History: Abraham Lincoln and his Moral Victory

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keyAbraham Lincoln is an Epic Hero. He secured a moral victory by abolishing slavery and uniting America.

Quotes

Lincoln

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. ~Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War–its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis.[2][3] In so doing he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the national government and modernized the economy.

Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was a self-educated lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader, state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the Congress during the 1840s. He promoted rapid modernization of the economy through banks, canals, railroads and tariffs to encourage the building of factories; he opposed the war with Mexico in 1846. After a series of highly publicized debates in 1858 during which he opposed the expansion of slavery, Lincoln lost the U.S. Senate race to his archrival, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln, a moderate from a swing state, secured the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1860. With almost no support in the South, Lincoln swept the North and was elected president in 1860. His election prompted seven southern slave states to form the Confederacy. No compromise or reconciliation was found regarding slavery.

When the North enthusiastically rallied behind the national flag after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, Lincoln concentrated on the military and political dimensions of the war effort. His goal was to reunite the nation. He suspended habeas corpus, arresting and temporarily detaining thousands of suspected secessionists in the border states without trial. Lincoln averted British intervention by defusing the Trent affair in late 1861. His numerous complex moves toward ending slavery centered on the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, using the Army to protect escaped slaves, encouraging the border states to outlaw slavery, and helping push through Congress the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which permanently outlawed slavery. Lincoln closely supervised the war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including commanding general Ulysses S. Grant. He made the major decisions on Union war strategy, Lincoln’s Navy set up a naval blockade that shut down the South’s normal trade, helped take control of Kentucky and Tennessee, and gained control of the Southern river system using gunboats. He tried repeatedly to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. Each time a general failed, Lincoln substituted another until finally Grant succeeded in 1865.

lincolnAn exceptionally astute politician deeply involved with power issues in each state, Lincoln reached out to “War Democrats” (who supported the North against the South), and managed his own re-election in the 1864 presidential election. As the leader of the moderate faction of the Republican party, confronted Radical Republicans who demanded harsher treatment of the South, War Democrats who called for more compromise, Copperheads who despised him, and irreconcilable secessionists who plotted his death. Politically, Lincoln fought back with patronage, by pitting his opponents against each other, and by appealing to the American people with his powers of oratory.[4] His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became an iconic statement of America’s dedication to the principles of nationalism, republicanism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy. Lincoln held a moderate view of Reconstruction, seeking to reunite the nation speedily through a policy of generous reconciliation in the face of lingering and bitter divisiveness. Six days after the surrender of Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee, Lincoln was assassinated by a confederate sympathizer. Lincoln has been consistently ranked both by scholars[5] and the public[6] as one of the greatest U.S. presidents.

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Building Character: Champions of Liberty

Building Character, Champions of Liberty

 Character-Education

Ode to the Epic Hero

Epic Hero resize medYour epic quest begins at birth

To find your purpose here on earth.

Along the way your heart will learn

How good from evil to discern.

Moments in time will come to define

Trials of your soul, to test and refine.

 

Discover things that will be treasured,

Perhaps not always in money measured—

Gems of knowledge, virtue, truth,

Eternal standards for families and youth—

To strengthen, protect, and to prepare

A way to escape the enemy’s snare.

 

biblicallampThe journey of life demands your part—

Courage, faith, and a willing heart.

You need not fall, though you may stumble,

For angels fail not to help the humble.

Your lone small flame may not seem bright,

Yet it reveals the way to greater light.

 

Day by day, big and little—

Answers await life’s every riddle.

Just when you think you can’t continue,

You’ll find the epic hero within you.

Honor and virtue will be your choice.

Return home triumphant, and rejoice.

~C.A.Davidson

Copyright 2010 © by Christine A. Davidson

Epic Heroes Quest—for Youthknightonhorse

 

Epic Heroes in Training

 

Literature: Bible, Patterns, and Lord of the Rings

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Exodus Motif is a Pattern in the Bible and our Lives

keyoldAt first glance, The Lord of the Rings may not appear to be a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work,” as it was sometimes called.  Symbolism has been artfully used by many inspired authors to depict basic but abstract Christian doctrines, such as the Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement.

