November 17, 2013 “On Our Knees”


ILLUSTRATION – A few years ago Nan and I were driving through the mountains of Colorado when we began to see flashing signs along the interstate that there had been a rockslide across the highway at a certain point and that we should expect long delays. Fortunately we had rented a car that had OnStar, the navigation and communication system installed in many cars where you can get all kinds of directions and assistance. I thought, “Well I’ll just push this little button on the rearview mirror and instantly I will have a friendly attendant on the line who will skillfully guide me on an alternate route so I won’t have to stay stopped in traffic for hours. We’ll be on our way in no time.” Well, I pushed the OnStar button and immediately there was the voice of a friendly lady on the speaker. I explained our situation (she already knew our location) and asked if she could give us an alternate route to get to where we were going. There was a pause, and then she said, “I’m sorry sir. I’m afraid you’re stuck. There’s nowhere for you to get off that highway and there’s no place to turn around. You have no option but to sit and wait for the road to clear.” I paused and then asked, “Well, do you deliver pizza?” And you know the answer to that!


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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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