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2015-11-21 Introducing MEDAIR ministries

November 21st, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-11-21 Introducing MEDAIR ministries |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


November 21, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Introducing Medair

A while ago, I was asked to help introduce a local (Gilroy / San Jose, CA) start-up ministry, MEDAIR. I knew nothing of them. A young MEDAIR couple, newly arrived in America, were setting up a local office. They were given a year to accomplish their task.

I met Daniel and Ellen Xu and invited them to join us for Sunday worship and lunch in our home church. Fran and I were impressed. My inclination was to jump right in, but my reason reminded me of the pitfalls of indorsing a ministry without due diligence. I began contacting active missionary friends for confirmation in the field.

Early responses were like my own – no knowledge. Yet, the MEDAIR website was extensive and appeared valid. Finally, hearty confirmation came in.

YWAM, with which our family have been affiliated in 37 nations around the world, was involved in the founding of MEDAIR in the ‘80’s. MEDAIR partners with governments around the world in crisis response ministries. MEDAIR holds an ISO certificate which gives them the highest accountability and transparency in the NGO (non-governmental organization) field. They work in the riskiest places in the world!

With that – Fran and I enthusiastically endorse the ministry and our new friends’ efforts stateside. We encourage each of you to contact Daniel and Ellen Xu, welcome them to America, offer prayer – and any support and contacts you can. – Please do this!

Daniel Xu, MEDAIR

97 S Second St,

San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 960-3540

Daniel and Ellen are newly-weds on a fulltime faith ministry. Imagine yourself assigned to set up a ministry office in a new country, Ellen is British, Daniel is first generation American. They met in Switzerland. They are enthusiastic and (obviously!) dedicated. Then imagine the encouragement of offered prayer and welcome from around their new nation.

In Christ’s love and service

Ben & Fran Gilmore

2015-11-02 This and that

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


November 2, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

This and that

Any alum of the online course, “Principles of American Government” (PAG) is welcome to attend the monthly post-graduate classes (no charge). You need only tell me to add you to the call list. The next class is scheduled 1330 H, Sunday, November 22nd.

The next online PAG course is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan 6th. Please contact me to enroll.

Thanksgiving family dinner – Fran likes to place a seashell with 5 grains of corn at each place to represent the Pilgrims’ daily ration during that bleak 2nd winter. Have someone read aloud the following poem. (Copy and paste it) – –

Pilgrim Fathers

By Larry Wagner November 1984

The second harvest gathered since they crossed Atlantic waters,

A feast of thankfulness was set by grateful Pilgrim Fathers:

So great the providence of God, so blest with fruit their labors,

So sweet the bond among their band, such peace with Indian neighbors.

But most among the feasting crowd could count harsh years of toil.

Of wand’ring for their faith in God, of want on alien soil,

Of flagging hopes and faith, bad health, of chills that hell could send.

Of half their number that had died before first winter’s end.

Of hunger pangs that second year in their New Plymouth home,

Of weeks when all they ate a day was five small grains of corn.

A few remembered treasures lost, titles cast aside,

But all could measure conscience cost in tears and trampled pride.

Oh, at this feast could they foresee their blessed future years?

That nevermore would they now want, nor run from any fears!

Then after prayers of gratitude, before the feast was set,

Each plate was served five grains of corn, lest anyone forget!

A noble band in hardship born, rejected by their own,

A rock flung o’re the ocean, they were laid a corner stone.

By them God stamped His pattern for a nation on the land,

And seeds for freedom under God were planted by their hand.

Oh, pray their heirs would ever know how dear was freedom’s cost,

And know to hold their faith and freedom dear, or see them lost,

And praise the Providence that brought those Pilgrims to this shore,

And eat the grains of memory, or pay the price once more.

For many generations now, Americans have been slowly separated from their heritage. At the same time American history has been revised and rewritten to distort the truth that we might believe lies. I plan to write a column about that soon.

In the mean time – Why not block out time for you and your family to attend the online course, “Principles of American Government” (PAG) that next begins January 6th.

2015-10-23 It is not over

October 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-10-23 It is not over |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


October 23, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

It is not over!

If God is just, America has a bleak and a short future! Treason in the Executive Department, Cowardice and Corruption in the Legislative Department, Lawlessness in the Supreme Court, what could possibly go wrong?

A large and well-meaning group of citizens have been so separated from American principles of government that they support a prideful candidate who promises to solve our problems by disregarding our structural principles. (Just as Adolf Hitler did and as Obama has done.)

