Archive for April, 2009

27
Apr

The Homeschool Kids and the Tea Party

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

I went to the Tax Day Tea Party, along with my daughter Jennifer and her daughters Katie, 8, Beverly, 10, and Haley, 12. This was a homeschool teaching project, since we are studying the American Revolution. It was a gathering of people from the Memphis area who love America and want to help preserve our American culture.

As we listened to the speeches of local patriots, I could not help but think how much we have in common with the residents of Boston in 1773. Our government does not have the right to confiscate our money any more than King George did.

I enjoyed being there with my three little granddaughters. But it made me sick to think about how greedy our elected representatives are. Our US Congress couldn’t wait for these girls to grow up. They’ve already spent these children’s money before they’ve even had time to earn it. We are little more than livestock to them.

I don’t think that they get it. These ungodly people obviously do not understand that we are fed up with them. Beginning in November of 2010, we will vote them out of office. Then, in 2012, we will remove more of them from office.

The Bible tells us to pray for all who are in authority. My prayer for them is that God will either save them, or remove them from their place of authority. I am not going to name names. God knows who they are.

“Lord, give us godly people to represent us in the US Congress. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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21
Apr

I Want the Old America Back

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

One night last week, I was home alone. The house was unusually quiet and I was tired. I went to bed early and just before I fell asleep, these words came to me. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” I knew they were from the Bible, but where were they coming from? These were not words that I had recently read. A few days later, it happened again, except this time the words were different. “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” If only the Darwinists could understand that, I thought, as I drifted off to sleep.

The next day, I knew where those words had come from and it is a fond memory. I had learned them in school more than fifty years ago.

You have to understand that, in those days, schoolteachers taught us directly from the Bible.  It had been the primary textbook for American schools from the beginning. Parents sent their children to school to learn to read so they could learn how to read the Bible. We were a nation of Bible believers.

My fellow Baby Boomers and I are the last generation of Americans to have been taught from the Bible in the public schools. Our teachers were Christians, and they loved us like we were their own dear children. They were not imposing their morality on us. They were teaching us that there is no morality apart from God and the Bible. Abraham Lincoln said it like this. “If not for the Bible, we would not know the difference between right and wrong.”

In 1955, I was eight years old and in the third grade. It was a wonderful time to be alive and to live in America. I was very happy that I had recently learned to read.

First, we were assigned to memorize the Twenty-third Psalm and recite it to the class. Then, we did the same thing with the One Hundredth Psalm. Whenever a student asked her why we were doing this, she told him that we were “hiding God’s word in our hearts that we might not sin against him.”

Thank God for that woman, Mrs. Seward. She planted the word of God in my heart fifty-four years ago, and it is still in there. The word of God has stayed with me all these years and guided me throughout my life. And do you know that everything that Psalm 23 says about me is true? The Lord is my shepherd and I do not want. His goodness and his mercy have followed me all the days of my life.

As you read the words of Psalm 100, imagine the millions of American children who learned it in school. When I was eight years old, I knew it by heart.

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord he is good: his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Psalm 22:6) That is what educators were doing in the schools fifty years ago. They had perfected the art of educating children. They gave us an excellent education. The Bible was the foundation on which it was built, just as it is the foundation on which excellent lives and nations are built.

We learned how to read and write, and do math; and we learned the difference between right and wrong. Our teachers didn’t undermine what our parents taught us, that it is God who has made us and not we ourselves.

When the Supreme Court kicked God and the Bible out of our schools, the eliminated the most essential part of education. They enabled the Secular Progressives to impose their immorality on us. They deny the existence of God, and reject the wisdom of the Bible. They have dismantled the most effective educational system in the world and recreated it in their own image.

I really hate their Brave New World. I want the old America back.

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14
Apr

The Same Spirit That Raised Up Jesus From the Dead

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

When you become a believer in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God does three things for you. He regenerates you, he baptizes you into the body of believers, and he seals you unto the day of redemption. When you love the Lord, he can do more for you, and you know that he is alive in you.

In John 14:15-18, Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Look at what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit in Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

This is not just any old Spirit. He is the same Spirit of God that raised up Jesus from the dead, and he is alive in you. He is the most powerful Spirit in the Universe, and He is alive in you. You have access to him 24 hours a day. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.

All of the promises of God apply to you. That’s why you can say with confidence. “Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. My God shall supply all your needs, according to his riches in glory.”

You don’t have to be afraid of anything, because the greater one lives in you. He will protect you, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

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7
Apr

God Loves You As Much As He Loves Jesus

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

I know this is hard to believe. Since Jesus said it, it has to be true. It is in the prayer he prayed for everyone who believes in him.

“I am not praying for these alone, but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these. . . . so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.” (John 17:20,23)

This is the most amazing thing about God, that even though we don’t deserve it, he loves us anyway. And he loves you and me with such intensity that he sent Jesus to die for us. Because of that, I can see that his love for us is beyond our comprehension. But that was not the end of God’s expression of love for us, it is merely the beginning. There’s more good news.

“And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:26)

God provides his children with this kind of love. It is intense, and it vastly superior to natural human love. Jesus gives us something that is outside natural human experience. Natural human love runs out. It is weak, and it quits. God’s love is like this:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.“  (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

This is a description of the love God has for us. It is deep and it is strong. It is the same love that the Father has for Jesus. He shares it with you. As an excellent Father, God provides everything you need to equip you for this life.

He gives you the thing he requires you to have, which is the love of God, and he expects you to use it. He requires that you love him, and love your neighbor as yourself.

The greatest need in the world is for more followers of Jesus who understand this and do it.

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