Archive for April, 2014

April 27, 2014 “Heaven … Our Forever Home”

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Today I’m picking up with the series, “Heaven … Really?” So please open your Bibles with me to Revelation 21:1. Jesus Christ appeared to the Apostle John and revealed or unveiled truths about time and eternity. And Jesus speaks through John to people who needed to know how to live victoriously in the midst of suffering … and how to keep their eyes fixed on heaven. Follow along as I read from Revelation 21:1-5 about “Heaven … Our Forever Home.”

The Bible tells us that God’s great redemptive activity doesn’t end with us getting saved. The Bible tells us that God’s great redemptive activity will come to a glorious climax one day when we see what John saw in…

Revelation 21:1 (NIV) – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (more…)

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April 27, 2014 “Heaven…Our Forever Home”

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
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April 20, 2014 “The God Who Raises the Dead”

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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April 20, 2014 “The God Who Raises the Dead”

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Most of us know what pressure is. Pressure is what comes upon us when forces outside of us “press in” on us. And we feel different kinds of pressure:
• Financial pressures – too much month left at the end of the money
• Physical pressures – when we’re sick or weak
• Time pressures – pulled in a hundred different directions by demands of family, work or school
• The pressure of performance … of measuring up

ILLUSTRATION – Maybe that’s the kind of pressure that was being felt by this college student who was a recent contestant on the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune.” It appeared that he was just one answer away from winning $1 million, but the pressure of performance just got to him.  (more…)

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April 13, 2014 “Our Resurrection”

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

ILLUSTRATION – When you go to a movie and watch the previews of coming movies they take the best parts of the movie and put them in what is called the trailer. There may be three outrageously funny clips in the trailer, and you think it’s going to be a really funny movie. But when you watch the movie those were the only three funny places in the whole movie. There may be three really great action scenes in the trailer, and you think this is going to be great, and that’s all there was … three action scenes. The rest of the movie was rotten. In other words, the movie is rarely as good as the preview. Well, that’s not true when it comes to what we know from the Bible about heaven. What the Bible gives us today as a preview is really just that a preview. You cannot in your wildest imagination picture what the real thing is going to be like. (more…)

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April 13, 2014 “Our Resurrection”

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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April 06, 2014 “Sixty Seconds After You Die”

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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April 6, 2014 “Sixty Seconds After You Die”

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

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ILLUSTRATION – This past week Vietnam War veteran Commander Jeremiah Denton died. Commander Denton was a captured and tortured as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese. They wanted to use Commander Denton in their propaganda by interviewing him in a television broadcast that was sent around the world. His captors tried to get him to falsely confess that American forces were involved in certain war crimes. Commander Denton refused to cooperate. What he did do was to send a signal to the rest of the world. On camera, pretending to be blinded by the spotlights, he began blinking in what seemed to be random spasms. What he was doing was blinking out a message with his eyes, in the old Morse Code, a one-word message … “T-O-R-T-U-R-E.” It was the first confirmation that American prisoners of war were being subjected to atrocities during the Vietnam War. (more…)

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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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