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2016-06-20 Optimism

June 20th, 2016 | Comments Off on 2016-06-20 Optimism |  

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June 20, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Optimism

“OP´TIMISM, n. [L. optimus, best.] The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for the best; or the order of things in the universe that is adapted to produce the most good.

The true and amiable philosophy of optimism. Walsh.

A system of strict optimism may be the real system in both cases. Paley.” [Webster ‘s 1828 dictionary]

NOTE – For those who wish – There is much wisdom nested in Webster’s Walsh & Paley quotes.

I am optimistic about America. I believe the hand of God was involved in creating the first Christian constitutional republic in human history. Everything He creates has a purpose. One purpose for America was to demonstrate God’s principles for government, i.e. direction, regulation, control and restraint.

That demonstration has been an inspiration and challenge for the whole world. If America fails because its people rejected God’s governance, it will appear that God’s principles of self-government have failed. The hope of the world will plunge back into darkness.

On the other hand, when God finds reason to do so, He prefers mercy over justice. I am optimistic that there remains in America, sufficient humble repentant prayer and faith, for God’s hand to restore our ship of state.

Granted: Ted Cruz, the candidate whose credentials appeared most qualified, lost to Donald Trump, whose credentials did not appear as wholesome. God’s choices are often different from ours. He invites us to learn by observing his actions.

One thing is for sure. – Christians have no reason to be anything but optimistic. – God is in charge! He will comfort us and use us to demonstrate how to love Him and Love one another. He can even use Donald Trump to lead our nation. As I recall, Ronald Regan had a significant experience with the Lord the night before his first inauguration as Governor.

All that to say this – I believe the combined forces of man and hell will do everything they can to prevent Donald Trump from taking authority. That failing, there may be an effort to use martial law to block the election. If, as I believe, the Hand of God is behind the Trump campaign – those efforts will fail.

Recovery and restoration will not be an easy task. Making America great again will require a lot of work – corruption runs deep! Participating in true recovery and restoration is something we can all be optimistic about!

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2016-05-11 To our readers

May 11th, 2016 | Comments Off on 2016-05-11 To our readers |  

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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May 11, 2016

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To our readers

Our Lord appears to have given me a gift. Over the years His hand has put me in unusual places and situations – aerial combat; industrial management; world-circling ministry; political leadership & candidacy; newspaper journalism. Each of those have come with training under phenomenal individuals. Each of those have added to my understanding of God’s hand in human history.

My passion is to share what He has shared with me. ACH Study Groups have sponsored educational events for over 40 years. Our next 3-month online course begins on Monday, June 6th. The material is incredibly significant. In years to come, baring change of direction, courses like this will be illegal! My passion is to plant seeds of understanding that will weather the storm ahead.

From the housetop – hear the shout! Discover what you don’t know that you don’t know! Is this message for you and yours? Phone me please.

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2016-05-06 Again More Thoughts’ wisdom

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May 6, 2016

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NOTE – Our software malfunctioned midway this original post.

Please understand if this is your second post.

More thoughts on our Founders’ wisdom

The ultimate democracy is a lynch mob – Only one man objects!

Face it – Large groups may mean well, but they are prone, because of human nature, to be unwise. Why is that?

A large group presses you to go along to get along. It is easy to be swept along with the tide. Sir William Blackstone, father of the legal profession, put it this way, “Popular assemblies are frequently foolish in their contrivance (devising or planning), and weak in their execution (the act of completing or accomplishing).”

A large group takes on a personality. It may be led into deception by a persuasive speaker. It may become irrational and turn into a mob with emotions but no rules.

I have made this point frequently in these posts. My heart says to pound it home in hopes it will be repeated.

Example in point – Massive Trump rallies. A persuasive speaker. One who himself appears to be swept by the crowd. Making frequent irrational, inflammatory, and unproven statements that are enthusiastically applauded by the throng. Once applauded, human nature wants them to be right and defends them irrationally.

America’s wise founders understood the virtue of reason and discussion. That is why they put political decisions in the hands of representatives at every level. Representatives who were accountable for their choices. Our Constitution gives “We the people” responsibility for choosing and electing representatives who will use the vote we have given them in a wise way. If we choose unwisely or carelessly – We are the ones accountable!

