Posts Tagged ‘Religious’

16
Jun

Uncertain Riches

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

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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.


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2
Jun

Do You Believe God or Darwin?

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

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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?

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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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13
Jan

Are You a Born-Again Christian?

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test.” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)

Listen to what Jesus said:

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name have done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Why would Jesus tell these people that he never knew them? Don’t they believe in him? They know that Jesus is the Christ. But that level of belief does not constitute a saving knowlege of Jesus. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19)

These are people who know about the Lord, but they have no personal relationship with him. They never trusted Jesus to save them. They never demonstrated true faith in Jesus Christ, and they were never born spiritually into the family of God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

In order to be born of God, you have to seek him out for yourself. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah:55:6)

The Lord said in Jeremiah 29:13, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” You can’t make a half-hearted attempt at communicating with him. You have be in earnest.

You have this promise from the Bible: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.” (James 4:8)

Make up your mind, once and for all, that you are going to turn away from sin. Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and be converted. That means, to make a committment to Jesus that you are going to follow him for the rest of your life. And that includes keeping the Love Commandment.

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27
Nov

The Greatest Commandment

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Bible Study

“But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were astonished together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  (Matthew 22:34-40)

All that God requires of is that we obey these two commandments. By fulfilling two commandments, we fulfill them all, because the others are based on them. When we love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves, we won’t be deceiving him, cheating and stealing from him, or hating and killing him.

Observing the letter of the law is not enough. We must observe the spirit of the law keeping God’s commandments from the heart.  Because God knows our hearts. “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Jesus said, “But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24)

But what about all that other stuff?  Jesus said, “Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

And he said unto them, full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” (Mark 7:6-9)

Make it your highest priority to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself.

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