December 16, 2012 “The Joy of Sharing Christ”

Throughout the biblical account of the birth of Christ there is woven this note of joy.  And that’s been our focus this Christmas season. Joy is something that is internal, that eventually explodes in something external called rejoicing.  What does it look like?

ILLUSTRATION – In the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” we have the story of George Bailey.  He managed a building and loan that was barely staying afloat.  His life began to unravel and he lost all joy in living.  He even found himself thinking that everyone would be better off if he had never been born.  So his guardian angel Clarence is given the task of showing George Bailey what everyone’s life would be like if he hadn’t been born … to show him that he really did have a lot to live for.  George learns his lesson, and the joy returns to his life.


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    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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