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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stepping Over Into a New Opportunity

End of Year Thanksgiving
Stepping Over Into a New Opportunity

Memory Verse:
Psalm 105:37 (NKJV) He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.

TEXT: Exodus 12:1–2; Psalm 105:37

Psalm 105:37

1.    Relinquish the Thoughts and Memories of the Past  Sufferings
Philippians 3:13–14; Galatians 5:1; Ecclesiastes 10:1

2.    Operate According to the Dictates of the new Paradigm
2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:6–11; John 8:36; Hebrews 12:1

3.    Actualize the Benefits of the New Opportunity
Psalm 105:37; Exodus 12:35–36; Exodus 2:23–24; Daniel 11:32; Revelation 21:4

4.    Have a fresh start.
Genesis 9:1–4; 1:28; 1:26; Psalm 51:10

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Benefits of an Enduring Life in the Spirit

Advent Series: Jesus Has Come
The Benefits of an Enduring Life in the Spirit

Memory Verse: Luke 2:30 (NKJV) For my eyes have seen Your salvation.

TEXT:  Luke 2:25-32

Introduction: Isaiah 40:31; Luke 2:25–26;1 Thessalonians 1:10

1.   The Prompting of the Holy Spirit
 Luke 2:25, 29, 30–32;  Acts 2:4, 31

2.   The Spirit-Driven Performance
Luke 2:26; Galatians 5:16

3.   The Piloting of the Holy Spirit
Luke 2:27; Romans 8:14,16; Galatians 5:7

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Advent Series: Jesus Has Come


Memory Verse: Luke 2:14 (NKJV) “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Text: Luke 2:8-20

Introduction: 1 Corinthians 1:26–29

1. Our Praise of God must be done Radiantly

Luke 2:13–14

2. Our Praise of God must be done Pleasantly

Luke 2:1; Cf. Psalm 126:1–3

3. Our Praise of the Lord must be done Remarkably

Luke 2:20


Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Breakthrough Blessing

Advent Series: Jesus Has Come
A Breakthrough Blessing

Memory Verse: Luke 1:68 (NKJV) “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people,

Text: Luke 1:67–80

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thanksgiving Series
Thanksgiving Propels a Release of Blessings

Memory verse: Psalm 107:1 (NKJV) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Text: Psalm 100

1.     The Mandate—The Bible directs us to be thankful.
Psalm 100:4; Colossians 3:15;1 Thessalonians 5:18; Psalm 115:3; Psalm 103:19; Romans 8:28; Psalm 139:14; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Psalm 118:24

 “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”-- Westminster Shorter Catechism

God has given you a gift of life and what you do with that life is a gift to God”—Anonymous  

2.     The Manifestation—Thanksgiving is a byproduct of the infilling of the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 5:18–19

ILLUSTARTION: Cyprian’s Thanksgiving
 “I heartily thank Almighty God who is pleased to set me free from the chains of the body.”

3.     The Means--Thankfulness is a Catalyst to Answered Prayers.
Philippians 4:6; Psalm 34:1

   To swear is wicked because it is taking God’s name in vain. To murmur is likewise wicked for it takes God’s promises in vain.
•   When in deep water, it’s a good idea to keep your mouth shut.
—St. Louis Labor Tribune

4.     The Miracle--Thanksgiving Activates a Miraculous Breakthrough in your life
Jonah 2:9–10

"It isn't life that matters but the courage you bring to it."

"Blessed be all sorrow, hardships
and endurance that demand courage. Blessed be these things: for of
these things cometh the making of a man."” From Hugh Walpole's novel, Fortitude

5.     The Merit--Thanksgiving Perfects Your Breakthrough
Luke 17:15–19; Jude 14–16; Philippians 2:14

I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet. Arab proverb

A Compelling Praise

Advent Series: Jesus Has Come

A Compelling Praise

 Memory Verse: Luke 1:46–47 (NKJV)… “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

 Text: Luke 1:46–55

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Propels a Release of Blessings

Thanksgiving Series
Thanksgiving Propels a Release of Blessings

Memory verse: Psalm 107:1 (NKJV) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Text: Psalm 100

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

“One-Minute Praising”

Thanksgiving Series
“One-Minute Praising”
Memory Verse: Psalm 103:2 (NIV) Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits

Text: Psalm 103:1–5 (NKJV)
1     Bless the Lord, O my soul;
      And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2     Bless the Lord, O my soul,
      And forget not all His benefits:
3     Who forgives all your iniquities,
      Who heals all your diseases,
4     Who redeems your life from destruction,
      Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5     Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
      So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

