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2015-08-21 PAG online course begins

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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August 21, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles of American Government

Online course begins

9am, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This course is guaranteed to be “inconvenient”! You will be expected to set aside 75 minutes every Monday and Wednesday morning for online class time for three months – plus – 4 or 5 hours of personal reading and study each week.

In return you will receive in depth exposure to the principles that lead America’s founders to create the first nation in human history based upon the laws of nature and of nature’s God. You will learn and understand the Biblical, historical, and logical developments that lead to the Declaration and Constitution.

More importantly – You will learn and understand the providential hand of God, over 6,000 years, in teaching man to love God and others. You will learn critical thinking and how to use what you have learned in the marketplace of ideas.

The next course begins at 9am, Wednesday, September 9th. We use Skype (free) software as a virtual classroom. The classes are interactive (you can see and hear one another). Interruptions for questions and discussion are encouraged. Classes are usually half teen and half adult.

Those with interest are encouraged to surf the “Students Comments” tab on our web site (above). Enroll by phoning 916-722-2501.

By the way – All times mentioned above are California time.


2015-08-16 Small thing – BIG SIGNIVICANCE

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

August 16, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Small thing – BIG SIGNIFICANCE

I believe it was the Lord who prompted me – Whenever I speak with someone about abortion I must also speak about forgiveness and salvation. Otherwise, I may succeed in showing that abortion is murder without showing the way out of guilt.

A friend of mine had an idea a few years ago about a memorial garden as a place to grieve and gain closure after losing an unborn. Fran and I walked the proposed site and sensed the peace of God. I told my friend that we felt we were to help when the project began to take shape.

Today he brought the plan and the web site for “New Hope Memorial Garden” www.SacUnbornMemorial.org

The timing for this project seems to synchronize with the present full court press attack upon the Planned Parenthood organization. God’s hand appears to be at work!

By the way, next Saturday, August 22nd, Pro-life groups have scheduled a national protest against Planned Parenthood centers across the country. Those in the Sacramento area may call 916-993-8673. Those outside the area may call their local pro-life activist for information.

Those of you who have never participated in public demonstrations are missing an opportunity. Good people have been passive for far too long. Such demonstrations have been part of American culture since colonial days.

I hope you will surf the New Hope Memorial Garden web site (above). Read the text, enlarge and contemplate the pictures (artist’s conceptions). Pray about sending $ for this project. By comparison with other national projects it is small potatoes. In terms of its potential healing power, it is huge!

This column has long reminded readers that God’s hand is at work. This is not a time for inaction. This is the first time this column has been used as a fund raiser. The reason? – Because I believe in the project and I believe the Lord is prompting me to do so. Please open the web site and contribute what you can.

In Christian love

Ben & Fran Gilmore


2015-08-01 Organizations

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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August 1, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Organizations

Nothing exists without a set of rules to govern it (i.e. direct, regulate, control, restrain). Every

human organization is governed. There are three types of organizational rule (that is

“polity”): Rule of one; Rule of a few; Rule of many. Human organizations are a mixture of

these elements of polity.

Rule of one is called, “Monarchy.” Rule of a few is called, “Aristocracy.” Rule of many is called, “Democracy.” Think about it – Rule of one, few, many are the only possibilities. Sir William Blackstone (1723 – 1780), father of the legal profession, wrote about the good and bad attributes of each.

I summarize what Blackstone wrote in “Commentaries”:

Democracies (think, “majority rule”) – public virtue and good intention, want what is right and just, patriotic and public spirited. Often foolish (unwise) and weak in getting things done. Democracies are usually the best for making laws.

Aristocracies (rule of a few) – wiser than the other two, but less honest than a democracy and less powerful than a monarchy. Aristocracies are fitted to judge the laws.

Monarchy (rule of one) – More powerful than the other two, can get things done, BUT, is most vulnerable to misusing that power. Monarchies are best for executing the laws.

To quote Governor William Penn (1682), “…any government is free to the people under it (whatever be the frame) where the laws rule and the people are a party to those laws:” But what happens if the government steps outside those laws?

A democracy becomes an “Anarchy.” An aristocracy becomes an “Oligharchy.” A monarchy becomes a “Tyranny.”

