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June 15, 2014 “Where’s Your Happy Place?”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


Happy Father’s Day! Men, I’m grateful to the Lord that you are here today. If you are a husband or a dad, having your family in church with you is so important in living and leaving a legacy. And for the ladies, Father’s Day is also known as “National Elbow Your Husband in the Ribs During the Sermon Day.” Hopefully that won’t be the case today, but rather that the Holy Spirit might elbow all of us in the ribs today. And when He does that He often uses the Word of God. So let’s open our Bibles to Esther 5.

If you’re just joining us today, the book of Esther is about a period in history, 400-500 years before Christ was born, when Jews living in the ancient Persian Empire woke up one day to the news that a law had been passed that they would all be killed. A young Jewish woman named Esther has become the queen of Persia, married to King Xerxes or Ahasuerus. Her father is a man named Mordecai who realizes that Esther, being confined in the palace, doesn’t have a clue what is about to happen. So he alerts her to the situation and tells her that if she doesn’t persuade the king to stop this, the consequences will be grave. So Esther tells Mordecai to gather all his friends together and have them fast. Then she will muster the courage to go to speak to the king. The first eight verses of Esther 5 tell us how she plans her approach to the king. This is important because you don’t just pop in for a chat with the king. So here’s what she does: Read Esther 5:1-8.

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May 12, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Worry”

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

There’s nothing more basic, more vital or more powerful in our relationship with God than prayer. The more we pray and the more effectively we pray, the deeper our relationship with God grows. But why is it that at times it feels so hard to get through to God? Why are there times when we feel like our prayers are not making it past the ceiling? Why is it that so often we try everything else before we think to ask God? Why is it that we can go for vast periods of time and not even breathing a word to God in prayer? Why is it when we try to pray that all kinds of distracting thoughts flood our minds, like we’re in a battle … a spiritual battle? God’s Word teaches how to pray through the barriers we face in life. We need to learn how to P.U.S.H. through those barriers … Pray Until Something Happens. (more…)


October 16, 2011 “No Turning Back”

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
  • 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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