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January 24, 2016 “The Mission…Follow Christ”

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

What did God have in mind for us when He sent His Son to this earth to die for our sins and to be raised from the dead? What did God envision when He saved you and you were born again and indwelt by the Holy Spirit? Did He envision making you just a good church-goer? Did He envision you just getting a little more religious and just doing your best to be a better person? Did He envision you just being able to answer when people ask you, “Yes, I’m a Christian.” Or was it something far more than that? (more…)


January 17, 2016 “The Mission…Know Christ”

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Why are we still here? Why doesn’t God just take us to heaven once we’re saved? Stop to think about what is it that we can do here on earth as God’s people that we will not be able to do in heaven with greater joy and intensity? Worship? We will worship in heaven like we can never imagine here. Study our Bibles? We will be in the unceasing presence of the personal, living Word, Jesus Christ. Pray? Every second of eternity in heaven we will commune with God face-to-face. Fellowship with other believers? In heaven we will have rich fellowship more than we could ever imagine here on earth. So why are we still here? What is it that we can do here now that we will not be able to do there then? The answer: Proclaim the Gospel to lost people who need to know Jesus Christ. There will be no lost people in heaven; it is for the redeemed. God has left us in this world so that we might carry on the mission of Jesus to glorify God by proclaiming the Gospel to non-believers. That’s why we’re still here. He is our mission. His mission is ours. (more…)


January 10, 2016 “Jesus and Our Failures”

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Three weeks ago at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, the host was comedian Steve Harvey. At the climactic moment when the winner was to be announced Steve Harvey made a mistake. Instead of reading off of the card the name of the true winner, he read the name of Miss Columbia, the first runner up. She walked to the center stage to have the crown placed upon her head when Steve Harvey realized he had made a mistake. He said, “I have to apologize…” and he went on to announce that the true winner was actually Miss Philippines. It was an incredibly embarrassing moment for Steve Harvey. He failed on prime time television. And people will be replaying his mistake over and over again for years to come. Open your Bibles to John 21. Steve Harvey goofed up on prime time TV. But he’s not the first. The main man that Jesus chose to lead His followers and His church was a man who also messed up in prime time. I want us to read about an episode in Peter’s life at the very end of the John’s Gospel. (more…)


December 20, 2015 “Making a List…Checking It Twice”

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

One of the songs you hear over and over again this time of the year is Gene Autrey’s old song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” You know the lyrics: “You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout. I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town…And so many people think about their relationship with God the way children think about Santa. (more…)


December 13, 2015 “God Delivers”

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Now let’s open our Bibles to Psalm 132. In the birth of Jesus God was delivering …making good … on a promise He made long before. I want us to come away from our time in God’s Word this morning with the firm conviction that God always, always delivers on His promises. We’re studying a section of the book of Psalms known as the Psalms of Ascent, in Psalms 120-134. These fifteen psalms were sung by the OT people of God as they traveled up to Jerusalem for the three main festivals or holy days. And these psalms are helping us worship our way through the holidays so they can be holy days for us as God’s people. (more…)


December 06, 2015 “The Address of Peace”

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Open your Bibles once again to Psalm 122. Yesterday I was putting up my outside Christmas lights and I had Pandora playing Christmas songs on my phone. There are songs that I have been hearing at Christmas since I was a boy. Most of them have absolutely no redeeming value at all, but it’s fun to listen and remember. Well the OT people of God had songs that they sang during their holidays or holy days. As they travelled to Jerusalem for one of the three big festivals or holy days of worship they sang songs. We have them collected in Psalm 120-134. They are called Psalms of Ascent because they were ascending up to Jerusalem, but they were also ascending spiritually as they prepared to worship. These psalms are helping us worship our way through the holidays. (more…)


November 29, 2015 “Spreading Joy”

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Open your Bibles to Psalm 126. I’m preaching a series on a collection of the psalms called the Psalms of Ascent, Psalm 120-134. After the TCU/Baylor game this weekend and the fierce rivalry between those schools I was tempted to preach from Psalm 133 that begins by saying, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity.” But I’m sure all the competitive feelings have drained away and you all gave each other a big hug when you came to church today, so I’ll stick to Psalm 126. (more…)


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…)

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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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