Archive for May, 2013

May 26, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Need”

Monday, May 27th, 2013
ILLUSTRATION – Rhonda Crosswhite emerged as a hero in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that ravaged Moore OK last week.  Rhonda is a sixth-grade teacher at Plaza Tower Elementary School in Moore, the school that was hit so hard and in which several people died.  It would have been much worse had it not been for the selfless efforts of teachers and administrators like Rhonda Crosswhite.  When the alarm sounded Rhonda gathered six of her children into a restroom and literally draped her body over the bodies of the children.  She said that one of the little boys kept saying, “I love you, I love you, please don’t die with me.”  Rhonda, with her school teacher voice, screamed over the noise of the tornado, “Quit worrying; we’re fine, we’re fine; I’m protecting you.”  As Rhonda listened to her children screaming and sobbing she said she did what people say public school teachers are not supposed to do in school: “I prayed – and prayed out loud!”  She cried out, “God please take care of my kids.”  She may get sued by the ACLU, but Rhonda Crosswhite, in the crucial moment knew the only hope was to cry out to God in behalf of those children. (more…)
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May 19, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Confusion”

Monday, May 27th, 2013
INTRODUCTION
There’s something deep inside our spirit that longs to connect with God.  We were created in the image of God, and our spirit must connect with His Spirit.  And that is the experience of prayer.  People try to get through to God or to their god in prayer, no matter what religion they claim.
ILLUSTRATION – For example hundreds of thousands of Muslims who live in India will travel this month to northwest India where there is a shrine built over the tomb of a Muslim Sufi saint.  Indian Muslims travel there to commemorate his death, in spite of the fact that this is the hottest time of the year in India when temperatures reach more 110 degrees.  Why? These pilgrims believe they will have their prayers answered and problems solved by praying at the shrine during this special occasion. (more…)
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May 26, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Need”

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
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May 12, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Worry”

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

INTRODUCTION
There’s nothing more basic, more vital or more powerful in our relationship with God than prayer. The more we pray and the more effectively we pray, the deeper our relationship with God grows. But why is it that at times it feels so hard to get through to God? Why are there times when we feel like our prayers are not making it past the ceiling? Why is it that so often we try everything else before we think to ask God? Why is it that we can go for vast periods of time and not even breathing a word to God in prayer? Why is it when we try to pray that all kinds of distracting thoughts flood our minds, like we’re in a battle … a spiritual battle? God’s Word teaches how to pray through the barriers we face in life. We need to learn how to P.U.S.H. through those barriers … Pray Until Something Happens. (more…)

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May 19, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Confusion”

Sunday, May 19th, 2013
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May 12, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Worry”

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
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Guilty

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I remember seeing a Peanuts cartoon where some unnamed stranger was walking around on a sidewalk with a sign that read, “Guilty!”  Charlie Brown looked at the sign and wondered to himself, “How did he know?”  Some people, like Charlie Brown, continually struggle with a guilty conscience, even if it isn’t justified.

King David had every reason to feel guilty.  It is because he was guilty.  He had committed that awful series of sins – adultery and murder – and was dealing with great guilt.  It was magnified when God sent His prophet Nathan to confront and correct David.  For so long David didn’t honestly face the reality of his sins.  In his autobiographical account of those dark days David recorded:

“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer” (Psalm 32:3-4). (more…)

May 5, 2013, “Praying Your Way Through Sin”

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
INTRODUCTION
There’s nothing more basic, more vital or more powerful in our relationship with God than prayer.  There is no relationship without communication, and prayer is one of the primary ways that we communicate with God.  And the more we pray and the more effectively we pray, the deeper our relationship with God grows.  And so over and over in God’s Word we are taught to pray.  Places like…
Proverbs 15:8 – The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him. 
 
Colossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.   (more…)
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May 28, 2013, “Partners”

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

ILLUSTRATION – Nan and I had our wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, and we bought each other cards.  What was interesting was that both of our cards mentioned something about the fact that a wife and a husband are “partners.”  We later commented how as we both were picking out the cards that we almost didn’t buy that particular card simply because of the connotation of the word “partner” today.  Unfortunately the word “partner” is often used to describe relationships that are something less than the biblical pattern for marriage.  But we shouldn’t let the fact that the word is misused and abused when it comes to marriage keep us from celebrating the fact that a man and a woman in a biblical marriage are, indeed, partners.   (more…)

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May 05, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Sin”

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
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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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