Resources by Charlie Wingard

George Washington on Fashion

By Charlie Wingard · September 17, 2013 · 0 Comments
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George Washington dressed well. His clothing, he believed, should reflect the dignity of a military and political leader. Slovenly dress demeans both the man and the nation he represents. But Washington was neither a fashion trendsetter nor a follower. He wrote: “A person who is anxious to be a leader of the fashion, or one of the first to follow it, will certainly appear in the eyes of judicious men to have nothing better than a frequent change of dress to recommend him to notice.” Washington’s concern was propriety – what’s appropriate – not fashion. How a Christian leader dresses when performing his duties probably concerns very few. For several decades our society has tracked toward the informal. But if…

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The School of Experience

By Charlie Wingard · September 16, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Effective prayer and compassionate care for others emerges from our own intimate acquaintance with suffering. Only as we face adversity and learn to “rely not on ourselves  but on God  who raises the dead” will we learn to pray with understanding and care with sympathy. When Paul wrote the Corinthians, he does not praise God “who enables us to escape from every affliction.” Instead, he assures a broken church: “Blessed be the  God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and  God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by…

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From the Heidelberg Catechism for the Lord’s Day, September 15

By Charlie Wingard · September 15, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Third Commandment “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. 99. What is required in the third Commandment? That we must not by cursing, or by false swearing, nor yet by unnecessary oaths, profane or abuse the name of God; nor even by our silence and connivance be partakers of these horrible sins in others; and in summary, that we use the holy name of God in no other way than with fear and reverence, so that He may be rightly confessed and worshiped by us, and be glorified in all our words and works. 100. Is the profaning of God’s…

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Sunday, September 15, at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Charlie Wingard · September 14, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Click here for tomorrow’s bulletin. MORNING WORSHIP (9:30):  Charlie Wingard, preaching: 1 Kings 9-10 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL (11:00): 1. READING THE BIBLE BIBLICALLY A study of how to use the structure, genres, and themes of the Bible to read it with more wonder, depth and understanding. Having considered how these aspects are seen throughout Scripture as a whole, we will apply them to reading select books of the Old and New Testaments. 2. INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS Using the Westminster Larger Catechism, the class surveys important moral decisions that contemporary Christians face. Issues include the role of God’s law in a believer’s life, the sanctification of the Lord’s day, abortion, capital punishment, end of life issues, sexual purity, fidelity in…

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The Lord’s Day: “A Wholesome School of Discipline”

By Charlie Wingard · September 13, 2013 · 0 Comments
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The due observance of [the Christian Sabbath] . . . is a wholesome school of discipline, a means of grace for the people, a safeguard of public morality and religion, a bulwark against infidelity, and a source of immeasurable blessing to the church, the state, and the family. Next to the Church and the Bible, the Lord’s Day is the chief pillar of Christian Society.” Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church , vol. 1 (Eerdmans, 1962, originally published 1858), 479.

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