April 2015 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Easter is about Jesus Christ
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The Judeo-Christian way of life is vanishing. Easter used to be an integral part of American life—attendance at church on Easter Sunday, Easter sunrise services, and a week-long break from school designated as Easter vacation. Now, Christ and Easter are banished, replaced by “Spring Break”, and everywhere children expect another sugar overload, just like Halloween.
Our mission here is to preserve and protect that precious way of life—to keep it alive for our children and grandchildren. As shown in a March post, the Millennnials, or Generation Y, seem to be more like a Generation lost. If we do not tell them about our cherished values, they will never know. They need you, their parents, to pass on the values that are the only way to true happiness. Teach them about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, so that they can feel “encircled in His gentle arms.” This is best explained in a quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
The Sacrifice of the Son of God
Each year at this time we commemorate and ponder the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for all mankind.
What the Savior did from Gethsemane to Golgotha on our behalf is beyond my ability to grasp. He took upon Himself the burden of our sins and paid an eternal and binding ransom not only for Adam’s original transgression but also for the sins and transgressions of the billions upon billions of souls who have ever lived. This eternal, sacred sacrifice caused “even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (D&C 19:18).
He suffered for me.
He suffered for you.
My soul overflows with gratitude when I contemplate the precious meaning of this sacrifice. It humbles me to know that all who accept this gift and incline their hearts to Him can be forgiven and cleansed of their sins, no matter how dark their blemish or how oppressive their burden.
We can be made spotless and pure once again. We can be redeemed by the eternal sacrifice of our beloved Savior.
Easter comes in the first week of April this year, but it is not something to think about one day per year, rather it is the essence of the Gospel, the very substance of our lives, the only key to true happiness.
So remember, Easter is not just a holiday—it’s a way of Life!
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Defining Moment: the Atonement of Jesus Christ
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Theme Quotations for April: Easter is about Jesus Christ
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. ~Matthew 28:6
For God so loved the world, he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16
“As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor. 15:22.)
“No other single influence has had so great an impact on this earth as the life of Jesus the Christ.” ~Ezra Taft Benson
The Lord Made Repentance Possible; Lay Your Burdens at His Feet. ~Boyd K. Packer
He who suffered so selflessly for us in the garden and on the cross will not leave us comfortless now. He will strengthen, encourage, and bless us. He will encircle us in His gentle arms. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.
I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love, and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet. ~ Charles H. Gabriel
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue confess to God. ~Romans 14:11
We can turn to Him . . .because He understands. He understands the struggle, and He also understands how to win the struggle . . . The power of His Atonement can erase the effects of sin in us. When we repent, His atoning grace justifies and cleanses us. It is as if we had not succumbed, as if we had not yielded to temptation. As we endeavor day by day and week by week to follow the path of Christ, our spirit asserts its preeminence, the battle within subsides, and temptations cease to trouble. ~D. Todd Christofferson
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise…but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~2Peter 3:9
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Easing our Burdens
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. He never will suffer the righteous to fall. He is at thy right hand. Thy mercy, Lord, is great and far above the heavens. Let none be made ashamed that wait upon thee. ~Julius Schubring
Classical Music stress relief this month provided by Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev
The Dinner Topic Theme for April: Easter is about Jesus Christ
“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 Atonement of Jesus Christ, justice and mercy reconciled
The Parenting Value for this month: Respect
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Culture: Symbolism of the Passion Flower
The Passion of Christ as shown through Art
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Encircled in the Gentle Arms of Jesus Christ
The Life and Mission of Jesus Christ
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Hillsdale Imprimis: Race Relations and Law Enforcement
History: A History Quiz—Who said that?
News Clipping from the past shows results of socialism
Nation: Internet Service Providers are suing Net Neutrality
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From Commentary—Middle East 101
US Constitution Series 16: Three Branches of Government—Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
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