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2017-06-03 Bragging on s friend

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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June 3, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Bragging on a friend

I would like to tell you about a dear friend – Desta Garrett.

It must have been around 1975. We were heavily involved with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Some of the leaders, knowing we were near San Francisco, asked me to meet their flight and drive them to the headquarters of the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE). I met Miss Hall and Miss Slater there, because I was carrying the brief cases.

It was immediate awe and respect. These two ladies were on a mission to restore knowledge about America by documenting the Christian principles behind the movement that became America. They lived in a house in the Sunset District of San Francisco. It was FACE headquarters.

Miss Slater left a Stanford doctoral program to join Miss Hall in cofounding FACE. Miss Hall left a business career to follow her vision. Miss Slater was a teacher. Miss Hall was a historian. Both were avid readers. Christian school and home school industries were just beginning to blossom. FACE publications were spreading across America.

FACE headquarters was painted in colonial motif. Inside the home were areas representing north, central, and southern colonial furniture, and style. Everything could be used as an historical object lesson. The house was filled with precious books. I particularly enjoyed browsing the microfiche copies of colonial newspapers covering several centuries.

All that to introduce the ladies’ irreplaceable “girl Friday,” Desta Garrett. Desta was always busy on a project for the ladies. She learned to use computers and fought through the start-up battles that always seem to happen with computers. Desta became a professional book editor. She read and type-set the FACE books.

Desta’s daughter, Katheryn, and our Susan were blessed to be in the right place at the right time. Miss Slater missed the classroom and offered to teach the girls a course in Literature. Susan, now having completed homeschooling her own two kids cherishes her memories of that course.

Later, after Miss Hall passed in 1987, FACE headquarters and Miss Slater moved to Chesapeake, Virginia. Desta launched her own book editing business. I never knew her not to have several books that needed her expertise. Fran and I visited Desta’s family a number of times. Desta is a researcher as well. Her home was a treasure trove.

The Garrett’s have had their share of tragedies. Their adult son died, then Desta was widowed. She was a trooper. Always meticulous in her editing. We watched as one pressure after another built upon her. God is faithful! He will always make a way to escape so that we can bear it.

Katheryn, now married with a family of her own was able to couple her home and Desta’s into a larger one and move her mom into her own room in the larger southern California home.

We are so looking forward to thanking Desta for her work and sacrifices in behalf of the FACE vision come the big “Honoring The Vision” event on September 23rd in Rocklin, California. All the “old timers” will be there plus the next generation of vision restorers.

Come join us! HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

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2017-05-18 Honoting The Vision update

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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May 18, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Honoring The Vision update

HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

The organizing committee members are grateful for the $1650 contributions toward the targeted $10K we have budgeted. We are using it to purchase the first air fares for honored guests. Yet to be covered – TV crew, caterer, hotel, venue, honoraria. If you plan to join us please register soon. If you care to help us share news of this event and help us raise funds -Please do so.

Please – everyone who reads this – Pray for the success of this significant event. Pray for our committee. Pray for America!

Those who were active in the 1960’s when this restoration movement was beginning are beginning to age (smile). We want to gather their memories and preserve them for future researchers. If you are among them we want you included.

Those of you who are younger need to be there to learn and be inspired (living history). Understanding God’s hand in human history and what He has done and is doing in America is vital in today’s society. Come network with master teachers and browse their books.

Remember this please – The unrighteous want to do everything they can to convince you that God and His ways are unproductive and unreliable. We must respond in the opposite spirit – one of faith and optimism.

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2017-05-13 It grieves my heart

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

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May 13, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

It grieves my heart

We enjoy watching “Survivor” on television. It is a study in human nature. Often such “studies” tempt me to do away with the TV set! Such was the case the other day. We watched as a homosexual couple (two men) were united after a separation. The demonstrated affection was accepted as normal by the participants and the program producers. My heart was grieved,

To begin with – There is a creator God. To the degree we depend upon Him – We are obliged to obey His rules. Have you heard, “If you live in my house, you obey our house rules!” or, “If you ride in our car-pool you don’t smoke!”

Since mankind is in every way dependent upon God, each of us is obliged in every way to obey His rules. Fortunately He is a loving, gracious, tolerant, and forgiving God. Were that not so I would long since been turned into a frog! (Apologies to the frogs.) His stated goal for each of us is for us to learn to love Him and to love one another.

The best definition I have for “Love” – Unselfishly willing the very best for the loved one. [John 3:16] Brotherly love and Christian care are Godly attributes. They produce positive results. Homosexual affection is selfish. It produces discord and chaos. Such results grieve the heart of the One who loves them most.

Beyond wanting to love the things God loves and hate the things God hates, I am grieved over the way our society is “teaching”, as in this “Survivor” program. How many young people will believe homosexuality is normal and acceptable as a result of this episode?

I have heard the counter, “Yes, but God loves the homosexual.” God also loves the murderer, the bank robber, the wife beater, and the child molester, but we do not tell the viewer these things are normal and acceptable. We need a fixed standard by which to measure right and wrong. Nothing exists without a set of rules to govern it – even human nature. We need to warn those violating those rules else we are giving tacit consent.

I have learned from personal experience. When we obey God’s rules the results are positive. When we step outside His rules there is discord and chaos.

Those in rebellion will strike back in an effort to justify their actions. I respond in love for them, “Take it up with the One who loves you more than I do and who made the rules to help us learn to love Him and others unselfishly.”