I find all three forms of polity in the Bible. Human nature is such that we are tempted to say, “Since our form is Biblical, yours must not be!” God appears to have endorsed each at different times. I will speculate upon why that is. –

It is a law of nature – The quality of an organization’s government is determined by the over-all self-government of its members.

God loves and wants the best for everyone. Suppose He is considering an organization whose members have poor self-government: Because He wants the best for them, He gives them a top-down (rule of one) polity. If He gave them majority rule, they would likely turn it into anarchy.

On the other hand, consider an organization made up honest law-abiding members. They would chafe under top-down rule. I see a spectrum that morphs from rule of one, through rule of a few, to rule of many – depending upon the corporate quality of self-government at the time.

Another law of nature – Every society has a dominant corporate relationship with a “higher power” of some sort. That vertical (church) relationship will always determine the horizontal (civil) relationship. Never the other way around.

A parting thought – If America’s civil government has shifted from liberty toward monarchy (even tyranny), what does that say about the corporate character of our vertical (church) relationship with God?


2015-07-20 On Bible reading

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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

July 20, 2015

This is a mail-merge letter to PAG Participants –

On Bible reading

Reading through the Bible in a year has been Fran’s and my morning practice for several years now. Like taking health supplements – you don’t notice the day-to-day effect, but over the long term you can see the results.

Our friend, Jay Grimstead, mailed a paper on the subject that expresses my thoughts as well (below).

COR UPDATE FOR JULY 2015

P.O. Box 1139, Murphys, CA 95247

READING THROUGH THE BIBLE AS BASIC TO HEARING GOD’S DIRECTIONS

Dear Friend of COR,

Recently in counseling with the 20 year old son of one of my Christian friends, I was again impressed with the Church’s need for all it’s sons and daughters (and its older people)to, year by year, systematically read through the Bible, and to keep reading the Bible over and over throughout one’s life to keep God’s perspective on life about His principles, our ultimate values, and our purpose in life.

I told him these things which he already knew, but needed to hear again at that point in his life.

1. GOD SPEAKS TO US PRIMARILY THROUGH HIS WRITTEN WORD, THE BIBLE

Since the Bible is actually 100% God’s very words (given to us through prophets and apostles acting as co-authors of the Bible), it is very natural for God to use most any sentence we read at any time to speak a personal message to us and give us needed direction, exhortation, encouragement etc. etc., as well as simply informing and reminding us of His absolute truths about all areas of life, past and present. We may expect God to speak to our hearts personal messages as well as inform us of raw facts of living.

The Bible is God’s standard of Truth and Reality to judge all other books, ideas, plans and worldviews.

2. CHRISTIANS SHOULD READ & OBEY THE BIBLE DAILY TO KEEP IN PERSPECTIVE

There is a unanimous agreement by the biblical writers as well as by all the Church History heroes that it is our great wisdom and godly efficiency to saturate our souls and minds in the written Word of God. We are to daily read and study the Word, and to memorize it, think on it and sing it regularly so it seeps into our “cells” and effects our actions, words, thoughts and plans daily and throughout all of life.

Probably nothing we do is as important for setting ourselves up for a life of obedience to His Word.

3. THE BIBLE SHOULD BE READ OVER AND OVER BY CHRISTIANS ALL LIFE LONG

My godly friends and I recommend our daily and yearly personal practice of systematically reading through the Bible, year after year, over and over to help this “Word saturation” process keep percolating.

I tell all serious Christians, young and old, who want to serve God with all their hearts whatever jobs they have, that a good minimum reading goal for the Bible for serious Christians is to read through the New Testament once each year, and to read through the Old Testament every 2 or 3 years. (The Old Testament has about 3 times as many pages as the New Testament.) One’s appetite and hunger and need for the Word seems to grow as we get older. At 80 years old, I now ordinarily read through the New Testament twice each year, and the Old Testament every year, and because of my work as a theologian, I also read through most of the Greek New Testament every three years as well. And my appetite for the Psalms now has me reading through the Psalms 3 or 4 times each year the past 20 years. (NOTE): I tell young people if they read through I and II Chronicles one year, they can leave out II Samuel and I and II Kings that reading period, then read those books alternately, since the same period of history is covered.

