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November 2016 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Armor of God
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WE NEED TO TEACH AND HELP RAISE A SIN-RESISTANT GENERATION. Never in history has it been more urgent to fulfill our responsibility to the rising generation, because this is …
A Battle We Must Win. “We are engaged in a battle with the world. In the past, the world competed for our children’s energy and time. Today, it fights for their identity and mind. Many loud and prominent voices are trying to define who our children are and what they should believe. We cannot let society give our family a makeover in the image of the world. We must win this battle. Everything depends on it.”
How Do We Equip Our Families with the Armor of God?
By definition, a sin-resistant generation is not built in a day. Steel is refined in a fiery furnace, but we don’t have to wait until our teenagers “learn by burn.” The armor of God is built through a long- term process called Character Education—this is something all parents and grandparents can do. In fact, if we don’t, we are failing in our responsibility. If we don’t, you can be sure that no one else will.
In the Judeo-Christian ethics, we promise God that we will keep His commandments. If we are not answerable to a higher being, then we think we can do anything, and never face the consequences. Hence, the abyss of moral relativism we find ourselves, ever since the Supreme Court banned God from our schools in 1963.
The Covenant Path
These promises we make to God are called covenants. When we promise to keep His commandments, He, in turn, makes covenants with us. God keeps His promises. Do we keep ours?
One mother started her children early on the covenant path with her young son, Kevin, who had a propensity for teasing his little sister relentlessly. “Can you avoid teasing her for one whole day?” his mother asked. Kevin said he thought he could, and he succeeded.
“Well, done, Kevin,” his mother praised. “Now do you think you can do that for two days?”
Kevin said he thought he could, and he again succeeded.
As this process continued, Kevin succeeded in keeping his promise for longer and longer periods of time.
Finally, one day, Kevin’s mother asked him how he was able to keep his word, time after time. His reply is a classic principle that is the foundation of Character Education: “Because I said I would.” Young Kevin kept his word because he said he would.
This is called INTEGRITY.
When we teach our young children to keep their promises, we are building a core within them—strengthening their moral compass, fortifying their armor. Integrity forms the powerful protective shield that our children desperately need. The armor of God is made of our covenants. In a message to one of His prophets, the Lord reminds us of how we are blessed with divine protection when we keep our promises:
Keep all the commandments and covenants by which ye are bound; and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good, and Satan shall tremble and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills and flourish.
The Lord Jesus Christ atoned for our sins because He said He would.
I hope it can and will be said of us that we taught the rising generation to be covenant keepers, thus equipping them with the armor of God. It is the highest compliment anyone can receive.
Keep the faith, but don’t keep it to yourself! Pass it on!
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Restoring America’s covenant with God,
- Character Education: Ode to the Epic Hero
- Faith: Do we take the gospel for granted?
- Book Review: Reagan’s War—How he brought down the Berlin Wall, virtually single-handed
- Cultural Heritage: Why the Pilgrims Matter
Pilgrims and the American Covenant
News Updates and Current Events
Coming in December! A new novel by C.A. Davidson—Christian fiction on Cultural Heritage. A historical novel so relevant it pops like today’s news!
New Categories: National Security, Patriotism, Moral Solutions
Theme Quotes for November: Armor of God
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ~Ephesians 6:11-17
Christ has not called us to be nice but to be good. Nice people never confront evil, but good people do. ~Bryan Fischer
We may be bucking a strong tide, but we must teach our children that sin is sin. ~Spencer W. Kimball
Teaching our children how to repent is the greatest act of love any parent can offer. ~C.D.
“True greatness is never a result of a chance occurrence or a onetime effort or achievement. Greatness requires the development of character. It requires a multitude of correct decisions in every day choices between good and evil that Elder Boyd K Packer spoke about when he said, ‘Over the years these little choices will be bundled together and show clearly what we value.’ “Those choices will also show clearly what we are.” ~Howard W. Hunter
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. ~Proverbs 20:7
All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; my lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid. Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. ~Job 27:3-5
Keep all the commandments and covenants by which ye are bound; and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good, and Satan shall tremble and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills and flourish. ~D&C 35:24
Good vs. Evil
“It is a time of permissiveness, with society in general routinely disregarding and breaking the laws of God.” [Thomas S. Monson
I worry that we live in such an atmosphere of avoiding offense that we sometimes altogether avoid teaching correct principles. If we don’t teach our children and youth true doctrine—and teach it clearly—the world will teach them Satan’s lies. ~Bonnie Oscarson
“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
A Battle We Must Win. “We are engaged in a battle with the world. In the past, the world competed for our children’s energy and time. Today, it fights for their identity and mind. Many loud and prominent voices are trying to define who our children are and what they should believe. We cannot let society give our family a makeover in the image of the world. We must win this battle. Everything depends on it.”~ Bradley D. Foster
Therefore my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge.
Beware of the evil behind the smiling eyes. ~Neil L. Andersen
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Count Your Blessings
A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.16 ~Cicero
May we “live in thanksgiving daily.” Joseph B. Wirthlin
Count Your Blessings
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold.
Count your many blessings money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.
So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
Classical Music this month will be provided by Dittersdorf, Paderewski, and Rodrigo
The Dinner Topic Theme for November: Armor of God
“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 elite
The Parenting Value for this month: Self-discipline
Famous Birthdays: Dittersdorf, Paderewski, Rodrigo, Charles Schultz, Henry Hazlitt, C.S. Lewis, Winston Churchill
Critical Thinking: Defining the elite
Culture Wars: How the secular worldview threatens Western Civilization
Faith: Do we take the gospel for granted?
Gratitude and the Sabbath Day
The Blessings of Worship
History: World War II, Pacific Theater Heroes
Thanksgiving, Why the Pilgrims Matter
Pilgrims and the American Covenant
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
Imprimis from Hillsdale: The Syrian Refugee Question
Patriotism: What happens when Christians don’t vote
Truth Zone: Hillary Clinton scandals exposed one week before election
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This is a must-read if you want to take America back:
What’s Best for America? Defeat the Left!
Big Picture—What do Americans really Want?
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.
1. Let Us Educate Ourselves
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
Seeing 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!
The U.S. Constitution is the key to securing liberty for all Americans — yet very few know exactly what it says, and what freedoms it protects. Hillsdale College is dedicating this year to educating millions of Americans about this critical document. That’s why the College is offering its most popular course, “Constitution 101” for free, when you sign up now.
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.
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