Archive for September, 2013

September 29, 2013 “Engage…In the Power of the Holy Spirit”

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
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September 22, 2013 “Engage … Sacrificing Like Jesus”

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
ILLUSTRATION – Rick Warren is the pastor of the Saddleback Church in southern California. He and his wife Kay were hit with a devastating tragedy a few months ago when their son Matthew committed suicide. Last week Rick and Kay Warren granted an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN and they talked about the ordeal. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, I encourage you to find it online. There were many things they said that were helpful to families dealing with this issue mental illness and suicide, but one thing Rick said relates to what we’re talking about these days. In describing the journey they been on for the last several months Rick said, “The last phase of grief recovery is service. You begin to use your pain to help others.”
What an important word for all of us to hear. Many of people are locked away in a depressed, self-loathing world, and all they can think about is themselves. And believers are not exempt. As we deal with our own pain, heartaches and suffering, we know we’re recovering when we use what we’ve been through to help others. And Jesus is our supreme example in this, as He is in all things. Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 20 to a passage that I have referred to often in this series I’ve entitled “Engage … An Urgent Call to On-Mission Living.” Follow along as I read Matthew 20:20-28. (more…)
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September 22, 2013 “Engage…Sacrificing Like Jesus”

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
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September 15, 2013 “Engage … With All Your Resources”

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

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Open your Bibles please to Mark 12:41. I’m in the middle of a series of messages I’ve entitled “Engage … An Urgent Call to On-Mission Living.” Jesus calls us to engage our world with His love. It’s impossible to do that without it costing you something. It will cost you time and it will cost you money. What you do with your time and money is a big gauge of where your heart is. Jesus said that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. One day Jesus showed up at the temple treasury where people brought their offerings to the Lord. We read about it in Mark 12:41-44.

Who would have thought that an act of service and worship that no one much paid attention to would be immortalized by Jesus. This little insignificant event of service and worship explodes with meaning, like the splitting of a single atom releases a force is felt for hundreds of miles. Wouldn’t you like to be part of something that catches the attention of heaven? That’s the awesome power and impact of a small but sacrificial deed. (more…)

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September 15, 2013 “Engage…With All Your Resources”

Sunday, September 15th, 2013
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Undercover Boss

Monday, September 9th, 2013

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”(Matthew 25:37-40).

One of the hottest reality TV series today is “Undercover Boss.” Here’s the deal: Each episode follows high-level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the everyday, inner workings of their own companies. Each week the show features a different executive who leaves their corporate office in total disguise to go on an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their company. (more…)

September 8, 2013 “Engage … With Eternity in Mind”

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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ILLUSTRATION – A 64-year old swimmer named Diana Nyad made history last week as she became the first person to swim from Cuba and Florida (110 miles). This was her fifth try and she did it in 53 hours. When she finished she was interviewed by the press and she said this: “I wanted this swim, this endeavor not to just be the athletic record. I wanted it to be a lesson for my life that says, be fully engaged.” Well, that’s one way to “engage.”

But Jesus had something far more meaningful in mind than an athletic achievement when He issued the call to His followers to live on-mission lives … to engage their world with His love. (more…)

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September 08, 2013 “Engage…With Eternity in Mind”

Sunday, September 8th, 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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