Biblical Worldview: Moral Compass

Biblical Worldview:

Moral Compass

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!

bigpicture1“ALL HAPPENINGS GREAT AND SMALL ARE PARABLES WHEREBY GOD SPEAKS. THE ART OF LIFE IS TO GET THE MESSAGE.”[1] In this age of lies and noisy chaos, how blessed we are if we can hear God speak to us! But it is not easy.

We live in a time when even the wisest will be hard-pressed to distinguish truth from clever deception.”[2] We all know what we are up against:

  • Elected government officials involved in corruption and treason, and lying to cover it up
  • Corrupt judicial system, excusing lawlessness, releasing criminals, and blaming victims and police for the chaos

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  • Students so morally bankrupt that, by a 2-1 ratio, they believe it is immoral not to recycle, but pornography is okay
  • Students so brainwashed that they believe in the false utopia of socialism and hate free enterprise
  • Junk scientists perpetrating massive hoaxes, and being paid generously by unwilling taxpayers for their lies
  • Young people, even children, so steeped in the false world of electronic games, and so past feeling, that they have morphed into self-centered, sadistic zombies
  • The rising generation—vacuous and utterly severed from their rich Judeo-Christian heritage of liberty

What is to be done? What is missing? The answer is—to restore a Moral Compass

fatherreadingfireplace               Whether you know it or not, we hold the future of America in our hands. Yes, you and me—Parents and Grandparents. Only we can teach the rising generation the keys to our very survival as a civilized nation—the greatest nation ever to exist—God’s covenant nation. We cannot leave it to the schools, or to society, or to the government.

But how?

                God has spoken to His covenant people, and given us the answer.

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?

“I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived;” He says, “for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations—”

And who exemplifies that pattern? “He that prays, whose spirit is contrite . . . if he obeys”[3] my covenants and commandments.

How can that help? What kind of pattern is that?

quote-maynes-gospel-christ-centerThe only way to have a moral compass is to be able to hear the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, and pay attention to our conscience. So, what kind of person can know the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Only a person who is humble (contrite) enough to obey His commandments, and who prays to Heavenly Father, listens to His answers, then obeys.

By obeying God’s commandments, we build our lives and character on a firm foundation of moral absolutes. But we all make mistakes. Therefore, it is essential to make needed course corrections whenever necessary. This is called repentance. Repentance keeps us humble, so we can be protected by God’s guiding pattern in these dark and perilous times.

 Through the ages, the message has been the same.  It is really the repeated lesson of Life’s parables, and we are never too old or too young to apply this lesson. You and I were corrected in our youth, and we turned out okay. 🙂 Why should our children get offended if we remind them to repent from time to time?

Remember:

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)

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

Only the truth will keep us free, if we teach it to our children.

Restoring America’s covenant with God,

Christine

 

 

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[1] Malcolm Muggeridge

[2] Henry B. Eyring

[3] Doctrine and Covenants 52:14

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Western Culture Dinner Topics Newsletter: Epic Heroes

Western Culture Dinner Topics Newsletter: Epic Heroes

October  2017

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Western Culture Dinner Topics!

by Carl Bloch

WE ARE IN AN EPIC WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. And make no mistake, Christ and the devil are not friends; they are enemies. (2 Cor. 6:15)

George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

In the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, censorship, rewriting of history, and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.[1]

In Escape to Faith and Freedom (volume 1 of upcoming Birthright Covenant series), teen-aged hero Benjamin Benamoz flees to America from the Soviet tyranny. Soon after he arrives, he learns that a certain faction in America is doing the same thing the Soviet tyrants were doing: rewriting history.

Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S. Although the punishment of those they disagree with is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union, the results are turning out to be much more far-reaching and deadly. Because of lies spewed by college faculties and their allies in the liberal media, our youth are growing up hating America and blaming flaws of human nature particularly on the Christian culture. Why do they hate Christians so much? Ben asks his father the same question:

“Papa, why are they burning Bibles?”

“Because they are afraid of truth.”

“Why are they afraid of truth, Papa?”

“Because truth frees us from their tyranny.”

It is a battle for the very souls of the people we love.

It will require epic heroism to prevail. What is an epic hero? An epic hero is someone of truly righteous character, who, through just and courageous actions, puts God, family, and country before his selfish and immediate interests and saves his people, prevailing in the mortal and spiritual battle of good vs. evil. It’s not always a battle of tanks and guns on the military battlefield. In our case, the Culture War requires spiritual fortitude.

Godly Parents are Epic Heroes, too

Parents who raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord are epic heroes, too, because their children grow up to become leaders who keep our country free.

We cannot shrink or shun the fight, but it need not be overwhelming to the point of paralyzing us. It can be as simple as teaching Bible truths to our families every night at the dinner table. Follow me here for daily dinner topics in the Biblical worldview, and for updates on the upcoming Birthright Covenant trilogy.

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Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.

Onward,  Christian soldiers,

Christine Davidson

News and Updates:

Notes on Critical Thinking (Defining Moments and History Facts):

Due to repeated falsehoods which are taught in many schools, confusion can be overwhelming. Therefore, we will be giving more emphasis on defining worldly ideas and reporting true history, even if it requires some repetition.

Transmit a Legacy of Faith and Freedom to Your Children and Grandchildren

Young people who have grown up with freedom and convenience tend to take it for granted because they don’t know what it’s like to be without God, and without freedom. This allegorical trilogy— a tale of two opposite cultures— helps parents teach and transmit vital truths about Judeo-Christian heritage to the rising generation.

Volume 1: Escape to Faith and Freedom 

A battle for the very souls of the people he loves. . .

BENJAMIN BENAMOZ FLEES FOR HIS LIFE from the brutal Iron Curtain. He finds freedom and faith in Christ, but even in America, he is soon threatened by vicious enemies who seek to destroy the Judeo-Christian culture. There is only one way to win: Ben must rescue and restore the ancient birthright to its sacred place in the chosen land. As Western Civilization hangs in the balance, will Ben succeed in his epic quest before it’s too late?

Coming! Birthright Covenant Trilogy

 

We are in an epic war between good and evil. Time to fortify our families with a foundation of faith. Some of us are blessed with good schools, others home school. Whatever your educational circumstances, we’ll soon be offering you an online oasis, where you can draw with joy from the wells of salvation, all within the walls of your home. Watch for coming developments.