A note to California voters: Last day to register to vote in California Primary on May 23. You may obtain registration forms at any post office.

Further – Many voters have expressed their disappointment with the Republican Party by changing their registration to “Decline to state” (independent). WARNING – CA GOP primary is for Republican voters only. If you want to vote in in the GOP primary, you must register Republican at least temporarily.

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2016-05-02 More thoughts on Founders’ wisdom

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May 2, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

More thoughts on our Founders’ wisdom

The ultimate democracy is a lynch mob – Only one man objects!

Face it – Large groups may mean well, but they are prone, because of human nature, to be unwise. Why is that?

A large group presses you to go along to get along. It is easy to be swept along with the tide. Sir William Blackstone, father of the legal profession, put it this way, “Popular assemblies are frequently foolish in their contrivance (devising or planning), and weak in their execution (the act of completing or accomplishing).”

A large group takes on a personality. It may be led into deception by a persuasive speaker. It may become irrational and turn into a mob with emotions but no rules.

I have made this point frequently in these posts. My heart says to pound it home in hopes it will be repeated.

Example in point – Massive Trump rallies. A persuasive speaker. One who himself appears to be swept by the crowd. Making frequent irrational, inflammatory, and unproven statements that are enthusiastically applauded by the throng. Once applauded, human nature wants them to be right and defends them irrationally.

America’s wise founders understood the virtue of reason and discussion. That is why they put political decisions in the hands of representatives at every level. Representatives who were accountable for their choices. Our Constitution gives “We the people” responsibility for choosing and electing representatives who will use the vote we have given them in a wise way. If we choose unwisely or carelessly – We are the ones accountable!

A note to California voters: Last day to register to vote in California Primary on May 23. You may obtain registration forms at any post office.

Further – Many voters have expressed their disappointment with the Republican Party by changing their registration to “Decline to state” (independent). WARNING – CA GOP primary is for Republican voters only. If you want to vote in in the GOP primary, you must register Republican at least temporarily.

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2016-04-29 He’s not your President

April 29th, 2016 | Comments Off on 2016-04-29 He’s not your President |  

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April 29, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

He’s not your President

America’s founding fathers had wisdom and insight beyond what is common. They understood human nature. Their goal was to design a system that would hold human nature in check yet be able to protect individual liberty.

In a small group, like a club or a town meeting, individuals are accountable for their actions. If the group is governed by majority rule, the majority is accountable for its actions.

Our founders understood that there is no accountability in large groups. Individuals may be influenced and swept along by deception and emotion. A demonstration can become a mob and there is no individual to hold accountable.

That is why America’s founders strongly rejected majority rule. Our nation was far too large to be trusted in the hands of a majority. They wisely chose to break up as many centers of power as they could. The states, each a sovereign government formed a Federation. Each in turn, was to be governed by representatives chosen from smaller groups. (A Republic)

Every four years these individual states get together and select their President. The President of their federation.

If we select wise representatives to consider and ponder affairs of state at a given level we can expect far more wisdom than would be found in a mob. If the representatives we select lack that wisdom – who is accountable? We are!

In the days, weeks, and months ahead, “mob wisdom” will be highlighted. Rules will be challenged. (Without rules there is arbitrary chaos.) Ultimately, the Electoral College, designed by our wise founders will be challenged.

When that happens, I hope there will be enough Americans to answer –

He is not your president.

He is the President of the United States.

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2013–01-19 Unwritten history – until now

April 14th, 2016 | Comments Off on 2013–01-19 Unwritten history – until now |  

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April 14, 2016

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Unwritten history – until now

Now 83 years old, I was 34 in 1963, ten years into marriage, three years out of graduate school and well into building a career in industrial sales and manufacturing management. Cameron Iron Works, Houston, Texas, had me spend a year learning the “aron bizn’s” in the forge shop. In ’61, they moved Fran, the two kids and me to Connecticut (CT). I called on customers from Georgia to Maine. We were selling exotic steel forgings to military contractors. I call it, “my post-education education!”

