Posts Tagged ‘Christian’

10
Aug

It Maketh Wise the Simple

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Sammy reading the Bible
Image by Jacob & Kiki Hantla via Flickr

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  Psalm 19:7

The Bible is the testimony of God. He wrote it, and filled it with his wisdom. It contains ideas that originated in the mind of God. Freedom and liberty are his ideas, just like the idea that all men are created equal.

Our form of government only works for Bible believing people. Those who have the wisdom to govern themselves. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

William Penn said, “Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.”

The word “simple,” as used in this verse means “naive.” Reading the Bible will make you street smart. You won’t be so gullible as to believe everything you hear.

When your college professor tells you that God does not exist, that creation created itself, and there is no such thing as truth, you won’t believe him.

Because you know that Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:32) That truth is the testimony of God as contained in the Bible.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

27
Jul

Professing Themselves To Be Wise, They Became Fools

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Washington DC: United States Supreme Court
Image by wallyg via Flickr.

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit upto you, I will make known my words unto you.

But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh, When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.  (Proverbs 1:20-32)

The Supreme Court has nothing to do with wisdom. They departed from Wisdom fifty years ago. They have destroyed the influence that God and the Bible have had on our culture. They have tried to change us from a Christian nation to a secular one. They have tried to separate America from the One True and Living God, and replace him with the god of the Secularists—an all-powerful Government, that is all things to all people.

When they kicked God out of the public school system, that was the beginning of the end of our culture. In 1962, they banned prayer in public schools. In June of 1963, they prohibited Bible reading in the classroom. Before the year had ended, the President of the United States was brutally murdered.

When our government rejected God, he withdrew his protection from it. Since that time, the United States has spiraled in moral decline. There is no morality apart from the Bible, just as there is no wisdom apart from God.

The only wisdom available to our government officials is natural human wisdom. Whenever I hear the phrase, “wise Latina judge,” I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is ready to continue in the liberal tradition of legislating from the bench and “making policy.”

The Secularists very cleverly made an end run around the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The Constitution prohibits Congress from making Secularism the official state church of the United States. But the Supreme Court is free to do whatever it wants.

I wonder how many Americans realize that there is a court that is higher than the Supreme Court? And that God is a Righteous Judge. That he is the most powerful being in the universe. And that every child of God has a right to appeal to him?

God help us!

In Jesus‘ name, Father God, please save the United States of America.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

12
Jul

Where Does Wisdom Come From?

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Fanciful depiction of Solomon on his throne
Image via Wikipedia

King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived—except for Jesus. He recorded much of his wisdom in the Book of Proverbs, God‘s Book of Wisdom. The Bible explains how Solomon came to be so wise.

In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

. . . I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in . . . Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him,

Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast thou asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.  (1 Kings 3:5,7,9-13)

Wisdom comes from God, and there is no true wisdom apart from him. That explains why everything is in such a mess. Our leaders have no wisdom and no understanding.

God is amazingly generous. He offers wisdom to everyone who seeks it.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  (James 1:5)

If only they would ask God for wisdom. Some of them don’t believe that God exists, and others don’t know him. All they have is their own so-called wisdom.


Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

27
Jun

What Is More Valuable Than Gold?

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Gold Key, weighing one kilogram is used to acc...
Image via Wikipedia

True wisdom is the most valuable commodity on earth, because you can only get it from God.

You cannot buy God’s wisdom for any amount of money. But he provides it for free to anyone who asks him for it.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it will be given him.  (James 1:5)

Gold won’t buy wisdom, but wisdom will buy you an abundance of gold. If you will apply God’s wisdom to your life, you will be rich.

But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Look at what the Spirit of God says about wisdom in the Bible.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

She is more precious than rubies: and all the things that thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is everyone that retaineth her.  (Proverbs 3:13-18)

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

16
Jun

Uncertain Riches

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Wall Street Bull
Image by PittCaleb via Flickr

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)

I know that, as Chistians, we are not supposed to put our trust in money. But I have to confess that I did it anyway—just a little bit.

My 401k was like one of my children, in that I was amazed at how fast it was growing. And I thought, “Here’s some security for the wife and I in our old age.”

That’s what I get for thinking. My 401k became a 201k. Then I was amazed how quickly our money had disappeared. Once again, life experience confirms that what the Bible says is true. There is no such thing as security apart from God.

Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.  (Proverbs 23:4-5)

We were disappointed, but we got over it. This is just another bump in the road of life. We still have the true riches of life which are in Christ Jesus. He is the only true security. That’s because his word will not fail, and he is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

Don’t let the financial crisis get you down. You still have the Bible, and you still have the Holy Spirit. God is always with you, and he will help you make a comeback.


Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2
Jun

Do You Believe God or Darwin?

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Charles Darwin, photographed by Julia Margaret...
Image via Wikipedia

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air; and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:7-10)

Charles Darwin observed these things and concluded that we were not created by God. He said that we evolved from lower forms of life by unguided natural means.

Darwin’s theory is spoken of as science, but it is not science at all. It is a material philosophy, even a kind of religion. Even though it has been discredited, it is still generally accepted as true and taught in school as if it were a fact. It is a lie that is passed off as truth by scientists and educators.

This all started with one man, who could see no evidence of God’s creation–even though he was standing on it and surrounded by it. After a hundred and fifty years, there is still no proof that Darwinism is true. Yet, there are millions of Darwinists. They have no idea as to how life began. All they know is how it did not happen. It is inconceivable to them that God is the author of life; because, to them, there is no such thing as God.