 

 

As Joshua Benamoz  taught us,

Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!

Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!

New Parenting Resource!

Life Lessons from Biblical Big Picture

Critical thinking skills are taught in very few public schools anymore. Some of the best resources for character education and critical thinking are found in literary fiction. Using the historical novel, Birthright, by C.A. Davidson, as a platform, parents can teach their families vital critical thinking skills and Life Lessons from the Biblical big picture.

Topics include:

  • Truth–
    • How to Know What is True
    • Discerning Right and Wrong
  • Scientific Method (Empiricism) and Academic Freedom
  • Life Lessons from Historical patterns and literary symbolism

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Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Words to Live By 

 

Theme Quotes for October: Epic Heroes

Changing the world begins at home. ~Bonnie L. Oscarson

The Left needs the disinfectant of truth. ~Dinesh D’Souza

 

Christ has not called us to be nice but to be good. Nice people never confront evil, but good people do. ~Bryan Fischer

 “I have not yet begun to fight!” John Paul Jones

Christ and Belial are not friends; they are enemies. ~2 Cor. 6:15

Refusing to believe the danger does not lessen the reality of the threat. ~Bodie Thoene, Prague Counterpoint

“The only way we can keep our freedom is to work at it. Not some of us. All of us. Not some of the time, but all of the time.” Spencer W. Kimball

This is the last day in which the great consummation of God’s purposes will be made, the only dispensation in which the Lord has promised that sin will not prevail. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. ~Benjamin Franklin

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~Winston Churchill

You cannot submit to evil without allowing evil to grow. Each time the good are defeated, or each time they yield, they only cause the forces of evil to grow stronger. Greed feeds greed, and crime grows with success. Our giving up what is ours merely to escape trouble would only create greater trouble for someone else. ~Louis L’Amour

“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

“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
~Abraham Lincoln

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”~Thomas Paine

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”~Thomas Paine

“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”~William Penn

 “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“Show me the loving bonds between your families today and I will show you the patriotism and moral clarity of your nation tomorrow. Our choices on how we raise and educate our children in fact provide the blueprint for the next generation. If we do not advocate a love of country to our children and generations to come, then why would our children grow up to fight for their countries?” ~Melania Trump

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

We have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization. ~John Rhys-Davies (Gimli in Lord of the Rings)

Trump seated near portrait of Polish King who defeated Islam

“Rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day.” ~Beata Szydło, Prime minister of Poland

This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity.” We must therefore drag the ancient virtue of courage out from under the silt of oblivion. There is no free, prestigious and honorable Europe without the lifeblood of nations and the wisdom of two thousand years of Christianity. ~Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary

“I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. So, together, let us all fight like the Poles – for family, for freedom, for country, and for God. ~President Donald Trump

The West is superior to the rest of the world in every significant way, we should aggressively back our allies over our enemies, and the guiding principle of our foreign policy should always be America’s interests. No apologies. No equivocation. No doubt. ~Kurt Schlichter

October Preview

The Western Culture Dinner Topic Theme for October: Epic Heroes

Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Responsibility, Not Blame

Famous Birthdays: Giiuseppe Verde, Christopher Columbus, Dwight Eisenhower, Margaret Thatcher, Franz Liszt, David Ben Gurion, Georges Bizet, John Adams

  • Book Review: Arab convert to Christianity exposes Terrorism
  • Constitution Series 10: Government Accountable to God, People
  • Character Education: Teach Moral Clarity, Patriotism
  • Critical Thinking: Defining Church and State
    • Defining Epic Literature
  • Culture Wars: When they bring the war to us
    • Who are Normal Americans?
  • Faith: Gospel Glasses prevent Spiritual Eclipse
  • History: Epic Heroes
    • Isaiah
    • Columbus
    • David Ben Gurion
  • Stress Relief Tip: Words to Live By
  • Truth in Journalism: Reporting news blacked out or straightening out news twisted by the mainstream media
    • The truth about the Southern Poverty Law Center

 

And as always—current events, updates, cultural enrichment, great cartoons, and analysis

 

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Nothing like a fascinating dinner table conversation to teach the Biblical worldview in a comfortable setting. Today kids are so bombarded with worldly doctrines that it’s important that you spell it out with  precepts, as well as your example.  This is easiest to do if Biblical values are a way of life. Just follow this blog.  Every day, you get  dinner topics to choose from. Follow me here, at  Epicworld Dinner Topics.

Even if you do it once a week to begin with, it’s a great start. Congratulate yourself. Out of small and simple things, great  things come to pass. Do not be weary in well-doing.

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“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

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3. 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. Also, look for posts that refer to the Constitution in current events. This month Constitution series #10: Government Accountable to God, People

[1] Walter E. Williams, Leftists are Rewriting History; They Must Be Stopped

Western Culture Dinner Topics Newsletter: Biblical Worldview

Biblical Worldview

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Western Culture Dinner Topics!

NEWS ALERT! MASSIVE IDENTITY THEFT IN AMERICA!

It’s a crisis! Millions of young Americans, many of their parents, even some grandparents, are missing vital elements of their identity.

Deep, wide, and long investigation has revealed that keys of American core identity have been subtly removed over a period of many years. Graduates of high schools and colleges nationwide respond with a blank stare when asked who they are as American citizens. They have no idea why they are here or where they are headed.

What’s missing?

Not only have Americans themselves been robbed, but there is something missing from our culture, entertainment, schools, government, and society itself.

We are awash in mediocre, utterly forgettable, morally bankrupt idols, such as pirates, “Despicable Me,” Maleficent, and glorifying wimpy-ness. Missing from literature and entertainment are the fresh, uplifting stories with decent admirable characters.

Roger Scruton laments, “Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as if it does not matter.”

Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.

Missing is the Biblical Worldview upon which America was founded. Missing in action are the true epic heroes who light up the corridors of history with their shining and noble deeds.

What is an epic hero? An epic hero is someone of truly righteous character, who, through just and courageous actions, puts God, family, and country before his selfish and immediate interests and saves his people, prevailing in the mortal and spiritual battle of good vs. evil.

