History Facts: Climate Change Theory History Timeline

History Facts:

Climate Change Theory History Timeline

Conflicting Views on Climate Change: Fire and Ice

This isn’t a question of science. It’s a question of whether Americans can trust what the media tell them about science. Most scientists do agree that the earth has warmed a little more than a degree in the last 100 years. That doesn’t mean that scientists concur mankind is to blame.

Journalists have warned of climate change for 100 years, but can’t decide whether we face an ice age or warming

By R. Warren Anderson and Dan Gainor

Global Research Editor’s Note

This article first published in May 2006 provides an interesting review of the debate on Climate Change.

It was five years before the turn of the century and major media were warning of disastrous climate change. Page six of The New York Times was headlined with the serious concerns of “geologists.” Only the president at the time wasn’t Bill Clinton; it was Grover Cleveland. And the Times wasn’t warning about global warming – it was telling readers the looming dangers of a new ice age.

The year was 1895, and it was just one of four different time periods in the last 100 years when major print media predicted an impending climate crisis. Each prediction carried its own elements of doom, saying Canada could be “wiped out” or lower crop yields would mean “billions will die.”

Just as the weather has changed over time, so has the reporting – blowing hot or cold with short-term changes in temperature.

Following the ice age threats from the late 1800s, fears of an imminent and icy catastrophe were compounded in the 1920s by Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan and an obsession with the news of his polar expedition. As the Times put it on Feb. 24, 1895, “Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again.”

Those concerns lasted well into the late 1920s. But when the earth’s surface warmed less than half a degree, newspapers and magazines responded with stories about the new threat. Once again the Times was out in front, cautioning “the earth is steadily growing warmer.”

Global Cooling: 1895-1932

Fear spread through the print media over the next three decades. A few months after the sinking of the Titanic, on Oct. 7, 1912, page one of the Times reported, “Prof. Schmidt Warns Us of an Encroaching Ice Age.”

Scientists knew of four ice ages in the past, leading Professor Nathaniel Schmidt of Cornell University to conclude that one day we will need scientific knowledge “to combat the perils” of the next one.

The same day the Los Angeles Times ran an article about Schmidt as well, entitled “Fifth ice age is on the way.” It was subtitled “Human race will have to fight for its existence against cold.”

That end-of-the-world tone wasn’t unusual. “Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada,” declared a front-page Chicago Tribune headline on Aug. 9, 1923. “Professor Gregory” of Yale University stated that “another world ice-epoch is due.” He was the American representative to the Pan-Pacific Science Congress and warned that North America would disappear as far south as the Great Lakes, and huge parts of Asia and Europe would be “wiped out.”

Then on Sept. 18, 1924, The New York Times declared the threat was real, saying “MacMillan Reports Signs of New Ice Age.”

Global Warming: 1929-1969

Today’s global warming advocates probably don’t even realize their claims aren’t original. Before the cooling worries of the ’70s, America went through global warming fever for several decades around World War II.

The nation entered the “longest warm spell since 1776,” according to a March 27, 1933, New York Times headline. Shifting climate gears from ice to heat, the Associated Press article began “That next ice age, if one is coming … is still a long way off.”

One year earlier, the paper reported that “the earth is steadily growing warmer” in its May 15 edition. The Washington Post felt the heat as well and titled an article simply “Hot weather” on August 2, 1930.

That article, reminiscent of a stand-up comedy routine, told readers that the heat was so bad, people were going to be saying, “Ah, do you remember that torrid summer of 1930. It was so hot that * * *.”

The Los Angeles Times beat both papers to the heat with the headline: “Is another ice age coming?” on March 11, 1929. Its answer to that question: “Most geologists think the world is growing warmer, and that it will continue to get warmer.”

Global Cooling: 1954-1976

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear era, but I have no fear
’Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

— The Clash “London Calling,” released in 1979

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, amidst hysteria about the dangers of a new ice age. The media had been spreading warnings of a cooling period since the 1950s, but those alarms grew louder in the 1970s.

Three months before, on January 11, The Washington Post told readers to “get a good grip on your long johns, cold weather haters – the worst may be yet to come,” in an article titled “Colder Winters Held Dawn of New Ice Age.” The article quoted climatologist Reid Bryson, who said “there’s no relief in sight” about the cooling trend.