A steel worker gave me a paperback copy of, “Conscience of a Conservative” by Sen. Barry Goldwater (GOP Presidential nominee – 1964). I had (apparently) slept through civics classes. This little book made lots of sense. I suggest you google it and read:

Bottom of the Hill, 2010 –

For a huge number of Republicans, Goldwater’s book, The Conscience of a Conservative was must reading. I believe it is just as vital today as it was then, and Senator Goldwater addresses many topics that could be torn from today’s headlines. In this book, Goldwater offered a clear warning about impending dangers to the survival of our American freedoms with recommendations of appropriate action to avoid those dangers. Had Goldwater been elected, we might find today’s political …

So impressed was I, that I distributed a case of them on our street in Infield, CT. Understand – I was inexperienced and unaware about politics. The north-east was little better aware (it appeared). Three radio networks (no TV yet) and a few newspapers filtered all the news. The era of mass political mailings had not begun. I recognized the shift away from sound principle and wanted to do something. What follows is a bit of unwritten political history.

On my sales trips, I met Ed Hunter (He first coined the word, “brainwashing.”), a journalist friend of my dad’s. I asked him to crash-course me in politics. Another was Sen. Strom Thurman, a true American patriot. In the Hartford area, I found a man who shared what little he knew of local political mechanics. I learned there were 360 towns in CT, each butt-up against its neighbor. I learned that each town had a Democrat and a Republican “caucus”. Often these caucuses were chaired by lawyers, who just happened to be law partners! When there were state or national elections, delegates to the state conventions (where all the decisions were made) were chosen by those attending these town caucuses.

An idea dawned. I had a form printed. Folded in half, it was the size of a dollar bill. The front had Goldwater’s picture and “Goldwater Clubs of Connecticut” (GCC). Inside were lines for people to add names and addresses of supporters they wanted to be on our mailing list. They were to include a dollar bill for each name. Recall, bulk political mailing was rare then. Copy machines were just “upgrading” to Thermofax. (Xerox was in the future).

Big doors swing on little hinges! As I write this, I googled Goldwater Clubs of Connecticut and discovered a columnist had found a NY Times article about GCC. He had printed that my employer had started a Goldwater group in CT. I was unaware Cameron Iron Works even knew, or cared, what a political unknown was doing on his own time. They had nothing to do with it!

Within weeks, dollar bills began flooding in. No one even suspected there was such hidden support for conservative politics in Connecticut. In the evenings, I compiled the contacts into 2 card files and Thermofax master sheets to make labels. I used 3-part carbon paper sets and a typewriter (remember those?). One card file was alphabetic. The other was sorted by town.

After a few mailings (bulk postal rates were a few cents) we began building clubs in all the CT towns! I told folks about their town caucuses. They turned out. In many cases, they became delegates to the state convention. George Bruhns, another beginner, came alongside to become the perfect sidekick.

As the Goldwater campaign for President (vs, incumbent, Jack Kennedy) the political power brokers moved onto the wagon “to help steer”. In their view, it appeared, the conservative movement in CT was of no consequence – until – there was a campaign event in Hartford which our newsletter wrote about. Establishment Republicans were stunned! CT voters came out of the woodwork!

Suddenly, they wanted control of that mailing list. It could generate an enthusiastic crowd in hours! Something told me not to share it. As a result, this “dumb nobody” (me) had to be included in political strategy meetings so he would share campaign news. Gordon Reed, Austin Colegate, Bill Middendorf (later Sec. Navy under Bush-1) and others were in communication. In the back room meetings, after the Kennedy assassination, they were making plans to resurrect Nixon. I told them Nixon would embarrass them. The king-makers paid no attention.

Which is background for the fun part of this account.

There was much wholesome enthusiasm. A photo-graphics idea man in Hartford (I think his name was Charles McArthur of Endicom Graphics) was a “closet conservative.” He developed the ability of making very large photo enlargements. The GOP State Convention was coming up in Hartford. The establishment GOP leadership hired Charles to prepare two large pictures (Lincoln & Eisenhower) to hang above and either side of the speaker’s rostrum. Goldwater’s primary opponents were Scranton & Rockefeller. State GOP leaders wanted anybody but a conservative. (sound familiar?)

GCC had recruited and trained a dozen “Goldwater Girls” (local housewives) who could defend conservative principles. They wore western hats (Goldwater was from AZ), white blouses and yellow (i.e. gold) skirts, plus a “Goldwater” sash. During the weeks prior to the Hartford convention, the GOP offices across the state were handing out convention tickets to anyone BUT Goldwater supporters. GCC college kids pinned on Scranton or Rockefeller buttons and collected tickets.