Historians of integrity trace records back to the root cause of this crisis: the removal of the birthright of American citizens. In other words, the biblical foundation of western civilization has been stolen and sold to the enemy.

Who stole it?

Fifty years ago, a handful of judges, using power that did not belong to them, seized the American birthright of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and sold it to the enemy of our souls. What have we received in return? Death, bondage, and misery.

What is to be done?

Therefore my people are gone into acaptivity, because they have no bknowledge.~ Isaiah 5:13

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Educate, Educate, Educate.

Truth is the most powerful weapon in the world.

This month our theme is Biblical Worldview. Though banned from entertainment, schools, government, and public discourse, Judeo-Christian scriptures can still be used in our homes. We as parents and grandparents hold the keys to unlock the bondage of godless ignorance into which our children have been thrust. Like Rebekah of old, we can wrest the birthright from the unrighteous and misguided hands of the world and restore it to our families, to bless our posterity for generations to come.

And it can be as simple as teaching Bible truths to our families every night at the dinner table.

Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.

Blessing Our Families with the Biblical Worldview Culture,

Christine Davidson

 

 

Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!

Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!

 

Western Culture Newsletter: Character Education

Western Culture Dinner Topics Newsletter: Character Education

June, 2017

Culture-Wars

Welcome to Western Culture Dinner Topics!

                “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,” said Gordon B. Hinckley, Christian leader. “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.”

We live in a world that seems to worship its own kind of greatness and to produce its own kind of heroes. A recent survey of young people ages eighteen through twenty-four revealed that today’s youth . . . clearly seek to pattern their lives after the glamorous and “boundlessly rich.” During the 1950s, heroes included Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, President Harry Truman, Queen Elizabeth, and Helen Keller—the blind and deaf writer-lecturer. These were figures who either helped shape history or were noted for their inspiring lives. Today, many of the top ten heroes are movie stars and other entertainers, which suggests something of a shift in our attitudes. [1]

“Let us not be trying to substitute an artificial life for the true one, ”said one Christian leader of the 20th century, long before TV and social media.[2]

To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman.” [3]

Greatness requires the development of character

What kind of greatness do you want your children to pass on from their upbringing?  Should we covet that which is but the drop, and neglect the more weighty matters?[4]

Greatness requires the development of character. True greatness is never a result of a chance occurrence or a one-time effort or achievement. It requires a multitude of correct decisions in the everyday choices between good and evil.[5] Over the years these little choices will be bundled together and show clearly what we value.[6]

True greatness comes from persevering in the difficulties of life and from serving in ways that are often unnoticed.

“True greatness [comes from] the thousands of little deeds and tasks of service and sacrifice that constitute the giving, or losing, of one’s life for others and for the Lord.”[7]

“May we never be discouraged in doing those daily tasks which God has ordained to be” part of our life-long character development.

Shiphrah, the rescuer, by Elspeth Young

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Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.

True to the Faith,

Christine Davidson

Pass on Judeo-Christian values to your family with this engaging and wholesome classic

How to help strengthen the faith of the rising generation

So from now on, we are sharpening the focus of Western Culture Dinner Topics on what matters most— to continually define and defend Judeo-Christian values, more about Israel, our spiritual  brother in the house of Israel,  and to know our enemy, so as not to be deceived.

 

As Joshua Benamoz  taught us,

 

Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!

Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!

New Parenting Resource!

Life Lessons from Biblical Big Picture

Critical thinking skills are taught in very few public schools anymore. Some of the best resources for character education and critical thinking are found in literary fiction. Using the historical novel, Birthright, by C.A. Davidson, as a platform, parents can teach their families vital critical thinking skills and Life Lessons from the Biblical big picture.

 

 

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Listen

When I was first married, I asked my mother for her advice on raising children. She said, simply: “Just listen to them.” My mother was a good listener. We could talk to her about anything. I tried to follow her advice, and found that I rarely had to offer solutions to their problems. Usually they would figure things out themselves once they vented their feelings about the situation. Sometimes we just need to talk to someone. Who better than a loving parent?

There is someone else we parents need to listen to: the Holy Spirit. ~C.D.

If I Listen with My Heart

If I had been a little child when Jesus lived on earth,

I would have liked to walk with Him and listen to His words,

But as I search the scriptures I can hear His words of peace,

And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.

 

I feel the Holy Spirit as he teaches truth and right,

He comforts me in times of need, He testifies of Christ,

He speaks to me in quiet ways that fill my soul with peace,

And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.

 

Text:  Sally DeFord

Music:  Sally DeFord

Theme Quotes for June: Character Education

June Preview

The Western Culture Dinner Topic Theme for June: Character Education

What is the key to your family’s future? Find it here.

Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Teaching Justice and Mercy

Defining Moment: Discerning Truth in News vs. Smear Tactics and Fake News

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

  • Bible Stories: Shiphrah, Protector of Life
    • Enoch’s Walk with God
  • Constitution Series 6: Equal Rights, not Equal Things
  • Character Education: Do Not Be Deceived
  • Critical Thinking: Smear Tactics and Discerning Truth in News
  • Culture Wars: Teaching the Language of the Gospel
    • AFA Christian News
    • Christianity vs. humanism, part 2
  • Faith: Why the Bible Matters
    • Overcoming the World
  • Family: Fathers Matter
    • Warning our Children to Repent is an Act of Love
  • Hillsdale Imprimis: The Left’s Attack on Free Speech
  • Stress Relief Tip: Listen to Jesus
  • Truth Matters: The Bizarre Alliance between the Left and Islam

 

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Recommended Readings

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, American Heritage,  for free, when you sign up now, and receive first lesson by email. 

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

Pass on Judeo-Christian values to your children with this engaging and wholesome classic

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!

