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2015-06-29 Things you can do now

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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!


2015-06-28 Finding hope

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June 28, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Finding hope

In my last blog post, I told the story of Vashti losing her crown. A dear friend sent me corrections to the story (below). He admonished me about “enhancing” God’s word and he is right! Please accept my apologies.

Just to clarify, Ahasuerus, summoned his wife on the 7th day of the feast, it had not lasted for a month. There was a prior feast in a different part the country that lasted 180 days, but the feast you mentioned had only lasted for 7. The Bible gives no indication that it was an orgy, in fact, it gives every evidence that the women were separate from the men. Ahasuerus was not "drunk", the Bible uses the word "merry", a very different term than the Bible’s term forbidding "drunkenness" (please see II Chronicles 7:10 where the Bible uses the same word for "merry"). And lastly, she was not ordered to dance, only to display her royal beauty. In fact, by the account given in Scripture, Vashti disobeyed a lawful request from her husband, and a lawful request from her king. I only point these out because it is very important that Christians only present the Word of God for what it is, not for what we read into it, or how our cultural background interprets it.

Regarding “Finding hope” – Many have seen the moral decline of our society and lost hope in a recovery. “There is a tipping point beyond which there is no recovery.” Like Jonah they are ready to sit and observe God’s overdue hand of justice fall upon our society.

They may be right! We have certainly earned God’s justice as a society. Looking at “reality” in America – it is what it is!

Given those happy thoughts – Where does one look to find hope? God told Moses He was fed up with His “chosen” people and was about to start over with Moses. “Don’t do it,” said Moses, “It will give you a vengeful reputation in the world.” The Bible says that God said He would change His mind! Prayer DOES change things!

Realistically, I find no hope for our society.

Knowing God, I find abundant hope for our society. To begin with – The ungodly have captured most of our sources of news. If God’s hand were at work, do you suppose the news media would encourage us by telling us about it?

Look at Bible stories, then look at the stories of miraculous “coincidences” in American history. Today’s situation is certainly not the first time things looked hopeless! As a matter of fact, it appears to me the darkest times are when God likes to move.

Re-read 2nd Chronicles 7:14. God has a lot invested in America – The first ever nation founded upon His principles. He prefers mercy over justice – if it is reasonable. What makes it reasonable? Humble people admitting our sins and turning to Him for salvation as a nation – for His sake and the sake of His principles.

Many will say, “That just isn’t reasonable!” That is what makes it worthwhile. God gets the credit! Individuals – you and me – uniting in humble prayer for mercy over justice for America. Nothing is impossible for God!

When He comes to check on me, I want to be found excited about what He is about to do to heal our land! It sure beats hunkering down and waiting for justice to fall!


2015-06-27 I will not conform

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June 27, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

I will not conform!

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. [1st Peter 2:13-14]

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. [Hebrews 13:17]

Christians have told me we should submit to the authority God places over us. I agree. They continue, therefore, we should obey every law of those God places over us. I disagree.

We all know the story of King David and Bathsheba (the lady he saw bathing next door to the palace). God made David king. God had given David a king’s authority. David sent for Bathsheba to come to his office. She came as she should, under his authority.

David propositioned Bathsheba (a married woman). She complied. David was outside the limits of his God-given authority, when he propositioned Bathsheba. She had every right to refuse.

My point – Authority has boundaries. Even God-given authority.

In another Old Testament example – In the book of Esther, the King is hosting a month long orgy for his governors. He is drunk and sends for his queen, Vashti. He wants her to come dance for the gov’s. Vashti refuses to come. The gov’s complain, this is going to give them domestic problems at home! Vashti loses her crown.

I believe she said, “No” to the wrong request. Vashti should have come when called. BUT, she should have arrived in a loose fitting floor-length turtleneck! When asked to dance then she should have refused. No domestic problems for the gov’s.

America’s founding philosophy was that any law that violates the “laws of Nature” or the “laws of God” (The Bible) is not to be honored, it is no law at all.

