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Certainties for Uncertain Times

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

The Old Testament book of Job is one of the most mysterious, yet comforting books in all of the Bible. It is mysterious because we see a horrific series of catastrophes happen to a godly man and his family. It is comforting because we get to listen in on conversations between Job and four of his friends as they try to make sense out of what happens. As they struggle with some of life’s ultimate questions, we don’t feel so alone as we wrestle with the same questions thousands of years later.

Reading Job is a challenge; studying and interpreting it is even tougher. But for the steadfast student of the Bible who takes time to dig into this fascinating book, there are a number of certainties that we can cling to in uncertain times.

Certainty #1 – God is absolutely in control, even when it feels like our lives are swirling out of control. (more…)

July 14, 2013 “Experiencing God”

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

INTRODUCTION

Open your Bibles again this morning to Matthew 5. My prayer is that our study in the Beatitudes has helped us sit at the feet of Jesus to learn how to follow Him into the Kingdom of God. Once again, let’s stand as I read them all together. Perhaps you’re already getting to a place where you have them memorized. Read Matthew 5:1-12. “They will see God…” Whether we know it or not, that is the deepest longing in our hearts … to see … to know … to experience God.” As you’re seated please keep your Bibles open to Matthew 5:8.

Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (more…)

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July 14, 2013 “Experiencing God”

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July 7, 2013 “Giving and Getting Mercy”

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

INTRODUCTION

Let’s open our Bibles and stand as I read Matthew 5:1-12. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus lays out the birthmarks of the child of God … of the person who follows Christ into the Kingdom of God. And Jesus introduces the Sermon on the Mount with eight radical statements called the Beatitudes (meaning “to be congratulated”), which we are studying during these summer months. Follow along as I read Matthew 5:1-12. Prayer. As you’re seated keep your Bibles open to Matthew 5:7.

Matthew 5:7 – Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (more…)

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July 07, 2013 “Giving and Getting Mercy”

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Keeping Your Spiritual Fervor

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).

As a college student living in an apartment I learned how to cook for myself when I had to.  As you can well imagine my culinary presentations were not very sophisticated.  French toast was about the only think “continental” about my cuisine.  I did however develop the habit of cooking things in a hurry.  The burner controls on my little apartment stove had one setting … HIGH.  To my way of thinking, if cooking something on medium was good, cooking on high must be better.  Of course in those days I presented many burnt offerings.  I learned to scrape the burned parts off of food and eat it anyway.

Fast forward to today. On the rare occasions that I cook something in the kitchen, I regret to say that I have not kicked the habit of cooking things on high.  Splatters of bacon grease mark the ceiling of our kitchen as testimony to this fact.  Nan is extraordinarily gifted in the kitchen, and panics whenever I enter her domain for the purpose of cooking something for myself.

While bringing something to a boil quickly in the kitchen is usually not the best idea, the Bible teaches us that when it comes to our zeal in loving and serving God we should turn up the heat.  When Paul admonished the Roman believers to keep their “spiritual fervor,” the word he uses literally means “to bring to a boil.”  The present active verb means to keeping on being fervent in one’s spirit. (more…)

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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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