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April 3, 2016 “Street Smarts”

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

On your way to work tomorrow you accidentally change lanes and cut someone off. You didn’t see them in your side mirror and as they honk at you they have to slam on their brakes. As you come to the next stop light you stop several feet short so you don’t have to look at the person you cut off. But they pull up right beside you with an angry glare on their face. He has rolled down his window and is giving you … a piece of his mind. Thankfully you have learned street smarts from…Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. So you roll down your window and you say, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. I hope you’re OK.” Or maybe you’re the one who was “cut off.” Someone makes an insensitive, cruel comment about you. You’re first instinct is to strike back, but you don’t because you have learned street smarts from…Proverbs 19:11 – A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (more…)

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March 27, 2016 “Risen…This Changes Everything”

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

The film “Risen” is the story of a Roman military tribune named Clavius who is under orders from Pontius Pilate to find the body of Jesus after His tomb was found empty on the first Easter Sunday. If they can’t produce the body of Jesus then it will substantiate the claims of Jesus that He would rise from the dead. Clavius thinks that the disciples of Jesus took His body and hid it somewhere, so he sets out to track them down and question them. In the movie there’s a scene where Clavius interrogates Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He wants to know where the disciples have hidden Jesus’ body. For someone like Clavius it’s simply unacceptable to think that a man who was confirmed to be dead and then to suddenly be fully alive is ridiculously impossible. Bartholomew agrees with him, and then he asks the question that stuns Clavius: “But what if it is true? That changes everything.” (more…)

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March 13, 2016 “Worship Unveiled…Worship God!”

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles to Revelation 19:1. In what is called the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” So we have a Father who is on the throne of heaven. There He is perfectly and appropriately revered and worshipped for who He is. So we should want His kingdom, His rule (perfectly displayed in heaven) to come to this earth. We should want His will as it is being perfectly carried out in heaven to be carried out here on earth. So the efforts to worship and hallow the name of God here on earth should mirror the way it is done in heaven. Thankfully we know what that heavenly worship looks like because God gave a vision to the Apostle John which we have recorded in the Revelation. (more…)

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March 6, 2016 “Worship Unveiled…Worship in Suffering”

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

I’m preaching this series called “WORSHIP UNVEILED.” The book of Revelation is filled with many truths, but the greatest of all is the glimpse we get of what is true about God and His throne in heaven, now and for eternity. You see, worship is going on now in heaven, and will be for eternity. Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven, “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So the worship that goes on in heaven, revealed in Revelation, should be the pattern for our worship here on earth. (more…)

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February 14, 2016 “Worship Unveiled…Worthy of Worship”

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Open your Bibles to Revelation 4. To prepare our hearts for this new day I am preaching a brief series from Revelation entitled “Worship Unveiled.” Typically when we read Revelation we are looking for what it has to say about prophecy and the future. But there’s also a tremendous amount said about worship. The word “worship” appears more often in Revelation than in any other book in the NT. The Apostle John is given visions of Christ that are intended to encourage believers who are suffering for their faith in Christ. And one of the most important things we need to know in difficult days is what is true about God … He is in control, church! Last week we saw how Christ revealed Himself to John personally, and the worship that exploded out of his heart. Here in Revelation 4 John has another vision: (more…)

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February 07, 2016 “Worship Unveiled…It’s Personal”

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Let’s open our Bibles to Revelation 1. Perhaps the most important preparation for a new day in the life of our church is heart preparation. So today I’m beginning a five-part series from Revelation entitled “Worship Unveiled … Timeless Worship in the Revelation.” Revelation is the unveiling of Jesus Christ. The book is about Jesus and how He is to be glorified in His people. The vision God has given us is worship that resembles the worship we will offer to God for eternity … a worship that encompasses every generation. (more…)

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January 31, 2016 “The Mission…Share Christ”

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Today I’m concluding a series entitled “THE MISSION … WHY WE’RE STILL HERE.” The reason God doesn’t take us on to heaven after we are saved is that there are others who need to know Jesus, and His mission for His church is to proclaim the Gospel. Through our Re:Vision process and the work of the SLT we have developed a MISSION STATEMENT that will hopefully keep us as a church riveted to what we’re supposed to be about. “We exist to know, follow and share Jesus Christ.” And so that the mission statement will become a reality in our church, not just a slogan or a motto, we are challenging everyone to pray this ONE PRAYER for ourselves and for our church: “Lord Jesus Christ, give me the hunger to know you intimately, the faith to follow you fully and the passion to share you fearlessly.” (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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