Learn the Key to Survival in a Difficult World

3. 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. Also, look for posts that refer to the Constitution in current events. This month Constitution series #6:Equal Rights, not Equal Things

[1] (See U.S. News & World Report, 22 Apr. 1985, pp. 44–48.) Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, p.158

[2] Joseph F. Smith, 1905

[3] Joseph F. Smith

[4] Doctrine and Covenants 117:8

[5] Howard W. Hunter, 164

[6] Boyd K. Packer

[7] Howard W. Hunter, 159

Western Culture Newsletter: Judeo-Christian Values

March 2017 Western Culture Newsletter: Judeo-Christian Values

Culture Wars

Dear Friends,

WE WRESTLE AGAINST. . . THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.[1]

culture-wars-Erase-The-CountryIn America’s glorious history, we won great wars for freedom—the Revolutionary War, World War II. And in the Cold War—a battle of the minds—America prevailed as well. But all during the World Wars and the Cold War, another conflict was seething. This was cultural Marxism, a stealth invasion of political correctness beginning in our schools, and subsequently into our government, our media, and yes, even our churches, with the goal of destroying Western Civilization.

war-in-heavenToday’s culture wars confront us with an unprecedented type of warfare which military might, though important, cannot win alone. This is a war for minds and souls—ours, and our children’s. This war began in heaven, and will continue until the 2nd Coming. It will not be won in a few months, or even years.

Long before America fought the four-year Civil War to end the abomination of slavery, William Wilberforce was waging his own war to abolish slavery in England. It was not a war with conventional weapons. It was a battle for spiritual freedom, to persuade Parliament, and the people—one soul at a time. It took him 46 years. He dedicated his entire adult life to it, but he succeeded in abolishing slavery without a physical war. (Oh, that America had been so wise.)

Because America sold her birthright of Judeo-Christian values for a mess of multiculturalism, we are now faced with a similar unending battle against lies and devilish doctrines bent on destroying Western culture, which has provided most of the world’s knowledge, progress, food, medicine, technology, quality of life, representative government, and liberty.[2]

Do What It Takes

quote-soares-stand-firm-moral-courageWhat will it take to turn this around? It will take courage, a willingness to stand for what is right, even if we stand alone.  The First Lady was  bashed for reciting the Lord’s prayer. Someone who simply posted a quote from George Washington on his Facebook page was confronted by an anti-Christian, anti-American tirade. It’s only going to get worse, so we might as well brace ourselves. To give up or give in is to perish. A friend once reminded me that to be reviled for our Christian beliefs is to wear a badge of honor.

passing-torchMaybe right living is hard. Maybe at times it is even excruciating. But the reward of knowing you’ve lived with integrity makes the sacrifice all that much more fulfilling. [3]

Of course we start with ourselves, by living Judeo-Christian values day by day.  But we cannot afford to keep this to ourselves. We must pass this birthright  on to our friends and loved ones, one soul at a time.

What matters most is what lasts longest, and our families are for eternity.[4]

bible-quote-god-for-usWhenever I feel outnumbered and alone, I remember the story of Elisha and the servant boy. The boy was frightened by the massive hosts of Assyrian troops which loomed on every side. But Elisha opened the boy’s eyes, and he saw the hosts of heaven arrayed in battle. The Lord is on our side. Never forget Who is at the helm.

 

So from now on, we are sharpening the focus of Epicworld Dinner Topics on what matters most— to continually define and defend Judeo-Christian values, more about Israel, our spiritual  brother in the house of Israel,  and to know our enemy, so as not to be deceived.

Joshua and his Grandpa

Joshua and his Grandpa

As Joshua Benamoz  taught us,

Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!

Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!

Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.

Onward Christian Soldiers,

You might also like: Excerpt from new novel by C.A. Davidson, Birthright:

Why the Bible Matters

Highlights

elisha4Bible Stories: Elisha and the hosts of heaven

  • Parable of the Wheat and Tares

Character Education: “If”, by Rudyard Kipling

  • Moral Compass—Why the Bible Matters

Culture Wars: Does Christian Compassion conflict with National Security?

  • Who Stole our Culture?

History: Story of Progressivism Part 3

Defining Moment: Judeo-Christian

News and Updates:

birthright_cvrNow Available in digital. Print version coming soon. Thank you for your patience.

A  novel by C.A. Davidson—Christian fiction on Cultural Heritage. A historical novel so relevant it pops like today’s news! A wholesome classic to share with your children and grandchildren.

Click Here for More  Information

 

NEW PAGE!

Western Culture Center:

 

knightandladyMeet the memorable characters of Birthright, join the Crusaders’ Council, with our motto—

Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!

Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!

Knowing that truth matters and ideas have consequences, come meet with us in the arena of ideas at Nobles’ Western Culture Center as we work together to restore Judeo-Christian values to their rightful place in our society.

Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

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 its work 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, and receive first lesson by email. Actually, all their online courses are free. There is no better place to get an education about our heritage than at Hillsdale.edu

NEW PAGE! If you miss the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural topics, you can visit our new Inspiration Page. Topics include Truth Matters, Moral Compass, Armor of God, History Heroes, Eternal Perspective,  and more.

Judeo-Christian Values Theme Quotes

seal-of-the-united-states-originalFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. ~Romans 1:16

The commandments of God are like signposts on the road of life; they keep you out of the danger zones. ~C.D.

Obedience to God is the habit of a free man. ~James Talmage

You don’t have to believe in God for Him to exist. ~Rush Limbaugh

This nation of immigrants was bound together by a spirit. Although one cannot become French or Chinese or Russian, one can become an American by embracing that spirit. Becoming a naturalized American citizen therefore meant more than passing the federal government’s screening process. It meant an  implicit and heartfelt agreement to abide not just by the nation’s laws, but by its hidden, unwritten “laws” as well—the principles that made up the invisible fabric of Western civilization. ~David Kupelian

Multiculturalism is “a philosophy of antagonism to America and the West.” ~Robert Bork

Stress Relief Tip:  What to do if people lie about you

DELIVER ME NOT OVER UNTO THE WILL OF MINE ENEMIES: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. ~Psalm 27:12

covenant2In these times of moral and political upheaval, sooner or later, we may find ourselves at the receiving end of the smear—that is, when someone spreads lies about us because they don’t agree with our Judeo-Christian worldview.

We have no control over other people’s choices, or their use or abuse of their free will. Under such circumstances, what can we do?

The Psalmist offers a wise solution to this dilemma:

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. ~Psalm 27:14

Yes, I know this is easier said than done. If you continually stress over how to react to such attacks,  no matter how hard you try, the attackers will not believe the truth. You only become exhausted and discouraged. Then is the time to place it in the hands of the Lord, the only One whom you can trust without reservation.

