November 24, 2013 “The Road to Restoration”


ILLUSTRATION – The amazing story of Louis Zamperini is told by Laura Hillenbrand in the biography entitled Unbroken. As a boy Zamperini was a rascal who loved to solve his problems with his fists. Eventually his brother recognized that he had talent as a runner. He does excel at running and ends up representing the US at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With WWII beginning Zamperini came home and enlisted in the US Army Air Force. He became a bombardier on a B-24 that was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. He and two of his fellow crew members drifted in a life raft in the ocean, barely clinging to life. One desperate day Zamperini, who was not a religious man, threw up a prayer to God that included a promise that he really didn’t intend to keep: “God if you will save me, I will serve you forever.” Forty-seven days later they were captured by the Japanese. Through it all Zamperini courageously met every challenge with a strength of will that made him, indeed, “unbroken.” For three years Zamperini was kept in a Japanese POW camp that was kept top-secret because of the horrible torture inflicted on its prisoners.


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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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