Many good people have hunkered down in the fortress with the drawbridge raised, waiting for Jesus to come rescue them. (I have seen no providential orders to go on defense!) They are tired and discouraged by news, so they disconnect and choose not to know what is happening. After all – There is nothing they can do about it!

We could wake up any day to instant hyper-inflation. Dollars will be worthless. Everything stops. The utilities are off. Perhaps days or weeks before any return to stability of a sort.

Tyrannical government could declare martial law. Our liberty, free speech, free movement, and 2016 elections could vanish in the cause of “National Security”.

Muslim terrorism could sweep our land – Convert, accept human slavery, or die!

So what should we do?

First – Get alone. If you can, find a tree and sit under it. Have a serious talk with yourself about what you believe. Get serious. Is there a God that rules the universe or not? Are you ready to stake your life on your belief?

Next – “We the people” have broken all of the ten-commandments big time! All of the things above are well deserved! Humble yourself, repent for yourself and for America, (Don’t repent for the “other guy,” you have had a part in America’s sin by active participation or tacit inaction.)

Next – Ask yourself, “Is it true that I can do nothing about the situation?” If that be so, then you are a helpless victim. If that be not so, then get your head out of the sand, stand up, and begin doing what you truly believe you should be doing. (Caution – Do not lie to yourself, be brutally honest!) You might begin by praying and asking for guidance!

Lastly – If you have secret sins, choose to turn your back on them. Turn around and shape up soldier, there is a war to be won!

There truly is a God who is just,

But also merciful.

He said that if “We the people” will do four things,

He will do three things.

If my people which are called by my name,

Will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face,

And turn from their wicked ways.

Then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins,

And heal their land.

[II Chronicles 7:14]

God has invested a great deal in America, demonstrating how people should relate to Him and to one another. Either He will use us to set the course, or He will sweep us away and use a righteous remnant. America has a covenant relationship with God.

2015-10-13 Moral Equivalency

October 13th, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-10-13 Moral Equivalency |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


October 13, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Moral Equivalency

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

[Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868 – 1956), who wrote under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre, was an English writer best known for her biography, The Life of Voltaire She also wrote “The Friends of Voltaire”, where you will find the opening quote (above). Hall’s quotation is often cited to describe the principle of free speech.]

We think of “free speech” as a God-given liberty. Yet nothing exists without laws to govern it. “Do not shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.” “Do not misuse God’s name.” “Speak politely.”

“Liberty” is not a “license” to cause damage. Liberty is the right to my thoughts and opinions. If I cherish mine, I must defend yours, else ours will not be protected.

That does not say that all thoughts and opinions are equally valid or true. Truth is not subject to majority opinion! You have the right to be wrong.

To say that all speech is of equal value is to deny that absolutes exist. Can one be absolutely sure that absolutes don’t exist? Human nature is such that we like people to agree with us. We tend to avoid discussing opposing opinions. Other (annoying!) persons thrive on argument.

A true love for the truth requires that we discus opposing, or new views and opinions. Not to enhance self-esteem, but to increase in knowledge and wisdom. Some subjects are truly important. Like discussions of the nature and character of God. Does God exist?

In a small mostly Muslim village in Pakistan (1977), the village elders had come to visit. They were happy to discuss God. I pointed out that God is all powerful, all present, all knowing, eternal. They were in full agreement. When I added that God was forgiving, loving, merciful, patient, … the village elders remembered an appointment and had to rush off. Had they stayed, I might have used God’s creation to illustrate the true character of God. How He loves us and provides for all of us.

Some subjects seem important because of tradition or personal pride. “Discussion” degrades into “argument” over inconsequential things, like techniques of baptism, fish on Friday. We can agree to disagree without rancor.

I believe we are wrong to consider major differences equivalent (equal). Why should we be afraid to discuss the views of Protestants and Catholics, Christians and orthodox Jews (Note – There are Christian Jews), believers and unbelievers. The truth is out there. Both parties have a vested interest in discovering it. Human nature is what degrades discussion into argument where nothing is gained. Respect for one another’s views, opens the door for discussion among those willing to consider opposing opinions.

2015-10-10 PAG – Private Property

October 10th, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-10-10 PAG – Private Property |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


October 10, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Private Property

You are the only person on earth. Suppose you find yourself in the midst of a fertile garden. Everything you need to sustain a long healthy life is at hand for the taking.

A state of perfect freedom. You may roam, dispose of your possessions, and yourself, as you see fit, limited only by the laws of nature. You don’t need permission, nor do you depend upon anyone else.