Tolkien writes of pre-creation events in which one archangel-like being rebels, as Lucifer rebelled against the plan of God, then fought a war in heaven over the issue of free will.  John the Revelator used extensive symbolism to portray his vision of eternity and teach doctrines sacred to Christians.  John Milton, in his epic poem, “Paradise Lost,” paints an eloquent picture of the creation and the fall of man.  C.S. Lewis, in his Chronicles of Narnia, teaches about the atonement of Jesus Christ.

MosesredseaBut when God taught about the fall and redemption of his children, he used, not artistic metaphors, but events in real life.  One of the most powerful lessons of all time concerning the atonement of Christ is the Exodus.

The slavery of the children of Israel while in Egypt parallels the bondage of sin after the Fall.  Those in Israel who marked their doorway with the blood of the lamb were spared from the plague of physical death which was visited upon the unbelieving Egyptians.  All who have faith in the atoning blood of Christ, and repent,  are delivered from spiritual death.

The crossing of the Red Sea has been compared to baptism, which qualified them to enter the “promised land,” which signifies a condition of being “born again” to a new life, or is also compared to heaven. [1] The Book of Mormon, written by prophets of Hebrew lineage, is replete with exodus motifs.  Three different peoples crossed the “great waters” to the “promised land” in the New World.   The two later groups fled religious persecution, which is also a prototype of American history.

Even in post-exodus events, we may continue to find parallels in our daily lives.  Many of the people had unrealistic expectations of life outside of Egypt.  They found that their new liberty did not bring them instant gratification for the rest of their days.  Instead, freedom meant constant effort and struggle. Every day was a battle.  They did not like it one bit, and complained that slavery was better after all.  Furthermore, they learned that their victim status in Egypt was not an automatic ticket to the Promised Land.  They would be required to fight courageously and vanquish evil. Only then could they obtain rest and joy in the Promised Land.  Although they had been miraculously delivered, they did not believe it was possible to conquer the enemy.  Many did not believe they could make it into the Promised Land.  And so they didn’t.

exodus1If we have forgotten our miraculous delivery, our own sojourn in the wilderness could be marked by ingratitude and faithlessness.  No one ever said it would be easy to endure the daily battles to change our hearts and conquer temptation, but faith assures us that it is decidedly worth it.

Dinner Topic:

Epic literature contains cultural richness and profound meaning for the thoughtful reader. *Symbolism, Epic Literature

1. How is good vs. evil played out in our daily lives?

2. Why isn’t it easy to conquer evil?

3. The restored Church of Jesus Christ does not use the cross as a symbol of their faith because the focus is on the living, resurrected Christ.

exodus24. What is reverence? How does gratitude increase our reverence?

5. How do stories of scriptural heroes help us liken the scriptures to ourselves? How do stories teach conversion and character-building?

6. How does understanding of symbolism in scriptures and epic literature increase our reverence?


[1] Paul teaches that the passage through the Red Sea and being led by a cloud or pillar of fire were types or symbols of the baptism of water and fire or the HolyGhost (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4) “[Paul] is saying that even as Israel, when they passed through the Red Sea, fled from the worldliness of Egypt, so their Christian descendants, through baptism, are to forsake the lusts of the flesh and live godly lives.”  ~Bruce R. McConkie

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Real Family Life

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Stand for the Real Family

 

man1New! Epic Heroes Quest

Empowering keys found in each dinner topic; Preparing for the Epic Journey of Life;

Epic Heroes in Training;

Parent Resources 

New! We are now including each month’s theme quotes at the beginning of our newsletter. Everyone can use great quotes to brighten their day.

family5prayingdinnerQuotes on February Theme: Stand for the Real Family

No success can compensate for failure in the home. ~David O. McKay

‘The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.’ ~Harold B. Lee

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. ~The Family Proclamation

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. ~The Family Proclamation

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.