Parents have God-given authority over their children. Must a child obey a parent who tells him to do something that is sinful? Authority has boundaries.

The Supreme Court says all states must recognize homosexual marriages. That ruling violates both Natural and Revealed Law. It is thus, “No law at all.” I will not honor that law, nor if called upon, will I conform to it.

The time is rapidly approaching when individuals must decide to conform or not conform to man made laws. If they are within the, “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” then you should conform. If not – Then you must not!

The difference between law and advice – A law has a consequence. Each of us is going to have to learn new levels of trust in God as we face consequences.


2015-06-09 TheBlaze

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June 9, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

TheBlaze.com

Many are surprised to discover that Glenn Beck (He used to be on Fox News) is still on the air and on TV. As a matter of fact, Beck invested the fortune he built up on Fox, in his very own Radio and TV network, “The Blaze”. He has managed to remain debt free and is thus free to say and do anything he pleases. Dish network customers will find “The Blaze” on channel #212.

A list of the astounding accomplishments of his endeavors is long and very impressive. That is not what I’m writing about. Glenn Beck says that he is a dedicated Mormon. Evangelical Christendom has some serious problems with the Mormon faith. That is not what I am writing about. On frequent occasions he and his New York associates slip into humor that is offensive to the culture outside the north-east. That is not what am writing about.

I am writing about a TV giant who has put his life and fortune into his very best efforts to follow God’s leading in his life. He is thus under continual attack. I see those attacks as badges of honor!

I have followed Beck for a few years now. I find him to be real and dedicated. Like the rest of us, he sees America’s economy on the verge of collapse, One of his TV documentaries demonstrated that the gold in Fort Knox has been “sold” multiple times and is very likely no longer there! Because he is free of external authority, his news coverage is far deeper than you will find on Fox News

I am writing about a source of information and inspiration so greatly needed by every American today. The inspiration that God has each of us here for a purpose. The encouragement that there is a task, greater than ourselves, for every one of us! We /You/ I am not helpless, being swept along toward chaos. One man can make a difference. Are you that man? We are Americans!

Please accept my invitation to invest $100/year. I believe the first month is a free trial period. That investment opens The Blaze.com TV network to you on your computer.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. I am in His flock.I will have everything I need.

He makes me lie down in green pastures beside still waters. There I find peace.

He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. I am forgiven! I know where to go.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. What’s to fear?

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. The rod of correction and the staff of security show I am loved.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. I am a living testimony of God’s provision.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. You permit me to serve you. I am embarrassed by your grace.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Goodness in opportunity and mercy in suffering.

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Wow!

[My understanding of Psalm 23]


2015-06-05 The Buffet Rule

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June 5, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

The Buffet Rule

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

The BUFFETT Rule

Pass it on and let’s see if politicians understand what people pressure is all about.

Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE

Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE

Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .. $40,065

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000

I think we found where the cuts should be made! If you agree pass it on, as I just did.

Warren Buffet, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".

The 26th Amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2015

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/15. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

If you agree, pass it on.


2015-06-02 PAG Memo

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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June 2, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Rulers

Suppose your teacher puts a chalk line on the board. She asks the class, “How long is that line?” Answers come quickly – 4 inches, 5 inches, 3 ½ inches, …

Then she holds a ruler next to the line and the class suddenly agrees – 4 3/4 inches.

My point – Without an accepted standard, there is chaos. Members of the class will pridefully argue that this or that opinion is correct, though in truth, they may be wrong. With an accepted standard, unity results.

Suppose the ruler being used as a standard is warped and another is straight. It would be unwise not to use the best ruler available. But suppose a class member refuses to accept the best ruler as a standard. That has no effect upon what is true.

America’s society is founded upon “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” These laws have been accepted as the best standards since our founding. Not to accept them would be unwise – unless a better, more proven standard can be found. I agree in advance to accept such a standard!

For several generations, our society has drifted away from knowledge of these God-given laws. They have been replaced by lies and opinions. The doctrines of men.