Our only course is to remain “steadfast and immovable”, in keeping the commandments of God. Our covenant with Him will protect us.

 

Featured articles

The Parenting Value for this month: Charity

Famous Birthdays: Chopin, Michelangelo, Smetana, Madison, Vivaldi, Louis L’Amour, Haydn

Defining Moment: Judeo-Christian

Bible Stories: Elisha and the hosts of heaven

  • Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

biblereadmeCharacter Education: “If,” by Rudyard Kipling

  • Why the Bible Matters

Culture Wars: Does Christian compassion conflict with national security?

  • Who Stole our Culture?

History: Statue of Liberty is not about immigration

  • the Story of Progressivism, Part 3
  • Biblical History and the US Seal

Moral Support: We see more reasons to hope for restoration of Judeo-Christian values

US Constitution Series 3: Ben Franklin on the Good Leader

Truth Matters: Know your enemy—the true nature of jihad, a stealth invasion

 

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

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1. Let Us Educate Ourselves

constitution1Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

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, and receive first lesson by email. 

2. Home Education—Let’s Teach our Children!

culture-war3-reagan “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.

judeo-christian1If 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!

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.

[1] Ephesians 6:12

[2] David Kupelian, World Net Daily

[3] Jody Hedlund, Newton and Polly, 324

[4] M. Russell Ballard

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Truth Matters

January 2017 Dinner Topics Newsletter:

Truth Matters

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!

WHAT IS TRUTH?

 

truth-not-altered-simply

This question has echoed through the ages, since Pilate asked it of Jesus the Christ. This is a good question today for some who, sadly, are” ever learning, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth.”[1] We can only hope that at some point their prejudices may give way before the truth. Those seeking truth in the spacious, but specious,[2] towers of moral relativism will search in vain, because truth abides forever and ever, not subject to popular opinion, not based on trendy fads. Truth is absolute.

“Why are we here? Without truth, many wonder, “What is the purpose of life?” These are the ones  who sincerely seek the truth, only to be kept from it, for they do not know where to find it.

 

forgiveness4doveSo How Do We Find the Truth?

One ancient prophet said of his Creator: “He is a God of truth, and cannot lie.” Therefore, a logical place to start looking for truth is in the word of God. Saint John said “it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit [of Christ] is truth.”[3]

So, if we ask what is true, with a sincere heart, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth to us, by the power of the Holy Spirit. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may know the truth of all things.

But Why Does It Matter?

Not too long ago, Sean McDowell, Ph.D.,  a professor of Christian Apologetics,  was speaking at a youth event. Afterwards, a student came up to him and said, “You talked about truth a lot. What’s the big deal? Why is truth even important?”

                Why does truth matter? I would suggest to this young man: “At some point in time, in some real crisis, not an imagined one, perhaps you will even be faced with death.  In that defining moment, real truth will be important.”

naval-academy                Dr. Peter Marshall, a beloved chaplain in the United States Senate in the 1940s, was invited to speak at the Naval Academy. He was prepared to address his concern about the loose morals of the young people at that time. But the Spirit gave him a different message.  He felt strongly impressed to speak to them about death.

He told them about a young boy with a fatal illness. The boy Mother_Reading_to_Sonasked his mother what it was like to die.  She reminded him of those days when he had come in from play, so exhausted that he had fallen asleep on his mother’s bed, without even changing his clothes. When he awoke in the morning, he was in his own bed. Daddy had lovingly lifted him up in his strong arms and carried him to the comfort of his own bed, where he belonged.

Sailor w-Jesus by Warner Sallman

Sailor w-Jesus by Warner Sallman

That is what death is like, his mother continued. You fall asleep and when you wake up in the morning, you find that Heavenly Father has lifted you up and brought you home to the comfort of His loving arms, where you belong. And the little boy no longer feared death.

So the Spirit prompted Dr. Marshall to tell the truth about death to those hundreds of bright young sailors at the Naval Academy. Shortly thereafter, Pearl Harbor was bombed, and many of those sailors faced death in the devastating war that followed.

Yes, truth matters. We need it to give meaning to our lives.

Saint John reminds us that the Spirit “will guide you into all truth.”[4] And Jesus Christ is that way, that truth, and life eternal. At the end of the day, through Him we can return home, where we belong.

biblereadmeRead this Excerpt from new novel by C.A. Davidson, Birthright:

Why the Bible Matters

 

Highlights

  • Critical Thinking: Do we live in a “post-truth” world?
  • Faith: Repentance, a Joyful Choice
  • Character Education: A Constitutional School System
  • History: the Story of Progressivism

Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

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 its work 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, and receive first lesson by email. Actually, all their online courses are free. There is no better place to get an education about our heritage than at Hillsdale.edu

NEW PAGE! If you miss the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural topics, you can visit our new Inspiration Page. Topics include Moral Compass, Armor of God, History Heroes, Eternal Perspective,  and more.

Stress Relief Tip: Look in the Mirror

mirror-looking-incompass liahonaThis month is a traditional time to do this, but for best results, it is done frequently throughout the year. This is not for reasons of vanity, of course. This is a metaphor for introspection. Sometimes it is wise to simply face the truth about ourselves. Not to go around beating ourselves up, but, let’s face it. We have all done things we wish we hadn’t, and it’s always a good idea to take stock of the direction we’re headed. One time one of my sons (I am blessed that all my children live the principles of the gospel) corrected me. It opened my eyes that I needed to make an attitude adjustment. I’m so glad I did. One Christian leader calls it “Making course corrections.” The Lord’s name for it is repentance. That is His gift to us—a wonderful gift that so often goes unappreciated.

 

Truth Matters Theme Quotes

 

truth1I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ~3 John 1:4

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~John 8:32

It is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. ~1 John 5:6

Remember—it is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. ~Thomas Paine

PC-TruthFreedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. ~Thomas Paine

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” ~Daniel Patrick Moynihan

isaiah-good-called-evilDuring times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ~George Orwell

Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~Isaiah 5:20

 ¶Beware of afalse prophets, which come to you in bsheep’s clothing, but cinwardly they are ravening dwolves.  Ye shall aknow them by their bfruits. ~Matthew 7:15-16

 

You don’t have to believe in God for him to exist. ~Rush Limbaugh

“You must have eyes that know what to look for.” Gandalf, Lord of the Rings

bednar-truth-192x192Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. ~Edmund Burke

Therefore my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge.~Isaiah 5:13

Take heed that no man deceive you. And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many; And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived. ~Matthew 1:5,9,37 JST

Featured articles

The Parenting Value for this month: Loyalty

Famous Birthdays: Cicero, de Medici, Tolkien, Edmund Burke, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Schubert

Culture: 11 Great Quotes by Thomas Sowell

creationhandsDefining Moment: Are we living in a “post-truth” world?

