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February 2016 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Change of Heart

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!

change-of-heart2WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART? Perhaps, like me, sometimes you feel a little hard-hearted—that is, you don’t want to submit to what you know is right, because something else is more “fun.” Guess what? Jesus would have preferred not to go through with the agonizing atonement in Gethsemane and on the cross, either, but He loves us so much that He broke his heart on our behalf. Without the agonizing price that He paid, we would be forever lost. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves. All He asks, to spare us from the awful consequences of our sins, is that we only change our hearts, humble ourselves and repent. Or in other words, offer a “broken heart and a contrite spirit.”

Well, the change of heart is a life-long process for Christian disciples. Our individual progress is between each of us and the Lord.

change-of-heart1But for a moment let’s look at this on a broader scale. Biblical history is replete, not only with calls to personal repentance, but also with God’s dealings with entire nations. God loves all His children, no matter where they reside. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. However, though His love is unconditional, the truth is, His atoning sacrifice is conditional upon our repentance.

Repentance has been the unrelenting message of God’s prophets since the beginning of history. Historically, people resent that message, because they don’t want to change their hearts. Today, nothing much has changed, human nature being what it is. Christian leaders continue to warn us that we must repent, or suffer the consequences of our sins on our own, because the eternal law must be satisfied. Because God is our loving Father, He is also a just God, for the sake of the innocent.

I have this dream that America will experience a huge spiritual revival, will turn her heart as a nation back to God. I know, it seems impossible; hear me out. The character of a nation reflects the character of her people. God has always asked His people to be a leavening influence.

eternal-perspective4-jesusContrary to popular perception of this little word, “repentance” is the hidden manna that will truly satisfy the spiritual hunger of God’s children and protect them from the poisonous effects of sin. Thus we see that “repent” is a message of love, because it is the single key to divine mercy.

There are many who are seeking the truth, but they just do not know where to find it. They don’t know the great plan of happiness that God has for them. They don’t know how to be delivered from the terrible part of the Judgment Day. But you know—maybe they are waiting for you to tell them.

Meanwhile, time speeds on inexorably toward the day when Christ returns. Do you want the many good people in your life to suffer because they did not know the good news of the gospel?

light-endoftunnelGod wants you to open your mouth and speak His everlasting truth—a truth which is increasingly elusive in this world wallowing in sin.

As the darkness in the world increases, the task of spreading the light of truth is truly daunting. But it has always been so. All the more reason for us to be a light. And remember, as one great Christian leader reminded us, in the spirit of prophecy:

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

You have been warned; therefore, go and warn your neighbor. It will be the greatest labor of love you will ever do.

Highlights

  • Becoming a true Millennial
  • A call to look to God and live
  • Church or State? Christian response to the Syrian refugee crisis
  • Bible History: Jeremiah and other prophets repeatedly call Israel to Repentance; it is a pattern
  • Overcome Terror with Moral Clarity
  • Saint Valentine defends traditional marriage

 

May His truth go marching on,

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late,

Christine Davidson

News and Updates:

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biblical-worldview2-christianIf you missed the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural dinner topics, you can visit our new Inspiration page . Topics include Biblical Worldview, Eternal Perspective, American Dream, and more, plus theme-related quotations.

Keep in mind that the prayers of the righteous spare the nation. ~C.D.

As respected Christian leader Tim Wildmon notes:

keyI believe America in many ways is like a very sick person who is about to die if proper medicine and treatment are not quickly administered. The medicine: a Christian revival that brings millions of people to Jesus Christ. The treatment: for Christians to stand against evil and for righteousness in government and other places in the name of the Lord.

Someone once said that, as believers, it is our job to pray as if everything depends on God and work as if everything depends on us. That may not be exactly theologically correct, but you get the idea. God reigns, but He gives us responsibility to do what we can as His agents of change.

Pray that God will raise up someone who understands that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Pray that we would be transformed back to a nation that honors God. ~Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association

GOPStopObamaPIXCurrent Events

There is a lot of foolish squabbling going on among the Republican candidates right now. No one is perfect, but let’s remember that most of them would be far better than any of the candidates on the Left. We must focus on getting a real Patriot back in the White House to replace the traitor who is now in there. All Americans want is to STOP THE DESTRUCTION of our beloved country. So, whatever you do, please don’t sit out the election if the perfect person isn’t nominated. ~C.D.

You may have asked yourself, as I have: How is it that many in our society are seeming to soften toward terrorism, even defending it?