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection for his great cartoon

Journalists took the threat of another ice age seriously. Fortune magazine actually won a “Science Writing Award” from the American Institute of Physics for its own analysis of the danger. “As for the present cooling trend a number of leading climatologists have concluded that it is very bad news indeed,” Fortune announced in February 1974.

The New York Times noted that in 1972 the “mantle of polar ice increased by 12 percent” and had not returned to “normal” size.

Was the ice melting at record levels, as the headline stated, or at a level seen decades ago, as the first line mentioned?

On Sept. 14, 2005, the Times reported the recession of glaciers “seen from Peru to Tibet to Greenland” could accelerate and become abrupt.

This, in turn, could increase the rise of the sea level and block the Gulf Stream. Hence “a modern counterpart of the 18,000-year-old global-warming event could trigger a new ice age.”

Government Comes to the Rescue

Mankind managed to survive three phases of fear about global warming and cooling without massive bureaucracy and government intervention, but aggressive lobbying by environmental groups finally changed that reality.

The Kyoto treaty, new emissions standards and foreign regulations are but a few examples.

Global Warming: 1981-Present and Beyond

The media have bombarded Americans almost daily with the most recent version of the climate apocalypse.

Global warming has replaced the media’s ice age claims, but the results somehow have stayed the same – the deaths of millions or even billions of people, widespread devastation and starvation.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times wrote a column that lamented the lack of federal spending on global warming.

2005— New Term: “Climate Change”

“We spend about $500 billion a year on a military budget, yet we don’t want to spend peanuts to protect against climate change,” he said in a Sept. 27, 2005, piece.

Kristof’s words were noteworthy, not for his argument about spending, but for his obvious use of the term “climate change.” While his column was filled with references to “global warming,” it also reflected the latest trend as the coverage has morphed once again.

The two terms are often used interchangeably, but can mean something entirely different.

The latest threat has little to do with global warming and has everything to do with … everything.

The latest predictions claim that warming might well trigger another ice age.

Conclusion

What can one conclude from 110 years of conflicting climate coverage except that the weather changes and the media are just as capricious?

Certainly, their record speaks for itself. Four separate and distinct climate theories targeted at a public taught to believe the news. Only all four versions of the truth can’t possibly be accurate.

For ordinary Americans to judge the media’s version of current events about global warming, it is necessary to admit that journalists have misrepresented the story three other times.

Yet no one in the media is owning up to that fact. Newspapers that pride themselves on correction policies for the smallest errors now find themselves facing a historical record that is enormous and unforgiving.

It is time for the news media to admit a consistent failure to report this issue fairly or accurately, with due skepticism of scientific claims.

Recommendations

It would be difficult for the media to do a worse job with climate change coverage. Perhaps the most important suggestion would be to remember the basic rules about journalism and set aside biases — a simple suggestion, but far from easy given the overwhelming extent of the problem.

Three of the guidelines from the Society of Professional Journalists are especially appropriate:

“Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.”

“Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.”

“Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.”

Some other important points include:

Don’t Stifle Debate:

Most scientists do agree that the earth has warmed a little more than a degree in the last 100 years. That doesn’t mean that scientists concur mankind is to blame. Even if that were the case, the impact of warming is unclear.

People in northern climes might enjoy improved weather and longer growing seasons.

Don’t Ignore the Cost:

Global warming solutions pushed by environmental groups are notoriously expensive. Just signing on to the Kyoto treaty would have cost the United States several hundred billion dollars each year, according to estimates from the U.S. government generated during President Bill Clinton’s term.

Every story that talks about new regulations or forced cutbacks on emissions should discuss the cost of those proposals.

Report Accurately on Statistics:

Accurate temperature records have been kept only since the end of the 19th Century, shortly after the world left the Little Ice Age. So while recorded temperatures are increasing, they are not the warmest ever. A 2003 study by Harvard and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, “20th Century Climate Not So Hot,” “determined that the 20th century is neither the warmest century nor the century with the most extreme weather of the past 1,000 years.

Bibliography

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To read the rest of this excellent article, please visit:

Conflicting Views on Climate Change: Fire and Ice

Remember the fable of “Chicken Little?” See this related post for an amusing view of today’s hysterical journalists.