Darwin has always had a cult following among those who hate God and reject the Bible. He was a major influence on Adolph Hitler, Karl Marx, and many others.

Atheists cling to his theory, because it is all they have. The only other alternative is to believe that God created us, just like the Bible says.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

Charles Darwin is dead, but God is very much alive. Which one are you going to believe?

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

19
May

Do You Know the Lord?

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Jesus Christ Knocks the door
Image by angelofsweetbitter2009 via Flickr.

Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

I used to think that Jesus was saying that he is at the door of the lost person’s heart, waiting to come into his life. And, I also thought that since I had received him as my Lord and Savior, that was the end of the matter.

I knew that I was a Christian, and when I died, I would go to heaven. I didn’t want to go to hell, and I wanted to make sure that none of my children go there. That was pretty much all that I knew.

I didn’t know the Bible, and I didn’t know the Lord.  I wasted years of my life because of my lack of knowledge. I didn’t know that our eternal salvation is not the end, it is the beginning. God gives us the gift of Eternal Life up front.

Now that I know the Lord, I see this verse as his appeal to Christians who don’t know him. He wants to fellowship with all of us, and be a part of our lives—to counsel and comfort us, to help us, deliver us, and empower us.

Knowing the Lord has been the greatest experience of my life. Just like the song says, he does “walk with me and talk with me, and he tells me I am his own.” It is the best part of being a Christian. This is how you get the love, and joy and peace that God supplies. You can experience this for yourself.

How do you get to know the Lord? Show God that you love him, by keeping his commandments. Spend time with him in his word. Read the Bible for yourself. Start with the following verse.

“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)


Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

12
May

My Testimony

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

A 6th century mosaic of :en:Jesus at Church Sa...
Image via Wikipedia

I had worked for Uncle Sam for thirty years before I became a disgruntled postal worker.  God rescued me from that situation. My wife, Marie, got me to the Doctor. The Doctor told me, “Don’t even think of going back there. You are through.”

He diagnosed me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and said that it is common among us veterans of the VietNam war.

That was when I hit the bottom in every way possible—mentally, emotionally and financially. I was sick and broke and in my fifties. I kept beating myself up over every decision I had ever made thinking, “If only I had done this, if only I had not done that.”

What about Romans 8:28, I thought? All things were supposed work together for my good. I was a Christian. Why had God allowed  these things to happen to me? And why wasn’t I seeing the promises of God fulfilled in my life?

I asked God to tell me what I was doing wrong. I asked him to show me what he wanted me to do, so I could do it. Then I started reading and studying the Bible for hours every day.

Reading an author’s work makes you feel like you know him, because he reveals himself through his work. This is especially true of the Holy Spirit, the Author of the Bible. I spent a lot of time with him in his word. I got to know him and his ways. I was pigging out at God’s spiritual buffet and I was loving it.

When I wasn’t reading the Bible, I was thinking about it. I was meditating on the word day and night, just like it says in Psalm One. And that’s when the miracle happened.

I used to be angry all the time. I was very impatient with people and rude to them. I was mad when I when I got up in the morning, and I was mad when I went to sleep at night. But God healed me of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

During this time that I was delighting in the Bible, I woke up one morning and my anger was gone. I went to bed crazy as a loon, and woke up perfectly sane. The anger that had been my constant companion for thirty years was gone. It’s still gone, and it is so wonderful to be normal. Now, I am happy all the time because Jesus healed me, and I will never stop thanking him for it.

I am a recipient of God’s love and it is the greatest thing on earth.  Jesus knows me personally and he has changed my life forever. I was broken and he repaired me. He took away my anger and filled my heart with love, and joy, and peace, and self-control. He has equipped me to be patient and kind to others.

All I did was show God some love by spending time with him in his word. He responded to my love by intervening in my life and doing something to help me. That is how good our God is.

It was just like Jesus said in John 14:21,”He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

So that is what I was doing wrong all those years. I was violating the Love Commandment, by not loving God and by not loving my neighbor as myself. And that prevented God from showing me his favor.

Our eternal salvation is a free gift. But God’s other promises are contingent upon obedience to the Love Commandment. If you want to receive what God has promised, you have to love him. You have to love him with all your heart, all your mind and all your strength. And you have to love your neighbor as yourself.

You might think that you love God. But if you have never spent any time with him in his word, then you are not keeping the Love Commandment.

Look at the completed thought that is found in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. . .”

And look at the last part of Psalm 91, where God promises to protect us from all evil. God says, “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)

I could fill a book with the things the Spirit of God has taught me since the time I got to know him. In fact, I have filled a book with them.

First, I selected a thousand Bible verses and organized them into topics. Then, I explained how to apply them to your life. The title of the book is The Bible Believer’s Handbook. God helped me write it, and it was published in 2008.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5
May

The Best Defense Against Swine Flu

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

Guido Reni's archangel Michael (Capuchin churc...
Image via Wikipedia

In the Bible, God has promised that he will protect his people from the “noisome pestilence.” This description certainly applies to this new disease. If you believe in God and the Bible, you don’t have to be afraid that you will get the Swine Flu. God has assigned his angels to protect you from it.

This promise of God is in Psalm 91. I am quoting it here from The Living Bible. Make this your prayer for your whole family.

We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods.

This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. For he rescues you from every trap, and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark any more, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters at noonday.

Though a thousand fall at my side, though ten thousand are dying around me, the evil will not touch me. I will see how the wicked are punished but I will not share it. For Jehovah is my refuge! I choose the God above all gods to shelter me. How then can evil overtake me or any plague come near. For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. (Psalm 91:1-11)

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.”

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,