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George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

RULE 1 - Every action done in company ought to be done with some sign of respect to those that are present.

RULE 2 - When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body not usually discovered.

RULE 3 - Show nothing to your friend that may affright him.

RULE 4 - In the presence of others, sing not to yourself with a humming noise, nor drum with your fingers or feet.

RULE 5 - If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do it not loud but privately; and speak not in your yawning, but put your handkerchief or hand before your face and turn aside.

These rules originated from the honorable Mr. Washington when he was 14 years old. I picked up a book called "By George!" written by Steven M. Selzer, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City. (C) 2000.

Believer's Baptism

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Thou Shalt Keep Them - a book review

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The exclusive authority of the Scriptures

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (2 Tim. 3:16a)

When a true doctrine is held to by a series of Bible verses that bear upon a topic, a person is then led to believe that such a doctrine is true regardless of the difficulty that doctrine imposes on one’s intellect. The doctrine of SolaScriptura (Scripture alone) is one in particular. This doctrine is assumed in the Bible. The fact that it is presupposed and/or assumed doesn’t mean that it is false, nor unfounded. Take for instance the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. There is not one single passage that teaches every aspect of the mystery of the Trinity, and yet one is led to conclude this vital doctrine after looking at a series of Bible verses that bear upon each and every aspect of the Trinity. Unless God revealed this doctrine to mankind, we would have never known the Triune God. Another great assumption is the existence of God. The Bible goes no further in proving the existence of God than simply declaring that “In the …

Psalm 2 (part 3b)

"I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." (Psalm 2:7)
The term “only begotten” (John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18) refers to Christ’s unique and eternal Sonship. In Heb. 11:17 the writer indicated that Abraham was offering up “his only begotten son.” Abraham literally had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. But it was Isaac who received the recognition as being the “only begotten son” which goes to show that the phrase “only begotten” should not be taken literally. The term “only begotten” designates a unique relationship. Isaac was the only begotten son in relation to the Abrahamic covenant. He was the promised son. Isaac, in relation to Abraham, was one of a kind. In a similar sense, when the Bible speaks of Christ as the only begotten of the Father, Christ is the unique – one of a kind- Son of God. The Bible designates angels as sons (Job 1:6; 38:7), and believers are also called by the same title (Jn. 1:12; 1 John 3:2). But Ch…