity in many of the races in this election to affirm a particular worldview … a particular way of looking at life and truth? With your vote you may affirm a worldview that is ordered by the truth of God, or you may affirm a worldview that says there is no such thing as “truth” so people just get to do whatever is most convenient and profitable for themselves. I trust you are carefully studying the issues where you will affirm with your vote biblical values.

Let’s open our Bibles to Matthew 19:3. I’m in a series of messages entitled “Hazmat … The Most Dangerous Ideas in Your Culture.” These ideas are hazardous material because they have consequences. If enough people embrace a particular philosophy it will eventually affect their culture, their leaders, their laws, and the way they educate their children and young people. (more…)

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October 21, 2012 “Marriage Options”

Sunday, October 21st, 2012
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October 15, 2012 “Your Truth … My Truth”

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Open your Bibles to Judges 17. The period of the Judges has to be one of the most mysterious times in all of biblical history. After the great leaders Moses and Joshua pass off the scene, there was a period of time before the period of the kings when Israel was led by a succession of leaders known as judges. They were not really judges in the sense that we know them today. They were more like military leaders. Israel struggled during this time to remain faithful to the Lord, as is seen in this story in Judges 17. Read vv.1-5.

Let me just give you a bit of background here. There’s a man named Micah who stole some silver that belonged to his mother, but then returned it because she uttered a curse against the person who had stolen it. She uses a pagan curse and then a spiritual blessing in the name of the Lord. And she consecrated her money to the Lord, then she wanted her money used to make a carved image and a cast idol which was forbidden by God. So the mother has a silversmith melt the silver down and make it into an idol. Then he proceeds to build a shrine in his home and appoints his son as its priest. (more…)

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October 14, 2012 “Your Truth…My Truth”

Sunday, October 14th, 2012
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October 7, 2012 “Sacred Spaces and Places”

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
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October 7, 2012 “Sacred Spaces and Places”

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

All through the Bible and throughout Christian history, God has met His people in certain spaces and places.  And as a result of those life-changing encounters they became sacred spaces and places.  My message is a little different today, but open your Bibles to Psalm 63:2.  As you’re turning I’ll just remind you that a little later we’re going to share together in the Lord’s Supper. At the end we will receive an offering for our Benevolence Ministry that feeds and clothes thousands of families each year.  Ushers will be at the doors to receive your offering. (more…)

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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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