Faith: Repentance, a Joyful Choice

  • The Case for Intelligent Design

History: Series on history of progressive movement

  • Socialism Fail: 3 Lessons on the 25th anniversary of Soviet Union fall
  • Disinformation: the massive Soviet spy network
  • The history of Israel and Palestine

Moral Support: finding hope for the new year

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

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1. Let Us Educate Ourselves

constitution1Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

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, and receive first lesson by email. 

2. Home Education—Let’s Teach our Children!

NEW PAGE! If you miss the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural topics, you can visit our new Inspiration Page. Topics include Moral Compass,  Armor of God, History Heroes, Eternal Perspective, and more.

passing-torch“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!

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.

Thanks for all you do,

C.A. Davidson

Parents’ Resources

birthright_cvrNew! A  novel by C.A. Davidson—Christian fiction on Cultural Heritage. A historical novel so relevant it pops like today’s news! Available on Amazon January 18.

New Categories! National Security, Patriotism, Moral Solutions. It is hoped that with these more specific categories, it will be easier for you to access our vast and growing archives of valuable information.

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[1] 2 Timothy 3:7

[2] specious—false, erroneous, unsound, wrong, deceptive, delusory, misleading

[3] 1 John 5:6

[4] St. John 16:13

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December 2016 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Christmas is about Jesus Christ Culture-Wars Dear Friends, Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics! CHRISTMAS IS NOT multi-cultural. Christmas is unique to Biblical Culture, for without Christ, there would be no Christmas. It is called Western … Continue reading

Dinner Topics Newsletter: History Heroes

October 2016 Dinner Topics Newsletter: History Heroes

‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ ~Edmund Burke

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!

picture-quote-decisions-destinyTHE DOOR OF HISTORY TURNS ON SMALL HINGES … THE CHOICES WE MAKE DETERMINE OUR DESTINY. [1]

Covenant Makers

washington-covenantGeorge Washington made a decision, largely unnoticed in history, which determined the destiny of America. After winning the Revolutionary War with the help of the Almighty, an adoring and grateful people  asked Washington to be their  king. Instead, the humble Washington, untouched by the pride of power, chose to reject the crown and honor America’s covenant with God. As a result, the United States of America became, not a monarchy, but a Constitutional Republic—the greatest bastion of liberty and prosperity in history.

Think for a moment what it would be like today if George Washington had chosen to accept the honor of becoming king. He would, without a doubt, have been a good king. But what about his successors? We have had good presidents and bad presidents, but they have always been bound down by the chains of the Constitution, and subject to the voice of the people. Until now.

Covenant Breakers

christianquote1-reagan           Without our consent, Barack Obama has made himself a king, issuing daily dictatorial decrees, flagrantly disregarding our hard-won freedoms and flying in the face of our heaven-ordained Constitution.

This month we will honor those heroes of history who, through their faith in God, obedience to His commandments, and love of liberty, restored or protected America’s covenant with God.

In contrast, however, activist justices abused their power in 1963 and banished God from our schools. So now, the consequences of rejecting God:

“In our day, when we see ruthless dictators and demagogues seizing power in various nations, [including America] we wonder, “Where did these evil tyrants come from?”

Among all the wicked nations that have rejected the Lord, Satan glories in elevating to power those who are the devil’s most depraved and loyal followers. ~W. Cleon Skousen

What Can Be Done?

culture-war3-reagan“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

We, too, are part of history in the making; we also can determine our destiny. We hold in our hands the future of our children. As parents and grandparents, we can be heroes as well.

First, we must vote! Choose the leader who will best protect our values, and who can best defeat those who seek to destroy America with crime and corruption.

christ-good-vs-evil Then, we must restore our children’s stolen birthright and pass along our cherished Judeo-Christian heritage to the rising generation. We cannot leave the teaching of our children to someone else.

If we do not teach our children the doctrines of Christ,  the world will teach them the doctrines of devils instead.

It is my hope that, along with the Word of God, this site will provide useful resources for your vital teaching efforts.

passing-torch Keep the faith, but don’t keep it to yourself! Pass it on!

Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.

Restoring America’s covenant with God,

Christine

Highlights

  • Defining Moment: Judeo-Christian
  • Faith: Keep the Ten Commandments

quote-Isaiah-eagles-wingsSymbolism of the wings of Eagles

  • Character Education : 5 Ways to Help Youth Tackle Tough Social Issues
  • History Heroes:

The spiritual quest of Christopher Columbus

Defenders of the covenant

Jefferson defeats the Barbary pirates

She rescued children from the Holocaust

The Greatest Generation

Isaiah, prophet of ancient history and last days

  • Culture: Halloween does not belong to the devil

Humanism’s bloodless coup

News Updates and Current Events: Truth will Out

The daily news is happening and changing so fast, we will need to squeeze in additional posts, for the TRUTH must be exposed, among all the liberal lies that proliferate in the left wing media.

New Category: National Security

Theme Quotes for October: History Heroes

quote-look-God-liveIt has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. The choices we make determine our destiny. ~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

bednar-truth-192x192History has been a principal victim of the age of fracture. But it can also be a powerful antidote to it. ~ Wilfred M. McClay

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. ~Edmund Burke

Therefore my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge. ~Isaiah 5:13

History often holds the keys to survival. A line well written is worth a thousand words shouted; a moment of faith more than scores of years doubted. A reflection, a moment, a gathered thought is one past overcome, one future bought. ~C.A. Davidson

And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you. ~ Mosiah

I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations. ~ Doctrine and Covenants 52:14

watchmantowerBehold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ. ~ancient Christian prophets

‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ ~Edmund Burke

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. ~Edmund Burke

Know your History! The Islamists know and understand their history better than we do!  I bet they are laughing their heads off about the success they are having invading Europe today!  Interesting isn’t it that Poland is one of the few European countries that ‘gets it’ and isn’t inviting in the Muslim ‘refugees.’ ~ Ted Belman at American Thinker

 

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Stay on Course

airplaneflyingA large passenger jet crashed, killing all 257 people on board, because someone had modified the flight coordinates by a mere two degrees. This placed the aircraft 28 miles to the east of where the pilots assumed they were, and put it directly in the path of Mount Erebus, an active volcano in Antarctica.

