George Washington’s Rules of Civility

By Charlie Wingard · September 3, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Young George Washington’s education included copying by hand “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” In the process he learned not only penmanship, but a code of manners that shaped his character and conduct. Some of the 110 rules pertain to etiquette: “In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.” And, “Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs roll not the Eyes lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.” Fortunately, I’ve never been in situation that required me to: “Kill no Vermin as Fleas,…

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From the Heidelberg Catechism for the Lord’s Day, September 1

By Charlie Wingard · September 1, 2013 · 0 Comments
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93. How are these [The Ten] Commandments divided? Into two tables: the first of which teaches, in four commandments, what duties we owe to God; the second, in six, what duties we owe to our neighbor. 94. What does God require in the first Commandment? That, on peril of my soul’s salvation, I avoid and flee all idolatry, sorcery, enchantments, invocation of saints or of other creatures; and that I rightly acknowledge the only true God, trust in Him alone,  with all humility and patience expect all good from Him only, and love, fear, and honor Him with my whole heart; so as rather to renounce all creatures than to do the least thing against His will. 95. What is…

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Sunday, September 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Charlie Wingard · August 31, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Click here for tomorrow’s bulletin. MORNING WORSHIP (9:30):  Charlie Wingard, preaching: 1 Kings 5-7 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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Various & Sundry: August 30

By Charlie Wingard · August 30, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Articles and clips of interest I viewed this week: Mrs. Thatcher won’t jump, a role model alternative to Miley Cyrus. Confused by the players in the Middle East crisis? Consult this chart. Are all sins equal? J.I. Packer’s answer. Meghan Cox Gurdon makes “The Case for Good Taste in Children’s Books.”

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J.C. Ryle: “No Spiritual Gains without Pains”

By Charlie Wingard · August 29, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Holiness by J.C. Ryle was the first book I read devoted to the believer’s personal holiness. Through the years I’ve returned to it many times for instruction and encouragement, and it remains atop my list of recommended books on the subject. Ryle loved the the gospel of God’s justifying grace in Christ. “For by grace you have been saved  through faith. And this is  not your own doing;  it is the gift of God,  not a result of works,  so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Not human works but Christ, by his meritorious life and atoning death, saves believing, repentant sinners. God justifies, and he also sanctifies as he works in believers to purify and make them holy…

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Oswald Sanders on Leadership

By Charlie Wingard · August 28, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Leadership is influence. At home, church, and work Christian leaders influence for godliness or ungodliness; they build up or tear down, help or hinder Christ’s work In Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders, former director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship, provides standards to  measure the quality of our leadership. Have you ever broken yourself of a bad habit? To lead others, one must be master of oneself. Do you retain control of yourself when things go wrong? The leader who loses self-control in testing circumstances forfeits respect and loses influence. He must be calm in crisis and resilient in adversity and disappointment. Do you think independently? While using to the full the thoughts of others, the leader cannot afford to let others do…

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It’s economy, stupid.

By Charlie Wingard · August 26, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Today’s fiscal meltdown in Detroit foreshadows America’s tomorrow. Washington’s promiscuous spending, immoral borrowing from future generations, and unfunded entitlement liabilities propel the nation toward catastrophe. To keep Mr. Clinton’s 1992  presidential campaign focused, strategist James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Too bad he didn’t drop a word. “It’s economy, stupid” would better serve our nation. Speaking at Westminster in 2009, the late Dr. Cortez Cooper reviewed Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary’s multiple definitions of the word economy: ECON’OMY, n. [L. oeconomia; Gr. house, and law, rule.] 1. Primarily, the management, regulation and government of a family or the concerns of a household. 2. The management of pecuniary concerns or the expenditure of money. Hence, 3. A frugal and…

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From the Heidelberg Catechism for August 25

By Charlie Wingard · August 25, 2013 · 0 Comments
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92. What is the Law of God? God spoke all these words, saying: First Commandment “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. Second Commandment “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate…

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