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November 22, 2015 “The Quest for God”

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Let’s open our Bibles again to Psalm 123. At Thanksgiving we often remember the “pilgrims” who came to our continent to establish a new nation based upon the worship of God. Well long before those pilgrims came there were pilgrims of a different kind who each year made a journey to Jerusalem to worship at one of the three great festivals or holidays (they called them “holy days”). As they would made their way up the hills to the city of Jerusalem, they sang songs, called Songs of Ascent, that were composed for the holy days, just like we have songs that we sing around the holidays. These Psalms of Ascent are found in Psalm 120-134. And we’re learning from these songs how to worship our way through the holidays. They challenge us as we’re stepping up that we will also press in to God… turning our holidays into holy days. (more…)


November 15, 2015 “Looking Up”

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

We are entering what may be the most stressful time of the year for Americans. We have three holidays back to back … Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Do you already feel yourself tensing up? Well our spiritual ancestors, the OT people of God, had a number of special holidays or festivals, except they didn’t call them holidays. They called them holy days. They were seasons that drew them back to their spiritual roots and deepened their relationship with God. In fact, they even composed some songs that they sang on their way to Jerusalem for these occasions called the Psalms of Ascent found in Psalm 120-134. They are called Psalms of Ascent because people would likely sing them as they went up the ascending highway to Jerusalem, one of the highest points in Israel. They were ascending physically, but they were also ascending spiritually. By singing these psalms they were preparing their hearts to worship. (more…)


November 01, 2015 “Explore God…Can I Know God Personally?”

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Today we conclude this series called “Explore God.” It’s been a great time for us to deal with some of the big questions people have about God and the Christian faith. We’ve learned that life has a purpose because of the evidence that God created everything. We have a world where there is pain and suffering because our lives are ruined by sin. The message of Christianity (the Good News) is that the only answer to our sin problem is found in the forgiveness that comes through Jesus Christ. So we come to the question, “Can I Know God Personally?” (more…)


October 25, 2015 “Explore God…Is the Bible Reliable?”

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

We’re going to start this morning in Matthew 5:17-18, so turn there. In our “Explore God” series we’ve been answering some of the questions people have about God and the Christian faith. And there are answers to these questions because God is a self-revealing God. He wants us to know Him and the life He calls us to live. God revealed Himself most profoundly in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. God also has revealed Himself in His creation. But then God has also given us the written revelation of Himself in the Bible. And today we’re asking the question, “Is the Bible Reliable?” If Jesus really is God then we can trust what He says about God’s Word. (more…)


October 18, 2015 “Explore God…Is Jesus Really God?”

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Let’s open our Bibles to John 5:16. “Is Jesus really God?” If you were to ask your friends at school or work or in your neighborhood, you would get a lot of different answers. And we can understand that difficulty people have 2000 years removed from Jesus’ life. But we’re going to see that even personal eyewitnesses to the life and teachings of Jesus had difficulty accepting Him as equal to God. Here Jesus has just healed a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. But the fact that Jesus performed this healing on the Sabbath caused some of the Jewish leaders to be angry. And Jesus’ response to them made them even angrier. (more…)


October 04, 2015 “Explore God…Why Pain and Suffering?”

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

We’re dealing with some of the tough questions most of us have at some time or another related to God or to the Christian faith. And today we come to one of the most common questions … why does God allow pain and suffering. In fact, this can be more than a question … it can be an objection, even a hurdle that many people have trouble getting over. What are we to think about a God who lets us suffer? (more…)


September 27, 2015 “Explore God…Is There a God?”

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

God is not a passive reality, like Mt. Everest, waiting scaled by some brave souls wanting to know what it is like. God is a Person who comes looking for us. The Bible teaches us that God created the universe and the human race. He even determined when and where we would live out our lives. And… (more…)


September 20, 2015 “Explore God…Does Life Have a Purpose?”

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Today we’re beginning a series entitled “Explore God.” Each week we will answer a different question that people everywhere ask at some time or the other: Does Life Have a Purpose? Is There a God? Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering? Is Christianity Too Narrow? Is Jesus Really God? Is the Bible Reliable? Can I Know God Personally? (more…)


September 13, 2015 “Re:Vision”

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

On my recent trip to India our team rode the train on a long journey out to a city where we would be ministering. On our return trip we were on a overnight sleeper train. Unlike trains or subways here in the US, on Indian trains it’s hard to know where you are at any given time. There’s no announcement by the conductor that we are pulling into a particular station. You just have to look out of the window and hope to catch a glimpse of a sign identifying the station where you’re stopping. At night that is virtually impossible. So, on this trip I turned on the GPS on my phone to find out exactly where we were on the journey so I would know when we arrived. And sure enough, on the other side of the world Apple Maps found us. There was that little blue dot showing me exactly where we were on the journey.

We need that kind of orientation in life as persons, as families and as a church. Where are we on the journey God has for us as a church? Let’s open our Bibles to Numbers 13. In the Bible we see God has His people on a journey, and He’s always with His people. Every church has a past and a future along this journey. And it’s important from time to time to pull out God’s GPS to ask Him to show us where we are on the journey. Where have we been? Where are we going? How will we get there? (more…)


August 30, 2015 “Unstoppable…All Things Possible”

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” My desire today is to open up the Scriptures in a way that your faith in God will be increased … that you will see that all things are possible with God. I want you to see that there is hope for your broken marriage … hope for your bleak financial situation … hope in the face of a devastating illness … hope that with God all things are possible. (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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