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2017-03-25 OOPS!

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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March 25, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

OOPS!

My previous post said Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary was 1928! Please correct my mistake.

Ben Gilmore

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2017-03-25 HONORING THE VISION – Web Launch

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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March 25, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Honoring the Vision – Web Launch

www.HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

Please help this web site find its way to thousands of cyber screens. We want to celebrate our wonderful heritage. For generations the hand of God in the affairs of men has been largely ignored or misreported.

The true history of events is available to anyone who wishes to dig back to original documents rather than accept what one “historian” quotes from another “historian.” For instance – Noah Webster’s original 1928 “American Dictionary of the English Language” is in many homeschool libraries. Its definitions offer word meanings at the time of America’s founding. Overnight this dictionary became the standard of excellence for the English speaking world. Old world scholars could not believe such scholarship could come from the “back woods” of America!

The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) pioneered, from the early 1960’s, in researching and publishing early documents, like the 1828 dictionary. It is the FACE founders Verna Hall and Rosalie Slater, as well as the pioneer seeds they planted, that the “Honoring the Vision” event is celebrating.

Our organizing committee believes we can gather more than 200 people to join us in this exciting event. We want to document the movement to restore our wonderful heritage for future historians, parents, and teachers.

If you have memories of those early days, we want you to come and share. If you have studied from FACE publications, we want you to come and share. If you are interested in learning of our true American Christian history, we want you to come and be inspired. We want everyone who attends to be encouraged to take up the torch and help restore our American Christian Republic to her proper course.

Please help by forwarding this, or your own message, far and wide. Post it in social media. Forward it to your mailing list(s). Tell your friends. Our committee cannot do it alone. Together we can make this the historical event it deserves to be.

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2017-03-24 Repeal and Replace

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

March 24, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Repeal and Replace

During the first part of the last Presidential campaign, conservative candidates raised cheers with, “We are going to repeal Obamacare!” Establishment politicians recognized the popularity of the issue. In order to preserve the power (and perhaps graft they received) they needed a subtle way of sidetracking the issue.

It only took a word and most of the nation took the bate – “Repeal & Replace.” Today, we hear little discussion of the American culture before and without Obamacare. Once “Replace” became part of the issue, the establishment was back in charge. Unlike initiation of Obamacare, “Replace” was the source of endless debate. “Repeal” was doomed so long as it was linked to “Replace”.

My point – Words mean things. Be careful of nice sounding phrases. Do not let false presuppositions go un-challenged else you may be building a house of cards.

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2017-03-20 Are we ready

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

March 20, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Are we ready?

All of human history demonstrates that there is a desire for individual liberty within every heart. It comes with the “human nature” package – “back off – give me my space.”

But there is no such thing as total liberty. Nothing and no one exists without laws that govern. To govern is to direct, regulate, control, or restrain.

Inert things, like rocks and dirt are governed by cause and effect. Most plants are governed by photosynthesis. Animals are governed by instinct. Only man (generic) is governed by choice.

I believe the sum total of every choice we make in a lifetime is the ultimate definition of who we are. Our choice is exclusively our own creation. Each of us alone is responsible for that pile of choices. It is our very own creation. We made it! We can’t blame it on anyone else – not even God!

Which brings us back to the question – Are we ready?

We all want liberty, but liberty is not license, i.e. free will. Something or someone is still in control. The difference between law and advice – ignoring a law has consequences!

It all comes down to two choices: God’s law of liberty; or slavery. Slavery also boils down to another two choices: Submission to none but my own will and appetite; or submission to the will of someone else. In either case, rule by a tyrant!

If you choose to live within the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God you will find peace and growth. Why? Because you were designed to live that way. Stepping outside God’s law of liberty always produces chaos. The choice – each and every choice – is yours!

As it is with individuals so it is with societies. As individuals within a society gather within God’s laws, liberty grows. It does not require a majority to influence a society, but it does require a dedicated and growing minority. Freedom is not free!

If the righteous minority is not dedicated and growing “Liberty” cannot be sustained. Thus the question – Are we ready as a society, to sustain the increase in liberty that President Trump and his team are battling so hard to win for us? Answering, “No” I believe is not an option! The alternative is a continued drift into slavery. Ultimately, each of us must stand or yield. It will only get harder!

Our part of this battle begins by concluding that the Creator God exists and is knowable by studying His creation (observation and reason). In His love for each individual, because our observation and reason are imperfect, He inspired (“dictated” to -) numerous writers the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) which is infinitely more trustworthy than human observation and human reason.

That much is a beginning. God’s law of liberty is learned by study and prayer. [Prayer is a conversation between two individuals that love one another!] Study what? The Bible is the best way to learn how to be what you were designed to be.

So there is the answer. Submit to peace and growth and become part of the movement toward greater liberty. Or – Rebel against commonsense and join those dragging our society into greater and greater turmoil.

Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.”

