April Theme: Easter
The theme this month is Easter because it is a uniquely Christian theme that symbolizes all that is at the root of the civilizing influence of our culture. The true meaning of Easter is being buried in secularism. Bunnies and eggs are fun, and the egg does have some symbolism, but let’s remind our children that only because of Jesus Christ are we blessed with the Resurrection, and only because of Him do any of us have hope for joy in the next life. More about this great key to the peace of our children in the April posts.
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Theme Quotes for April: Easter
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16
They may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have engraven thee upon the palms of my hands. ~Isaiah 49:16
I lay down my life for the sheep. ~John 10:15
I am the resurrection and the life. ~John 11:25
[T]he Son of man came …to give his life a ransom for many. ~Matthew 20:28
Broken heart and a contrite spirit. Contrition is manifestation of a broken, or humble, spirit because of sin and a sincere sense of the baseness of sin and realization of the mercy and grace of God granted to the repentant sinner. For that reason the Lord says to offer a sacrifice of a broken heart and contrite spirit. ~Joseph Fielding Smith
Repentance is a gift of God. . . .It is not so easy for some people to repent, but the gift of repentance and faith will be given to every man who will seek for it. ~Joseph Fielding Smith
We may be bucking a strong tide, but we must teach our children that sin is sin. ~Spencer W. Kimball
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As time goes on, and our traditional values become increasingly at risk, I look forward to working with you to restore Judeo-Christian values for our families and our posterity. Our theme for April is Easter
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Come unto Christ
Teach our Children of Christ. “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission [forgiveness] of their sins.” ~ Nephi
Repentance is a Message of Love
Unless we are careful, today’s entitlement society will corrupt the faith of our children. Some young families have visited churches with one question in mind: “what’s in it for me?” Do we think that our salvation will be handed to us without any effort on our part? The Bible teaches the reality of sin, and that the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ will save us from our sins, not in our sins. The merciful Christ will save those who repent. The unvarnished truth, or “wintry doctrine”, is that if we do not repent, we are on our own to suffer as He suffered. Teaching our children how to repent is the greatest act of love any parent can offer. More about this in our April posts.
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The Dinner Topic Theme for April is Easter
“Defining Moments” is a monthly feature. Kind of a fancy name for a glossary. When I was growing up, we had a huge dictionary on a tall, narrow, rolling table. Whenever we asked the meaning of a word, we were told to “look it up.” We still do that. You’d be surprised at some of the interesting things you find in the dictionary, especially the 1828 American Dictionary. Now, with all the twists and spins that politicians and the media do to common words, it’s valuable to go back to the original meaning. It can make for interesting conversation, too.
This month the Defining Moment is Indulgence vs. Love
The Parenting Value for this month: Respect
Famous Birthdays: Rachmaninoff, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Prokofiev, and Shakespeare
U.S. Constitution Series 7: Equal Rights, Not Equal Things
Christian Story: Jesus teaches how to build on the Rock
Hillsdale College: Entrepreneurship in American History
History Patterns: Monroe Doctrine
Economics without Character Timeline
Faith: Passion Flower Symbolism
Dallin Oaks—3 ways to Witness for God
What are God’s Standards of Morality?
Character: African-American woman tells us how we should judge by the content of one’s character, not the color of one’s skin
Nation: Wisconsin Governor shows how to govern in liberty
Gutting of the Military creates threat to national security
Abuse Report—there are so many government and other abuses now that there is not room to report them all, so they will be summarized and listed in one report, with links to the complete article.
Moral Repair Plan—this will be much harder, but when we come across solutions, we will report them.
And as always—current events, updates, and analysis
Priority: Investigation of Common Core reveals that it is blatant Left-wing indoctrination. Your state can choose not to implement Common Core. It’s hard to control national and even state politics. However, we can still do what is best for our children.
It is going to become increasingly difficult to counteract the insidious influences pervading our society. If it is not possible for you to home school, try to teach your children Judeo-Christian values at home. The easiest way to do this is to tell stories and discuss principles at the family dinner table. I hope these dinner topics help you with this vital effort. Just don’t give up! Our precious children are worth fighting for.
NOTE: Every day government schools are giving us more and more reasons to teach our children at home—either find a good private school or take the plunge and home school. There are many support groups nationwide and a variety of curricula to tailor to your needs. Begin now to prepare and plan. Don’t wait till the task of undoing the secular influences becomes impossible. You can do it; you need not feel alone. God will help you protect your children from the increasing evils of the world.
1. Tea Party Updates. The Tea Party held a Symposium on Article V of the Constitution, studying ways the states can use their power to overcome the tyranny at the Federal level.
Compact for America. This is a peaceful, well-organized grass-roots educational movement to combat tyranny on the federal level. This is slowly returning power to the states by focusing on one nation-saving amendment at a time via state conventions. Georgia state legislature just voted to hold a convention. The goal is for votes by ¾ of the states to compel Congress to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment by July 4, 2014.
2. Obamacare: Let’s do all we can to support the worthy grass roots efforts that are growing nationwide. Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare.
3. Nullification. States can choose to ignore an unconstitutional national law by passing a bill banning implementation. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level. This can be used, not only for Obamacare, but any other unconstitutional law. South Carolina has nullified Obamacare!
4. Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap. To access this series of posts, type US Constitution Series in this site’s search bar.