Western Culture Dinner Topics Newsletter:
Foundation of Faith
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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? In the 70s, there was a popular song by that title.
Nowadays there are many people wandering the streets, who think they know the answer to that question. But they are very angry all the time, so I suspect they don’t really know what it’s all about, and are therefore very frustrated. Or perhaps, deep down, they do know what it’s all about, but do not want to face the truth.
Then, there is a legion of young adults, who are so self-absorbed—so imprisoned in the pretty lock-box, AKA a “smart phone”—that any glimmer of light from Life’s big picture does not even reach their peripheral vision. So narrow is the world of this self-imposed digital prison, that its inmates don’t even know there is a window to their future.
What’s it all about? The poor things don’t even know to ask the question, let alone seek its answer.
“It’s not about you.” These words are often spoken to the spoiled, to the selfish, to the control freaks. Yes, it’s true. People like that need to get their minds off themselves. But I would suggest amending that statement:
“It’s not ONLY about you.” Because you are not alone.
First of all, it’s about God. After all, He created you and me. He has a plan for us, which is the key to our happiness, because He is our Heavenly Father, and He loves us. To Him, it is very much about you. It’s about your choices, and actions. If you are a parent or grandparent, it’s about what you do to teach your children and grandchildren to build a foundation of faith—that is, God’s plan for them. If you are a son or daughter, it’s about learning how to follow the guideposts along the road of life. Those guideposts are also known as The Ten Commandments. If you obey those, you will avoid so many “fiery swamps”, “pits of despair,” and “cliffs of insanity.” You will be well on the path to happiness. And you will never be alone. You will be more in tune with your Heavenly Father’s will; therefore you will have the Holy Spirit as your companion. And God will raise up friends who will help you.
Why are we here? This is another question answered by God’s plan.
Some people blame all our problems on Adam and Eve. Come on. Is that fair? They were only human. They made mistakes, just like we do. God knew we would make mistakes. That’s all part of His Plan. That’s why He sent His Son.
Choices have consequences. The consequence of our First Parents’ choice to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was to gain ability to know good from evil. So Heavenly Father sent them from Eden, not because He was angry, but because they needed to experience the inevitable consequence of every choice. He also sent them out of His presence, to learn how to distinguish good from evil in the great proving grounds called mortality, and to learn how to walk by faith.
So that’s why we are here—to choose right over wrong, of our own free will. God will force no man or woman to heaven. But we needn’t worry about being punished for the sins of Adam and Eve. Only our own mistakes. That is enough. But we must own those, not blame them on Eve, or anyone else. This accepting of responsibility is called repentance. That’s all we have to do—simply repent, and our beloved Savior does the rest.
Our merciful Heavenly Father did not send His first children into the wilderness without preparing them. Nor does He expect us to make our epic journey of life without help. We can set our course using the guidebook, or the Bible, which shows the path taken by our noble ancestors. We can gather our daily bread from the scriptures. And we have a built-in compass called our conscience.
These are the bricks for our foundation of faith, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone.
And that’s what it’s all about.
Your 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.
The 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.
Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.
Keeping firm and steadfast in the faith,
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
In the next few months, we are developing the Birthright Academy. We are seeing the effects of decades of secularism which started in the schools, and from thence have invaded our government and our culture. Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s leaders. We cannot leave the teaching of our youth to the public schools and colleges. By then it will be too late. If we want to preserve our Judeo-Christian values and culture of liberty, we will need to start serious teaching to the middle school and high school youth, so they will be prepared when they get on their own in college. This is the purpose of the Birthright Academy—to instill the Biblical Worldview into the rising generation, preparing Epic Heroes to lead our nation.
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, to provide truth in journalism, and to know true history, so as not to be deceived.
Coming! Zion Culture Center—Oasis
- Your Oasis in an Increasingly Evil and Corrupt World
- Training Epic Heroes for Tomorrow’s Leadership
As Joshua Benamoz taught us,
Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!
Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!
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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.
Stress Relief Tip: In God We Trust
You can rely on the Word of God. The commandments of God are like signposts along the road of life. They keep you out of the danger zones. Moral relativism undermines justice, thus threatening the peace of civilized society. The commandments of God are the foundation of Western Civilization.
Moral absolutes provide us with “internal government”. If everyone restrains themselves, then we maintain civilization. Keep the commandments, in this there is safety and peace.
Theme Quotes for August: Foundation of Faith
Be still, and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. ~Psalm 61:2
He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. ~Psalm 62:6-8
…O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:. Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power; which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. ~Psalm 65:5-7
When we speak of faith—the faith that can move mountains—we are not speaking of faith in general but of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Russell M. Nelson
Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not. Yet so many people look only to their bank balance for peace or to fellow human beings for models to follow. ~Russell M. Nelson
We might each ask ourselves, where is our faith? Is it in a team? Is it in a brand? Is it in a celebrity? Even the best teams can fail. Celebrities can fade. There is only One in whom your faith is always safe, and that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. And you need to let your faith show! ~Russell M. Nelson
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
And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God. ~Alma 31:6
[I]f ye will nourish the word. . .it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life. And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, … Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering. . . ~Alma 32:41-43
And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me, therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son. ~Alma 33:11
The Western Culture Dinner Topic Theme for August: Foundation of Faith
The Parenting Value for this month: Teaching Courage
Defining Moment: Correcting a Leftist’s misguided view on Capitalism
Famous Birthdays: Raoul Wallenberg, Enesco, Jedediah Morse, William Wilberforce, Debussy, Mother Theresa, John Locke
- Constitution Series 8: Unalienable rights come from God
- Critical Thinking: Truth about Nazism; why Left accusations are false
- Kids need Truth, Not Fantasies
- Culture Wars: 5 Reasons Transgender Accommodations Are Not Compatible with Military Realities
- 9 Point Survival Guide for Hard Times
- AFA Christian News
- Faith: Foundations of Faith
- Small Acts of Faith
- Sabbath, Drop by Drop
- Hillsdale Imprimis: The Demise of Journalistic Standards, Part 1
- History: How Environmentalist Predictions Have Been Wrong
- Key Facts about Slavery that the Left Conveniently Ignores
- The True Story of the Statue of Liberty
- Stress Relief Tip: Trust in God
- Truth Matters: Reporting news blacked out by the mainstream media
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