[2nd Corinthians 3:17]

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2017-03-09 HONORING THE VISION – update

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

March 9, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Honoring the vision – update

Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE)

The vision of Verna Hall & Rosalie Slater

The faculty of the 1st pilot school

Those who have studied the “Red Books”

What an exciting event! In the early 1960’s these two ladies (above) co-founded FACE. Their goal was to discover and document America’s wonderful heritage of Christian history. They wanted to face down rampant efforts to rewrite history by leaving God and sound principle out of our society and schools.

These ladies were pioneers! FACE publications spread across the nation. This revelation of our Christian heritage inspired the founding of hundreds of independent, self-governed organizations, schools, and home-schools. Together they became a movement dedicated to restoring and enhancing American liberty and exceptionalism. A movement that continues today. How significant that their vision, 50 years ago, is so vital in today’s culture!

It is that vision we are honoring with the –

“Honoring the Vision” event

Saturday, September 23rd from 10 AM to 8PM

Destiny Christian Church

3600 Destiny Drive, Rocklin (Sacramento area), CA 95677

For information please call 916-722-2501

We are preparing a web site where you can print a registration form to be mailed with your check ($50 includes lunch and dinner banquet – Under 16, $30).

Discounted Hotel reservations:

Courtyard by Marriott

1920 Taylor Road, Roseville, CA 95661

916-772-5555

Ask for “Honoring the Vision” discount.

Confirmed speakers are the President of FACE, Carole Adams, Marshall Foster, James Rose, Beth Ballenger, Kathy Dang, Ruth Smith, Ben Gilmore (Master American history teachers all). We hope you will join us to honor the vision of these pioneers and our American heritage.

There will be video recording to document the beginnings of the movement. You will be encouraged to add your memories to that documentation. Watch this column for further updates and the coming web site.

P.S. We hope many of you will help inform folks of this event by forwarding this to your mailing lists and posting it on your social media nets. Then send a second notice when the web site is opened.

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2017-03-05 Water from the rpck

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

March 5, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Water from the rock

Each morning, before anything else, Fran and I sit by the window and chat a moment over coffee, then we read a few chapters aloud from our one year Bible. After that, each of us prays aloud.

This morning we read from the book of Numbers about Moses being told to get water in the wilderness for the people by speaking to a rock. It is a sad story because Moses was frustrated with the people and struck the rock with his staff in anger rather than speaking to it in faith as God had directed him to do.

The story taught me to be patient with disappointments and not to get out ahead of where God is directing me. God was often frustrated with the same folks that frustrated Moses, but that was God’s choice not one for Moses.

Then, as we finished reading, we prayed. This morning as I prayed aloud, the words seemed to be delivered to me as I spoke. “The ‘rock’ represents California. Speak to it in faith (Not anger and frustration). I want the people to see the power of the ‘word’ spoken in faith.”

I take that to mean there is going to be a tsunami of spiritual outpouring from within California. Truth, righteousness, repentance, and faith will gush forth from families, churches, homes, businesses, communities. California will be shaken to its core! The aftershocks will shake our nation and the world!

Perhaps our, “Honoring the Vision” event on Saturday, September 23rd, at Destiny Church in Rocklin, honoring the pioneers of the “Foundation for American Christian Education” who have been teaching about God’s hand in human history for fifty-seven years will be a part of that awakening.

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2017-02-28 Again – Solving the Obamavare dilemma

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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February 28, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Again – Solving the Obamacare dilemma

This column first appeared on January 16th. I believe it deserves to be read again.

How do you solve problems created by bad choices? I have found a four step method that seems to work well. The steps are: Admit; Commit; Stop; Go.

Admit that you have made an unwise commitment. Human nature makes this the hardest step! We often make a mistake then defend it to the bitter end!

Commit to keeping your unwise commitment. That is – Do not make a promise and not keep it. This too is a hard step. Breaking promises only compounds problems.

Stop making similar unwise commitments. Gather all those to whom you are committed. Make no similar commitments to others. At this point there is an end in sight – if you can survive the unwise commitment.

Go to those holding your commitment and ask if there are terms that will help you survive. Those holding your commitment have a vested interest in your survival. Half a loaf is better than none!

Let us apply these steps to the problems created by government involvement in individual healthcare. (By the way – I found these steps in the Bible.)

First – The national government in Washington, D.C. has to authority outside that specified in the Constitution. All other authority is reserved to the states and the people. Individual healthcare is not mentioned in the Constitution. Government is to be our protector, not our nanny-provider.

When you accept government’s role in individual healthcare, government has authority in your lifestyle, your insurance choices, even your lifespan! Is that the sort of liberty “We the people” created the government to protect?

OK then – What do we do now?

We admit that national government has no legitimate authority in individual healthcare and needs to unravel this complex web that grips our liberty.

Then we commit to keeping our commitment to those who have accepted government healthcare assistance. If we rip it out the patient will die on the table!

Next we stop making any further government involvement in individual healthcare. The dependency cancer is spreading everywhere. Stop includes eliminating laws and regulations that distort the free market exchange between individuals and groups with the healthcare industry. Competition encourages efficiency and lowers prices.