We accept abortion as a valid choice rather than murder. We accept homosexuality as normal rather than sin. Now we are being asked to accept transgender as a normal lifestyle. These are examples of the chaos that results from ignorance, or rejection of a proven standard.

How do we stabilize and return to unity? We do it one person at a time, starting with ourselves. Begin by admitting the truth. We have drifted into man centered, rather than God centered reasoning. We no longer measure things by common sense and Biblical doctrine. Part of this may be that we have not studied and thought about such doctrine.

I suggest sitting yourself down and reading something from God’s word (the Bible) every day. Then forcing yourself to sit for a minute and be alone with God.

A story – Joe wanted to have a quiet time with God. The only time he could be sure not to be interrupted was from 3 to 3:15 every morning. Joe had no preconceptions about what would happen, he just wanted to be available to God.

Morning after morning for several weeks, Joe sat alone, available to God. Had we been watching, we would say, “Nothing happened.” One night, Joe became aware Christ had entered the room behind him. Joe continued to sit quietly. Joe felt hands resting upon his shoulders. Then he felt moisture.

“Lord!” said Joe, “You are crying. Why?”

“Because,” answered Christ, “I so appreciate our time together each morning.”


2015-05-27 Principles

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May 27, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles

You have no choice! You will submit to be directed, regulated, controlled, and restrained (i.e. governed)! If not by a man’s laws, then by God’s laws. If by man’s law – either by another man (slavery), — or by yourself (anarchy). Either way you will be governed by a tyrant! “… Choose you this day whom you will serve. …” [Joshua 24:15]

The only way to be free is to be governed by God’s law of liberty. That is the foundation upon which rest the “Principles of American Government:” Principles of American self-government; principles of American family-government; principles of American church-government; and principles of American civil-government.

We must make choices every day. “When we choose an action, we choose a consequence.” [Harry Conn] What is involved in our choices? From “outside” there is force and manipulation. From “within” is our own will and appetite. To be properly self-governed our will and appetite must be submitted to our reason, and our reason must be submitted to God. [see Proverbs 16:3]

How does that work in real-life practice? I believe it requires that we train-up our reasoning ability. To a great extent, it appears to me, reason has been trained-out of our present society. For more than four decades, my God-given passion has been to teach biblical principles of American government.

If someone has not studied and meditated upon principles, he only has opinions. Without sound principles, who is to say my opinion is any better than yours? If American government is ever to be salvaged, it appears to me that we must have a core of people in the future, who understand the principles upon which American government rests. That is my passion.

The next online course in “Principles of American government” (PAG) begins on June 8. There is still time to join this class. Please contact me to discuss it (see letterhead).

The course lasts for three months. Class meets at 9AM (PT) M & W for 75 minutes. Homework commitment is 4-5 hours per week. More details are on our web site (see letterhead).

"Help us, our Father, to show other nations an America to imitate… the America that loves fair play, honest dealing, straight talk, real freedom and faith in God."

[1948 U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall]


2015-04-30 Moral Suasion vs Property

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April 30, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Moral Suasion vs. Property

Let’s begin with basics:

· God gives life to man.

· Man must have liberty to sustain his life.

· To sustain life requires private property.

John Locke’s writing had a great influence upon America’s founding pastors. His reasoning was consistent with the Bible. The pastors passed that on to their flocks in sermons.

Locke points out, that what we need is given to man in common. He asks, “Must we first, get permission from everyone else, before eating an apple for nourishment?” We would all starve, waiting for permission!

When does the apple become our property? It becomes ours, when we remove it from the state nature left it in. Locke wrote, “Every man has a Property in his own Person.” No one has a right to my body, my labor, the work of my hands, but myself.

The water in the stream is free to everyone. Suppose you take a bucket of stream water for your kitchen counter. Anyone drinking from that bucket without your permission is taking your property! You have mixed your labor with what was available to everyone.

