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October 19, 2014 “A Most Unusual Day”

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Before I get started let me remind you that this Friday night is FXLive … a great family event with a life-changing message. We’ll have food trucks parked on our campus for you to enjoy with your family. But it’s also a great way to introduce your friends to our church. Stop by the CMC to pick up tickets for your family and your friends. Two weeks from today is Harvest Day, a very important day each year in the life of our church. In preparation, don’t just think about what you will give; ask God what you should give. If you think about what you should give you will ask, “What do I want to give or what can I afford to give?” But when you pray you ask God, “What do You want me to give?” So when you give what He shows you, you are stepping out on faith that God will meet your needs and the needs of our church.

Now open your Bibles to Acts 2. I’ve entitled this series “Unstoppable: Living in the Irrepressible Power of the Holy Spirit.” The book of Acts shows us where everything started for the church. We’re reading about our spiritual roots. It’s not just what God used to do; it’s what God still wants do through people who yield to the power of His Spirit. Read Acts 2:1-6. (more…)

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October 12, 2014 “A Pattern for Prayer”

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

ILLUSTRATION – Husbands and wives, what kind of relationship would you have if you were so busy all the time that you didn’t have time to just sit down to talk and listen to one another? What kind of relationship would you have if there was some offense between the two of you where you don’t even want to talk to each other? Dads and moms, what kind of relationship would you have with your kids if you hurried through the day of getting ready for work and school, rushing through an evening meal, consumed with homework, but you never had time to just listen to and talk to your kids … where you actually felt like you know what was going on in their little lives? Relationships are built on communication … talking, listening, and sharing your hearts with one another. And the same thing is true in our relationship with God. And prayer is the essential to building our relationship with God.

Open your Bibles to Acts 1:14. The first followers of Jesus were people of prayer. And we saw last week that that enabled them to position themselves to receive the power that Jesus promised to give by the Holy Spirit. They prayed alone and they prayed when they were together. Read Acts 1:14. (more…)

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October 5, 2015 “Our Unstoppable Mission”

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

VIDEO ILLUSTRATION – Last year for my birthday Nan gave me a gift that I finally got to enjoy a couple of weekends ago. I got to go out to Texas Motor Speedway and climb in a NASCAR race car with a 700hp engine under the hood and take that little car for a ride. Here’s a video of part of my ride. Now to be perfectly truthful, I wasn’t driving. A professional driver named Randy was actually at the wheel. I would have crashed in the first turn. No, I suited up, squeezed through the window on the passenger side, put on my helmet, buckled my safety harness and went on the ride of my life.

It must have felt that way for the first followers of Jesus. For three years they had been on the ride of their lives with Jesus, hearing Him teach, watching Him perform miracles, feeling His love. Then Jesus died and it appeared that the ride was over. But then Jesus surprised them on that first Easter morning when He rose again. And for forty days Jesus spent precious time with the disciples preparing them for a great assignment He had for them. (more…)

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September 28, 2014 “Our Unstoppable God”

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Open your Bibles to Acts 1. Before I begin I want to remind you that next Sunday is our One Day. Because our Sunday schedule has us worshipping in different venues, we need to all come together at times. Next Sunday we’ll share together in the Lord’s Supper and baptisms, and I will have a very important challenge to our church about our future.

I’m starting a new series from the book of Acts entitled, “Unstoppable … Living in the Irrepressible Power of God’s Spirit.”  I don’t know about you but I am faced with circumstances every day that remind me how weak I am and how much I need God’s power in my life.  Whether it’s living a life that glorifies God, or being a man of holiness, or being a godly husband, or being an effective witness, or wisely leading our church, without the power of God’s Spirit on my life, I fail miserably.  On the other hand, the more I know of God, the more I see what an awesomely powerful God He is.  He’s so powerful that He never fails to accomplish what He intends to do.  So the secret is to somehow get my weak life plugged into Him.

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September 14, 2014 “Believe and Live” Pt.2

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Before I get started today I want to share some sad news with you. This week we have received word that two of our staff members will be moving from our church. Our children’s minister, Scott Eudaley, and our contemporary worship leader, Jared Longoria, have both indicated that they will moving on to other opportunities of service. We’re saddened by this, but are grateful for their service to the Lord in our church and want to be a blessing to them as they go on their way. Next Sunday afternoon we will have a time to say goodbye to the Eudaleys and the Longorias from 5-6pm in the West Building. Pray.

