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April 13, 2014 “Our Resurrection”

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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ILLUSTRATION – When you go to a movie and watch the previews of coming movies they take the best parts of the movie and put them in what is called the trailer. There may be three outrageously funny clips in the trailer, and you think it’s going to be a really funny movie. But when you watch the movie those were the only three funny places in the whole movie. There may be three really great action scenes in the trailer, and you think this is going to be great, and that’s all there was … three action scenes. The rest of the movie was rotten. In other words, the movie is rarely as good as the preview. Well, that’s not true when it comes to what we know from the Bible about heaven. What the Bible gives us today as a preview is really just that a preview. You cannot in your wildest imagination picture what the real thing is going to be like. (more…)

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April 6, 2014 “Sixty Seconds After You Die”

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

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ILLUSTRATION – This past week Vietnam War veteran Commander Jeremiah Denton died. Commander Denton was a captured and tortured as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese. They wanted to use Commander Denton in their propaganda by interviewing him in a television broadcast that was sent around the world. His captors tried to get him to falsely confess that American forces were involved in certain war crimes. Commander Denton refused to cooperate. What he did do was to send a signal to the rest of the world. On camera, pretending to be blinded by the spotlights, he began blinking in what seemed to be random spasms. What he was doing was blinking out a message with his eyes, in the old Morse Code, a one-word message … “T-O-R-T-U-R-E.” It was the first confirmation that American prisoners of war were being subjected to atrocities during the Vietnam War. (more…)

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March 30, 2014 “That Place Called Heaven”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Before I get started this morning I want to remind you that this series on heaven is taking us through Easter. We have a great Easter planned as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Additionally we have a guest with us that day with a testimony of the power of the Cross and the resurrection. Brooks Douglass is a former state senator in Oklahoma who has produced a feature-length film entitled “Heaven’s Rain.” It’s the story of the tragic murder of his parents and the power Christ gave him to forgive those who hurt his family. Please bring friends and family with you. It’s a life-changing message. (more…)

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March 23, 2014 “A Heart for Heaven”

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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ILLUSTRATION – When I was a ten-year-old boy my dad was notified that we were being transferred to England to live for three years. At that point in my life I had hardly ever been outside the state of Texas, much less outside the US and across a vast ocean. I was a bit nervous about the fact that I had never flown on an airplane, and that was to be the way we would travel to our new home. So my mom took my sister and me to the library where we checked out books on Great Britain. My sister and I sat in the floor and looked at pictures of the place where we were going to live for the next three years. I read about the different customs of the British people, and I looked at photos of the historic places that I thought I would never see with my own eyes. So the day came and I got on the plane and flew across the Atlantic Ocean to a country I’d never been to before.

Well one day we as believers will die and we’ll make a tremendous journey to fantastic place called heaven. And God’s Word tells us all we need to know about the place we are going and how we’ll get there. So why wouldn’t we want to do learn everything we could learn about that place where we will spend, not three years, not three decades, but eternity? (more…)

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March 16, 2013 “A Vision for the Nations”

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

ILLUSTRATION – Fifty years ago last week an event occurred in New York City that most of us never knew happened, and yet if affects our lives today. On March 13, 1964 Kitty Genovese got off work at about 3am, drove home, parked her car and walked toward her apartment door. Immediately she was met by a suspicious man. She turned to run, but the attacker caught up with her and stabbed her. Kitty screamed for help, and one neighbor heard her and yelled for the attacker to stop. He stopped the attack momentarily, but then returned to attack a second and third time. It wasn’t until about a half-hour later that the police were finally called. As it turned out 37 people witnessed the murder of Kitty Genovese and didn’t call the police. The event shocked New York City. The question was asked, “What’s wrong with our city that 37 people could watch a murder and not do something to stop it?” The attack, and the investigation after it, caused psychologists and sociologists to coin a phrase called the “Genovese Syndrome,” a term that describes the phenomenon that people are less likely to take responsibility for an action or inaction when others are present. The theory is that people assume that someone else is responsible for taking action, or that someone else has already done so. (more…)

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March 10, 2014 “Table Manners”

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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Before I get started this morning I want to tell you about a new sermon series that I will begin two weeks from today and that will climax with our Easter celebration. The new series is entitled “Heaven … Really?” There’s a new movie coming out in a few weeks called “Is Heaven for Real?” and it’s about a little boy who supposedly died and went to heaven. He came back and told his parents the things that he saw. People are obviously very interested in heaven, and the thankfully God’s Word tells us everything we need to know about heaven … more than any human can ever tell us. We’ll have a special guest with us on Easter that will bring the series to a climax. His name is Brooks Douglass who produced and starred in a powerful movie called “Heaven’s Rain.” So begin now inviting your friends. We’ll have a great time together studying what the Bible says about the place the place we were made for. (more…)

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February 23, 2014 “One in Christ”

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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It’s been an awesome weekend of ministry and witness for our church. Thursday night we had the Call of the Wild men’s ministry dinner. We had 450 guys come; 26 who indicated they had prayed to receive Christ. Koinonia Class delivered 70 bookcases they built to 3rd graders at Clarke Elementary to decorate with their family. Each child also received a Bible. This is the 3rd year the Koinonia Class has done this project totaling 215 bookcases and Bibles. This morning at 5:30am we had the worship service at the Will Rogers Exhibit Hall prior to the start of the Cowtown Marathon/Half-Marathon. We had about 300 show up. These events of service involve scores of our members. We really are better together. (more…)

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February 16, 2014 “Worshipping Well”

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

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Let’s open our Bibles to Hebrews 13:15-16. Now we’re talking these days about “Holy Habits.” As we train ourselves for godliness, one of the ways we do that is to build into our lives the habit of worshipping God regularly. Read text.

Our Blueprint for Spiritual Formation reminds us of what we know from Scripture: PASSIONATE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST … GLORIFY GOD IN WORSHIP. (more…)

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February 9, 2014 “Fueled by Faith”

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

I’m in a series of messages starting this new year talking about “Holy Habits.” The Bible says to train ourselves for godliness in order that we might enter into the life God envisions for us as followers of Jesus. These habits are reflected in our Blueprint for Spiritual Formation. We exist to join God in developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ. Now we learn from Scripture that …

PASSIONATE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS ARE IN THE HABIT OF …
• LEARNING AND APPLYING THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD
• OBEYING GOD AND DENYING SELF
• SERVING GOD AND OTHERS
• SHARING JESUS CHRIST WITH OTHERS (more…)

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February 2, 2014 “Piercing the Darkness”

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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Let’s open our Bibles this morning to Philippians 2:14-16. My series is entitled “Holy Habits” and we’re talking about the attributes of passionate followers of Jesus Christ. Our church’s mission, along with every other NT church, is to make disciples. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” So to make disciples we have to go with the Gospel. And that is one of our priorities this year. To go to as many places as we can possibly go to share the Gospel with as many people as we possibly can. For some of us that will mean we will go with the Gospel to other places in the US and around the world one the many short-term mission trips we have planned. And for all us it should mean going with the Gospel by inviting our non-believing friends and loved ones to events like the men’s Call of the Wild Dinner, or the Ladies Retreat, both coming up this month. God’s Word teaches us that this is to what we are to be about. Now follow along as I read our text.

We live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ in what Paul calls here in v.15 “a crooked and depraved generation.”  If that was true 2000 years ago, it is certainly true now.   (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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