The “civil-rights movement” was a good thing. The right to assemble for redress of grievances comes with God-given Liberty, and is protected by our Constitution. When civil-government discriminates between citizens, it violates, “all men are created equal.

“Moral Suasion”. Dr. King lead peaceful marches and rallies. He brought attention to unjust civil-laws of discrimination. Human nature is such that, a little authority wants more. A line was crossed when his followers used that political power to pass laws regarding private property. They passed laws that private businesses could not discriminate.

Like the bucket of stream water, if I make a cake, it contains my labor. No one has a right to my cake without my consent. Were that not so, my God-given liberty is lost, and I become a slave. Persuade me as best you can, but do not attempt to force my free choice. If I choose not to serve you, it is my choice. I may be wrong. If you can force me to serve you, we both lose and socialism grows another step.

It was largely that, that many good people in the south were opposing. It takes time to change the mind of a free society. Persuading good people not to choose to buy from stores with bad policies, is a peaceful way to bring change while respecting private property.

Without respect for Private Property, Liberty is lost to everyone. Tyranny will grow.


2014-05-28 A rare opportunity

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April 28, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

A rare opportunity

Something positive every family can do.

A rare opportunity tomorrow night.


2015-04-26 Providential Speculation

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April 26, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Providential Speculation

What might the “3rd Great Awakening” look like.

It is fun to think outside the box now and then. We have some general parameters:

· God wants no man to be lost, but each man must choose to obey God’s will.

· All men have sinned. The atonement of Christ frees those who accept it, to love God.

· Christ condensed the whole Bible into “Love God and love others”.

· That requires a cooperative effort: Men obeying God, and God guiding men.

When that happens, we call it “revival.” It appears to me that the history of major revival movements have moved from east to west. The only one I have seen personally was the “Jesus Movement” in the late 1960’s. It originated in the Los Angeles area and had impact around the world. (See Google > “Jesus Movement”>Wikipedia)

The Old Testament documents Israel’s up and down history. Things were good. Men turned from God. Things turned very bad. Men turned to God in repentance. God worked with men to “revive” society. Sound familiar? America’s Christian history follows that pattern.

We should never forget this truth – God’s hand is always at work on our behalf, even when He punishes us. Today things appear to be very bad. Perhaps that is because we are not seeing what God’s hands are doing. For instance – I saw a report that NationalBlackRobeRegiment.com has enlisted better than 17,000 pastors who have pledged to inform their flocks of Biblical principles in every area of life, including civil government! All across our nation groups are praying 2nd Chronicles 7:14. Mini-revivals are popping up like popcorn.

Just suppose, enough American Christians prayed for mercy in place of justice, and God was satisfied that He, not human pride, would get the credit. Suppose the Holy Spirit was released to energize and guide across America. (Read some accounts of the impact of such revivals in the past. One was on the day of Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection.)

I have written about what it might look like in America. (See ACH website > Ben’s Blog tab > “2014-12-27 What might it look like”)

What might such an event in America look like to the rest of the world? What would they see? – –

They would see that the first in history experiment in Christian principles of civil self-government has not failed! Biblical principles do indeed work! There is hope for mankind to achieve liberty with God’s help.

A wave of righteousness sweeps from America’s west coast across the Pacific Islands and Indo China. Masses of people in south-east Asia exchange eastern religions for Christianity. Poverty and tyranny are replaced by prosperity and liberty.

Such a tidal wave of righteousness sweeps across the Indian sub-continent, then across the Moslem world. Hate and discord are replaced by peace. The tidal wave gains momentum and breadth as it reaches the Mediterranean Sea. It sweeps westward across Europe and Africa.

North and South America experience another wave of righteousness, as the tidal wave engulfs the globe in one last great awakening, the likes of which the world has never seen.

The “in thing” world-wide will be, to be “Christian”. Will it all be real? No, like today, there will be the real thing and there will be phonies.

NEXT – For every tidal wave, there is an ebb tide.

That appears to me to be an ideal place for the end-time scenarios to take place.

Something positive to think about.


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