Dinner Topics Newsletter: American Dream

July 2015 Dinner Topics Newsletter: American Dream

Culture-Wars

Dear Friends,

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prelude-glory2“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS,” said Thomas Paine, inspiring Americans to fight for independence from the tyranny of the British Empire. In Prelude to Glory, the amazing series of historical novels on the founding of America, author Ron Carter shows us in heart-breaking, gut-wrenching detail the extent of courage, suffering, and sacrifice endured by the American colonists to give birth to this great free country.

In the series, the American Revolution and founding is portrayed from a Christian point of view. Miracles that saved the Americans time and time again leave no doubt that God’s hand was in the founding of this country. Americans felt the Holy Spirit in their lives. It was the American Dream to enjoy liberty—freedom of religion, speech, and all the unalienable rights we receive only from God.

America is a one-of-a-kind country. In their best-selling book Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World, authors Chris and Ted Stewart point out that the default position of world history is oppression and slavery. Never in any place or at any time in history had a country been able to govern itself successfully. What the Americans were fighting for was only a Dream. The whole world thought it was impossible—some scoffed, others held their breath in hope. But they did win it—against impossible odds.

AFAdiscouragement_homeToday we are again at war—a Cultural War. To be honest, the American Dream has suffered greatly in recent years, becoming more like a nightmare. Some are even wondering if we have lost the culture war. No denying, we are seeing the consequences of our nation’s choice to reject God.

IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE WHO ARE DISCOURAGED and thinking that all is lost (and I hardly blame you), I urge you to read the Prelude to Glory series by Ron Carter. It was published over a decade ago, but is available online, or if you’re fortunate, perhaps in your library. When I read about all that those valiant Americans endured so we could enjoy freedom in our beloved nation, I ask myself, “How dare I roll over, submit, surrender, or quit? How dare I quit, give up and forfeit the hard-won liberty that God, through those noble founders, has bequeathed to us?”

lamour-comstock-lodeVal Trevallion is a memorable hero in Louis L’Amour’s Comstock Lode. Trevallion was a good man who nevertheless had enemies, perhaps because he was good. He and a good friend ended up trapped in a mine, because someone deliberately set off explosives in an attempt to bury them alive, and the truth along with them. Nobody knew they were there, and the situation looked utterly hopeless, with yards of rock to dig through in a short time before they ran out of oxygen. But Val would not give up.

He knew no other way. All his life there had been a battle, and all his life he had worked. He would go down working, go down fighting, go out trying as he had always done. Had he known how, he would have quit, but life had taught him everything but that.[1]

I don’t know about you, but I can relate. Do you feel buried by an avalanche of political correctness, with your freedom of speech stifled, your freedom of religion crushed by explosive, unconstitutional acts? Do you feel smothered by so much vitriolic, in-your-face opposition that you can scarcely breathe?

Well, the rest of the story is that Val had helped countless people everywhere he went. The people in the town missed him, suspected foul play, and started looking for him. They banded together, climbed the mountain to the mine, and helped him and his friend to get out.[2]

As columnist David French noted, “When it comes to the core of their faith, millions of Christians will echo, by word and deed, the words of Martin Luther: HERE WE STAND. WE CAN DO NO OTHER. “

optimismYou and I know that America will not be saved in Washington D.C. by spineless politicians who are betraying us. If we want to rescue our birthright of American liberty and Biblical values, we must start digging out toxic lies around us and putting down grass-roots of truth by teaching our families gospel principles.

At the end of the day, the only thing that will matter in the eyes of God is: whose side are we on? What did we stand for?

Remember that Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” And never forget that truth is our most powerful weapon.

I hope you will find Epicworld Dinner Topics to be useful in educating people, and that you will spread the word about this blog.

truth1Let us all press on in the work of the Lord,

That when life is o’er we may gain a reward;

In the fight for right let us wield a sword,

The mighty sword of truth.

Fear not, though the enemy deride,

Courage, for the Lord is on our side.

We will heed not what the wicked may say,

But the Lord alone we will obey. ~ Evan Stephens

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late.

Don’t give up the American Dream,

Christine Davidson

 

Highlights

david-goliath1Bible Stories: David and Goliath: what was the secret of David’s power?

Book Reviews: The powerful Prelude to Glory series, Christian history of the American Revolution

Unintimidated—Scott Walker, a modern day David, fights the and wins by reforming a Goliath of power-hungry unions

History: Comparing the glorious American Revolution to the infamous French Revolution

 

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NOTE: The Tea Party is doing all it can in a political sense. However, to be realistic, at the end of the day, America will not be saved in Washington D.C. The sad truth is that politicians on both sides of the aisle are betraying real Traditional Values. The only political leaders we can support are those who will uphold the Constitution and our values.

Restoration of the truth that sets us free must begin with each of us, in our homes, with our families. Our guidebook is found in the Holy Scriptures. Then, with scriptures and the Holy Spirit as a guide, let us choose to support good persons for public office who stand firm for Biblical values.

