Month: February 2016

2016-02-28 A man with an experience …

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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February 28, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

A man with an experience is

never at the mercy of a man with an argument

Prayer always comes before selecting the subject of these columns. Often I will “reason” that I should write about the political race(s). When I begin, it either flows or I get writer’s block and it is of no value. Other times “reason” is overshadowed by an urge to be obedient.

Commit thy works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established. [Pv 16:3]

This is such a time. I want to share a personal miracle experience with you.

It was around 1970 or 1971 in Upland (near Los Angeles). My walk with Christ was only a few years old. The Lord gave us a front row seat to observe the blossoming of the “Jesus Movement”. It is the closest thing to real “revival” I have seen. Every neighborhood seemed to have prayer meetings. Some church growth was exploding. Monthly Christian events were filling the LA Convention Center. Christian music groups were all around.

It was not unusual to get a call, “We’re having deliverance ministry and need some more prayer. Can you come now!” I met a group of high schoolers who loved walking the hippy beaches on their day off. Someone might attack, “I am a warlock. I curse you!” To which they might respond, “I’m covered by the blood of Christ. You have just cursed yourself!”

One Saturday a local Lutheran church had scheduled an all-day music festival in their parking lot. We had invited the high schooler group I mentioned above to have a potluck lunch at our house during the mid-day break in the festival. A sixty voice choir from Santa Barbara had driven over to the festival. I invited their leader to pick up some Colonel Sanders and join our pot-luck.

The high schoolers arrived, with a plate of cookies! The choir arrived without going by Colonel Sanders! My wife, Fran, called a friend who arrived with a casserole. Fran raided the fridge, part of a roast and a pot of baked beans. We had three cases of pop.

The young people were gathered in the den, enjoying fellowship and relaxation. Our table was in a smaller room to the side. Fran looked at the crowd of hungry kids and at the table and prayed, “Lord, you fed the 4,000. We need you to feed these 65 hungry kids!”

We said grace and the youngsters went to the buffet to fill their plates. We watched as they returned with plates piled high with food. Some went back for seconds! Our family ate from the leftovers for the rest of the week. We even had leftover pop!

That day the Gilmore family saw the Lord multiply food. With that experience, there is no way we will ever accept the argument that God no longer performs miracles.

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2016-02-17 Mediteranean refugees

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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February 17, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Mediterranean refugees

The following letter just in from our friend, John Dawson of YWAM. – For clarity I have added [notes] in brackets. Since he sent it broadly, I will share it with you.

Dear All,

Every [YWAM] base, ministry and school worldwide is aware of the refugee crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean. Many are responding. Can we do more? What about our ship?

Here are the facts. The [YWAM ministry ship] Next Wave is now moored in Lesvos [a Greek island near the west coast of Turkey], where thousands of refugees are still pouring in and in virtually every twenty-four-hour period some perish at sea even though it’s a short crossing. (Just recently 44 drowned, including many children.)

With the Next Wave on the island, we have about 35 beds available for those [I believe, YWAM staff, but I am not sure] who are prepared to go for at least three weeks to meet refugees on arrival and distribute help to meet immediate needs for clothing, food, etc. We don’t need food and clothing because we want to buy them locally to help the devastated local economy. We will also seek to give assistance to local residents who are exhausted and traumatized by the continuous flood of refugees and death on their beaches. In addition, we need gifts to help with the cost of running the ship, we need gifts for purchasing relief items, and we need crew. At least two qualified crew need to be on board at any given time. [redacted for security]

We would like to see YWAM everywhere engage with this, one of the world’s greatest crises. Perhaps with a plan to fast a meal or a day, there could be a “loaves and fishes” offering toward this need. Each base or ministry should pray about their response.

What about the big picture? There are many other teams working with refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and in different parts of Europe [I (Ben) have written about Medair in this regard], and any such offering will not only bless the teams on the Next Wave but can also be used more widely. We are currently investigating other islands (Samos and Kos to start with) to find out whether there is housing and what is the magnitude of need there. Thank you for what you are already doing and may the Lord guide you as you consider this.

Your response can be addressed to refugees where a dedicated team is standing by.

Your brother,

John Dawson

International Ambassador, YWAM Medical Ships

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2016-02-16 Jim Kilkehhy passes

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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February 16, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Dr. James Kilkenny

A major YWAM leader has moved to Heaven. He was known and loved around the world. It has been an honor to call him our friend.

For those on this mailing list who knew Jim and had not heard, I will attach the video of his memorial service below. We will miss Jim. Our love goes to Barbara and the kids.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfE10O3nowI&feature=youtu.be

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2016-02-10 Defining ‘conservstive’

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February 11, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Defining “conservative”

The terms “conservative” and “liberal” are much used in today’s political discussions. In the online course, “Principles of American Government”, I teach the students never to use a word they are not ready to define. Conversely, I encourage them to ask their opponents to define terms they use.

During the GOP debate, the candidates were asked to define “conservative”. I like my definitions better than those offered. First – These terms are American and may have different definitions overseas. Second – The definition must be acceptable to the one wearing the label. Else you are building a strawman.

A “liberal” is one who makes decisions in an effort to achieve the best results.