Don’t miss these insightful posts on why “men’s hearts are failing them”, and what we can do about it.

greatest-generation1Of Terror and Courage

Part 1: How does a Society first abhor, then embrace Terrorism?

Part 2: How did the Greatest Generation conquer 20th Century Terrorism?

Part 3: Courage and Moral Clarity

This year, this section will contain Truth Zone posts. The mainstream media is now blatantly lying, savaging only those Americans who speak truth and truly want to protect our country. They ignore history and facts. The wicked take the truth to be hard.

It isn’t about ideology anymore.  It isn’t about conservatism and being thoroughbred conservative.  It’s about stopping what has been put in play by Barack Obama and the Democrat Party.  A majority of the American people continue to hear Barack Obama and the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton, and they know that if this party continues to win, the things that have been done that damaged this country are going to continue. ~Rush Limbaugh

TRUTH: Immigration moratorium is already part of U.S. law. There is nothing illegal or unconstitutional about it.

History Facts and Immigration Laws

 

If you are wondering if it is wise to temporarily ban Muslim immigration so that potential terrorists can be properly vetted, here are some facts you need to know.

ISIS Threat: Islamic State Facts Every American Must Know

Theme Quotes for February: Change of Heart

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Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. ~Isaiah 45:22

Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written. ~Ether 2:12

Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men. ~Ether 12:4

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

Let not that which I have appointed be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name. ~Doctrine and Covenants 101:97

We may be bucking a strong tide, but we must teach our children that sin is sin. ~Spencer W. Kimball

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient… ~Isaiah 1:18

Come, for “he will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause.” ~Jacob 3:1

Come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him. ~Omni 1:26

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings. ~Alma 37:37

 

jesusforgivemedThe world today speaks a great deal about love, and it is sought for by any. But the pure love of Christ differs greatly from what the world thinks of love. Charity never seeks selfish gratification. The pure love of Christ seeks only the eternal growth and joy of others …

I know the Lord lives. I know that He loves us. I know that apart from Him on one can succeed, but as a partner with Him no one can fail.

I know that God can make a lot more out of our lives than we can.

We must lose ourselves in doing his will.

We need to come unto Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, feasting upon the word of Christ, to look unto Him in every thought, and to always remember Him.

If thoughts make us what we are, and we are to be like Christ, then we must think Christ-like thoughts.

Let our personal lives, our homes, and our work performance reflect our Christ-like character. So live that others will say about you, “There is a true Christian!”

[A temperate person] is restrained in his emotions and verbal expressions. He does things in moderation and is not given to overindulgence. In a word, he has self-control. He is the master of his emotions, not the other way around …

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Listen with your Heart

If I Listen with My Heart

Sally DeFord

jesuswoundhandIf I had been a little child when Jesus lived on earth, I would have liked to walk with Him and listen to His words. But as I search the scriptures I can hear His words of peace, And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.

I feel the Holy Spirit as he teaches truth and right, He comforts me in times of need, He testifies of Christ, He speaks to me in quiet ways that fill my soul with peace, And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.


Classical Music this month provided by: Mendelssohn, Segovia, Delibes, Handel, and Rossini

February Preview

The Dinner Topic Theme February: Change of Heart

Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Respect

Defining Moment: What is the difference between Love and Indulgence?

 

Famous Birthdays: Ronald Reagan, Norman Rockwell, Mendelssohn, Thomas More, Segovia, Delibes, Abraham Lincoln, Handel, George Washington, Victor Hugo, Rossini

 

JacobRachel2Bible Story: Jeremiah calls Israel to repentance

Jacob and Rachel, a love story

Book Reviews: Being George Washington

Lincoln Hypothesis

Reagan-Quote-BCulture Wars: Christian response to the Syrian refugee crisis

A call for the nation to turn to God

Faith: Becoming a true Millennial

Keep the Commandments

Turn from Idolatry

Through God’s Eyes

Hold on Thy Way

Family: Parenting with love vs. indulgence

Imprimis: Liberty and Property rights

History: What the Constitution Really says about race and Slavery

U.S Constitution Series: Peace through Strength

 

Moral Solutions—always looking for reasons for optimism: 11 year-old boy learns to defend his beliefs at school; A Strategy to Checkmate Obama’s Executive Actions; This Congressman Walked Out of the State of the Union; thousands brave blizzard to march for life

 

Truth Zone: More facts on Immigration, issue of the century

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.

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