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My name is Larry Vaughn and I’m a Vietnam veteran. I thought I was one of the lucky ones who got away scot-free. But I was wrong. Even though I was blessed with a wonderful wife and three lovely daughters, I was in a bad mood most of the time. And I was always mad about something.
I eventually got to the point where I couldn’t control my emotions. And my doctors had to take me off work. They told me that I had Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder. And I never went back to my job as a letter carrier. I was broke. I was too sick to work. And I didn’t know if I would ever be able to work again.
That was rock bottom for me. So I cried out to God in desperation and asked him to help me. And I started studying the Bible every day. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time but I was fellowshipping with God in his word. And while I was getting to know him, he was teaching me things that I needed to know. One of these things was how to cope with PTSD. Studying the Bible has helped me to live with it more than anything else.
So I’ve been mining the Bible for nuggets of wisdom and truth for years. I’m excited about the things that I’ve learned from the Bible. I want to share them with everyone. And that’s why I wrote A Crash Course in the Bible.
A Crash Course in the Bible is a summary of the Bible’s most important teachings. And it contains Bible verses that everyone needs to know. If you study these Bible verses and take them to heart, they will comfort you and give you peace. They will help you get through difficult times. And they will change your life forever.
If you put A Crash Course in the Bible on your cell phone, then you can listen to the word of God anytime, anywhere. You can even listen to it when you’re going to sleep at night. And you’ll be like the man who’s described in Psalm One:
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:2-3)
My name is Larry Vaughn and I’m a Vietnam veteran. I thought I was one of the lucky ones who got away scot-free. But apparently, nobody who goes to war ever gets away scot-free. I didn’t know there was anything wrong with me. But the people around me did. I was irritable and short-tempered most of the time. And I was always mad about something. In 1998, I reached the point where I couldn’t control my emotions. My Doctors told me that I had PTSD. They took me off work and I never went back to my job as a Letter Carrier.
I applied for a medical retirement. But the Postal Service took over a year to process it. And during that year, my wife and I had no income. This was rock bottom for me. I was old and broke and too sick to work. And I didn’t know if I would ever be able to work again.
So I cried out to God in desperation and asked him to help me. And I started spending hours each day studying the Bible. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time. But I was fellowshipping with God in his word. And while I was getting to know him, he was teaching me things that I needed to know. One of these things was how to cope with PTSD.
I was mining the Bible for life-lessons from God. And when I saw a Bible verse that jumped out at me, I copied it down. I believe that the verses I’ve collected are the most interesting and informative verses in the Bible. I’m excited about the things that I’ve learned from them. I want to share them with you. And that’s why I wrote A Crash Course in the Bible.
The Pilgrims came to America to build a nation where people could practice their religion without being bothered by the government. And they said in the Mayflower Compact that they came here “for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith.”
The Founding Fathers fulfilled this vision when they created a new kind of government, one that’s based on principles of the Bible. And the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees our freedom of religion. It says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; . . .”
Noah Webster is called the Father of American Scholarship and Education. He published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828. And his “Blue-backed Speller” was the most widely used textbook in America for over a hundred years. According to Webster, it is the Bible that has made America great:
“Every civil government is based upon some religion or philosophy of life. Education in a nation will propagate the religion of that nation. In America, the foundational religion was Christianity. And it was sown in the hearts of Americans through the home and private and public schools for centuries.
Our liberty, growth, and prosperity is the result of a Biblical philosophy of life. Our continued freedom and success is dependent on our educating the youth of America in the principles of Christianity.”
America is exceptional because God has blessed us. That’s why we have more freedom and prosperity than any other nation in history. But we have run into a bit of a problem. Our enemies want to eliminate all traces of the Bible from our society. They want to “fundamentally transform America” into an atheistic, socialist state. They’ve been working on that goal for a long time. And they’ve enjoyed some success.
In 1962, the Supreme Court prohibited prayer in public schools. In June of 1963, they made it illegal to read the Bible in public schools. Since that time, ignorance of the Bible is at an all-time high. And that is threatening our freedom.
Ronald Reagan told us: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Fortunately, it’s not too late for us to solve this problem. All we have to do is study the Bible, learn its principles and teach them to our children.
America was founded on principles of the Bible. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The greatest need in America is for more people who understand the Bible and base their lives on it.
In his American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster warned us what would happen if we forgot about God and the Bible. He said, “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
Ignorance of the Bible is at an all-time high in America. And we’re paying a heavy price for it. I think that this Bible passage describes what America is like today:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. . . . Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as James and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, 7-8)
America is being destroyed because we’ve forgotten who we are and where we came from. And we’ve forgotten about God and the Bible.