Now suppose another person is added. The laws of nature place additional limits upon you. Your perfect freedom must not infringe upon the other’s perfect freedom. Do not step on his toe if you do not want him to step on yours.

You both have been given irrevocable rights. (That is – There is no one to revoke them.) You have been given life. Thus you are entitled to the things that sustain your life. You must have the liberty to obtain those things (air, water, food). You and the other(s) have joint property rights to those things. When you remove a thing from the state nature left it in, it becomes exclusively your property and can nourish your body. Life, liberty, property.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I understand the original draft read, “… life, liberty, and property”. [Declaration of Independence – 1776]

You have as much right to your property as you have property in your rights.” [author unknown]

With property rights go responsibilities. If goods you have gathered should rot in your possession, you have violated joint property rights. You also have irrevocable property rights to -, and are responsible for -, your thoughts, emotions, plans, dreams, opinions, and choices. Your most valuable property is your conscience! You should protect it with your life! If you want your thoughts, emotions, plans, dreams, opinions, choices, and conscience to be respected and protected, you must respect and protect those of others.

If a monarch, or a thug takes away your property, without your permission, he has violated your God-given liberty. American colonists were jealous of their liberty. “Taxation without representation” in the English Parliament, took colonial citizens’ property without their permission.

All that to say this- Martin Luther King lead the civil-rights movement against civil laws that discriminated against black citizens. It is my opinion that his followers carried their cause a step too far.

Public restrooms, drinking fountains, public schools, and the like, that discriminate by statute (in the authority of “We the people”) against individuals are wrong. We have no such corporate authority over one another.

On the other hand, where do “We the people” get the authority to tell a fellow citizen he may not discriminate? His thoughts, emotions, plans, dreams, opinions, choices, and conscience are his property. They must be respected and protected if any property it to be respected and protected. Civil authority that violates private property rights is “rogue authority”.

Passing civil-government laws to prevent private citizens from disposing of their possessions as they see fit is a violation of their liberty. If I bake a cake, it is my property. I should be free to sell it, or not to sell it.

In like manner, if I build a bakery, the business is my property. If I choose not to sell my goods to someone, I may not be in business long, but that is my right. By opening my business to the public, I have not forfeited my property rights.

The bus companies were private companies that discriminated. 90% of the customers, I understand, were black. When the black community chose not to ride the bus, discrimination was stopped without civil action!

Like so many righteous movements – If our enemy is unable to hold it back, he often pushes it out the other side to become tyranny. Today, because we once let civil authority invade private businesses, we have all sorts of problems. Civil government has spread its rogue authority into every area of private business. Unlike our colonial forefathers, “We the people” have submitted to tyranny.

2015-09-24 PAG Post Graduate Class

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


September 24, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

PAG – Post Graduate class

The Cyber- Grinch swallowed the mailing list for our Post Graduate class meetings!

If you are a graduate of the online “Principles of American Government” course, you are most welcome to join these meetings to discuss current events and principles. They are usually held monthly on Sunday afternoon. I will initiate a Skype group call.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 11th (a Sunday) at 1:30 pm Pacific Time.


If you wish to be on the call list –

You must contact me before 10/11/15

I have no names on the list now!

2015-09-20 PAG Homework

September 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-09-20 PAG Homework |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


September 22, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Understanding your vote

Please understand – your vote counts! God gave you the ability to make choices. When you choose an action you have chosen a consequence – for which you are answerable! Thus – Your vote is sacred.

What do your votes do? They help determine the governance (direction, regulation, control, restraint) of our nation, your state, county, city, and public school. That, in turn affects both you and your family.

We are now in the 2016 voting cycle. The cycle ends on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. A lot of choices must happen before then. Please remember – each of us will answer to our God for the choices we make.

Caution – Not only is your vote sacred, it is incredibly valuable. Better men than you have given their lives for you to possess it! Evil, ambitious, scheming men are going to lie, cheat, coerce, and deceive in an effort to steal your vote.

In the spring of 2016 states will hold their “Primary Elections”. These determine the congressional and state nominees that will compete for your vote the following November. The party nominees for President and Vice-President will be named at their party’s National convention. [Republican – July 18–21, 2016 Cleveland, Ohio // Democrat – July 25–28, 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Delegates to these conventions will have been determined in the spring primaries, state by state. Traditionally the mix of delegates pre-determines the convention nominees for President. If it is close the delegates at the convention select the nominee. That is why there is so much interest in the state primary elections. By tradition, the Presidential nominee selects his Vice-Presidential running mate.