“It was a terrible tragedy brought on by a minor error — a matter of only a few degrees,” he remarked. “Through years of serving the Lord and in countless interviews, I have learned that the difference between happiness and misery in individuals, in marriages and families often comes down to an error of only a few degrees.” Dieter Uchtdorf

It is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Sometimes we need to check our direction and make sure we stay on course. Today, in an age of distractions, David Kupelian notes, “living in a corrupt culture addicted to celebrating pride and rebellion against basic moral values, these influences can make things immeasurably worse for us. As always, the only way out of the great maze of life on earth is upward—by yearning for the Living God and His influence and direction in our lives. Faith and hope come, as the Good Book tells us, on the heels of genuine, sincere repentance.”

compasschoosewhotofollow“‘We came to know of the constancy of that star. … As the earth turned, the others appeared to move through the night. But the North Star held its position in line with the axis of the earth. Because of those boyhood musings, the polar star came to mean something to me. I recognized it as a constant in the midst of change. It was something that could always be counted on, something that was dependable, an anchor in what otherwise appeared to me a moving and unstable firmament.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley

Classical Music this month will be provided by Verdi, Liszt, Bizet, and Paganini

October Preview

The Dinner Topic Theme for October: History Heroes

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: Judeo-Christian

See more Defining Moments

Featured Topics

judeo-christian1The Parenting Value for this month: Self-reliance—Responsibility, not blame

Famous Birthdays: Verdi, Christopher Columbus, Margaret Thatcher, Liszt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, David Ben Gurion, Bizet, Paganini, John Adams

Critical Thinking: Defining Judeo-Christian

Culture Wars: Halloween does not belong to the devil

  • Get rid of Planned Parenthood
  • Enjoy comic relief with brilliant cartoons from A.F. Branco and Ben Garrison
  • Humanism’s bloodless coup

Faith:  Keep the 10 Commandments

columbus3History Heroes: Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates

  • The spiritual quest of Christopher Columbus
  • Leaders who defended America’s covenant with God
  • Jefferson defeats the Barbary pirates
  • She rescued children from the Holocaust
  • The Greatest Generation

cartoon-scalia-D-WoundedImprimis from Hillsdale: The Next Supreme Court Justice, key to American survival

National Security:  Muslim infiltration, stealth jihad

Truth Zone: The truth about “fact checking”  opinion journalism

FBI: Nearly Three Times More People Stabbed to Death Than Killed With Rifles, Shotguns Combined

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This is a must-read if you want to take America back:

Truth Zone: America First— Donald Trump Foreign Policy

What’s Best for America? Defeat the Left!

 

Trump-Make-America-Great-MAPBig Picture—What do Americans really Want?

They want their country back, and will do what it takes

What about compassion for American Citizens?

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.

 

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

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.

Truth Zone: History Facts and Immigration Laws

Ongoing

1. Let Us Educate Ourselves

2. Home Education—Let’s Teach our Children!

truth3freeIf 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

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!

Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

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.

Thanks for all you do,

C.A. Davidson

Parents’ Resources

freedomtorchNEW PAGE! If you missed the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural topics, you can visit our new Inspiration Page. Topics include American Covenant, Moral Compass, Biblical Worldview, Eternal Perspective,  and more.

New Categories!, National Security, Character Education, Patriotism It is hoped that with these more specific categories, it will be easier for you to access our vast and growing archives of valuable information.

Our Mission to Rescue the Birthright: Support Character Education for Young Adults

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Critical Thinking: Defining Moments updated

Updated: The most powerful weapon in the world—work for victory for American liberty: how to fight evil effectively

Bringing History Lessons to Life

Unleash a love of learning in your child with hands-on history materials!
Featuring timelines, maps, Lap Books™, and history studies designed for your child to live the lessons!

http://homeschoolinthewoods.com/

knightonhorseEpic Heroes Quest

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

Epic Heroes in Training 

Parent Resources

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Dinner Topics Newsletter: Faith and Works

August 2016 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Faith and Works

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Epicworld Dinner Topics!

eternal-perspective3-picture-quote “YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO SEE SOMEONE WHO IS WORSE OFF THAN YOU ARE,” as my mother used to say. What does that have to do with this month’s theme, Faith and Works? Sometimes the best way to keep on in the faith is to lose ourselves in the work.

There are several kinds of work, and all good work builds and ennobles the spirit.

childwkgardenFirst, the kind of work that Adam was blessed with—the work of sowing and harvest that keeps the world going, industry, economy—the kind of work that more than 90 million Americans wish they had.

Second, creative work, which is a process, not an event. Creativity involves a wide range of work, from cultural arts to web design, but not to exclude the multitude of talents in between, such as building character, keeping families strong and happy, educating, inventions, technical support—the ways to be creative are infinite.

youthservingThird, team work. Faith, love, service, and steadfastness are the role of the wise team leader who understands that the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Fourth, the labor of love—like this blog, which is a labor of love for me. Do I get paid for it? No, but I love doing it. I hope your life is culturally and spiritually richer for it.

All of these good works are part of the Lord’s great labor of love, which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of His children. Because of love, God sent His Only Begotten Son to provide our way to our heavenly home. It was love that empowered the Savior to complete the infinite sacrifice that would atone for all our failings, saving us by grace, because we can never do enough to save ourselves.

Faith, prayer, and repentance are a kind of work, too. We are admonished to “bring forth works of repentance.”  Prayer is a kind of work, a means for obtaining the highest of blessings.

covenant4-true-faithAnd faith is a monumental work—the kind of work required to keep going despite great obstacles, to trust in God when all around you are doubting, to stand for what is right, even if you stand alone. But the more we exercise faith, the stronger it becomes.