Science Facts, Global Warming Hoax, and a Fable with a Moral

Learn more about the forgotten Scientific Method Here

 

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Racist Meaning: Left-wing Smear Campaign vs. True Meaning of Respect

Racist Meaning:

Left-wing Smear Campaign vs. True Meaning of Respect

CALLER: Racism is about excluding individuals based on their race. It’s about denying something from someone because of their race. To say that you think Koreans smell is not racist. It’s rude. To say to someone who’s Chinese that you don’t like their facial features is not racist.

RUSH: Real racism is despicable, it’s hideous, and it’s ugly — and this is what’s so outrageous.

 

Hitler identity politicsCALLER: I thought I would help define a little bit for the young people what racism truly is. Racism is about excluding individuals based on their race. It’s about denying something from someone because of their race.

To say that you think Koreans smell is not racist. It’s rude. To say to someone who’s Chinese that you don’t like their facial features is not racist.

It shows you are offensive, but not racist. To deny these same people access to something all other people have access to because they are Asian is racist.

There’s a huge difference between being rude, prejudice, pejorative, impolite, offensive, uncouth, and being racist. I think that needs to be clear to young people, because they think that if you say, “Oh, I hate Italian food. I don’t like the Italian food,” it makes you a racist.

white husky puppyRUSH: Hang on a minute, Al. I appreciate what you’re saying, and I agree with you. He’s absolutely right about his definition of racism, and you can even take it further. But I have to share something with you here. I just saw this. Ivanka Trump just got her kids a new puppy. I think they went to a… It might be a rescue puppy, or they might have gone to a breeder. I’m not sure which. It looks like a Husky. The thing is, it’s a white-furred dog. It’s white with blue eyes. Twitter has blown up accusing the Trumps of being racist by getting a white dog.

Trump's America-All Lives matterI’m not kidding you! I’m not kidding you. I just had the thread sent to me. There are pictures of the dog with allegations that this proves Trump family racism. “They had to get a white dog, and one with blue eyes. Did you see that! They had to get a white dog.” We’re talking about fur, hair! We’re not even talking about skin. There is no such thing as a racist dog. What if they gone out and they got a black Lab? Would that have been okay? That would have shown they were not racist? So, Al, this is how far gone we are.

You can give the proper definition to a lot of things. The proper definition of socialism? They don’t know what that is. They don’t know what the real definition of communism is. Millennials today hear “socialist” and think that it means being social, being nice to people. Living in groups of people that treat each other fairly. That’s what think socialism is. They have no idea what it is. Same thing with racism. Racism now is any disagreement with somebody… By the way, the only people that can be racist in America today are white men.

 

Left Cheapens Real Hate, Calls Ivanka’s White Dog Racist

Culture Wars: Critical Thinking and Christian Character Education

Culture Wars:

Critical Thinking and Christian Character Education

 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” ~Romans 12:2

Think. . .  it’s counter-cultural

Teddy James

March 2017 – In 1970, the average American was exposed to 500 ads per day. Today that number has risen to over 5,000, according to Jay Walker-Smith, president of the marketing firm Yankelovich.

“This has had a huge impact on our behavior,” Phil Cooke (philcooke.com), a Christian film producer, told AFA Journal. “The result is massive changes to our behavior and the way we process information. Recent studies from the Wall Street Journal and others have revealed that when you meet someone for the first time, you decide what you think of them in under eight seconds.”

It goes beyond deciding whether to like a person or not. People today make many important decisions at breakneck speeds.

This makes perfect sense considering the number and methods of messages bombarding the average person. There isn’t enough time to thoughtfully consider what is important and what can be ignored. This can be good because it forces the development of a strong mental filter. But this strong, proficient, secure filter comes at a cost.

And for the believer, that cost can be a spiritual one.

Recognizing the 30-second culture
America recently underwent one of the most vitriolic and sensationalistic elections in living memory. Ten-year-old sound bites and broken sentences from leaked emails flooded news programs, radio shows, and social media feeds.

The dust from one scandal hardly settled before a new one exploded. Even in the presidential debates, there seemed to be more energy devoted to headlines, tweets, and sound bites than to issues.

