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October 23, 2016 “Return to Me … With Your Worship”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Think about what has happened in the last half-hour. When you walked into this room did you consciously think, “I’m (we’re) meeting God here.” Were you thinking about what you were singing or just mouthing the words? Did you allow your heart to be warmed by the truths we sang? Did you sing out because your heart was really rejoicing in God? What about when we prayed? Were you in tune with what we were praying together, or was your mind somewhere else? As we prayed were your thoughts pure and loving thoughts, or were they mixed with bitterness or impurity? When the offering plate came by were you grateful for the opportunity to give to God? Maybe you gave online or last week because that’s when you got paid, but your giving was an expression of the value you place on God, not like a little tip for His good service.(more–)

October 16, 2016 “Return to Me … With Your Love”

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles to the last book of the OT, the book of Malachi. We typically pronounce it Malchie; the Hebrew pronunciation is Malachee. Because it’s the last book of the OT its message is significant. Read Malachi 1:1-5.

ILLUSTRATION – The final scenes of the movie Apollo 13 show the crippled spacecraft’s dramatic and dangerous reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Mission Control knew there would be period of time during reentry that a “communications blackout” would occur. But because the spacecraft was damaged, its reentry wasn’t normal and the blackout lasted longer than they expected. The silence was deafening as they waited to hear if the reentry was successful and the crew was safely home. Sure enough, after that long silence the voice of Commander Jim Lovell crackled over the intercom that they safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. (more…)


October 02, 2016 “Our Progress Along the Avenue”

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

At the FWPC Gala this weekend I heard the amazing story of Abby Johnson who for many years worked for Planned Parenthood. As a matter of fact she won the employee of the year award for her proficiency in talking young women into having an abortion. Outside the Planned Parenthood facility believers prayed every day, many of them praying that Abbey would be saved and stop the evil practice. One day she, for the first time, watched on ultrasound an abortion being performed and it so sickened her that she vowed to never perform another abortion. Next door to the Planned Parenthood facility a pro-life organization had set up an office. Abby knew exactly what they stood for and how they had been praying. She secretly slipped out of the Planned Parenthood facility, walked in the back door of this pro-life organization’s office, and sat on the couch across from one of their volunteers. She simply asked, “What do I do?” That day Abby put her trust in Christ and immediately quit her job at Planned Parenthood, packed up her belongings and walked out a
different woman. Since that day in 2009 Abby has given herself full-time to following Christ and standing up for the rights of the unborn. At the close of her testimony Friday night she encouraged us to not lose heart in the battle. She said, “There is power in conversion because there is power in Jesus Christ.” (more…)


September 25, 2016 “Our Helpers Along the Avenue”

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Open your Bibles to Ephesians 4. We’ve been camped in this portion of God’s Word to learn about the way of life we’ve been called to as believers. This chapter opens with a clear challenge to live … to walk … a certain way … a way I have been calling “The Avenue.” Ephesians 4:1 – As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. If there was ever a time that our nation and our neighbors needed to see us living this way, it is now. Luke warm Christianity … stale “church-ianity” just won’t do. We must step into what Jesus called the narrow way and to live, walk, worthy of the calling we have received in Christ. (more…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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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    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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