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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

Robert Dean

Robert Dean

Role: Pastor

Dr. Robert L. Dean, Jr. is pastor of West Houston Bible Church in Houston, Texas.

Before coming to West Houston Bible Church, Dr. Dean was the Pastor of Preston City Bible Church in Preston, Connecticut. Prior to that he had served churches in both the Dallas and Houston, Texas areas and has over 35 years of pastoral experience.

Dr. Dean is a much sought after Bible teacher both in the United States and overseas. He serves on the adjunct faculty of Faith Evangelical Seminary and is the Chairman of the Governing Board for Chafer Theological Seminary.

Dr. Dean trained for the ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Th.M. in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies and later returned to pursue a Ph.D. in theological studies with an emphasis in Historical Theology. He also earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas (1987) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Seminary (2002). In 1988 he was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America, and in 1989 was listed in the Who's Who in American Christian Leadership.

His academic training in Greek, Hebrew, theology, philosophy, and history enables him to study the Bible in the original languages and show how these eternal truths are as vital today as always.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2023
Passage: Philippians 4:19
Duration: 16 mins 44 secs
Do you trust God to fully provide what you need for every situation in your life? Listen to this message to hear a promise in a memory verse that sounds like a blank check on God’s unlimited bank account. Understand that God defines our needs and will always sustain us.
Tue, Dec 19, 2023
Passage: Romans 5:18-19
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 18 secs

How did Abraham know about God? Listen to this message to learn there are two options. One is that creation reveals God. The other is that someone told him about God. Find out what the age of accountability is and how it involves the point of God consciousness. Recognize the difference between being declared righteous and being made righteous when we trust Christ.

During this message Dr. Dean mentioned his recent series on Abraham's 13 Tests to Glory.

Thu, Dec 21, 2023
Passage: Philippians 2:17-18
Duration: 55 mins 24 secs
Do you want a life filled with gladness and joy? Listen to this message to learn that joy comes when we serve the Lord in His way and not our own. See what Paul means when he says he is poured out as a drink offering and learn about the various non-sweet and sweet savory Levitical offerings. Be challenged to follow Paul’s example of being totally focused on Christ rather than fulfilling our own plans and accomplishments.
Sun, Dec 24, 2023
Passage: James 1:2-4
Duration: 15 mins 56 secs
Throughout our Christian life we suffer at times from tests and temptations. When we face these difficulties we are to hang in there and endure them with rejoicing because we know they are designed for our good, to mature us spiritually.
Sun, Dec 24, 2023
Passage: Luke 2:12
Duration: 53 mins 20 secs
How can we be certain that Jesus is the Savior that was promised? Listen to this message to learn about signs that the prophets foretold must be fulfilled by the coming Messiah. Hear details about eight of these signs beginning with the prophecy that His would be a virgin birth and where the birth would take place. Marvel at the amazing probability that Jesus fulfilled these and many more and trust in Him as your Savior.
Tue, Dec 26, 2023
Passage: James 2:21-24 & Romans 4
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 41 secs
The Bible says Abraham was a friend of God. What does that mean? Listen to this lesson to learn that before he believed in God he was God’s enemy. After he believed in God’s promise of a coming Savior, he had peace with God. Find out how he grew to spiritual maturity by being justified before those around him and his relationship with God deepened.
Thu, Dec 28, 2023
Passage: Philippians 2:19-24
Duration: 58 mins 12 secs
What lessons can we learn from Timothy’s life? Listen to this message to hear how the Apostle Paul uses him as an example of someone who humbly served the Lord. Find out about how Timothy was taught the Scriptures from early childhood, was well thought of as a young man, became a pastor, and traveled with Paul on several of his missionary journeys. Be challenged to see your life’s purpose as one of service to the Lord.
Sun, Dec 31, 2023
Passage: Ephesians 5:8-9
Duration: 56 mins 7 secs
Are you living your life like someone stumbling in the darkness or are you walking in the light? Listen to this message to learn that God is light and as His children, we are to walk in the light. Hear a number of principles describing God’s essence as light and that He reveals light through His Word. Find out that those who reject God’s truth are living in darkness.
Sun, Dec 31, 2023
Passage: Isaiah 41:10
Duration: 22 mins 38 secs
Are you a “nervous Nellie”, constantly anxious and worried about what is happening or what may happen? Memorize this verse today to realize God promises that He is always with us and strengthens us so we have nothing to fear.
Thu, Jan 04, 2024
Passage: Philippians 2:25-30
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 55 secs
Are you ready to hear about another example of someone who served the Lord in humility? Listen to this lesson about Epaphroditus, a Christian worker in the church at Philippi who was commissioned to bring an offering to Paul and to serve and assist him during his imprisonment in Rome. See three ways Paul identifies him and learn about how he almost died. Hear an in-depth study of healing that involves four frequently asked questions.