4. SYSTEMATICALLY KEEP A RECORD EACH YEAR OF YOUR BIBLE READING

Unless one simply reads the Old or New Testament from the front cover to the back cover(which I never seem to do), I recommend keeping a yearly list in the front of one’s Bible recording which books of which testament is read each year as we go along from book to book. It is easy to lose track if a written record is not kept. The point is to help oneself SYSTEMATICALLY get through all the books of the New Testament and Old Testament according to a schedule you think is right for you at your present stage of Christian growth and your hunger for the Word. And yes, in the earlier stages of one’s Christian life we need to sometimes MAKE ourselves do our daily Bible reading because our mind knows it is so important for our growth as Christians, and for our Biblical worldview perspective on life.

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5. SOME HELPFUL TOOLS FOR HEARING GOD “SPEAK” AND OBEYING THE BIBLE

A. READ WITH THE ATTITUDE “I WILL OBEY” NOT JUST “I WILL LEARN”.

If Bible-reading ever get’s “boring” for you, start reading it (as we all should anyway) with the attitude of “I will indeed obey everything I believe God is asking me to do in these verses.” At that point, Bible-reading can even get a little scary, but it will probably not be boring!

One key point to remember at this stage is that this Bible is God’s very own words as if

God Himself wrote the Bible’s words with His own hand, which spiritually, He did. The historic

Church’s view of the Bible for the past 2000 years is that the Bible is inerrant; that is, it is accurate not only where it speaks of heaven and the invisible world, but also where it speaks of matters of concern to both history and science in the world of time and space, matter and energy!

B. ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ANOTHER HUMAN HELPS US OVERCOME SIN

Most of us raised in American churches this past 100 years have had close to zero experience

of having some other human or team hold us accountable for certain levels of godly behavior. When we are unsuccessfully trying to overcome some little or big sin (actions contrary to the Bible), or any unwise or unhealthy behavior which may not technically be a sin, when we ask

a trusted friend if we may confess this sin or unwise behavior to them weekly or monthly, it can greatly help our success rate in overcoming such sins or unwise behavior. This is called

“accountability with another Christian” and it has worked well for centuries, but we in most

good American churches have never even heard of this as a healthy, Christian practice. In this

“accountability tool” we see the sad fact that generally we fear other humans more than we fear God.

C. HELPFUL “SPADE & SHOVEL” TOOLS FOR MINING GOLD FROM THE WORD

In my last year of college as a young, eager Christian I ran across this set of “mining tools” for

either an individual study or a group study of the Bible. The mining tools are these questions we

ask of any chapter or portion of scripture we are reading.

a) What command is stated here for me to obey?

b) What good example is stated here for me to follow?

c) What promise is here for me to claim for myself?

d) What sin or error is here for me to avoid or stop?

In closing I want to express this final word. I do hope all the younger Christians I know around the U.S. will take this advice seriously and apply it to their Bible-reading lives if they are not already doing so. And for those older Christians who do not have themselves reading the Bible through in some kind of systematic way year by year, I urge you to work into your life some version of what we are saying in this newsletter.

For the advancement of the Kingdom of God on earth,

Dr. Jay Grimstead JGrim1776

P.S. Please keep in mind that the summer months are the time when non-profit organizations usually receive the least amount of income through donations from their mailing lists.


2015-07-16 Ten Commandments

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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www.ACHStudyGroups.com

July 16, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Ten Commandments (attached)

Stephen McDowell of the Providence Foundation is a leader in restoring our nation to her original path. I hope you will enjoy this lesson:

http://providencefoundation.com/?page_id=3880

In it he speaks of “government”. That is to direct, regulate, control, restrain. [Noah Webster 1828] Nothing God created is without a set of laws to govern (i.e. direct, regulate, control, restrain) it. There are the laws of nature as well as the laws in the Bible. Both are ordained by the same God. We discover the laws of nature by observation and reason. We learn Biblical law (given to Biblical authors by direct revelation from God) by study and meditation. Both are from the same source and will never be in conflict.

Stephen McDowell explains our nation’s rapid drift into lawlessness as the result of our failure to learn (study and meditate upon), God’s law in governing ourselves, our families, our churches and our nation.


