Month: September 2015

2015-09-24 PAG Post Graduate Class

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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September 24, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

PAG – Post Graduate class

The Cyber- Grinch swallowed the mailing list for our Post Graduate class meetings!

If you are a graduate of the online “Principles of American Government” course, you are most welcome to join these meetings to discuss current events and principles. They are usually held monthly on Sunday afternoon. I will initiate a Skype group call.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 11th (a Sunday) at 1:30 pm Pacific Time.

Important

If you wish to be on the call list –

You must contact me before 10/11/15

I have no names on the list now!

2015-09-20 PAG Homework

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 22, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Understanding your vote

Please understand – your vote counts! God gave you the ability to make choices. When you choose an action you have chosen a consequence – for which you are answerable! Thus – Your vote is sacred.

What do your votes do? They help determine the governance (direction, regulation, control, restraint) of our nation, your state, county, city, and public school. That, in turn affects both you and your family.

We are now in the 2016 voting cycle. The cycle ends on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. A lot of choices must happen before then. Please remember – each of us will answer to our God for the choices we make.

Caution – Not only is your vote sacred, it is incredibly valuable. Better men than you have given their lives for you to possess it! Evil, ambitious, scheming men are going to lie, cheat, coerce, and deceive in an effort to steal your vote.

In the spring of 2016 states will hold their “Primary Elections”. These determine the congressional and state nominees that will compete for your vote the following November. The party nominees for President and Vice-President will be named at their party’s National convention. [Republican – July 18–21, 2016 Cleveland, Ohio // Democrat – July 25–28, 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Delegates to these conventions will have been determined in the spring primaries, state by state. Traditionally the mix of delegates pre-determines the convention nominees for President. If it is close the delegates at the convention select the nominee. That is why there is so much interest in the state primary elections. By tradition, the Presidential nominee selects his Vice-Presidential running mate.

The presidency is only one of many choices you must make in this election cycle. Who are you going to send to Congress to make the laws the President must sign? How important do you think your state government is? – Your county supervisors? – Your City Council and School Board? Is your head spinning yet?

The news media and national parties will try to keep you focused upon the race for President. While your attention is diverted, the “bad guys” will be feverously scheming to capture as many down-ticket races as they can. It will be Thanksgiving and Christmas season then New Years. After that, all the attention on the Presidential primaries. And suddenly – – the down-ticket nominees are decided in the primary elections and you are stuck in November with nominees you didn’t help and may not like!

My suggestions – Ignore pleas for money. Give what you can directly to specific candidate’s campaign funds. Take yourself by the collar and make a point of knowing the candidates who ask for your vote. None of them are perfect. Ask their position on guns, homosex, and abortion for a start. That sets a base line. Then dig deep for good character.

Get involved some way. Even if it is just chatting politics with a neighbor. Show a yard sign. Do something – so that you will have an answer when your grand-children ask, “What did you do to help save America, Gramps?”

2015-09-15 Follow-up

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 15, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Urban legends

From time to time my passion overcomes my wisdom. Yesterday I circulated an urgent prayer request for Christians in the middle-east. Today, I have the following note from Mrs. Devereux that part of my post was urban legend. Forgive me please, for circulating false information.

On the other hand, Christians in the ISIS territory are suffering much evil and need our prayers.

Here is Mrs. Devereux’s message to me:

Mr. Gilmore,
I respectfully feel that I should tell you that the content of this email has been circulating around the internet for a year or more. While part of the content may be true (i.e. Queragosh is in the hands of ISIS militants) the email is a mixture of truth and fiction. Much of it has been exaggerated since the original request for prayer.

www.snopes.com is a reliable source for verifying the truth of these types of emails.

Sincerely,
Gwen Devereux

2015-09-14 Urgent Prayer

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 14, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

This e-mail needs circulating

On Friday, September 11, 2015 8:38 PM

Pray and do all you can to spread this e-mail across our land!! G & J

It doesn’t get any worse than this. Please send this to all your Christian friends and pray that some how some way God will intervene to save these people.

September 1
Please pray for this urgent request.

Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time.

Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.

One missionary was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn’t say it, but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten — no matter what. Please keep them all in your prayers.

This came this morning…Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him to pray on Sunday during the service – making a special time of prayer for
this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.

Thank you for all your prayers !!!!
Dr. Becky Peters Professor of Education
Director of Lutheran Teaching Programs,
Colloquy, & Lutheran Placement
Concordia University Irvine
949-214-3355

Gloria Morgan
Project Representative
The JESUS Film Project
(800) 387-4040, Extension 7538
gloria.morgan@jesusfilm.org
www.jfministrypartners.org <http://www.jfministrypartners.org/>
– All things are possible to those who BELIEVE. Mark 9:23

2015-09-08 Rogue Authority

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 8, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Rogue Authority

All authority comes (ultimately) from God. Thus, “authority” (direction, regulation, control, restraint) contrary to authority delegated by God does not exist. It might be called “rogue authority”. Laws (rules of action) made by such rogue authority should be considered no law at all.

In the Bible, King David had the king’s authority (ultimately) from God. When David propositioned Bathsheba, he had stepped outside his God-given authority and Bathsheba was under no obligation to submit. David had no authority to make such a proposal. He had gone rogue.

Had Bathsheba refused to submit to rogue authority, the story might have had a happier ending!

I believe each of us will face hard choices. (It would have been difficult for Bathsheba to refuse such a powerful authority figure.) It boils down to whether we will do what we know is right, because it is right, and let the results take care of themselves. – or – Try to manipulate and compromise in an effort to produce better results. BTW – It never works!

I have been waiting for someone to make the point that authority comes from God, not government! Neither the Supreme Court, nor the Legislature, nor the President have “rogue authority”. “We the people” cannot give government what we don’t have. “We the people” have no authority outside the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

Within those laws, “We the people” authorized OUR Constitution. “We the people” did give the Supreme Court the authority to determine if laws are within the authority “We the people” placed in OUR Constitution. “We the people” did not give the Supreme Court the authority to make laws.

Suppose every Christian in America understood “rogue authority” and refused, as an individual, to submit to it while being very careful to stay within the laws of nature and of nature’s God. We would all better understand and respect the liberty we have from God.

2015-09-06 No Law At All

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 7, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

No Law At All

In my last Blog Post (“The Letter”) I wrote about all authority originating with God. It is important that we understand the principle and its broad impact upon everything. Please think about it, then help spread the concept through Christendom.

Suppose your neighbor does not believe there is a God. If he is a policeman, his authority comes from the city, whose authority comes from (ultimately) “We the people”, who gave some of our authority to civil government for our protection. “We the people” received our authority as individuals, from God.

Go down any path of authority. It always leads back to God, regardless of what someone may believe.

Nothing exists without laws (limits) to govern it. Outside those limits is chaos. Common sense says that we must submit to authority. If we refuse to submit – chaos – we are in rebellion.

The Bible also says that we must submit to the authority God places over us. [Hebrews 13:17 & 1st Peter 2:13] These scriptures are strong admonitions to submit to authority.

Here is the caveat that many Christians overlook – There is no authority outside God’s laws (“the laws of nature and of nature’s God”). Any law outside those laws have no authority. We should consider them, no law at all.

Suppose every American did as the county clerk, Kim Davis, has done. There is no valid authority to issue homosexual marriage licenses. There is no valid authority for same sex marriage. Granted: Rogue authority has put her in jail. Rogue authority cannot put us all in jail. The judge and all those up the line, are misusing the authority “We the people” gave them.

If we are not to submit to rogue authority, we must be willing to stand proud upon valid principle and let the results take care of themselves.

Liberty costs more than slavery because it is worth more!

[Gilmore]

“Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God”

[Jefferson]

2015-09-03 The letter

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 3, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

The letter

Jane and Jill were studying in their college dorm room. The RA knocked, entered and gave the mail to Jane. Jane looked at the envelope and exclaimed with excitement. The letter was from Mr. “It”. Both coeds were all atwitter as, with shaking hands, Jane tore open the envelope and began to read.