The presidency is only one of many choices you must make in this election cycle. Who are you going to send to Congress to make the laws the President must sign? How important do you think your state government is? – Your county supervisors? – Your City Council and School Board? Is your head spinning yet?

The news media and national parties will try to keep you focused upon the race for President. While your attention is diverted, the “bad guys” will be feverously scheming to capture as many down-ticket races as they can. It will be Thanksgiving and Christmas season then New Years. After that, all the attention on the Presidential primaries. And suddenly – – the down-ticket nominees are decided in the primary elections and you are stuck in November with nominees you didn’t help and may not like!

My suggestions – Ignore pleas for money. Give what you can directly to specific candidate’s campaign funds. Take yourself by the collar and make a point of knowing the candidates who ask for your vote. None of them are perfect. Ask their position on guns, homosex, and abortion for a start. That sets a base line. Then dig deep for good character.

Get involved some way. Even if it is just chatting politics with a neighbor. Show a yard sign. Do something – so that you will have an answer when your grand-children ask, “What did you do to help save America, Gramps?”

2015-09-15 Follow-up

September 15th, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-09-15 Follow-up |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


September 15, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Urban legends

From time to time my passion overcomes my wisdom. Yesterday I circulated an urgent prayer request for Christians in the middle-east. Today, I have the following note from Mrs. Devereux that part of my post was urban legend. Forgive me please, for circulating false information.

On the other hand, Christians in the ISIS territory are suffering much evil and need our prayers.

Here is Mrs. Devereux’s message to me:

Mr. Gilmore,
I respectfully feel that I should tell you that the content of this email has been circulating around the internet for a year or more. While part of the content may be true (i.e. Queragosh is in the hands of ISIS militants) the email is a mixture of truth and fiction. Much of it has been exaggerated since the original request for prayer. is a reliable source for verifying the truth of these types of emails.

Gwen Devereux

2015-09-14 Urgent Prayer

September 14th, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-09-14 Urgent Prayer |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


September 14, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

This e-mail needs circulating

On Friday, September 11, 2015 8:38 PM

Pray and do all you can to spread this e-mail across our land!! G & J

It doesn’t get any worse than this. Please send this to all your Christian friends and pray that some how some way God will intervene to save these people.

September 1
Please pray for this urgent request.

Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time.

Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.

One missionary was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn’t say it, but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten — no matter what. Please keep them all in your prayers.

This came this morning…Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him to pray on Sunday during the service – making a special time of prayer for
this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.

Thank you for all your prayers !!!!
Dr. Becky Peters Professor of Education
Director of Lutheran Teaching Programs,
Colloquy, & Lutheran Placement
Concordia University Irvine

Gloria Morgan
Project Representative
The JESUS Film Project
(800) 387-4040, Extension 7538 <>
– All things are possible to those who BELIEVE. Mark 9:23

2015-09-08 Rogue Authority

September 8th, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015-09-08 Rogue Authority |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


September 8, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Rogue Authority

All authority comes (ultimately) from God. Thus, “authority” (direction, regulation, control, restraint) contrary to authority delegated by God does not exist. It might be called “rogue authority”. Laws (rules of action) made by such rogue authority should be considered no law at all.

In the Bible, King David had the king’s authority (ultimately) from God. When David propositioned Bathsheba, he had stepped outside his God-given authority and Bathsheba was under no obligation to submit. David had no authority to make such a proposal. He had gone rogue.

Had Bathsheba refused to submit to rogue authority, the story might have had a happier ending!

I believe each of us will face hard choices. (It would have been difficult for Bathsheba to refuse such a powerful authority figure.) It boils down to whether we will do what we know is right, because it is right, and let the results take care of themselves. – or – Try to manipulate and compromise in an effort to produce better results. BTW – It never works!

I have been waiting for someone to make the point that authority comes from God, not government! Neither the Supreme Court, nor the Legislature, nor the President have “rogue authority”. “We the people” cannot give government what we don’t have. “We the people” have no authority outside the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

Within those laws, “We the people” authorized OUR Constitution. “We the people” did give the Supreme Court the authority to determine if laws are within the authority “We the people” placed in OUR Constitution. “We the people” did not give the Supreme Court the authority to make laws.

Suppose every Christian in America understood “rogue authority” and refused, as an individual, to submit to it while being very careful to stay within the laws of nature and of nature’s God. We would all better understand and respect the liberty we have from God.

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