The 2nd Mile Podcast

The 2nd Mile Podcast

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Jesus taught that if someone asks you to go one mile, go the 2nd mile as well. In the 2nd Mile Podcast, host Travis Agnew seeks to equip you to do more than the bare minimum in the areas of faith and family. Don’t settle for an average life.


Evangelism Is Necessary But Not Ultimate
Dec 11 • 14 min
The Great Commission calls us to make disciples – not converts. As he ascended into the skies, Jesus clarified our purpose of discipleship when he delivered the Great Commission. The job is incomplete when someone comes to faith in Christ. Discipleship –…
You Can Make a Disciple
Dec 5 • 13 min
Most Christians can easily communicate the importance of making disciples, but few can articulate how they are personally engaging in the process. Proclaiming the need for discipleship in theory is not the same as prioritizing its implementation in life.…
Tips for Black Friday
Nov 27 • 14 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most frantic. As you prepare for Christmas, you may feel many expectations that can cause you to make some poor financial decisions. You don’t have to go broke during the holidays. It’s time…
How to Be a Kingdom-Minded Employee
Nov 13 • 14 min
While we are much more than what we do, a significant portion of our lives will be spent in the 9-5 realm. That’s why how we approach work is so vital to our overall outlook in life. Have you ever considered your work as it relates to your walk? It’s time…
How to Work on a Marriage All By Yourself
Nov 6 • 14 min
You know your marriage needs work, and you accept that your spouse isn’t 100% completely to blame for the condition of your marriage. You are ready and committed to do the work, but what if your spouse isn’t putting forth the same type of effort? It’s…
How to Overcome Temptation
Oct 31 • 14 min
You’ve already been tempted to sin today numerous times. While everyone is tempted, particular people are more prone to certain temptations than others. While you can’t avoid being tempted, you can fight against its pull. It’s time to go the 2nd mile in…
Affirm Your Children
Oct 23 • 14 min
It almost seems necessary for young parents to speak as if their children are a hindrance. As parents bemoan their roles as pure drudgery, the culture and the kids get the message: children are unwanted. If you read Scripture, you realize that children…
More Than Just Quoting the Lord’s Prayer
Oct 16 • 14 min
If you grew up in church, you probably memorized the Lord’s prayer from Matthew 6. In many services, the entire congregation recites it out loud as a part of the worship. While this is a great implementation, did Jesus mean for us simply to quote it? It’s…
Counting the Cost of Discipleship
Oct 9 • 14 min
Each of us must count the cost to follow Jesus. We need more than motivation to begin; we need preparation to endure. If not careful, we will start with high aspirations yet fail to follow through due to a lack of planning.
Owning Your Dependence
Oct 2 • 14 min
For all the progress you have made in your life, have you ever realized how desperately dependent on God you still are? Our cultural mantra wants to espouse independence as if we have it all together, but the longer we walk, the more it seems that we trip…
Starting Your Next Discipline
Sep 25 • 14 min
Have you considered the spiritual giants in your life and why they are that way? They just seem to be in a different category than everyone else. We often categorize them as those who must be more spiritual than the rest of us, but what if that’s not it?…
Admitting Your Needed Development
Sep 18 • 14 min
You’ve made some adjustments. You’ve seen some improvement, but you also admit that you’re not there yet. Each of us have many areas in our lives that could benefit from some further growth. In discipleship, you don’t have to be there yet, but you should…
Reinforcing the Most Critical Doctrine
Sep 11 • 14 min
Are you confident in the fundamentals of your faith? Maybe the better question is, do you believe what you believe? As a follower of Jesus, you have a set of doctrinal beliefs that come along with the territory, but are they settled in your mind? It’s…
Addressing Your Most Consistent Disobedience
Sep 4 • 13 min
There is a sin or a few sins that easily entangle you. While we all can struggle with every possible sin imaginable, there are certain sins with which we regularly drift. In order for you to make progress in your discipleship, you need to narrow down the…
Rediscovering Delight in Our Discipleship
Aug 28 • 13 min
You don’t have to follow Jesus; you get to follow Jesus. The moment that you can see your walk as an opportunity rather than an obligation is the moment when your growth will progress exponentially. If you have felt like you are following Jesus out of…
Developing a Discipleship Plan
Aug 21 • 14 min