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Theme Quotes for July: American Dream

seal-of-the-united-states-original“I have not yet begun to fight!” John Paul Jones

“The only way we can keep our freedom is to work at it. Not some of us. All of us. Not some of the time, but all of the time.” Spencer W. Kimball

Christ has not called us to be nice but to be good. Nice people never confront evil, but good people do. ~Bryan Fischer

This is the last day in which the great consummation of God’s purposes will be made, the only dispensation in which the Lord has promised that sin will not prevail. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. ~Benjamin Franklin

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~Winston Churchill

You cannot submit to evil without allowing evil to grow. Each time the good are defeated, or each time they yield, they only cause the forces of evil to grow stronger. Greed feeds greed, and crime grows with success. Our giving up what is ours merely to escape trouble would only create greater trouble for someone else. ~Louis L’Amour

culture-war3-reagan“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  –Ronald Reagan

When it comes to the core of their faith, millions of Christians will echo, by word and deed, the words of Martin Luther: Here we stand. We can do no other. ~David French

“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” ~Abraham Lincoln

prelude-glory1“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
~Abraham Lincoln

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”~Thomas Paine

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”~Thomas Paine

“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”~William Penn

 

Let us all press on in the work of the Lord, That when life is o’er we may gain a reward;

In the fight for right let us wield a sword, The mighty sword of truth.

Fear not, though the enemy deride,Courage, for the Lord is on our side.

We will heed not what the wicked may say, But the Lord alone we will obey. ~ Evan Stephens

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Prevention

It is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Follow the Guidebook

biblereadmeDID YOU KNOW? Living Biblical moral standards in your family actually is less stressful than doing anything you feel like? When you avoid excessive drinking and drug abuse, think of all the problems you prevent! When you live moral standards and teach your children to do the same, think of all the heartbreak you are spared! When you eat healthfully and take care of your body, it’s not guaranteed, but you are bound to save on medical expenses. Statistics show that marriages are generally happier among churchgoers. When you study the Holy Scriptures and strive to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, you invite the Holy Spirit into your home, which prevents invasion of unholy influences and brings more peace and happiness.

 

prelude-glory9Classical Music this month will include: Battle Hymn of the Republic, Star Spangled Banner, Egmont Overture, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Also music for the American Dream by Jordan New Age Music.

July Preview

The Dinner Topic Theme for July: American Dream

Defining Moments

“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: Zion

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Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Integrity

Famous Birthdays: John Paul Jones, William Blackstone, Alexis de Tocqueville, Milton Friedman

Bible Stories: David and Goliath

Elisha and the armies of God

prelude-glory3Book Reviews: Prelude to Glory—a Christian history of the American Revolution

Unintimidated—Scott Walker, a modern day David, fights and wins by reforming a Goliath of power-hungry unions

Rush Revere and the First Patriots

Rush Revere and the American Revolution

Culture: Prevent Church Shootings

Fight for Right—to win the Culture War, Christians must engage in the battle, not surrender

True Science vs. the Chicken Little Religion

Victory for Liberty: Like John Paul Jones, we must have courage, saying, “I have not yet begun to fight!”

Faith: We can win the war against evil

How to live righteously in a wicked world

Hillsdale Imprimis: Ups and Downs of Post-Graduate Life

seal-of-the-united-statesHistory: Israel roots in American history

Comparing the American and French Revolutions

Literature: “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dream Keeper

“If”, by Rudyard Kipling

Nation: Surprise! If we would apply Mexico’s immigration laws, America would be safer and more peaceful

US Constitution Series 19: Federal and State Balance of Power

Moral Repair Plan—always looking for reasons for optimism:

Truth Detectors: Reality Updates

 

In these days when Truth is endangered by political expediency, it is important that we learn to discern Truth from Error, fraud, or downright deception. To find other articles on this topic, type Truth Detectors (hyphenated, to filter) in the search bar of this site.

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

 

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Traditional Bible-believing parents may have to consider withdrawing their children from public schools to protect your family spiritually and financially from the rising tide of persecution and ruinous lawsuits by anti-Christian fascists.

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.

Ongoing

  1. Tea Party Update listed each month.

Stop GOP Leaders from stifling the free speech of true conservatives, like Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson

teapartyresults6NOTE: The Tea Party is doing all it can in a political sense. However, to be realistic, at the end of the day, America will not be saved in Washington D.C. The sad truth is that politicians on both sides of the aisle are betraying real Traditional Values. The only political leaders we can support are those who will uphold the Constitution.

Restoration of the truth that sets us free must begin with each of us, in our homes, with our families. Our guidebook is found in the Holy Scriptures. Then, with scriptures and the Holy Spirit as a guide, let us choose to support good persons for public office who stand firm for Biblical values.

 

It is important to understand that the Tea Party is not a third political party. Nor does it represent all the slanderous falsehoods hurled upon them by those who hate America and her Founders. It is organized to restore Constitutional principles to the government of America. If you love the USA with good, old-fashioned patriotism, then the Tea Party is the best organization to work for the principles and values you cherish.

July

Abuse of Power: Republican Party Leaders compared to Mafia Gangsters

freedomofspeechAlert! Sign petition here to stop GOP traitors from silencing Trump, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, and all true conservatives.

Tea Party News: Republican Party Leaders stifle Freedom of Speech

Remember what the Tea Party stands for.

Tea Party Defined—the Voice of Real Americans

Support Tea Party in Key States

Every month we will keep you informed on the latest projects and progress of the Tea Party, with an updated link to our monthly newsletter; most recent updates at top of the list.

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YouTube Video Update: The Truth about the American Border Crisis

  1. Work to make your state sovereign!

Example:

State Liberty vs. Government Agenda

  1. 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.

Thanks for all you do,

C.A. Davidson

[1] Louis L’Amour, Comstock Lode, 372

[2] Now, don’t get mad and think I spoiled the story. I’ve read this book three times, and still love it. It’s very much worth the read to see how the noble character of this man is developed. Read it—you’ll be glad you did!

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