Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 2)

Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 2)

Don’t Let Your Children Hinder Your Marriage

While children are one of God’s greatest gifts, a subtle yet dangerous trap is for parental demands to hinder marital unity.  In every stage of parenting, the demands are significant.  The amount of care, attention, affection, time, and resources that the tiniest members of your family require can be stifling. If not careful, a blessing from the marriage will take priority over the marriage. After you have experienced the first sleepless night of parenting, your entire world changes.  To be…

Flood

After Adam and Eve’s eviction out of Eden, sin continued to run rampant while corrupting God’s good Creation. Through the flood, God made a statement very clearly in that He doesn’t play around with sin. Cain and Abel The first children of Creation reveal how sin is severely corrupting Mankind. The problem was not in the type of offering but the quality of the offering. Throughout the Old Testament, God warned about giving “leftovers.” Cain murdered his brother Abel who…

What Does the Bible Teach About Heaven?

What does the Bible teach about heaven? In his commentary on Mark, Danny Akin includes some great lists to help provide clarity. What Will Heaven Be Like? Heaven is being prepared by Christ Himself – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:3). Heaven is only for those who have been born again – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I…

7 Simple Steps for Scripture Memory

Scripture memory is a powerful catalyst for discipleship. Something happens when the Word becomes portable with you.  Your spiritual growth is exponential.  The discipline of mediating and memorizing Scripture turns God’s Word Bible from a book on a shelf to words on a heart. Meditating on it day and night (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2), we lay these words on our hearts (Deut. 11:18) and they become the joy and delight of our hearts (Jer. 15:16).  We store it in our…

Fall

After God’s good Creation, Mankind rebelled against their Creator.  With the first sin, history was forever altered and the plan for redemption began.   The Role of Satan Scripture gives insight into Satan’s fall in Isaiah 14:12-14 & Ezekiel 28:12-18. Satan is a fallen angel who desired to take God’s place. Satan comes in the form of a serpent which Man had dominion over. Throughout history, Satan’s recurring temptation is: “Are you sure God said…” The Strategy of Satan Satan…

“All We Have Left to Do Now Is Pray”

One reason God does not answer our prayers is that we offer faithless requests.  Sure we might pray to him but our faith in his ability to answer those prayers is tragically minimal. In fact, one of the most tragically inaccurate statements concerning prayer is used in churches regularly: “All we have left to do now is pray.” Can you imagine what that sounds like to the ears of God? God hears his very own children (1 John 3:1) whom he…

Creation

Untouched yet by Mankind, Creation was perfect in the beginning.  God displayed His goodness and purpose in what He created and how He created it. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). The Creator of Creation The names of God used in Scripture usually signify something unique is transpiring. El is the Hebrew name for God. Elohim is the plural name for God(s). The name used for who created the heavens and the earth is…

Are You Progressively Becoming More Like Jesus?

Christians love talking about the day when we met Jesus or when we will see Jesus, but what about every other day when we are supposed to become like Jesus? Let me give you 3 theological terms that you need to learn: Justification– the declaration of holiness Sanctification– the process of holiness Glorification– the completion of holiness Justification is the day you receive the gospel and God declares you not-guilty.  The charges have been put upon another.  The gavel drops…

The Story of the Bible

To understand the Old Testament fully, you need to understand it within the context of the entire Bible.  Here is a summary of the story of the Bible. Old Testament Sections Creation– God created the world out of nothing. Fall– Mankind rebelled against God. Flood– God punished sin. Covenant– God made a covenant with Abraham’s family. Placement– God placed Joseph and his family in Egypt. Exodus– God rescued the Israelites from bondage. Commandments– God gave commandments to His rescued people.…

Families Running Ragged

Psalm 127 is attributed to Solomon.  Known for his wisdom, this worship song is his reminder of the need for God to be central in every home.  It’s a reminder to all parents that children are indeed a gift hand-wrapped by God. Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have…

Old Testament Overview

The Old Testament is a foundational pillar of the Christian faith.  Unfortunately, it is often avoided due to its complex nature, extensive lists, and historical distance.  As believers, we are called to embrace the entirety of God’s Word for our sanctification. God’s Word teaches us regarding the importance of knowing the entire counsel of God: Joshua 1:8 Psalm 119:160 Acts 20:27 2 Tim. 2:15 2 Tim. 3:16-17 Why the Old Testament Is Important It displays the magnificent character of God.…

Introducing The 2nd Mile Podcast

I have started a podcast in 2019 entitled The 2nd Mile. While our church has a podcast that archives weekly sermons, I wanted a platform to equip others in their pursuit of Christ.  I have grown so much from listening to podcasts, and I want to take advantage of this platform and opportunity to speak some specific truth into willing ears. You can listen to the introductory episode below or read what it is about, or go ahead and subscribe…