Archive for June, 2013

June 30, 2013 “A Strong Savior for Life’s Storm”

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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Let’s open our Bibles to Luke 8:22. I’m taking a break from the series on the Beatitudes this morning. It’s been a fantastic week of ministry in our VBS and we’re so happy to have many guests with us today. Read text.

ILLUSTRATION – Jesus and His disciples are suddenly caught in a storm. When you travel to the Holy Lands you likely will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (more like a big lake). The guides will always say that there’s something about the region that creates a certain meteorological condition where fierce storms can blow up on the lake with very little warning. Of course, in that day they didn’t have Doppler weather radar to warn them when storms were coming.

Luke 8:23b – A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. (more…)

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June 30, 2013 “A Strong Savior for Life’s Storm”

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
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Help My Unbelief

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Most of us can readily identify with the man who came to Jesus one day with a tragic, seemingly impossible situation.  The man’s son was afflicted with demonic possession.  The father’s description of the symptoms is heart-breaking:  “A spirit …has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid,” (Mark 9:17-18). Previously the father brought his son to Jesus’ disciples, but they were powerless to help.  Now the dad stands before Jesus with the frantic plea: “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us” (v.22).

Interestingly Jesus responds with a bit of a rebuke, “What do you mean, ‘If you can’?” Jesus must be amazed, even amused, at our doubtful “ifs.” But then Jesus issues a powerful declaration: “Everything is possible for him who believes” (v.23).

There you have the towering truth. God has all power, and Jesus was a pure conduit through which that power flowed on this earth because He lived in perfect trust (belief) in His heavenly Father.  Everything is possible for the almighty God/Man.  But Jesus’ statement is essentially an invitation to this hysterical father: If you will believe in Me it is possible for your son to be delivered. (more…)

June 23, 2013 “Happy are the Hungry!”

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

INTRODUCTION

Let’s open our Bibles once again to Matthew 5. During these summer months we’re focusing on what are called the Beatitudes, the eight statements that Jesus strings together in the opening of the Sermon on the Mount. They describe the radical qualities of people who follow Jesus in the Kingdom of God. Please stand as I read vv.1-12. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” It’s my prayer that a hunger and thirst for righteousness has driven you to church today … to pray and worship and encourage and minister and to feed on the Word of God. If so, the promise of God’s word is that you will be filled.   (more…)

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June 23, 2013 “Happy are the Hungry!

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
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June 16, 2013 “Blessed Submission”

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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June 16, 2013 “Blessed Submission”

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

INTRODUCTION

Open your Bibles to Matthew 5. Once again I’ll ask you to stand as I read through all eight of Jesus’ statements known as the Beatitudes. I’m doing this in the hope that as we hear them repeatedly they will soak into our souls. It’s also a great way to memorize them. Read vv.1-12. It says that Jesus sat down and His disciples came to Him and He taught them. What if that happened today? What if you and I came not to be entertained or amused, but we sat with the word of Jesus to be transformed. May that happen as we hear again these radical statements of Jesus. (more…)

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June 9, 2013 “Blessed Brokenness”

Saturday, June 15th, 2013
INTRODUCTION
Before we get started this morning I want to remind you that next Sunday is Father’s Day and we’ll have one combined service at 11:00. It’ll will be a special day as we honor our fathers, but more importantly as we honor our Lord in sharing the Lord’s Supper. Now open your Bibles to Matthew 5 as we continue our study of the Beatitudes, the opening statements of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Let’s all stand together as I read Matthew 5:1-12. Jesus is talking about the radical life of Kingdom people living with Kingdom priorities. Just let your eyes rest on those radical statements for just a moment.
  • While the world is self-confidant Kingdom people are poor in spirit. 
  • While the world parties on, Kingdom people mourn sin and suffering. 
  • While the world values self-determination Kingdom people are meek. 
  • While the world craves pleasure Kingdom people hunger and thirst for righteousness. 
  • While the world kicks you when you’re down Kingdom people show mercy. 
  • While the world settles for impurity Kingdom people are pure in heart. 
  • In a world filled with conflict Kingdom people are peacemakers. 
  • While the world persecutes and insults righteousness Kingdom people faithfully endure persecution and insults for the sake of King Jesus. Radical!
As you’re seated please keep your Bibles open to Matthew 5 as we focus today on the second Beatitude. Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (more…)
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June 09, 2013 “Blessed Brokenness”

Sunday, June 9th, 2013
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June 2, 2013 “Blessed Bankruptcy”

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
INTRODUCTION
Open your Bibles to Matthew 5:1.  For the next several weeks we are going to camp in a portion of Matthew’s Gospel that is called the Beatitudes.  Let’s all stand as I read these amazing verses. Read Matthew 5:1-12.  Before being seated just let you mind dwell on this radical truth that Jesus sets out for us … yes, for us!  It may be hard for you to imagine someone being congratulated for being bankrupt or broken or hungry or meek or persecuted or insulted.  But if you and I can understand these words of Jesus, and the radical life He calls us to live, we’ll find ourselves living at a higher level than ever in our lives.  Be seated and keep your Bibles open to Matthew 5.

You’ll need a few background details in order to get the most out of our study of the Beatitudes.  The word, by the way, comes from a Latin word that means “blessed” or “to be congratulated.”  Of course, each statement Jesus makes in this section begins with the word “blessed.” (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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