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July 26, 2015 “Unstoppable in the Face of Barriers”

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

We’re studying the book of Acts in the NT. It’s the message of how God is unstoppable in His quest to change the world through the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ. It’s also the message of how we are unstoppable as we live in the irrepressible power of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel is unstoppable, no matter what ethnic, cultural or language barriers may exist. In Acts 8 persecution can’t stop the Gospel. Believers just go somewhere else to proclaim the message of Jesus. Ethnic barriers can’t stop it. A guy named Philip takes the Gospel to the most unlikely place … Samaria. And here in the last part of Acts 8 another cultural barrier collapses in the face of the Gospel. A man from Ethiopia in Africa hears the Gospel and is saved. Jesus told His disciples, “You’ll be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth” And God’s unstoppable quest is marching on, even to this day. (more…)

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July 19, 2015 “Unstoppable in the Face of Counterfeits”

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 8:9. We’re talking about God’s unstoppable quest to get the Gospel to everyone. Last week we saw how God used persecution to force believers like Philip to leave Jerusalem to go to a very unlikely place … a town in Samaria. And there he proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ. In the next verses we see how the Gospel impacted this city. (more…)

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July 12, 2015 “Unstoppable in the Face of Persecution”

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 8. Over the next several weeks I want to bite off another chunk of the book of Acts. Last Fall I began the series from Acts entitled “Unstoppable … Living in the Irrepressible Power of the Holy Spirit.” God is on an unstoppable quest. Jesus came, lived, died and rose again to change lives. God is on an unstoppable quest to get this message out. And the mystery of His grace is that He plans to include us in His quest. The Book of Acts shows us how this unstoppable quest of God unfolds through ordinary people who are unstoppable through the power of the Spirit. (more…)

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June 28, 2015 “Homeland Security”

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Over the past year there has been a fascinating, and yet heartbreaking story developing down on Lake Whitney, just about an hour south of us. Several years ago some absolutely beautiful homes were built on a high cliff overlooking the lake. However, a year ago a large crack developed near the edge of the cliff … a crack that ran right under the foundation of one home, causing the owners to have to move out. As the cliff crumbled parts of the beautiful house began to fall into the lake far below. Soon they had to deliberately set the house on fire before the whole thing fell into the lake. Now another home is threatened by the same crack. (more…)

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June 14, 2015 “What Boys Need Most”

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Let’s open our Bibles today to Acts 16. One of the leading figures in the New Testament is a man named Timothy. We’re first introduced to him here in Acts 16, but he’ll show up in some very important places later in Acts and the letters of the Apostle Paul as Timothy becomes a member of Paul’s missionary team. Two of the letters of the NT are addressed directly to Timothy who, at that point, is probably the pastor of the church in Ephesus. So here is a man whom God used in a powerful way in history; and we learn the factors that shaped his life. Read Acts 16:1-3. (more…)

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June 07, 2015 “What Girls Need Most”

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Find the book of Ruth in the OT. It comes right after Judges and just before I Samuel. This is one of the most tender and heartwarming stories in the Bible. I’m continuing the series entitled “Home/Hope,” but the next couple of weeks I’ll be talking about the hope we find in God’s word for parenting. Today, “What Girls Need Most.” As we watch Ruth’s life unfold here in this little book we see what it takes for a girl and a woman to take her place in God’s glorious purposes. After all, that’s what we should desire most for our girls. There are four chapters to the book of Ruth and in Ruth’s life (more…)

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May 31, 2015 “The Family That Prays Together”

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Let’s open our Bibles to Romans 12:9. This morning I’m talking about the importance of prayer in our marriages and families, and tonight we’re going to practice the importance of prayer in our church as we gather for our Evening of Prayer and Praise at 5:30 in the Great Room. We will spend time praying for our Supreme Court as they are preparing their ruling on the definition of marriage. We’ll also pray over individual needs, so if you have a prayer need, please fill out the prayer request card in your worship guide and put it in the offering basket at the end of the service. The Scriptures instruct us to gather to pray with God’s people, so let’s be faithful as we come together to praise God and pray to God together. Now I’ll read Romans 12:9-12, then we’re going to focus just on v.12. (more…)

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May 24, 2015 “Where’s the Love?”

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

God has something huge in mind for marriage. It’s not just that He wants for husbands and wives to live together in unity and happiness. God has bigger things in mind. He wants to use the marriage between two believers as a giant screen to display the glory of the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ. Through the union of a Christ-following man and woman under the Lordship of Jesus Christ God intends to communicate the Gospel that Jesus Christ died to save us from our sins and give us a new life. At its roots, sin is selfish. So the work of God in saving us will make us increasingly more loving and selfless in our relationships with other people, most importantly our mates and our children. (more…)

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May 17, 2015 “Building Trust”

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION – The place where I sometimes work out has an indoor rock climbing wall that may be 40-50 feet tall. Sometimes I’ll stop and watch the climbers as they move up the sheer face of the rock wall, clinging to and or getting a foothold on little outcroppings as they make their way to the top. Obviously, the higher they go the greater the risk if they lose their grip or footing. Inevitably there will come a point in the climb where, if they are going to keep going higher, they will need to take the risk of lunging for an outcropping that is just out of their reach. But, if you’ve ever watched indoor rock climbing, you know that they usually have a safety system that includes a harness that is connected to a rope that is secured through a carabineer in the ceiling to a person called a belayer on the ground. The climber is freed to take risks way up the wall because they know they are secured by a rope to the belayer below. If they lose their grip, they’ve entrusted themselves to another for their safety. (more…)

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May 10, 1015 “Greener Grass”

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

ILLUSTRATION – A few months ago I was looking at my next door neighbors, Butch and Sandra Gautier’s, yard and noticed how green it was. I looked at my yard and wondered why it seemed to be struggling. Maybe you’ve heard the old proverb that says, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” In the harsh winter we had a couple of years ago I lost a big part of the grass. The ice sat on top of the grass for a couple of weeks and it just froze it out. Last summer I tried to coax it back, but it just never seemed to recover. The guy who helps with my yard told me that there were several problems. One was the trees had grown up so thick so that there was no sunlight getting through to the grass. The trees needed to be pruned. The ground had become so hard that the roots had a hard time catching on. The ground needed to be tilled up and some better soil brought in. Then some new sod could be laid in the places to jump start the yard. And finally, I needed to keep it well-watered so the roots could take hold. The more I heard the more depressed I got. It sounded too much like hard work to me. (more…)

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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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