Today I’m concluding the series of messages I’ve been preaching on the miracles of Jesus. There are seven of them that John specifically includes in his Gospel. He calls them “miraculous signs” because they point us to who Jesus was and what He came to do. In fact, at the end of his gospel record John said this:

John 20:31 – But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (more…)

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September 7, 2014 “Believe and Live” Pt.1

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

You’ll be hearing more about this later in the service but I want to encourage you to come back this evening at 5:30 to share in our Celebrate the Mission experience. We’ve had 165 of our members go out on short-term partnership missions so far this year. You have prayed for these teams, given generously to the Wings scholarship fund and we’d like for you to rejoice in the amazing things God did this summer through our teams. So please join us.

ILLUSTRATION – Yesterday Nan and I were at the hospital visiting with Matt and Bethany Lee. Doctors had discovered a benign tumor on the brain of their little baby Chara and this week the doctors performed a very serious procedure on little Chara’s brain. Matt and Bethany are strong in their faith but they still have questions. They know that somehow God is going to use this for His glory, but how? Chara won’t remember anything about this, but Matt and Bethany will certainly look back and see the faithfulness of God and give Him glory. Perhaps it will be as their family and friends trust God for Chara’s healing and give Him glory for that. Or perhaps the doctors and nurses will see the Lee’s confidence in God and somehow come to give Him glory. (more…)

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August 31, 2014 “Why Suffering?”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

INTRODUCTION

At the end of the service you’ll be hearing more details about a couple of new Wednesday night studies we’re offering. Dr. David Downey will teach a rich, verse-by-verse study in Ephesians. Karen Sanders, Chad Brantley and I will be leading a video driven series on Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas. This is one of the most biblical and practical approaches to parenting I’ve ever seen. There’s support with our Family Dinner and full age-graded programming for children on Wednesday nights. I encourage you take advantage of these opportunities for growth.

Open your Bibles to John 9. The most intense concentration of miraculous, supernatural activity in the history of the world came in the three years of Jesus’ public ministry. It marked the entrance of the Kingdom of God in the person of the Messiah Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John records seven of these miracles that are called “miraculous signs” because they point to who Jesus is and what He came to do. The miracle we’re looking at today takes up all of John 9, and rather than my reading the text this morning I want you to hear it from a scene from the movie “The Gospel of John,” that depicts John 9:1-12. (more…)

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August 24, 2014 “Jesus and Our Storms”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Open your Bibles this morning to John 6:16. There are seven of Jesus’ miracles that John records in his Gospel account. John includes these miracles because he wants to drive home a point. They are called “miraculous signs” because they point to something … the power of Jesus which is unleashed when we believe. So we come to the fifth of these miracles here in John 6:16-21. Follow along as I read.

PHOTO – ILLUSTRATION – Some of you may remember from several years ago a movie entitled “The Perfect Storm.” It’s based on the true story of a massive storm that hit off the coast of New England. The storm was actually a convergence of at least two storms that created a powerful force of nature that did incredible damage and sank several fishing boats at sea. One of those boats was the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat with six men on board who all perished in the storm. It was a riveting story and since then the phrase “perfect storm” has become part of our vocabulary. A “perfect storm” is a situation that is made worse by a rare combination of different circumstances. It’s like getting a call that your child has broken their arm at school, and when you go out to get your car you have a flat tire. (more…)

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August 17, 2014 “When You’re In Over Your Head”

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Let’s open our Bibles to John 6:5. As you’re turning I want to encourage you to be part of our Leadership Summit this evening. If you serve in any capacity in our SMBS ministry this is vital equipping for you. We also have need for people who will volunteer to help teach our boys and girls in preschool and children’s SMBS. You can come this evening and find out more about how you can get involved. The details are in your worship guide today.

This summer we’re studying some of the miracles of Jesus and the one we’re looking at today may be the most familiar of all of Jesus’ miracles … the Feeding of the Five Thousand. It’s found in all four of the Gospels, so it’s a big deal. Read John 6:5-15. (more…)

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August 10, 2014 “Our Lord’s Heart for Hurting People”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Take out your copy of the Scriptures. If you don’t have one we have them available as you walk in or in the pew rack. Read John 5:1-9. Pray.

ILLUSTRATION – In Bethesda, Maryland is one of the most important hospitals in the US … Bethesda Naval Hospital, otherwise known as Walter Reed Medical Center. It’s one of the most prominent hospitals in the US because when our nation’s presidents are in need of surgery they most often are admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital. It is to this hospital that many of our military men and women who are wounded in combat are brought for treatment of the trauma of battle. And during those times of war the President of the US will often visit the wards in Bethesda where the soldiers are being treated. (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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