Month: August 2017

2017-08-26 Press Release – HTV

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August 26, 2017

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Press Release

“Honoring The Vision” event

I have been asked for some updates on the event. I decided to post it as a blog.

“Honoring The Vision” is the name of an exciting all day event to be held at Destiny Christian Church, 1900 Destiny Drive, Rocklin, CA. The day begins at 10 AM includes lunch and dinner which is over at 8 PM, Saturday, September 23rd. Registration received by August 31st is $55, after that $60 (under 16 only $30).

In the 1960’s a movement to restore knowledge of American exceptionalism and the true and unique history of her founding was begun. Some of the seeds of this movement were planted by the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) in San Francisco. They sprouted into thousands of home schools, private schools, church schools, book writers and publishers, plus independent lecturing groups all across the nation and around the world.

It is the planting and fruit of those seeds, fifty years ago, that this event is honoring. We want to encourage others to continue planting. Master teachers who have been researching, reading, relating, and recording the documentation of the hand of God in human history for all these years are gathering in Rocklin to honor the vision that became a movement and share what they have learned.

A web site [www.HonoringTheVision.weebly.com] has biographies of a few of those traveling to the event. Not listed is a late comer, John Hunter, headmaster of a Christian day-school in Namibia. He and his wife, Suzanne are directors of, “Teachers for Africa”. John, a master-potter, has been teaching principles of government for decades. He enjoys teaching object lessons with his potter’s wheel. John has been a leader with YWAM for 45 years.

“We are very excited about this event.” said Ben Gilmore of Citrus Heights, CA, one of the local enthusiasts. “We need to know and understand the principles that made America great. When you take God out of anything it dies! That is why we have drifted from our roots.”

Gilmore continued, “This event is a gathering of giants who have been teaching Biblical principles of government for decades. It is a rare opportunity for both adults and teens to meet and chat with master teachers. Those who have studied under “Principle Approach” teachers are being encouraged to attend and share their role in the movement to restore knowledge of America’s Christian roots. If you are unable to share in person please mail your written testimony to the letterhead address.

The event committee has arranged volunteers for local transportation – Just advise us of your flight schedule.

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2017-08-23 America – an idea

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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August 23, 2017

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Did you know America is an idea?

Most nations are formed on the basis of racial, linguistic or ethnic affinities. For example, England, France, Germany, and China are all nations established on shared genetic and cultural bonds. America is the only nation that was birthed not by racial or ethnic necessities, not by aristocracy or oligarchy, but solely by the power of the idea of “living to God,” by subjecting civil and religious liberty to His revealed law.

It has been said that God chose Israel, but America chose God.

The heroic story of America began in ancient times in the mind of God who placed man at liberty in the Garden of Eden. Recorded history, beginning with the Bible, shows man’s resistance to God and the enslaving consequences of rule by various tyrants—kings, pharaohs, caesars, despots, emperors, dictators—often governing malevolently. The Bible teaches us God’s plan of redemption through the Gospel and man’s struggle to regain civil freedom. The Gospel not only frees man from sin but makes him wise in governing himself without oppression.

America’s story

Our story is the story of people and events, but ultimately the story of an idea—the capacity of mankind to govern himself, without a king or ruler, with liberty of conscience and with the right to life and property.

Those early colonial patriot-soldiers, who bled and died for the “idea of America,” teach us again several generations later, to cherish that Christian idea.

Adapted from Nation Makers: the Art of Self-Government, by Rosalie J. Slater and Verna M. Hall, edited by Carole G. Adams. Originally published as Rudiments of America’s Christian History and Government.

The author, Dr. Carole Adams, is among the featured speakers, on September 23rd at Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin, CA. Why not join us and introduce your teens to her?

Www.HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

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2017-08-08 Real world speculation

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August 8, 2017

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“Real world” speculation

Looking at the primary elections next spring and the general elections in November, 2018 – I believe the true situation is setting up for an anti-left landslide.

