Month: September 2017

2017-09-30 Now and then

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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September 30, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Now and then

Let’s look at what I believe is the true situation now, then look at what is likely to happen then.

American society has been systematically dumbed down for several generations. Ignorance and apathy are endemic! (I don’t know and I don’t care.) The good news – Truth never stops fighting to the surface. I believe far more light is shining into the swamp than the general public realizes. Every day seems to turn over a new rock and see the critters scurrying for cover!

The self-serving “Washington establishment” (we used to call it the “good-old-boy” network.) is being recognized and understood by more and more here-to-fore ordinary citizens.

Sara Palin illustrated it when she faced down the Alaskan establishment and produced a petroleum royalty check for every Alaskan citizen.

More and more Americans are fed up with the ineffectiveness of the “traditional” way of not getting things done! I believe apathy and ignorance are waning. Many, perhaps most, believe this is true of only themselves and of their small group of friends. Certainly the communication centers that have fostered ignorance and apathy are not reporting this growing awareness..

I believe a “tipping point” has been reached. What have become the accepted ways of controlling the masses are failing. Truth is reaching the surface. How is it manifesting in American society?

Light (truth) is revealing itself to individuals who are discovering they have been lied to. Human nature produces anger. The realization of ignorance produces frustration. Anger and frustration produce an opportunity for further deception! A vicious cycle.

Americans however have a unique advantage. America is a Christian nation. Not because it was formed by Christians, but because it has a Christian form. Without Jesus, there would be no America! Our cultural anchor is set firmly in truth and righteousness. The ship of state has drifted way off course, but the anchor chain has not been broken!

That link, I believe, will hold and lead us back. Forget the current events being reported to discourage us. We the people still hold the power! Recognize the significance of next spring’s primary races. One third of the Senate and every one of the congressmen are up for election in November, 2018! The candidates for that election will be determined in the spring primary elections.

Astute politicians recognize that we are fed up. Look for many more of them to choose retirement rather than fight a losing primary battle. The less astute, those who believe the media and their own press releases, will be surprised locally in the way the Washington establishment was surprised by the Trump win.

What must we do to take advantage of this opportunity and avoid being deceived all over again? Begin by rebuking anger and frustration. Use your God-given gift of observation and reason. Seek council then evaluate it with common sense! Find ways to inform yourself on the candidates on your ballot.

I understand Senators have been told to vote party line, or face primary challenges without party campaign funding. Those who sell their Senate vote to party, over what is the right thing to do, are unworthy of our support. As are the many appeals for support of either party campaign funds. Those funds are in the hands of the Washington establishment. Note that millions of such funds were used for the establishment candidate over Judge Roy Moore in Alabama. I encourage campaign contributions – given directly to the candidate!

I believe every incumbent Democrat and several Republican Senators can expect a vigorous primary challenge. The same is true for Democrat and many Republican congressmen. The result in November 2018, will be a dramatic legislative shift to the Republican right.

How will the establishment seek to oppose this trend? Truth and righteousness can’t lie, but they can! We can’t cheat and defraud, but they can! They can use human nature and pride to encourage conservative candidates to run against one another, thus splitting the vote and giving a majority to the single establishment candidate.

On our side – We have grass root funding, while establishment funding is rapidly drying up. We have the trend of an awakening public, responding to corruption with common sense. Fueling it all, I believe, is the gracious hand of God, enhanced by an army of unseen intercessors. Not because we deserve it, we don’t! But because of our Lord’s investment in America as an illustration of Christian self-government to the world.

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2017-09-24 WOW! ‘Honoring The Vision’

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 24, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

WOW! “Honoring The Vision”

What an historic event! The hand of God in human history and government was celebrated this weekend at Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin, California. Teachers and patriots from across the country, many of whom knew of one another only by reputation, gathered to celebrate the 1960’s beginning of the movement to restore awareness of our wonderful Christian history.