2015-07-10 Don’t touch the glory

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

July 10, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Don’t touch the glory!

More and more people are believing the “American dream” is dead. The more people they find that agree with them, the firmer grows their belief.

Those of us who disagree, believe that there have been many times in American history when the “American dream” appeared to be dead. It ain’t over until the author of the “American dream” says it is over!

Why do I believe the “American dream” lives? It lives because of the ever-growing number of humble intercessors who are confessing America’s corporate sins (and their own), seeking God’s mercy, and turning from their individual wicked ways.

Christ summed up God’s whole purpose in putting man on this planet: Learn to love God and love others. Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets’.” [Mt 22:36–40]

How does God teach men to love? We are slow learners! It took 1781 years after the birth of Christ, for men to learn how to build a civil-government that would protect an individual’s opportunity to love God and others without interference.

God has a giant investment in our rebellious nation. The rest of the world knows that. If what He demonstrated in America should fail, it will appear to the world that men are not capable of self-government and the “American dream” is a failure. Think about the hopelessness that will cause all over the globe.

Forget majority rule – God permitted Abraham to negotiate over Sodom. If God finds enough humble intercessors seeking His mercy rather than hunkering down waiting for justice, who knows what might happen!

It takes a cooperative effort. If God does it alone, then justice is not served. Man sure can’t do it alone without God’s inspiration and wisdom! With a humble willingness and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit all things are possible! YEA GOD!

Even the humble and righteous can have problems with pride. When you see our precious ship of state being righted and set back on course be very careful not to touch the glory. Love God and others and give Him all the credit!


2015-07-07 Home-School take note

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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

July 7, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Latin in the Christian Trivium

For a number of years, my wife, Frances, has been teaching Latin to students across the nation using Skype as a virtual classroom. It is great! The students make distant friends and often vacation-visit. Her students score well on the National Latin Exam. One was among the very few who scored 100%! *

The review (below) is the best I have read.

http://cathyduffyreviews.com/foreign-language/latin-christian-trivium.htm

· It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up! Let a proud hubby boast a little.


2015-07-05 Monday Morning

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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www.ACHStudyGroups.com

July 5, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

The following video is from my dear friend Jon Davis.

WorldWideAwanening.org

Enjoy –

http://jondavisjr.com/2015/07/05/you-were-designed-to-be-free-to-flourish/


2015-07-05 PAG – PG Meeting

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ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

July 5, 2015

This is a mail-merge letter to PAG Participants –

PAG – Post Graduate meeting

Every graduate of the online “Principles of American Government” is invited to join our monthly Post-Graduate meetings online. Simply contact me to be added to the call list.

Next meeting – 1:30 PM, Sunday, July 19, 2015Dale & Jodi JohnsonDale & Jodi JohnsonDale & Jodi Johnson


2015-06-29 Things you can do now

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

June 29, 2015

This is a mail-merge letter to PAG Participants –

Things you can do now

Most of the folks I know are worried about America’s moral decline. They feel helpless to do anything about it that is effective. This causes frustration and – if we are not careful – anger and fear. I have some thoughts about truly effective things each of us is capable of doing.

Each of us can prepare in some way. When the economy collapses, and it must, unless there is a move of God that prevents it, a stock of food, water, and other emergency supplies will be good to have on hand.

Think about this Biblical principle – Those supplies are not just for your survival, they are to be shared with others in need. The principle is that in giving, God has the option of multiplying. (five loaves and two fish) If we hoard for ourselves – supply becomes finite.

Every day now, we hear reports of gruesome atrocities being committed by ISIS. The Natzi’s usually hid their atrocities, but ISIS broadcasts them all over the world. Why is that?

They do it in order to strike fear in our hearts. If we, you and I, accept fear, they win. Rather, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, joy, and a sound mind. By rebuking fear we can individually defeat their effort. Love casts out fear! A fearless attitude communicates to those we deal with. Your fearlessness makes ripples that spread to others.

So here are two truly effective things each of us can do.

Think about survival supplies, little things you can afford. Even just thinking about it can do wonders. Prepare to share with those in need that your unselfishness might multiply.

Choose to rebuke fear. If you are martyred, you are with Jesus. Death for your faith will multiply faith in others. What is to fear?

God wins! Love wins!


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