My name is Lawrence T. Vosen, but to my friends, I have always been known as Larry. In ministry writings I have been known as, “larryv” since 1982, and this “About the Author” page is intended to provide that information which we believe is relevant to your confidence in The Exalted Name Bible™, and The Letters of Faith™. It is our sincerest hope that we have accomplished that goal.
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, one granddaughter, and many thousands of ‘adopted children, brothers and sisters’ thru our ministry writings.
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…
Educationally, you might want to know that following eight years in an extremely academic private “Catholic” school, I attended the largest public High School in the greater Cleveland area. Due to many “Interesting” events, at school and home, which I have elaborated upon in my book, “Willing To Engage”, I was forced to obtain my GED (High School Equivalency Diploma) at 16, extract myself from some rather ugly situations, and enlist in the Army – signing all papers, when I was 16. I physically entered the Army on 3/7/66. I was 17 years old!
Following all stateside training, I served 11 months in Germany before being sent to Vietnam, where I served with the Army’s Fifth Special Forces Group. After a year of working out of 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 that country. The A-team camp site and nomenclature was: Dak-Pek (A-242). I remained in Vietnam for a total of seventeen months, and on 11/20/68, forty days shy of my 20th birthday, I received my honorable discharge and returned home. (This part of my life is detailed in my book, “A Diamond on The Wall, Memoir of the youngest Green Beret in Vietnam, 1967-1968”).
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 my PhD (Theology).
Our Messiah became personally known to me in 1979, and by years-end I had dedicated my life to Him. Noteworthy of my walk with Him though, is that since my declaration of faith and baptism in 1979, I have been “Downsized” and unemployed three times (for three years each) during my career. While seeking employment, however, I relentlessly studied Scripture (upward of 18 hours per day), making the time ever spiritually profitable. Miraculously, during my unemployment ‘seasons’, the bills were always paid, food was always on our table, clothes were always on our backs, and warm beds in dry homes were always available… Father’s provision was always ample, and we were (and remain) extremely grateful and very thankful.
Aside from those details, there are three primary things that any reader should understand about me, because these three factors explain a great deal about my drive, and how Father has used those “drives” to bring about the work you are reading today:
First, I am an individual of faith – not by the hand of any man – but solely by the Word of Elohim (God). Personally, my confession of faith would include 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 His Word! 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 any way. In my heart I believe this is significant.
During my three, three 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, in a search 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 all of 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, as I present it to you.
Second, I think it is important for you to know how sincerely I listen 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?
Third, very early in my Bible studies, I noticed that the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, for instance, did not use the same “words” as the New American Standard Bible (NASB), or the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. I quickly settled on the NASB translation, and have used that version for many years.
Gradually, my studies, and the Spiritual Gifts I have been given, led me to become a Sunday School Teacher – as well as 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, therefore, take these matters very seriously.
The point of this is simply that the differences in the Bible translations has always gnawed at me, and the vast difference I found in Psalm 68, for instance, as explained under the tab, “The Exalted Name”, is a perfect reason why. And yet, it was from the springboard of the Psalm 68 variations, that I was utterly compelled to search-out the fullness of His Name. And, through that search, The Exalted Name Bible™ has been born.
Father imprinted 1 John 2:27 within my heart from the outset of my walk with Him, declaring that I needed no other teacher than He (Through His Holy Spirit). In the fullness of His imprinted promise, my Teacher has made certain that I have not only read His Word, but by the discipline and strength of His hand, He has made me experience His Word as well. I have been His scribe for many years, and yet I remain extremely excited about devouring His Word in study as well. My new study Bible, however, is The Exalted Name Bible™, and I sincerely pray that you enjoy your reading or listening to this work as well.
I remain faithfully and humbly your servant in YEHOSHUA our Messiah,
larry vosen (larryv)