Those who traveled to the event stayed in the same hotel. The event was scheduled all day Saturday, September 23rd. The night before, locals and travelers gathered in the hotel lobby for informal fellowship. It was an exciting meet and greet. For the many folks reading this, who are wishing they could have been there, I will describe the event with names. For the others – I beg indulgence.

Saturday morning at ten o’clock Carole Adams, President of The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) opened the meeting. Reverend Harley Alan, host pastor, offered a prayer for the event. Dr. Adams continued the welcome and shared memories of the early days of FACE and the move from San Francisco to Chesapeake.

She turned the podium to me and I continued with thoughts and memories. Next, we introduced four of the early teachers in the movement: James Rose; Beth Ballenger; Katherine Dang; Ruth Smith. I sat on the stage with them and conducted interviews for the audience to hear.

By then it was noon. While a box lunch was served, we enjoyed a 30 minute video teaching by the late Rosalie Slater, FACE Co-Founder. When the video ended, John Hunter, a master potter, brought his potter’s wheel to the stage using it as an object lesson to illustrate our Lord as the Potter and we as the clay. John is Headmaster of a Christian day school in Namibia, Africa. He teaches providential and African history using FACE books.

Following a short break (Everyone was anxious to visit with one another and browse the various book tables.) each of the four master teachers we had just interviewed, took a turn sharing, as they have been doing in classrooms for decades.

Following another break we introduced “Tommy” Newman, longtime chairman of FACE Board of Directors. (The whole board, save one, traveled to Rocklin for this event.)

Next up was Barbara Kilkenny of YWAM, Texas. She and her late husband have been teaching providential history and government as headmasters of an international Christian day school and YWAM’s “Teachers For The Nations”(TFTN). Barbara shared about the hundreds of schools around the world that are being planted by TFTN graduates.

The next generation of master teachers was represented by Kirsten Crouch of Los Altos, California. Miss Crouch shared about being “dragged” as a pre-teen to an ACH history seminar. To her surprise she enjoyed it <smile>. Eventually she became an annual seminar attendee dedicated to learning biblical principles and providential history.

There were more people who had testimonies and memories to share than there was time in the event’s agenda. (One hundred people attended the event.) While the entire on-stage event was being video recorded, a roving camera was being used to record these off-stage vignettes. Written testimonials that had been mailed to the event from Mrs. Bobbie Ames, Dr. Paul Jehle, Dan Smithwick, and Roberto & Ana Rinaldi were read into the recording .

A copy of the raw recordings will be delivered to the Hall & Slater Library archives at the FACE headquarters in Virginia. Perhaps, some day in the future, they will serve as valuable research material regarding our modern providential history. It will require the loving hand of an experienced video-editor to make a useful product, suitable for distribution, from these 20 hours of raw recordings.

The event culminated in a gala banquet with Carole Adams as M.C. She introduced Gary Porter, well known Constitutional authority, who shared a video about the unique books to be found in the Hall & Slater library. Next to speak was Dr. Max Lyons, Director of Education at FACE. He too shared a short video about the amazing spread of FACE literature and schools across the globe.

Dr. Marshall Foster, author, producer and master historian, closed the meeting with a history lesson that used past events to challenge us all to carry the torch forward.

As the meeting ended our organizing committee (which by the way had functioned like clockwork!) jumped into gear and returned the room to its original state, ready for regular Sunday events. The committee members have been meeting and preparing since last February. They too deserve kudos. Katrina Stotelmeyer served as Chair, Registrar, and Treasurer. Aprile Johnson served as dedicated intercessor. Rebecca Beach, whose inspiration helped create the event, served as stage manager. I served as event facilitator. Sue Stotelmeyer served as my “Lieutenant”. Fran Gilmore coordinated table arrangement and catering. Sue Ricci and Geri Scalzi were in charge of setup and take down. Debra Jackson coordinated communication. The whole team served as volunteer drivers between the airport and the hotel.

