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LAUS DEO

In the middle of Washington DC stands a monument--our national Monument, the Washington Monument. As a history lesson, there are some things you should know about this place.

There can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument in the DC area. On the aluminum cap on the East top portion of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. are displayed these two words: Laus Deo. Because of their position, no one can see these words with the naked eye. These two words were placed on top the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the entire DC area, the capital of the United States of America. They are placed in the highest position over the most powerful city of the greatest nation in the world.

Two words, small, seemingly insignificant...but the most precious and important words anyone could ever write, read, say or proclaim...LAUS DEO. What could these two Latin words possible mean? Very simply, they say what every man, woman and child of this nation should be saying...

Laus Deo = "Praise Be to GOD!"

Praise be to God! Within the monument itself is a staircase with 50 landings. On these landings are memorial stones with scriptures and prayers from the nations. On one of the landings is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; another holds a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; another still, a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting

Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

Proverbs 10:7 "The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 and in it was deposited of all things, the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy.

"One Nation, Under God." LAUS DEO. To walk through our nation’s capital, you will easily find the signature of GOD through the inscriptions of HIS word, quoted for all the nation to see.

We as the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA have been BLESSED by the GOD in whom we trust. The ONE true GOD. The God of Deuteronomy 6:4. Without GOD, we are...

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