When the Going Gets Tough

Help for Hard Times

When the Going Gets Tough

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Surmounting the Insurmountable

Help for Hard Times
Surmounting the Insurmountable
Memory VERSE: Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV) 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

Text: Joshua 3:1–17

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Biblical Principles for Christian Voters

Pulpit Freedom Sunday
Biblical Principles for Christian Citizens
© Dr. John Ojewole, 2012
Agape Bible Fellowship, Bay Point, CA 94565
Exodus 18:21 (NKJV) 21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 

Introduction:  Matthew 5:13–14 ; 22:21 Proverbs 29:2

Sunday, October 21, 2012

When Things Look Like They’re Falling Apart

series: Help for Hard Times

When Things Look Like They’re Falling Apart

MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 125:1 (NKJV) Those who trust in the Lord, Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

Text: Acts 27:1-44

Acts 27:10; 2 Corinthians 11:25; Isaiah 28:16

Monday, October 15, 2012

When You Feel Like Giving Up

Help for Hard Times

When You Feel Like Giving Up

MEMORY VERSE: Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

TEXT: Nehemiah 4:1–20

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Overcoming Life’s Battles

Series: Help for Hard Times

Overcoming Life’s Battles

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV) 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-23

Introduction:Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:4

1.      Know the Root of Your problem
2 Chronicles 20:1–3; 2 Timothy 1:7

2.      Present your Concerns to the Lord

2 Chronicles 20:3–12

ILLUSTRATION: They Were On Side Of God

3.      Focus Your attention on God

2 Chronicles 20:12; Hebrews 12:2

4.      Release Your Concerns into God’s Hands

2 Chronicles 20:15–17; Psalm 46:10; 1 Peter 5:7;  Ephesians 6:13

5.      Praise God for what He is yet to do

2 Chronicles 20:18–23; 1 Corinthians 15:57

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Series: Help for Hard Times

Why Me?

Memory Verse: Romans 8:28 (NKJV) 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Text: Genesis 50:15-21

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Helpful Safeguards for Christians in Today’s World

Jude: Contending for the Faith

Helpful Safeguards for Christians in Today’s World

© John Ojewole, 2012

Memory Verse: Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Read Jude 17-25

Monday, September 10, 2012

Understanding Common Pointers of Doctrinal Deficiency

Jude: Contending for the Faith

Understanding Common Pointers of  Doctrinal Deficiency

© John Ojewole, 2012

Memory Verse: Matthew 7:16 (NKJV) 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Read Jude 8-16

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Don’t Trash This Treasure

Jude: Contending for the Faith

Don’t Trash This Treasure

John Ojewole, 2012

Sermon preached on August 26, 2012

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NKJV) 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Read Jude 1-7

Monday, August 20, 2012

Support by the Holy Spirit

Strength for the Journey
Support by the Holy Spirit
August 12, 2012
Memory Verse: John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.


John 14:15–31; John 16:5–15 

What God Wants of Me

What God Wants of Me

Memory Verse: Romans 12:1 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Text: Isaiah 6:1-9

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sustenance Through Supplication

Strength for the Journey
Sustenance Through Supplication

Memory Verse: Isaiah 65:24 (NKJV) “It shall come to pass
That before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will hear.

Text: Psalm 20

Monday, July 30, 2012

Strength from Scriptures

Series: Strength for the Journey
Strength from Scriptures
Dr. John Ojewole ©2012
Memory Verse:
Psalm 119:28 (NKJV) My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.

Text: Joshua 1:5-8; Matthew 7:24-27

Introduction: Psalm 23:1–4; John 16:33

Sunday, July 22, 2012

When You Seem to be Unsatisfied with What You’ve Got

Hijacked: What’s Taking You Captive?