MARIANNE E. NEIFERT, Dr. Mom’s Parenting Guide

A man should never neglect his family for business. ~Walt Disney

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

The family is the most important organization in time or in eternity. The Lord instituted the family to endure eternally. ~Joseph Fielding Smith

It is so obvious that the great good and the terrible evil in the world today are the sweet and the bitter fruits of the rearing of yesterday’s children. As we train a new generation, so will the world be in a few years. If you are worried about the future, then look to the upbringing of your children. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

A man should never neglect his family for business. ~Walt Disney

As the forces of evil attack the individual by tearing away at his family roots, it becomes critical for …parents to maintain and strengthen the family. There are certain old truths which will be truths as long as the world endures, and which no amount of progress can change. 1) One of these is that the family (the organization consisting of father, mother, and children) is the foundation of all things in the Church; 2) another, that sins against pure and healthy family life are those which, of all others, are sure in the end to be visited most heavily upon the nations in which they take place. ~Joseph Fielding Smith

The thought of a nation without the family unit as its fundamental foundation, where all the citizens are comparatively strangers to each other and where natural affection is not found; where no family ties bind the groups together, is one of horror. Such a condition could lead to but one end—anarchy and dissolution. ~Joseph Fielding Smith

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As time goes on, and our traditional values become increasingly at risk, I look forward to working with you to restore Judeo-Christian values for our families and our posterity. Our theme for February is Real Family Life

NOTE: Every day government schools are giving us more and more reasons to teach our children at home—either find a good private school or take the plunge and home school. There are many support groups nationwide and a variety of curricula to tailor to your needs. Begin now to prepare and plan. Don’t wait till the task of undoing the secular influences becomes impossible. You can do it; you need not feel alone. God will help you protect your children from the increasing evils of the world.

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Family Meals, Teaching Moments

Teaching Moments. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ~Deuteronomy 6:5-7

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The Dinner Topic Theme for February is Stand for Real Family Life

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 the Defining Moment is Family—traditional, nuclear family.

More Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Respect

Famous Birthdays: Mendelssohn, Thomas More, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Andres Segovia, Leo Delibes, George Washington, George Friederich Handel, Victor Hugo, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Giacomo Rossini

Other Articles

Christian Story: Jacob meets Rachel

Saint Valentine and marriage

U.S. Constitution: Compact for America—states are working to regain their Constitutional rights and powers

Education:

The Last Literate Generation

The True Story of Common Core              

Abuse Report—there are so many government abuses now that there is not room to report them all, so they will be summarized and listed in one report, with links to the complete article; this month: abortion, food stamp abuse

Moral Repair Plan—this will be much harder, but when we come across solutions, we will report them. This month includes: Principled statements on marriage and family, rescuing abortion workers; storing food

Book Reviews: The Real George Washington, On Being George Washington

Culture:

Nuclear Family

The Moral Force of Women

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

Priority

Priority: Investigation of Common Core reveals that it is blatant Left-wing indoctrination. Your state can choose not to implement Common Core. It’s hard to control national and even state politics. However, we can still do what is best for our children.

It is going to become increasingly difficult to counteract the insidious influences pervading our society. 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 Updates. The Tea Party is holding a Symposium on Article V of the Constitution, studying ways the states can use their power to overcome the tyranny at the Federal level.

Compact for America. This is a peaceful, well-organized grass-roots educational movement to combat tyranny on the federal level. This is slowly returning power to the states by focusing on one nation-saving amendment at a time via state conventions. Georgia state legislature just voted to hold a convention. The goal is for votes by ¾ of the states to compel Congress to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment by July 4, 2014.

2. Obamacare: Let’s do all we can to support the worthy grass roots efforts that are growing nationwide.  Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare.

3. Nullification. States can choose to ignore an unconstitutional national law by passing a bill banning implementation. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level. This can be used, not only for Obamacare, but any other unconstitutional law. South Carolina has nullified Obamacare!

4. 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.

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late.

C.A. Davidson

Christian Story: Armor of God

Dinner Topics for Monday

Bible Quotes

ShieldresizeFor 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 6:12-17

Outfitting for the Epic Journey

“Above all, taking the shield of faith. . .”       