Charlie printed hundreds of Goldwater photos the size of business cards. On the day of the convention, GCC high schoolers spread out across the capitol with them. They went into coffee shops, opened the napkin dispensers and put photos in each napkin! The glass covered signs in all the hotel elevators sported a photo of Goldwater! One lady reported that she was trying on gloves in a department store. There was a photo in each finger of the glove!

The night before the convention McArthur rowed out to the middle of the Connecticut River, beside the commuter bridge into the capitol. He dropped a brick attached to a long cord attached to a large helium-filled balloon. Hanging over the morning commuter traffic – a giant picture of Goldwater!

Charlie had also used a blueprint machine and a roll of paper about 18 inches wide. The whole roll sported a photo then big block letters “Goldwater” about every 15 feet. GCC had borrowed a dozen late model convertibles. We taped these “bumper to bumper Goldwater signs” on both sides of the cars. Then we cut and taped the sign, so the doors would open. GCC sent a letter to each convention delegate. “Welcome to Hartford. There will be courtesy taxis cruising the city. You will recognize them by the Goldwater sign. Just step to the curb and they will be pleased to take you anywhere in town.

Not mentioned was that there was a “Goldwater Girl” in the back seat of each convertible. GOP leadership saw their liberal delegates riding around town in our “taxis”!

The day of the convention, volunteers in the second floor rented Goldwater HQ were busy blowing up gas filled balloons. In the park, between the convention center and our HQ, we had a giant plastic elephant with a set off Goldwater-type glasses. Someone hired a Scottish bagpipe band to play in the park an hour and a half before the convention. (Great photo op.)

Across town the Hilton was hosting an outdoor delegate dinner. The Goldwater Girls rallied there along with two guys and a broomstick through the giant roll of “Goldwater signs”. Each Girl took the sign at the picture and walked away. As the sign unrolled there was a banner held by a supporter every 15 feet. As it snaked through the crowd and out onto the sidewalk, passers-by wanted to join. Soon the banner was snaking across town and stopping traffic. Lots of enthusiasm and good will.

As we passed our HQ hotel the volunteers with the gas-filled balloons lead the snaking sign into the park, where the marching band took the lead. Lots of noise from the bagpipes and drums. As we marched up the street past the convention center (well before the building was to be opened for the public) the leaders inside came out the stage door to see what was happening.

They watched and the band, followed by volunteers with balloons lifting Goldwater signs, passed by the center and up the street into the residential area (all the time adding people to help unroll the sign). Party leaders returned inside to continue preparing for the convention.

The parade did a U-turn, back into the alley. The band lead the parade through the stage door. As the band continued to play, the noise and surge of kilted marchers created momentary confusion on the stage of the empty hall. The volunteers went to the front of the stage and released their balloon signs which were on long strings that dangled dozens of Goldwater signs (just out of reach).

Naturally, in the confusion, the sign continued to snake through the stage door. The people carrying the sign made their way up the empty aisles to the foyer where a “Pinkerton guard” blocked the stairs to the observation balcony. Eventually someone sent a guard to tear the sign and shut the door. It “happened that the other exit doors were unlocked and the sign began snaking through succeeding doors. Soon there was a happy chanting crowd packed into the foyer.

The band was evicted, and moved around to the front steps of the hall to add to the enthusiasm of the delegates and ticket holders gathering outside the hall. George Bruhns and I had hands full of tickets to the balcony. We gave them to the first ones in line. Then to every few after that. When the time came to open the balcony, the line of “ticketed” revelers rushed past the ticket-taker. He was overwhelmed. Around the corner on the stairs above, a volunteer was collecting the tickets and passing them back into the crowd in the foyer. Soon – the balcony was packed with happy conservatives.

The Goldwater Girls were equipped with rolls of tape. The convention walls were soon plastered with our signs from the parade. Newspaper photographers could not possibly take a convention picture without “Goldwater”! George and I were convention delegates and took seats on the aisle. We gave floor passes to the Goldwater Girls and arranged for one or another to walk down to our seat on the 3rd row every 5 minutes. We would exchange slips of paper, some blank, some with messages. In politics, image becomes reality.