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2017-05-03 ‘Principles of American Government’

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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May 3, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles of American Government (PAG)

The next 3-month online course begins in just 6 weeks. Twenty-four 75 minute classes, Monday and Wednesday, at 6PM California time, starting on Monday, June 12th.

Join students online in a live virtual classroom using Skype. Classes are interactive, usually half adults and half teens. This is neither a civics class nor a Constitution course. Rather – This is a course in the history and reasoning that produced the concepts that became American liberty.

Students learn proven principles by which to evaluate alternative choices. They learn to reason from cause to effect. The final part of the course focuses upon how to use what they have learned in the marketplace of ideas.

Tuition is $195. Those with an interest should read the course syllabus and student comments in our web site (above).

Please contact me to register for the class (again above).

For His-story & Government

Ben Gilmore

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2017-04-26 Help Honor the Vision

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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April 26, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Help Honor the Vision

www.HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

A movement to restore knowledge of America’s wonderful Christian heritage began in the 1960’s. Many of the pioneer patriots of that movement have passed on. The rest are ageing. The “Honoring the Vision” event in Rocklin, California, a suburb of Sacramento, on Saturday, September 23rd is designed to honor those pioneers. (Patriot hero’s to many of us!)

In doing so, we hope to once again stimulate interest in learning what we don’t know that we don’t know.

“ For over one hundred years Americans have not known or learned of America’s Christian History. Five generations of Americans have produced a national ignorance concerning the Providential founding of this nation and of God’s hand in preserving, defending, and leading the Colonists to victory in 1775–1781—the seven long years of the American Christian Revolution. Today we have no proud heroes—no models of character, or leadership, to inspire our youth. We have no identity for courage, conscience or compassion, to cherish as part of the proud fabric which a people weaves into its character and tradition. The reason is not that we do not possess such a treasury of greatness and heroism. The reason is that we have allowed our treasury to be robbed and pillaged of its gold—the gold of Christian character. In so doing we have lost our vision of the destiny and purpose of God’s America.” [Rosalie Slater – 1973]

If you have not yet surfed the event’s web site I invite you to do so now (see above). We are featuring the faculty of the first pilot school using the Principle Approach to education. Everyone is invited to honor and learn from these master teachers.

Further – The whole event is to be video recorded in order to archive for future researchers the history of this part of the movement to restore our heritage. If you have studied under Principle Approach teachers, or have memories of the early days of the movement, we hope you will come to the event and add your comments to the video recording.

The organizing committee believes there will be two hundred or more attendees. We have many expenses – Speakers’ air fares and hotel as well as video and meal staff. To encourage early registration we have set a sliding scale: Registration is $50; After July 15th registration is $55; After August 31st registration is $60. Registration for those under 16 is $30. (Lunch and closing banquet are included.)

Over and above all that we must raise almost $10,000 from those willing to support this event and its purpose. If you know of such individuals or organizations please share this appeal. Make checks payable to, “Honoring the Vision”. Send them to P.O. Box 661975, Sacramento, California 95866. For information – HonoringTheVision or 916-722-2501.

Pray for America’s restoration.

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2017-204-23 The nature of things

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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April 24, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

The nature of things

I know of only three human organizations that God created in the Bible: Family; Church; State. The family is the building block of every society, Christian and non-Christian. Every society has a vertical relationship with some sort of higher power. We call that relationship between families and God (or a god) Church. We call the horizontal relationship between families and families State.

Jesus Christ was asked about the most important commandment. “And he answering said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.’” [Luke 10:27]

Again – The vertical and the horizontal relationship. Throughout human history the quality of the vertical relationship in a society has always determined the quality of the horizontal relationship. Never the other way around. This holds true in families, churches and civil governments.

Family, church and state are governmental organizations. That is – They need direction regulation, control, and restraint. The best set of rules by which to govern families, churches, and civil governments are found in the Bible. I agree in advance to accept a better more proven and reliable set of rules when they are found. Not to do so would be foolish and absurd.

But what rules governed before the Bible? They are called, “The laws of nature.” Things were “good” or “bad” long before the books of the Bible were written. Further – something is not good or bad because the Bible says so. The Bible says something is good or bad because it has always been so.

The founding fathers understood that, when they referred to “the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” in our Declaration of Independence. The laws of nature are called, “Natural Law”. The laws of nature’s God are called, “Revealed Law” and are found only in the Holy Scriptures.

Natural laws are discovered by observation and reason. “Even a dumb dog don’t kiss a hot stove twice!” Revealed law is learned by study and prayer. Natural and Revealed Law will never be in conflict because they were both created by God. However, Revealed Law is infinitely more authoritative than Natural Law. Revealed law was “dictated” by revelation by God. Natural Law is discovered by human observation and human reason, both of which are imperfect.

Natural Law predated Revealed Law by thousands of years. Sir William Blackstone speculated that because man was too dumb (my words) to reason it out, God in His benevolence gave us the Bible to help us understand how to love Him and love one another.

It is so simple it becomes profound – Our whole purpose is to learn to love God and to love one another. God even took the form of a man, Jesus Christ, to demonstrate how it is done. Then He came again as the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Think about it. The infinite first cause of everything wants to teach you to love Him and others. He has done and continues doing everything possible, short of violating your will, to get your attention.

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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

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

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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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

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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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