A study released by the Media Insight Project (3/17/14) reveals how much thoughtful attention average news consumers actually devote to the details of news stories. The MIP is a platform of the Associated Press-National Opinion Research Center.

The study revealed that a third of the American population keeps up with news throughout the day (33%) and others prefer a dedicated time slot in the morning (24%) or evening (26%).

But no matter when they get their news, few details are considered. Only 41% reported watching, reading, or hearing any news story beyond the headlines in the last week. Additionally, nearly 60% said they read news headlines and nothing else.

Why it works
The 30-second culture exists because it works. Snappy headlines and catchy commercials are designed with one goal in mind: get attention.

A short video, image, or message can be powerful not because of the words contained in it, but because of the emotions generated by it. “The Influence of Implicit Attitudes on Consumer Choice when Confronted with Conflicting Product Attribute Information,” a paper by professors Melanie Dempsey (Ryerson University) and Andrew Mitchell (University of Toronto), shows that people often make irrational consumer choices based on conscious or subconscious manipulation through products, logos, or advertising.

In a telling experiment, participants were given a choice between two pens. Pen A was described as better in every way including its grip and the fact that it would not smear like Pen B. But before participants were allowed to make a choice, they had to watch a screen flashing images of Pen B and positive words. Over 70% of participants chose Pen B.

This illustrates why headlines and short news segments are so powerful, and why news consumers rarely seem to go beyond a surface understanding: the first few lines evoke strong emotions, and few people continue reading or listening after the initial feeling has dissipated. Most quickly click away from one news story looking for the next story and another high experience of emotion.

This desire for positive feelings from advertising and entertainment impacts consumers outside the realm of products and advertising.

According to statisticbrain.com, a website dedicated to compiling applicable statistics for everyday life, the average current attention span is at 8.25 seconds, down from 12 seconds in 2000. To understand that in actionable terms, the website states 17% of Internet page views last less than 4 seconds, only 4% of page views last longer than 10 minutes, and people read only 28% of the articles they click on.

But all hope is not lost for the discipline of focus and attention.

Not all bad news
“It is hard, but we must become incredibly intentional,” Cooke said. Cooke is the author of several books, as well as executive producer of the movie Hillsong: Let Hope Rise. He is also producer of The Insanity of God, a movie based on the book of the same name by Nik Ripken.

“What that intentionality looks like from a practical standpoint is to make sure we are reading,” Cooke continued. “But not just reading whatever comes into sight. We have to be intentional about reading books of substance, long-form articles, and listening to lectures and sermons. We have to fight everything battling for our attention and do the work of focus.”

Others agree with Cooke. The number of physical books purchased has increased for two consecutive years according to Nielsen BookScan which tracks around 80% of print sales in America. Over 652 million physical books were sold during 2015.

Top Fifty Best-Selling Nonfiction Books In 2015 Were Adult Coloring Books.

Of that 652 million, more nonfiction than fiction books were purchased. While the gross numbers may seem encouraging, it must be noted that eight of the top fifty best-selling nonfiction books in 2015 were adult coloring books.

This is illustrative of the fact that people are hungry for a break from the constant messaging barraging their minds. Cooke said mindfulness is a trending word describing this desire.

Mindfulness is becoming really popular today,” he said. “It means to take a second, breathe, and think thoroughly about what you are doing and where you are in life. In the Christian life, mindfulness can be carried over in a really powerful way. It used to be called meditating on Scripture or quiet time.”

John Piper, on his podcast Ask Pastor John, was recently asked why it is important to think deeply about God. He echoed Cooke’s comments by quoting Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”

Christians have always been called to be counter-cultural. One of the most important ways Christians can and should stand apart from the world today is in their ability to think systematically and thoroughly about an issue. That can come only from having their minds transformed by the power of the gospel.

Piper said, “If we are going to be transformed into the likeness of Christ, Paul assumes it comes through a renewed mind. And what minds do is think.”

Suggestions re: training yourself to think
▶ Read and meditate upon long passages of Scripture.
▶ Research a news story using several sources.
▶ Read a book or listen to a lecture about improving your mental focus.

▶ Recommended: John Piper’s Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God. The book is available as a free ebook download or for purchase at desiringgod.org.