The convention opened. We pledged and the lady sang the anthem. As the state Chairman stepped to the rostrum, he said, “Well! It is certainly NOT going to be a boring convention!” The delegates began to laugh and point, confusing the Chairman a lot.

As he was speaking, the Lincoln and Eisenhower signs were slowly lifted out of sight and a picture of Goldwater replaced them over his head!

I passed a note to the balcony, “When I stand up, create a wall of sound. When I sit down – quiet.” As the convention business continued, this gave opportunities to demonstrate that the people supported conservative principles.

Soon, it appeared that we could take the delegates any direction with our enthusiasm. The “establishment” had negotiated to give Goldwater only 4 of its 16 delegates to the national convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. I received a note that the radio was reporting that candidate Scranton was about to pay a surprise visit to the convention.

I surmised they hoped to stampede the Goldwater delegates. I sent a message to bring the stick signs from HQ and stack them (in plain view) under the stairs from the aisle to the stage. Were there to be a demonstration, we could mount the signs and make it into a Goldwater demonstration and perhaps capture all 16 delegates.

As I contemplated bidding for all 16 delegates, a rumor reached me that Bill Middendorf had a telegram from Goldwater refuting the effort. We will never know if it were true, or if the telegram was valid. At any rate, I believe the opportunity was there and very possible.

A while later, an enthusiastic GCC delegation was at the airport to see the delegation off to San Francisco. When they landed in SF another GCC delegation was there ahead of them to welcome them! Both Goldwater and Scranton convention HQ were in the Mark Hopkins. McArthur had an eight story sign rolled up. As Scranton arrived at the hotel he let the sign unroll down the front of the hotel from the upper floor, “Barry says – Welcome Bill”.

Lastly – a summary of my campaign observations. The appointed leadership in the state campaign seemed to have no clue about what activated the conservative movement (much like today’s Tea Party movement is not understood by the political establishment.). The same situation appeared to me to infect the national campaign lead by Clifford White. The paperback was the root of Goldwater’s initial support – yet – Cliff would not even acknowledge it in the campaign.


2016-04-14 Mob rule is a dangerous thing

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April 14, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Mob rule is a dangerous thing

Mobs are often driven by emotion not reason. Mobs are the ultimate result of majority rule without governing rules. “The tyranny of the majority.”

Yesterday I listened to a popular talk show. The host and all the callers save one lone voice were criticizing the way we select the President. This, I believe, is the result of generations of miseducation in our public school system.

This needs to be SHOUTED from the housetops – – –

He is not the President of Americans.

He is President of the United States!

The states get together and select their President!

Majority rule only works in a small group where the majority is accountable! As the group grows, accountability decreases. Human nature degrades the system and rules are distorted and broken. Ultimately lawlessness is replaced by tyranny.

The beauty of the astounding system our founders designed is its ability to shift the flow of power and force down into the hands of the individual. If you distrust the leaders and policies your representatives choose, you are free to change the representatives you select at the local level. Choose not to do so because of ignorance or apathy and who is to blame?

My next column will be a reprint of the 2013-01-10 column demonstrating that the system is still available to motivated individuals who want to make a difference.

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2016-04-11 How big is our God

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April 11, 2016

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How big is our God?

Our God is way bigger than our personal problems or even our political problems. We need not get worried or worked up for fear He cannot handle it! Your job and mine is to do the next thing He asks us to do. (Be honest about it – no “games”.) Then we can trust that He will take care of the rest.

Some may think, “The situation is too big. There is nothing I can do. It is hopeless!” I rebuke that thinking. It is never hopeless. You can always humble yourself and pray, seeking His will for your next decision and turning from what you know is wrong. God has promised good results will follow.

Regular readers of this column have recognized that that is often a few weeks ahead of today’s headlines. I believe that is because I pray before writing and seek His topic. Often I will try to write on my own initiative. Nothing comes!

I teach an online course in Biblical principles of American government (i.e. direction, regulation, control, restraint). I have seen the significance in the lives of the students.

Take God out of anything and it dies!

On the other hand, discover God in a thing and it blossoms. Few are interested in a course on “government”. When such a course reveals God’s hand in history and His inspiration and reason in governing, the subject comes alive! It becomes incredibly significant!

