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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

Monday, August 12, 2013



Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:5 (HCSB) It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God.”

 Text: Jeremiah 1:1-19

1.      The Assignment:

Jeremiah 1:1–3; 10–16; Cf. 2 Chronicles 34:1-33; 2 Timothy 4:3–4; Psalm 121:3–4


2.      The Apprehension:

Jeremiah 1:6; Exodus 4:10; Exodus 6:30; 2 Corinthians 3:5

 Excuses are tools of the incompetent, and those who specialize in them seldom go far.” As quoted by Rick Ezell


 He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” -- Ben Franklin



He who excuses himself, accuses himself.”-- Gabriel Meurier


The Hebrew term na’ar infancy to about forty five years of age.

“Culture dictated that young people listen but not speak in public affairs.” -- James E. Smith

 “God does not want us dwelling on our own incompetence. It belittles His design for us. It might sound humble in the sight of men, but it can be impertinence to the Creator.” -- John Guest and Lloyd J. Ogilvie


3.      The Affirmation:

Jeremiah 1:4–5;  Genesis 2:7; Psalm 139:14–15; Romans 8:29; Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 4:13


Hebrew yatsar  describes the process of shaping pottery.”



4.      The Assurance:

Jeremiah 1:7–10; Jeremiah 1:18–19; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 1:7; 2 Thessalonians 3:3

 “Enough of those excuses, young man. Stop those jargons. Get on the job. ‘cause you will go to whomever I send you, and you will only speak, whatever I told you to speak. That’s all, young man.”--John Ojewole’s vernacular paraphrase of verse 7.

 “God would prepare the prophet for his confrontation with a hostile audience. They would find this man to have a God-given fortitude and determined purpose. Before his adversaries he would appear to be as invincible as a fortified city, as indestructible as an iron pillar, and as impregnable as a bronze wall.” -- James E. Smith

 Jeremiah means God establishes.

5.      The Action: 

Jeremiah 1:11–17 Jeremiah 1:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:24

 Hebrew shoqed.

  “The prophet could speak the divine word with the assurance that God was alert and awake, that his word would not fail (1:11f.).” -- James E. Smith

Conclusion: 2 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 4:13