Month: August 2016

2016-08-16 What is He like

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August 17, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

What is He like?

In the last post we reasoned that every person who ever lived can know that there is a creator-God. We concluded that every man (generic) has a choice to honor the existence of God, or seek to deny His existence by rationalizing an alternative first cause.

Such speculation leads to absurd theories. A lifeless golden statue of a calf made by human hands is worthy of worship as a supreme being! A large explosion in space began a chain reaction that caused everything we see to evolve without intelligent design!

Ultimately all that produces concepts of what God is like. That is, man creates a god in his own image!

What can we know of God’s being and personality – given: ONLY our surroundings and ourselves?

God is all-knowing and very big or very fast or both in order to form the universe. Since the universe exhibits great energy and power, God has even more to have created it! Since physical laws hold the universe together, God is omnipresent.

God likes what he created because he arranged for it to reproduce itself. That was his choice. He did not have to do that. God made rocks and dirt and trees and plants and animals. All this is governed by the laws of nature – cause and effect; photosynthesis; instinct.

God also chose to make man. Unlike all His other creations, God made man to be governed by choice – as He himself is governed!

Everything that has life has a means for sustaining that life. Man needs food, water and air – all provided. Man needs liberty to seek those things – all provided. Man needs to gather (make it his property) for it to nourish – all provided. Therefore God wants what sustains man – He cares.

Consider – There is a wholesome means of fulfillment of every need we discover. Now consider – What if you had a real need that could not be fulfilled! That would cause real suffering. Conclusion – God loves you.

This line of reasoning leads to an image of God that is loving, joyous, peaceful (and wrathful!), patient, gentle, good, faithful, humble, self-controlled.

I agree that the Bible teaches all these things. My point is – All men are capable of discovering them on their own and thus, are without excuse,

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2016-08-14 God is

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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August 14, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

God is

God was introducing Himself to Moses in the wilderness. He chose to speak from a burning bush. Moses asked for His name. God replied, “You may call me, ‘I am’.” That is – “God is!”

I want to write about basic principles. Until a person accepts that God is, nothing else will make any sense. “Believing that random chance created the universe we see around us is absurd! For can anything be more unreasonable than to pretend that random chance could produce intelligent beings?” 1

Quoting accounts from the Bible is worthless to someone who has not discovered its reliability. Mankind knew there was a creator-God long before the first words were written in scripture. How then, does one discover that – God is?

Montesquieu nailed it! Everything – literally everything – shouts the existence of God! Consider the vast universe. The stars and planets are all governed by laws of nature that could not have come from random chance. There must have been intelligent design.

Or – Shift from macro- to micro-creation. A tiny seed contains the “DNA” of its parent fruit tree. Accepting that and rejecting intelligent design is absurd! How can a person plant the seed and later eat the fruit and not accept the existence of an intelligent designer?

Every person has himself to consider as a “creation”. What a phenomenal machine! Just consider the eye with its many parts each working together to produce an electronic image in your brain! The simple fact that you can “see” should thunder the existence of a creator!

To summarize – Every human being that has ever lived has the universe around him, macro- and micro-, demanding the existence of an intelligent Creator! Further – Every human being that has ever lived has his own body continuously demonstrating intelligent design! No doctor can be an honest atheist!

As if that were not enough, “I am” has taken residence within every human being that has ever lived in the form of a conscience. Every human being that has ever lived has been created with the ability to choose to obey or disobey that conscience.

The sum total of those choices, I believe, will determine the eternal future of every human being’s soul.

1 [paraphrasing Montesquieu “The Spirit of Laws”, circa 1748]

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2016-08-12 ‘Ckinton Cash’

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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August 12, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

“Clinton Cash”

I hope you will help circulate this video.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/27/exclusive-directors-cut-clinton-cash-now-playing/

The breadth and depth of corruption MUST be opposed even though it cannot be overcome without divine help. Be brave and courageous trusting that God honors truth and righteousness!

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2016-08-09 Principles

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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August 11, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles

Without a proven set of principles you have only your opinion. Who is to say your opinion is better than another’s? A month from now (Wednesday, 9/7/16 at 9AM) we will begin the next online course in “Principles of American Government”. (PAG)

Amplifying: “The cause, source, or origin of uniquely American forms of direction, regulation, control, and restraint in families, churches and civil government”. i.e. American exceptionalism.

I write that to show that this is not an academic course on constitutional mechanics. This course teaches the sound principles upon which our unique American culture is founded.

I find only three human organizations created by the God of the Bible – family, church, and state. Each is governed by principles. Within those principles is peace and growth. Outside of them is chaos.

What was common knowledge at our founding has been lost over decades through false teaching and apathy. If America is to be restored to her foundations, there must be a core of leaders and followers who understand and honor American exceptionalism!

To this cause I am dedicated, as is the PAG course. Our interactive classes (We use Skype video) are usually half teens and half adults and seniors. Seniors are especially welcome. Their experience adds depth for the youngsters. Those interested in participating should contact us.

Please see the ACH web site (letter head above) for student comments and a syllabus.

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