Archive for November, 2012

November 18, 2012 “It’s All About Me”

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Today I’m bringing to a close this series of messages I’ve entitled “Hazmat … The Most Dangerous Ideas in Your Culture.” This hazardous material comes in the form of ideas, thoughts and philosophies that make up a person’s worldview. And that worldview shapes our attitudes and our actions.

For example, if my worldview includes the existence of the One True God, I understand that He is the source of everything and I praise and thank Him.

Psalm 103:1-2 – Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

Benefits mean that there is a Benefactor to whom I am grateful. So gratitude flows out of our worldview that God exists and He blesses us. (more…)

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November 18, 2012 “It’s All About Me”

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
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November 11, 2012 “Suffering and a Powerless, Uncaring God”

Friday, November 16th, 2012
ILLUSTRATION – If you picked up your newspaper this morning, or took a look at your favorite news site on the internet you probably saw some stories that broke your heart … the story of a little teenage girl in Greenville who was abducted not far from her home.  Later they found her body left by the side of the road.  Senseless!  Or you read about the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy up in the northeast … all the devastation and suffering.  Senseless!  Or maybe your own devastating struggles are so overwhelming to you today that you can’t worry much about what is going in other places.  And in the face of these things we may, in the deepest recesses of our souls, we may ask, “Why doesn’t God do something to stop this?”
During these weeks I’ve been trying to help us know how to answer some of the most lethal, toxic ideas that are floating around out there in the atmosphere of our culture … hazardous material.  And today I want to talk to you about the hazardous material, the lethal idea, that the presence of evil and suffering in this world must be mean that if God exists at all, He is powerless and uncaring. (more…)
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November 11, 2012 “Suffering and a Powerless, Uncaring God”

Sunday, November 11th, 2012
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Ten Things That Won’t Change … No Matter Who is Elected on November 6

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Michael D. Dean

We are a day away from one of the most hotly contested presidential elections in recent history.  The stakes are high in just about every way imaginable.  Rarely has our nation been more polarized over moral, social and economic issues as we have been during this campaign.

Because of the tightness of the race, as Americans we may not know on Wednesday morning who has been elected on November 6.  But at the point where the results of the election are known, no matter what the outcome, for the church certain things will remain unchanged.

First, God remains sovereign over the affairs of our nation. “There is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1).  God either blesses a nation by giving it good leaders, or judges a nation by giving it poor leaders.  He is still sovereign over all.

Second, Jesus Christ still occupies the place of supremacy. At the resurrection Christ was raised from the dead and seated at God’s right hand “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:21).

Third, our nation is still desperately in need of spiritual awakening. Laws and lawmakers can never change the heart of our nation.  The spiritual awakening that is long overdue in the U.S. will come only as God’s people humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from their sinful ways (2 Chronicles 7:14). (more…)

November 4, 2012 “Many Ways to Heaven”

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Open your Bibles please to Acts 10. I’m in a series of messages entitled “Hazmat … The Most Dangerous Ideas in Your Culture.” And every one of these lethal ideas is an outgrowth of the most hazardous material of all … the idea that there is no such thing as absolute, objective truth … just your opinion and my opinion. And so everyone simply does what is right in their own eyes. Today I want to challenge the hazardous material, the dangerous idea, that there are many ways to heaven. (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 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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