Critical Thinking activities: Understanding Liberal Bias against Moral Character

Dinner Topics for Tuesday

Critical Thinking activities:

Why the Liberal Bias against Moral Character?

Truth-Detectors

Critical-Thinking

This is what happens when a nation rejects God . . .

keyThe great loss here is truth, objective truth, and we are turning dysfunction into virtue. ~Rush Limbaugh

Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

Some people complain because I listen to Rush Limbaugh radio a lot; they say he’s biased. Well, I guess I’m biased, too—biased in favor of the truth! I like to get my news from Rush, because he does his job. He does what news reporters are supposed to do: expose corruption and lies, and report the TRUTH. People who hate Rush have never listened to him, and they only believe the lies that the liberal bias in the mainstream media say about him. If the media were doing their job, they wouldn’t dislike Rush. But some people take the truth to be hard, so they just deny it all the time. ~C.D.

 

Rush Limbaugh radio

Gallup-poll-moralShiftRUSH: A new Gallup poll out.  Headline:  “Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues.” Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details.  

“Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level.”

It’s a subtle message to the Republican Party, and that is this:  You better forget about your base.  Those bitter clingers, those social conservatives, you better realize they’re not it anymore, they’re not where it’s at anymore.  Nobody agrees with ’em anymore.  Your base is rapidly being eclipsed by a more hip and modern culture, and they are Democrats and they hate you, and you had better find a way to get rid of the religious right.

moralstandards1That’s the message of this story, and it’s gonna work with certain establishment Republicans.  They’ll cite this story and they’ll go talk to their Republican buddies and they’ll say, “See?  See?  I’ve been telling you for 15 years abortion is gonna kill us.  You wouldn’t listen.  I’ve been telling you 15 years all this social issue crap is gonna do us in, and now look at the Gallup poll.  You had better start listening to me.”  This is what’s gonna be happening in Republican circles, particularly in the Republican establishment in the Northeast.  That’s exactly why this story was done.  I’m convinced this is exactly why this poll is taken.

“This latest update on Americans’ views of the moral acceptability of various issues and behaviors is from Gallup’s May 6-10 Values and Beliefs survey. … The upward progression … clearly points toward a higher level of acceptance of a number of behaviors. In fact, the moral acceptability ratings for 10 of the issues measured since the early 2000s are at record highs.”

Notice the language here.  “Upward progression,” “higher level,” “record highs.”  The attempt here is to convince the reader that we are making great strides forward by eliminating the moral code that used to exist.  Yeah, and I would ask, how much better is the country for all of this?  Just how much happier are people?  How much more content?  How less angst is there?  I don’t get the sense that we’re living in a country that’s having a rocking good time right now.

Remember the real America?

capra-wonderful-lifeLook, folks, I’m just telling you what I see out there as I travel around and I listen, I watch, I read, I observe.  Much of my life is spent observing others.  And I remember, in terms of national mood, much happier times than we live in today.  And if not much happier, certainly more content.  And I remember times where there was much RushSocialMedia2PIXless anger and confrontation and angst.  I know some of this is due to social media giving voice to all this. 

The argument could be made that all this hate and the sewage that’s Twitter has always been there.  It’s just that the people that practice it never had the protection of anonymity.  If they really wanted to spew this hate, they had to go out and say it in front of other people in order for it to be heard.  Now they can go on Twitter or Facebook and make up an identity and say whatever they want about whoever.  I know the argument that it’s always been there, but the point is, even if it was there, it was beneath the surface.

Wickedness never was happiness. ~Alma 41:10

This degradation of our morality has allowed the baser instincts of a whole slew of people to surface and to become defined as normal and something that we must accept.  Now, they can run around and strut all happy and stuff with their polls on how all of this previously immoral behavior is now wonderfully moral and openly practiced and openly accepted.  They can run around and they can strut and they can spout their happiness, but they can’t point to where people are. I mean even the people winning all this are not happy.  Some of the angriest people in the world are the people getting married on the gay side.

obama-villeMy point is, the left, in winning this fight to degrade the American moral code, doesn’t seem to be happy with their victories.  They seem angrier with every victory.  “No, Mr. Limbaugh, you are confusing anger with renewed sense of purpose to keep going and not stopping.”  Well, you may have a point there because nothing can apparently make any of you guys happy.  No matter what — I’ve always said this — no matter what the left gets, no matter what they demand, no matter how much of it they get, they are never happy. 