One taking a long journey has more peace of mind if properly outfitted.  Saint Paul outlines the elements best suited for the epic journey called life. (Ephesians 6:11-17)  It is easy to take our feet for granted, until they hurt. Having your feet well shod, therefore, is vital.  Without this preparation, it is futile to expect to walk the long road, or even to be able to stand firmly.

Next is to be girt about with truth, and have on the breastplate of righteousness.  Obedience to God is the habit of a free man.   This obedience makes a good breastplate, because it protects a heart which is soft and teachable, which is humble and submissive to the divine will.

When you put on the helmet of salvation, you are taking on the name of your Redeemer.  If, wherever you go, you always remember Him, the Spirit will never fail you, and you will never forget who you are.

Now, above all, taking the shield of faith.  But with all this, how will we see where we are going when it is dark?

nighttrainGordon B. Hinckley spoke of earlier days when he worked for the railroad, and he wondered how the engineer, traveling at such a dangerous speed, could see into the darkness. Then he realized it was not one long journey, but rather a constant continuation of a short journey. The engine’s powerful headlight could brighten the way for a distance of up to 500 yards.  The engineer could see to the edge of the light, and that was enough, because that headlight was constantly before him through the night, until the dawn.

He explains that in like manner we proceed on our eternal journey, one step at a time. We travel into the unknown, but the headlight of faith always lights the way before us.  If our faith keeps that light bright, we will never walk in darkness.

Copyright 2010 © C.A. Davidson

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Epic Literature

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Epic Literature

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Christian Parents and Homeschoolers are under attack from Europe and our own nation. Please strengthen and safeguard your family by teaching them traditional values in your home.

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NOTE: Every day government schools are giving us more and more reasons to teach our children at home—either find a good private school or take the plunge and home school. There are many support groups nationwide and a variety of curricula to tailor to your needs. Begin now to prepare and plan. Don’t wait till the task of undoing the secular influences becomes impossible. You can do it; you need not feel alone. God will help you protect your children from the increasing evils of the world.

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Bible Study

Bible Study. The word of God is an anchor to our souls. It is the steadfast and immovable Rock of absolute truth we can hang onto in the chaotic storm of lies and immorality that buffets our society on a daily basis. Hold onto the Word of God, no matter what. In times of trouble (and in the good times as well—every day), search the scriptures prayerfully, and you will find peace and answer to your prayers.

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

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The Dinner Topic Theme for October is Epic Literature

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 the Defining Moment is “Defining Epic Literature”—classic, scriptural, heroic literature—a cut above the mundane.

More Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Self-Reliance

Famous Birthdays: Vladimir Horowitz, Giuseppe Verdi, Christopher Columbus, Margaret Thatcher, David Ben Gurion, Franz Liszt, Georges Bizet, John Adams

Other Articles

Principles of Liberty from the 5,000 Year Leap (a series): Part 3—How to maintain a nation virtuous and morally strong

Parable: Put on the whole armor of God

Education: Parents and Homeschoolers are under attack from around the world; continual reminders to preserve academic freedom by teaching our families in the home

History: Christopher Columbus was not like other explorers; he knew he was guided by God

Middle East: The Coptic Christian who was blamed for the Benghazi tragedy is now free, and he is warning America of Islamic Terrorism

Culture: Ode to the Epic Hero; Why Classic Literature is Important; Notes on Isaiah—Prophet, Historian, and Poet

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

Priority

 New Priority: Be on guard against indoctrination in the schools. It’s hard to control national and even state politics. However, we can still do what is best for our children. It is going to become increasingly difficult to counteract the insidious influences pervading our society. Indoctrination is becoming increasingly blatant. 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. Obamacare: Congress continues to turn a deaf ear to the people, despite inspiring, courageous efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Let’s do all we can to support the worthy grass roots efforts that are growing nationwide. Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare.

2. Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms!

3. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level

Another continuing threat is to our 2nd amendment. Now, I am not a zealous hunter or gun owner. But I am concerned about the safety of myself and my family on two counts:

1. I don’t want to be a victim of crime.

2. I don’t want my liberties taken away from me.

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late.

Christine Davidson