Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 3)

Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 3)

The Omniscience of God

How much does God know?  Is God’s understanding increasing as the centuries progress?  The attribute regarding God’s capacity for knowledge is foundationally important to how we approach Him. Incorrect Perception: The Undergraduate God As students begin their college careers, many are still unsure regarding their desired outcome.  Beginning with general electives, they begin to sort through new information and slowly narrow a focus in order to declare a major.  At the point of completion, most graduates are informed by graduate…

Don’t Go Broke This Christmas

Welcome to Christmas.  Tis the season to be broke. In the midst of the holiday pressures, I wanted to make sure that you don’t start the upcoming year in a bad, indebted way.  Here are some financial tips to survive the Christmas season: Make a Christmas budget. Here’s how we do it.  We establish how much money we have saved or can spend during the holidays.  We set a limit.  Before looking at our shopping list, we decide how much we…

Fleeing Youthful Lusts Isn’t Enough

Fleeing youthful lusts isn’t enough. I use to think it was. In college, I wanted to live a pure life, so I found some verses to memorize.  One verse I always heard people reference was 2 Tim. 2:22: “Now flee from youthful lusts…” And so I tried to do that.  Lust can mean a host of things.  While it is primarily used to describe a sexual craving, it also means “to feel a strong desire for something.” You can have a…

The Church’s Front Door

After working for a few days in Senegal, I asked our translator if he wanted to go to his church on Sunday.  The villages we were working in had no local church (yet), and I wanted our translator to have the opportunity to see his physical and spiritual family, while at the same time, I wanted our team to be a part of a church body in that country. He gladly accepted the change of plans, and we made preparations…

How Long Does It Take to Read Each Book of the Bible?

Bible intake is essential to Christian discipleship (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Josh. 1:8; Rom. 15:4; Heb. 4:12). If you don’t have a plan, you will find your Bible reading sporadic.  Don’t read the Bible like a yearbook (looking in the back for pages that apply to you) or a fortune cookie (hoping that the random passage will be God’s answer for you today).  The Bible has a beginning, middle, and end.  Each book has a logical train of thought.  God designed it that way.…

Jesus Is for Your Marriage

Jesus was never married, but he created marriage.  So, when he speaks on the issue, we should listen.  A group of jealous religious leaders were always in opposition to Jesus – seeking a way to expose him and trap him with his words.  They once asked him when it was lawful to divorce a spouse.  In that moment, Jesus unashamedly clarifies that people were created as either distinctly male or distinctly female, and God’s design from the beginning has always…

The Grace of God

The grace of God is foundational for our salvation and our sanctification.  Without the grace of God, we have no basis for a relationship with Him. Incorrect Perception: The Chutes and Ladders God Chutes and Ladders is a game that seeks to defeat your opponents by being the first to reach the top square of the board.  You move higher by climbing ladders when you perform good deeds, but you slide lower on the chutes when you break rules.  Any…

Can You Pray Too Long?

One of the main reasons people are intimidated to pray in public is due to a misunderstanding of prayer rhetoric.  While we claim to believe that all prayers are equal, we tend to establish a hierarchy of prayers due to the level of impressive, spiritual vocabulary utilized. Statements like these prove the point: “Man, that person sure knows how to pray.” “That prayer was really Spirit-filled.” “There’s no way I could pray like that!” While there can be some truths…

Prisoner of Your Own Appetite

I often hear people talk about how their lives are so full of pain and drama.  Sometimes those people can’t help – certain things have been done to them.  In other cases, it is the own person’s fault. Sometimes, we can’t blame God, the Devil, or other people for our situation – it’s our fault. I read this illustration years ago in Joshua Harris’ book, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is). Thomas Costain’s history, The Three Edwards, described the…

He Just Needed Jesus

Hear how Jesus is changing this family. Years of praying. A co-worker’s invitation. Jesus is still in the business of changing lives.  This is Dusty and Owen’s story of receiving the gospel.

The Immutability of God

In a world that is constantly changing, is there anything that remains consistent?  How are we to view God in a rapidly shifting world? Incorrect Perception: The Upgraded God We live in a world of constant updates and revisions.  The groundbreaking technological gadget is obsolete in mere months due to ever-changing upgrades.  What once seemed sufficient becomes obsolete quickly.  Books require revisions, software require updates, devices require enhancements, homes require renovations, and standards require revisions.  We live in a world…

7 Reasons Your Bible Reading Is Inconsistent

For many years, Christians have called time in the Word and prayer a quiet time. While Christians talk about the importance of a quiet time, it is rare to hear people articulate how someone trained them to do a quiet time. I don’t have a perfect recipe, and I am by far not a perfect example, but I do feel the responsibility to share what I have learned along the way (Col. 1:28-29).  If Scripture teaches us to train ourselves…