November 10, 2013 “By the Book”

ILLUSTRATION – In the late 1800s a young man named Robert Jermain Thomas left his homeland of Wales with his young bride to set sail for China as a missionary. Soon God would move on his heart that the Gospel needed to be taken to the nation of Korea, a land that had for many years been closed to any outside influence, including missionaries. But Thomas felt that the Word of God would have an impact in that land. So he sailed on an American naval ship up a river to a port at the city of Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea. He took a few Bibles to the shore to give to the people who had gathered there. But Robert Jermain Thomas would immediately be killed by soldiers before he was able to do any more. He was just 27 years old. The soldier who ordered Thomas’ execution took one of those Bibles to his home, ripped out the pages and used the paper as wallpaper to insulate his home. Later he sold his home to another Korean man who began to read the pages of the Bible that were plastered to the walls … and he was saved! Many years later, that house became a church, and that simple event was part of a great spiritual awakening that swept across Korea in the 1900s. There’s power in the Word of God.


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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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