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Interpreting the Bible

Here is some good advice from a Facebook friend, Joshua Agan, on how to interpret the Bible.

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When people hear me say, “Take the Scriptures literally,” they are quick to say, “So you believe that Jesus is a wooden door, AND he is actual bread?!”

Don’t be stupid.

Scripture contains poetry, prose, parables and prophesies. You must take these literary types in their given sense.

But that leads to a very important conclusion. When Scripture gives us a literary device, accept it in its basic form as given. So when Scripture gives us truths that are not in some literary device, but rather given as plain fact—do we accept it as given, or do we allegorize it anyway?

Some people are comfortable reading that God created in six days, and accepting six days. But then those same people read other truths given, and suddenly try to add deeper meaning to it than what Scripture provides.

I challenge you to approach the Scriptures differently tomorrow.

Accept the text as if it was given to you as a plain statement of Truth from a Father to His child. Well, because it is.

A child does not accept a plain statement and try to allegorize and theorize on the deeper meanings of the linguistic anomalies. A child receives what he is given.

Lean not on your own understanding, friend. Ask the Spirit of Truth to lead you. Follow as a child, wherever the Spirit leads. That requires humility, by the way. It offends our intellect.

“What if this plain statement were the plain truth? What else would God need to say differently in order to get you to accept the plain statement as it is given?”

This question will turn many a tradition on its heels. Ask the Spirit to help us. Mean it. Then listen.

You won’t be disappointed.

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Christian counseling

If you have a problem and need a professional counselor you probably won’t have much trouble finding one unless you want a counselor who believes the Bible and uses that as the basis for his work. Most counselors base their work on secular beliefs.  One organization that does offer Biblical counseling is Restoration Counseling Ministries.  Here is their website: Restoration Counseling Ministries.

The Restoration Counseling center was founded in January 2016 by Dr. David Johnny Nixon and Joshua Agan. Both have served as church planting pastors and still serve actively in ministry today. The counseling center is designed to be a help to pastors by lightening their load and offering specialized help as they strive to shepherd the flock God gave them.

Based out of South Georgia, Restoration Counseling serves as the official counseling provider for multiple Georgia municipalities, several private organizations, and most importantly, we help pastors and churches across the country.

They offer both local and long distance counseling.  Here are the services they offer:   Getting Started

If you don’t need professional counseling you might be interested in their blog or their bookstore.

I met Joshua Agan several years ago on an internet forum and I have read one book that Dr. Nixon has written so I am confident that they both know the Bible well and will use it as the basis for any counseling they offer.

Voting for Trump

If you are considering voting for Donald Trump I recommend you read this statement which was posted on Facebook by Joshua Agan.

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You have the right to vote as you wish. I do not disparage or condemn your choice, as you see fit between you and God.

BUT, here is my explanation of my choice, because people keep insisting that I am wrong.

I will not and cannot vote for Trump, but I do NOT condone sitting out on an election. I WILL vote, but not for Hillary or Trump. It is your civic duty and your right to vote, and it is negligence of your civic duty when you refuse to vote.

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When I say that I cannot and will not vote for Trump, I am quickly reminded that I will lose my guns, abortions will continue unchecked, bad judges will be appointed, and I will ultimately lose my religious liberty.

Okay, valid points… let’s talk about that. Read the rest of this entry

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