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July 10, 2016 “Jesus, Friend of Sick Sinners”

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Our mission is to “know, follow and share Jesus Christ.” If we truly know Him in a personal relationship we must follow Him as disciples. And if we are disciples we will share Him with others who do not have a relationship with Christ. Church, we are the Body of Christ. He lives in us and He lives through us. So our ministry as a church and as individual believers should resemble the life and ministry of Jesus. One thing we know about our Lord … He relentlessly pursued people who were far from God, even those who were just a hopeless mess. In fact, Jesus was known as “a friend of sinners.” That was welcomed news to people who thought that God really didn’t want to have anything to do with them. People who had messed up felt comfortable around Jesus because they knew He loved them unconditionally. He loved them as they were, but He refused to leave them as they were. That’s what a true friend does. (more…)


July 03, 2016 “Is America Finished with Jesus?”

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Open your Bibles to Mark 5 where we have the account of Jesus’ visit to a region that looks strangely like the United States of America today. You see, we may be discouraged when we look at the mess our nation has become. We may struggle to understand what Christ might be doing with a nation that is gripped by terror and by pervasive sexual immorality and the murder of a millions of babies through abortion. We may grieve as we watch our nation become more and more apathetic, if not outright hostile, toward Jesus and His church. We may despair at the options we have before us as we face a presidential election. (more…)


June 26, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Your Work”

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Today is the last of this series from Proverbs that I’ve called “Street Smarts.” We’re talking about wisdom we need to live in a way that glorifies God in our life in the streets. And our memory verse reminds us that this wisdom comes from God and we need to download it every day: Proverbs 2:6 – “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” This wisdom that comes from the mouth of God became flesh and blood in the person of Jesus Christ who came to show us what this wisdom looks like lived out in a human body, but more importantly to empower us to live this wisdom. We can’t do it in our own strength. (more…)


June 19, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Dads”

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles to Proverbs 20:7. We are living in a war zone. We have an enemy, Satan, whom Jesus said has come to steal, kill and destroy. We are surrounded by a sinful, confused culture, what Jesus called “the world,” that constantly tugs us in the wrong direction. And the reason that all this is a challenge to us is that our own selfish, sinful flesh is so vulnerable. For these reasons we need to continuously hear the wisdom of God to show us the way through the moral and spiritual fog in us and around us. God’s Word is all wisdom, but in parts of the Bible, like Proverbs, there is a concentration of wise sayings … what I have called “Street Smarts.” Proverbs says that this wisdom is crying out in the streets because we need wisdom in the streets of life where we live. One of the themes running throughout the book of Proverbs is the value of a wise father who imparts wisdom to his children. (more…)


June 12, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Purity”

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles today Proverbs 5. The better part of Proverbs 5-7 is devoted to “Street Smarts for Purity.” And this wisdom is needed more today than ever. We are living in an unprecedented sexual revolution in our day. We are far beyond the days when we were shocked by indecency, adultery and immorality. Internet pornography usage has skyrocketed, and now not just among men, but also among women. Ten years ago we would have never imagined not only that homosexual immorality would become commonplace, but that same-sex marriage would become the law of the land. Now the transgender issue is front-and-center in a national debate. Our nation is gripped in a sexual and moral insanity. The blatant message we are bombarded with is that a person can act on any impulses they have without any consequences. That’s why it’s so important that the Church hears the voice of God’s wisdom crying out above the moral insanity of our day. (more…)


June 05, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Your Words”

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The finals for the National Spelling Bee were held two weeks ago. It actually ended in a tie between eleven year old Nihar Janga of Texas and thirteen year old Jairam Hathwar of New York. Jairam’s final word in
the competition was “Feldenkrais,” referring to a system of body movements. CAN YOU SPELL THAT? Nihar correctly spelled “gesellschaft,” which refers to a type of social relationship. CAN YOU SPELL THAT? Well, it takes book smarts to know how to spell words correctly. It takes street smarts to know how to use words wisely. And that’s why the Bible has so much to say about our speech. Open your Bibles to Proverbs 10. We’re talking today about “Street Smarts for our Words.” As we talk about using our words wisely, we need to remember the righteousness and wisdom of God. (more…)


May 29, 2016 “Street Smarts…for a Legacy”

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

The book of Proverbs contains “Street Smarts” for living the life of wisdom and the life that honors God in every season of life. Today we’ll discover “Street Smarts … For Your Legacy.” This proverb talks about someone making a multi-generational impact … on their children and on their children’s children. Look at the verse again. (more…)


May 22, 2016 “Street Smarts…for the Heart”

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

It’s time for us to get into the Word. God has given us the book of Proverbs to show us the “Street Smarts” we need to live a life that honors God. Now open your Bibles to Proverbs 4. Proverbs is difficult to preach verse by verse from the first chapter to the last because it is arranged topically. Solomon may have composed and collected these proverbs to serve as the curriculum for the training of young leaders who would take their place in his vast royal administration. Students you will be wise to keep the book of Proverbs close throughout your life. As I read beginning in v.20 you will see that Solomon is conducting a body scan to make sure that every part of the student’s body is being used to honor God and live out His wisdom. It begins with the EARS. (more…)


May 15, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Children”

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Most of the Proverbs were composed by King Solomon. The Bible says that Solomon was perhaps the wisest man on the face of the earth in his time. Kings from the all the nations sent their wise men to learn from Solomon’s wisdom. But if you read Bible history you discover that Solomon didn’t always follow his own advice. Eventually his heart turned away from the Lord and he died a disillusioned man. But as our memory verse reminds us, true wisdom comes from the mouth of God and it was perfectly revealed in a human body in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said in…(more…)


May 8, 2016 “Street Smarts…for Moms”

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

I went to pick out a Mother’s Day card for Nan last week. There were others on the same mission. I noticed that some walked quickly through the Mother’s Day section, spied one card, took a quick glance at the front of the card and off they went to the checkout. Others spent a lot of time looking for just the right card … carefully reading, not just the message on the front, but also the one on the inside. After a lot of thought they made their selection. Which kind of card shopper are you? (more…)

  • 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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