The next course begins in 8 weeks on June 6th for 3 months. We use Skype video for interactive class sessions (students see and hear one another). Class is Monday and Wednesday morning at 9 Pacific time. Make-up classes, one-on-one are always available.

Most adults know kids that “don’t have a clue.” If you are one of them, please pray about attending the course with them. Classes are usually half adult and half teens. I guarantee it will be inconvenient. Everything of value has a price! I also guarantee it will be worth the time you invest. There is a tuition, don’t worry about that. Rather, ask the Lord if this is for you and / or your teen.

You will need a few weeks to obtain texts. I hope you will call or e-mail me to discuss the course.

For His-story & government

Ben Gilmore

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2016-04-08 Damocracies & Republics

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April 8, 2016

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Democracies & Republics

Please pause, consider, and ponder – democracies and republics – What are they? When and why does each work and fail?

From Webster’s 1828:

Democracy – Government by the people; a form of government, in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively, or in which the people exercise the powers of legislation.

Republic – A … state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democracy …, in which the people exercise the powers of sovereignty in person.

In colonial New England, village limits were determined by the distance to the meeting house. All the village business was done in village meetings by majority rule. Because of the limited distance and numbers, every citizen was aware of the fruit of his vote. The result of a good decision was apparent to everyone. Likewise, poor decisions produced poor results, for which the majority had to take responsibility. In a way, it was self-policing. In such communities, democracy works.

On the other hand, when the village grows, the majority is less aware of the results, thus less accountable. Majority rule can become “tyranny of the majority” or mob-rule. Two wolves and a lamb voting about dinner. Democracy fails in larger groups.

Republics (larger groups) elect representatives from smaller groups and send them to “exercise the powers of sovereignty.” In such groups, representatives can speak and defend the minorities they represent. Our founders wisely chose to set our civil-government firmly upon a republic framework.

All that to say this – – We often slip into majority-rule thinking. For example, we are concerned about the number of Americans who vote for the President. Americans don’t vote for the President, we vote for representatives to our state delegation, who vote for president.

Think about it – What is his job title? He is NOT the president of Americans! He is the President of the UNITED STATES. He is president of a group of sovereign states – a republic.

Nothing exists without a set of rules to govern it. Guard yourself from emotional choices that take you outside those limits into chaos.

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2016-03-25 Easter thoughts

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March 25, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

“Christos vass ressen”

“Christ is risen” An eastern orthodox greeting. The customary response, “Indeed He has!”

As I contemplate Sunday’s Easter activities, I am prompted to share a true story. The year and number of participants is fogged in my memory, but the mental movie is indelible.

During the mid 70’s a multinational team of college-age YWAM’ers were prompted to plan a “Jesus Rally” on Moscow’s Red Square, during Russia’s national May Day parade. I believe there were 18 of them (6 each in 3 VW vans). They left from Finland on a three-day drive cross country to Moscow. A book was published about the adventure. I believe the author was Nick Savoka. The title, something like, “Russia with Love”.

In those days, such a team on tourist visas was sure to attract official attention. The happy young people took full advantage. They noted the undercover “police” all dressed in trench coats with the collar turned up. The kids would pretend to take pictures with rolls of lifesavers. They were tracked all the way across country to the outskirts of Moscow the day before the big parade.

There, they were detained and ordered to return to Finland. Three VW vans with three to five escort vehicles made quite a parade in itself! The kids pasted “Christos vass ressen” signs in all the van windows and waved as they passed through the many small towns.

At one point the vans were led by a sound truck, “Don’t look at these people!” Naturally, very one turned out to see what not to look at.

Another time, as Van #1 climbed up on the rear bumper of the lead escort (so he could not see behind him), van #3 drew way, way behind. The lead escort and van #1 passed through a village. Van #2 pulled over, the happy kids piled out and distributed Christian, tracks until the rear escort officers hustled them back into their van and on their way. During the “cold war” this sort of YWAM activity was common. They were called, “God’s guerillas.”

Indeed, George Otis Jr. did make it to that May Day parade. He and a friend had a “Christos vass ressen” banner rolled up in their umbrella. It was unfurled for about a minute before they were arrested.

Carloads of Bibles were smuggled through the “Iron Curtain”. We participated in that on our world trip in ’77.

All that to say this – Christ is risen indeed – Happy Easter.

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