When You Seem to be Unsatisfied with What You’ve Got

Memory Verse: James 1:13–15 (NKJV) 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Text: 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27; 12:1-13

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What to do When You Cannot Undo the Done

Hijacked: What’s holding you captive?
What to do When You Cannot Undo the Done

Memory verse: Philippians 3:13 (NKJV) 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

Text: Matthew 26:30–35; 69-75

Sunday, July 8, 2012

When A Nation Turns Its Back on God

When A Nation Turns Its Back on God

Memory Verse: Isaiah 1:3 (NIV)
The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”

Text: 2 Chronicles 33:1–25; Romans 1:18-32.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

When You Can’t Find Something Nice to Say

HIJACKED: What’s Holding You Captive

When You Can’t Find Something Nice to Say

Memory Verse: Matthew 7:1–2 (NKJV) “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Breaking free from the Bondage of Bitterness

HIJACKED: What's Holding You Captive?
Breaking free from the Bondage of Bitterness
Memory verse: Ephesians 4:31–32 (NKJV) 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Text: Ephesians 4:30-5:2

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Happy Fathers Day

Memory Verse: 
Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 

Introduction:  1 Corinthians 9:24

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Hijacked: What’s holding you captive?

Memory Verse: Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Text: Matthew 6:25–34 (NIV)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to Beat a Lie Detector

Hijacked: What’s Holding You Captive?

How to Beat a Lie Detector

Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:25 (NKJV) 25 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

Text: Ephesians 4:17-25

Sunday, May 27, 2012


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When You Constantly Lose Your Cool

Series: Hijacked: What’s holding you captive?
When You Constantly Lose Your Cool 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:26–27 (NIV) 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Watchmen on the Wall & Prayer Walk to Strategic Points in Washington DC

Watchmen on the Wall & Prayer Walk to Strategic Points in Washington DC

It’s been a very long day that is filled with enormous and impacting spiritual activities. The day started with an hour of Prayer for the nation and for pastors from 6am to 7:00am. There were many guest speakers today. Two of them stood out because they are well known names in evangelical circle. I will share about some of their speeches before the end of this blog.

Some of the programs planned for today include a meetings and prayers with our state congressional officials. As it happened, our California Congressional officials did not respond to our request to meet with and pray with them. I suspected that this could be because it coincided with the visit of President Obama to California. Another program that was planned for the day was prayer walk around the strategic points of Washington DC. I was a part of a group that went on the prayer walk to the area of the Whitehouse, ACLU headquarters, Planned Parenthood headquarter, Treasury Department, FBI headquarters and National Museum. One remarkable thing in this prayer walk is the unity by which we prayed for the president, the elected officials, and the nation in general. The focus was not on painting one party as saints while the other is of the devil. That is remarkable. It is an inspiring exercise as we also sang some historical national songs like Battle Hymn of the Republic and the like.
As indicated earlier, two noted speakers spoke, in addition to a host of others like, Dr. Johnny Hunt, Ken Ham, Dr. Kenyn Cureton.

Dr. David Jeremiah who spoke on the Biblical Perspective of the America’s Debt shared talked about 4 things that we could as Christians during this time of financial crisis. Here are his suggestions:
1. Keep your head in the game. 1 Thessalonians 5:6; Romans 13:1; 1 chronicles 12:32; Matthew 16:3.

2. Keep your house in order.
Take a personal inventory. Minimize your indebtedness.
Cf. Crown ministry is very helpful with debt and financial education.

3. Keep your heart in your faith. Daniel 8:27; 11:32-33.
GOD can still do great things.

4. Keep your hope in GOD. Job 17:15, Jeremiah 17:7-8. Lamentation 3:21-26.
Nothing is too difficult for GOD.

Dr. Ravi Zacharias spoke on the topic: convincing your church to engage culture. He was a very powerful speaker. He captivated the audience throughout the time given to him. He used the story of Nehemiah to motivate pastors to action.  He said that when there was a need, Nehemiah rose up to the occasion. He gave us a few suggestions as follows:
1. Nehemiah felt the pathos for his people. You will never lighten any load until you feel the pressure in your own soul.

2. Nehemiah prioritized his mission in prayer. Eleven times in the book of Nehemiah, he fell on his knees to pray. He shared a popular quote of Chrysostom on prayer. I remember sharing the same quote in our church before.

3. Nehemiah got close to the situation. You cannot address the problem in a distance. We must understand that we are dealing with people and people have feelings and needs.

4. Nehemiah prepared for the task ahead.

5. He avoided the paralysis of pessimism and we should do the same.

6. Nehemiah built the build the wall in 52 days and returned to Persia.
In conclusion, we are advised to do what is bright and we will be able to help the people.

Before concluding this brief blog for today, I must say that we also had a great worship experience throughout the event. Charles Billingsley, worship leader for Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA led us in a rejuvenating and inspiring worship time.

We ended the day with an hour of night watch prayer for our nation. I am now getting tired and needs to go to be because we are starting out by 5.00am tomorrow morning. See some of the pictures and videos below: