Dinner Topics Newsletter: Perspective on Life

September 2015 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Perspective on Life

Culture-Wars

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!

HI, THERE! CAN YOU LOOK UP FROM YOUR SMART PHONE FOR A SEC? There! Do you see the Big Picture?

No, it’s not on your smart phone.

Look up—here. Do you see where you are standing? You are standing right in the middle of a battle field!

war-in-heaven  That’s right. As M. Russell Ballard reminds us, “Remember, we are at war—but not a war of guns and bullets. Nevertheless, the war is real, with countless human casualties. The war is in fact a continuation of the one that began in the pre-mortal world.” AKA, the War in Heaven, as told in Revelation, in the Bible. Kind of scary, to be in a battle where our souls are at stake.

But remember, you are not alone. Here’s a little exercise to do tonight. First, look at the screen on your smart phone. Is your world all wrapped up in that little phone? This is an example of “finite.” If we are prisoners of such a finite, or limited realm, then all our pains, frustrations, sorrows, and disappointments would be a calamity. Hope would be elusive, even missing.

starry-sky   Now, go outside and look up, at the stars. How do you feel? In awe? This is a visual example of “infinite.” The love that Jesus has for you is infinite. So again, no matter what happens, you are not alone. In fact, “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38-39.

The bad news is, we are in the midst of a pitched battle—not just a game of virtual reality. It is real.

But the good news is the Gospel. That’s what “Gospel” means—good news. God lives! He is real. In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that love[s] us, (Romans 8:37) for His love is infinite. He is always there for us, never failing, if we but look to Him, be healed, and live!

Highlights

Stress Relief Tip this month: The Awful Truth about Multi-tasking. (Maybe it’s not as productive as you think!)

Speaking of Perspective—

You will see added emphasis in Truth Zone from now on. We hope you will find that we are a reliable source of Truth in your search for information amidst the sea of lies, corruption, mass deception, and cover-ups spewing from government politicians and media. Instead of Tea Party updates, we will highlight important news items.

Imprimis this month is about the challenge of saving our valuable history and heritage from history revisionists. It is a bit erudite, as are all Hillsdale scholars, but it is a must-read.

As Americans, we have a responsibility to choose a new president, and do so wisely. I will try to help us keep proper perspective as we assess what we hear from the various candidates. Remember, big persons talk about ideas; little persons talk about other people. Those who top the polls, such as Trump, Carson, and Cruz, are focusing on issues, rather than criticizing and defaming the character of others. They lead because Americans instinctively sense authenticity and patriotic solutions, vs. self-serving, power-seeking, and money.

quote-uchtdorf-grace-path-upward-Defining Moment this month is Big Picture. We may often ask ourselves: What’s wrong with this picture? Or what’s missing? History is an important part of the Big Picture, for the consequences of choices some have made in the past greatly affect our lives, and our future. God gives us a pattern in all things.

If we keep our focus on him, and avoid distractions that muddy our path, we’ll be able to keep moving upward, not backward. This month, enjoy great articles on idolatry, eternal perspective, the grace of God, the culture of Christian believers, and how to prevail in this battle of eternal consequences.

Also, I’m reading a book entitled The Infinite Atonement by Tad Callister. It is so deep that it requires careful reading and study. But the insights are phenomenal. I will be sharing quotes of it from time to time. It will definitely expand your eternal perspective. If you don’t want to wait, and want to read it yourself, I highly recommend it.

 

 

Sailor w-Jesus by Warner Sallman

Sailor w-Jesus by Warner Sallman

Remember Whom to follow. Follow Him. Don’t lose touch with the Captain of your soul. . .

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late,

Christine Davidson

 

News and Updates:

New Dinner Topic Categories—Bible Story, Critical Thinking, Culture Wars, Gospel Teachings, Truth Zone

It is hoped that with these more specific categories, it will be easier for you to access our vast and growing archives of valuable information.

For those of you who are anxious to take America back, this is a must-read. It is quite encouraging.

Trump Immigration Plan: Get Americans Back to Work, End Welfare Abuse

Theme Quotes for September: Perspective on Life

Faith

sun-flowers-waterLike the young sunflower, when we follow the Savior of the world, the Son of God, we flourish and become glorious despite the many terrible circumstances that surround us. He truly is our light and life. ~Quentin L. Cook

All happenings great and small are parables whereby God speaks. The art of life is to get the message. ~Malcolm Muggeridge

“Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. ~Romans 8:38,39,37.

Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. ~Isaiah 12:3

Discernment

bigpicture1Where there is no vision, the people perish. ~Proverbs 29:18

I will give unto you a pattern a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations—Doctrine and Covenants 52:14

The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. ~Isaiah 11:9

Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.~ Isaiah 5:13

sheep-and-wolfWoe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~Isaiah 5:20

 ¶Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. ~Matthew 7:15-16

Christian Culture

The Lord has promised that those who lose their lives serving others will find themselves. ~Ezra Taft Benson (see Mark 8:35)

Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine. ~D&C 38:27; Galatians 3:28

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~Thomas Jefferson

History has been a principal victim of the age of fracture. But it can also be a powerful antidote to it. ~Wilfred M. McClay

family5prayingdinnerWhile we treasure appropriate cultural diversities, our goal is to be united in the culture, customs, and traditions of the gospel of Jesus Christ in every respect. This is the culture to which we aspire. ~Quentin L. Cook

So much in life is extraneous, but the family is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; the thing to watch over and care for and be loyal to. ~Carla Carlisle

Follow Christ

We must never lose our sense of awe and profound gratitude for the eternal sacrifice of the Son of God. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

eternal-perspective3-picture-quoteLiving the gospel faithfully is not a burden. It is a joyful rehearsal—a preparation for inheriting the grand glory of the eternities. With the gift of God’s grace, the path of discipleship does not lead backward; it leads upward. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Vistas are opened that we never knew existed. Enlightenment and understanding come to us when we do the will of the Father. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The eternal perspective of the gospel leads us to understand the place that we occupy in God’s plan, to accept difficulties and progress through them, to make decisions, and to center our lives on our divine potential. Understanding the plan will help people keep the commandments, make better decisions, and have the right motivation. ~Rafael Pino

To marvel at the wonders of the gospel is a sign of faith. ~Gérald Caussé

light-endoftunnelAnchor your faith in the plain and simple truths of the gospel. The gospel is a fountain of knowledge that never runs dry. ~Gérald Caussé

Eye hath not seen nor ear heard … the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ~1 Corinthians 2:9

Though anchored in grand and ultimate hope, some of our tactical hopes are another matter. We may hope for a pay raise, a special date, an electoral victory, or for a bigger house—things which may or may not be realized. Faith in Father’s plan gives us endurance even amid the wreckage of such proximate hopes. Hope keeps us anxiously engaged in good causes. ~Neal A. Maxwell

If we looked at mortality as the whole of existence, then pain, sorrow, failure, and short life would be calamity. But if we look upon life as an eternal thing stretching far into the pre-mortal past and on into the eternal post-death future, then all happenings may be put in proper perspective. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

 

list-makingStress Relief Tip of the Month: One thing at a Time

The awful truth about multitasking

By Bob Bly, author and web copywriter

When the Winter Olympics were on, my wife watched it devotedly. But she also did social media and e-mail on her laptop at the same time.

“You’re going to miss the performance,” I said while figure skating was on.

“I can multitask,” she said proudly.

A minute later a skater did a spectacular triple Lutz, but Amy missed it because she was looking at her computer screen and not at the TV screen. This is yet another demonstration that multitasking is a bad idea and usually doesn’t work.

A few times I wrote something on the PC while simultaneously talking on the phone. Invariably, my concentration on the phone call waned, and before I knew it, I missed what the person was saying, which was uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing.

childhomeworkPeople who multitask think they are getting more done, but a growing body of psychology research indicates this is not true. In particular, a 2001 study conducted by Joshua Rubinstein, Jeffrey Evans, and David Meyer found that multitasking reduces productivity as much as 40%.

The only multitasking that really works is when you do two activities at the same time and both are not demanding – for instance, mowing the lawn while listening to an educational lecture on your iPod.

I know a lot of subscribers will write to tell me that they are successful multi-taskers. But unless you have measured your productivity and quality on a task (e.g., writing) with and without multitasking, I would argue that you don’t know whether it serves you well.

As a youngster fresh out of college, I drove from the plant at Westinghouse into Baltimore to take marketing classes at Johns Hopkins.I multi-tasked way back then when, in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I foolishly opened my textbook on my lap and read while driving. Result: several narrowly avoided fender benders and minimal retention of read material.

I am much more of a fan of sequential tasking: doing one project, and then when you tire of it, switching to something else.

I saw the rudest form of multitasking recently when I attended lecture: many people in the audience were pecking away at their smart phone screens as the speaker talked. This is discourteous as well as disconcerting to the speaker if he sees it. If you don’t want to listen to the lecture, don’t attend. Otherwise, eyes on the stage and phone in your pocket.

Sincerely,

Bob Bly

P.S. While I wrote this essay, I did absolutely nothing else. I mono-task while writing, which means while I write, that’s all Iam doing. Result: 83 published books and counting. And remember, I write books on the side; my main job is copywriting.

Classical Music this month provided by: Johann Pachelbel and Antonin Dvorak

September Preview

The Dinner Topic Theme for September: Perspective on Life

Attention! Priority News

Donald Trump Releases Immigration Reform Plan Designed To Get Americans Back To Work

“America will only be great as long as America remains a nation of laws that lives according to the Constitution.” ~Donald Trump

constitutionThe Tea Party is one of many groups who are working diligently to preserve and protect our freedom. From now on, instead of Tea Party updates, we will direct your attention to priority news items.

Right now, the pivotal issue is immigration. I have been voting in elections for decades, and except for Ronald Reagan, I have never seen or heard anything but promises, empty promises. I have never seen a candidate present a specific, written plan on anything, let alone something as pressing as immigration, which is foremost on everyone’s minds except Washington politicians. Donald Trump is absolutely right when he says that a nation without borders or laws is not a nation. If you have not already done so, please review this post. It is sensible and encouraging.

Trump Immigration Plan: Get Americans Back to Work, End Welfare Abuse

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. bigpicture2Now, 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: Big Picture

See more Defining Moments

Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Teaching Peace

Famous Birthdays: Pachelbel, Lafayette, Dvorak, McGuffey,  Von Mises

watchman-on-towerBible Stories: Watchmen on the Tower

Enoch’s Walk with God

Book Reviews: Church and State, by David Barton

Culture Wars:Time for Youth and Families to join the spiritual battle

Moral Relativism

Who stole our culture?

Faith: The Lord is my Light

Stay in awe of the Gospel

The Gift of God’s Grace

Eternal Perspective

Gospel Classic on Idolatry

dinnerFamily: National Family Day—Benefits of Family Dinners include Drug Prevention

Hillsdale Imprimis: History and American Democracy

History: Planned Parenthood atrocities are Aztec human sacrifice re-visited

Education: Civic ignorance

Do you prefer Printed or Digital Content?

US Constitution Series 21: Strong Local Government

Moral Support—always looking for reasons for optimism:

Truth Zone: Hoax history—Environmental flip-flops between Warming and Cooling

The truth about the 14th amendment to the Constitution

What’s behind mass deception ? Follow the money

Latest updates on truths that fall victim to media blackout

You will see added emphasis in Truth Zone from now on. We hope you will find that we are a reliable source of Truth in your search for information amidst the sea of lies, corruption, mass deception, and cover-ups spewing from politicians and media. Instead of Tea Party updates, we will highlight important news items.

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

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Ongoing

1. Let Us Educate Ourselves

key“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~Thomas Jefferson

My people go into captivity, because they have no knowledge. ~Isaiah

We cannot be saved in ignorance, nor by denying reality, which is what the mainstream media does.

culture-war7-truthNumerous Reliable Sources of truth:

Rush Limbaugh Radio Show—Unlike politicians, Rush has nothing to gain by lying. He gives phenomenal insights into world events and the culture wars.

Mark Levin—expert on the Constitution

Worldnet Daily—this is an internet site that provides true journalism. WND’s reporters do serious investigative reporting, which is what journalists are supposed to do. They are the leading edge of all breaking news. wnd.com

Breitbart.com—a broad spectrum of news, with some stories not found elsewhere

Heritage Foundation—excellent articles; they are training people in Washington to abide by the Constitution

American Family Association—this great Christian organization has been providing Christian worldview for more than 30 years

Drudge Report: King of Breaking News

2. Home Education—Let’s Teach our Children!

“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

characteredSeeing the widespread injury done in any given week, (many incidents go unreported), stay aware of important news and insights at Epicworld Dinner Topics.

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!

3. 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. Also, look for posts that refer to the Constitution in current events.

Thanks for all you do,

C.A. Davidson

Parents’ Resources

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Epic Heroes in Training 

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