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September 18, 2016 “Walking the Avenue with Others”

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Do you remember the little children’s rhyme with hand signals? “This is the church. This is the people. Open inside and there’s all the people.” Is this (the building) the church, or is this (the people) the church?” Well, we are the church and God has so created and configured the church to become the AVENUE by which believers grow into the fullness of the life of Christ. We learn that in Ephesians 4. (more…)

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September 11, 2016 “Our Walk Along the Avenue”

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Two Sundays ago we shared with you the vision that emerged from our Re:Vision process. An important part of that vision is what we are calling “The Avenue.” It is the main business of our church, and any authentic NT church, to make disciples, to produce followers of Jesus, to bring people into the fullness of the life of Christ. We must take this command of Jesus seriously. The Apostle Paul put it this way: (more…)

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September 04, 2016 “Make Your Job a Joy”

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Probably the last thing you’re thinking about on this Labor Day weekend is your labor. In fact, on weekends like this we try to forget our job. Only in America would you celebrate Labor Day by doing no labor. I would venture a guess that when I even mention the notion of going to work that a curtain of dread just falls over some of you. Some of you dread your work because you’re bored. You’ve got a job that is ridiculously mundane … you’ve got a job where you’re not being challenged … you’ve got a job that doesn’t seem to make any real difference in the world. Some of you dread your work because of who you have to work with. (more…)

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August 21, 2016 “Jesus, Friend of Lost Sinners”

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles today to Luke 15 as we wrap up this series “Jesus, Friend of Sinners.” Here we have one of the most familiar teachings of Jesus in the entire Bible. It’s actually wrapped around three parables or one parable with three parts … a trilogy. (more…)

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August 14, 2016 “Jesus, Friend of Despised Sinners”

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles today to Luke 19. Our Lord came on a rescue mission for people who were far from God. But He was often criticized and ridiculed for the way He reached out to people whom others didn’t think were worthy of being loved by God. There were hyper-religious people who criticized Jesus by calling Him a “friend of sinners.” But Jesus wore their ridicule as a badge of honor. Let’s draw near to our Lord in His word. Read Luke 19:1-10. (more…)

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July 24, 2016 “Jesus, Friend of Religious Sinners”

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles to John 3. Not all sinners look like the homeless man in this video. You can be a respectable religious person and be just as spiritually homeless as this man is physically homeless. Millions of people were taken to church from the time they were born and today they sit in churches thinking simply because they are going to church, maybe even giving some money, maybe even baptized, thinking that’s all that is required. You can be just as far from God sitting in a church pew as you are sitting on a bar stool. (more…)

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July 10, 2016 “Jesus, Friend of Sick Sinners”

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Our mission is to “know, follow and share Jesus Christ.” If we truly know Him in a personal relationship we must follow Him as disciples. And if we are disciples we will share Him with others who do not have a relationship with Christ. Church, we are the Body of Christ. He lives in us and He lives through us. So our ministry as a church and as individual believers should resemble the life and ministry of Jesus. One thing we know about our Lord … He relentlessly pursued people who were far from God, even those who were just a hopeless mess. In fact, Jesus was known as “a friend of sinners.” That was welcomed news to people who thought that God really didn’t want to have anything to do with them. People who had messed up felt comfortable around Jesus because they knew He loved them unconditionally. He loved them as they were, but He refused to leave them as they were. That’s what a true friend does. (more…)

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July 03, 2016 “Is America Finished with Jesus?”

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Open your Bibles to Mark 5 where we have the account of Jesus’ visit to a region that looks strangely like the United States of America today. You see, we may be discouraged when we look at the mess our nation has become. We may struggle to understand what Christ might be doing with a nation that is gripped by terror and by pervasive sexual immorality and the murder of a millions of babies through abortion. We may grieve as we watch our nation become more and more apathetic, if not outright hostile, toward Jesus and His church. We may despair at the options we have before us as we face a presidential election. (more…)

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June 26, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Your Work”

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Today is the last of this series from Proverbs that I’ve called “Street Smarts.” We’re talking about wisdom we need to live in a way that glorifies God in our life in the streets. And our memory verse reminds us that this wisdom comes from God and we need to download it every day: Proverbs 2:6 – “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” This wisdom that comes from the mouth of God became flesh and blood in the person of Jesus Christ who came to show us what this wisdom looks like lived out in a human body, but more importantly to empower us to live this wisdom. We can’t do it in our own strength. (more…)

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June 19, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Dads”

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles to Proverbs 20:7. We are living in a war zone. We have an enemy, Satan, whom Jesus said has come to steal, kill and destroy. We are surrounded by a sinful, confused culture, what Jesus called “the world,” that constantly tugs us in the wrong direction. And the reason that all this is a challenge to us is that our own selfish, sinful flesh is so vulnerable. For these reasons we need to continuously hear the wisdom of God to show us the way through the moral and spiritual fog in us and around us. God’s Word is all wisdom, but in parts of the Bible, like Proverbs, there is a concentration of wise sayings … what I have called “Street Smarts.” Proverbs says that this wisdom is crying out in the streets because we need wisdom in the streets of life where we live. One of the themes running throughout the book of Proverbs is the value of a wise father who imparts wisdom to his children. (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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