The church staff offered wholehearted support. Matt Hutton and Cory Besmer handled videography. Rich Litvinchuk was our audio engineer. And the outstanding catering chef was Michelle Cowles.

Those with any steam left returned to the hotel lobby to continue their fellowship. This 88 year old “facilitator” was out of steam! Much as I wanted to be in the hotel lobby, my body was in bed by 9:30! Our Lord’s hand was apparent throughout the whole affair. To God be the glory!

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2017-09-09 God is so good!

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 9, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

God is so good!

Last February Rebecca Beach, Fran and I were discussing significant teachers and their methods. William Ames, John Locke, William Blackstone, Charles Montesquieu, …

These men of the 17th and 18th centuries had a profound impact upon the founding of America, the first Christian Constitutional Republic in human history. The founding fathers read their work. More significantly – The founding preachers read their work and found it to be biblical. In turn, these preachers passed it from the pulpit to the pews!

When Alexis de Tocqueville toured the colonies, he was surprised by the political sophistication of the American people. It was the fruit of those founding sermons! Today, our society has exchanged that sophistication for a mess of pottage!

The seeds of a restoration movement were planted in the 1960’s. A few of those seed planters, now in their later years, are joining to inspire and share. This is a once-on-a-lifetime gathering of master teachers who have spent decades inspiring the next generation of student patriots and their parents.

I started writing with thoughts about what God has made out of our conversation last February. He raised up a great committee to share the effort. He brought in thousands of dollars to support it. Then He reached across the nation to collect the people. God is so good!

The event comes up in two weeks from 10am to 8pm, on the 23rd in the Atrium of Destiny Church in Rocklin, CA. If you have had thoughts about what you were not taught about the true and inspiring story of our nation, this event is for you! If you are fed up with false and twisted accounts of America’s history, this is your opportunity to spend the day with master teachers who make history and government come alive!

Pre-registration is appreciated (lunch and dinner included), but last minute walk-ins will be welcome. Please go to www.HonoringTheVision.weebly.com or call 916-722-2501 for information.

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2017-09-02 God has not given you …

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 3, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

God has not given you a Spirit of fear …

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” [2nd Timothy 1:7] In military combat, my experience has been that adrenaline kicks in and training takes over. There is no time for fear. Early in my Christian life I was called upon to deal with what appeared to be a demoniac. A wise mentor advised me, “Rebuke fear. It is the enemy’s weapon.”

Today, we are pressured from every side with temptations to be afraid. Will North Korea attack? Will the economy collapse? Are the swamp critters overwhelming the drainers? With power, love, and a sound mind there is no time for fear! Faith and training kicks in.

Evidently God is saving America for His glory, else we would have long since been disbursed by the sword, famine, and pestilence! I believe that if we could see the world as He sees it (That is – the real world including the unseen battles.) the good guys are winning for a change!

Every day hidden truth is fighting to the surface. Every day corruption, and just pure evil is being exposed. It is not to be negotiated with, it is to be dealt with! We negotiated with a divided Korea in 1953, now we must deal with it! We are negotiating with a divided congress, now we must deal with it in the primaries next spring.

In my opinion, Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, should be the poster boy for evil swamp critters. He has spent mountains of money in behalf of crony candidates vs. their betters. In the current race for Alabama’s open Senate seat, McConnell is backing crony candidate Luther Strange against Roy Moore the “Ten Commandments judge”. I believe this is a spiritual battle the Alabama voters must deal with.

What makes this an extra special race – Trump went with McConnell and endorsed Luther Strange. I suspect Judge Moore will win the primary. It will be a valuable learning experience for the President and a valuable humbling experience for Donald Trump!

In the light of all America has done to deserve God’s wrath, it is an illustration of God’s grace that she still exists! I sense an army of mighty men of valor, prayed up and ready for spiritual battle. Sunday. September 3 has been designated a “National Day of Prayer.” It is a good time to enlist!

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