My faith has gotten me through some very painful situations, and I am confident it will continue to do so. Yours can, too.

Keeping true to the Faith,

Christine

Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.

 

Highlights

  • Defining Moment: Utopia fails because only Christ is perfect, not man
  • Parenting: What if your teen refuses to go to Church?
  • Truth about Hillary: D’Souza’s book and movie, Hillary’s America; Clinton Cash, the movie
  • Moral Solutions: A plan to defeat jihad
  • History: How Persia changed its name to Iran—the Nazi connection

News Updates and Current Events: Truth will Out!

The daily news is happening and changing so fast, we will need to squeeze in additional posts, for the TRUTH must be exposed, among all the liberal lies that proliferate in the left wing media. Please keep yourself informed, for the sake of our families and our country. TRUTH is our most powerful weapon against the destructive forces of evil.

New Category: National Security

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Service

youth-serveSomeone once said to a great missionary who was homesick: “Forget yourself and go to work.” Sometimes the best way to forget our own troubles is to serve others.  “When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) “Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25) We become more substantive as we serve others—indeed, it is easier to “find” ourselves because there is so much more of us to find! ~Spencer W. Kimball

 

Theme Quotes for August: Faith and Works

 

lighthouse2Live so that those who know you who don’t know Christ will want to know Christ because they know you. ~Anon.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16

 “Forget yourself and go to work.”

“When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) “Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25)

We become more substantive as we serve others—indeed, it is easier to “find” ourselves because there is so much more of us to find! ~Spencer W. Kimball

Faith precedes the miracle. ~ Spencer W. Kimball

Shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? ~Isaiah 29:16

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. ~ Isaiah 32:17

quote-Isaiah-eagles-wingsIn every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. ~Acts 10:35

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. ~Romans 8:28

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ~1Corinthians 15:58

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. ~Exodus 20:9-10

Let us all press on in the work of the Lord, that when life is o’er we may gain a reward.

~ Evan Stephens

compasschoosewhotofollowThose who have the precious gift of faith must fight for good against the combined forces of an enemy bent on their destruction. ~Larry Y. Wilson

The true King has true followers—humble servants who are able to see through all the lies and deceptions of the enemy. ~Larry Y. Wilson

Each of us faces a choice. We can choose to see ourselves as the Lord’s servants and humbly seek to know what He wants us to do. ~Larry Y. Wilson

 

Classical Music this month will be provided by: Enesco and Debussy

 

August Preview

The Dinner Topic Theme for August: Faith and Works

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: Utopia

See more Defining Moments

Featured Topics

 

faith-works2The Parenting Value for this month: Courage

Famous Birthdays: Raoul Wallenberg, Georges Enesco, Jedediah Morse, Claude Debussy, John Locke

Bible Stories: Parable of the Sower

Character Education: Spiritual Crocodiles

  • Encouraging Quotes

Culture Wars: European Union critics praise America first immigration policy

  • Enjoy comic relief with A.F. Branco’s brilliant cartoons

parable-sower3Faith:  Do you Believe?

  • Choices

Family: What if your teen refuses to go to Church?

History: How Persia became Iran—the Nazi connection

Literature: Work— Adam’s Blessing

  • Creative Work—A Process, Not an Event
  • Team Work
  • Labor of Love

Moral Solutions: A plan to defeat Jihad

constitution2National Security: Whistle-blower exposes White house support of “Armies of Darkness”

  • Shariah law vs. US Constitution

Truth Zone: Watch Movie: Clinton Cash—Clinton Corruption exposed

  • Felon vote privileges struck down;
  • the disturbing Islamist ties of Hillary’s VP pick

Please Vote for our Site and help us reach more readers. Do you enjoy this web site? If you do, please consider voting at the link in the right-hand sidebar beneath the Follow button. If we can be listed in the Top Sites at “Christians Unite!”—we can reach more people who think like you do. You can vote more than once—any time you appreciate a post with Christian content. This keeps us up toward the top 10 so we get referrals.

Thank you for your support.

bigpicture2

This is a must-read if you want to take America back:

Truth Zone: America First— Donald Trump Foreign Policy

What’s Best for America? Defeat the Left!

 

Big Picture—What do Americans really Want?

They want their country back, and will do what it takes

What about compassion for American Citizens?

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.

 

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

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.

Truth Zone: History Facts and Immigration Laws

 

Ongoing

1. Let Us Educate Ourselves

2. Home Education—Let’s Teach our Children!

culture-war3-reagan“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!

Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

christianquote3-ten-com-lawThe 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.

Thanks for all you do,

C.A. Davidson

Parents’ Resources

biblical-worldview2-christianNEW PAGE! If you miss the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural topics, you can visit our new Inspiration Page Topics include Biblical Worldview, Eternal Perspective, American Dream, and more.

New Categories! Character Education, Patriotism It is hoped that with these more specific categories, it will be easier for you to access our vast and growing archives of valuable information.

Our Mission to Rescue the Birthright: Support Character Education for Young Adults

Now you can support the Culture of Liberty and help us reach and train more of the rising generation in our cherished Judeo-Christian values. Be a Patron; Please See our Donate Page

 PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR EPICWORLD DINNER TOPICS. Do you enjoy this web site? If you do, please click here or vote at the link in the right-hand sidebar beneath the Follow button. If we can be listed in the Top Sites at “Christians Unite!”—we can reach more people who think like you do. Thank you for your support.

FOLLOW US! To receive each newsletter and latest updates, click on the “Follow” button in the upper right hand corner of this site. Thank you.

Critical Thinking: Defining Moments updated

Updated: The most powerful weapon in the world—work for victory for American liberty: how to fight evil effectively

Bringing History Lessons to Life

Unleash a love of learning in your child with hands-on history materials!
Featuring timelines, maps, Lap Books™, and history studies designed for your child to live the lessons!

http://homeschoolinthewoods.com/

Epic Heroes Quest

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

Epic Hero resize medEpic Heroes in Training 

Parent Resources

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In some of your comments you have asked how to contact me. I read your comments and have made replies, but am not sure you receive the reply. So if you would like to communicate, please click here. https://dinnertopics.wordpress.com/contact

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