It’s something I have noted my entire life.  This lack of happiness, this anger, this consternation, whatever you want to call it, I know inspires much of their behavior and their political agenda.  But I think it’s gotten to the point where they’re incapable of being happy.  You know what?  I think one of the reasons, I’m gonna be very, very bold here.  And I may be dead wrong about this.  I may be acknowledging or granting them more awareness and sensitivity than they really have.

ObamaWreckingBall2Obama was gonna get rid of politics-as-usual and there wasn’t gonna be any partisanship and there wasn’t gonna be any arguing and everybody was gonna get along.  I mean, there’s a lot of people that voted for Obama on that basis. It’s quite understandable that they would be miffed because none of that’s happened.

Yet Obama’s victorious. He wins practically everything he tries for.  And yet everything Obama does is falling apart.  American foreign policy’s a joke, by design, but the American people don’t want that to be the case.  Obama does.  The American people don’t.  Obamacare?  Isn’t a lot of happiness.  I mean, the latest stories on Obamacare are the people who finally got insurance now can’t afford to use it.  The deductibles are too high.

Never Satisfied, Not Happy 

I have seen a happy country.  I have seen a country in a good mood, and this is not it. I’ve lived long enough, I’ve experienced enough to know.  So these people can lie to themselves all they want and they can tell themselves they’re winning every day, but I don’t see the accompanying happiness.  I don’t even see the accompanying satisfaction.  You know what they’re most happy about?  It’s not what they’re gaining.  It’s right in the evidence of this story.  Their real happiness comes from them thinking we are frustrated and defeated.

Psychologically Sick

angry-liberal-leftI think their happiness and their satisfaction is totally encompassed — well, maybe not totally, but largely encompassed in the thrill they get at conservatives and Republicans losing.  And if they happen to be Christians, that’s even better.  So they’re taking their happiness in what they hope is the misery of other people.  I don’t think that’s a recipe for happiness.  But the left has been selling that for as long as I’ve been alive.

What do you think class warfare is?  What do you think tax increases for the rich are?  That’s designed to stoke anger for the rich and then to make the middle class and the poor somehow think life is better ’cause the rich’s taxes went up.  They’re supposed to take happiness, they’re supposed to be satisfied that their enemies, the rich, had it stuck to ’em.  Their lives don’t change.  They don’t have any more money after the rich’s taxes go up.  So they’re not happier because there’s been substantive change in their livesNo, they’ve been conditioned to be happy at the misery of others.  That’s not happiness to me.  That’s sick. 

I think it’s destructive, psychologically destructive, when you measure your happiness by how unhappy other people are, or how miserable other people are, and that’s what this is all about.  ‘Cause I just don’t see the happiness.  I’ll tell you, folks, if we conservatives were winning the same way the left is winning during these years with Obama, do you know how happy we’d be?  I mean, we’d be happy, confident, sitting on top of the world, and we’d be thinking we can change anything, persuade anybody of anything. We’d be riding the wave. With these people there is none of that with their victories.  There’s anger and there’s consternation and there’s angst and there’s bitterness. 

 

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Journey Faithfully

June 2015 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Journey Faithfully

 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!

DINNER TALK IS LESS FREQUENT at my house these days, as my children are all married and I live alone. However, whenever I get together with my children, we still have wonderful discussions—about family, about our faith, about life. One of my sons, Jordan, creationhandsstill works with me in the same office. Jordan is a composer of instrumental, semi-classical music. He is currently working on a full-length symphony entitled “Divine Plan,”  which entails a musical description of the Creation, our sojourn on earth, and our heavenly destination.

faithjourney2While discussing this marvelous work, I decided to choose “Journey Faithfully” for our June Theme, referring to our sojourn here on earth. You may have been on a tour in the wilderness, with a map at the beginning and at points along the way, wherein a mark indicates your current position with the words, “You are Here.”

By now we are all fully aware we are here on earth. But have you ever wondered why you are here, or where you are really going? For this epic journey, certain things are required for our survival. Last month we discussed how to gather our daily manna, to be fed in this jesuslambmedearthly wilderness. We need adequate equipment,  and we also need a guide book guide-book and a compass, so we can reach our desired destination without getting lost. God, in His mercy, has not left us to wander alone and unguided on this magnificent earth He has created for us.