We talk about discipleship in churches a lot, but are we really doing it? Jesus’s words are straightforward - make disciples of all nations. Before we attempt to make a bunch of disciples, maybe we just need to learn how to make one. It’s time to go the…
Finding God’s Will
Aug 14 • 11 min
At some point in our lives, we have all desired to know God’s will in some area. We almost speak of finding God’s will as if it is something he is trying to hide from us. God wants you to do his will even more than you want to do his will. It’s time to go…
Prioritizing the Family Altar
Aug 7 • 11 min
For the last few decades, we have expected church programs to do what God has called parents to do. We have effectively dropped our children off at church and expected them to be Jesus-loving, Bible-obeying, manner-displaying kids by the time we pick them…
The Danger of a Detached Worship Team
Jul 31 • 13 min
Where our worship wars used to be over what style of music a church should use, I believe the current worship war is the manner in which a worship team leads. While songs can still be divisive, subtle yet serious danger transpires when a worship team…
How Pornography Can Ruin Your Current (or Future) Marriage
Jul 24 • 10 min
To honor your marriage, you must keep the marriage bed pure from anyone else invading it. That includes real experiences and virtual experiences. Sex isn’t the problem. Sexual desires are not the issue. The dilemma is when we attempt to meet a God-given…
You Need Better Friends
Jul 17 • 10 min
Oftentimes in ministry, I want to discover what is the secret ingredient in the life that continues to grow in Christ and what is lacking in those who experience downfall. Where I used to think it was diligence or dedication, I have learned that many…
How to Have an Accountability Partner
Jul 10 • 10 min
It is important to highlight the need for a personal relationship with Jesus. But somewhere along the way, we have made our faith so private that we neglect the benefit of walking alongside others. Have you ever wanted to continue your growth but find…
How to Maintain Camp Commitments
Jul 3 • 22 min
It happens at every summer church camp. It’s the final night of worship, and almost every person in attendance is ready to make a decision. If the person is confident in salvation, he or she might repent of sins or make a rededication of sorts. Since last…
Establish Fight Rules for Your Marriage
Jun 26 • 22 min
I love sitting down with couples to lead pre-marital counseling. As we discuss all the opportunities and complexities that marriage brings, I will often ask, “So, tell me how you two handle conflict?” In some instances, they will look at each other in…
Biblical Context Determines Biblical Content
Jun 19 • 22 min
Imagine a time in which you were surrounded by danger. Forces were against you that literally threatened your very life. Someone comes up to you at the scariest moment and seeks to encourage you. Instead of providing personal counsel, this individual…
How to Have a Quiet Time
Jun 12 • 22 min
As a young Christian, people always told me about the importance of having a quiet time without anyone ever showing me how to have one. I tend to be a rather loud person anyway, so setting apart time to quiet myself seemed odd in the first place. What…
Develop a Reading Plan
Jun 5 • 22 min
We all know reading is supposed to help us, but many of us also feel as if we could be more dedicated readers. The reason many of us struggle is that we don’t have a reading plan that has specific goals. If you ever wanted to become a more avid reader,…
Rejecting the Wiki God
May 29 • 21 min
Our culture worships the Wiki God. We want ever so desperately to serve a deity whom we have the freedom and capability to edit. Many people are attempting to revise the Christian faith by cutting out what they don’t like, copying favorable ideas from…
6 Helpful Tips for Small Groups
May 22 • 23 min
We all want change, but few of us were willing to do the work with one another to see that change happen. Discipleship happens within the context of intentional relationships. If you have gotten tired of spiritual stagnation, it’s time to go the 2nd mile…
You Really Are a Theologian
May 15 • 23 min
Maybe you don’t consider yourself a theologian, but I would beg to differ. You have beliefs about God and you share them with others even if by default. You really are a theologian, the question is: are you a good one? It’s time to go the 2nd mile in our…
10 Tips for Great Sundays
May 8 • 23 min
If you have ever desired to have meaningful Sunday worship experiences with your church, the process starts on Saturday. In fact, if you don’t prepare well, your frantic pace on Sunday can rob you of meaningful interactions with God and with God’s people.…
Gamechanging Tip for Bible Reading
May 1 • 22 min
Biblical illiteracy is on the rise. Why are so many people without a thorough understanding of scriptural teaching? One of the main reasons is we are reading it in a different way from how it was written. WARNINGS Don’t attempt a marathon before you have…
