May 2015 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Christian Lifestyle
Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!
And welcome to the Christian family, the Christian way of life. A few years ago I moved from the Chicago area to a more Christian community. I am thrilled to have so many friends here who share my values, and think like I do. That’s the way I feel about you, my Epicworld friends. You understand where I’m coming from; you understand what is important in life; you keep your eyes and your actions set upon those priorities. You look to God, and live. I thank you for that, and your children will thank you, too.
The Power of the Word
We love the word of life, the word that tells of peace,
Of comfort in the strife, of joys that never cease. ~William Bullock
A Christian prophet said that the power of the Word is greater than the sword. We Christians understand that, because we know what, and Who, the Word really is.
Well, fifty years ago, the Word was banned from the schools. This edict has been enforced by the sword—at least figuratively, and sometimes literally. And what consequences are we reaping from this action? In the void left by expelling God, Satan has stepped in and declared war—on the family, and on all that is good.
Students who are products of this education can swipe a screen proficiently, but they fail at rudimentary life skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and critical thinking. And most of all, they have not been taught those elements of character which contribute to a decent and civilized society. Nor do they understand liberty and responsibility. Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Generations after that decree, today we find ourselves engaged in a culture war—a war of ideas, a war of words. In this kind of conflict, we have to define our words very carefully, because in a society of moral relativism, everyone keeps redefining things like marriage, family, God, patriotism, truth, character, etc., even what is good and what is evil—in short, all the moral absolutes that are the foundation of a happy life have been undermined.
Let me be clear that I am not at all opposed to technology. However, it is important to be aware that things like texting, sound bytes, and various forms of electronic media have undermined human communication in many ways. Why? Because people read less, and take more things out of context.
Because words are so abused and misunderstood now, I do extensive research on the words I use on the internet. It’s called keyword research. Those keywords with higher scores are the ones that people enter most in their searches for information.
Surprisingly, a phrase with a fairly high score is “Jesus culture.” I wouldn’t choose those words exactly, but would you agree that the “Jesus culture” is us? Or the Christian lifestyle? So how do we define our culture? By the way we live. Our views on God, family, children, marriage, life, character, and more—are all reflected in our literature, art, music, and what we say, do, and how we treat others. In all that we do, we strive to live by the power of the Word.
Here at Epicworld, that is our mission—to help families restore those eternal truths of the culture of Jesus, the Bible, or the Judeo-Christian lifestyle by keeping our focus on the Word. “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.” ~Isaiah 54:13
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Honoring Families, and the Service Men and Women who defend our families and our liberty,
Defining Moment: Defining Marriage, not redefining it
With all the talk about the “war on women,” there is a real “war on men” that is being ignored.
The concept of repentance is unique to Christianity; it is the key to the mercy of Christ. Let’s be sure our children understand it well.
Persecution of Christians is not a matter of Biblical history—it is happening worldwide, and it can happen here. What you can do to help.
Shiphrah, the rescuer, by Elspeth Young
Bible Story: Shiphrah, first infanticide protestor
This month’s Imprimis article is a commentary on Frank Capra’s America and Ours. Frank Capra produced the classic movies It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Don’t miss this powerful reminder of the goodness of American life—the Judeo-Christian lifestyle—before the infamous court decree banned God from our children’s education. These are the values and this is the lifestyle which we are striving to restore here at Epicworld.
Other Articles: How to thank fallen military heroes who gave all for our liberty; How to defend your faith in a society which blurs the distinction between tolerance and religious freedom; Search your family history, World meeting of Christians on the family, Defending the Family, and more.
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Theme Quotes for May: Christian Lifestyle
We love the word of life, the word that tells of peace,
Of comfort in the strife, of joys that never cease. ~William Bullock
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.” ~Isaiah 54:13
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission [forgiveness] of their sins. ~2 Nephi 25:26
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. ~Galatians 6:9
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:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. ~Ephesians 6:13-18
Let 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
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. ~Isaiah 54:17
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. Matthew 7:24
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. ~Helaman 5:12
Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. ~Isaiah 3:10
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ~Psalms 119:105
The word of God, as found in the scriptures, in the words of living prophets, and in personal revelation, has the power to fortify the saints and arm them with the Spirit so they can resist evil, hold fast to the good, and find joy in this life. ~Ezra Taft Benson
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise…but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~2Peter 3:9
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Daily Scripture Study
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 6:6,7
We can become bored with the scriptures, and look in other places to be fed. Then we may be left alone in the wilderness until we so hunger for strength, guidance, or comfort that the eyes of our humility are opened and we see the manna right there, at our fingertips, where it has been all along. We gather it once, and our souls are fed at last. So fulfilling is that bread from heaven that we go back the next day for more, and we realize we cannot really live without it.
Classical Music stress relief this month provided by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Wagner
The Dinner Topic Theme for May: Christian Lifestyle
“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: Marriage
The Parenting Value for this month: Kindness
Famous Birthdays: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Friederich Hayek, Florence Nightingale, Wagner, Albrecht Durer, and Carl Bloch
Bible Stories: Adam and Eve
Shiphrah, First Infanticide Protestor
Daily Manna for the Modern Family
Culture: Supreme Court question: why no ancient Greek gay marriages?
War on Men?
Tolerance or Freedom?
Faith: World Conference on the Family
Defend the Family
Mothers and Daughters—Let’s honor the men in our family!
Family: Teaching Children about repentance
Search your family history
Hillsdale Imprimis: Frank Capra’s America and Ours
History: 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide
Nation: Showing appreciation for fallen military heroes who gave all for our liberty
World: Persecution of Christians and how you can help; It can happen here!
US Constitution Series 17: Checks and Balances prevent the abuse of power
Moral Repair Plan—always looking for reasons for optimism: A Christian solution for peace in the Middle East; Heritage Plan for Reclaiming America
Truth Detectors: Reality Updates
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.
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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.
- Tea Party Update listed each month.
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.
Heritage and American update: Obamacare Congress Exemptions; Barack Obama Executive Actions
Remember what the Tea Party stands for.
Every month we will keep you informed on the latest projects and progress of the Tea Party, with an updated link to our monthly newsletter; most recent updates at top of the list.
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YouTube Video Update: The Truth about the American Border Crisis
- Work to make your state sovereign!
- Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap. To access this series of posts, type US Constitution Series in this site’s search bar.
Thanks for all you do,