Archive for March, 2013

March 31, 2013 “Easter Peace”

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

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I invite you to take your Bibles, or the one in the pew rack in front of you, and open it to John 20. As you’re turning let me ask you to take a look at the insert in your worship folder. On one side there’s information about a new series of messages I’m starting next week on marriage entitled “Great Lovers of the Bible.” Throughout the Bible we see marriages … some of them are great, some of them struggled. And we can learn from all of them; that’s what I hope will happen in this series of messages. Now turn the card over. To really give your marriage a boost we are offering the Travis Marriage Celebration, April 11-13, featuring author and speaker Gary Thomas. He is author of the best-seller Sacred Marriage, and for single adults, Sacred Search. You can see details in the worship folder about these events for married adults and single adults. I encourage you to go online and register.

John 20:19 – On the evening of that first day of the week… (more…)

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March 31, 2013 “Easter Peace”

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
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Remember the Cross! Remember the Empty Tomb

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Those of us who studied Texas history as school children may remember reading about the fateful events of Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836.  The Alamo had just fallen.  A few weeks later Colonel James Fannin’s troops had been captured and imprisoned at the presidio La Bahia, near Goliad, Texas.  The Mexican officer in charge awakened the Texan prisoners on that Palm Sunday morning telling them that they were to be marched under guard to another location.  What actually happened, however, is that they were marched a short distance out of La Bahia, and the Mexican soldiers opened fire on the Texas soldiers, mercilessly killing nearly 350 prisoners.  It was called the Goliad Massacre.  About a month later General Sam Houston would lead his troops against Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto where Texas independence was won.  The battle cry for that victorious battle was “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” (more…)

March 24, 2013 “Love’s Last Appeal”

Monday, March 25th, 2013
INTRODUCTION
What an amazing week this is … Easter Week. Wednesday evening at 6:15 we’ll share together in a very special observance of the Lord’s Supper. Good Friday morning is our community Good Friday Service. Friday evening our choir and orchestra, along with our special friends Hue and Elizabeth Priday will present the Easter portions of Handel’s Messiah. Saturday is our children’s outreach Easter Egg Hunt in Capps Park. Then, of course, the climax of the Easter Celebration is Resurrection Sunday. Remember we’ll have our regular worship schedule, but no SMBS to insure that we have plenty of parking for our guests who will be joining us on that day.

Open your Bibles with me to Luke 20.  Today I am concluding this brief series of messages on the life stories of Jesus.  We’ve studied several of the parables that Jesus told during His ministry.  The parable we have before us today is one that Jesus actually told during the week that began with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  So during that week…

Luke 20:1 – One day as he was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him.

Notice that Jesus was “preaching the Gospel.”  The parable that He is about to tell is in the context of the Gospel, the Good News of God’s salvation, being proclaimed. (more…)
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March 24, 2013 “Love’s Last Appeal”

Sunday, March 24th, 2013
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March 10, 2013 “Taking Care of Business”

Sunday, March 10th, 2013
ILLUSTRATION – Last week Hugo Chavez, the controversial president of Venezuela, died after a long battle with cancer.  According to a news report, the people who were around Chavez when he died told of his last words.  Though he could not speak he mouthed these words, “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.”  I don’t know why Chavez was afraid to die.  Was it that he feared what was before him after his death?  Was it that he had not finished his life the way he wanted to?  We simply don’t know.  But what a tragic way to face God at the end one’s life … “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.”
Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to this earth.  He lived a perfect life, taught perfect truth, and died for our sins on the Cross.  Three days later He arose from the grave, victorious over sin and death.  A few weeks later Jesus ascended into heaven; but before He did He promised that He would come back to this earth, not like the first time when He entered history as a little baby in a manger.  When Jesus returns it will be as a mighty King.  So we are living today in the interval between the first coming of Jesus and the second coming of Jesus.  This is the age of the Church during which the people of God are to do the business of the Kingdom of God until Jesus returns.  More specifically this is the age in which you and I live and die.  It is this time that we have to accomplish the purposes of God for which we are created. (more…)
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March 10, 2013 “Taking Care of Business”

Sunday, March 10th, 2013
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March 3, 2013 “Come to My Party”

Monday, March 4th, 2013

INTRODUCTION

We are moving toward the most important week of the year for us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. It all starts on Palm Sunday, March 24 with our children involved in both services. Wednesday is our Easter Week Lord’s Supper. On Friday we have our Community Good Friday Service as well as our choir and orchestra’s presentation of “Messiah … the Message of Easter.” There are Easter Egg hunts for children on the two Saturdays before Easter. All of this builds toward our glorious Easter Sunday Celebration. We’ll have our regular worship schedule with the Traditional Worship at 8:30am and the Contemporary Worship at 11:00am. Now as you know, due to our construction parking, parking has been a challenge on a typical Sunday. On Easter Sunday our attendance grows by about 50%. So to insure that we have ample parking for our guests and members we will not have SMBS. This will insure that we have plenty of parking for both worship services. This is the greatest opportunity we have each year to invite guests to be with us in church. So we have provided special Easter invitation cards. Grab a handful and give them out wherever you go. (more…)

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March 03, 2013 “Come to My Party”

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
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Demolishing Strongholds

Friday, March 1st, 2013

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

On the corner at a busy intersection near our church there was located a sexually-oriented business and liquor store.  Persons driving to our church from one direction were forced to pass by this disgraceful display.  At first I remember being disgusted and wishing that it would just go away.  Then it occurred to me that perhaps I should pray that it would be removed.  What a novel thought!  Believe it or not, the first instinct of a pastor is not always to pray … but I’m learning.  I soon learned that my wife had come to the same conclusion; we should specifically pray that this unwholesome spectacle would be closed.

Several weeks ago we noticed that the business had indeed been closed.  But as far as we knew, it could open again at any time.  Even the empty building was a lurid reminder of evil business that took place there. (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 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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