The Democrat party has taken a hard shift left. Coupled with Trump’s “Make America Great Again” appeal, the Democrats have lost the union labor voting block. The black vote is fragmenting. Heaven only knows what direction the Hispanic vote is going!

Traditionally the “mother’s milk of politics,” money, unlimited in the hands of incumbent Democrats has assured leftist success. Not this time, I believe.

First, recent election cycles have stripped the number of incumbent Democrat office holders.

Next, Trump is leading an ideological movement that is not motivated by money. His supporters are not for sale. The only thing left for sale are politicians! They only have one vote each!

Leftist money can buy demonstrations in an effort to create chaos and confusion as an excuse for civil government to step in with martial law and block elections. Recent efforts at generating riots have not been sustainable and are falling into disrepute.

The “real world” is still in the hands of God! God responds to prayer. Once a man called Moses was told that God was disappointed in His sinful people and was going to wipe them out and start over, again, with Moses. Moses responded, “Don’t do it Lord! It will make You appear mean and give the world a false image of Your character.” God responded to Moses’ prayer and said that He would change His mind and show mercy.

If America fails, it will appear to a hurting world that Christian self-government does not work! Do we deserve to fail? Yes indeed! God’s disappointment in us must be far, far greater than His disappointment in the sinful Hebrew nation. “To whom much is given, much will be required!”

Something is causing the tide to change in favor of righteousness. More evil is daily being exposed. I believe the true cause rests with the thousands of intercessors across America (and the world) who are pleading mercy for America instead of justice.

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2017-08-05 Time flies

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August 4, 2017

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Time flies!

Grandfather said, “The older you get – the faster time passes.” Now he is gone and I am a great-grandfather! I will testify that I move a lot slower than I did thirty years ago, yet time seems to be racing by.

The next two big events on my calendar, will be the start of the next online “Principles of American Government” (PAG) course in just 4 weeks, on September 4; the summit-like gathering of master teachers, I call them heroes, in just six weeks (Saturday, September 23rd) at Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin. We have named the event, Honoring The Vision.” (HTV)

Most Christians appear to be ignorant of God’s hand in human history. Oh sure, they know all about the Old testament Hebrew history, and even a little bit of Roman history from the New Testament. Some can even tell you how God used those events to teach men to love Him and love one another. BUT I have met few who can tell what God’s hand has done since then.

The reason for that, I believe, – – “Take God out of anything and it dies!” Conversely, “Discover God in anything and it comes alive!” The church has been focusing upon Biblical principles, as it should, BUT has allowed education to take God out of history, science, geography, grammar, entertainment, …

This appears to me to have contributed to the impotence of the church. The Creator God of the Bible is the first cause of anything, if you dig back to the source! That is the essence of the “Principle Approach” (PA) to education that was pretty much universal in America’s colonial days. A movement to restore PA to education was renewed in the 1960’s.

PA teachers greatly influenced the home school movement. They set up Christian schools. They traveled around the country teaching in small group meetings. Those touched by the new vision of God at the root of everything came alive. On the other hand, PA teaching requires

hard work discovering God’s hand. Nothing of value comes without a price!

As a result, many who tried it dropped away. The movement continued and grew even though things like, “American history”, “World history”, “Government” appeared to be dead with God removed from them. PA teachers have been teaching subjects no one thought they needed to learn. That is why I call them heroes!

The very survival of American liberty rests at the feet of those who have discovered the Lord God at the root of liberty! “If there were no Christ there would be no America.” The question “is—not whether Christians formed the Constitution—but whether the form is Christian. The basis for judgment is the Bible.” [Rosalie Slater, Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE)]

Those of you interested in the 3-month online course should get in touch with us (please see letterhead). Those interested in the gathering of heroes on September 23rd should go to www.HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

One more thing – We have budgeted $10,000 for this event. Thus far, we have raised $3,000. Please help us pray in the balance.

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