Christ Went the Second Mile
Apr 17 • 21 min
The reason we want to go the 2nd mile in our lives is because Jesus went the 2nd mile in his death. It’s time to consider how Jesus went the 2nd mile to secure our forgiveness. 7 Quotes from the Cross “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do”…
How to Invite Someone to Church (Without Scaring Them Off)
Apr 10 • 24 min
Why are those who have been changed by the gospel so timid to bring Jesus up in conversations? How does fear paralyze us so when the opportunity comes to declare our allegiance? Why does it almost seem that when we ask someone to come with us to church,…
Encouraging the Faith of a Child
Apr 3 • 23 min
Have you wondered about the legacy you are going to leave? It’s time to go the second mile in your discipleship legacy. WORK WITH THE PROVEN METHODS 1. Chronologically Teach the Bible Teaching children isolated stories can teach moral lessons but possibly…
The Role Model Your Child Desperately Needs
Mar 27 • 22 min
For all the role models I want my children to have, the role model whom they desperately need is me. Children need intentional parents if they are to develop in the most critical areas of life. Are you wanting to make an impact in your children? It’s time…
Don’t Ruin Your Marriage During Your Engagement
Mar 20 • 23 min
Are you working towards marriage? Don’t ruin the gift of marriage while you endure through the time of engagement. It’s time to go the second mile in your engagement. The 1st mile of engagement is working towards marriage while avoiding physical…
Making Time for Your Marriage
Mar 13 • 22 min
Romance, nurture, and communication takes time. Setting an appointment to spend together is going the first mile, but that isn’t enough to have a thriving marriage. Do you want your relationship to feel vibrant again? It’s time to go the second mile by…
The Small Issue in Your Marriage That Will Make a Big Mess
Mar 6 • 22 min
Many marriages I know struggle greatly with the smallest of discrepancies. The issue seems rather small but if the couple fails to address it, it will create a great mess. It’s time to go the second mile in addressing the small issues that bring potential…
The Right Productivity Tools for the Job
Feb 27 • 24 min
Have you ever felt like you were wasting time because you simply didn’t have the right tools in your hands? It’s time to go the second mile in selecting the right productivity tools for the job. Why Is This Important? To whom much is given, much is…
Going the 2nd Mile in the Wrong Direction
Feb 20 • 22 min
For many of us in life trying to go all in and all out, we get frustrated because we lose time and effort in wasted pursuits. We might find ourselves going the 2nd mile, but we travel it in the wrong direction. If you have ever felt like you are wasting…
Outsmarting Your Smartphone
Feb 13 • 23 min
The iPhone recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Let’s just imagine that your usage was on the lower end of what some of the reports are giving us. Let’s say that you are on your phone “only” 90 minutes a day. You know what that would equal to over the…
Leaving Laziness
Feb 6 • 23 min
People often cannot start the second mile because they can barely finish the first. Are you missing opportunities to be used by God due to laziness? STOP MAKING EXCUSES If you are going to fight procrastination, you are going to have to address the…
Memorize the 25 Most Important Verses
Jan 30 • 22 min
If we truly desire godliness, Scripture memory must be prioritized in our lives. While the task can seem daunting, we have to start somewhere. In this episode, discover some practical steps to go the 2nd mile in Scripture memory. The Purpose of Scripture…
Stop Boring Prayer Times
Jan 23 • 22 min
Many disciples of Jesus struggle with distracted, neglected, and boring prayer lives. The problem of prayer is not the content or the recipient – it’s the method. In this episode, discover some tips to stop boring prayer times. Prayer Distractions Lack of…
When Your Spiritual Growth Seems Stunted
Jan 16 • 21 min
As believers, we should be in a state of spiritual growth, but too often, we seem to be stuck in the same place. If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith. In this episode, we discuss the importance of selecting…
Why You Forget What You Read in the Bible
Jan 9 • 22 min
If you have been reading the Bible lately, can you think of what you read? What has impacted you? Where did you find it? Here’s my realization regarding many people’s dilemma: If you find time to read, you rarely remember what you read. Why is that?…
Introducing The 2nd Mile Podcast
Dec 31, 2018 • 8 min
The people who make the greatest impact are never those who do the bare minimum. So why is it that we are often inclined to do “just enough” and not give our absolute best? What would our lives be like if we tried to go the 2nd mile in every worthwhile…