Jill waited in anticipation. Finally – Jill asked, “Well! What did he say?”

Clutching the letter to her heart, Jane replied, “He loves me!”

In truth, Mr. “It” had written all about his football practice. Jane was reading into his words what she wanted to hear.

Can you see that she might as well have written the letter to herself, if she was not going to read it as the writer had intended. By spinning her own interpretation, she destroyed the value and purpose of the letter.

It is the same thing when a judge or lawyer seeks to spin the meaning of a law, rather than researching and understanding the intent of those who wrote and ratified the law. That is why history is important. There are lots of articles written about most laws at the time they were ratified. That history, not today’s interpretations and norms, give the law its authority.

Speaking of authority – Like it or not, all authority originates with God. God gave “We the people” inalienable authority over our choices, within the laws of nature and of nature’s God. “We the people” chose to grant part of our authority to a government that “We the people” created. Government authority exists within the limits that “We the people” established.

Those limits, in turn, must lie within the limits of the laws of nature and of nature’s God. That is – “We the people” cannot grant what we don’t have. Our God-given authority is limited by the laws of nature and of nature’s God. Any law outside those limits is tyranny and has no authority. Such a law is to be considered as no law at all. The Supreme Court had no authority to define marriage. It is already defined by the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

Some might say, “Well, that is fine for you, but I don’t believe in God, therefore His laws don’t apply to me.” Try breaking the “Golden Rule” and stomping on someone’s toe. See how you like the consequences. Doing unto others as you would have others do unto you is one of the laws of nature and of nature’s God. When you choose an action, you choose a consequence – – – regardless of what you believe!

“Meaning of law.—Law, in its most general and comprehensive sense, signifies a rule of action; and is applied indiscriminately to all kinds of action, whether animate or inanimate, rational or irrational. Thus we say, the laws of motion, of gravitation, of optics, or mechanics, as well as the laws of nature and of nations. And it is that rule of action, which is prescribed by some superior, and which the inferior is bound to obey. …

“Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely a dependent being. A being independent of any other, has no rule to pursue, but such as he prescribes to himself; but a state of dependence will inevitably oblige the inferior to take the will of him, on whom he depends, as the rule of his conduct; not indeed in every particular, but in all those points wherein his dependence consists. This principle, therefore, has more or less extent and effect, in proportion as the superiority of the one and the dependence of the other is greater or less, absolute or limited. And consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his Maker for everything, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker’s will.”

[“Commentaries” – by William Blackstone, “Father of the legal profession 1765]

2015-09-01 POTUS promary cause

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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September 2, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

POTUS primary cause

Now that we understand the Electoral College, let us look at some more political basics.

A year from now, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is election day. Usually the race for the White House begins in earnest just after Labor day. This year, Ted Cruz announced in the spring. Rather than letting him run alone, the other candidates were forced to get into the pool. Add in the unconventional appeal of Donald Trump and suddenly the public is way more involved than usual for this time before an election.

What will the Presidential race look like in the year ahead? Some states will hold a Primary Election. Others use a caucus (political meeting) system. The dates vary from state to state. These elections result in state delegates to their respective National Party Conventions. Rules of the political party vary from state to state.

Republican Convention is July 1821, 2016 in Cleveland.

Democrat Convention is ‎July 25–28, 2016 in Philadelphia.

These conventions nominate their candidates for President. The Presidential nominee traditionally selects the candidate for Vice-President. Third party races have little chance of winning. It becomes a two candidate race after the Conventions.

The Olympic Games offer a break from politics in mid-summer. Then we have the final sprint to Election Day. After Election Day, we will know the distribution of delegates to the Electoral College and thus, who will be elected. The winner will then have the fall of 2016 to organize his/her cabinet and prepare to move into the White House in early January, 2017.

What is YOUR ROLE in all of this? Two choices (A) Sit back, observe and be entertained. Accept the choices others make for your wellbeing. (B) Involve yourself in the way that best suits your means and abilities. Each of us is different with different abilities and talents. Remember Ignorant activism is more dangerous than apathy! Inform yourself.

I will share more along the way.

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