He knew it would be hard, but we can make it if we follow the Shepherd he has provided for us. I rejoice that you join me here each day for a few moments along your way. I pray you find here an oasis to refresh yourself and be fortified to continue your daily journey.

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late.

Enjoy the Journey!

Christine Davidson

 

Highlights

Stress Relief Tip: Simplify Your Life, Avoid Burn-out

Defining Moment: What are the “Fruits”?

Bible Story: Job—did he experience doubt and despair?

jesusjusticemedHillsdale’s Imprimis article this month is a commentary on The Battle of Indiana and the Promise of Battles to Come. Like it or not, we are in a culture war. More than that, we contend against powers of darkness for our very souls and those of our loved ones. And every inch is a battle.

“You can’t judge me!” Really? Don’t miss this brilliant article by Tim Wildmon, President of American Family Association, as he teaches us the difference between discernment and being “judgmental”, which many of us are accused of because of our Biblical beliefs.

Other Articles: Outfitting for the Epic Journey— Putting on the whole armour of God; The Compass; The Guidebook; Fatherhood; How to Hush Our Fears about the Future

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Theme Quotes for June: Journey Faithfully

resurrected ChristmedI am the way, the truth, and the life. ~Jesus, John 14:6

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

I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day. ~Alma 36:3

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good. ~Alma 37:37

Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in heart; for such shall find rest to their souls. ~Alma 37:34

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

jesus-woman-wellAnd thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness. 1 Nephi 17:3

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is or me, saith the Lord. ~Isaiah 54:17

 

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13,14

The trying of your faith worketh patience. ~James 1:3

 

ShieldresizeWherefore 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:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. ~Ephesians 6:13-1

faithjourney1Let 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

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. ~Isaiah 3:10

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Simplify Your Life

oasisIn the throb of our modern pace in life, there is much talk about stress, burnout, and chronic weariness. Few have time for meditation. In the rush for “stuff” and “fun,” there is never time left over for the things that matter most. It has been said of us that we “are in the thick of thin things.”[1] Yes, there may be endless obligations to activities, organizations, clubs, and programs. All have their place, and most offer something positive. We try to do them all, and yet we often feel like we are marking time and getting nowhere. And we are not enjoying the journey. How can some people carry on unceasingly, and seem never to grow weary?

When spirit-led priorities are addressed first, then we need not be too weary for the good works.

Belle Spafford counseled, “The average woman today, I believe, would do well to appraise her interests, evaluate the activities in which she is engaged, and then take steps to simplify her life, putting things of first importance first, placing emphasis where the rewards will be greatest and most enduring, and ridding herself of the less rewarding activities.”

One of these basics, if done simply, can provide the family with important “regrouping” time on a daily basis. The family dinner hour can become a time of refreshment instead of burn out, and can have enduring rewards as well.

Classical Music stress relief this month provided by Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Charles Gounod

June Preview

The Dinner Topic Theme for June: Journey Faithfully

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 gives valuable training in critical thinking activities, and can make for interesting conversation, too.

This month: “Fruits”

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Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Justice and Mercy

Famous Birthdays: Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Adam Smith, Charles Gounod, Frederic Bastiat

job2Bible Stories: Job and transformational faith

Culture: Twitter—a bird’s eye view of Liberal shallowness

Political Correctness vs. Christianity

Critical Thinking activities: The difference between discernment and judgmentalism

Faith: Therefore They Hushed their Fears

Family: Raising a Modern-Day Knight—important role of fathers

A Christian Psychologist looks at Parenting

Hillsdale Imprimis: The Battle of Indiana and the Promise of Battles to Come

truth2momentHistory: Comparing East and West Philosophies

Nation: The President’s skewed moral compass

Shocking Truths Revealed in the Benghazi scandal

US Constitution Series 18: Our Unalienable Rights Best Preserved in Written Constitution

Moral Repair Plan—always looking for reasons for optimism:

Truth Detectors: Discernment needed in Presidential candidates

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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homeschoolgirlTraditional 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.

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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.

June

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[1] Shakespeare