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Denying Jesus

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Denying Jesus

by Joshua Agan

I had a convicting thought this morning, in light of scripture and current events…

Peter brazenly declared “I will even die for you!” when Jesus talked about His own coming death. Read the rest of this entry

Forgiving others

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Forgiving others

by Joshua Agan

Due to a clerical error during WW2, Corrie Ten Boom was released from Ravensbruck one week before all the women her age were killed.

She began traveling and telling the story of her family, and what she and Betsie had learned in the concentration camp. Read the rest of this entry

When Jesus rejoiced

Here is something I read on Facebook.

When Jesus rejoiced

by Joshua Agan

A couple of weeks ago, I learned something interesting in Scripture.

Did you know that Scripture says only one time that “Jesus rejoiced” about something?

Only once do we ever read that.
It caught my attention, and I wanted to know what caused Jesus to rejoice.
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Trusting Jesus

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Trusting Jesus

by Joshua Agan

Imagine a patient begging a doctor to save his life. “You have to help me! I’m dying and need you!”

The doctor gives him a medicine to take, but the man says “I will research this first, and decide if it is right for me.” Read the rest of this entry

God’s part and man’s part in salvation

Here is something I read on Facebook.

God’s part and man’s part in salvation

by Joshua Agan

GOD’S PART — or — MAN’S PART?

People sometimes argue about whether God alone has a part in salvation, or whether Man has any role at all. Both sides have some good points to make, but the whole disagreement hinges on the fact that two people view the same salvation from different sides. Read the rest of this entry

Repentance

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Repentance

by Joshua Agan

When Jesus sent Paul to the Gentiles, Paul clearly outlines the message he took to all nations:
“Repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” Read the rest of this entry

Following Jesus

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Following Jesus

by Joshua Agan

JUST RECENTLY:
At the mayor’s orders, authorities ticketed every car that appeared for a drive-in. They held service using the radio in their cars, and received a $500 fine and court summons (it is unclear if they ticketed each member, or only the drivers). The authorities threatened the pastor with jail time for not complying with a stay-at-home order. Read the rest of this entry

“Statement of Faith” vs. “walk of faith”

Here is something I read on Facebook.

“Statement of Faith” vs. “walk of faith”

by Joshua Agan

I grew up hearing, “You can walk the walk and you can talk the talk, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”

I have become less interested in a person’s (or church’s) “Statement of Faith,” and more interested in seeing their “walk of faith.” Read the rest of this entry

Present life and future death

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Present life and future death

by Joshua Agan

I love to laugh. I love to poke fun at absurdities, inconsistencies, and even my own problems in life. I believe that if you can’t laugh at yourself and laugh with others, then you’re doing life the hard way. Life’s too short not to enjoy (and none of us make it out alive anyway). 😂

But there is not only a time for laughter—there are times that we have to be serious and even somber. Read the rest of this entry

What spills out

Here is something I read on Facebook.

What spills out

by Joshua Agan

When you carry a coffee cup and someone bumps into you, why does coffee spill out?

Simple:
Because that’s what is in the cup. Read the rest of this entry

Actions speak louder than words

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Actions speak louder than words

by Joshua Agan

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

Watch for those who BEHAVE as though God will be meeting their needs and keeping His promises—not for those who just said they believed it while everything was going well. Read the rest of this entry

Feeding the sheep

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Feeding the sheep

by Joshua Agan

Have you ever watched a shepherd feed his lambs?

It’s a remarkably strange sight to see:
• He does not sit down on their level and feed them by hand like a human mother feeds her toddler.
• He does not pre-chew and partially digest the food to regurgitate into their mouths like a mama birth feeds her chicks.
• He does not even drag the baby lambs to their mother’s side for the necessary milk.
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Be careful who you follow

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Be careful who you follow

by Joshua Agan

Paul said “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Take a hard look at the men you follow and compare their walk to the walk of Christ (1 John 2:3-6).

Take a hard look at the men you follow and compare their fruit against those of the flesh and those of the Spirit, to see what is being manifest (Galatians 5:16-25; Matthew 7:15-23). You cannot manifest both—these two are opposed to one another. Read the rest of this entry

Repentance

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Repentance

by Joshua Agan

A “repentance” which continues to do the same deeds is no repentance at all.

“Thus saith the Lord;
Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them;
diminish not a word:
IF so be they will hearken, AND TURN every man FROM HIS EVIL WAY, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
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Divorce

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Divorce

by Joshua Agan

Pastor Chet Cooper shared some helpful words that many need to hear:

So many have experienced the tragedy of divorce who never thought it would happen to their marriage. As a Pastor, I have counseled many who could have avoided it if both parties had been committed but when only one was it always failed. Much misinformation abounds within the body of Christ concerning the subject of divorce. One aspect is labeling divorce as sin. God cannot sin and He is divorced! Read the rest of this entry

Troubling questions

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Troubling questions

by Joshua Agan

Sometimes I get myself into trouble simply for asking questions. Asking a woman her age, her weight, or when she is due are all questions that open one up to trouble!

But some troubling questions are worth asking.

The most troubling question I have found is asked by Jesus in Luke 6:46, where he pointedly asks, “Why do you call me Lord, but do not the things which I say?” Read the rest of this entry

Bloom where you are planted

Here is something I found on Facebook.

Bloom where you are planted

by Joshua Agan

We’ve all likely heard the phrase “bloom where you are planted.” It’s a great thought, but sometimes we do not actually live that out in a practical way.

I didn’t.

Having grown up in a family that served in full-time ministry, I expected to reach full bloom there myself. My parents never pressured or expected me to do so, often telling my brother and me that if God called us to be plumbers, be the best Christian plumber that a man can be. True to their word, my parents support each of us in our secular jobs as we continue to serve God day by day.

When given the opportunity, however, I jumped at the chance to leave the business world and dive head-first into full-time ministry. Yet God had not told me to abandon all else to pursue it. Read the rest of this entry

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.

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.

Nevertheless,
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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