Vain or Vanity
 
The Pilgrim’s Progress, the well-known Christian classic by 
John Bunyan, tells about Pilgrim, who travels from the City 
of Destruction to the Celestial City. On the way to heaven he 
passes through a town named Vanity, and in this town, there 
is a place called Vanity Fair. Everything sold there appeals to 
a person’s vanity: houses, lands, honors, pleasures, lusts, 
silver, gold, and the list goes on. At Vanity Fair, everyone lives 
in sin and mocks or persecutes those who live a moral or 
ethical lifestyle. People like those of Vanity Fair populate our 
world today. The book of Ecclesiastes describes the life apart
from God as one of vanity. Thirty verses state that everything 
is vanity unless it relates to God. We make choices: Life can 
be spent in empty, vain pursuits, or it can be full of purpose. 
Let’s consider some Scriptures that give insights into the vain 
way of life.


1. Deuteronomy 32:40–47.

To whom does vengeance belong? 
Men may vow to take care of themselves by
the sword, but where does real life come from? 
What words are worth our time learning and observing? 
(See Deuteronomy 6:4–12.) 
What blessings come from following God’s Word?


2. Job 7:3–4.

Job said he endured months of vanity and futility. 
What is he describing? 
When sleep doesn’t come, what does man wait for? 
How can we better face work and weariness?


3. Psalm 2:1–4.

What kind of vain plotting do people do? (Acts 4:24–27). 
Why is this vanity? 
What is God’s response to those who rebel against Him and His Son?


4. Psalm 127:1–2.

What happens to work we try to accomplish without God? 
Why is rising early and retiring late toiling for food in vain? 
What does God grant those He loves?


5. Proverbs 12:11.

What does working the land produce? 
How is a vain person described? 
A good work ethic curbs vanity. 
Why is honest work honorable?


6. Malachi 3:13–15.

Why do some think it is vain to serve God? 
Do their motives come into play? 
Why is it the correct choice to honor God’s Word and live by it?


7. Romans 1:21–28.

Why do you think the people described 
probably knew of God but didn’t truly know Him? 
What happens when men and women give themselves over to the lusts 
of the flesh rather than honoring their bodies as God created them to be?


8. 1 Corinthians 15:14, 17.

Why would preaching be in vain without the resurrection of Jesus? 
Why would faith be in vain if Christ had not been raised from the dead?


9. James 1:26.

In what ways does religion become vain, empty, and useless? 
How does a person deceive himself?


10. 2 Peter 2:15–18.

What is the future of proud, boastful people? 
What do such people want to do? 
What do evil people promise to others? 
What is their true condition?


From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor

About the Author (2010):

Preston A. Taylor is a retired pastor and missionary to Argentina. He
received his BD and ThM degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary
and his DMin from Luther Rice Seminary. For the past 25 years, he has
written a weekly devotional message for newspapers in the towns where
he has served as pastor. Dr. Taylor currently lives in Zapata, Texas.

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Despite the constant hype Americans are already tuning out the sham impeachment trials.

On the second day of the public show trials 95% of Americans turned off the nonsense.

Americans are worn out by all of the fake news and hysteria.

Devastating.

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No One in American Wants Impeachment except the Far-left Socialist Democrats and their Corrupt Media. They hate President Trump because he is a winner. He beat them and he’s making America great again as he said he would.

The Democrats and their corrupt media are totally blinded by their rage and they don’t realize that no one is in favor of impeachment.

We reported a week ago that FOX News released a poll where they stated that 49% of Americans were for Trump Impeachment. But their polling was flawed. The real extrapolated results of the poll using an accurate proportion of Republicans, Democrats and Independents showed that only 30% of Americans are in favor of Trump’s Impeachment and they’re all Democrats.

Next, a few days ago we reported on another poll that was consistent with the results of our extrapolated FOX News poll.

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You won’t hear this in the mainstream media: Nearly three fourths of Americans have little to no trust in the House Democrats’ handling of their impeachment process. 🤔

Today another poll was released with similar results.

Most Americans believe that the corrupt media is trying to help get President Trump impeached. Three-quarter of Republicans, half of independents and even a third of Democrats believe this to be the case. No one trusts Schifty Shiff or the corrupt media pushing his impeachment sham.

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