That begs the question, “What is a conservative?

A “conservative” is one who makes decisions according to the best principles he can find – and lets the results take care of themselves.

The frequent reply is, “You are over-simplifying!” I reply, “It works!”

After a moment’s thought, liberals often say. “Well, I am a ‘moderate’.”

A “moderate” is a liberal who cannot define his position!

“Yes I can”, he replies. “Well?” I say with a smile. As he finishes listing his positions, I ask, “What is the difference between that and a liberal?”

Here is the point. Results cannot be manipulated. “When you choose an action, you have chosen a consequence!” Telling a lie is an attempt to manipulate results. It only gets more complicated.

For the most part, today’s young people, and often their parents, have never learned sets of principles by which to evaluate choices. That appears to me to have been illustrated in last week’s debate responses.

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2016-02-08 Eminent Domain vs Privare Property

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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February 8, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Eminent Domain vs. Private Property

Eminent domain – the right of a government or its agent to expropriate (i.e seize) private property for public use, with payment of compensation.

Today there is a discussion about whether that “right” exists “for public needs” like roads and pipelines, or does it extend to use for private development. Like taking an old lady’s home for a casino parking lot. Granted: greater government income for sales and property taxes, but who determines the personal value of your home?

I believe the argument misses the fundamental point: In America, “We the people” created our government. Government has no “rights”, “We the people” did not give it.

We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Fifth Amendment of that Constitution states that, “private property cannot be taken without just compensation.” That would seem to grant taking power to government so long as “just compensation” is paid. Question – Who defines “just compensation”?

Human nature assures the misuse of eminent domain authority unless held in check by “We the people” and the character and principles of those “We the people” place in authority.

Further – Article I, Section 7 of that Constitution specifies that Congress may purchase land with the approval of the State, “for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful buildings.” It would appear that use of eminent domain by the feds is limited by the approval of the state involved. Question – Who defines “other needful buildings”?

Have “We the people” a God-given right to our property? If so – Does that right preempt government’s “right” of eminent domain?

Property – “The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing; ownership. In the beginning of the world, the Creator gave to man dominion over the earth, … . This is the foundation of man’s property in the earth and in all its productions.” [Noah Webster – 1828]

You may not rightly divest yourself of something God has given you.

What has God given you, “The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of”? Your thoughts, your plans, your conscience, the work of your hands, are things in your list of God-given property. “In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.” [James Madison, 1792]

Among the tasks “We the people” gave our government – “establish Justice”; “secure (i.e. protect) the Blessings of Liberty”. Without private property, I am not at liberty and justice is not established.”

Suppose a highway is scheduled to cross property that has belonged to my family for generations. Suppose I value that property for my great-grandchildren above any amount offered by the government. In my opinion the highway must be rerouted around my property. Individual property rights should be protected by the government “We the people” created to protect it.

If government forces the sale the “servant” has become a tyrant and liberty is lost. On the other hand, moral suasion if successful, protects liberty and respects private property. This seems to illustrate the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. If “the greater good” easily overrides personal property rights, soon there will be no private property rights!

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2016-02-06 Shiny Onjects

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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February 6, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Shiny Objects

I am concerned that so many people that should know better, shift their attention to insignificant “shiny objects” the enemy dangles in front of them.

Learning the character and principles of those seeking your support should be the focus. All men are sinners. If he can, the enemy will maneuver you into defending a man’s sins as opposed to endorsing his character and principles.

When the dust settles and the true picture emerges – I suspect it will have been a strategic news story, planted at just the right time by a liberal reporter, for the purpose of being misunderstood. It worked just as designed! Ted Cruz was accused of dirty tricks. Congressman King, National co-chair of the Cruz campaign, failed to confirm the story with Ben Carson. Ben Carson failed to discern the liberal source and challenged Cruz’s character. I believe Carson should have known that Cruz would have nothing to do with such a lie. It is contrary to his character.

The result – A well-earned Iowa victory was tarnished by a dirty trick planted by the left. The “shiny object” distracted many supporters.

I suggest human nature will create a steady supply of such distractions. Recognize the fact in advance. Stay focused on learning the character and principles of the candidates seeking your vote. When they are elected, character and principles will count, distractions will not!

The best measure of character I have found is the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Cruz, Carson and Rubio are outspoken on the subject. Other candidates – less so.

Regarding principles – Cruz appears to have more experience applying them to the goal of smaller central government and enhancing individual liberty – like erasing the IRS.

Power is addictive. It requires great strength of character to shift authority downstream rather than gathering it to yourself so you can “govern better”! I watched the conservative movement that started with Goldwater in ’64, gather strength until we controlled the California Republican Party (CRP). Then, rather than shift the power to the CRP delegates on the floor, issues were settled in the back rooms and the liberals resumed power.

Magnify that to the national picture with several generations of power junkies. They truly believe they are to rule. I watched a you tube lecture by a rancher who understood that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) unconstitutionally controls nearly a third of American land mass. He was ambushed and murdered! He would not submit to tyranny.

Liberty is not a game! When your time comes – will you stand upon character and principle?

Liberty costs more than slavery because it is worth more!

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