Finally – Once free of government control, I believe the healthcare industry will go running to offer far less expensive, far more efficient healthcare alternatives! Over-simplification? Perhaps! On the other hand, perhaps we need to learn to trust “doing what is right because it is right” and letting the results take care of themselves.

Sometimes solutions are so simple they become profound!

These columns are archived since 12/10/09

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2017-02-10 Honoring the Vision

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

February 10, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Honoring the Vision

“In proportion as Americans let go of faith in the absolute power of God, they have accepted the belief in an all powerful State. This is true of peoples or nations, for their idea of God determines the form of their civil, political, religious and social institutions.” [Verna M. Hall 1960]

“The determining factor as to whether our nation is a Christian nation, … is—not whether Christians formed the Constitution—but whether the form is Christian. The basis for judgment is the Bible.

“To understand the American Christian Constitution as the Christian form of government, it is necessary to consider its two spheres—the spirit and the letter—the internal and the external. Both spheres must be active in order that the Constitution function to preserve the basic republican spirit of individual liberty.” [Rosalie J. Slater 1965]

Miss Hall and Miss Slater were co-founders of the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE). We are planning an “Honoring the Vision” event this fall in the Sacramento area. Its purpose – To honor the memory and accomplishments of these ladies and the continuing vision of FACE. The proposed all day Saturday agenda includes a working sack lunch and an evening banquet.

Among those sharing memories and vision we hope to include those early associated with FACE, such as Marshall Foster, David Barton, James Rose, Kathy Dang, Beth Ballenger, Ruth Smith.

Please consider this a “heads up” notice. The fall 2017, date and Sacramento area venue to be announced. Watch this column as news develops.

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2017-02-04 Stand tall

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

February 4, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Stand tall

Remember what happens when you turn over a flat rock in a stream bed? All the little critters run for cover.

We “hired” Donald Trump to drain the swamp. Draining a swamp is a nasty business! The swamp critters have fewer and fewer places to hide and their food supply dries up. They become desperate. Everything they have worked for and enjoyed is in jeopardy! Their reaction is predictable.

The swamp critters are like cornered tigers. They fight back with every tool they have. They can still bite. Often when their thrashing gets violent, some folks wring their hands and want to quit the nasty business and leave the swamp half drained.

Don’t dare to do it! The results will be seven times worse. The battle is begun. The enemy is on the defensive. Stand tall in defense of liberty and justice. Persevere until victory is won. Corruption comes in many forms. The one thing consistent with the policies of the left – Not one of them is Biblical. –Not one of them is truly reasonable. Draining the swamp will reveal something beautiful!

Pause and consider – What thoughts would the enemy want you to have? “The rioters represent a large portion of the people.” “They are spontaneous and not led by paid anarchists.” “Our nation is splitting apart.” “Trump will declare martial law and ‘Mad Dog’ will be like Napoleon at the end of the French Revolution.” Rebuke such thoughts!

Our nation’s new leaders are doing exactly what they were overwhelmingly elected to do! Do not think the way the media is leading you to think. Stand tall and win!

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2017-01-16 Solving the Obamacare dilemma

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

January 16, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Solving the Obamacare dilemma

How do you solve problems created by bad choices? I have found a four step method that seems to work well. The steps are: Admit; Commit; Stop; Go.

Admit that you have made an unwise commitment. Human nature makes this the hardest step! We often make a mistake then defend it to the bitter end!

Commit to keeping your unwise commitment. That is – Do not make a promise and not keep it. This too is a hard step. Breaking promises only compounds problems.

Stop making similar unwise commitments. Gather all those to whom you are committed. Make no similar commitments to others. At this point there is an end in sight – if you can survive the unwise commitment.

Go to those holding your commitment and ask if there are terms that will help you survive. Those holding your commitment have a vested interest in your survival. Half a loaf is better than none!

Let us apply these steps to the problems created by government involvement in individual healthcare. (By the way – I found these steps in the Bible.)

First – The national government in Washington, D.C. has to authority outside that specified in the Constitution. All other authority is reserved to the states and the people. Individual healthcare is not mentioned in the Constitution. Government is to be our protector, not our nanny-provider.

When you accept government’s role in individual healthcare, government has authority in your lifestyle, your insurance choices, even your lifespan! Is that the sort of liberty “We the people” created the government to protect?

OK then – What do we do now?

We admit that national government has no legitimate authority in individual healthcare and needs to unravel this complex web that grips our liberty.

Then we commit to keeping our commitment to those who have accepted government healthcare assistance. If we rip it out the patient will die on the table!

Next we stop making any further government involvement in individual healthcare. The dependency cancer is spreading everywhere. Stop includes eliminating laws and regulations that distort the free market exchange between individuals and groups with the healthcare industry.

Finally – Once free of government control, I believe the healthcare industry will go running to offer far less expensive, far more efficient healthcare alternatives! Over-simplification? Perhaps! On the other hand, perhaps we need to learn to trust “doing what is right because it is right” and letting the results take care of themselves.

Sometimes solutions are so simple they become profound!

These columns are archived since 12/10/09

See www.ACHStudyGroups.com

“Ben’s Blog”


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