About the author
The intent of this “About the Author” page is to provide relative information about me, in order to aid in establishing your confidence in my works and writings – as found in The Letters of Faith™ ministry, and now, here, in The Exalted Name Bible™.
My formal name, therefore, is Lawrence Thomas Vosen. My friends, however, have always called me, “Larry”.
Since 1982, in ministry writings thru The Letters of Faith website, I have also been known as, “larryv”.
Beginning and Family
I was born in late December, 1948, and have been married to Charlene Mae Wilson (Charlie to her friends), since July 11, 1970. We have one daughter and one granddaughter.
Charlie and I were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but moved from our hometown in 1972. In our travels we have lived in: Denver, CO; San Jose, Oxnard and Riverside, CA; Post Falls (Coeur d’Alene) ID; Central Point (Medford) OR; Las Vegas, NV, and now – finally, Weeki Wachee, FL…
Following eight years in an extremely academic private “Catholic” school, I attended the largest public High School in the greater Cleveland area. At 16, due to difficulties at school and home, I voluntarily obtained my GED (High School Equivalency Diploma), and extracted myself from a spiraling lifestyle. Once all of the formal emancipation documents were signed, I immediately enlisted in the Army. I physically entered active duty on March, 7, 1966. I was 17 years old.
Following all stateside training, I served 11 months in Germany before being sent to Vietnam. In Vietnam I served with the Army’s Fifth Special Forces Group. After twelve months at the 5th Special Forces Headquarters in Nha Trang, Vietnam, I was transferred to the most remote Special Forces A-Team outpost in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The A-team camp site and nomenclature was: Dak-Pek (A-242). I served in Dak-Pek for five months, departing Vietnam mere days before serving a full year and a half in that most unusual, tortured and yet, gorgeous country.
Forty days shy of my 20th birthday, I received my honorable discharge on November, 20,1968, and immediately returned home to Cleveland. Many old wounds healed thru simple communication -via- simple letters home.
Post Military Education
Married in 1970, and working, I also went back to school at night. Ultimately, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, an MBA (Inventory Management & Asset Control), and ultimately a PhD in Theology.
Statement of Faith
Our Messiah became personally known to me in the Spring of 1979, thru my reading of His Word. By years-end I had dedicated my life to Him. Noteworthy of my walk with Him though, is that from the moment of my declaration of faith and baptism in 1979, my career has seen three very unique, 3-year periods of “Downsizing and Unemployment”.
As I sought employment during those three, 3-year periods, I also relentlessly studied Scripture (upward of 18 hours per day). Those periods of unemployment were financially taxing for us, but more importantly, they were also very spiritually profitable and uplifting.
Miraculously, the bills were always paid, food was always on our table, clothes were always on our backs, and warm beds, in dry and safe homes, were always available…
Our Heavenly Father’s provision was always ample, and we remain extremely grateful and very thankful for His miraculous provision.
Three Primary Driving Factors in my Faith-Walk
There are three primary facts that any reader should know about me, because these three points explain a great deal about my personality; my drive, and how our Father has used those “drives”, to bring about the work(s) you are reading today:
I am an individual of faith, but not by the hand of any man. I came to know Yehoshua solely thru the Word of Elohim (God); solely thru the Bible. Personally, my confession of faith includes the fact that I consider myself a Disciple of Yehoshua (I can only pray that my Master considers me in the same way).
Nevertheless, as you have already read, I found the Master in 1979, and this occurred on my third successive reading of the Bible! Although I was “provoked” by a co-worker into reading Scripture, for the first time ever in my life, I was led to the Messiah solely thru His Word. No man ‘converted’ me, and no man can claim that they “Led me to Jesus”. In my heart I hold this to be significant.
During my three, 3-year periods of unemployment, and my resulting studies, the very Word of Elohim itself leapt into my heart and soul, and the Messiah Personally touched me at the very deepest levels of my life! And, ever since the moment of my ‘rebirth’, I have studied the Bible on a word-by-word basis, using multiple Bible translations and their respective concordances, as I have searched for the fullness of His truth.
The Scriptural translations I have used throughout the years, include:
1. New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2. King James Version (KJV)
3. New King James Version (NKJV)
4. New International Version (NIV).
I have also utilized the 1833 Webster, 1889 Darby and 1899 Douay-Rheims interpretations of the Old and New Covenants, and eventually I also explored both the (HOT) Hebrew Old Covenant (Tenach), and the 1894 Scrivener Textus Receptus for the New Covenant.
I am telling you this, because this was done, and continues being done by me today, to insure that as a Bible Teacher, I am not misinterpreting, misunderstanding or misrepresenting His Word, in my presentation of it to you.
I hold this to be significant as well.
Furthermore, I think it is important for you to know how sincerely I listen to, and attempt to grasp words and names. For instance, from early in life I have listened as people pronounced their names, because I did not want to mispronounce that name when I repeated it. I may not be able to put names and faces together very well, but once I hear a person pronounce their name, I strive to repeat that name using their exact inflections and pronunciation.
I think that is respectful, don’t you?
Very early in my Bible studies, I recognized that the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible did not use the same “words” as the New American Standard Bible (NASB). Further, I recognized and rejected the New International Version (NIV) immediately. It was just too simple and vague for serious study. I ultimately settled on the NASB translation, finding it to be mature and as accurate a translation as available.
Moving Forward – And Teaching
My studies, and Spiritual Gifts, gradually led me to become a Sunday School Teacher; a teacher of all things “Bible”. I say that today with a great deal of reverence, because as a “Sunday School Teacher”, and because I interpret Scripture very literally, the warning issued in James 3:1, to teachers, really impacts my heart. Therein He said, “My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that as such we will receive the greater condemnation” (ENB). I really do take these matters seriously.
Impact of Different Bible Translations
The point is simply that the differences in Bible translations has always gnawed at me. You can see then, why the vast difference I found in Psalm 68, as explained under tab, “The Exalted Name”, was so annoying. Yet, it was from the Psalm 68 variations, that I was compelled to search-out the fullness of His Name. Through that search and many others, and through the discoveries that unfolded, The Exalted Name Bible™ has been born.
Impact of Yehoshua, our Heavenly Father and The Holy Spirit
Father imprinted 1 John 2:27 within my heart from the outset of my walk with Him. Knowing that I needed no other teacher than He, at that time, (Through His Holy Spirit), I labored joyously. In the fullness of His promise, my Teacher has also made certain that I have studied His Word feverishly. And I have experienced His Word in my life too, as He disciplined and strengthened me on a daily basis. As His scribe for four decades, I nevertheless remain extremely excited about devouring His Word in my personal studies. My new favorite Study Bible, though, is The Exalted Name Bible™.
I sincerely pray that you enjoy your reading or listening to The ENB™ as well.
I remain faithfully and humbly your servant in Yehoshua our Messiah,
larry vosen (larryv)